Hoisin is a Cantonese dipping sauce made from sweet potatoes, vinegar, garlic and chili peppers; you can find it in the Asian ingredients section of most supermarkets. Here, it adds immense flavor to tofu, which gets a pre-soak in vegetable broth for even more flavor.
For recipe and more: Tofu Almond Stir-Fry – Meatless Monday
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The MIND Series had a rocky start. My original publisher for the series had some behind the scenes issues that left me feeling disregarded as an author. There were minor, quick fixes I felt were needed as both me and several editors missed a BIG error in the VERY FIRST LINE of the book!! (I’m a terrible speller. #truestory) Anyway, I was in the middle of Book 2, The Emergence and after all the drama went down, I didn’t want to finish and sell them the next book. As it so happened, that publisher closed and I had already found Tiva Boon a home and asked my new publisher to take a chance on this weird cross-genre romance.
Six books later, and The Fracture is here. ?
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Sanjeeta Desai never thought anything would come of her promise to monitor the psychic population around town. Then two members of an online chat group go missing and one of her employees doesn’t show up for work. Using her unique gifts to investigate, Sanjeeta is shocked to learn the employee is missing and a psychic, too. When she contacts her mysterious benefactor to report the findings, she’s thrust into a dangerously complicated situation she may be key to solving.
Caelum has spent the last two thousand years watching and protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants. Since saving the planet and the MIND team during the Reckoning, Caelum has kept his distance until Dina Ranger’s dream infects a majority of the group. While tracing the source of the dream and the consequences it brings, Caelum meets Sanjeeta, the most powerful psychic he’d ever encountered and possibly the only person who can quiet his mind so he can stay focused and assist the team.
As pieces of the dream unravel and MIND begins to fall apart, Caelum and Sanjeeta grow closer despite the chaos surrounding them while the past, present, and future collide with deadly and cosmic implications that will alter the course of Human history forever.
Caelum sighed, turning to the woman. “I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable, Sanjeeta. I know how difficult it is, stepping into this world. Perhaps I’m too forthcoming and blunt, a failing of my class.”
“I disagree, ignorance is far more destructive. Overwhelmed or not, I appreciate the truth,” she said, extending her hand. “Thank you for your candor.”
Smiling, he clasped her hand and his heart skipped. All of the voices in the corners of his mind, the energy and vibrations and emotions and thoughts of the people on this planet that he fought constantly to keep locked in the back of his mind, softened.
Her eyes flashed silver. Sanjeeta quivered and tightened her grip around his fingers as she swayed.
He steadied her with a hand to the shoulder, marveling in the lack of noise in his head. Caelum thought the chances of finding another connection like this was impossible given the strength of his mind.
When she set her hand on his chest and gazed into his eyes, her breathing hitched and temperature rose tremendously beneath his grasp. “What is this?”
“Something I never thought I’d find again.” He smiled, unable to look away. “For now, think of it as the beginning of a new friendship. The last thing I want is to confuse you further. You should go home, rest. I assure you the team will contact you the moment they find information to help your friends.”
Her fingers twitched against the fabric of his shirt as she nodded. “They’re not really my…I don’t have many friends, it would be nice to have a few, even if they are a bunch of aliens.”
Caelum laughed and subconsciously brushed his thumb against her chin. “Then please, allow me to be your first.”
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Good morning! Make sure you read all the way to the bottom and enter for a chance to win some great prizes (including a Kindle Fire!). But read on for more about my new YA Paranormal Romance…
Title: Blood’s Song
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Series: House Millar books, #1
Genre: LGBTQ Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Encompass Ink, Teen
Release Date: Nov, 24th, 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Even in darkness, love lights the way.
Anya awakens alone and afraid in a new world soaked with blood and terror. The only things she knows for certain are her name and that humans are precious.
Unwilling to give in to her hungers, she sets her feet upon a path of discovery, searching for clues to her forgotten past. Along the way she runs headlong into the unimaginable world of the undead and the waiting arms of Nicholas, a fearless nocturnal defender searching for his love, lost in eternity.
Into their midst stumbles Declán, a young, natural born vampire hunter and Guardian whose passion for Anya is only matched by his draw to Nicholas. His arrival could mark the end of their tale, or with the gift of Anya’s blood kiss, it might bring about the beginning of a new chapter for them all.
“So, you want to live among the humans, not just near them? That’s different.” The curiosity burning in his eyes was piercing though he kept his voice controlled.
