Recipe: The Mick

The following drink is inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s character, Michael, in The Angel. Michael as you are aware makes an appearance in The Siren.

Michael is incredibly sweet, shy, and as pure as the this creamy concoction. One shot of this and you will know why he’s a very popular young man.

Items needed:
2 oz shot glass
Teaspoons
Small bowl

Ingredients:
• Bacardi Rum- premium white
• Raspberry Puree (recipe below)
• Heavy whipping cream
• Whipped cream dispenser
• Red raspberries- whole

Directions:
1. Place 1 TBSP of premade and chilled raspberry puree in bowl, add 2 TBSP rum and stir
2. Gently place in bottom of shot glass, keeping careful not to get any on the sides
3. Using extreme caution, “float” heavy cream along surface of puree mixture by pouring cream at the edge of glass at an extremely slow pace until glass is full. If this is done slowly and carefully, you will have a distinct separation of the two.
4. Using a teaspoon, dispense whipped cream dollop onto spoon and using another spoon, slowly slide off and onto top of heavy cream.
5. Top with 1 whole red raspberry and ENJOY!

Red Raspberry Puree*
Makes approximately ¾ cup
Ingredients:
• 1 – 12 ounce bag of frozen unsweetened raspberries
• 1/4 cup granulated white sugar, or more to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)

Directions:
1. Thaw the unsweetened frozen raspberries in a fine meshed strainer placed over a large bowl. (This will take a few hours at room temperature or you can defrost the berries in the microwave.)
2. Once the berries have completely thawed, force the juice from the berries by gently pressing the berries with the back of a spoon. (All that should remain in the strainer is the raspberry seeds.)
3. Throw away the seeds and, to the strained juice, stir in the lemon juice (if using) and white sugar (add more if needed).
4. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator up to a week, or freeze up to a year.
*Recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com

Recipe: The Sintini

The following drink inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s character, Nora, in The Siren. As you are probably aware Nora plays a major role in her Original Sinners series.

Nora is both sweet and sultry, but she also comes with a bite just like this does!

Items needed:
martini shaker
martini glass
swizzle stick
paring knife
cutting board

Ingredients:
• 4 ounces of Pomegranate Cherry juice or Pomegranate juice
• 2 ounces Maraschino Cherry syrup
• 3 ounces Cherry flavored vodka
• 1 ½ ounces Cointreau liquor
• 5 maraschino cherries (1 with stem)
• 1 lemon
• Sugar for rim (color is optional)
• Ice

Directions:
1. Cut lemon in half and rub edge of glass to moisten
2. Dip edge of glass directly into sugar, be sure to coat entire edge
3. Place one cherry in bottom of glass
4. In shaker, fill with ice and place all liquor, juice, and syrup
5. Shake and then strain and pour carefully into glass
6. Garnish with stemmed cherry (slice open at bottom)
7. Place remaining cherries on swizzle stick and lay across glass
8. May also garnish with lemon rind

Enjoy a taste of Sin~ Nora-style!

Culinary Inspiration: The Angel

I’ve enjoyed reading books with scenes taking place around a table full of gorgeous food and having that key moment when you feel your heart either break or soar as if you are sitting there too. Being that I’m a classically trained Pastry chef, I tend to be interested in the foods written in fiction novels and wonder if it’s an important part of the author’s vision or just a “prop” used to set a scene. Some novels have urged me to try some new things while others have made me wonder “what in the heck were they thinking!” But, there has now come a time when I have just experienced a really unbelievable story and it didn’t have a morsel of food in it. Hmmm…what to do, what to do.

There are very few, if any, books that make me want to get creative and show my unabashed love for the story as well as the author, however, The Angel by Tiffany Reisz has done just that. These are my culinary creations in a tribute to some of my all-time favorite characters as well as my new super-cheesy author crush *blushing*.  So lets make some sinfully good cocktails and celebrate the release of The Angel today!

The Sintini
The Mick

Here are some of my Angel inspired creations!

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Review: The Angel

Title: The Angel
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Grade/Rating: 5 out 5

If you’ve read The Siren or my review of it, then you are prepared to hear me ramble on once again of my love of Tiffany Reisz and her ability to make words consume me then spit me out only to have me begging to be let back in. If you have not read The Siren, please do not go any further unless you want to risk injury to your brain for which I will not be liable…consider yourself warned. The Angel starts just over a year after The Siren ended and even though a lot has happened since, have no fear, you will be fed what you crave when the time comes and not a moment sooner.

