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Annie Nicholas writes paranormal and science fiction romance. Read about her hot vampire thrillers, werewolf romantic stories, alpha shifter and sexy alien romance.
I've been very scattered this summer. I usually follow my writing schedule like it was written by God. I'm good at setting attaina...
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Lola wishes you a Merry Christmas too!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads:
6 ounces (180 grams) semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
In a separate bowl whisk the flour with the salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 1/4 inch (.6 cm) thick circle. Cut into rounds or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. (This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked.) Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until cookies are very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
For Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads: Place 3 ounces (90 grams) of the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until it has completely melted and is smooth and glossy. Taking one cookie at a time, dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once all the cookies have been dipped in the chocolate, place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
Shortbread cookies with keep in an airtight container for about a week or they can be frozen.
Makes about 20 shortbread cookies.
Here's the video with more detailed intructions from Joy of Baking.
More cookie blogs!
Mice : http://jeannenewalker.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/the-making-of-mice-and/
Cake Batter Cookies: http://keriford.com/2011/12/20/cake-batter-cookies/
Stained Glass Cookies: http://cmtorrens.com/2011/12/20/stained-glass-christmas-cookies/
Read more: http://joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html#ixzz1gusYUDzz
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I chose it over a Kindle ages ago because I wanted to be able to hold one in my hand before purchasing it. This was before Kindles were being sold in stores. I love my e-reader but there are not many website dedicated to Nook readers like there are to Kindle users. Until now...
This blog is showcasing cheap reads with link for the Nook. Finally, someone is listening.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Cowboy after a long day.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Lot of prizes!
Come join the fun.
Every hour a new blog post goes up.
Every hour a new contest to enter. You have all weekend.
Winners announce Halloween afternoon.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"Today seemed like a good day to burn some bridges."
From Scent of a Human (completed work and shopping it)
Book One Eorthe Chronicles
"Sex and love should come in the same package but a succubus didn’t have those options."
From untitled work
Book One Pia Confessions
"Sex got better with time, and being with Katrina these past two years had proved it. "
From Omegas in Love Vanguards Book 4
Form The Sigma (work in progress)
Vanguards Book 5
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I've picked up some new to me series in September and inhaled them. I got into Nalini Singh's Hunter series and Jill Myles' Succubus Diaries. Both contained vampires but as secondary character.
It made me realize I haven't read a good old fashion vampire book in a long while. Something in the nature of Anita Blake or Black Dagger Botherhood.
I browsed through Amazon last night and my head is still spinning. So much to chose from but what's garbage and what's good?
Recommend something to me. Pleeeeease.
No Christine Feehan.
Didn't someone mention a vampire named Bones during my birthday bash this summer???
I'm all ears and opened pocket book people.
If you're interested in seeing my tastes or opinions on books you can catch me on Goodread.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Part of me is going YIPEE! and the other is a little sad. I know my children are not disappearing but I'll miss their noise. Even with these mixed emotions, I did take a week off work to enjoy some peace and get my ass in gear for the coming year.
I'll be blogging about my goals on Paranormal Romantics on Monday and have a few days to think about it still. I'm not sure what I want.
When I started on this journey the only goal was to get an agent and go NY. Then ebooks were born. It was exciting and I loved this option and embraced it with all my heart. Yet, a small part of me still looks to NY. At this point in my career, I can afford to take the time and shop a novel around the agent circuit but do I want to?
Will I make more money going NY or make the same?
NY is offering smaller advances with poor % on royalties in comparison to ebooks and then there is the agent's cut to subtract from it. Is it worth it to go that route anymore?
I've struggled with this all summer. I finished book one of a new series and need to find it a home. Where should I look?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
It took me awhile to recover from the birthday bash. LOL
Honestly, I've been holed up trying to finish my latest book and I should be writing 'The End' later today. I've been working on this book for nine months and hope its worth the effort. I tried something different for me and told the story from four different pov's. Once it's done I'm not sure what to do with it. LOL
Sunday, July 24, 2011
To chose the grand prize winner for this week's grand prize I input every person name who commented into a random winner generator. Every comment left meant an entry. So if you left 6 comments you got 6 entries.
The winner is BLHmistress!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
It's the last day!
I have Savannah Chase and DL Jackson over to play party games.
Savannah has brought a copy of Bid For Love, her new release.
Her fantasy man is up for auction. Will Nico dare to bid?
Nico's history of romantic disasters has taught her when she gambles on men, she's fated to lose. That doesn't stop her from secretly lusting after Jeff, the handsome construction worker she sees every day on her way to work.
When the New York's Sexiest Bachelor auction begins and Jeff comes up on the block, she's seriously tempted to place a bid. The wager can't be taken lightly -- It might be for a good cause, but she's making a bid for love...
Warning: This book contains explicit sex, strong language
DL has brought her collections of romantic sci-fi.
Twelve hours outside of Terra II, Colonel Kaleb Titan, a molecular geneticist and commander of the Ark, faces a life or death choice that could change the fate of mankind.
The Genesis I, aka the Ark, travels with a hold full of wildlife and three crew members. When a wolf bite and genetically-altering gamma radiation transform Kaleb, he notices his senses have been heightened, his libido has gone haywire and he can’t keep his hands off his crew. Worse yet, they don't seem inclined to stop him.
When their sister ship, the Genesis II arrives early, Kaleb’s problems compound. As soon as the command crew of the Genesis II boards, one whiff tells Kaleb they’re not from Earth or who they appear to be.
When he discovers that they’ve kept the Genesis II’s crew of over two thousand alive, he begins to believe their reasons may be far more ominous than anyone could have imagined. However, he also discovers what’s holding them back. The hijackers seem to be allergic to canines.
Now they're forced to employ biological warfare against their own, but will it be enough to save humanity?
History is about to repeat and only one species will survive.
Contains: Menage (M/F/F), Lesbian sex (F/F), intercom sex
Gabriel Solaris is an Enforcer, a genetically enhanced psychic often referred to as a reaper for his ability to take souls, and he’s charged with collecting Jocelyn’s. When he finds Jocelyn outside the store, he’s sure she’s up to something illegal. Proving it isn’t necessary. He holds a warrant and it’s all he needs. But the closer Gabriel gets to Jocelyn, the more he begins to question his duty and why he believes her claims of innocence. When Jocelyn tells him she loved him once, Gabriel loses control and kisses her. Instead of taking her soul, he gives her a week to prove innocence in her past-life crimes, something he has no authority to grant.
Alice MacKay can't keep up with all the bomb threats in Trios Port. When Boomer, a former Terran Marine with more than a healthy dose of arrogance, strolls into her office for an interview, she can't get rid of him fast enough. But disarming bombs is easier than disarming amorous Marines. When Boomer decides to stick around, MacKay wonders if she's met her match.
Jenna's been infatuated with Tyson Rivers since she boarded the mining ship, but the scoop's explosive ordnance officer doesn't seem to know she's there. Too shy to introduce herself, she decides to snoop in his personnel file instead. When Tyson catches her digging, he realizes he's not the only one feeling the attraction, but could his tactics to get her alone end with a bigger bang than he expected?
And I have a print copy of Bait to give away as well!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn’t stop him from imagining the press of a hard male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.
Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.
Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with Adam.
Madelyn’s life is far from fairytale perfect. She is second in line for the throne of a corrupt, brutal monarchy. Or at least she was until her dark guardian sacrificed his life to hide her safely in a realm of infinite possibilities.
For years she’s lived among a colony of escaped slaves as her guardian’s widow. Even in this simple life, though, nothing is as it seems. Her hero kept a secret—a younger brother named Clayton Delaney. Warrior, winged demon…and the man who now wants to lay claim to her heart.
No longer cast in his brother’s shadow, Clayton meets all obstacles head on, including one named Maddie. His infatuation with her reaches the breaking point when she undergoes a royal rite of passage, going into heat and pushing them both over the edge.
Just as Maddie learns that some risks are worth taking, she discovers that her guardian may be alive. And she’s forced to make a choice between the man she’d thought she loved, and the demon willing to lend her his wings.
Rule number one, when living with aliens, never make assumptions.
Rule number two, knowledge is power.
Rule number three, don't fall in love.
Assigned as an interpreter to the Cyngi, Liaison Sadie Beckit is left in the dark. The mysterious species’ data chip, from head quarters, holds minimal information and Ambassador Nual refuses to give her more. As the Red Dawn is held under siege in a remote part of space, the crew and passengers fight for their lives. Sadie's orders are to escape but her heart is already a hostage.
Falling in love was not in her orders and broke rules one through three.
All three of these books are being given away. To be entered in the draw tell me the name of your favorite book of all time.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Left with no other choice, Michael will have to teach the wolves in the New Orleans pack how real Alpha shifters behave, while showing his mate he is a man of his word.
(Annie licks the above cover.)
Parker Liberty hasn’t uttered a word in almost forty years. Not since the horrible day he watched his father murder his mother on the island of Westervelt. He ignores his inner wolf and contents himself with expressing his inner emotions through his tattoos. But when a pair of witches almost kill Angel, he will return to Westervelt to save her.
Meanwhile, Westervelt is under constant attack from Kendrick Kane, the pack's former Alpha, whose evil knows no bounds. His ultimate goal is to see all of his children dead --and that includes his daughter, Angel. It is questionable whether the Westervelt pack can even survive the week. Angel and Parker’s arrival will either turn the tide of the war or end the pack forever.
Since NINE stories are in the basket, I'm going to make this a little harder than leaving just any comment. Rebecca is being so generous I want you to tell me the name of one her many other books she's written that is NOT Westervelt. To make it easy here is her Amazon page. :)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Eric can’t believe Spice has returned. He’d given up hope of ever seeing her again, let alone having her stare at him as if he’s sex on a stick. But now that all of his fantasies for them are coming true, reality rears her ugly head and Eric must tell Spice his intimate secret; he’s actually an Alpha werewolf looking for his mate and he thinks he’s found her.
As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She's beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her.
Esther arrived in Chicago with the intention of slaying a vampire named Daedalus. While trailing her quarry, she encounters Robert who unhinges her world. He doesn’t know her trade, and she doesn’t know his connection to the vampire. Disturbed by her attraction to this unusual werewolf, she can’t decide which prey to hunt. The one who’s stolen her heart or the one who’ll fill her bank account.
Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu.