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Friday, March 22, 2013

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY--GUEST AUTHOR L.J. CHARLES


L.J. Charles realized her dream of writing novels seven years ago and hasn't looked back. She is of mixed Irish and Italian heritage, grew up with a love of mysteries, and a soft spot for romance. It's no wonder her Everly Gray adventure series was created with mixed genres, and has two male characters in leading roles—one Italian and one Irish. Learn more about L.J. at her website and blog. -- AP

A Touch of Betrayal is the fourth book in the Everly Gray series. Prior to this story, Everly and her significant other, Mitchell Hunt, have been featured as main characters. In A Touch of Betrayal the 'other man' in Everly's life steps between them, and puts her trust in their friendship to the test.

Tynan Pierce was born from black Irish stock, and has the bordering-on-black hair and azure eyes to prove it. He graces the pages of Everly's adventures with a fondness for fading into invisibility, and for answering important questions with inscrutable, incomprehensible syllables. For all of his adult life, Pierce has been involved in military and special ops occupations and has honed his skills to perfection.

He has three rules for living:
1. Watch your back.
2. Silence saves lives.
3. Love hard and fast. Then long and slow.

What he hasn't done: anything domestic. Today he's breaking the mold to share his favorite bread recipe with you. Simple, fast, and suited to a man without a known address, the recipe produces a tasty loaf with only three ingredients.

1 – 12 ounce can beer (Pierce prefers a solid amber.)
2 cups self-rising flour
3 Tablespoons sugar

Mix sugar and flour. Then pour in beer and mix lightly. It will foam up, so don’t be alarmed or try to slurp off the suds. You need ‘em in the bread! Bake at 375F in a metal pan or 350F in a glass pan for about 30 to 45 minutes. Glass tends to take the full 45 minutes.

Note: Pierce has a standing offer of a passionate, er, kiss for Kelsey Browning in gratitude for teaching him how to make the bread. Readers are welcome to visit her website for more information because Tynan Pierce doesn't kiss and tell.

To learn more about Pierce, I invite you to discover the Everly Gray Adventure series.

A Touch of Betrayal
Bored, restless, and ever curious, Everly Gray schedules a week off from her personal coaching business, takes her ESP fingers out of protective custody, and begins to explore the remains of her parents' property. It's time for her to track their killers and bring them to justice.

That's the plan. Until one of her so-called friends (Tynan Pierce) kidnaps her for an impromptu trip to Hawaii, and she discovers the pain of betrayal.

Before he married Everly, Mitchell Hunt made a bargain with the devil—and lost. When he shows up in Hawaii to make things right, danger follows him, and escalates when a rogue government agent, and a militant psychopath with her gang of minions vie for control of Everly and her healing gifts.

Mitch's betrayal has put Everly's life in danger and flips their relationship to the other side of romance, where there's no way back—or is there?

9 comments:

Vamp Writer said...

I'm into Paranormal-Romance, but when you mentioned military and Special Ops you got my attention. The book sounds interesting - best of luck with your writing. Check out my "Immortal Relations" series if you get a chance, mucho warfare in them & somewhat erotic too. (-;

L. j. Charles said...

Hi, Vamp Writer.
Thanks for stopping by. The Everly Gray series is light paranormal because Everly is psychic and a healer. So far she hasn't bumped into any real "paranormal" characters...but you never know.

Interesting that your Immortal Relations series is erotic, because in a Touch of Betrayal there's no sex. Most of the Everly stories have sensual scenes, but not this one.
I'll check out your books!

Kelsey Browning said...

LJ -

I'm looking forward to reading more of your book and Tynan sounds like my kinda hero!

Best,
Kelsey

Rashda Khan said...

I love the Everly series because it's like Nancy Drew for grown ups :) And Tynan is HAWT!

L. j. Charles said...

Thanks for stopping by Kelsey and Rashda. Kelsey, thanks so much for sharing your beer bread recipe with Tynan. It makes him a happy man. A lot of women envy your place in his heart.

You're so right, Rashda. The man is Hawt! I haven't mentioned that to my DH...

Faith Freewoman said...

FINALLY!!! That hottie Tynan Pierce, who has been my choice for Everly (well, for me, but her since I can't) from the very beginning. I LOVELOVELOVELOVE what this series is becoming, and can't wait to see what's next.

That beer bread sounds great, too!

L. j. Charles said...

Hi, Faith.
The beer bread is delicious and so very easy to make.
Tynan does have a bit of charisma, doesn't he? I'm rather fond of him myself.

Lesley Diehl said...

I love beer bread too. Actually I lvoe cooking with beer period. Your book sounds very enticing.

L. j. Charles said...

Hi, Lesley. Thanks for stopping by. I can attest that the bread is really good. The first time I made it, I was a little apprehensive because the recipe is so easy. DH loved it, so I ended up making it three days in a row! Must keep the men in our lives happy!