Friday, July 21, 2017

Finicky Friday - Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie




Prep 5 m
Ready In 5 m
2 servings 236 cals

Ingredients
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup rolled oats 1 banana, broken into chunks 14 frozen strawberries 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions

In a blender, combine soy milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Teaser - Bound by Fate



More from Raiden and Dayo! By the way, ya'll, sorry I missed all of last weeks posts. Between Courtney getting ready to move to Texas, a whirlwind trip to Hot Springs, AR, *two* sets of edits that came in a day apart, and trying to get this book finished by the end of the month... it's just been total chaos around here.

And it's not going to get better until she leaves around the first of August. So exhausted, lol.




“You okay?”
Dayo started the reduplicator and faced his dad. “I’m fine. Just listening to all those stories… I guess I got a little overwhelmed.”
“It’s understandable. Bringing a young into this world is an important decision, especially since you and Raiden still have your whole career in front of you.”
“It’s not so much that. We know it’s a risk, but…. That’s not it. Were you scared?” Dayo remembered then how his dad’s circumstances where different than his own. “Sorry, sorry. That was a stupid question. Of course you were scared. Your DNA was mutated against your wishes, so how could you not have been scared?”
“Hon, it was a different time then.” Chad leaned against the counter. “Yes, I was harvested and mated to Gibor. Was I thrilled about that in the beginning? You bet your ass I wasn’t.”
Dayo snorted. He’d give anything to have been able to have seen his dad back then. The champagne materialized. Dayo removed it from the reduplicator and sat it on the counter.
“But no more so than Dale. Or John. Or Colt. Or any other male who was harvested against their will. But I got to know Gibor, and the more I got to know him, the more I fell in love with him.”
“But—”
“And that past has nothing to do with the here and now. To answer your question: yes. I was terrified when I had you. I came from a world where men did not have babies. You are able to, but you know what? It still okay to be scared. Honestly? I think it’s normal.”
“Was it bad?”
“Well, it wasn’t the funnest thing I ever did. But as soon as Doc let me hold you, none of that mattered.”
“I heard you threatened to have dabba neutered.”
“I swear, Dale and his big mouth. Look, the pain medicine took some time to kick in. When it did, I decided I’d let your dad keep his—”
Dayo waved his hands frantically, trying to keep his dad from finishing that sentence. “No, no, I don’t need to know the rest of that.”
“Anyway, it’s scary, wonderful, emotional, and something I simply can’t explain. All I can tell you is this—you and your dabba are the best thing that ever happened to me. You can and will get through a pregnancy and birth. Raiden will be with you every step of the way.”
Dato hugged his dad. “Thanks, Dad. That helps.”
“Good. Find something to open that champagne with and let’s get back in there before they send Dale looking for us. Hopefully he hasn’t eaten the cake. By the way, if you get a craving for icing while you’re pregnant—you didn’t get that from me.”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday Teaser - Bound by Destiny



Time for Tuesday Teaser! This is another snippet of Bound by Destiny. 


Dale walked to the force field, and careful not to touch it, looked out. His cell was part of a much larger, circular room. In the center were two large desks which set back to back and were filled with view screens. That must be where the guards were stationed.

No one was there, but the screens were operational. Maybe he was being watched by remote control? He glanced around. The circular room held nothing but cells. He couldn’t see into the ones next to him, but he could see the ones across the room.

He guessed there were maybe ten cells, and they were all empty. Having the guard station in the center of the room now made sense. Whoever sat there could see into the cells at all times. And so could the other prisoners. The lack of privacy was disturbing.

Dayo turned away from the force field and continued his exploration of his cell. The walls were solid and smooth, but there was a vent in the ceilings. Dayo stood on the bed for a better look. Yep, that was protected by a force field too.

Sighing, Dayo sat down. Only the basic necessities were provided, but that didn’t surprise him. Now that he was alone, he let Belton’s words replay in his head. Someone set this up. Although Belton hadn’t said who, there was only one person he and Raiden met lately who fit. What has Belton said? Someone with wealth and prestige didn’t take kindly to your mate rebuffing him. 


And for those in the US... Happy 4th of July!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Finicky Friday - Firecracker Milkshake for 4th of July holiday





Welcome to Finicky Friday! Since this is 4th of July holiday in the US, check out this milkshake that promises a firework of explosive flavors for your mouth. 




