Thursday, August 9, 2018

AUTHOR KANDY SHEPHERD--modern romance with old-fashioned, heartfelt charm--around the world love stories to capture your heart

Best Man and the Runaway Bride

Scandal at a society wedding!

Can he resist the runaway bride?

After helping Nikki Lucas flee her high-society wedding, privacy-loving best man Max Conway never expected to be accused of having an affair with the bride! As the media scandal dies down, he escapes to a remote island—and comes face-to-face with Nikki! Their connection is undeniable but she’s completely off-limits. Yet as the sun sets in paradise, both are struggling to resist…

Stranded with Her Greek Tycoon
by Kandy Shepherd
One night to win back his wife!

Can Hayley resist Cristos’s seductive charms?

After the demise of her marriage, Hayley fled to nurse her broken heart. Now she’s back to ask her husband, Cristos Theofanis, for a divorce—but he has other ideas! When a storm hits and they’re stranded together, Cristos has one night to prove himself. Can Hayley resist the temptation of Cristos’s kiss or will she find herself back in his arms?

Conveniently Wed to the Greek
A marriage for the sake of her baby...

When luxury hotelier Alex Mikhalis encounters the blogger who once nearly destroyed his reputation, he wants to get even. Only Adele Hudson isn't exactly as he remembers. She's pregnant and alone, and he can't stop his protective instincts kicking in!

After a difficult breakup, Adele is very wary of all relationships. She has no choice but to accept the Greek tycoon's offer of a job, despite their complicated past. But his next suggestion is much more intimate: becoming his convenient wife!

Kandy Shepherd

Kandy Shepherd 

Kandy Shepherd left a fast-paced career as a magazine editor to write award-winning romantic fiction. Kandy lives in a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of four-legged friends. She believes in love-at-first-sight and real-life romance—they worked for her!


"Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach Series"--warm, touching contemporary romance from author Lynne Marshall

Forever a Father (The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach)
 “Will you be my dad?”

Ask me anything but that.

Once upon a time, Dr. Daniel Delaney had it all. But he lost it in the blink of an eye, and he won’t let himself fall again—not even for his dedicated new assistant, Keela O’Mara, and her adorable, lonely little girl, Anna. Resisting a starry-eyed four-year-old is tough enough. Denying her perfect, loving single mom may be more than Daniel can handle…

Soldier, Handyman, Family Man
He's all kinds of man. But is he a family man?
It's good to be home! But civilian life isn't easy for Mark Delaney. The former surf champ copes by carving California waves and working solo as the handyman for his family's beachfront hotel. Until Laurel Prescott, pretty owner of the new B and B--and widowed mother of three--asks for his help. One small task leads to another and another, and suddenly Mark is knee-deep in kids, responsibility...and a love he never dreamed possible.

Reunited with the Sheriff
They promised to meet in four years...

He was there. Where was she?

Conor Delaney believed he and Shelby Brookes shared something special. Until the girl he'd loved since fourth grade was a no-show for what should have been the most romantic reunion of their lives.

Two years and one shattered heart later, Shelby's back in their California town--as the new chef at Conor's family restaurant. The single mom has a reason for what she did...and a plan for winning back the guarded California lawman.



Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!


Sunset Fire (Vikings of Honor, #1)

*Previously published as Raeliksen. (This new edition has been partially rewritten and professionally edited, along with a new title and new cover.)

Mara, the daughter of an Irish king, was raised to believe the Northmen are murderous pagans without a moral bone in their bodies. Despite warnings of their violent raids and the growing threat of another incursion, Mara is continually drawn to her favorite place - the River Shannon.

Dægan Ræliksen, a wealthy chieftain from Norway's frozen fjords, secretly discovers Mara at the water's edge. Charmed by her beauty and sensuous grace, he decides his search for a wife has ended.

Mara and Dægan come face-to-face in a time when every Irishman is being called up to fight against the Viking foreigners. To acquire the woman he treasures, Dægan must make peace with Mara's father, but can Mara move past her fears and find the noble man within the savage?

Emerald Glory (Vikings of Honor, #2)
*Previously published as Mac Liam. (This new edition has been partially rewritten and professionally edited, along with a new title and new cover.)

