Welcome Joan Porte – Author of Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook


“The perfect gift with great recipes for the holidays!” 
~BK Walker, Author of Wolves of Shadow Falls Series


The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.
Discover why:

• 
Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• 
Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• 
Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• 
Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• 
Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• 
Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.

“These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I’ve concocted and tweaked over the years,” says author Joan Porte.

The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.

About the Author – Joan Porte

Joan started “playing” with Astrology when she was in grammar school. She always had a fixation with the planets – Pluto being her favorite (surprise she is Scorpio Sun!) Yes, Pluto is still a planet to her! She put her astrology “toys” away when she grew up and went into the “real world,” sadly convinced that it was time to do more important things. The universe and her North Node in Sagittarius woke her up in her mid-thirties after which she began an intensive study of Western astrology.

According to Joan, “Modern Man takes for granted the Sun and how its energy propels and sustains life. Moon energy controls the tides yet we ignore the other more personal influences it has on our bodies and lives. We have lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers from the god and goddess. Humanity has disconnected from its source
and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically.”


“Each person is born with a map – a soul map – that is his or her astrological chart. It is a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance our soul’s desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth. I simply read the map – illustrating where you have been and where you are going to make your journey through life less bumpy.” With this cook book Joan is combining her astrological knowledge with her lifelong love of cooking in her own inimitable way.


She is the author of the blog
Karmic Astrology.

Her other book is Fortyish: Lessons For the Ages From a Baby Boomer.

Website| Signs Of The Tines FB | Karmic Astrology by Joan Facebook | Blog

Watch Media Videos with Joan

Genre: Astrological Cookbook
Publisher: Soulsign Publishing Company Ingraham Press
Release Date: April 2013
Amazon

A new breed of cookbook that combines personal astrology with a love for preparing and sharing delicious meals. Astrologer and gastronome Joan Porte brings a new, fun twist to cooking by showing anyone who loves to cook how to personalize a menu for your family and friends. Beautiful photographs complement the more than 120 featured recipes organized by zodiac sign. Choose a dish or plan a multi-course meal with selections from: Appetizers, Soups, Pasta, Veggies & Fruit, Meat & Fish, and Dessert for each of the twelve signs. SIGNS OF THE TINES is a heart-warming and mouth-watering invitation to eat in alignment with our stars!
Adam Gainsburg / Soulsign


Tomatoes Stuffed With Artichokes & Feta

Taurus is a bit confusing when it comes to color. Bulls are drawn to the color red; however, the color associated with Taurus is emerald green, symbolizing the pastures in which they love to laze comfortably. Therefore, I offer here a very red veggie dish with a dash of green.
One of the first dishes I made when I was a kid were tomatoes stuffed with chicken and tuna salads. I thought they were just the neatest things. As I grew as a person and a cook, I encountered many recipes that stuffed tomatoes with some kind of creamy spinach messes or ones that were all breadcrumbs and cheese.

This recipe is my grown-up version of the stuffed tomato that embraces the artichoke as well and is easy enough for the sometimes lazy Taurus to make. (Did I say lazy? Oops. I hope they don’t stampede.)

6 large firm tomatoes*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 14-ounce cans un-marinated artichoke hearts, diced
3 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 big basil leaves

Serves 6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the stems off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp, leaving the shell. Set the pulp aside in a small dish. Drain the artichoke hearts in a colander.

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Rough chop the tomato pulp and add to the pan; cook down until most of the moisture of the tomato is gone. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft – about 2 minutes. (You may have to drizzle more olive oil into the pan to keep the veggies from sticking.)

Remove the cooked vegetables to a small dish to cool and add the artichoke hearts to the pan. Cook until they begin to turn golden brown. Squeeze the juice of the lemon in a small dish (watch the pits) and pour over the hearts. Let the lemon juice cook down and add the olives. Stir in the oregano and remove immediately from the heat. Add all of the vegetables together in one dish and let the mixture cool to the touch.

