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Monday, April 6, 2015

Kermit Flail Monday-- April!



Hey all! I hope you had a lovely spring break, equinox, Oestre, Easter or sleepy Sunday-- I know mine was pretty busy, and pretty damned awesome.  

But boy, will I be glad to get back to work!

Anyway-- today is *kermit flail* And we have some SWEET reads!  We're gonna start with our guests today, the sweet and adorable K-Lee Klein and the kind and funny C. Kennedy (which is the YA pen name of Cody Kennedy, who rocks SO hard!) Both of them have new releases, and they look amazing!

Let's give both folks a fantastic, warm, enthusiastic HUZZAH!  And welcome back folks to *Kermit flail* Monday!  YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!




Love Between Peace & War.
by K-Lee Klein

Philip Dunlop grew up in a traditional family with a strict former-military father and a full-time homemaker mother. Now he’s graduated from the Air Force Academy with a promising military career ahead of him. 

Dusty Baxter’s upbringing was far more unconventional, with a free-spirited single mother who encouraged Dusty to follow his heart and forge his own path in life. So he does, wearing his hair long, writing songs of peace, and going with the flow in a world at odds with itself. 

In spite of their different backgrounds, Phillip and Dusty formed a firm bond of friendship as kids, a friendship that inevitably grew into love as they, and their relationship, matured. Now, Phillip’s family wants him to focus on his military career and settle down with a nice girl. They’ve known Dusty forever, but he’s still the very definition of everything they think is wrong with the turbulent world of 1970. As Phillip’s friend, Dusty’s politely tolerated. But if the truth of Dusty and Phillip’s relationship comes to light, the revelation just might be the wedge that tears apart not only Phillip’s family, but Phillip and Dusty as well. 

In a time of war-mongering and peace signs, can best friends find enough common ground to save their love and move forward together into the future?



Slaying Isidore's Dragons

by C. Kennedy

Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing. 

Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

(This is a Harmony Ink YA Title)




Okay-- so those were pretty amazing, right?

But we're hitting April, and April is the month of Tales of the Curious Cookbook, the e-book collection/paperback anthology from Dreamspinner Press, so there's way more.  

Isn't it pretty?

I love the banner (RJ Scott's idea!) and the cover art, and the stories!  All of the tasty, delicious story confections we put out with love. We were just so happy to work together!  

Now, I'll have some blog tour stops this week, and I'll be sure to post them as they come up, but in the meantime-- hello, Tales of the Curious Cookbook!  YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!


*Note-- the first two titles here are up on amazon.com for sales, and that's the link I included. The other three will be up on amazon for presales about a week before their release date. I included their DSP link, so you can pre-buy them there :-)


For a Rainy Afternoon - RJ Scott - April 1

Robbie MacIntyre runs a small Post Office made from a converted Station House in a village northwest of London. He is stunned when a close friend leaves him the property as an inheritance after her death.

She owned the shop and has left everything to him. Not only that but she has left the place she lived, Apple Tree Cottage, to an American - a stranger who has recently moved to Barton Hartshourn.

The sealed box that they inherit includes several rare first editions and a cookery book. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense... and a love story that began seventy years ago is finally uncovered.



Food for Thought - Amy Lane - April 8

Emmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly two years later, Emmett can't seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family or his snarky neighbor who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat.

Emmett needs clarity.

Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued.  After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan Malloy, his neighbor, decide to make the recipe “For Clarity” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett's girlfriend.  Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.





Lost Along the Way - Marie Sexton - April 15

Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess.

Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He's been friends with Daniel's parents for years, and he's more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.



Cookies for Courting - Amber Kell - April 22

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.





Just Desserts - Mary Calmes - April 29

Boone Walton has tried hard to create some distance between himself and his past. He's invested in his new life, his New Orleans art gallery, and in his friendship with Scott Wren. Things finally seem to be settling down to normal, and Boone couldn’t be happier.

Chef Scott Wren wants much more than normal with Boone. He wants to raise things to the next level, but Boone is terrified—and not because of the ghost in Scott’s apartment or Scott’s relatives. No, Boone's past is about to pay him a visit, and the only thing that can get between Boone, Scott, and a hinky recipe for chocolate mousse found in a curious cookbook is the river of pain Boone had to swim to get to this side of The Big Easy. There’s a secret behind the ingredients, though—one that might reveal the trust and love that have been missing from Boone’s life.


And all of those were the e-books-- this is the paperback collection :-)














Description:
It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again. 




So there you go-- this month's *Kermit Flail*!  I hope everyone enjoys!  I'll be sure to post the blog tour stops-- I hope folks enjoy the articles. If you really wanna see something funny, watch me talk about the one thing I know the least about but am forced to do the most often: cook.  

Chow! I mean Ciao! 

3 comments:

C Kennedy said...

Thank you for hosting me today, Amy! You are the best!!!

Deeze said...

One day closer, my postman better be careful when delivering too lol.

Jaycee Edward said...

So much love for Cody - can't wait to read Slaying Isadore's Dragons. And the covers for the cooking series...phenomenal! I'm such a cover junkie! I love a great cover!