A tortured soul.... Breandan Mac Liam, the strapping young hunter from Ireland's lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. And not even the thought of her marriage to a Northman can extinguish the fierce, burning desire running rampant through his soul. An innocent heart.... Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman's longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mor, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her heart. A deadly secret.... Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandan must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father's last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandan not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara's embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor. With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandan uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all? 

Souls Reborn (Vikings of Honor, #3)

*Previously published as The Fall of Rain. (This new edition has been partially rewritten and professionally edited, along with a new title and new cover.)

Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact—an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings—buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he’s determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle.

For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O’Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she’s never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking’s protective embrace—until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland.

Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can’t help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she’s convinced they’ve shared a life together in a time long forgotten.

Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?

Tempered Steel (Vikings of Honor, #4)
*Previously published as The Temperate Warrior. (This new edition has been partially rewritten and professionally edited, along with a new title and new cover.)

Gustaf Ræliksen lives by the blade of his sword. After avenging his father's murder and reuniting with his family, he wants nothing more than to settle down and have sons of his own. Only one woman will do--a beautiful redheaded thrall he saved from the spoils of war.

Free from slavery and those who kept her captive, Æsa has nothing to offer the noble warrior except her heart. But when someone with a deep score to settle seeks revenge and the whereabouts of buried silver that only Æsa knows, she must break Gustaf's heart in order to spare his life.

Gustaf's world is torn asunder, and he has but one vow--saving the woman he loves from the dangerous rival who will stop at nothing to have it all.


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RENEE VINCENT is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction. From her memorable Viking warriors to her charming Alpha male heroes of modern day, readers will be whisked away to a world filled with gripping adventure, unpredictable plot twists, and undying love. Her books have earned numerous accolades, including a #1 Amazon Bestseller for Viking Romance.

She lives on a secluded hundred-acre horse farm in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cat who thinks he's the master of the house.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Author Jodi Thomas--bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance

One Texas Night

ONE TEXAS NIGHT  by Jodi Thomas

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas lassos the heart of Texas with these four spellbinding stories, available together for the first time, where love shows up unexpectedly…

Hank Harris wasn’t even looking for a woman when he ended up with a wife. Aggie is exactly who he needs as a business partner—if only she weren’t so damn beautiful, spirited—and in his bed…

Rowdy Darnell was born to be wild and Laurel Hayes knows she shouldn’t get involved with him—but oh, how he can kiss…

When Annalane Barkley whispers her dreams to Wynn McCord, the Texas Ranger knows he’s found a woman worth fighting for…

If Cozette Camanez’s groom doesn’t show up for their wedding by dawn, she’ll lose her family ranch. Trouble is, the groom doesn’t exist—until unsuspecting thief Michael Hughes comes along…

 Wild Texas Rose (Whispering Mountain, #6)

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas presents her latest Whispering Mountain novel WILD TEXAS ROSE, about a woman who’s cursed when it comes to love—and the man determined to save her.

WILD TEXAS ROSE is a  captivating tale about a headstrong beauty and the Texas Ranger who protects her without her knowledge. Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family's ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she's backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She's never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now.

Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he'll never settle down and marry. He's been Rose's guardian angel since they were kids but for the first time in their lives he's the one who has caused her to be in danger. Somehow, he has to protect her from an outlaw gang determined to kill her without letting Rose know of the danger she's in. He's convinced that her heart can't take the stress if she knows...the only question is can his heart take the nearness of her.....