Fill the tomatoes ½ way with artichoke mixture, add a layer of feta, fill the tomato to the top with more artichoke mixture and top with more feta. Place a basil leaf on top of each tomato.

Place tomatoes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. The cheese should be melted and lightly brown.

Serve warm.


*Depending on the size of your tomatoes you may have some artichokes left over. The mixture is great reheated and used as a topping for steaks or salads.




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Welcome Joan Porte – Author of Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook


“The perfect gift with great recipes for the holidays!” 
~BK Walker, Author of Wolves of Shadow Falls Series


The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.
Discover why:

• 
Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• 
Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• 
Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• 
Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• 
Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• 
Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.

“These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I’ve concocted and tweaked over the years,” says author Joan Porte.

The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.

About the Author – Joan Porte

Joan started “playing” with Astrology when she was in grammar school. She always had a fixation with the planets – Pluto being her favorite (surprise she is Scorpio Sun!) Yes, Pluto is still a planet to her! She put her astrology “toys” away when she grew up and went into the “real world,” sadly convinced that it was time to do more important things. The universe and her North Node in Sagittarius woke her up in her mid-thirties after which she began an intensive study of Western astrology.

According to Joan, “Modern Man takes for granted the Sun and how its energy propels and sustains life. Moon energy controls the tides yet we ignore the other more personal influences it has on our bodies and lives. We have lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers from the god and goddess. Humanity has disconnected from its source
and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically.”


“Each person is born with a map – a soul map – that is his or her astrological chart. It is a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance our soul’s desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth. I simply read the map – illustrating where you have been and where you are going to make your journey through life less bumpy.” With this cook book Joan is combining her astrological knowledge with her lifelong love of cooking in her own inimitable way.


She is the author of the blog
Karmic Astrology.

Her other book is Fortyish: Lessons For the Ages From a Baby Boomer.

Website| Signs Of The Tines FB | Karmic Astrology by Joan Facebook | Blog

Watch Media Videos with Joan

Genre: Astrological Cookbook
Publisher: Soulsign Publishing Company Ingraham Press
Release Date: April 2013
Amazon

A new breed of cookbook that combines personal astrology with a love for preparing and sharing delicious meals. Astrologer and gastronome Joan Porte brings a new, fun twist to cooking by showing anyone who loves to cook how to personalize a menu for your family and friends. Beautiful photographs complement the more than 120 featured recipes organized by zodiac sign. Choose a dish or plan a multi-course meal with selections from: Appetizers, Soups, Pasta, Veggies & Fruit, Meat & Fish, and Dessert for each of the twelve signs. SIGNS OF THE TINES is a heart-warming and mouth-watering invitation to eat in alignment with our stars!
Adam Gainsburg / Soulsign


Tomatoes Stuffed With Artichokes & Feta

Taurus is a bit confusing when it comes to color. Bulls are drawn to the color red; however, the color associated with Taurus is emerald green, symbolizing the pastures in which they love to laze comfortably. Therefore, I offer here a very red veggie dish with a dash of green.
One of the first dishes I made when I was a kid were tomatoes stuffed with chicken and tuna salads. I thought they were just the neatest things. As I grew as a person and a cook, I encountered many recipes that stuffed tomatoes with some kind of creamy spinach messes or ones that were all breadcrumbs and cheese.

This recipe is my grown-up version of the stuffed tomato that embraces the artichoke as well and is easy enough for the sometimes lazy Taurus to make. (Did I say lazy? Oops. I hope they don’t stampede.)

6 large firm tomatoes*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 14-ounce cans un-marinated artichoke hearts, diced
3 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 big basil leaves

Serves 6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the stems off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp, leaving the shell. Set the pulp aside in a small dish. Drain the artichoke hearts in a colander.

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Rough chop the tomato pulp and add to the pan; cook down until most of the moisture of the tomato is gone. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft – about 2 minutes. (You may have to drizzle more olive oil into the pan to keep the veggies from sticking.)

