Bacon Crack! Seriously!

The last time I traveled to the East Coast, a friend of mine produced a little piece of paper that contained the true path to Heaven.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, on that piece of paper was a recipe…for BACON CRACK! I kid you not! A mix of sweet, salty and that hickory smoked flavor that can only be found in bacon. I’m totally going to make this. If you beat me to it, let me know how yours turns out.

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack

Bacon Crack!
Bacon Crack!

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet..or regular Crescent Dough with seams pinched together
  • 1 lb. Bacon..cooked semi-crispy.
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup (just use a light layer onto the Dough, and then a light layer onto the top of the Bacon and that’s it!)
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper..optional, but AMAZING!

Directions

  • Lay out the dough spread out thinly, on a parchment lined baking sheet. With a fork, gently poke shallow holes throughout the dough
  • Top the dough with a thin layer of Maple Syrup, and all the crispy Bacon.
  • Now add another thin layer of the Syrup onto the Bacon and cover it with all of the Brown Sugar/Cayenne Pepper mix.
  • Bake it at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes or until evenly golden
  • Peek in on it now and then so it doesn’t over-bake.
  • Let it cool for at least 15 minutes, it will crisp up as it cools
  • Use a knife to gently cut it into pieces!

My new indulgence

Now, you all know that I’ve been a die-never Firefly fan for a good number of years. But I must admit, I have a new love in the sci-fi TV department: KILLJOYS

To impart what a big deal this is, you’re talking to a person *points to self* who works ridiculous hours and doesn’t spend much time indulging in TV. So, that means it’s got to be worth my time.

Now, about this show — It’s got some similar elements to my old love, Firefly, but not so much that it’s a duplicate or even close to a copy of that beloved show. Yes, it has a strong female lead, fighters who are good with both hands and guns, and well-placed funny moments, but I believe that’s where the similarities end.

Let’s talk about the characters a bit, shall we?

The HBIC: Dutch

Hannah John-Kamen plays Dutch. She is the only Killjoy I’ve “met” whose bounty hunter (aka Reclamation Agent) license has no last name on it. She’s simply “Dutch”. The woman is kick-ass, literally. She’s beautiful, well spoken, has a firm grasp on things that others don’t expect her to, such as the nuances of politics. She’s loyal to her team, vulnerable in her own way, yet she has a shell of steel over her heart that makes you want to care for her even as you watch her take down three men that outweigh her by a good forty pounds each. Oh, and I totally want her purple leather jacket — I can’t help it! Her outfits and gear are to die for!

Dutch – Level 5 RAC Agent and all-around badass

The blurb on the Syfy site sums this character up pretty well. “A gorgeous, complicated and deadly flirt, Dutch is bold and fun loving on the surface. She has a unique gift for earning people’s trust and respect regardless of their class. But under her banter and protective flirtations, there is pain, maturity, and a deep solemnity. As close friends as she is with John when we first meet them, she has always withheld a part of herself, a history of which she is deeply ashamed…” ~~ Killjoys: Dutch on the Syfy Channel

As for books of mine, if I were to pair Dutch up with anyone, it would be Scharsi from the book, “Hide No More”. They are almost two peas in a pod — their histories are less than wonderful, their growing up years were full of heartache and pain, they both wield weapons like nobody’s business, and they are loyal to those they love. I think they would have been good friends.

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Scharsi ~ Gen 8 Super Soldier.
Scharsi ~ Gen 8 Super Soldier.

Next time, we’ll talk about more awesome characters of @Killjoys:
~ Pree played by Thom Allison @thomallison
~ Fancy Lee played by Sean Baek @SeanBaekTO
~ Alivis Akari played by Morgan Kelly @Morgansam

Killjoys is telecast on the SyFy and Science channels. They’re currently filming for Season 2. After the Season 1 finale, this author can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

A Deal for You!

Happy Black Friday from the convention organizer of my go-to cons, Romance Ink, Inc.!

So at ten am today Both AAD and TNEE tickets will be 25$ off! This includes Author and Reader for TNEE and READER ONLY for AAD.

