Monday, March 10, 2014
My website www.laurelcremant.com is getting a face lift this week, so there will be some connectivity issues until the new website is fully loaded. So as the week goes on you may see a few 404 errors and "Oops" messages, but rest assured the new site will be up shortly.
When I first began this blog a few years ago I never expected to expand into my own site so quickly. But just after my first book I launched a website and continued to also post here to this blog. Since then I've resisted the urge to migrate everything onto one site, but alas the time has finally come. By next week this blog and my website will be one just as the internet intended. So please excuse all the cyber dust while all the nuts and bolts are migrated over.
Talk to you soon,
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'm gearing up for my March releases and wanted to share with you a naughty dish I like to treat myself to when I'm stressed, craving sweets and just plain frazzled. And the best thing about it is that it's dairy free and low fat. Yup crazy I know.
About a year ago I was introduced this amazing thing call a MUG CAKE. A mug cake is exactly what it sounds like, a cake inside a coffee mug. If you Google the term "mug cake" you'll find all sorts of recipes. I love making these cakes because they are super quick and easy.
The one I have listed below has been modified from a variety of sources. I've removed the need for eggs and dairy from mine because it just makes things easier, especially if I haven't gone grocery shopping in a while. It also helps to cut down on any extra calories.
Give this gooey treat a shot. It takes less than five minutes to prepare and less the 2 to bake. Which means in less that ten minutes I get to satisfy a craving and get back to my desk and start working.
4 Tablespoons flour (all purpose)
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar OR light agave nectar
2 Tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
1/2 a banana
2 teaspoons of semi-sweet chocolate morsels (optional)
4 1/2 Tablespoons water OR almond milk (or other milk of choice)
1.) Spray the inside of a large microwave safe mug, with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2.) Add all the ingredients (liquid first) into a small blender and mix until smooth. Batter will be slightly thick.
3.) Pour batter into already prepared mug.
4.) Optional Step: Take one tablespoon of chocolate chips and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. The mix is dense, so using the back of a spoon press them down slightly so that the are just below the surface of the batter. The purpose here is to create a gooey stream of chocolate as the cake cooks.
5.) Place in microwave and cook on high for 1 minute and 40 seconds, uncovered. Stare intently as the mug turns and the smell of chocolate fills the air. *Be careful not to slip on your own drool.*
6.) Remove from microwave and check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.
7.) Let sit for 10 seconds then garnish with whatever floats your boat. *I prefer strawberries and powdered sugar
In the end you have a really delicious treat that you don't have to feel too guilty for. Plus it always gives me a great jolt of energy to pound away at my keyboard.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
For those of you who enjoy listening to audio books, Negotiating Skills is now available on Audible and other audio book markets.
You can check out the book and listen to a sample here.
The process of turning this book into an audio version was definitely interesting and a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy!
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Talk to you soon,
Friday, February 28, 2014
Welcome back to Casual Smex Friday! It's been a long hiatus smex kittens but I'm resurrecting this segment with and can't wait to share new reads with you all. So over the next few months some author friends will be stopping by and sharing some naughty details with you all. I don't know about you but TGISmex :) For those of you unfamiliar with the Casual Smex Friday posts, here's a quick breakdown. On Casual Smex Friday you’re encouraged to sit back, relax and get smexy. Remember that Smex day posts consist of the following four segments:
1.) The Quickie- For those of you who only have time for some quick relief.
2.) The Afternoon Delight- For the reader who wants a little foreplay before smexing.
3.) The Midnight Grind-For those of you who want to go beyond foreplay and get to main show.
4.) The After Glow Strut- For those of you not afraid to show your love and go for another round.
Today I’m bringing you an interview with author Jamallah Bergman who was nice enough to give us the inside scoop on her decadently naughty new release.. So close the drapes, assume the position (reading position of course) and let’s get the smexing started!
Name: Jamallah Bergman
Stats: Writer Jamallah Bergman was born in Jamaica Queens, New York. Although her family moved around a bit; from New York to Alabama to Georgia. Jamallah's childhood was mostly spent in Roswell, Georgia.
At the age of twelve, Jamallah started writing scripts for her doll babies. As she got older, her inclination to write grew.
Soon after reading her first romance novel at fifteen; she became hooked on romance and deviated from writing her doll baby stories, to romantically inclined stories.
