Friday, November 28, 2014

Hot New Release from Sabrina York...oh, and a tiara giveaway

Celebrate the winter season with a story of fun, frolic in the snow and bone-deep redemption. Oh, and bacon...

Don't miss Snow Angels by Sabrina York, coming December 1st, but available for preorder now!

Snow Angels by Sabrina York

The last thing Wade Masters wants on his month-long getaway to his sister’s wilderness cabin is company.  A wounded warrior, Wade is looking for complete isolation to deal with the tragedy of his life and his screaming guilt.

But company he gets, in the form of Lyssa Salk, a spunky, diminutive massage therapist. Who says she can talk to dead people.

Trapped together in the snowbound cabin, Wade and Lyssa have little else to do but help each other heal, spiritually, physically and sexually.

Coming December 1st. Available for Preorder NOW

(Win the Snow Angels Tiara below...)


He probably stayed in the shower too long; the water was turning tepid. But Wade didn’t care. He stepped out and dried off, ruffling his hair with the fluffy towel. He tried to ignore the pink hearts. But it was either pink hearts or Hello Kitty.
He resolved, if he ever visited this cabin again, he would bring his own towels. Something manly.
Camo maybe.
A sharp series of barks brought his head up with a snap.
Bo rarely barked, and then only at a threat.
Wade snapped into gear, wrapping the towel around his waist and stopping in the bedroom to grab his pistol. He’d seen bear tracks and scat on his run and though it was the middle of winter, he knew they could come out of hibernation. They’d been known to break into cabins if they smelled food.
His heart leapt into his throat at the thought of Bo facing a hungry five-hundred pound beast with no protection.
Towel flapping, he pounded down the short hall into the great room of the cabin, expecting the worst. He stopped in his tracks.
It was the worst.
Not a bear.
But an even greater predator.
There, pressed up against the door, cornered by his snarling protector, be-speckled with snow and clutching a mangy backpack, was a woman.
He could tell she was a woman, even though she wore about six coats, one on top of the other, and a knit hat pulled down over her ears. Long black hair escaped from the cap, trailing over her shoulders. But it was the eyes that gave her away, wide and round and fringed with thick lashes. And her chin. It was delicate, dimpled, quivering. Her lips were parted. Her exquisite face pale.
Bo glanced back at him as if crowing, look what I caught! And then edged forward with an ominous growl.
The girl clutched her backpack closer and issued a panicked little peep. She tried to press back into the door, making herself as tiny as she could, but there was no give.  Besides, she was tiny enough.
Like a woodland sprite.
He would have thought her a fairy come in from the woods if he’d had a hint of whimsy in him. And if she hadn’t been wearing everything she owned. He didn’t know much about fairies, but he was pretty sure they had some fashion sense.
Bo’s growl became a snarl, a snap, and the girl warbled a wail. “Please!” she cried. “Call him off!”
Wade snapped his fingers, fully expecting Bo to heel. He’d been methodically trained by a world-renown expert. He always behaved.
He did not.
His hackles rose and he took another menacing step toward the girl. A tear tracked down her cheek. Her entire body shook. “P-please!”
“Bo! Fuß!” The command to heel in the language he’d learned as a puppy, penetrated and Bo licked his muzzle, gave a canine whine and padded to Wade’s side. “Braver Hund.” Wade riffled the scruff of Bo’s beck and gave him a scratch. “Good dog.”
The girl collapsed against the door, but her attention did not waver from Bo, whose hackles were still up. Wade didn’t understand his dog’s reaction. He’d always been friendly to strangers before, more likely to whap them to death with his tail than to so much as growl. But then his gaze fell on the small cage at the girl’s feet and he froze. He could see a hint of the creature inside and he suddenly understood.
She had a cat.
Not only was his solitude shattered by an unwanted female guest, a bedraggled homeless ragamuffin, she’d brought a cat.
Damn. He hated cats.



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About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and
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Other Books by Sabrina York

Tryst Island Series—Steamy Contemporary Romance 
Rebound Book 1
Heart of Ash  Book 4


The last thing Katie expects—when she meets her friend Joy
for a girls’ weekend in Vegas to celebrate her divorce—is an ambush. But Joy, determined to get Katie “back on the horse,” has submitted her profile with Madame Eve—who’s found her the perfect man.

