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It's frigid in snow-covered Tinker's Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues--and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine's Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer's Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. Soon Lucy discovers there's another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male customers. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it's almost no surprise when Tamzin turns up dead, her body covered in chocolate. . .Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There's no sugar-coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer. . ."I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers." --Carolyn Hart"Fast-paced. . .intriguing." --Publishers Weekly"An enjoyable story." --RT Book Reviews
Tracing back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec empires, chocolate has been tempting those with a sweet tooth for more than a millennium. Once a luxury afforded by only the wealthy, today's chocolate is a favorite craving the world over. In this ultimate cookbook for chocolate lovers, Chocolate Creations offers more than 160 step-by-step, easy-to-follow recipes featuring chocolate as the star ingredient.INSIDE CHOCOLATE CREATIONS: Crave-able cakes, including chocolate coconut, creamy chocolate, raspberry chocolate roll, and chocolate espresso cheesecake. Irresistible cookies and brownies, plus a how-to guide for homemade chocolate candies. Chocolate-almond danish, cream puffs, pain au chocolat, and other favorite pastries. Tempting pies, from classic chocolate custard to rich chocolate ginger. Muffins, soufflés, fancy celebration desserts, and more. A history of chocolate and an explanation of the different varieties. "Cook's Tips" for individual recipes that offer baking hints and ingredient substitutions. Metric conversion charts for measurements and temperatures.
The ninth delicious Chocoholic Mystery in the national bestselling series It's Valentine's Day at TenHuis Chocolade, but Lee is getting no love from detective Derrick Valentine. He's looking for one of their new employees-an abused woman who Lee and her Aunt Nettie have been hiding. But when Valentine meets his own sticky end, it's Aunt Nettie who is suspect. Now, Lee has to free Nettie of guilt without exposing their innocent guest-and find a killer with a heart that's definitely not made of chocolate. . . .
The ninth installment in the scrumptious--and national bestselling--Chocoholic Mystery series finds Aunt Nettie as the unlikely suspect in the death of a private detective. Nettie's associate must find the real killer--whose bitter heart is definitely not made of chocolate.
This deck's 50 decadent recipes showcase the world's favorite guilty pleasure and illustrate basic tips for cooking with different types of that rich, dark, delicious treatchocolate! Who could resist whipping up Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes, a Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse, a devilish Chocolate Martini, or an irresistible Bittersweet Chocolate Gelato? Each card offers the means to a quick, luscious fix of this ultimate indulgence.
Ready to Make Some Sweet Changes?Karen Linamen dishes up a satisfying blend of moxie and mocha, sharing stories from dozens of women who reveal savvy strategies for embracing a sweeter life--even while traveling rocky roads. If you're hungry for more joy, reasons to laugh again, ideas to help you heal, and reliable hope leading to a sweeter future, this journey will leave you satisfied. Funny, transparent, and uplifting, The Chocolate Diaries is like taking a road trip with good friends who are wise about life. And while you're at it, indulge (just a little) in the quirky recipes for concocting chocolate delights out of whatever ingredients you can round up in your kitch. The road may still be bumpy, but you'll be having too much fun to care.From the Trade Paperback edition.
No visit to Paradise, Colorado, is complete without a stop at Divinity candy shop for a little taste of heaven. For owner Abby Shaw, it's a sweet deal too. When her aunt Grace passed away, Abby Shaw inherited Divinity-and with it the opportunity to leave her career as a corporate lawyer and dump her cheating husband. Now she spends her time serving up delectable treats-and performing the occasional deductive feat... <P> There's no use sugarcoating it-no one in Paradise can stand Savannah Horne. The former local girl is now the trophy wife of a ridiculously wealthy businessman. And she's swept back into town just in time to enter Divinity's Tenth Annual Confectionary Competition-and stir up trouble. But some poisoned bonbons will guarantee that Savannah won't make it out of Paradise alive, trapping Abby in an extremely sticky situation...<P> Candy recipes include.
