Day 1 – 30 Days of Christmas 2017

It’s here! Day 1 of my annual 30 Days of Christmas Giveaway! I am starting out the year with a BANG! Today’s giveaway includes a very hot, sexy mystery and a little military love from me. What that means is that I’m giving away a copy of my MM military novella Extraction and I’m featuring an author whose series really captivated me when I was recuperating from having that massive gallstone and my gallbladder removed. May Archer’s The Easy Way was fast paced and really intriguing. I had to have the second book The Long Way. Now, I’m so hooked I’m salivating for the third book! Let’s take a look at both books so you can see what you could win today!

May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it. Sign up for her newsletter at: https://www.subscribepage.com/MayArcher_News

The Easy Way

Camden Seaver had it easy – a loving family, plenty of money, and the freedom to follow his dreams while his older brother, Sebastian, took charge of the family business. But when a tragic plane crash killed his parents, all the responsibilities he never wanted landed firmly on his shoulders. Now saddled with his crazy, grief-stricken brother and his dad’s multimillion dollar company, Cam doesn’t trust in dreams anymore. He’s forgotten what “easy” feels like.

FBI Agent Kendrick “Cort” Cortland learned the hard way that he couldn’t depend on anyone but himself. Before joining the FBI, the one constant in his life was his foster brother, Damon – and then Damon disappeared. Now, Cort is determined to find his brother and to bring down the man responsible for ruining Damon’s life, Sebastian Seaver. He’s got nothing left to lose.

When Cort’s investigation leads him to Seaver Tech…and Camden Seaver…what started as a quest for revenge and a one-night deception quickly turns into far more than either man bargained for. But how can either man trust in something that seems so easy? As long-held secrets are revealed, the attraction between Cam and Cort becomes combustible – an undeniable love that will either make or destroy them. Will Cam and Cort let their conflicting loyalties drive them apart? Or will they decide that sometimes love is the easy way?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Way-May-Archer-ebook/dp/B075JMHQG9

Lex writes mostly MM currently, but her backlist includes MF and MMF. Although romance is her preferred genre, most of her books are paranormal or contemporary with an occasional fantasy, dystopian or steampunk thrown into the mix. All of Lex’s romances contain a Happily Ever After. She just doesn’t do romance any other way.

Lex’s current publishers include Loose Id, MLR Press, Liquid Silver, and Decadent. She is also the Amazon best selling author of the self published series Souls in Bondage. Lex is represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Agency.

Extraction

Two soldiers, former lovers, each think they are saving the other from a South American drug cartel, all the while rehashing their broken relationship.

Green Beret Shane Cullen has been undercover for the DEA with a South American drug cartel. Eighteen months into his assignment, and unbeknownst to Shane, the cartel’s number two man is captured by the U.S. Marshals and starts to talk. Shane’s mission becomes endangered. His Special Forces commander calls in a favor and pulls in Shane’s former lover and teammate Elliott Hutchens for an extraction.

Elliott hasn’t seen Shane in almost two years, since his lover walked out on him. But Shane’s in trouble and doesn’t know it, so Elliott can’t refuse the mission. Getting himself captured by the cartel in order to force Shane to rescue him is the easy part. The hard part comes when Shane discovers he’s the real extraction, not Elliott. Shane’s bad temper ended their relationship once before. Will it get in the way again or can these two soldiers work through their issues and find their way to a happy ever after?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Extraction-Lex-Valentine-ebook/dp/B01N2IBXML

For a chance to win Extraction and The Easy Way, leave a comment on this thread by midnight Pacific time! Tomorrow I’ll post who the winner is. And stay tuned all month as I feature books and MM authors through Christmas and MF authors between Christmas and New Year’s. Some of the authors you can look forward to are Jaime Samms, Tara Lain, KC Burn, Charlie Cochrane, Aimee Nicole Walker, Jay Northcote, Layla Reyne, Megan Slayer, Lucy Lennox, Nikki Prince, Lisa Worrall, Nya Rawlyns, Sue Brown and many more!

Happy Holidays!

What? Again?

Yes, it is that time of year again. Every year I do this crazy thing where I get authors to give up books to readers during my 30 Days of Christmas Event here at Sunlight Sucks. It started out with me just asking my friends to participate. Now, I ask EVERYONE. And this year, I tagged the people whose books I read while I was bored and recuperating from surgery. I did also ask people who have done this before and who I did covers for, and basically asked people on Facebook to share my post asking for authors!

I’m glad I stuck my neck out because I have such a FABULOUS line-up of authors for you this year! The MM author community is really coming out to make YOUR holiday pretty fantastic. For those of you who don’t know how this works you can always peruse this site and see what authors and books I’ve given away in the past. But I can tell you that I have a pretty stellar line-up this year. It’s so stellar in fact that I’m just itching to list them! But I won’t. I want you all to come back here on December 1 to find out what and who is coming during this holiday month.

