25 October 2008

5 star review for Love on a Harley

Love on a Harley:
A Romance Anthology

Deborah MacGillivray Rebecca Andrews, Debi Farr, Billie Warren Chai, Patricia Frank, Diane Davis White

Secrets and Lies by Rebecca Andrews

Ella Peterson’s brother is being blackmailed, so he calls in a favor to an old friend to protect his sister. When Wess McKade shows up on his Harley all the old memories she had long tucked away came flooding back. Wess thought Ella looked better than ever, but he needed to not mix business with pleasure; the moment she was seated behind him on his Harley, all that changed. A ten year secret is about to be revealed, and Wess must do everything in his power to keep this nerd to knockout, winner of his heart safe. He must also tell her the reason he left 10 years ago without so much as a goodbye.

Leader of the Pack by Debi Farr

Charlie Fox was all decked out in her hooker gear when she had a flat tire. Falling down in a ditch was mortifying enough, let alone having a sexy cop help her out and flirt with her the whole time. Charlie was on her way to a “Come-As-You-Aren’t” party, and she was definitely not the hooker type. Derek Eiken was dressed as a cop, on his way to the same party when he found Charlie in the ditch, trying to explain that he was really not a police officer, he figured he might as well let her figure things out the hard way. Charlie wasn’t a big fan of motorcycle riders after one killed her dog Max, hopefully her feelings would change once she climbed on the back of one with Derek.

Hitting Paydirt by Billie Warren Chai

MaryVictoria Abbot was a beauty, she was strong, dependable and an oil driller. Covered from head to toe with mud, she was late for her brothers wedding rehearsal and really had no plans of leaving the job site… that is until the Major showed up. Craig Ferguson had eyes for MaryVic for years but with an over protective brother, he never acted upon his feelings. The night she stepped out of her room in a micro mini and lace-up heels, he couldn’t hold back those feelings any longer. Craig would forever protect MaryVic, but when someone kidnaps her, he is out of his mind with anger and grief. a love that had never let itself be known is now stronger than ever… he must now find a way to break it to MaryVic’s overprotective brother, and his best friend. Wedding anyone?

Teaching Love by Patricia Frank

Jennifer Marlowe was on her way home from some much needed skiing when she hit a patch of black ice throwing her car off the road. To her rescue came a man on a chrome beast, she wasn’t so sure of either, the man or his ride… she really had no choice. Trust was an issue for her, Jen’s husband had been dead for about 3 years and she still blamed herself, although the more time she spent with her rescuer, Tree Surgeon Dan Giovanni she thought of her late husband less and less. Dan Giovanni also had a heartbreaking past, leaving him afraid to become too close to Jen. one day he abruptly leaves because there are things he must sort out. Jen is hurt, angry, and understanding, when he walks back in her life, she will help him heal the best way she knows how… with love and he’ll give her something a little different as an engagement gift.

The Man Rides A Harley by Diane Davis White

Susannah Davis could kill her twin sister for talking her into riding on a Harley in the parade with a man she doesn’t even know, especially one that is so rude to her! After a little accident Duke Mansfield, none to nicely takes her to his mother’s home so that she can change before he takes her home. He has not been the most gracious host, but he feels such a connection to this timid little mouse that has been accused of embezzlement. Duke knows Susannah’s situation and will get her out of this mess, being a roughneck biker has its advantages but he is much more than that. Susannah finds out that Duke blames himself for his sisters death and that is the reason for his attitude, I mean he isn’t even her type. The first kiss will surely not be the last, and hopefully her new lawyer has more brains than the brawn he has shown her since they first met.

Bad to the Bone by Deborah MacGillivray

After 20 years, Gabriel Sinclair returns back to his childhood home, he’s not sure why Kentucky beckons him but he is soon to find out. The girl he secretly loved as a child is no longer in town, but he finds a way to make her come home again… by buying her old house. Jocelyn Bouchard was always attracted to Gabriel, but her grandmother said he was white trash and warned her to stay away. Wanting to please the Bouchard woman she complied and regretted every moment. Gabriel is now back in her life as a potential buyer for the home she can’t keep up, but he wants more than just to show her how far he’s come in life. He wants her heart. A night of tornado’s, a cramped cellar, and a searing kiss sparks up the hidden old flame. The Windmill restaurant’s Wurlitzer is kicking up some music, and Gabriel shows Jocelyn what she’s been missing out in all of these years. Gabriel is still the Angel of Sin that he was in high school, he even has the same motorcycle, Jocelyn is still afraid to throw caution to the wind but she’s about to learn what it’s like to let loose for once.