Her thirst to write eventually sent her from one out of the box experience to another. She eventually engaged her thoughts and writing into writing erotic stories.
As Jamallah's interest as a reader grew, questions aroused her curiosity. Why were the heroines in the stories she loved so much, nothing like herself. She felt none of the women were full figured, or plump. To coin a phrase from the well known comedienne Mo'Nique, like "Thick Madame", a thick and curvy woman.
Often she became upset because she felt there should be stories out there about all types of women, including thick, beautiful women like herself. Why were there no stories about full figured women who got the handsome hunk? She would ask herself after reading another romance story where the beautiful main character was thin.
After researching and finding very few stories about curvy women, Jamallah thought it was time the romance readers market read more stories about full figured heroines.
She started to write stories where the full figured woman 'ALWAYS' got her man!
Latest Release: Her Chocolate Fantasy is my 10th book but it’s also my 1st self-published book since I’ve been publishing with Secret Cravings Publishing for a number of years, this has been something I’ve always wanted to do and with this particular story, I really wanted it to be my 1st Indie book.
Genre: Interracial Romance/ Interracial Erotica
Her Chocolate Fantasy:
Hello my name is Sarah Alexander…..and I’m a chocoholic
I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember…..
Chocolate has been my passion since I was young and even as an adult, I dream about this yummy confection.
Well I don’t always dream of chocolate though…..
I do dream about Max Taylor, one of the executives in the office where I work at as a file clerk.
I mean who wouldn’t want to dream about a man who sends my heart racing every time I would look his way.
Soon Max and I get to know one another and we both realize that we have one thing in common with one another besides our love for one another…..
An obsession over chocolate…..
HER CHOCOLATE FANTASY is a story about what happens when you get two chocoholics together…..and all of the hot sweetness that happens in between.
Smex Quotient: All I have to say is please pass the chocolate! This is one hot read guaranteed to make your pulse race hand have you craving more than just sweets...
The Afternoon Delight…
The cover art for this book is unique to say the least. Where did you come up with the idea and who was the artist?
Well that’s a funny story right there. After I had started writing the story, I had been thinking constantly about how I had wanted the cover to be. I love to be different when it comes to my writing and especially when it comes to my covers. And being that this was my 1st Indie book, I really wanted to do it up so I had gotten with the talented Fiona Jayde who I got the chance to meet at last year’s Romance Novel Convention. She was just as excited about working with me as I was with her because I had seen many of her covers and I loved her work. So I had told her about the story and what it was mainly about…two people who loved chocolate. I had told her that I had dreamed of this cover for months on end and it was literally bugging me to get it out on a cover.
Basically I had wanted to have a picture of a half opened candy bar with a picture of Jimmy Thomas, who was my inspiration for ‘Max Taylor’ embossed on the candy bar like you would see with most candy bars with the lettering like say ‘Hershey’ or ‘Cadbury’. I also wanted the lettering to be like that of a candy bar which it was. When I saw the draft of the picture, I can tell you I was very much excited because it was exactly as I had pictured it in my head all those months and finally my dream was becoming reality.
I love the idea that both the hero and heroine have a love of all things decadent. What inspired you to give them both this trait?
Chocolate is a universal thing that brings people together. It brings out happiness, like when you enjoy chocolate for the first time as a kid and how messy you get when you eat it. Love like when you get your very first Valentine’s Day box of chocolate from that someone special. But for both Sarah and Max, it’s not only brings happiness and love but also it brings a deep rooted sexual desire between the two that Sarah literally has no idea is coming. There are several scenes within the book that show just how chocolate plays a key role of the relationship between Max and Sarah. One in particular, which I have to say is my top 5 favorites, is the office scene where Max calls Sarah to come to his office with the big box of chocolates he bought for her as a gift. I won’t give out too much but it’s intense and as the story progresses as well as their love for one another progresses, things do get more intense.
We already know that both your main characters have a love of chocolate, but if they would both name their favorite chocolate treat what would it be?
Oh my….you know that’s funny because really and truly that’s a hard thing to ask two chocoholics what their favorite chocolate treat is. But after a long talk with the both of them, along with a couple of laughs in between, I was at least able to find out what they loved the most.
Sarah: Chocolate Walnut Fudge. Sarah went to a shop on a trip to Myrtle Beach where she had heard about a shop that sold this amazing homemade fudge. Being the chocoholic as she was, Sarah had to try it out for herself. Of course when she did, she ended up going back the next day and getting more for she had eaten the pound that she had already gotten. Ever since that day, she has always made sure to get some of the fudge sent to her by mail.
