Friday, August 24, 2012

Sweet Saturday~Heart of My Heart Tarts

Welcome to Sweet Saturday at Charlene Blogs.  For the next four months (all the way through the holidays), I'm going to be sharing some treats that you can make for your sweetheart, family, friends, and, of course, for you.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that simple is King.  Make it easy, and you've won my cooking and baking attention.  My daughters can attest to my inept abilities in the kitchen--just yesterday I burned the baked squash beyond crisp.  I made them promise not to hit me over the head with it as I cracked it on the counter top.  So, rest assured these recipes will be easy as well as yummy. *smile* And rest assured that I am not the creator of these treats.  All credit will be given to the wonderful sources.

To begin  Sweet Saturday off, I'm sharing a recipe for Heart of My Heart Tarts that I found at  They have some wonderful goodies there and you should check them out.

Heart of My Heart Tarts Recipe photo by Taste of Home  

Prep: 15 min + chilling.

Bake: 25 min. + cooling.

Yield: 8 servings.

  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy; beat in flour until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. 
  • Shape dough into eight balls; press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased heart-shaped or regular muffin cups. In a small bowl, beat egg. Beat in brown sugar and vanilla until blended. Stir in walnuts. Spoon into cups. 
  • Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts1 serving (1 each) equals 346 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 163 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Enjoy!  And let me know how that special someone or someones like them. *smile*

Until next time, may your dreams be magical.  


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Winner Announced

Orkut Myspace Congratulation Scraps, Graphics and Comments

Congratulations goes out to Martha T. who is the winner of my Special Giveaway For Fans!  She chose the copy of Cornerstone Deep Echoes and will also receive high resolution images of the Cornerstone Deep and Cornerstone Deep Echoes bookmarks to print as many as she likes.

Thank you all who entered.  All will receive a copy of Cornerstones: The First Ten Chapters From Cornerstone Deep.  If you have not received yours, please drop me a note and I'll get that right to you.  *smile*

Until next time, may your dreams be magical.  


Monday, August 20, 2012

Special Giveaway For Fans!

Saturday, the authors of Class Act Books had an author/reader chat at Coffee Time Romance.  It was our first time in their forums and we got off to a rocky start.  It was also the first time for me at one of these chats, and I was clueless about how to hold a giveaway there.  For those of you who dropped in to check it out and didn’t see me offer the giveaways I promised, I’m sorry.  To make up for it, I’m holding one here. 

For three days (now through Wed), I’m offering a PDF copy of either Cornerstone Deep or Cornerstone Deep Echoes (winner’s choice) and printable book marks. 


 *  Two lucky winners will be drawn.

 *  Everyone who enters will receive Cornerstones: The First Ten Chapters From Cornerstone Deep in the e-copy of your choice which introduces you to the Chronicles of Shilo Manor series. 

 *  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.  The winners will be drawn using and announced on Thursday.

 *  Of course, I added a lot of ways for you win extra entries.  Have fun!

Thank you all for your wonderful support! 
And Good Luck!

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Until next time, may your dreams be magical.  


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Guest Author, Kiki Howell--Tolerance and Compassion…

Please welcome Paranormal Romance Author, Kiki Howell, to Charlene Blogs.  I'm thrilled to have her here as my guest blogger today!

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
She has now had over twenty stories published between seven different small presses.  She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. Although, a bit of caution, most of her stories tend to hang out on the graphically sexy side of town.

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Tolerance and Compassion… Escape… and Fear Conquering Love… 

Yeah, I know, what does this all have to do with some dark, erotic, paranormal romantic suspense series? Well, let me try to explain…Bear with me. *giggles*

So often, after too much time on social media sites, or the off chance I catch the news, it’s easy to start viewing the world with a half-empty glass frame of mind. School bullies, judgmental adults, etc, can start to bring one down in their view of humanity. How do I process this all as a peace-maker, why can’t we just all get along, type person? Well, in my mind I get ticked…okay, steaming mad… You can feel sorry for my husband now. I’ll wait. LOL

Seriously though, I turn to my own form of therapy – writing. I find it easy too, to mouth off, rant if you will, about injustices in the world, through my paranormal fiction. I mean, people fight due to land lines, color of skin, and people they fall in love with. I find the fighting much more justified in a paranormal world where vampires, werewolves and witches have serious powers they can hurt each other with. *winks* And, it is in this dark and sexy world that I get to rant, first off, and then make my own point about how love, compassion, a little trying to put yourself in another’s shoes and unconditional love and refraining from judgment can go a long way to peace between clans.

The world can make one feel helpless, and so I’ve always been one to escape into books, into fantasy, to escape it all. Funny I pick such dark and paranormal stories to read, but then, it’s the world I like to escape into. Now, I not only read, but have the privilege of writing them. Guess I hope that they will give someone else a place to escape into. And, if I sneak in a little rant, a little message, well I hope they don’t mind. In my dark world full of prejudices and war, I promise you love – intense and sexy. But also, I deliver those who are passionate enough to fight, with all they are, for what they believe in and the one they love. Love conquering fear, well I think that is the only way… Want to see how this all translates into a three book series? Check out my Book Trailer and information my At War in the Willows series.

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At War in the Willows Series 

The Willows is a resort town run by vampires, werewolves and witches. Here, their true identities are kept secret from humans, and intimate relations between the individual clans are strictly forbidden.

