Sloane Taylor is an Award-Winning author with a second passion in her life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy.
Taylor currently has seven romance novellas released by Toque & Dagger Publishing. Her first solo venture into non-fiction is a cookbook with eighty of her favorite recipes DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening.
DATE NIGHT DINNERS, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening by Sloan Taylor is an interesting and beneficial cookbook, especially for a romantic evening with a loved one. Easy to make meals, with ingredients most kitchens already have available, 45 complete dinners for two, 80 recipes that can easily be increased to include more people with easy to follow instructions. What a fascinating cookbook. I was thrilled to receive this book and would it for any bride, couples and anybody in general. Pick up a copy and see what you think.
“A half share of her dowry. Fifty-thousand,” George announced.
Everett snapped around to look at his brother fully. Fifty-thousand pounds would pay the debts and current debts of the farmers and leave enough money to support the estate for a couple of years, until it could pay its own way. “Go on.”
George smirked. “The gossip is she’s from trade, thinks herself some sort of independent woman, and is offering a marriage in name only. Wants to live on the continent, apparently.”
“A marriage of convenience? Very expedient.”
Then she reappeared, gliding right past him. She was resplendent in a dress the color of sunshine, her head tilted back as she waltzed, showing the curve of her neck and the angle of her jaw. Her dark hair gleamed, complemented by the brightness of her dress, as she danced like she was the only person in the room who mattered. Her jaw line was too strong for conventional beauty, but something about the way she held herself was mesmerizing. She was like a cat walking along uneven ground, not perfect, but compelling.
“Exactly.” George had the tone of a vindicated brother. “Miss Alnott is pretty, too. Just over there.”
Reluctant to look away from the dancers, Everett glanced to see whom George indicated. Sensation shot down his spine.
“The lady in the primrose-yellow dress,” George said.
He couldn’t take his gaze from her. Miss Alnott. “I see her.”
“I told you I’d find you a wife.” George turned away. “I’ll be in the card room.”
Oh no. “George—”
“Yes, yes,” he interrupted. “I’m not Peter. I’m not going to gamble everything away.”
George wandered off and Everett gave himself up to watching Miss Alnott moving around the room slowly as she and her partner traversed the floor. She was gathering attention. There were several sharks circling, their fine wool black coats gleaming. The matrons were talking about her, lips pursed with disapproval. Her pronouncement must be the reason for the hum of life in the room.
A fast step in the waltz made the wide skirts of her dress shine. It was a gold dress, really. An unsubtle ploy to give a man the impression she was financially desirable. She certainly looked the part of an aspiring aristocrat, smiling fixedly at the room.
This was the first cut of interest he’d felt since he’d begun his fortune hunting. It would be something to have such a lady for a wife: so beautiful and confident. Of course, if she wanted to live abroad, she wouldn’t be a true wife. But what did it matter? She would be like a wild cat living on the fringes of his estate, untamed and free, but technically his. Wary, coat gleaming, dangerous. If he found a wild cat, he would entice it with cream and take care of it, like he did with everything that was his.
“I suppose you think me selfish to not want to marry a man I neither love nor respect.” Her mouth was tight. “But I refuse to martyr myself by marrying Lord Rayner, when the result would be a totally powerless state after the marriage.”
Ah. Just a vague fear of a bad marriage. It seemed rather superficial to want love more than wanting to stay with family, but hadn’t he been cautious about marrying the wrong person? And as a man, all he had to be concerned about was a lack of conjugal bliss, not actual bodily harm. He was the owner, not the property.
“I can understand wanting love in your marriage.” He let his tone dip as he said the words and was gratified to see an answering visceral reaction in Grace. She flushed. This was where he would link the attraction between them with something more. “You know, love can grow in surprising places.”
Her neck stiffened and she sauntered away, looking deliberately around the room. Everett found he was anticipating her response.
