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August Swag Giveaway

It’s that time again at Literary Lagniappe. And first up, congrats are in order for our July winner – Leann! And now onto the good stuff – if you’re not familiar, each month, we’ll be conducting a swag giveaway. All you have to do to enter, is to comment on each new post this month. Each time you comment, you’ll earn an entry. Want more ways to enter? Follow our Rafflecopter link below the pic and earn even more entries that way…

Since our June winner never responded to our winner email, we’re going to toss the swag pack in the mix and put it up for August!


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Every Kiss Begins with Lust by Chanta Rand

I used to think Valentine’s Day should be renamed Guilt Day or Suckers Day, or something like that. What other day makes women feel social inadequate if they don’t have a lover, boyfriend, husband, or some unassuming guy ready to profess their undying love and devotion with fattening chocolates, overpriced roses, or better yet, the much-coveted sparkling diamond?


I’ve even grown to hate the slogan, “Every Kiss Begins with Kay.” I think every kiss begins with lust, but that’s just me. Diamonds are so overrated. I’ll take a pretty chunk of Sleeping Beauty turquoise any day.


My husband is both relieved and amused by my attitude. One day, he suggested I write a book about a character who feels the same way as I do. Let me tell you, my husband is not known for coming up with great ideas. His last one was to superglue the door handle of our eleven-year old Corolla when it broke. I’ll tell you, they don’t make that superglue like they used to. Every month, the handle breaks again, and we have to re-glue it. At this point, it might be cheaper to buy a new Corolla!


Nonetheless, I took my husband’s advice. I started writing a book about two best friends who hated Valentine’s Day so much they had annual dinner for just the two of them to celebrate the fact that they didn’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They were single, independent women who didn’t need a man to validate them on Valentine’s Day. Make sense? It did to me. Yet, the more I wrote, the more convinced I became this was a crappy idea. Many of you readers may not know, but every author has a moment when we think our idea might be crappy. Gasp! Yes, it true. If only we’d figured this out before we’d written half the freakin’ book.


At any rate, I decided to have one of the friends fortuitously meet a guy on the same day the dinner was scheduled. Then, of course, she would cancel the dinner, fall in love with the guy, and the other friend would be pissed. Are you yawning too? Yeah, that sounded kinda boring. Besides, there’s enough ‘Besties before Testies’ books out there. Then, I decided the friend who meets the guy doesn’t show up for dinner because she’s been murdered! Afterward, the other friend falls in love with the detective investigating the case. I know what you’re thinking–I’d been watching way too many episodes of ‘Law & Order’ when I dreamed that one up.


Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. I was busy with this thing I have called A Life.  So, I continued writing and publishing other books. It took me an entire year to come back to my Valentine’s Day story. Then, one day, it just happened. I had the idea to write a novella about a guy named Mark Valentine, who wants to show his cynical co-worker, Kendra the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. After some tweaking, I changed Mark’s last name to Sullivan (Yeah, Valentine was too corny for me too), gave him the role of her boss instead of her co-worker, and dropped them into the breathtaking Maldive Islands for some fun, fantasy, and fornication. Viola! Resisting Cupid was born.


Of course, I couldn’t stop there. Mark has two brothers, Dane and Cayson. These characters came to life in the first book, and I had to give them each their own story. I think all three books are a good mix of personalities. Resisting Cupid features Mark, the hopeless romantic. Resisting Temptation features Dane, the reluctant widower. Resisting Destiny, features the youngest Sullivan brother, Cayson, the player, and confirmed bachelor.


If you like erotica, I think you’ll enjoy reading about the Sullivan Brothers. Who knows? Reading about them might just change your mind about Valentine’s Day too.

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Book Blurb:

Cayson Sullivan thinks women are good for two things: Lovin’ and Leavin’. As the youngest attorney at one of St. Louis’s premier law firms, he plays to win both in and out of court.

Destiny Jackson has seen hard times all of her life. She’s survived by using her wits and her sexuality.

