Don’t Miss This Mother’s Day Sale!

May the Fourth be with you! LOL. I saw these wookie cookies on Pinterest and had to make them at work, even though I had about forty other things I should have been doing. It’s the little things sometimes, even when the big things are looming!

Warning: I am struggling this morning. WordPress changed its format when I wasn’t looking, and I can’t seem to make this post behave. Or I could have the menstrual migraine I’ve been fighting off all week with Naproxen. Or maybe it’s the impending menses. Or the pandemic. Who even knows at this point? Bear with me. I have news.

Do you enjoy romances with kids/babies/pregnancies in them? Entangled Publishing has a dozen books on sale for .99 for Mother’s Day, and my book, Impulse Control, is one of them! The heroine has a fourteen-month old baby, and the tough-guy hero falls in love with him just as fast as he falls in love with her. The diaper-changing scene cracks me up every time, even though I wrote it. It also chokes me up a little because it reminds me of how hilarious and awesome my husband was with our kids. “Laugh it up, poopy pants,” Russ says, as he tries to convince the barely-walking baby of the merits of peeing standing up. Impulse Control is one of my favorites because the hero is a smoking-hot badass alpha dude, and he really and truly appreciates the curves and imperfections of a REAL woman. A mother. Who still has baby weight. Some stretch marks. Leftover baggage from a failed relationship. You know, A NORMAL WOMAN. Like all my books, it’s pretty sexy, and if you want to read part of why I love the hero so much, click here for a thrill. The excerpt is at the bottom.

And the sale page for all the books can be found HERE. The sale runs May 4th through May 11th, and I hope you download some of the books and enjoy them.

May the Fourth be with you, Happy Mother’s Day, and stay safe!

XOXO,

Amanda

E-book available  from AMAZONBARNES & NOBLEKOBO, GOOGLE, APPLE BOOKS, and more.

Impulse Control Margarita

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I’m on the road to Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together! Since I put this picture on some of my swag, I figured I’d better get the recipe up. Thank goodness for my iPhone hotspot! The number of things on my to-do list multiplied all week as I packed for the con, and I THINK this is the last thing to check off. If it didn’t get done, it’s not getting done until I get home! (And if you are anywhere near Cincinnati, come see me! I’ll be signing books on Friday 6/5, From 3-5 pm!IMG_2592

In my latest release, IMPULSE CONTROL, the heroine mixes up a homemade margarita for her BFF. I LOVE margaritas, but I don’t love the jaw-stinging sweet and sour mix from a bottle. I think half the reason I put a margarita in the book was so that I’d be forced to come up with a recipe for homemade sour mix, and here you go! It’s great in a classic margarita, and it’s also fantastic with pineapple vodka and coconut rum. I imagine it would go well with just about anything. Confession: I lined up two shot glasses, one full of tequila and one full of homemade sour mix, and tossed them back. That was good, too. 🙂

Impulse Control Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

(makes about 3 cups)

One cup sugar

One cup water

One cup lemon juice

1/2 cup lime juice

Juice from one tangerine or 1/2 and orange

1. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Turn off heat. Cool syrup. (Seriously. Cool the syrup. And don’t do what I did. I poured warm syrup into a pickled jar, and then poured very cold lemon juice in right after it. The entire bottom of the pickle jar cracked off because it wasn’t tempered glass. I know better…but I didn’t think the syrup was THAT warm.)

2. Add lemon juice, lime juice, and tangerine/orange juice. Stir.

3. Use immediately or refrigerate. Last about a week. (Except at my house.)

Now for the margarita! Another confession: I created a perfectly lovely margarita recipe, wrote it down, drank the margarita, and lost the piece of paper with the recipe on it. However, I rely on my instincts a lot while cooking/baking/mixology-making, and here’s what I would do*:

Find a friend.

Rim two margarita glasses with salt. (Run a cut lime around the edge, and then roll the edge in kosher salt. Or pink Himalayan salt. Or whatever salt you prefer.) Add ice.

Half-fill a shaker with more ice. Pour in 3 shots of tequila, one shot of triple sec or Curacao, and 3 shots of sour mix.

Shake.

IC-1600pxStrain into margarita glasses. Retire to the porch with snacks. Susannah served black bean and roasted sweet potato nachos in IMPULSE CONTROL. Maybe I’ll have to make that next!

*I promise I’ll whip up a batch as soon as I get home just to test the recipe. 😉

** All set! And I created a NEW drink. The Lemon Balm-arita! Lemon balm is pretty, but it will spread all over the yard. You might want to keep it contained if you decide to grow some. It’s a lovely garnish for a summer beverage!IMG_2700

IMPULSE CONTROL release day!

IC-1600pxI am thrilled to introduce IMPULSE CONTROL, Book One of the Men Of The Zodiac Series for Entangled Indulgence! The hero is an Aries…just like me. I jumped at the chance to write my sign, and I gave him all of the best and worst traits of the first sign of the Zodiac. He’s confident, courageous, passionate, loyal…and impulsive, stubborn, foolhardy, and daredevil. I hope readers love Russ Donovan, aka the Wild Man, as much as I do! IMPULSE CONTROL is available  for .99 this week only at AMAZONBARNES & NOBLEKOBO, GOOGLEiBOOKS, and more!

Since I was losing my mind planning my oldest daughter’s bat mitzvah, I hired Barclay Publicity to help me with a book blitz. I’m excited to be appearing on dozens of blogs this week, a different post every day, complete with Aries horoscope, excerpt, and even a cooking video starring my husband toward the end of the week. Follow the tour and enter to win daily giveaways and the grand prize: the entire Men Of The Zodiac Series, one e-book every month as each title releases!

CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway.

Here’s the blurb:

Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there’s no way she’ll be able to hack it…

Susannah is tougher than she looks. She’s had to fight her way through life, and there’s no way she’ll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she’s run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules…

Grab IMPULSE CONTROL this week while it’s .99 to enjoy the sexy rivalry between “Susie Homemaker” and the “Wild Man” from AMAZONBARNES & NOBLEKOBO, GOOGLEiBOOKS, and more!

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