Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Tour: A Stolen Season






A STOLEN SEASON
by Tamara Gill

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Time-traveling archaeologist Sarah Baxter just left a piece of 21st-century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah's device. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl's brother and—most importantly—to not fall in love...

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Excerpt :

“You will have to sleep with him.” Richard threw his cheroot into the unlit hearth. “I thought you planned on doing that anyway. You like him, and he obviously likes you, so what’s the problem? It’s not like you’re a virgin.”

Sarah shushed him and sat down on the opposite chair. “That’s not the point. I can’t just jump his bones; women of this era don’t work that way. He has to court me, woo me.” She sighed at Richard’s disgusted expression. “I know it sounds lame, but it’s actually quite nice to have a gentleman sweep you off your feet.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman's in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment's peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.


Author Email: tamaragillauthor@gmail.com

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pineapple Bread Pudding

My family loves bread pudding. Any time I have some extra cinnamon raisin bread, I whip up some.

Is it a dessert or is it breakfast food?

I think it could be either.

This recipe is very similar to the scalloped pineapple recipe I use at Christmas and Easter.

 This is a recipe anyone can do.

Very easy!

Very delicious!

Ingredients

1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple
5 slices of bread cubed and sliced (any white bread works)
1/2 c butter melted
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs beaten

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325

Grease a 2 qt baking dish  I like a nice butter spray

Toss your bread in the dish

Combine your beaten eggs, sugar, pineapple and butter and vanilla.

Pour over your bread cubes and stir until the bread is well coated.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Serve with a little bit of milk or maple syrup!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Move Over Hamburger Helper

Let's face it. Most of us love cheeseburger helper, right?

But those boxes are just ick.

If you really want a great cheeseburger mac all you need are 4 ingredients.

1 lb of ground meat browned and drained.
1 jar double cheese ragu
8 - 12 ounces of your favorite easy melt cheese
2 cups of macaroni cooked to package directions.


Combine the meat, ragu and cheese, and heat until the easy melt is, well, melted then add the macaroni and stir.

Cover and leave on low heat for about 15 minutes so the macaroni absorbs all the yummy cheesy sauce.

Serve with a crunchy pickle!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Tour: Elite Metal w/giveaway





Elite Metal
by Jennifer Kacey, Anna Alexander, Heather Long,  Rebecca Royce,
Sabrina York, Saranna DeWylde, Roxie Rivera, 

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For decades the US Marines funded a top-secret unit known as Elite Recon. A deadly group of men and women sent to infiltrate dozens of countries completely undetected. Mission objectives so extreme casualties were not only probable, but expected.

The current batch of operatives had returned from hundreds of assignments unscathed…until one mission went horribly wrong. Several men lost their lives and the group disbanded. The remaining leathernecks were scattered in the wind with new identities. They were told to blend in. Be normal. Or face being forever silenced just like their fallen brothers.

Now, two years later, each living member of the group is kidnapped and given a chance to make things right. But this time they’re no longer under the thumb of Uncle Sam. A mysterious private backer who knows about their past has brought them back together. No longer are they forced to turn a blind eye to the lost and forsaken.

A new life. A new future…Elite Metal.

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Bound By Steele
By Anna Alexander and Jennifer Kacey

To save his Marine brothers and sister he must accept the past isn’t dead and buried. Reuniting survivors means he is forced to first forgive…the enemy.

Steele, the man he was, died. A civilian with a new name stands in his place in the wake of death. Everything he had, lost when his undercover contact, Venus, disappeared when it counted most. In the shadow of regret, Steele is reborn from the flames of a Phoenix. To right the wrongs that destroyed his military family, he must put his trust in the hands of a mysterious backer, and the woman who led his team to the slaughter.

Not knowing who sold her out at the final hour, Alayna Devlin, spent the last two years on the run. Then the mastermind behind Elite Metal tracked her down, and offered her the chance to atone for past mistakes. To cleanse her conscience requires a baptism by fire and submission to the man who will either put the final nail in her coffin or set her heart free.

The past. The future. Truth. Lies. Nothing is as it seems when two shattered hearts are finally given the chance to heal.

Chrome’s Salvation
By Jennifer Kacey

A former leader of Elite Recon, reduced to nothing more than an apathetic existence.

Until his girl’s life hangs in the balance…now nothing will stand in the way of him coming back to life.

