Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's all about the ROMANCE...with Anya Winter of The Mask (Tour/Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome back, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday! I have another spectacular post for our It's all about the ROMANCE event that I hope you'll enjoy, please welcome erotic romance author Anya Winter! 

Valentine’s Day is my type of holiday! It’s the one day (or week in my case) that I can indulge in chocolate that my husband buys me and not feel guilty for it (so what if all that chocolate wasn’t part of his gift...I only added a few extra pieces - lol).

Have you read The Mask yet? If you love chocolate and a steamy romance then you should. Especially for Valentine’s. It’s filled with chocolate - all my favorite desserts.

Since this is a holiday where we give gifts to others - and chocolate is normally the preferred gift of choice - I thought I would share with you my favorite all time chocolate recipe. Turns out it’s Eve’s favorite too. 

Homemade Chocolate Mousse.

8 squares of semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons butter (the real deal only)
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups of whipped whipping cream

Now the magic:

Heat the chocolate squares, 1/4 cup of water and butter in a double boiler or microwave until the chocolate and butter are melted. You’ll be tempted to dip your finger in and lick it - don’t. It’s hot! Let cool for 10 minutes and then you can :)
In a small saucepan, whisk the yolks, sugar and rest of the water. Cook on low heat for 1-2 minutes, then remove and whisk in the chocolate. Set the pan in a bowl full of ice and keep stirring until it’s cool - you might want to use children to help with the mixing (help build those strong muscles) for about 5-10 minutes.
Then fold in the whipped cream. If you’re tempted to dip your finger in the whip cream - go for it!
Spoon the decadent and delicious dessert into small bowls and put in the fridge either for 4 hours or overnight.

I suggest either making this RIGHT before you go to bed - otherwise the temptation might prove too strong and you won’t let it cool long enough - or make it before you have to go shopping or have coffee with your girlfriends.


The Mask
By: Anya Winter
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Masquerade Series - Book Two

Eve Manor is a pastry chef with a passion for chocolate and romance. During the annual masked Black & Lace ball, Eve has a plan. She created a signature chocolate dish that was sure to knock the socks off every famous chef and food critic attending the ball. Everything hinges on the night’s success.
Christian Grier is a man with a secret. In the foodie world, he's known as the Editor-in-Chief of the famous magazine, Sizzle. When his old college roommate, Josh, asks him to attend the ball his company is catering, Christian intended to turn him down. But when Josh reveals Eve's secret plan, he knew he needed to do everything he could to help. Will hiding behind his mask help in his quest to seduce Eve or will she decide he’s not what she wants after all?

About the Author:
Once upon a time … is how the stories used to start.
Not anymore. Now they start with chocolate (and maybe a little bit of passion).
At least in Anya’s world where passionate pleasures are explored …
One Story at a Time!
Don’t miss out on The Master - Book One of the Masquerade Series.

Twitter @AnyaWinter

Anya is graciously giving away a .pdf copy of the first book in the Masquerade seres, The Master, to one lucky reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good Luck! 

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  1. Sounds simply delicious--the book and the chocolate recipe! :D


  2. This author is new to me, so thanks for the info and recipe. I'll be adding to my TBR list. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I love chocolate mousse. The Mask sounds like another winner. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. Two of my favorite things... Reading and Eating. This book sounds delicious! Thanks!

  5. That recipe sounds delicious! And I love that Valentines lasts a week for you, I need to try that!
    I hope your book is a success!

  6. That recipe sounds good and I would love to read the book. Please enter me in contest.

  7. Your a new author to me. But from the sounds of it. I am going to fall in love with your work.


  8. Reading and chocolate! Is there anything better?

  9. I love chocolate and a steamy romance, so I'll definitely be reading this story!

  10. Sounds like a great one I like the food mentions lol

  11. Food and a hot man, that's a great combo.

  12. The mousse recipe looks REALLY good...and so does the book...YUM! ;) Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @

  13. I' a disaster when it comes to desserts and baked goods - I usually just do stuff that come in boxes or packets. I may just have to give the chocolate mousse a try :) Decadent deserts, a female chef and a hot guy that could make or break her career sounds like one hot mix. Thank you for the chance to win your book.


  14. That recipe sounds fabulous! You can never have too much chocolate! The book sounds yummy too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  15. Wow! New book for me. Thanks for the headsup, excuse me while I dash off to add to my wishlist.


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