Sunday Reads – Serati’s Flame

Vampire Council of Ethics #2

Released August 21, 2007
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3871943For two Seekers of justice, hunting rogues is dangerous business. But not as dangerous as their yearning for each other. There’s a rogue on the loose, and the Vampire Council of Ethics has just the man for the job. Alaan Serati, along with his team of elite fighters, is a Seeker for the V.C.O.E. The lethal vampire law enforcement assassin is also the most eligible bachelor of Clan Serati. His job: Take out the rogue vampire who killed his mate years ago. But working with a fellow Seeker quickly becomes a pain in his backside. How is he supposed to accomplish the mission if he can’t keep his mind or his hands off of his fellow officer?

For more years than she wants to remember, Tameth Serati-Cole has worked almost every day, side by side, with the gruff and gorgeous Alaan. It’s been hell considering the special bond between them, something rarely developed between mates. But Alaan doesn’t really want her. He’s still pining away for the woman taken from him years ago. So when he declares his need to bond with her, this lady Seeker ain’t biting…even if she’s wanted to since the day they met.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence.

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Sunday Reads – Luscious

Originally Released as part of Mastered 2 April 21, 2015
Now available as a stand-alone novella

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Mastered 2 2MacKenzie Ivers is a strong personality who submits to one man–her husband, Landon. After ten years of marriage, a nasty divorce, followed by a sweet reconciliation, Mac wants nothing more than for her husband to stop punishing himself for his part in the former “crazy”. It’s going to require some conniving and some rope…miles and miles of rope. Luckily, Twilight Teahouse has everything she needs to get this particular rigger back in the saddle.

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Sunday Reads – Niah’s Pride

Pryde Ranch Shifters #2

Released June 1, 2013
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Niah_200x300Niah Pryde is no shrinking violet. Not only is she one of the best hunters for S.W.A.T.—the Shifter and Were Armed Tactics agency—but Niah can also network a microwave tower to a satellite surveillance system with her eyes closed, and one well-manicured hand tied behind her back. So…why would she rather hide in the network hub closet than face her mate?

Ryland Lee Lewis is as down-home as they come, from his country drawl to his love of sweet tea. It only took one assignment with Niah Pryde to know she was the one for him. He’s sure she feels it too, but the woman is running faster than a bull out of the chute at a rodeo. What’s a guy to do when his mate won’t see reason? And what kinds of sparks will fly if she dares give him a chance?

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Shiftin' Sassy Winter Blues

Sunday Reads – On The Prowl

Released January 4, 2012
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91A6c3TBwoL._SL1500_Delaine Jeris is on a mission. As top investigator for the Aegis Group, she must use her unique gifts-including her own personal mountain lion spirit guide-to catch a mad scientist with kinky delusions.

Justin Cooley was not part of the plan.

Justin has his own job to do, but falling for the beautiful woman sneaking around the Astin Pharmaceutical and Biotech facility wasn’t in his brief. How can he trust his instincts, trust her, when he knows that more than his mission could be compromised if he’s wrong?

Delaine has had her heart broken before. When all their secrets are revealed, she’ll have to decide whether she’s truly found her mate…or allowed herself to fall straight into enemy hands.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Kushi Dango

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe!  Today’s recipe is a dish called Kushi Dango.

This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

Dango is a Japanese dumpling made from mochiko (rice flour). Three to four dango are often served on a skewer (kushi) covered with syrup made from shouyu (soy sauce) and sugar.

This one sounds simple and yummy!

What You’ll Need

Dango (rice dumplings)

  • 1 1/3 cup glutinous-rice flour (I used mochiko)
  • 3/4 cup warm water

 

Sweet shoyu sauce

  • 1 & 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour

 

Instructions

Make the dango

  1. Put rice flour (or mochiko) in a bowl and add warm water.

  2. Mix well and knead the dough.

  3. Make small round dumplings (around 1 inch big).

  4. Drop balls in boiling water and boil for about fifteen minutes.

  5. Take dumplings out of water, cool, and skewer them to bamboo sticks. (3-4 dumplings each stick.)

 

Make the sweet shoyu sauce

  1. Mix water, sugar, and soy sauce in a pan over medium heat.

  2. Bring it to a boil and slowly add flour and mix quickly.

  3. Pour shoyu sauce generously over dango on skewers and let it sit for 20 minutes.

  4. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Courtesy of Shinobu of LittleJapanMama.com.