And no, my circumstances have not changed. I don’t have a home. I don’t have winter clothes. I can’t afford to go to the doctor for follow ups on my surgery. I don’t have any money. I go hungry quite a few days a month. And I have a HUGE stack of medical bills that are going to affect my credit and make it even harder to find a place to live. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do this. I want to. I need to. It means a lot to me to give back to everyone who has been so supportive of my troubles and this is about all I can do besides say Thank You.

Starting December 1 and going through Christmas December 25, I’ll have at least one, probably two books to give away each day. (Could be up to three if I get more participation.) They will be MM. From December 26 through to New Year’s, the books will be MF and/or menage books. The Great New Year’s Giveaway is shorter because only a portion of my readers still read MF. The greater number are MM readers and that genre is pretty much all I write anymore. But I do like to give MF books some airtime so from Christmas to New Year’s is the perfect time!

If you know an author you think might like to participate or want to participate, let them know about this! Share my post on Facebook. Email them. DM them. Whatever it takes.  The more the merrier! Even if my Christmas sucks (my holidays have since I became homeless) I want YOURS to be very happy! I am so excited to do this for all of you! Plus it gives us authors a little motivation when we see your comments.

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And comment is all you need to do for a chance to win. You can comment every day! At midnight Pacific time each day, hubs gives me a number and whoever has that comment number is the winner. Hubs doesn’t read my blog, or anyone’s blog, and he is not on Facebook. He has no horse in this race so he’s utterly impartial.

I’m also sweetening the pot for the authors by giving away two covers (one MM and one MF) from Winterheart Design. I’ll put all their names in a hat and let hubs pull one out for each genre. Again, just trying to give back what I can to those who have helped me throughout the last two very rough years.

I’m not out of the woods yet, but I will not fail all of you when it comes to this! So again, this year, get ready for Lex’s 30 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway!

Happy Holidays!

 

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

fb_greatnewyearsgiveawayThank you to all the authors who participated in the Great New Year’s Giveaway and the 30 Days of Christmas. I couldn’t do this without all of you donating your books to the readers! Also, many thanks to all of you who shared the posts on Twitter and Facebook.  And lastly, thanks to all the readers who came out and commented! You’re the reason we all do this!

And now, without further ado, the winners of the Great New Year’s Giveaway are Jean Reads for the New Year’s Eve books and Tracey for the New Year’s Day books!

I will get the winner email addresses out to the authors in the next day or two and then the authors will make sure you get your books. Anyone from the first 25 days who has not received their books please email me at lex at lexvalentine dot com and remind me which books you won so I can go back and check it against my list and contact the authors.

Many thanks to all of you and Happy New Year!

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Pineapple Chiffon Cheesecake Diabetes Edition

Happy Rose Parade Day! I know all of you want to know the winners of the Great New Year’s Giveaway and I’ll do that tonight. But right now, my friend TC Blue asked for some info on my diabetic version of my mom’s Pineapple Chiffon Cheesecake. And I know Lane Hayes will be interested too!

So here’s the lowdown on the cheesecake. It’s not your standard cheesecake. My Mom Mable made up this recipe and I’m pretty much the only one in the family who knows how to make it.  She never wrote it down, but I helped make it many, many times over. What can I say? I’ve got a great memory.

For the full fat, really luscious version of this dessert, use real butter, full fat Philly Cream Cheese, Extra Creamy Cool Whip, dark brown sugar and extra fine baking sugar. Here’s a photo of the full fat version in a 9×13 pan. This is from some years back.

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Here’s a photo of the diabetic version I made yesterday in a square 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 pan. The graham cracker crust didn’t turn out as dark without the dark brown sugar. The Splenda brown sugar was more golden brown.

cheesecake_panYou can use a 9×13 pan or an equivalent square pan as I did yesterday.

Now, I bet you’re wondering what’s in this thing. Well, here’s a grocery list and you can click the links to see what Fooducate has to say about the sugar, fat and carbs on some of the items:

For the Crust

1 – 13.5 oz box of graham cracker crumbs (Honey Maid or Keebler)

Cinnamon to taste – I use about 3 – 4 TBS but I like it cinnamony. I put enough for it to turn the graham crackers darker.

Dark Brown Sugar – For diabetics use Splenda or Truvia Brown Sugar Blend. Truvia is pretty much only at Target. Splenda can be found in Walmart and most grocery stores. I’m not sure how much to use. A couple of handfuls is how I measure it. You may need to adjust the taste to your liking depending on how sweet and cinnamony you want the crust.

