The Weekly Recap – SEALs and Lasagna!

The Weekly Recap – SEALs and Lasagna!

Get Wet ‘n Wild Navy SEALs before it’s gone forever!


Only a few days left to grab Wet ‘n Wild Navy SEALs for $0.99! The 10-book bundle will be removed from sale on July 31st.

Whether you’re looking for a little sizzle or a lot of steam, you’ll find the hard-bodied, soft-hearted hero of your dreams on Sea, Air or Land in these sexy romance-packed novels and novellas brought to you by 10 of your favorite New York Times, USA Today and other award-winning and best-selling authors.

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 And in important national news…..

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In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d share my favorite lasagna recipe.



2 large potatoes, thinly sliced
1 10-oz pack frozen spinach or 1 bunch fresh spinach, washed
salt and pepper to taste
2 c basic Italian sauce (see below)
1 c pesto (see below)
1 15-oz container of ricotta cheese
1/2 lb. mozzarella, sliced
1/4 c grated Parmesan
2 T olive oil
Preheat oven to 37500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001
  • Grease 9×9 baking pan
  • Steam the sliced potatoes until barely tender, about 10 min
  • If using frozen spinach, cook and drain
  • If using fresh spinach, steam lightly
  • Layer half the potatoes in the baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Add half the tomato sauce, all of the spinach, the optional pesto, the ricotta, and half of the mozzarella
  • Repeat with the potatoes and salt and pepper, the remaining sauce and mozzarella, and all of the Parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle olive oil evenly over the top
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes in a 375 oven
  • Uncover and bake until the top is bubbly and starting to brown, another 30 minutes or so

Basic Italian Sauce (Freezes well)

1 onion, diced
1/4 c olive oil
2 clove garlic, minced
2 14-1/2-oz cans whole tomatoes
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T sugar or honey
1 t salt
1/8 t pepper
pinch ground cloves
1/8 t fennel seeds
1 t grated lemon zest
1 t oregano
1 t marjoram
1/2 t thyme
1 bay leaf
  • Sauté onion in oil until transparent
  • Add all remaining ingredients
  • Stir and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove bay leaf.

Yield:  4 cups


1 c (packed) fresh basil leaves00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001
4 cloves garlic
1/2 c walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 c olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 c grated Parmesan
salt to taste (optional)

  • Puree basil leaves in blender or food processor.
  • Continue blending, adding garlic and nuts until they are well ground.
  • Slowly add the olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan cheese.

Yield 1-3/4 cups

Enjoy!  Now I’m hungry……..

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The Weekly Recap -An Exciting Announcement!

The Weekly Recap -An Exciting Announcement!

I am so excited to share this news – the following article was published on on July 19th:

Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment has acquired worldwide motion picture and television rights to Rachel Grant’s thriller novel “Body of Evidence”.

The film will be produced by Cartwright, alongside fellow Spotted Cow executives Peter Kjenaas and Monica Gil, and is currently out to writers to adapt. It is scheduled for a 2017 production start.

Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons,”  launched Spotted Cow as a film/television finance and production company at Berlin.

“Body of Evidence” centers on an archaeologist and a U.S. attorney find themselves on a globe-spanning chase full of political intrigue and legal drama.

“We see, in this extraordinary novel, an entertaining, wild ride of passion and courage,” Kjenaas said. “Rachel has elevated the genre by rooting it in her deep knowledge of archaeology and this gives it an authenticity that is unique. Behind the truly threatening action of a thriller is the even more threatening risk of giving in to desire.”

Spotted Cow’s first project, “In Search of Fellini,” recently wrapped production in Italy. The coming-of-age drama starring Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The film was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Cartwright and Kjenaas.

The company is also producing the one-woman stage show “24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub.”

Grant is repped by Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein at McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

The project is not related to MGM’s 1993 erotic thriller of the same name, which starred Madonna and Willem Dafoe.


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 New Releases You Should Know About


Serena Bell‘s TO HAVE AND TO HOLD released this week and received a Desert Isle Keeper review at All About Romance!…/to-have-and-to-hold-by-serena…/

I LOVE Serena’s sexy, emotional contemporaries and can’t wait to read this book! The AAR review has all the buy links. Go forth and click because you want this book!!


