Daryl Devore's Blog

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Last recipe - Blueberry Ice Cream with out the expensive ice cream maker #recipes #icecream

 his is the last of my recipes for a few months. I like to change things up on Thursdays. Sometimes I post yoga thoughts, or inspirational thoughts, or I talk about favourite authors and books. Sometimes I just ramble on about life. For the past 4 Thursdays, it has been recipes. I like experimenting.  I see something and wonder if I could make that. Usually - not. I sure can destroy a recipe.
But ice cream is "easy". Especially with an ice cream maker. But - they are expensive and I find that mine usually only lasts a season. Annoying!

Then I had a moment of inspirational. What does ice cream need? The batter (the cream, sugar and blueberries). Cold. And stirring.
Well, I have a large freezer. So I made the batter. Poured it into a stainless steel bowl as I figured it would transfer the cold better. Didn't want to use glass in case I dropped it.
Then I set my timer and went every 15 - 20 minutes and stirred it.
And much to my surprise - it worked.
Can't wait for next summer. We are going to have a lot more homemade ice cream.

Blueberry Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups blueberries, rinsed and picked over
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
Juice of 1 lemon, about 3 tablespoons
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
6 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, heat blueberries with 1/4 cup of sugar, stirring, until the blueberries pop and the mixture cooks down a bit, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely then refrigerate to chill.

In a large saucepan, combine remaining sugar, lemon juice, cream, and milk; heat over medium-low heat until hot and it just begins to simmer, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Do not let the mixture boil.
In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks; whisk about half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Pour egg yolk mixture back into the hot mixture in the saucepan and cook, stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

Strain the mixture into a bowl; chill thoroughly in refrigerator or an ice bath. Fold in the cold blueberry mixture.

Now comes the decision time - A - Freeze following ice cream machine manufacturer's instructions.

or B - do a little work. Put into a large non breakable bowl. Place in freezer. Every 15 - 20 minutes stir the mixture. Adjust times as needed.

Then get a big bowl and a spoon - maybe some sprinkles and whipping cream and dig in!!!!

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

What a rude, arrogant man. He did not have the upbringing to know to introduce himself. Branwyn's Love on Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #hotread

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for you the reader to discover current WIP or previously published book by possibly new to you authors.

Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my just released hot medieval romance - Branwyn's Love.

Scene set - Branwyn is exploring the castle's lands. I am skipping all the sex-related scenes. Branwyn was travelling through a maze and came up several situations that she did not understand. She panics and runs.

She raced through the maze, hoping the next path would lead her to the exit. Her heart pounded as her legs grew weary. She slowed her pace. A small opening appeared where a section of the hedge was dead. She forced her way through, glad to be free of the terrifying place but concerned as to where she now stood. The maze she passed through now blocked her view of the castle and gardens. With no one around, Branwyn fought back tears as a cold shudder of fear raced through her. She refused to re-enter the maze and make her way back to the entrance. Which way to turn? Left or right? She collapsed onto the ground and heaved a troubled sigh.
A horse’s snort startled her. She rose and hurried toward the sound. Two magnificent beasts—human and animal—stood beside a small creek. The black horse, dusty from the trail, drank as the man wiped his chin and returned a wineskin to his horse’s saddle. The man stood in profile to Branwyn but seemed a fine specimen. His face had a pleasantly formed brow, nose and chin and curly, black hair skimmed his shoulders. His arms and chest looked strong enough to easily manage the large sword hanging at his side. The horse turned an ear toward her, lifted his head and whinnied. Startled, the man returned from his reverie and looked at her.
Branwyn scurried over. “Oh please, sire. My name is Branwyn. I come from Black Dorn. I am newly arrived and have gotten lost. Can you please direct me?”
His brow wrinkled. “If you live at Black Dorn, who is your serving girl? Your duna?”
“Leah serves me. Duna Trea is to… to… instruct me.”
“Explain why you’re so far from Dorn.”
“I wandered about the flower garden and entered the maze. Once there, I got lost.” Her eyes filled with tears and she lowered her head.
“Did you enjoy the maze?” His voice made her want to giggle.
Branwyn shook her head.
“No? But it is a place of games and pleasure. Did you not go there to seek pleasure?”
“No, I found no pleasures there. Only games I do not understand.” She wiped away a tear. “Please sire, I am tired and hungry and feel I may soon collapse. Which way must I travel to return to Black Dorn?”
His horse nudged him in the back with his nose. The man placed both strong hands around her waist and lifted her to his saddle. He mounted the horse, tugged on the rein and directed his horse back to Black Dorn.
When they entered the courtyard, Leah ran across the cobblestones, skidded to a stop and dropped to her knees. The horse halted a few feet in front of her. Branwyn slipped down from the stallion, curtsied to her escort and walked to her serving girl.
“Leah.” His voice boomed across the courtyard. Still kneeling, Leah quivered. “Do not let your dune wander about freely. She needs guidance.” As he turned, a stable boy reached for the reins. He tossed them over, dismounted and strode toward the castle.
When the sounds of his footsteps faded, Leah stood.
“I do not need guidance,” Branwyn snapped. “I got lost. What a rude, arrogant man. He did not have the upbringing to know to introduce himself.”
“Dune Branwyn,” whispered Leah as she led her into the castle, “That is Gon Lacke’s eldest son. He will inherit the castle, lands and people. There will be a feast tomorrow to honour his safe return. But now, I must get you to your room. You must be exhausted from your day. A bowl of mulled wine will soothe you.”

