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27 May, 2015

The Saffron Crocus by Alison McMahan Spotlight!

02_The Saffron CrocusPublication Date: December 13, 2014 Black Opal Books eBook; 306p Genre: Young Adult/Historical Mystery/Romance 
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Winner of the 2014 Rosemary Award for Best Historical for Young Adults. Venice, 1643. Isabella, fifteen, longs to sing in Monteverdi’s Choir, but only boys (and castrati) can do that. Her singing teacher, Margherita, introduces her to a new wonder: opera! Then Isabella finds Margherita murdered. Now people keep trying to kill Margherita’s handsome rogue of a son, Rafaele. Was Margherita killed so someone could steal her saffron business? Or was it a disgruntled lover, as Margherita—unbeknownst to Isabella—was one of Venice’s wealthiest courtesans? Or will Isabella and Rafaele find the answer deep in Margherita's past, buried in the Jewish Ghetto? Isabella has to solve the mystery of the Saffron Crocus before Rafaele hangs for a murder he didn’t commit, though she fears the truth will drive her and the man she loves irrevocably apart.

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Who knew a singing career would be this much trouble? “Rafaele!” She flew into the garret. “Piero, it was so wonderful, wait until I tell you!” The stool next to the bed was knocked over. The tray with the genepy bottle was on the floor, one of the cups broken. The fat candle that had been burning next to Rafaele’s bed had been flung to the other side of the room.. Canvases were strewn all over the floor, some of them slashed, and many of Master Strozzi’s jars of paint elements were broken. Did Piero and Rafaele have a fight? She quickly suppressed the thought. Who would get into a fight with a man who was already injured? Something else must have happened. She walked across the garret. “Piero? Rafaele, are you here?” Rafaele was not in the bed. The sheets and blankets she had piled on top of him were strewn everywher. Blood-stained sheets spilled over the edge of the pallet. There was a pile of clothes on the floor. She walked around to get a closer look. Not clothes. It was Piero. Face down, one arm stretched out before him, as if in supplication. A puddle of blood under him. Dead.

Praise for The Saffron Crocus

"I adored this beautifully written, passionate book. The Saffron Crocus is a glittering, thrilling opera of a novel that plucked my heartstrings and kept me reading at fever pitch. Brava, Alison McMahan! Encore!" -Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wicked Saga

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03_Alison McMahan AuthorAbout the Author

Alison McMahan chased footage for her documentaries through jungles in Honduras and Cambodia, favelas in Brazil and racetracks in the U.S. She brings the same sense of adventure to her award-winning books of historical mystery and romantic adventure for teens and adults. Her latest publication is The Saffron Crocus, a historical mystery for young. Murder, Mystery & Music in 17th Century Venice. She loves hearing from readers!

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The Saffron Crocus Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule

Monday, April 13 
Book Blast at Genre Queen 
Thursday, April 16 
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books 
Friday, April 17 
Interview at Mythical Books 
Monday, April 20 
Review at Flashlight Commentary 
Tuesday, April 21 
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Wednesday, April 22 
Guest Post at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Tuesday, April 28 
Book Blast at A Literary Vacation 
Wednesday, April 29 
Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time 
Tuesday, May 5 
Review at Book Nerd 
Wednesday, May 6 
Review at Just One More Chapter 
Thursday, May 7 
Review at 100 Pages a Day 
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Guest Post at Just One More Chapter 
Saturday, May 9 
Book Blast at Romantic Historical Lovers 
Tuesday, May 12 
Review at The True Book Addict 
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Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection 
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Review at Book Babe 
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Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog 
Wednesday, May 27 
Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews 
Thursday, May 28 
Review at The Lit Bitch 
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers 
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Review at Broken Teepee 
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Guest Post at The Maiden's Court 
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26 May, 2015

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Phoenix Rising by Hunter S.Jones Spotlight!

