Sunday, June 28, 2015


One of my favourite authors has a bday today!!! Not only is she guest posting about birthday traditions, she's giving away a FREE copy to one lucky poster who comments on her post here! Happy Birthday, Lovely Lady. May you have many more :)

It’s my birthday on June 29th and my awesome friend has graciously agreed to let me write a guest post about how Sri Lankans traditionally celebrate their birthday. (Being half German and having grown up in Germany, I do only part of what I’m describing here.)

More than 70 % of the Sri Lankans are Buddhist (as am I), and this applies to their way of celebrating, though I am sure the Christians and Hindus share many similarities.

On your birthday, you get up early in the morning with the first light of dawn and prepare ‘milk rice’. For Sri Lankans, making milk rice means using a special sort of rice which is first boiled with lots of water. Then you add freshly made coconut milk in generous quantities and let the whole thing simmer until there’s no more liquid left. It is customary to add cardamom seeds. Some will also add raisins or jaggery for taste. You heap the whole mass onto a large platter and let it cool down and harden a little, before you cut it up into neat squares or diamond shapes.

This milk rice is offered to the temple early in the morning after you’ve had a bath and dressed in only white clothes. Part of the alms’ giving will be used for religious ceremonies and offerings to Lord Buddha, the rest of it will be the monks’ breakfast. So alongside the milk rice, you either offer fruits like bananas (if you sweetened it) or you make a spicy sambol of chopped onions, chili powder and a sprinkle of lime.
In case you don’t offer alms in the morning, you’ll go to the temple in the evening. There you light oil lamps, worship the Bo tree, burn incense sticks, ask for blessings, and maybe donate some money.

If you celebrate with the family – which is sort of inevitable – you’ll make a special lunch or dinner. Fried rice is the chosen meal. For this you’ll boil long-grained rice like Basmati and mix it with Margarine and tempered vegetables like finely chopped carrots, leeks, beans and cabbage. You can add scrambled eggs or small chicken pieces. Some will make a special Biryani dish instead.

In case you live in a traditional household, you’ll prepare sweetmeats of all kinds, made from rice flour and palm honey (treacle) or from ground mung beans, flour and sugar, dipped in batter and deep-fried. As an alternative or in addition to that, you’ll buy a nice icing cake. In my case, it’s almost always just the birthday cake (I LOVE chocolate) that’ll be lit with a candle, cut and fed to the family members and or guests in the afternoon.

As for gifts: Almost everyone in Sri Lanka will buy you clothes for your birthday or any other occasion, whether you’re a woman or a man. Hardly anyone asks whether you want something specific or gets you any other gift unless they know you very well. When you receive your gift, you shouldn’t open it right away, that’s considered impolite. Within the family, though, you’ll sometimes receive the gift early on the birthday so you can wear something new on the special occasion.

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 Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?

Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Conquest of the Heart

 I welcome fellow author MICHELLE STEGMAN to my blog today to talk about her latest release Conquest of the Heart.

I call Conquest of the Heart, "A light-hearted romp through the Dark Ages." The story is set during the Norman Conquest of England, a dark and violent time. But I just can't seem to write "dark." I love dark brooding heroes and serious romances with tragedy and heartbreak in them. But I can't seem to write it. Maybe because I prefer to look on the bright side of things. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thing I asked the doctor is if she knew any good breast cancer jokes. I needed to see the humorous side of even that.

Conquest of the Heart is serious, of course, but there's a lot of humor in it. I turned a lot of clich├ęs around and I think that helped a bit with the humor. For example, the hero, Ranulf, is a virgin and is totally clueless when it comes to women. The heroine, Madeline, has to put out lures and set her traps to finally get him into her bed--many of which backfire.

Ranulf finds himself defeated time after time when he is training with one of his knights because he is distracted by Madeline. Although he's never been bested before, Madeline thinks he can't fight and worries about him every time he rides out the gate.

I tried to stay true to the times, of course, but I wanted Conquest of the Heart to be a fun read. I hope I've succeeded. I hope you think so, too. 

Conquest of the Heart

Her people conquered his country. How can they overcome the distrust they feel to find love? 

In 1067 England, Madeline, a Norman, wants a big, brash, never-defeated-in-battle, Norman knight. What she gets, by order of the king, is a wiry Saxon who once studied for the priesthood instead of warfare. But is this gentle man she is falling in love with entangled in the rebellion now sweeping the land?

Ranulf wants to marry the girl next door. What he gets, by order of the king, is a lush, strong Norman woman who just might be a spy reporting his every move. He wants her in every way a man can possibly want a woman. But can he trust his heart to a woman who might have been sent to root out the struggle for freedom his people are engaged in?


He let his gaze travel back to his bride walking stiffly, reluctantly, toward him. For once, Ranulf felt speech was beyond him. She was so much more than he had expected. So beautiful. So clean. She  glittered like a bright jewel in a dung heap. For Etherby, no matter how much he loved it, was not much better than one right now.

If only he could say to this magnificent woman, "Go away. Come back in a year. Give me time to build the castle the king has ordered, tear down this rotting hall, teach cleanliness to servants to whom filth is a way of life. Then you won't have to grit your teeth and square our shoulders as if going into battle as you come to wed me." But it was already too late. She was here. The wedding was now. And he felt as randy as a billy goat.

