Friday, July 29, 2016

Finicky Friday - Grilled Halibut with Strawberry-Mango Salsa


Grilled Halibut with Strawberry-Mango Salsa



Hey everyone, I thought it would be cool to post some recipes I had found online. I’m going to *try* to do some of these beforehand, but I’m sure there’ll be times I won't. I'm going to call this Finicky Friday. :)


LOL, yes, yes, there was indeed a trend for July. What can I say, I love strawberries! Next month I'm focusing on watermelon. I think. Maybe, lol. Watermelon and summer kind of goes hand-in-hand, don't you think?



Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 to 10 minutes
Servings: 4

~Looking for a dish that's light and summery yet filling? Here's a recipe that captures all the flavors of summer and will leave you feeling satisfied.


INGREDIENTS
1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll's Strawberries

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 ripe avocado, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided

4 skin-on halibut fillets (4 to 6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Pinch of salt


DIRECTIONS
Hull strawberries and cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add mango, avocado, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Stir gently to combine. Set aside.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush halibut fillets with oil and season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Grill fillets, skin side up and covered, 4 to 5 minutes, turn over gently and continue to cook 3 to 5 minutes or until fish is opaque throughout.
Serve with squeeze of fresh lime juice and salsa.

Calories:  315.12
Total Fat:  13.72g
Saturated Fat:  1.93g
Cholesterol: 36.29mg
Sodium:  328.72mg
Total carbohydrates: 2.42g
Dietary Fiber: 5.51g
Protein: 25.56g

Recipe by: Driscolls.com

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cover Reveal for Wide Open Spaces by Renee Stevens


COVER REVEAL





Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Pre-order Release Date: 7/28/2016
Official Release Date: 8/31/2016

Genre: Contemporary
Series: States of Love
Length: 35,659 Words
Rating: Adult/Mature


Blurb
Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.


Excerpt
Devon sank down on his couch as exhaustion swamped him. Most of it was from moving in, but the change in elevation didn’t help. He’d gotten used to being closer to sea level, so going back to the dry air at over six thousand feet was going to take some getting used to.

Bloody noses had become the norm while he stayed with Blake. Devon didn’t want to deal with them repeatedly and considered getting a humidifier until he managed to acclimate.

He looked around his living room. Boxes were scattered everywhere, and he should be unpacking, but he was too tired. At least he hadn’t had to carry everything in himself. Blake, Travis, and Seth were waiting for him when he pulled into the apartment complex. They shrugged off his objections and insisted they had nothing better to do. Devon appreciated it, but he wasn’t comfortable around them anymore. He managed to be a proper host, but damn, he was glad they left after a couple beers each. They made noise about getting together again soon, but Devon had used getting settled in as an excuse to keep from committing to anything.

He stood and wandered into his small kitchen. He didn’t bother opening the fridge or any of the cupboards. He knew they were empty. His stomach growled, reminding him he hadn’t eaten for a while. Devon dug his keys out of his pocket and headed for the door. He’d get something to eat and then maybe stop at the store to pick up a few staples. Paper plates, sandwich fixings, some chips, and he’d be good for a couple of days. At least it would give him time to get a few things—like pots and pans—unpacked. Then he could do a full grocery shop.

An hour later he was comfortably full from a greasy burger, fries, and a shake. He’d never eaten a lot of fast food, but he had few other options. He headed to Walmart, determined to stick to his list of sandwich stuff and maybe some eggs. Surely he could dig out some pans before the food expired. He headed to the chips first and scanned for the familiar bag of Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles. They were his all-time favorite, though he also knew he’d want something else after a day or two. So he grabbed a couple of other bags and headed for the eggs and then the freezer aisle.

Sandwiches and chips would get old fast. He found some frozen breakfast sandwiches he could microwave, tossed them in the cart, and moved on. Frozen lasagna quickly joined the few other items in his cart, followed by some potpies, a few TV dinners, and a bag of chimichangas. So what if he wasn’t sticking to his mental list?

He was more focused on getting groceries for the next few days than on the people around him.

“Devon.”

