135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.
As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I <3 Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she’d have on.
To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him. Read More…
In Starlight, Aidan and Beth have a lovely dinner with violinists playing and waiters at every turn! Enjoy their meal of “Lemon Pepper Cappellini with Chicken Cutlets Brasciole”! Add green beans for a well-balanced main course. Enjoy!
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1/2 pound capellini
1/2 cup shredded or torn basil leaves
Grated cheese, to pass at table
1/2 cup hot water
Handful golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 slices sandwich bread, torn
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
- Place water on to boil for pasta. In a large skillet combine olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add garlic, pepper and the lemon zest.
- Salt water when it boils then cook cappellini to al dente (cooked but with a small firm-like bite to the noodle), 2 to 3 minutes. Add a ladle of cooking water to lemon pepper butter and stir in the lemon juice.
- Drain pasta and toss with lemon-pepper butter and salt, to taste.
- Add the basil to the pasta and serve a small bundle alongside your entree or serve as a delicate first course.
- In a separate, small bowl, pour very hot water and add raisins. Let plump for 5 minutes.
- Lightly toast nuts in a small skillet over medium low heat.
- Drain raisins and pat dry. Place raisins, nuts, parsley, lemon zest, garlic, torn bread and cheese into processor and pulse into a stuffing.
- Butterfly the chicken open by cutting into and across the breast but not all the way through. Pound out the cutlets and season the chicken with salt and pepper. Fill the breasts with stuffing, roll and secure with toothpicks.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the brasciole all over 7 to 8 minutes, remove and set aside. Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up the drippings.
- Stir in tomatoes and tarragon, add chicken back, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Slice and serve over pasta.
Adapted from Food Network
Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Daniela, aka Dani. After a painful break-up with Rick, Dani decides she doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of relationship.
After almost two years, Dani’s friends stage an intervention, forcing her out of her holding pattern and back into the real world of dating.
Liam, a down to earth firefighter, may be just the person to show her she’s still worth something. Their chemistry is instant and electric. But will Dani be able to trust her patched-up heart with him?
And what will happen when Rick decides he’ll go to any lengths to get her back?
I really enjoyed reading The Do Over! When we first meet Daniela she’s living a great life and she’s happily committed to her boyfriend Rick. Then out of the blue Rick breaks up with her and she’s left with a broken heart and no real motivation. Thanks to her friends and her decision to finally move on, she opens herself up to the idea of dating someone and she falls right into the arms of hot firefighter, Liam.
Everything is going perfect…until Rick is back, and tries to win over “his” Daniella. What’s a girl to do?! Can Rick, the pompous jerk, really change? Is she in love with Liam? Is he just a rebound? Decisions, decisions!
This is a great read that people with “Reading OCD” (like myself) will enjoy! You’ll fall in love with Liam and wish for him to come to your rescue. *sigh* The characters are funny and realistic. Although Dani is obsessed with her book boyfriends, including a certain Professor , she opens her heart up again to try and find happiness.
I really hope A.L. writes a continuation of some of the characters!! You’ll be surprised that you’ll also feel sorry for the “antagonists” (so to speak) of the story! They’re soooo bad, they’re good!!
A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago. A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors. She loves to read, write and take pictures. She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times. Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.
Title: The Healers
Author: Lynsie Buchanan
Publisher: Extasy Books
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
During the reign of the Greek Gods, there was Asclepius, the God of Healing. Upon his death two groups battled, the Healers and the Hunters. Healers, those with true healing magic, scattered among the continents for safety from the Hunters. Now, in present day, the Healers are searching to find all of their blood line. The Hunters are searching, too.
Magic flows from Layna’s hands, but trusting anyone with her secret is not possible. Leo, her longtime friend, is determined to become more and Layna believes she wants that. Everything changes when she meets Alexander, the guard supposedly sent for her. There is something that draws them together, but is it real? Faced with a new reality of what her magic means and threats on her life, Layna must choose where her loyalties lie. Who is out to hurt her and who can she trust?
Layna is “special”. She doesn’t know what or who she is but she knows she has the power of miraculously healing people with just a touch. Life seems to be going great: she’s saving lives, she’s progressing her friendship with Leo to something more, and she has the best friends a girl could ask for. So she thought….
One fateful night, someone tries to break into her home. Is it a coincidence that her recurring nightmare seems more real than ever at that same moment? Alexander, her hot, new, next door neighbor comes to help and she knows instantly that he is “special” too. Her feelings for him grow at an alarming speed and she suddenly thinks he might be the one. Where does that leave Leo? Does she really want to take things to the next level with him, or does she want to get to know Alexander a little more?