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The Weekly Recap -Scenes from RWA16

The Weekly Recap -Scenes from RWA16

Hi Everyone!  This week’s blog recap will be short, as I’m in San Diego at the Romance Writers of America conference.

Below are a few highlights from the last few days – I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, and I’ll catch up with you this week!

A Romantic Moment with author Carolyn Crane…..



In the car heading to our police ride along with Susan Lee, Carolyn Crane, and Sunny Lee-Goodman:



After the ride along with Sgt. Al:



Here I am at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing.  This year’s beneficiaries are ProLiteracy Worldwide and the San Diego Council on Literacy. The proceeds from this year’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing ($39,741) pushed RWA over the $1 million-mark in total donations to adult literacy organizations since 1990“. 




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The Weekly Recap – a 99¢ Sale and a Kindle Fire Giveaway

The Weekly Recap – a 99¢ Sale and a Kindle Fire Giveaway

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COVERT EVIDENCE is on sale for only $0.99/£0.99 through July 10th!


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Falling in love was never part of his mission…

With visions of professional glory, underwater archaeologist Cressida Porter embarks on a research trip deep into the heart of Eastern Turkey. Her dreams turn into nightmares when she becomes the unwitting courier for a terrorist network. Stranded and unable to speak the language, she turns to a handsome and enigmatic security specialist for help, even while fearing he may be behind a violent assault that leaves her vulnerable. 

CIA Case Officer Ian Boyd’s mission is clear: follow the courier, identify the terrorist leader, and intercept the microchip before it falls into enemy hands. For Ian, cozying up to the alluring archaeologist to find out where her loyalties lie isn’t exactly hardship duty. But spending time with her proves dangerous when she awakens a longing for a life he can never have. 

Attraction wars with distrust as Cressida and Ian are forced on the run. When violence erupts in the already unstable region, Cressida discovers everything she knows about Ian is false. With all secrets revealed, Cressida must decide if she can trust the spy with her life, while Ian faces his own impossible choice: Cressida or his mission.

My 13-year-old son made a Lego trailer for Covert Evidence. As usual, he focused on the explosions and action and since he’s not allowed (nor does he want) to read my books there is only the faintest resemblance to the story.

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Love to read contemporary romance?

Celebrate America’s independence with a chance to win more than 40 terrific novels from your favorite contemporary romance authors, PLUS a brand new Kindle Fire!  Contest ends July 10th.

You can win books from: Cait London, Cheri Lasota, Debra Salonen, Eliza Gordon, Emily March, Emme Rollins,Jean Brashear, Judith Arnold, Kathryn Shay, Kimberly Lang, Lauren Smith, Lisa Mondello, Maggie Wells, Marina Adair, Mary Campisi, Mimi Barbour, Nancy Herkness, Olivia Dade, Pamela Burford, Patricia Keelyn, Patricia McLinn, Rachel Grant, Randi Alexander, S.K. Wills, Selena Kitt, Shannyn Schroeder, Sharon Struth, Shirley Hailstock, Tara West, Tara Mills, Wendy Vella, and more!

The Grand Prize winner receives a Kindle Fire and all participating books. Four runner-ups will receive a selection of participating books. Enter here.


The Weekly Recap – Free Books!

The Weekly Recap – Free Books!


I’m so excited to be part of this great event organized by Skye Jordan!

Rev up your beach reading with 38 FREE EBOOKS — this weekend ONLY!! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of awesome authors to give you a ?#?FREE? BOOK HAUL like you’ve never seen. Grab them all  before this deal ends on 7/4!!




Great Reading Ideas for the Kids!

(and adults, too)

Check out the Kiss and Thrill blog’s fantastic MG / YA booklist for some great summer reading ideas!

“.. stories for every tween and teen. Zombies, proms, cute meets, friend and family drama, aliens, fairies, fairy tale retellings, and a lot more from popular, indie, and debut authors.”

K&T Middle Grade and Young Adult reading list




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