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Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer in Snow Valley - on sale now! 99 cents!

Summer in Snow Valley is available for pre-order for only $.99. Release date is June 1st and the $.99 special will last until June 6th. If you haven't read Christmas in Snow Valley, now is your chance to buy it May 24th through the 31st for only $.99.
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#1 Bestselling Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!
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Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.

Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.
A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.

First Love by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart 

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last. 

Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austen and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.

Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Southern Chocolatier - Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares

There’s only one way in my mind to improve on brownies, and that one way is to add ice cream!

Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares

Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares - Simply INCREDIBLE!!
Love brownies?  Love mint chip ice cream?  You are going to really love these Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares!
Of course when you layer brownies, ice cream, chocolate fudge and whipped cream… there is really no way it’s going to be bad! =)
Mint Brownie Ice Cream Bars - Easy to make and so incredibly good!!

Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares

Mint chip ice cream is layered on fudge brownies, then topped with a layer of chocolate, whipped cream and mini chocolate chips… this is the PERFECT summer dessert!

Yield: 1- 9″x13″ pan (12-16 servings)


Brownie Layer-
Choose a boxed mix designed for a 9″x9″ pan. I used Ghirardelli FudgeBrownies.
Ice Cream Layer-
1 carton (1.5 quarts) Mint Chip Ice Cream
Chocolate Layer-
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-OR- use good quality hot fudge sauce (1 to 1 1/2 cups)
Whipped Cream Layer-
Use 1- 8oz tub of Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
-OR- 1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chopped Andes Mints, mini chocolate chips, chocolate pearls, etc.


Brownie Layer
Line a 9″x13″ pan with parchment paper.
Prepare brownies according to package, then spread batter into pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter.
Cool Brownies.
Ice Cream Layer
Allow a carton of ice cream to sit out at room temperature about 20 minutes, until soft enough to spread over the cooled brownies.
Once the ice cream has been evenly spread, place the entire pan in the freezer to allow the ice cream to re-freeze.
Chocolate Layer
Heat the cream in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until hot (watch it so it does not boil). Add chocolate chips to the hot cream and set aside (undisturbed) about 3 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. After 3 minutes, stir the chocolate until the cream and chocolate are fully combined.
Set aside and allow to cool to about room temperature.
Once cool, pour the chocolate over the ice cream layer, and spread evenly.
-OR- Heat a jar of good quality hot fudge until just warm enough to spread, and spread on top of frozen ice cream layer.
Return pan to freezer.
Whipped Cream Layer
Thaw 1 small tub of Cool Whip at room temperature until spreadable,
-OR- whip heavy cream, sugar and vanilla together in an electric mixer.
Spread whipped topping over chilled chocolate layer.
Garnish the whipped cream layer with toppings of your choice. I used a bit of everything I had on hand… a few chopped Andes Mints, mini chocolate chips and chocolate pearls.
Return pan to freezer and FREEZE AT LEAST 3 HOURS before serving.
The entire dessert can be made ahead, and kept in the freezer (covered) up to 3 days in advance.
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Although the recipe will be made in a 9″x13″ pan, I recommend using a boxed brownie mix (or brownie recipe) designed for a 9″x9″ pan so the brownie layer is nice and thin.
Of course feel free to make the brownie layer using a from-scratch recipe if you like.
As much as I love real whipped cream, I usually use Cool Whip (or similar) for this dessert. The smooth texture works well with frozen desserts. If you are not a big fan of Cool Whip, I often use whipped topping from called Tru Whip that I have found at Whole Foods.
Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares - So incredibly delicious!!
 Borrowed from – http://www.glorioustreats.com/

Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna - Book Review

Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna_book coverAbout Running Fire

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (April 28, 2015)

He was a haven in the midst of Hell…
Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she’s got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that’s all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose…
SEAL Kell Ballard’s goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm’s way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It’s a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man’s arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they’ll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside…and the enemy within their ranks.
Praise for Lindsay McKenna’s work:
  • “Fans of military romance will appreciate.” –Booklist
  • Taking Fire is a pure page-turner.” – RT Book Reviews
  •  “…fast-paced romantic suspense that renders a beautiful love story, start to finish. McKenna’s writing is flawless, and her story line fully absorbing. More, please.” – Library Journal
  • Chosen as a Library Journal Editor Spring Picks 2015
  •  “When it comes to women in combat, McKenna never disappoints. As always, her battlefield action is rapid-fire and relentless. The sounds and imagery seem so real they draw the reader into the crossfire.” –ReaderToReader.com
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Lindsay McKennaAbout Lindsay McKenna

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition.  Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women.  Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.

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My Review –
Running Fire was an amazing read. The writing was superb. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. The romance leaves you swooning.
I truly don’t know what else to say about the book. It was a perfect story. Running Fire depicts real life in the military. It picks you up, flies you in a helicopter, and sets you down in a front row seat of war. The action swallows you whole. You never quite know what lies around the next corner, in the next cave, or the next mountain. It is a story of trust, betrayal, and taking care of one’s own.
If you’ve never read a Lindsay McKenna book, start with this one. You will soon find yourself devouring every one of her books.
I wish there were more than five stars. 

Lindsay McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 13th: Book Mama Blog – author guest post
Monday, April 20th: Feminist Reflections
Monday, April 20th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, April 21st: Palmer’s Page Turners
Wednesday, April 22nd: The World As I See It
Thursday, April 23rd: Romance Novels for the Beach
Friday, April 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, April 27th: The Romance Dish – author guest post
Monday, April 27th: Hot Guys in Books
Monday, April 27th: Booked on a Feeling
Tuesday, April 28th: My Life. One Story At a Time.
Wednesday, April 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, April 30th: Mignon Mykel Reviews
Monday, May 4th: Books and Spoons
Tuesday, May 5th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, May 6th: Bibliotica
Thursday, May 7th: The Pen and Muse
Friday, May 8th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, May 8th: Written Love Reviews
Monday, May 11th: Life is Story
Thursday, May 14th: Read Love Blog

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Never Surrender Your Soul by Brian Michael Good - Media Blitz

“Never Surrender Your Soul” is a synopsis of Brian Michael Good’s life struggles and triumphs, meant to encourage struggling individuals make sense of the world and find hope to live a meaningful life. The book explains how the author was able to rise from the ashes of defeat to live a successful and rewarding life and feel peace and contentment. Brian's spiritual and lifestyle insights provide the truth and inspiration individuals need for creating significant life changes. The title reflects the heart of the book, as the author beseeches the reader to consider areas of life that can weigh them down, such as hardship, fear, and depression, which can drive them to give up their soul – their very ticket to the afterlife. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul. This book will show you how!
Publisher: Big Bang Publishing
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Genre: Self-Help/Spiritual/Memoir
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Print Length: 104 pages
Paperback Price: $8.00
Kindle Price: $0.99
Amazon Paperback: Paperback
Kindle: Kindle
Brian Michael Good is a self-made man. He has lived a life buffeted by character-altering hurricanes. His life storms began in his trauma-filled childhood within his dysfunctional family.
He survived childhood verbal, physical, and sexual abuse; the death of two siblings; the stigma of being homeless - not once, but three times; two bankruptcies; a six-pound cancer that was doubling every two months; a near-fatal suicide attempt in 2003; the death of his best friend; three divorces; and the rejection of his only daughter.
How can one man encounter so many hurricanes, survive them, learn from them, and then strive to make the world a better place? This was the question Brian asked himself that led to “Never Surrender Your Soul.”
Excerpt - 


We are taught to nurture the health of our body, mind, and soul; often they are neglected. While our health declines as each year passes, we value our soul more knowing that it is all that will remain.
We are born with free will, a soul, and a ticket to the afterlife. Your soul comes with a passport and visa with a destination of the afterlife. Your passport is your free will, which allows you to choose your belief system. You should nurture your belief system (your visa) as a mother nurtures an infant. It is best to choose a belief system that allows you to be fair-minded and even-handed. Be aware you may lose your visa based on the belief system you choose, making your ticket to the afterlife with your soul unable to reach your desired destination. Your ticket to the afterlife is your soul. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul and count yourself a survivor.
If you surrender your visa, making your passport useless and thus your ticket to the afterlife worthless, one may not make it to the afterlife except for Weshemehe [my universal word for “God”] of second chances.
Reincarnation is a possibility. Even if one could prove reincarnation to be true, each life of reincarnation would most likely get substantially harder… especially if you kill, die by suicide, steal, or take someone’s free will. If you screwed up in a lifetime and surrendered your soul in your present life, you have until your last breath to meet your true destiny. A true destiny must be met without greed or thirst for money. It must be unselfish and spiritual in nature, only then will Weshemehe consider giving you a second chance.
There is always a choice. What you choose today, you live with tomorrow. We will all be accountable for how we live our lives. We may be judged on what we could have done when you had a moral obligation to help someone in need. You have free will. It is your choice.
Modern society sets the benchmark for eternal life far lower than it has ever truly been because our morals have lapsed and yet we still want a feel-good comfort about death and the afterlife even though we have morally failed. The moment you feel you are saved, it may put you in a comfort zone where you forfeit your ticket to the afterlife by surrendering your soul with complacency. Most of us fail when we are judged by Weshemehe because we did not respect, but rather judged others, even when we have evoked Weshemehe’s name or our Bible of Faith as the basis for our judgement or treatment of others.
Believing that Weshemehe will provide does not happen unless you work hard to get what you want. Hoping for a miracle is the same as hoping to win the lottery or hoping to receive an entitlement. Hoping for an entitlement is not what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meant during his “Four Freedoms Speech” in his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941: “The freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.” “Freedom from want,” means you have the responsibility to provide for your own needs and the free will to pursue the occupation of your choice. Often “freedom of want” is achieved with stable and enduring relationships, education, hard work, sacrifice, and by saving a portion of your earnings. Weshemehe rewards those who believe in their ability to help themselves with an honest day’s work. That is the difference between having hope and hoping.
Allow me to offer a pearl of wisdom. Authority, control, and wealth come with great responsibility. Weshemehe expects major shareholders and management to pay honest wages for an honest day’s work. Greed does not give you any reward in the afterlife. You have already taken more than your fair share.
Illicit drug abuse, synthetic drugs, distracted driving, drunk driving, binge drinking, and overdosing when you didn’t take prescription drugs as instructed is playing Russian roulette. In each case you knew there was a chance that the shot you were about to take could cause your death. It was your decision to insert the needle into your body and take the shot of drugs that killed you. It was your choice to shoot shots of alcohol and the binge drinking that lead to your drunk driving death. It was your decision to take more than the normal dose of prescription drugs that would cause you to die from your drug overdose. Just as it was your decision to place, the muzzle against your head and pull the trigger of the gun that shot the bullet that killed you; in each case, you took your life and died by suicide.
Death by suicide includes any irresponsible, dangerous, or reckless behavior that causes your premature death; except for dangerous situations, someone may encounter in the military, public service, occupation, sports activity or an unavoidable accident.
I have compassion for people who choose (free will) death-with-dignity under a doctor’s supervision for terminal illnesses that would inflict pain and suffering that most people would find unimaginable. My reasoning is that if an astronaut running out of air, or about to be burned up in the atmosphere in their spacesuit, they would be allowed to crack their cyanide pill and die. I cannot fault a soldier who heroically dies by suicide by falling on a grenade to save the lives of his/her fellow soldiers. Anyone’s decision to die by suicide under a doctor’s supervision to avoid medical symptoms before they became too severe may be justifiable because of free will and compassion. Yet, many people with terminal illness choose to die a natural death even if the pain is unbearable. We should be able to die well but most of all we should do our Best to Live.
My Life. One Story at a Time. is an Amazon advertising affiliate; a small fee is earned when purchases are made at Amazon through the link above. A free book may have been provided by the source in exchange for an honest review. Views expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of My Life. One Story at a Time. My opinions are my own. This provided in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Southern Chocolatier - Bananas + Chocolate = Yum!


Dad’s Best Ever Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Serves: 2
¼ cup homemade chocolate syrup, plus more for garnish
⅓ cup milk
1 ripe banana, sliced
1. Blend together chocolate syrup, ice cream, milk and banana until smooth.
2. Pour shake into glass, top with whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate syrup drizzle, banana slice and 1 chocolate wafer cookie.
Borrowed from - http://www.whitelightsonwednesday.com/sugar­coated­sundays­chocolate­banana­milkshakecookies/

SEAL My Home by Sharon Hamilton Blog Tour, Giveaway

Bad boy Rory Kennedy was raised in foster care, bouncing in and out of trouble along the way. He finds his true family and real brothers as a Navy SEAL, one of the Navy’s elite warriors. When his BUD/S instructor barked the SEAL’s Motto: Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, he knew he had found home.
Megan Palmer works in a bookstore and finds her passion in life through reading steamy romance novels. Her brief affair with a man she later found out was married has left her damaged, until she meets the handsome SEAL, who stands ready to open her world and give her things she’s only dreamed.
On a skiing trip, Rory suffers a possible career-ending injury and also comes face to face with a past he never knew of, and a family who had abandoned him. His relationship with Megan is tested to the breaking point as Rory wades through the dark waters of recovery and whether or not he can live without the life he loves. A home-grown terrorist cell forces his hand and he discovers his true purpose.
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Whatever she’d bottled up had come loose. Her appetite met her need, which should have scared him. But for the first time, he wanted her to need him. He could fill he up. She was starving for it.
And so was he.
She was sleeping, and he fell into her rhythm, inhaling when she did, exhaling also in tandem, feeling her soft sex crowning his thigh. He thought of all the lovely things he wanted to say to her, but knew he shouldn’t. He knew the speaking part would mess up what he now felt, something he rarely felt.
He tried to breathe without making a sound, hoping that this time together, which was as precious to him as the love making part, was prolonged for as long as possible. She was fire and ice. The salt and the caramel. She tucked inside the hard exterior of his soul and shivered, rested there under his protection.
He must have twitched or done something, because she startled and rose up quickly, rolling to the side and covering herself up. He could almost feel her heavy thoughts tossing about the room as he viewed her light pink spine glowing in the near moonlight as she sat on the edge of the bed away from him. An inch of her butt crack was in shadow, but the alabaster surface of her skin was flawless and made her look like a statue.
He inhaled without a sound, and let his index finger trace down the middle of her back, traveling over the ridges of her vertebra. She stiffened at first, then rolled her head to the side and killed him with the blue gaze that showed him she was still hungry.
“Come here, Megan,” he said, worried he’d been a little too loud.
She touched her shoulder with her ear in a shy move that belied her real feelings for him. He could see it in the coral shaded corners of her lips, how they quirked up at the ends.
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NYT and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.
A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.
You can find Sharon at
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