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December 1st – 12th 2013
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(Cookies? Wait. I thought this was a BOOK Blog Tour~ ! It is, however, the HOLIDAY SEASON and that does mean BAKING OF SWEETS..).
So every year at this time, my daughter, niece, sister and I get together for what we lovingly call BAKING DAY. We even have a beautiful set of Christmas aprons (sewn by yours, truly) and we pull together the ingredients for a plethora of yummies. Standard fare includes your basic chocolate chippers and Magic Cookie Bars, peanut brittle and fudge. We rotate in and out other confections such as peppermint bark, rum balls, macaroons, lemon bars, haystacks and chocolate-dipped mega-pretzel sticks. In the end, we have a nice variety to make ups cookies plates for 7 or 8 other families. The event is a fun, sometimes wild, afternoon that really kicks off the season in our household!
My recipe: Instead of giving you one of mine, I’m going to reprint one I’ve never made but which will be on the BAKING DAY bill of fare this year. LACE COOKIES drizzled with dark chocolate!
Lace Cookies (sometimes called “Florentines”)
Yield: 20 sandwich cookies
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces dark chocolate, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, cream, corn syrup, and vanilla. Mix with the beater blade until smooth. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix to combine.
4. Drop about 3/4 of a teaspoon of batter onto prepared baking sheets. Try to make the cookies all the same size. Place only 12 cookies on each sheet because the cookies will spread in the oven.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
6. Find 2 cookies that are about the same size. Spread one cookie with melted chocolate. Place other cookie on top. Repeat with remaining cookies.
Recipe from The Essence of Chocolate
NOW… onto the book stuff! Books make WONDERFUL holiday gifts, especially if the book is something different, unexpected, rewarding. So without further ado, here is my promo for this year’s startlingly different, 5-star read, UNMASKING PAULIE BINGHAM –part of the big giveaway! (Good luck!)
Rather than tell you about Paulie’s story, I’ll let him tell you himself… wait til you see and HEAR my new video for Unmasking Paulie Bingham! Whether you’ve read it and are dying to hear Paulie’s voice, or are a prospective fan wondering what all the buzz is about, you’ll enjoy this short trailer featuring Paulie, Kate and Rob (with a personal narration by British actor Matthew Wade. Mat did a wham-bam job giving Paulie the image, the sound, the emotion needed. Be sure to check out Mat’s website at http://matthewwade.co.uk and witness this amazingly talented guy.) TURN UP THE SOUND!!
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Thanks for stopping by… And don’t forget to visit each and every stop on the tour! Goodies await you!
This story started out as an experiment. I wanted to write in first-person POV, but didn’t want to commit to a full-length novel. It ended up being fun to write, and I’d like to write another one someday.
STARFIRE is about, oh, six chapters long, and it deals with obsession, betrayal, and morality. I don’t love the blurb because it sounds a little mundane. Maybe it is. You read the story, you decide. In fact, you can write me a new blurb if you want. I’ll consider all reasonable offers!
“Jennifer Lewis tells no one that her husband of eighteen years has left; not even when she meets the man of her dreams, popular screen personality Thomas Dutton, a man who challenges her resolve and her moral fiber. Is adultery still a sin if your spouse has disappeared? Would sleeping with her idol be a crime against his cold-hearted wife? Jenny must choose between honor and desire when she finds herself ignited by Tommy’s Starfire…”
See? It could be good, but it could be bad. Sometimes I’m just not good at blurbs. So it’s only 99 cents right now. If you buy it and don’t like it, I’ll credit you 99 cents against any of my other books.
I do love the new cover. This is Jenny & Tommy in Jenny’s Palm Springs hotel room. Just before they… oh, wait. You don’t like spoilers, do you? No, I didn’t think so.
Buy it for Kindle. If you need another format, contact me. I’m easy.
PS – I know there are many other books out there with this same title. I wrote mine first. Honest.
Welcome to the WHISPER CAPE TRILOGY blog stop at Beacon Street! As you might know, author Susan Griscom has been making the rounds this past couple of weeks, and everyone’s talking about her new release, A SECRET FATE. We thought we’d shake it up a little and interview Whisper Cape’s heroine, Addison McKenna!
Well, Addison. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a chance to talk. The last I remember, you were distraught, no, devastated is more the word, at Cael’s disappearance. It seems that Gerry, a man you’ve trusted and cared for as an uncle, used magic to alter Cael’s memories in such a way that he might not remember that he’d ever met you, much less loved you. Coupled with the fact that you weren’t sure Cael would even get back, how did you feel about Gerry’s actions? Did it change your relationship?