TOTAL TIME: 0:10

LEVEL: EASY

SERVES: 4


INGREDIENTS

1 half g. vanilla ice cream

2-3 drops red food coloring

2-3 drops blue food coloring



DIRECTIONS

Soften ice cream to a soft serve/yogurt texture. Evenly divide ice cream into three bowls.

Place red food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in the other, using a whisk beat each bowl until color is well blended.

Layer bottom of glass with red ice cream, then plain vanilla and blue ice cream, using long spoon or knife drag it from the bottom to the top, stirring in between to mix the color (do not overmix).


Optional decorating idea: Finish with whipped cream and red, white and blue confetti

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Teaser - Bound by Destiny



This is from Bound by Destiny and is Raiden and Dayo's book.




“Dayo! Hey, sweetie!”

“Hey, dad.” Dayo kicked off his boots and sat on the bed. He breathed a silent sigh of relief as he got comfortable. At least the bed was soft.

“Well, I can tell you’re not in your quarters.” Chad made a show of looking at the area behind Dayo. “Nope. Definitely not your quarters. I happen to know you’re not a fan of gold. So, where are you guys?”

“Quai. We’re here to pick up the new mates and scheduled to stay for three days—”

“Wait. Isn’t that the plant mostly covered in snow? It is, isn’t it?”

“You got it.” Dayo pretended to shiver. Truth be known, he didn’t have to pretend much.


Chad tried hide a grin, but he didn’t quite succeed. “Oh, good times. I know how much you love the cold weather.” 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Finicky Friday - Mermaid Lemonade

Mermaid Lemonade
Hey! Time for Finicky Friday







TOTAL TIME: 0:10
PREP: 0:10
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 4



INGREDIENTS

2 c. ice

1/4 c. Blue Curacao

1 c. white rum

2 c. lemonade

4 Lemon Slices, for garnish

8 Maraschino cherries, for garnish

4 paper umbrellas



DIRECTIONS

To four glasses, add ice. Add blue curacao, rum, and lemonade to each glass. Stir to combine. (If you prefer a lot of ice, stir together mixture first, then pour over ice.)

Skewer a lemon slice and two maraschino cherries on each paper umbrella and garnish lemonade.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Teaser



This is from Bound by Destiny and is Raiden and Dayo's book.



“Seriously?” Raiden stood at attention next to First Officer Ziffer and Weapons Chief Nair Ance.

“Me?”

“You heard me, Raiden.” Captain Munn sighed. “The Quai know you’re a royal and insist you attend this banquet they’ve planned. In fact, they want you there for the whole three days.”

“Can I point out Dayo is also considered part of the Royal Family? Not just me?”

“He is, but only through your mating. You, on the other hand, are a blood descendent of King Duran.”

“Um, they do know I’m not in direct line to assume kingship, right? I mean, that’s Hamza. He’s the young birthed to Duran and his mate, Jolak.” Raiden resisted the urge to run his finger around the collar of his uniform. Suddenly it was strangling him.

First Officer Lute snorted. “Notice how he calls him Hamza? Not Prince Hamza? And King Duran is just Duran?”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Finicky Friday - Strawberry Cheesecake Salad





Time for Finicky Friday! This is my kind of salad!



INGREDIENTS

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
16 oz. cool whip
16 oz. Strawberries, sliced
2 ripe bananas, sliced
12 oz. raspberries
3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers


DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in Cool Whip until combined.

Fold in strawberries, bananas, and raspberries. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Teaser



Okay, I'm going to try to post a teaser from whatever WIP I'm working on each Tuesday. We'll see how this goes lol. This is from Bound by Destiny and is Raiden and Dayo's book. :) It's at 20K as of right now.

~M




Ten earth years ago Raiden mated Dayo, and the two of them immediately went into the Space Academy located on Tah’Nar. It took them four earth years to complete the program, then they were assigned to the Starship Castfore, where they spent almost six years. They transferred to the Starship Unity three earth months ago.

“Then aren’t we fortunate there was an opening aboard, huh?” Dayo winked as he tugged Raiden towards the holodeck doors.

“More than I can say.” Raiden secured his hajar and followed Dayo out.

Together they walked down the corridor, nodding to several shipmates. All different types of races passed them, but that wasn’t unusual for Tah’Narian starships. Even when his dabba was captain, there were other races on his crew.


