Saturday, October 12, 2013

Lucky 13 Blog Hop

Halloween is a special time of year for a paranormal romance author such as myself. I don't write about zombies and humans struggling to overcome their um...differences as they fall in love or your typical vampires.

Nonetheless, Halloween is the perfect time of year to celebrate all things paranormal.

Thanks to Heather Long, I'm one of the fortunate authors participating in her Lucky 13 Trick or Treat Blog Hop.

First, I'd like to share a quick Halloween drink recipe for a Dark & Stormy Death Punch. I chose this drink for three reasons:

It's yummy.

The name suits the type of emotional ride I take my heroine, Serenity, and hero, Cyrus, on in the second book of the Kindred Chronicles, PROTECTOR OF THE FLAME.

The lychee-cherry ice cubes look like freaky eyeballs and can easily be used in a different drink.

One 20-ounce can lychees in heavy syrup
1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
16 brandied cherries
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
12 ounces dark rum
Three 12-ounce bottles ginger beer
Ice cubes
1.      In a small saucepan, bring the lychee syrup and ginger to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
2.     Meanwhile, stuff 16 lychees with brandied cherries. Set each lychee in the cup of a mini muffin pan or in an ice cube tray. Strain the lychee-ginger syrup and pour it over the lychees. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
3.     Meanwhile, in a pitcher, stir the sugar into the lime juice until dissolved. Add the rum and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
4.     Unmold the lychee ice cubes into a small punch bowl. Pour in the lime-rum mixture. Add the ginger beer, stir gently and serve in ice-filled glasses.

                                     Participating authors are divided into two groups.

  • Tricks – Paranormal, Science Fiction, BDSM or Suspense
  • Treats – Sweet romance, inspirational, contemporary or historical

I never thought I'd say this, but apparently I'm a trick, lol.

This is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY and a winner will be announced on Mon Oct 28th.

To enter my personal giveaway for this hop, simply sign up for my newsletter. See "Join My Newsletter" in the right side column. 

I'm giving away an e-copy of the first book in the Kindred Series:

“This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions…definitely put a new spin on the paranormal genre.” 
GraveTells Reviews  

"“A compelling new series.” ~ Library Journal

4.5 Stars Night Owl Reviews/ Reviewer Top Pick

The e-ARC of the second book, which comes out October 22:

"...a complex tale that deftly weaves mythological and paranormal elements into a vastly different contemporary setting"


AND a $10 Amazon or BN gift card or $10 worth of books from the book depository.

To enter for a chance to win a grand prize you must use the rafflecopter form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I've had a Dark & Stormy before, but never a Dark & Stormy Death Punch! OMG, that looks fabulous. I'm pinning it to Pinterest right now!

  2. Wow, that drink! LOL I love lychees! This giveaway is looking great!

  3. Sounds tasty
    already signed up for newsletter

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. I am already signed up. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  5. I look forward to your newsletter every time it pops up in my inbox! Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  6. That sounds really good. I'm going to have to make one. I've signed up for your newsletter and can't wait to get your updates. You cracked me up, how do you think you're a trick? Hehe!
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  7. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  8. Wow that recipe looks really good.
    Signed up for the newsletter.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  9. Loved the "eyeballs" in the drink!

  10. Thanks for the recipe. I love trying new things.
    Happy Halloween!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  11. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I have never tried ginger beer and this certainly sounds intriguing. What a fun hop, first I have come across it. Congratulations on the upcoming release it looks yummy!

  12. Sounds like a great recipe! I'll have to try it out!! Congrats on the upcoming release!!! Happy Halloween!!
    Ashley A

  13. Congrats on your upcoming release! Definitely going to try your punch recipe. I Love ginger.

  14. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    Have a Happy Halloween.

    tammy ramey

  15. i love the hop and goodies thank you

  16. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Halloween!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  17. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com (subscribed)

  18. This is so fun and exciting! Happy Halloween to ya all! Thanks for the fun and goodies! :) Your books look good! Not sure which i want to read more! :) Thank you! And thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy!
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  19. Thanks for sharing the recip[ sounds creepy!
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