MY REVIEW: Talented Texan Jodi Thomas has a unique and addictive storytelling style. She truly has a way of creating memorable characters and involving us in romantic story lines that offer exciting adventure and laugh-out-loud humor. With her 25th historical romance featuring the great state of Texas, "Wild Texas Rose", Jodi Thomas takes her readers to an even higher level of pure reading enjoyment! While this book features all the cherished elements of historical western romance that serious devotees like me expect, those entertaining elements are delivered in an imaginative manner with fascinating twists and unexpected turns. I love stories about cowboys and their sweethearts, men and women of the West who carved out a life for themselves just as America was spreading its own wings from one coast to another. While everyone knows that western heroes are usually stalwart and somewhat silent, here they are imperfect, quirky, and strong on sentiment. The heroines of "Wild Texas Rose" are awesome! These ladies are not just women who stand by their man, they also pick up the reins and take the lead as they see fit. Rose McMurray is a pretty young woman, smart and capable, and just as lovely inside as she is on the outside. Emotionally scarred by a frightening childhood incident, Rose sometimes doubts herself and has a fear of the unfamiliar and shies away from crowds of people. However, when the going gets tough, Rose comes into full bloom, and that's when the going really gets good! No one is more surprised by the hidden depths to lovely Rose than her foster brother and lifelong protector, Texas Ranger Duncan McMurray. Seeing Rose in a new light leads Duncan to wonder if the affection he has always felt for Rose has become something much more--perhaps the love of a lifetime. Can he be the man to lead Rose to the happiness she thinks beyond her reach? Will Rose follow her innermost wish and let her mind see what her heart has known all along? Sometimes what you are looking for has been right within your reach--just out of sight until you fully open your eyes. Rose and Duncan take us along on their exciting romantic journey, touching our hearts and tickling our funny bone as we follow their steps. Joining "The Rose" and "The Ranger" are an unforgettable cast of characters, some of whom find their own love story. A melancholy judge who often speaks to his "dead" brother may be just the man to rescue an heiress in peril. A settled-in storekeeper and a spinster schoolteacher unbutton each other's buttoned-up existence. A scarred giant of a man and a woman who sells her looks see into each other's souls when they look at each other. Some really dastardly villains, a missing fortune, and a poignant, surprising development in the story line that will renew your faith in the human spirit all add to the rewarding experience of "Wild Texas Rose" and the continued delight of the "Whispering Mountain Series". Thank you, Jodi!

Book Copy Gratis Berkley Books

The Harmony novels are “Jodi Thomas all the way—super characters [and] lots of riveting subplots.”* Now the New York Times bestselling author takes us back to Harmony, Texas, where big dreams are brewing—and anything and everything is possible…

Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of their lives, they’re learning much more than how to write. But Emily suddenly has other things on her mind when a friend from her past shows up in Harmony's library. Now she must deal with a secret she’s kept for fifteen years—a secret that changed her life and threatens to shatter her future.

Meanwhile, new lawyer Rick Matheson thinks he’s in charge of his world until accidents start happening all around him. Just when he realizes someone is trying to kill him, he meets a beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adam. Now that the marshal has given him an even stronger reason to go on living, he must learn to take a chance on life to dream bigger—and love better—than he ever has before...

MY REVIEW:  Take the "Chance of a Lifetime" and return to the fictional small-town world of Harmony, Texas. Author Jodi Thomas once again captivates with in-depth characterizations and a compelling story line filled with romance, humor, and mystery. One thing that you are guaranteed with a Jodi Thomas read is "more"--more detail, more surprises, and more addictive storytelling which makes you long for the next book. In "Chance of a Lifetime", long-ago dreams and new hopes must overcome unknown threats before hearts can truly heal and find the happiness they seek. Emily Tomlinson survived a brutal attack in her teens, but her memory of what happened is muddled, and she only knows that her best friend, Tannon Parker, was not there when she needed him most. Their friendship was forever changed by the events of that night, but Tannon still cherishes Emily and wishes things were different. Emily leads a very quiet and isolated life, enjoying the order and routine of her life as the town librarian. On the nights she works late, Tannon is always there at closing time to walk her to her car. If only she would let him back into her heart, a heart he knows is just as lonely as his own. Local lawyer Rick Matheson hasn't established much of practice in Harmony, yet he has managed to make someone mad enough to want to put an end to his law career for good. Too many close calls must be more than accidents, and he survives serious injury just to be injured again. A beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adams arrives in Harmony, and she sticks close to Rick in order to protect him while she investigates the case. The question is, as he falls head-over-heels for her, who will protect his heart? Two troubled couples--one who must overcome the past, and one who must survive the present. Love has long been there for Emily and Tannon, and it begins to grow for Rick and Trace, but will love be enough to keep their hearts and lives safe? Small-town friendships run deep, but small-town secrets dwell deeper. Everyone is connected in some way or another, and even kinfolk have hidden motivations. Still, all in all, life in a close-knit small town has its irresistible charms, and author Jodi Thomas will make you want to visit Harmony, Texas again and again.

Book Copy Gratis The Berkley Publishing Group

Just Down the Road (Harmony, #4) 

JUST DOWN THE ROAD  by Jodi Thomas

From the New York Times bestselling author of Chance of a Lifetime and The Comforts of Home...