Thrown together by a spiteful judge, Cayson is appointed Destiny’s guardian for ninety days. Taking care of her proves no easy task, especially since she comes with a cast of characters that continually push his buttons.

The two soon find that despite their backgrounds being as different as night and day, their attraction to each other is the one thing they can agree upon. Can a week in the Maldive Islands convince Cayson that he’s finally met his match? Or will he be too busy Resisting Destiny?

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Author Bio:
Chanta Jefferson Rand is an Emma award-winning, Debut Author of the Year, and a multi-published author of contemporary and historical romances. The former host of The Chanta Rand Show, and an avid reader of all romance genres, she stepped onto the scene in 2010 with her first published historical romance, Pharaoh’s Desire.

Chanta is a history junkie, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn’t like! If you still want more, check her out at
Remember: You can’t expect any sizzle…if you don’t turn up the heat!
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Get Your Geek On with Sara Brookes

I don’t have as much time to game as I would like, but when I do, I definitely have my favorites. And I definitely have a “type” when it comes to gaming. I tend to go for the first person adventure games. BioShock, Skyrim, Dragon Age, Witcher…those kind. Trudging along, going from task to task while achieving overall goals in the game can get pretty lonesome. But thanks to the team at BioWare, us solo gamers won’t have to be alone for long.

The next incarnation of Dragon Age is quickly approaching (Nov 18. Not that I have it marked down anywhere or anything…not me.) as Dragon Age: Inquisition. Hello, multi-player. And it’s not subscription based! Yeah, so I’m a little touch excited. Can you tell?


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Into the Writing of The Spanish Billionaire’s Baby Promise by Sheritha Singh

Spanish Billionare’s are the epitome of sexy in my world. Maybe it has something to do with reading too many romance novels about fiery tempered heroes with hearts of gold and whose word means more than their life. I wrote the first draft of this story in 2007. The initial 1000 word short was selected as a finalist in a writing contest – I made the final twenty. I loved Rio’s and Rosa’s story and knew that I would one day figure out a way to share their romantic journey with readers. My publisher, Breathless Press, recently launched thier Flirt line – romance shorts up to 10k words in length. I didn’t need a second invitation to submit. Over the years I worked with various angles to Rio’s and Rosa’s story. The Baby Promise hooked me the most. I particularly liked their childhood romance and the daydreams they shared while they were young and penniless especially Rio’s promise to be the father of Rosa’s kids. The story took three rewrites before my editor finally said Yes. I’m glad I persisted and I am equally thrilled that readers will soon be able to read this amazing, old fashioned romance.


Writing about a main character with amnesia was a challenge though. Lucky my awesome editor gave me good tips on hot to accurately portray Dio’s fading amnesia and recurring, fuzzy memories. Rosa hasn’t forgotten Rio’s promise to father her children but a devastating car crash has robbed Rio of his memories and he has no idea Rosa is in fact his childhood sweetheart.

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Rosa deceives her childhood sweetheart Rio into allowing her to spend a night with him so that she can seduce him and fall pregnant with his baby. Her plan seems fine on paper. However Rosa hasn’t counted on her long dormant emotions getting in the way. Once she’s in Rio’s company memories if the love they’d once shared haunts her – only Rio doesn’t recall a thing. The closer Rosa gets to Rio, the harder she finds it to trick him into fathering her baby.

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**Giveaway: One lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of The Spanish Billionaire’s Baby Promise. Contest ends 8/28 at 11:59PM EDT. **
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Happy 5th Birthday Breathless Press!!

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In August, Breathless Press is turning 5!  To celebrate we are releasing a limited edition Hardcover collection of our special birthday Wonderland Tales and to make sure that you’re able to indulge in a little birthday fun, we are also having a month long 50% off sale across our site (
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Finally, 3 lucky winners could win prizes in our birthday giveaway through Rafflecopter!

