Hi Everyone! I’m back with yet another new release (that’s 3 in a row, if you’re counting at home) and a new super-steamy excerpt. But before we get to all that…
It’s fall! I have to admit that I do not cook in the summer. Like at all. No way, no how am I going to risk accidentally sweating indoors, you know?
But now fall is here and the house is cooler and suddenly, turning on the oven for an hour seems like a really great idea! I’ve been on a super-restrictive, dr.-ordered diet for about nine months now (feels like forever) and I’m just starting to figure out how I can bake things I want to actually eat.
Well, pumpkins to the rescue! Here’s something I made a few weeks ago that was really delicious, grain-free, sugar-free (I did not use any chocolate), and dairy-free (but not nut-free, so be warned) that came from Living Healthy with Chocolate:
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ cup flaxseed meal
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)
- ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup (or more) chocolate chunks
- mix together the almond flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, chocolate chunks and salt
- in a separate bowl, whisk the egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract
- using a rubber spatula, gently mix dry and wet ingredients to form a batter being careful not to over mix or the batter will get oily and dense
- spoon the batter onto a 9-inch pan lined with parchment paper (I used this awesome silicone panbecause nothing sticks to it and I don’t need to use paper or grease the pan)
- bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 25 minutes
They were so good! I’m going to make more this weekend and play around with the nut-to-pumpkin ratio. YUM!
Okay, now onto the steamy stuff–Tempted by a Cowboy is out! I adore Phillip–he’s easily one of the most broken heroes I’ve ever written. I love how Jo pushes him to be a better man than he ever thought he could be!
Here’s the blurb:
can she resist the cowboy’s smile when it promises so much pleasure?
Phillip Beaumont likes his drinks strong and his women easy. So why is he flirting with his new horse trainer, Jo Spears, who challenges him at every turn? Phillip wants nothing but the chase…until the look in Jo’s haunted hazel eyes makes him yearn for more….
Sure, Jo’s boss is as jaded and stubborn as Sun, the multimillion-dollar stallion she was hired to train. But it isn’t long before she starts spending days and nights with the sexy cowboy. Maybe Sun isn’t the only male on the Beaumont ranch worth saving!
And, because I love you all, here’s a super-steamy excerpt!
He leaned forward, letting his erection brush against her as he kissed the spot where he’d lost his head and bit down earlier. “Do you still want it a little rough? Or a little gentle?” Then he flicked his tongue over her earlobe.
She squirmed underneath him, which about drove him insane. “Both? Is that even an answer?” She tried to laugh it off as a joke, but he heard something else.
She was nervous. Well, he couldn’t blame her. Ten years was a long time.
He grabbed her hands and pinned her down. Much more of her body moving under his and they wouldn’t even make it to the memorable sex.
His arms began to shake under the strain of not plunging into her warm body. But he had to do this right for her.
“Both it is.” Soft and tough—just like she was.
He bit down on the spot that had nearly broken her earlier. She sucked in a hot breath against his ear, her hips thrusting up against him. , he thought again.
He moved to the other side—the side where she wore her scars like tattoos. She tried to tilt her head to hide herself but he had her pinned.
He kissed down her shoulder until he switched to her breast—full and heavy.
He licked her nipple, blowing air on the wet skin to see it tighten up. Her hips shimmied beneath his. Not yet. Too soon. He had to kneel back to break the contact.
He kissed the space between her breasts and then used his teeth to leave a mark on the inside of the left one. She sucked air again as her body strained against his hands. “Okay?” he asked, just to be sure.
“Yes.” She nodded, but her eyes were closed.
“Then look at me,” he ordered. When she didn’t immediately open her eyes, he bit her again, his teeth skimming her nipple. “. Look at what I’m doing to you.”
Then he fastened onto her nipple and sucked hard until her eyes flew open. There—the anxiety that had lurked there earlier was gone, leaving nothing but need and want in its place.
He let his teeth scrape over her, putting a hint of pressure on her skin. Not enough to hurt her, but more than enough that she wouldn’t forget this.
“Oh—Phillip,” she gasped out, tilting her hips up—begging for his touch.
He didn’t let go of her hands as he moved his mouth lower and lower. He pulled her with him until she was nearly sitting up. No way he was going to let her lie back.
“Keep your eyes open,” he told her before he pressed a kiss against her sex.
“Why,” she ground out through clenched teeth as he licked her, “why do you get to do this to me and I didn’t get to do it to you?”
It was a fair enough question. “You’ve been a very good girl,” he told her, keeping his mouth against her so she’d feel his voice more than she heard it. It worked, given the way she bucked against him, her body asking for more even if her mouth couldn’t. He looked up the length of her body—she was watching him. . “You deserve a reward.”
He filled his mouth with her, savoring her taste the way he’d savor a fine wine. Nothing was clouded by the haze of a wild night. This was just him and her and in between them.
He was not gentle. It paid off. After only a few agonizing minutes of teasing her, Jo’s back arched off the bed. She made a high-pitched noise in the back of her throat before collapsing back against the bed, panting hard.
He kissed her inner thigh, then turned his head and bit the other one. His dick throbbed, but in a good way. “Memorable?”
“Unforgettable,” she said and this time, there was no hesitation in her voice at all. Nothing but a dreamy tone that spoke volumes about satisfaction.
“Good.” He swallowed, the taste of her desire still on his lips. “Now roll over.”
Just a quick reminder–I’m going to be hosting a Books n’ Beer party on Oct. 25th in Schlafly Crown Bottleworks in St. Louis, MO from 7-10 p.m. It’s a casual get-together with books and beer available for purchase and I’ll have free bottlecaps for everyone! You can RSVP to the Evite invitation here–I’d love to meet some of you there if you’re in the area!
I’m giving away a copy Tempted by a Cowboy to a lucky commenter who tells me what their favorite treat to bake is! Make sure to specify print or ebook in your comment–and leave your email!