Happy Halloween Treats & Pictures from the Past

Happy Happy Halloween! I just love today and seeing all the kids (and adults) get dressed up and have some fun! Today I’ve got some pictures for you from some of our past Halloweens as well as my Pinterest board for Halloween. That’s where I store up ideas for all kinds of Halloween treats and things.

The very first photo is of me and my daughter on her very first Halloween. She was just over two months old and wearing an “I love Mummy” outfit! LOL!

I hope you have a fabulous day and an awesome weekend!

Follow Caridad’s board Halloween on Pinterest.

Share Button

#ThrowbackThursday A New York City Christmas & ONE LAST NIGHT

I love the Jersey Shore which is why I set so many of my books there, including the first two novellas in the Take a Chance series. But I also love New York City and have likewise set a number of books there, including almost all of The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novel series.

One Last Night New Adult Erotic RomanceFor a chance of pace, I decided to set the third novella in the Take a Chance series, ONE LAST NIGHT, in New York City.

Today’s Throwback Thursday are some photos that I took in 2011 during our annual Christmas jaunt to NYC!

We love going into the city and getting a chance to be tourists for a change. When you live or work somewhere, you sometimes don’t get the opportunity to really see how unique it is, so this is our time to explore and enjoy things we might normally miss.

I will be donating all proceeds from sales of ONE LAST NIGHT from October 27 to November 3 to Hope For The Warriors®.

I’m also happy to say that right now they’ve received a grant from The John Stewart Morton, Jr. Gift Fund which has offered Hope For The Warriors® a gift matching opportunity. His family will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, until the end of the year. YEAH!

That means that every dollar I contribute will be matched, so please help me out to help our military men, women and families.

ONE LAST NIGHT is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is available at these retailers:

Share Button

#WriteWed Why I Love America & Support Our Military

**WARNING** Some may think that what I am about to say is a little political which is something I don’t normally do, but I want you to understand why I love America and why I support our military through things like these charity campaigns that I do with my books.

Many of you know I was not born here. I am a refugee from Cuba. I come from a country where basic freedoms are denied its people. I came to a country that permits its citizens to express their views and where you can be anything you want to be if you are willing to work hard enough for it.

America is my home now and I love it. I honor its traditions and history. I respect its values and believe it to be a wonderful place.

There are many Americans who think otherwise, I know. They say America is bad and has done bad things. I think of all the amazing things it’s done for people like me and other people around the world and I wonder, Why are there so many self-hating Americans? Why can’t they see the wonder of this totally exceptional country? Why are they trying to fundamentally change a Nation that has accomplished so much in so little time?

But beyond that, I know that this Nation would not be what it is and that its people would not have the freedoms that they do without the sacrifices of our military men, women and their families. It is their service that keeps us free and able to express our opinions, something that so many people around the world cannot do because they live in tyranny.

One Last Night New Adult Erotic RomanceBecause of those sacrifices made on my behalf, I will be donating all proceeds from sales of ONE LAST NIGHT from October 27 to November 3 to Hope For The Warriors®.

I’m also happy to say that right now they’ve received a grant from The John Stewart Morton, Jr. Gift Fund which has offered Hope For The Warriors® a gift matching opportunity. His family will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, until the end of the year. YEAH!

That means that every dollar I contribute will be matched, so please help me out to help our military men, women and families.

ONE LAST NIGHT is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is available at these retailers:

Share Button

#TeaserTuesday ONE LAST NIGHT #Erotic #Military Romance

One Last Night New Adult Erotic RomanceAs I mentioned yesterday, from October 27 until November 3, I will be donating all proceeds from sales of ONE LAST NIGHT to a nationally recognized organization that helps wounded military men, women and their families. I’ve decided that organization will be HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS.

ONE LAST NIGHT is the story of Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason who is home from war and has just one wish: to reconcile with his estranged father. This is the very first scene in the novella when Trevor comes up to his father’s office, hoping to arrange a meal with him so they can talk out their differences.

In this scene, Trevor meets Maggie Sullivan, his father’s intern and a young woman who he knows from his past. I hope you enjoy it!

Teaser

Chapter 1

Nothing could have prepared Maggie Sullivan for the sight of Trevor Mason standing there in his Marine uniform. Nothing.

He waited patiently by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the anteroom to his father’s office. Incredibly broad shoulders filled out the khaki fabric and tapered down into a lean waist and hips. His legs were thick with muscle and braced slightly apart while he waited, his hat tucked under his arm.

His face was in profile and the morning sun cast bright light on his features and the short strands of his sandy-colored hair. He had a strong resolute jaw. Full lips and a straight slash of a nose that all came together on a face which would tempt most women.

By her guesstimate, Trevor had been there for at least fifteen minutes while his father finished up a conference call. In reality, his father could have ended the call as soon as his son had arrived, but for some reason he’d kept on chatting as she’d sat in the room, watching Trevor through the office’s glass wall.

