Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop – Thanksgiving

InTheKitchen…Well, you’re in the kitchen with me, Lissa Matthews, and a whole host of other fabulous foodie romance authors! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be asked to join in!

This is definitely a different type of hop than what most of us are used to participating in and maybe different than what most of you may be used to hopping along to…

This hop is full of author swag which will be given away at the end of each day during the hop, holiday recipes, author spotlights, foodie romance excerpts, and a grand prize drawings for yummy gift baskets from Harry and David, which will be announced on author Amanda Usen‘s blog at the end of each hop!

As I  mentioned, this is a different type of hop. There are 3, week long hops: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year…

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To be entered for the Grand Prize, fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway form at the bottom of the post.

So, how ’bout we get on with the food. I know that’s what you’re here for… Don’t even try to deny it!

Sausage and Cheese Balls.

Yes, you read that right. I thought about giving up my Peanut Butter Pie recipe, or my Broccoli Casserole recipe, or the recipe for Apple Pie in a Pan (several recipes into one… this hasn’t been tested yet…). But Sausage and Cheese Balls are a tradition at Thanksgiving in our house. I’m usually the designated cook, that being passed down from my grandma, so how I cook it, if I cook it at all, is entirely within my discretion and power.

Of course, if things go wrong… *shudder* Luckily, nothing ever has.

I usually make 3-4 batches of Sausage and Cheese Balls, but they must last from appetizer on Thanksgiving Day, to snack times on Black Friday, and on thru game time of the Florida/Florida State football game on Saturday. It is imperative that we not run out of these savory devils.

I also, steer away from the official Jimmy Dean recipe. Nothing against it, I simply add to and take away as my taste dictates.

Sausage and Cheese Balls (the recipe is easily halved)

2 pkgs. Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage Rolls (I use the one flavored with sage, but you can use whichever makes you happy)
3-4 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I use sharp)
2oz Cream Cheese (for creaminess)
1-1 1/2 cups Bisquick (or other all purpose baking mix)
up to 1/4 cup Buttermilk (for moisture)

This is a messy recipe too. No mixers, food processors, blenders, or forks. Get your hands dirty, people! The only thing I use a utensil for with these, is a 1″ or 1 1/2″ cookie scoop, and that’s only for uniformity. We don’t want odd size balls. (Get your minds out of the gutters people! And that includes you *points* in the corner… I KNOW what you’re thinking…)

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Once cool, I plate them in the proper dish and we dig in.

Of course, in our house, the serving dish or dishes is just as important as the sausage balls themselves.

This is the set I use (because yes, Thanksgiving weekend is the prelude to football on Saturday):

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They basically look like meatballs, but can taste like a sausage and cheese biscuit. We mostly eat them plain, but mustard works really well as a dip.

They’re easy, messy, and delicious. We’ve been making them in our family for as long as I can remember and they’re as important in our Thanksgiving celebrations as the turkey and pies are.

This recipe has nothing to do with any of my books. It’s a personal tradition for my family and no one I’ve written in yet. But, because this is not only for delicious recipes, but for us to get our books in front of possible new readers. I write books with coffee and cakes and cookies. None, however are set around Thanksgiving. The best I can do at this point, is my latest release (which came out Wednesday). Here’s the cover and the blurb:

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Once Brax traded in his suit and law degree for part ownership in his best friend’s tattoo parlor, Love and Tattoos, he never looked back. Inked from head to toe, full of business smarts, and an affinity for classical music and hard sex, he’s got life right where he wants it.

Until the woman he can’t stop craving comes home. She’s full of luscious curves, looks a little unsure of herself, and has taken to acting a little odd around him. Brax can’t help but wonder why.

The corporate advertising firm in Philadelphia that Annie buttoned up her carefree personality for has laid her off. Now, back in North Carolina, she’s trying to find her sparks again. Her career is changing direction, her sex life is nearly dead, and the one thing worth having in the midst of it all is supposedly off limits.

Brax’s cockiness and Annie’s own desire to for the tattoo artist, dares her to believe he might know her better than she thinks he does. And when he promises that he can help her find what’s missing in her life, she agrees to his little after-hours game.

The challenge he lays out comes with a few strings, the suggestion of stripping, confessions, and the temptation of ink. But, they’ve never been that close, so how could she possibly lose?