Remove the cooked vegetables to a small dish to cool and add the artichoke hearts to the pan. Cook until they begin to turn golden brown. Squeeze the juice of the lemon in a small dish (watch the pits) and pour over the hearts. Let the lemon juice cook down and add the olives. Stir in the oregano and remove immediately from the heat. Add all of the vegetables together in one dish and let the mixture cool to the touch.

Fill the tomatoes ½ way with artichoke mixture, add a layer of feta, fill the tomato to the top with more artichoke mixture and top with more feta. Place a basil leaf on top of each tomato.

Place tomatoes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. The cheese should be melted and lightly brown.

Serve warm.


*Depending on the size of your tomatoes you may have some artichokes left over. The mixture is great reheated and used as a topping for steaks or salads.




Welcome Author Christine Amsden – Author of Secrets and Lies



Secrets and Lies
by Christine Amsden


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Book Description:

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Welcome Author Christine Amsden – Author of Secrets and Lies



Secrets and Lies
by Christine Amsden


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Book Description:

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Welcome Laina Turner – Author of The Presley Thurman Mysteries

The Presley Thurman Mysteries
by Laina Turner
About The Author:

Who am I? It kind of depends on the day. I am a human compendium of unrelated things. I used to think I was just weird, had shiny ball syndrome and couldn’t focus, scattered, you name it. Then I decided it was OK to be all over the place as long as each avenue I wanted to explore had meaning andpurposeor was fun. So I embrace the fact I am a college professor, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, promoter of other authors, human resource professional,business consultant,mom, and all aroundinteresting person (according to my closest friends).
When I’m not working toward my goals I like, ok fine, LOVE wine, coffee, shopping, and books. I enjoy my kids, they are awesome. I hate the cold but yet live in the mid-west. Vegas is one of my favorite spots as I love to people watch and if I ever get married again it will definitely be in a drive through chapel by a fake Elvis.

Welcome Laina Turner – Author of The Presley Thurman Mysteries

The Presley Thurman Mysteries
by Laina Turner
About The Author:

Who am I? It kind of depends on the day. I am a human compendium of unrelated things. I used to think I was just weird, had shiny ball syndrome and couldn’t focus, scattered, you name it. Then I decided it was OK to be all over the place as long as each avenue I wanted to explore had meaning andpurposeor was fun. So I embrace the fact I am a college professor, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, promoter of other authors, human resource professional,business consultant,mom, and all aroundinteresting person (according to my closest friends).
When I’m not working toward my goals I like, ok fine, LOVE wine, coffee, shopping, and books. I enjoy my kids, they are awesome. I hate the cold but yet live in the mid-west. Vegas is one of my favorite spots as I love to people watch and if I ever get married again it will definitely be in a drive through chapel by a fake Elvis.

Welcome Patricia A. Knight – Author of Hers to Choose

Mentally scarred from her years as prisoner to the off-world invaders, Lady Sophillia Glorianna DeLorion, doubts she can be a fit sexual partner for any man – even one whose passionate green eyes make her remember what it is to desire.
Commander of the Queen’s Royal Guard, Eric DeStroia had grown up watching the corrosive, soul-killing effects of arranged, aristocratic marriage and vowed to remain alone. But under his hardened military exterior, Eric has a kind heart. When the second Tetriarch suggests he marry a noble woman rescued from the enemy, Eric reconsiders, consoling himself with visions of sheltering a wounded dove under his mighty arm. Instead, he discovers a fierce falcon that refuses to stoop to his lure.

In the aftermath of their resounding defeat, a survivor from the enemy camp plotted a return to Verdantia to exact retribution. His first objective is the recapture of Lady Sophillia DeLorion. She had been unreachable until she went to the Oshtesh. Now, only Eric DeStroia stands in his way.

