Thursday, November 30, 2017

Following Your Heart by Riley Hart


Follow your heart...it's just an easy thing to say but not always an easy thing to do. I've been working toward making myself do that lately and part of that journey has been writing exactly what I want to write. That's the case with JARED'S EVOLUTION and JARED'S FULFILLMENT.

JARED'S FULFILLMENT went live today. It was even scarier than the release of the first book. I broke some "romance rules" but those rules needed to be broken. Jared and Kieran's journey isn't an easy one or a traditional one but it was right for them. It was what they both needed and I'm so honored I got to tell their story.



Kieran

My relationship with Jared has lasted too long. He's mesmerizing, beautiful in his devotion, pure in his need. He reaches parts of me I thought no longer existed, places I'd never known were there. His submission is a gift. His cries of pleasure and pain call to the most primal parts of me. I want to inhale him, own him, mark him as mine. He's my boy and I need to be his Daddy, but my fear holds me back. I'll fail him like I've failed everyone else I've loved. Before that happens, I'll walk away.

Jared

I've never known security, love, or true pleasure before Kieran. With every touch, every command, every second of blissful, torturous pain, my heart grows and my soul is at peace. He protects me, spoils me, gives me what I need. Still, in some ways, he's closed off and won't let me in. But Kieran's given me strength. I've evolved, and won't accept less than I deserve...and I won't let Daddy accept less than he deserves, either.

It's a delicate balance: give and take, pleasure and pain. Together we can break each other down to our purest forms and build each other up again. Kieran always says I'm stronger than I think, but I know that together we're invincible...if only he'd believe me.

We have two choices: say goodbye or fight for what's always been out of both our reaches...fulfillment.

Warning:
Jared's Fulfillment contains BDSM elements, domestic discipline, spanking, and daddy kink--without age play--between consenting adults. If any of those things offend you, reading this book might not be a good idea.

Jared's Evolution and Jared's Fulfillment must be read in order.

Available exclusively from Amazon. PurchaseHERE.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ask Andrew - We All Have Our Limits



Dear Andrew,

I personally won't read BDSM or books referencing pedophilia as if it's ok. I also stay away from books that don't have a HEA or HFN if I read reviews pointing them out first. Is there anything you don't like to read or write? Something that's taboo for you? I know some writer's say they may read something but don't feel comfortable writing it.

Thx, Kendra

Dear Kendra

There are a number of things that I don't read or write.

I don't write BDSM because I have very little interest in it.  I don't read it either just because its something that isn't for me.  I know others write, read, and enjoy it, and that's great!  But its not for me.  I think that being able to say that something isn't for me is good, because not every story or book is for every reader.  

Like you I only read stories with a happy ending and I only write ones that end that way.  Life is hard enough and its filled with sad endings.  Yes I understand that not all stories can end happy because that's not how the world works.  But when I read, I want to escape a little and be able to relax and enjoy of love story that ends well.

There are genres that I read that I won't ever write: historical, steam punk, dystopian.  I like reading those kind of stories, but I think they take a very special kind of talent to write and I don't have it.  So I read them, love them, and appreciate them, but I don't write them.

Thank you for writing me
Hugs and Love
Andrew

Ask Andrew will return next week and is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A holiday and (some not holiday) food facts from BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean!


A Holiday Food Quiz from BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean

We all love to cook and bake for the holidays, so we saw this on the Food Network and had to try!

BA Tortuga

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's holiday dish?

Wheat. Wheat wheat wheat, devil wheat.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

Rare meat. I can't cope.

What was your most memorable holiday meal? What, where, who? Details, please.

Oh, every year is a new memory. Seriously. Every year is the new best.

What's your guilty pleasure holiday food?

Chex Mix!

Non-holiday Qs.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

Spicy tuna sushi

What kitchen tool can't you live without?

Assuming you don't count basics like knives and pans? I'd have to say my air fryer or my Instant Pot. I use them both constantly.

If you weren't a writer, what career would you like to have tried?

Gluten free baker

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?

New Orleans, baybee

What's your favorite late-night snack?

Pickles and sharp cheddar cheese.

What's one must-have at your last supper?

Green chile burger and fries

Who's your favorite person to cook with?

My wife, no question. Cooking with her is one of my favorite things on earth. We laugh so much.

Rapid fire: Think fast!

Ketchup or mustard? Mustard, please.

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Burger or hot dog? Burger (although I love a hot dog)

Cream cheese or butter? Butter

Soda or water? Water

Sprinkles or jimmies? What the fuck's a jimmie?

