Happy Cyber Monday, Y’all!

Don’t forget, Hot For Teacher will be on sale at ARe through midnight on Cyber Monday. All my ARe books are on rebate there, so now is a great time to pick up my backlist.

Also, Loose Id has one of the historicals that Lisa G. Riley and I wrote, Given, on sale for .99! That’s $5.00 off. you van’t beat that. This book is one of the best we’ve written. Don’t miss out. #LIHistoricalHysteria.

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Passionate Cooks: Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

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Y’all better have some. That’s a picture of my legendary Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup, a recipe I reverse engineered from a soup they serve at the Olive Garden. And I can tell you without any false modesty–mine is better. Hey, Muhammad Ali said if it’s the truth, it’s not bragging! -lol-

Now you might be asking, where oh where can I get my hands on the recipe for such a culinary delight? Believe it or not, it’s all yours, along with recipes from nearly a hundred of your favorite authors, for the low, low price of FREE!!! On October 1st ARe will release their free cookbook collection, Passionate Cooks. And yes, I was one of the lucky writers to be included. So, save the date! And please, tell all your friends.

This is a great, easy recipe. It’s rustic, which means you can leave the skins on the potatoes and rough chop. No fancy dicing necessary. Potato skins are so thin these days, that it’s fine to leave them on. I love this soup on a rainy Saturday when I’m too lazy to fuss too much with dinner. Vegetarian? No worries, switch to veggie stock and substitute Great Northern beans for the potatoes. I like to have Meatless Mondays and have served this soup sans sausage and it was a hit! You will have to double down on the spices, and if you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them off before adding them to the pot, otherwise the’ll have a yucky metallic taste. Here I served it with grilled cheese sammies, but it’s equally delish with a lovely crusty Italian bread, or a good old pan of Southern cornbread. A rib sticking meal for sure!

Major Favor, Major

I have a strange and painful relationship with reviews. Initially I paid them little to no attention as I felt as a writer they’re not for me, they’re for readers. Then I had a baptismal by fire when someone commented on another writer’s work on Amazon and said that I must be paying reviewers to denigrate that writer. It’s been five years and that still stings like it happened yesterday. Not only is that a violation of my own personal honor code, it’s beneath contempt. Since then I went back to ignoring them until recently. I understand that readers like to read reviews from other readers–I do too, so I get why they’re important. Unfortunately, there are some very petty people out there. If you don’t like my book, hey, I have no beef with that. My style is not for everyone. However, one reader over at Goodreads one-starred all my books because she didn’t like the review I gave one of her fave authors. (Yeah, I know that’s nutty as hell, but hey anonymity give folk the freedom to commit all manner of fucknuttery.) This would be fine, except that I don’t have very many reviews for some of my books. Even if you have three five star reviews a one-star review can make major impact. I’ve done many things in my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever written a one-star book. So once again I’m asking that if you’ve read my book and enjoyed them, please do me a favor and review them at Amazon or Goodreads. You can also review at ARe and Fictionwise if you bought the book on those sites. Word of mouth sells more books than all the advertising and promo in the world and I’ve been loath to ask, but please, please, please do everything you can to help me in this regard. Facebook and Twitter are good as well and posting them on your blogs would be great. Again, thank you ever so much.

Buttercream is now at Amazon…

…and other third party vendors. I know some of you prefer to buy at sites such as Amazon, ARe and FictionWise, that’s why I get so excited when my books become available at the third party sites. Of course, they’re always available at Loose Id as well. For those of you who’ve read Buttercream (or any of my books) do me a massive favor and review them at Amazon or Goodreads. It makes a huge difference. Remember a review can be just a few sentences. Thanks for your help.