“There are some leaks in this place, I concede. And there are holes in the curtains that let in light. Perhaps there are the prerequisites to grow something in this house.” She swung around to stare down at him. “But Everett, love is not a weed.”
“No, it’s a wildflower.”
Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle is a wonderful addition to the Victorian Romance world. Debut author. Well crafted, and well written. A marriage of convenience, emotional, secrets, suspense, poignant and witty, makes for a page turning story. Grace Arnott and Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury make an emotional, engaging and believable couple. Sparks fly and love blossoms What a beautiful story! Ms. Pendle is an talented author who pulled me into her story and held me there in awe. I hope to read more from this talented author.
When happily ever after is the name of the game, gamblers must risk it all in this emotional conclusion to Christina McKnight’s bestselling Craven House series.
Out June 26th – Regency Romance, The Gambler Wages Her Baron by Christina McKnight.
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Title: The Gambler Wages Her Baron
Series: Craven House
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: June 26, 2018
WAGERS GO AWRY
Payton Samuels has always known she wants more out of life than being the youngest daughter of the ton’s most disreputable family. While her siblings are content to bet their future happiness on marriage, Payton learned early on from her mother that love is fleeting and leads only to disappointment. She’s got a different plan: she’ll work as a governess for Baron Ashford’s children, but only long enough to win her fortune at one of his infamous masked gaming parties. When she loses big, Payton sees her chance at an independent life go up in flames—until Lord Ashford surprises her by paying her debts.
WHEN LOVE IS IN THE CARDS.
Since the tragic death of his wife, Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford, has been a man made of ice. His determination to never be hurt by love again runs so deep that he can’t even connect with his children. When they quickly take to Payton, he thinks he’s found a solution: she’ll give them the affection and support he can’t. As he spends more time around Payton, his heart begins to defrost, and he can’t stop thinking about the captivating governess.
But every seasoned gambler knows that eventually, luck runs out. Can two souls so burned by past loves forge a new future together?
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The Gambler Wages Her Baron by Christina McKnight is an emotional conclusion to “Craven House series”. But can be read as a stand alone.
Well crafted with charming and engaging characters. A gentleman of ice meets a lady with a warm heart and gambling issues, in this compelling and emotional story. The storyline is filled with heartbreak, brokenness, struggles, learning to trust, and finding a second chance at love. The children just added to this fabulous story. Payton Samuels and Damon Kinder, Lord Ashford are a fascinating couple, the chemistry between causes sparks to fly off the pages. Emotional roller coaster but well worth the time to read. Another must read by the talented Christina McKnight!
Heat rating: Mild
Publisher: D. B. Silvis (December 2, 2013)Category: Mystery Thriller, Detective, CrimeTour dates: May/July, 2018
Available in ebook only, 339 pages
Private Detective Jake Wayde doesn t know why he received a letter containing a piece of a puzzle. However, he soon realizes that he s in the middle of a deadlysearch for ten million dollars in cash and a world changing chemical formula. It s now kill or be killed. People are dropping like flies, says Wayde, who the hell is killing them?It now becomes his task to stop the killing spree caused by the late, vengeful chemist, Dr. Fredrick Rhineman. The renowned chemist had instructed his secretary, that upon his death, to mail prewritten letters containing a pieces of a handmade puzzle, to the twelve people he hated and the ambassadors of China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia. As the letters are received and opened, they instruct that when assembled, the puzzle pieces will reveal the whereaboutsof a deadly world-changing chemical formula and ten million dollars in cash.
