Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dish The Pie With Monique & Guest Alicia Dean: Strawberry Delight and Escape to Africa #Anthology #99Cents #MustRead

Dish The Pie with Monique & Alicia Dean

Today Alicia Dean is joining me on Dish The Pie. Alicia is an editor for The Wild Rose Press Suspense line. She is also a fab author of Romantic Suspense and Paranormal stories, and one of my very dear friends. 

Alicia is here to dish the pie on her new 6-author Anthology entitled Escape to Africa. And to share her favourite pie recipe with us. Please help me welcome Alicia!

Welcome, Alicia! I'm so happy to dish the pie with you! The first question I always ask my guests is...

Do you like desserts? What is your favourite and would you share the recipe with us?

Alicia: I love desserts! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but it would definitely contain strawberries. I’ve chosen one of my simplest and most delicious recipes to share. (It’s more or less my own creation, modified from a ‘Chocolate Delight’ recipe I’ve been making for years.)

Monique: Oh yum! Anything containing strawberries has got my attention. Can't wait for you to share the recipe! 

Recipe for Strawberry Delight     


Strawberry Delight
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
(Or you may use a ready-made graham or shortbread crust)    


Bottom layer:
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce whipped topping
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Middle layer:
  • Small box instant vanilla or French vanilla pudding
  • 1 ¾ cup milk

Top layer:

  • 10 to 12 oz sliced, sweetened strawberries (fresh or frozen, drained)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together the graham crackers, sugar and melted butter
Press into the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie pan
Bake for 10 minutes, or until crust layer is lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely (if using ready-made crust, no need to bake)

In a small bowl, prepare pudding per package directions except cut milk back to 1 ¾ cup. 

In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth

Fold in HALF of the whipped topping, and mix well to combine. Reserve the other half for top of pie.
Spread evenly over cooled crust

Spread vanilla pudding over cream cheese layer

Spread strawberries on top of pudding layer. Top with remaining cool whip. (Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired)

Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

TIP: This dessert is great with other fruits, such as canned peaches, cherry pie topping, blueberry, etc.

Monique: I'm looking forward to trying a slice of this. Have you ever eaten pie for breakfast? If so, what was it? 

Alicia: Definitely. The morning after Thanksgiving or Christmas, I used to LOVE eating my mom’s pumpkin, chocolate, or coconut pie for breakfast with a big glass of milk! :) 

Monique: Coconut pie! You have got to come back and share that recipe with us! I insist! What sort of things do you find funny?

Alicia: I usually don’t find really explicit humor all that funny. I find spontaneous remarks funny. I also find dark, twisted humor funny. And, random humor like “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey”  I love sitcoms, including a lot of British comedies...which I guess YOU just call ‘comedies’, Monique๐Ÿ˜‰. (I am currently looking for one to watch, by the way, if anyone has any recommendations) My dad was hilarious and my siblings and I often reminisce about what we call ‘Daddy’isms’ – They were little spur of the moment funny lines he used to say. I was just thinking about one of his Daddy’isms this morning because of an ant issue I’m having. I keep trying to get rid of the little fiends, but they seem to be multiplying. I remember one time Dad was swatting flies (he was our resident fly-assassin), and there were many of them. It was summertime and they were thick. He shook his head in frustration and said, “Damn. You kill one of the s.o.b.’s and a thousand come to its funeral.” LOL. He was quick witted and naturally funny like that.  

Monique: Humour is very subjective. I think people say the funniest things. I also can't stop a belly laugh at the sight of someone falling over...sorry...๐Ÿ˜€. Your dad sounds so lovely. The fly comment made me laugh. Can you remember your first crush? Want to share?

Alicia: Funny you should ask (it’s really odd that two of your questions have been related to memories I’ve had just today! Hmmm…wonder if that means something). Anyway…I had a few grade school crushes, but my first ‘real’ crush was a boy named Jerry Vanderpool when I was in the seventh grade. I actually DREAMED about him last night! How’s that for freaky? In my book, Death Notice, I used his name as a ‘crush’ my main character had on a boy in school, and I ran across that part a few days ago, which is probably why I dreamed about him. Still, kind of weird. 

Monique: That's cool. Maybe we're in sync or something. Interesting about the dream. Perhaps you'll run into him again before long.  What do you think of PDA? (public displays of affection)

Alicia: Ugh, do NOT get me started. PDA annoys me, greatly. I find it highly discomfiting and unnecessary. I don’t even like it when a couple sits on the same side of a booth when they are the only ones at a table. Really? Is it worth it to give up elbow room and a handy place to keep your purse nearby, just to sit next to your significant other? I think not. 

Monique: LOL! I'm more than happy to give up elbow room. Plus, sitting next to someone, if you work it right, can keep the draught off you! ๐Ÿ˜. When it comes to you as a writer, do consider yourself a— morning Lark, afternoon Hummingbird, or night Owl? (which time of day is your most creative time?)

