We’re total foodies in my house. We cook and eat just about every type of food there is, from Japanese to Cajun to French to whatever.
Rigth now I’m getting ready to walk out of my office and head into the kitchen to begin cooking for Thanksgiving. As a native american woman, I probably see Thanksgiving a bit differently than many considering it was the beginning of the end of my people. However, my family does celebrate the holiday by spending time with loved ones and friends and remembering all the many blessings in our lives. Eventhough we try to express thanks and gratitude all year, Thanksgiving is a time for us to spend a day doing nothing but focusing on family abeing grateful.
So, what am I cooking? Cornbread dressing (or stuffing, as some prefer to call it), candied yums with cranberries (sweet potatoes), sweet potatoe pie, macaroni and cheese (made with real cheese), and turkey. My daughter is cookign some other stuff, but she’s being creative (as usual) so I’ll have to get back to you on what her sooper seekrit nom nom is this year
One thing we are very grateful for is having a full pantry! So remember that you can get the Passionate Cooks recipe book from All Romance eBooks – I have a recipe for Shrimp Creole inside, and it’s FREE! Click the graphic to get your copy.
Also, for your nom-nom pleasure, here’s a recipe I’d love to share with you from our good friend Emeril Lagasse, Mr. BAM! himself. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Emeril’s Creole Cornbread Stuffing
Cook Time: min
1 baked Basic Cornbread (12 cups), broken into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Emeril’s Original Essence
1 pound andouille sausage (or other smoked sausage), cut crosswise into 1- inch pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups yellow onions, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups green bell peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
4 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Grease a 10-by-15-inch baking dish or two 9-inch square baking dishes with the butter.
Combine the chicken stock, cream, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon Essence in a large bowl and whisk to blend. Add the dried cornbread and stir to mix, breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or medium pot over high heat. Add the andouille and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetable oil and reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, remaining 2 teaspoons Essence, the salt, black pepper, and cayenne and stir to mix. Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and add to the cornbread mixture. Stir to mix well. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
I’m so thrilled that USA Today lists Seeker’s Solace: Vampire Council of Ethics Book Four, as a smokin’ hot new release on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog. Love awesome Romance novels? Go check it out!
“Seeker’s Solace by TJ Michaels (Samhain Publishing). When Jovon Dawson-Li is asked to join an elite team to investigate who—or what—is behind the attacks on the Seeker Corps, the pressure is on. Jovon has long dreamed of proving herself worthy of becoming a Serati warrior. This is her chance. But there are two somethings challenging her focus—her team mates, elite Seeker Slade Tof-Li and clan liaison, Shale Reis Krulm.
Together, they form a deep matebond. For the first time in her life, Jovon’s determination to become a Serati wavers…and she wonders if she can have her dream and her lovers too. The enemy they face has a single-minded purpose to kill the Council’s most skilled and dangerous vampires and leave no tracks. But when they strike at the heart of Jovon’s matebond, no trail is faint enough to save them from the wrath of this woman.”
Reviews are starting to come in and they are FANTASTIC!
“I run a successful security firm, basically a bodyguard to some of the escorts that cater to the high-rolling vamps in our society.”
Jovon’s gaze rolled toward the ceiling. Why were vamps, the most sexual beings on earth, so narrow-minded in this area? She sighed, and then spoke slowly as if teaching a kindergartner. “No sex happens. That’s why I’m there. Basically, the escorts cater to men and women who haven’t had or made time for relationships but enjoy companionship. Besides, why show up at a high-dollar charity event alone when you can take runway-model material instead?”
“So here you are, a fashion doll’s muscle, headed into the investigation from hell. And single. I wonder…”
A good romance just wouldn’t be the same if someone didn’t do a little bit of chasing in order to win the object of their affection, right? In honor of the Septemer 24, 2013 release of Seeker’s Solace – Vampire Council of Ethics Book 4, here’s a bit of a peek at our main characters, and a hint of what they’re willing to go through for each other. Enjoy, then visit the Snippet Saturday authors via the links at the bottom of the post.
