Folsom by Fisher & Aster ~ Trailer Reveal

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series.

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Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains.

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Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Lilith. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming and make fun of her for reading while cooking.

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NEW RELEASE!! Rebel Heart by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ~ Sarah A’s Review


A Contemporary Romance Duet

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet.  Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.

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Rebel Heir left us on a huge reveal. Epic even. I was so happy to get my hands on Rebel Heart to see how that affected Rush and Gia’s relationship. Rebel Heart put my heart through the wringer in the best way. It was a major angst-fest, but I never for one second questioned Rush and Gia’s love for one another.

As much as I loved Gia and Rush in Rebel Heir, they were better in Rebel Heart. They were dealing with a pretty devastating revelation on top of all the things they already had on their hands and instead of acting out and being petulant about things they couldn’t change, they acted like adults and took the time and space they needed to work through everything. They communicated well, and it was so refreshing not to have assumptions and miscommunication be the root of conflict. I’m not saying it was an easy road, far from it, but I loved how it was handled.

Gia was in, quite possibly, the most unenviable position a woman can be in. I couldn’t imagine being her. Yet, she handled it with as much grace as a person in her place could. She didn’t make excuses; she didn’t whine in a corner. She grabbed her awful circumstances, reigned them in, and made the best she could of a life she never expected, even as she lost the life she thought she’d have for a hot minute. She was a pillar of strength while the world around her was crumbling. Sure, she had her moments of despair, who doesn’t, but she remained her smart-mouthed self, pulled on her big girl panties, and tried to make lemonade.

The new information was no less life-altering for Rush. After his behavior in the first part of Rebel Heir, I was pleasantly surprised by how well he handled himself in Rebel Heart. With one small exception, he didn’t resort to destructive behaviors to cope. He was unendingly supportive and protective, even when he wasn’t sure if he could come to terms with everything. I loved that he didn’t take what amounted to a monumental mistake on Gia’s part out on her since there was no way she could have anticipated the consequences.

Rebel Heart was a very moving story. It dealt with some pretty heavy subject matter in a considerate, sensible manner. One of my favorite things about it was how respectful Gia and Rush were of one another’s feelings, while still moving to protect themselves and heal from the pain they were dealing with. Having Rush’s relationship with a man who wasn’t his birth father, but a father-figure no less, play such a pivotal role in his decision-making process was fabulous. There were so many things about this book that were perfectly done; I could wax poetic about them forever, it seems.

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland collaborations are some of my favorites. They do such an amazing job of playing off each other and coming up with new, interesting storylines; I always find myself completely lost in their books. The Rush series duet is undoubtedly my favorite work of theirs, to date, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next, as their work is just becoming better with time.

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd.  A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter.  My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Rebel Heir is the first book in the Rush Series Duet.  Book Two, Rebel Heart, will release six weeks later on May, 22, 2018.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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NOW AVAILABLE!! Crazy Hot Love by KL Grayson ~ Sarah A’s Review

Claire Daniels is good at a lot of things, but dating isn’t one of them. Although she enjoys men of all different shapes, colors, and sizes, she has one requirement: they must have a job on her approved-occupation list. It has to be safe, so they can come home every night, which means no cops, pilots, doctors, ranchers, and absolutely no firefighters.

She’s kept to her rules thus far—as long as you ignore the tiny crush she has on Trevor Allen, a crush that cannot move toward anything physical because Trevor is a firefighter and a rancher. Not to mention, he’s four years younger than she is and the brother of her two best friends.

Still, it sure would be nice to have him put out her fire.

Trevor Allen also has a few rules when it comes to Claire Daniels: no staring, flirting, smokin’ hot fantasies, or touching of any kind. He’s been lusting after Claire his whole life, but with a steady stream of willing women and two demanding jobs to hold his attention, he’s somehow managed to keep his hands off her.

Until they end up in a bathroom together—a small bathroom with very little room to move, leaving him pressed against Claire’s lush curves. What’s he supposed to do when she looks up at him with those big, green doe eyes and licks her lips? The only thing he can do: kiss the hell out of her, then convince her it can’t happen again.

