March 26, 2015

Crashing into Love Tour



NEW RELEASE........

Book #12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #20



Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.

Only one woman can heal him.

Fiona Steele has arrived…



Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.



As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.



When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn't go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

My Review



Years ago Fiona Steele ripped apart Jake Braden, the only women who has ever managed to hurt this tough and rough alpha male. She knew she'd made a mistake and spent years afterwards regretting what she'd done which is why she's back . Fiona has a successful career, everything she ever wants, everything but Jake. When he refuses to even give her a lick of his time to hear her out she doesn't back down, she's willing to lay it all out on the line. Her career, her heart, all for a chance of love again with the one man she never should have walked away from. But after so many turn down's and the cold shoulder, could she really keep trying when he so clearly doesn't want her back? Fiona is willing to keep at it, refusing to let go of the chance that may still be there.

 Jake on the other hand has something else in mind. He's spent years trying to get over Fiona, made his way through a sea of women willing to take up his time and company- he has no problem saying no to Fiona.  There was no way he would put his heart on the line again and while all he wants is what the rest of his siblings have, he won't even give Fiona a chance. He's watched everyone around him fall in love and he's ached for it for too long.  He'd had his chance, and his chance walked away taking his heart with him. Trying to bury everything he felt for Fiona wasn't so easy, and if she thought he'd up and accept her back into his life- she has another thing coming.

Can Jake see how Fiona has changed over the years and come to terms with what happened between them? Or will he push her so far away from him and throw his chance at real love out the window ? You'll have to pick up Crashing into Love to find out.

I enjoyed this story along with all the Foster books in Love in Bloom, wonderful addition to the series.  I don't usually like books when the character's had a previous relationship they don't always read well but Foster never disappoints me. She kept it flowing and real, I think many people can identify with her stories. It was nice to see how far each character's had grown, how they came back together and had to really deal with how they felt.



THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.



Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.



Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe
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March 24, 2015

Seaside Secrets Book Tour



SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 4.....

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.



NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SECRETS 

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.



Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.


My Review

Welcome to Cape Cod in Seaside Secrets.
  Tony Black, hot cocky surfer who enjoys traveling the world likes to settle in at Cape Cod for summers. He can pretty much do and get anything he wants, everything is at his finger tips. What he wants most though is to reclaim the one woman he won't ever forget, Amy Maples. After fourteen years of holding back his feelings for her, he's not so sure he can go another summer without confronting her or the secrets that had torn them apart from one another.

Amy enjoys her summers in Cape Cod each year just as Tony, since she was six she has been madly in love with him. This summer however she's left with a tough choice. She's been offered a job that will take her away for two years but no matter how much she looks forwards to it, there's one problem. She can't seem to get Tony out of her thoughts. Thinking of one last chance with him, Amy tries to make a go of it, but what happened all those years ago still stands between them and could very well end it all.

Seaside Secrets was a great book! Loved how things came together, really I was so surprised to start reading it . What could possibly tear two people who are so obviously in love with each other apart? What would keep them apart for so long? It was heartwarming how they found each other, held a place even after so many years. Will they be able to get everything out in the open and move on? Or will the secrets of their past break them up once and for all? Enjoyable read, surprised me on how it started and grew with each page turn. Another winner from Foster!
 

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



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About Melissa Foster


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 


Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. 


Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe
or her
personal website.Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

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February 15, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 15: Slow cooker Jambalaya


Love slow cooker recipes, it's a throw it, heat it, eat it meal. This recipe was easy to make and I loved the taste. Add in your favorite hot-sauce as you serve it, not everyone likes a hot bowl of this!






1 lbs boneless chicken breasts or boneless thighs
1 lbs smoked sausage, cut to ¼-inch rounds
1 10-oz can Rotel tomatoes with chiles, undrained
1 can 10 oz red beans * optional I tossed this in last minute.
1 14-oz can chicken stock
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 celery ribs, chopped
5 garlic cloves
3 tsp parsley flakes
2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp hot sauce


Cooked rice.

These are very hard directions so pay attention.


Throw it all in a slow cooker. Press the start button. Step away.

Hard right? I know. While you're sweating through this long gruesome cooking process make some rice then take a nap or something. Slow cooker should cook for about 6 hours. Serve over rice and enjoy!

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February 14, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 14: Lemon Asparagus and Tomato

This was a throw together dinner along with some fish. Didn't have much on hand so used what I did. Came our really great! Quick, simple light, nice flavor. I may leave lemon out next time I'm not a fan but would think the rest pairs nicely.