When Basra Sadiq realizes that catalogue modeling isn't enough to pay her college tuition, she reluctantly becomes a high-end escort. With her exotic Somalian looks, there are plenty of men willing to pamper her, showering her with money and expensive gifts. It's not long before she becomes hooked on the extravagant lifestyle. She joins Choice, an elite international escort agency in Manhattan, where she works under the name Dove. In spite of her "no sex" rule, affluent patrons are willing to pay top dollar for just a few hours in her company. Dove is in high demand. After months of wild parties and expensive vacations, Dove finds it harder to hold her slot as "top chocolate. " There is plenty of competition from girls who are willing to do any and everything to make a buck. Dove realizes that she's got to do whatever is necessary to stay on top. However, matters become complicated when she falls in love with Grayson Charles, an abstract artist. Dove would like to leave behind the escort business, but that proves to be harder than she expected. Not only has she become accustomed to the perks of her job, but she's also boosting Grayson's career by convincing her clients to buy his artwork. Even after she marries Grayson, she hasn't been able to break free from the escort service. How long will she be able to balance her life as the wife of one man and the fantasy of many?
From the bestselling author of The Chocolate Clown Corpse, it's murder, my sweet, for a chocolatier whose love of old crime films plunges her into a real-life murder where the motives aren't so black and white...<P><P> The Warner Pier tourism board is kicking off its Tough Guys and Private Eyes film festival with The Maltese Falcon, and Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie are preparing a delicious chocolate noir tie-in at TenHuis Chocolade. What Lee isn't prepared for is a face from the past: Jeff Godfrey, her former stepson. The last time Jeff showed up in town, he wound up being accused of murder. Now he says he's only in Warner Pier to see Bogart on the big screen. Honest. Jeff may now be a college grad, but that doesn't mean he's any less naïve than the kid Lee had to bail out of trouble earlier. There are all those strange phone calls, a girlfriend who's secretly on Jeff's tail, and a pack of suspicious-sounding acquaintances right out of Dashiell Hammett. Then Jeff goes missing, the Falcon theme is haunting everyone, and a body falls at Lee's feet when she opens the front door - just like in the movie. Now Lee is under deadline to rewrite the ending of a cunning killer's increasingly convincing murder plot... Includes Tasty Chocolate Trivia!
As a bestselling author and successful publisher of Strebor Books, Zane's name is synonymous with popular fiction -- especially erotica. Her website, Eroticanoir.com, gets over a million hits a year from around the world, and her fans look forward to every one of her publishing ventures with eager anticipation. Chocolate Flava is the first in a series of collections of great erotic fiction edited by Zane, the reigning queen of erotica. Based on the Featured Erotica section of her website, Chocolate Flava gathers twenty-five sizzling tales from some of the most talented -- and dedicated -- writers of erotica working today. This is a his-and-her collection. There are stories specifically written with female readers in mind, and others written expressly for men. Among the contributors are names already familiar to readers of erotica, such as Reginald Harris, Robert Edison Sandiford, Jonathan Luckett and, of course, Zane -- as well as emerging voices, such as Geneva Barnes and Robert Scott Adams. What they all have in common is that they are great at what they do, and have been handpicked by Zane -- an editor who knows a hot story when she sees it. Zane wanted stories "that took risks, that explored unique situations, that were creative beyond compare." She wanted to show that men and women can equally express themselves through the medium of erotic fiction. She wanted stories that would turn her on. This collection of selected sexy short stories will turn you on, too.
Discover a Love as Sweet as Chocolate!The power of love -- it can move mountains, make our dreams come true, and comfort us on the darkest of days. Whether we're in a relationship with a special partner, in search of a perfect soulmate, or touched by this precious feeling when we least expect it, we've all fallen under its spell. Chocolate for a Lover's Heartis for any woman who has given in to love in its many guises -- tender and innocent, passion-filled and complex, endless and everlasting, courageou...
