Blue Apron First Look

Because I hate to shop, I decided to try #blueapron. For those who don’t know, the service delivers all the ingredients you need to make reasonably healthy meals each week, for about $10/serving. (Sadly, the company is in the very lazy 2015 method of explaining itself via videos instead of, yanno, words. If you want to learn more, visit the site.) I received my first delivery last week.

You’re advised to start with the seafood dishes, so I started with Rice Flake-Crusted Hake. I’ve never had hake before, but I really enjoyed the taste of this meal. That being said, I felt that there was wayyy too much daikon radish and since I don’t like mushrooms, the dish was wasted on me. While I enjoyed the overall meal, I wouldn’t want to make it again. 3 stars20150521_215112

Last night, I wasn’t terribly hungry and decided to save what I thought would be the most promising dish for last (beef tenderloin). I ended up making Turkey Kibbeh. I had my doubts about this on folks. It has barley in it. Barley! (Who, but granola crunchers, eats barley? Just saying.) Anyway, I put the whole thing together, dished out a small portion and started eating. Before I was done with that plate, I got up and dished out more. SO. INCREDIBLY. GOOD.  This morning, my house has the aroma of last night’s meal lingering and it’s a very good smell. So good that I’m probably going to go get some leftovers in a minute. I really enjoyed this one and hope I get the ingredients for it again. 5 stars

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So, overall I like the Blue Apron service so far. Drawbacks? This isn’t for the novice cook. The two dishes so far required reasonable kitchen skills. Also, there’s no option for choosing which dish you want. You either get the entire delivery or none at all. I really dislike this as I’m a picky eater and also have weird food allergies. That being said, being forced to get the entire menu for the week forces me to branch out. I’ve never had hake before (and would try this particular fish again), nor have I had kibbeh, which you saw I loved.

I’ll continue to get meals and report back, but I do believe this is going to be the start of a very beautiful relationship.

Saturday Status: April 25, 2015

What I’m Doing:

I turned in the final manuscript of my werewolf series to my editor this past week. The first book has a name, TAMING HER WOLF, and the series is called FIRE CREEK SHIFTERS. I also have a cover! Can’t wait to show it to you. I sent my editor a revised synopsis a few days later and in rewriting it, boy howdy did I see how much the book changed from what I’d pitched to what I’d actually written.

I should have turned around and immediately started working on the third in the VAMPIRE HUNGER series, but I’m pooped! I worked hard on Taming Her Wolf and need a few days to recoup. Then I’ll start on HUNGER UNTAMED. Promise.

That being said, I’ve already started writing my hospital serial and I need to light a match under my butt about that one too. I’m attending a reader event next month and would like to be able to have the first book ready in time for it. We’ll see.

What I’m Reading:

I went on an R. Lee Smith binge and read not only Heat, but also Cottonwood. What I absolutely love about her books are how they don’t even come close to being the traditional romance. Heat, for example, is EXTREMELY violent with graphic depictions of rape and murder right smack dab in the middle of two polar opposite romances. The hero is given a heroine and so is the bad guy!

Favorite Tweet of the Week:

@SashaDevlin is a hoot. A HOOT. If you’re not following her yet, you’re missing out.

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What Else is New:

I’m buying a house! So, in between plotting and writing, I’m saving ideas for the kitchen and bathroom renovations that’ll be happening. To see what I like, come find me on Pinterest.

What else is new with you? Holla in the comments

New Release: Fairy Tale Retelling Boxed Set

Once Upon A Fairy Tale includes 11 authors with 11 fantastic fairy tale retellings. Only $0.99 for a limited time.

I don’t know how long the set will be available, so snag your copy now. My story, a slight spin on Cinderella, involves a fashionista who meets a young man who disappears at midnight.

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Fairy-Danielle-Monsch-ebook/dp/B00TDMW3B0

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121188612?ean=2940150272323

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id965941401

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Six Sentence Sunday

Working on Fire Creek Wolves, Book 1 (Untitled) and I’m behind schedule! Ack! Deadline for this one is going to be tight as I’m still learning my hero and heroine. But at least I have a good idea of what Chris “Brick” Preston looks like. Although he doesn’t have a beard, like the guy in this link, this is a damned good representation.

Click here for Brick on Pinterest.

He lowered his face toward hers again, capturing anything else she might have said. The magic rushed back in, inciting his passion and hunger. His teeth gently nipped at the plump fullness of her lips, a moan her reply. Kim twisted toward him, her hand pushing into his hair and bringing them closer.

He tasted the night and the moon and her magic. Like nothing before he’d ever experienced.

Whew! That’s one hell of a kiss.

Keep an eye on my blog for more in the coming months.