1 lb Real Butter – You can use whatever margarine you want to replace the real butter. I leave it out to soften for about an hour.

I mix the graham crackers and cinnamon together first. I dump them in the pan and mix with either my fingers or a fork. Make sure they are mixed well and there’s no pockets of cinnamon. Then mix in the brown sugar. Again, make sure it’s mixed well with no lumps of brown sugar, using fingers or a fork. With the Splenda brown sugar, it smells kind of weird, but it won’t taste weird so don’t let that initial smell turn you off.

If you are using cubed butter, nuke one cube at a time to melt. I mix the butter into the graham cracker mix one cube at a time. By the time you get to the last cube the graham crackers should be nice and wet and sticky but you shouldn’t see any puddles of shiny butter anywhere. You can do this with your fingers, but for this part I prefer a fork. (I cook most things with a fork.)

Pull out a couple of fistfuls (about a cup) of the crumbs for topping. Press the remaining graham cracker mix up the sides of the pan first, then level out the bottom. I use a fork to do this. You can put the crust in the fridge to firm up and cool off. Or not. It doesn’t matter really at this point in the process.

For the Filling

Superfine Baking Sugar or Splenda or Truvia Baking Sugar – about a quarter of a cup. I don’t use a lot. You may want to up the sugar to make the filling more sweet.

3 packages of Neufchatel cheese – This stuff tastes just like cream cheese with 1/3 of the fat. But you can use the low or non-fat or full fat Philly Cream Cheese.

1 – 20 oz can of Dole Crushed Pineapple in juice (no heavy syrup!)

1 – 8 oz container of Cool Whip – can substitute Sugar Free Cool Whip or Fat Free Cool Whip or Extra Creamy

2 packets of Knox gelatin (This usually comes in a box of 4 packets.)

You can mix this by hand, it’s not that hard, or use a mixer or a food processor, whatever floats your boat.

I leave the Cool Whip and the Neufchatel cheese out to soften for at least an hour. When the cheese is soft and at room temp I dump all three packages in a large mixing bowl with the baking sugar. Beat the sugar into the cheese.

Drain the pineapple into the cheese mixture bowl. You don’t have to drain the pineapple dry. The rest is going in the bowl later. Beat the pineapple juice into the cream cheese mixture until smooth.

Put the Knox gelatin in a 2 cup measuring cup or small bowl. Add about 3/4 to 1 cup of boiling hot water a little at a time, stirring constantly to ensure the gelatin all melts. Pour the melted gelatin water into the cheese mixture and beat until it’s smooth.

Fold in the pineapple. Make sure it’s blended well. Fold in the thawed Cool Whip and make sure it’s blended well too. Pour the mixture into the crust. Top with the reserved graham cracker mixture. The filling might be runny so be careful when you put the topping on.

Cover with foil or plastic. Chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight until the filling sets. Serve in squares.

This one is set correctly.

cheesecake_sliceThis one is not. I was impatient and cut into it too soon. HEH.

cheesecake_notgelledAnyway, that’s how to make Mable’s Pineapple Chiffon Cheesecake both full fat and diabetic versions! I hope you enjoy it!

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The Great New Year’s Giveaway – NYD

It’s New Year’s Day, the last day of my giveaways. Yesterday we had books from Cailin Briste, Jenna Ives and Kim Carmichael. The winner of those awesome books will be announced tomorrow with the other winners of the Great New Year’s Giveaway!

Today, for the final Great New Year’s Giveaway, I’ve got the amazing Julia Rachel Barrett, who is giving away 2 books, the awesome Christa Paige and the fantastic Megan Slayer giving away some very hot reads just for you on this first day of 2017! Also, Julia has the distinction of having Winterheart Design covers on her books!

Julia Rachel Barrett – If one word describes me, it’s eclectic.  Or so my friends say.  I’m a lover of books, poetry, art, history, baseball, barbecue, chocolate, coffee, children, animals and the great outdoors.  I’m a hospice nurse as well as a writer, but I got my first job at the age of twelve so believe me when I tell you if my heroines are doing it, I’ve probably done it.  At the heart of every one of my stories is a real life event.  (Even in Captured!)

If I was pressed to brand my romances, I guess I’d say I write romance for the thinking woman.  Or I try.  I layer my stories with meaning – I have fun, yes, but I draw on my literary background and I love nothing more than to sprinkle a special pixie dust composed of one part mythos, one part symbolism. XOXO! Julia

You can find all my books on my Amazon Author Page.

