Cate Reads: Special Edition – Summer Heat

Cate Reads: Special Edition – Summer Heat

For today’s edition of Cate Reads I’m excited to help some author friends promote their Summer Heat Charity Anthology. Read on for more details!

 

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Summer Heat Charity Anthology

by Rachel de la Fuente, A. E. Gamrat, Sonya Jesus, Cam Johns, Linny Lawless, and Sophia Peony

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Benefitting Charity: Global Fund for Women
Genres: Anthology, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Adult
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Purchase From: Amazon

With temperatures rising, the sizzling stories of Summer Heat will have you needing a dip in the pool. We’re turning up the heat and you’re going to be damp in more ways than one.

Second chance romance, star crossed lovers, a sexy vampire, an irresistible bad boy, dark secrets, and then some? There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Grab a cold drink, come get down and dirty, and make this summer extra hot with Summer Heat.

Summer Heat is dedicated to all the strong and sexy women around the world. Yes, you, too! The proceeds of this anthology will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.


Giveaway!

Want to win a copy of Summer Heat? The authors are giving away a copy for every 20 entries.


About the Stories

Fate’s Kiss
by Rachel de la Fuente

When Shawn and Selene meet, they instantly know that they share a connection. But when Selene’s mother declares that vampire royalty doesn’t mate with humans, they’ll have to trust that Fate happens, even if it seems impossible.

Carnival of Love
by A. E. Gamrat

What happens when your crush makes the moves you’ve been dreaming about? Mags is about to find out.

The Dragon’s Chains
by Sonya Jesus

Keenan joined the Dragons to be closer to the woman he loved, Hannah. When the reason for him being there dies, he is left alone and with no way out. Keenan is chained to them forever.

Cuffed
by Cam Johns

Detective Tristan Lyndsey uses his cuffs to control his suspects and subs. Until he meets a woman that causes him to lose that control.

Neon Summer
by Linny Lawless

It was the summer of ’87. Opposites attract when a guitar player and an uptight virgin meet. What follows is a sizzling summer to remember.

Touched
by Sophia Peony

Melonie wants her father’s best friend, and she’s going to make sure she gets what she wants before she leaves for college.


About the Authors

Rachel de la Fuente

Rachel de la Fuente

Rachel de la Fuente (meaning of the fountain) lives in Maryland with the love of her life and two furry children that meow. She’s been writing since elementary school, and telling stories since she could speak. She is an avid fountain pen enthusiast with a bit of an ink problem, and often writes book notes and sections of stories by hand.

Rachel was born and raised in southern California, but spent many summers with family in Mexico. Her parents loved traveling, so she also spent many vacations in various locations, soaking up foreign cultures and sights. She still loves to travel, and is committed to crossing all of the locations off her bucket list.

Rachel is a proud Slytherin, and when not writing, spends much of her free time reading, cross stitching, and watching documentaries.

Author links: Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | BookBub | Amazon | Newsletter Sign-up


A. E. Gamrat

A.E. Gamrat

Growing up writing was second nature that soon become a distant memory. Turning 30 (not saying when) that memory was going to be brought back to life. Lover of all books I try to grab my audience in and never let go. Hoping to get all these thoughts and ideas down for everyone to enjoy, even if it’s a moment or a life time.

This is the new chapter of my life story. Hope everyone enjoys!

Author links: Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Newsletter Sign-up


Sonya Jesus

Sonya Jesus

Sonya’s a science nerd who decided to give into her creative fictional side in order to balance out the non-fictional scientific side of her PhD. She doesn’t have much free time, but she spends it enjoying her family and friends, watching Netflix and playing with her dogs.

Author links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


Cam Johns

Cam Johns

Okay, so I’m not one of those people that woke up one day and decided, “you know what, I think I’ll write a book today.” Who am I kidding, yes I am. However, I came to the decision because my fiancé was struggling with his MS, and sometimes when things that heavy are going on in your life, you need an outlet. So, that’s just what I did.

