Friday, October 31, 2014

Beware of Rotten Pumpkins!

I sure do miss those northern pumpkin patches!
Happy Halloween! Isn't it nice that Halloween happens to fall on a Friday this year?

I'm an awful marketer, and even worse promoter. For some reason, I just want to write books and let them just sit out in space, collecting computer dust. You would think that since I have a business background, marketing would come naturally to me...not so much.

This year has been a very busy year, and I have actually published three books within the last couple of months. That's right...three books, and I bet you've only heard about one, haven't you?

All of these books are also going to be available in audio soon, and I'm so excited to be working with some awesome narrators on these projects. 

For you paranormal lovers out there, may I introduce...Delicate Thorns.

Authors: Miranda Hardy and Ainsley Shay
Publication Date: September 27, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Waking up on a deserted island with no memory of who you are is scary, but when your throat burns for the thirst of blood, it’s terrifying. 
For months, Jasmine has managed to feed her new hunger in solitude while teetering on the brink of insanity. As her delirium increases to a new level, an unthinkable opportunity offers an escape into a world of cruelty, vengeance, love and lust. Now the need to remember her past becomes vital if Jasmine plans to survive.  
Delicate Thorns is a 26,000 word New Adult novella that brings an interesting twist to the vampire paranormal genre. 
Paperback available here: Amazon 
Ebook available here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, and Smashwords
Death Knocks
YA Paranormal Thriller 
Authors: Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel
Publication Date: September 26, 2014

Who knew a knock at the door could tear your world apart? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.
Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.
But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.
Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.

Paperback available here: Amazon
Ebook available here: Amazon, Barnes &  Noble, Apple iTunes, and Smashwords.

 Cody the Destroyer, King of Toads

The excitement of winning was within Cody’s grasp until the evil Briana stepped into view. 
Cody’s fun-filled day suddenly turned into a nightmare when he learned he would be forced to go to Briana’s birthday party. Determined to get even, Cody and his best friend, Josh, hatched a brilliant plan, but they would have to enter The Swampland Woods to carry it out. 
Cody and Josh stumbled onto a dark secret buried deep within The Swampland Woods that would change the course of their day, and maybe even the rest of their lives. 
Some secrets are hidden for a reason.

Paperback: 56 pages
Published: July 30, 2014
Publisher: Quixotic Publishing
Author: Miranda Hardy
Illustrator: Rimi Rasheed
Language: English
Age Range: Early Reader Chapter Book for ages 4-10

Paperback available through Amazon.
Ebook available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, and Smashwords.

Everyone, please enjoy your Halloween weekend, and stay safe.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let Me Share Some Cookies With You!

Holly Sinclair (aka Southpaw) has been planning this Blog Tour for quite some time now, and I've been looking forward to blogging about her cookbook, The Cookie Tray. She graciously provided a copy to me to test out her tasty treats. I started thinking about the holidays when I got a glimpse of The Cookie Tray, and I had to try out some of the recipes. I'm not the type of woman to stand in the kitchen baking, or cooking for that matter, so I wanted to try out some easy recipes so that this year I'd actually bring something edible to the family gatherings. I'm happy to report, I'll be baking up a storm this year, because there are too many tasty desserts to make (I need to add that I'll also be exercising to keep off all the added pounds I'll put on, too). Holly so generously allowed me to post one of my favorites, so read through and discover her recipe for Peppermint Meltaways. Yum!

One commenter on this post will win a free digital copy of this cookbook. To enter, just leave a comment. If you want to leave a comment but don't want to enter, add "I hate food" to your comment. The winner will be announced on October 31st on Holly's blog.

The Cookie Tray
Fill your cookie tray with an assortment of delicious and decadent treats. In this book, you’ll find over 150 cookie recipes, over 30 brownie and blondie recipes, and over 30 candy recipes.

Cost: $14.95 print | $2.99 ebook
If you buy the print version of the book from Amazon, you get the digital version free.

Where to get it:
Amazon (print)
Amazon Kindle (ebook)

Holly Sinclair, who goes by Southpaw on the Interwebs, finds cooking cathartic. The recipes she's created and collected grew into cookbooks. Holly's trying her hand at fiction and food seems to creep into most of her books.

Join Holly on the rest of her Blog Tour, each stop features a different cookbook and a chance for a free ebook!

You can join in the fun by signing up for the End of Tour Foodie Blog Hop!
Talk about a fond food memory, describe your disasters in the kitchen, post your favorite recipe or pictures of food, or do anything food related. Sign up here

Peppermint Meltaways 
oven: 350°F 
bake: 12-15 minutes 
makes: 2 dozen 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened 
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup cornstarch
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons butter, softened 
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 
2-3 drops red food coloring 
1-2 tablespoon milk 
peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed 

Cream sugar, butter, and peppermint extract until creamy. Stir in flour and cornstarch. Cover and refrigerate until firm, 30-60 minutes. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Combining powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, food coloring, and enough milk to reach a spreading consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies, and immediately sprinkle with candies.

My tip: I added in some crushed peppermints into the dough before baking, and it came out deliciously crunchy. 

Hope you all enjoy Holly's cookbook as much as I did. I can't wait to check out the other posts and see what others have cooked up.