Chrome had it all. Exactly what he wanted. A career in the Marines he loved, fighting alongside his brothers and sisters to protect the US from everything set out to destroy it. Then on their last mission as Elite Recon they were double-crossed…and everything went horribly wrong.

Cammie needs help rescuing her siblings from the clutches of a man determined to crush everything she holds dear.  But she has no one to turn to. No one to lean on when she’s trapped in a world she never knew existed. Lost in a world of pseudo-normalcy Chrome’s reduced to nothing more than existing. Day in. Day out. Nothing to live for.

Until his girl’s life hangs in the balance. Now nothing will stand in his way of coming back to life.

Love at first sight is a myth. Or so Chrome thought. Everything he thinks is true disappears in the presence…of his salvation.

Adamantium’s Roar
By Anna Alexander

Adamantium left Beth to what he thought was a better life, only to find she had been living in hell. Now he’ll do anything, break any vow, to claim her as his for all time.

Adamantium feels right at home being back to what he does best with his Elite Metal buddies, especially if it keeps his mind off her.  Beth Bradshaw. His best friend’s girl. But when their paths cross again, he discovers Beth is in the hands of a dangerous man. Vow or now vow to his Elite Metal family, Ant will do anything to claim the woman he loves.

Pure Copper
By Heather Long

Copper will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means seducing and betraying the one man who really sees her.

Former Marine special forces, Sachi “Copper” James is a chameleon. She thrives on being someone else. Her mission? Identify the rat who sold her team bad intel. Gabriel Danvers, ex-CIA analyst, is a master of disseminating the details. He wants to enjoy a normal life, retired from the game. His mission? Teach classes.

 When Gabriel becomes the target of Copper’s investigation, he re-enters a world of danger and deception--all to claim the passion of the one woman who’s haunted him for years.

Sterling’s Seduction
By Sabrina York

When a snoopy reporter threatens the Elite Metal, Sterling will do whatever it takes to kill her story about the team. Even if it means he has to tie her to his bed.

When Sterling spots a reporter masquerading as a waitress in a dingy bar in Deep Ellum, he suspects she’s investigating the team. And that’s something he just cannot allow to happen. Too many lives are at stake. He will do everything in his power to learn the truth—even seduce her. And to stop her story from coming out? He might even tie her to the bed.

 Nothing is off the table when it comes to keeping his brothers safe. Nothing. It’s a damn shame she’s everything he’s ever wanted. It’s a damn shame her touch warms his cold, dead heart.

Platinum’s Choice
By Rebecca Royce

Platinum left the life he had with Rose in New York to rejoin his team and silence the nightmares from Operation Phoenix.   But when Rose is forced to go on the run with Platinum’s hidden son, he will have no choice but to return to his old life and reclaim what he has ached for every day since. Red Wolf’s sniper wants to nudge Plat’s underbelly and they’re going to find out quickly how deadly he can be.

Platinum was a man of few words before he changed his name and had his sniper rifle taken away. But as Elijah, he could start over, maybe even fall in love with his hidden son's Kindergarten teacher, Rose. But Platinum is reborn when Elijah is kidnapped, so he's left with no choice but to vanish, leaving Rose to wonder about his fate, broken-hearted.

Rose has spent the last year getting over the disappearance of the man she knew as Eli. Now, alone and terrified, she finds herself on the run from a sniper while trying to hide a scared little boy from certain death.

Red Wolf's crew isn't done with Plat, and his soft underbelly is just the place to nudge. Sniper vs. sniper, Platinum will reclaim what is his. That is, if she'll even have him back...


Mercury’s Poison
By Saranna DeWylde

A scarred, mad genius more monster than man must protect the beauty he's become obsessed with from a beast more terrible than himself.

Serum 17 took his face, took his kindness and took his empathy. It took, in essence, all of John Thrace leaving only the Elite Metal operative "Mercury" in his place. A man marked with a biohazard tattoo because he knows he's incompatible with other living things. Until he becomes obsessed with the seemingly innocent doctor Hazel Brewer and a chance encounter changes everything.

Hazel knows the giant scarred man won't hurt her even though she's in the business of saving lives and he'd rather take them. In fact, she's never felt safer or more alive than when she's with him. Even when a terrible biological weapon forces her into his arms for a night of hot passion she won't soon forget.

Their love could be the redemption he never thought he wanted, or something even more toxic: Mercury's poison.

Forged in Silver
By Roxie Rivera

Rebel. Nomad. Troublemaker.

