Friday, June 3, 2016

New Book Release: The Deepest Black by Rainy Kaye + GIVEAWAY!


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Today, we're celebrating the release of THE DEEPEST BLACK by USA Today Bestselling author Rainy Kaye. THE DEEPEST BLACK is 99 cents for a limited time! Check it out, then scroll all the way down to enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

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ipad tdbEmber has a little problem...fairies want her dead.

Ember spends her Friday nights lurking in the bad parts of town, killing fairies. It’s either that, or become a victim to their flesh-eating hunger.

Then she meets Remy, a fae who, despite getting on her nerves, isn’t evil. He tells her that a shadow has been consuming his world, changing its inhabitants and letting destructive beasts into his city. He is searching for his brother who went missing during the catastrophe.

When a team of mercenaries come for Ember, she has little choice but to join Remy in his quest. Together, they decide to bait a trap. What they find reveals the destruction of the fae world means the end of the human world, too–and it’s Ember’s fault.

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Rainy Kaye writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, and her Summoned series was acquired by Bastei Lübbe. In 2014, she reached the USA Today Bestseller list. Today, she's taking care of her small zoo of furry animals and trying to remember where she left her coffee.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Deepest Black by Rainy Kaye - Solo Book Release Day and Review



Happy Release Day to Rainy Kaye! Her novel The Deepest Black is now available to the masses.

Next week (Friday, June 3) I am hosting a spot on her Book Release Blog Tour, which includes a $10 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Come back and enter to win!


Title: The Deepest Black
Author: Rainy Kaye
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Adult Fcition

SynopsisEmber has a little problem... fairies want her dead. 

Ember spends her Friday nights lurking in the bad parts of town, killing fairies. It’s either that, or become a victim to their flesh-eating hunger. 

Then she meets Remy, a fae who, despite getting on her nerves, isn’t evil. He tells her that a shadow has been consuming his world, changing its inhabitants and letting destructive beasts into his city. He is searching for his brother who went missing during the catastrophe. 

When a team of mercenaries come for Ember, she has little choice but to join Remy in his quest. Together, they decide to bait a trap. What they find reveals the destruction of the fae world means the end of the human world, too–and it’s Ember’s fault.


(verbatim from Amazon)

About the Author: Rainy seems like a cool chick. Here's her bio, straight from her websiteRainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs [here] at RainyoftheDark, edits for amazing authors, and writes paranormal novels all from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. Her published works include the SUMMONED series, and the short story BE FEARLESS.

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Someone told her she’s a USA Today Bestselling author. She thought there would be cake.
First Impression: Um... killer fairies? Really? This may very well ruin my childhood and no amount of clapping will bring it back.


I wanted to find some reference in history or literature that would give you some sense of the plot without giving anything away, because this is a spoiler-free zone. Take the Hatfield and McCoy feud, add a curse, and a smidgen of Romeo and Juliet and that's all I could come up with. There really isn't a decent reference point as this story doesn't compare to anything I have read.

Honestly, I didn't think I was going to like the story line. Though I follow Rainy Kaye on social media and am on her mailing list, I did not take the chance to read one of her books before now. I have a feeling if I had I would have been better prepared for what I was getting into.

That being said, I never thought I would have to do this, but I feel a warning is applicable here. In my head, this book rates somewhere in between PG-13 and NC-17, so if your kid wants to read it, read it first to better gauge how it will be received. 

The book moves at a brisk pace... and by brisk I mean non-stop action. I swear Ember, the main character, never gets a chance to breathe throughout the whole story. Not that it stopped her, but what stopped me (momentarily) was the sudden appearance of foul language. I did a double take and sure enough, there is was... the infamous F-Bomb. But don't let a little thing like that throw you off. This is just a friendly warning.

I'm no stranger to the underbelly of language in literature and I wasn't deterred now. I can gloss over or revel in each punctuated vulgarity - it makes no difference. And she even used phrases I had only heard in impolite conversations and around the blogosphere, which made my day. How often do you hear the term 'asshat' outside of raunchy blogs and filthy mouths? There are also a few undisguised sexual innuendos, which was pretty awesome too - but no actual sex, so you're safe there.

It's one of the reasons I loved the story so much - Ember is down-to-earth, so to speak, and doesn't hold back. People will relate to her brash yet tentatively vulnerable humanity. 

Final Thoughts: It is seriously hard to put this book down because there is always something happening. I felt bad for Ember. But I think you will like her and want to hear her story. As for the killer fairies? Childhood memories are safe from their grasp - these aren't your normal fair folk.

My Suggestion: Foul language and innuendos aside, the plot is intriguing. Grab this one up quick while it is still available for $0.99. It's a small price to pay for a great read and you never know when the price will go up.

This title is only available through the Kindle store from Amazon (as of right now). Remember, you do not need to own a Kindle in order to read or own Kindle books. There's an app for that.

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Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference.  This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Long Last Mile - A Poem



The Long Last Mile

I couldn't deal with life today
Depression has set in;
Thoughts running away
To find where I had been.

