Sex on The Beach Cover Reveal / Contest on Goodreads

Cover Reveal Contest on Goodreads

Earlier today you were introduced to this new series, Sex On The Beach by Jenna Bennett, Jen McLaughlin and Jennifer Probst.

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The books are set to release March 4, 2014.

GOODREADS CONTEST

For each book that gets to 500 adds, 5 pages of that novella will be released! 10 pages will be released after 600 adds, 15 pages after 800 adds, and 20 pages after 1000 adds! So, spread the word and be sure to add each book to your Goodreads list.

LINKS: 

BEFORE YOU – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20371409-before-you

BETWEEN US – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20369409-between-us

BEYOND ME – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20371567-beyond-me

I am really looking forward to this new sexy series.

Go ahead and add it to your Goodreads TBR.

~Susi

Cover Reveal – Sex On The Beach Series

COVER REVEAL sex on the beach series

Sex On The Beach Series

I am super excited to share this Cover Reveal with you today.  Three awesome books from three awesome authors.

**It’s a long post.  Make sure to scroll and read all of it.  

This series includes the novellas BEFORE YOU by Jenna Bennett, BETWEEN US by Jen McLaughlin, and BEYOND ME by Jennifer Probst.  

The books are set to release on March 4th. 

Dear Reader,

Prepare yourself for Sex on the Beach, a trilogy featuring BETWEEN US (Jen McLaughlin), BEYOND ME (Jennifer Probst), and BEFORE YOU (Jenna Bennett). Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One literary world. Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas are sure to satisfy your need for sizzling romance and an emotion packed story.

Happy Reading!

Jen, Jenna, and Jennifer

 

Before You by Jenna Bennett

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March 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

One of the “Sex on the Beach” Novellas

BOOK SUMMARY:

It’s all fun and games

I had a simple plan for spring break.

Sun, sand, and a hot guy. Sex on the beach, with no strings attached.

A chance to get rid of this pesky virginity once and for all.

And when I met Tyler McKenna, I thought I had it made.

Until someone gets hurt

But then girls started turning up at Key West landmarks. Girls who looked like me, but with one crucial difference: They’d all been drugged and relieved of their virginity.

The virginity I still have. The virginity Ty refuses to take.

And now I’ve begun to wonder whether there isn’t more to him than meets the eye.

Suddenly, sex on the beach doesn’t sound so good anymore…

Goodreads link:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20371409-before-you

About the Author

Jenna Bennett

Jenna Bennett

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information, please visit her website, www.jennabennett.com

Website:  www.jennabennett.com

Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Bennett-Jennie-Bentley/192400104127600

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Bennett_Jenna

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1549070.Jenna_Bennett

BETWEEN US by Jen McLaughlin

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March 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

One of the “Sex on the Beach” Novellas

BOOK SUMMARY:

 I’m just a girl…

I’m a famous country star who’s spent her life cultivating a good girl persona to avoid bad press, but I’ve reached my limit. I’m going away for spring break with my two best friends from college, and we’ve vowed to spend the vacation seeking out fun in the sun—along with some hot, no-strings-attached sex. The only thing I needed was the perfect guy, and then I met Austin Murphy. He might be totally wrong for me, but the tattooed bad boy is hard to resist. When I’m in his arms, everything just feels right.

 And I’m just a guy…

I’m just a bartender who lives in Key West, stuck in an endless cycle of boredom. But then Mackenzie Forbes, America’s Sweetheart herself, comes up to me and looks at me with those bright green eyes…and everything changes. She acts like she’s just a normal girl and I’m just a normal guy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. My past isn’t pretty, you know. I did what I had to do to survive, and she’d run if she learned the truth about my darkness. But with her, I’m finally realizing what it’s like to be alive. To laugh, live, and be happy.

 All good things must come to an end…

 Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20369409-between-us

About The Author

Jen McLaughlin

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Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Website: http://dianealberts.com/

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6921962.Jen_McLaughlin

Beyond Me by Jennifer Probst

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March 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

One of the “Sex on the Beach” Novellas

BOOK SUMMARY:

CAN FUN IN THE SUN TURN INTO LASTING LOVE?

Spring break in Key West with my besties was supposed to be casual fun. But I never expected to meet James Hunt. Sex and frolic? Yes! A relationship? No. But his hot blue eyes and confident manner drew me in. And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. Of course I never considered our relationship might be based on lies…or that his betrayal could rock my foundation and make me question everything I believed in…

OR WILL A LIFE BUILT ON LIES RUIN EVERYTHING?