After surviving the double-cross during Operation Phoenix, Former Elite Recon Marine Silver embraces the underworld and builds a new life as one of the world's most renowned thieves. Jewels, paintings, corporate espionage--there's no job he won't take for the right price.

Until Poppy Jones orders her ghosts to snatch him up in Budapest and haul him back to Texas to face her brand of justice...

Forced to decide between a prison cell and signing on to Elite Metal, Silver chooses the latter. Quietly operating in the background of a team that no longer trusts or wants him, he completes all the dirty little jobs that keep the team alive and flush with new intel.

But when he learns Poppy plans to infiltrate a terrorist gathering, he refuses to hide in the shadows a moment longer. In a world of secrets and lies, Poppy Jones is his bright light of truth and trust.

And he'll brave the fires of hell--and the disdain of Steele and Chrome--to protect her.


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Excerpt :

Mercury’s Poison

Fucking fuck.

He shouldn’t have fucking touched her. Spoken to her. Gotten close enough to breathe the same air.

Goddamn it.

He wasn’t going to follow her home, but he had to make sure she got there okay. Or that’s what he told himself to reconcile the fact that he couldn’t turn away from her. That he was still starved for the sight of her.

And what a sight it was.

He knew he should’ve stopped watching when she began peeling her clothes off, but he couldn’t. She was too damn beautiful. He watched her touch herself, a violation to be sure. John had never been so hard, until he’d heard her whisper his name.

It sent a jolt of pleasure and pain through him.

He wanted it to end, he wanted it to last forever.

John didn’t feel these things, to have her ignite them both, well more was the pity. She’d never be free of him now. He knew he was obsessed. Knew his behaviors were unhealthy for him and for her.

But he couldn’t stop.

Didn’t want to stop.

He thought it would be okay as long as he didn’t touch her, didn’t affect her. But he did. He’d violated those rules and in doing so had violated her. This, now, even though she fantasized about him—and no mistake, he would hear his name on her lips from now until he stood at the gates of hell every time he came—but that didn’t mean it was invitation to watch her. He’d take a man’s head off for doing the same to her.

His cock strained against his fatigues, demanding to be taken in hand. He had to stop this, he couldn’t do this anymore because he knew now that there were no lines he wouldn’t cross when it came to her. He was going to smear his hands all over her pretty wings and he’d break her. Ruin her.

Hurt her.

The sound of another presence distracted him.

He held his position on her balcony, silent and still as he considered his options.

The man above was mostly silent, moved with some skill. He wore combat boots that had been shined so that they glinted in the moonlight. The sign of a professional. What had the pretty little doctor gotten herself into that warranted the attention of whomever jerked this guy’s chain?

He had a choice. Kill this guy now or watch him and see what he would do? He could take the chance that this was just a burglar, but if it wasn’t, they’d soon send someone else. Maybe when Merc wasn’t there.

He edged around to where the balcony opened into her living room and pressed himself against the wall. If he was discovered, he’d just have to kill him.

The man moved quickly, installing surveillance equipment—

Kill him.

No, find out why. Or they’ll just send another.

Kill him, too. Kill them all.

Mercury forced himself to stay still, to wait. This was why he was Mercury—this was why he was poison. His solution was kill first, talk later.

 “I see you there, you ugly bastard,” a voice whispered.

Mercury froze.

“I’m not afraid of you. I know who you are, John Thrace. Get your bitch on a leash if you want to keep her safe. We’ll be watching.”

He reached around the corner and grabbed nothing but air. The man leapt from level to level, adept at parkour. Merc would’ve pursued him, if not for the soft voice begging him to stay.

He turned to see her there, the light from inside a nimbus. “Please.” She reached out to him.

“You should fear me.”

“I don’t.”

He closed his eyes and breathed deep to steady himself. “You should let me find out what they want from you.”

“I know what they want from me. Come inside.”

Said the fly to the spider.

He opened his eyes and centered his hard stare on the tiny camera. He yanked it from its perch and crushed it beneath his boot. If they knew who he was, that was a problem that would have to be addressed.

Her small hand on his arm was all it took to fell him. Like a giant redwood, he toppled to her will and stepped inside her apartment. “Why didn’t you ask how I know where you live?”

She’d wrapped a pink silk robe around her delectable body and he couldn’t stop wondering what that silk would feel like. If he’d even be able to feel it.

“I know you watch me always.”

“That’s fucked up, Hazel.”

She looked up at him, her eyes guileless. “I know. But probably no more fucked up that you’re always watching.”