Here are the Spotlight Authors for the Thanksgiving portion of the Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop. They are being hosted on Amanda Usen’s blog! :

Meg Lacey – 11/1
Gina Gordon – 11/2
Rachel Harris – 11/3
Christine Warner – 11/4
Kate Meader – 11/5
Karen Stivali – 11/6
Liz Everly – 11/7

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Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

Has it been a hot Summer for you? Temperatures rising? Air conditioning not working hard enough to cool you off? Ice cream melting before you can get home from the store down the street? Sweat dripping the second you step outside?

Or…

Has it been a HOT Summer? Sexy bodies on beaches? Tans and tan lines? Tropical drinks during sunsets? Skinny dippin’?

There are many ways to enjoy Summer. Sometimes it’s all about fun. Sometimes there’s the fun of Summer romance… Have you ever have one? Three months of unbridled, uninhibited sex?

I haven’t. Not in years. But it’s fun to read, fun to write about, fun to let yourself go and just live in the moment, and have fun…

Do you have any Summer romances, beach reads that you just love to get lost in? Repeat reads or brand new?

So, now that we’re all thinking about romance, let’s talk about this fabulous hop you’re here to participate in.

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We have a couple of amazing grand prizes:

1. Kindle Fire

2. $50 Amazon Gift Card

The way to be considered for one of these prizes is to leave a comment and the big hosts have asked that you leave your email address so that if you’re chosen as a winner, they can contact you.

I will also be giving a prize away. Three actually. Ebooks for that Kindle Fire or for whatever eReader you have…

Arrested Holiday… it’s a cool, snowed in kinda erotic romance with a little kinky play.

Batter Up… a short story with the same characters in Arrested Holiday having some summertime fun at a baseball game.

Keep It Together… bride gets left at the altar, wayward groom’s brother comes and sweeps her off her feet.

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To be considered for these books… you have several options…

You can sign up for my Newsletter which comes out whenever I have a new release or when there’s some news to share. The form is at the top of the sidebar.

You can give my Facebook Fan Page a Like. It hasn’t been very active recently, but we’re looking to change that in the next few months.

You can follow me on Twitter, or follow my Blog.

All my Links are on the sidebar where the coffee cups are. Just give a click on any one of them and you’ll be all set. After that, just let me know in the comments.

Oh, and tell me what romances you’re escaping with this Summer…

I hope y’all have a great time on the hop. I know there are some awesome prizes being given away and there are going to be some really lucky winners. For the complete hop list, please click on the Blog Hop button above…

~lissa

Wet and Wild Blog Hop

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Here we are y’all… I haven’t participated in a blog hop in several months so I thought it would be cool to do one. And this particular one is quite sexy, yes? Or at the very least, it’s very provocative and suggestive. All of which I like, so…

Sexy is between the ears. As we look at the woman in the graphic above, her white bikini, her nice body, we should remember that any woman, no matter her size can be wet and wild, can be sexy, can be suggestive and sensual, can be provocative and alluring. I write books featuring women who are larger sizes, fuller figures and it’s because that’s what I know. They don’t wear bikinis but that doesn’t mean they’re not just as sexy as those who do…

There are a couple of things going on with this one, a couple of grand prizes.

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I will be giving a $20 Amazon gift card so you can load up on whatever you might need. For instance, towels after you’ve gotten all kinds of wet and wild 😉 Or you’ll have a choice of a $25 gift card to Eden Fantays.com. There you’ll be able to find something to HELP you get wet and wild…

The rules are as follows… you must visit all blogs and you must comment on all blogs. The hop coordinator has asked that you leave your email address in your comment so that she can easily track you down if you have won.

I’ve you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to give me a Like on my Facebook page, a follow on Twitter, or a follow on Pinterest and a comment letting me know you’ve done so. I want to get to know you and for you to get to know me. We might find a few things we both like. The coffee cups on the sidebar over ——–> there will take you to Facebook and Twitter, and there is a Follow Me on Pinterest button on the sidebar as well below my latest pins.

The list of blog hop participants is below…

Have fun hopping along!