With so much going on we REALLY want you to join us, and 75$ for TNEE for the VIP ticket is AWESOME. You get access to everything, PLUS early access to the signing, PLUS a special VIP only goodie room, and early access to the the Villians ball and a few other awesome godies! The authors are wrorking hard to rock this with you in mind to join us because we would LOVE to meet you and hangout with you!

For AAD, tickets are 175$ and include 4 full meals! And its in Savannah GA, a city with NO OPEN CONTAINER LAWS and we have SO MUCH planned already for this as well… Trips to the waterpark, Hilton head to shop, Trampoline night… all on TOP of the amazing event we have.planned! What other convention gives you an INFLATABLE welcome event filled with slides and fly walls and sumo suits? LOL. and the parties and balls we have are top notch. We REALLY wanna spend this with you!

So to get tnee: CODE is: GIVETHANKSTNEE link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-novel-experience-2016-atlanta-tickets-16823640963

AAD: Code is : GIVETHANKSAAD and the link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-after-dark-2016-savannah-serendipity-tickets-18372928925

TICKET CODES WENT LIVE AT 10 AM today

A Very Alpha Xmas

The newest book in the Pryde Ranch Shifters series – Winter Blues by T.J. Michaels –  is headed your way in the Very Alpha Christmas bundle!

A Very Alpha Christmas — Over 25 Paranormal Holiday Tales of Werewolves, Dragons, Shifters, Vampires, Fae, Witches, Billionaires, Magic, Ghosts, Demons and More!

Preorder it now and lock in the $0.99 price.

A Taming the Alpha Big Box Set of Spicy Paranormal Romance Tales featuring OVER 25 ALL NEW, NEVER RELEASED stories from New York Times, USA Today and Bestselling Authors

A Very Alpha Christmas

BUY NOW (Multiple book sellers)
BUY NOW (Amazon only)

Collection Includes:

  • Heated Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy M. Roth
  • Stirring Up Trouble © Copyright 2015 by Michelle M. Pillow
  • Baby It’s Cold Out Bear © Copyright 2015 by T. S. Joyce
  • Hunted © Copyright 2015 by Chloe Cole
  • Vampire Games © Copyright 2015 by V. M. Black
  • When Darkness Falls © Copyright 2015 by Terah Edun
  • Christmas Past, Christmas Presents © Copyright 2015 by Carina Wilder
  • Wrapped Up © Copyright 2015 by Cathryn Fox
  • An Impossible Gift © Copyright 2015 by Cristina Rayne
  • Thief of Souls © Copyright 2015 by Jaycee Clark
  • A Glint of Light © Copyright 2015 by JC Andrijeski
  • The Clockwork Dragon © Copyright 2015 by Tasha Black
  • Blitzen’s Fated Mate © Copyright 2015 by R. E. Butler
  • Star’s Fall © Copyright 2015 by Jaide Fox
  • In Good Spirits © Copyright 2015 by Michele Bardsley
  • Midnight Before Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Renee George
  • Winter Blues © Copyright 2015 by T.J. Michaels
  • Wish Upon a Werewolf © Copyright 2015 by Elsa Jade
  • A Christmas Caroline © Copyright 2015 by Allison Gatta
  • Frostbitten Hearts © Copyright 2015 by Arial Burnz
  • The Lady And The Dragon’s Holiday © Copyright 2015 by Mandy Rosko
  • Not a Gentleman’s Christmas © Copyright 2015 by Candice Gilmer
  • Claimed by the Dragon King © Copyright 2015 by Dawn Michelle
  • The BBW and the Beast © Copyright 2015 by Sylvia Frost
  • Reindeers, Elves, and Cookies…Oh My! © Copyright 2015 by Lissa Matthews
  • Santa Shifter in Manhattan © Copyright 2015 by Lexy Cole

The next Pryde Ranch Shifters book…

Is on its way!

It’s been turned in to the editor and will be included in a holiday boxed set. I’ll give you details as I received them, and as soon as I have a release date and cover, I’ll be sure to share.

In the meantime, the latest Pryde Ranch Shifters book, Shiftin’ Sassy, is available from Amazon KindleWorlds.

Tally ho!

