Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Readers' Choice Award Results

Evernight Book of the Year 

Winner: Broken Bastard by Sam Crescent and Stacey Espino 

Runner Up: A Fighter's Love by Lily Harlem

Favorite Evernight Author 

Winner: Sam Crescent 

Runner Up: Ravenna Tate 

Best Evernight Series 

Winner: Tie: Beyond the Veil Series by Elena Kincaid, Maia Dylan, Sarah Marsh & Sons of Outlaws by James Cox

Runner Up: Assassins Triology by Serenity Snow 

Best Evernight Cover 

Winner: Beg for Mercy by Angelique Voisen 

Runner Up: Justice For Violet by Maia Dylan 

Best in Category: Romance on the Go line 

Winner: Thrown to the Wolves by Naomi Clark

Runner Up: Beauty and the Gargoyle by Tamsin Baker 

Best in Category: Mainstream 

Winner: Rising from the Ashes by Charity West

Runner Up: Kiss of Death by Annie Harland Creek

Best in Category: BDSM 

Winner: Claiming His Human by Doris O'Connor

Runner Up: Paddled by the Teacher by Ravenna Tate 

Best in Category: Contemporary

Winner: A Fighter's Love by Lily Harlem

Runner Up: Woman as a Foreign Language by Katherine Wyvern 

Best in Category: Dark Romance 

Winner: Lawless Anthology

Runner Up: Break Me by Elyzabeth M. VaLey 

Best in Category: Fantasy

Winner: Fatal Truths by April Zyon

Runner Up: Viktor by Sarah Marsh 

Best in Category: Gay 

Winner: Tie: Lawless: Manlove Edition &
All That Shatters by James Cox

Runner Up: Coywolf by Gale Stanley

Best in Category: Interracial 

Winner: A Different Kind of Therapy by Charlotte Howard 

Runner Up: Anywhere but Here by Remmy Duchene

Best in Category: Lesbian 

Winner: Burning for an Assassin by Serenity Snow 

Runner Up: Imperial Demons by Naomi Clark

Best in Category: May/December 

Winner: Her Dangerous Mistake by Erin M. Leaf

Runner Up: Winning the Campaign Manager by Lucy Felthouse 

Best in Category: MC Romance 

Winner: Tannin's Thunderbolt by Ravenna Tate 

Runner Up: Reign Over Me by Gwendolyn Casey 

Best in Category: Menage 

Winner: Bound to Two by Winter Sloane

Runner Up: Crossing the Line by Jen Katemi 

Best in Category: New Adult 

Winner: Dirty by Rose Wulf 

Runner Up: Rock My Body by Lee Piper 

Best in Category: Paranormal 

Winner: The King's Mate by Lexie Davis 

Runner Up: My Soul to Give by Magali A. Flechette

Best in Category: Rubenesque 

Winner: The Nanny and the Playboy by Sam Crescent

Runner Up: Stirring Up Glory by Kacey Hammell 

Best in Category: Sci-Fi

Winner: Transcending Fire by Casey Moss 

Runner Up: Subject 26-A by Scarlett J. Rose 

Best in Category: Suspense 

Winner: Rush by C.E. Vescio

Runner Up: Everything I've Dreamed Of by Norah Bennett 

Best Evernight Teen Book 

Winner: The Vestige by Caroline George 

Runner Up: Color Me Gray by Rose Phillips 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Boxing Day Snow Fudge from Katherine Wyvern

Evernight authors are sharing their recipes all month long! You'll love this sweet Boxing Day treat from Woman as a Foreign Language author Katherine Wyvern. Don't miss this Editor's Pick! 

"Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book is amazingly beautiful. The prose is gorgeous, the characters are uniquely memorably, and their relationship is perfectly rendered." 
~ 5 Star Reader Review

Katy’s Snow Fudge

With all the delicious holiday things we have in my home region, Emilia, in Italy, it may seem strange that my own favorite Christmas recipe is  the very un-Italian Fudge, but there you go. . I have awesome memories of the women in my family spending days around the kitchen table making cappelletti and anolini, and much as I admire their industriousness, I just don’t have the time! I discovered Fudge in Toronto in 2012 and became addicted. My fudge takes very little time to make and a night to set.