About the author:

Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas with her horses, dogs and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don’t swim in the pool after dark.
I love to hear from my readers and can be reached at http://www.trollriverpub.com/ or  http://www.patriciaaknight.com. Or send me an email at patriciaknight190@gmail.com. Check out my “Hot Hunk of the Day” and latest releases, contests and other fun stuff on my face book page: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.knight.71619?ref=tn_tnmn
1. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
Oh my, yes, I am a prolific reader. Mom used to complain that she couldn’t punish me by sending me to my room. I would only get a book and nestle happily into my bed to read. Dad would regularly kick me out of the house with instructions to, “Go play!” (He was a salty sailor so I have cleaned up the language somewhat. It took me forever to realize my name wasn’t, “Come here, damn-it.”) To this day I regularly read to the point where it takes my eyes an hour or so to focus properly on things far off. LOL It’s not unusual to find me starting a book in the afternoon and reading through the night to finish it. I don’t recommend this as it leaves you rather weird from sleep deprivation the next day.
I could fill the page with my most favorite books but the ones that have had the most influence on my writing are by authors Emma Holly, Julia Ross, Loretta Chase, Georgette Heyer, Joey Hill, Frank Herbert, Samuel Shellabarger and Roger Zelazny. The last two may not be familiar to most readers. Samuel Shellabarger was the author of The Prince of Foxes and Captain from Castile, among others. I actually own a signed first edition of The Prince of Foxes. Shellabarger’s style of writing is compared to Alexander Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers—among others). Shellabarger wrote rip-roaring, swashbuckling espionage in an historical setting. Roger Zelazny wrote a series that I read in my early teens that began my love affair with sci/fi-fantasy. The first book was called The Nine Princes In Amber. My drift into erotic started with Emma Holly and Joey Hill made me realize that I had a kinky streak. LOL Of course there are lots of others and I could go on all day and not run out of names.
2. What is your path to publication?
Strange. Someone up there likes me. One of my critique partners began a publishing company. I had submitted my manuscript for Hers To Command to a well known publisher’s “slush” pile and had actually gotten a response (it went to their acquisitions editor). Before I heard back from them, Troll River Publications contacted me with an offer for my book. We have been together for the last three Verdantian books with another three on the way and a western that has been finished and is waiting for its turn. I know that it is popular to bad mouth your publishers but my situation has been just the opposite. I cannot say enough good words about Troll River Publications. I have been amazingly fortunate.
3. How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
I have a 1,500-word goal per day for my books. This does not take into consideration my blogging, promos, and interviews such as this. I write every day, for at least half the day.
4. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
I am very much part of a larger community. Of course, it is a digital and telephonic community. I have critique partners that I spend hours on the phone and internet with, an editor that I spend hours on the phone with, a social media guru that I spend hours on the internet with. So…yeah…very much part of a larger community.
5. What is my favorite/least favorite thing about writing?
My favorite, hands down, is interacting with the readers of my books. I love that they “get” the stories I labor to put down in comprehensible fashion. I love that people get excited about the books and are inspired by my characters. My least favorite is the self-promotion. I hate bragging about my books. I’d really rather just stay in my cozy little office and type away. Of course, if I did that I’d starve to death.
6. Are writers born, taught, or both?
Both. Storytellers are born with the imagination to spin fascinating tales out of ephemera. Writers/authors must hone the craft of expression in whatever language native to them. They must master the rules of grammar and punctuation and vocabulary so that when they spin their stories to their readers nothing interferes with its seamless absorption. The reader can simply glory in a tale well told.
7. What would you tell younger and less experience writers—if you could?

Master the rules of grammar and expand your vocabulary—whatever language you speak. These are your tools. No matter the inspiration and vision, a sculptor cannot create a “David” if he cannot master the chisel and hammer. The painter cannot paint a “Mona Lisa” if he cannot master the paintbrush and pallet. A carpenter cannot build a “Biltmore” unless he masters the saw and the hammer. Likewise, a writer cannot tell a story without mastering the basics of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. It does not matter how wonderful your tale if your lack of fundamentals prevent you from presenting it to the reader in a form that does not detract from the telling. Of course, full disclosure forces me to tell you that I also edit. I see so many wonderful stories crippled by the author’s poor grasp of the basics. With independently published authors, it has become pandemic. Some readers won’t even read an indie author anymore—they are so tired of getting dross. Authors, competition is fierce these days. Don’t send your child forth into the world dressed in rags and then complain that no one invites them to the party.       

