How to Make Your Own DIY Bath Bomb!

Hey bookworms!

Who out there has read my Soul Stripper series? If you love paranormal and love my character Julian and all his sexy, forbidden love angel-ness, then you’ll love these peppermint scented bath bombs! They’re easy to make at home and Danielle Eaton and I put together a little video to show you how to make them! =) So, pop one into your next bubble bath and crack open Soul Stripper!


Julian’s Peppermint Bath Bomb Recipe:
½ Cup Baking Soda
¼ Cup Epsom Salt
¼ Cup Cornstarch
¼ Cup Citric Acid
2 Tsp Castor Oil
2 Tsp Witch Hazel
1 Tsp Essential Oil (Peppermint)

Mix the dry ingredients first. Then in a small bowl mix the wet ingredients. Add in small increments (like one drop at a time) of the wet mixture while stirring the dry ingredients. Pack together in molds and let them set for at least two hours. Then, pop them out of the molds and allow them to air dry overnight.

To read my Soul Stripper series, follow me on Amazon and you can get the first book in the series here :
Soul Stripper (Book #1)
“What a ride! I can’t wait to see what happens next in this fantastic new series!” –Caitlin Crews, USA Today bestselling author
It’s called Sin City for a reason. Nowhere else are the temptations so great, the sex so good, and the demons so bad. . .
By day, Monica is a barista in a local café. It doesn’t pay a lot but it puts her up close and personal with her sexy boss, Drew. Unfortunately that’s as far as a succubus can go unless she wants to take his soul. Monica needs mind blowing sex to sustain her and she finds her victims every night at a local strip club where she’s an exotic dancer. But when her powers begin to diminish and her fellow succubi start turning up dead, all bets are off. Monica realizes she’s the one immortal who has a chance in hell of making things right. . .

 

Capturing You is Coming down from Kindle Unlimited~1/28/18!

Hello Bookworms!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Capturing You is going to be leaving the Kindle Unlimited world in a couple of months! So… what does that mean for you?

Well, if you are a KU {Kindle Unlimited} subscriber, it means you have until January 28th, 2018 to read it for FREE. That’s plenty of time for this steamy, small town read!

If you are a Kindle reader, but NOT KU subscriber, then it doesn’t affect you at all! The book will still be available through Amazon–now and after January 2nd.

If you are a Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, or other type of ereader, then this is great news for you! It means that on January 28th, Capturing You will once again be available to all readers! =)

Let me know if you have any questions and as always… HAPPY READING!

Get it HERE on Amazon!

After discovering she can’t have children, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn’t need a family to be happy. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia’s life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago…

 

When Cameron Tripp’s wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he’d never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it.

How to Photograph a Book Flatlay in Six Steps (Part 1)

Friends! I’m trying something new. And awkward. And it makes me super nervous (hello vulnerability!), to put myself out there in a series of videos like this, but ultimately, I think it’s something a LOT of us want to know and see! So stick with me if you want to learn how to take Social Media Worthy Photographs!

You know that feeling? The one where you’re standing with your phone in one hand and your book in the other, totally at a loss for how to take a decent picture of it? You know you need to. You need a decent photograph to post to social media with your review/book launch/etc. And you want to make it look pretty. But you just don’t know where to begin?
You are NOT alone!

You may or may not know that in my previous life (well, let’s be honest, it’s still my current life, too!) I was a professional photographer. I received my BFA in photography. Owned my own portrait studio. Photographed food for a This Not That diet book. And worked for companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Animal Fair Magazine.

I want to share what I know with you. If you’re a reader, blogger, or author who is craving to know how to take better flatlays (or how to photograph them at all!), then this 3-Part Video Series on How to Photograph A Book Flatlay in Six Simple Steps is for YOU.

I’m here to tell you how! With my Six Simple Steps to Photograph a Book Flatlay, you’ll get that nudge in the right direction and learn how to style and photograph your books for social media.

Here’s Part One: Styling! And join me next week for Part Two: Photography Fundamentals.
And I’ll be doing a Q&A on my Facebook page, so pop over there to follow the fun and chime in with questions of your own!

ARCs Available for ENFORCER!

Anyone want an ARC of Enforcer (Harrison Street Crew #3)???

 

 

 

 

It is my FAVORITE in the series so far and I cannot wait for you all to read it!

