Monday, August 31, 2015

Blogging block and vacation

Hi folks. I have been having a real hard time writing a blog this week. I have a draft for "why I am gluten free" but it's not getting finished. I guess it's not time yet. Anyway, I will be on vacation starting Wednesday for a week, so I very likely will not get a blog written during. But I will certainly have one for when I get back so please stay tuned.

Love love love

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cranberry Orange Muffins (recipe courtesy of Paleo Newbie)

I got some organic cranberries from work and decided I should make something with them. I perused Pinterest and found a Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe from the Paleo Newbie recipe here. I modified it a bit, which I will explain below. They turned out quite tasty and I will definitely be taking a few into work tomorrow to share. Quite possibly I will also freeze them to have for my road trip next week.

Again, the original recipe can be found over on Paleo Newbie's site

  • I subbed the almond flour for some of GF Jules' Gluten Free Flour ((find that HERE) and some of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour because I ran out of GF Jules (Bob's Red Mill is here).
  • I did not use raw honey but used some local honey which worked out well.
  • I subbed pecans for walnuts which I LOVE.
  • Orange zesting was difficult but I managed to get SOME. (I need a zester or a better grater).
I made 12 muffins, which I was skeptical about, but they turned out well. I just had to test it before bed and they came out very well. I am excited to eat some for breakfast! 

FYI the dough is VERY thick and sticky. Have patience hard, I know!) These are filling, bursting with cranberry goodness, and well worth the stickiness. Please check out the original recipe from Paleo Newbie and tell her Kate sent you! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Turn of the Moon" book blast!

Title- Turn of the Moon
Series- Royal Shifters Standalone Series
Genre- Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Expected Publication  Date-  August 25th, 2015

One girl. Two wolves. Promised to one. Destined for the other.

To escape the cruel, overbearing, Kade, the Yukon Pack alpha she’s been promised to, Bailey Whitehill flees her home in search of a new life, one of freedom where she can make her own choices. However, Kade will stop at nothing to make her his and begins the hunt.

As Bailey starts her new life, everything she’s known to be true, is not. Time is of the essence and choices have to be made or consequences suffered. Not only does Bailey fear Kade, but another danger lurks deep in the recesses of the forest. Unbeknownst to her, that danger is what she’s been searching for all along. At the turn of the moon, her fate hangs in the balance . . . and it’s up to her to make the right choice.

Go buy it at:

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over twenty novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

The Authors' Links:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review of V.V. Inn Series Box Set

I am very honored to read and review C. J. Ellison's V.V. Inn Box set. I had read the first book awhile back and let the others sit on TBR list long enough. This box sex includes the prequel and the first three books, which I will break down for you here.

1. DEATH'S SERVANT (Prequel Novella). This is the back story on Jonathan. It gives the reader great insight on just how Jon became the human servant to Dria. Must read! 

2. VAMPIRE VACATION (Book 1). I love this book. It's told in first person via Dria (aka Vivian). She is one hot ticket, a half-century-year-old vampire with unique talents, especially with her human partner, Rafe, alongside her. They run a supernatural inn in Alaska together, which is definitely an interesting setting. They run into some trouble when a dead body shows up...but it all works out in the end. Lots of adventure, steamy sex, and good times!

3. THE HUNT (Book 2). This one was a bit slower than #1. Unlike the previous stories this one is told from 5 characters' perspectives, which can get a bit tricky, but C.J. pulls it off well. It's titled "the Hunt" as the plot revolves around the hunt of a rogue vampire whom is brought forth by the treacherous Tribunal, and one of Dria's arch-enemies. More action, adventure, and sexiness with great character development and insight. 

4. BIG GAME (Book 3). This book is by far my favorite in the series (of those that I have read). Dria, Rafe, and a small part of their seethe go off to their summer home in Argentina, leaving behind Jon and his pack, and Asa. The book cycles through perspectives again and there are 2 plot lines going on but it all flows smoothly into one fantastic read. 

Next to read in the series is: 
Death Times Two (Book 4) which I will have to download tonight. 

Find miss C.J. all over the net: (her website)

This particular collection can be found:

C.J. has some other books everyone should read also! Visit her website and/or other places to discover them. Please purchase this box set to get started! 

xo Kate 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My new favorite go-to snacks

  1. Superseedz  Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds Coco Joe. I love the crunch, the amazing richness of the chocolate and the 7g of protein per serving (1/4c)! Plus they are peanut free, tree nut free, gluten free, vegan and Non-GMO. 
  2. Biena Chickpea Snacks Cinnamon Maple flavor. OMG these are delectable! I love to nosh on these after a run. They satisfy the sweet and savory cravings without any guilt! Gluten free and all natural. 
  3. i heart keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Clusters. I usually pop a few in my mouth before or after a run. Non-GMO and gluten free. 
I got all of these things at the GF & AF Expo in July but you can find them on-line and in some stores! 