Connect With Patricia Knight:


Genre – Fantasy Romance
Publisher – Troll River Publishing
Release Date – 7/15/2013
Excerpt One:

Commander of the Queen’s Guard Eric DeStroia tortured the raven–haired courtesan lying beneath him—a surging thrust in, a prolonged, exquisite slide out. With a husky laugh, he hung her on the edge of climax for endless minutes. Eric reveled in her helplessness as he reduced her to abject begging. He enjoyed their “games”. Who would break first?
Her control finally crashed, swept up by the tsunami of pleasure he created.
“Please, by all the Gods, Eric, please. Let me come. I can’t take any more.”
Smiling wickedly, he rolled them over, letting her ride. “Take your pleasure.”
He clasped her hips and thrust into her deeply. His strong fingers dented her generous buttocks where he held her spiked on his steel-hard cock.
Inhaling deeply with a low groan, she could not disguise her hunger, her impatience. “Shall I take you with me, lover?”
“Think you can?” He grunted in amusement and shook his head. “You are too greedy, wench. You can’t wait.”
Grinding her clit along his pubic bone, she managed several long rolls, the inner flesh of her slick vagina massaging his cock with each undulation. With a groan of effort, he slammed up and held her impaled as his hips circled. Her eyes flared as the surge of pressure against her most sensitive parts swept away her dubious control. Writhing, impaled on his rigid cock, she cried out at the spectacular gratification of a long withheld orgasm. Her inner core contracted violently around him. She came forever. He choked on a grunt and finished. She barely noticed.
“Arrogant, hateful man,” she muttered, her face buried against his chest. “You might at least pretend to let me win.”
“I never pretend.”
Limp, she sprawled across his muscled chest, tracing patterns with a manicured nail. “The rumor is you plan to take a squadron of the Queen’s Guard to bring back DeLorion’s sister from the Oshtesh.”
She rolled off his chest, slowly disentangling their sweaty, delicate parts and lay on her back, trying to regain her breath. She rolled to her side, petting his broad chest. “Perhaps your arranged bride will look the other way if you are discreet.”
“No. When—if—I marry, I will be faithful. I watched my father kill my mother’s soul with his philandering. I respect women too greatly to imitate his ways.” He struggled with his anger. “You are a favorite among the courtesans,” Eric said. “Your bed won’t be cold.”
With a small moue of disappointment, she reached out a forefinger and ran it gently up his semi-hard length glistening with their combined fluids. While his heart remained indifferent to her charms, she could definitely affect a lower organ. She caught her lip between her teeth, delighted when his cock twitched in response.
“But none like you.” She flashed him a coquettish look and arranged the sheets to cover her small breasts. “You are an outrageously beautiful man, Commander DeStroia, with an extraordinary talent for sex. My body will miss you.”
Eric grunted. “I note you don’t mention your heart. Come here to me, hussy.”
He shifted to gather her into his arms, nestling her head across his chest, moving her slender thigh to rest between his. His hands wandered down her body, stroking muscles that were tight and firm, skin that felt like satin. The flesh of her small breast filled his hand. He caught the hard bud of her nipple and rolled it between his thumb and middle finger. He laughed softly at her moan of appreciation and moved over her, kneeing her legs apart and entering her already wet pussy with a gentle glide.
“Please yourself, lover. I don’t think I can come again.”
“Hmmm, you can’t?” A wicked smile quirked the corner of his mouth. He kissed her lips, nipping gently. “You know ‘can’t’ is not permitted,” he whispered against her mouth. His eyes narrowed. “I give you my promise. You will.”

