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PUPPY LOVE FOR THE VETERINARIAN

by Amy Woods

Blurb

A New Leash On Love

When June Leavy finds two puppies abandoned outside during a storm, she immediately feels a bond with the adorable animals. Swindled out of her life savings by her no-good ex, she, too, was left with nothing but heartache and struggles of her own. But when she arrives at the local veterinary clinic, June is met by dangerously handsome Dr. Ethan Singh, whose sexy smile threatens to disarm her hard-won emotional strength.

Back in Peach Leaf, Texas, to recover from an ugly breakup, Ethan gently tends to the puppies and their charming caretaker. But as the storm rages, so does the electric attraction between Ethan and June. Is this real, or a cruel phantom of lost love? Stranded alone at the clinic, only one thing is certain: they’ve got all night to figure it out…

 

In one of my favorite scenes from Puppy Love for the Veterinarian, June bakes up a special treat for Ethan. Stranded overnight during a snow storm, June shows Ethan how to whip up brownies in a mug. The warm, gooey goodies are just the beginning of June working her way into Ethan’s heart on a cold night, and I know you’ll enjoy them just as much. Happy baking!

Brownie in a Mug (from SimplyRecipes.com)

*Some mugs don’t microwave well because there is metal in their ceramic glaze. They’ll work, but they may get very hot. Best to use a plain old everyday un-fancy mug.

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Yield: Makes one serving

Ingredients:
-1/4 cup flour (50 g)
-1/4 cup sugar (70 g)
-2 Tbsp (13 g) cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
-pinch of salt
-tiny pinch of cinnamon
-1/4 cup water (60 ml)
-2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil)
-1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
-1 small scoop of ice cream or 1 or 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream to serve

Method:
1. Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir with a fork or spoon to mix well and break up any clumps.

  1. Add the oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  2. Place in microwave and heat on high until the mixture is cooked through, about 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave. You may have to experiment and adjust the time for less or more powerful microwaves. If you don’t know the power level on your microwave, start with 60 seconds and increase until the brownie is done. It should still be moist when cooked through, not dry.

4. Let cool for a minute and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a teaspoon or two of whipping cream poured over.

 

About Amy

Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog. Amy looks forward to getting to know her readers and can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.

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TOUGH LUCK HERO

by Maisey Yates

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Can the golden boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon, get a second chance at happy-ever-after?

Ranching heir Colton West knew his wedding would be the talk of the town. But he didn’t expect to get left at the altar—or to escape on the next flight to Vegas with Lydia Carpenter, the woman who gets under his skin like no one else. The only thing crazier than honeymooning with Lydia is waking up married to her. So why does he find himself entertaining his new wife’s desire to stay married—and fantasizing about a real wedding night?

As Copper Ridge’s prospective mayor, Lydia can’t risk a divorce scandal so close to election time. But pretending to be blissfully in love with her new husband is more confusing than she’d thought. For a man who’s always rubbed her the wrong way, Colton suddenly seems to know exactly what to do with his hands. And his lips. Now Lydia’s wildest mistake could turn out to be her luckiest move, if they’re both willing to take the ultimate gamble…

 

EXCERPT

Colton West couldn’t remember the last time he had gotten blackout drunk. Maybe college? Maybe. It was hard to say if in those scenarios he had passed out because of the alcohol or because they were still awake at five in the morning after some ridiculous party.

Though at none of those ridiculous parties had he married anyone.

And, judging by the messages overflowing his phone, he had gotten married last night.

Which wouldn’t be that weird since yesterday was supposed to be his wedding day. The weird part about it was that he had married a bridesmaid. Not the bride.

And not just any bridesmaid.

Lydia Carpenter.

There were three other bridesmaids. All of whom he was more likely to get drunk and marry in Vegas than Lydia. Or at least, he would have thought so if asked prior to his hasty Vegas marriage.

Actually, had he been asked prior to his hasty Vegas marriage he would have said there was no way on earth he would ever get drunk and marry anyone spur of the moment. He was not a spur-of-the-moment kind of guy. Colton was a planner. Colton had never set one foot out of line.

After his older brother had taken off and completely abandoned the family, it had been up to Colton to establish himself as the likely heir to his father’s business. It had been up to him to be the son his father needed. And he had taken that duty very seriously.

Hell, the wedding yesterday was a prime example of that.

The wedding that had originally been scheduled, not the wedding that had ultimately taken place.

This was a nightmare. Unacceptable in every way.

So take it back.

It was the only thing to do. Unlike his brother, who had run when he didn’t want to deal with his life, and unlike his father, who had buried his mistakes, Colton would meet his head-on.

He looked up from his phone at his scowling—he winced—wife.

“Well, I can honestly say this is the last situation I ever expected to find myself in,” he said.

“No way,” she said. “You do not get to look this annoyed about the situation. This is your fault.”

“How is this my fault?”

“Granted my memory is questionable, but if I remember right, we were drinking in Ace’s. Then you were the one who suggested we go somewhere. You were the one who said you had the time off and wanted an escape. You are the one that facilitated the car to take us to the airport and said we needed to get a nonstop flight to somewhere that would be fun. And lo, we boarded a plane to Vegas.”

“At no point did you say no,” he said, wishing he could remember the events a little bit clearer. Maybe she had been hesitant. Maybe she had said no and he’d talked her into it.

But he was going to bluff his way straight through, dammit.

