Friday, December 23, 2016

Soda Pop cupcakes

If you are in a hurry for a quick treat, try soda pop cupcakes. all you need is a boxed cake mix and a can of soda. some of my favorite combinations are a yellow cake with a sprite, a chocolate cake with a Dr. Pepper and a chocolate fudge cake mix with a Cherry coke.

Mix the can of soda with the boxed cake mix. it is a little bubbly/foamy as you stir it together, but it quickly settles into a nice batter.

muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray work better than paper liners for these treats.

bake according to the cake mix box.

voila! easy treats.

Monday, December 12, 2016

White Chocolate popcorn

A super easy treat for movie night, neighbor gifts or just munching on when you want something sweet and a little salty.

You'll need (and yes, these are my supplies on my counter)

Microwave popcorn. the buttery type works best. I always by the Movie Theater Butter
Vanilla almond bark (this is candy coating that tastes like white chocolate
waxed paper

Pop the corn, pour into a large bowl.
melt two squares of almond bark.
drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and gently stir to coat.

pour onto wax paper, spread it out in a single layer so the chocolate can set.

Once set, (about 15 minutes if your kitchen isn't too warm) mine is always cold so it sets up quickly.
voila, easy, fancy popcorn.
I'll be taking this to my family Christmas party.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dark Man is now on Pre-Order

Blood Slaves Book Three
Vance is determined to discover the secrets hidden in The Catacombs, an exclusive all-male fetish club. Someone there was the last person to see his ex-lover alive and he intends to seek revenge for the brutal murder. Once in, he meets Tac, the owner of the club. He’s secretive and hot as hell. The BDSM sex is unlike anything Vance has experienced. Tac is becoming an obsession and keeping him from the truth.Nothing can endanger the vampires’ existence.
Theron, known in the club as Tac, will destroy any who try. He is dominant and dangerous—in total control of his world. He lives only for sex and blood. He has never been emotionally involved with anyone. Now, a human has slipped into his life and under his skin, making him want more than meaningless sex with blood slaves. But Theron will never allow a mere mortal to bring him to his knees.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of smoking-hot men engaged in multiple-partner sex and bondage.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Repost - Christmas Thin Mint Cookies

I know I've shared this one with you before, but it's the easiest cookie recipe it deserves a repeat.
My boys wouldn't think if was Christmas if we didn't have a plastic container in the fridge filled with thin mint cookies.

Supplies: Ritz crackers
chocolate candy coating/Chocolate bark
peppermint extract
cotton balls

Melt the chocolate. I usually use my crockpot on low until it's melted, then turn to warm to keep the chocolate melted.

Dip a cracker in the melted chocolate until
covered. I use a fork s
o I can tap off the excess chocolate on the inside edge of the crockpot.

Place chocolate covered cracker on wax paper.

once the chocolate has set on the crackers, stack them in a plastic/Tupperware container between layers of wax paper. I use an empty gallon ice cream bucket.

Tip the peppermint extract into a cotton ball to wet. Just a few drops per cotton ball. Every couple of layers of cookies, place a peppermint cotton ball.

Store cookies in the air tight container in a cool place. After 24 hours of soaking up the peppermint extract, they are ready to eat. they taste just like a thin mint cookie.

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Joys of the Season Blog Hop

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Joys of the Seasons Blog Hop. Today I thought I’d share a little holiday trivia with you.

First, did you know that there is actually buzz on the internet that now claims the Coca Cola company is responsible for the look of Santa because of their iconic Christmas campaigns. However, Santa has evolved from books, artists and historians into what we know of Santa today.

Did you know ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was a poem we almost never read. Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem for his family in 1922, but thought it too beneath his talents for publication. Even after a close family friend submitted it to the Sentinel newspaper and it was published anonymously, Moore denied penning the hugely popular story. But after fifteen years, his children finally convinced him to claim the beloved poem.

Finally, you know Dancer and Prancer, Comet…you know the song. But did you know Rudolph started out at as a commercial promotion for Montgomery Ward in 1939. Children visiting the store to see Santa were given a booklet about Rudolph. However, Rudolph didn’t become a superstar until his story was set to music.

Okay and a bonus piece of trivia. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love Christmas music, holiday lights, heart-warming decorations all over my house…and I LOVE to bake. Stop back by my blog this Holiday seasons as I post some of my favorite, super easy recipes. One of my publishers, The Wild Rose Press offers a free cookbook each year. I’ve contributed recipes every year. You can download your copy HERE.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Iron Man is Available Now

Book Two is Here!

Available at Amazon and other online retailers.

Rafe wanted more—a blood bond, with his blood slave Adam. However Adam wasn’t willing to join the vampire world so he left Rafe and the vampire world behind.

Now Adam is back in town for the holidays. They can rekindle their romance in the fetish club, The Catacombs, where Adam is known as Iron Man because of his steel hardware. But what happens after a week of wild, aggressive, kinky-as-hell sex? 
When it’s time to return to the real world, Adam is torn. Rafe is more than a vampire, more than his lover. He’s his partner. Adam isn’t sure he can give up his humanity, even for the man he loves. He has to decide—a vampire blood bond or his lonely human life without Rafe.
Note: Two sexy men in a fetish club can get into a lot of kinky situations, so be prepared for anything, including all-male, multiple-partner bondage sex and orgies in very public places.

and now for a little taste of Rafe and Adam...

The neighbors had really outdone themselves this Christmas. Colorful lights dripped from the house. The shrubs twinkled under the blanket of white and the porch pillars were wrapped to look like candy canes. Rafe hadn’t put up a single holiday decoration. He no longer considered himself religious—not for three years. Not since becoming vampire.
With a groan, he leaned into the cushions. He was twenty-six years old and a seasoned firefighter of five years. This week off work was going to be hell. Shit, his life was hell. He wasn’t taking time off by choice. His captain had insisted that he needed to mourn. He worked the graveyard shift at the station. And while he trusted the humans he worked with in harried situations such as an out-of-control inferno, he didn’t trust them enough to bring any of them into his personal life. He hadn’t trusted anyone since Adam. And that relationship hadn’t worked out as he’d hoped.
Adam had been more than a blood slave to sate his hunger. At least, Rafe had wanted more. Without forging a blood bond, he and Adam couldn’t have eternity. For that Adam had to become vampire, had to exchange blood with Rafe. They would not only bind their lives, they would share thoughts and live as one.
“Love,” he said into the empty room. Love hurt like hell. Rafe had pushed, obviously asking for more than Adam had been willing to give. Then he’d pushed Adam out of his life altogether because Rafe hadn’t been willing to settle for less than forever.
Now, instead of the sweet taste of Adam’s blood floating over his tongue and warming his body, he fed from slaves at The Catacombs. Men who served the sect, served vampires. Men who weren’t like Adam. Adam hadn’t fed any vampire except Rafe. They hadn’t just been symbiotic. They’d been partners.
Rafe drove the maudlin thoughts from his mind and considered his current situation. Tonight he’d rather not be home. He’d rather be hanging out at the fire station or on a call. He didn’t wish harm to anyone, especially this time of year, but nothing cleared the mind like focusing on something else. Fires were dangerous, explosive and unpredictable. Exactly the way he felt.
At some point, he’d need to think about feeding. Right now, he just couldn’t summon the strength to move. The silence was deafening.
Rafe started at a knock on the door. The hour had grown late. He couldn’t think of anyone who would bother him tonight—not after the funeral. At this hour, his friends would be at The Catacombs.
With a heavy sigh, he stood, strode over to the door and pulled it open.
“Hi, Rafe, I heard you had a bad day.”
His gut clenched. Emotion choked his throat. Adam Cross was the last person he expected to see at his front door. “You could say it’s been a bad year.” And it hadn’t improved when this man walked away.
“May I come in?”
Rafe stuffed his hands into the front pockets of his jeans. He swallowed hard at the sight of his ex. Today had already left him drained. He wasn’t sure he wanted to handle a conversation with Adam. But he stepped aside anyway. “Sure. Can’t say I’m very good company.”
Adam dusted snowflakes from his rakishly tousled hair and hunched his shoulders as he crossed the threshold. “I used to be able to cheer you up.” He faced Rafe. Heavy silence hung between them. His full lips pulled into a somber line and were slightly reddened from the cold. “It’s been a while. I had to see you, although I wish the circumstance were better.”
Memories of them together still stung. The breakup hadn’t been bitter or angry. Adam had the opportunity to take a position in Washington, DC, consulting for the government. Prestigious, lucrative and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to excel in his field. All excuses. Adam had left to get away from Rafe. He’d made his choice.

Adam’s skin warmed. Rafe flared his nostrils, drawing in more of the coppery-sweet aroma of the thick blood flowing through Adam. His cock stirred. Time hadn’t lessoned his appetite for this man. His acute hunger intensified and bordered on painful. As much as he needed to feed and wanted to fuck, now wasn’t the time to ravage his former lover. Emotions still ran too deep and Rafe still wanted more than Adam’s blood. He still wanted more than Adam was willing to give.