Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Furrever Friends Cat CafĂ© Sweet Romance Collection – with all six books – is now available in hardcover and paperback! #Christmas2021 #giftideas #SweetRomance #Romance

đŸ˜» The Furrever Friends Cat CafĂ© Sweet Romance Collection – with all six books – is now available in hardcover and paperback!

♥ “I absolutely love this heartfelt series.” ♥

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). This print collection contains all six books in the series. (The ebook contains books 2-5, as book 1 is free at all retailers.)

♥ “Small town romance with cats ... what more could you want?” ♥

Get all six books in the series for only $19.99 paperback, $14.99 hardcover, or $9.99 ebook– what a great holiday gift for the cat lovers you know! (You can buy an ebook for a friend and have it sent electronically via Amazon.)

♥ “The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series is one of my favorite series of all time." ♥

Get the Collection now or visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK. (For other countries click here.) 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Cherry Scone #Recipe from the Cat Café for #Christmas2021 - plus enjoy this #Romance series for #ContemporaryRomance #SweetRomance

The recipe below is something my mother made on Christmas morning for many years. We have it for breakfast along with Mexican hot chocolate. My cat cafĂ© series features a bakery and two fantastic bakers. This cherry scones recipe is mentioned in the second novel, Kisses and Kittens at the Cat CafĂ©

This recipe also works well with dried cranberries or currents.

½ cup dried cherries, cranberries, or currents
apple juice or grape juice (about ½ cup)
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup cold butter
1 egg
½ cup plain yogurt (full-fat preferred)
1 tsp. lemon or orange zest

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Soak cherries in juice for at least 10 minutes while you mix other ingredients.
  • Mix the flour and ¼ cup of the sugar. Blend in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture has fine crumbs.
  • Stir in the egg, yogurt, and zest. Drain the cherries or other dried fruit well. Mix them in.
  • Spray a baking sheet lightly with oil.
  • Turn the dough onto the baking sheet. Pat it down into a 9-inch circle.
  • Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Separate them slightly. You may sprinkle with additional sugar if you want them to sparkle a bit.
  • Bake until golden and firm, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm with butter … or clotted cream, orange marmalade, or jam.


Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet #Romance

A single mother with a nine-year-old son. A younger man who has loved her forever. A box of orphaned kittens. Can they become a family?

Adam has loved Marley a decade, since he was 13, and she was his best friend’s free-spirited older sister. Now he’s 24, and the five-year age gap isn’t so serious. But will she ever see him as more than the kid from down the street?

Marley has protected her heart since the father of her child disappeared. Most men aren’t worth the trouble, and who has the time to date anyway? She’s a baker at the new Furrever Friends Cat CafĂ©, which is still trying to find its footing. Her nine-year-old son, Brian, loves animals but can’t have any pets as long as they live with Marley’s allergic mother. And now someone’s posted a flyer for a singing contest. She gave up that dream long ago, didn’t she?

Adam has always wanted to fight dragons for Marley. When someone drops a box of week-old kittens at the café, Adam jumps at the chance to be a hero. But caring for five needy kittens might be tougher than fighting any dragon, especially when two of them fail to thrive. Can Adam, Marley, and Brian, save the kittens and become a family?


Excerpt: 

Marley touched the kitten that had orange and white swirls. “Curled up like this, he looks like a cinnamon bun.”

“Mom, that one’s a girl.”

“Fine, she looks like a cinnamon bun.”

“That’s a good name,” Adam said. “Cinnamon Bun.”

They looked at him. Did they think it was stupid?

“Come on,” he said, “Cinnamon Bun is a cute name for a cat, especially one that turned up at a bakery.” He nudged Brian. “But it’s up to you.”

Brian gently scooped up the kitten in both hands and held it six inches from his face. “Cinnamon Bun.” His brows drew together as he studied the sleepy little face. “She likes it.”

“Excellent,” Marley said. “I’ll be able to remember this one and recognize her from her pattern. One down, four to go. Should we keep the bakery theme? We could call them, let’s see … Brownie, Lemon Bar, Scone, Muffin?”

Brian scrunched up his nose. “Not Muffin.”

Marley propped one hand on her hip. “Oh, you’re okay with Lemon Bar and Scone, but you draw the line at Muffin?”

Brian giggled. “I didn’t say the other names were okay.” He put Cinnamon Bun back in the box and studied the other kittens. “Maybe Brownie for this one.” He picked up the black kitten and gave it the same close scrutiny. “Yes, Brownie.”

Adam touched a kitten that was mostly black but with a white patch on the back, kind of like a saddle. He might have suggested an equestrian name, but the baked goods theme seemed to be working. “This one looks like a chocolate cupcake with white frosting. How about Cupcake?”

