Friday, June 30, 2017

Join the Little Flame Summer Read-Along!





I want to personally invite you to join the Little Flame Summer Read-Along in my private fan group on Facebook. We're going to have some fun over the next 11 weeks with happy hours and giveaways, contests and cocktails!

Join my fan group HERE.

Download the first book Nine30 HERE.

The first Happy Hour is July 9th @8 PM EST.

Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fifty Frogs by Tawdra Kandle is Live Today!


Fifty Frogs is live today!

Boy meets girl. It’s the way romances usually begin . . . and while we all love a happy ending, it’s the #MeetCute that wins our hearts. How did you two meet? The #MeetCute Books each have a unique answer to that query. Some might make you swoon, others might make you giggle . . . and some may make you blush. Twelve authors. Twelve stand-alone contemporary romance novels. Twelve stories that will make your heart beat a little faster. Because it’s all about the #MeetCute. ~***~ Vivian is sick of dating. Sick of the way guys treat her, sick of living and crying by when and if they call . . . she’s just done. When her aunt reminds her that a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds her prince--Aunt Gail says that number is fifty--Vivian decides she’s taking control of her dating life: she’s going to go on a series of first dates only, and each one must end in a kiss. She begins chronicling each date--the good, the bad and the downright unbelievable--with a plan to turn the stories into an in-depth magazine series about the realities of dating in the twenty-first century. Everything’s going along according to plan until Vivian hits a bump in her road with Frog Number Five, who doesn’t seem to understand his role in this deal. And despite Vivian’s determination to make it all the way to the big five-oh, when fate keeps throwing this same man across her path, she begins to wonder if maybe it’s time to ditch the plan . . . and kiss just one more frog.

Buy FIFTY FROGS at your favorite ebook vendor today!

iBooks/Amazon/Nook/Kobo/Google/Books2Read 

Check out the FIFTY FROGS Play List here.

Read the How Vivian Met Charlie Interview here.

Learn more about all the #MeetCute Books here!


  Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include young adult and new adult paranormal romance, new adult and adult contemporary romance and adult paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair. You can follow Tawdra on Amazon to receive updates on her releases. You can also visit her website for more information, and subscribe to her newsletter  for sales announcement, special exclusive content and promotions! If you enjoy Tawdra's books, join the Naughty Temptresses!

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Strawberry Basil Icebox Cake for a Summer Solstice Celebration

The Summer Solstice is quickly approaching and I'm excited to celebrate!

The Summer Solstice, also known as Litha by Neopagans, is not only the longest day of the year but also marks the zenith of the Sun's power. From now on, the night will slowly but surely reclaim our days.

So as they say, it's time to make hay while the sun shines!

Today I was looking for recipes to make for our Midsummer celebration and I came across the idea of using strawberries and basil. Strawberries make sense, right? They are ripening as we speak and abundant at the farmer's markets and grocery stores. They are reaching their peak just as the Sun is glorying in his. Also, the Algonquin's referred to the full moon around Midsummer as the Strawberry Moon.

But why basil?

I did some research and the practical gist is, well, it's also abundant this time of year. But there are some magical and emotional properties that seem to blend well with the advent of Midsummer.

Basil is known for its rejuvenating effects. According to the English herbalist Gerard, it lessons sorrow and "makes a man merry and glad."  In aromatherapy traditions, basil may assist with adrenal fatigue and give hope and optimism after a long bout of burnout and exhaustion.

After the long winter and the busy-ness of spring planting who couldn't use a little rejuvenation?

This recipe is not unique. You'll find many examples on the web but I originally found a version in my copy of Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2017, but I made some changes to suit my family's taste. Instead of making whipped cream I used plain low-fat yogurt mixed with some whipped cream from can.

Ingredients:

32 oz. Plain, lowfat yogurt
1 can Whipped Cream
1 14 oz. box of graham crackers, crushed
4 cups sliced stawberries
1 cup basil leaves, chopped
Strawberries and basil for garnish

Mix yogurt with whipped cream just until combined. Don't over mix.

Layer as follows:
Thin layer of the yogurt and whipped cream.
Graham crackers.
Thicker layer of yogurt and whipped cream.
Strawberries.
Sprinkle of chopped basil.

Repeat until dish is almost full.
Top with yogurt and whipped cream.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, garnish with berries and basil.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it turned out.

Have a blessed Summer Solstice!

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