I started with just writing poems, which turned into short stories, then what do you know…a whole book! Trust me, I’m no genius! But I feel you might enjoy some of the things I decided to put on paper. Some may think, “My goodness she’s got a foul mouth!” Especially anyone that knows me, but what can I say, I must’ve been a sailor in my past life!

My first published book is an erotic romance, full of suspense, based on the life of Karisma Washington. The first of the Arousing Trilogy that, of course, leaves you hanging onto what happens next. Beyond it being a sexy tale of Karisma finding true love unexpectedly, she will also come to find some truth in the murder of her father.

Cam Johns started writing as a way to cope with her fiancé’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Her quiet journey started with poems and short stories which she kept private. It wasn’t until she published her first novel, which turned into the Arousing Series, that she gained enough confidence to continue sharing her works.

Author links: Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Instagram | Twitter


Linny Lawless

Linny Lawless

Linny grew up in Northern Virginia, right outside Washington DC, and has a professional career in sales operations for over 20 years. She’s also spent 13 years riding with her husband on the back of a Harley! Linny loves the feeling of freedom, wildness, and rebellion that comes with it. The biker community can be tribal and primal at times.

Linny has also been a huge book worm since she was a young teen. She reads different genres of books, but the one Linny loves the most is Romance! She self-published her debut novel, “Salvation in Chaos” in January of 2018. Her stories are about scruffy, sexy alpha bikers who belong to a tribe, their club, and the women they fall in love with. They live in a world full of chaos, not unlike reality. But within that chaotic world, they live their lives the best way they can and discover true love.

Author links: Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Goodreads | Instagram | BookBub


Sophia Peony

Sophia Peony

In 6th grade I wanted to be a singer. In high school I wanted to be a lawyer, an astronaut and then a house wife when I thought I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. Then I wanted to be a pilot but found out I was too short to fly. So, I decided to become a photographer. When that didn’t work out, I decided to be a writer.

Author links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Cate Reads: Wedding Edition

Cate Reads: Wedding Edition

My oldest stepson is getting married in a year and that has me in a wedding mood. A wedding is the perfect sort of romantic set-up, don’t you think? Except when it’s not… and those stories in which the wedding goes all wrong (jilted at the altar, runaway brides, bridesmaid knocked up by commitment-phobic best man) are my favorite.

Here without further “I do” (ha ha, see what I did there?) is a list of my recommended wedding-related reads, in no particular order:

The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Part of her Wynette, Texas series, SEP hits is out of the park with this fun, emotional read about a bride (who happens to be the daughter of a former US President) leaving the town’s golden boy at the altar and find adventure and love on the back of a sexy stranger’s motorcycle. Don’t worry about the jilted groom… in fact, you should read his story (which technically comes before this one in the series): Call Me Irresistible.

The Art of Running in High Heels by Rachel Gibson

It’s a runaway bride-hockey romance. Loved the tension between the main characters!

The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

This is one in which the inciting incident (I’m sure you can figure out what that is!) happens at a wedding. So maybe not technically a wedding-themed book, but I really enjoyed this one. It has a not-so-secret baby and everything!

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

It’s nice to read a story where it’s the HERO who needs a date for his ex’s wedding. This won multiple awards and was on several lists of best reads, and for good reason.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Mah-widge. Mah-widge is what bwings us togethah today.” Okay, maybe it’s not a romance, but it’s one of the funniest, sweetest stories ever told. You’ve probably seen the movie (and if you haven’t, WHAT?! Drop what you’re doing and watch it NOW!), which is awesome on its own. But the book has more and Goldman’s sunny, snarky side shines through.

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

I’m not normally one for regency romance, but Janna is such a wonderful writer. It’s a pleasure to get immersed in the world of dukes and ladies and glorious ballgowns.

