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Summer of Love – Recipes

Todays recipe is brought to us by Roxanne D. Howard and it is 100% chocolate deliciousness!

It’s time to get indulgent…

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(Photo by Michelle Tsang on Unsplash)

Scrumptious Brownies

Mix:
1 c Soft butter
2 c Sugar
1/3 c Cocoa

Stir in:
4 eggs

Add:
1 ½ c Flour
2 tsp Vanilla
¼ tsp Salt
1 ½ c Chopped nuts (optional)

Stir:
Pour into greased 1” deep baking sheet bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until done.
Cover with 1 pound mini marshmallows
Bake for 30 minutes
Add frosting.

Spread 1- 7oz. Jar of marshmallow crème over cooled brownies. No need to put back in oven.

Topping:

Combine 12 oz. Semisweet chocolate chips, 3 TBSP. Peanut butter in a small

sauce pan, cook over low heat stirring constantly, cook until melted and well

blended. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups of chocolate rice cereal. Spread over the marshmallow layer.

 

Roxanne’s Book, Type Dirty to Me is available for pre-order from 25th August here.

 

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When hot actor Brem Lockwood enters her life, Madelyn has a choice—stay safe with an online fling or risk her heart for a chance at real love.

Divorcee Madelyn Stacilli has baggage deeper than the Grand Canyon, and her move to New Haven to start a new life is the perfect change she needs. When vicious gossip stunts her plans to open her own business, she can’t confide in anyone around her. But online, beneath the blanket of anonymity, she can let loose and find comfort with the mysterious Easton216. Their natural, open relationship is a breath of fresh air.

When British A-list actor Bremond Lockwood rents the house beside her to escape an intense media spotlight and malicious past, he charges headlong into her life. Madelyn grows torn between her steady, emotional online connection and a fiery affair with a Hollywood star. Brem’s intense passion ignites the embers of her sexuality from a long slumber, making her burn hotter than the sun.

Should she stay safe with her online love or risk her heart with the man in front of her? The road to recovery just got a whole lot more complicated.

Excerpt:

Madelyn leaned against the car headrest and eyed the FedEx envelope on the dash. Her new bookshop, Book Nook, was due to open in three weeks. Her hands were full, but the worry paled compared to the stress of the last few months. She wrapped her fingers around the steering wheel and thumbed the soft padding. She knew what the envelope held. She had expected its arrival and the potent cocktail of change and loss it represented. She sighed, reached for the packet, ripped open the tab and slid out the divorce papers.

Technically, they’d been divorced for over two months, but her ex had played hardball over assets, so they’d engaged in a game of paperwork tug-of-war back and forth through their attorneys. What a timely relief this envelope was. The cream-colored stationery stapled to the front read— All set, done, filed and dusted. Here is your copy . The paperwork from her attorney was addressed to Madelyn Saunders, but she’d recently changed her surname back to her maiden name, Stacilli. She rifled through the sheets to check her ex’s signature on the last page. Sure enough, he’d signed below her signature.

“Thank God.” She exhaled with relief, returned the papers and stored the envelope in the glove compartment. “Bye, Chris.”

A calmness washed over her. She leaned her head back again, savoring the sensation. Some people sported angry visible scars, jagged surgery marks or gunshot exit wounds in plain sight from their marriage and divorce wars.  Her scars ran deep inside, where they’d festered until the day she’d chosen to walk away.

Her cell vibrated. She lifted the phone from its dock attached to the car’s air vent and looked at the notification. A familiar wave of excitement surged through her. Another private message from Easton216. She brought the phone in closer and opened it.

Easton216: Hey. I got a weird feeling and thought I should contact you. How are you?

Madelyn shook her head, amused. Trust  him to get vibes about her. She typed into her phone, smirking.

BookCat: Funny you should ask. I got the papers less than half an hour ago. He signed.

Easton216: Good. And strange, how I felt like I should contact you at the same time. You okay?

Madelyn touched her hair and raised her eyebrows. What a loaded question. In the past, she would have pacified any concerns with a sunny “I’m fine.”