Kiernan Kelly

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's holiday dish?

Liver. Because…ew, it’s liver.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

Again, liver, and for the same reason.

What was your most memorable holiday meal? What, where, who?

I have too many to choose just one. Every holiday meal I had while growing up is a memory I cherish, as is every one I share with my family now.

Details, please. What's your guilty pleasure holiday food?

Leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce. Boring, I know, but true. I look forward to leftover sandwiches more than I do the holiday meal.

Non-holiday Qs. Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

Chinese food. I’ve tried to make it at home and failed miserably.

What kitchen tool can't you live without?

My Kitchen Aid mixer. I love it. I would have its little mixer babies if I could.

If you weren't a writer, what career would you like to have tried?

At one point I seriously wanted to be a paleontologist, although I also wanted to be an actor. Either of those, or some weird combination thereof.

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?

New Orleans. I love Cajun food and chicory coffee!

What's your favorite late-night snack? .

Grapes and sharp cheddar cheese.

What's one must-have at your last supper?

Steak. Thick, juicy, and rare, please, with fresh, roasted asparagus on the side.

Who's your favorite person to cook with?

The hubs. We make a good team, except when it comes to loading the dishwasher. Then he gets a little manic. He has a thing about loading the dishwasher. I’ve learned to just roll with it.

Ketchup or mustard? Mustard

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

Coffee or tea? COFFEE!

Burger or hot dog? Burger

Cream cheese or butter? Butter

Soda or water? Water

Sprinkles or jimmies? Sprinkles, unless I’m in New Jersey. Then it’s jimmies. LOL

Sean Michael

Oooo, cooking questions. I'm an enthusiastic cook rather than talented one, but I tend not to burn things. Most of the time.

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's holiday dish?

Fish - not seafood - if it has a shell I probably love it, but fish like salmon and halibut etc. No thank you, though I will eat it if cooked by someone else.

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

eggplant = GROSS

What was your most memorable holiday meal? What, where, who? Details, please.)

So when I was 10/11 we lived in Germany for a year and for Christsmas we went up to Denmark to visit my mom's relatives. We had been eating Danish traditional christmas every since I could remember, so we knew pretty much what to expect.

Except they served the rice poudding with the almond in it (the one who got the almond got the prize) before the rest of the meal instead of after. And they didn't put the almond in until the second round. The idea I guess is that everyone fills up on the cheap rice dish and so not as much of the expensive goose, etc would be needed. But I hated rice poudding and the only reason I would eat it was for a chance at the almond. And my mom always gave us little mini bowls. This was two huge bowlfuls of it. Blah. We also danced around the Christmas tree that had real candles on it - that was cool.

What's your guilty pleasure holiday food?

Isn't it all holiday food guilty pleasure food? And honestly, I can't think of anything I like that much better than everything else...

Non-holiday Qs.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

Alfredo pasta - never made an alfredo sauce at home. I'm very picky about alfredo though and very few places don't do it right.

What kitchen tool can't you live without?

I love my salad dressing thing - put the ingredients in and shake, then use the hand spout to poor it over your salad. I also love the pizza wheel for cutting pizzas.

If you weren't a writer, what career would you like to have tried?

Astronaut or marine biologist.

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?

Montreal

What's your favorite late-night snack?

ritz crackers with cheeze whiz

What's one must-have at your last supper?

Steak.

Who's your favorite person to cook with?

BA Tortuga

Rapid fire: Think fast!

Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla

Coffee or tea? Tea

Burger or hot dog? Burger

Cream cheese or butter? Butter (depending on what it is, because for some things, cream cheese)

Soda or water? Soda, though I should have water and if it was all I could ever have, I'd have to go water

Sprinkles or jimmies? Is there a difference?

Julia Talbot

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else's holiday dish?

Liver. I agree with Kiernan What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

Anything with duck liver pate or conventionally raised veal

What was your most memorable holiday meal? What, where, who? Details, please.

There are two. The first was when I was 21 and my cousin Julie finally told our Aunt to hush and stop trying to ruin Thanksgiving, and then my first Thanksgiving at the BA family household, where BA and I cooked for hours and never got a bite of turkey. I had never seen so many people at one thanksgiving, and that includes the aforementioned Talbot Thanksgiving, where there were 12 people. BA says, "Amateurs"

What's your guilty pleasure holiday food?

Chocolate covered cherries. I only eat them at Christmas

Non-holiday Qs.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

Sushi

What kitchen tool can't you live without?

a spatula

If you weren't a writer, what career would you like to have tried? archaeologist or sociologist

What's your favorite "food city" to visit?