Page one throws me back into bed with Søren and Nora (literally) and I couldn’t be happier. Here I get to see them together, outside the dramatic scenes of the club, just two people so deep in love that you forget all their other details. Yes, Søren’s revealed priesthood was a bit difficult for me to take at first and I will be honest, even through this one I struggled with my feelings for him. Nora is still the same spunky, quick-witted, and sensual woman that I adore but I’m also given the gift of seeing her as a woman still searching for herself and opening up to her emotional desires without shame. Her relationships and views of her world are refreshingly honest, captivating as usual, and I cannot imagine her any different nor could I get enough of her. She and her beloved are separated for months while Søren is faced with his own conflict that could alter his path in life and rock Nora to her core so her constant worry is evident throughout. It’s during this time that I was shown more of her past that both shocked and broke my heart a little and now I can see the young woman who eventually turned into the wickedly sexy sinner I love. I was also given the chance to see her as a loving and caring Domme while she is tasked with training her “Angel” in the ways of submissive life. It’s in these moments that I saw past the hardcore sex and witnessed a beautiful exchange between two caring souls and even glimpsed at the wonderful mother Nora could be. Continue reading

Tiffany Reisz Interview Part 2

9780778313533_smp.inddWe hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our interview with our favorite Mistress, Tiffany Reisz. We bring you part 2 and this time we focus on The Siren. Enjoy!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? What was the hardest?
Favorite part of THE SIREN was the 8th Circle scene. I loved tying the ends of every Søren and Zach scene to what was happening in the White Room with Nora and Michael. I had SO much fun in the 8th Circle from Søren’s reveal to him being all Dommy on Zach just to be an asshole to Nora being all “Oh no!” until the second she was alone with him and her turning into “Oh God, fuck me!” The whole thing was a mindfuck and those are my favorite.

The scene that was the most emotional for me to write was the “I’ll fly” flashback scene. The minute I wrote the words “Don’t say I ran from you. I didn’t run. I could never run from you,” the tears started. I wept huge great heaving sobs while writing that. I thought that scene would kill me. I have no idea where it came from. Pure catharsis writing that.

I know some people criticize The Siren because of its unconventional ending and dealings…do you think erotic fiction needs a happily ever after? Or do you think that a book can still be erotic fiction without it?
I don’t even think romances need cut and dried HEA. Jesus,we’re grown-ups. Surely by now we know not all love stories end with a couple riding off into the sunset. I’ve had great relationships that ended. Why does every damn story have to end with a cheesy HEA. My answer to people who demand simplistic happy endings is to not read my books. These books are part of a series. Stick around long enough and you’ll see a joyful ending BUT I will make the characters crawl through hell to get there.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of The Siren that you would change?
I use “was” too much in it. I’d do a lot of copyediting. That’s it.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to perhaps in another book?
I’d love to give Sheridan a bigger book. She’s sex on two legs. I’ve had a lot of requests for more Sheridan time. Readers really dug my super kinky little blond.

Is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with or wish you had incorporated into The Siren?
I think I put everything AND the kitchen sink into THE SIREN. It probably has too many themes!

What character have readers asked you the most about? Which left an impression on them and did it surprise you?
I was surprised how much hatred some readers felt for Søren. I knew he’d be polarizing but I never imagined people would flat out think he was evil. Then I realized these readers have never hung out with sadists before. I have and they’ve all been fabulous men.
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Tiffany Reisz Interview Part 1

 The Lovers had an amazing opportunity to interview our favorite Mistress, okay our only one, Tiffany Reisz. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Everyone defines erotic fiction differently…what’s your definition and why?
Erotic fiction is simply that – it’s fiction that’s erotic. People define erotic fiction differently because everyone’s definition of erotic is different. Some people find my book distinctly NOT erotic because they don’t enjoy the sort of BDSM I write. Some readers find my books more erotic than anything ever because they do find my BDSM world sexy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Film critic Roger Ebert summed it up best in his review of SECRETARY, the BDSM movie starring James Spader as (READY FOR IT?) Mr. Gray, a sexual Dominant and mild sadist. “ Because S/M involves postures that are absorbing for the participants but absurd to the onlooker, we tend to giggle at the wrong times.”