Moms Love Chocolate, Too! Mothers do it all -- they teach, listen, guide, and protect. They shelter us from life's unexpected storms, nurture us into adulthood, and know just when to push us from the nest. Now the creator of the bestselling Chocolate series offers up a rich, soulful celebration of motherhood, one that any woman -- mother, daughter, sister, or best friend -- will love. Here are more true stories that capture the essence of what it means to be a woman and that honor the unforgettable experience of mothering, from the heartwarming and hilarious to the bittersweet: a mother sending her child off to school, or down the aisle...a mother who knows just what to say and when to say it -- or keep it to herself...a stand-in mom who passes for the "real thing" with flying colors...a mother whose intuition never fails....You're sure to recognize yourself -- or your own mom -- in the pages of Chocolate for a Mother's Heart.
Rich, enticing, and delectable as a luscious box of chocolates, this collection offers 55 tales of life and love as a teenager. From teens of every age, including women who remember what it was like, come stories of first love, first jobs, best friends, heartbreak, hope, innocence, and the real world. Poignant, funny, and powerful, these stories tell it like it is. From the recollection of a first kiss to tales of self-consciousness about a changing body, from painful struggles with parents and grandparents to the joy of abiding family love, teens will see themselves in these pages and find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
Inspirational stories are themselves like chocolate--they warm our hearts and lift our spirits. These incredibly touching and true stories narrate how women have played important roles as mothers, wives and friends, sharing each other's joys and sorrows through the years. Here readers can learn lessons that teach us how we should appreciate what we have, to love the life we are given and to be as strong as the lighthouses that withstand the fury of the stormy sea, guiding lost sailors to their right destinations.
Be Brave! Celebrate and Eat Chocolate!Every woman knows that courage isn't just something you find in a crisis, it's something you tap into every day of your life. In this triumphant salute to mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues, these 77 true-life stories celebrate women at their best -- willing to take risks, stand up for family and friends, find the love they need, claim their true spirit, laugh at their own foibles, and celebrate someone else's success. Once again, Kay Allenbaugh has called upon women of all ages and backgrounds to share their own experiences as well as the strength and wisdom that have helped them through everyday challenges and difficult times. Here are tales about surviving loss, showing compassion, getting fired (and getting even), facing illness, laughing at yourself when the chips are down, and stopping long enough to enjoy sweet success! This volume in the belovedChocolateseries celebrates a softer element of courage -- kind yet strong, loving yet steadfast -- exploring the many subtle ways courage manifests itself in day-to-day life. This book is sure to feed your hunger for courage!
Is anything sweeter or more precious than a treasured dream? In Chocolate for a Woman's Dreams,77 all-new, real-life tales celebrate the power of dreams to shape our lives at any age, whether we are exploring new possibilities, achieving long-sought goals, or making long-held wishes come true. Here are stories of women who overcome adversity to start anew, and women who gracefully take on the inevitable changes that each stage of life brings. Whether the goal is enhancing their personal lives with friends and families, improving their professional lives by pursuing new challenges, or learning to see the joy in all things, the women here show that anything is possible when we listen to our hearts and follow our dreams. With its irresistible subject and its abundance of cheer, humor, and encouragement, Chocolate for a Woman's Dreams is sure to be on the top of your wish list.
Treat yourself to 77 true stories that celebrate life and capture the essence of what it means to be a woman. Like chocolate, these stories soothe, satisfy, and delight -- better yet, they're good for you! Written by and for women, here are heartfelt insights on commitment, compassion, work, marriage, friendship, motherhood, love, courage, spirituality, passion, and dozens of other topics. Contributors share their most personal experiences -- funny, poignant, powerful, and uplifting -- as they inspire you to jump-start your own life, discover your talents and vocations, overcome old fears, find love, and let your dreams take flight. Like a box of chocolates, this book can be enjoyed in one sitting, or you can pick out treats at random and savor them one at a time. Whether you want a good laugh or need a good cry, the perfect "chocolate story" is right here, waiting for you!