Alicia: Morning, no doubt. I’m useless in the creativity department by the time afternoon rolls around.

Monique: You're such a busy person that I bet being at optimal creativity in the morning works out perfectly! So tell us about your new release?

Escape to Africa Anthology
~6 stories by 6 Authors~ 
Denyse Bridger; Lynn Crain; Alicia Dean; Gemma Juliana; Marie Laval; Jenny Twist.

Take a trip to fascinating, breathtaking, beautiful Africa, without ever leaving your home! These stories will send you on a journey filled with danger, love, and excitement. Travel from Casablanca to Morocco, across the plains of the Serengeti, to the ruins of Carthage, from the desert of Algeria, to the shores of Tripoli. Six international romance authors share spellbinding love stories told across time.

6 stories by 6 Authors for ONLY 99 cents!!

Dangerous Liaison - Historical Romance by Denyse Bridger
In late 1942, Casablanca, liaisons can be deadly, especially those that involve intelligence the Germans are willing to kill for...

A Pirate’s Lady – Time Travel Romance - Lynn Crain
Amanda Hoskip, a Time Travel Bureau agent, is intent on discovering who is tampering with time. But when she’s captured, she must pretend to be the wife of fellow agent and rescuer, Trevor Haines, which seems impossible because he thinks she’s failed her mission.

Dying to Love You - Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements by Alicia Dean  
To avoid purgatory, unloving and unlovable Autumn Baines is sent to the Serengeti where she must perform a selfless deed and find someone to fall in love with her. What she didn't count on was falling in love herself, or that her selfless deed could save a life, but sentence Autumn to eternal damnation.

Treasured Times - Romantic Suspense - Gemma Juliana
Nerissa Noir is a woman with many secrets. Leon Rizzo intends to figure them out, without revealing his own. From the shops of the exotic souk in Tunis to the ancient ruins of Carthage and beyond, deadly mysteries must be solved before time unravels… can they trust each other?

The Ravine of the Wild Woman - Historical Romance by Marie Laval
Algeria, North Africa, 1865.
Lenora Sharp is Azerwal's perfect woman. Brave, determined and unconventional, she is also related to the man who stole his name, his childhood and his identity - the very man and he has vowed to destroy, even if it takes him all the way to hell. Will love get in the way of revenge, or will Azerwal lose his soul before he loses his heart?

An Object of Desire - Romantic Suspense by Jenny Twist
Two students on holiday in Morocco discover that two sinister looking characters are following them. They meet an attractive man who offers to take them to their next destination.  All seems well until one of the girls disappears.

Available on pre-order now!

Find excerpts and more here: World Romance Authors

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pleasure Flights series Book 1 - ADAM: Her Deal Maker - Money-off Coupon #Romance #NewRelease #eBooks

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For the month of June, you can use the coupon below to get ADAM: Her Deal Maker for $1.50 at Smashwords.

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Happy Reading x

Monday, May 22, 2017

ADAM: Her Deal Maker Is Up For Pre-Order #RomanceNovels #KindlePreorder #NewRelease #NewSeries #Excerpt

Welcome to my new Pleasure Flights series

Set in the world of a California helicopter tour company, this romantic comedy series follows co-workers, friends, and family as they find everlasting love. 

When they each fall for the men they work—and play—with, five women discover whether friends really do make the best lovers.

Let me introduce you to book #1 in the series. Meet Lacey Sanders and Adam Swank. They both work as sightseeing pilots for Pleasure Flights. 

She’s a sassy, daredevil heiress. He’s a serious, overprotective helicopter pilot. Together they’re as opposite as red and green. But when these co-workers are teamed to close a business deal on a private island, everything changes.

Making a sexy deal with the deal-maker 

Flying sightseers over California is part of helicopter pilot Lacey Sanders' job. The other part is denying her attraction for hot-bod fellow pilot Adam Swank. A painful experience has taught Lacey never to date her co-workers. So regardless of how sizzling the sparks are, she will never go there again. But when they team up to close a business deal, Lacey can no longer resist Adam’s steamy kisses or sensuous lovemaking under stars on the beach of a private island.

Adam The Deal-Maker has the gift of persuasion. Except when it comes to Lacey. For five years they’ve been dancing around a fiery attraction. Now he has her right where he wants her—in his arms—but can he persuade thrill seeking Lacey to accept his deal and take a chance on an office romance?

ADAM: Her Deal Maker
Pleasure Flights series #1
Copyright © Monique DeVere 2017
Crystal Swan Publications
All Rights Reserved

Snagged around the waist, Lacey found herself swept off her feet. "Adam, put me down!” 

His free hand closed on the doorknob to the stationery cupboard next to them. “We need to talk,” he repeated. A second later he had them shut inside the dimly lit cupboard, her back pressed to his chest, his arm branding her, his body heat reminding her of how hot his naked skin had been against hers. Her stomach fluttered with a warmth that meandered through the rest of her. 