Too bad he can’t convince himself.

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I fell in love with the idea of Claire Trevor in Crazy Sexy Love, so I was ecstatic to get their story next. They had both seemed so enamored with each other, despite Claire’s reservations, it felt like a relief to get to explore what was going on in both of their heads, without trying to understand their interactions through another person’s observations.

I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and Crazy Hot Love delivered that storyline in spades. Trevor’s recollection of past events from his and Claire’s childhood and adolescence gave their story that little something extra that propelled it to another level. I loved how Ms. Grayson used that storytelling device to deepen Trevor and Claire’s relationship and demonstrate they’d always had a special connection. The ease of their affection was lovely and made believing in them effortless.

Trevor’s affection for Claire was sublime. He was such a fantastic partner to her, especially through her insecurities. Of course, he had his moments of being less than perfect, but he quickly realized his mistakes and took appropriate steps to correct his wrongs. I loved how boldly he loved Claire, he never tried to hide how deeply he cared for her, and there was something fantastically endearing about it.

I loved Claire, but sometimes she was frustrating. I understood her reservations and rules, living through the type of loss she had would forever color every second of her life, but it was hard to watch her try to settle for less and push away the good in her life. Watching her slowly peel back the layers of her pain and grief to finally understand that holding onto love was more important than letting her fear dictate the rest of her life. Her ‘a-ha’ moment was wonderful and made me fall more in love with her and Trevor’s love story.

Crazy Hot Love is the second book in KL Grayson’s Dirty Dicks series. These books are a series of interconnected standalones; you can read this book without first having read Crazy Sexy Love. Of course, if you have the inclination, reading all the books in order leads to the best reading experience, and you get to see a little of Trevor and Claire in the first book, which enhances their dynamic in this book. Crazy Hot Love is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Claire and Trevor.

KL Grayson is one of the authors whose work I have devoured every piece of. Her stories are consistently emotionally charged and feel like you’re catching up with old friends. I always feel personally invested in her stories, as if her characters’ happiness is my own. Every time I think her next book can’t possibly be as good as the last one, she proves me wrong and writes another compelling story for me to get lost in.

Three-time world champion bull rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today—and that’s holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. He’s also wondering why he thought it was a good idea to let his twin brother talk him into returning home to heal.

Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem…that girl has turned into a stunning woman.

Monroe Gallagher is downright sexy with more curves than he has notches in his bed post. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, six years since he’s felt any form of peace, and six years since she gripped his heart in her delicate little hands and squeezed the life out of it. The longer he’s in Heaven, the more he starts to realize that the heart she took from him—the one she crushed into a million pieces—she also never gave back.

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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

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NOW LIVE!! Rogue Royalty by Meghan March


Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable.

I don’t recognize what my life has become. I can’t tell where the lies end and the truth begins anymore.

He came into my world and urged me out of my safe little corner.

All my dreams are coming true except the one thing I want most— my own happy ending.

But I’ll fight for it.

For now.

For always.

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Who knew things could get even darker and dirtier in New Orleans? New York Times bestselling author Meghan March introduces the Savage Prince of the city, the man you never want to meet. 

I do what I want and who I want. I don’t follow anyone’s rules—even my own.
I knew I shouldn’t touch her, but it didn’t stop me. 
Didn’t stop me the second time either. Only made me want a third. 
My lifestyle suits the savage I am, and she doesn’t. 
But Temperance Ransom is my newest addiction, and I’m nowhere near ready to quit her yet.
I’ll have her my way, even if it means dragging her into the darkness.
Hopefully it doesn’t kill us both.

Savage Prince is book one of the Savage Trilogy, set in the same world as Ruthless King, however you do not need to read the Mount Trilogy to devour this scandalously hot new story.

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He’s a mystery. An enigma.

His very identity is a secret buried beneath layers of deception.