Katie doesn’t want another man. She certainly doesn’t want
or need confirmation that it’s her fault Mark could never satisfy her.

When Sebastian—scarred by the infidelity of his wife—overhears Katie’s confession, and the fact that she was faithful to her
husband for ten years even though he never met her needs, he’s intrigued. More than intrigued. He’s determined to prove to this gorgeous, tempting, fascinating woman that she is not frigid. In fact, she is fierce.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Travels with Cerise to #1 on Amazon Historical Regency list, TOP 100 Bestselling Authors List and #1 at ARe!

YEP. That is me at #1 with Stephanie Laurens at 2,
and Sabrina Jeffries at #3.
Is today Turkey day? What universe is this?

I have an embarrassment of riches lately and I am barely coherent! #1 here, there, everywhere. It's a delicious shock.

Aside from saying THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to entertain you, I want to tell you about one way I think I got there! By giving you history that is exciting and REAL.

A moment of YIPPEE, then I will calm down and get back to informing you about more of my travels in Paris last month.

I am #1 at Historical Regencies at Amazon (as of Wednesday morning 11.19.14) with Stephanie Laurens at 2 and Sabrina Jeffries at 3.
Malmaison's Music Room

Over at Allromanceebooks.com, my box set of THE STANHOPE CHALLENGE stands at #1 in paid Regencies.

I am speechless. Glad I can type the Queen's English! LOL!

And this put me on the TOP 100 BEST SELLING AUTHORS List in Historical fiction at Amazon!

Barely coherent.

Please do visit my own blog for tales of my trip to France recently!

We ate well and traveled very well, taking the Metro or RER or TGV every day to a marvelous place. Like where?

Malmaison. Josephine's home.

Portrait of Josephine
in Malmaison

Fountainebleau. Built by Francis I and loved by Napoleon.

Palais Imperial. In Compiegne. Loved by Napoleon.

Chantilly. The grandest of the grand chateaux.

Come with me as I take you to all these wonderful places: http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Susana’s Tribute to All Things Outlander

Torn between the past and the future

Like thousands of others, I have an Outlander obsession. I love everything Jamie and Claire. To the point where I won an auction bid for a lunch with Diana Gabaldon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Read about it here.) I didn’t blink an eye at paying for the trip to Phoenix from Ohio, nor the cost of the resort. It was fabulous!

Diana Gabaldon and Susana Ellis
October 2013

The STARZ television show has been equally fabulous. After being so often disappointed by movies adapted from books, I was almost afraid to hope that this one would be any different. After all, the books were larger than life. How could a television show measure up? And would the actors cast for the show conflict with my imaginary images?

Claire and Jamie before the wedding

Wow! From the first episode on, I’ve been bowled over by the magnificence of the television series. Sam Heughan is Jamie for me. Caitriona Balfe is Claire. And Tobias Menzies! OMG, what talent! I never fully appreciated Frank so much before Tobias became him for me, and the dilemma Claire faces at loving two such different men has become much more real since Ron Moore chose to perform his magic on Gabaldon’s remarkable novels.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Randall

Black Jack Randall flogging Jamie

Tobias’ portrayals of both Frank Randall and Black Jack Randall have been particularly noteworthy. That man is an amazing actor! The fact that he can play two such very different characters so convincingly shows his unique talent among a cast of extraordinarily wonderful actors.

Lovable, comical trio

Claire and Dougal

And then there’s Dougal. I never thought of him as particularly sexy until Graham McTavish played him. Rupert and Murtaugh and Angus add an inflection of comedy to the cast. Mrs. Fitz. Laoghaire (“Leery”)…the character we all love to hate. Geillis Duncan, whose role becomes more prominent in future episodes. The music. The Skye Boat Song has never been so haunting and meaningful as it is when Bear McCreary sings it in the opening of the show.

STARZ’s Outlander actually enhances the wildly popular saga Gabaldon created nearly twenty-five years ago. Run, don’t walk, to subscribe to STARZ. You won’t regret it!


