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FRIDAY FEAST with Cathleen Ross

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Happy Friday, Feasters! And what a grand day it is too because this week Friday Feast  is getting Scottish. Which is perfect for me seeing as I’ve just spent this week gutsing episodes of Outlander. That Jamie… sigh.

Speaking of Scottish things, let’s move on to golf. In Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news, I only lost one ball in a dam last week. Only ONE! Rather excited about that. And because I didn’t play completely disastrously, I won a ball. Which means I had a net loss of zero. Bonus!

I’m also rather excited to have multi-published erotic romance author Cathleen Ross on Friday Feast today. Yes, we’re not only getting Scottish, we’re getting steamy too! Plus Cathleen has a special treat for you – a free read.

Take a look…

HIGHLANDER

Highlander by Cathleen RossHighlander is the first of the Forbidden Fantasy stories by best-selling erotic writer, Cathleen Ross. It is a 10,000 word erotic romance set in Scotland. When Sir James Bruce conquers enemy territory, his reward is the hand of beautiful virgin, Lady Isobel McLaird. Although Isobel has no intention of marrying Sir James, he is determined to change her mind by taming her to his touch. Only James has the power to save her imprisoned brother and the stubborn tenacity to win her heart.

 

You can download Highlander for free right now from Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble. And if you want more, the entire boxed set is available for purchase from these same stores – Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

Now, please welcome Cathleen!

Scottish Passion

Seeing as I am obsessed with all things Scottish, I should be giving you a recipe for Haggis but instead of inflicting this on you, I’m going to give you the first of my historical Highlander Romance series books, titled Highlander, FREE, plus an interesting and easy recipe.

Cathleen flirting with a Hot Scot

Cathleen flirting with a Hot Scot

Set in the 1300s, Scotland, Highlander tells the story of James Bruce, the mythical cousin of King Robert the Bruce. James is the oldest knight who has been in love with Lady Isobel McLaird, the only daughter of an enemy family.

The boxed set titled Highlander Romance continues the story introducing Isobel’s handsome brother David who falls in love with James’ sister.

Dining on the Royal Yacht

Dining on the Royal Yacht

The series takes place within the Scottish wars of independence where Scottish families fought to the death to maintain their allegiance to the English crown or the Scottish one. I went to Scotland on an Alison Weir historical tour in order to get both the facts and feel for my historical novels. Highlights included dining on the Royal Yacht, meeting the last Stuart monarch in waiting and spotting Hot Scots. When you interact with the Scots it’s easy to imagine the passion and pride they have for their beautiful country. Alas, the closest I came to the highlands where my story is set is Stirling, but I did get a good view of Stirling Bridge one of the seats of a major battle that won the day for Robert the Bruce.

Here’s taste of Highlander

Lady Isobel McLaird spun on her heels at the thunderous noise of metal and hooves approaching the marketplace. Her maid, peasants and livestock scattered as the phalanx of knights drew to a halt, but Isobel stood her ground. At their head was Sir James Bruce, the man who’d once held her and made her yearn for his caresses. Now she hated him. With her heart in her throat, she gathered her skirts to confront him. “Murderer!” she shouted.

Sir James’s enormous black steed reared at the sound of her sharp cry. Hooves flailed near her head as the fearsome knight fought to keep in his horse in check.

Fear chilled her blood and she stepped back.

After climbing down from his horse and throwing the reins to his page, Sir James took off his helm revealing dark blue eyes, which fixed upon her. “You’re as beautiful and foolish as you were on the riverbank three years ago, Isobel McLaird.”

When he pushed back his chain mail, she saw his raven hair was cropped shoulder length and his lips were as sensual as ever under his noble nose.

Wet from the river, her shift sticking to her skin, he’d held her. She’d turned her lips up to his to be kissed.

“I was foolish not to have reported your trespass on my father’s lands three years ago. You’re a traitor to King John Balliol and my brother’s murderer.”

He strode towards her, his hand on the hilt of his sword.

Stirling Bridge

Stirling Bridge

Fear rooted her feet to the damp earth of the marketplace. Though the rain had passed and the sun shone, for her, everyday was gloomy because of this knight.

“Have you not noticed that you’ve not an army to defend you now?” A half smile formed on his lips.

“You jest about my people’s destruction, brave men all, led by my brother. Your cruelty does you no merit, Sir.” Tears pricked the corners of her eyes. David and his men would have gone down fighting the stronger Bruce army until the end, determined to give everything for the cause of John Balliol, the true king.