He froze when a familiar voice spoke his name. He closed his eyes briefly, ducked his head, and steeled himself. He knew it would happen eventually, when he found out Levi still lived there. He thought he’d have more time to prepare. He swallowed—hard—and turned to face the man who had at one time meant everything to him. The man he’d risked being found out for. He lifted his head and gazed into the moss-colored eyes.

“Levi.”


About the Author
Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties. Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the
paranormal. When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can usually be found working on GayAuthors.org in her capacity of Admin,  Blog Coordinator, and Anthology Coordinator.


Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters. Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head
keeping her company while her husband works.


When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts. When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors. She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby. Once back at home, it’s back to writing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July swag winner and info on August giveaway





And the winner for the July giveaway
is... Sherry_N_West!



Email has been sent :) For August there's going to be two signed books with the swag this time. What books, you ask? Well, lets just say if you like
Aliens? 

Spaceships? 

Breeding programs? 

And life-changing events that’ll take you on a journey which will lead to the love of a lifetime

you better make sure to check back in August. ;)
~M

Divine Promotions presents Taken Back by Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell and a giveaway!

A Steamy M/M Romance

Author Name: Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell
Book Name: Taken Back
Series: (Taken Series, #1)
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Publisher: Tipsy Goat Press
Cover Artist: Cali MacKay
Pages or Words: 48000 words
Categories: M/M Romance, Fiction

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Blurb

Sometimes you need to go back to your past, in order to move on to your future.

Jax Hunter has spent the last ten years trying to forget his first love Nathan Steele—and the brutal betrayal that derailed everything he’d worked so hard for. Jax has finally gotten his life back together, when Nathan returns to deliver another blow – his company is set to bulldoze the bar he’s built from nothing.

Ever since that summer in high school, Nathan has been denying his feelings for Jax—the only person he’s ever loved. Nathan knows Jax might never forgive him, but when Nathan’s uncle is murdered and Nathan might be next on the hit-list, Jax is the only one he can turn to.

Jax still doesn’t trust Nathan—not with his bar, and for damn sure, not with his heart. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to resist the undeniable passion between them. Can they overcome their past hurts and learn to trust each other again? Or will another betrayal tear them apart forever?
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Divine’s Summer Blog Hop 2016 July 25 – August 8



Welcome to the Divine’s Summer Blog Hop 2016! The theme for the blog hop revolves around summer—either favorite summer memories, favorite summer tips, or summer recipes/activities.



I decided to share a favorite summer drink recipe. It's cute, fun, and tastes good... especially if you like watermelon. That's below. :)

FOR MY GIVEAWAY:  For my giveaway I'm offering the winner's choice of the ebook format of book #1 and book #2 of The Harvest. Leave me a comment and make sure to leave me your email too.


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Grand Prizes for this Blog Hop*


18K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

Divine Promotions – 10 Days Promo Tour ($90)

Divine Promotions – 3 Day Release Blitz ($35)

$75 credit from Dreamspinner Press

$30 credit from Dreamspinner Press

*In order to be entered for the fabulous Grand Prize Giveaway you need to go to the blog hop page http://divinemagazine.net/summer-blog-hop-2016/ and leave a comment. Share your best summer memory, favorite summer tips or activities.


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Watermelon Picnic Punch



Recipe by Cheeky Kitchen

Hey, how about some lemonade? How about some strawberry lemonade? How about some Watermelon-Strawberry Lemonade? Oh, yeah. We got you covered with this fabulous recipe.


Prep Time: 10 min

Total Time: 10 min

Servings: 6


Ingredients

1 mini seedless watermelon
8 ounces lemon juice
2 cups frozen strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups ice



Directions

1. Slice the mini watermelon in half, using a spoon to scrape all of the fruit from the center of the melon. Place in a large blender.

2. Add the lemon juice, strawberries, sugar, and ice to the blender. Blend until pureed.

3. Pour lemonade straight from your blender, or pour into a pitcher. For an extra fun way to serve this drink, pour it into the two empty halves of the watermelon, add a skewered strawberry and lemon for garnish, then slurp your lemonade from a straw!


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