Over the next few minutes, they settled on Cupcake, along with Sugar Cookie (Sugar for short) for the white kitten with specks of tan, and Peanut Butter Cookie (Cookie for short) for the one with a light brown pattern.

“Okay.” Marley blew out a breath and pushed the curls off her forehead. “We have Cinnamon Bun, Brownie, Cupcake, Cookie, and Sugar.” She touched each of the kittens in turn. “I might forget and you’ll have to remind me, okay? I might accidentally call them Rocky Road and Banana Nut and Croissant. And of course, Muffin.”

Brian snickered. “It’s only five kittens, Mom.”

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat cafĂ©. Renovating an old restaurant, hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats – keeps her plenty busy. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and most of all her family. The cafĂ© will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming to be a master baker himself. The café doesn't need another baker, but maybe Marley needs a man. Surely she'll fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to pour on the sugar and turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the fluffy marshmallow of a cat who steals his heart.

Get this sweet romance on Amazon, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat cafĂ©. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 35-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat cafĂ© when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat cafĂ© novels.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

#Holiday Gift Guide: Romance, Romance, #Romance for #Christmas #SweetRomance #CleanRomance

Are you buying a gift for a romance lover? Or would you like a quick vacation in the pages of a book, to get you through this holiday season? Try one of these Kris Bock titles.

The Furrever Friends Cat CafĂ© Sweet Romance Collection includes books 2-6 for only $9.99 for the ebook or books 1-6 in print for only $19.99 US - a huge savings over ordering each book separately!

Try a FREE ebook of Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance !

“The Cat CafĂ© characters—especially the cat characters!—are so much fun.” – author Dee Knight

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat cafĂ©. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The cafĂ© will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.


“Kris Bock’s series about the Cat CafĂ© provides delightful reads for those who enjoy sweet romance and pet rescue stories.”

 Get Lions and Love at the Cat CafĂ©, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Romantic Adventures in the Southwest


Desert Gold – When a quiet history professor uncovers a clue to the legendary lost Victorio Peak treasure, she prepares for adventure. But she’s not the only one interested. Is the handsome pilot who rescued her a hero or the enemy? “The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue….”

Valley of Gems – Rebecca Westin’s grandfather left her a buried treasure – if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. Her half-siblings are determined to reach the treasure first. Good thing Rebecca has help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to make their desert adventure sexy and fun. But a treacherous enemy will do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Silver Canyon - sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. (Each book features a different hero and heroine, and stands alone.)

Counterfeits  – Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.

What We Found–  When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn’t happy about her bringing the crime to light. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.
Whispers in the Dark  – Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the night. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) Sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter for a free novella set at the cat cafĂ©, announcements of new books, sales, and more.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Ready for the #BlackFriday sales? How about a FREE ebook of Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance? Relax with this #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #SweetRomance #CleanRomance

“Kris Bock’s series about the Cat CafĂ© provides delightful reads for those who enjoy sweet romance and pet rescue stories.” – author Gayle M. Irwin

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat CafĂ©: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance #1 is free! 

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat cafĂ©. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The cafĂ© will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.

Keep up the series, please! The Cat CafĂ© characters—especially the cat characters!—are so much fun.” – author Dee Knight

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK. (For other countries click here.) Or find book 1 at KoboB&N/Nook, or Apple/iTunesIf it's not price matched in your country, you can request Amazon match it by sharing the link to the free book on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or another e-book retailer in your country. 

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple. These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, cozy feeling of cuddling a purring cat. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

#Cookie Dough Brownies from the Cat Cafe - a #holiday #recipe #Christmas2021

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series is set at a cafĂ© with its own bakery, so of course I mention several amazing baked goods! 

This recipes is included at the back of the first novel. I add a from-scratch brownie recipe there, but here's the quicker version.

Cookie Dough Brownies

Dense, chewy chocolate brownies are so good. But chocolate chip cookies are amazing too. How do you decide which to make? With this recipe, you don't need to choose! A rich brownie layer is topped with raw chocolate chip cookie dough.

Brownie Layer
Your favorite brownie recipe or boxed mix. (I prefer Ghirardelli mix), prepared and bake as directed.

Cookie Dough Layer
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Prepare the brownies as directed in your recipe or on the box.

2. Make the cookie dough layer: Cream the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl. Blend in the milk and vanilla. Blend in the flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Spread the cookie dough layer evenly. Cut the brownies into squares or bars and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Tip: Food safety experts suggest you don't eat raw cookie dough, because raw eggs can lead to food poisoning. The cookie dough layer here does not contain eggs.


Kris Bock
writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat cafĂ©. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. 
Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page.