Venice

What's your favorite late-night snack?

Chips and almonds

What's one must-have at your last supper?

Spaghetti and meat sauce

Who's your favorite person to cook with?

My wife, BA

Rapid fire: Think fast!

Ketchup or mustard? Mustard

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Burger or hot dog? both!

Cream cheese or butter? Butter

Soda or water? Diet Sprite

Sprinkles or jimmies? Sprinkles!

XXOO

Julia

http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:

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Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

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Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Sunday!


Hello, everyone!

I'm Jodi Payne, and I'm new to the Cafe Risque family. I'm super excited to be sharing my Sundays with you guys.

As I write this, I'm coming off of the apocryphal Tryptophan high of Thanksgiving Day. My family celebrated Thanksgiving at my cousin's house this year and all I came home with was the last remaining slice of the apple pie I'd brought with me, and nothing else.

But what is Thanksgiving without leftovers? So Friday morning, while many of you were out shopping for bargains, I was in my pajamas cooking a wee turkey breast, stuffing, and mashed potatoes to go with the make-ahead gravy, cranberry-apple sauce, and butternut squash that my wife and I had made on Wednesday, specifically so we could sit and watch TV and eat turkey sandwiches over the weekend.

Now it's Sunday, I'm on carb-overload and I'm not sure I ever want to see turkey again! And that idea inspired a Sunday Top 5.

The Top 5 things I won't miss about Thanksgiving:

1. Turkey - I'm just not that big a fan. My Thanksgiving plate is completely upside down, with the proteins and the veggies low on the priority list, and the carbs taking top billing. Gravy is a pretty good percentage of my plate, too.

2. Driving - I mean, I have to drive places, but holiday driving sucks, right? Traffic, nutjob drivers with questionable sobriety, people in too much of a hurry, people not in enough of a hurry (the worst!) Yeah. Not going to miss the Thanksgiving travel.

3. That relative - we all have one, right? At least? Enough said.

4. Football - I know, I know. Everyone loves football. NOPE! I don't love football. I don't love the TV being hogged by the football watchers when there are other amazing things on like... uh...  the Tom Hanks-giving on HBO. Yes! An entire day of Tom Hanks movies. Heh. Okay. Well, it's better than football.

5. Watching my mouth - What happens when you get a group of people together that otherwise only see each other twice a year? Stuff gets said. Child-rearing, how to make gravy, onions or no onions in the stuffing, that celebrity that did something stupid, the relative that didn't make it that year (oh, guys... never be that relative, or if you are, just know you're going to be discussed), politics OMG. This is all dangerous territory for Jodi. And when you add wine? Oh, so much potential for me to get myself in trouble. Having opinions sucks, huh?

Haha. I love Thanksgiving. I really do. I hope yours was everything you wanted it to be.

Until next week. Cheers!

Jodi
jodipayne.net



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Creative Process
from Dreamspinner Press!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Discount On Books! By S.C. Wynne




Hello, all,

I trust you're all recovered from your Thanksgiving holiday, if you celebrate that is. I spent the day with family and it was a lot of fun. Much wine was consumed, and there was plenty of laughter.

I've never been someone who stands in line on Black Friday. It's just not my thing. I'd much rather shop on line and maybe pay a little more. Besides, we all know there's really only one or two TV sets for $20, right? It's a come on, people! Don't fall for that line again this year.

But I know lots of people love to do that. They camp out over night and make new friends with the other people in line. They seem to really love it, and it's a tradition for them each year.

I think I like creature comforts too much to be that dedicated about saving money on a few things. Not that I don't like saving money, because of course I do. And that leads me to this sale that's going on as we speak.

Dreamspinner Press is having a sale right now. SHOP HERE I have four books with them and all four are 35% at the moment. So if you've been waiting to buy my books, now is a good time to go get them!

Also, the 35% is for all the books on their site, so, yeah, that's pretty great!

Well, hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I'll check in with you again next Saturday.

S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sale! Sale! Sale! by Cardeno C.



Tomorrow is Black Friday, which means sales! I want to offer readers something special on this shopping weekend so I've taken inspiration from the 12 days of Christmas and put 12 of my books on Kindle Countdowns at Amazon. I have something for everyone - novels and novellas, contemporaries and paranormals sexy and sweet!

The countdowns start at midnight on Black Friday and go through Cyber Monday with each book starting at only $.99.