Harmony, Texas, is a place where dreams are born. As the townspeople face unexpected endings and new beginnings, they also come face to face with themselves—and what’s most important in life...

When Tinch Turner lost his wife, he gave up on living. Now he spends his nights brooding, boozing, and brawling. When one of his escapades lands him in the ER, he finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor in town. For the first time in years, he feels a spark, but Addison Spencer wants nothing to do with the unruly rancher—or any man for that matter. She’s only in Harmony four months, long enough for the trouble she left behind to be over. But then a vulnerable little boy barrels into both their lives, forcing them out of the past—and into a future where love is just down the road...

In the meantime, as Reagan Truman grieves for her beloved uncle, she finds comfort in the makeshift family she’s made in Harmony—and in a new baby, the first born in the Wright Funeral Home in 45 years, proving to everyone that life does go on.

MY REVIEW: "Just Down the Road" is my first visit to Jodi Thomas' charming fictional community of Harmony, TX. Where have I been? I was missing something really good--heartwarming romance with a touch of pathos and mystery-suspense. I have read other works by Jodi Thomas, and she always writes heart with humor, and that is a very good thing! Let me just say this about the character of Tinch Turner--the lonesome cowboy with a loving, true heart--where is my very own Tinch? When Tinch married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Lori Anne, he never dreamed that cancer would claim her at a young age. He acts out his grief by boozing, brawling, and brooding about what he'll never have again. A frequent visitor to the ER for after-fight medical care, Tinch sits up and takes notice when he meets the new ER doctor, Addison Spencer. Something about the pale, uptight, lovely woman makes Tinch want to clean up his act. When he discovers that Addison is his closest neighbor, "just down the road" from his place, things really get interesting. Often prickly, and always intriguing, Addison is far from indifferent to Tinch. She only plans to be in Harmony for a few months, and she left her former home to be free from her father and her almost-fiance. Meeting a gorgeous man unlike anyone she's ever known was definitely not on her agenda. Tinch's life takes another dramatic turn when he is suddenly given the care of his orphaned nephew, whose mother was Lori Anne's sister. Jamie is a dear little boy in need of much TLC. His drug-addicted mother's involvement with drug dealers left her dead and Jamie beaten and bruised. Tinch and Addison both feel the need to care for the child, and Addison begins staying at Tinch's house to help with Jamie. The three of them become close, and each has hopes and dreams of what a future together could mean. When the drug dealers return, searching for a fortune in cash, the very real danger they present may bring those dreams to an end. Will two lost hearts, who didn't even know they were looking for love, come together with one small boy and find real happiness as a family? There are wonderful supporting characters in "Just Down the Road"--old friends from the Harmony community who also seek resolution and a happy ending. Part of the pleasure of this book was getting a feel for the town, its people, and a glimpse of down-home Texas living. Even though I have lived in a very small town for most of my life, I never tire of “small town” romances. Small towns sometimes hold big secrets! People are very interconnected. What happens to one person affects someone else, and the ripple effect is started. However, there is an essential sweetness to small towns. Memories of earlier days, some bittersweet, are held dear. People aren’t just faces, they’re family and friends. There’s always a second chance for first loves in small towns. 

Book Copy Gratis Berkley Books


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  • New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC FICTION--Author KANDY SHEPHERD's unique style will touch your heart and make you smile--recipes in post to tempt your appetite!

In Kandy Shepherd’s “Love is a Four-Legged Word” , Tom O’Brien is an orderly man with a five-year plan to keep his life on the right track. His stellar work as an attorney at a prestigious law firm has him in line for a partnership and a coveted corner office. However, Tom is seemingly unaware that into every perfectly aligned life plan, chaos and spontaneity must enter. The delightful disorder in Tom’s life comes in the form of a little mixed-breed dog named Brutus, who is the heir to a fortune. Along with Brutus comes his undeniably appealing guardian, Maddy Cartwright. Brutus’ late owner, Walter Stoddard, had lived a very modest life, and his closest friends, including Maddy, had no idea that he was a multi-millionaire. Tom’s law firm is handling Walter’s estate, and Tom is responsible for maintaining the terms of Walter’s last will and testament. When Tom informs Maddy that she has inherited both Brutus and a vast fortune, she is stunned. Tom is even more stunned by his immediate strong attraction to the charming, red-haired Maddy. A professional chef as irresistible as the delicious desserts she creates, Maddy is unprepared for the changes in her life. Most of all, she never expected Walter’s lawyer to be a gorgeous, chocolate-eyed hunk whose deep dimples war with his stern exterior. Before Tom and Maddy can find their own personal pot of gold, they are besieged by mischief, meddlers, mystery, and the paparazzi!

