Chocolate Cookies & Fall Reading <3

Hello VIPs. Today, I thought I’d share a bit more about myself with all of you. At one time in my life, I was an avid baker and entered as many competitions as I could. All those years have garnered a lot of book fodder for future projects and on more than one occasion, also pushed me outside my comfort zone. I didn’t win every competition but I came back each year ready to try again. Isn’t that the point of life? Keep going and make it happen. That’s what I did. I find immense joy in baking and I firmly believe writing is a lot like baking. You need the perfect recipe for everything to come together. Without it, you’ve got one big mess on your hands and a lot of dirty dishes. Here are just a handful of ribbons I’ve won over the years. Many are still packed away and sadly, a few were ruined when one of our basements flooded a few years ago. But, I’ll always have the memories, right?

 

 

 

Speaking of books… Surprise! We released a book today! This is my last release of 2017. The Perfect Gift, A Christmas Anthology. Susan Fisher-Davis, Robin Deeter, Sherri Good, Cynthia Knoble, Screaming Mimi, Jacqueline Anne and I have brought you seven Christmas stories sure to warm up your chilly evening. A little naughty, a little nice…Perfect. Be sure to grab your copy and if you have time, we’d love for you to leave us a review.

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Here’s a little bit about it…

From seven great authors comes seven captivating, romantic tales that will add something sweet and spicy to your Holiday Season.

A Cowboy for Christmas: He’s always desired her-his best friend’s wife. Now he has a chance to make her his unless he’s just a stand-in for her late husband.

The Silver Bell Shifter: Riley Flowers moves to Wolf Junction, Nebraska, and is intensely drawn to sexy Calvin Lightfoot, but can she accept the shifter side of him and come to love the man within?

Mr. Christmas: When ‘Santa’ makes an undeliverable promise, Brooke loses her tight control on life. Is Mr. Christmas her dream come true, or just another lump of coal?

A River Jewel Christmas: Hunter Golde’s world is shattered. Can a seductive stranger repair her heart and show her the true meaning of Christmas?

Love on Village Lane: Rylan was captivated by Holly’s passion for Christmas and her Village Lane bakery. Will the workaholic risk his career for a chance at love?

Miracle on 3rd Street: When a grinch threatens to ruin Sue’s Christmas, William may just be the Santa she needs to make it right.

Christmas Treasures: Riley Miller’s holiday spirit has deserted her, but a longtime friend has a plan.
An empty nest, unrequited love, and a Christmas treasure hunt, what could go wrong?

  

As for what I’m reading…

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New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you’ve got nothing left to lose 

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she’s eager to take control of something. 

Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn’t until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. 

Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it’s hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.

 

You can grab your copy anywhere books are sold. I’m so in love with the Silver Springs Series by Brenda Novak. (I haven’t found a book of hers yet that I couldn’t put down.) However, this series is…special. After reading each book, I feel as if I know these characters. Brenda has created another wonderful place to escape to.

If you’re a member of Brenda Novak’s Book Group on Facebook, you could win this paperback copy from me. Just go here to join:

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What I’m baking…

 German Chocolate Cake Cookies.

Buckle up. This recipe is a bit long…But soooo worth it when you bite into these warm, gooey chocolate goodies.

 

**Do NOT preheat your oven. Mix your cookie dough first.**

 

Cookie Dough:

1 C. Butter (2 sticks)

1 C. Milk Chocolate Chips

2 C. Sugar

2 Eggs

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 C. Flour

 

Frosting:

½ C. Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

¾ C Tightly Packed Coconut

½ C. Chopped Pecans

¼ C. Chilled Butter (1/2 stick)

 

**In a glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate chips in microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.**

In another mixing bowl, mix the sugar and the eggs. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla. When the chocolate and butter mixture is no longer hot to the touch, add it to the sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the flour and mix well. Dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly. (Cover dough and set aside).

 

**Frosting: Combine the brown sugar and coconut in a food processor. Mix until the coconut is in small pieces. Add the pecans. Cut the butter into four chunks and add to the mix. Process until the butter is mixed and in small bits.

 

Chill the frosting while you preheat your over to 350 F.

Roll bits of cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place cookie dough balls on a greased or silicone cookie sheet. Using your thumb or small spoon, press the center of the ball, making deep indents in each dough ball. Roll frosting into ½ inch balls and place into the cookie dough indents.

Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least two minutes before moving them to a cookie rack or other surface. Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.

 

So, there you have it. That’s what I’m reading and baking this week. Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Let me know you were here by leaving me a comment below.