The moment I saw Quinn I knew I had to have her. She hooked me with her cool eyes and don’t touch me attitude. I had it all, money, social status, and looks. I could get any girl I wanted…until her. When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. But sex wasn’t supposed to turn into love. She wasn’t supposed to change me, push me, and make me want more for myself. She wasn’t supposed to wreck me in all ways. And now, if I can’t turn my lies into truth, I just might lose her forever…

   Goodreads link:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20371567-beyond-me

About the Author

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

About The Author

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Website:  http://www.jenniferprobst.com

Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/jenniferprobst

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst

When life gives you Key Limes…. Recipe

My visit to Homestead, Florida recently led me to a famous fruit stand, Robert is Here.  If you have never been there, you must go there for their fresh fruits and their shakes.  Their shakes are amazingly delicious.  While you wait for your shake to be made, browse the store.  They sell locally grown fruits and vegetables.  They also have salsas, dressings, nuts and even sunflowers.

So what did I buy?  I bought key limes.  You see my younger son and husband are huge key lime pie fans.  In fact, they are always in search of the perfect key lime pie.  I decided that I would make it for them.

When life gives you Key Limes… make Key Lime pie.

Here are my Key Limes and my mouthwatering pie! Recipe follows.

It is an easy pie to make!

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For the filling:

3 large egg yolks

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice

3  teaspoons grated lime zestkeylime 2

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 9 inch graham cracker crust (Make your own or store bought)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Slowly stir in the lime juice, lime zest, and cream .  Stir together and pour into your pie crust.

3. Bake for 30 minutes.keylime 3

4. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, keep in the refrigerator until ready to top with whipped cream.

5.  Top with whipped cream to taste and a slice of keylime.

Whipped Cream Topping

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

  1. In a large bowl or mixer. I use my KA. Whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form.
  2. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form.
  3. Pour whipped cream into a pastry bag with your tip of choice.

To be honest, my key lime pie was pretty darn good.  My family loved it!

The key to a delicious key lime, use fresh key limes.

Enjoy!

~Susi

Grammy Night Bites – Recipe – Mini Manchego Tarts

I love watching the Grammy awards each year.  One quick and easy recipe anyone can make and enjoy while watching this star studded event is called  Mini Manchego Tarts.  Trust me, you will love them.

I just made my first batch.  These are samples.  Yummy!!

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First you have to make the Romesco Dip.

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Quick and easy, follow these steps.

Pulse together 1 cup of roasted red peppers, 3 garlic cloves, a pinch or more of red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar, 1/3 cup of toasted almonds and 1/3 cup of olive oil in a food processor until everything is combined and finely chopped.  That’s it!    (Keep in the refrigerator if not using right away)

For the Machego Tarts:

Purchase  mini phyllo dough shells from your market (frozen food section)   

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place shells on a baking sheet. Spoon in Romesco dip into phyllo dough shell.romesco 2

3. Top with a cube of/or shredded manchego cheese.

4. Bake until cheese melts. (about 7 minutes)

5. Top with chopped parsley.

Enjoy!

~Susi

Review: A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. Linn

A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. Linn

Book 2 in the Gentleman’s Series by A.J. Linn

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Donovan Hart has finally found his unico vero amore’ in the beautiful Scarlett Montgomery, but the question remains…will he be able keep her?

Will his secret be too much for her to handle, or…will hers be too much for him to handle?

A Gentleman’s Secret is an unpredictable ride full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Two people desperate to escape the sins of their past, hoping to find the one thing that has been missing…Love.
But, is love really enough to conquer all?

My Review

A Gentleman’s Secret picks up right where the first book ends.  I loved that I was able to continue following Donovan on his journey of love and dreams without any interruptions in the story.  Having surpassed the final events in A Gentleman’s Affair, this story is a little different.  Donovan and Scarlett both have secrets to reveal and in the process, the story and their lives encounter twists, turns and even an unexpected surprise from Donovan’s father.

Donovan continues to be the sexy, witty bachelor I fell in love with in AGA.  In this book, we see a more lovable side to him.   Seriously, what is there not to love? We also see a different side to his father, which was a pleasant surprise.  The beautiful Scarlett brings out Donovan’s best. Just like in AGA, his inner dialogue makes this story from his POV so much fun to read.

We finally get to visit his club, with Scarlett.  His secrets and his past lie in this club.  Scarlett’s past is also introduced in this story.  It seems they both have things to put behind them.  It is also understandable why they have been keeping their past out of their present.

I felt a range of emotions when reading this story.  I experienced angst, happiness, love and even laughed out loud several times.  This book just like AGA is brilliantly written.  It is a fantastic read that I recommend to all.