“I don’t just watch you. I stalk you. I’m dangerous.” He couldn’t seem to make her understand.

“I know that, too.” Her hand was still on his arm.

“You should stop touching me.”

“I like touching you.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Kacey

Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her family in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. She’s the Amazon top seller and award winning author of the Members Only Series and the Surrender Series along with several standalone novels and novellas. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

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Anna Alexander

Anna Alexander's literary world changed at age thirteen when a friend gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "A Rose in Winter." With her mind thoroughly blown, she decided that one day she too would be a romance writer. With Hugh Jackman's abs and Christopher Reeve's blue eyes as inspiration, she loves spinning tales about superheroes finding love.
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Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them; you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Rebecca Royce

As a teenager, Rebecca would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework.

She is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They are transplants from the northeastern part of the United States to the great state of Texas, specifically Austin.

She is in love with science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal and tries to use all these elements in her writing. In her world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching erotic romance.  Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pinterest. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

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Twitter - @sabrina_york https://twitter.com/sabrina_york

Saranna DeWylde

Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she's published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, "Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it." So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.

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Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/SarannaDeWylde

Roxie Rivera

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, I like to write super sexy romances and scorching hot erotica. I live in Texas with my red-bearded Viking husband and a sweet but rowdy preschool-aged daughter with autism and heart defects. We also have two wildly rambunctious Great Danes named Hannibal and Murdock.

My other book writing alter ego--Lolita Lopez--was named one of Latina Magazine's Eight Erotic Latina Authors To Check Out. Lo writes deliciously steamy tales for Forever Yours/Grand Central, Mischief/Harper Collins UK, Siren Publishing and Cleis Press.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour: Broken Dreams



BROKEN DREAMS
by Nancy Pennick

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Two friends...
Blood sisters till the end...
Until they're not.

One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they're determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever.

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Excerpt :

Anna shook her head. “I’m glad it’s over.” She slowly closed her eyes and took the deepest breath possible. “But I’m proud of myself. I hate the sight of blood, but it was worth it.” She lifted her left hand to examine the cut. Blood trailed down her finger.

Lucinda also raised her left hand. Her middle finger dripped with blood. “Then let’s get started.” She lit a tall taper candle on the table. The flame flickered slightly giving the darkened room a mystical glow. “On this day of January the twenty-fourth …” She stretched out her arm toward Anna. “I, Lucinda Ann Walker, being of sound mind and body, make you my blood sister.”

Anna giggled. “You make it sound so formal.” She could tell Lucinda fought back a smile, but her face stayed solemn. “Alright, then.” Anna cleared her throat. “I, Anna Grace Douglass, also being of sound mind and body, make you my blood sister in the year of our Lord, 1923.”

They positioned their hands together, fingertip-to-fingertip, mixing the blood. Anna’s finger throbbed with pain, but she felt happy. She was thrilled she decided to come to this very exclusive private boarding school on scholarship. When she met her roommate she never dreamed they’d become best friends. Lucinda’s personality was bigger than life, quite the opposite of Anna. Now five months later, they were a sorority of two.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Broken Dreams is a stand alone companion piece to her young adult Waiting for Dusk series.

Publisher- Fire and Ice


Links to me:
Twitter- https://twitter.com/npennick   @npennick


Wordpress blog- http://nancypennick.wordpress.com/



Links to other books:
Waiting for Dusk

Call of the Canyon
Stealing Time
http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Time-Waiting-Dusk-Book-ebook/dp/B00IM2RMYA

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Taking Chances: A Waiting for Dusk Story
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Album Review: Maybe I'm Dreaming


Sometimes you discover a band by accident. I rediscovered this band at Christmas, and I fell in love with them when I heard Peppermint Winter on a tv music station a few months ago.

Maybe I'm Dreaming is electronica at its pop finest. I would categorize them as twee. There songs are sweet and beautiful.

"On The Wing" is the album's opener and its romantic pop that could inspire the next romantic comedy that everyone must see.

To go the opposite direction is "Rainbow Veins" which is more pop, of the earworm variety. Its upbeat and fun, but you just can't make Adam Young's voice sound anything but sweet.

I still haven't figured out if that's a good thing or not.

The best line from this song "Somewhere there is a happy affair, the ghost of a good mood."

"Super Honeymoon" is electronic pop along the lines of Erasure. The bleeps and bloops are happy. The lyrics are simple and much like a nursery rhyme. Its hard to take a song seriously with lines like "We played golf on the moon and tennis on the sun."