At her accusation, the smile slipped from his face and his eyes held sympathy. “It is a bad day for Scotland when Scotsmen spill the blood of their own. I’ve news for you, my lady, but it comes at a cost. Your brother lives.”

“What?” For a moment, Isobel thought the ground had shifted under her feet. Owen, David’s best friend had seen her brother killed by this knight’s very hand.

“You play with me, Sir.”

“Nay, my lady. I do not jest about a cause so dear to your heart. Take this proof of my words.” He took a piece of parchment from his page and handed it to her.

A buzz of voices swarmed as the villagers gathered around her but Isobel paid them no heed. With trembling fingers she saw the parchment contained her brother’s fine hand.

Her gaze flicked up to meet Sir James’s. “David says the Bruce will no accept ransom.”

“Aye, my cousin, the king will brook no opposition to his claim and your brother is a formidable knight. I warrant my cousin will keep him prisoner. And now I’ll take my price for giving the message.”

Isobel reached for the purse that hung at her waist.

Sir James stepped forward, wrapped his arms around her and lifted her off the ground. “Would that I had done this those three years ago by the river. I can’t get you out of my mind.”

She opened her lips to protest, but he planted his mouth hard on hers. Surprise, hotly followed by indignation rose within her. She slapped her hands on his chest and kicked with her feet, but her toes met body armor. A sharp pain zinged through her foot and she opened her lips further to cry out. The knight taking full advantage, put his lips to hers, moving them in a rhythm. His action was bold.  Her blood pumped wildly and sensations she had no name for, rushed through her.

Fried Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini

Fry garlic in olive oil in pan until golden. Put in zucchini flowers and turn slowly until brown. Cook until soft but not falling apart so that the zucchini flower remains on the plant and is crunchy. Add a sprinkle of breadcrumbs.

Thanks, Cathleen. Tasty on all fronts! A delicious recipe and that excerpt ought to get Feasters clickety-clicking on your free Highlander ebook. If you missed it, the links are above, just below the cover. Go on. You’ll have fun!

So what’s your favourite book setting? Do you prefer home grown or somewhere exotic? Or, like Cathleen, do you harbour a passion for all things Scottish? Perhaps Africa does it for you? Or France or Italy?

Share away. Curious minds wish to know. Plus you could be the inspiration for a book!

if you’d like to learn more about Cathleen and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter using @cathleenross.

FRIDAY FEAST with Lexxie Couper

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This week things are hotting up on Friday Feast. No, we’re not jumping on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon (or should that be Formula 1 car, given the book’s amazing sales?), but we are getting erotic. And why not? Erotica and food go hand in hand. All those things you can do with strawberries…

But I digress.

I’m thrilled to introduce hugely popular erotic romance author Lexxie Couper. Lexxie writes across genres, from sci-fi to contemporary, horror to comedy, but always within the realm of romance. I’m currently half way through Savage Transformation, one of her paranormals, and it’s amazing, with shapeshifters and some seriously hot sex. I swear I won’t be able to look at a picture of a thylacine the same way again!

As I said, Lexxie’s a talented Aussie gal, and her latest release is a contemporary that will have you in overexcited knots. Literally. Check it out…

 

TWISTER

Getting the upper hand—and foot—was never this naughty

Party Games, Book 3

As the man who snared the reins of his father’s global media empire and propelled it to new heights, Lachlan McDermott is accustomed to people jumping to obey his every command. He knows he is painted as handsome, arrogant and influential with the power of information at his control. But no one knows he’s got a weakness. Only one. And now, that weakness is in his house. Braless.

Über successful fashion photographer Cameron Winters used to be the super-model known only as Kole. But Kole dropped out of sight a long time ago. Only one thing can bring Cameron out of her self-imposed exile from public life: a man who doesn’t know she exists.

The trouble is, when Cameron comes face to face with Lachlan at an exclusive Sydney party, he immediately brings out the “Kole” in her. And Kole doesn’t bow down to anyone. Not even the one man who monopolizes her fantasies.

When they’re pitted against each other on the Twister mat, surrender isn’t part of the deal, and getting tangled up is only the beginning. Especially when their secrets keep getting in the way.

Product Warnings: Read in private. Contains a sexy, brooding, smoldering, dominating Australian Alpha male hero who will make you want to take your clothes off and beg to play.

 

Ahh, Twister. Those were the days. Sadly, I’m not that flexible anymore but I – and you – can relive this awesome party game vicariously through Lexxie’s book. Simply click on over to Samhain Publishing or, for Kindle owners, Amazon to score an immediate download.