When it becomes known that the vampire Amberlyn has fallen in love with the werewolf Kane, the tedious line of their co-existence has been crossed. Caught in the crossfire of this revelation, Drake, the vampire clan leader and Amberlyn’s maker, is killed along with an innocent witch. These deaths spark a series of horrific events leading to an all out War In The Willows.

In Book 1, Amberlyn’s vampire brother, Isaac, always one to kick ass first and deal with the consequences later, kidnaps a witch, Winter. He intends to find out what type of retaliation the witch clan is planning against the vampires and werewolves. In doing so, he finds so much more than he bargained for. 

By Book 2, Isaac and Winter devise a plan to try to get the Elders of the clans talking peacefully. But, things don't go as they'd hoped, and the fighting between the clans becomes more devious - deadly. Now, Devin, another Vampire of Drake's making, steps in to help pick up some of the pieces as his sister, Amberlyn, fights to be with the werewolf, Kane. 

When Book 3 begins, it is Devin who hides the biggest secret; he’s in love with a local human. In a moment of desperation – of love – Devin sweeps this human, Sara, away to his home in order to keep her out of harm’s way.

Unexpected close encounters, bodies ripe with need, and situations beyond their control lead to forbidden relationships. Now three vampires, a witch, a werewolf and a human must ride along the edges of the rules. They will attempt once unthinkable romantic entanglements despite all those who oppose their relationships while fighting for their lives as well.

With the Willows full of violence and bloodshed, meetings and magic amiss, will the clans ever be able to find peace among them again? Or, will this war destroy the Willows?

Genres:  Erotic, Paranormal (Vampire, Witch, Werewolf) Romance

Book I, The Vampire's Witch - Available Now at AmazonNNP Store and All Romance eBooks 
Book II, The Vampire's Wolf - Available Now at AmazonNNP Store and All Romance eBooks
Book III, The Vampire's Human - Coming Fall 2012
Reviews for Book I, The Vampire's Witch

“This is the first adult book I've read by Kiki Howell. And it was delicious! Good plot, great characters and sexy enough to raise the temperature in my house about 20 degrees... It's a very fast read, only about 50 pages. But it's a real page turner!” ~4/5 Stars by Lilac Wolf

“Ms Howell weaves a spell binding web that ensnares the mind and lets the reader drift away in to another world. I highly look forward to the next two books in this series!” ~4/5 Stars by Phoenix Johnson

The Vampire’s Wolf, Book Two

Into his arms she fell, knocked them both off balance until they landed on the bed with the grace of lovers long kept apart. That’s to say, no beauty or finesse at all; just two bodies which came together, joined as close as they possibly could from head to toe, connected by what felt like the beat of only one heart. Even though the fall was enough to take one’s breath away, Amberlyn felt like she’d really taken her first real breath in a long time when Kane’s mouth took hers. His lips claimed hers, pressed down hard, consumed her own. He nipped at one spot, kissed another, parted her lips with his tongue. She relented, gave herself more than willing, ready and able.
As they rediscovered all a simple kiss could be, their limbs tangled together, warred for closeness that would never be enough, could never be enough unless joined as one. Sometimes, even not then.
No matter what people were, no matter what the social laws, regardless of the social conventions, beyond the uninformed beliefs, the rulers of their clans could not police or keep apart two hearts such as theirs – so hopelessly in love. Her vampire heart wanted a werewolf and she had to live with the consequences of her actions. They’d held back, not seen each other since her maker, Drake, had been killed when her relationship with Kane went public. Still, no amount of time apart, blood shed, threat of war or all-consuming guilt was going to change the way she felt about Kane.
This week her traitorous, dead heart had broken, had missed Kane and Drake. All she’d really done with her time was lay low as if she’d been told and get pissed about with the way things were. In their small resort town of the Willows, in the mountains of Tennessee, witches and werewolves and vampires were supposed to co-exist, mingle for show in public, but not form relationships and never, ever fall in love. But, sadly, the announcement that she loved Kane had gotten Drake killed and a witch dead in the crossfire. Now it seemed war had been declared against the clans.
She’d had hours to pine away the last few days, lost in all of her losses, to think on such things – what she’d done right, what she’d done wrong, how to make herself love no one – but there was no reasoning with the cold, dead organ which beat no more in her chest. Though the guilt was a bitch, she would forever long to be in Kane’s arms. These were the sad facts, her own catch-twenty-two.

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Congratulations Goodreads Giveaway Winner!

The Cornerstone Deep Echoes Goodreads Giveaway has ended, and we have a winner!

Congratulations Brooke!

Your signed paperback and bookmarks will be in the mail tomorrow.

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Just a note to remind everybody that the Aumelan Name the Character Contest is still going on and will end on August 31st. You can find the full details on the previous blog entry, but I'll give you the rundown here....
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I've posted a Rafflecopter on my Facebook Fan page and added it here so you can just click and enter. You can suggest up to 10 names. :) First name only.

If I find one I think fits her personality, the name will be in my upcoming Aumelan book. And if you suggested it, I'll send you a signed copy of Aumelan when it's published!

Those who offer suggestions but aren't chosen, I'll send a PDF copy of Cornerstones: The First Ten Chapters From Cornerstone Deep, a sampler booklet which introduces you to the Chronicles of Shilo Manor series. So, everyone gets something for helping out. :)

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Until next time, may your dreams be magical.