Check out the Furrever Friends Cat Café with a free sweet romance novella complete at 35 pages. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Christmas Cookies at the Cat CafĂ©: Christmas isn’t the same since Diane’s kids grew up and her husband died – so when her high school sweetheart comes back to town, maybe it’s time for some cozy new holiday traditions.

Friday, November 19, 2021

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Four friends live in a dangerous world. They learn martial arts and magic, skills they take back to their war-torn homes: in a Europe overrun by violent gangs following the fall of Rome; an Australia where racist elites oppress Chinese miners; a Salt City in the Saharan desert, where a power-hungry dictator overthrows the matriarchy; and the American colonies, ruled by the grasping Brython Empire. Bound by friendship, these young people rally to protect The Regalia that control the elements.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

A #Recipe from the Cat Café: Thumbprint Cookies #MFRWHooks

Christmas Cookies
 at the Cat CafĂ©: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance is only $2.99!

Since I'm writing about a cafĂ©, of course I mention recipes. Here's a favorite. These cookies are easy to make, look pretty, and people adore them (perfect if you're making holiday gift packs of goodies). Since you add the toppings after baking, you can easily do several varieties – I like lemon curd or lime curd, jam, and ginger spread.

Baked cookies with lime curd and apricot jam

Thumbprint Cookies

These pretty cookies are perfect for a party. Get several different types of jam in bright colors. What else could you use in place of jam? How about a small square of cream cheese or a small piece of soft caramel candy? Or try a few chocolate chips for chocolate thumbprints.

You can even press a chocolate kiss or miniature peanut butter cup into the cookie. In that case, bake the cookies 10 to 12 minutes first, until they are done. Once you add the candy, do not bake them anymore.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces jam, any flavor

  •     Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a cookie sheet, or use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  •     Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 2 to 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium-high speed.
  •        Separate the egg yolk from the white. Reserve the egg white for another use. Beat the egg yolk and vanilla extract into the batter. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
  •     Scoop up spoonfuls of dough and form them into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet at least two inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon. You want an indentation in the center, like a little bowl.
  •     Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms barely start to turn golden. Remove the baking sheet from oven.
  •     Use the back of a spoon to press the indentations in a little more. Fill each one with about 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, so the jam or chocolate melts slightly and the edges of the cookies turn lightly golden.
  •     Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.
Tip: Use two spoons for the jam. Scoop the jam with one spoon. Then use the back of the other spoon to slide the jam onto the cookie.

Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life raising two daughters and a grandson. Now she’s 53 and a widow. Her grown children are encouraging her to do less – but she wants more.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he traveled the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back, but not to stay.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel, but she can’t leave the family that might still need her. Diane tempts Rick to quit his wandering ways, but he can’t replace her husband. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.

Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats.

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK. (For other countries click here.)

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat cafĂ©. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 35-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat cafĂ© when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat cafĂ© novels.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) 

Friday, November 12, 2021

A #Christmas #Recipe from the Cat Café #romance series: Rocky Road Fudge Bars #cookies #sweetromance

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock - free at most ebook retailers!

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat cafĂ©. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. But when a sexy master baker walks in, she can’t let him get away. So what does she do with the guy of her dreams? Set him up with her sister, of course.

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK. (For other countries click here.) Or find book 1 at Kobo, B&N/Nook, or Apple/iTunes.

This book is set at a café with its own bakery, so of course we have recipes! If you love chocolate and dense, chewy brownies, this will be a winner.

ROCKY ROAD FUDGE BARS


NOTE: frosting must be ready when bars come out of oven. Makes 3 to 4 dozen bars.

BAR:
½ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

FILLING:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for frosting)
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 c. margarine, softened
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
6 oz. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips

FROSTING:
2 cups miniature marshmallows
¼ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
2 oz. reserved cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

o   Heat oven to 350°. Grease with butter (not oil) a 13 x 9 inch pan and sprinkle it with flour.
o   In large saucepan over low heat, melt ½ cup margarine and 1 square chocolate. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add remaining Bar ingredients; mix well. Spread in prepared pan.
o   In small bowl, combine 6 ounces cream cheese with next 5 Filling ingredients. Beat 1 minute at medium speed until smooth and fluffy; stir in nuts.
o   Spread filling over chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 2 minutes longer.

o   While bars are baking: In large saucepan, over low heat, melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese, and milk.
o   Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together.
o   Cool. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat cafĂ©. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 35-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat cafĂ© when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat cafĂ© novels.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Find sweet to steamy romance of your favorite type – #ContemporaryRomance #HistoricalRomance Holiday Romance #RomanticSuspense #SweetRomance

 

November All Romance Sale: If you love romance, check out these titles and find sweet to steamy romance of your favorite type – contemporary, historical, holiday, romantic suspense, and more.