He’s also an addiction I can’t shake. An attraction I can’t fight.

And then I found out exactly who he is—a man more dangerous than the devil himself.

Now I need him in order to save everything that matters to me.

I have to pull back. Protect myself from the danger that haunts his every step.

Which would be easy . . . if I could stop myself from falling in love with him.

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A New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.

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NOW LIVE!! The Surviving Trace by Calia Read

Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…

Etienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.

Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.

I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Etienne is my key to going home.

The more time I spend with Etienne, the further I fall for him, until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.

All I know for certain is I need to survive time.

I need to survive love.

And I need to make it out on the other side alive.

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Right then, someone places a hand on my arm. I turn and see Nat. Her eyes are wide with panic. “Étienne is here.” I stare at her blankly, and she frowns. “Did you hear me? I said Étienne’s here. He’s livid.”

Judging by Nat’s frantic expression and tone of voice, I know this Étienne is someone important. But I don’t know who the hell he is or why I should be the slightest bit nervous.

I’m getting ready to say that when she plants her hands on my shoulders. It’s impossible to tell if the gesture is more for her benefit or mine. “You’re in no shape to see him. I’ll distract him. That should afford you some time to hurry to your room.”

Before I can reply or ask who in the hell this Étienne is, the whispers start. Word spreads like wildfire until conversations practically cease.

“Go,” Nat pleads.

No sooner has the word escaped her mouth before the doors at the far end of the room slam open. People stop what they’re doing. Even the musicians appear unsure and stare at each other in confusion.

Nat and Livingston move in front of me like a pair of bodyguards. I stand on my tiptoes and try to peer between their shoulders, but all I can make out is a stark white shirt. I’m confident it’s the Étienne man Nat was talking about.

In the hushed silence, I can distinctly hear his powerful steps. People inch toward the walls or the double doors.  

“What are you still doin’ here? Go!” Nat whispers to me.

Why would I go? It’s just getting interesting. A thrill courses down my spine and spreads throughout my body. Minutes ago, I wanted to leave, but the dramatic reaction elicited from everyone and the giant question mark stamped over this mysterious Étienne makes me stay put.

Plus, this is a dream. Right now, I’m merely a cat with nine lives. If danger comes my way, I’ll survive. By the ninth, I’ll wake up.

For now, I’m safe.

The closer he gets, the louder his footsteps become. My heart pounds in sync with his footsteps. When he stops walking, Nat and Livingston’s shoulders are practically fused together. All I can see is the man crossing his tan arms.

There’s a beat of silence before Nat speaks. “Étienne. This is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know you’d be here.”

“I live here. This is my home.” His voice is laced with the same slow, Southern drawl as everyone else I’ve heard speak tonight. But I think it’s the deep timbre that makes my pulse jump. Yes, that has to be it. “Who’s behind you?”

“No one,” Livingston and Nat say in unison.

“Are you sure? Because I swear I see the top of Serene’s head behind your shoulder.”

He knows my name. How does he know my name? Once again, I remind myself that anything goes in dreams. But something about this isn’t sitting well in my gut.

Livingston and Nat turn at the same time. They wear expressions of pure shock, as if they had no idea I’d been standing behind them.

“Oh, it’s Serene.” Livingston shares a well-practiced look of confusion with Nathalie. “I didn’t know she was there. Did you, Nat?”

“I did not.”

Damn, these two are good. If this were real life, we’d be fast friends. From how they play off of each other’s body language and words, I know they’re siblings; my brothers and I covered for each other the same way.

I can’t see the man’s expression, but I’m willing to bet he’s not buying anything they’re saying.

“Step aside. I need to talk to her.”

No one makes a sound. My legs shake.

When Livingston and Nat don’t budge, he says, “Move. Now.”

Nat’s shoulders slightly sag in defeat. I’m half-tempted to tell her not to give in to his demands, but my tongue becomes three sizes too big for my mouth.

As she steps to the right, she gives me a quick once-over and whispers, “I tried to warn you.”

