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On the last weekend of October, I participated in HallowRead, held in Ellicott City, MD. It was fun to wander from one haunted venue to the next and share panel-time with other writers of dark fantasy, including Jordan K. Rose.

Jordan’s readers know she’s a writer of vampire fiction, but what they might not realize – she is delightful in person. As HallowRead drew to a close, Jordan was packing up in preparation to catch a train home. On my way out the door loaded down with a stack of copies of The Enchanted Skean and The Greener Forest, I stopped by her book-signing area to chat and taste one of the scrumptious chocolate truffles she’d brought for attendees to eat. As I praised both her writing and the chocolates, she handed me the tray of truffles.

“Enjoy!” she said. “I’m not carrying these back on the train.”

I thanked her, took the mouth-watering candies (and box of my books) to my car, and drove home trying not to eat the chocolates. Sigh. I succeeded in limiting the number of truffles consumed to only 3!

So when I learned that Jordan’s Black Magic Rose, Book One in The Alliance Series was available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, I wanted to share with my readers a bit about her and her newest novel.

First, a small bite of her bio:

399142_417556164958571_958207604_n “Jordan loves vampires. But if you know anything about Jordan, you already knew that detail. What you didn’t know – it wasn’t long ago that she began writing about them.

A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book, Perpetual Light came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.

In October of 2013 The Demon Mistress, the first Eva Prim Novel became available along with four short stories. For continual updates on Eva please join the Snack Of The Week Club at www.evaprim.com

Jordan is a member of the national Romance Writers of America organization and several chapters. When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labrador, Dino, on the beautiful beaches of Southern Rhode Island.”

Black Magic Rose 1 And now, a little taste of her new book, Black Magic Rose, from the blurb: “Is it possible to reduce the amount of workplace violence in an organization run by vampires and werewolves? Sofia Engle, the new Employee Relations Manager at Cader House Hospital is about to find out, and she may not like the answer, or the series of firsts she experiences: first human employee at Cader House, first day tardy, first kiss with a dead guy. Well, maybe kissing the dead guy wasn’t the worst of it after all.

For nearly 600 years Dragomir Petrescu has fought for The Alliance. As one of the most skilled warriors the Alliance has ever seen he’s killed a lot of people and won many difficult battles. But his newest human adversary is turning out to be a worthier opponent than any he’s met. Just the scent of her disarms him, never mind her endless policies and silly ideals about civility.

Can he possibly keep her safe from Alliance enemies, hospital employees and himself? The term Employee Relations is about to have a whole new meaning.”

Dying to drink in more? Here are the Black Magic Rose purchase links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ggbOIu

Kobo: http://bit.ly/18LDK4G

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1f7PNZ6

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Readers and Writers Recipes: Chocolate Waffles

These brownie-like chocolate waffles are a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. All you need is confectionery sugar to sprinkle on the waffles before serving, but sometimes I put a scoop or 2 of ice cream on top of a chocolate waffle for an extra-special treat. Like last week’s Pepperoni Pizza Dip, Chocolate Waffles work well for a book club or readers’ group get-together, family party, or any other fun gathering.

Chocolate Waffles

Ingredients:

1/2 cup margarine (or butter if you prefer), softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

6 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup milk (I use skim)

1-1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

1- Cream margarine and sugar. Then, beat in eggs one at a time.

2- Stir in vanilla, vegetable oil, and cocoa.

3- Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Then, add milk. Mix until well-blended.

4- Follow the directions on your waffle iron for cooking waffles. Serve hot or cold.

Notes:

1- Make sure your waffle iron is well-oiled or sprayed with a vegetable cooking spray (like Pam).

2- Watch closely. As soon as the waffles appear cooked, remove them. Remember, because they’re chocolate, it’s harder to tell if they’re burning.

3- The cinnamon is optional. Some people prefer the waffles without it.

Appearing Monday on Whimsical Words: a guest post from author, JM Johansen.

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This fancy-looking and delicious bundt cake is easy to make, because it begins with a prepared cake mix. Chocolate-lovers and fans of “black-bottom cupcakes” will especially enjoy it. Like last week’s Over-Night Shrimp Dip, Easy Fudge Ribbon Cake works well for a book club or readers’ group get-together or any other fun gathering.

Easy Fudge Ribbon Cake

1) Preheat oven to 350° F.

2) Grease & flour a 10” bundt cake pan. (Or spray pan generously with a vegetable-based cooking spray)

3) Make cake.

For cake:

1 package chocolate cake mix (2 layer size).

Ingredients listed on back of box for preparation of the cake mix.

Directions: Make cake according to directions on package. Pour into a prepared bundt cake pan.

4) Make filling.

For filling:

1- 8-ounce package of creamed cheese, softened

2 Tablespoons softened margarine (or butter)

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

1- 14-ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: In a small bowl, beat creamed cheese, margarine, and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour the creamy mixture evenly on top of cake batter.

5) Bake for 50-55 minutes.

6) Cool 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a rack.

7) Make glaze.

For glaze:

2 Tablespoons softened margarine (or butter)

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Cup confectionery sugar

2 Tablespoons boiling water

Directions: Mix ingredients together, then beat until smooth.

8) Place cake on serving plate and glaze, beginning at the top and letting the chocolate dribble down the sides. Serve.

Notes: Seriously, no one will imagine you used a boxed cake mix. I’ve had more requests for this cake recipe after I’ve served it than any other. – Vonnie

Appearing Monday on Whimsical Words: a “dark” guest post from author Ripley Patton.

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