You can either sign up for the blog tour blitz (link below) OR if you prefer to send me your netgalley email, St. Martin’s will send you the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Thanks guys!
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http://bit.ly/TheEnforcerRB

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ryan Gallagher is the one who does the dirty work. The brute force in the Harrison Street Crew, he lives to have the club all for his own one day. But the one thing he can’t have is Megan Mahoney—the one woman he’s loved since she was a teenager who needed saving.

Megan never forgot the all-consuming passion she felt for Ryan, her larger-than-life, wild teenage love. But coming from a hard, shocking past has left her broken and scared—and untrusting of the Harrison Street Crew. Ten years later, she’s back in Ryan’s world to claim a promise he made to her years ago. And even though she knows she shouldn’t fall for him, Ryan still has an explosive, sensual pull on her that she can’t ignore.

Ryan’s powerful love for Megan is the only thing that could ever soothe the tempestuous beast that roars in his soul. And when she comes back to him to aid her in a dangerous quest—a deadly revenge plot he swore he would be a part of years ago—Ryan can’t say no. He lives to protect this woman. He will die loving this woman. And as the stakes get higher, the love that they have kept hidden all these years explodes and goes further and deeper than either of them expected. But with a dark threat from Megan’s past thrust headlong into their lives, can their love win out?

Sweet Pea Hummus

Hey bookworms!!

I just turned in my latest Harrison Street Crew book to my editor and PHEW. Has it been a crazy couple of weeks! With moving to the new house (we’re STILL unpacking, y’all) and my deadline (did you see Simcoe’s note? hehe) along with our sad little trip to London that was canceled AND Sean signing at Free Comic Book Day… it’s just been a whirlwind. And I am exhausted. Amidst all this craziness, I always have a hard time eating healthy and finding the time to cook.

While on deadline, I made this sweet pea hummus which I swear I lived off of for a good couple of days! I ate it with fresh cut veggies–carrots and peppers for lunch. I used it as a side dish on my chicken for dinner. And I even spread some on my sandwiches for lunch.

It’s healthy, simple, and EASY to make! So, naturally, dear readers, I thought I’d share it with you. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups shelled peas, fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh mint (spearmint)
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream (optional; I left this out because I was trying to limit my dairy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes (for spice, to taste)

    1) Sauté onions and garlic: (Do I really need to describe this? If you don’t know how to saute onions and garlic, I recommend you go check out Youtube real quick 😉  Anyway, add the chopped onion and sauté until soft and translucent, but not browned, about 4-5 minutes.

    2) Add peas and water, boil: (Again, pretty sure y’all know how to boil peas, but just in case!…) Add the peas and the water, cover and bring to a boil. Let this cook 5 minutes.

    3) Drain the Peas, Garlic, and Onions: I’m really not explaining this one.

    4) Purée in food processor: Put the peas and onions into the bowl of a food processor and add all the remaining ingredients. Pulse until you have a rough purée. Serve chilled.

April Showers Bring May Reading!

April is almost over, but if your climate is anything like mine, it’s still pretty chilly and the rain is coming down HARD. And lately? It feels like no end is in sight. I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna choose to see the glass half full! Rainy days are perfect not only for WRITING, but also for reading! And with all these incredible books out, it’s time to snuggle in under a blanket and fuzzy socks and crack open a new read. =)   And because I love sharing and sharing is caring — here’s a few of my favorite rainy day reads!

  1. Write Naked by Jennifer Probst
    This is definitely more for the writers out there, but I am LOVING my girl, Jennifer’s latest release. This book is chockfull of wonderfully inspiring stories and helpful tips that are PRACTICAL. I mean, I’ve already read it once and am diving back in for a second read now! No matter how far we get, we are never too far along to keep learning.
  2. Anchor Me by J.Kenner
    In full disclosure, if you haven’t read the first three in the series, you should go check that out now. 😉 Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me… and Anchor Me is the fourth installment of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and his beloved wife Nikki Fairchild Stark, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms. The series is GREAT and the perfect rainy weekend read!
  3. Ride Rough by Laura Kaye
    If you love reading motorcycle club books, then you HAVE to check out Laura Kaye’s Raven Riders. They are sexy and suspenseful and will keep you turning those pages while rain patters on your window.
  4. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    This read had me laughing out loud! And it was even better in audiobook form! Anna Kendrick… read her. Love her.
  5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    If you haven’t heard of this book, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. 😉 It’s also an HBO series that’s just beginning with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. But I HIGHLY recommend you read the book before watching!