Dayo was silent as they walked, but Raiden wasn’t worried Dayo was still mad. At least not overly so. Dayo couldn’t hold a grudge if his life depended on it. But now was not the time to discuss the private plans they had for later, though. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Pulse Massacre - One Year Later.





For Those We Lost And Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later.


Looking back at an unspeakable tragedy – and looking ahead for the communities that will never be the same. 


The pain of June 12 still pangs just as palpably today for Mayra Alvear as it did one year ago.


It’s been twelve months since Omar Mateen entered Pulse nightclub during Pride month 2016 and opened fire with a semi-automatic assault rifle in a three-hour rampage that left 49 people dead – including Alvear’s youngest daughter, Amanda.


It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history, occurring on the LGBTQ club’s Latin night – a targeted attack against queer people of color that sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ community globally.


The time between then and now has held unimaginable grief for many – a daily struggle to make sense of the lives taken and the level of sheer horror and hate that permeated Pulse that morning.


And for Alvear and countless others, that grief has now been harnessed and channeled into a resolute mission: to be a voice for those who were lost ― to ensure that their loved ones are never forgotten, and to bring awareness to the culture of violence and deep-seated bigotry towards minorities permeating the fabric of the United States.


Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pulse-massacre-one-year-later_us_593575cee4b0765bff0f510c



In remembrance

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old
Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old


#OrlandoUnited

Friday, June 9, 2017

Finicky Friday - Cranberry-Raspberry Salad



Cranberry-Raspberry Salad


Hey everyone, time for Finicky Friday again! 


Ingredients:

1 three ounce package raspberry-flavor gelatin
1 three ounce package lemon-flavor gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 eight ounce carton dairy sour cream
2 cups raspberry sherbet
1 cup Fresh Cranberry Relish or purchased cranberry-orange relish
*Lettuce leaves (optional)
*Sugared cranberries (optional)



Directions:

Dissolve both gelatins in boiling water. Beat in sour cream with a wire whisk or rotary beater until smooth. Stir in sherbet until smooth. If necessary, chill until partially set. Add cranberry relish. Turn into a 5-cup mold.

Cover and chill 4 to 6 hours or until firm. 

*Unmold onto lettuce-lined platter. Garnish with sugared cranberries, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.




Nutrition Facts (Cranberry-Raspberry Salad)
· Per serving:

· 264 cal.,

· 8 g fat

· 4 g sat. fat,

· 15 mg chol.,

· 73 mg sodium,

· 49 g carb.,

· 1 g fiber,

· 4 g pro.

Link: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/salads/cranberry-raspberry-salad/

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trouble Comes in Threes pre-order - German paperback/ebook


Release date: June 27th

Buy link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/aller-guten-dinge-sind-drei-by-ma-church-8619-b


Buy the paperback, get the eBook for free! Whenever you buy one of our paperbacks, you get the ebook for free!





Aller guten Dinge sind drei

Buch 1 in der Serie - Fell, Fangzähne und Feliden

Ein Schneesturm im Süden – an Silvester – das kann nur in einer Katastrophe enden. Nach zwei schweren Schicksalsschlägen wartet Kirk nun auf den dritten, als plötzlich zwei Katzen in sein Leben platzen und Schutz vor der Kälte suchen. Kirk nimmt die beiden auf, obwohl er es sich eigentlich nicht leisten kann und die Katzen sich sehr auffällig verhalten. Dolf und Tal machen es sich bei Kirk bequem. Als ihr Mensch beim Holzholen schwer stürzt und sich verletzt, haben die beiden keine andere Wahl, sie müssen offenbaren, was sie sind.

Als Kirk aufwacht, muss er feststellen, dass er keine Katzen, sondern Katzenwandler aufgenommen hat und nicht nur das, er ist ihr Gefährte. Eine Dreierbeziehung, noch dazu mit zwei Katzenwandlern, ist schon schwierig genug, aber bald muss sich Kirk auch noch mit feindseligen Rudelmitgliedern rumärgern, die der Meinung sind, dass sich Wandler nicht mit Menschen einlassen sollten.

Kirk hatte geahnt, dass die beiden Katzen, Dolf und Tal, Ärger bedeuten würden, aber er hat keine Ahnung, was wirklich noch auf ihn zukommen sollte.


Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Translator: Mona Silberstein
Series Fell, Fangzähne und Feliden | Buch 1

Genres Holiday / M/M/M or More / Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Friday, June 2, 2017

At Sixes and Sevens, the next book in the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series, is under contract

Dreamspinner spins me a dream! Yay! Got the word last night that DsP accepted At Sixes and Sevens. The release date is Oct/Nov. I'm thinking it'll probably come out in November since Dragon's Hoard, the Dreamspun Beyond book, is scheduled to release in October. And ya'll, this is a loooong one too. Close to 90K before DsP edits.


So, a little about At Sixes and Sevens...


Karma is a bitch.
Aidric LeClair was one of the more outspoken betas of the West Falls Clowder when  Dolf reveled he planned to mate with a human named Kirk. Humans mating with werecats? Unthinkable. Little did Aidric know the changes that were about to sweep through the clowder. 
Shortly thereafter, beta Heller found his mate—another human—named Lawson. Each beta seemed to be falling one by one to mated bliss. Not long after, beta Remi mated with the Vetala, Marshell. Then Marshell’s sister, Janelle, mated another clowder member called Sam. When the heir-apparent Dolf assumed Alphaship of the clowder, the elders were in uproar over the changes Dolf wanted to make concerning humans, and other paranormals, joining them. 
Now, thanks to the wolf stalking Marshell, a werewolf Alpha has come to call on the West Falls Clowder to make reparations for the damage his errant pack member caused. 
Aidric’s life takes an unexpected and dramatic turn when he meets Alpha Carter Lovelock of the Dark Lake Pack. Werecats mating humans was bad enough, but now Aidric finds that his mate is none other than a werewolf. An Alpha werewolf at that. What is his goddess Bast thinking? Werewolves are arrogant, violent, and egotistical.
And now Aidric has a decision to make: accept the mate the goddess has blessed him with, or deny the gift she gave him. Aidric’s concerns are not simply based on how inflexible werewolves are either. Werecats are also smaller and weigh less than their doggy counterparts.
Aidric struggles. If he accepts Carter, he has no choice but to give up his clowder. Carter is an Alpha. There’s no hope of him joining Aidric’s clowder, plus there’s the fact that Carter has his own pack. The animosity between cats and dogs is real. Aidric worries if he will be accepted by Carter’s pack. The issues Aidric foresees are indeed real, but there are also some hidden pitfalls he was unaware of: like the fact Carter was involved with a female werewolf named Sabrina who is damned and determined to be the Alpha-mate. Then there is her brother, Delaney, who is also very outspoken in his regard toward Aidric.
Carter Lovelock is in a pickle. He always assumed his mate would be a female werewolf. How else is Carter supposed to carry on his line and retain Alphaship? Sabrina isn’t giving up easily, Delaney’s disagreeable behavior is a thorn in Carter’s side, and some of the other werewolves are purposely going out of their way to make Aidric feel unwelcome, including one of his deltas, Evan.
Carter tries to help Aidric adjust, but things are not going well. If the situation isn't already tense enough, there's the member of Carter's pack who stalked Marshell—a werewolf who just happens to be Carter’s nephew, Jack. Added to the stress is Jack’s mate, Baylor, who is none other than the hunter who tried to kill Marshell.
Even with all the disastrous events in their lives, Carter and Aidric find common ground. Love roots in the turmoil and slowly grows. They work to put their lives back together and bring peace to the pack.

Unfortunately, what little headway they make is destroyed during a full moon hunt. Will it cement their relationship or tear them apart?

Find out in book four of the Fur, Fangs, and Feline series!

Finicky Friday - Hamburger Pie



Hamburger Pie
Hey everyone, time for Finicky Friday again!


MAKES: 6 SERVINGS
PREP: 30 MINS
BAKE: 30 MINS 350°F



Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes* or one 24-ounce package refrigerated mashed potatoes

1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef

½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

¼ teaspoon salt

Dash black pepper

2 ½ cups frozen cut green beans, thawed

1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed tomato soup
½ cup shredded process American cheese (2 ounces)




Directions

Prepare Mashed Potatoes; set aside. In a large skillet cook meat and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Add the salt and pepper. Stir in thawed beans and soup; pour into a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish or casserole.

Spoon Mashed Potatoes in mounds on bean mixture (or, if desired, pipe potatoes using a pastry bag and a large star tip). Sprinkle cheese over the potatoes. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and cheese begins to brown. Makes 6 servings.


THREE OPTIONS FOR MASHED POTATOES:

1. Use four servings refrigerated mashed potatoes.

2. Prepare 4 servings instant mashed potatoes according to package directions, except reserve the milk. Add egg and seaon to taste with salt and pepper. Add enough reserved milk so potatoes are stiff enough to hold their shape.


