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RWA 2018

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Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2018 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado, July 18–21.

The RWA Conference is the place where career-focused romance writers gather to make lasting connections and grow their careers—and so much more. When 2,000 romance writers and industry professionals assemble in one place, the sense of community is undeniable.

At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate:

  • education and information,
  • networking with fellow writers,
  • interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.
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What I’m Reading? The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

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THE BABYSITTER

YOU TRUST HER WITH YOUR FAMILY. WOULD YOU TRUST HER WITH YOUR LIFE?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

On sale March 8th!

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What I’m Reading? The Pact by S.E. Lynes

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You made a promise to your sister. It could destroy your daughter.

The Daughter
15-year-old Rosie lies in hospital fighting for her life. She’s trying to tell her mother what happened to her, and how she got there, but she can’t speak the words out loud.

The Mother
Rosie’s mother Toni has a secret. She had a traumatic childhood, and she and her sister Bridget made each other a promise thirty years ago: that they could never speak the truth about what they went through as children, and that they would protect each other without asking for help from others, no matter what…

Rosie was Toni’s second chance to get things right: a happy, talented girl with her whole life ahead of her. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Toni has dedicated her life to keeping Rosie safe from harm.

But Rosie has plans that her mother doesn’t know about. She has dreams and ambitions – of love, of a career, of a life beyond the sheltered existence that her mother has created for her. But the secrets Rosie has been keeping have now put her life in danger.

The Pact
In order to save Rosie, Toni may have to break her lifelong promise to her sister… and open doors to her past she hoped would remain closed forever.

On sale February 27th!

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Happy National Pizza Day! #VeganPizza #GoVegan

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Here are some fun pizza facts to help celebrate National Pizza Day:

  1. Pepperoni pizza is the most popular pizza type in the world.
  2. Over 3,000,000,000 (three billion) pizzas are ordered every year in the U.S.
     

  3. Over 1,000,000,000 (one billion) frozen pizzas are purchased every year in the U.S
  4. The 1st pizzeria to open in the U.S. was Gennaro Lombardi in 1895 in New York City.
Posted in Diane Morasco, Fun Stuff, Holidays, Uncategorized, Vegan

Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! #GoVegan

Best-vegan-hot-chocolate-6-1-of-15 min
Prep Time

4 min
Cook Time

9 min
Total Time

INGREDIENTS

    • One 13.5 oz can “lite” coconut milk (this truly is the best milk to make hot chocolate, I would advise against subbing as others I’ve tried were not good. Lite leaves NO coconut taste!)
    • 2 tablespoons (12 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 heaping tablespoons (40 g) semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
    • 1-2 tablespoons (20 g) maple syrup, depending on your sweet-o-meter, I did 2
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground espresso or instant coffee (you can leave out if you want, but it makes the chocolate flavor stronger)
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • Optional: whipped cream, shaved chocolate, marshmallows, etc.
Note:
  • I recommend Thai Kitchen brand for the lite coconut milk. It is amazing and always so smooth and creamy, not watery. Many brands can be rather watery and not smooth.

Best-vegan-hot-chocolate-4-1-of-1INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you have a Vitamix, then add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend for a few minutes on high until completely smooth and frothy. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, then add all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to a blender or food processor and process until smooth and frothy. It will only get frothy on a high speed and after a few minutes.
  2. Add the mixture to a pot over medium heat and then add the chocolate chips. Once it begins to bubble, whisk continuously for about 4 minutes until well heated and has thickened just a bit. You don’t want to overcook it, or it will get too thick. I found this to be the perfect level of sweetness, but if you want yours a tad sweeter, add a little more maple syrup. Remove and pour into mugs and add whipped cream, shaved chocolate, marshmallows, cinnamon, etc. Enjoy!
  3. This makes enough for 2 mugs. If you are just wanting 1 serving, then place the rest in the fridge and when you are ready to use it, give it a good whisk and reheat on low.

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