Great Review for “The Great Outdoors” from @NightOwlReviews

four-starsSo excited to get a review from Night Owl Reviews today … and not just a review, but a great 4-star review!

Don’t ever think 1 Night Stand stories are all the same, because they’re not.  This story while full of sexual attraction and two really great characters, has them taking a long date.  This date is enjoying the outdoors and is absolutely wonderful and a great change as most of this series takes place in large cities.  Not only that, Tallulah and Mitchell take the time to talk and feel each other out prior to the hot sex.  These two professionals are that professional.  There is no jumping into bed without learning about the other, no just running away from a terrific position but there is more than attraction; there is the opportunity of a real match.  As always, this was a wonderful story and a terrific way to check out an author that you may not know.

But what really means the most to me in this review is that the reviewer totally got it! I’m not an erotic author, per se … but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like really sexy sex with my romances. And thanks, Terri, for reminding folks that this 1NS is a great way to check out a new-to-you author.

For the full review, read here.

Christmas Cookies with Anise … and @DecadentPub

anise cookiesWelcome to my stop on the Decadent Publishing Book on the Nook blog hop.

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I thought we’d nourish our mind a little before dessert. Aniseed is also known as anise. According to

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that you could increase desire by sucking on anise seeds. Aniseed does include estrogenic compounds (female hormones), which have been reported to induce similar effects to testosterone.

I witnessed the draw to anise firsthand with anise sugar cookies. The men in my life love them, and when presented a variety of homemade baked goods, they go for the anise cookies every time. And I always get a kiss or a hug. Hmm, go figure. Ladies, add this recipe to your holiday reportoire and I guarantee great results.

–  1 cup butter
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1-1/2 tsp anise extract
– 3 eggs (add them one at a time)
– 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
–  2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions … preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the anise, and then the dry ingredients.
2.  Turn the batter out onto a clean surface (I use a large cutting board, but if you typically roll out dough on your countertops, that’s a good place, too). There will likely be some pebbled, unincorporated bits of dry batter, but once you knead it all together before rolling, it all works in. Don’t worry. 🙂
3.  Roll cookies out to the thickness you prefer for cookies; I try to roll it between 1/8 to 1/4 inch and find this recipe bakes up nicely. If I’m using little cookie cutters, I roll it thicker.
4.  Place cut-out dough onto prepared cookie sheets (I use parchment paper), and bake for 6 – 8 minutes, until very, very lightly browned.
5.  I like to glaze them, but you could eat them plain out of the oven. To make the glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp anise extract, 3 Tbsp water; whisk it together until smooth (it’s thin), and either dip your cookies into it, or brush it on with a pastry brush.

We freeze about half of the batch since we can’t eat them quite fast enough, and I’ve found that they can live happily in the freezer for about three weeks.

Leave a comment below to let me know what your favorite holiday cookie is, and one lucky commenter will win a Fidget Bead Bracelet (if you live in the lower 48; $5 Amazon gift card if you’re far away). Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

ReaderAReader_poster_blue3AND … Good luck on the Book on the Nook blog hop … click here to check out the rest of the authors on the hop after you comment here.

PS. These are a great recharge for hikes in the great outdoors … if you’re looking for a little romantic adventure over the holidays, check out my 1 Night Stand, The Great Outdoors. It makes a great present!

Do You Travel for the Holidays? Find out if I do @DecadentPub …

Have you gotten your daily dose of decadence yet? I have, to some degree. After another ass-kicking … but totally triumphant … session of 8 AM Boot Camp, I came home and had half of a sundried tomato bagel. H. E. A. V. E. N. It paired nicely with my egg white and veggie omlette.

But that’s today’s decadence. What I really want to know is if you travel for the holidays. Swing by Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand blog and let us know if you’ve got any interesting traditions that we might need to incorporate into our own. Ever been to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? Ever forgone your pile of presents in lieu of an African safari? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Blog Tour Stop #10: Spotlight & Review @LoveToReadRomBk

Check out my spotlight and review for THE GREAT OUTDOORS at
Love to Read Romance Books.

Tallulah and Mitch’s great little magical adventure was a great short escape. At first you don’t think they fit together very well, but once you get to know more of her stories you realize Madame Evangeline is always right! It was very well written with great characters and a satisfying ending. Enjoy! I did!

If you’ve got time, please leave a comment while you’re there! Happy reading!

1NS Blog Hop Winners!

Along with the 31 other Decadent Publishing
1Night Stand authors, thanks so much for participating in last week’s 1NS Blog Hop!

Blog hostess Jessica E. Subject announced that there were over 1,600 comments over the four-day hop, which is pretty cool.

Here are the three grand prize winners:

  • Grand Prize # 1 – Kindle Touch
    #1404 – Erykah Wyck’s blog – Yvette
  • Grand Prize #2 – $50 gift certificate
    #135 – Kerry Adrienne’s blog – Megan @ Riverina Romantics
  • Grand Prize #3 – Goodies from Coffee Time Romance
    #326 – C.R. Moss’s blog – Teresa T. Miller

* * MY PRIZES * *
The prize on my blog, drawn randomly from my 101 comments, is:

Lisa G (@wolphcall) 

Congratulations! I’ll be e-mailing you a $5 Starbucks gift certificate and
a copy of The Great Outdoors!

And in other news, my nearest comment came from a fellow Triangle-area reader here in North Carolina; but my farthest comment came from Azerbaijan!

Thanks for participating, y’all! Happy reading!