But since her divorce, she’d sworn to be honest with herself, including any future relationships. She and Easton216 were open and candid with each other. Their unfiltered connection took some getting used to, though she found it clear and refreshing. He’d revealed that he’d chosen the moniker Easton216 because of his apparent obsession with baseball, telling her there were two hundred and sixteen stitches wrapped around each single baseball, and that the Easton was his favorite type of bat. She keyed in her response.

BookCat: I’m getting there. It was weird at first, but TBH, I’m better than okay. I’m liberated, and while it’s going to take some getting used to, it feels amazing.

Easton216: Fantastic, Cat! I know he gave you a fight, from what you mentioned before. I’m glad you’re free. Listen… I have to hop on a flight in a sec, but would you like to talk later tonight, after I land?

BookCat: Yes, I’d like to, and I’m glad you messaged me. Same time?

Easton216: You know it.

BookCat: Talk to you then. Have a good day. Be safe.

Easton216: You too. This is  excellent news. See you tonight.

She closed the message and redocked the phone, pleased. She’d battled like hell after life had sucked her dry with a supersized straw and threatened to drag her into a bottomless tailspin, but her fate and self-respect were back. The clouds were clearing.

She killed the engine, shouldered her purse strap and got out of the car.

Author Bio:

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran, and a Columbia College alumni. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, children, and furry companions. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

Roxanne D. Howard, Award-winning Author

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Summer of Love – Memories

Today’s memories are my own personal top ten of Summer Movies.

10. Jaws

 

9. Stand By Me

 

8. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

 

7. My Girl

 

6. Picnic at Hanging Rock

 

5. Mamma Mia

 

4. Do The Right Thing

 

3. Ferris Buellers Day Off

 

2. Dirty Dancing

 

1. Grease

Summer of Love – Cocktail Hour

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It’s cocktail time again and our resident expert, Sara Ohlin has another great recipe for us to enjoy (you can find her previous posts here and here).

Bourbon Smash

Bourbon Smash

Ingredients

1.5 oz Bourbon

1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 to 3/4 oz simple syrup (I used Demerara sugar to make my simple syrup because it goes so well with Bourbon)

Fresh mint

Instructions

Put Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and a sprig or two of mint in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into any fun cocktail glass, over a big ice cube or crushed ice. Garnish with lemon and mint. Enjoy!

Notes

To make simple syrup mix 1 cup hot water with 1 cup sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Keep in the refrigerator in jam jar or air-tight container and use for all your cocktail needs. Keeps for up to one month in the refrigerator.

 

You can buy Sara’s first book in the Rescue Me series, Salvaging Love, here.

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When a sexy veterinarian rescues a brooding attorney, the temperature rises…

Perfectly content saving animals at her clinic in a charming but run-down neighborhood, veterinarian Ellie Blevins slams into new landlord Jackson Kincaid, who plans to turn the local buildings into condos.

Hotshot defense attorney Jackson is intrigued by the feisty Ellie and gives her one month to convince him not to put his gentrification plans into progress. Attraction soon sizzles between them, but when Jackson makes his desires known, Ellie’s vulnerable heart doesn’t know what to think.

She wants to trust the sinfully handsome Jackson, just as he wants to gain her trust, but finding their way to love isn’t easy when her traumatic past and his criminal clients threaten to sabotage their relationship for good.

Can the enchanting veterinarian and the guarded attorney fight the ghosts of the past and build a new future?

 

Summer of Love – Recipes

Today’s recipe was provided by Stefania Hartley, you can read her author interview here.

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This is a recipe that I’ve actually tried and tested and comes from my grandmother. It’s perfect for summer too.

Another Sicilian recipe that goes very well in summer is Pasta c’anciova e muddica, pasta with anchovies and breadcrumbs.

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When I got married, my grandma gave me a handwritten folder of recipes and this is one of them.

