Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gingerbread Latte and Sunday Series in Mystery, Romance, Horror and Fantasy

Gingerbread Latte
2 ounces of expresso coffee
2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup
1/2 cup steamed milk
1/8 cup whipped cream
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Combine expresso coffee and syrup. Pour in steamed milk and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla powder. Makes 1 serving.




Saturday, February 23, 2013

Moroccan Spiced Coffee and the Sexy Hot Novels of Tiffany Towers - Warning--Erotica

Moroccan spiced coffee is well-suited for brewing in an automatic drip maker, or French coffee press. An exotic flavor without being overwhelming.
If you don't have a coffee/spice grinder, substitute ground coffee and ground spices. Stir them together to mix.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1/2 cup coffee or espresso beans
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 or 2 whole cloves
seeds from 3 or 4 cardamom pods
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
Place all ingredients into a coffee grinder and process. Store all unused coffee in an airtight container.
Use the spiced ground coffee, one to two tablespoons per serving, to brew spiced coffee or espresso. (Note: The ground spices may clog the filter basket in electric espresso makers, so other brewing methods are preferred.)
Serve the spiced coffee black, or with sugar and hot milk as desired.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fantasy Coffee and 5 Fantastic Fantasy Freebies for Friday!

What could be better than a nice tall glass of fantasy coffee and a good book?
Fantasy Coffee
1 1/3 oz Bailey's Irish cream
1 1/3 oz cold coffee
4 oz milk
Pour all ingredients into a glass with ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Horchata Ice Coffee with 20 Delicious Free Romances!

Horchata Ice Coffee Horchata Ice Coffee
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time 35 mins Serves: 1
Put a little sweet spice in your iced coffee
8 oz iced coffee
4 oz horchata
Brew one cup (8 oz) of coffee and place in the fridge to chill completely. Once coffee is chilled add to a 16 oz cup half filled with ice. Top with horchata to fill glass. Stir and enjoy.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great Coffee and Rocking Mysteries!

A wonderful way to spend a gloomy day--some great coffee and rocking mysteries!

Jamaican Coffee

1 cup of hot gourmet coffee
1/4 shot of Tia Maria
1/4 shot of Myers Rum
1/4 shot of Dark Creme de Cacao

Combine your gourmet coffee, Tia Maria, Myers Rum and Dark Creme de Cacao, mix together and top with whipped cream. (1 serving)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Featured Author - Nancy Lee Parish - Amulet - Free Today

Nancy Lee Parish, former matriarch of a tenting community, was appointed "Supreme Ruler" of all Canada Geese. Fiercely protected by her loyal followers, she was often heard asking the perplexing question, "Are we out of bread again?" Now her endeavors include granting life or death at whim to the likes of dragons, bossy dachshunds and the occasional annoying bad guy. Although the geese play a lesser role these days, they remain in the wings, so to speak, ready to protect their Supreme Ruler if need be.

When Tristan finds an amulet, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. When his amulet awakens the evil of another amulet, long thought lost, it is all of Ranaria that hangs on the brink. The black crystal has stirred.

There are those who seek its power and there are those who seek its destruction.

There are also those who know its secrets.

Even with dragons on his side, is there enough time for Tristan and his companions to stop that which has been unleashed?

With many twists and turns, a story unfolds that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Expect the unexpected.

Reviewers say:

"Amulet," book one of the DragonBlade Series by Nancy Lee Parish sated both the little child and the adult in me with its intriguing characters and adventurous spirit. The author's pacing of this story is superb. She always leaves the reader wanting more, giving you just enough pieces of the puzzle to stimulate your curiosity and keep you reading until the very last page.

Fantasy books can be difficult for some readers because of the author's need to invent places, things, philosophies, and a way of life totally unfamiliar to the reader. In Amulet, Parish settles into a comfortable balance between the story and the fictional world.

There are many conflicts going on in Amulet. The most obvious and long-lasting is the one which pits the Ecli, the dark wizards who rule all of Ranaria and live in the city of Dardanos, against the Volanari insurgents. Beyond this is the conflict among the four wizards known as the Ecli. Each has their own agenda. Among the Ranarians there are those who are linked to the Ecli and to other wizards of old. Among this group, there is a desperate desire to survive the Ecli and regain their freedom, but it means taking risks unlike any they have ever considered in the past. It means believing in the reality of things thought only to be fairy tales. It means trusting those once thought to be their enemies to fight the creations and the pull of the dark crystal.

I don't know that there is one main character in this book. It is more like an ensemble, which is in harmony with the theme of the story. Thus, the reader gets a chance to know the characters more through their interactions with each other rather than through the author's unveiling of their internal psychology.

Parish keeps you on your toes trying to second guess where the story is taking you. One of her characters perhaps explains it best: "Sometimes things happen for a reason, and it ain't always apparent what that reason is when it's happenin'." [Thoral]

Amulet is part of the DragonBlade Series, and I look forward to seeing where the dark crystal leads us.