They move away, and it feels as if I’ve been thrown to the wolves. Now I’m facing the leader of the pack. The first thing that comes to my mind once I see him is, Shit. I should’ve listened to Nathalie.

Because this isn’t the good ol’ boy every mother wants their daughter to end up with. No. This is the man every mom has warned their daughters about. You run, not walk when you encounter someone like him.

I stand there as though I’m nailed to the floor and watch as the man gazes around the room. He sighs as if everyone is wasting his precious time.

Then he turns his eyes to me, and when he does, the realization hits me like a bolt of lightning.

It’s my mystery man.

The man from my dream.

The man from the picture.

Standing inches away from me.

Calia Read lives in Texas with her husband and their five kids.

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Worth the Risk by K Bromberg ~ Sarah A’s Review

Worth the Risk, an all-new, sexy standalone about taking chances and finding love when it’s least expected, from New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg, is available now!

This whole contest was supposed to be easy. I know, I know. Famous last words.

It’s a long story, but I messed up at work. Big time. To earn back the trust of my boss, I promised to save one of our magazines. Yep. That Hot Dad contest you’ve seen advertised all over the place was my idea. And if I’m successful, if I’m able to increase our online readership, then I get a shot at my dream job.

But the one thing I never expected to happen, happened: Contestant number ten, Grayson Malone. Hello, Mr. Difficult. And did I mention sexy as hell?

Unfortunately, he knows me. The old me, anyway. And while we might be older now, I remind him of before. Of the woman who broke his heart, who hardened him, and who left him alone to raise the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen.

But I don’t want a relationship. And I definitely don’t fall for single dads with baggage. Even ones with chiseled abs and killer smiles.

But he got to me. They got to me. Him and his son and their messy, crazy life.  But I got to him too. I see the stolen glances. I feel the walls he built start to crumble. I recognize that there’s an unexpected beauty to the chaos in his life.

And now that the contest is about to end, we’re left to decide whether the last six months were just fun or if what we have is worth risking it all?

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Hot, jaded, single dad? Check.  Stuck-up, entitled, heiress?  Check.  Unwarranted animosity because of past interactions and connections?  Check.  Lots of learning, growing, and overcoming expectations? Check.  Worth the Risk was a fascinating take on an enemies-to-lovers romance.

Grayson Malone was the brother whose story I was most looking forward to.  There’s always something about a single dad whose complete devotion to his child is so evident in every decision he makes, that calls to me.  Add that to the melancholy air about him and how could I not love him?  After reading his story and finding out what had made him the way he was, I was completely devoted to Grayson.  Even when he was being a judgmental jerkface.

I kinda wanted hate Sidney, for the same reasons Grayson did, but that first chapter?  I couldn’t.  Despite what she was on the outside, what her father thought she was, who she thought she was, sometimes, what she did for her friend proved the truth of who she was.  Watching her come into her own and discover that she was stronger, better, more compassionate than she had given herself credit for was heartwarming.

Sidney and Grayson’s connection grew on me just as it did on them.  I could feel the tension from their first interaction, but I couldn’t discern if it was derived from hate or chemistry.  Slowly that spark grew into a tangible thing, every time they were together, there was a current powering each touch, every glance, every word they shared.  I lived for the moment when it all exploded, and they could no longer resist the pull.  The hatred may have still been a defining force between them, but there is a reason people say there is a fine line between love and hate.

Luke was the shining star of this book.  If it weren’t for that sweet boy, there would be no Sidney and Grayson.  If it weren’t for his innocent coaxing and matchmaking, there is a good chance Sidney and Grayson would have let their pride get in the way of a truly magnificent relationship.  And the love both Grayson and (eventually) Sidney had for the boy completed them.  They both seemed to care so deeply, and in an all-consuming way, they needed something to temper that kind of overwhelming love.

Worth the Risk is the third book in K Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes series.  The series follows the Malone brothers, with each book being about a different brother.  This is the third and final brother’s story, but there will be another book, Control, about a family friend.  It is not necessary to read the first two books, Cuffed and Combust, to understand this book.  Worth the Risk is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Sidney and Grayson.