The sexiest weakness in a man is his vulnerability to that one special woman. No matter how big, gruff, rough, and tough a man may be, love makes him reachable. The bigger they are…the harder they fall. The most invincible Alpha male may offer his heart like a gift to the woman he loves, and then he will wait for the look on her face to make sure she is pleased with the gift. In one who is usually without self-doubt, that moment of uncertainty is very appealing. I love a man who loves dogs and is kind to animals, and Nick Whalen, the sexy P.I. in Kandy Shepherd’s “Home is Where the Bark Is” , certainly fits that description. When he goes undercover to investigate a fraud scheme, he never dreams that he will fall head-over-heels for his prime suspect. When he meets Serena Oakley, the owner and operator of “Paws-A-While”, a trendy doggy day-care center, he is thrown for a loop! She seems sweet and sincere, and Nick definitely finds her sexy! Serena is immediately drawn to Nick, but somehow he just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to own a prissy little toy dog like the one he brings to her pet place. Suspicion, sweet sensuality, and secrets aplenty are combined with mysterious mayhem, great charm and humor for a very satisfying romantic read!

Kandy Shepherd writes wonderful romances that are as sweet as they are sensual. Her writing gives you that same warm feeling inside that you get when you watch Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan at their romantic comedy best in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail”. It’s a feeling that doesn’t come along every day, and that makes it even more special. If you love being in love, have a very special affection for your pets and other animals, and you appreciate great food, then you will adore these books! As soon as you read “Love is a Four-Legged Word”, you will immediately want to read the sequel, “Home is Where the Bark Is”. Both of these books are on my keeper shelf, destined to be reread!

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Kandy Shepherd is the award-winning author of contemporary romances published by Berkley Sensation, an imprint of Penguin New York, as well as the e-book romances THE CASTAWAY BRIDE (an Amazon best-seller) and SOMETHING ABOUT JOE, and the contemporary women's fiction title, REINVENTING ROSE. Kandy swapped a fast-paced career as a magazine editor for a life writing fun, feel-good fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of animal friends that include a dog, cats, horses and two miniature bulls. Kandy believes in love-at-first-sight and real-life romance--they worked for her!
Kandy's new release, REINVENTING ROSE, was inspired by her years in women's magazines, in particular the reader makeovers she enjoyed so much. Dumped, duped and divorced, 28-year-old Californian schoolteacher Rose Butler finds herself stranded in Sydney, Australia and decides she needs a "me makeover". Lucky for Rose, she makes three new friends who draw her into their circle of friendship and support and help her reinvent herself. She finds a new life--and a new man--but what happens when her old life beckons? REINVENTING ROSE is about love, friendship and the magic of a makeover.
SOMETHING ABOUT JOE is a heartwarming love story. The hero is hot, smart, great with kids, and he can cook--what's not to love about Joe Martin? But stressed-out executive and single mom, Allison Bradley, fights it all the way when she finds herself falling in love with her little boy's new nanny. Joe is one of Kandy's favorite heroes--he actually came to her in a dream!

Do you enjoy contemporary romantic fiction? I spend a lot of my reading time in historical romance land, but I love to head back to the future with a captivating contemporary. There is just something special about a well-written, sparkling and funny modern-day romance that makes me feel like kicking up my heels! What about you? Who writes the best contemporary romances, and what are their top titles? Here’s some more food for thought: Delicious recipes inspired by Kandy Shepherd’s delightful romantic reads!

“Private Eye” Special Lasagna

2 (28 oz) cans tomatoes
2 (5 1-2 oz) cans tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 lb very lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
1 lb lasagna noodles
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large pot and simmer 15 minutes. Saute’ ground beef and garlic in a little oil. Add to tomato sauce. Cover and let simmer 3 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. Brown sausage and slice in rounds. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook noodles until al dente. Combine ricotta, egg and parsley in a bowl. Spread 1/3 of sauce on the bottom of a lightly buttered 12in by 9in baking dish. Arrange alternately layers of noodles, ricotta, sausage, sauce and Parmesan, ending with Parmesan. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

“BLT” Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

1 large avocados, peeled & mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
few drops hot pepper sauce

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Store covered in refrigerator.