Unfortunately, the second half of the first season doesn’t begin until April, so we must find other ways to keep our Outlander obsession going strong.

Blog Contest

I’m offering a special dragonfly in amber brooch* from NinaCancerSurviver to one poster on this blog who responds to the question below. The best responses will be collected and run through random.org on December 10, 2014. Please be sure to include your email address in your response!

The Question: 

How has the television series altered your perception of one of the major characters: Claire, Frank, Jamie, Black Jack Randall, Dougal. 

Photo Album

*The brooch will be mailed as soon as the winner's mailing address has been received and the brooch has arrived (it is currently on order). A winner located outside the US and Canada will be offered a gift card comparable in value.

Claire and Frank at Craigh na Dun watching the dancers at dawn
Claire sets Jamie's dislocated shoulder. [Drool]
Wedding day splendor: but is she committing bigamy or not?
More wedding day
Gotta love the wedding day!
And don't forget the wedding night! [Gulp!]

About Susana

A former teacher, Susana Ellis is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.

In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France, and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years. . . and it was awesome! She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.

 A Twelfth Night Tale

A wounded soldier and the girl next door find peace and love amidst a backdrop of rural Christmas traditions.

Treasuring Theresa

She’s a country lady. He’s a London swell. They have nothing in common. Or have they?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Sweeter Side of Christmas

Christmas is coming! Yeah, I know, it's still more than a month away, but in my family we make our gifts, so we're already hard at it. And I'm ready Christmas stories, and am ready to start watching the movies. I haven't decorated yet, but I've made a date with my two-year-old granddaughter to put them up this weekend and maybe bake some cookies while we're at it.

I'm loving sweet reads this season, the wholesome, heartwarming ones like the Hallmark movies. I thought I'd share some of the ones I've found, so you might discover a new favorite author.

Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart, and Melinda Curtis. (The title makes me think of Love, Actually, one of my fave holiday movies!)

Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!

You can see the sample at the retailers: Amazon Barnes and Noble iBooks

Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone

Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.


An Almost Perfect Christmas: An Ocean City Boardwalk Novella by Donna Fasano

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to make his little girl's dream come true.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie's stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child's Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it's amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life--every single day.

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And I have to throw my latest book in the bunch:

Christmas in White Oak by Aileen Fish
Nick Randolph has avoided Christmas since the death of his wife, but his four-year-old daughter insists he stay with her at his parents' home for the holidays. He finally must confront his past and the woman he let get away. A tale of first love, self-forgiveness, and the importance of family and friendship.

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Happy Reading!

USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Fish is an avid quilter and auto racing fan who finds there aren't enough hours in a day/week/lifetime to stay up with her "to do" list. There is always another quilt or story begging to steal away attention from the others. When she has a spare moment she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and their families, and her fairy princess granddaughter. Her books include The Bridgethorpe Brides series and the Small Town Sweethearts series.

Stay up to date with book releases at her website or on Facebook.

Do you like your romance steamier? Check out http://arithatcher.com!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Orange Candy Cake - Recipe by Kayelle Allen #HolidayRomance #RecipeIdeas

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen
A Romance for Christmas
by Kayelle Allen 
At this time of year, I usually get all homebodyish and start baking. Not this year. Instead, I'm going out to eat for Thanksgiving. My kids are all elsewhere this year with other obligations, so hubby and I are fleeing the coop and will go out to eat, see a movie, and then come home and veg. The one thing I am planning to make for the holiday, however, is Orange Candy Cake. This is my recipe. I first tasted it years ago at a friend's house, and I've loved it ever since. It's made with those yummy orange candy slices. Unforgettable dessert! (click the link at the end to download as a printable pdf recipe)

Orange Candy Cake

1 lb orange candy slices, chopped
1 lb pitted dates, chopped
3 1/2 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 c pecans, chopped
1 c flaked coconut
1 c butter
2 c sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c milk

Orange Glaze Frosting

2 c powdered sugar
1 c orange juice
Stir together to make a creamy sauce-like frosting. It should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough to stick to the cake.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, stir together the candy slices, dates, pecans, and coconut. Sprinkle with 1/2 c of the flour mixture and stir to coat. (hint: a large wooden spoon helps)
In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
Fold butter/sugar/egg mixture into the candy mixture. Drizzle with the milk, alternating portions of flour mixture, until all is combined. Mixture will be chunky and thick.
Grease a bundt or tube pan well. Spoon cake into pan, and place in center of oven.
Bake 90 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Pick should come out clean.