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Seafood Cravings

The other day I tweeted about a certain need I had. And it was a need that hit me hard. I mean, I was almost shaking with anticipation at the thought of getting this particular thing.

I’m talking about…LOBSTER!

Yes, it’s true that I’m having a forty-year affair with seafood, and lobster is one of my favorites. There are only two things that beat out a good steamed lobster, drenched in real butter — sashimi and king crab.

So what does this have to do with books? From one foodie to another, not a darn thing! However, my Twilight Teahouse series does have an amazing sushi chef named Landon. You can read his story in Luscious, Twilight Teahouse Book Two.

Here’s the book cover, followed by an easy recipe that my fellow lobster-lovers will enjoy!

LuciousIngredients
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk finely chopped celery
1 finely chopped shallot
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
3 lobster tails cooked (about 1 pound lobster meat), chopped
Lemon slices & dry rub, for garnish
Lobster SaladDirections
1) Combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper, celery, shallot, tarragon and chives in a bowl.
2) Add lobster meat to mayonnaise sauce and combine.
3) Rub the rim of 4 martini glasses with a lemon. Dip the rim in some dry rub. Divide the lobster salad between the 4 glasses. Garnish with dry rub and lemon slices.

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys and The Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/lobster-salad-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Caramel Kisses is back!

After receiving the rights back from Ellora’s Cave, I am happy to announce that you can now purchase Caramel Kisses from Amazon. It’ll be up at Barnes and Noble and several other outlets soon.

Click here to get it at Amazon:

Caramel Kisses

Workaholic, Sydni Cannes, should have known better than to step away from the job. Going out for a single evening of fun for this Executive Vice President has ended up as a night spent in damn jail!

Drew is aware that the sexy, sultry and brilliant Sydni could’t care less about getting involved with him. But along comes the perfect opportunity to prove that she needs him just as much as he needs her. All he has to do is get her out of jail…and keep himself free in the bargain.

Their desire scorches them. The connection, true and immediate.

But what will they do about the bad guy determined to set them both up? Solve the mystery, of course…and a little well-executed, hot-as-hell sex wouldn’t hurt either.

Warning: This book contains sexy beach fun, good girls and bad boys you’ll love to tie up and tie down. Previously published by Ellora’s Cave.

Downton Abbey?

I must admit that I’d never watched Downton Abbey while it was on television. But thanks to Amazon and Netflix, I decided to sit down and take a peek at what all the fuss was about.

Having traveled internationally and spent time reading historical romance, I expected something a bit more stuffy and staid. But I’m finding it witty and intriguing!

I’ve just started on Season 2 and I do believe I’m in love…but time will tell.

It’s Here!

It’s here!
Kindle Worlds SOUTHERN SHIFTERS
by Eliza Gayle!
featuring SHIFTIN’ SASSY by T.J. Michaels

Click to purchase on Amazon –> amazon2
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I am thrilled to be selected as one of the authors Amazon’s Kindle Worlds launch for Eliza Gayle’s fabulous Southern Shifters series. August 11, 2015, fourteen authors will have our stories, all written in Eliza’s shifter world, hit the stage all at the same time. So go get ’em!

My book is called Shiftin’ Sassy. The heroine, Derria Pryde (a crossover from the Pryde Ranch Shifters) meets the oh-so-fun guys from Eliza’s books. Strap in, it’s time for takeoff!
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Derria, like her cousins at Pryde Ranch, is trained to take down the worst shifters imaginable. After chasing her bounty into the Tail of the Dragon, she discovers that this mountain gem is shifter central where they’ve managed to keep themselves off the world’s radar…until now.

Lakota Phillips keeps his status as a S.W.A.T. agent under wraps. No one from Clan Gunn in the Dragon knows what he does when he’s away from this place. But when a fellow agent shows up for reasons that make sense to no one, what is he to do?

But that may have to wait. Kerr Blackwood, the rogue they’re searching for, is a shifter from Lakota’s neck of the woods. And suddenly, Derria’s hunt doesn’t quite pass the smell test.

Warning: This book contains hot alphas, mating heat and women who stroke their guns. Bring it on, baby!

Click to purchase on Amazon –> amazon2

Slip into the dark side of your fantasy..