Evolution of a Book Cover

May 5, 2016 by Fifi Flowers

Sometimes an author... me... finds it hard to decide on the perfect cover for their story. In my case I though I want to be ORIGINAL and use my artwork for my debut novel A Window to Love...



I LOVED the idea and the art BUT it just wasn't right for contemporary romance so I went a more sexy theme...


It did attract a bit of attention BUT there were two things wrong with it. One, the couple on the cover were also on several other covers but with different backgrounds so they all looked a bit different. However, the second thing that didn't work with the background was that it was supposed to be New York City and it is a photo of Chicago and the characters in the book never go to Chicago. So when I saw this lovely pre-made cover online I decided to change to it...


That probably would have remained my final cover BUT then as I began to add books to other series, I realized I wanted them to all have a similar look so I was back to the drawing board. Then I started talking with a NEW COVER designer Susan of Wicked Women Design and showed her my ideas and she said I can do that AND wellllll... she DID... I gave her these two images stacked on top of each other...


And she gave me this BEAUTIFUL COVER...



LOVING this COVER and cannot wait to bring 
book two in the Windows Series to my readers
Jane's Story 2017



5 Smokin' Hot Spring Release




The Playground by Phoebe Alexander
As a teacher, I'm used to being on the playground. But I never thought I'd be the one swinging. 

I'm also a wife and mother, always trying to keep everyone happy. My sons just left for college, forcing me to see how far apart my husband and I have grown. I feel like a damn cliché. 

Then the teacher down the hall with questionable morals introduces me to her friends. They're swingers. 

What the what?! 

It's all fun and games until your sex swing breaks. Haha, no really, so far it seems like all fun and games. It could be the answer to what’s missing in my life...or maybe I’m just not asking the right questions? 

*18+ Readers Only due to Mature Content*

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Out of the Box by Jennifer Theriot
Recently engaged Ash and Olivia are returning home from two romance-filled weeks abroad to tragedy and chaos.

A terrible accident in the Seattle harbor has hospitalized one of Ash's children and skeletons are about to come out of the closet because of it. Dark secrets Ash had sworn to take with him to the grave will have to be told to get his son the treatment he needs.

As if that's not enough, a thoughtless decision could destroy his relationship with Olivia. Forever.

While they have the love and support of family and friends, and they've made it through some of life's toughest obstacles already, life just threw them a real curveball. No one is sure if their love will be strong enough to survive this one.

Burdened with feelings of betrayal and uncertainty, Olivia finds herself returning to familiar ground. On the outside, she and Ash seem like the perfect couple, but everyone has demons from their past. To work through the vestiges of these demons, she seeks the professional help of Dr. Trenda Silverman in Galveston, Texas. Hard questions will be asked. Harder answers will be realized.

Sometimes you have to go to Hell before you can get to Heaven. Follow Ash and Olivia on this emotionally poignant journey as they capture Everlasting. 
Out of the Box Everlasting is the third in the Out of the Box romance series. It can be read as a standalone.

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Dare to Dream by Isabelle Peterson
What's next for the Fairchilds? 

Elizabeth Fairchild and, her true love, Jack Stevens, have organized the Dare to Dream Gala, and her whole family is joining her in New York. 

Her three children all seem to have secrets. 
Bradley, her oldest, wants to talk to her, but won’t say why. 
Carter, her middle child, is bringing a girlfriend, but has said very little about her. 
Even her youngest, Phoebe, seems to be hiding something. 

Secrets and a reunion...Will there be celebrations? 

This is the final book of the series and not a standalone: 
This is the Dream series reading order: 
1: Ditching the Dream (Elizabeth’s story) 
2: Not in My Wildest Dreams (Jack’s story) 
3: Chasing the Dream (Phoebe’s story) 
4: Unexpected Dreams (Greg’s story) 
5: Feels Like a Dream (Kevin’s story) 
6: Dare to Dream (Everyone, plus Beth's sons Bradley & Carter)

Just A Number by Fifi Flowers
Not looking for love. 

No details. 

Follow rules and restrictions. 

Only fun. No feelings. 

