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Friday, 26 July 2013

HOT OFF THE PRESS! The Friday Focus with Guest Author Aneesa Price


HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Welcome to 

The Friday Focus

This weeks main focus is an adult paranormal romance and contains scenes of explicit sex, violence and strong language - so I'm giving you an

ADVISORY NOTICE

Under 18's Please Leave the Room - Thank you for your co-operation! 

Anyway, back to this weeks feature, I take great pleasure introducing a fabulous author with her latest publication that's so new the ink is probably still wet! 

Plus I've got another couple of her other novels to share with you too, as well as two fabulous recipes ~ so let's dive in and make a start


Supernatural Seduction

Book II of The Coffin Girls Series

by

Aneesa Price



Book Blurb:

Witch-vampire, Sophie, has the power to feel and influence others’ emotions. With the establishment of the Coffin Girls as warriors for the Goddess that kick supernatural ass, the effects of her empath abilities threaten to harm her. Sylvain, the mischievous and seductive fae prince and Coffin Girls ally, offers her the assistance of the fae to hone her powers. Sophie is drawn to Sylvain, which unnerves her as her hope for love has only ever led to devastation. The two of them must face the demons of their past, unknown enemies and new evil to find true happiness at last.

"Once again Aneesa Price succeeds in transporting us to this magical world full of romance, action, & excitement! I am a true Aneesa Price addict...constantly needing more, more, more!" ~ Jeni’s Bookshelf & Reviews


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Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1

“No heartbeats. No smells. Just us. What’s going on?” V, black hair slicked back in a ponytail, eyes speculative, asked Anais.
They were in an alley between neglected buildings in the largely-abandoned Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The area had been a hive of activity until Katrina struck. Now it was characterized by desertion, buildings indistinguishable from each other, and lots conjoined by forests of ever-sprouting greenery. They heard the frequent cry of a domestic animal gone sad and wild or glimpsed the light of a ghost peaking at them from behind shattered windows. But, other than the noises of the natural and supernatural, there were no signs of man, human or otherwise.
“I’ve no idea,” replied Anais, leader of the Coffin Girls, as she crouched next to V behind the dumpster. “The tip-off gave this place, this time, and that’s it. Mr. Anon said to be ready to fight. I’m starting to think that Mr. Anon is the perp.” A human would be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of trees and plants asserting their presence from every possible surface – weeds as high as rooftops, shrubs sprouting oleander and lantana. It did not make visibility easy, unless you were a vampire, and being one, Anais could easily sweep the area for any forms of life, both human and supernatural.
“Something’s off,” V nodded in agreement, acknowledging the uneasy feeling that had settled in her gut. She caught a slithering movement to the side, tipped her head slightly in that direction, and hissed at the garter snake that passed by. The snake, sensing it was lower on the hierarchy, glided away. Comically, a chorus of similar sounds momentarily erupted as more reptiles decided to give the vampires a wide birth as quickly as possible. It wasn’t the snakes that were bugging her – although Anais had had to put up a few shields to feel calmer. What bugged her subconscious was that something extremely dangerous was about to happen. It was her mental Achtung! As a human, she'd often ignored her intuition. As a vampire and witch, she’d learned quickly, that it was a foolish thing to do.
“No shit, Sherlock,” Marie piped in as she crawled up behind them, her myriad of curls tucked in a black baseball cap. She’d come ready for action and was getting irritated by the wait. What’s more, the darned ghosts in the area were looking to get friendly with her. Somehow, her necromancy powers allowed her to not only see the spirits of the departed, but it acted like a magnet, pulling those who should have passed on towards her. Marie spotted a ghost waving frantically from a dilapidated neighboring roof top, trying to get her attention. She closed her eyes and shook her head. Guilt ate at her – she really should help them move on, which also meant that she’d need to begin her training. “Well, time for that later,” she thought, “we’ve a trouble-making supe to catch tonight.” Although trouble-making was a mild description for the darn supernatural being that was causing havoc in New Orleans. 
“I’m not comfortable with this,” offered Anais. “This smells like an ambush. Let’s head back.”
“Wait,” Sophie sent a mental message to her fellow Coffin Girls. “I can’t see or hear any supes either, but there are strong feelings coming through. And, they’re getting stronger.”
“What feelings?” Anais sent back. Eyes, the same shade of chocolate as her hair gave their surroundings yet another once-over. “From where?”
“It’s weird,” Sophie, continued the telepathic exchange.
“You’re telling me,” mumbled Marie.
V rolled her eyes and gave Marie a shove to shush.
With the glare Anais shot at them, they sobered up. “Carry on, Sophie.”
“The feelings are menacing, intent on harmful mischief, but at the core, they don’t feel evil. They’re excited."
“They?” inquired V.
“Yes,” Sophie replied, still communicating through their link, courtesy of their blood bond. Sophie concentrated on the emotions she felt and tried to pick out the different ‘flavors’ of each emotion. It was her way of clustering them. Her blonde hair, pulled back from her face into a ponytail, showed her pixie-like face scrunched up in concentration. The crease between her furrowed brows accentuated as she tried to feel the situation. “I can’t pick out different clusters. It’s like they’re all feeling in unison.”
“From which direction are they coming?” Anais asked.
“Middle of the alley,” Sophie replied.
“We thought, maybe it was our vantage point that was blocking us from seeing anything,” added Rose. “But, it sounds like you’re as blind to it as we are.”
“Yes,” replied Anais, still communicating telepathically, “and fighting blind is suicidal. I’m not putting you all in jeopardy.”
“Let’s just wait this out,” V interjected. “This is the first solid lead we’ve had the entire week.”
For the past week, New Orleans had been plagued by odder than usual occurrences. A woman had tried to kill her husband after accusing him of being a demon. A man had booked himself into a state mental institution. He claimed that whenever he entered his kitchen, blood poured down the walls and all the food in his refrigerator turned into human body parts. They were hacked and bloody, like a savagely torn buck at the mercy of hungry predators. Party-goers claimed to be possessed by spirits when their night-out supposedly turned violent. When the cops went to investigate the sites of the alleged violence, they found nothing. Naturally, the cops thought that the party-goers were on some kind of new drug and booked them anyway. In the last two days, hordes of children had begun to refuse to sleep. They were claiming that the boogie man was waiting for them under their beds.


