The Vampire’s Mail Ordered Bride By Kristen Painter Review and Recipe


The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride By Kristen Painter







Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

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Reviewed By Crystal

Delaney James a waitress who dreams of owning her own sweets shop witnesses a crime in a wrong place wrong time moment and is now on the run in order to stay alive! While running for her life she seeks refuge inside of a dating agency- finding a profile of a woman she can pretend to be and maybe survive this whole mess. So now with her side kick Captain Underpants and an over weight spoiled mainecoon kitty. she has to pretend to be Annebelle Givens and become a stranger’s match.

Hugh Ellingham is a vampire is under his grandmother’s thumb and must let this strange woman he assumes is either vampire gah gah or desperate into his home for 30 days. Little does he know that that they are both in for some major surprises! Will this self imposed bachelor change his mind about love or will he continue dating all of the female citizens of Nocturne Falls?

Nocturne Falls- a town where every day is Halloween and it’s citizens are a melting pot of Paranormal beings and humans is my kind of place! The town it self become a very important character in this series and is filled with it’s own secrets and I can not wait to find them all out!

I can not begin describe my love of this book! It sucked me in right away with the amazing level of snark and wacky characters (all in a good way) I loved Delaney’s spunk and love of all things sweet and chocolate (a woman after my own heart) Throw in a hot vampire a wiley old grand mother and a series of mix ups and screw ups and I am in heaven!

The fact that Hugh has two brothers and this is a series makes me extremely excited to see what kind of trouble stirs in Nocturne Falls! This was a wonderfully funny lighthearted PNR read and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any one looking to laugh and fall in love one page at a time!

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!


Hugh and Delaney’s first date inspired this rich caffeine laced decadent brownies!

Chocolate Chunk Espresso Brownies with Dark Chocolate Espresso Sauce

Ingredients you will need


1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter

Espresso Powder (2 teaspoons)

1 1/2 cups of brewed espresso

6-8 ounces of dark (or milk if you prefer) Chocolate chips

Cocoa Powder

1 cup white sugar

One bar of Bakers Chocolate

2 LARGE eggs ( I find with small or medium eggs they just do not come out right)

Pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour cupcake mold (you can also use an 8 inch square pan but I prefer using my silicone cupcake mat as in my house there is world war 3 when it comes the the chewy edges and this solves that issues lol)
  2. In a glass bowl, melt 1/2 cup butter by placing in microwave for 20-30 seconds). Stir in sugar, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of espresso powder. 
  3. Chop up as much of the bakers chocolate you desire- I love my brownies jam packed so I put in most of the bar…..
  4. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt,  baking powder and half a cup of brewed espresso. Fold in chocolate chunks.Scoop into cupcake cups or if you prefer spread batter into greased up pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. be wary or over cooking as that quickly becomes hockey pucks instead of brownies!.Also make sure to keep oven closed. You will know they are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. 

Dark Chocolate Espresso Sauce

In a glass bowl pour chocolate chips and 1 cup of freshly brewed steaming hot espresso! Stir slowly making sure you get all the chocolate mixed in and melted. The espresso should melt all of the chocolate but if it doesn’t don’t be scared to pop in mic for a couple of seconds at a time. Mix in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and you have a really good sauce that can be bottled and kept in fridge for up to 2 weeks though if your house is anything like mines it wont last that long!



Witched At Birth by Dakota Cassidy Review and Cocktail Recipe


Witched at Birth By Dakota Cassidy

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Freshly sprung from witch jail, Winnie Foster just has to fulfill the conditions of her parole and she’s home free.

Too bad that parole takes place in Paris. (Texas!) Where she’ll work at a school for the magically inclined. (KIDS!) And be forced to endure the ex, who’s one of the very reasons she landed in the pokey to begin with. (GAH!!)

Bratty tots, sexy ex, timed showers, creepy dolls, magic restrictions, and a GPS with an attitude, all wrapped in a Texas town hotter than the surface of the sun? Oh yeah. No way this could go wrong…


“You’re going to Paris.”

Winnie kept her expression placid, but her stomach pirouetted like a ballerina. Shut the front door. Her task was in Paris?

Act like it’s no big deal. You’ve been to Paris before. Okay, you got there by zapping your own private plane into being and making a mess of international airspace, if you listened to air traffic control carry on about it, but it all turned out okay.

But holy shopping! Paris? Had Zelda gotten as lucky as she had?

Baba Yaga held up a set of shiny keys, glinting under the fading sun. “Take these.”

Winnie cocked her head. “Keys?” Did planes use keys to start them?

“What are stupid questions for one hundred, Alex? Yes. Keys, Winnifred. Take them,” she snapped, holding them out to Winnie and jiggling them under her nose.