Answer: No. I could hardly blame Gerry. After all, Cael told him to do it. There is no point in blaming anyone but Finn. I just wish Gerry hadn’t gone back in time so far. He could have just wiped a few weeks or even a month away and that would have worked as far as I’m concerned. Five years is a long time. Gerry had his reasons for wanting to remove so much of Finn’s memory though.
Cael’s absence left a huge hole in your life, leaving the path clear for Aiden to help pick up the pieces of your shattered life. When Aiden approached you while you were in the depths of despair, you tried to turn him away, but he wore you down with a tasty offer. Share what he brought, how you reacted, and why.
Answer: Well, I can tell you I wasn’t very nice. In fact, I was very rude. I didn’t want anything to do with the mam and I didn’t want or need his pity or sympathy. I knew deep down how Aiden felt about me. I also know what type of man Cael is and how he would have reacted if he came home and found Aiden in his house even if it was just to offer food. But I have a traitorous stomach when it comes to a juicy steak, particularly since I hadn’t eaten much of anything for a week or so.
The birthday party. A pivotal moment in your story. You’re there, trying hard to enjoy Breena’s tenth birthday celebration, and in walks the man who’s made all your dreams come true. Overwhelmed with love and relief, you start to rush forward but are held back. Did you think Maia’s actions were justified?
Answer: Absolutely. Especially now that I look back on the moment and the way Cael reacted to me later on. It was a wise decision to keep a low profile at that time.
Okay, any more than that will be spoilers! Let’s talk about you and Cael. Ahhh…. Cael. What kind of man is he? Let’s say it’s your birthday and Cael wants to get you a gift. Would he be most likely to… stop in at Macy’s or Victoria’s Secret… take you on a hike with a backpack full of gourmet food and wine… or throw you a surprise party at Gerry’s bar?
Answer: Haha. I bet Cael would do all three. He loves to cook and so I’m sure he would prepare the perfect picnic basket. He’d most likely give me sexy lingerie before the party though, just so he could peel it off later.
You’re down with a bad cold. Cael has already committed to meeting Siena on important Sectorium business. Would Cael… cancel the meeting with Mom and stay by your side? … Hire a nurse to be at your beck and call until he can return home? … Ask Siana to come to your house and hold the meeting there?
Answer: Hmmm. I don’t think Cael would be meeting with Siana on important business without me since we are a team now so I’m going to go with the third option. Besides, Siana needs to visit us more often anyway.
Last, tell us a secret about this luscious hunk of lovechops; something no one else knows, not even Susan! There has to be some little tidbit about Cael that only his lover, the woman of his heart, his lifelong soulmate would know… Give it up to us!
Answer: Oh, really? Gosh. Um … let me think. Oh, okay this is top secret and he would be so upset if he knew I told you because, well, he has an image to uphold. Cael is extremely ticklish on his back. I can touch him firmly there, even run my nails down his back in the heat of passion and it doesn’t bother him, but if I gently skim my fingers down him too lightly, he squirms and can’t control his laughter. It’s really quite amusing and sets me off in an uncontrollable giggle..
Addie, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. I know A SECRET FATE may be the last we hear about you for a while, but I also know your fans will keep the pressure on Susan to bring them up to date on your life with Cael, Gerry & Maia. So don’t get too comfortable, girlfriend!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Pam. The interview was fab, and I hope we stay in touch. I absolutely love your blog!
No, thank YOU Addie (and Susan) for filling us in on some of your secrets! For those wanting… NEEDING… to know more about this sexy, exciting trilogy, keep on reading…
Celebrating the end of a trilogy is bittersweet. I love all the characters in the Whisper Cape series, but Cael and Addison own my heart and always will. Without them, I don’t think I would have become an author. At least not a published one. A Secret Fate, book three is now available.
The New Release: A Secret Fate (Whisper Cape Book 3)
Author: Susan Griscom
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Suspense
October 31, 2013 is the official release date for the digital format. You can find your copy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The print book will be available November 14, 2013. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Cael and Addie, here is a link to an interview with them back in 2011 shortly after their first book was published.
The Whisper Cape Trilogy
Author: Susan Griscom
Whisper Cape (Book 1)
Publication Date: October 10, 2011 A Steamy Paranormal Romance/Suspense
5 Stars Phenomenal Book!!! Top Pick Review- Night Owl Reviews
A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father’s sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.
Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road–a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?
Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father’s death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities–a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie’s heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she’d left for dead.
Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he’s also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Will fate win in the end? You be the judge.
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Reflections (Whisper Cape book 2)
Publication Date: October 8, 2012
Book 2 in the Steamy Paranormal Romance/Suspense, Whisper Cape Series
What if you heard a voice whispering warnings while you coped with a frightening pregnancy?
Knowing the future has its advantages…or does it?
Can love survive the reflections and memories lost?
Welcome to Maia’s world.
Gerry has loved Maia from the very first moment he laid eyes on her and now that she’s pregnant with his child, he’s over the moon with happiness. Likewise, Maia is overjoyed about having Gerry’s baby, but when she starts seeing and hearing an old woman who warns Maia about the pregnancy, Maia starts to think she is losing her mind. But Maia’s nightmare has only just begun…
A beautiful woman, the talented lead singer in an up and coming rock band, sets her sights on Gerry determined to rekindle an old flame. But murder befalls the sleepy town of Whisper Cape once again, creating suspicion and betrayal, and a love once considered invincible, begins to crumble and fall apart.
Excerpt from Reflections:
Gerry sat up and rubbed his shoulder. “Thanks, Addie.” He followed her gaze to the place where they had last seen Cael. It pained him, but finally he said, “Addie. Maybe he can’t get back.”
“You don’t think Finn shot him, do you? Cael is strong.”
Gerry shook his head but wasn’t sure if she noticed. “No.”
“Once he got him away from here, I’m sure he used his skills,” she said. “I mean, Cael could take Finn in a fight anytime.”
“He might not be able to come back.” Gerry brushed a strand of hair out of Addie’s face.
“What? What do you mean?” She stood and Gerry got up with her. He moaned a little from the pain and stood next to her.
“I don’t think he got shot. I’m not sure exactly what happened to Cael. When the bullet hit me, I lost balance. He might have received some of my …”
“What? No!” Her face paled and she fought to take in air.
“Breathe,” he said, stroking her back as Maia walked up and stood by her other side.
“I don’t understand.” Her voice was barely a whisper. She walked to where Cael had wrestled with Finn. “What sort of memory were you sending?”
“That’s the problem.” Gerry shook his head. He didn’t want to have to tell Addie that she might never see Cael again.
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A Secret Fate (Whisper Cape book 3)
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
“Well, fate was cruel, wasn’t it?”
Cael and Addison’s fate has taken an unexpected turn.
Gerry, Addie and Cael almost captured Careen’s murderer only to lose Cael in the battle—a battle that nearly cost him his life. But despite his survival, he faces a new challenge, thanks to Gerry’s handiwork: will Cael remember Addie or is their love lost with him?
Addie’s family and friends think she should keep the relationship a secret from Cael so he isn’t forced into feelings he can’t remember. Just what she needs, more secrets and on top of everything else, someone stole the crystal. How is she supposed to get over the loss of her lover, a lover she’d barely had for only a few short months and deal with the secret of the lost crystal at the same time?
Aiden wants nothing more than to help Addie overcome her grief and get over Cael. Or is that all he wants? What happens when too many people know the secret and someone slips up?
Teaser Excerpt from A Secret Fate
He lay half on top of her, their legs tangled together on the sofa as their rapid heartbeats slowly returned to normal. He didn’t want to move or let her go, but he’d have to. He needed to get up and leave. How would he ever look Aiden in the eye again? What a mess he’d gotten himself into this time.
She sighed. “That was amazing.” Resting her head on his chest, she leaned her face to his and kissed him, gently, softly, then closed her eyes and rested her head. They stayed that way, silent, for a while.
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Be sure to follow along the tour for some more excerpts, interviews and reviews.
Nov. 7 Ravenz Reviews – Review/Spotlight/Interview
Fab Fun and Tantalizing Reviews – Spotlight/guest post
Nov. 8 Out There Reviews – Review/Spotlight
Nov. 9 The Book Diaries – Spotlight
Writer’s Refuge – Review/Guest post
Nov. 10 Page Princess – Review
Nov. 11 I Pimp MY Authors – Spotlight
vernalovesbooks – Review
Nov. 12 Beacon Street Books – Character Interview
I heart Books - Review/Spotlight
Nov. 13 Lady Amber Reviews – Review
Celebrating my return to the web with a cover reveal for my good friend Susan! Don’t you just love this cover???
Title: The Fawn
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: New Adult
Note: Contains strong language and violence.
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Release date: Winter/Spring 2014
After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood—shuffled from one foster home to another—Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is … run!
But does she run far enough?
Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?
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Something about Susan
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, spending most of my time daydreaming or playing around in the mud. I grew out of the mud play, well, most of the time, a good soak in the mud is always fun. I still daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So, I write to remember them. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play–a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course. I’m pretty sure it was the acting.
I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns and sometimes they tend to lean toward the unusual and edgy.
My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot as does a steamy contemporary romantic suspense.
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/SMGriscom
Facebook personal: https://www.facebook.com/SusanGriscom1
Other works by Susan Griscom include:
Whisper Cape, book 1, a steamy paranormal romance trilogy.
Reflections, Whisper Cape book 2
A Secret Fate, Whisper Cape book 3 Releasing November, 2013
Allusive Aftershock a young adult contemporary/dystopian
Brief Interludes – a collection of short stories
Erotic Interludes – an anthology of two erotic tales.
Enter below for A Special Treat – A Giveaway of
A Secret Fate, Whisper Cape book 3 when available.
I do. I not only love lighthouses, collect them, and visit them, I haunt them as well. I guess you could place multiple meanings on “haunting” – I could be a spirit, looking for my lost love, my drowned sea captain, my missing child. But since I am not yet dead, that’s not the likely meaning.
It could be that I lurk in the world of lighthouses, traveling here and there to “haunt” their staircases, roam their keepers’ quarters, snapping my camera and taking notes. Living people do have their favorite “haunts,” as it were. Lighthouses surely are some of mine.
But actually, my form of haunting lighthouses has to do with creating tales of the supernatural and placing them there. (Aha! So that’s where she’s going!)
It’s common knowledge among lighthouse enthusiasts that these ancient, lonely beacons are often thought to be inhabited by spirits. The very nature of their purpose brings with it danger, isolation and hardship. Tragedy exists in the history of nearly every light station, histories fraught with violent storms, pirates, and madness. What better fodder for a good ghost story?
My first Beacon Street Mystery, POINT SURRENDER, takes place in a fictional California lighthouse that’s been abandoned for many years. Its last keeper has been dead for more than 25 years, and left behind a journal found by those who are now restoring the ancient, decaying tower. The journal tells a sad tale, and hints at why the keeper died there—but not a word about his missing family. Is the ghost that appears from time to time the keeper, or someone else?
Of course there’s romance and mystery—a hero and heroine, both with emotional baggage—and a cast of supporting characters that complicate their journey. The lighthouse itself is the best character, brooding, sad, filled with remorse. For hasn’t the lighthouse seen it all unfold?
The second paranormal lighthouse mystery, CAPE SEDUCTION, is set in an off-shore lighthouse perched on a deadly reef near the extreme northern California coast. The story takes us back to 1948, when a popular Hollywood starlet goes missing after the filming of a blockbuster movie set in the land-locked beacon. In 2008, the lighthouse begins to cause trouble for its present day owners, and the spirit of a young woman makes her presence known to many.
It doesn’t hurt to research those U.S. lighthouses “known” to be haunted. The house at Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon (shown on the cover of POINT SURRENDER) is said to be haunted by a young keeper’s wife. “Rue” seems to be mourning for a lost child, perhaps seeking her unmarked gravesite on the grounds of the keeper’s house.
I’ve been asked: do they scare me? Thinking about them, writing about them, walking among them? No. There is no record of any lighthouse ghost inflicting harm upon any guest. Do I believe in them? I think I would be some kind of fraud if I didn’t; I am, after all, a writer of paranormal lighthouse fiction!
Note: POINT SURRENDER and CAPE SEDUCTION were originally published by the excellent small pub, Echelon Press. As things evolve and the industry changes, I recently decided to bring these books under the Beacon Street Books imprint, so soon you will see a pair of different–but similar–covers, along with new prices and formats. I appreciate your patience during this transition. The third Beacon Street Mystery, tentatively titled Angel’s Gate, will be available this fall! And now we return to our UNMASKING PAULIE BINGHAM Blog Tour, hosted by Lady Amber’s Tours!
Here’s the itinerary! You can start at Author Airicka Phoenix’s blog, and wait until you see the great swag we’re giving away (access to the Rafflecopter on each site):
8/1 Airicka Phoenix (Airicka will be presenting a character bio!)