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Publication Date: May 19, 2015 MadeGlobal Publishing eBook; ASIN: B00X806742
Genre: Historical Fiction

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The last hour of Anne Boleyn's life... Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage. A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction. Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment... the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

Praise for Phoenix Rising

"Compelling, captivating and moving." Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files "Thought provoking, esoteric and heart wrenching." - R.J.Askew, blogger, reviewer, author and journalist

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About the Author

03_Hunter S. Jones_AuthorDeb Hunter publishes as Hunter S. Jones. Her best-selling novel, "September Ends" won awards for Best Independently Published Novel and Best Romance, based on its unique blending of poetry and prose. Her story "The Fortune Series" received best-selling status on Amazon in the Cultural Heritage and Historical Fiction categories. She has been published by H3O Eco mag, LuxeCrush, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, and is now a freelance contributor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has recently been accepted into the prestigious Rivendell Writers Colony. Her arts, music and culture blogs on ExpatsPost.com are filled with eclectic stories regarding music, writing, the arts and climate awareness. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband. Her undergrad degree is in History with an emphasis on the English Renaissance and Reformation. For more information please visit Hunter S. Jones' website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Phoenix Rising Blog Tour

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Review at 100 Pages a Day
  Wednesday, May 20
Guest Post & Giveaway at The Anne Boleyn Files
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  Thursday, May 21
Review at Book Drunkard
  Friday, May 22
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
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Spotlight at Curling up by the Fire
  Monday, May 25
Review at JulzReads Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
  Tuesday, May 26
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
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  Wednesday, May 27
Review at Book Nerd
Guest Post at The Readers Hollow
  Thursday, May 28
Review at Bookramblings
  Friday, May 29
Review at The Reading Queen
  Saturday, May 30
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
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Review at Genre Queen
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25 May, 2015

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Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Almond Review with Granola Recipe


Did you know that: A handful of almonds (about 23 nuts or one ounce) contains high amounts of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, calcium and other important minerals, and phytochemicals that may help protect against many common diseases? Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese; they are a good source fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the nut highest in protein (6g), fiber, calcium (75mg), vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin (1mg). All that good stuff in there, it is sure to be good for you! 

Incorporating almonds into your daily diet helps you in your nutritional needs, is a satisfying snack and also aids in weight management. I have been dieting for about 9 months now and I am always looking for a snack that will be good for me and not raise my blood sugar levels. I love both the Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate flavors of Blue Diamond Almonds. I not only love to snack on them but to bake with them also. I have included a recipe for Granola with Blue Diamond Almonds. You can use any flavor of Blue Diamond Almonds you would like but I love the Dark Chocolate. I do love chocolate. I think the addition of these in the granola just gives the it the little bit of added flavor and variety. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe!

I was provided with one container of Sea Salt Almonds and one container of Dark Chocolate Almonds for my review.

“This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.” 

Granola with Blue Diamond Almonds
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almonds, divided, I used Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Dark        Chocolate Almonds
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor or blender, pulse half of the almonds until they are very finely chopped. Pour them into a large bowl. Then chop the other half of the almonds coarsely, and pour them into the same bowl.
  3. Pour the oats, salt, and brown sugar into the bowl with the almonds and stir to combine.
  4. In a small microwaveable bowl, combine honey and coconut oil, and heat for 40 seconds. Stir to dissolve the coconut oil, and add the vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir so that they are evenly coated.
  6. Pour the oats evenly onto a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet (helpful if it has sides).
  7. Bake the oats for 5 minutes, and then stir them around. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  8. Pour the granola and onto a piece of wax paper to cool. Spread it out into a thin layer.
  9. After it cools completely, break the granola into clusters and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Generic - Dark Chocolate, Almonds and Granola



  1.   
Calories140Sodium0 mg
Total Fat7 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated2 gTotal Carbs19 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber2 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars7 g
Trans0 gProtein3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C2%Iron4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav Book Tour!