She was all about being tested. In fact, she welcomed it if it meant she could get on with her life, but even Baba Yaga couldn’t expect her to drive to Paris without using her magic. “Do you need keys to start a plane?” she asked tentatively.

“Nope, but you need them to drive.”

Winnie laughed out loud, slapping her thighs. “You can’t drive to Paris, Baba Yaga. You’ve been around for centuries—did you miss that history lesson?”

Baba Yaga’s eyes narrowed, glittery and angry.

Ohhh. Bad Winnie. Hush before you end up in cellblock X.

“I didn’t miss a thing, Winnifred. Literally or figuratively. The keys are for your car. See that rusty pink bubble with the Summer’s Eve advertisement on it?” She pointed all the way to the far end of the parking lot.

Winnie squinted into the setting sun, her stomach sinking. Indeed, there was a pink Pacer, professionally wrapped with a picture of an enormous feminine product on the side of it. “Yeah…”

“That’s your chariot, cookie. There’s a GPS system in there with the coordinates for Paris.”

She was obviously missing the boat here. You couldn’t drive to Paris, for seven hells’ sakes. Not even in a car with a big douche on the side of it.

Baba Yaga lobbed the keys at her with an evil grin slathered over her ageless lips. “Oh, and in case you’re wondering. That’s Paris, Texas. Not Eiffel-Tower, Champs-Élysées Paris,” she seemed to take great pleasure in sharing before she was gone in a puff of pink curtains and matching scrunchie.

Paris, Texas.

Yippee-ky-yay, motherfluffers.

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Winnie and Zelda are two spoiled witches whose crime against the witchs reed have landed them in the slammer without magic and with out the life they have grown accustomed to or rather zapped up for themselves. Best Friends and each others ride or die they have some how survived their sentence.

They are now up for parole and have each been given a task to prove that they are worthy of their magic. Not only must they prove their worth but they must do it with out one another!

I thought this book was hilarious and I snorted more than once! I loved watching Winnie go from a snot with a bad temper who used her magic against others with no remorse to a loving softy who sacrifices everything for the kids and other who have stolen her heart whilst being stranded in Paris Texas.

This plot line was original and so freaking funny, the lengths that Baba Yaga who is the HBC of the magical console has gone to punish Winnie makes this book hum with those funny awkward moments that make you lauch out loud while reading.

So here she is stuck in Paris… not THAT Paris but Paris Texas driving around a pink french douche mobile who insist on calling her Weenie, a talking cabbage pack kid who just happens to having his head hanging by a thread and shes saying in the same house as her ex who she spent time in the slamer for blowing up his warehouse and ruining his company. Oh Vey!

So after reading this fantastic read I was inspired (by the douche mobile)  to make a bad ass bright pink sparkling cocktail!  It’s super easy and super yummy!

So here is what you will need-

  • 4 ounces Strawberry Flavored vodka
  • I Bottle Rose
  • I Cup WatermelonJuice (Easily made by juicing/blending some chunks of watermelon and straining 1-2 times)
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In a pitcher pour Strawberry Vodka and Watermelon Juice mixing with a wooden spoon. Slowly pour in Bottle of Rose. Garnish each glass with 4-5 slices of strawberries (don’t worry about the juice it adds to the yummy!) and pour cocktail over strawberries!


USA Today Bestselling author Dakota Cassidy lives for a good laugh in life and in her writing. In fact, she almost loves a good giggle as much as she loves hair products and that’s saying something.

Her goals in life are simple, (like really simple): banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net; and finally, nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants, then sweeping them in a stunning trifecta of much duct tape and Vaseline usage, all in just under one week. Oh, and write really fun books!

Dakota lives in Oregon with her dogs and has a husband who puts the heroes in her books to shame.

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Review- Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Rating- 5 GEMS!

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I have recently started to use this soap (for about a month) and my acne prone skin has cleared up so much! I can now leave the house with out spackling a mountain of makeup! My skin is super soft and smooth and my complexion has truly brightened up. I have yet to try Shea Moisture’s other products but I would with out a second thought.

The soap smells very fresh and can be used for all over the body and face leaving your skin feeling super clean but moisturized at the same time. I must warn you- if you like using a wash cloth this soap will turn it black because of the natural coal found in the soap. I suggest placing the soap in one of those travel boxes to keep away from having black soap scum on your tube or sink- it is not the prettiest sight.

Shea Moisture’s products are not super expensive and you can often find them on sale at The soaps are HUGE and last FOREVER. They have tons of really yummy sounding products that include everything from soap to shampoo as well as hair styling products.

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