But don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with this song or any of the others on Maybe I'm Dreaming.

Owl City makes innocent pop music and there's very little of that out there anymore.

"The Saltwater Room" features the baby girl vocals of Breanne Duren. If there were ever two people that were  meant to sing together it is Beanne and Adam. There voices blend perfectly.

There's a bird theme in a lot of Owl City songs, as well as a traveling theme. Two of those songs are "Early Birdie" and "Air Traffic."

One of the best songs on Maybe I'm Dreaming is "The Technicolor Phase" This is the type of song girls dream about. It's pure romance and only slightly sickeningly sweet. Don't let, a bitter jaded girl put you off, because even the hardest heart will turn to mush when Adam sings, 
"If you cut me I suppose I would bleed the colors of the evening stars (My darling) You can go anywhere you wish 'Cause I'll be there, wherever you are (My darling)"
"I'll Meet You There" is another pop love song. Its shiny and sweet and absolutely perfect. Perfect is a word that you have to use when it comes to Owl City. Adam Young has crafted the perfect pop album with Maybe I'm Dreaming and the title suits his style of music. There's something dreamy and ethereal about the songs on this album.

If you like music that feels like a trip through the clouds to a candy colored rainbow land, this is the album for you.

Listen: Rainbow Veins


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Album Review; A Softer Place To Land


Softer Place To Land is Keri Noble at her finest. She's one of the best artists you've probably never heard of, but you should.

The Solo in the title is there for a reason too. This is album is just Keri and her piano.

The first two tracks "Dancing In The Morning" and "Make Me Crazy" feel like they could be the plots for brilliant romcoms.

Keri's lyrics are always so visual and real.

"Dancing In The Morning" could be about anyone. There's nothing glamorous about the songs Keri writes. That's why the average listener can relate to them. She doesn't sing about bling. She sings about real life.

"Pray For You" is the song about that person in everyone's life that is all about drama. This is a great emotional and bluesy song. Keri's piano conveys the angst of the song perfectly.

If you are in the mood for a ballad, "Back To Before" is your song.

The title track is the song that stands out on the album. This is the type of song that makes you think of the 90s and Lilith Fair.

"Your Ring" is the most emotional song and probably the best song to be played at a wedding.

Keri Noble always delights the ears. Her lyrics not one weave stories that make you want to go on listening, but her melodies stick in your head. She's more than just another girl with a piano. She's an artist you shouldn't miss.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Easy On The Ears

I admit that I have a soft spot for country pop. A few years back, I discovered Zac Brown Band, and it was love at first listen.

When I saw they had a new single out, I had to grab it right away.

I'm not disappointed either.

I think Zac Brown mix country and folk so well. They are like a cross between James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett. They can do slow and serious as well as fun.

Homegrown, is more on the fun side. It is one of those songs that I want to burn to a cd so I can play it really loud while I'm driving.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Farewell Miranda

I finally got to watch the final to episodes of Miranda Hart's fabulous sitcom.

I've always identified with Miranda, because she's clumsy and just unlucky at life and love.

The final two epis see her getting her life together, especially on the romantic front.

I was so happy for this character, mostly because I've found Miranda's love interest, Gary (Tom Ellis) to be smoking hot...and always have

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I've loved this series since I discovered it a few years back. I'm glad it got a proper send off too. Most people in the US know Miranda Hart from her role on Call The Midwife, but for me I'll always love the silly sitcom. It always made me laugh, and though the final two episodes had me sniffling a bit, I still got plenty of laughs, plus there was a cameo with Gary Barlow too!

I'll miss Miranda.

I wish BBC America would choose to air the whole series at some point, because everyone deserves to see this show.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Goddess Fish Promotions Author Interview:


What is your favorite chocolate confection?

I am a self-proclaimed chocolate snob, so anything decadent, dark, with a soft center works for me. Wait a minute…I like that in a man, too!

What is your favorite Godiva chocolate?

It’s a toss up between the Double Dark Chocolate Truffle and the Chocolate Lava Cake Truffle. But truly, I’ve never met a Godiva that I didn’t like.

Could you go a day without chocolate?

I do when the good stuff is not around. But when it is, look out! My hubby calls me a Godiva junkie, and he’s not wrong.

What was your inspiration for Fat Girl?

Growing up with insecurities about my body, I wanted to write a sexy romance involving a real heroine with real issues. A woman I thought other women could relate to on some level.

Whether a size 6 or 26, most of us have a fat girl whispering untruths in our ear. She’s the voice that tells us we’re not good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, perfect enough. She compares us to the unrealistic version of perfection and tells us that we don’t quite measure up. That somehow we are less desirable, less worthy, less lovable. And for far too long, just like my character, Dee, I listened to her. Seeing what was wrong with me, instead of what was right.

Fat Girl is a provocative romance about the tumultuous and passionate relationship between former lovers; the secrets that ripped them apart and the family ties that re-connect them. But it is also the story of a woman’s journey to find what we all want and need, unconditional love and self-acceptance.

I found inspiration among the pages of Dee and Micah’s story, and I hope readers will too.

Why do you think that most novels feature the media “ideal” of what a woman should look like, when it comes to heroines?

I am starting to see more diversity in body types amongst heroines. Real bodies. However, there have been few mainstream breakout novels that feature such characters. I surmise it’s because as a society we are body-ideal obsessed, so that’s what sells.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. A curvy Marilyn Monroe was once the epitome of beauty and skinny was considered unattractive.

Either way, it’s a problem. Both promote one body type as being better than the other. I would like to see women empower ourselves to feel healthy and beautiful in our skin, no matter our size. We do not need to be cookie cutter versions of each other.

As an author, I have the chance to feature diverse female characters and promote body acceptance over body perfection. It’s a great platform and one I strongly believe in.



Can you give us a teaser on your next book?

Sure, I loved to.  A Naked Beauty, coming soon, is the conclusion to Fat Girl. In part 2, Dee and Micah are dealt another curve ball that threatens their second chance at happiness.

Just as they are moving forward, Micah’s fame comes back to haunt them. Thrust into the media spotlight, having her privacy exposed and the body she is struggling to accept photographed, tweeted about and publically criticized is worse than Dee expects. Torn between the man she loves and the life she doesn’t want, Dee must make a choice.

Will she finally find the self-confidence to feel comfortable in her own skin and fight for her heart or is she destined to do what Micah fears the most—walk away again?


Fat Girl
by Leigh Carron

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BLURB:

Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deanna Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. Until…

Micah Peters—the very sexy and now famous man she fled— walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind.

Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn’t easy to convince. But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for—a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left.

Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?

Fat Girl is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.


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Excerpt:

“Hello, Deeana.”

His voice, deeper with age, packs an unfair sexual punch. Just like the rest of him. 

As handsome as he was at eighteen, it didn’t come close to his appearance at thirty-three. People magazine has called it right. Micah Peters is the Sexiest Man Alive. No amount of shock or disdain could deny him that.

Partly Brazilian, on his mother’s side, he is blessed with exotic good looks. Short black waves carelessly styled, caramel skin that doesn’t pale even in winter, and espresso-brown eyes fringed with the darkest, thickest lashes I have ever seen.

Like his body, his facial structure is harder—more masculine, more defined. And the inky stubble framing his strong jaw and full, gorgeous mouth only adds to the instant, powerful impact.

But I’m not that naive girl anymore. I’ve taken my knocks and know all too well that the quality of a man’s character doesn’t lie in the quality of his looks. The fact that time has been unjustly charitable to him only fuels the resentment I’ve kept secret and locked away for fifteen years.

It takes every ounce of my trained composure to push civility past the bile rising in my throat. I lean against the wood frame for support and manage to say, “This is a surprise.” The fake calm of the words burns my tongue.

If he’s affected, it doesn’t show in the easy strides that move him toward me. The delicious aromas of leather and earthy cologne fill my senses. As he comes closer still, I struggle not to breathe him in. Mustn’t let him think he has any effect on me either.

Without smiling, his dark gaze slides over my every feature, studying them one by one, as if comparing them with his memory. “It’s been a while,” he says.

Not nearly long enough to forget or forgive. “Several years,” I reply.

Now he smiles. A mocking grin that tells me he knows I remember just how long it has been. That I remember the very night I left him—and everything else that mattered to me—behind.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

About Me: An American living in Canada. Chocolate snob. Recovering yo-yo dieter. Devoted mom and wife, blessed with a brilliantly witty daughter and unintentionally humorous husband. My wacky family feed my creativity and fuel my passion. Most nights, you will find me either curled up with a great book or, more often, sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless visions in my head. 

To me, there is nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm…I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one. In fact, I’m now hard at work on my next novel—A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl.

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