Ingredients:

350g pasta of your liking

(optional, not in the traditional recipe: 500g ripe tomatoes)

30g anchovies under oil (in a jar)

60g or three tablespoons of breadcrumbs

Many sprigs of fresh parsley

2 cloves of garlic

Olive oil, salt and pepper

Fry the garlic in some oil until golden, then discard it and add the anchovies and the parsley.

At this point, my grandma would add the tomatoes deseeded and finely cut up, and let them cook under low heat, but the traditional recipe does without the tomatoes.

Meanwhile, you cook the pasta and sauté the breadcrumbs in a little oil.

When the pasta is ready, drain it and toss it in the sauce, then serve with a topping of golden breadcrumbs and pepper if you wish.

Remember that the anchovies are very salty so you might not need to add any salt to this dish at all.

My grandma’s comment at the bottom reads “you can have the sauce without the tomatoes, buona pure è (‘good also is’, with the inversion of the normal Italian word order which is typical of Sicilian dialect)”.

Thanks Stefania, buon appetito!

You can buy Stefania’s book, Sun, Stars and Limoncello here,

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Sonia believes that men equal heartache and disaster. Brad has sworn never to love a woman again. It’s a pity they’re so irresistibly attracted to one another.

After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.

A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.

What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?

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Summer of Love – Jaqueline Snowe

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I am so happy to welcome Jaqueline Snowe onto the blog today.

Hi Jaqueline, so which type of holiday do you prefer, beach or countryside?

I am a beach person for sure. I much prefer to not create an itinerary on a trip and just chill on the beach, read, swim, and wonder around restaurants and bars. I’ve done the tourist thing a lot when I lived in Europe for a year and it was fun but being with large crowds is so not my cup of tea anymore.

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Let’s go back in time, have you ever had a summer romance?

I did have a summer romance…12 years ago and we’re still together. My entire life, I wanted to go to Spain to live and I met my (now) husband at eighteen. It was supposed to be a summer fling, just for fun *we all know how that works out* and I told him, listen, I don’t want this to end but I’m not cancelling my dream. This wonderful man decided that he would live abroad too then. It was absolutely awesome.

Oh, how romantic is that? So sweet.

Assuming you can get to a nice secluded beach this summer, what will you be reading?

My current TBR list are The Boyfriend Project, Boyfriend Material, Queen Maker, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and literally anything Nicki Sloane writes.

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I’m posting several cocktail recipes; do you have a favorite cocktail to sip by the pool?

Yes! We don’t have a name for it but pineapple juice, orange juice, Malibu rum served with ice and fresh strawberries is the BEST drink to have when it’s stupid hot outside! I tend to use an 8 oz glass, add a shot or two of rum and ball park the rest of half pineapple, have orange juice, but some people like it more sweet (more pineapple) or more tangy (more OJ).

That sounds delicious!

Finally, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

Wear sunscreen! Drink water! I live in Phoenix where it’s been 116, 117 and it is hot—like that feeling you get when you open the stove after making a pizza for 20 minutes, that rush of hot air? That’s what it’s like when you walk outside. Water and sunscreen are essential to survive!

Ah, so we need to fit in the odd glass of water between cocktails, huh? Got it!

Thanks for joining in, Jaqueline, I’m off to fill up my (re-usable) water bottle, and in the meantime you guys can find out about Jaqueline’s new book, coming on 1st September.

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Grace Turner scores the opportunity of a lifetime interning with an Ex-NFL player. But working under Brock Anderson turns out to be the job from hell. The hometown hero turned athletic trainer has a reputation as the best in his field, but his volatile personality makes working with him miserable.

Despite the animosity between them, he’s highly respected in his field and interning under him could mean everything for her career. The long days, longer nights, injuries, and busses filled with smelly athletes are the easy part. The biggest battle is the unwarranted attraction to Brock that she can’t seem to shake.

But as Grace spends more and more time with her brooding boss, she uncovers that his abrasive nature is deep rooted in his grief—something she’s no stranger to.