Saturday Status: January 17, 2015

What I’m doing:

I just turned in a fairy tale retelling for a boxed set a couple days ago. The high level concept for it would be, “Cinderella meets The Devil Wears Prada.” The set will release early next month. More news as it becomes available. (On that note, make sure to sign up for my new release newsletter when you want to know about my releases: http://eepurl.com/VxJwT )

I’m currently writing Fire Creek Wolves, Book 1 (still no title on it–but that’s nothing new to my process. lol) 16K words into it and the heroine finally reveals her backstory. :/

I’ve also started writing the first chapter to a hospital-based serial that I hope to publish sometime in mid/late March.

What I’m reading:

Besides the six RITA entries I’ve received, I’m simultaneously reading Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe (super cute story so far!), Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole, and Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin.

Favorite tweet of the week:

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Alright, that’s a wrap for me. What are you up to?

Saturday Status – November 29, 2014

What I’m doing

So…guess who’s sitting on a contract for two books? Yup! That’d be me! Carina Press has offered a contract for the third book in the Hunger series and the first book in a trilogy entitled Fire Creek Wolves. I’m still tweaking and working on the actual story for the first book, but expect it to be released in August 2015. The Hunger book won’t release until March 2016. Seems like so far away, but it’ll be here before you know it!

Aaaaand… if you didn’t know it, my book Brush Strokes is now part of an 8-author bundle that you can get for $0.99. If you still haven’t gotten it (I can’t imagine why not), then now’s the time to try it out along with 7 other very talented authors.

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Aaaaaaand…. I’m going to be a part of another bundle in February that I’m keeping a secret for now. Let’s just say that the theme is one of my all-time favorites. Be on the look out for it! In fact, I’m spending this long holiday weekend working on getting the story finalized (or at least close to it).

Favorite Tweet of the Week

It’s been a sad, sad week on Twitter. So much so that I had to turn it off for hours at a time. Anyway, this is unrelated to politics and the state of race relations in the US and made me laugh…
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Favorite Video of the Week

Can I tell you how much this video inspired me? INSPIRED. I’ve been a dancing fool since I first saw it.

What I’m Thankful For

There aren’t enough words to convey how very thankful I am for the life I have been so very blessed to live. Even with the ups and downs, the sad days and the disappointments, I couldn’t have asked for much more. I’m very, very grateful for my family and friends and for readers who stick by me.

I so very hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season and have found what you’re thankful for in your life.

Love y’all.

What To Read After 50SoG: The Gemstone Collection

Look where you can get a copy of my steamy novella, Brush Strokes, on the cheap! Not only is my story available, but an additional 10 stories by some amazing authors, all for only $0.99. What the what? 😛 Go! Go!

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#TeamRomance

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Saturday Status- September 27, 2014

What I’m doing now:

I’m roughly 28K words into my 95K words sequel (which *gasp* has a title!). I’m still learning my heroine who is unsure of herself too, which doesn’t make the writing any easier. But I persevere.

I’m also plotting a fairy tale retelling of Red Riding Hood, although that’s going SUPER slowly. I read Frozen by Meljean Brook recently (go read. seriously good and suspenseful) and elements of that keep trying to insert themselves into it. I spend my time unwinding them… The struggle is real.

What I’m reading:

Just finished reading Dark Desires After Dark by Kresley Cole. Yes, I’m still on a KC fix. Just mindyo or join in.

Also, my friend Yolanda Sfetsos has a freebie out that I’m about to crack open. Go find A Patch of Darkness at your favorite e-tailer and let me know what you think.

A tweet I recently favorited:

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Lastly:

I’ve taken down my Ellora’s Cave books from my web site. I will continue to support promo efforts for those books with actions such as forwarding reviews, tweets or Facebook posts about them. However, the publisher appears to be in a death spiral, sucking down authors and bloggers with them. I’d rather not be a part of that mess, thank you. Besides, I’ve got lots of other books for you to glom.

What’s going on with you?

Six Sentence Sunday

Hunger XXX, book 3 in my Vampire Hunger series, is well under way. I’ve crossed the 20,000 words mark this morning. Hopefully, in a few months it’ll be complete.

Today’s inspiration can be found on Pinterest. He’d probably make a good Victor, don’t you think? (Hell, YEAH, he would!)

The slave whirled to face him.

And for the first time, Victor paid attention to what she was wearing. Really paid attention.

Hell, he’d already known she was beautiful, a flawless and priceless jewel. But the dress outlined her body in a very perfect way.

Victor swallowed hard.

I think I’ve only been waiting two weeks to hear back from my editor about this one. Keep your fingers crossed she wants it!

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