Spotlight and $25 GC Giveaway: The Secret Of Obedience by Liv Rancourt

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Happy Release Week to my good friend Liv!  I’m so excited to share The Secret of Obedience with you. I had the pleasure of getting an advance peek at it – and you can see my review here.  If you want the summary – hot, sweet, and 5 stars!

Liv’s been kind enough to bring a hot (and sweet and beautiful) excerpt for us. Also, she’s giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card – so make sure to read down to the end of the post and get your entry in for that!


The Secret of Obedience by Liv Rancourt The Secret of Obedience

By Liv Rancourt

Can a jock find love with a hot little hipster? Opposites attract, but secrets divide.

Ronnie Durand is a country boy who transfers to the University of Washington after two years at Central. He’ll have to give up playing football, though finishing his education at a major university in Seattle – and being out and proud without having to look over his shoulder – makes the sacrifice worthwhile.

But finding friends at a huge school is tough, especially when the hottest guy Ronnie meets makes him doubt his own sanity.

Sang’s been on his own a long time. He’s only a couple steps away from living on the street, and he’s got dreams so big they don’t leave space for a steady boyfriend. Then he meets Ronnie, who just might be strong enough to break through his barriers….as long as Sang lets him in on one big secret.


My bike’s parked right in front of the club. “Are we going far?” I ask.

“Four or five blocks.”

I hand him the helmet. “Get on.”

He slides the helmet on, and I help him tighten the buckles. He chitters a laugh, making the moment silly and a little awkward. I straddle the bike, and when he climbs on behind me it turns me on so bad I almost come again. Damn. I want to be stretched out in a bed with Sang, both of us naked, with a box of condoms and a Costco-sized bottle of lube.

With nudges and hand signals, he guides me to a big brick apartment building about a quarter mile away. I park, and he springs off, leaving me with a sharp shiver at the loss of his heat. By the time I get the bike locked up, he’s on the front door phone. Continue reading


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Alice Orr: Cooking for Jonathan – Chili Mole in the Slow Cooker

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Tired of turkey yet? Alice Orr is here today with a great cold-weather recipe you can easily make in the slow-cooker! Make sure to check out Alice’s new book A Vacancy at the Inn!



I grew up in the Snow Country. Extreme northern New York State almost to Canada. The white world of winter – white snowscape meeting white sky. I loved the crisp cold beauty and the solitude of it where a young girl could be truly on her own.

My mother was strict but she’d never go out in the biting cold or the blowing snow to track me down. Once I was through the front door of 439 East Avenue I was literally in the wind and I wouldn’t return home until suppertime.

Mom wasn’t a great cook but he was a good cook. She was especially good at winter cooking. In other words substantial food. “That will put meat on your bones,” my dad would say. He was almost always referring to a pot of something set to simmer on the back of the stove all day long.

Soups and stews and spaghetti sauce were the most frequent occupants of that pot. It wasn’t a fancy pot because we weren’t fancy people. We didn’t care what the outside of the pot looked like. We cared what its contents tasted like – and how they made us feel.

On a cold winter day the pot fare from my mother’s kitchen made us feel – first of all – warm. We ate in the dining room but we could smell the aroma from the kitchen that had our mouths watering even before the steaming bowls were carried in and set down in front of us.

Then we’d eat – quietly for a while because we were so very hungry. Then gradually we’d discover the other thing those cold-weather pot meals made us feel. They made us feel full.

Flash decades forward to my kitchen. We live in the northeast – not as far north but it still gets very cold here. My husband Jonathan is a contractor. He runs time-pressured jobs for demanding people and he comes home hungry every night. In the winter he comes home hungry and cold.

We live in an apartment building on the second floor. Jonathan walks that one flight up each night. As he climbs the aroma of my kitchen draws him home. He drops his jobsite boots at the door – shakes the snow from his work jacket and leaves the outside world behind.

“I could smell your cooking all the way,” he says as he folds me into his still chilly arms that feel warm as toast to me anyway. Then he lifts the lid of the pot and takes a long deep whiff. He is continuing his aroma experience but what he’s really needing is substantial food.

Chili Mole is substantial food and one of Jonathan’s favorite cold-weather pot meals. I simmer it all day long – just like my mother back on East Avenue but I use the slow cooker – my best meal preparation buddy on long winter days. Here’s my recipe. Give it a try. And stay warm.

Alice Orr's Chili Mole RecipeChili Mole Recipe

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Travis’s Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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WARNING! EXPERIMENTAL RECIPE! Since we made Bo’s massive steak last week, I thought we would give Travis his turn this week. Ever since I wrote the chili scene in You Can Leave Your Boots On, I’ve known I wanted to do post with a chili recipe. Only problem? I don’t have a vegetarian chili recipe. (Hey, I live in Texas with a Bo-style carnivore). But… I live in Austin, Texas and I know lots of vegetarians. So… none of them gave me their recipe to plaster all over the Interwebz. The advice I got was, “Just make your favorite chili recipe and sub textured meat protein for the meat.”

Vegetarian Chili RecipeOkay, all great, except all my recipes start with browning the meat. So I consulted Mr. Google. There are tons of vegetarian chili recipes, but none looked quite like the type of chili I would normally make at home. So…. I started from scratch. I’m experimenting on y’all.   Here we go… Continue reading

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Bethany-Kris: Reckless and Ruined

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I’m excited to have Bethany-Kris on the blog today to introduce her new book, Reckless and Ruined. Bethany and I share a similar writing style. You know – light, fun, and … oh who am I kidding. She writes seething erotic suspense with to-die-for alpha heroes. {fanning self} If you can stop staring at her gorgeous cover, you can find an example of one of those heroes in the excerpt below.

Umm – little reminder – my $25 Amazon gift card giveaway ends tomorrow – so make sure you make it all the way to the bottom of the page if you want to enter for that!


Reckless and Ruined by Bethany-Kris


Reckless and Ruined by Bethany-Kris

Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war. Continue reading


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Bo’s Perfect Porterhouse Steak (no-grill method)

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Since it is release week for You Can Leave Your Boots On, I thought I would bestir myself to write my own #FoodieFriday post featuring something from the book.  Bo loves a Porterhouse.  That sounded good.

There are lots of methods for cooking steak on the interwebz, including this crazy freeze-fry method, which sounded like way too much effort.  Hmmm… maybe I could get Bones to do this for me instead of actually doing my own work. (Have we discussed how lazy I am?) This turned out to be the easy part. Like Travis, I don’t often offer to bring home 2 lb chunks of red meat – Bones couldn’t quite pull off blasé as he agreed.  You know, as a favor. Just because he loves me.


2 lb Porterhouse SteakBones:

This is a simple method for cooking almost any steak and it doesn’t require a grill.

  • olive oil
  • 2 lb porterhouse steak
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • red pepper
  • minced garlic
  • butter (about a tablespoon)

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