Happy Friday! Trace my love back to the good old TGIF days of Full House and Family Matters, but I love me some Fridays. And today, I’m extra excited because not only am I’m featured on some fabulous blogs with fun posts AND do I have a guest here at my own with a DELICIOUS recipe, BUT I also have a yummy cover reveal to squee over!
Today, I’m over at Oops! I Read A Book Again with my TOP 5 Romance Authors of All-Time. This post was super hard for me to write, y’all. How do you choose?? Come find out how I did. Dianne also has a lovely review for Taste the Heat that made me grin and laugh out loud.
Always YA at Heart also features Taste the Heat today with a review that may or may not have had me dancing and squealing (*grin*)
NOW, before I send you to a SCRUMPTIOUS Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse (guys, nothing says weekend better than that, am I right??), I have an equally delicious Cover Reveal to share from my fellow Love Junkie, Annie Cruise!
It Was Me
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance – Note: This book is recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual content and language.
Release Date: July 30, 2013
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All West Montgomery wanted was a vacation. A week-long stay in Tucson with Abby and her parents, a chance to get away for the week, the opportunity to get to know her family a little better and maybe carve out a little alone time with his girlfriend.
What he doesn’t count on is finding a way to resume his baseball career.
Encouraged by Abby and her father to attend a MLB open tryout, West discovers that he can still play ball—well—and he suddenly becomes the hottest commodity on the field. Overwhelmed with offers and possibilities, West knows that whatever choice he makes will affect more than his baseball career. It will affect his future with Abby.
Professional baseball was always his dream, but Abby was a new dream come true. He doesn’t want to choose between them, but in order to fulfill one of those dreams, West will have to.
Because he knows it’s all on him.
And now onto the chocolate!!!
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Chocolate Mousse is one of those dishes that has a reputation as a fussy, difficult, time-consuming dessert. The chocolate needs to be melted just-so, and if it’s not incorporated into the cream properly, you’ll end up separating the elements and wind up with a mess. But this super-easy recipe can be whipped up in about five minutes for a last-minute dessert that will make your guests think you slaved away in the kitchen all day! And what better way to celebrate the release of Rachel Harris’ Adult Romance debut, TASTE THE HEAT than with a sinfully-delectable dessert like this?
You will need:
2 c. (1 pint) heavy cream, chilled
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. hazelnut (or vanilla) extract
1. Pour the cream into a large, chilled mixing bowl.
2. Sift cocoa powder, sugar, and salt into the cream. (Do not skip this step! If you don’t sift the cocoa powder into the cream, it will not incorporate properly, and you’ll end up with unsightly, and less-than-tasty lumps of unsweetened cocoa in your mousse.)
3. Add flavoring.
4. Mix 30 seconds on lowest setting, with the wire whisk mixer attachment. Bump up the speed 1 notch every 10-15 seconds, until you reach the highest speed. (Starting slow and gradually increasing speed will keep the cream and cocoa powder from splattering all over your kitchen.)
5. Whip for about another minute or two, until stiff peaks form. (It should look like a very thick whipped cream.)
6. Serve with sliced strawberries or other fresh berries, if desired. (Serves 8)
Veronica Bartles believes that creativity is the cornerstone of life. An aspiring author of children’s books, from picture books to YA novels, she is known among her children’s friends as “the one with all the stories to tell.” She’s also known for her off-the-wall Halloween costumes, the purses she knits out of recycled plastic grocery bags, original cookie recipes and Crock Pot Gourmet creations. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Maryland Writer’s Association, Sub It Club and the Y Knot Knitters, and she’s a Mormon.