Summer Reading and My Favorite Seafood Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the warm weather that’s finally arrived – especially after the longest winter on record, both in the US and Canada.

To celebrate summer’s arrival, my Multi-Award Winning Novel DINOSAURS AND CHERRY STEMS is on sale for just 99 cents during June and July.

Here’s the blurb:

Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms. 

Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo. 

Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.

Get it here:

Its Award-Winning sequel THE SUGAR TICKET is also on sale, featuring newlyweds Cindy and Jay DeMatteo.

From the award winning Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, the beloved Cindy and Jay DeMatteo return in the sequel The Sugar Ticket, a tale that chronicles their marital journey as they attempt to alleviate a sour past and embrace a sweeter future together. Join these two midlife adolescents as they learn how to gently overcome their marital hurdles.

Cindy and Jay are always stepping out of the box of normalcy. Never a dull moment with these newlyweds as they explore new adventures, both the humdrum and exhilarating. 

Enjoy their light-hearted humor and occasional rants, while they meet their daily tribulations head on. Cheer them on as they face the most fundamental challenge of all: Staying in love forever.

Interested? Get it here:

After their marriage, Cindy and Jay have an extended family. Here’s what the reviewers are saying in this engaging, summer story FALLING FOR NIAGARA, featuring Jay DeMatteo’s son Jace.

Review by Amazon Customer:

Niagara Falls is one place most honeymooners visit. It’s romantic, powerful, and a force of nature. It also may have a bit of magic mixed in. Two single people show up at the Falls, each one for their own particular reasons.

Destiny, fate or something else alerts one of these people to the other. From that moment on this couple knows they are meant to be. They are forever linked. How about you? Think destiny or fate lends a hand at times?

Such a romantic book – It will pull you down in your chair on page one and won’t let you go until THE END. It’s touching and beautiful while still being funny. Well written and with characters you’d find in anywhere, this book will lighten your heart considerably.

Ms. Ricci seems to be able to put words into thoughts in a way that will have you shaking your head in agreement. Just a touch of whimsy keeps you involved. I really like this one.

Available on Amazon:

Another of my favorite stories originates at the Jersey shore where I grew up, and begins with one of my favorite pastimes as a child – gathering sea glass, where the breakers meet the sand. SHARING SEA GLASS

Emotional Rescue: Jo & Peter are waves away from falling in love unless Jo’s emotions are based on hero worship after a near drowning incident. Peter’s attraction to Jo is more than physical, so does fate have an agenda savvier in mind? Plus there’s that Uber guy…

If you’re into anthologies (and who isn’t), find your perfect match with SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight and second chance romances. Pretend the ocean’s tickling your toes with these great beach romances, guaranteed to sweep you away! FREE on KU or just $0.99 You’re just one click away from Rapture.

From the Arctic coast to tropical beaches, Greek islands to the Jersey shore, love and romance swell with the tides. Find your perfect pair with SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight, second chance romance, Alaska villagers to a beachcomber billionaire, a rodeo clown to a Greek tycoon. Sweet and sassy tales that will keep you grasping your Kindle ’til the battery runs out. Keep your charger handy! You won’t want to miss any of these stories by award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Authors!

If you’re a seafood lover, here’s a light easy recipe to tickle your palate.

Lemon Butter Scallops or Shrimp:

  • 2 Tablespoons virigin olive oil
  • 1 pound of scallops or shrimp, brought to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, or seafood broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Lightly simmer the garlic in the olive oil and butter, five easy minutes in a large skillet. Add the white wine, or the broth if preferred, and the lemon juice. When thoroughly heated, slowly add the seafood of your choice. Turn each piece with a tong after 3 minutes, and simmer 3 minutes more. Serve over rice, but I prefer Orzo. Sprinkle with the parsley and Voila! You’ve a delectable dish easily serving two – three hardy appetites. Want to get crazy? Double the ingredients and invite some guests! I promise they’ll thank you.

Wait a minute ~ Did I mention we’re running a giveaway? Are you interested in winning a gift gift card or a free book? Click here to find out more details on this month’s contest! Good Luck and have a Happy Summer!

#MGTAB @mimisgang1

Strong Heroines Make Memorable Characters #mgtab

Well, here I am again, attempting to answer another question about favorites—which I really don’t have an answer for. The reason this is difficult for me is because it’s not specific characters who stand out for me as much as it is their traits, personalities and sense of humor, which is why I enjoy specific authors.

I guess sometime during the past ten years, I’ve switched my mindset over to writer, even when I am reading a story for enjoyment. These days, I don’t have much opportunity to read, but in the past, I would read an entire novel a day, and sometimes more.

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