He’d changed a great deal physically since the last time she’d seen him nearly five years ago at his high school graduation party. She’d been sixteen at the time and working as a waitress at the country club to save money for college expenses.

Trevor had been part of the pack of rich kids who spent the summers hanging out at the club, but unlike some of the others, he’d always had the time to say hello and offer up a smile. Maybe it was because he was nouveau riche and not as spoiled as the teens from old money.

She remembered that smile, full of life and so warm, like summer sunshine. It had always caused a funny skitter in her heart and lower. She wondered if it still would.

His father finally hung up the phone and turned his attention to her. “Please prepare a memo of the discussions we just had for the file.”

“Yes, sir,” she said and shot a look out the glass wall to where Trevor still waited. “I’ll let your son know you’re free.”

“No,” Samuel Mason blurted and reached out for her as she rose from the chair where she had been taking notes. Mr. Mason’s regular administrative assistant was on vacation and she was filling in for the woman.

At her confused look, he dropped his hand to the desktop and said, “Please let him in, but if you don’t mind, I’d rather you stayed while we chat. I think the two of you knew each other back in high school.”

If serving Trevor lunch or handing him towels counted as knowing each other, she supposed that they did. “I met him at the country club while I was working there.”

“Fine, then,” he said and leaned back in his chair to wait, obviously forcing himself to remain calm.

Like his son, he had a strong jaw, but that was where the similarities ended. Samuel Mason was thin, elegant, and dark-haired. Almost effeminate compared to his very masculine and robust son.

Maggie closed the portfolio with the pages of notes she had taken and walked out to the anteroom. As she entered, Trevor faced her.

She waited for that warm smile that did such delicious things inside her. Instead, his full lips were in a grim slash across that handsome face and she realized that Trevor had changed in more ways than one.

There was little left of the high school kid she remembered. From the sheer physical size of him to the hard chiseled lines of his face, Trevor was all man and not a happy one at that.

She held out her hand and introduced herself. “Maggie Sullivan. I’m sorry you’ve had to wait.”

He eyeballed her hand, but finally shook it as he said, “Trevor Mason.” He paused and looked her up and down, narrowing his gaze as he considered her. “Have we met before?”

She was pleasantly surprised that he seemed to remember her. “I’m Maggie. I used to work – ”

“At the country club,” he finished for her and once again eyed her intently. “You’ve grown up, Maggie,” he said, the tones of his voice deep and exciting. The sound of her name on his lips sent a tingle of sexual awareness through her.

“So have you, Mr. Mason,” she said, earning a chuckle from him and the first hint of that enticing smile on his lips.

“Yeah, I guess I have and it’s Lieutenant Mason. Mr. Mason is my father.” He shot a look through the glass to where his father sat in his office, waiting for them, and for a moment, before he schooled his emotions, loneliness skipped across his features.

“Please come in,” she said with a smile and motioned in the direction of the office door.

Info for ONE LAST NIGHT

ONE LAST NIGHT is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is available at these retailers:

Share Button

#ManCandyMonday ONE LAST NIGHT & #Giveaways

One Last Night New Adult Erotic RomanceLots of things happening this Monday! For starters, from today until November 3, I will be donating all proceeds from sales of ONE LAST NIGHT to a nationally recognized organization that helps wounded military men, women and their families.

ONE LAST NIGHT is the story of Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason who is home from war and has just one wish: to reconcile with his estranged father. But when his father abruptly cancels their dinner plans, his dad’s sexy intern Maggie Sullivan shows up to offer an apology and compassion. The sexual heat between Trevor and Maggie is immediate. Can one last night turn into something much more lasting?

ONE LAST NIGHT is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is available at these retailers:

For some more housekeeping before we get to today’s Man Candy!

Book Birthday Winner

The winner of an e-copy of the Take a Chance Erotic Romance box set and a Vampire Reborn t-shirt is . . .

Colleen!

Yeah! Please send me your email and postal addresses so I can get out the goodies for you!

Romancing Halloween Blog Hop

Speaking of #giveaways, I’m part of the Romancing Halloween Blog Hop and you can win a grand prize as well as a number of other prizes by visiting the various stops along the Blog Hop.

Man Candy – Tattoos or no Tattoos

What do you think about the tattoo craze? I’m not sure I’m a fan of it, especially when entire arms and other body parts are so filled with “art” that skin is not visible. What about today’s choice? Thumbs up or down?
mc102714

Share Button

Romancing Halloween Blog Hop

romancinghalloween

Thank you for visiting with me during the Romancing Halloween Blog Hop! I’m so glad you could drop by. For a chance to win an e-copy of GHOST OF A CHANCE paranormal novella, just leave a comment on the blog about what is your favorite thing to do on Halloween between October 25 and midnight EST on November 1.

I love so many things about Halloween. I love decorating my house and getting it ready for the kids.
10626547_10152386633760913_8895231068657233080_n

I also love getting dressed up! This is a photo of my hubby-to-be, me and my sister all dressed up for a Halloween party!
halloween1

But I also love seeing all the little kids dressed up in their costumes and handing out treats to them.