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Website: Julia Barrett’s World

Blog: I Can Write Anything Blog

dinnerwithahighlandghost_200Dinner With A Highland Ghost

Emma Rose Steen arrives in the Highlands of Scotland hoping for a much needed breath of fresh air. Not only has the Arizona summer been a scorcher, she’s just barely managed to survive two miscarriages, the divorce from hell, and in the process she’s given up her life’s work—her beloved restaurant.
She never expects to encounter another living person on her first hike to Loch Ness, let alone a kilt-wearing bare-chested long-haired Highland hottie.
Pity he’s also dead.
John Charles McGregor has haunted the mountains above Loch Ness for three hundred years. Nobody has seen him, spoken to him. The solitude is torture, but in all that time he’s found no pathway leading to either heaven or hell. Until now. Until a woman from the Colonies, Emma Rose Steen, speaks to him.
He knows deep in his heart that her presence in his mountains heralds his release from purgatory.

ahanukkahmiracle_200A Hanukkah Miracle

Leah has had to listen to her mother’s nagging for months. It’s getting so much worse now that the holidays are approaching. Her mother seems bound and determined to find her a husband.

Leah, on the other hand, is determined to live life on her own terms. But it’s that time crazy of the year, a time for menorahs and candles, latkes, big family gatherings, cute guys, bad blind dates, and old-fashioned holiday fun.

Mix together a sexy Jewish delivery man, a dental chair, a sudden snowstorm and a latke competition and you get, just maybe, a Hanukkah miracle.

 

Strict professor by day. Romance author by night. Lover of all things alpha-male twenty-four hours a day. Christa Paige is a multi-published author in several genres. Her passion for love stories spans many tropes. She writes sensual, romantic tales and sweet love stories. Christa’s paranormal series features alpha male vampires who will do anything to claim their mates. The first trilogy is called the Blood-Vine and is published by Liquid Silver Publishing. Also, Christa has a contemporary series based on the brave men and women in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the series is called Kissin’ Cops. Christa co-writes with Vivien Jackson and their sexy Harlequin novella, is a naughty regency called Sophie’s Rogues. Christa’s last release is a Waterloo era romance, called One Last Kiss, and it is featured in the Beaux, Ballrooms and Battles anthology. Christa is thrilled to announce that there will be new cops and new vampire novels coming soon.

Come join Christa on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+, Ravelry, Amazon

boundbyobsessionBound By Obsession

In his long life, Traian Komar has managed to escape the mating noose. Being bound forever to a female isn’t anything he’s ready for. However, when he runs into Bethany, a woman from his past, every bonding instinct within him surges to life. Bethany’s the one who got away and he’s never forgotten her. Traian’s sudden obsession with her is all-consuming. But, he can’t do a damned thing about it. Dr. Bethany Miles is a mere mortal, and Kan Asma aristocrats are forbidden to mate with humans.

For several long years, Bethany, a child psychologist, has devoted her life to her work. When a request for an appointment with an adult comes in, she’s ready to refer the case to her colleague … until she notices the patient’s name, Traian Komar. Beset by memories, Bethany agrees to see him. When he shows up, she doesn’t count on the passion he awakens within her.

The moment they’re face-to-face only intensifies the burning lust they’d always resisted. This time, Traian doesn’t hold back. His lack of restraint turns both their lives upside down and uncovers secrets that could jeopardize their growing bond. Because of his refusal to conform to his people’s traditions, Traian risks losing Bethany and any hope they have for love. He must conquer the threat to their mating and find a way to make her his … forever.

Buy link on Amazon–https://www.amazon.com/Bound-Obsession-Blood-Vine-Book-ebook/dp/B005O0YK1Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1483150145&sr=8-3&keywords=bound+by+obsession

0wendiMegan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and AllRomance Ebooks.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm

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you-have-meYou Have Me, Battle Scarred, Book 1

When the rest of the world crumbles and fails, you have me.

Kynan Laing gave up his mortal soul to the will of the Sources, the ancient beings in charge of the universe. With the sensual grace and speed in his vampire form, he serves in his role as a Protector for the Supernatural world. But the impending war between the Supers and Hunters is heating up. The woman he’s charged to protect is all grown up and the perfect submissive partner he wants. Can he keep his heart under wraps while keeping her safe?

Alexa Mercury doesn’t know why she’s supposed to trust the vampire, but she does. Even when she pushed him away, Kynan watches over her. She craves him like no other and wants to submit body and soul to him, even if he is a Supernatural creature of the night. When circumstances beyond her control force them together, Lexa will have to decide whether to offer her heart to the vampire or risk her very soul.

This book was previously released by another publisher and has been reedited and revamped for this edition.

Available from:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/You-Have-Battle-Scarred-Book-ebook/dp/B01ATV40QY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1460497047&sr=8-5&keywords=megan+slayer

Loose Id: http://www.loose-id.com/battle-scarred-1-you-have-me.html