The glimpses of the man beneath the harsh exterior Brock presents to the world leave Grace conflicted in her feelings for him. As the internship draws to a close, Grace is faced with a choice that could set her future on an entirely new course

 

You can add it on Goodreads here:  https://bit.ly/2MiTTWd

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Summer of Love – Memories

Music has always been a huge part of my life. From my parents playing records in our living room or listening to one of the many radios that we had in the house, to my life now where songs blast out from every room in my home and every car ride has to involve a discussion as to whose playlist we’re going to listen to!

I have three favorite summer songs which, to me epitomize the emotions of a summer day.

Firstly, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime. It’s my go to song for driving to the beach.

Secondly, as a teenager, when it was 2am, and too hot to sleep, like a scene from Hitchcock’s Rear Window, I used to listen to Hot in the City by Billy Idol.

Finally, and if you’re a fan of the movie Bridesmaids this one will get you dancing, I chose a song which isn’t really about the summer but the video always makes me want to sit on a beach and look soulful, Hold on by Wilson Phillips. Incidentally, I totally had that blonde ‘Melrose Place’ pixie cut!

I compiled a playlist of these and many other summer songs through the generations on Spotify and asked a few of my author friends if their summer books had a particular song attached to them.

Author Leslie Scott chose I can’t drive 55 by Van Halen for her book, Full Tilt Boogie. Just imagine racing down a California highway on a motorbike, the wind in your face, just you and the open road…

Lauren H Mae went for a much more zen approach with her choice, Mariner’s Apartment Complex by Lana Del Ray, for her new book The Rules.

 

I hope this playlist lifts your day and that whatever summer you are having, at home or at work, you can close your eyes and feel the warm breeze, smell the ocean and feel the sand in between your toes.

 

 

Summer of Love – P. Stormcrow

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Today’s guest on the Summer of Love blog is P. Stormcrow.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

It is a rather unique and hard time for all of us, isn’t it? Normally, I’d be spending the summer wandering everywhere and taking trips to nearby islands but given that we also just had a new baby, as well as the pandemic going on, we’re sticking a little closer to home. That said, besides writing and prepping for my summer releases, we’ll still be trying to go to lots of nearby parks and beaches.

Are you more of a beach person, a tourist destination person or do you prefer to holiday in the countryside?

Honestly, I’d prefer a holiday in a quiet place, so more countryside though priority now has been to make sure there are things to do with the kids. To me, there’s nothing better than a small BnB, then exploring a new place in a small town, having lived in bigger cities all my life myself.

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In previous years have you gone anywhere exciting over the summer?

I tend to travel more in off-seasons or Christmas time, but I do remember a few awesome trips including cruises to Alaska and Hawaii for a friend’s wedding. The Hawaiian trip was in particular memorable, not just because of the wedding but because we did a lot of interesting things on a tour in Maui. It was my first time swimming in a cave and we got to experience local life,

Let’s go back further in time, did you ever have a summer romance?

I did have a summer romance that started as a friend’s birthday barbeque. Little did I know that our mutual friend was trying to hook him up with another girl at the party. We ended up hooking up, and she hooked up with another guy in the party. That summer romance eventually became our marriage. The other couple got married too. Now we all hang out together all the time, even with that birthday boy.

My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for summer vacation?

I have bad flashbacks of camp! When I immigrated to Canada, I barely spoke English. My parents though YMCA summer camps would be a good way to learn English. I spent the entire summer unable to articulate what I needed. I ended up on the pirate ship at the local big rides fair, PNE, as a six year old and I freaked out. The operator had to stop the whole ride to let me get off.

That, however, is not going to stop me from sending my kids to summer camp when they are older!

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What about food and drink, do you have a favorite summer dish, or drink?

Give me pina coladas all the way. I also love a Japanese seasame sauced udon and a light pickled cucumber.

To finish off, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

If you’re like me and live in an apartment with no air conditioning, did you know a pool of water can act as a heat sink?  Plus the water can be reused in things like watering plants. It will help to cool off a small area for a while.

Thanks for sharing, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that, I’m taking note!