XOXO,

Madison

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#NewRelease : A Very Baery Christmas (The Three Baers) by Jocie McKade (It’s Finally Here!!)

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Blurb: 

It was just supposed to be a simple little kidnapping.

It’s almost Christmas and Abby Baer is determined to spend it with her new husband, when she is called by a friend to lend a hand in his escape from a retirement home. On what could be the most memorable road trip ever, she picks up a unique passenger, is tailed by the cops, is hunted by the deranged daughter of a Shoshone sage, befriends a skunk, and is thwarted by a raging blizzard.

Take a road trip home to Hidden Rock Ranch for the holidays. Spend an unforgettable Christmas with the Baer family and incredible people of Sentinel, Wyoming.

Purchase: Amazon (Universal Link)

Bio:

Jocie McKade, Author: http://www.jociemckade.com/bio.html

#NewRelease!! Dancing Together by Wendi Zwaduk (It’s Finally Here!!)

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Blurb:

What happens in Vegas at Christmas stay in Vegas…

Jordy Murphy isn’t the warm, fuzzy family type. Instead of getting together with all the newly minted couples in his family, he is in the center of sin, decadence and sex for the holidays. He craves the lights, the Christmas glitter and dancing with sexy women when he spots the one woman he hoped to see, but never expected to be there—Ally.

Allyson Benson wants Jordy Murphy in her stocking for Christmas. No other present will do, so she’s pulling out all the stops to show him a sexy time. Will their relationship extinguish faster than Christmas candles or do they have the passion to last throughout the season?

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

An Adult Romance from Ellora’s Cave

Purchase: Amazon (Universal Link)

Bio:

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Keep updated at: http://wendizwaduk.com/
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Writing is like breathing, you need to do it or you can’t function. So, I write.

I started outlining stories in my head at a young age while revising the storylines I’d seen portrayed on General Hospital–well, as much as a seven year old can revise them.

The characters evolved and the stories thickened into my current works. I hope to take the reader on a journey in my stories–to places yet to be visited, meeting characters who will become close friends, and lots of sizzling romance for fun.

Readers can visit me anytime at http://wendizwaduk.com/

 

Happy Reading!

As always, please leave an honest review for any book you read.

XOXOXO,

Madison

Wicked Reads Blog Hop 10/23-10/31

 

Welcome to the fangtastic Wicked Reads Blog Hop! Hope you’re having a howling good time 😉 It’s that sexy and spooky time of year that we all love so much! I LOVE a good ghost story, don’t you?

My upcoming release, Hunting the Headless Horseman (18+), gives an exciting and sexy new spin to what you’ve always believed to be true about Ichabod Crane. Who better to show his true colors than Rosie Peaks? Check out the blurb and an exclusive sneak peek below:

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Blurb:

Your favorite investigative reporter is back with her newest humorous and sexy adventure!

After months of planning, Rosie Peaks was on her way to the great state of Washington for one of the most important monster events of the year. She could barely believe she’d finally be there for the creature’s annual appearance.

However, when her best friend and boss, Melanie Wickey, blasts her phone with news of an office emergency, Rosie must cancel her trip and return to DuFour, Indiana for the small town’s annual Sleepy Hollow Festival. In other words, Rosie will be spending the weekend in Halloween Hell.

The last thing she wants to do is spend two days surrounded by snot-nosed children in costumes and a town filled with a Pumpkin Spice fog covering her cozy town…all while being fondled by Ichabod Crane imposters. But her job and her newspaper depend on just that.

When Rosie finds out that Ichabod Crane is much more than some sinister myth that the townsfolk have used as a fundraiser for decades, she does everything she can to find the sexy, elusive spirit.

When the hunter becomes the hunted, the game might just turn her nightmare weekend into one of the best times of her life.

That is…If she can keep her head.

 

Excerpt:

“Oh. Hell. No. I’m not gonna do it, Mel. Nope.”

“Rosie, this is the town’s second biggest event and the Ridge Top Review has to be there. There are certain duties that this office must perform each year or we don’t get paid. We need that money, Rosie and none of us can be there. That leaves you.”

The sound of her sobbing and begging was wearing me out. Pressing the mute button was a luxury I’d grown to love. Damn! With a deep sigh of defeat, I felt the pressure to return grow heavy. My friend and my newspaper needed me. The fact was, Melanie had put her neck on the line for me many, many times and I owed her. Washington would have to wait until next year.

“I’ll be there in a few hours, Mel. Close the office, go home and get some rest.”

“I’m so sorry, Rosie.”

“It’s not your fault, Mel. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of everything involving Sleepy Hollow and when you feel better, I’ll send you my dry cleaning bill. If this year’s festival is anything like last year’s, I’m sure those snot-nosed kids will have me covered in caramel and boogers quite a few times. Not to mention I’ll need to fumigate my house to get rid of the cloud of pumpkin spice that will follow me home. And if Timmy Evans, in his ridiculous Ichabod Crane costume and with his disgusting jokes, tries to dry-hump me in front of everyone again this year, I’m decking him this time. You’ve been warned.”

Raspy laughter followed by a round of coughs echoed across the speaker on my phone. Obviously Melanie, even in her sickly state, found all of that to be funny, but she’d never had to wash such disgusting substances off of her clothes after Timmy and his zipperless pants had walked away. The smell of fucking pumpkin spice everything all weekend long would fade, but not before it and Saturday’s preposterous festivities induced many… many migraines.

“And Mel, after this weekend, we’ll be even.”

“Noted. You know I love you, Rosie. Thank you.”

“Love you too. Talk to you soon, sweetie.”

Fucking Sleepy Hollow Fest…again.

18+ Excerpt:

With his overcoat already removed, my hands were able to feel strong muscular shoulders as I pulled him close to me. His eyes searched mine, silently pleading for a sign—an affirmation of my intentions. The warmth from the fireplace only fueled the desire between us. Heat and the need to feel alive became all-consuming and I pressed my lips to his, trying to kiss his sorrows away as he held me in his arms.

The real world seemed to fade away and he gingerly undid the buttons of my bodice. In turn, I made quick work of unbuttoning his pants, reaching inside to feel the weight of his cock in my warm hands. A slow moan of approval rushed from his lips and I caressed, slowly pumping him as our kisses deepened.

“My love, I’ve waited so long to have you beneath me again.” He pressed the length of his body firmly against my own before rising up on his knees as he straddled my hips.

“Get this off.” I begged as I sat up, grabbing the material of his dress shirt and ripped it wide open. The sound of plastic buttons bouncing off of various surfaces about the room joined the crackling of the fire and our heavy breathing.

Ichabod collapsed atop me, covering my neck and breasts in hot kisses as he tore away the last remnants of my dress, leaving me naked and open for his pleasure. His long hair, a soft, silken curtain tickled and teased my sides as he slowly, deliberately made his way past my waist and buried his face between my legs.

Rosie Peaks has no idea what’s in store for her this year, but she does know one thing…she wants YOU to win a $50 Amazon GC on Halloween. Here’s how you enter:

  1. Follow this link to Madison Sevier, Author, read and “like” the post.
  2. Pre-order Hunting the Headless Horseman
  3. Email me at madisonsevier@yahoo.com with “Headless Horseman” in the subject line with a screenshot or proof of your order and you’re entered. 

All eligible email addresses will be sent to Mr. Random and he will choose a winner at Midnight PST on Halloween. ONE winner will be notified by email on November 1, 2015. It’s like a spooky lottery ticket. For a buck you get a book AND a chance to win 50 bucks! Woot! After you’re finished here, click the link below to keep hopping.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a spooktacular Halloween!! If you like what you see here, please subscribe to my newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on all of the crazy things I have planned.

XOXO,

Madison

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#AuthoroftheMonth New Release by Megan Slayer

Hello Addicts!

I’m so excited to share this with you. Megan Slayer’s newest installment in her Single Fathers Society, Ripples in Cedarwood is here! If you’ve read Book 1, Home to Cedarwood, I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this next book in this series.

Home to Cedarwood, Single Fathers Society, Book 1:

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Ripples in Cedarwood, Single Fathers Society Book 2

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One never intended on being a father and the other isn’t looking for a relationship, but they’re about to find out what they want and what they need might be the last thing they expected.

Steve Moore wasn’t planning on being a dad. He envisioned a life of teaching and professional swimming. Fast forward a year and he’s the guardian of his ten-year-old sister. He wants love and passion, but who wants to date a guy with a family?

Farin Baker believed love wasn’t in his cards—until he takes his nephew to swimming lessons. One glance at the water-slicked hunk teaching the class has him thinking about jumping into the dating pool once again. He’s ready for a fresh start and a hot guy for his bed.

Will these two men find heat between the sheets or will the guardianship situation be the biggest detriment to them finding happiness?

 

You can grab your copy here:

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Excerpt:

©Megan Slayer, 2015, All Rights Reserved

Farin drifted his gaze over the man. He liked tall men, and this one was at least five-eleven. Thin, but not too thin. When he glanced back at Farin, he offered him a good look at his face. Chocolate-brown eyes and a dimple. Goodness fuck, the man had a dimple.

The tips of Farin’s ears warmed and his neck prickled. Shit. He shouldn’t be ogling the swim instructor. He was a dirty old man who needed a date.

The guy clapped his hands. “Okay, you guys. The others will be here shortly. I want you and Gage to do laps. Show me you’ve been practicing your breathing.” He put his hands together and dived into the water. He barely made a splash and moved through the pool like a fish. When he surfaced, droplets glistened on his body and accentuated his strong form.

Farin’s jaw slackened. The man was so hot and even better wet. He’d read plenty of books describing characters as poetry in motion, but he’d never believed something like that was possible until he saw the swim instructor. Or was he the coach? Farin wasn’t sure.

By the time Gage and the other children climbed out of the pool, an hour had passed. Farin barely noticed. He’d been too engrossed in watching the teacher.

Gage wandered up to Farin, leaving sloshy wet footprints in his wake. “Hey, Uncle Farin. Are you in there?” He waved his hand in front of Farin’s face. “Uncle Farin?”

“Sorry.” He focused his attention on Gage. “I was thinking.”

“About a guy?” Gage’s eyes widened. “Dad always says he’s thinking when he’s really thinking about Jordan—or when I’m in trouble. I’m not in trouble, right?”

“I don’t think you are.” He handed his nephew the towel. “It looked like you were having fun. You’ve got the backstroke down pat.”

“It’s my favorite one.” Gage draped the towel over his head. “I’m going to change. Mr. Moore wanted to talk to you once we’re all done. I don’t know what about. He’s in the changing room, so I can’t get into any trouble.”

“Oh.” Farin tucked his tablet into his bag, then stood and stretched. His ass ached from sitting on the hard bleacher, and his back had stiffened from being hunched over. Part of him wanted to follow his nephew into the changing room to monitor the situation. The rest of him wanted to check out the swim instructor. The wet trunks left little to the imagination, but Farin wanted to unwrap him and check out his package.

Farin blinked. No—no dirty thoughts about the swim teacher. Squelch the dirtiness before it overtakes you. Time to let his head, not his heart and libido, lead the way. If only his libido would agree to the decision. He’d screwed himself over one too many times by thinking with his dick. This guy had to be about nineteen at best and way too young. Farin sighed. He was thirty years old. He needed to start thinking about settling down and planning for retirement, not finding a date.

 

Wow! Just as I expected…this is going to be another amazing read by Megan Slayer!

Be sure to stop by and let me know what you think of Ripples in Cedarwood!

Until next time, feed your addiction!

XOXOXO,

Madison

 

Desiree Holt’s Multi-Author Facebook Party

May Facebook party

 

I just couldn’t wait to tell you about this upcoming release and party with Desiree Holt.

Mark your calendars. On May 19th, Desiree Holt’s newest book, Hard Lovin’, published by Decadent Publishing, will go live. Twenty-four authors will come together to help her celebrate. There will be tons of giveaways, book snippets, games and plenty of chances to meet new authors or hang out with some of your favorites. Let’s face it…any party with Desiree Holt is going to be amazing, right? Did I mention the prizes? A Kindle, a $50 Amazon gift certificate and Celtic jewelry from the Grange Jewelry Shop in Dublin. Wow! And that’s not all. There will be TONS of surprises.

The party will begin at 12 p.m. EST and continue until 8 p.m. EST. Please hop on over and join the event here: Facebook Party

Blurb:

Erin Braddock, daughter of wealthy and powerful rancher Rance Braddock, has been to hell and back. So has wandering cowboy minstrel, Grady Sinclair. But the moment they meet, chemistry ignites between them, erasing everything else. The sex is scorching, explosive, addictive. They can’t get enough each other. The same talented fingers that coax seductive music from his guitar coax powerful orgasms from her body.

Seduced by his music as well as the sinfully sexy man himself, Erin runs away with him. The nights she sits in the bar, listening to his come-to-me voice promising her the erotic delights, he delivers on when they’re back in their room. But will the past follow them, or can they build a future together, in and out of bed?

You can pre-order here:  Amazon

There’s even a Thunderclapit campaign for Desiree’s release party. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated: Thunderclapit

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you on May 19th at Desiree Holt’s event.

XOXOX,

Madison