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First I want to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my twinkies! They turn nine today. It’s amazing how fast those nine years have flown by. *wipes a tear* They grow up so fast, don’t they!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite foods. In honor of my babies, my first one is going to be:

1)      Birthday Cake!!!! Yes, we will be sampling some of the tasty treat this afternoon. I’m a cake fan regardless, but there is something about birthday cake this is especially yummy. I’m a fan of both whipped cream and buttercream frosting.

2)      Chicken Crescents. My kids have asked for these as their birthday meal, and I always take these with me to a party. They are always a hit, and actually pretty easy to make. You mix baked chicken, cream cheese, a little chicken broth with a teaspoon of sage. Take a dollop of that and place it in an unrolled crescent roll. Fold it up, dip it in butter, dip it in breading, bake it and viola, an awesome chicken crescent!

3)      Hotdogs. Not any ordinary hot dog will do. In fact, when I moved from my hometown to where I’m living now, it took me almost eight years to find a hole-in-wall diner that made a hotdog that lived up to my expectations. I’m picky. The slaw has to be perfect or it ruins the hotdog for me. My favorite is my mom’s slaw, which I have, thankfully, been able to replicate. My kids love it too!

4)      Boscaiola. We have this amazing Italian restaurant here. The owners actually speak Italian and are from Italy, so it’s pretty authentic. Boscailo is my favorite on their menu. Honestly, once I tasted that, I’ve never tried anything else. LOL. The dish has prosciutto and peas in a pink sauce. It’s delish!

5)      Steak. Especially rib-eye. However, I love red-meat. Don’t get to eat it as often as I’d like, but I enjoy it when I do. It has to be medium-rare and seasoned.

6)      Peas and Rice. When I was growing up, my grandma made snap peas and rice. My mom has tried for years to make it like grandma does, but has never been able to touch hers. I haven’t had it in a very long time. My grandma is 87 and doesn’t really cook anymore. But last year at our family reunion, I was in the food line and I looked down and saw it. It was almost completely gone and all I got was one measly spoonful, but it was the best spoonful EVER! I made sure to give my grandma a kiss and hearty thanks afterwards!

7)      Smothered Chicken. I love my mom’s cooking, and we still have family dinner every other Sunday. I always look forward to those meals. She makes a baked chicken breast smothered with mozzarella cheese and mushroom that is to die for!

8)      My Dad’s Corn. I have absolutely no idea what is in this. Over the last couple of years, my dad has started trying his hand in the kitchen. And, let me tell you, he’s pretty dang good at it! But my favorite of his is his kernelled corn. He puts cornstarch or something in it so there is these little chunks of breading with the corn and seasons the corn with…I have no idea. But it is one of those side foods I go back for seconds.

9)      Heather’s Roast. Heather is my roommate and she makes this KILLER roast in the crock pot. She puts the roast, baby carrots and potatoes in the pot and then douses it with Catalina dressing and lets it slow cook all day.  It melts in your mouth.

10)   Ribs. And this is all mine. I’m not the best cook, but there are a few foods that I knock out of the park. Ribs are one of them. It’s time-consuming, so I only make them about once a year, but I have the recipe down to perfection. Once I’m done, the meat is hanging off the bone. Hmm. Since it’s finally warming up, I may need to throw a rack on the grill.

And now that I’ve made myself insanely hungry, what are your favorite foods?

Thank you so much for having me on My Book Addiction and More today!

You are so welcome, Abby and thanks for stopping by!


Abby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. She didn’t plan for writing to become an obsession, but it did. Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

When Abby’s not writing, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.



Extreme Love

New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

April 30, 2013


Paperback: 352 pagesPublisher: Entangled Select (April 30, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1620612461ISBN-13: 978-1620612460

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Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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Things I love about Category romance.

When I heard that my fantastic publisher, Entangled Publishing, was starting up the Indulgence line of category style contemporary romances, I decided then and there that I wanted to be part of it. And I am! Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, my first contemporary category romance was released in March this year.

I started reading category romances at an early age. I was a voracious reader, and I was always running out of things to read. My mother read these romances and she had hundreds of them around the house (and in fact, one of my earliest memories of my mother is her lying on the sofa reading a romance—she’s always been my role model!) So I thought, if only I can start reading them—I need never run out of books again.

Of course, I was wrong—I still ran out (unsurprising, as on a good day, I could devour four or five) but each month new ones would arrive. So started my lifelong love of romance, and while I read all sorts these days (and I’m particularly fond of paranormal and sci-fi) I still have a soft spot for my first love—contemporary category romance.

So here’s Wikipedia’s definition of category romance:

“Category romances are short, usually no more than 200 pages, or about 55,000 words. The books are published in clearly delineated lines, with a certain number of books published in each line every month. In many cases, the books are numbered sequentially within the line….

…category romance lines each have a distinct identity, which may involve similar settings, characters, time periods, levels of sensuality, or types of conflict.”


So what do I love about category romance and why has my love affair lasted so long? Here are a few things that come to mind:

  • I know what I’m going to      get. Within a particularly line I can be guaranteed certain things. If I’m      in the mood for sweet romance, I know which line to go for. While if I’m      in the mood for an alpha male and some sizzling love scenes, then there      are lines for that too. Something for every mood.
  • Gorgeous heroes and exotic      locations…
  • While the basic stories      remain the same, category romances are in fact always evolving, they’re      current, and up to date, and actually constantly changing as the readers      change.
  • They’re short and can be      read at one sitting—I love reading books in one go.
  • They’re pure romance. I      love most genres of books, but sometimes I just want the romance! Because      of the relatively short word counts of category books, there’s no room in      them for complex sub-plots, so the focus always remains on the hero and      heroine’s relationship—they can be very intense.
  • Every month there are new      stories coming out.
  •  And of course—most important—I always get      a happy ever after.

**So what do you love best about category romance? Let me know for a chance to win a copy of Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire.**


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Blurb: Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire

Seduction by any means necessary…

Olivia Brent is happy with her quiet life in the country, until the imminent loss of her home forces her to embark on a search for her estranged father. Catapulted into a world of criminals and totally out of her depth, Olivia is rescued by the stunningly gorgeous and enigmatic billionaire Luc Severino.

Luc has never considered himself a knight in shining armor, and if he had been, then Jimmy Brent’s daughter was the last person he would choose to rescue. But Olivia is the key to finding her father, and Luc is willing to use any methods available, including blackmail, to persuade Olivia to help him find Jimmy and finally put the past behind him.

And if blackmail doesn’t gain her total cooperation, then perhaps a little seduction will…

Read an excerpt here.

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