Read on to find out about P’s new release, The Knots that Hold…

 

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Buy it here, https://bit.ly/the-knots-that-hold

 

He’s a Dom, famous for his skills with rope.

She’s a journalist, pretending to be a Domme.

What could possibly go wrong?

Elijah Lee, world-renowned shibari master, devotes his life to his art, bringing out the beauty of the human body using his skills with ropes and knots. And although he has played with and tied up many, in and outside of the bedroom, no submissive has ever bound his heart in return. That is, until he attends a summer fetish convention and runs into the mysterious Saskia Mason, who introduces herself as a Domme.

Sarah Wicker would do anything to get her first feature story in the women’s magazine she works for. That’s the only reason she said yes to her boss when he asked her to write a piece covering the BDSM lifestyle. Assuming a carefully crafted but totally made-up persona, she dives into the world of whips and chains, but the last thing she expects is a hookup with anyone, much less a famous and demanding Dom. Only, he knows her as Saskia, the sassy Domme she’s pretending to be.

Now they each must figure out if they can overcome each other’s baggage and deceit to forge a bond that will last beyond the heat of the beachside convention. Because the only knots worth tying are the ones that are strong enough to hold.

 

Summer of Love – Cocktail hour

Hi everybody, it’s my turn to post a cocktail recipe today and I’m sharing one of my favorites.

Did you know that 99% of romance authors are addicted to diet coke? I’m kidding, but it’s certainly a favourite amongst the members of Romancelandia. Maybe this advert had something to do with it?

 

I wanted to up my diet coke game during lockdown and so I mixed different cocktails until I found one which worked for me. It’s similar to a Long Island Tea and certainly hits the sport during hot summer evenings on the patio.

 

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(Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash)

Ingredients

Cola (whatever brand tickles your fancy, I always drink Diet Coke)

Tequila

Cointreau

Lime juice

Recipe

Fill two-thirds of a long glass with cola. Add one full measure of tequila (1 and a 1/2 ounces) and one half measure of cointreau.

Add a splash of lime juice to taste and a slice of lemon or lime to decorate.

Take a sip and enjoy the summer sun!

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(Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash)

Whilst we’re here, haaaave you met Hank? He’s the sexy billionaire in my book, The Billionaire & The Princess. Hank isn’t really a cocktail drinker, he’s more likely to gulp down a cold beer after a hard day renovating old houses.

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Check out my book here.

All I have to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start my new job as editor of a brand new society magazine. That’s what I’ve promised myself. New life, new me. No more Mr. Wrong.
So when I meet a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, I’m going to walk away, right? I’m certainly not going to try and join the mile-high club with him.
If it turns out he’s my boss and the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America it doesn’t matter, he won’t remember me in the morning, anyway.
I’m just going to do my job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him.
And, well, if he happens to fall in love with me, I’m just going to say no, right?

Follow Hank and Caitlyn’s adventures in Sag Harbor, along with the Baresi family and all of Hank’s friends from Billionaire Lane in THE BILLIONAIRE & THE PRINCESS, Book 1 in the Sag Harbor series.

 

 

 

 

Summer of Love – Recipes

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I’m so very excited to share a wonderful cheesecake recipe from The Blossom Twins today.

I follow Lucy and Kelly on Twitter and I absolutely love their enthusiasm for life!

Before the recipe, though, here’s a little backstory…

Lemons are our favourite and have been since we were toddlers. We used to sit in our highchairs at the top of Nanna and Grandad’s dining table and suck on them – true story. We have a video where Kelly is happily sucking on a small segment of a lemon while Lucy is reaching over crying, trying to grab it out of her hands before Mum gives her one too!

The bright yellow skin instantly brings a smile to our faces and makes us think of happy memories, like climbing up to the Lemon Trees in our Auntie Rosetta’s garden, on the Amalfi Coast, to find the perfect lemon. We’re telling you, there is nothing quite like picking a lemon and smelling it fresh from the tree. The aroma is magical and definitely beats shop bought lemons.