Daryl Devoré pens another hot read – the medieval romance -Branwyn’s Love.

The tale of a young woman sold as a courtesan in training. Branwyn arrives in a new land to begin daily lessons in the bewildering art of bedding a man.

The noblewoman chosen to be Prince Malacke’s bride rejects him by bedding his hated rival. Malacke turns his anger towards increasing the power and wealth of Black Dorn castle. And he succeeds until his attention is captured by the face of the woman who will be his queen.

Note: This book contains elements of domination, submission, and fetishes. If these concepts disturb you, please do not purchase or read this book. Branwyn’s Love was formerly known as Black Dorn and published by New Dawning.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Emily Knight I AM... is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who is far from ordinary and she hates it! YA MG Fanatsy Emily Knight I am... by A. Bello #YA #MGFantasy

Emily Knight I Am....
Emily Knight Series Book 1
by A. Bello
Genre: YA, MG Fantasy

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

 Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, One of Us is Lying by Karen M.McManus, Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Life Swap by Jane Green, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown and the Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series by Louise Rennison

What book do you think everyone should read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books written.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I was eight but it was just for fun. I got serious maybe when I was about 12.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
They usually come to me at the same time, just before I start writing.

Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is definitely one of my careers and I feel very fortunate that it is

What do you think about the current publishing market?
 I think it's slowly evolving. Publishing is a very slow industry and for me the whole discussion of diversity is pretty strange. I come from a dance background which is so diverse so coming into publishing, which isn't is probably something I'll never get used to. There are now loads of books with strong female characters but the diverse side still needs some work.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read everyday. Nothing beats a good book. I love chick lit!! It's my guilty pleasure. I really like psychological thrillers and YA fiction.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
 Depends on my mood! Sometimes I just need to focus and need complete silence and other times the silence is stifling and I'll play some Hip-Hop as I write. For some reason it doesn't distract me at all. Rapping along can help! Like right now I'm listening to Travis Scott 'Sicko Mode' and I'm convinced it's helping me write faster.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I have a bad habit of having multiples at a time but training myself to be more disciplined and just focus on one. It's so tempting when a book is challenging to write and you get this new idea and you just want to get stuck in. I think most writers are guilty of that.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Harry Potter for obvious reasons! I did fall in love with Holding Up The Universe as soon as I read it.

Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. I used to write pen to paper and then would type it up but my writing is so rubbish it would take me forever to work out what the hell I was writing.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
 I never even thought of being a writer until my English teacher told me to be. My mum was training me to be a tennis player or a lawyer.  I think being a writer is the best choice for me. I think I'm bringing something a bit different and I feel like Emily Knight ticked the boxes of diversity and a strong female lead, ahead of the curve, way before it became a discussion.

Advice they would give new authors?
Your first book may not be the break out star and that's okay! Keep writing and perfecting your craft. Your book will end up where it needs to be

Describe your writing style.
Hmm I don't really know! I've been told I write dialogue well like it's real and I create vivid imagery and I'm funny!

What makes a good story?
I would say relatable characters. Most stories aren't original but the characters make the story.

What are they currently reading?
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picolut

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I kind of write an overall blurb on what the book is about and then just go for it. As I'm writing more ideas develop and I usually have a list of the main characters with their description, flaws and how they link to my main character.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Trying to be the next big thing. Trends change so much in publishing. Remember the Twilight era? Just write what you would love to read. Also most authors think they want to be traditionally published but then don't want to give up their control of the book. Research as there are so many ways to get published and maybe not all of your books are right for the traditional market

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
 I don't think either of them. I write what I want to read and just what I feel like I'm missing from books I've read.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You've got this girl

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Oh gosh it can take me up to a year. Want to try and do it quicker as I want to hit 7 books before I'm 40. I reached my goal of 3 books by 30 so I'm upping the stakes.

Do you believe in writers block?
A million percent. Best advice is just to leave it for a week and then come back to it with fresh eyes. Usually in that week break, I'll think of the perfect idea to get the story to move forward.

Emily Knight I AM... is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who is far from ordinary and she hates it! The daughter of a heroic warrior and the press favourite problem child. Against her wishes she is sent to the Osaki Training School to control her powers. She learns to fly, breathe under water and battle but someone has their eyes set on Emily and now she has to chose between the two people she loves.