1. He Completes Me
Amazon
Amazon UK

2. Wake Me Up Inside
Amazon
Amazon UK

3. Blue Mountain
Amazon
Amazon UK

4. McFarland's Farm
Amazon
Amazon UK

5. Something in the Way He Needs
Amazon
Amazon UK

6. Johnnie
Amazon
Amazon UK

7. In Another Life & Eight DaysAll of Me
Amazon
Amazon UK

8. Jumping In
Amazon
Amazon UK

9. Places in Time
Amazon
Amazon UK

10. A Shot at Forgiveness
Amazon
Amazon UK

11. Rough Edges
Amazon
Amazon UK

12. All of Me
Amazon
Amazon UK

[Please note that Amazon offers Kindle Countdowns only at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K.]

Have a great week and happy shopping!

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Andrew Grey


Hello Everyone

I want to extend my best and warmest wishes for an amazing Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  My earliest Thanksgiving memories are at my grandparents house.  My grandfather died when I was six, but I have vague memories of him carving the turkey at Thanksgiving and me sitting at the far end of the table, watching him, waiting for my plate.  Its one of the very few memories I have of him.

I hope this Thanksgiving gives you a host of memories that you remember for a lifetime.

Andrew

Ask Andrew will return next week and is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

Visit Andrew on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks  and you can join Andrew's fan group All The Way With Andrew Grey.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgivng fro BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Monday, November 20, 2017

New to Audio? Try One of Mine Free! by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I got an email from Audible telling me how to set up codes that readers can use these to get a free audio book with a 30 day free Audible trial membership. I set up codes to each of my books - you can find them here: http://www.cardenoc.com/en/audio.

See the blue underlined "here"? That's where you can click for the link on each page:



If you've never had an Audible membership but have been thinking of trying - now's the time! Have a great rest of your week and for those in the U.S. happy Thanksgiving!

CC
www.cardenoc.com

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Happy Early Thanksgiving! by S.C. Wynne


I won't post again until after Thanksgivng, so I wanted to wish you happy times with family and
friends.

I love all the recipes being shared this time of year! I will admit though, I'm a creature of habit. I like the recipes from my family that have been handed down, although I love the IDEA of trying new things and experimenting with recipes. But you can't put gravy on ideas! :D

My mom makes this lime, cream cheese and pineapple Jello thing on holidays. My mother-in-law made a variation on it with cranberries instead of lime. They're both good, although I think the lime is more refreshing with a heavy meal. But cranberries are a holiday staple. The thing is, even if I'm full and don't really want the Jello, I always have to take at least some and have it on my plate. It just seems wrong to ignore that traditional dish.

Do you have things like that on the table? Something you don't really like eating, but you take some anyway because it's TRADITION?

The photo I posted today has brussel sprouts in it. Is that a Thanksgiving THING? Why wasn't I told? lol I'm not sure about that one. What do you think? Brussel Sprouts on Thanksgiving? Yay or nay?

Enjoy your holiday and be good to each other. Let's not take for granted that those we love will always be around. Be patient and kind to one another and let's truly give thanks for those people that mean so much to us.

S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com

Friday, November 17, 2017

Let the Games Begin! by Felice Stevens


I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving. This holiday has always been my favorite. It has nothing to do with religion—it's all about food, fun and family. 
I always want to try something new on the holidays but get shouted down by my kids. They want the turkey, and I always make a brisket. I make my own cranberry sauce and add chopped up apples or pears and lots of cinnamon. We have to have bread stuffing—nothing fancy but it's my favorite part of the meal. Simply thinking about the fried onion, mushrooms and garlic mixed with the bread chunks has me salivating. 

When I was little my parents best friends were a childless couple and they always spent the holidays with us. My "Aunt" Ruth was an extremely skinny woman who no matter where she went, dressed as if she was was at the finest dinner party. Her hair was always done, nails polished and makeup just so. She also barely ate, except when she came for Thanksgiving dinner and I made a sweet potato pineapple souffle from the Joy of Cooking. Aunt Ruth would take TWO helpings.
I thought I'd give you the recipe, copyright of The Joy of Cooking and ask you what's your favorite Thanksgiving day food memory and if you can, share your recipe!



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare 3 cups of boiled peeled sweet potatoes.
Mash the potatoes with the following ingredients:
3 tbs butter or margarine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 beaten egg yolks

Fold in 1/2-3/4 cups of crushed pineapple. Let the mixture cool.
Whip the two egg whites until stiff and fold into the sweet potato mixture. Pour into a greased 7" baking dish and bake at 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.
Happy Holidays from my family to yours!!