There is occasional cursing and sexual situations plus extreme violence. If youare adverse to those don’t read it. If you choose to read it, don’t give it a low review rating for the reasons cautioned here. You were clearly warned. Puzzle of Death has a large, interesting cast of support characters; there is a U.S. Senator an ambassador, FBI agents, Detroit mobsters, multiple torturers/killers, and Iranian secret agents. I enjoyed the story and recommendit to readers who can stand the stench of violent death. The plot is excellent,and sentence structure and character development are okay. – Vigilant ReaderWow! What a fantastic book! I could not put it down. There were so many twists and turns. It was a very different and unique book! –Musiclover, Amazon Review If you don’t mind the blood and guts, the story line was different and definitely a page turner. 5 Stars –Janet, Amazon ReviewThe “who dunnit” in “Puzzle of Death” did keep you guessing. Clever outcome. - Hummingbird, Amazon Review
Donahue B. Silvis is an alumnus of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse. He graduatedfrom Florida Atlantic University majoring in film study and creative writing.As a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has worked in movies as an actor and screenwriter. Donahue has written six novels, three screenplays and one illustrated children’s book. Now retired, he continues writing and promoting hisnovels and screenplays, while residing in Naples, Florida with his wife, Katie.Website: dbsilvisauthor.com Twitter:https://twitter.com/dbsilvis
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Puzzle of Death by Donahue B. Silvis is a heart pumping Detective Mystery Thriller from beginning to end. It is well crafted, with a wide cast of characters from the drug cartel, FBI agents, U.S. Senator, ambassadors from China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Detroit mobsters, multiple torturers/killers, and Iranian secret agents, just to name a few.
Private Detective Jake Wayde received a letter with a piece of a puzzle. He soon realizes that he’s caught in the middle of a deadly search for ten million dollars in cash and a chemical formula that could change the world. PLEASE NOTE: there is occasional cursing, sexual situations and extreme violence. So if you are a bit squeamish about that type of content, then definitely not a book for you to read. Has guts and gore, and twists and turns, and a few surprises, I didn’t see the ending coming.
Steady paced from the first page to the last page with well developed characters and a mesmerizing, heart pumping storyline. The story flows seamlessly and effortlessly. The cast of characters are fantastic. Strongly recommended if you enjoy Crime Mystery Thrillers, Detectives, action, guts and gore and a fantastic story.”I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review.”
Heat rating: Hot
Contemporary Interracial Romance
What happens when the person you think you hate is the one who completes
When Jake Bradford meets Lana Miller, he opens his mouth and inserts his foot.
This sets off a chain of events that lasts for two years. They fight. They argue.
They challenge each other every step of the way. Beneath all his bluster, he
wants more from Lana that she’s willing to give and he knows it’s his fault she
keeps pushing him away.
Lana, on the other hand, doesn’t like Jake very much and she’s not afraid to
show it. At least that’s what she tells herself. He’s cocky, arrogant, and too sexy
for his own good. Due to an expected opportunity at their company, the two work
enemies are forced to spend time together. Will she let down her guard and
allow Jake to see the person underneath.
When two strong-willed people are thrown together and passion simmers just
under the surface, the outcome is not what either of them could have expected,
but what they wanted most of all.
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Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his. When someone attacks Gia’s character and career they’ll need to find a balance between her independence and his fierce desire to protect. Return to Rhenna Morgan’s sexy Men of Haven series available 2018 from Carina Press!
About Stand & Deliver:
Title: Stand & Deliver
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Men of Haven
Format: Digital eBook / Print
Digital ISBN: B076ZV47MC
Print ISBN: 9781335948304
Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by, taking what they want, always watching each other’s backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce.
Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his.
Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves. She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still, Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s hooked.
Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.
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As light as Gia was, getting her in the house was a breeze, and thanks to Knox, her alarm didn’t pose a problem either. Thank God, he’d actually convinced her to let his company be the one to install the system when she moved in. Otherwise, he’d have had a whole different set of problems to juggle.
Soft lamplight spilled from the corner of the living room, so Beckett aimed that direction and laid Gia out on the couch. Once settled, he crouched beside her and smoothed her hair away from her face.
The impact hit him instantly, the soft and silky strands jolting his amplified need for touch into high gear and tempting him like a junkie on a four-day dry spell. As out as she was, he could toy with the long strands and sample the skin on her face and neck for hours and she’d likely never remember a thing. The thing was, if he ever got the chance to touch her that way, he’d want her to remember. Would want to see the response in her eyes and learn how her body reacted to his touch.