Gently stroking her jaw, he said, “And you still haven’t answered my question, Jovon. You don’t understand…what?”
She looked up at him. The mix of emotion that shone in her bright hazel eyes floored him. Her words even more so.
“I want you, Reis. And I don’t even know if I like you.” She chuckled, no heat behind the words. “Just not what I expected. Ever.”
“Well, if it makes you feel any better, I don’t like you either,” he whispered as he sealed both their fates with a kiss that shattered her carefully cultivated calm.
His deep moan echoed her own the second she parted the seam of her lips to let him in. Reis was sweet cherry pie and cream followed by scalding-hot spice. And a woman was entitled to her dessert every now and then.
He tasted of mint and jasmine tea. And the way he moved his mouth over hers was confident, without hesitation and downright delicious. He dipped strong fingers into the hollows on either side of her spine, massaging her back as he pulled her closer. Soon she was wrapped up in him, literally, reveling in the strength that encompassed her.
God, she could lose herself in his kiss, his taste, his body…until his words actually sank into her desire-fogged and fairly overloaded brain.
She pushed him back using all her vampire strength. This time he barely moved.
“What do you mean you don’t like me?”
He threw his hands up and took a step back. Oh, he looked so adorably disgruntled. “What? What’d I say?”
“What did you say? Are you serious?”
He paused a moment and seemed to think it over. “How is it any different from what you just said?”
“I said I didn’t know if I liked you. I was still making up my mind. You, however, seem to have already come to a conclusion.”
“Really? Really, Jovon?” He looked as if she’d just crawled out of a crashed alien spacecraft and he wasn’t sure what to make of her. Well, she wasn’t sure what to make of herself either. For some reason, her hormones had shot out of control and landed beyond her reach totally on the wrong side of pissed-off. And she had no idea why.
Yep, the day was definitely catching up with her.
She snatched a clean towel off the rack, dabbed at the sweat on her brow and then stomped out of the room.
Without looking back, she snapped, “Good fucking night.”
She’d never know how she managed to bite back the smile brought on by Reis’s growl as it filled the air behind her. As she headed to her room, she shook her head at herself and considered how she’d gone from sinking into his kiss to taking his head off at the neck, and all at the speed of light.
If you missed the Authors After Dark Vampire Ball, don’t despair! The dark mistresses of the night are here to provide you with a taste of something sweet–a chance to win a pile of books from the authors who sponsored the Vampire Ball, and a limited edition booklet only available to Authors After Dark attendees!
Author Bio: Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she’s been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Visit the author at www.JessHaines.com for the latest news and updates.
Type of Books: Jess Haines writes dark, daring and funny urban fantasy novels that follow the (mis-)adventures of human private investigator Shiarra Waynest. Praised by RT Book Reviews, Library Journal, and many more, the latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013).
Bio/Books: Winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her emotionally-intense love stories offer everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids. Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, accessible through www.storywitch.com/community.
Author Bio: Jae Lynne Davies is an author, wife, and mother who wishes there were more hours in a day to balance all three and a full-time job. But whenever she finds a spare moment (usually in the late hours of the night when her husband and two young children are visiting the land of dreams), you’ll find her sitting in front of her laptop typing the next chapter!
Type of Books: Striving to share her passion of the written word, Jae Lynne pens stories of conflict and believable, but forbidden relationships between extraordinary characters. In fact, the more complex, the better, which might explain her desire to create erotically-charged paranormal tales of romance and urban fantasy that she hopes leaves readers thirsting for more.
Author Bio: USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes the Dark Protector vampire series, the Maverick Montana cowboy series, and the Sin Brothers romantic-suspense series.
