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Takes the Cake Cover Reveal-Lynn Chantale

Well hello again! How are y’all today? Sorry that I’m a little late posting, but I’m here. Hopefully the shiny new cover for Takes the Cake will appease you. 🙂

There are some new scenes and just a whole new look to Takes the Cake and I promise you, I’m pleased as chocolate. So here we go, releasing June 9 from Loose Id. Oh, and you can Pre-order!

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Blurb

Liz Washington can’t believe her good fortune when she’s asked to caterer one of the biggest and most prestigious weddings of the year. Not only is the location perfect, but working with the bride is a dream. But her dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when the bride’s brother Keegan keeps pushing to change the cake. Yet whenever she’s in his presence all she can think about is being skin-to-skin.

Keegan Murphy is determined to make his sister’s wedding the talk of the town, but that can’t happen with a plain and unimaginative cake. He doesn’t anticipate the instant attraction he has for Liz, but he has no problem seeking out every opportunity to seduce her.

Liz’s not there for pleasure; s has a wedding to save. But will salvaging the wedding cost her a relationship she shouldn’t have started in the first place?

Coming Soon…Lynn Chantale

I finally remembered, amidst all the upheaval in my personal life, that it was my day.  I missed my last date because I was in the hospital. Everything is good, as long as I take it one day at a time. So let’s start with some good news. Takes the Cake will be out on June 9 from Loose Id. and The Contractor’s Baby will be out in July, from Secret Cravings.

Some of you may remember Takes the Cake. Well, it’s gotten an overhaul, a few new scenes and it’s a better story than before. I do hope you’ll check it out.

Edits for The Contractor’s Baby, just hit my inbox. I haven’t opened the file yet, but I’m sure everything will be great. In the meantime, I’m up to my eyeballs in homework and looking forward to moving forward.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires.

Everyone Has An Opinion

But not everyone is a critic.

I recently attended Jazz Fest in New Orleans and got to spend an evening with one of my very best friends. We talked about our days in college, how our families were doing now and of course where we were going ourselves.

I had to sigh when it was my turn…I hadn’t been writing the way that I once did. When my friend asked why. I had to tell him about my fears.

Bad reviews. I became obsessed with them. I read them over and over again until I believed everything in them.

I didn’t know what it took to write a short story.

I didn’t describe characters to the point that reader’s could see them.

There was no merit to anything that I’d ever published.

So? I have a lot to overcome to reach my goals for the year. And part of the reason that I’m pushing harder than I’ve ever done are the sage words from my friend.

He said that I had to remember that everyone has a right to his or her opinion but not everyone is a critic.

And I had to look that word up.

IMG_20150501_194212_686According to Merriam-Webster.com, a critic is “one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique”

My friend’s thought was that a reasoned opinion in regards to a novel meant that the critic measured a single work against an art form.

An art form. Not a favorite writer.

And he asked me if every bad review that I’d received was from someone who was upholding the aesthetics of the art form or from someone who was expressing an opinion?

I don’t know, I answered.

Then you have to keep writing until there are no more stories left for you to tell, he said.

Thanks, Nigel.

And, readers, a Conundrum, is an excellent wine!

Taco Seasoning

Have you ever had a hankering for tacos/nachos, only to go to your cabinet and not find any taco seasoning? That’s happened to me on more than one occasion and I’m always looking for the best homemade seasoning I can find. Here’s one that I tried and liked. I warn ya though, it’s a tad spicy. 🙂

Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small airtight container. This provides enough seasoning for one pound of meat.

A new release – Prowl (Book 3 in the Pride Riders Series)

It’s here. It took me a while but I got ‘er done. Prowl is on Amazon. It’s Ari’s turn to feel the heat of mating.

Prowl-fullBlurb ~

What’s a cheetah to do?
Aristotle Kuhne laughed as he watched his brother’s succumb to matings. Now it’s his turn to feel the desire only the other half of his soul can evoke. His family knows him as the fun loving comedian. Everyone is going to find out just how deadly he can be when it comes to the woman who hold his heart.
Bane Uduru was hired to do a job. She never expected to run into the one man that could stop her. She knew his claims that he was her mate were lies but the fun was in proving him wrong. After all, she was a honey badger and they really gave less than a damn about the emotions of others.