Ingredients

About 2 cups cut up asparagus
Half a cup of chopped cooked bacon ( you don't have to use this, I had it on hand would taste fine without)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic minced.
Lemon for the juice
Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions. In a heated skillet heat about a tablespoon butter, once melted toss in the garlic and heat, then add in the asparagus. Cook till tender. Turn the heat off season with the salt and pepper, toss in the tomatoes, bacon, and squeeze the lemon over the mixture tasting as you go. Add as little or as much as you like!. Serve immediately.
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February 13, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 13: Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

Snack time! I'm getting tired of popcorn for snacks, but my kids love having it a lot of days after school. Quick, easy to make. Not a problem, but Mama wants a new taste! Loved making this , it was so good, even the kids enjoyed - which was not supposed to happen. This was supposed to be mine! ha ha



Ingredients:
1/2 Cups popcorn
1-2 Tablespoons oil
1/2 -1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2-1 cup Parmesan
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
cracked pepper
pinch salt

In a heavy bottom pot, heat the oil on med high heat. test heat by tossing in a couple kernels. When they  start to pop, add popcorn, cover,  but leaving a crack for steam to escape.  Turn heat down to medium at this point. Shaking occasionally,  and keep heating until kernals are done popping. Turn stove off. Sprinkle with cheese, granulated garlic, salt, pepper and mix with a big spoon. Cover and let stand 10 minutes so cheese melts

It's so good!
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February 12, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 12: Spaghetti Carbonara with Shrimp

This is a quick meal to throw together. If you don't have shrimp, you can opt out or even toss in perhaps ham from last nights dinner, chicken even. It'll taste really good!




Meat
Ingredients
Cup of chopped asparagus
Small pack of shrimp a little of a cup
4 slices Bacon
4 cloves Garlic
2 tbsp Parsley, fresh leaves
2 Eggs
8 oz Spaghetti
1 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup Parmesan, grated

Directions

Bring a big pot of water to a boil, cook pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1/2 cup water and drain well.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and Parmesan then set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes; reserve excess fat, add in the Asparagus and stir for about 2 minutes,  Stir your Shrimp in and start cooking.
Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, shrimp should nearly be cooked by now.
Stir in pasta and egg mixture, and gently toss to combine, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add reserved pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Serve with fresh Parmesan.
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February 11, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 11: Garlic Mushroom Spinach Quinoa

Quinoa is so good with pretty much everything. I love how it can be added into so many quick dishes. We had this along side some seafood, and my daughter liked to put lemon juice on it.


Ingreidents
1 cup quinoa
1 large handful of spinach
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan


Directions

In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes; Add in the spinach and heat till wilted. Season it  with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in quinoa until well combined.
Serve immediately and enjoy!


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February 10, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 10: Chicken Milanese

This cooked quick, and with a light salad of greens and raw vegetables, dinner was done in less than 15 minutes . Yup. 15 minutes.



Ingredients
6 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
2 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Clean and dry the chicken set aside. place your eggs in a bowl, whisk them up set aside. Set your breadcrumbs in another bowl. Season the flour with salt and pepper set aside. . Here comes the fun, fun part. Beat the snot out of the chicken until about 1/4 inch thick.

Now coat the chicken with the flour, then dip into the egg, then into the bread crumbs . As you are doing this you want the oil to be heating, you want enough oil to just coat the bottom. As you finish breading, place chicken into he heated oil and cook. Turn when golden brown and repeat with all the other chicken. After cooking on both sides, place to a plate lined with paper towels it will soak up any extra oil. Serve with a light salad, and enjoy!
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February 9, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 9: Grilled Veggie Sandwich

The other day we had eggplant Parmesan but I had way too much breaded eggplant that had been cooked so I decided to make a sandwich out of it. Just grabbed what was on hand really and it made a great lunch.


Ingredients
2 slices breaded baked eggplant ( peel eggplant, slice whichever way you want about a 1/4 inch thick. Dip into a beaten egg and then bread with crumbs, )
Any roll or bread you'd want to use,
small handful of small lettuce mixture
Green and red pepper slices
sliced tomatoes
sandwich spread ( I used a basil garlic spread)
 Large Mushroom slices ( or just use a couple small ones sliced


Directions, heat about a tablespoon butter in a skillet or indoor grill, let it melt and place eggplant in the center. They cook fast, you want to heat through about 3 minutes on each side. Once cooked, set aside put in your peppers and mushrooms, heat till grilled lightly  Start assembling your sandwich.  This is a great quick warm sandwich that will fill you up fast!
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February 8, 2015

Recipe Challenge Day 8: Bolognese Sauce

Friend gave me this recipe, she always raves about the sauce she makes and I had to try it, looked like a mighty big ingredients list as well as an even longer direction list but it came together fast. It worked out really well, loved the sauce and will be making it again. 





Ingredients 

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 1/4 pounds ground pork
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 ounces pancetta or bacon, sliced
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup (3 oz) tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup milk
2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, passed through a food mill*
2 bay leaves
1 bunch fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen string
1 Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind
1 pound fresh pasta, such as fettuccine, tagliatelle, or pappardelle, cooked until al dente and drained
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Directions:
In a large, heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the ground beef, ground pork,  salt and pepper to taste and cook until browned. Transfer the meat to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the pancetta/bacon and cook until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined plate to drain. Turn the heat down to medium and add in the remaining oil.
Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until soft and tender. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook till heated, just a few minutes, then add the wine and simmer until almost evaporated,  Add the milk, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, and cheese rind the stir until combined and heated through.  Add in the meats and season with salt and pepper bringing to a simmer. Cover partially, you want the sauce to thicken it will take about 2 hours. When sauce is thick, discard your bay leaves thyme and the cheese rind. Season with salt and pepper and serve

I promise it's worth the work!
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