Type of Books: Rebecca writes steamy romances featuring Alpha males and smart, determined heroines. Whether the characters are paranormal creatures, wild cowboys, or dangerous soldiers…there’s adventure, hot romance, and deadly fun in Zanetti’s worlds.
Author Bio: Nightmares as a child forced MK Mancos to begin telling herself stories before going to sleep. Thus began the lifelong love of a good pulse-pounding tale and lives not her own. MK resides in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, Dave, and dog, Lily.
Type of Books: MK Mancos writes anything that strikes her fancy. From tales of the Jersey Devil, to magical Leprechaun gold. She writes paranormal & fantasy as MK Mancos and futuristics and sci-fi under the name Kathleen Scott.
Author Bio: Back in 1994, TJ picked up her first romance novel by Heather Graham. It was love at first page. Years later, after raising her family and establishing her career, TJ wrote what became her first published work. Writing like a madwoman, TJ hasn’t lost steam. Her mind may be gone, but steam there is a-plenty!
Type of Books: TJ is an award-winning author of paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and urban fantasy romance. No matter the genre TJ is penning, her favorite thing to do is build worlds. To take you somewhere extraordinary. To transport you to a place where you can close your eyes and slip into your fantasy…
Author Bio: Marianne Morea is a New Yorker, and her stories embody the grit and complexity of the city that never sleeps. An avid traveler, she uses experiences from around the world in all her books. Her love affair with the paranormal is born of fantasies, transporting her into a world of what if?
Type of Books: Dark Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Suspense are the hallmarks of Marianne Morea’s writing style. Stories filled with underworld violence and the desire to transcend a broken soul, readers are thrust into a world where the city never sleeps because the nightmares are real.
Author Bio: A military brat and wife, Melissa Schroeder has a Monty Python type of humor meaning she is usually politically incorrect. She is busy raising two human and two dog daughters and is looking forward to her move back to Virginia after her husband finishes his career with the Air Force. More info can be found at: www.melissaschroeder.net
Type of Books: With over 50 novels, novellas and short stories published, Melissa has stories that span historical to futuristic time periods. Her ADD allows her the ability to write paranormal to straight romance, always with a touch of humor. She is best known for her Harmless series.
Author Bio: A national best selling author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. In addition to military romance, Heather writes a wide variety of romance from paranormal historical western romance to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves characters and the stories they have to tell. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.
Type of Books: Heather writes paranormal romance, contemporary romance, military romance, and westerns with a paranormal twist. Her focus is on characters and the emotions that drive them to love, hate, live life and survive – romance with an edge.
Author Bio: Seventeen years and over a hundred books later, I’m still a quiet wife, mom and grandma who dotes on kids, cats and a growing collection of orchids that sometimes rewards me with an exotically beautiful blossom. One might say I’ve explored my wild life vicariously through the people in my stories. Although I’ve won several prestigious awards over the years, the compliments that mean most to me are those that come from readers who’ve been touched deeply by my stories.
Type of Books: I write romances, from “vanilla” erotics to kinky BDSM, in settings both familiar and fancifully exotic. All of my books have the proverbial “happily ever after” in common, though my lusty heroes and heroines follow many different and rocky roads to that happy, committed relationship.
Author Bio: USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, C.J. Ellisson, lives in northern VA with her supportive husband, two children who listen at their whim, two dogs that worship her, a cat she’s allergic to, and two lizards she wishes lived somewhere else. She’s been writing for a four and half years and can’t imagine ever returning to her previous day job of real estate and property management.
Type of Books: C.J. spins tales containing adventure, intrigue, action, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lot of steam. She firmly believes hot monogamy exists and all her books, whether erotica, urban fantasy, or contemporary erotic romance, reinforce her views on the magic two people can share.
Author Bio: Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsession with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books.
Type of Books: Gothic urban fantasy featuring vampires, courtesans, shifters and fae.