Biena Foods:

Superseeds Coco Joe
i heart keenwah quinoa clusters
I already threw away the Biena foods bag! Please go pick up any and all of these. You will not be disappointed.

*I am not paid or sponsored by any of these companies!

"Elfin Blood" Release Day!

August 20th, 2015

Scorned by her own kind for her mixed-breed elf status, Julija lives a lonely existence as an outcast among her Ivory elf kin. When a magical book in elfin lore is stolen, she’s directed by her King to retrieve the book. Little of the heist goes as planned, and nothing about the vampire is as it appears. 

Landau is fascinated by the elf stalking him and baffled by the hunger she elicits from him after ten thousand years of celibacy. Discovering she’s a pawn in a dangerous game orchestrated by none other than his reviled enemy, he’s determined to thwart their plans to pilfer the Book from his control.

When truths are revealed, Julija and Landau must decide if what the heart desires is more important than bloodlines.

“Hello, darling,” Landau drawled, drawing Julija’s attention.
His little stalker merely glared at him. Landau leaned an elbow on the table, blocking her view of her male friend. Her gaze grew frostier.
“Careful, careful.” He waved a finger at her and dropped his voice to his most charming tone. “You don’t want to give me frostbite.”
She looked at her companion, and Landau thought he saw irony in her eyes. He smiled before canting his head around to take stock of her friend. The man stared straight at him with a tight, knowing smile.
Landau stumbled back a step. Realizing he’d reacted, he planted his feet and cooled his rising temper. “To what do I owe the honor of the Ivory King’s presence in my city?”
“Ivory what?” Julija echoed in feigned disbelief, but the slight widening of her eyes suggested he’d shocked her with his knowledge.
“Save it, love,” he said with a killing glance, mocking her lie. “And why are you stalking me?”
“Oh, do beg off.” She rolled her eyes. “I’m not stalking you.”
The highborn elf cut Landau off with, “Your life’s in danger.”
“What?” Landau narrowed his eyes on the royal cretin. “Am I supposed to believe you’re here to protect me?”
The very idea is ludicrous!
The snot inclined his head.
Landau scoffed. “Bulletin! I’m a vampire.”
“Save it, love,” Julija shot back at him.
Landau whipped his head about and raised his eyebrows. Her sarcasm almost jerked a laugh out of him, but he managed to cage it at the last moment. The grin twitching at his lips had no hope of being totally eradicated.
She gave him a tight smile. “Call yourself whatever you like, you’re still a Crimson elf.”
“Yeah.” He flashed his incisors at her for no other purpose than to taunt her. Their races weren’t on friendly terms. She had her Ivory King to thank for that. “That didn’t seem to matter when the rest of you fucking elves decided to eradicate us. Don’t expect me to believe you suddenly care.”
“We allowed your race to survive.” The sardonic comment came from her snotty friend.
“So you have.” Pompous bastard probably thought he could’ve killed Landau. Alberic was a threat to Landau’s children. Landau raked his gaze over the elf-man. “I believe I recall you from another time.”
Before Landau became a vampire at Chaos’ whim, he’d known the Ivory King well, and this elf wasn’t the true blood King.
The elf cocked his head to the side, as if waiting further comment or assessing if Landau would out their former relationship to Julija.
“Do you like what you see?” Landau turned his attention to Julija instead of elaborating, snubbing the royal elf.
Julija sputtered. “I b-beg your um pardon?”
“You were studying me.”
“No.” She sniffed and scrunched her nose as if his scent offended her. “I wasn’t.”
The situation amused him, and he called her bluff with a knowing grin. Intrigued, he watched her eyes focus on his fangs a moment before she licked her lips. His cock responded with a twitch. A fascinating reaction since he’d been impotent for ten thousand years. Being aroused by an Ivory elf—an enemy—was damn inconvenient.
“Would you care to dance?” Landau surprised himself with the request.
She flicked a nervous glance in the direction of the man-elf. She swallowed hard and flattened her tone, “I don’t dance.”
“Good.” Landau clamped his fingers around her wrist and yanked her to her feet. She squawked like any human would and stumbled to catch her footing. “I’ll have the pleasure of teaching you the moves I prefer.”
“What part of ‘I don’t dance’ don’t you get, vampire?” Angry, she fairly spat the word vampire. Her eyes gleamed and turned him on as did the fury smoking her voice.
“How about the part where I don’t give a damn?”

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/lacrosse/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football, and coffee...addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes is multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, and contemporary romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at