Archive for September 21, 2012

Naughty or Nice Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Since my books tend to be a bit naughty and a bit nice (kinda like me!) I’ve decided to do the Naughty or Nice Blog Hop giveaway. Leave me a comment and tell me if you’re naughty or nice and one lucky commenter will win TWO of my novels (one on the naughtier side and the other on the nicer side, but neither all naughty or all nice—where would the fun be in that?)

Note: This contest is for e-books only and is open internationally to anyone over the age of 18.

Follow the hop on Twitter using the hashtags #naughtyBookGIVEAWAY or #niceBookGIVEAWAY. And be sure to check out the other prizes offered by the tour host by clicking here. After you’ve left a comment, be sure to stop in on all the bloggers below to see whether they’re offering naughty or nice prizes!

Good luck, everyone!

1. HOST: Reading Romances (INT) 46. Gemma Parkes (INT)
2. Victoria Vane (INT) 47. Carly Fall
3. Babs Book Bistro 48. Jordan K. Rose
4. Malia Mallory (INT) 49. Mia Downing
5. cupcake (INT) 50. Brandie Buckwine
6. Diva Jefferson – Historical Romance Author (INT) 51. Natasha Blackthorne ~ Erotic Romance
7. Nite Lite Book Reviews (INT) 52. Amanda Blogs {US}
8. Cassandra Dean (INT) 53. Not Now…Mommy’s Reading (INT)
9. Love Saves the World (INT) 54. DC Juris
10. Manga Maniac Cafe (US) 55. Kiru Taye, Author (INT)
11. Miki (US) 56. The Book Referees
12. JL Oiler (US) 57. The Revolving Bookcase (US)
13. herding cats & burning soup (INT) 58. Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe (INT)
14. Ingrid Michaels (USA/CAN/INT) 59. Blackraven’s Reviews (INT)
15. Reading Reality (US/CAN/INT) 60. The Readers Roundtable Romance Reccers (INT)
16. Suspense, She Writes (INT) 61. AJ’s Reading Nook (INT)
17. Brenda Woody & Steve Tindle (INT) 62. Dark Divas Reviews (INT)
18. elodie parkes 63. HEA Romances With A Little Kick (INT)
19. Tattooed Book Review (USA) 64. Tmonique Stephens~ Paranormal Romance
20. Jodi Redford (INT) 65. Jennifer Conner
21. My Reading Obsession (USA) 66. tessa
22. Kenra Daniels 67. Suzzana c Ryan
23. Azure Boone 68. Love, Laughter, Friendship (USA)
24. Book Nerd Revealed 69. Other Worlds & Realities
25. Linda Hays-Gibbs 70. Janice’s Footsteps
26. Close Encounters with the Night Kind (both) 71. SinfulReads Blog (US)
27. Tyler Robbins 72. Book Savvy Babe (US/INT)
28. Robin Badillo 73. The Angel Chronicles by Amy Lignor
29. FOR THE LOVE OF READING (INT) 74. Spectral by Shannon Duffy
30. My Devotional Thoughts (International) 75. Marie Landry
31. Tarah Scott 76. Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways
32. T. C. Archer 77. Amelia James (INT)
33. Kristabel Reed 78. Danita Minnis
34. Vanessa @ The Jeep Diva (US) 79. Maxine Mansfield
35. Nancy Gideon 80. Faerotic Prose ~ Naughty or Nice – (US/CAN)
36. Loralee Lillibridge 81. Minding Spot
37. ReadingDiva Blog (US) 82. Laura Harner
38. Kristal Baird 83. Molly Lee
39. Farrah @ Imagine a World 84. Kharisma Rhayne
40. Eden Connor (INT) 85. Promiscuous Diva (INT)
41. J.P. Grider 86. Colletta’s Kitchen Sink
42. Rohn Federbush 87. Karen Stivali
43. Naomi Bellina (USA/CAN/INT) 88. Romance At Random US
44. Susan Frances 89. J.L. Campbell (Int)
45. Passionate Encounters (US)

Time to Indulge… with the Indulgent Hop!


These days everyone seems to have a to-do list a mile long. Whether it’s work, family, volunteer commitments or all of the above, we’re all stressed. What better way to unwind a little than the occasional indulgence? Something to make us forget all the have-to stuff and focus on the want-to things, even for a little while.

I consider myself lucky that I write fiction, because for me writing itself feels a bit indulgent. My characters get to do all sorts of things and I get to escape into their worlds whenever I write them. I love that. And, as an added perk, if I don’t feel like writing I always have dozens of books on my to-be-read list, many by authors who are friends. When I need to escape even my own characters I turn to theirs and it’s like a mini-vacation. It doesn’t hurt that my friends write some of the sexiest, steamiest, most thought-provoking fiction out there. Nothing takes my mind off my own life faster than immersing myself in something by Tiffany Reisz or Margaret Ethridge or Karen Booth, and (bragging now) sometimes when I’m really lucky I get to read their stuff before it’s even published! Then it really feels indulgent. I love being the first to know something!