Last but not least, I love reading paranormal romances and also love writing paranormal romances. My latest release is actually a box set with some buddies. SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS is 12 sexy tales of vampires, shifter and spirits and is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time.

So what are your fav things about Halloween? Leave a comment on this blog between October 25 and midnight EST November 1 for a chance to win an e-copy of GHOST OF A CHANCE paranormal novella.

To win the grand prize, please follow the instructions on this Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share Button

#FoodieFriday Tex-Mex Soup #Recipe

When I know I’m pressed for time to make dinner, I like to make something that’s easy to re-heat and will do double-duty as a possible lunch item. This week it was time to look in the pantry and see what I could put together for such a meal.

What I came up with was a quick and easy Tex-Mex style soup that I was able to enjoy on multiple days! I hope you’ll like it.

Ingredients

2 cups chopped carrots
1 large onion chopped
1 can black beans
1 can creamed corn (regular corn will do it also)
1 can Rotel Tomatoes & Chiles (This is a new must have in my pantry)
1 small can tomato sauce
8 oz chicken stock
8 oz water
2 boneless chicken breasts chopped
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

Saute the carrots, onions and chicken in the olive oil. Cook until the chicken is just starting to brown and the onions look translucent.

Drain the black beans and add to the pot. Then add everything else! Simmer for about two to three hours.

That’s it.

You can finish up this soup by adding some cooked noodles or serving it over rice. I love matzoh balls so I made a few of those and tossed them in. Top your finished bowl with some shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions and/or sour cream.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple Tex-Mex Soup recipe.
TexMexSoup

Share Button

#ThrowbackThursday & ONE LAST NIGHT #Giveaway

Wow, is this week flying by! Today’s Throwback Thursday is to yesterday when I got a surprise and was able to go see the filming of the Rachel Ray show! Actually part of one show and then a whole show. What we taped yesterday will be on air on October 24 and November 6. I must set my DVR to tape the shows and see if we’re visible. Actually, my sis got to ask a question on one of the shows, so I know for sure that she’s visible.

As for the ONE LAST NIGHT giveaway, visit with me at Bitten by Books for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Yeah! I’ll be there until October 25. You can use this link to visit: http://bit.ly/1ykPKSL

Also, if you use social media at all, please consider sharing a post through my Thunderclap to help our military heroes! You can click here to help out. You will only share this one post automatically and not receive any other messages or posts. Thank you!

Share Button

#WriteWed FOLLOWING JANE Inspiration

Following JaneToday’s Write Wednesday is dedicated to my fabulous daughter and her debut novel, FOLLOWING JANE.

Samantha was lucky enough to spend a semester in London and when combined with her love of Jane Austen and an assortment of boy bands, it was only natural that she mix up all three loves into a fun and emotionally compelling story.

FOLLOWING JANE is a young adult romance that combines a scavenger hunt left behind by none other than Jane Austen with a young woman’s desire to fulfill her dying mother’s last words: to take up an adventure that is “just around the corner.”

The heroine, Lizzie (of course), sets off to London and along the way meets a young boy band member who will soon assist her in her quest and also present another challenge: romance.

Congratulations Samantha on this debut novel! I am so proud of you! What do others have to say about this novel? Here’s just one of the many 5 star reviews:

“I literally could not put this book down. It follows a young woman around England in such a way, you feel as if you are there yourself. With a little love, lots of laughs, tears, and mystery, this book is a must read. For the 20-somethings, the 30-somethings, and beyond, Jane will show you how to be independent, brave, and true to yourself. Kudos to the author for taking us on this journey!” Meaghan Abell, Reader

samauthorAbout the Author: Debut author Samantha Scordato has been penning stories in her journals for many years. She fell in love with Jane Austen at an early age and kept up with her love through an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and an MBA from Philadelphia University. After graduating, Samantha turned her attention to her two loves: Running a surf and skate shop and writing. FOLLOWING JANE is Samantha’s first novel, but she has already finished another novel. For more information, please visit www.lifemythlegend.com.

Share Button

#BookBirthday! Release Day Party & #Giveaway

Seductive Supernaturals Box SetToday is the official release day for the Seductive Supernaturals box set! We are all so excited and thank you for all the support you’ve shown the set so far! You all rock!

To celebrate the release, we’ve got a two day launch party going on on Facebook! You can click here to join us at our party. We’ve got lots of prizes and other fun things happening.

I know some of you are not on Facebook, so we’re going to have our own little party here! Leave a comment on this blog post either today or tomorrow for a chance to win an e-copy of the Take a Chance Erotic Romance box set and a Vampire Reborn t-shirt.

And now, we’ve got a little video premiere for you for the Seductive Supernaturals box set. We hope you enjoy it! Click here if you can’t see the video below.

Share Button