4 cups lettuce, shredded
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
12 ounces bacon, cooked & crumbled
1/c cup shredded Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese

Place lettuce in salad bowl or platter. Top with tomatoes, crumbled bacon, and cheese. Spoon dressing evenly over salad. Top with croutons.

“Ought To Be A Law” Barrister’s Brownies

1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Allow to cool. Add sugar and cocoa and blend well. Add vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, salt, instant coffee granules, and cinnamon. Stir until just blended. Lightly stir in the 1/2 bag white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Spread the batter evenly in a greased and lightly floured 13x9x2in baking pan. Top batter with remaining white chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake. Brownies pull away from the edges of the pan when done. Allow to cool in pan before cutting. Store in tightly covered container.

“Sweet & Spicy” Cupcakes With Caramel Frosting

3 eggs
1-1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini


1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. For frosting, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 dozen.

“Tail Waggin’ Good” Dog Treats

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons instant beef or chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. brewer’s yeast (try health food store)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (bone shaped is good), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.

Friday, July 6, 2018


 A human drama unlike any other—the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.
“ENTHRALLING.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) • “OUTSTANDING…A MUST-READ.” —Booklist (starred review) • “GRIPPING.” —Publishers Weekly

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

For the better part of a century, the story of USS Indianapolis has been understood as a sinking tale. The reality, however, is far more complicated—and compelling. Now, for the first time, thanks to a decade of original research and interviews with 107 survivors and eyewit­nesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own.

It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and launched as the ship of state for President Franklin Roosevelt. After Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis leads the charge to the Pacific Islands, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. Then, under orders from President Harry Truman, the ship takes aboard a superspy and embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima. Vincent and Vladic provide a visceral, moment-by-moment account of the disaster that unfolds days later after the Japanese torpedo attack, from the chaos on board the sinking ship to the first moments of shock as the crew plunge into the remote waters of the Philippine Sea, to the long days and nights during which terror and hunger morph into delusion and desperation, and the men must band together to survive.

Then, for the first time, the authors go beyond the men’s rescue to chronicle Indianapolis’s extraordinary final mission: the survivors’ fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. What follows is a captivating courtroom drama that weaves through generations of American presidents, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, and forever entwines the lives of three captains—McVay, whose life and career are never the same after the scandal; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who sinks Indianapolis but later joins the battle to exonerate McVay; and William Toti, the captain of the modern-day submarine Indianapolis, who helps the survivors fight to vindicate their captain.

A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love, Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative—and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis


Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis



The true-life drama of the men serving on the USS Indianapolis in the summer of 1945 this film traces their mission of transporting the Enola Gay across the Pacific.

The tragedy that occurred on the U.S.S. Indianapolis is the worst at-sea loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy…and a horrifying indictment of covert motives, corruption and scandal.

Captain Charles Butler McVay (Stacy Keach) survives the ordeal and becomes a scapegoat as he is court-martialed in a highly controversial U.S. military cover-up.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Author CAROL ERICSON’S "BROTHERS IN ARMS: RETRIBUTION" series--action-packed, red-hot, romantic suspense

Romantic Suspense author Carol Ericson begins a thrilling new series, “Brothers in Arms: Retribution”, with the action-filled “Under Fire”. Covert Ops agent Max Duvall, still recovering from the lingering effects of a brainwashing attempt, is a man inwardly desperate to regain his soul and his spirit. Dr. Ava Whitman has made a deadly mistake: she has unknowingly been assisting “Tempest”, the corrupt black ops group out to run the world and bring down the crime-fighting covert agency, “Prospero”, and its leader, Jack Coburn. When her lab is destroyed, and her coworkers are killed, it’s Max who comes to Ava’s rescue—and he needs her as much as she needs him. Max was part of a group of agents who routinely visited Ava for treatment of mental and physical injuries as part of a research program. Max needs to find himself again, and Ava is the only one who can help him—if he can keep them both alive. The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon their hearts as much endangered as their existence. Can Max not only overcome the threat of Tempest, but overcome his struggles with his own psyche? Ava was always fond of Max as her patient, but now she feels more than mere fondness. Can she trust him with her heart and her very life? “Under Fire” is an involving and intriguing read for lovers of romantic suspense.