This is a recipe for a large amount because I make a bit for all our friends. Divide as necessary for smaller batches.

Sugared condensed milk 3 kg
Bitter dark chocolate (bitter, it’s important) 2 kg
White chocolate 1 kg
Shelled hazelnuts 500 g
Grated coconut
Greaseproof baking paper, or a small piece of butter.

Toast the hazelnuts in a pan over the fire, until they are crispy and they taste nice and grilled. Chop them roughly with a large knife and set aside.

Line the bottom and sides of a large baking tin with baking paper, or rub it with butter. For a very large batch like this, it may be a good idea to prepare two tins!

Put 2 kg of condensed milk in a pot over a low fire and break all of the dark chocolate in it. Let the chocolate melt, stirring with a wooden spoon. When all the pieces are melted, mix in the chopped hazelnuts and stir thoroughly.

Then pour the chocolate mix in the tin(s) and spread in a 2-3 cm thick layer.

Have a helper clean the pot with a spoon (or finger), and then give it a wash while the brown layer begins to set. This layer should be rather bitter, because the top layer is very, very sweet!
Put the pot back on the fire for the snowy layer, 1kg of condensed milk and 1 kg of white chocolate, broken up.

As soon as it is all melted pour it over the brown chocolate layer and spread it out evenly.

Sprinkle grated coconut over all and leave in a cool room to set. You can also put it in the fridge, but it becomes very hard to cut.

The next day, cut it into stripes as wide as it is thick, and then in little cubes.

Pack it nicely for gifts, or just enjoy.

What do you do when the woman you want to be … is a man?
Nina’s abusive childhood left her feeling so vulnerable when wearing anything flimsier than combat boots that she has spent her whole adult life dressed like a gang boy. But when she meets the tall, glamourous, charismatic Julia (actually her cross-dressing neighbor, Julian, going out en femme), Nina is seized by an overwhelming and terrifying urge to finally express her own femininity.
Julia/n has not only a slightly split personality but also a thoroughly broken heart. What s/he wants most is a partner who will love both Julia and Julian. While Nina learns from Julia how to be a woman, Julian discovers that they might well be made for each other, but it will take a struggle against prejudice and a whole conservative mind-set before they can follow their hearts, and express their true, unique, and beautiful selves.
Be Warned: LGBTQ, Gender-Queer

Buy Woman as a Foreign Language here: Evernight Publishing | Amazon 

Author bio:

Katherine is a gipsy soul who lived in Italy, Norway, Germany, France and Spain but mostly in some private universe of her own. She still lives a nomad's life between Dordogne and Catalonia, with a tipi as a home and her boots and a horse as only means of transport.

She's worked as a printer, a welder and a gardener, and been writing since she can remember, mostly poetry, fantasy and erotica, sometimes mixed together in weird ways.

Nowadays, when not busy with walking, horse-whispering or dream-weaving, she is usually painting, embroidering or working her backbone off in the pastures. Blog

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas morning Hash Brown Casserole by T. Lee Garland

Evernight authors are cooking and sharing recipes all month long. Author T. Lee Garland has the perfect Christmas breakfast and the perfect book for your holiday break!

Christmas morning at my house is all about a large southern family breakfast. We love this easy hash brown casserole that can be assembled the night before and pulled from the fridge and placed in the oven to cook while we open our presents.

Christmas morning Hash Brown Casserole

2 pounds of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

1/2 Cup soft butter

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 Cup sour cream

1 can Cream of Chicken soup

2 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray or butter a 9 x 13 pan.
Stir butter sour cream and soup until well mixed before adding remaining ingredients.
Mix all together and pour in sprayed/buttered pan.
Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
Will feed 8-10.


Lily is on her first assignment as a reporter. She's also a cougar shifter. Her job is to infiltrate a cult run by a mad man. When she witnesses the murder of two followers she runs for her life to her older brother. Ben is a special-ops soldier, who is determined to protect his sister, but his wife is expecting their first child and he fears he can’t give Lily the security she needs. So he drives her to his former CO and asks Max to protect his sister.