Title: Gown Girl
Author: Kat Cazanav 
Series: (Lost in Lace Book 1)
Release Date:  May 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
ASIN: B00XVI8IHU

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When Maddy Gill loses everything in a fire, her life is turned upside down. As she tries to regain her life, she encounters a million dollar wedding gown, a zipper that just won't budge and brooding young artist, Atticus Wolfe. This recipe for disaster spirals into a night to remember forcing Maddy and Atticus to fear the desire they can't control will destroy the only love they've ever known. Less
Life has a few harsh surprises for Maddy Gill. When a fire sweeps through her Seattle apartment and destroys the little she has left, she finds herself living out of her car. But not the kind of gal to feel sorry for herself, she scrambles to get back on her feet. As a reporter for a local newspaper, she seizes the opportunity to interview the elusive wedding couture designer, Sophia Nicoletta. When she unintentionally tries on Sophia’s most expensive creation, the zipper just won’t budge. Trapped in the clutches of a million dollar gown and with the risk of losing her job, she has no where to turn until sexy charismatic sculptor Atticus Wolfe arrives to pay the delinquent tab on his ex-fiancées wedding gown. Now Maddy realizes she’s a hostage in the same dress. With no immediate solution to the problem, she’s forced to go home with the brooding young artist.

As one of the hottest new sculptors on the art scene, Atticus Wolfe can have any woman he wants, just not Maddy Gill. Certainly not like this. No way, no how. With nothing in common other than a faulty zipper, his futile attempts to undress her and set her free only fuel a heated attraction. When a hot kiss and unforgettable night forces him to re-examine his feelings for her, Atticus finds himself wondering if losing the gown means losing the girl he’s been waiting for all his life.

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Kat Cazanav graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in film. She went on to work in television before moving to Seattle where she now lives with her husband and two crazy dogs.

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The Morrigan by Kennan Reid Spotlight with Giveaway!


Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release date: March 16, 2015

 Synopsis:

Morrie Brandon is the best horse trainer in Oklahoma, able to tame the wildest of beasts. She's also the Celtic goddess of War and Sex, The Morrigan, abandoning her supernatural life for a simpler, more human one. When Morrie is hired by a secretive Scottish family to capture a killer horse ravaging their Highlands manor, the past she has spent thousands of years running from calls her back. Will Morrie learn from her past mistakes and embrace the bold goddess she truly is, or is it too late?


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Kennan Reid traveled from the vast, open spaces of Texas to the vast, open ocean of California where she enjoys sitting outside in the sun, tossing a frisbee to her dog, Barnabas, and on occasion, writing a few words hoping one day they behave and become a book. When she's not pretending to be a romance author, she is writing young adult novels about elves, witches and reincarnation. The Morrigan is her first adult romance novel and after falling in love with the fiesty goddess and her crazy sisters, will not be her last.

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Excerpt:

“Did no one tell ye it’s rude tae give a man the best night of his life and then run away?” a voice rumbled low and soft and managed to be as seductive as it was menacing.
“Kade,” Morrie sighed, hoping he couldn’t hear the desire and relief laced in the sound.  
She shouldn’t be this excited over knowing he had raced home after her, but inside she nearly bounced like a giddy school girl.  
And what did he say?  The best night of his life…Morrie would have to admit, she felt the same.
She spun around on the stool to face him, leaning back when she found him standing too near.  
He closed the small space, towering over her as he dipped his head to be eye level with her, forcing her back against the bar. 
“Ye will no’ leave like that again,” he growled.  
Morrie frowned at his order and opened her mouth to respond, but the words caught in the back of her throat.  
Emotion flickered in his eyes, eyes that had grown black with what could have been either desire or fury, she wasn’t sure.  But also something else… 
Morrie tilted her head to the side. “Did I scare you?”
Kade huffed with quick offense and straightened up, leaning back from her.  But his expression changed to one of wonder. 
“Like ye would no’ believe,” he admitted on an exhaled breath as though surprised by his own revelation.
“I told you I was here for business.”  And that business was quickly becoming an obsession of hers.  
A challenge that would determine just how far down the mortal hole she had fallen and whether she could find her true nature as a goddess once again.  
This job tested her mettle because it should have been done by now.  She knew she could find the horse if she used her powers, but she needed to know she could find him on her own.  
Though why she needed that, she couldn’t say.
Kade turned his angry eyes on her. “Do ye really expect tae succeed in this daft quest?”
Morrie blinked, surprised by the…well, vehemence of his question and the turn of his questioning.  
Of everyone in the home, he had seemed the least concerned about her reasons for being there.
“If I didn’t think I could catch him, I wouldn’t stay.”  And she had thought he wanted her to stay, but his question had elicited an unwanted response—one of insecurity. “If you think I’m wasting my time, then I should just leave.”  
For emphasis, she moved to slip off the stool, to really get away from him before he could see just how his doubts had touched her, but he stopped her by placing his hand on her hip.
“Wait, that’s no’ what I want.”  Morrie paused but crossed her arms over her chest, pressing her lips together and waiting for him to continue.  Kade sighed. “O’ course I think ye can catch him.  If anyone can, it’s you.  I doona doubt ye.” He blinked, like a discovery had been made. “Maybe ye’re supposed tae. In fact, I’ll help ye do so.”
Morrie gave Kade a sidelong glance.  He was up to something, she just wasn’t sure what.
“You’ll come with me to the loch?”  
There it was again! 
A passing cloud of fear across his face, but this time it was different.  It seemed spurned on by a different place.  
But it came and went so quickly, Morrie soon questioned seeing it at all.
“I’ll follow ye anywhere,” he answered her and there was a deep truth behind his statement. “Just doona leave again like ye did this morn.”
Morrie studied him like a suspicious package wrapped in a thin veil of desperate relief.  He seemed changed from the night before—this emotion even different than the cloud that settled over him after the encounter with his mother.  
Kade either wore many masks or his true nature was too complex to determine.  
Like the horse, Kade was a challenge.
And Morrie was a sucker for challenges.
And his dark eyes turned her into a puddle and it seemed there was nothing she could do about it.  Her shoulders slumped before she muttered, “Stop making me melt.”
Kade frowned. “What was that?”
“Nothing,” Morrie stood up, placing her body much too close to Kade’s, but she couldn’t appear weak.  She pulled out some money and slapped it down on the bar to well cover her tab.
“Alright, you can help.  But what happened last night cannot happen again.  I am your brother’s employee, I am your employee.  And for us to entangle ourselves…” Kade’s responding grin caused Morrie to roll her eyes and regret her word choice, but she continued on, hands on her hips, “would only result in an unnecessary distraction.”  
She hoped to glower that smirk right off his beautiful lips.
At the fire in her eyes, Kade threw up is hands in surrender. 
“Aye, lass, as ye wish.  If ye insist on lying tae yerself and pretending, then I will no’ impose my will on ye.”  
Morrie’s face burned with outrage, but that only resulted in Kade laughing at her, gazing down with desire in his smoldering eyes and adoration in his smile. 
“Stop that!” she complained, pushing past him.   
“Stop what?” he asked with feigned innocence.
She whirled around and nearly smacked her face into his chest.  
Sighing, she stepped back and looked up at him. 
“Stop trying to provoke me.  Nothing will happen between us.”
“If ye say so.  As I said, I will no’ impose myself on ye, but if ye canna keep yer hands tae yerself, lass, I will no’ stop where they may roam.  And we both know they’re curious, lil’ things.”  
Volumes were spoken in his heated gaze.  Morrie flushed anew.
Her body grew rigid, her hands balled into fists at her sides.
“My hands do not—there will be no—gah!” Morrie sputtered and turned her back to him, stomping out of the restaurant and towards what was going to surely be a violent battle of wills.  
For the first time in her existence, Morrie didn’t know if she would be the victor.

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