Last year when we went on our first sister trip to Italy, the Amalfi Coast was practically a sea of yellow. The sun was beaming and there were lemons absolutely everywhere. We loved it! There wasn’t a road or garden that didn’t have a lemon tree standing proud bursting with the sour fruit. We picked some from our Auntie’s garden and spent the rest of the time taking pictures of all the other trees we saw. It was a breath-taking sight to behold.

We have lemons in hot water, with strawberries and a sprinkle of sugar, in cakes and of course in Liquor, which is why we decided to make this cheesecake one beautiful summers day. We hope you enjoy it!

Limoncello Cheesecake

Recipe:

What you need:

2 x 8oz packets of cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2/4 cups of Limoncello

For the base:

250g digestive biscuits
100g melted butter
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp of finely grated lemon zest

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What to do:

Place your digestives in a food processor, or a sealed bag and smash the biscuits with a rolling pin, until nice and fine and pour into a mixing bowl.

Add your melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Combine and place into your baking dish, pressing down so it is lovely and compact. Refrigerate while you make the delicious filling.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, mix together your cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs until combined.

Add your lemon juice and Limoncello making sure to stir slowly after each addition.

Retrieve your base from the fridge and pour cream cheese mixture on top.

Bake for 40 mins. It should come away from the side and be slightly golden.

Allow to cool, then place it in the fridge for 3 hours before serving so it’s scrumptious and chilled.

 

Thank you, so much. Limoncello and Italy seem to be a theme this summer, looks like we’re setting a trend!

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Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…

Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?

Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.

Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit! 

Summer of Love – Amelia Kingston

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Hi, Amelia, welcome to my blog.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

I live in Australia, so my “summer”; is actually winter. I’ll be spending it bundled up under some blankets with a glass of wine and a good romance.

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Are you more of a beach person, a tourist destination person or do you prefer to holiday in the countryside?

A little bit of all of it! I’m from California, so loving the beach is in my blood. But I’m also a bit of a nomad and love to see new cities and places. If I’m trying to recharge my batteries, it’s a quiet cabin somewhere in the countryside with just me, the dog and the hubby.

Where is your favorite summer holiday spot?

Hmmm, I’ve traveled a lot but I’d have to say my favorite summer spot is Tuscany. It’s absolutely beautiful with rolling hills and Cyprus trees.

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Let’s go back further in time, did you ever have a summer romance?

I wish! That sounds so romantic. All my relationships seemed to fizzle out at the end of the school year. Guess it wasn’t true love!

My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for summer vacation?

I didn’t go to summer camp, but I was a camp counselor one year. I ended up with a cabin full of 10 year old boys! They were a hoot. And a handful.

That does sound like a handful! Assuming this summer is quieter than that one, what will you be reading?

Everything!!! I’m devouring most of Lauren Landish’s back list right now. Lucy Score and R.S. Gre are some of my favorite funny reads.

Do you have any favorite summer romances?

Is it lame if I say one of my own books?

Oh go on, just this once!

Truce? Hating Elijah Monroe is about surviving the summer moving back home to a small town. It’s quick and light and funny. A perfect read for a day at the beach. But I admit I might be biased.

What about food and drink, do you have a favorite summer dish, or drink?

Sangria. Oh my gosh, sangria over ice with a slice of orange is heaven on a hot summer day! And tacos. Mmmm. Tacos.

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Sounds delicious, how do you make your Sangria?

This is one of my favorite Sangria recipes. But I use rum for sure!
https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-traditional-red-sangria/

To finish off what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

Embrace the nap. Siestas are what make life worth living.

Thanks Amelia. I’m going to take your advice and go have a lovely nap, in the meantime, you can read on to find out a bit more about Amelia’s latest release…

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This is So Happening

Amelia Kingston

Releasing August 4th
https://books2read.com/This-is-So-Happening

Book two in the So Far, So Good series.

A torturously tempting love story.

Jessica “Jessie” Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy, anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.
Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force.
Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The tall, dark, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blond co-ed shoving it down his throat. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.
For the first time in her life Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.