She folded her arms across her chest, crinkling the ridiculous lavender fabric of the bridesmaid dress she was wearing. One of Natalie’s choices. And honestly, he hadn’t cared. Not about the entire spectacle that she had put together with his mother from top to bottom. It hadn’t concerned him at all. The only thing that mattered to him was that Natalie was an appropriate choice. She’d been raised in a family like his. Highly visible in the community, with a lot of concern given to appearances. There were expectations placed on her as the daughter of the long-term mayor, and they matched the expectations placed on him. Plus, he was attracted to her. He liked her. A lot.

He’d liked her more before the wedding plans had started to get really intense. But, ultimately he had been confident in her as his choice of bride. So, the wedding had seemed like an incidental detail to him. Something that would have to take place to appease his mother, Natalie’s family and the populace of Copper Ridge, before he could get on with his life.

He hadn’t paid attention to things like bridesmaid dresses. And now he wondered if he hadn’t paid enough attention to Natalie, either. Well, obviously, since she had left him standing there at the altar without anything other than a quick apology text.

Actually, it hadn’t even really been an apology.

One line, obliterating a relationship that he had spent two years building. A relationship that was supposed to shore up the foundation of his life. And she’d just knocked it all down.

I can’t do this.

That was all she’d said. And he didn’t even get the message until later, after the ceremony that wasn’t. When he was already at Ace’s ordering the kind of hard liquor he never, ever drank in a public space. And definitely not to excess. Then Lydia had shown up.

Fast-forward a little bit—through scenes he couldn’t even remember—and here they were.

 

About Maisey

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Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffeemaker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily-ever-afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth, and light, sexy contemporary romances set practically in her backyard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world. For more information on Maisey, visit her website at MaiseyYates.com.

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A Texas Soldier’s Family

by Cathy Gillen Thacker

 

Blurb

DON’T MESS WITH THIS TEXAN!

On the last leg of his tour of duty, Captain Garrett Lockhart is summoned home to Laramie, Texas, to handle an urgent family matter—a scandal that could destroy the enduring legacy of the Lockharts. Except it’s already being “handled” by Hope Winslow, a professional crisis manager.

Hope is also the beautiful single mother of the most adorable baby boy the Army doctor has ever seen. Garrett is resisting Hope’s efforts at damage control—and pushing her clearly defined boundaries. Too bad she can’t resist him…and fantasies of a future with her Lone Star soldier!

 

Triple Berry Scones

2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp grated orange or lemon zest

¼ tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

6 Tablespoons salted butter/room temperature

1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, and use a pastry cutter to mix, until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add berries to flour mixture and toss carefully to coat.

Whisk buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl. Gently mix wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Flour hands and pat out into an 8 inch circle ¾ inch thick.   With a sharp knife, cut into eight pie shaped wedges and place on parchment paper, leaving spaces in between. Brush with extra buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 14 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Cool on wire rack, and enjoy!

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Texas Coleslaw

A recipe of your favorite cowboy-barbeque dish for summer nights.

1 bag 16 oz. coleslaw mix

¾ cup mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 medium Granny Smith Apple, diced

Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and lime juice in small bowl. Add coleslaw mix and apple, and combine well. Chill and serve.

This is the perfect side-dish for smoked brisket, sausage and or ribs.

 

About Cathy

Cathy Gillen Thacker is a full-time wife, mother and author who began writing stories for her own amusement during “nap time” when her children were toddlers.
Twenty years and more than fifty published novels later, Cathy is almost as well-known for her witty romantic comedies and warm, family stories as she is for her ability to get grass stains and red clay out of almost anything, her triple layer brownies, and her knack for knowing what her husband and children are up to almost before they do!
When writing, Cathy’s greatest goal is to entertain and uplift. “To give people the power and courage to dream.”
Cathy’s books have made numerous appearances on bestseller lists and are now published in 17 languages and 35 countries around the world.
She says the most satisfying aspect of being a writer is hearing from her fans. “I love hearing from readers. Knowing just one person really enjoyed a book makes all the hard work seem worthwhile.”

 

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COLTON COWBOY HIDEOUT

by Carla Cassidy

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After years in hiding, Josie Colton has her life back. But to settle a family promise, she must find an old clue buried at the Colton Valley Ranch. She enlists the help of ranch foreman Tanner Grange—in exchange for working as his twin toddlers’ new nanny. On their search, the single dad soon begins to lasso Josie’s heart.

Tanner agrees to assist Josie and is alarmed by how the Colton beauty fits so perfectly into his life. He’s got his hands full investigating the disappearance of his boss and caring for his little girls. When it’s clear someone will kill to stop Josie from uncovering the clue, Tanner vows to protect her…for life!

Available at booksellers everywhere or at Harlequin.com.

 

Carla Cassidy’s Easy Cowboy Barbecue Wings

I love a good meal that is also easy to prepare. These wings fit the bill!

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

3 lbs of chicken wings

Salt and pepper

Your favorite barbecue sauce (mine is Ott’s Silver Dollar City Sweet Hickory)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and then put wings on sheet.

Lightly salt and pepper

Bake until crisp, about 45 minutes

Warm sauce in pan. Add the cooked wings to the sauce and toss.

That’s it and they are delicious!

 

About Carla

Carla Cassidy is an award-winning author who has written more than 55 books. In 1995 she won Best Silhouette Romance of 1995 from Romantic Times Magazine for Anything for Danny. In 1998 she also won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times Magazine for Best Innovative Series, and her 1998 release, Pregnant With His Child, was both a nominee for Best Silhouette Romance from Romantic Times Magazine and a RITA nominee in the Best Traditional category.
She has been a professional cheerleader, an actress, and a singer/dancer in a show band before settling into her true love…writing.
Carla loves to order items she’ll never use from catalogs and believes all exercise should be banned. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, Frank, and their dogs, Sabra and Spooky. She believes the only thing better than reading a good book is creating a good story.

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