This week’s Snippet Saturday finds our heroes and heroines putting their foot down. No more waffling, no more maybe’s, coulda’s, shoulda’s or woulda’s. So STOP dragging my heart around! But, let’s put a spin on it, shall we? Enjoy this snippet from the award-winning novel, Jaguar’s Rule, where the heroine has every intention of dragging this out…
Enjoy! Then visit the other Snippet Saturday authors via the links at the bottom of the post.
Jaguar’s Rule by TJ Michaels
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“Goddamn it, Trefor,” she yelled when the idiot jumped out at her from somewhere to the right of the path she’d been traveling. He knew she had a diving appointment today and must have come out to head her off after she’d told him to kiss her ass earlier at the breakfast table.
“This seems to be the only way I can get you alone, Reya,” he said cockily with a too-confident smile.
“Look, how many times do I have to tell you? I don’t want to be alone with you. Not now. Not ever. Not for any reason. Now go away!”
Turning her back on him, she took two steps before his meaty hand landed on her shoulder and spun her around. That hand moved down to her biceps and squeezed brutally. Her shifter senses might be muted in her human form, but they weren’t non-existent. If he didn’t watch it, she’d have to give him a jaguar ass whipping and see how he liked that. Idiot.
“You’re interested in that black-haired giant staying at your place, aren’t you?” he snarled into her face. “Everyone is talking about the two of you!” Read the rest of this entry »
This week I’m posting a snippet from my upcoming release, Gathering of the Storms Volume 1 – Wind and Fire. Our heroine thinks she’s in the clear, but she couldn’t be more mistaken. Little does she know that a muddy bit of revenge is getting ready to turn into a lifetime of delicious payback.
Unedited Excerpt Gathering of the Storms Volume I
Wind and Fire by TJ Michaels
Copyright 2012, All Rights Reserved
Reanne was fast, but RuArk was faster. He grabbed her by her forearms, spun her around and pinned her arms to her sides with her back plastered against his chest. Joan grabbed Reanne around the middle, struggling to pull her out of RuArk’s arms. He let go. He didn’t let his guard down just both women were now sprawled in the mud. Instead, he stepped back, crouched down in a stance prepared for the next attack.
As he blocked a jab to the ribs she used his raised arm to slip underneath it. Attacking from behind, Reanne reached under one of his arms, wrapped him in an unbreakable hold and pulled him off balance down to his knees. She applied pressure to the artery that allowed blood to flow to his brain. With this hold, it didn’t matter how much larger or faster he was.
His field of vision began to blacken about the edges, and he knew he had only a few more seconds before he passed out on the floor. He would wake up in less than a minute, but he’d have a hell of a headache and a gloating woman on his hands. Read the rest of this entry »
We are right in the middle of Summer in the U.S. and where I live it has been unusually warm. I’m not sure the last time we have rain in the Seattle/Puget Sound area, but if there has been any in the past month, it didn’t happen at MY house!
So, hot weather brings to mind HAWT heroes of the “book” kind, yes? And what about hot, hunky heroes saving the world in the Arizona heat?
Enjoy this Snippet from Entwined Hearts and then visit the other Snippet Saturday authors via the links at the bottom of the post. Have a great weekend!
Having explained about activating the grids along the ley lines, Miss Miriam and Miss Angela disconnected from the web conference leaving Dee and Faison online with her family. Now that the “grown ups” had gone, Dee went full tilt.
“You know I love Miss Angela and her partner in crime, Miss Mirriam, but what the hell am I supposed to do in the damn desert? What if I need to call on my gift in the middle of an emergency while we’re there? Anybody think about the fact there’s no goddamn water in the desert?”
“Dee, stop biting our heads off already,” Memory demanded. “It’s not our fault the ley lines are in Arizona.”
Of course Mem was right, but Dee didn’t give a rat’s ass right then. In fact, she was approaching a meltdown of PMS proportions from being so thoroughly numb with fear. The very real possibility of calling on a gift that didn’t, couldn’t, respond set her gut to churning like a vat of old-fashioned butter in an even older churn.