I am a fan of A.J. Linn and look forward to his next book. What surprises does he have in store for us? I cannot wait for more Donovan and Scarlett.

I gave this book 5 stars!

More of my favorite Lines/Inner Dialogue

“Alright, baby girl.” I smirk as I break away with a shit-eating grin across my face. “I really hate to break this up, but I don’t think this is the right time and place for the huge boner that you’ve now given me.”

Who knew that all it would take was the offer of a shopping trip? Are women actually that easy to please? I am now taking notes…

Scarlett lets out a gasp, then rather orgasmic-sounding moan as she holds up a pair of crystal-adorned slingback Manolos, which I will now and forever refer to as Moanolos.

“Well Scarlett, I’m no saint. You must be figuring that out by now.”

“You, Scarlett. You are what I love,” I reply, shaking my head. “Don’t you get that by now?”

“I’m ready…and it took my mom’s accident for me to come to the realization that we have no way of knowing if we will get another tomorrow, so if you want to do something, you just do it.”

“No buts. Everything is going to be alright, I promise.” I pull her into my arms, reassuring her that  I’m here, and that I’m not going anywhere. We sit silently in a tight embrace for a few moments, and then I pull back, looking into her eyes with intent.

“This is how rich fuckers handle things, got it?”

“You should have trusted me. You should have known that I would have done anything for you…That I still would.”

I have become that boyfriend…correction…fiance, again…re-fianced, as it were, that carries the bags. But I digress, because, fuck it. She is happy, and I am rich.

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Dinner for Prostitutes? Recipe for Cuban-Style Rice

Cuban-Style Rice Recipe

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When I was growing up, my Cuban grandmother always referred to this simple meal of fried eggs and rice as dinner for prostitutes.  I guess what she meant was that this was their dinner since it was inexpensive and was what they could afford.   I always found her comment amusing and since I didn’t care to eat fried eggs and rice, I never thought much of it.  As an adult, I have heard several other people of Cuban descent call it the same.  I laugh each time and remember my grandmother.

Recently, I reviewed a cookbook filled with recipes from Spain.  While browsing the cookbook, I found the famous fried eggs and rice by another name, “Cuban Style Rice.” I learned that this recipe is actually popular in the Canary Islands and Catalonia.  My grandfather, her husband, was from the Canary Islands, funny, right?

Here is the recipe. It is actually a substantial supper dish popular in many cultures.

I made this recipe the other night for my family.  It was a bit different from the regular fried eggs and rice.  I smiled as I prepared this dish because I knew my grandmother was smiling back down on me.

Try it for yourself.  Enjoy!

~Susi

Ingredients

3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup of olive oil

1 1/2 cups of long grain rice

1 Tablespoon butter

4 large eggs

salt and paprika

Tomato Sauce (on the side)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 onion chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 12 oz can of tomatoes

4 thyme or oregano sprigs

ground black pepper

Directions

1.  Make the tomato sauce first.  Heat the oil in the pan, add the onion and garlic and fry gently, stirring until soft.  Stir in the tomatoes and thyme and oregano.  Simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add the seasoning to taste.  Remove the herbs and keep warm.

2.  Cook your rice.  I used a rice cooker/steamer.  Follow your own rice guidelines.  Add the 2 whole garlic cloves to the rice.  Cook until rice is done and all liquid has been absorbed.

3.  Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently fry one chopped garlic clove,  Add the rice, stir, season well, then turn off the heat and cover the pan.

4.  Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and fry the eggs over a medium-high heat, until the edges turn golden.  Season to taste with salt and paprika.  Serve the rice surrounded by the tomato sauce and top with the fried egg.

A Delicious New Cab – Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon

I am all about trying new wines.  I love it when I receive a bottle of wine as a gift.  This past Christmas, I received several bottles of wine.  While some were my usual favorites, I did get some new and interesting varieties.

Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was one of those new never tasted before wines.

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I finally got around to that bottle and truly enjoyed it.

This wine was quite fabulous. Pour this dark ruby red into your wine glass and enjoy the perfect blend of flavors.  Your taste buds will be rewarded with hints of raspberry, oak, chocolate and spices. It was easy to pick out some of these distinctive flavors.  The wine was delicious and perfectly balanced.  This wine was smooth, full bodied and savory.  For me, it paired well with a nice steak.

Since I enjoyed this wine, I looked for it locally and was surprised that this delicious wine was also inexpensive.

If you are looking for a nice cab to go with your dinner tonight, check this Chilean wine out for yourself.

~Susi