Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Little More Romance

My last blog listed some of the best titles from a few of my favorite romance authors. On the list, I included Nora Roberts, Carol Grace, and Karen Rose Smith. Since my list of favorites includes many more, I decided to continue with it today. The first on today’s list was left off yesterday’s by mistake, I actually had her books written down in preparation. I believe because her name is a combination of two of the others, I thought I had posted her books. I’d like to blame the residual effects of my Thanksgiving turducken and pecan pie stupor!
Carol Rose has some wonderful books to choose from and I have read most of her titles. She writes captivating love stories that leave you feeling content with the outcome. I just downloaded “Race the Darkness” http://www.amazon.com/Race-Darkness---Contemporary-Romance-Carol ebook/dp/B008EA0I96/ and “Momentary Marriage” http://www.amazon.com/Momentary-Marriage-Carol-Rose-ebook/dp/B008OJ8AEC/ Both are offered as KDP free downloads at the time of this writing. I can hardly wait to begin reading! I’m not sure how long either offer will last, so you will want to click right over and get your copy. If you aren’t familiar with her writing, let me share some of my irresistible reads from her many titles: “Always,” “Resisting Cupid,” and “Forgotten Father.” Now that I have two more to read, the problem will be which Carol Rose to pick first.
I have suggested Marie Force books before, but I can’t list my favorite writers without repeating her name. She has the ability to make me fall in love with her characters, cry right along with them, and celebrate their happiness. Her entire “McCarthy’s of Gansett Island” series is superb and should be on every romance reader’s list. “Line of Scrimmage,” “The Fall,” and “True North” are excellent. The one that captured my heart was the first title I read, “The Wreck,” which hooked me as a lifelong fan.
Kristen James writes beautiful love stories that seem to have couples finding love from a past tragedy. That may not sound enticing but take my word for it, all of her books are great. Perhaps, finding a lost love would be a better way to grab you. I have read several of her stories and thoroughly enjoyed each one. This is the perfect time of the year to start your collection of Kristen James’ books with “A Cowboy for Christmas.” Others that I highly recommend are “Embers of Hope,” “More Than Memories,” and “The Cowboy Kiss.” The females in her stories are strong and independent women. I’m sure you’ll quickly become a fan.
The last on today’s list is Kate Perry. I love her Laurel Heights series. There are eleven books and each is equally fun and exciting. I have to admit, I have been engrossed in this series for so long, I have only veered off into one other of her books. “Playing for Keeps” is from her Pillow Talk novels of family & love. It is just as terrific as the Laurel Heights series. I see my Kate Perry book list continuing to grow for the distant future. If you haven’t fallen in love with her writing yet, just pick up the first book in the Laurel Heights collection “Perfect for You,” and you’ll find out that Kate Perry is just like the title…perfect for you!


**Recipe of the Day**
Since I have had two days of blogs featuring romance authors and some of my favorite books, I don’t guess I’ll be too out of line with today’s recipe. It is on my sister-in-law’s Facebook page and featured on http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/cakes/

Sex In A Pan
Prep Time: 45 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients

Crust
• 1 cup pecans, chopped
• 3 Tbsp. white sugar
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 cup flour
Cream cheese layer
• 1 8 oz package cream cheese
• 1 cup powdered sugar (use 1/2 cup for less sweetness)
• 1 cup whipped cream or cool whip
Vanilla pudding
• 1 package of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
• 3 cups milk (use 2 cups if you want a firmer pudding)
Chocolate Pudding
• 1 package of instant chocolate pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
• 3 cups milk (use 2 cups if you want a firmer pudding)
Last layer
• 2 cups whipped cream or cool whip
• shaved chocolate

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
3. In a mixer mix all the crust ingredients together and press the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
4. Bake it for about 20 minutes.
5. Prepare the vanilla pudding as per the instructions on the package.
6. Prepare the chocolate pudding as per the instructions on the package.
7. In a mixer, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the cup of whipped cream. Mix until light and fluffy.
8. Let the crust cool. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust evenly. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cream cheese, then the vanilla pudding. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the chocolate.
9. Refrigerate for a couple hours so that it sets.


**Pet Tip of the Day**

Today’s tip is simple…hug your pet daily.
Yesterday, a dear friend of mine had to say good-bye to her Sheltie, Maggie. My heart is broken for her loss. As many of you know firsthand, that final trip to the vet's office is one of the hardest things a pet lover ever has to endure. Maggie was lucky to have such a wonderful “mom” to love and care for her. All dogs should be so fortunate. As a puppy, she began her life in a bad situation. Leiah rescued the frightened little bundle of fur, took her to a warm secure home and gave her a life that other dogs can only wish to have. There is one more star shining from the Rainbow Bridge tonight. So, that is my tip for today, hug your dog or cat. To Leiah and Maggie, you are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. Extra hugs to you~

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