Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Pen Pals with Julie Doherty and Scent of the Soul


In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.

It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.

Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.

It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.


Author Bio:

Julie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Central PA Romance Writers. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Glasgow-born Irish husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rone Award nominated book Hidden Mortality on special. $99c

Rone Award nominated book
On special this week 99c on Amazon US
Blurb For Hidden Mortality
A witch is murdered in 1850 in a ritual that will grant longevity to four men. What they are not aware of is that she has bestowed the same power to another called Seth to avenge her death.

Cara lives in present day Bristol, and is a descendant of the witch. Having been unlucky in love she fills her days with food with her Irish themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power.  

Cara kept searching but couldn’t find the book she wanted. The assistant at the empty counter smiled politely as she approached.
“I’m looking for a book called Immortality and Witchcraft, Fact or Fiction,” Cara said.
The woman typed the title into her computer. As Cara waited, someone walked up to the other counter beside her. She turned to look. Her world stopped as she met the slate grey gaze of the man staring straight at her. This wasn’t possible. He couldn’t exist. He was just a dream lover. Yet there he was, standing next to her as big as life.
She tried to smile, but it probably came out as more of a grin. He didn’t smile back. Her legs turned to jelly. If she didn’t breathe, she would pass out. She reached out and gripped the counter. One of them had to look away but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Someone was talking to her and the moment was broken.
“Excuse me.”
     “Sorry.” Cara replied, as she forced herself to look at the salesperson. She was afraid if she glanced back, he would be gone. Her imagination must be playing tricks on her.
“It looks like we should have one copy left,” the woman said.
“I think I’m just about to sell it,” the other shop assistant said coming up to the register. “We could order it in for you. It might take a couple of weeks.”
“Please, take my copy.” The man at the other counter held out the book. His voice was deep, exactly as it was in her dreams. She was caught again in his gaze. The world disappeared and for a moment they were the only two people alive locked in the gaze they shared. Her hand went to her chest. She could feel her heart racing at the thought of him being near.
“Thank you, but no I couldn’t. You had the book first.”
“Please, take it. I have plenty of time to wait for another copy to come in.”
She found it hard to say no. Perhaps, it was the fact he was about six three and wore grey bike leathers. They added to the effect of making him look powerful. The shaved head and the stubble on his face gave a menacing look, but she wasn’t afraid of him. This wasn’t right. Her life was wild enough without dream lovers becoming real.
Plus, she wouldn’t want her other dreams to become real as well. She needed to say something, or he would think she was an idiot standing there with her mouth gaping. He held the book out to her. As she took it, her hand touched his. It was such a tiny touch and yet it meant he was real. She felt the heat rising up her neck as she blushed. She also sensed another heat inside her. It was the same way he had made her feel in her dreams.
“Thanks.” Cara paid for her book and listened as he confirmed his contact details. Seth Scanlon. She had a name. She wasn’t really stalking. Taking another book off a shelf, she flipped through the pages. He glanced her way before he left and caught her gaze once more.
She couldn’t fool herself. The look he gave her was so intense she felt he was seeing inside her soul. Her breath caught. She shivered although the shop was warm. For a split second, she considered following him and saying he must remember all the times they had made love.
She could just imagine the expression he would give her. He didn’t know her. She was a stranger. The shop became suffocating as she pulled at the collar of her jumper. She needed to be outside. There was no sign of him on the street. For a moment, she wanted to cry. At this rate, she would give the silly schoolgirls in the shop a run for their money.

Dingle Delight as mentioned in Hidden Mortality by Maggie Mundy
Bailey’s Chocolate Orange Baked Cheesecake
2 packets of Light Philadelphia cream cheese. 250grm packets
2 100grm packets Lindt Orange chocolate intense bars
1 packet dark chocolate biscuits.
100grms. margarine or butter.
2 eggs
½ cup or 50grms castor sugar.
1 teaspoon orange essence
30mls Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 Crush to crumbs. Melt butter and pour on to crumbs and mix well.
2 Grease flan tin and then push crumb mixture into base.

3 In a mixing bowl put cream cheese, eggs, sugar orange essence and Bailey’s Irish Cream
4 Melt the Lindt orange chocolate and add to mixture.
5 Beat well with an electric mixer until all ingredients are combined.
6 Pour mixture into flan tin and palace in a preheated oven at 160 degrees for one hour.
7 Turn oven off and let cheesecake cool in the oven. This prevents the top from cracking.
8 Place in fridge and cool for three hours prior to serving.
9 Grate Lindt white chocolate on the top and serve with a dollop of cream.
Serves 8 large pieces or 16 smaller. This is a very rich desert.

Review on
If light and fluffy is how you like your romance, Hidden Mortality is not for you. But if you like them dark, dangerous and sexy then Maggie Mundy is well worth the purchase price. Hidden Mortality has murder, ritual sacrifice and a an immortal with an agenda. It also has heart, humour, and characters that real and relatable. The heroine, Cara, is a strong, independent women who has overcome all sorts of adversity to make a good and successful life for herself. When fate hands her a rough deal, she picks herself up and keeps going. The hero (who is no cardboard cutout) is a sexy as all get out. A big, strong, tattooed biker who spends as much time sculpting as he does making weapons in his forge. And did I mention he's sexy? Hidden Mortality is a great read.

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