Emily Knight I AM... has elements of grittiness that is more mature than other fantasy books. As well as being laugh out loud funny, the characters are real, complicated and relatable. A. Bello pushes the boundaries by breaking the conventions in this diverse, absorbing novel.

Emily Knight I Am...Awakened
Emily Knight Series Book 2

Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It's the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all?

**Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!**
**Finalist for London's Big Read 2019!**

A. Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily Knight series (Emily Knight I am... & Emily Knight I am...Awakened)

She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote in school.

A. Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the intention of filling in a gaping hole in children's fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)

A. Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The Lil' Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.

A. Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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Monday, 25 February 2019

Did he come around too late to save her from a threat to both his ranch and her safety? BJ Wane's Submitting to the Rancher #erotic #suspense #cowboy

TITLE: Submitting To The Rancher
RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2019
PUBLISHER: Blushing Books
GENRES: Erotic romance, BDSM, spanking, HEA, suspense, cowboy
BUY LINKS:https://www.amazon.com/Submitting-Rancher-Cowboy-Doms-Book-ebook/dp/B07MHXBJZ8

*One look into his intent, cobalt gaze and her heated response made her forget her troubles.
*He showed her the error of her ways by delivering painful consequences.  She showed him she wasn’t giving up by embracing each punishing swat.
*He ignored her then reprimanded her and finally succumbed to her charms.  But did he come around too late to save her from a threat to both his ranch and her safety?
*She could find no way out of the dilemma that sent her fleeing until he showed her another side of his dominant control.
Sydney Greenbriar finds more than she bargained for when she gets lost on her way to report for a new job and finds herself at a BDSM club. Peering in through the window, her attention, and libido are both snagged by one man delivering some old-fashioned discipline to a young blonde. After he runs her off, both are surprised to discover she is the new cook he’d hired for his ranch.
Caden MacGregor wanted to turn away the cheeky woman he’d caught spying on his club without remorse, but desperation for a cook forced his hand. Sydney proved to be a definite asset to his employees, and a royal pain in his butt. Somehow, her penchant for getting lost and landing in trouble, along with her determination to return to the club as a guest, soon slid past his resistance.
It took a threat to Sydney and unearthing the truth about what made her flee her home in Missouri to force them to admit their feelings and get her to stay as more than his cook.
Publisher’s Note: This contemporary western romance is intended for adults only and contains themes of mystery, suspense, power exchange, ménage and adult themes. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
Guilt had coiled through him like an insidious snake and kept Caden from enjoying himself once he arrived at The Barn. Instead of seeking a willing sub to spend the evening with, he’d sat at the bar brooding over a pair of hurt, green eyes and a lonely figure standing on his front porch as he’d driven away. Connor hadn’t helped, accusing him of being too hard on Sydney, not giving enough consideration to her new arrival in the state. Finally giving up on getting any enjoyment out of the night, he left it to his brother and best friend, Grayson Monroe to close up and returned home to check on their new cook.
He hadn’t expected to find her up, standing in the dim light of the kitchen wearing nothing but a skimpy nightshirt hiked up to reveal the edge of pink panties as she reached for a glass with a shaking hand. “What’s wrong?” he barked, striding forward and turning her to face him. Her slender body shook under his hands on her shoulders and her face was paler than usual, but those arresting eyes snapped with green fire when she jerked away from him.
“Nothing, I got up to get a drink and didn’t hear you come in.”
“The house is well-insulated against the harsh winters. What’s wrong?” he asked again, some insane part of him needing to know despite the way she crossed her arms in a belligerent stance of stubbornness.
“I couldn’t sleep.”
The evasive shift of her eyes gave away that untruth, drawing his scowl. “Do your hands always shake when you can’t sleep?”
She avoided his question again with a point-blank one of her own. “Did you have fun with your blonde?”
Exasperated, Caden swore and demanded, “Are you going to tell me what happened to upset you?”
Sydney tilted her head and regarded him with a probing stare before asking, “Are you going to let me into your club?”
She’s like a damn dog with a bone. “No.”
“Then goodnight, boss.”
Sydney moved to brush by him and, unable to let her go just yet, Caden gripped her arm and hauled her against him. Frustration with the entire, fucked-up night ripped through him. Fisting his free hand in her red hair, he tilted her head sideways and dipped down to nip at the soft, tender flesh of her neck. Her gasp went straight to his cock; her low moan as he stroked his tongue over the bite jerked him into a semi-erection. Lifting his head enough to coast over her lips with his, he warned in a low voice, “Be careful what you wish for, Sydney. You may just get more than you bargained for.” Before he could give into the temptation to toss her down and bury himself inside her slick heat right there on the kitchen floor, he released her and stepped back.
“Goodnight.” Caden left her standing there with a bemused expression, but that was better than the stress lining her face from whatever had kept her awake. He needed to learn to remain calm and unaffected by her, to remind himself she was just another employee, here to do a job, and that was the extent of their involvement.

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