Friday, October 31, 2014

PULSE AND PREJUDICE in Oct 31st Entertainment Weekly! Read Vampire Darcy for Halloween!
Gentle Readers,
I cannot deny that I am thrilled that the appearance in the October 31st edition of Entertainment Weekly has generated new interest in this award-winning paranormal adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! I am so excited that new readers are discovering Mr. Darcy's story, written as though Jane Austen herself had always conceived the dark and brooding character as a vampire.

Although the trailer for Pulse and Prejudice was featured on, this is the first time (as far as I know) that it has appeared in the national print media, exposing the tale of the cursed Vampire Darcy to a whole new audience two years after publication!

Pulse and Prejudice is available in eBook, print, and audiobook; and right now, ALL eBook formats are on sale for $3.99! (Click here to find it.)  Also, for anyone in the Southeast Louisiana area, I will be signing copies of it and all my novels at the Louisiana Book Festival tomorrow, Saturday November 1st, along with fellow suspense authors Scarlet Hawthorne and George Sanchez.  I hope to see you there!

“What would Jane Austen have thought? I think she would have loved this book. She might even have written it herself had she lived in a less constrained age.” Books Are Cool

“Darcy’s demise and subsequent ‘rebirth’ are written to perfection. It has renewed my faith in the sub-genre.” Reflections of a Book Addict

 “I cannot express enough how skeptical I was upon starting this book. Pride and Prejudice with a touch of vampires was enough to send me into fits of eye rolls. But, within only the first chapter, I found myself strangely drawn to the story. The vampire Darcy weaves his spell quickly.” Austenprose

I am also including this photo of my dog because he is completely unimpressed by the attention the novel is receiving, even though he was the inspiration for Amadeus in Pulse and Prejudice.  Also, isn't he cute?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cover Reveal of DEADLINE Scarlet Hawthorne's NEW Romantic Suspense for Pre-Order PLUS Giveaway!
Good morning, dear readers!
I am excited to have Scarlet Hawthorne joining me for Coffee today! For anyone in the Louisiana area, be sure to come to the 11th Annual Louisiana Book Festival this Saturday, November 1st, in Downtown Baton Rouge on the grounds of the new State Capitol. I will be signing my books along with Scarlet, as well as fellow suspense author George Sanchez.
Scarlet is launching her new novel Deadline on Saturday, in conjunction with the festival, and to whet your appetite, she has dropped by with Becky & Josie from Hot Tree Promotions, for the big Cover Reveal! Wow - What do you think?

PLUS Scarlet is offering a giveaway to 3 lucky readers for a signed paperback.
For all you eBook readers, you can actually PRE-ORDER this spicy romantic suspense for only $2.99!
Once you read this synopsis, I know you won't want to wait!

Title: Deadline
Author: Scarlet Hawthorne
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense
Publishing House: Charlotte's Letters Publishing

He wants her body and heart, but a killer wants her soul.
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Also available on Amazon in paperback.
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After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group; but when she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her secret desires, she also finds she hasn’t escaped danger by leaving the city. 

When the Adirondack town's police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find she is nothing like he would have expected from her erotic novels but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies. 

Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare? 

*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.*

Meet Scarlet Hawthorne

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Scarlet Hawthorne began writing short stories at the age of eight, poems at ten, and wrote her first novella – a romantic tragedy – at twelve. Today she enjoys creating characters who discover integrity and their authentic selves through their sexuality. She has been a speaker at national conferences discussing how power exchange can enhance relationships and refuting the negative stereotypes of BDSM promulgation in the media.

An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology. Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her latest novel Deadline.

Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. Her next release is the contemporary male/male romance Between the Notes, expected in spring, 2015.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

It's a Miracle! Dieting Sucks, but what about noodles with no calories, carbs, fat...or taste?

Greetings, dear readers! Yes, I know, it's a miracle that I am actually posting a blog! I cannot even tell you how busy the last few weeks have been. Between working 50+ hours a week at my day job, finishing up a manuscript, going to reader/author events, I have had to cut back on my social media. In fact, I am even <gasp!> missing the Saints game to get more author-y work done.

Now as any of you who follow my little mini-blog on Facebook know, I am back to dieting. Again. That's the problem with doing a book tour -- food and alcohol! (At least when I'm home, I try to stick with the alcohol - in fact, I lost 26 pounds on my wine & cheese diet!) Alas, my husband cannot survive on wine & cheese alone, and he needs to lose a - ahem - few pounds himself. In fact, when he stepped on the scale, he was so distraught by how much weight he had to lose that I change the measurement to STONE so the number wouldn't be so big. Then he said, "Oh, so I only have to lose 3 stone - that's totally doable!" Um, yeah, OK, sure. You see, I'm a problem solver!

Problem: My husband loves spaghetti, but we are both trying to lose weight.

Solution: Miracle Noodles! No calories, no carbs, no fat, and purport to remove cholesterol from one's blood!
Now as noodles go, these "Miracle Noodles" sounded too good to be true, but I was taunted by the uncanny Internet ads that intuitively knew that, a, I am trying to lose weight, and, b, I am always willing to try new things.
And so, dear readers, I experimented with Miracle Noodles so you don't have to! Purely out of altruism, of course, but after reading this, you may decide you want to try them yourself!

My Miracle Noodle Experiment


 Step 1: So these "noodles" are actually some sort of weird Japanese plant or root or something (shirataki), and they come in these plastic pouches in water. When you open the bags, they smell like...well, have you ever been to Chinatown in the middle of summer? The directions, however, say to expect this and to rinse the noodles thoroughly.  I did.
It then says to blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes. I was making my regular spaghetti, so while the water was coming to a boil and my noodles were continuing to rinse, I got out all the ingredients for my sauce. I use a jarred sauce to begin, but I don't know why because I doctor it up with so many other ingredients, like wine, olive oil, more herbs, garlic, etc.

Now back when my daughter was twelve, she decided to become a vegetarian, and I wasn't about to start cooking two different meals. So I started using some soy fake meat crumbles for spaghetti, casseroles, chili, anything that used ground beef. The fake meat always just absorbed the flavor of whatever I put it in, so that's what we all ate, and I still use it today. (I don't buy beef. That's what restaurants are for.)

Step 2: I blanched the well-rinsed noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes.

While that was happening, I minced some garlic to add to the noodles during the "dry roasting" process to ensure they taste, well, likes something!

To tell you the truth, the noodles really reminded me of the rice noodles used in Mei Fun, which is one of my favorite Chinese take-out dishes. So the noodles and the texture didn't bother me at all. In fact, it made me want to find a recipe for Mei Fun, except it is just so easy just to pick up the phone and order Chinese take-out!

Step 3: After draining the noodles, they should go through this "dry roasting" process. Before beginning that, I got my sauce started. Oh, I almost forgot - crushed red pepper is a MUST in any Italian red sauce.

Step 4: Dry roasting the noodles, which essentially means tossing them in a hot skillet until they - I am not kidding - start "squeaking." Seriously, the producers actually say on their website "don't worry--this is a good thing; the noodles aren't being harmed." To tell you the truth, I found it rather disconcerting that even the idea of "harming" the noodles seemed to be within the realm of possibilities. 

As mentioned above, I chose to add garlic while dry roasting, and I'll be damned if those little noodles didn't start squeaking!