He would begin building the king's castle immediately. The work would distract him from Lady Madeline's seductive lure. She would find no treason with which to fill the king's ears, and, like his mother's attitude toward his father, he was sure the lady would be glad not to have him in her bower, not the way he felt now, the things he wanted to do to her.

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Michele Stegman has always loved history and she lives it every day. She spins, weaves, makes her own soap and bread, and lives in a 175 year old log cabin with her husband, Ron, who is the basis for all her heroes.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015


One of my FAV writers (and all around FAB person) DEVIKA FERNANDO is celebrating her Birth day but YOU get the presents! Find out how, HERE:

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Romance novelist Devika Fernando is celebrating her birthday – actually on the 29th, but one can never start celebrating early enough. ;-)
You’re cordially invited to join the party by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway (see link below). Up for grabs are bookish prices that will make any bookworm’s heart beat faster. If the luck is with you, 19 eBooks by 16 authors from all around the globe will be yours soon! All you have to do is show the authors some love and then raise your glass in a virtual toast.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015


From EMBER LEIGH comes a HOT new series to read this steamy Summer.....

What happens when too much time has gone by? Carlos and Casey were lovers, long ago. But in the four years they haven’t seen each other, plenty has happened — marriage, job changes, lifestyle shifts, routine, and ultimately divorce.

When a work trip brings Casey back into Carlos’ territory, she knows she’d have him right there in the airport parking lot. But Carlos doesn’t seem so eager. Unsure of herself post-divorce, Casey knows only one thing: she wants this man as much as she did the last time she saw him. And she’s more than ready to relive every saucy adventure they had together. Can the sparks be salvaged, or has time left them behind?

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young.  A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor's degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

Twitter: @EmberLeighAuth


"Carlos, can I be honest with you?"
He snapped his eyes over to her. "Of course, Case. Always."
"I could come right now if you looked at me long enough. So no, I think your spark is perfectly fine."
His cheeks reddened, a considerable feat considering his skin tone. He wet his bottom lip, looking at something on the ground. Despite his broad shoulders, the way he towered above her from her position on the couch and his dark eyes, dark skin, dark everything, he was a boy again for a moment.
This was her doorway, and she was not only walking through it, she was running at top speed.
"I'd rather not talk about it—" he began.
"Let's test it," she said, the words a hurried jumble spilling from her lips. "I'll be the judge. Come on." She lifted a brow, happy to see that his gaze had darkened to smoldering. "In the name of science, at least."
He approached her slowly. "You're serious?"
"Come here." She patted the couch next to her, feeling suddenly lightheaded and wicked. She hadn't had a rush of emotion like this since the last time she'd seen Carlos. Not in years of thankless sex with her ex-husband, not in years of romances or flings with other faceless men prior to Carlos. He casts a fucking spell over you, Casey. This is insane.
He buried his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts and exhaled slowly. How could such a sexy man be so insecure? Through his pants, she spotted the outline of his cock, already stiff. She felt the last shred of reason dislodge. Game over.
If he wasn't making the move, she would. Whatever his qualms were, they needed the touch of a strong woman who knew what the hell she wanted. And she knew exactly what she wanted.
Their eyes locked and he grinned, devilish and sexy. There's the Carlos I remember. Casey rose from the couch and stumbled toward him. They met in the middle of the room and their lips met hurriedly, teeth pressing hard behind lips. Carlos moaned softly through the kiss, his hands finding the small of her back. He pulled her against him, hips crashing into the flatness of his upper thighs. Her heart leapt into her throat; Casey felt like she could both explode and shrivel at the same time.
Carlos dragged his lips over her cheekbone until they came to rest on her forehead. The stubble on his chin pricked her. "You taste the same."
"So do you," she whispered, her breath hot against his chin. "It's been way too long, Carlos."
"God, I know."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

TACOM Returns!

Weddings by C & C Book 1

Lovers rarely mix well as co-workers. Throw in an embezzlement case by a calculating killer and even the best of friendships can be strained.

After a near fatal accident leads to one incredible night of amazing sex, Christine and Charlie take the leap from friendly co workers to lovers. Christine has battled many demons in the last few years. Charlie has always been her confident and support. Yet Charlie refuses to answer her emails or texts after an embezzling scheme arises at work implicating both of them. Christine must come to terms with not only losing a fabulous lover and her best friend but her job as well.

Charlie carries his own scars when it comes to women. There's something about Christine which brings out his protective side and makes him hope for the love he's wanted for years. She can't possibly be stealing company and pointing the blame at him. When he pushes her away to begin his own investigation, he uncovers more than embezzlement. He uncovers a murderer who attempts to kill Christine.

Christine and Charlie struggle to work together to catch the rampaging thief. One of them will have to make an unforgettable choice. The other will race the clock to save not only a life but the love of a lifetime.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


So, if you have viewed the side of this blog, you can see all the Weddings by C & C covers are finished and posted! Let me know your favourite one in the comments.

Also, check out each book title tab running along under the gorgeous top banner (TY Samantha Holt!) for a preview of the upcoming releasing BOOK MARKS for each book.

Please be sure to look for each book as they release. First up:

This is the first Weddings by C & C book, Christine and Charlie's story. More on them soon.

Please check out the 'My Friends' tab and 'Professional Services' pages. Loads of awesome information there.

New post soon :)