Forever--not an option. 

Simple Flings. 

They were all just a number. 

Dash Oliver and Willow Dane both shared the same philosophy. 

That is, until a merger of sorts. 

Thrown together by fate or serendipity, was their connection... their chemistry... their compatibility enough to convince them that their rules were made to be broken and that they belonged together? 

This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adult readers only.

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Wicked Steps by Cory Cyr
Strong language, explicit sexual situations, M/F. F/F. 18+ 

If anyone had asked ten years ago, I never would have imagined I’d be a thirty-five-year-old widow today. 

I could tell you I married Hartman Wick out of love, but it’s complicated. We were friends. He was dying. And he needed me. He also made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Of course, I agreed with the very best of intentions. But we all know what the road to hell is paved with. 

All I ever dreamed of was owning my own gallery. A place where my best friend and I could introduce the masses to inspiring and new artists. Hartman promised me the deed to the gallery, wealth, and security for the rest of my life. 

Instead, I find myself in a war with his estranged son Kieran—my stepson and one of the most prolific painters, known for his erotic shock art. He’s been plotting revenge against his father for years, and now that Daddy’s dead, he’s seized the opportunity. 

Between the constant battles, heated exchanges, and threats of blackmail, I find myself inexplicitly drawn to this twenty-four-year old. He’s beautiful, seductive, arrogant, and evil. Not only is he a gifted artist, but he’s certainly inherited some of his father’s more unsavory traits. He truly is a Wick. 

But then he takes things too far and pushes me to my breaking point. I’ve had enough. In retaliation, I make a plan. 

And I almost feel sorry for him—almost. I’m sure, even as a child, he was never read a single fairy tale. Poor bastard. 

He has no idea how truly wicked a stepmother can be.




HAPPY READING!!!





Delicious Taste of Words

April 29, 2016 by Martha Stewart


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely ground sliced, blanched almonds
  • 6 tablespoons fresh egg whites (from about 3 extra-large eggs)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS...

  1. To make the macarons: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and ground almonds. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites with salt on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar. Continue to whip until stiff glossy peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the confectioners' sugar mixture until completely incorporated.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Fit a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch #4 round tip, and fill with batter. Pipe 1-inch disks onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. The batter will spread a little. Let stand at room temperature until dry, and a soft skin forms on the tops of the macarons and the shiny surface turns dull, about 15 minutes.
  3. Bake, with the door of the oven slightly ajar, until the surface of the macarons is completely dry, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet to a wire rack and let the macarons cool completely on the baking sheet. Gently peel off the parchment. Their tops are easily crushed, so take care when removing the macarons from the parchment. Use immediately or store in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
  4. To fill the macarons: Fill a pastry bag with the filling. Turn macarons so their flat bottoms face up. On half of them, pipe about 1 teaspoon filling. Sandwich these with the remaining macarons, flat-side down, pressing slightly to spread the filling to the edges. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  5. Variations: To make coffee-flavored macarons: In step 1, add 2 drops brown food coloring to the egg whites after they are whipped. In step 4, blend 1/2 cup macaron filling with 1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 teaspoon warm water for the filling. To make cassis-flavored macarons: In step 1, add 2 drops purple food coloring to the egg whites after they are whipped. In step 4, use 1/3 cup good-quality cassis jam for the filling. To make pistachio-flavored macarons: In step 1, add 2 drops green food coloring to the egg whites after they are whipped. In step 4, combine 1/2 cup macaron filling with 1 tablespoon pistachio paste for the filling.
FILLING

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk egg whites and sugar. Set mixer bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat mixture, whisking often, until it feels warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer bowl to the mixer, and fit with the whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until mixture is stiff and shiny, 3 to 5 minutes. Add butter, one piece at a time, and continue mixing until butter is thoroughly incorporated. The filling can be kept, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before stirring.
  3. Variations: To make hazelnut-honey filling: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of macaron filling with 1/3 cup finely ground hazelnuts and 2 tablespoons good-quality honey.

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PAGE NOTE: Not Easy to make
But of course Martha can make anything!!!





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