3. Make mashed potatoes using 5 medium potatoes.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cover Reveal for Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius at MM Good Book Review and a Giveaway!


I'm at MM Good Book Reviews showing off my shiny new cover lol. Stop by there for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a book from my backlist: 



Release date: 28th June 2017
Pre-order: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/texting-autocorrect-and-a-prius-by-ma-church-8590-b




Blurb:
Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:

Is your penis still for sale?

AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.

Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.

In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.



Excerpt:

“SO WHAT now?”
“Like I know,” Darrell said, frowning. He sipped his soda, continuing to stare. “I… I’m not sure what to do with her.”
“She’s certainly not much to look at.” Bert stood next to Darrell, his arms crossed and his nose wrinkled. “Not my type at all.”
“No argument there.” Darrell ran a hand through his hair. “And no, not my type either. I like them more….” He rotated his hips, then thrust them hard. “You know… rough and tumble.”
Bert uncrossed his arms to scratch his head. “She’s pretty plain. Did you get her to stop all of those annoying noises?”
“Lord, it took forever, but yeah, I finally got them all. I don’t know if she was worth all that work, though.” Darrell lifted his soda to take another swig, but Bert stole the can from him. “Fucker, give me back my drink.”
Snickering, Bert held the can away from Darrell. “It’s the last Coke! The last one. All’s that left is Dr Pepper, and ewww, you know I hate Dr Pepper. Don’t be a bitch.”
Darrell grabbed his crotch. “Got your bitch.”
“You talk to our mother with that mouth?” Bert held the can and took a long, slow sip of the soda, then smacked his lips when he finished.
Darrell glared as Bert drank half of the soda. “Right, like she hasn’t heard worse out of you.”
Bert plastered on his best innocent expression. “Who, me?”
“You forget I work with you, so don’t try that crap with me. You’d make a sailor blush.”
“Pot, meet kettle.”
“Shut up.”
“You shut up.”
Darrell groaned. Good Lord, they sounded like kids again. It was so easy to drop back into bad habits with his brother. “The only reason you get away with it is because you’re the baby of the family.”
“And Mom likes me more.”
Darrell thought about swatting the Coke can out of Bert’s hand, but he’d be the one cleaning up the mess. “Whatever, man.”
“Snappy comeback there, bro.”
Mom didn’t like Bert better, but he did get away with more. That was the truth. Bert, whose full name was actually Robert, had been a preemie, and as such, their mom acted like he was breakable. He wasn’t… because when they were teenagers, Darrell certainly tried to break him a time or two. The little shit was still alive and kicking.
“Bite me,” Darrell tossed back.
Darrell was the oldest at forty-three. Next came Henry, who was forty-one. He’d married his high school sweetheart, Missy, and moved to the West Coast for an unbelievable job several years ago. Their two-year-old daughter kept them busy. Finally there was Bert, who was thirty-nine, and even though he was a preemie at birth, he was now as healthy as a horse.
“Sad.” Bert shook his head. “Just sad. That’s the best you got? Must be getting old.”
“Uh-huh. I’ll remember that. Now, you think she needs any parts replaced?”
“Don’t they all?” Bert quipped.
Darrell huffed. “No idea since I’m not the one into pussy. Damn, she could probably use a good waxing too.”
Bert groaned. “Ah man, I want no part of that.”
“But….” Darrell grinned, warming up to the idea after seeing how resistant Bert was. “Think how much better she’ll look. You’d be perfect for the job.”
Bert rolled his eyes, huffed, then took a long swig of Coke. “This is because I took your Coke, isn’t it? Or was it the age joke?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“I hate you,” Bert whined.
Darrell smirked. Oh yeah, this was perfect revenge. Maybe next time Bert would keep his paws off Darrell’s soda. As far as age went, Bert wasn’t that much younger. “How much do you think we can get for her?”
Bert strolled around the shiny Classic Silver Metallic Prius. “Do you want a good price, or do you want to get enough to cover the bill the owner stuck you with?”
“He’s no longer the owner, and all I’m interested in is getting enough to cover what the jackass owes me,” Darrell said.
Bert nodded. “Gotcha. Okay, let me check the Blue Book and see what they go for. We have the title, right?”
“Yep. I slapped a lien on the car when the guy didn’t pay the bill, refused to commit to a payment plan, and basically told me to go get fucked. I was able to keep the car as collateral. She’s all mine, free and clear.”
“Okay, then.” Bert rubbed his hands together as he stared at the little compact car. “Give me a day or two to get some sort of idea what to ask for her. Let’s try to sell her on Craigslist. What do you think about that?”
“Sounds fine.”
“Well, since you’re the boss, I’m going to put your cell phone as the contact number. You’re going to need to keep the ugly little prissy thing at your house.”
“Wait, why do I have to be the one to garage it?” Darrell complained.
“Didn’t you hear the boss comment? Plus you’re the eldest. As luck would have it, my garage is full of a bunch of crap. Remember? I’m having new floors laid this week, so I can’t keep the Prius at my house. I don’t have time to deal with a bunch of people wanting to check the car out while I got that going on.”
“Oh, and I do? Okay, fine.” Darrell held up his hand to stall the argument blossoming. “I’ll take it. Just so happens I have plenty of room in my garage.” Then Darrell glared as he took one last look at the car. “Damn thing has been nothing but trouble. Oh, and Bert?”
“Yeah?”
“I hate you too.” Satisfied he got the last word, he swung his arm around Bert’s shoulders and led him out of the shop. “Come on, I’ll buy you a beer.”
“If I have to wax that thing, that’s the least you’re going to do, trust me.”