Author Bio:


Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, as an expat, she’s ready to explore the world with her husband and two daughters.

Aneesa completed her internship in counseling psychology and went on to work first as a therapist and then in Corporate Finance in on projects and in organizational change. This diversity in experience, coupled with her understanding of the human psyche, is translated into her writing through the creation of believable, flawed characters with the innate ability to overcome adversity.

She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband.

She welcomes new connections so feel free to 'friend' her on facebook or follow her on twitter.

Connect with Aneesa:



Facebook Author and Reviewer Page:  https://www.facebook.com/AneesaPriceSugarandSpice




Coffin Girls, Elegantly Undead 
(Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Series)

Blurb:

A sexy, female vampire with secrets. A sinfully-handsome witch prince on a mission. A formidable Vampire Council with something to hide. 

A vampire descendent from the original Coffin Girls, Anais runs a successful event and wedding planning business from her majestic New Orleans plantation house. To the Vampire Council, she is seen as an exemplary hostess and household head of a misfit bunch of vampires. 

When Yves, her maker and head of the Vampire Council requests her assistance in hosting the mysterious, yet dashing Prince of Witches, Conall, she has no option but to accept. But Anais is the keeper of secrets; secrets that can kill. Protective of her family’s undiscovered uniqueness, Anais is guarded, yet intrigued by the enigmatic witch prince.
Conall and Anais are drawn together when confronted with fatal encounters and an unimaginable destiny… if she’s willing to accept it and fight.





Home for Love 
(An Adult Contemporary Romance)

Blurb:

Seven years ago sexy Bree fled Devil's Peak, Alaska, disillusioned with her high school romance and with a baby in her belly. Now, she's back and seeing devilishly handsome Todd again challenges her carefully constructed plans for amicable co-parenting.

