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crock pot 27363640_sHi, everyone! I’m sneaking in a second Thanksgiving. (The second because our Canadian Thanksgiving was in October.) I can do this because I’m an American, even though I live in Canada. But I have to be low key, lest I irritate the natives. So my husband and I took the whole week off from work. It uses his vacation time for something we care about, even though this is not a traveling kind of vacation.

Only one book to recommend today, and I think it’s apropos. It’s called Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever with More Than 400 Easy-to-Make Recipes by Diane Phillips. I’m using it for every course this holiday, except for the dessert (you can’t make saskatoon berry pie in a slow cooker, much as I might want to). I only recently got this book (as a Kindle edition) and I am totally loving everything I’ve tried from it. It also gave me general instructions so I can adapt my own recipes to suit slow cooking. I hate cooking around dinner time, but don’t mind doing it during the day, so this is a godsend for us. I can get the “cooking” done early and have nothing but a ladle to deal with when I’m flagging for the evening meal. I highly recommend this book. Here’s a link. It’s $2.99 right now (which is truly a bargain, you’ll see for yourself), but I don’t know for how long. By the way, I am unaffiliated with this author; I don’t know her; am not her friend on FB (though I wouldn’t mind being her friend); and I have no financial interest in the success or failure of this book. I’m just a happy reader.

The Book Gourmet will be back at its regularly scheduled day and time next week.

I hope you’re having a terrific holiday if you’re in the US, or are having a perfect Thursday if you’re elsewhere.

Happy Thanksgiving!


That Day at the Lake coverHello! My colleague, Rachel de Vine, has a brand new book on the market. It’s called That Day at the Lake. The story sounds so good, I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into it. Rachel writes very well and tells a terrific story with every one of her books. After you read the teaser and excerpt, you’ll want to hurry to pick up your copy as I did.

About That Day at the Lake:

Adriana has adored Luca since his father rescued her from an abusive man in Naples, Italy, when she was just eight years old.  Her one wish when she was growing up was that Luca would fall in love with her and that they would marry.  However, life is never as simple as that.  Luca’s father is a Mafia member, and is killed by a gang member, and the two children are torn apart, seemingly forever.

Some years later they meet again, and Luca is now a successful businessman, but he is also involved in minor criminal activities and has become involved in a BDSM lifestyle as a Dom, and, although he is attracted to Adriana, he is reluctant to involve the shy, sexually inexperienced girl in his world.

Adriana takes matters into her own hands, and visits a BDSM club to try to persuade Luca to see her in a different light.  He capitulates, and some hot, sexy activity takes place between them.  However, just as their relationship is beginning, Luca’s criminal past catches up with him, and he finds himself in trouble with the law, due to a jealous gangster turning on him.  He goes back to Italy to solve his problems, followed by Adriana.  But there they face great danger, with the possibility of not only going to jail, but of losing their lives.

Adriana and Luca have survived their early life traumas, but was this threat one that will prove fatal to them both?  Will fate for once be kind to them and allow them to be reunited once more?  This is a tale of passion and crime, love and despair, which could either bring them both great happiness, or end up in the death of them both.

And here’s a stimulating excerpt:

When we arrived back at my apartment, and she took off her coat, I thought again how amazing she looked.  Now she didn’t even have the protection, albeit miniscule protection, of a pair of panties, given that I had ripped them from her, and my cock hardened again.  She smiled at me.

“I hope you are not going to make me go home in the morning dressed like this.  That really would be a walk of shame.”

I leaned against the back of the couch, my arms crossed, slowly taking in the view before me.

“You know, you really deserve a thorough spanking, going out dressed like that.”

“Well then you had better give me one.  Spank me Luca.”

I know you’ll want to read it, so pick That Day at the Lake up here:

Amazon US    Amazon UK   Amazon Canada   Blushing Books

About Rachel, in her own words:

I live in the UK and I have been writing since I was a child, but I only started publishing seriously when Blushing Books accepted my first book nearly two years ago.  I like to write erotic romances, but I like to combine them with tales of adventure, crime and interesting stories.  Take a look at my website for details of my earlier books, as well as free short stories.

If you leave your e-mail address there, you can be notified whenever a new blog is posted, or a new book is published.

I don’t like to reveal too much about myself and prefer to let my books do the talking for me.  That way I can be whoever the reader wants me to be.  If you buy my book, please take the time to leave a review.  These are very important to writers, and we love to have feedback on our books.

I hope you buy and enjoy my book, and I would like to thank Patricia Green for her generosity in hosting me on her blog.

                                                                                     Rachel de Vine

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First Course – The Amuse Bouche

Repeating the Past (by Georgia St. Claire) How will Beth do in such a dangerous town where men outnumber women by 10 to 1?

Rocky Mountain Bride (by Lee Savino) The truth: Carrie’s come to the middle of nowhere to marry a man she’s never met.

Unwrapped 3 Holiday Novellas coverSecond Course – The Appetizer

‘Tis the time for holiday stories. As you’re preparing for a long holiday weekend, you’re probably stocking up on books for those quiet moments between the mall and the refrigerator. Some colleagues of mine have published a fun collection of holiday books, Unwrapped: Three Holiday Novellas. These are great Victorian and Western holiday stories with dominant men and their feisty women. Bestselling authors, Sue Lyndon, Ava Sinclair, and Vanessa Vale put together some sexy fun with this set. You can get it at Amazon US, Amazon UK, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Kobo.

My Vacation In Rio CoverThird Course – The Entrée

As many of you know, I’ve got a new book out this week: My Vacation in Rio: Romantek. Here is its first (5 star) review:

“Filled with action suspense and romance. The plot is well written and keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next. This is a great series but can also be read alone.” ~noangel from Here’s the link to the review page.

I hope you’ll take a look at this erotic, sci-fi, time travel, spanking romance. It takes place primarily in the year 2000 in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. As you might imagine, the turn of the millennium celebration is amazing. I did a lot of research for this one, and every minute of it was fun. Other parts of the book are set in the future, where dreams are virtual reality playgrounds, but sometimes bad guys sneak in and then all hell breaks loose.

You can pick it up at Amazon USAmazon UK, and Blushing Books.

Turkey & PieFourth Course – The Dessert

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I have a lot of people and events to be thankful for. I’m very fortunate to have a deeply caring husband who won’t let me get away with being naughty, a long list of friends both close and simply friendly, and wonderful daughters who make me proud and hopeful for the future. I live in a wonderful city with a small town atmosphere but cosmopolitan opportunities. There are plenty of things occupying my time, so I’m never bored. Overall, I live a good life. I hope you are equally blessed wherever you are and whatever you do. Thank you to all of you who follow along here and who read my books. You complete my life like the cherry on top of the sundae.

Wishing you a happy holiday.