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weird Thanksgiving Recipes from Ba, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Today we're sharing some Thanksgiving recipes that are little out there. Offbeat, weird, and wonderful.

BA

Tamale Stuffed Turkey

Cook a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of minced garlic and 2 diced jalapenos in a stick of butter.

Add a can of creamed corn and a dozen (whatever kind you want) tamales husked and chopped up.

If it's too dry, add chicken broth until the mixture loosens.

Stuff your turkey and cook however make you happy until a thermometer reads 165 in the stuffing
(or stick the dressing in a pan and cook at 350 for an hour).


Julia

So my weird recipe for Thanksgiving comes from my dad. It's a relish plate, and people may say how is that weird?

Well, with this recipe, it's the process, not the ingredients.

Mom would ask dad to make the relish plate every year. This was her way to keep him busy after the parade but before football. It would take him an hour. When he got into his 70s, it took him two hours.

So here we go.

Take one really fancy plate. If you have a glass deviled egg plate, use this.
Open a can of jellied cranberry sauce and place it at the center of the plate as is. Unsliced.
Cut 6 gherkins into halves. Place around plate evenly. Cut 6 tiny slivers of cheddar cheese. Disperse samely. Cut carrots into matchsticks and place around. Put one black olive between gherkins and carrots, totaling six. Carve six radishes into roses. Place around cranberry sauce so by the end of the meal they're weird and purple. Fill celery with bottled old English cheese spread and use to add color to plate. Serve cold.

Now, when I married into my wife's family, I said, let Dad make the relish tray. BA said, "Sure," then watched with horror as dad went to town, slicing and dicing.

To make relish trays BA's family way:

Get 3 big trays. Open bags of chopped cauliflower and broccoli and dump on tray. Add baby carrots and cleaned radishes. Add container of ranch dip (recently homemade). Make cheese ball the size of a head of cabbage. Put in in center of second tray. Add crackers, sliced cheese and lunchmeat. On third tray, pile dill pickles (never gherkins) black and green olives, and possibly sliced bell peppers. Voila. You can see the conflict, right?

So, there you have the Talbot/Tortuga relish tray tradition. We still serve both.

Happy Thanksgiving


Kiernan

My mother’s side of the family is Italian, and even Thanksgiving dinner was served with pasta. The first course was antipasto. Plates and bowls of rolled cold cuts, olives, anchovies, peppers, and fresh bread were served. Ravioli was a second course for us, complete with a full accompaniment of meats – sausage, meatballs, braciola, pig’s skin, and chunks of beef all cooked to perfection in tomato sauce (which we Italians in New Jersey call “gravy”). Then came the turkey with all the trimmings, followed at last by dessert and fruit.

The most unusual thing I remember my aunts and mother making was liver loaf, which was served with the second course. Why anyone thought liver loaf was a must-have on Thanksgiving is beyond me, but we always had it for every holiday, beginning with Thanksgiving. Here’s the recipe if anyone has a hankering for liver in loaf form (Note: I did not keep this as a part of our holiday fare because…ew, liver).

INGREDIENTS
1 pound of beef liver, sliced and skinned
1 egg
2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 pound of ground pork sausage
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

INSTRUCTIONS
Put the egg and ketchup in the blender. Cut the liver in small chunks and add slowly along with the chopped onion. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, and blend until the entire mixture is smooth.

Pour into a large bowl and add the sausage meat and breadcrumbs. Spread in a greased 9 inch loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Let cool, then slice and serve.


 Sean

So I usually spend Thanksgiving (the US version) with BA and Julia and one year I'd seen this recipe for bacon wrapped chicken bites and asked if we could try it. Of course they said yes - BA and Julia are the queens of encouraging my culinary adventures. It was so good, we've made it as a part of my Thanksgiving visit every year since.

You take a pound of bacon and cut each slice into three pieces. Then you cut up a couple of large chicken breasts into one inch pieces. They should all be the same size, but I can tell you from experience that none of the pieces are the same size. That's totally okay. Wrap the chicken in the bacon slices.

Next, you take a cup or so of brown sugar and mix in 3 tablespoons of chili - you can put in more or less chili depending on how spicy you like things. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken chunks in the brown sugar mix and put in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 until the bacon is crispy.

These taste great warmed up. We usually make them Monday or Tuesday and then snack on them while we're cooking the rest of Thanksgiving. Now it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without them.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Audio Books by S.C. Wynne


Morning all!

I'm trying to decide if I should dip my toe into audio books. It's not cheap. Even short books aren't cheap.