Love on a Harley, is an amazing romantic anthology featuring six amazing stories by six very talented ladies. Each story was heart warming, tear jerking, and so perfect. I got tied to each one wanting them to continue on forever. Lost love, rekindling love, and learning to love are all expressed within these pages beautifully. I couldn’t ask for a better romance anthology, each author brings that sensual, longing sort of love that every woman dreams of.
Great job ladies! 5 Hearts - Crystal Reviews

17 October 2008

Pumpkin Cookies!

Pumpkin Cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar.

Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze:

Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

10 October 2008

A lovely autumn treat

When it's still warm...there is nothing like it on an autumn evening.

Scottish Gingerbread

Makes 1 - 9 x 13 inch cake


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 cup beer
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup diced candied orange peel
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds


Stir together the flours, spices, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar and molasses. Beat in the eggs, then the beer. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.

Stir in the raisins, orange peel, and almonds.

Turn the batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until done.

Transfer to a rack to cool.

08 October 2008

How to make a homemade ghost for your tree.

What you need :

  • an old sheet

  • an old basketball, soccer ball or beach ball (not to big)

  • a broomstick handle or stick about four foot long

  • string

This is a cheep outside decoration, and quickly made. You take the sheet and make a very small pinpoint hole at the very center. Then take a small size ball (about the size of your head works best). An old one that isn't inflated hard. Wrap string around it in several directions and tie it so the ball is in a "net."

Take a second piece of string and attach one end to the top of the ball's "net". Tie it securely. Run the other end through the hole in the sheet (this you will
hang from a tree limb).

Taking the broom handle or stick, slide that through the netting under the bottom of the ball, so the "ghost" will have shoulders.

Tie in a tree high enough so it gets wind. This is a simple cheat decoration
that can really spook people!!

~ Deborah Macgillivray

Romance Junkies Halloween Contest!

Prizes: A copy of
1) Autographed copy Riding the Thunder
2) Autographed copyThe Invasion of Falgannon Isle,
3) A CD of Mike Duncan's songs featured in Riding the Thunder
and a
4) Bottle of After The Rain, a Scottish Perfume

07 October 2008

Reasons your husband won't want you reading Riding the Thunder

Best Single Title Romance Beacon Award Winner 2008

Top 10 reasons your husband wouldn't want you to read

Riding the Thunder

10. He will catch you doing "The Monster Mash"

9. He will get ticked when you carp, "Jago doesn't have to suck in his tum."

8. You will have a craving to go to a Drive-in and make-out (do you know how few Drive-Ins are left?)

7. You scare the beejesus out of him playing "Fire!" by Crazy Would of Arthur Brown at full volume

6. He comes home to find you purchased a Wurlitzer and have stocked it with songs from 1960s

5. You will suddenly start sentences with "Y'all", or saying "Sure thing, Sugar."

4 You get ready to go out for a night on the town and he finds you dressed like Elvira

3. You stalled calling him "Ooo-it"

2. You will have this crying need to tell Laurie I love her!!!!!!

And the number one reason he won't want you to read Riding the Thunder??

1. You will wake him up in the middle of the night, demanding in a passion gasp that he teach you how to "Count" to fifteen!!!!!!!!

(again, thanks to author Rowena Cherry for the idea - you rock, Rowena!)

05 October 2008

Top 10 Reasons Your Husband Won't Want You To Read The Invasion of Falgannon Isle

Top 10 Reasons your husband will not want you to read The Invasion of Falgannon Isle

10. You will want him to wear a kilt!

9. You will want to book a trip to the remote parts of Scotland (and want him to wear a kilt!)

8. You will suddenly start serving short bread cookies when he asks for biscuits!

7. You suddenly start saying "Och" a lot!

6. You want him to wear leather pants (when he is not wearing a kilt!)

5. You will start teaching the cat how to play poker

4. You will want him to waltz with you (leather pants or kilt is not optional)

3. You will start tilting you head to "What is Love" like the Roxbury Boys

2. You will want to quit your jobs, sell your house, buy him leather pants and a kilt, and move to a wee isle in Scotland

and the number one reason your husband will not want you to read The Invasion of Falgannon Isle...

1. You will be laughing your head off and he won't know why!!!!!!!!!!!