The Wedding Promise by Melinda Curtis

A chocolate heiress with a penchant for being a runaway bride meets a gorgeous, flawed man. Two fractured souls drawn together to complete each other. Nothing sweeter. Oh, and it has a trio of funny meddling nuns! This is also a very short story, perfect for reading in a waiting room or those precious few moments when the kids give you peace.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

A great kick off to the Reluctant Royals series. It’s a classic trope (prince pretending to be a commoner) with a bit of a twist (the woman he’s after doesn’t know she’s supposed to be betrothed to him). Swoony!

I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre

Another bridesmaid-knocked-up-by-groomsmen premise that I absolutely loved! Your heart will break with Sophie and you’ll want to throttle Jake, until you get to know him and understand his motivations. Then you’ll fall in love with him and his fierce devotion to Sophie.

Love Will Always Remember by Tracey Livesay

The bride-to-be ends up with amnesia after an accident and doesn’t remember anybody, including her fiance. Ah, but there’s a twist… one you’ll have to read to find out!

Add your recommended reads in the comments!

Happy Reading! 

*I do use Amazon affiliate links when linking to my recommendations on Amazon*

Celebrate Pi Day with Nora Ephron’s Key Lime Pie

Here is Nora’s Key Lime Pie taken from her book, Heartburn (1983, Knopf). 

My list of top five favorite movies includes the underrated romantic comedy-drama, Heartburn. It’s Nora Ephron’s adapation of her novel of the same name, which was a thinly disguised adaptation of her marriage with (and subsequent divorce from) Carl Bernstein. (Yes, that Carl Bernstein)

The film, directed by Mike Nichols (who also directed the fabulous The Graduate and Charlie Wilson’s War), stars Meryl Streep as Rachel, a food writer, who marries the philandering political reporter, Mark. She is what we’d call a “foodie” nowadays, and like Ephron in real-life, she is known for her skills in the kitchen. But unlike the novel, the movie doesn’t really highlight her culinary prowess.

I didn’t get any good “action” shots while making the pie. So here’s Meryl Streep making it on screen in “Heartburn”.

And that’s where the novel has an edge over the movie. Because it’s not just a typical novel. Interspersed within the story are Ephron’s own recipes. I have made almost everything she writes about in the book; her linguine a la cecca is a summer staple in my home, and her famous vinaigrette is my go-to recipe when I need a tart, homemade dressing. I keep my copy of the novel with my cookbooks.

But my favorite recipe is her Key Lime Pie. If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ll remember the pie that Rachel throws in Mark’s face as her character finally realizes she has to make the hardest decision of her life. This is that pie.
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And this is Nora’s recipe. I only made two slight adjustments: the original calls for 1 cup of lime juice and 1 TBS lime zest. I used ¾ cup lime juice and 2TBS zest.

Nora Ephron’s Key Lime Pie
a.k.a. “Dream Another Dream Key Lime Pie” 

A microplane grater and juicer will make your life easier!

Ingredients

6 large egg yolks*
¾ cup lime juice (Bottled is fine, but fresh is best. You’ll need about 20 depending on how efficient you are at juicing them.)
2TBS lime zest (zest before you juice)
2 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk (use full fat; it will set better)
9”-10” graham cracker crust (I used Keebler’s extra large)
A few slices of lime for garnish
Whipped Cream (optional: I only like Cool Whip, and I was all out, so we went without)

  1. Beat the 6 large egg yolks in a large bowl. Add lime juice, zest, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until well blended.
  2. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust pie shell.
  3. Freeze 6 to 8 hours, until firm.
  4. When ready to serve, allow pie to thaw for a few minutes on counter. Add whipped cream (if you’d like) and lime slices for garnish.
  5. Cut and serve. Throwing at your husband is optional.

Serves 8. Enjoy!


*Since this recipe calls for raw eggs to be used, it is best to use pasteurized eggs. These are pricier and a little harder to find than your regular store-bought eggs. The chances of contracting salmonella are about 1 in 20,000, so relatively small (.005%).  But, I advise you to get the pasteurized eggs in any event. Or, if you are up to it, pasteurize your own eggs!