Todd's delight at Bree's return swiftly turns to disgust when he discovers her secret and he vows to keep her at arm's length. Upon discovering the context behind her secreting their child, he decides to give their daughter the love and stable family home he never knew. Despite her attraction to Todd, Bree has no interest in rekindling their relationship and is focused on settling into the town.

But the town and its match-making busy-bodies are not willing to allow the lovers to remain apart and test their resolve in a series of planned misadventures.

Bree is home for good but will she be home for love?

Currently only on Amazon (KDP Select):

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Author Interview:

Hi Aneesa and welcome to The Friday Focus!

Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I currently live in South Africa with my two daughters. My husband is awaiting us in Kuwait and as soon as our visas are ready, we’ll be joining him. As I am happily married now for thirteen years and adore my husband, I am not waiting patiently. It’s torturous being without him but, I did always want a relationship as intense as Heathcliff and Catherine’s and now that I have it, I guess I can’t grumble about it. Still, I never quite feel comfortable in my skin without my other half with me. There are many positives about the move which helps with the waiting. Life as an expat is something I’m looking forward to, particularly the opportunities to provide our kids with opportunities that one doesn’t ordinarily find outside of expat life and for all of us to be able to travel and explore the world.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for about a year and a half and have been indie published for a year.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
I write what I love to read, which are romances - contemporary, paranormal and urban fantasy. I love reading and writing novels where characters have to overcome internal conflicts and work towards attaining their ‘happy endings’.

Are you working on anything new right now?
I have to write the next book in the Promise series. It will be Faith’s story and will unveil why she stopped painting and hopefully give her a happy ending.
I also want to start a Coffin Girls spin-off series. I’m quite excited about it. It will be a series of paranormal, erotic novellas where a task team made up of Unseelie, Seelie, Voodoo practitioners, Vamps and Shifters are formed by the Coffin Girls allegiance. The main character will be an Unseelie woman and she will be part of an elite paranormal team made up of a broody, mysterious vamp, a were, a witch and possibly an incubus. They will come across all manner of monsters and their role is to first gather as much intel as they can and then to eliminate. But they each have their own issues. The main character is not much of an Unseelie faerie too so all her internal conflict spills out onto the rest of the team, creating havoc and a hell of a lot of sex and killing. 

What motivates and inspires you to write?
My life, my loves and the journey I’m on… 

Who is your all-time favourite author?
Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Rice, Susan Mallory, Kathy Reichs (I can’t choose just one)

Can you us who your favourite indie author is?
There are many but here are some of the top indie authors I’ve encountered (and this is my personal opinion): Morgan Kearns, Belinda Boring, Heather Killough-Walden, Rose Pressey, Kelley Grealis, AJ Lape, Julie Cassar, CR Everett, JD Nelson, Rosanna Leo, Zrinka Jelic and Christoph Fischer.

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I just finished reading all the currently published novels in the Susan Mallory, Fools Gold series. It was fantastic - a quaint town filled with nosy, well-meaning characters and love stories that made me cry, laugh and fall in love with them.

If you could Time Travel, what year would you visit and why?
The 1950’s for the fashion, the Regency era for the chivalry, the times of ancient Babylon for the artistry and intelligence and today’s era for the food.  
  
Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
I write the book first and then decide on the title.

When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?
Yes. The bizarre, erotic or funny don’t bother me, but what does bother me is if something feels flat or I have a niggling sensation that it could be more. With my latest release, Coffin Girls book 2, Supernatural Seduction, I experienced that. I had just received my edited manuscript and decided to revisit it and subsequently made some slight modifications and additions until I was satisfied.

Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so what is it?
I used to work as a psychologist but left that profession and joined the corporate world for a variety of reasons. In May this year, I began a new career – that of full-time mom and writer as my husband was afforded an opportunity to work in Kuwait, so I’ll be an expat soon when my daughters and I join him.

Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
I scribble while I think it through with a cuppa at hand. If that doesn’t work, I go to a place that is crowded and that has a view (whether it is the garden or a restaurant by the beach). That usually works.

If you were stranded on a distant planet:-  which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
None – family and friendship is a big theme in all my novels. My heroes and heroines may not always start out with great relationships but as my stories progress, they begin to experience the joys and annoyances of friendship and love.

Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
I love cooking and baking, reading (I go through binges where I’ve been known to read 2 to 3 books a day), going to the beach, playing with the kids and making out with my hubby. *grins and winks*

If you didn’t write, what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
Baking and cooking – loads of it. Banging pots and pans is as effective as a stress reliever.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Mauritius. It’s an island off the East coast of Africa in the warm, Indian Ocean. It’s always been a dream of mine to go there with my hubby but something always came up that needed our time or money instead. One day, we will go there.

What is the one book you can’t live without?
Archeron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It has a variety of elements I enjoy in a novel – wonderful, interesting characters, a completely unique take on mythology and the paranormal, it reads like both a historical novel and a modern day paranormal romance (there are two parts to it) and it has some seriously sexy ‘steam’ and kick-ass action. 

Thanks Aneesa, and Mauritius is one of my all time Hot Destinations to visit too!


Something Extra:

Rhonda Plumhoff, the cookbook author of Literary Chocolate, A Second Helping, created these two recipes for Aneesa Price’s characters, Caroline (from Finding Promise) and Miss Suzette (from Coffin Girls):

Chocolate Mocha Crème Bruleé

Caroline had led the life of a high society daughter and wife, one that was filled with soul-destroying emotional abuse. Upon the death of her husband, she finds that she is financially incapable of supporting herself and flees New York without a plan or destination in mind. Her travels lead her to Promise, a small town on the New England coast.

Following instinct, she settles in Promise and begins to explore her new found independence and the pleasurable side of love with ruggedly handsome local, Luke Edwards.

Her financially privileged upbringing had provided her with the opportunities to travel and with her love for cooking; she shares culinary delights from all over the world with the willing residents of promise. But her new-found contentment is shattered as past resurrects itself and she needs to find the courage to face it before she can truly re-build her life.

Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup prepared espresso (strong black coffee)
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for topping
Directions

Preheat the oven to 325° degrees. Place 8, (6 ounce) ramekins on a baking sheet.
In a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, add cream, sugar, vanilla and espresso. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat until cream begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a large bowl, and slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have added approximately half the cream mixture to the yolks. At this point, pour in the remaining cream mixture and whisk smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, and let rest for 5 minutes. Stir the mixture until chocolate is smooth and creamy. Pour evenly into ramekins, cook for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate for 6 hours. Before serving; move the oven rack to the top position in the oven, preheat oven to broil. Sprinkle the tops of each Crème Brulee with granulated sugar, evenly coating. Place ramekin on baking sheet, and place under the broiler until sugar bubbles and turns a light caramel brown. Keep an eye on sugar it bubbles fast and you do not want it to burn. Serve immediately.
Yields 8 servings

Voodoo Chocolate Beignets

This endearing Voodoo, Cajun mama is a favorite character of many who read Coffin Girls. She rules the kitchen of Papillion Plantation, the majestic mansion of the witch-vampire sisters, with a wooden spoon and gruff affection. What’s more, she’s the human that grounds the powerful Coffin Girls and who encourages them to overcome the risky challenges that they face, including those that touch their magical hearts.
Miss Suzette is known for her Voodoo, or ‘kitchen magic’ but she is also a whizz with culinary creations believing that food replenishes the soul and nourishes the heart.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Directions

Before you begin to deep fry beignets, fill pan with oil until 3 inches deep, heat vegetable oil to 350° degrees in a deep heavy pot, over medium-high heat (or deep fryer).
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, heavy cream, hot water, egg, shortening, and salt; stir in yeast mixture. Mix dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest in bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, 30 minutes. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. While still warm, give beignets a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
Yields 20 beignets



I do hope you've enjoyed today's literary/culinary post and many thanks to Aneesa for sharing, and if you decide to make these delicious offerings, let me know how they turn out - better still, send me some - I NEVER Say NO to baked goods! 

Join me again tomorrow as I'm back with The Saturday Showcase.  

Until then, 

Keep Calm and Bake Something Yummy! 

Bella XX

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Bella - this is awesome! :) <3

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  2. I'm so glad you like it Aneesa!

    Anytime you need a promo, just shout...

    ♥ Bella ♥

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