“We have nothing to talk about.” She squirmed and pushed at his arm around her waist, no match for his easy strength. 

“Keep doing that, and we’re going to have an embarrassing problem, Lacey.” His voice dropped to the same seductive husk he’d used that night in Washington. “You must know when you wriggle your butt against my groin like that, it’s going to react.” 

She stilled, frozen in midair as a sudden blast of desire slammed her. She drew in a sharp breath, angry with herself for responding to his words, his touch. 

He put her down, dipped his head so his lips brushed her ear, sending a delicious buzz through her. 

“We do need to talk.” He let his hand slide across her abdomen, making her muscles quiver as he released her“And I’m done pussyfooting around the issue.” 

“What issue?” The confined space felt too closed-in, too intimate. Too much like the perfect place for lovers to grab a stolen moment.

“You and I.” His fresh, spicy clean scent distracted her as it always did.

She put a step between them, scraped back the lock of her hair that had come loose, her breathing ragged with temper and—she hated to admit—excitement. “There is no you and I—me—I.” He made her so mad she forgot her grammar. 

“All I’m asking for is thirty seconds to say I’m sorry.”

“For what?” Was he really attempting to apologize for the way he’d treated her? 

“For what happened in D.C.”

Or was he simply poking at her wound? “I already know that. You made it clear, so no need to press the point home.”

Adam heaved a frustrated breath, rubbed the back of his neck. “I’m saying sorry for the way I reacted after we made love.”

“Will you keep your voice down?” Her whisper came out a little harsher than she intended. “I’m not anxious to broadcast that stupid mistake to everyone in this place.”

In the gloom, she sensed more than saw him tense, as though she’d landed a direct blow and she experienced a moment of remorse. 

“Why does everything with you have to be so difficult, Lacey? Why can’t we just get along?”

And wasn’t that just the question she’d been asking herself for months? “Maybe we should stay out of each other’s way.”

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What? She's a Christian and She Writes That?? #Romance #Writing #BookJunkie #Contemporaryromance

For many years, I've struggled to reconcile the type of romance I write with my Christianity. I love romance and I love writing romance. There's something so utterly special about falling in love that deserves to be celebrated. 

Yes, I could write Christian romance, but I prefer spicy reads. Since it's becoming more difficult to find clean, spicy romance novels, I tend to write those. My characters don't use profanity, and most certainly never blasphemies. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be preachy, and I have nothing against people who use such language. God gave us free will and allows us to use it to our hearts' content. 

When I first started my writing adventure--several years ago, I found that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances were a guaranteed fun read. All the romance and heat, and no profanity, which is why, for many years, I focused my writing toward the Harlequin Mills & Boon market. As a result, I began writing sexy love scenes in order to fit, first the Harlequin Mills & Boon Presents line, then Modern Tempted (KISS), and finally their Blaze line. 

If you've ever read these novels, you'll know the bedroom door stays wide, wide open. You may think that as a Christian I shouldn't be writing explicit love scenes, and I'm well aware that they're sweet romance lines out there, but here is my problem. What is the point of writing novels for a sweet romance line because the books avoid depicting fully recognized love scenes, but some have absolutely no problem with using the Lord's name in vain? 

I'd rather write hot love scenes than to ever use the Lord's name as a curse word! 

And here is my other reason. I'm not the only Christian woman who enjoys spicy novels. I know of quite a few who secretly read books far, far more a-hem...erotically explicit! I feel like it's my duty to present an alternative for the sake of Christian women everywhere who enjoy spicy romance. I only have to view the number of negative reviews on some books to see that there's a market for my books. Many readers complain about the volume of profanity in the books out there, yet they buy them all the same, which shows they want the spicy reads but not the profanity.

Yes, it is true that we live in the age of profanity, but not all of us enjoy reading or hearing it. I, for one, find it highly distasteful. I'm a firm believer that the use of profanity is a sign of limited vocabulary. You may not agree since we're in modern times, writing for modern tastes. Call me old-fashioned but I don't want to read or write anything that makes me uncomfortable. And, like I said, I'm not the only one. 

So there you have it. The reason I write spicy romance is because I like them. And did I mention that sex is in the Bible? When you read passages like: and he went into her, or unto her...what do you suppose that means? As a Bible believing Christian I believe I can follow wherever the Bible leads.

If I had to pinpoint my audience, I'd say it's readers who enjoy sweet and spicy romantic comedy. Readers who love to laugh, who enjoy tasteful, explicit love scenes. Readers who love spice without the bitter aftertaste.

If you’re a Christian woman who likes your romance heartwarming, yet sexy. If you enjoy potent chemistry, humor and sizzling heat. Try a Monique DeVere romance. 

And if you're not a Christian but you enjoy this type of romance, I'd be thrilled if you give my stories a try, too.