This was a very good read! If you like paranormal and are a fan of love triangles, check this out! The story definitely kept me guessing with which guy would be the best match for Layna! I was caught in the middle, much like she was! haha Once Layna gets a grasp on her new “reality”, she has many decisions to make…some bigger than she can handle. I liked the fact that Layna wanted to learn more about where she came from and wanted to help anyway she can. She’s a kind person that wants to do great things and help others, but she’s faced with some tough choices. Once she figures out what she’s capable of, is her life over or is it just beginning? Realizing she has more power than she could’ve ever imagined, she’s eager to find out what her position is in the world and to mankind!
Cheers! I’m a red headed Texan gal that writes adult romance novels. After spending way too much money on attaining degrees in education (bachelors, masters, no ph.D yet), I realized that I loved teaching, but, I needed to write. Somehow, I have struck a chaotic balance. Teacher by day, steamy romance writer by night….. I daydream a lot, drink wine, gossip about juicy plots with my friends and obsessively read. Check my blog for my latest favorite reads, what I’m writing, and other crazy things I encounter. My debut novel, THE HEALERS, will be available April 2013.
5 Fun Facts About Lynsie Buchanan
- I was born on a Caribbean island…no wonder I’m late everywhere and I think drinking is an activity.
- None of my close friends were surprised that I like to write sex scenes. I guess I must have some kinda smut sign on my forehead.
- I was a first grade teacher before I started writing…it’s always the innocent ones
- Sometimes…I walk around the kitchen in high heels while I’m cooking dinner. I really love to pretend I’m tall.
- Having a clean mouth is a high priority to me. My college roommate used to tease me because I always came home for my toothbrush before shacking up.
Starlight is the debut novel from author Alexandra Richland. This is a captivating story that will take you back in time to Hollywood during the 1950′s Golden Age. Enjoy our fan-made trailer!
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Title: Starlight (Starlight Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Alexandra Richland
Genre: Historical Romance
Cover Design by: Rakestraw Book Design
October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie’s plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she’s asked to take a screen test at a major motion picture studio.
Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.
As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan’s dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.
The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
About Alexandra Richland:
I am a twenty-nine-year-old nurse from Toronto Canada. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and collecting 1950s Hollywood memorabilia.
My modern day adventure, romance, and mystery novel, Frontline, will be available shortly in various e-book formats.
My short story, Gilded Cage, is currently available for purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.
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E-book of Starlight
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What would you do if what you worked your entire life to build was suddenly destroyed?
Cade Walker is a cowboy Casanova. He’s cocky and he doesn’t care who knows it. He was raised on Walker Ranch and was destined to one day take it over. What he didn’t know was how soon that would happen. After his parents are killed in a car accident he is thrust into becoming a responsible adult. Well, sort of. Cade is always responsible when it comes to business, but pleasure, now that’s a whole other story.
Suzanna Mallory is a red-headed spitfire, who also happens to be Cade’s best friend. She has loved Cade since they met when they were nine years old, but Cade just isn’t the type to get married and settle down. Suzanna finds herself in an abusive marriage and the only thing that keeps her sane is her daughter, Isabella, and working with Cade at Walker Ranch.
When a fire threatens to destroy the future of Walker Ranch, Cade and Suzanna have to work together to save it.
What will this mean for her marriage or to the feelings that she has for Cade?
And now that Cade thought he found love with Loralei Harper, only to realize she didn’t feel the same way, is he ready to settle down?
Is Cade Walker Destined to Succeed?
Destined to Succeed Excerpt
Cade walked up behind me and pulled my hand with the shot glass up to his mouth. He had me press it to his lips as he slammed it back. He was standing so close to me. His chest was pressed against my shoulder.
“You havin’ a party without me, hon?” I could feel his breath against my neck.
“A party just ain’t a party without Cade Walker, right?” I was trying to be funny, but my voice was shaky because he was just too close for me to think straight. He gently turned me around to face him. I felt his finger under my chin as he tilted my head up to look at him. His eyes were smoldering and this might have been the shots talking, but he was totally kissing me with those eyes.
I grew up in a really small town in Missouri. Very similar to the fictional town I wrote about in my novel. I moved to the big city right after I graduated. I work full-time and I am mom to a beautiful little girl. I started writing in October when a group I am in had a prologue contest. I didn’t win the contest, but everyone who read my prologue asked for more of my story. I decided I had to finish it and get these characters that were in my head out on paper. During the writing process it became clear that this was going to be more than one novel. It had to be a series. I have at least 2 more novels planned for the Destined Series. I also have an idea for a YA novel that stems from one of the characters in Destined to Change…hint, hint. When I was asked to write this bio I explained that I am really boring and it would be really short…so, that’s about all there is to know about me. I love music and honestly couldn’t have written this book without my Spotify playlist. I am kinda obsessed with frogs (not real ones) and office supplies are my downfall! I could spend my whole paycheck at the stationery store…boring, didn’t I already say that? lol Also, I am slightly addicted to Facebook and Voxer. Please message me on either one…I would love to hear from all of you.
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