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1st Prize: 1 x Limited Edition Hardcover copy of our birthda Wonderland Tales, a $20 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC.

2nd Prize: Paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $10 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC

3rd Prize: A paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $5 Amazon GC and a $3 Breathless Press GC



Author Bio:

Sheritha is thirty-something South African writer. She lives on the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast a where winter is almost non – existent. She has been writing since the age of twelve and often spaced out during Math and biology while dreaming up new plots for her many romance novels. Sheritha shares her home with her family and two canines.

Her publishing credits include:

Cherish – Lycaon Press

Witch Apprentice – Crimson Volume 2 Anthology short story – writing as Lace Higgins.

Moving In Book #1 in the Moving Series – writing as Sheritha Singh available at


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Writing Inside a Box by Kacey Hammell

I’ve tried many times to write stories specific to publisher sub calls. And have never been very successful. Writing “Inside a Box” – with constructed specifications by someone else – end up feeling too constricting to me. And I haven’t always been successful in submitting those stories, and some just didn’t get completely written because of the confinements I couldn’t work within.

When the Indie Author Group I’m a part of came up with the idea of Dasia Island and the Hot Summer Nights Anthology, I had many hours of fretting and panic. I really wanted to participate in it, loved the thought of the Island and there were a lot of freedoms we were able to take as individuals.

Thankfully this time I got smart in how to write a story with certain specifications that were a must, and after many days of contemplations, I figured it out. I decided to write the story as if it was any other story then went back through and added details that all the stories needed to have. It took a bit of work, the details needed to be intricately woven but I think the end result is amazing. Readers have already stated their wish to vacation on Dasia! LOL

As all authors would probably say, we all grow and learn how to handle each story differently than the last. I have to agree with this, and no longer panic at the thought of trying specific submission calls or at the thought of the next Indie Author Group Anthology Project. I’ve learned to write Inside, and Outside, of the box. *g*

Book Blurb: 


Welcome to the exotic paradise of Dasia Island. In the Elysium Resort, nestled among the lush beauty of the rainforest, adventure and romance await. In these nine short stories by bestselling and award winning authors, passion ignites between people from all walks of life, with stories ranging from New Adult to Erotic Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal and Time Travel thrown in—after all the island itself has a mystical history, with mysteries and legends to explore. Lose yourself in the magic of the island … you’ll never want to go home again!

 Kacey Hammell’s “Layover” (Contemporary Romance)

Hand’s off. That’s Gemma Sands’ cardinal rule when it comes to dating co-workers. But she’d like to get her hands on Michael Harmon.

Michael has his own idea about where he’d like to put his hands. But Gemma’s steadfast rule means Michael simply admires from afar.

But when an unexpected layover on Dasia Island forces them to share tight quarters, they are unable to resist their passion, and finally surrender to every touch they need so desperately.


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What is your favorite vacation destination? Contest ends 8/24 at 11:59PM EDT.



Author Bio: 

Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…

Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.


A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.

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Baking with Emily Cale

I’ve been a bad baker lately. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s a lack of motivation. Either way, the only thing I ever seem to want to do is sit on the couch and eat ice cream. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it does make coming up with a recipe a little difficult.

photo credit: rottnapples via photopin cc

photo credit: rottnapples via photopin cc

BUT…I put my thinking cap on and came up with something that is both delicious and summer friendly. I keep seeing those chocolate chip cookie bowls pop up on Pinterest, but my one attempt ended poorly. So, I’ve made it much more simple and simply shoved the dough into the bottom of cupcake pans. Make it even simpler and just buy the tube of chocolate chip cookie dough. No mixing. No ingredients required.

Make sure you grease the bottom of the cupcake tins well and then stuff some of the cookie dough into the bottom. Fill each one about 1/4-1/3 of the way full. Bake for roughly 10 minutes at 425F (or until lightly brown and baked all the way through). Then remove and bake with something delicious. I recommend ice cream and chocolate sauce. Maybe some sprinkles.



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