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Special Feature

Heroine from

Can’t Stop the Music


C.D. Hersh

The 50th anniversary of the musical festival Woodstock is today August 15th through the 18th. We thought our heroine Rose would like to talk about her book, Can’t Stop the Music, which begins at the famous Woodstock Festival August 1969.



Hi, I’m Rose.
I can’t imagine why my authors would want me to talk about what you can read. It’s true, I attended Woodstock in 1969. While there I came across a flautist playing Minuet in G. So I joined in and played a flute accompaniment with her. That’s something you can read about in the book but, you can’t hear. Now there is a recording I can share. Hope you enjoy the song.

Thanks for listening,

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Recipe Review

Date Night Dinners—Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two

by Sloane Taylor

Left to right: Mock Chicken Legs, Parsley Potatoes, Truly Yummy Brussel Sprouts


Sloane Taylor asked us to try some of the recipes in her new Date Night Dinners—Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two, and Catherine decided to do an entire meal—over achiever that she is. For the salad she chose WARM ENDIVE AND PINE NUTS. The remainder of the meal (pictured above) was MOCK CHICKEN LEGS, PARSLEY POTATOES, and TRULY YUMMY BRUSSEL SPROUTS. We made some modifications to a couple of the recipes based on what we could find in our grocery, and the finished meal still tasted great.

We have to admit that Catherine wasn’t very adventurous in her choices as we love chicken, beef and pork, potatoes, and Brussel sprouts, but we have never had them cooked quite like this.

Endive, however, isn’t common on our dinner plates. Iceberg, romaine and mixed greens are our usual salad choices. So, Catherine did get adventurous in her choice of salad, WARM ENDIVE AND PINE NUTS. Unfortunately, she made the salad on a different day than the rest of the meal, and forgot to take a picture of it. But, rest assured, the salad was good.

We couldn’t find Belgian endive in our grocery, so Catherine used a regular endive. The greener version made the salad reminiscent of a wilted lettuce salad her mother used to serve. We weren’t sure about the mustard in the dressing, as Catherine isn’t fond of mustard, except in deviled eggs. But the Dijon mustard had a mild enough taste that it enhanced, not overpowered, the dressing. We’ll make the dressing exactly like the recipe when we do this salad again. It was a nice change from the iceberg, Romaine and mixed greens we usually use.

We love a dish very similar to the MOCK CHICKEN LEGS in the cookbook. Here where we live it’s call City Chicken. Catherine’s mother used to serve a fried pork version, dipped in cornmeal, when Catherine was younger. Sloane’s version is a bit more elegant than our childhood version as it’s browned then baked. It smelled wonderful when we brought it out of the oven. We used beef and chicken from the local meat market. They didn’t have veal. We also used a breading that had Pecorino Romano cheese in it. When we want Mock Chicken legs again, we will choose chicken and pork tenderloin, eliminating the beef completely, as we try to eat less beef nowadays.

This recipe has now become our go-to for an improved, updated version of our childhood “City Chicken.” No more “chicken-on-stick” from the meat counter. We’re making it from scratch from now on. Definitely a winner in our kitchen!




Use equal amounts of the three meats. If you are anti-veal, the beef and pork alone are still great. Increase their amounts to 1½ lbs. (750g) each.

1 lb. (450g) eye of round or other high quality beef roast, cut into 2 inch (5cm) cubes 1 lb. (450g) pork tenderloin, cut into 2 inch (5cm) cubes 1 lb. (450g) veal shoulder, cut into 2 inch (5cm) cubes
3 eggs
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1½ (160g) cups seasoned bread crumbs, possibly more
Olive oil
Skewers 6 – 8 inches (15 – 20cm) long

Alternate the meat cubes as you skewer them. Set aside on waxed paper.

**Stop here if you plan to cook the legs another day. If you made extras, this is the time to freeze them. Lay the skewers on a cookie sheet. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.

On the day of serving, combine eggs and pepper in a shallow bowl. Dip the skewers, one at a time, into the mixture. Roll in the bread crumbs then set them back onto the waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour to set the coating.

Preheat oven to 350° F (180°C).

Heat ½ inch (1.25cm) olive oil in a frying pan. When the oil shimmers, carefully put in a few skewers and brown well on all sides. As they are cooked set them into a baking dish, stacking the skewers is fine.

Cover the dish and bake for 1 – 1 ½ hours or until fork tender.

Do NOT add any liquid to the meat. This dish produces its own fantastic sauce.


For our potato dish we chose PARSLEY POTATOES (POMMES DE TERRE SILLEES).
These parsley potatoes are a form of scalloped potatoes. The bay leaves added an interesting flavor to the dish. The only change we’d make is using a bit more milk. Our dish turned out a bit dry, but we’ll blame the cook, not the recipe.

TRULY YUMMY BRUSSELS SPROUTS was our vegetable choice. We love roasted Brussel sprouts tossed in olive oil and garlic powder. So, we were anxious to see how these stacked up. We weren’t disappointed. The bacon and onion are stellar additions to the sprouts. The flavor inspired us. This winter, when we don’t mind heating the kitchen with the oven, we’ll toss some onions and bacon onto our roasting sheet. Be sure to cook the sprouts until they are fork-tender. Catherine rushed them and they were a bit chewy, but still delicious enough that we ate the whole skillet.

Well, that’s our take on the four delicious recipes we tried from Date Night Dinners—Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening: Cookbook for Two. You can find Sloane Taylor’s cookbook on Amazon. Available in paperback or Kindle.

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Special Spotlight


A cookbook that is FREE as a gift from us to you for the holidays. Be sure to get your copy today!

Who doesn’t love the holidays? You get to bond with family and friends, shop till you drop for that perfect gift, decorate the house to your heart’s desire, plan a meal worthy of gracing your table, and attend all those fabulous parties. Wait…hope I didn’t exhaust you already? Yes, we ALL love holidays and celebrations, no matter what time of year they fall, but it can get a little (okay, a lot) overwhelming when it comes time to prepare for those holiday meals and parties when you’re working a full-time job, and taking care of your family’s needs.

How about some relief from the stress and pressure of figuring out what to serve your hungry guests during holiday get-togethers, events, or celebrations?

Cue a holiday-inspired cookbook written by the following thirteen busy authors, of various ages and genres:

Carol Browne
HL Carpenter
Sara Daniel
Dominique Eastwick
Leigh Goff
C.D. Hersh
Vonnie Hughes
Alicia Joseph
Emma Lane
Sharon Ledwith
Anne Montgomery
Chris Pavesic
Sloane Taylor

These wonderful writers have created recipes that will make your life easy and simple when it comes time to prepare tantalizing appetizers, tasty beverages, mouth-watering cookies, and decadent desserts.

The ABCDs of Cooking with Writers is your go-to recipe book for entertaining over the holiday seasons, hosting events, or celebrating that special day. Compiled by Sloane Taylor—a gourmet cook in her own right—and designed by mother-daughter duo HL Carpenter, the included recipes have been tested and approved of by the most finicky family members. Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE?

So why not have your cake and eat it too? Yes, pun intended. You’ve got nothing to lose, and time to gain when you download The ABCDs of Cooking with Writers. There’s a recipe for every holiday, celebration, or event in your life. Give yourself a gift this holiday season with a cookbook from thirteen writers who share their favorite recipes and tips to help relieve the stress in your busy life.

Download your FREE E-Pub cookbook at Smashwords.

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Special Feature

Please Vote

Son of the Moonless Night

Urban Fantasy

TRR Readers’ Choice Awards

We are asking for your support and help today.

Our book, Son of the Moonless Night by C.D. Hersh, is competing in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards – Summer 2016 – the Nomination Round in the Urban Fantasy category.

‎In the Nomination Round, Son of the Moonless Night has to garner at least 50 nominations between March 14 and March 31 in order to qualify for the next and final round.

If you would be so kind to help us to the next round you can nominate our book via this link: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=17876

This site will take you directly to our book and you can vote from there.SON OF THE MOONLESS NIGHT

You may also go to the general page to nominate other books: http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php

You will have to scroll way down the list to the Urban Fantasy Category to find Son of the Moonless Night to vote.

Thanks for your support.


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Special Announcement


Sizzle in the Snow

We had our Facebook book launch party Thursday November 19th. A lot of folks attended and some great prizes were awarded. Our giveaway winners were:

            Tera Sindone, who won our Santa-themed giveaway package.

            Brooke Patricia, who won an eBook copy of The Promised One, the first book in our paranormal romance series The Turning Stone Chronicles.

Brooke had a great night as she was the recipient of the grand prize worth over $100. Congratulations!

Just before the party we got the pre-order buy link for Sizzle in the Snow. Hop on over and take a peek at the blurbs from all the novellas. This is a great buy with eight Christmas themed stories for the price of one.

We’ve learned that Sizzle in the Snow has reached #158 in anthologies. WHOO HOO!


In case you’ve managed to miss our excerpt from Kissing Santa here it is again for your enjoyment. It’s a fun story, if we do say so ourselves.

Anna Noel studied the trim backside of the Santa standing in front of her. He appeared younger than most of the Santas at the Santa Claus conference she’d chosen to attend this year. A lot more attractive than any Santa she’d ever met. For the briefest of moments she let her mind wander, lingering on Christmas wish number nine—make love to Santa. A heated flush climbed her chest as she envisioned the scene, and she flapped the jacket of her green elf costume to cool down.

Her gaze traveled over his hips, chest, and to the beginnings of a snow-white beard. Then to his shock of silver hair underneath the white-trimmed, red Santa hat.

Yep. Definitely a Santa she wanted to know. Too bad she wouldn’t be the elf to his mall Santa. They could get to know each other and more.

The conference registrar drew her out of her Christmas fantasy with a loud, “Miss? Are you with this Santa?”

“What? No. I don’t have a Santa. I’m here alone.”

Sexy Santa turned and held out his hand. “Me, too. I’m Sam S. Klaus.”

A smile curled her lips as she took his hand. “As in Sam Santa Claus?” His warm palm sent tingles through her fingers as he gently squeezed them.

A lopsided grin slanted his cheek upward, and he flashed a brilliant smile. “You have the same warped sense of humor as my parents.” He gave her a mock bow. “Sam S., for Santa, Klaus, with a K.”

“That’s your real name?” He let go of her hand. She fought to keep from grabbing it back. A real Santa Klaus? How great was that?

“The same, and you are?”

“An—” She stopped, suddenly unwilling to reveal her name. A rollercoaster of emotions raced through her, suggesting she might hit number nine with this Santa. If she did, and it didn’t go well, she wouldn’t want Sam Klaus to know her real identity. “An elf, who needs a Santa,” she said. “How about we team up? I’ll be your personal elfette, and you can be my Santa.”

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Pre-buy link for Sizzle in the Snow

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Special Reminder


Sizzle in the Snow Party



Launch party for the SMP Christmas anthology, SIZZLE IN THE SNOW 3-7 pm CST (4-8 pm EST). We’d love to see you there! The cyber party will be on our Facebook event page.

Here’s the link to join in the fun: https://www.facebook.com/events/1644447602494312/



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Grand prize is pictured below:stocking big

You must stop by for a chance to enter.

(Sorry, only folks with a lower 48 states address can win due to shipping costs.)

Don’t miss our upcoming Facebook launch party at https://www.facebook.com/events/1644447602494312/

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Yes, your wildest dreams have come true. Our InD’tale 4.5 Star rated book, The Promised One is on sale for 99 cents March 7th through the 11th on Amazon at http://www.amzn.com/B00DUMODKI. Get a copy of the book that InD’tale magazine review said “takes paranormal and turns it on its ear, taking shape-shifting to a whole other level.” They further stated that this is a “unique story” which makes for a “fun house ride well worth the price of admission.”

To read the entire review go to: http://www.indtale.com/reviews/paranormal-urban-fantasy/promised-one-turning-stone-chronicles-1.

If you want to find out about what happens when homicide detective Alexi Jordan is forced to use her shape shifting powers to catch a paranormal killer, and whether she will risk the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves, then take advantage of the sale.

Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors about the sale so they can find out about Rhys Temple, who always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.

Remember: March 7th through the 11th The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1) is 99 cents at: http://www.amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

Check out these other great Soul Mate Publishing books that are also on sale.

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