Welcome Patricia A. Knight – Author of Hers to Choose

Mentally scarred from her years as prisoner to the off-world invaders, Lady Sophillia Glorianna DeLorion, doubts she can be a fit sexual partner for any man – even one whose passionate green eyes make her remember what it is to desire.
Commander of the Queen’s Royal Guard, Eric DeStroia had grown up watching the corrosive, soul-killing effects of arranged, aristocratic marriage and vowed to remain alone. But under his hardened military exterior, Eric has a kind heart. When the second Tetriarch suggests he marry a noble woman rescued from the enemy, Eric reconsiders, consoling himself with visions of sheltering a wounded dove under his mighty arm. Instead, he discovers a fierce falcon that refuses to stoop to his lure.

In the aftermath of their resounding defeat, a survivor from the enemy camp plotted a return to Verdantia to exact retribution. His first objective is the recapture of Lady Sophillia DeLorion. She had been unreachable until she went to the Oshtesh. Now, only Eric DeStroia stands in his way.

About the author:

Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas with her horses, dogs and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don’t swim in the pool after dark.
I love to hear from my readers and can be reached at http://www.trollriverpub.com/ or  http://www.patriciaaknight.com. Or send me an email at patriciaknight190@gmail.com. Check out my “Hot Hunk of the Day” and latest releases, contests and other fun stuff on my face book page: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.knight.71619?ref=tn_tnmn
1. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
Oh my, yes, I am a prolific reader. Mom used to complain that she couldn’t punish me by sending me to my room. I would only get a book and nestle happily into my bed to read. Dad would regularly kick me out of the house with instructions to, “Go play!” (He was a salty sailor so I have cleaned up the language somewhat. It took me forever to realize my name wasn’t, “Come here, damn-it.”) <smile> To this day I regularly read to the point where it takes my eyes an hour or so to focus properly on things far off. LOL It’s not unusual to find me starting a book in the afternoon and reading through the night to finish it. I don’t recommend this as it leaves you rather weird from sleep deprivation the next day.
I could fill the page with my most favorite books but the ones that have had the most influence on my writing are by authors Emma Holly, Julia Ross, Loretta Chase, Georgette Heyer, Joey Hill, Frank Herbert, Samuel Shellabarger and Roger Zelazny. The last two may not be familiar to most readers. Samuel Shellabarger was the author of The Prince of Foxes and Captain from Castile, among others. I actually own a signed first edition of The Prince of Foxes. Shellabarger’s style of writing is compared to Alexander Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers—among others). Shellabarger wrote rip-roaring, swashbuckling espionage in an historical setting. Roger Zelazny wrote a series that I read in my early teens that began my love affair with sci/fi-fantasy. The first book was called The Nine Princes In Amber. My drift into erotic started with Emma Holly and Joey Hill made me realize that I had a kinky streak. LOL Of course there are lots of others and I could go on all day and not run out of names.
2. What is your path to publication?
Strange. Someone up there likes me. One of my critique partners began a publishing company. I had submitted my manuscript for Hers To Command to a well known publisher’s “slush” pile and had actually gotten a response (it went to their acquisitions editor). Before I heard back from them, Troll River Publications contacted me with an offer for my book. We have been together for the last three Verdantian books with another three on the way and a western that has been finished and is waiting for its turn. I know that it is popular to bad mouth your publishers but my situation has been just the opposite. I cannot say enough good words about Troll River Publications. I have been amazingly fortunate.
3. How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
I have a 1,500-word goal per day for my books. This does not take into consideration my blogging, promos, and interviews such as this. I write every day, for at least half the day.
4. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
I am very much part of a larger community. Of course, it is a digital and telephonic community. I have critique partners that I spend hours on the phone and internet with, an editor that I spend hours on the phone with, a social media guru that I spend hours on the internet with. So…yeah…very much part of a larger community.
5. What is my favorite/least favorite thing about writing?
My favorite, hands down, is interacting with the readers of my books. I love that they “get” the stories I labor to put down in comprehensible fashion. I love that people get excited about the books and are inspired by my characters. My least favorite is the self-promotion. I hate bragging about my books. I’d really rather just stay in my cozy little office and type away. Of course, if I did that I’d starve to death.
6. Are writers born, taught, or both?
Both. Storytellers are born with the imagination to spin fascinating tales out of ephemera. Writers/authors must hone the craft of expression in whatever language native to them. They must master the rules of grammar and punctuation and vocabulary so that when they spin their stories to their readers nothing interferes with its seamless absorption. The reader can simply glory in a tale well told.
7. What would you tell younger and less experience writers—if you could?