“Yes. They are fascinating, and I don’t want to hide in the house all the time, so I figured I should learn how they interact. As I said, Star thinks me crazy for choosing high school to start, but since I am forever sixteen or so, I thought it would be a logical place to begin.”
“Well, I can understand both sides of this one and frankly, I’m not sure how you’re able to manage so close to them on a daily basis.” As his eyes widened, his voice thinned. “Isn’t the temptation dreadful?”
“No, not really,” I explained. “Their scent is delicious, but I honestly don’t see them as food. They are people, fascinating, thriving, bizarre beings, and I want to live in their world. When Star told me I lived by drinking blood, I was revolted. I could not conceive of killing a human even before I knew one. Star says others of our kind won’t approve of me because of this.
“Besides, I wear a token in plain sight to remind me of my vow if the temptation begins to get to me.” I held up my right hand so he could see the titanium ring I wore–the inscription said ‘Harm None, Love All’ in both Gaeilge–Irish–and English. Star had given it to me my first day of school.
“You wear a ring to remind you to not harm humans?” His eyebrows shot up as he bent over and examined the ring on my thumb. “And that works?”
“Well, it’s just something to keep the thought in the foremost part of my mind. It does not stop me–just reminds me why I am doing this. So far, so good.” I smiled, trying to stifle a laugh.
“Huh, you have the most bizarre life now, don’t you?”
“Eh, better this than living as a murderer, yes, boyo?” I hoped he was not offended by my wording.
“True, true…” he trailed off, his eyes unfocused.
“Not to change the subject, but do you mind if I ask you a little about me?”
“Huh?” Nicholas said as he struggled to pull himself out of some train of thought. “Oh, um, sure. What do you wish to know?”
“Well, not a lot. Obviously, I’m not the same person, but I would like to know what happened. How I ended up alone, with no memory. Do you know?”
Nicholas gestured to a natural stone formation that made a lovely bench area and motioned for me to sit with him.
“I don’t know how an immortal can have their memory erased. I do know why you left us, though.” The sadness in his eyes made him seem ancient all of a sudden. It also made me wish I could soothe him somehow, not that I knew how yet.
“You weren’t technically part of our family, you maintained a separate home. We were best friends, but as I stated earlier, you didn’t discuss who made you. After many years, you decided to seek out your creator. You never returned. I feared something terrible had happened, but I was never able to find out anything.” Nicholas reached out and clasped my hands in his strong ones.
“Anya, you have been missing for nearly three decades! We were friends for thirty years before that, and you were not wholly new to this life when we met.”
He looked as if he would cry, though in the end, he didn’t. My heart ached for him and for the person I had been to him.
“Thirty years?” I couldn’t wrap my head around the concept. What had I been doing for all that time? Why could I not remember? A growl slipped through my teeth.
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud genderfluid pansexual whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, they has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.
Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, FFPRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visithttp://tempesteoriley.com.
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Tamari and toasted sesame oil come together for a salty smokey seasoning that will redefine the way you think about tofu. Green beans and whole grain noodles are cooked crisp with a spicy kick of red pepper and ginger in this satisfying stir fry.
For recipe, visit: Green Bean Ginger Spaghetti Stir Fry – Meatless Monday
Look what I have for you today! Andrew has stopped to visit with us today and has brought a little something different, a Character Profile from his newest book. But if you want a little more on the story itself, make sure to hop on over to my review as well.
(Oh, and there’s a sweet giveaway later on… so don’t forget to read all of today’s too 😉 )
Title: Fire and Flint
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Deputies #1
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Dec 8, 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Dreamspinner Press | iBooks
Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge receiving the threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.
When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself….
Will their fledgling romance dissipate like fog in the sun before it has a chance to burn bright?
This simple soup comes together quickly, but dress it up with garnishes of pomegranate seeds (called arils) and fried sage leaves and you’ve got a dish worthy of company! To fry sage leaves, simply heat oil in a pan and cook them for about 5 seconds. This recipe comes to us from Priscilla of She’s Cookin’
For recipe, please visit: Curried Butternut Velvet Soup – Meatless Monday
For those of you already in the know, and those only just now learning, when not using my lovely Quickie GT wheelchair, I use smartcrutches (a variation of forearm crutches) to move around. Mine are purple, just like in the image below! Love, love, love them! Without these two thing, I could do basically nothing.
So, who wants plain and boring, right? I means, you spend how long-and how much-on glasses, canes, etc to mot only function as needed but to look nice. Why not personalize your sticks too? So, lookie what I found…?