Pour the glaze over the cake while the cake is still hot. Allow to cool. To serve, turn onto a cake plate. May be topped with whipped cream and candied fruit.

See why I love this cake? It's really good. Once you've had it, you'll want it again and again.
Click here to download this post as a pdf recipe you can print. ORANGE CANDY CAKE
Recipe by Kayelle Allen, author of A Romance for Christmas
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Valkyrie Vampire Ball

There is a secret to my Dancing Vampire series. My vampires aren’t really vampires. They're vampiric fey women who roam the Scottish highlands. 

In the old horror movies vampires are mainly men, but I've always seen seductive blood suckers such as vampires as more feminine than masculine. Celtic vampiric fey are all women, which makes more sense to me. I am intrigued by folk takes of a type of Celtic vampiric fey, the Scottish baobhan sith (baa'-vawn shee), who wear green dresses and in some legends have goat hooves for feet. They are also called dancing vampires. 

The gorgeous temptresses appear before their human victims, usually young men coming from the local pub late at night. Clad in scanty, green silk dresses displaying their shapely, sensuous bodies they entice these stumbling men to dance with them. Burning with desire for the hot embrace of a seductress's slender arms and the softness of a dancer's supple thigh, the men enjoy dancing with the baobhan sith, at first. Once the men grow exhausted of the nonstop dancing, the baobhan sith strike. Without warning, their long nails transform into talons of death, to rip the flesh of their victims and drink of the crimson stream. They don't have fangs, their nails extend like claws and they use them as a deadly weapon. Some of the other ways Celtic vampires differ from their more traditional, fang growing counterparts is they don't turn mortals and no one stakes them through the heart. With the baobhan sith it's all about the cairn. When a stone in a cairn is overturn, the baobhan sith are able to pass through to our realm. To get rid of them just stack the stones back on the cairn and they cannot leave their fey realm underhill. 

Of course I thought what a great character for an erotica paranormal romance and I wrote Dance of the Vampires for Ellora's Cave with a baobhan sith, Sorcha, as the heroine. Sorcha has six sisters so I knew it was only fair that each of them have a story - so the Dancing Vampire series was born — a modern take on the baobhan sith. Follow these dark fey as they discover the wild delights of romance with the men of their dreams. The books in the series are Dance Of The Vampires, Vampire Highland Fling, Ever So Bonnie A Vampire, and One Dance With A Vampire.  Valkyrie Vampire Ball , the 5th novella in my Dancing Vampire series comes out November 28th. So 5 Shares Of Fey. 

The 6th and final book in the series - Some Vampires Shimmy - comes out in December - in time for Christmas.

As the dark fey, the dancing vampires, are an aspect of the Celtic War and fertility goddess, Morrigan, I use her as a secondary character throughout the books. I find it interesting how much the Norse War and Fertility goddess, Freya is similar to Morrigan.  I realized that the Valkyrie are also a lot like the baobhan sith. I have always been intrigued by the Viking roots of the Scottish Clan Gunn. So in Valkyrie Vampire Ball, the hero, Tor, is a Gunn. Both the valkyrie and the baobhan sith are after Tor as his ancient genealogy is both Scottish and Norse. I was able to have Morrigan and Freya face off against each other. This was a super fun book to write. I think the readers will find it a lot of fun and hot hot, hot. 

ISBN - 9781419942785
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

The baobhan sith—vampiric fey—Mordak and her sisters search the highlands for men to dance with and drink from. The moment Mordak spots Tor, she burns for his touch and yearns for the taste of his lips in a lingering kiss. Before she can sway her hips in a seductive dance to enchant Tor, three Valkyrie land in front of him. Mordak is not about to let the Norse blondes fly off with the man she chose.

Tor never expected to run into six gorgeous women on his way to the pub. It’s the redhead, Mordak, who catches his eye. When she fights the Valkyrie and saves his life, he knows she’s the woman for him. But Mordak lives in the fey realm where he can’t go and she promised her sisters she’d never fall in love with a human. Can he escape the Valkyrie who want to slay him and win Mordak’s love even though he’s only human? 