Master the rules of grammar and expand your vocabulary—whatever language you speak. These are your tools. No matter the inspiration and vision, a sculptor cannot create a “David” if he cannot master the chisel and hammer. The painter cannot paint a “Mona Lisa” if he cannot master the paintbrush and pallet. A carpenter cannot build a “Biltmore” unless he masters the saw and the hammer. Likewise, a writer cannot tell a story without mastering the basics of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. It does not matter how wonderful your tale if your lack of fundamentals prevent you from presenting it to the reader in a form that does not detract from the telling. Of course, full disclosure forces me to tell you that I also edit. <smile> I see so many wonderful stories crippled by the author’s poor grasp of the basics. With independently published authors, it has become pandemic. Some readers won’t even read an indie author anymore—they are so tired of getting dross. Authors, competition is fierce these days. Don’t send your child forth into the world dressed in rags and then complain that no one invites them to the party.       

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Genre – Fantasy Romance
Publisher – Troll River Publishing
Release Date – 7/15/2013
Excerpt One:

Commander of the Queen’s Guard Eric DeStroia tortured the raven–haired courtesan lying beneath him—a surging thrust in, a prolonged, exquisite slide out. With a husky laugh, he hung her on the edge of climax for endless minutes. Eric reveled in her helplessness as he reduced her to abject begging. He enjoyed their “games”. Who would break first?
Her control finally crashed, swept up by the tsunami of pleasure he created.
“Please, by all the Gods, Eric, please. Let me come. I can’t take any more.”
Smiling wickedly, he rolled them over, letting her ride. “Take your pleasure.”
He clasped her hips and thrust into her deeply. His strong fingers dented her generous buttocks where he held her spiked on his steel-hard cock.
Inhaling deeply with a low groan, she could not disguise her hunger, her impatience. “Shall I take you with me, lover?”
“Think you can?” He grunted in amusement and shook his head. “You are too greedy, wench. You can’t wait.”
Grinding her clit along his pubic bone, she managed several long rolls, the inner flesh of her slick vagina massaging his cock with each undulation. With a groan of effort, he slammed up and held her impaled as his hips circled. Her eyes flared as the surge of pressure against her most sensitive parts swept away her dubious control. Writhing, impaled on his rigid cock, she cried out at the spectacular gratification of a long withheld orgasm. Her inner core contracted violently around him. She came forever. He choked on a grunt and finished. She barely noticed.
“Arrogant, hateful man,” she muttered, her face buried against his chest. “You might at least pretend to let me win.”
“I never pretend.”
Limp, she sprawled across his muscled chest, tracing patterns with a manicured nail. “The rumor is you plan to take a squadron of the Queen’s Guard to bring back DeLorion’s sister from the Oshtesh.”
She rolled off his chest, slowly disentangling their sweaty, delicate parts and lay on her back, trying to regain her breath. She rolled to her side, petting his broad chest. “Perhaps your arranged bride will look the other way if you are discreet.”
“No. When—if—I marry, I will be faithful. I watched my father kill my mother’s soul with his philandering. I respect women too greatly to imitate his ways.” He struggled with his anger. “You are a favorite among the courtesans,” Eric said. “Your bed won’t be cold.”
With a small moue of disappointment, she reached out a forefinger and ran it gently up his semi-hard length glistening with their combined fluids. While his heart remained indifferent to her charms, she could definitely affect a lower organ. She caught her lip between her teeth, delighted when his cock twitched in response.
“But none like you.” She flashed him a coquettish look and arranged the sheets to cover her small breasts. “You are an outrageously beautiful man, Commander DeStroia, with an extraordinary talent for sex. My body will miss you.”
Eric grunted. “I note you don’t mention your heart. Come here to me, hussy.”
He shifted to gather her into his arms, nestling her head across his chest, moving her slender thigh to rest between his. His hands wandered down her body, stroking muscles that were tight and firm, skin that felt like satin. The flesh of her small breast filled his hand. He caught the hard bud of her nipple and rolled it between his thumb and middle finger. He laughed softly at her moan of appreciation and moved over her, kneeing her legs apart and entering her already wet pussy with a gentle glide.
“Please yourself, lover. I don’t think I can come again.”
“Hmmm, you can’t?” A wicked smile quirked the corner of his mouth. He kissed her lips, nipping gently. “You know ‘can’t’ is not permitted,” he whispered against her mouth. His eyes narrowed. “I give you my promise. You will.”

Welcome Kathleen Ball – Author of Summer’s Desire

Summer’s Desire (Cowboy Seasons #1)

by Kathleen Ball
Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 51,298 words
Available at:
Description:
Summer Fitzgerald is a person of interest in the robbery and murder of her former boss. With no resources she is forced to take a job as a nanny. To her surprise the job consists of watching four, almost full grown, cowboys and helping their handsome, older brother Holden O’Leary.
Veterinarian Holden O’Leary moves his family to a Montana ranch for a fresh start. His time is soon consumed rescuing neglected horses and he needs help with his bothers.  Despite wishing otherwise, he soon finds that Summer holds his heart.
Will scandals and old secrets keep them from trusting each other or will Summer finally get her desire?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
About the Author:
A voracious reader, Kathleen quickly discovered the world of romance novels and she knew she was home. Kathleen wrote her first book four years ago. She was shocked to find out that people liked what she wrote. All of Kathleen’s novels are award winners.
Kathleen lives in Keller, Texas. She moved there from Rochester, New York seven years ago. She is having the time of her life exploring Texas culture and learning to ride horses.
Kathleen is married to her wonderful husband Bruce and they have one son, Steven a Marine.
Kathleen has six published novels. She writes Contemporary Western Romance.
She feels blessed to be supported in her writing by her family and friends.
Connect with Kathleen Ball

Welcome Kathleen Ball – Author of Summer’s Desire

Summer’s Desire (Cowboy Seasons #1)

by Kathleen Ball
Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 51,298 words
Available at:
Description:
Summer Fitzgerald is a person of interest in the robbery and murder of her former boss. With no resources she is forced to take a job as a nanny. To her surprise the job consists of watching four, almost full grown, cowboys and helping their handsome, older brother Holden O’Leary.
Veterinarian Holden O’Leary moves his family to a Montana ranch for a fresh start. His time is soon consumed rescuing neglected horses and he needs help with his bothers.  Despite wishing otherwise, he soon finds that Summer holds his heart.
Will scandals and old secrets keep them from trusting each other or will Summer finally get her desire?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
About the Author:
A voracious reader, Kathleen quickly discovered the world of romance novels and she knew she was home. Kathleen wrote her first book four years ago. She was shocked to find out that people liked what she wrote. All of Kathleen’s novels are award winners.
Kathleen lives in Keller, Texas. She moved there from Rochester, New York seven years ago. She is having the time of her life exploring Texas culture and learning to ride horses.
Kathleen is married to her wonderful husband Bruce and they have one son, Steven a Marine.
Kathleen has six published novels. She writes Contemporary Western Romance.
She feels blessed to be supported in her writing by her family and friends.
Connect with Kathleen Ball