Sunday Reads – Forever December

Released November 26, 2013
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91kl381R7uL._SL1500_Melaniece is looking forward to spending a nice quiet holiday at her vacation home up in the mountains. Expecting to enjoy ripping open gifts with her family, she’s surprised when they spring the ultimate present on her: Michael Bannon. Could his unexpected appearance have anything to do with the strange vampire dreams she’s been having lately?

Michael is determined not to blow a second chance with the woman he should have loved years ago, even if it means revealing his true nature. Is a good guy willing to be very bad to get what he wants? Absolutely…always and forever.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence. Short Novel. Previously published by Ellora’s Cave.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Sunday Reads – Egyptian Voyage

Released December 1, 2013
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91Y+AKY54yL._SL1500_An overworked undercover agent desperately in need of rest, Chrysalyn Geyer couldn’t have been more miffed with her boss. What was she supposed to do on a mandatory three month vacation? Stuck on a private residence cruise ship, she tried to prepare herself for what was sure to be pure boredom. Then he appeared—Rahn Benson. What the hell was he doing here? And while her spirit guide was happy to see the man, Chrys couldn’t see past knocking him senseless for breaking her heart.

Rahn is determined to do anything to win Chrys back. But first he must protect her from the unseen threat quietly stalking her from port to port. Rahn was damned good at job, but could he “work” his way past Chrys’ stubbornness to occupy a place in her heart, rather than just her bed?

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence. Full-length novel. Released by previous publisher.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Crispy Shell Pai Shu Cream Puffs

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe!  Today’s recipe is called Crispy Shell Pai Shu Cream Puffs.


This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

In Japan, cream puffs are called “shu cream” and each, delicious crispy pastry puff is filed with custard cream. It’s a very popular children’s treat in Japan, and now you can enjoy it anytime you want!

I dont know about you guys, but I’m ready to try this one!

What You’ll Need

Cream Puff Pastry (Choux)

  • 4 oz butter (regular, salted)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 5 eggs
  • pinch salt

Custard Creme

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups milk (100% milk, around 3.6% fat)
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 vanilla bean OR Vanilla extract
  • +/- a cup of whipped fresh cream

Pai-Shuu Crust

  • 1 oz butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/3 cup flour
    • STEP 1:  Make Custard Cream several hours before or the day before
    • STEP 2:  Prepare Pai-Shuu Crust Dough if desired
    • STEP 3:  When everything’s ready, make the Cream Puff Pastry

 

Instructions

Custard Cream

  1. Using a whisk, Combine flour and sugar.
  2. Add:  4 egg yolks and about 40mL of the milk, whisk until combined.  Add remaining milk and scrape in vanilla pod.
  3. Stir over medium heat, till it thickens (Often scraping the bottom). When it’s thick and bubbles start to blob up, remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 1 oz real butter.
  5. Allow to cool with plastic wrap on surface to prevent a “skin”. Refrigerate until cold.+/- 6. If you like, fold a cup of whipped fresh cream into the cold custard cream.

Pai-Shuu Crust

  1.  Melt Butter in a small saucepan.
  2.  Stir in Sugar, then flour.

Cream Puff Pastry

  1. Place butter, salt and water in a large saucepan over high heat.  When butter is melted and it starts to boil, remove from heat and…
  2. Immediately tip in flour all at once, and beat into a firm dough with wooden spoon.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon before adding the next egg.

  1. Spoon into a Piping bag and Pipe directly downward onto paper-lined tray.  If you like, use chopsticks or fingers to pull pastry upwards on the sides, to make them taller and rough-surfaced.
  2.  Place discs of Pai-Shuu Crust Dough on top.
  3.  Immediately bake in a very hot oven 410-430 degrees F, 25-30min until well puffed and browned then down to 210 degrees F for 40 min or more to dry.
  4.  Allow to cool (the puffs will firm up and become strong) before peeling the baking paper from the bottom of the puffs.

Recipe Courtesy of Shinobu of LittleJapanMama.com.

 

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