Men of New York, Book 1
by L.J. Harris
At the tender age of twenty-one, Kade Hutchins is at a crossroads, having endured enough hardship to last a thousand lifetimes. With money tight and career at a standstill, he's running out of time and options. The day he applies for a job that isn't exactly in his field of expertise and meets his new boss, Mr. Preston, is the day his fate is changed irrecoverably.
Luke Preston is the kind of man others envy. Rich, successful and unattached, his no-nonsense, ‘take no prisoners attitude’ has made him one of the highest profile litigators in Manhattan. He’s also a man with secrets. Secrets he wants kept under wraps since tragedy rocked his privileged existence to the core. When Kade, a man some fifteen years his junior steps foot inside his office, Luke wonders if his heart will survive.
L. J. HARRIS is a mother, wife, an introvert and author. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second is her writing.
She discovered a passion for putting pen to paper in her later years, jotting down poems in birthday cards for family members.
It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she's been unable to switch off the urge to share her stories.
L.J. Harris discovered that as much as experiencing pain, loss and betrayal can be devastating, capturing the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure without firsthand knowledge would have proved difficult.
L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work. She can be found at:
The Juniper Court Series
by Jennifer Theriot
Meet Phillip & Jayne Miller, original homeowners on Juniper Court. He's a successful attorney; she's a flourishing blogger. Head over heels in love and approaching 50, their relationship needs a little jump start. With the Miller's twin girls married and moved away from Sunview, Phillip and Jayne decide it's time to focus on resuscitating their relationship, complete with spicing up their neglected sex life. When competition between the two sets in, it becomes a full out game to see who can one-up the other trying new things. Ah, yes. Life on Juniper Court gets interesting... and sometimes embarrassing. Be careful what you wish for and where you stick your nose. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses--or in this case, the Sullivans can have consequences.
Armed with a box of our favorite cheese danishes, I arrived on my neighbor’s doorstep at precisely seven-thirtyin the morning for our ritual Hump Day Hangout, and rang the doorbell. Nina Sullivan peered through the leaded glass door and smiled, but when she opened it, Max, her mammoth German shepherd, charged out, all but knocking me down. His nose went to my nether regions, and it was all Nina could do to yank his collar and get him to step back while admonishing him.“Max! Stop that.” Her belly gushing laugh did little to get Max to obey. “What the hell is wrong with him? I thought you took him to obedience school? Geez.”
Nina chuckled. “Maybe he smells something he likes down there.”
“Any normal dog would have gone straight for the danish.”
“I never said Max was normal, did I?”
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Welcome to Juniper Court!
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm. She felt something was missing and discovered her passion for writing--mostly at night and on weekends. In her limited spare time Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. Jennifer has three grown children and is also 'MiMi' to four beautiful grandkids - all of whom she adores.
Her best-selling Out of the Box Series, OUT OF THE BOX AWAKENING, OUT OF THE BOX REGIFTED, OUT OF THE BOX EVERLASTING and TOCCATA OBBLIGATO~SERENADING KYRA are currently available on Amazon.com.Website ✯ Twitter ✯ Goodreads ✯ Amazon ✯ Facebook ✯ Authorgraph ✯ Blog ✯ Google+ ✯ YouTube
The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 1
by Liza O'Connor
For some, Amy is an angel incarnate; for others, she is the child of Satan. In her early years, Amy learns the skills of a soldier and discovers she can heal with the touch of her hand. Upon the death of her beloved Uncle John, he stays as a protective ghost to assist the soldiers in their vigilant efforts to keep her safe. Never has a girl arrived at Madam Cousec’s School for Young Ladies with more charm, more friends, or greater protection. She’ll need them all to survive the head girl and set her future in motion.
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
JENNIFER’S HOMEMADE KAHLUA
6 cups water
6 cups sugar
2/3 cup Folger’s instant coffee (I only use Folgers)
6 TBSP PURE Vanilla extract
1.75 litre (1/2 gallon) Vodka (doesn’t have to be a top shelf brand. I’ve always used Taaka)
Combine water, sugar and coffee. Bring to a full boil, then simmer uncovered for a FULL 6 hours.
After 6 hours, remove from heat. Cover and let stand untouched for 48 hours.
After 48 hours, add vanilla and vodka. Stir well and decant in bottles. I ladle some of the Kahlua into a 6 cup Pyrex measuring cup and pour through a little stainless funnel into the bottles. It’s a lot less messy than trying to pour from the measuring cup directly into the bottles.
**NOTE** Decanted, these make wonderful and inexpensive holiday gifts. I use 4-oz Boston round glass bottles which I buy on Amazon.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H71B6UM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
OR, I’ve also used 5-oz hot sauce bottles, also found on Amazon. They come with red or black caps:
Personalize your batch with custom stickers to put on the bottles. I found a gal who does them for me on Etsy. For the 4-oz bottles, you’ll want 2” round or square labels. Here is the shop I order from: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1205328754
So make, decant, label and gift! Be sure and save some for yourself. It’s great in coffee and over ice cream....
With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you my recipe for yummy chicken salad.
After all, who doesn't love chicken salad? After trying many recipes for the stuff, I finally came up with my own concoction. I've been asked for the recipe many times and it's a favorite of guests at my annual ornament exchange.
I hope you'll try it. Be sure and let me know what you think!
I call it Jennifer's Super Duper Chicken Salad, because I'm partial to it ;)
JENNIFER’S SUPER-DUPER CHICKEN SALAD
6 Frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Mrs. Dash, Table Blend seasoning (Use only the Table Blend!)
Mayonnaise (I use Duke’s)
Sour Cream (can be regular or low fat)
Sliced Green onion tops
Decorative lettuce (Like beet greens - see picture)
Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Place chicken breasts in water and add 7 hearty shakes of Mrs. Dash table blend to the water
Once chicken breasts are cooked, drain and finely chop or tear into shreds.
Add 1 TBSP Mrs. Dash Table blend and mix well.
Add equal parts mayo and sour cream to desired consistency
Stir in dried cranberries
Add green onion tops (I use a lot)
**Note** I don’t use salt or pepper because the flavoring from the Mrs. Dash is perfect!
Mix and put in a bowl, then refrigerate.
When ready to serve, line a decorative bowl with greens (I use beet greens at Christmas because they’re pretty in red and green)
Scoop the chicken salad in a round mound and serve with sliced mini croissants or sliced baguette bread.