As a water elemental, the one thing her gift required would be missing in a major way as they trekked across what she imagined would be endless scrub brush and sand. Read the rest of this entry »
There are big cities, like San Francisco and New York, from coast to coast of this great country. But there’s no rule that says a big city has to be during this life period, right? Alternate Earth’s can have big towns, too. So, introducing the Province of Draema and the High City of Draema Proper. Stay for awhile and take a look around. Enjoy this Snippet from Gathering of the Storms – Wind and Fire, then visit the other Snippet Saturday authors via the links at the bottom of the post. Tally ho!
Coming Fall 2013
by TJ Michaels, All Rights Reserved
The expressions of his party had shown none of their discomfort or concern with the suddenly pressing journey back here. In fact, if not for the chilling mounds of snow piled along the roads and the biting winds it would have been a good time under clear and amazingly vivid blue skies. Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s theme is ‘Life in a Northern Town’, or small town living. Nothing says ‘small town’ like country charm. So enjoy this snippet where Pryde Ranch is clearly the place where lion shifters can enjoy the good life…
Check out the other Snippet Saturday authors via the links at the bottom of the post.
Lou walked into the elegant dining room and was immediately directed by one of the staff to a chair across from Jason and Neesia. Neither sat at the head of the table, but side-by-side instead. Lou couldn’t blame them—the view was spectacular, given they faced a wall of screened glass with an unimpeded view of the setting sun on the vast horizon.
The table was set with elegant silver-lined china, dainty tea cups and crystal wine glasses. Lou appreciated Neesia’s attention to detail when he noticed the sturdy glass beer mugs among the delicate stuff. The second he sat down, Lou’s mouth watered. Neesia Pryde appeared to be quite the chef. The smells wafting from the uncovered dishes were absolutely delicious and set his stomach to rumbling. It was pretty impressive considering the woman had managed to whip up many of his favorites with no warning of his visit at all.
And then Niah was there. The huge, white pine table sat eight with room for more, and his woman had waltzed in and sat her pretty self clear at the other end. God, she seemed practically a world away.
Patience, Lou. Patience.
Turning his attention back to the table, Lou wasn’t sure what made his stomach grumble more—the huge spread in front of him, or the scent of that lotion stuff Niah used on her skin that made him think of sundaes—warm, sweet syrup poured over something fruity…with a cherry on top.
Neesia started the dinner off by passing the first dish around. When Lou was done piling his plate, his inner country boy shouted a big yeehaw. He had a pile of hot water cornbread, mustard greens doused in what tasted like homemade spicy chow-chow, and a mountain of macaroni and cheese—and the stuff was made with real cheese instead of that orange, plasticky stuff. He lifted his fork and then paused a moment when the staff brought in yet more food.
This time, his inner-lion lifted its head and took notice—buffalo. Huge pieces of rare, perfectly cut buffalo steak that had been grilled just long enough to add a hint of smoky flavor to the meat. Lou turned towards a smug Jason. “Really?”
Jason simply grinned, and leaned in to kiss his smiling mate. “Yep, that’s how we roll, isn’t it honey?”
As a shifter of one of the predator species, his body required huge amounts of protein to stay healthy, and this was a close to heaven as a carnivore could get. He didn’t care that all eyes were on him as he dove headlong into the grub. There was very little Lou loved more than good, southern cooking…other than Niah in his arms, of course.
There was very little talking during the meal as they all stuffed their faces. Lou was glad to see none of the women did that dainty shit where they just pushed the food around on their plates. No, these were lions dressed in designer jeans—beautiful killing machines who took their food seriously.
When the dishes were cleared, cold beer was poured and set in front of Lou along with a baked dessert—bread pudding with raisins and pecans. Mmm, one of his all-time favorites. He took a bite and moaned his appreciation.
That’s when the grilling began…only this time it wasn’t a buffalo on the barbeque feeling the heat this time.