Life has tipped; gone wrong
I cried on simple things.
The day felt way too long
Hung on puppet strings.

Think of lives I could have bore
A happier life shown,
But my heart is bruised and sore
From the life I have known.

I must not dwell on pain and scorn -
Things considerably hard;
All those burdens I have born,
Burned and left me charred.

Told to think a happy thought
One to make me smile
And think less of the pain I sought
Down the long last mile.

When I finish with my travel
Will I then be cured
Of that which will unravel
And happiness endured?


The Long Last Mile ©Robin Allen 2016

All rights reserved.  This poem, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording, photocopying, offset, or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author, except by reviewers who may quote brief passages to be printed in a magazine or newspaper.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chai Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Glaze


Oh boy. Your house is going to be permeated with its wonderful aroma even before the batter is done. This smells so good!

Have you ever made your own chai? I would say chai tea, but it's redundant, as chai is an Indian based tea made with milk and spices. I will admit, this is the first time I have gone as far as the actual making of chai, though I have used traditional chai spices in other baked goods. Just never seeped in milk.

Since I am bringing the doughnuts, someone bring on the coffee (or tea - though that may be overkill)! This month's ingredients are black tea and lime. Nothing too crazy thus far during my participation.





Do you ever have one of those days where there don't seem to be enough hours in the day, but you cannot wait for it to end? Yeah... one of those. Compound it with a cold front littered with giant rain drops and though I wished I had more time to get everything done, it also seemed to stretch out longer than I wanted.

I had little choice, however. Budgeting can be stressful, especially when you need ingredients for something like this and you have to wait until there is a little wiggle room... which happened to be today (Thursday). So not only did I have to go out and do the shopping, but then come home to try a recipe I haven't made before (and with my track record, it is terrifying).

Got the recipe started as soon as I returned from the store. The Big Guy played Arkham Knight and I found a few minutes to order something online (literally minutes - 6 or so). I just started applying the glaze to the first dozen when it came time to take the boys to baseball. I rushed to take a few pictures and was dashing out the door in shorts and sandals.

It was so wet and cold - the later game really should have been called after the first inning, but they kept us there until the bitter end. We were there from 6 - 10 PM with school still in session and TBG getting a 3 AM wake up call. One of those days for sure.

Now it's after midnight and I am binge-watching the final season of Buffy and finishing this post while spring rains down upon the earth in torrents. At least I do not have to water my lawn...

...and good thing I nailed this recipe on the first try. Boom. *drops mic*

Chai Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Glaze



Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease doughnut pan. Makes 2 dozen.

For Doughnuts
  • 2½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp loose black tea - I used Earl Grey, but English Breakfast or Oolong would work too
  • 2-3 whole (large) black peppercorns or 5-6 (small) peppercorns
  • ¼ cup fennel seeds
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ ground cardamom
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Bring the 2½ cup milk to a slow boil and add the tea, peppercorns, fennel seeds, and cinnamon sticks. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cloves in a medium-sized bowl until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Once the milk tea mixture has cooled to room temperature, strain through fine mesh sieve. Set aside. (This is the chai and you will only need ¾ cup.)
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar until blended. Add the buttermilk, chai, and vanilla until combined. Slowly add flour mixture until just blended. Spoon or pipe into greased doughnut pan.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the donuts have risen and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the doughnuts. 
  6. Put on wire rack and allow to cool completely before dipping in glaze.
For Glaze*
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ⅓ cup Ginger Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1+ cup powdered sugar
  1. Juice lime into a bowl, minding the seeds. 
  2. Add simple syrup. 
  3. Whisk in powdered sugar until it forms a smooth, creamy glaze. 
  4. If your glaze is soupy, add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until consistency is more like cinnamon roll icing. If it's too thick, add more simple syrup or a dash of milk.
*Because this recipe makes 2 dozen, you may need to double the glaze recipe, but I suggest starting with a single batch first. You will not need to double the simple syrup recipe, only the amount in the glaze.

Ginger Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small, fresh ginger root, cut into large chunks
  1. Combine ginger, sugar and water in saucepan. 
  2. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  3. Strain out ginger slices before using.


Monday, May 16, 2016

No Way Out: A Poem

I originally wrote this in high school, but I made a few changes, so here it is:

No Way Out

Pain
I see it all around,
I feel it pull me down
Smother me, holding me;
No way out.

Anger
The pain inside,
Keeping it within -
Held me, stabbing me;
No way out.

Sadness
Tearing my soul,
Coming undone.
Stabbed me, killing me;
No way out.

Emotions
Hot then cold
Out of control.
Killed me, bury me;
No way out.

Breathe
A tightness in my chest
I claw my way through.
Buried me, saving me;
The only way out.

No Way Out ©Robin Allen 2016

All rights reserved.  This poem, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording, photocopying, offset, or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author, except by reviewers who may quote brief passages to be printed in a magazine or newspaper.