Rich, sweet, and deeply satisfying, the stories in Chocolate for a Woman's Soul Volume II celebrate the women who have made the Chocolate series a bestselling and beloved success. Once again, Kay Allenbaugh graces us with her rare talent for presenting stories that speak to women everywhere. These 77 true tales show women discovering the best life has to offer while negotiating the twists and turns of love, listening for the divine, or finding peace even while overcoming life's biggest challenges. Whether their stories are poignant, heartwarming, or humorous, the Chocolate storytellers remind us once again of the timeless joys of heaven-sent moments, finding work you love, cherishing friends and family, and believing in yourself.
These are stories that will fill your heart with inspirational joy and awaken the inner child in you. The unforgettable true stories of romance, bravery and spirit included in this book will help you discover the real meaning of life and share in the divine experience of being a woman.
Love, like chocolate, comes to us in many varieties -- pure and simple, rich and complicated, sweet and bittersweet, and always memorable. Now the creator of the bestselling Chocolate for a Woman's Soul serves up 77 delectable new "chocolate stories," real-life tales that celebrate the many ways we express our love. You'll find strength in stories that honor the power of unconditional love, and learn a lesson in courage as you read about women facing their ultimate moments of truth. You'll take delight in a reflection on the ever-elusive perfect relationship, and find comfort in stories about the generosity of the human spirit. Like the finest chocolate, these inspiring tales will boost your spirits, lift your heart, and soothe your soul.
As the quaint resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan, prepares for the Fourth of July, Lee McKinney and her aunt Nettie debut their latest confections: chocolate frogs, fish, and lizards. The first to buy a chocolate croaker is the town crank, Hershel Perkins - only minutes after having an altercation in the post office with Lee's boyfriend, Joe Woodyard. Then Hershel's canoe is found half submerged near Joe's boat shop. Hershel has disappeared - and the police presume foul play. A Cozy Mystery available only in Mystery 4.
The quaint resort town of Warner Pier, Michigan, is abuzz with preparations for the Fourth of July. Things are going swimmingly for Lee McKinney and her aunt Nettie as they debut their latest confections at TenHuis Chocolade: chocolate frogs, fish, and lizards of all sizes. The first customer to buy a chocolate croaker is the town crank, Hershel Perkins-only minutes after having a public altercation in the post office with Lee's boyfriend, Joe Woodyard. Lee and Joe are planning a romantic cruise up the Warner River in an antique wooden boat, but their plans are smashed when Hershel's canoe, The Toadfrog, is found half submerged near Joe's boat shop. Hershel has disappeared- and the police presume foul play. Joe seems the most likely suspect, but Lee thinks he's being framed. And it's a chocolate clue that leads her to the killer....
Coco Stanley can't believe the way her high-end chocolate specialty shop has taken off. But herownexotic appetite is aroused when the most mouth-watering confection she's ever seen walks through the door. He's Ransom Winters, self-made millionaire and compassionate youth counselor To The troubled kids in their L. A. neighborhood. Ransom's proud of his program for at-risk teens. And once he meets the owner of Coco's Chocolat, The Grammy-winning songwriter gets another brainstorm. But jobs for his boys aren't the only thing Ransom wants from Coco. Now if only he can get the relationship-wary chocolatier to say yes to a lifetime of sweet bliss. . . starting on Valentine's Day! Because chocolate can be fleeting, but love is forever.
"Vive la Laura Florand!"--Cassandra KingMille-Feuilles can't buy you love. . . No one hates Paris--except Summer Corey. The moody winters. The artists and their ennui. The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel. But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding, gorgeous chef pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisine. . . Luc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to become the king of his city, and he has no patience for this spoiled princess, even if she does now own his restaurant. Who cares if she smiles with all the warmth of July? She doesn't eat dessert! There is only one way to tempt her. A perfect, impossibly sweet seduction. . . Praise for Laura Florand and her novels "I adored this story. . . Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package. " --New York Times bestelling author Eloisa James "Both sensual and sweet. . . a story that melts in your mouth!" --USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway
For as long as Carole and Lisa have known their best friend, Stevie, she's been at war with one, or all, of her three brothers. But all that changes when Stevie's twin, Alex, contracts meningitis. This time Stevie is looking for a way to show one of her brothers just how much she cares.
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