Friday, May 26, 2017

DsP is Celebrating Year 6 authors


Celebrating Year 6 authors with 10 eBooks for $1 each until May 26 at 11:59 PM ET. Titles by Eli Easton, Brandon Witt, Skylar Cates, Lex Chase, Cate Ashwood, MA Church, Charlie Cochet, Grace R. Duncan, Con Riley, j. leigh bailey http://bit.ly/2rF8ZMT

Friday, May 19, 2017

Finicky Friday - Pizza Waffles

Pizza Waffles
Hey everyone, time for Finicky Friday!





 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Cook Time 5 minutes
 Total Time 10 minutes 
Servings 4 Pizza Waffles


Ingredients

1 package crescent rolls (8 pieces)

1 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

pepperoni (or your favorite pizza toppings)

pizza sauce for dipping



Instructions

Preheat waffle iron and spray with cooking spray.

Unroll crescent rolls. You will have 8 triangles. Pinch seams to connect 2 triangles so you form 4 rectangles.

Place 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese and pepperoni in each rectangle. Fold over and pinch to seal all sides. Repeat with remaining sections.

Place each piece of dough on the preheated waffle iron. Close and cook 5 minutes or until browned.
Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Finicky Friday - Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers


Hey everyone, time for Finicky Friday again! Better than the typical poppers. A friend of mine made these last weekend, and they were fabulous!


6 servings
213 cals
Prep 15 m
Cook 15 m
Ready In 30 m


Ingredients

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

12 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed

12 slices bacon


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese together in a bowl until evenly blended. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Put halves back together and wrap each stuffed pepper with a slice of bacon. Arrange bacon-wrapped peppers on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes.



Footnotes

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Finicky Friday - Cheesy Vegetable Bake



Cheesy Vegetable Bake

Hey everyone, time for Finicky Friday again!




  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 1/2cup
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 10


Ingredients:

  •  Nonstick cooking spray

  •  2 16 - ounce package frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, thawed and rinsed*

  •  1 12 - ounce can evaporated fat-free milk

  •  1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  •  2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  •  2 cloves garlic, minced

  •  1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  •  3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)

  •  1/2 8 - ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), cut up and softened

  •  2/3 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs (1 slice)

  •  2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley and/or snipped fresh basil (optional)



Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange thawed vegetables in the baking dish. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together evaporated milk, onion, flour, garlic, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar cheese and cream cheese, whisking until melted and smooth.

Pour cheese mixture evenly over vegetables. Toss gently to coat vegetables with sauce. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Lightly coat crumbs with additional cooking spray.
 
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and crumbs are lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and/or basil. Makes 12 servings (about 1/2 cup each).


Tip
  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Thaw vegetables overnight in the refrigerator or place vegetables in a large colander. Run cool water over vegetables. Let stand for 15 minutes to drain.



Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 12



PER SERVING: 

104 cal.

4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat)

13 mg chol., 163 mg sodium

10 g carb. (2 g fiber, 6 g sugars

7 g pro.