He braced on hand on the couch above her head instead. The fabric was nowhere near as luxurious as her hair, but it was soft like the chairs he kept at his place and kept him from giving into touching where he shouldn’t.
That was the thing about people like him. Touch was everything. The thing he needed to stay in balance and keep his head and impulses in check. While his sensory processing disorder—or SPD—wasn’t as debilitating as it was for some people, he’d sure as hell learned not to underestimate it.
He leaned in and lowered his voice, knowing full well she probably wouldn’t hear or understand a word he said. “How about you chill here for a bit, gorgeous. Let me go get things ready for you upstairs.”
Gia moaned and rolled to one side, tucking her hands beneath her cheek.
He couldn’t help but chuckle. The pose was cute. Totally innocent and sweet. Which meant she’d be mortified if she had any clue he’d seen it. “I’m gonna take that for a yes.”
About the author
A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You’ll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.
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Stand and Deliver by Rhenna Morgan is a sexy Contemporary Romance. #5 in the “Men of Haven” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Beckett Tate had been waiting for Gia Sinclair for three years. The friendship between these two characters is a perfect foundation for their steamy encounters which made for a page-turning, passionate love story. Ms. Rhenna has expertly written a story filled with steamy passion, a bit of angst, emotional, action with a touch of humor and lots of romance. Enjoyable characters and a string storyline, which is easy to follow and will grip your heart. If you enjoy alpha males, plenty of passion, and strong heroines, then STAND AND DELIVER is a story for you to pick up next.
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Heat rating: Steamy
Untamed Hearts by Colleen O’Connell is an interesting and satisfying Western Historical read. A wonderful and talented debut author, in my opinion.
This is the story of Taryn Ashford. headed westbound to visit relatives, while fleeing her fiance and Jared King, handsomely dangerous, branded a gunman, and shooter, looking over his shoulder for bounty hunters.
Steady paced with engaging and charming characters. Danger, murder, adventure, love, risks to the heart and learning the truth, will keep readers turning pages well into the night. A satisfying and enjoyed Historical Western Romance. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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A Loving Mix: Loving Day Anthology
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance
In our world, outside forces find reasons to keep us apart. Wealth, religion, and
race are dividing factors. All manmade barriers that have nothing to do with the
heart of the people involved. Although wealth and religion can be hidden, race
On June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court struck down the laws that enforced
racial segregation in marriage and Loving Day was created. To celebrate this
step to remove this unjust barrier to love, eight Interracial Romance authors
have come together to celebrate with stories that challenge the social norms on
both sides of the coin. With contemporary, paranormal and historical settings
discover how finding the other half of your soul is worth fighting for.
Beyond Everything by Angela Kay Austin
When you’re trying not to be found, what happens when you can’t hide from
tradition, family or love?
The Dance by Jamallah Bergman
Living in a small town was hard enough but when old traditions are about to
mess with their Senior dance, Sophie decides that enough is enough. As she
embarks on her quest for a dance where ‘everyone is welcome’ she learns a lot
along the way about her small town’s racial history.
Grave Intentions -A Witch for Hire Novella by Shyla Colt
Hedge-witch, Cedar Hollings is used to working odd cases, but tracking a
necromancer with the witch-hating vampire Arlington Bonnor is taking her downa path she never imagined for herself.
An Imperfect Family by Tricia Drammeh
Zach and Claudia have always believed their love for each other could overcome
any obstacle, but when Zach’s teenage children come for a summer visit, an
unforeseen challenge threatens to destroy their love and everything they have
planned for their future.
Two if by Sea by Ines Johnson
Set sail on this fish out of water adventure as the Arthurian Lady of the Lake
crash lands into the Greek God of the Sea in “Two if by Sea”!