For someone like me who does and loves BDSM, it’s very hard to put myself in the shoes of a vanilla reader. So I write about the fear and the trembling and the pain of BDSM because a submissive or a masochist in a scene often feels fear and pain and kinky readers go, “Yup, that’s it” and vanilla readers think “Ohh…that’s wrong.” I get asked, “If she likes it, why is she afraid?” and “If she’s enjoying it, why does it hurt?” They don’t understand that the pain and the fear are part of the enjoyment of BDSM just the way the tears are part of the pleasure of seeing a tearjerker movie or the fear is the fun part of a roller-coaster ride. Translating BDSM to vanilla readers without pulling my punches and white-washing the world is probably my hardest challenge.

Some authors keep a list of songs they listened to while they wrote…did you or was it all quiet working for you?
I listen to a lot of Celtic music since I find it soothing when writing, a lot of classical. When I re-wrote the final draft of THE SIREN, I did nothing but listen to Lady Gaga.
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Review: The Siren

Title: The Siren
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Grade/Rating: 5 out 5

Before I can begin my review of The Siren, I need to confess that Erotic novels are not typically at the top of my list. Yes, I’ve read plenty of books with steam but I’m the type of reader that will throw myself into a heavy mind bending thriller one week and then drown myself in a gag-me cutesy Happy Ever After story the next. My favorite part of reading is the ability to leave the world in which we live and dive head first into the world the author has created. I never found an Erotic novel that could do that for me…at least not until now.

I stumbled upon The Siren purely by accident. I guess Amazon knows me better than I do because I received an email suggesting The Siren based on my previous views and purchases (kind of makes me wonder what I was looking at online). Typically I delete these but that day I went against my own habits and opened it. I read the synopsis and thought…hmmm…interesting but let’s see how she writes. I’m not going to lie and tell you I fell in love after the first paragraph or even the first 5 pages. No, where Ms. Reisz dangled the worm in front of this fish was this exact line in Ch. 1: “I don’t want to write this story any more than you want to read it”. All the doubts I had about those cheesy hot-flash inducing erotic novels vanished and I didn’t bother to read further before clicking Buy Now. How can a simple line from a book within a novel make me feel like she was talking to me? I don’t know how she did it but I was determined to find out what else she had to say.

Ms. Reisz doesn’t throw her characters at you and expect you to keep up. She presents them with dainty little bows and a bat of the eyelashes before she reaches in her pocket for another. She lets you get close enough to feel like you know them, all the while keeping you at a distance while the others lurk in the shadows. First there is Zach and my, oh my, he’s British. A grumpy, ill-tempered book editor who’s only goal is to make those around him feel terrible while keeping his nose pressed to the glass wishing he was somewhere else is not exactly sexy but I was drawn to him. I have a soft spot for Brits, little known fact, so the minute he was introduced I wanted more of him, his posh attitude, and to see why this man was so angry with the world *insert sexy British accent here*.
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September Read Along Selections

We have scheduled two great books. While we are wrapping up our discussion on our first book there’s still time for you to read it.

Title: Trust in Advertising
Author: Victoria Michaels
Dates: September 10-22nd
Chapter Dates
Blurb: Lexi White finds herself at a crossroads. After putting everything on hold to care for her ailing father, it’s finally time for her to start living her life again. An exciting new job holds the promise of a fresh start, until she comes face to face with someone from her past who has always stopped her dead in her tracks, and who evidently still has the power to make her forget her own name. This time around, Lexi’s a grown woman who refuses to back away from her dreams, even if it requires working with her old high school crush. Side by side. Every day. Will he end up being her downfall or exactly what she needs?

Vincent doesn’t even remember Lexi from high school, but he begins to take notice when the fiery young woman is hired as his new assistant. Quickly, Lexi turns his world upside down and becomes an invaluable addition not only to his team, but to his life. Having learned a few hard lessons about trust in the past, Vincent is reluctant to let down his guard, especially when it appears that someone is out to sabotage his family’s advertising agency. Professionally, they are dynamite together, but when sparks fly between them personally, will Vincent let lies and jealousy ruin everything between them, or will he finally learn not only how to love, but ultimately trust…in advertising?

Title: The Siren
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Dates: August 29-September 8
Chapter Dates
Blurb: Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.