Max is a cougar and a loner and he likes it that way. He lives on top of a mountain in a cabin away from those who would be horrified by his scars. He takes one look at Lily and knows she is meant to be his mate. But first he has to protect her from those who want her as their own.

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Author bio:

One of my first memories as a child is my beloved Uncle Roy giving me a Little Golden book for my Birthday. That's all it took, I was hooked on reading. I read my first romance book at seventeen and I have never looked back. I love a character with a sense of humor and a bad boy who doesn't know how good he really is. As a matter of fact I married one! I love writing strong female characters who know what they want and aren't afraid to go after it. I enjoy getting to share the characters in my head with others. I aspire to write bad boys as well as Anne Stuart, whose Ice Series is one of my all-time favorites.

I'm a widow now and I share my Tennessee home with a hundred Barbies, countless books and movies, a rescued beagle named Samwise Gamgee (Sammie for short) and a plump, elderly cat named Coco. I am most proud of my two sons and the beautiful, talented ladies they married.

And in case you were wondering about that Little Golden book it is still one of my most priceless treasures...forty-seven years later.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Skulls MC Giveaway & Recipe from Sam Crescent

Attention Skulls MC fans: 
You don't want to miss this GIVEAWAY!

Become an honorary member of The Skulls MC with this cool silver skulls necklace. Just in time for the holidays, you can give it to your favorite Skulls fan...or keep it for yourself!

How to win?
Tell us which member of the Skulls MC you love and why. Are you new to the Skulls MC? Tell us which book you'd like to read. Don't forget to include your email address in your comment.

US Only for necklace (Int'l will win an Amazon GC of the same value). 
Contest ends 12/31.

Find all the books in The Skulls MC series here

The treats are not over! All Sam Crescent fans know how much she loves to bake. Sam shares one of her favorite pastry recipes with us. Take it away, Sam...

            I only ever make these for Christmas, and the moment I do, my family knows Christmas is coming. I never have enough for leftovers, and they never last long enough at all.


Choux Pastry:
300mls Water
100g Butter
130g Flour
4 large eggs, beaten

500mls double/ heavy cream
4tsp vanilla sugar
2tsp vanilla

300g Icing sugar
50g Cocoa (good cocoa)
2-4tbsp Hot water

Choux pastry:
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 (degrees Celsius). Melt the butter and water together, and bring to a boil. The moment it boils, take it off the heat, and add in the flour, mixing really well so no lumps remain, and it clears the side of the bowl.
  2. Now I let this sit to cool just a little so the eggs don’t scramble. You want it still warm, and start adding the eggs, mixing really well so that no egg remains, then add some more. I tend to do this in 3 or 4 batches until all my beaten egg is gone and mixed together.
  3. I use a small ice-cream scoop, and dollop out heaping mounds on a mixture on a baking sheet covered with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle some water (I do this by dipping my fingers into water, and flicking water onto the sheet) onto your baking sheets, and place them in the oven for 10-15 mins. This varies depending on your oven, and how fierce your oven is. Half way through I rotate the sheet, and finish cooking. When they’re all poofy and beautiful golden domes, I then turn them and place them in the oven for another minute.
  4. Once they’re done, place on a cooling rack to completely cook down.
  1. Place double/ heavy cream, vanilla sugar, and vanilla into a bowl, and whisk until you get peaks. Place into a piping back. Note: I used to use a nozzle, but have found it too fiddly, now I snip off the end of the piping bag, and found this worked a lot better.
1.     Take a cake skewer and make a whole in each of the profiteroles. I find this easier to push the piping bag in, and squeeze out the cream.
2.     Once each has a whole, fill with the cream, and place back onto the cooling rack.

1.     Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, add boiling water, and stir. I do this slowly as too much boiling water will make this too wet, and not enough will make it stiff. When it’s spreadable, that’s when it’s ready. Think of it like Nutella. 😊
2.     Now take your filled profiteroles, and spread the topping on, and place onto a pretty plate. Once they’re all done, you can sprinkle with icing sugar, and serve immediately, or place in the fridge (if you don’t have people ready to dive in), and serve after dinner, or just to snack on.