Secret Devotion by Reana Malori
Loving someone shouldn’t have to be so tough. Tanner and Chantell have loved
each for a lifetime, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Long-held bigotry and
prejudice has stood in the way of their love for too long. After years of hiding
behind the veil of friendship, Chantell has had enough and she’s willing to leave
Tanner if things don’t change. What she doesn’t realize is, Tanner will never let
Unintended by Cerece Rennie Murphy
Not all good news is cause for celebration. When eighteen-year-old Katherine
comes home from her first semester of college engaged to Clayton Davis, what
was expected to be a peaceful Thanksgiving dinner erupts into a multi-family
crisis as secrets are revealed, cultures clash, and confrontations re-open old
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“She intended to be the mistress of her own fate. And there was one thing she knew with absolute certainty from observing the ways of the world: one did not get that kind of power by marrying it.”
THE DUKE I TEMPTED by Scarlett Peckham is out this July!
About THE DUKE I TEMPTED
Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won’t discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees—or make demands on his long scarred-over heart.
Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business—not a husband.
But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes—that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband’s secrets—and to tempt the duke to risk his heart.
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The Duke of Westmead cleared his throat. “Given I rebuked you for your lack of transparency, Miss Cavendish, honor obliges I disclose to you that I became rather dismayed when I learned you were betrothed. I suppose I thought, how dare she? How dare she squander her gifts on so middling a creature as Mr. Raridan? Or, more to the point, on anyone?”
Poppy didn’t speak. She couldn’t, because her breath was caught. She had never heard herself described in such terms by anyone. How could she, when the local gentry who had known her all her life told a different story about her? One of an eccentric spinster who coarsened herself with commercial enterprise. An arrogant, unlikeable woman, unhealthily obsessed with plants.
“Thank you,” she said, hoping her voice did not convey how deeply what he said affected her. It would not do to seem overly moved.
He shrugged, as though his words were unremarkable. As though such assessments of her worth were lobbed at her all day.
The carriage she had been waiting for at long last appeared through the stable gates and rolled up to the bottom of the steps.
“Miss Cavendish, in light of my lapse of judgment, I fully understand if you do not wish to return to Westhaven. But if my sister believes me guilty of ruining her plans I shall have to live with her mortal disapproval. I don’t suppose I could prevail on you to reconsider finishing your work? I assure you that I will not attempt to intercede in so much as the placement of a vase.”
The contours of his face should not have a say in her decision and yet she could not help but admire them, as the fading light danced across the planes that made him sometimes handsome, sometimes fierce.
Or perhaps it was only the way that he looked at her. As if her respect meant something to him. As if she did.
“Very well,” she said. “I shall return in the morning. For Lady Constance’s sake.”
After just a beat too long, he nodded. “I’m glad to hear it. For Lady Constance’s sake.”
And then he smiled.
Boyishly and quick and warm, like the sun darting out from a bank of clouds. It was so unexpected and disarming that without thinking, she craned her face towards his to get a better view of it. Their eyes met, and a chill ran down her spine. Because for just a moment, she thought he might lean in, close the distance, and kiss her.
No. Not thought he might. Wanted him to.
She wanted him to kiss her.
Instead, he folded his mouth back into its usual grim line, bent in a deep bow and offered her his hand to help her into the carriage.
But it did not escape her notice that he held her fingers just a beat too long as he said: “Be well, Miss Cavendish.”
Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother’s closet. By the time she came of age she had exhausted her library’s supply and begun to dream of writing one of her own.
Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession: those delicious, big-hearted books you devour in the dark and can never bear to put down. Her steamy historical romances about alpha heroines have been finalists for the Golden Heart® Award four times. Her debut book, THE DUKE I TEMPTED, will be out July 31, 2018.
Scarlett splits her time between London and Los Angeles. When not reading or writing romance she enjoys pretending to know about wine, discussing The Real Housewives, and cooking enormous pots of soup.