The last book in the series, Some Vampires Shimmy will be coming soon. 

Cornelia Amiri, who also writes under the name of Maeve Alpin, is the author of 22 Celtic and Steampunk romance books. She lives in Houston Texas as does her son and granddaughter and her cat, Severus. Severus is a writer's cat, he loves books. He likes to knock them off the bookshelf, sit on them, and sniff the open pages. He also uses the computer, he sits on it, lays on top of it, and walks across the key board almost constantly. You can visit Cornelia at her web site and FB page.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs, New Release!

“You can’t go wrong with Adele Downs.” ~Will Work for Books


A .99 Lunchbox Romance short story from Boroughs Publishing Group. 

Daisy Phillips has a choice to make: return to Pennsylvania and the Christmases she once knew, or stay in Texas and find a new way to celebrate the holiday--with the handsome cowboy who brought joy back to her life.  

The heartwarming stand alone sequel to the Amazon Top 100 Best-Selling Lunchbox Romance short story KISSING HER COWBOY.

Clearly, the man had no concept of his effect on her.

When Daisy pulled up to Trey’s house and saw him standing at the base of the steps to greet her in nothing but low slung denims and work boots, she’d found it hard to breathe. Suddenly, Jack Frost and his Pennsylvania winter lost their appeal. Who needed snow when a smokin’ hot cowboy waited for her? Welcomed her? Wanted her?

If she hadn’t come to Houston, she wouldn’t have met the handsome ranch hand who filled her dreams night after night. Trey had become her single compelling reason to work through her personal pain. That and the fact that she’d never give up police work. She’d find a way to succeed, one way or another. It was hard for a cop to be flexible, since theirs was a structured world, but she was trying her best to adapt to her new environment.

Daisy took a bite of her chicken salad while Trey munched his roast beef. They ate in companionable silence while Big Blue grazed beyond. Trey took a swallow of bottled ice tea and then spoke. “Would you like to spend Christmas Eve together, here? Maybe help me trim the tree?”

Daisy’s spirit lifted again with the invitation, though she tried to stay cool. She and her sister Rose had already been invited to Christmas dinner with Trey’s family, and she’d promised to bring homemade pumpkin pie and oven fresh bread. Rose was making apple pie and a side dish.

Daisy hadn’t expected to spend Christmas Eve with Trey too, but she was glad he asked. “Sure. I’d like that.” The heaviness around her heart broke free and her mood lifted. She imagined the two of them in an embrace, making love beneath the twinkling lights of Trey’s Christmas tree, and realized she was…happy.

It had been so long since she’d known the feeling it took seconds to realize what had come over her. She smiled and savored the moment. Trey made her happy. Spending Christmas with him was the best gift the season could bring.

There would be no snowfall in Texas. Or winter’s chill.  No downhill sledding, hot cocoa, or ice covered boots. There might not be snippets of holly gracing the table, but there would undoubtedly be mistletoe. With that final thought, Daisy leaned over and gave Trey a deep, gotta’ get-back-to-work kiss.

He smiled at her, and just like that… Daisy found her Christmas spirit.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Repurposing and recycling ideas inspired by erotic romance?

