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book gourmetFirst Course – The Amuse Bouche

Tag lines to tickle your reading taste buds.

River and Sky, and Sky’s Limit, River’s Reward (a two book paperback set by Courage Knight): Can two desperate, lonely people forge a meaningful life together? Or would they have been better off if they had never met?

Sink or Swim (by Stacy Drumtra Juba): How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder?

Second Course – The Appetizer

How many Elaine Raco Chase books do you have? I have them all! Her style is urbane, funny, sexy, and romantic. I’d like to recommend one for you to start with, Double Occupancy. It takes a vacation to Mexico and revs it up to scorching hot! You can find it on Amazon both as a Kindle ebook and also in audio format.

Here’s the synopsis:

All Casey Reynolds wanted was peace and quiet and a long vacation from covering the crime beat in Boston. That’s why she agreed to borrowing a villa in Mexico to rest, be alone and work on her novel.

But then he showed up — Travis Craig. He said he was offered the villa to recover from a serious illness. He had just lost his teaching job and had no money to leave.

She agreed with his plan to share the house — but on her terms. Soon rest and relaxation were a thing of the past when their double occupancy proved too erotic to control.

You can read more about it, including excerpts, on the Double Occupancy Amazon page.

Cover: The Winner: Romantek Book OneThird Course – The Entrée

The Winner: Romantek Book 1

“I absolutely loved this story!

Every once in a while I find a book that I literally cannot put down. Even when I take a quick break from reading, I still think about the characters. What’s going to happen next? What if…? Why…?

The first book in the Romantek series was just that! I eagerly anticipated each new scene, pouring through the chapters; disappointed when I had to put it down for real life activities. …” ~Katherine Dean, excerpted from a review on Read the whole review here.

Read the first Romantek book and find out all about this unique and sexy time in the future, when your dreams become virtual reality.

Fourth Course – The Dessert

As promised last week, the blurb for My Vacation in Rio: Romantek Book 4.

Romantek Corporation creates dreams for its customers–dreams of exotic, historic places and events more fabulous than a time machine. As part of their dreaming apparatus, they’re releasing a new product on the market, Soma-gen. The Soma-gen process is part of the dreaming technology, helping cells regenerate and scrubbing out impurities and annoying genetic problems like receding hairlines. Romantek’s Chairman of the Board is a perfect volunteer for a high-profile test. He’s fit, old enough to have begun feeling the effects of age, and a person used to taking risks. Sergio Corvino is excited to experience his Romantek dream at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000. Everyone is eager to see how his real body fares as a result of Soma-gen.

Amber Tachibara will also be experiencing the vacation in Rio with Sergio. He doesn’t know it, but she’s been sent as a bodyguard. There have been problems with cyber-terrorists in the past, and Romantek isn’t taking any chances with their Chairman. Tachibara is tough on the job, but submissive in intimate situations. Her discovery of that side of her surprises both people concerned.

When a cyber-terrorist shows up in Rio, can Amber keep Sergio safe? Things can get deadly fast in a dream. Will Amber and Sergio survive their vacation in Rio?

This book sits with its publisher, Blushing Books, waiting for its turn to be released. Stay tuned!

Cover: whispered painI’ve been wanting to bring Ashley Fontainne over for a visit. Having been on her radio program gave me an excellent opportunity to get to know her better. She’s a lovely, creative person, who writes some nail-biting thrillers. Her books are beautiful to look at and enthralling to read. Please allow me to introduce her latest, Whispered Pain. This is gonna give you shivers.

Ashley: The story of Angie Benson was originally a flash fiction piece (less than 1200 words) and was part of a horror anthology last year. I knew the minute I started it needed to be expanded, so I did!

Whispered Pain – the real nightmare started after the accident.

Here is the synopsis, taken directly from the opening chapter:

I am no longer among the living. At least, I don’t think I am. I don’t remember my name, my age, or even my sex. I don’t feel. I can’t smell. I hear, but sounds don’t register emotional responses anymore. I see, but it’s all in muted gray. No vibrant colors.