K. Bromberg writes fun, flirty, heartwarming contemporary romance. I have found each book I’ve read by her to be well-written and compelling. I love the strength of her heroines and how flawed each of her characters is, they all feel completely unique while still having the same ribbons of strength running through them.

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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Bar Bites by J. Kenner and Suzanne M. Johnson ~ White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Before Austin’s hotspot, The Fix on Sixth, became known for its sexy and fun Man of the Month calendar contest, the fictional downtown bar had already developed a reputation for fabulous drinks and mouthwatering bar bites—exactly the kind of venue to take a date and strike up a romance. Now it’s your chance to see exactly what’s on the menu … and to get a peek at the private lives of the men and women who not only work at The Fix, but who’ve made it the place to be in Austin, Texas.

Join Man of the Month creator, New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, and USA Today bestselling Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson as they guide you through their favorite bar bite and drink recipes served at The Fix on Sixth. Learn how to make the delicious bar bites that Tyree’s bar has become famous for. Whip up your favorite cocktail with the same flare as Cameron or Eric. And don’t forget to spend some time learning a little bit more about the private lives of your favorite characters in all new snippets and short stories!

Most of all, come share a drink, a bite, and a laugh with us! We’re so glad you’re here.

So pull up a chair, raise a glass, and dig in with your favorite Man of the Month characters, and meet a few new ones, too!

Cheers!

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I am fortunate to have several helpers, while I am usually sous-chef to my husband’s head chef.  Unless we’re baking, I’m the master baker.  So, you’ll see lots of pictures of little hands.  I hope you enjoy our foray into being a cooking blog for a day.  Also, I’m on a (dr. prescribed) ketogenic diet, so all observations on the taste of these cookies are made by boys between the ages of seven and thirteen.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY COOKIES

My boys were so excited for this recipe, and couldn’t wait to help make cookies.  They didn’t even want to wait for the cookies to bake before they tried to eat them.  You’ll note that I am not a professional or even amateur baker, I’m a hobby baker as indicated by my lack of KitchenAid mixer.  I’d love one though, so if you’re looking for something to get me for my birthday, it’s in September.

The first step whenever you’re baking is to grab all your ingredients, so here’s what you’ll need.  I’ll also the amounts of ingredients as we go along and the entire recipe at the end.

1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

I live at altitude (about 5000 ft.), so I have added in the modifications I make when baking.  For those of you below 3000 feet you’ve probably never experienced an issue with crumbly cookies or cake that doesn’t rise when you follow your recipe perfectly, but it is a thing here.  Especially dry, crumbly baked goods.

If you’re like me, you have no softened butter.  So, pop that stick of butter (1/2 cup, if for some reason you have a tub of butter instead of sticks) in your microwave for about 45 seconds at half power.  Then measure out your sugar (1-1/2 cups, minus 1 TBSP for altitude) and mix it in.  If you bake you know what it should look like, if not here’s a pic of the creamed sugar and butter:

Eggs (2) and vanilla (1 tsp.) extract come next.  I’m not a huge fan of eating shells (not that I can eat these anyway) so I did the egg adding.  While I love my boys, they are not great at not including shells in their eggs.  (This is what your pictures look like when you have a thirteen-year-old boy help. I hope you all enjoy my arm and that tiny bit of bowl with egg in it.)

BAKING HACK: Always mix your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder) in a SEPARATE bowl before adding to your recipe to ensure you have an even distribution of soda and powder throughout your cookies.  (2-3/4 c. flour plus 1 TBSP for altitude, 1 tsp. baking powder minis 1/8 tsp for altitude, 1 tsp. baking soda minus 1/8 tsp. for altitude)

Then my little helpers added the flour mixture to the dough ½ cup at a time while Mom used the mixer.  It may take a while to get all the flour incorporated but adding a small amount at a time helps immensely.

See how dry and crumbly my dough looks?  That is NOT how you want cookie dough to look; it will make horrible, crumbly, dry cookies.

Which brings me to another ALTITUDE BAKING modification: add liquid.  You can use just about anything, but I advocate for water.  It’ll have the least effect on the way your cookies bake and no effect on the taste.  I have to add about 3 TBSP of water to my cookie dough to make it the right consistency.

Much better!  This is what your dough should look like, not that crumbly mess from before.

Now, the fun part, adding cranberries (1 cup) and chocolate chips (1-1/2 cups).  People will tell you to stir them in or ‘fold’ them in or some BS like that.  The hands-down best tool to get your chunky ingredients mixed into your cookies is your hands.  Clean them up and get in there, get dirty, and have fun making sure your berries and chips are well mixed in.

Your dough is perfect now and just waiting for you to make it into cookies.  I prefer to measure my dough out, so I have consistent cookies, but you do you.  I measure a little more than a TBSP of dough and form them into balls.

BAKING HACK:  You’ll notice I never told you a temperature to set your oven to.  There is a reason for that.  The best way to get nice, fluffy cookies is to REFRIGERATE your dough before baking.  After your cookies are all formed stick them in the fridge for about an hour (at least half an hour) and tell Alexa to set a timer, it will help solidify your butter back up, so your dough doesn’t melt into a puddle as soon as you put them in the oven.  While you’re waiting for your cookies to be chilled preheat your oven to 350 degrees (plus 15 degrees for altitude).  After Alexa tells you those cookies are chilled, pull them out put them on a baking tray covered in parchment paper (or greased, your preference) about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 12-14 minutes (minus 1-3 minutes for altitude).

This is why I prefer parchment paper for baking when I take those cookies out of the oven I can lift that entire piece of paper and transfer all my cookies to a cooling rack in one go.  At any rate, remove the cookies from the hot tray onto a cooling rack as soon as the cookies come out of the oven to prevent continued cooking.

When they’re no longer going to spew molten hot chocolate in your mouth as soon as you take a bite, enjoy!

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies**

1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

  1. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until well incorporated
  3. Mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate bowl
  4. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture, until completely blended
  5. Work white chocolate chips and cranberries in with your hands
  6. Form dough into balls, approx. 1 TBSP each
  7. Refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes, preheat oven to 350 degrees
  8. Place dough balls on lined or greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes
  • **Altitude adjustments
    1. Subtract 1 TBSP sugar
    2. Add 1 TBSP flour
    3. Subtract 1/8 tsp. baking powder and baking soda
    4. Add 3 TBSP. water
    5. Increase cooking temperature 15 degrees
    6. Decrease bake time 2-4 minutes

***  FINAL THOUGHTS  ***

‘They were real, super good’ ~Boy, 13

‘I really loved them.  I like how they were soft on the inside and I like the white chocolate.’ ~Boy, 11

‘Delish.  They were really good, delicious, and yummy.’ ~Boy, 9

‘They were delicious, so yummy!  It was just delicious.’ ~Boy, 7

Spencer Dean knew her better than anyone in the world, and in that moment, she knew that she didn’t have to explain. He got it. More important, he got her.

He reached down and she put her hands in his, relishing the comfort of their connection as he tugged her gently to her feet. “They’re gone,” he repeated. “At least for now. And I’m so, so sorry.”

It was that apology that finally got her mind humming again. That, and the simple fact that having him beside her had sent relief coursing through her with so much power that she didn’t have any room left inside her for the irritation and frustration.

“You don’t have anything to apologize for,” she said. “I’m the one who lost it.” She released his hands and dragged her fingers through her long, blond hair. “I tripped over my own damn feet and everything inside me just exploded, but it’s not your fault.”