Max: Chocolate bonbons from Ode au Chocolat. In the story, Max goes to the shop to buy two boxes of chocolates. One for himself and one for Sarah not knowing that Sarah was in the kitchen taking classes to become a chocolatier. When she goes back to work, Sarah sees the box of chocolates on her desk. Max soon gets Sarah to eat one of the chocolates while he watches, which sparks something within him, which also leads up to the infamous ‘office scene’ within the book.
If your main characters participated in Casual Smex Friday which segment would they enjoy the most? The Quickie, The Afternoon Delight, The Midnight Grind or The Afterglow Strut?
Probably the Midnight Grind because it’s Sarah’s favorite part.
The Midnight Grind…
Combining chocolate and sweets with erotica is the ultimate mixing of naughty and nice. It looks like Sarah and Max have no problem with engaging all of their senses and indulging in all of the things that make you lick your lips and sweat. Here's an excerpt for your reading pleasure...
“Want to share some dessert?”
I nodded, and he took our containers to toss them in the trash. He made his way over to the trucks, as I continued drinking my water to cleanse my palate of the jerk chicken I had eaten. After a couple of minutes of waiting, I saw him coming toward me with a covered plate in one hand and two forks in another. When he sat down, he handed me a fork and took the paper towel off of the plate to reveal the most decadent piece of chocolate cheesecake I had ever seen in my entire life. I wondered where in the hell they got the damn thing—a cheese wheel the size of a wagon wheel? It was thick and looked so rich I knew once I took a piece with my fork it would just slide right on through stay there.
“Dig on in,” he told me, and I was happy to oblige.
I used my fork to take a piece off the end. I honestly didn’t mean to make that moaning sound when I let the creaminess play against my tongue for a while. Really and truthfully, I couldn’t help it at all, because honestly, when I taste chocolate, it’s more like an orgasmic experience for me. Especially when my taste buds know the chocolate is that of good quality like it was in that cheesecake. I couldn’t help but take another bite, and then another and another, until before I realized it, when I went back for another forkful, there was nothing left. I looked over at Max, who had been eyeballing me the entire time. The look on his face was that of shock, and I could tell he must have gotten into what I was doing as much as I was, because a light coating of sweat had formed on his face. He quickly grabbed hold of the napkins and wiped his brow.
“I think we better head on back to work.” He took hold of our plate and sprinted toward the trashcan, disappearing before I could even get to my feet.
* * * *
When I made it back to the office, I noticed Max’s door was closed and the blinds were all down. I didn’t want to make a scene, so I didn’t bother going to the door. Maybe he had to get back to work or something, but it was kind of weird of him to leave me so abruptly like he did. I went about my business, continuing where I had left off before I left for lunch. For the next little bit, every now and then, I would look up to see if maybe the blinds would open up, but they never did. Finally, about ten minutes later, the blinds were up but the door remained closed for another five minutes or so beyond that. I had to find out what had happened, so grabbing my coffee cup, I got up to walk past his door, and that’s when it hit me. But at first, I didn’t think anything of it, because it smelled like air freshener, but it was what was mingled along with the scent of fresh linen. As I drew in a deep breath, I clearly smelled the odor of sex. That hot, sweaty, heady scent slowly drifted through his open doorway. I didn’t bother to look inside, because I didn’t want everybody else looking my way, as well. But when I got to my desk, I had pressed a button that I never thought I would be pressing, even though I’d programmed his number into my phone a long time ago. Looking over, I saw him grab the phone, and before he could say a word, I whispered, “Mr. Taylor, I think you should open a window before you open the door next time, because the aroma of more than your air freshener is wafting throughout the office.”
Her Chocolate Fantasy, Available Now Via...
The Afterglow Strut…
You know you want more, don't be too shy to ask. If you enjoyed your Friday romp with Jamallah, you can find her all around the web Check out her website for more info on all of her books and upcoming releases.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's the last Thursday of the month so today I'm over at Romance Novels in Color (RNIC) reporting on some things that caught my attention in the last few weeks and some movers and Shakers in the world of IR/MC romance.
Plus you get a peek at books I'm currently reading and a blast from the past via LaVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow!
Check out the full post here.
Talk to you soon,