Sunday, December 2, 2018

History Turns Me On



I’ve always loved history.

The only time I ever got caught reading under the desk in school (something I did a lot!) was in the Fifth Grade. I was reading one of my father’s Ian Fleming novels. (I mean, seriously, doesn’t everyone love James Bond?) The teacher was so annoyed that I was reading “trash” (James Bond? Trash? Never!) he handed me a copy of “I Claudius” and told me to write a book report on it. The joke was on him. “I Claudius” is history and I adore history so I loved reading the book. It was more like a reward than a punishment to me.


So it was inevitable that sooner or later I’d write a story set in the past. I have written several Regency-set romances. (I love Georgette Heyer, too. She got me addicted to Regency romances). But one day I sat down to write a medieval romance.

It grew and grew and ended up as a four-book series. It’s set in medieval Europe, but in no particular place or year, and follows the story of a woman whose father and brothers are killed in battle, leaving her in control of the family castle and lands, and all the people dependent on them.

Although women in that time period effectively managed houses, lands, castles, people and more, legally their rights were very limited, so Elinor comes up with a totally-off-the-wall plan to provide for and protect her people and property.


“Elinor’s Stronghold” Book 1: “Pillaging Elinor’s Castle”
“Elinor’s Stronghold” Book 2: “Defending Rhyannon’s Inheritance”
“Elinor’s Stronghold” Book 3: “Restoring Garnet’s Heart”
“Elinor’s Stronghold” Book 4: “Bringing Claire Home”


Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Elinor%27s+Stronghold+Berengaria
Available in digital and in print.

Berengaria Brown
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Monday, November 26, 2018

New Drakon Book!

Drakon's Tear, the sixth book in the Blood of the Drakon series is out today!

If you enjoy dragon shifters, you might want to give this book a try.


Drakon’s Tear
Blood of the Drakon, Book 6

Dying isn't an option. I've survived a kidnapping, and now I'm on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There's nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I'm Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can't help but have it — even though I can sense it's power. But I didn't realize with this one decision I've just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I'm just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I'm drawn to him in a way I hadn't thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn't be risking his life to help me. He's wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there's a hundred percent chance I'm about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.
 
(Author's Note: This book is NOT first person point of view.)
 
 
TEASER:


His heart pumped hard in his chest, and his lungs expanded with each breath he took. He met her gaze. “You are mine.”

He waited to see if she would object. He knew times had changed. Women were independent. And while he had no problem with that, even admired it, there was a part of him that was far more primitive.

She belonged to him, and he belonged to her.

“You are mine.” She gave his words back to him, and his dragon, which had been restless for centuries, practically purred. He wanted to be claimed by her. Wanted to belong to someone in this godforsaken world. Needed a reason other than the gaining of knowledge and wealth to occupy his days.

Abigail would give him purpose, a reason to carry on. But mostly, he wanted her love.

“I am,” he told her. He arched one brow and waited.

“I am,” she repeated.

He knew she truly didn’t understand what she was agreeing to, but he didn’t care. He hadn’t felt lonely until he’d met her. Hadn’t understood the depths of his emptiness until she was suddenly here, pouring into every crevice and canyon of his being.

“Abigail.” Such a perfect name for such a perfect creature.


Buy Links:

Entangled: https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-tear.html
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-tear-n-j-walters/1129819271
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-tear/id1441318340
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-tear 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Woven Dreams

I'm thrilled to announce that Woven Dreams, book 3 of the Tapestries series, is available once again. It has a gorgeous new cover.

If you're looking for a smokin' hot ménage a trois to warm up the cold nights, you might want to give it a try.


Woven Dreams
Tapestries, Book 3

Forever beaten and abused by her cruel brothers, Genita Craddock has only managed to endure it by escaping into the imaginary world of the tapestry she created, one that features her brothers’ sworn enemies, the enigmatic Bakra brothers. But when she learns of her brothers’ plans to marry her off to a ruthlessly and brutal clan, she knows she must flee. Stealing away into the night, she unknowingly stumbles onto Bakra land—and into a world of unimagined pleasure.
 
Scarred and maimed from a battle with the Craddock brothers, Jarmon Bakra knows chances are slim that he and his twin brother, Garrik, will find a bride. So the two are stunned when they discover a beautiful young woman wandering on their land—especially one so open to their amorous advances. As they indulge her in every imaginable form of sensual bliss, hoping to secure her as their own, they also sense that the woman is harboring a dark secret that could somehow harm them and their family.

As their erotic adventures capture Genita’s heart as well as her body, she’s torn about revealing her true identity, fearful that the brothers will reject her. And when they vow to avenge the wounds inflicted on her, she knows they’ll face a battle more fearsome than any they’ve fought before. But with it would come the opportunity for Jarmon to even the score for his own injuries—and the chance for Genita to finally have the glorious life of love and passion she’s always desired…


“N. J. Walters [has an] exceptional talent for writing great stories with memorable characters and erotic encounters. This one is sure to leave you panting in excitement.” —Goodreads

BUY LINKS:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KMKHMV6/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/907285
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woven-dreams-nj-walters/1100322117
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/woven-dreams-2

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Naughty Cornucopia Giveaway

The Naughty Literati are giving away our bookshelf, along with various ebooks and audiobooks written by the Naughty Literati Authors.
There are many ways to enter from November 7-23, including a daily bonus entry, so come back every day to increase your chances of winning.
Winners will be announced Thanksgiving Day.
Prizes include:
A free copy of each ebook on the Naughty Literati bookshelf
A plethora of ebooks and audiobooks from our Naughty Literati Authors
Good luck and happy reading!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Bossy Characters



