Monday, October 1, 2012

Getting Passionate in the Kitchen

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Hey Everyone. I was lucky enough to have one of my recipes chosen to be included in the Passionate Cooks Cookbook (Yes, I am ecstatic!). It's a free cookbook, filled with wonderful recipes, and it is NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Here are the details...

All Romance® Authors Get Passionate in the Kitchen
At All Romance® eBooks (ARe®) romance authors have donned their aprons and gotten down and dirty in kitchens across the globe, all to share the love of food for the new ARe-exclusive Passionate Cooks digital cookbook.
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
Food and love have a long association, but today digital romance retailer All Romance takes the concept one step further with the release of the free eBook Passionate Cooks, filled with over 150 recipes from those who know love best—romance authors.
Contributors include veteran writers, as well as debut authors. There are traditionally published, those with digital-first publishers, and those who are self-published, all sharing their culinary favorites.
The cookbook includes New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Mari Carr’s “Wild Irish” Cream of Crab Soup recipe. Western GBLT author BA Tortuga contributes a dish as spicy and colorful as the straight-shooting author herself with Ranch Hands—a blend of Tabasco, salsa, onions and cumin, added to pinto beans, eggs, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese and served in a tortilla. And for those of you who are feeling extra creative and sexy, there’s the Avocado Dip that doubles as body paint from mystery writer Marcia James.
Some recipes are simple, such as Down Home Mac & Cheese, while some are more exotic, such as Spicy Shrimp Risotto. There are even some gluten-free selections, like the Sweet and Spicy Gluten-Free Lo Mein-ish Noodles from erotica author Sommer Marsden. And a few are perfectly timed for a Halloween, such as Tracey H. Kitt’s Gamberi del Diavolo or Shrimp of the Devil.
Much like romance novels themselves, the dishes range from spicy to sweet. From desserts with historical overtones, such as Early American Ginger Cutouts, to those with a more modern and exotic flare, like the Hot Cha Cha Cha Chipotle Cake, there’s something to satisfy the taste of every food lover.
The enthusiasm of the contributing authors has been overwhelming. “One author has created a Passionate Cooks apron, bag, mouse pad and bookmarks as a giveaway to promote the launch,” said Julie Cummings, ARe’s manager of marketing and publicity. Cummings is speaking of author Rhonda Laurel, who contributed the recipe for Blissful Banana Pudding Trifle.
The October release of this 250-page free download will be accompanied by, among other events, guest blog posts by the authors at ARe Café, and photos of the dishes posted at ARe’s Pinterest account. Readers can keep track of the happenings on Twitter at the hashtag #AReCooks or on the Passionate Cooks Facebook Page at
All Romance eBooks, LLC was founded in 2006, is privately held in partnership, and headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. The company owns All Romance (, which specializes in the sale of romance eBooks, OmniLit (, which sells both fiction and non-fiction eBooks, and ARe Cafe (, a community for passionate bibliophiles.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Promo: Fairyproof, by Constance Phillips

I have another fantastic book for y'all to check out! Fairyproof, by Constance Phillips, is a paranormal romance I'm itching to share with you! Check it out...

Book blurb:
When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.
Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.
A year ago, Daniel's fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He's ready to move forward with his life, but his mother's obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.
Daniel and Monique can't deny their attraction, but will the reason he's Fairyproof be too much to overcome? 

Here are her details:

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at
You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Love Chosen Virtual Book Tour and Give Aways

Oh my Goodness, this year is FLYING by! So much is going on, so many changes are happening...
There are quite a few EXCITING things going on right now. You might have noticed the two widget things to the right --------------------->
One is for a GIVE AWAY of FIVE AUTOGRAPHED copies of Love Chosen at Goodreads! WOOT! (Click on the widget. It will take you there. I promise.)

And one is the widget to take you on a virtual trip with me on tour for Love Chosen!
(for some reason, I always envisioned a book tour involving a cool bus, maybe some chocolate...)
But this is COOLER!
Why, you ask? I'm all over the WORLD!!! (via the internet, of course)
So, here's a list of where I'm going to be, virtually, and when. Come see me.
And enter to win autographed copies of Love Chosen!

Now on Tour Love Chosen by Marne Ann Kirk

August 24 review
Silver Sleep

August 25 Promo 
Book Nerd Revealed Blog

August 26 Guest blog
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

August 27 Interview
Fang-tastic Books

August 28 Promo
Captivated Reading

August 29 Interview

September 1 Guest blog
Books & Other Spells

September 2 Guest blog and review
The Book Maven

Sept 3 promo

September 4 Guest blog
TBQ's Book Palace

September 5 Promo
Mila Ramos, Paranormal & Contemporary Romance 

September 6 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

September 7 Promo
Rabid Reads – 

September 7 review
The Reading Owl

Come see me!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Write Like a Savage

Recently, I went to the movie with my honey to see Savages. I was the one who wanted to see it...Crazy, I know. Who would've thought, right? "She's a romance writer," you say. I am, it's true; but I love a good movie.
So, we went to see Savages. It's an Oliver Stone directed film about three lovers (why yes, I said three lovers), O (Blake Lively), Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and Ben (Aaron Johnson) who are uber-wealthy growing an amazing strong medicinal herb. They're perfectly happy until a Mexican drug Cartel decides they want the business and the two factions butt heads.
Things go to hell in a hand-basket fast! O gets kidnapped, lots of blood and gore and unnecessary dying of muscular ex-military hotties; Chon and O try to get her back by agreeing to the Cartel boss's terms, the  lady running the Cartel (yep, she's a super-sexy mom, like me or Vicki) tells them they can have her back in three years; they decide that won't work for them and fight back. Lots and lots more blood, violence, mayhem, and sick puppies, then...well, it ends in such a way to leave me wondering at the current state of affairs in our world...
Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh. However, I left the movie thinking it was a horrible movie. It was graphic, it was disturbing, it was too real, to violent, too extreme.
But I left the movie thinking...
Over a week ago. And I'm still thinking about it. It's one of those movies that just sticks with you. It twists up your mind, makes you question right and wrong, morals and people. I've been thinking about it, stewing about it, and I've decided not only was the movie worth watching (even though it isn't a romance), but I want to write like that. A story with that ability, the power to stay with the reader for days, weeks, months, years, to change perceptions or reinforce ideals...That's the type of story every author dreams of touching the world with...
Or I do, at least.