“Isn’t it?” He cocked his head toward the den, then pressed his palm gently against her back and steered her off the sunporch and into the house proper. She sat on the sofa they’d picked out two episodes ago. This was the first room to be fully finished, and as she settled back against the thick, comfortable cushions, she looked up at the high, tiled ceiling and the restored period molding. Not a detail had been ignored, and the room was a showplace now. And she and Spencer owed that to the television program as much to their own hard work and planning.

She drew in a long breath, then released it again. “No,” she said firmly. “It’s not your fault.”

“I’m the one who pushed for Mansion Makeover. I’m the one who made this show happen.” He sat down next to her, his thigh hard against hers.  Then took her hand and twined their fingers together. She squeezed, relishing this connection to him. The man she loved. The man she’d lost once, but had miraculously regained.

“I want it, too,” she said. “I love this place.” The historic mansion had been stunning even in its dilapidated state, and slowly but surely they were bringing it back to life. It was work she loved with a man she loved. There was just that one little hitch. “It’s only…it’s just…I mean, I guess I finally reached my limit of being under the microscope. I don’t normally mind—I really don’t. I knew what I signed on for when I agreed to do the show with you. But they’re here all the time. And tomorrow—our engagement party? Except it isn’t even really our party because it was their idea. Molly and Adam’s.”

She sucked in another breath and leaned against him. “I know I sound whiny and ungrateful considering that once it’s over we’re going to have this incredible home. It’s just that every time I turn around it feels like someone from the production is behind me.”

“I get it,” he said, brushing his thumb along the curve of her jaw, the contact sending shivers through her. “I really do.”

Slowly, he kissed her. His mouth firm against hers. Tender at first, then with rising heat, until the ache inside her consumed her, so that she gasped with love and longing when he pulled away, his eyes shining with need.

“And Angel,” he said, “they’re not here now.”

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Johnson is family trained, a south Georgia native who’s been cooking all of her life, creating not only some really unique food, but precious memories that re-occur every time she smells something simmering in the oven. In all of her books, Suzanne shows that making a delicious meal doesn’t have to be complicated–it just has to be made with love. So go ahead, don’t be bashful, dive right in. Who knows? You might just make a few memories of your own.

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Unconscious Hearts by Harper Sloan ~ COVER REVEAL

Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another.  After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.

A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind.  She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself.  This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.

What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it.

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TITLE: Unconscious Hearts
SERIES: Hearts of Vegas
AUTHOR: Harper Sloan
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2018

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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GIVEAWAY ~ Merciless by Willow Winters ~ RELEASE BOOST

A ruthless man with a past to hide doesn’t let a soul close to him.
A coldhearted man at war doesn’t risk anything for anyone.
A depraved man with a beautiful woman at his mercy … he doesn’t fall for her.

She was only a bargaining chip.  Now she’s my property.
own her.
Nothing has thrilled me more than the thought of taking her how I’ve always wanted to.
To break her and make that soft voice of hers whimper with a strangled moan as I ravage her.

I know better than to give in to temptation and let her distract me from everything that’s at stake.

No matter how badly I crave more of her.
No matter how much the sordid thoughts plague me.
No matter if it’s the one thing that I’ve always wanted more than anything else.

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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

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Rebel by Lauren Lovell ~ COVER REVEAL

Rebel, an all-new standalone contemporary Romance by Lauren Lovell (LP LOVELL) is releasing June 7th!

I’m Blake McQueen, daughter of Miles McQueen: businessman, politician, all around upstanding member of the community.

I’m told that name means something, but well, I’ve pretty much doused it in petrol, set it on fire, and taken a shit on it for good measure. I like to think of myself as a walking middle finger.

My name is now synonymous with all forms of debauchery. I have to read the newspaper most mornings just to see where I was last night and my state of inebriation.

Judge me all you like, love me, hate me. I don’t care.

Life’s a party and you should never stop dancing.

But even the sweetest of highs has it’s low. There is only so high you can go before you fall, and fall I did, right into the arms of the only man that could possibly stop me from crashing and burning. I’ve always been untouchable. I’ve never cared enough to be touchable. Until now.

Rebellion never felt so good.

Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

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