No sense of time, space, awareness. I just…float. Like a weightless cloud drifting through the limitless universe. I don’t know where I am or how I arrived at this point. Ebony nothingness has swallowed me whole.

Can you help me? Will you help me? I need to know. Want to know. Have to know.

Who am I?

Where am I?

How do I escape this black void?


Please, help me.

This book is amazing. You know you need it. You can find it here:

Whispered Pain will be exclusively in electronic format. It is available for pre-order with the following retailers (simply click on the link):
Barnes & Noble

A bit about Ashley:

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning the Eviscerating the Snake series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into just what lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance. focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries answered that question: far and wide.

Her short thriller entitled Number Seventy-Five, touches upon the sometimes dangerous world of online dating. Number Seventy-Five took home the BRONZE medal in fiction/suspense at the 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest and is currently in production for a feature film.

Her paranormal thriller entitled The Lie, won the GOLD medal in the 2013 Illumination Book Awards for fiction/suspense and is also in production for a feature film entitled Foreseen.

Ashley’s decided to delve into the paranormal with a Southern Gothic horror/suspense novel, Growl, which released in January of 2015. The suspenseful mystery Empty Shell, released in September of 2014. Ashley will be teaming up with Lillian Hansen (Ashley calls her mom!) to pen a three-part murder mystery/suspense series entitled The Magnolia Series. The first book, Blood Ties, is due out the Summer of 2015.

Ashley also hosts The WriteStuff, a popular BlogTalk Radio show, each Friday night at 10 p.m. CST.

And here’s where you can connect with her:


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Welcome back to The Book Gourmet feature. It’s a little chatter and yammer about books, both mine and those of my colleagues. I hope you’ll tune in for this brief but fun series every Thursday.

First Course –  The Amuse Bouche

Tag lines that get your attention.

Irish Fling (by Valerie Douglas): Will a chance encounter turn into love?

Acting Lessons (by Kathryn R. Blake): He’d taught her how to act in college, now he intended to teach her how to behave.

Second Course – The Appetizer

Have you read any of the tender and sassy Waldorf Manor books by Bella Bryce? Well, I’m here to tell you, all five books in the series come from the heart and mind of one of the sweetest women I have the pleasure to know (albeit only online). Bella is a bit of a love bug, and is known for her generous hugs and cuddles.

There are five books in the Waldorf Manor series:

The Solicitation

The Shortlist

The Courting

The Glass House

And, Unfailing Love.

All have excellent reviews and die hard fans. Take a look and see what you think. (Note: these are not erotic books.)

Third Course – The Entrée

This is more spilled wine than entrée, I’m afraid. On my birthday, this past Tuesday, I gave myself permission to cancel the “Sonata’s Moon” project.  The books, originally written more than 10 years ago, were just in too bad of shape to be resurrected. I made some calculations and realized I could write one or two more brand new books in the time it was going to take me to re-edit “Sonata’s Moon” and self-publish it. The story was fun, the characters romantic, but, let’s just say, cleaning up the messes I made in 2002 was like carving concrete with a teaspoon. There is always a chance I’ll revisit the books and decide that the torture would be worth it, but at this point, I’m going forward to work on newer material which is so much better written, fresh, and in line with today’s standards and reader interests. RIP “Sonata’s Moon”.

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I’m working on the post-beta editing phase for “My Vacation in Rio: Romantek.” This editing is much smoother since I didn’t start with stupid mistakes. And I love the way the plot moves along in this story, giving some more backstage details about the Romantek situation room, as well as providing the exotic backdrop of Rio de Janeiro at the turn of the millennium. Readers of previous Romantek books might ask, what happened to Esharveer Jaggi, Romantek’s greatest enemy? Remember, he escaped with major injuries in Charlotte & the Pirate. He’s back for this book, but will he escape again? Anything can happen; this is Romantek! I’ll share a blurb with you next week if I can come up with a good one between now and then.

Thanks for joining me here this week!