My newest release, Mist Unveiled, is book one of the Elemental Desire series. It’s a passionate and erotic love story that’s tied heavily into Norse mythology, and it focuses on Ragnarok or the death and rebirth of the world. With the problems facing our environment—global warming and the depletion of our resources—it was easy to weave a fictional world facing the same dilemmas and tying it into the Norse myth.
I’ve always been an advocate of environmental issues but after delving into research for Mist Unveiled, I took a hard look at my own practices and decided I could do more than I was to help the environment. I already recycle everything and anything I can, buy energy efficient products and watch how much electricity my family uses, but the one thing I didn’t do was repurpose. This was something my grandmother did all the time but I can guarantee it wasn’t because of the environment. Saving money drove her to think outside the box and make things work.
Here’s a list of easy things to try if you too want to make a small difference. As I tell my kids, every little bit counts and it beats not doing anything. I’d love to hear your “repurpose” ideas too!
1.      Do you have an old wooden ladder lying around your garage? Take the side with the steps and hang it parallel to laundry room or basement ceiling with chain or hooks. It’s a perfect way to “hang” your laundry instead of using a dryer. I hook hangers from the steps and pin my wet laundry to the hanger.
2.      Prescription bottles—If you take any medicine regularly, you’re bound to get a new plastic bottle every time. Sure they can get recycled, but they also have some good reuse capabilities. There’s one easy step: wash them in hot soapy water to clean them and remove the label, rinse and dry. Then use them for storage: earbuds for your phone or iPod (they’re easier to find in your purse or book bag, plus they don’t get crushed), cotton swabs, spare change, bandages, or just about anything!
3.      Old doors—if you’re remodeling, save those old wooden doors! They can be reused. One of the best ways I’ve found is to use chalkboard paint on the inside sections. It’s a great way to jot down notes or messages. Add a couple of old drawer pulls to the bottom and you have a place to hang coats too.
4.      Ice Cube trays—they’re great for organizing or for little kids who love to sort. My youngest always separated out his M&Ms by color before eating them.
5.      Dish drainers—turn an old one into a mail organizing spot. The utensil cups can hold pens or stamps and file folders can be plopped between the drying slots to separate bills.

Mist Unveiled

by: Nancy Corrigan

Elemental Desire, Book 1

Cat has one love in her life—science. Facts rule her, not passion. At least it doesn’t until an unknown deadly virus claims her sister’s life. Cat’s quest for answers takes her to Greenland and drops her into the arms of the one man who sways her devotion from logic to passion. Rune stirs her lusts, ignites her desires and fuels her carnal cravings, but he isn’t simply a lover, nor is he human. He’s a weapon, one that has the potential to save or destroy her.

Rune, a child of the mist, awakens into a world hovering on the verge of destruction. Rising temperatures have released his enemies from their frozen prison without his knowledge. He searches for them but finds Cat, a human with the power to save him and the world. He hungers for her—blood, body and soul. Every moment of shared passion convinces him of the truth—she’s his greatest treasure, one he’ll die to keep.

He gripped his shirt, drawing her attention from his erection to his wide chest. The fabric tore. He tossed the pieces away. She drank in every delicious inch of his exposed body. His chest was bare, not even an arrow of dark hair marking a path to his cock. Down each arm, swirling black lines wound from shoulder to wrist. The inked design was simple yet intricate. She pushed onto her elbows. She wanted to explore the tattoo, maybe trace it with her tongue.
“Beautiful.” She repeated the compliment he had given her.
He dropped his hands to the waistband of his jeans. “The design or my body?”
“Both.” She grinned. “But to be fair, I need to see all of you to make an honest assessment.”
His low chuckle resonated deep inside her body. “Demanding woman.”
He slid off the bed and made quick work of undressing. The jeans got tossed across the room. Turned away from her, she would’ve had a perfect view of his ass. She wanted to look but couldn’t tear her gaze from the tattoo on his back. Between his shoulder blades, an eagle soared. Swooping lines extended from its wings, linking the design on one arm to the other. More intricate than the one on her lower belly, the inked artwork could’ve been a painting.
She scrambled to her knees and reached a hand out. He faced her and caught her wrist. She shook off his hold. “No, let me see. It’s gorgeous.”
He obliged her, turning so the expanse of his back was inches from her. The bird seemed to move with the undulations of his muscles. Each feather held depth and dimensions, yet under her fingertips only the touch of warm skin met her. She splayed her hand over the tattoo that must’ve taken hours to have inked.
Tingles skipped up her arm and spread through her body. Desire flared, stronger than she’d ever experienced. She panted. Her inner muscles squeezed on air. Quivers skipped from her clit to her womb. She hovered on the edge of ecstasy. Impossible, her rational mind reasoned.
Yet, undeniable.
“I feel, Cat.” The low growl to his words pushed her closer to heaven. He pivoted, a lithe move that twisted his body. Her fingertips trailed over the width of his back to his settle over his pecs. “I want.”

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Author Bio
A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with woman strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.
She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

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