~lissa

Naughty New Year’s Blog Hop

 

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I haven’t done a hop in a while but thought that the New Year was a good time to join in on one. And it’s a naughty one so, yeah…:-)

And speaking of naughty, many people still talk to me about Vinter and Jaz. Dallon, their middle friend is naughty too, but he doesn’t get as much attention or respect… My writing over the last couple of years has been a little different than what it was back when I wrote Vinter’s book. To be honest, I miss writing naughty like that. Sometimes though, I think what I see as naughty is now more mainstream, that there’s nothing to surprise readers with… That does make me kinda sad, but for 2013, I’m going to work on a few erotic, naughty (what I think are naughty) books and see if I can’t tempt some readers back my way…

Now, what do you get for following the blog hop and commenting? Well, there are several grand prizes:

1. $100 giftcard to Eden Fantasies…

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2. An erotic 10 book bundle:

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To be eligible for these, you must comment on all tour stops across the hop…

My own personal giveaway is an Amazon or Barnes and Noble giftcard for $25 so you can pick out some of your own naughty books that you’ve been dying to read… For this you simply need comment on my blog here and tell me what would you like to see in an erotic book that you haven’t yet or haven’t seen done often…

The Naughty New Year’s Hop starts today January 2 and goes through January 6. For more information, you can hop over to our coordinator’s blog, SkyeWarren.com/hop

If you’d like to follow my blog, you may do so through Network blogs or through email. Forms and links are to the Right. You may also follow me on various social networks. You’ll find those links in the form of coffee cups to the right as well. ——>

We all hope you’ll have a lot of fun hoping from blog to blog and may 2013 be extra naughty for you…

~lissa

GLBT Madness Hop

It’s been a little while since I’ve participated in a hop and this one is right up my alley at the moment. I have 3 M/M books coming out over the next 3 months and I am proud of them. I met some amazing LGBT authors at Authors After Dark in New Orleans this year and to be counted among them, however small my place, I am nothing short of honored.

For this hop, I am going to be giving away the first book in a series by Tibby Armstrong titled, No Apologies. I read this book, the second, and the third, each in one sitting, each with tears in my eyes at some point. I loved this series and love the emotion Tibby fills all her characters with. There’s depth and pain and love and sacrifice. She’s a wonderful storyteller…

 

Cheerful and friendly, Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

Or so goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.

At the end of the evening, will Greg’s risky venture break a relationship that’s already foundering? Or will the real-life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies?

And, I’m going to be giving away the first in a series by J.L. Langely titled, My Fair Captain. It’s a Sci-Fi Regency. Two things about this book… One, it was the first M/M I had ever read and after it, I was completely hooked on the genre. Two, it was the first Sci-Fi I had ever read and sadly, other than this series, I am not hooked on that genre. But adding the Regency element into it was so different for me and I was in love with historicals anyway… This was completely new and fun and I fell in love with these characters. I read this book at least once every couple of months. It’s a definite go to for me. It’s full of passion and protocol and falling in love and a hero brought to his knees by the most unlikely man. It was such a fun book.

Talk about a compromising situation!

A storm of political intrigue, murderous mayhem and sexual hungers is brewing on planet Regelence.

Swarthy Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins ran from a past he had no intention of ever reliving. But when his Admiral asks him to use his peerage, as an earl and the heir to a dukedom, to investigate a missing weapons stash, he’s forced to do just that. As if being undercover on a Regency planet where the young men are supposed to remain pure until marriage isn’t bad enough, Nate finds himself attracted to the king’s unmarried son.

All Prince Aiden Townsend has ever wanted was to be an artist. He has no interest in a marriage of political fortune or becoming a societal paragon. Until he lands in the arms of the mysterious Earl of Deverell. One look at Nate’s handsome face has Aiden reconsidering his future. Not only does Nate make a virile subject for Aiden’s art, but the great war hero awakens feelings in Aiden he has never felt, feelings he can’t ignore.

After a momentous dance at a season ball, Aiden and Nate find themselves exchanging important information and working closely together. They have to fight their growing attraction long enough to find out who stole the weapons and keep themselves from a compromising situation and certain scandal.

So, what do YOU have to do to win these books? Simply leave me a comment and tell me what it is that draws you to LGBT books and if you have a favorite. I’m always on the look out for new authors to try so…

This hop goes from September 27th (today) through September 30th. You must leave a comment answering my questions in order to be entered into the random draw for a winner. And, if you would, please stop by my Facebook Fan Page and give it a Like. It’s been pretty dormant lately due to my being on deadlines, however we like to have contests from time to time and to have exclusive content for readers…

I also have Twitter, a Newsletter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. All those links can be found over on the sidebar —–>. See those AWESOME coffee cup buttons? Yeah, those…

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