Audible.com is coming out with a new subscription service for listeners. I'm not sure if that will be a bad thing or a good thing for authors. All these concepts like an audio book subscription service and KU are awesome for readers, but they are slowly choking the revenue stream for the authors. I'm not sure how Amazon thinks authors will survive to create content if they take away our ability to make a profit.

But even with that said, I'm interested in seeing what making an audio book is like. I've been listening to auditions this week and some of them are good and some are simply dreadful. Often the ones that aren't a good fit aren't bad because of the actual narrator's performance. Maybe it's something as simple as they sound too old for the character I've written. Or too soft and hesitant. I found it amusing that some of the narrators apparently didn't understand who the two MC's are and so the second main character, who is a detective, was portrayed as a cigar smoking tough guy with a NY accent. lol It was very amusing.

Do you read audio books? Do you buy them only with the credits or do you also spend your money o books you really want?

I've been thinking more and more I'd enjoy audio books. Because I write so much by the time my day winds up, my eyes are tired and I love the idea of having the story told to me.

Tell me what you think. :)

S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Things We Are Grateful For with BA, Julia, KIernan and Sean


Today we are sharing three things we are grateful for, one big, one medium and one small.

BA
Big: My girl.
Medium: My readers
Medium-Light: Coffee

Julia
Big: My wife and dogs and home
Medium: my fans and books and all the amazing people I know
small: tacos and pizza

Kienan
Big: My family and my friends who are like family.
Med.: The ability to work at what I love.
Small: Coffee. Because... coffee.

Sean
Big: My country. I love being a Canadian.
Med: my readers - I am grateful to them every day
Small: snow - I wasn't sure if this should go in big or small, but I decided to put it in small for each individual snowflake. Snow makes me happy, deep down.

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Sean


smut fixes everything

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bayou Book Junkie's Anniversary Giveaway by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! This week, I'm participating in Bayou Book Junkie's anniversary giveaway. Lots of authors are participating and giving away prizes. Mine is winner's choice of an ebook and audio book. Check out their blog for more prize details and good lucking winning!


Have a terrific week.

CC
www.cardenoc.com


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Trying to decide GRL next year or not By S.C. Wynne


Hello all!

I see all these posts about GRL 2018 and I want to go next year, but a part of me doesn't. It's a weird thing. I have the desire to go, but I think that's because the idea of things seems so much more amazing that the reality sometimes. Reality is usually a let down. Yes, I sound like one of my characters. lol

However, there are a lot of people I'd love to actually meet in person; readers, authors, bloggers. I know there would be wonderful times, but also awkward  moments because... people.

I'm sure the costume party would be fun. Will the Cocky Boys be there next year? Dare I hope, yes? lol I'd love a photo with Carter Dane and plenty of other sexy Cocky Boys. Or some of my favorite narrators. They seem to be a bigger draw these days. I'd love to meet Kale Williams. His voice is fantastic.

Mostly, I think I'd adore just hanging out with other authors and readers in the bar area. I mean, do you really ever know anyone until they have two margaritas or a beer minimum in them? lol I don't think so. Until someone is buzzed, they're probably trying really hard to be something they're not. I could be wrong. Maybe that's only me? lol

It's quite a commitment to go to a conference. Some authors are so good about going to all of them. Then there's swag, shipping books and committing to panels or readings. It's like you have to be a grown up or something. Why would that be necessary? :P

The good part is, there's time to decide. I'm very glad about this. Will I make the right choice? Who knows. Possibly? What even is the right choice? lol Sometimes the mystery of an author is better than the reality.

S.C.

www.sc-wynne.com


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ask Andrew - Favorite Childhood Book


Dear Andrew

What was your favorite childhood book?'

Dawn

Dear Dawn

I was blessed with a grandmother and aunt who read to me a lot as a child.  I think that's where my love of story came from.  I know I drove them crazy because I already knew all the stories word for word and wasn't happy if they changed a word.  "That's not how it goes,"  was apparently a common correction on my part.

The stories I remember most from my childhood are ones that are still around today in one form or another.  Curious George, Clifford, Babar, these were all stories I was read as a child.  I adored them all.  There were others of course, but those seem to have bene my favorites.  The Night Before Christmas was another one.  I knew it by heart.  (A number of years ago I actually saw the hand written original poem in a museum in California.)

I loved being read to as a child and I read to both my nieces.  Those were special times for me because it was like I was sharing the joy that the grandmother and aunt gave me with those books all those years before.

Hugs and Love
Andrew

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

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