And now here’s Lexxie.

 

Saucy Stuff

I’m constantly trying to convince my non-Aussie readers how delicious Vegemite is. I’ve written Vegemite into more than one book and have more than one Australian character talk about it. (I’m also trying to educate the world that Aussie don’t drink Fosters.) I was tempted to share with you my Fair Dinkum, True blue, You beaut toasted cheese and vegemite sandwich featured in Love’s Rhythm, but seeing as the ability to make toasted cheese and Vegemite sandwiches is a part of the DNA of every born-and-bred Aussie, I figured I’d go with another uniquely Australian taste sensation. It hasn’t appeared in any of my books yet, but it will be…the two sexy stockmen of my upcoming Ellora’s Cave release, Misplaced Hands will be feeding it to the American heroine…along with some other tasty Aussie treats 😉

So, what am I going to share with you all today? The only dessert I’m good at.

I am, I’m afraid to say, not that good at cooking. I do a couple of things well (mango chicken, chicken and bacon risotto, and plain old ordinary butter cake sans icing are pretty much it. I never ever get icing to work. Ever *sigh*) but on the whole, me and cooking are exactly simpatico. Unfortunately, my husband is less a cook than I so it’s actually for the best that I brave the perils and the pitfalls of the kitchen each night, otherwise my family would be ordering Pizza Hut almost every night.

When it comes to dessert however, this recipe never lets me down. I’ve yet to completely mess this one up, so that’s gotta be a thumbs up, right? And it tastes sooo damn good. I mean, golden syrup pudding? And pecans? How could it not?

The recipe is supposedly for six. I say tell the other five people you have a migraine, lock yourself away in your bedroom with a spoon and some fresh cream and indulge…

 

GOLDEN SYRUP AND PECAN SELF-SAUCING PUDDING

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 1/4 cups self-raising flour

1/3 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

80g butter, melted, cooled

2 tablespoons golden syrup

2/3 cup pecan nuts, finely chopped

thickened cream, to serve

Sauce

1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

3 teaspoons cornflour

1/4 cup golden syrup

1 1/4 cups boiling water

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 5-cup capacity, 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) round ovenproof dish. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Whisk milk, egg, butter and golden syrup together in a jug. Pour into flour mixture. Add pecans and gently stir until combined. Spoon into prepared dish. Smooth surface.

3. Make sauce: Combine sugar and cornflour in a bowl. Sprinkle over pudding. Combine syrup and boiling water in a heatproof jug. Pour over back of a large metal spoon, over pudding (This prevents topping sinking into pudding and produces the maximum amount of sauce).

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted halfway into pudding comes out clean. Serve immediately with cream.

Some tips the recipe instructions don’t prepare you for:

  1. You will constantly be licking the spoon. Trust me. I tried to avoid licking the spoon while making it for this blog post and failed. No matter how many times you tell yourself not to, the spoon will be in your mouth…or your finger will be in the bowl…and then in your mouth. You have been warned.
  2. Don’t let your children be in charge of the golden syrup. Unless you want to stick to everything in the house they touch after that. Seriously. Even our cat somehow ended up sticky.
  3. No matter how good this smells, DO NOT eat straight away. You will be tempted, but don’t. Not unless you want to explain to the ambos why your tongue has 3rd degree burns and your husband is laughing so hard he can’t stand up.

(Note: The piccie accompanying this post is not mine. Remember how I said I can’t really cook? The same goes for “plating up”. Yes, I’m that woeful. And to think my mum can whip up anything in the kitchen. On a side note, I’m a genius at making homemade play dough. Especially purple *grin*)

 

Far out, I swear my Friday Feast guests are determined to clog my arteries with all these extraordinary desserts. I am sooooo trying this one though. As you say, Lexxie, golden syrup pudding with pecans? Impossible to pass up!

Now, my lovely Feasters, Lexxie knows how much you love a hot read, so she’s very generously offered one of her sinfully sexy ebooks up for grabs.  All you need to do is tell us your best sexy food and you could win your choice of book from Lexxie’s backlist.

Molten chocolate and a  silicone brush? A melted cheese sandwich that you pull all stringy from your mouth Nigella-style? Perhaps a strawberry with the tip bitten off and run all around— oh, excuse me. Bit carried away with that thought. There’s sexy food everywhere, so share away. Go on, give us all ideas for some weekend fun. You know you want to….

Giveaway closes midnight, Tuesday 17th July 2012 AEST. Open internationally Yeehaa!

If you’d like to know more about Lexxie and her amazing erotic romances please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.