Of course that’s not to say I don’t indulge in things other than reading and writing. My second biggest indulgence is, without question, food. Whether it’s a fresh batch of cookies or a big bowl of homemade chocolate frosting eaten in my PJs in the privacy of my home, comfort food eaten in jeans at my favorite local diner, or a decadent multi-course meal savored at the hottest upscale eatery while dressed to the nines, food is definitely a pleasure that takes me away from my troubles.

What are your favorite indulgences? A day of shopping? A trip to the spa? A batch of cookie dough? A naughty night (or day) with your significant other? A book to lose yourself in? TELL ME in the comment section and one winner (chosen at random) will receive his/her choice of my novels (e-book only, contest open internationally, over 18 only, please).

To check out what some other awesome bloggers have to say about indulgent behavior click here —it’s a great way to get new ideas on things to indulge in AND there will be more opportunities to win prizes!

Speaking of prizes, there is a GRAND PRIZE being offered for this blog hop! One lucky winner will be chosen to win a $100 Amazon or Barnes&Noble gift card (winner’s choice). To enter click on this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway –GOOD LUCK! And don’t forget to leave a comment!


Guest Post by Taryn Raye – Decadent Date Cookies

Today I’m handing my blog over to my lovely fellow Turquoise Morning Press author Taryn Raye. She’s graciously agreed to share a favorite recipe. Without further ado, please welcome Taryn and her awesome recipe and be sure to read the blurb about her novel Castaway Hearts!


Taryn Raye’s Decadent Crunchy Date Cookies

Thanks so much for having me Karen! It’s great to be here and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you and your readers.

With school starting back and fall fast approaching, I find that my thoughts often turn to comfort foods and treats that are perfect for chilly fall days and cold wintry nights.

Years ago, my grandmother made these cookies, only once, but I remembered fondly how rich and decadent the nutty fruity flavor was and how unique the ingredients, yet it was simple to make. It wasn’t until I was a grown woman that I finally asked her for the recipe though. I wanted a taste of something that reminded me of my childhood, of home, something I knew my family would love, as well.

For the past few years, my husband and I have found pleasure in making cookies and candies for the holidays together, as gifts for our closest friends and relatives. Along with things like peanut butter and chocolate fudge, lemon drop cookies, dipped pretzels and peppermint bark, Crunchy Date Cookies are an automatic for our list. It won’t be long now before the holidays sweep in and sneak up on us, so I thought what time is better than now to share it. You might want to add it to YOUR holiday treats for you or someone you know who has a bit of a sweet tooth.


Crunchy Date Cookies


½-cup brown sugar

8 oz. package chopped dates

½ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick regular margarine

Dash of salt


Cook these ingredients together for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.



1 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 Cup chopped pecans


Let cool long enough that you can handle it. Form into balls and roll in powered (confectioner’s) sugar.


Check out Taryn’s novel Castaway Hearts…




Twice orphaned, Catherine Barrett arrives in Virginia a stranger to her closest kin and secretly engaged to the one man her family would disapprove of- her seafaring grandfather’s apprentice. Add to her troubles, the rich and intriguing older brother of her secret betrothed, Dawson Randolph, a plantation owner who is as heartless as he is handsome. Heartbroken when her intended sets sail for his maiden voyage, Catherine finds it difficult to adjust to her new life, hoping to befriend the one man who is, undoubtedly, the match her grandparents wish for her. Dawson’s distaste for her secret engagement to his brother makes it clear he has no designs for marriage to anyone.

Especially her.

Ten years since the tragic loss of his young wife and infant son, Dawson Randolph is convinced love and marriage is a fool’s game and resents being pardon to his brother’s hidden engagement. Damned by his instant attraction and his own growing desire, Dawson vows to befriend her against his better judgment. Determined to bring her happiness in a time of fear and uncertainty, Dawson puts aside his animosity to become her confidant, only to realize Catherine holds the key to his heart. When tragedy strikes at sea, Catherine’s guilt pushes Dawson to the fringes of her life as madness consumes her.

Can his love save her before she drowns in her own grief? Or is he doomed to love her from a distance, always in the shadow of her love for his dead brother?

Castaway Hearts is available in eBook & print from-

Turquoise Morning Press-

Also available on Amazon for-

Kindle or Print

On Nook from Barnes & Noble

Various formats on

Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, OmniLit, or Bookstrand.