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The “Brothers in Arms: Retribution” series from author Carol Ericson continues with Book Two, “The Pregnancy Plot”. After the deaths of her mother and step-father, and the disappearance of her ex-fiancé, Nina Moore leaves behind her life in Los Angeles and heads to remote Break Island, Washington to take over the Bed & Breakfast her parents left behind. On her own, and pregnant, Nina begins the daunting task of restoring the B & B to an operable condition. She has no clue that danger is hovering over her life and the life of her unborn babe. Special Ops agent Jase Bennett grumbles over his assignment to protect Nina Moore from “Tempest”, the evil covert ops agency responsible for the fate of her ex-fiancé. However, once Jase meets Nina, and his protector instincts kick in, his undercover stint as a helpful handyman doesn’t seem so bad. A complicated family issue arises and causes Nina to announce that Jase is her fiancé. Moving into the B & B, working to repair the place, and pretending to be engaged to Nina all works very well for Jase, until his heart becomes involved. Having Jase so close by makes it easy for Nina to fall for his good looks, solid physicality, and his strong presence. Eventually, though, circumstances force him to reveal all, and she wonders if the feelings between them have just been part of his job duties. Can Jase keep Nina and the baby safe from Tempest? Will she find a way to trust him again and accept the realities of their relationship and their lives? Is love the one true thing they can both count on? “The Pregnancy Plot” is another terrific romantic suspense thriller from author Carol Ericson.

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"Navy Seal Spy" is Book Three in author Carol Ericson's action-packed "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" romantic suspense series. Former Navy SEAL Liam McCabe steps up his game by entering the high-risk world of covert ops. His assignment to go undercover, and then expose, the international crime organization, Tempest, is thrown a sharp curve when his former love, Katie O'Keefe, enters the picture. Katie is also undercover, working to find the truth of her friend Sebastian's death. Katie and Liam must trust each other, and while some of the issues that drove them apart are still there, so is the sizzling attraction and mutual affection which first brought them together. Their unexpected reunion is rocky to say the least, but there are much greater matters involved, and they have no choice but to unite in their quest to bring down Tempest and its evil leader Caliban. Can Katie and Liam protect their lives and their love while they strive to save the world from terrorist threats? Author Carol Ericson will keep you turning the pages as you enjoy another terrific romantic suspense tale from a talented storyteller.

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A thrilling romantic suspense tale with a holiday twist, "Secret Agent Santa" is Book Four in the "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" series from author Carol Ericson. A life of privilege and wealth had not protected socialite Claire Chadwick from tragedy. Her husband, Shane, a journalist, had been murdered by the terrorist group, Tempest, and Claire was raising their five-year-old son, Ethan, on her own. Her mother's third husband, Senator Spencer Correll, was at the top of her suspect list for being in collusion with the terrorists and for being involved in the deaths of her husband and her own mother. Claire reaches out to her friend, Lola, the wife of Jack Coburn, who is the head of the anti-terrorist agency, Prospero. When covert ops agent Mike Becker shows up as Claire's fiancé, Mitchell Brown, no one is more surprised than Claire, but she is grateful for the chance to validate her suspicions. She is glamour with a gilded-edge, and he's a little rough around the edges, but opposites attract and fiery sparks fly between the two of them. While Mike had been contemplating an early retirement, he's now in deep in a dangerously intriguing situation--but could his heart be in the most danger of all? He hadn't planned on becoming attracted to Claire and growing fond of her son, but that is just what he has done. This may be his last assignment, but will it lead to a love that lasts a lifetime? Claire and her son, Ethan, deserve a safe, happy life--will Mike stop the terrorists once and for all and secure a loving and peaceful future for the three of them? Lovers of romantic suspense will greatly enjoy this exciting seasonal suspense tale from author Carol Ericson.

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Carol Ericson lives in southern California, home of state-of–the-art cosmetic surgery, wild freeway chases, and a million amazing stories. These stories, along with hordes of virile men and feisty women clamor for release from Carol’s head until she sets them free to fulfill their destinies and her readers’ fantasies. To find out more about Carol and her current books, please visit her website at, “where romance flirts with danger.”