Friday, October 17, 2014

Makin' Cookies

by Stephanie Beck

I'm known among my friends as the one who bakes and sews and knits, and generally does all the putsy stuff that some people enjoy. I admit it, I am 'some' people. I love that kind of thing. If I can bake cookies, knit a scarf, and have soup in the crockpot, by noon, the day has been well started.

So, writing a blog about baking should be easy...I had the best of intentions. I was going to get up early this morning, brown butter so it would cool, and make some delicious brown butter chocolate chip cookies with step by step pictures and instructions.

Yeah. Didn't happen.

HOWEVER. I did make scones. Sure, they were from a box. Sure I pulled them out of the freezer, tossed them on a baking sheet, and put them in the oven before the oven preheated--they still turned out amazing.

Photo: Mmmm. Scones.

See? Beautiful raspberry and white chocolate scones courtesy of my excellent Schwann's Man, Sam.

I think Milly from my Cookie Club story would appreciate them. She's the kind of woman who can pull out the real baking when required, but isn't afraid of an Oreo.

Undersea Sweets
Milly Mystic is starting again. For a decade she was a trophy wife to a powerful wizard, and now that he's dead, she's reinventing herself. Who is the real Milly? The nice witch who sends cookies to her best pals? The carefree jet-setter? The only person she knows how to be now is the loaner sitting on her houseboat floating on Lake Superior. But maybe that's as close to the real Milly she's ever been. A fantastic opportunity is about to come her way, and one thing Milly has never been is afraid to try something new.

Prince Baldwin loves being a merman. He travels the world, eats lots of fish, and on occasion catches glimpses of the beautiful humans who intrigue him so much. When a mer-angel lands in his lap, Baldwin does the only thing he can think to do--kiss her. But catching Milly and keeping her are two entirely different things.

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All the best,
(and I promise I will post the other recipe soon)
Stephanie Beck

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coming Soon~~ Sensual Delights by Kate Richards

Sensual Delights by Kate Richards

Hannah Prynne, proprietor of Sensual Delights, small-town purveyor of fine bath and body products has just about everything she needs to be happy. Her business is growing, as is her daughter, Pansy, and she’s achieving some success as regaining her family’s ancestral magic. Her single foray into romance ended with the guy bailing the second she learned she was pregnant. So she’s a little lonely. She’ll just avoid her sexy new neighbor and rely on her childhood friends. They may be far away but they always have her back.

 Jerrin Stryder’s lineage reaches all the way back to Merlin, jet-setting wizards who have more money and magic than they know what to do with. And an attitude to match. In an effort to find real happiness, Jerrin takes on a “normal” magic-free life in a ramshackle fixer-upper…next door to Hannah, who isn’t quite the “normal” woman he thinks she is.

 Can a witch with a desire for power and a wizard attempting to flee it find happiness in one another’s arms? The sparks are there, if they only let them burst into flame.