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 Café provides delightful reads for those who enjoy sweet romance and pet rescue stories.” – author Gayle M. Irwin

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

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. 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 café 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 Café 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 café 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 café. 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 Café: 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 Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance is only $2.99!

Since I'm writing about a café, 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 café. 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 café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café 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 café. 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 café. 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 café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

😍 #99cents for a cat café #SweetRomance set during the holiday season! Get this #Christmas #Romance on sale now for a cozy, sweet read.#ContemporaryRomance #CleanRomance

On sale for just 99 cents! Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance

I love this series and think everyone should read it! - romance author Tracey Mayhew

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.

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life. Now she’s a widow at 53, and her grown children are encouraging her to slow down and do less – but she wants more. She starts planning for a new career by arranging a photo shoot at the cat café her daughters run. Unfortunately, the cats won’t cooperate.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he chose to travel the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back for a visit, but he’s not planning to stay – even if Diane still tugs at him. He’ll help her get what she wants from life, and then he’ll say goodbye.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel. But she can’t leave the people she loves so dearly, the family that might still need her just a little bit. Diane tempts Rick to end his wandering ways, but he can’t simply step into the hole left by her husband’s death. 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.

“This is a sweet and clean book full of hope, joy, delicious baked goodies, and cats.” – reader Lori on BookBub

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). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

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

“Besides the blooming romance between the 2 main characters, I found CHRISTMAS COOKIES also a quiet reflection of life choices, lifestyles, beliefs, the changing of life’s paths and celebrating the possibilities of new beginnings.” – reader 2shrdvrs on BookBub

PLUS, 2 books on sale until Nov 9: 

Romance and Rescues at the Cat Café

Can getting stranded in a creepy house full of abandoned cats turn these enemies into friends—or even something more?

Holly jumps at the chance to go on a mission to rescue dozens of cats stranded in a remote house. But she did not agree to make the road trip with Dustin, her coworker, rival, and biggest headache.

Dustin has given up trying to get Holly to like him. Still, a long drive and an overnight in a house full of cats might bring them together – or result in his violent demise.

But what they find is worse than they ever imagined – no lights, no heat, a snowstorm raging, and over twenty hungry, skittish cats. They’ll have to work as a team to survive and save the animals.

One thing is certain – if they make it back alive, their relationship won’t be the same. 

Cupcakes and Confessions at the Cat Café

Computer genius Sean Gorsuch sold the tech company he built after a health crisis. Now he dishes out drinks and treats at a cat café. He might be lonely, but how can he find someone who appreciates his quirky ways?

Twenty-three years ago, Fiona gave up her baby when her teen fiancé abandoned her. A chance meeting with Sean leads to a startling revelation: his coworker, Holly, looks like a younger version of Fiona. Could Fiona have a second chance with her daughter, now grown up?

Sean helps Fiona through the emotional roller coaster of getting to know Holly. Fiona’s life is too complicated for romance, and Sean doesn’t want to get between mother and daughter. Still, something sparks between them. Should they stay just friends or risk their hearts?

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 café. 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 café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Can cats bring people together? Find out in these two #SweetRomance books on sale for #99c each! #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #CleanRomance

Romance and Rescues at the Cat Café:

Holly jumps at the chance to go on a mission to rescue dozens of cats stranded in a remote house. But she did not agree to make the road trip with Dustin, her coworker, rival, and biggest headache. Can getting stranded in a creepy house full of abandoned cats turn these enemies into friends—or even something more?

Cupcakes and Confessions at The Cat Café:
Twenty-three years ago, Fiona gave up her baby when her teen fiancé abandoned her. A chance meeting with Sean, former tech company founder and now a barista, leads to a startling revelation: his coworker, Holly, looks like a younger version of Fiona. Sean helps Fiona through the emotional roller coaster of getting to know her grown up daughter. Fiona’s life is too complicated for romance, and Sean doesn’t want to get between mother and daughter. Still, something sparks between them. Should they stay just friends or risk their hearts?

The Furrever Friends Cat Café helps people find furry forever friends – and just might lead to romantic true love too. Grab these two books for only 99 cents before the sale ends Nov. 9!

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Monday, November 1, 2021

Find #Romance novels that are free to $1.99 - #ContemporaryRomance #HistoricalRomance #RomanticSuspense and more in #CleanRomance & #SweetRomance! #BookGiveaway #FreeBook

Fall Into Clean Romance Book Sale-Free to 1.99 US & UKThis promo has a lot of historical romance, as well as contemporary and some fantasy and romantic suspense. All books are free to $1.99!

Romance RenegadesCheck out this huge group of FREE romance stories, with contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and historical. Stories range from sweet to erotic, prequels to full novels, all free when you sign up for the author’s newsletter. (Unsubscribe any time.)