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Sunday Reads – Jaguar’s Rule

Released December 29, 2011
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TJ_JagAfter an irresistible night of passion with Reya, Aaron James longs to hold her close forever. Little does he know that the tall, sleek beauty has a carnal secret — and he’s the one who needs protection.

Reya Daines has dedicated her life to the conservation of jaguars. With the only bed-and-breakfast at the entrance to Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary, she can keep an eye on poachers and still indulge her guests in her first love—scuba diving. But something has invaded the preserve and the big cats are restless…and that something wants Reya.

Aaron James can take care of himself, but he finds he’s not quite up to the job after his plane goes down in the jungles of Belize. The woman who rescues him is a loner just like him. When he learns she’s in danger from the same menace she’s saved him from twice, what’s a determined man to do with an equally stubborn woman?

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and violence. Novella (approx 135 pgs). Released by previous publisher.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Japanese Street Crepes

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe! Today’s recipe is a popular treat in Japan. Japanese Street Crepes. There are soooooo many different ways you can make this one.

Down at the bottom of this post, you’ll also find pics that the author of the recipe posted on her blog of some of the crepe shops in Japan. I want to visit all of them!

This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

In Japan, crepes have been transformed to a type of quick street food that’s available in sweet and savory varieties. Unlike the French crepe, the Japanese crepe uses less butter and the fillings are fresh and/or raw.

Let’s give it a shot!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups milk (room temp, or microwaved 30sec)
  • 1oz melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Sift flour, sugar, pinch salt into a bowl (preferrably a jug-bowl)
  2. Beat in eggs and half the milk. Beat until all lumps are gone.
  3. Add the rest of the milk, add butter and beat again.
  4. Stand at room temperature 15-30min (depending on your patience)
  5. Pour a little into a pre-heated, non-stick frypan and immediately tip the frypan to let the batter spread all over the frypan (can use a regular frypan, greased with a tiny bit of butter) (another option is to spread the batter with a crepe tool or teppanyaki/okonomiyaki spatula) Cook over med-high heat until underside is golden-brown. (about 2 min)
  6. Lift the edges of the crepe and flip the crepe (I find this easiest to do with my fingers, as the crepe is so thin) Cook just 30 sec or so on the second side.
  7. Fill the Crepes however you like.

Makes 10-12 crepes in a 30cm frypan (this is much smaller than the crepes in the crepe shops in japan).

Tips for making Cone-shaped Japanese Street Crepes:

  1. Place fillings on just one quarter of the crepe. Do not go past the centre-point or it will be difficult to fold.
  2. If adding ice-cream, use just a tiny scoop (unless you have a very large frypan or crepe maker like the shops use) Other things you could put inside are: creme caramel, brownie, cheesecake.
  3. Fold the crepe in half, with the centre of the filling on the fold line.
  4. Next, roll the crepe, starting from the filled part, pivoting on the centre point until you have created a cone.

To make Chocolate Crepes, just add 3 Tbsp sifted pure cocoa to this recipe.

Recipe Courtesy of Shinobu of LittleJapanMama.com.

From Shinobu’s Blog Post:

These photos I took when I went shopping in Harajuku last week.

I had a: Strawberries Chocolate Sauce and cream. 380 yen

The Menu of one of the Crepe shops in Harajuku:

This one’s been here since 1976 so I’m guessing it’s the original Harajuku Street Crepes Shop:

Here’s its menu:

Another Crepe Shop in Harajuku:

Sunday Reads – Caramel Kisses

Released March 18, 2015
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Caramel KissesWorkaholic Sydni Cannes should have known better than to step away from work. Going out for a single evening of fun for this Executive Vice President has ended up as a night spent in damn jail! Drew is aware that the sexy, sultry and brilliant Sydni couldn’t care less about getting involved with him. But along comes the perfect opportunity to prove that she needs him just as much as he needs her. All he has to do is get her out of jail…and keep himself free in the bargain. Their desire scorches them. The connection, true and immediate. But what will they do about the bad guy determined to set them both up? Solve the mystery, of course…and a little well-executed, hot-as-hell sex wouldn’t hurt either.

Genre:  Erotic Romance

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Sunday Reads – Hide No More

Released March 10, 2015
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Hide No MoreScharsi has spent years hiding from the Amalgamation. They are the definition of evil in her world. Now she must hunt one of their agents who killed the only man who ever loved her. Hand cannons primed, no one will stand in her way. Tanil, an Amalgamation officer left for dead by his own crew, must avoid capture. On the run, wounded and weak, he comes upon the one woman in the ‘verse he should be running from. But Scharsi isn’t what the government claims she is–a born and bred killer. Deadly? Absolutely…but addictive, hot. She makes his skin sizzle and sends his blood racing with a look. Her touch? Devastating. Scharsi clearly doesn’t want distractions while on a hunt, but Tanil won’t hesitate to prove that a bit of delicious distraction is exactly what she needs.

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Yakisoba Japanese Fried Noodles

Time for another 30-minute Japanese cuisine recipe!  Today’s recipe is Yakisoba Japanese Fried Noodles.

This is what Lifehack has to say about this one:

Yakisoba is Japanese style fried noodles that are very easy to make. You can add almost any ingredient to suite your taste. Popular yakisoba varieties include vegetarian, seafood, or pork.

Let’s give it a shot!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  |  Cook Time:  20 Minutes  |  Total Time: 30 Minutes

What You’ll Need

  • ½ onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup HORMEL Flame Seared Ham (or your choice of meat and/or seafood), chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pkg Yakisoba Noodles
  • Seasonings included in the yakisoba package
  • Toppings (optional)
  • Shredded Nori (dried seaweed)
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Cut vegetables and meat.

  2. Heat oil in large pan on medium high heat and cook the protein (meat/seafood)

  3. Add onion, carrots, cabbage and cook until they’re soft. While cooking the vegetables, remove yakisoba noodles from the package and run under hot water to separate the noodles.

  4. Lower the heat to medium and add the black pepper, noodles, and yakisoba sauce. Mix all the ingredients together, making sure not to burn the ingredients in the pan.

  5. Serve on a plate and top noodles with shredded nori and Kewpie Mayonnaise. Serve hot!

Recipe Courtesy of Carmen of GirlPlusFood.com.

Sunday Reads – Silk Road

Seals of Destiny #1

Released November 30, 2013
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silk roadThe Silk Road. In ancient times it was a well-established trade route that began in China. But to Larien, it is the veiled entrance to the underworld where no human belongs.

Jayla Protegenu is as typical as they come. She owns a chain of gyms in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoys popcorn-and-movie night with her two best friends and writes for her local paper. But that’s where ‘typical’ ends. As a child she learned to summon her guardian angels to keep at bay the things that prowled the night. An ability she’s kept secret all her life…until a Fallen angel answers her call.

Larien is not seeking redemption. He’s looking for the artifact that only Jayla can call power from. The woman has no idea of the extent of her abilities and he’s not about to teach her. However he is man enough to admit that this human has touched him, soul deep. And now that she is his to protect, his to love, when she’s taken Larien will search to the ends of the Earth to find her, from San Francisco all the way to…the Silk Road.

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