About Taryn Raye- I was born and raised in a small town in Kentucky.  My father is a carpenter, my mother a homemaker and I have one younger sister. The town I grew up in is the famous home of Wild Turkey Distillers and a hop, skip and jump from Lexington, home of Keenland and the Kentucky Wildcats. I live in the country with my wonderful husband, who doesn’t mind that I often live multiple lives- the one we share and the ones bouncing around in my head. I have a 13 year old stepson, a 9 year old daughter and we have one furbaby- Miscellaneous- aka Mizzy- our 9 year old female cat. As you can tell, I love to bake.

Here are just a few places you can find Taryn Raye-




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Chocolate. Do I need to say anything more?

Chocolate. It’s one of my favorite words. It’s one of my favorite things. I don’t think of it as a guilty pleasure. I regard it as a food group. A necessity. For me, chocolate is like pizza, even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good, but when it’s really good it can be amazing.

I can’t say I have a favorite chocolate. A good chocolate truffle can make me weak in the knees. The sight of melted chocolate for fondue or to be poured over ice cream makes my mouth water. A chewy chocolate cookie, fudgy brownie or moist piece of chocolate cake can brighten my darkest day or sweeten my worst mood. I love it with caramel, with marshmallow, whipped into chocolate for mousse or ganache, melted into milk for a hot drink, turned into frosting, or eaten plain. Chocolate melting on my tongue is one of my favorite indulgences.

Anyone who’s familiar with this blog has seen (and possibly tried) some of my crazy-good chocolate recipes. For those who haven’t please check out the Ultimate Brownies, the most amazing Chocolate Cake (with homemade ganache filling and fudge frosting), and the delightfully delicate Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I promise you’ll love them.

Chocolate is such a passion of mine that it’s no surprise to those who know me that it makes a guest appearance in pretty much all of my books. There are three things you can count on finding in every one of my stories: love, sex and food. And chocolate is usually one of the foods.

If you’re a chocolate fan click here or on the image above to blog hop over to a list of writers and bloggers who are all devoting today, 9/10/12, to posts about chocolate. Seriously, what’s not to like?

Happy Chocolate Blogging Day to all!


Guest Post by Evelyn Jules – Debut Author of Blind Faith

Today’s guest poster is Evelyn Jules whose debut short story Blind Faith released in August. Leave a comment to welcome Evelyn to the blog and share one of your favorite fantasies to be entered for a chance to win a free copy of her steamy tale!

Personal Fantasies by Evelyn Jules

Have you ever fantasized about meeting a tall, dark, handsome stranger by chance? I do. All. The. Time. One of my personal favourite fantasies involves me bumping into said man on an escalator. I know, it’s not the most romantic of locations, but it stems from the time I was in a shopping mall and saw the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen in my life slowly rising to the top of the escalator. I just stood there on the main floor with my jaw hanging open, watching as inch after glorious inch of him became exposed. I’d like to think I would have at least attempted to approach him had I been alone, but my impatient friends carted me off, leaving my fantasy forever unfulfilled.

I hear stories all the time about how couples meet. A friend of mine met her main squeeze in a Costco warehouse. She was struggling to reach an item from a higher shelf, and her knight in shining sweatpants and a t-shirt swooped in to the rescue. I won’t lie. After I heard their (nauseatingly) sweet story, I marched straight to the nearest Costco and tried the damsel in distress act. Unfortunately I’m 5’10 and taller than half of the men who shop in Costco. They weren’t buying it. I used to think being able to reach things on the top shelf was one of the benefits of being tall. Now I know it’s preventing me from finding a man.

My latest fantasy involves me bumping into Mr. Right on the highway. Not literally bumping into him, although that would be fine if it was just a gentle love tap. I’m talking about those quick glances you sometimes exchange with passing cars. In my fantasy, my eyes lock with a handsome man driving a van. I should tell you that I drive a soccer mom van (minus the husband and kids I don’t have). It may not be the most attractive automobile, but I love my Forrest and he loves me. Anyway, we lock eyes for only a moment, but it feels like an eternity. Then I panic because I have no way of contacting him. So I maintain the same speed as him and use my fingers to mime the digits of my phone number. I should also mention that there aren’t many other vehicles on the road at this time, so it’s okay if I’m not totally paying attention to where I’m going. I think my love life is a little more important than staying in between the lines.

In Blind Faith, my first release (now available!), the hero and heroine have a chance meeting on a snowy sidewalk and things only heat up from there.

Here’s the blurb:

Faith Lawson is just your average, wholesome librarian with a dirty mind…until a chance encounter with a handsome stranger brings her fantasies to life in a frantic night of passion. But when he walks out her door, he leaves a piece of his past behind that changes everything.

I’m giving away a copy to one lucky commenter! So, to inspire some discussion, what are some of your fantasies?

Here are some places to find Evelyn: