Come and join Sharon Ledwith’s Birthday Bash.

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In celebration of Sharon Ledwith’s birthday, all of her books are on tour, on sale, and ready for you to discover. Make sure to follow the tour and enter the giveaway for two signed books, open internationally!!

About the Books
There is no moving forward without first going back.
 
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.
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Children are the keys to our future. And now, children are the only hope for our past.
 
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.
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Only a true hero can shine the light in humanity’s darkest time.
 
Fourteen year-old Jordan Jensen always considered himself a team player on and off the field, until the second Timekeeper mission lands him in Amsterdam during World War Two. Pulled into the world of espionage, torture, and intolerance, Jordan and the rest of the Timekeepers have no choice but to do whatever they can to stay one step ahead of the Nazis in order to find and protect a mysterious book.
With the help of the Dutch Resistance, an eccentric baron, Nordic runes, and an ancient volume originating from Atlantis, Jordan must learn that it takes true teamwork, trust, and sacrifice to keep time safe from the evils of fascism. Can Jordan find the hero within to conquer the darkness surrounding the Timekeepers? If he doesn’t, then the terrible truth of what the Nazis did will never see the light of day.
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Fairy Falls was bores-ville from the get-go. Then the animals started talking…
 
Animal Shelter is in trouble. Money trouble. It’s up to an old calico cat named Whiskey—a shelter cat who has mastered the skill of observation—to find a new human pack leader so that their home will be saved. With the help of Nobel, the leader of the shelter dogs, the animals set out to use the ancient skill of telepathy to contact any human who bothers to listen to them. Unfortunately for fifteen-year-old Meagan Walsh, she hears them, loud and clear.
Forced to live with her Aunt Izzy in the safe and quiet town of Fairy Falls, Meagan is caught stealing and is sentenced to do community hours at the animal shelter where her aunt works. Realizing Meagan can hear her, Whiskey realizes that Meagan just might have the pack leader qualities necessary to save the animals. Avoiding Whiskey and the rest of shelter animals becomes impossible for Meagan, so she finally gives in and promises to help them. Meagan, along with her newfound friends, Reid Robertson and Natalie Knight, discover that someone in Fairy Falls is not only out to destroy the shelter, but the animals as well. Can Meagan convince her aunt and co-workers that the animals are in danger? If she fails, then all the animals’ voices will be silenced forever.
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Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Smashwords. Look up her Amazon Author page for a list of current books. Be sure to check out THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS TIME TRAVEL SERIES Facebook page.

 

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Stop the plane and order me a carriage.

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phone 179 My heroines, from the early nineteenth century, often endured the perils of  travel by land and sea. Today I want to reassure them, 200 years later, long journeys can be just as tedious.

Wedged in the middle seat of the  middle row of a 747 for upwards of twelve hours, my mind dwelt on the fact that bobbing along in a post chaise, or swinging in a hammock below decks, could not be much more agonizing then traveling economy on a long haul flight.

I used to enjoy airplanes. I could happily gaze from the window seat marveling at anything that appeared through a chink in the clouds. But one flight to Australia was a test of both mind and body.

It all starts go wrong at check in. I cannot secure a window seat, the flight is delayed  and when we finally get to board…

Gripe 1.  The trek through business class to get to economy.

I openly salivate over the spacious seating in business class as we are herded down the isle to steerage. The occupants of those designer cubicles tantalizingly stretch their limbs and flex their toes as we pass. I  avoid their apologetic eyes and pitying smiles.

Gripe 2.  Hand baggage 

This appears to have evolved in the last few years from modest shoulder bag to sturdy case complete with wheels. As they are being hoisted, with a great deal of grunting and thrusting into overhead lockers that are clearly not built to accommodate them, the boarding process reduces to snail pace. Why do they need that much hand baggage ? There’s not room to swing a cat let alone unpack and utilize a case full of gear.

Gripe 3.  Invasion of  space.

The passengers sitting either side of me have claimed the hand rests rendering me straitjacketed in seat. Even worse a rogue foot is gradually edging its way into my allotted leg space. I try to stem the steam from my ears and reflect how lucky I was on my last flight when I sat  next to the perfect  passenger. He was totally besotted with his female companion and they seemed to merge together in one seat- thereby leaving me a nice lot of space. Not sure what he was trying to achieve in such a restricted area. But if they were fidgeting (so to speak) they were at least being quiet about it.

Gripe 3. Reclining seats

I have the desire to lop something heavy into the seat in front when it falls back into my already limited personal space. Batman Returns is now being viewed two inches from my face. I can’t focus on the screen so switch it off, put my head back and try to relax.

Gripe 4.  Touch screens attached to back of seats .

I don’t begrudge the small person behind using their touch screen even though they have not quite mastered the art.  The incessant tattooing vibrates on the back of my head. After fifteen minutes it is clear they can find nothing to amuse them on the TV or film menus. The assault stops and I hold my breath willing them to go to sleep – but alas they have become bored and proceed to drum their feet on back of my seat. My unscheduled full body massage is now complete.

Gripe Five.  Food.

I  manipulate the multiple contents of tray carefully, arranging the most promising item in  secure position. However as I unpack the plastic cutlery I decide to take Food off gripe list. Its arrival has caused the person in front to get their seat out of my face and the tattooing on the back of my head to stop.

There is, of course, an upside to this journey.

As the plane transports me to the other side of the world, my fellow passengers  doze off. Ah bliss – I can now switch on my Kindle and in my forced confinement escape to my own private library.

Now, let’s get back to travel in Regency times. There is a particular coach journey that Esmie Elstone has nightmares about, as she  endeavors to escape the repercussions of an unfortunate wager. And if you enjoy indulging in some romantic intrigue, you can download  Captain Rockford’s Reckoning   at Amazon 

Captain Rockford

Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. His ruthless meddling during his last visit had resulted in her being foisted on her aunt for a third pointless season in London.

To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t wager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.

Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, her father, Admiral Elstone, had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers.

But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?

Visit  Susan Lodge’s Amazon page or Website for details of all her novels.

 

Date Night Dinners – a gem of a cook book. 

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Today I happily report back on my ‘kitchen test’ of  Date Night Dinners – an inspiring recipe book from Sloane Taylor.

“That was the best thing I have tasted for a long time! ” -Sloane-Final-Kindle-Cover-200x300

This was the comment I received after serving up my first meal from this cook book.
I enjoy cooking, especially baking. Love whipping up a celebration cake or a batch of cookies. I also like entertaining, but  what I find a chore, is putting together dishes that compliment each other.
And this is where this book excels.
Every meal comes with accompanying dishes and wine suggestions,
The recipes are simple and delicious with full instructions so anyone can whip up a meal to impress.
I tested the Baked Salmon and served with the suggested side dishes of sweet potato and salad.
The salmon was cooked in a marinade  that was easily whisked up with store cupboard ingredients. Usually I would mash or roast wedges of sweet potato, but never baked them in foil. Simple! But so damn good. Definitely something I will serve up regularly from now on.
This was the quickest meal to put together and the result earned some lovely comments. Just the right dish for all these hot summer evenings.
Another thoughtful touch to this book was the conversion table. Being a ‘metric’ cook I am often put off recipes that use other measurements. So I was delighted to see a chart that has that all sorted.  Cups /ounces /grams all conveniently listed  to suit whatever method you use. Lovely!
If you want to take the chore out of entertaining, I  suggest you get this book and try out some romantic dinners.
Life might never be the same again.

Here is a little more about the lovely creator of  those  Date Night Dinners.

 

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.

Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening  was released  June 5, 2018.

Excerpts from her books can be found on her website, blog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on Facebook and Twitter.

The Ghost in the Gardens by HL Carpenter

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Today on the blog  I want to give a shout out  for  the new release of a  wonderful Middle Grade Paranormal .  It’s  written by  mother/daughter,  author team  HL Carpenter and published  by Mirror World Publishing.   

Here is a taster  from the dynamic  duo.

Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn’t think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.

All.

The.

Time.

She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she’s determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.

The ghost is not in the plan.

But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it’s too late.

 

 

Florida-based mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write sweet, clean fiction that is suitable for everyone in your family. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, they enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit their website to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

Stay connected on Pinterest, Linkedin, Google+, and their Amazon Author Page.

Sloanes Scallops – An introduction to her ‘Date Night Dinners.’

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On books and cooks today I am delighted  to welcome  from the USA the fabulous Sloane Taylor.  As well as a multi published romance writer, she is also a  popular on line cook . Here she gives us a delicious taste of her  new recipe book due out soon  – DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening  

Ill hand you over to Sloane to talk you through her delicious scallops.

Here is a quick and easy meal that is sure to impress your special someone, family and friends. Serve with sliced tomatoes, orzo, and a bottle of dry white wine. Be sure to drizzle plenty of sauce over the pasta.

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SAUTÉED SEA SCALLOPS
1 lb. sea scallops
1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. garlic, chopped
Freshly ground pepper to taste
¼ cup dry white wine
1 tsp. chives, snipped for garnish

Have everything measured and ready to go before you start cooking. This recipe only takes a few minutes so you must be prepared.

Preheat oven to 210° F.

Rinse and pat dry the scallops.

Add olive oil and butter to a frying pan set on medium-high heat. Add the scallops when the foam subsides. Sear 2 – 4 minutes per side. Make sure they are golden edging into brown before you turn them.

Add garlic when you turn the scallops.

When they have reached the proper color, remove the scallops to a bowl and set in the oven to keep warm while you make the sauce.

Spoon out the garlic from the frying pan. Skim off some of the fat that has floated to the top. Carefully add the wine, all the while scraping in any browned pieces on the sides and bottom of the pan. Cook until the mixture reduces by about ⅓.

Lay the scallops on a bed of orzo either on a platter or individual plates. Lace the sauce over the dish, top with chives and serve.

May you enjoy all the days of your life filled with laughter and seated around a well laden table!

Sloane

Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.

Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening releasing June 5, 2018.

Excerpts from her books can be found on her website, blog, and all popular vendors. Connect with Taylor on Facebook and Twitter.

Cheers! Celebrating the launch of Captain Rockford’s Reckoning.

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Cheers ! And welcome to my blog where today I am toasting the release of my latest Regency novel with a well known historical beverage. CELEBRATION 2

Versions of  syllabub have been around for centuries and I have been experimenting with the basic ingredients to share a glass (or two ) at the launch of Captain Rockford’s Reckoning.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth century syllabub was  served as an alcoholic drink, topped with a  creamy, foamy layer.  I have heard it said that the foamy effect was originally achieved from squirting the milk on to the beverage, fresh from the cows udder. But we won’t dwell on that thought.

Heading into the nineteenth century, syllabub evolved into a light, creamy lemon concoction which was often served at Regency tables alongside trifles and blancmanges. This was a favourite dish of Esmie Elstone whilst enduring her tedious season in London Society.  More about her later.

Even now, syllabub is still a popular desert, and there are many versions of the original concept, concocted by today’s celebrity chefs.

Here is my, simple, version of the old fashioned alcoholic beverage  Traditionally a sweet white wine or sack  would have been used – but use whatever wine you prefer. I haven’t tried it with cider, but have been told it works just as well. For a non-alcoholic version you could use fruit juice.

First pour your chosen wine into glasses, add a teaspoonful of caster sugar to each one and stir until dissolved. (You might not need this step if you have a very sweet wine.)

Now for the frothy topping  (enough for 4/6 glasses of wine)

Combine a further  100 ml of wine with the juice and  grated zest of a lemon.  Add about 50g of caster sugar.  Pour in half a pint (300 ml) of double cream and using an electric whisk, combine all all the ingredients until you have a  light creamy mixture. Taste and add more sugar if desired.  Be careful not to over whisk. The mixture should be thick and light enough to  form a layer over the wine, without sinking. CELEBRATION 5

Carefully spoon the topping  on to the wine. The two layers should remain separate. But if  the worse happens and they don’t – it still tastes great. Decorate  with a small piece of lemon peel and a  good sprinkling of cinnamon (or grated nutmeg).

And if you prefer the later version of syllabub as a creamy desert, and not a drink,  just follow the same steps  for the topping,  but use a little extra cream and whisk a little longer for a firmer  consistency.  Spoon the mixture into small bowls or  layer with fruit.  Really, you can adapt to what you like.

Then sit down and enjoy with a good historical tale.

Talking of which, here is a taste of Captain Rockford’s  Reckoning.

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Esmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.
To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t w
ager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.


Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, Admiral Elstone had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea. The responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years ago, had shaken him. Now he was back and wanting answers.

But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?

Captain Rockford’s  Reckoning is available for Kindle, KU and paperback  at 

 Amazon UK       Amazon US  

Please visit my web site  at susanlodge.com or find me on  facebook and Twitter  

 

 

 

Captain Rockford’s Reckoning – A brand new Regency.

Delighted to announce  Captain Rockford’s Reckoning,  my latest publication with Crooked Cat Books is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

Here is a little taster  –

Rockfrod clear coverEsmie Elstone is thrown into panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. Destroying her chances of a happy future on his last visit, had resulted in her being foisted on her Aunt for a third pointless season in London.
To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t w
ager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test.


Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. As neighbours, Admiral Elstone had depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea. The responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel and thoughtless actions, from the day he had left four years ago, had shaken him. Now he was back and wanting answers.

But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?

Captain Rockford’s  Reckoning is available for pre-order at  Amazon UK   Amazon US 

Please visit my web site  at susanlodge.com or find me on  facebook and Twitter