My characters arrive in my head and start talking to me. I don’t start writing until I understand what they want me to do with them. And things do surprise me on the way. A couple years ago I was writing the “Forever Yours” series. All three books are set in the Smith Tower office and apartment building. The first two books have a ghost in them and naively I assumed book three would as well. But while I was still writing book 2 one of the minor characters interrupted me and said, “I’m a vampire. When are you going to write my story?” By the time I’d cleaned up the coffee I’d spat on my screen and gotten my breath back he was busy telling me I should have known that already because of his name. So I googled his name and well… the rest is in “Eternity”.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Eternity-sequel-Intensity-Complexity-Publishing-ebook/dp/B004FV54L0


"Forever Yours” is a contemporary-set series based in the Smith Office Tower building. Each story is a stand-alone novella, but various characters reappear throughout the series, such as Atal, the night security guard and one of the heroes in “Eternity”.


“Intensity”: Amos, Wesley and Keziah have been bed partners for a while. Amos and Wesley want Keziah to move in with them and become a permanent partner but she has refused, wanting to be independent. Then she stands up for her friend and loses her job. Amos and Wesley convince her to move in with them and plan to screw her insensible to make her want to stay. But chaos erupts at the company board meeting as Amos's incompetent father tries to use the menage as a weapon to take control of the company from Amos, so Keziah decides the only solution is for her to leave. And the ghost has his own agenda...


“Complexity”: An asthmatic unwilling to relax enough to enjoy life, two men hell-bent on putting their stamp on her, an embezzler who wants to keep what he has stolen, and the ghost of a murdered girl. Will an endless night of passion with Finn and Simeon be pure pleasure, or only make Tia's life more complex and messy than it already is?
“Eternity”: Yolanda is a bodyguard and used to dealing with men. But falling in love with two vampires is a different kind of challenge. How will she deal with her job AND them? Yolanda is very attracted to night security guard Atal and his partner Zadok. She agrees to a morning of acrobatic sex with the two yummy men, only to find herself falling in love with them, and wondering if they are vampires—if vampires truly exist. And she’s not at all sure that they do.

Three book series: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Yours-Intensity-Complexity-Publishing/dp/1610342526/

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mexican Street Corn Casserole and Gorgonzola Butter for Steaks


Today was probably my last chance to grill for the season, and boy did I grill. Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola butter, Mexican Street Corn, along with sauteed mushrooms & onions. Definitely not keto. Such a yummy cheat meal! And hey, I'm on vacation. Vacation calories don't count ;)

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Skill Level: Easy

Ingredients:
32 ounces frozen corn kernels or 7 ears corn
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions:
If using ears of corn, cut the corn off the cob. Spread corn on a baking sheet. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, turning the baking sheet every few minutes, to get a light char on the corn.
Remove from oven and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cheeses and egg, stir until well mixed. Add the corn and stir to combine.
Grease a casserole dish with butter. Pour in the corn mixture and bake for 30 minutes.
Before serving, sprinkle Cotija cheese, cilantro and chili powder over casserole.
Serve with a wedge of lime.

Gorgonzola Butter for Steaks

*Shhh, I borrowed this picture from the internet*

Skill Level: Super Easy


Ingredients:
½ cup butter, softened
2 ounces gorgonzola cheese
¼ cup parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed

Directions:
Using food processor or with a stick blender mix all ingredients together until well combined.
Chill.

The meal paired with with some sauteed mushrooms and onions, and a DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. :D

Going into a carb coma in 3...
2...
1.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Nicole's Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Since last Spring I have been living the ketogenic lifestyle, which has had a major impact on my cooking. As a result, I've adapted many of my classic recipes to fit my new way of life. My loaded cauliflower casserole is an adaptation of my favorite comfort food, Mac & Cheese. At only 4.2 net carbs and packed with protein it's the perfect keto indulgence.

Nicole's Loaded Cauliflower Casserole


Skill Level: Easy

Servings: 8

Ingredients:
24 ounces cauliflower florets
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 ounces sour cream
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup green onions
8 thick slices of bacon, crumbled, divided
2 ounces Pork rinds, crumbled
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an casserole dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, add cauliflower (broken into bite size pieces) and 2 tablespoons of water, cover and microwave for 3 minutes.
In a large bowl, stir together half of the cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, butter and green onions until well combined.
Add the cauliflower and half of the bacon. Stir to coat.
Pour mixture into prepared backing dish and sprinkle with remaining cheddar, bacon and crumbled pork rinds.
Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the cauliflower reaches desired softness.
Enjoy!

Author's Note: I make a cup of espresso and brush some over the bacon, add a bit of fresh ground pepper, then bake it at 400 degrees until crisp. Yes, it sounds weird but tastes amazing if you like coffee. Because, come on, coffee and bacon, what's not to like.

Nutrition Information
*Note: I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared below should only be used as a general guideline.

Nicole's Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories411
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g41%
Saturated Fat 17.2g86%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1013mg44%
Total Carbohydrate 6.4g2%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g8%
Total Sugars 2.3g
Protein 25.5g
Vitamin D 5mcg27%
Calcium 372mg29%
Iron 1mg6%
Potassium 439mg9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.