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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tour: The Jude Magdalyn Series by LM Pruitt (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to author, L.M. Pruitt, who is joining us with some yummy Nawlins drink recipes and her Jude Magdalyn series. 



Hot Women and Cool Drinks
Drinking in the Big Easy


When I find out I’d be guest blogging at Reading Between the Wines, my first thought was, “That’s an amazing title for a blog.” My second thought was, “How can I pay homage to the title and still keep it related to the Jude Magdalyn series?” In the end, I decided to share some of my favorite New Orleans inspired or made in New Orleans beverages.


Traditional Hurricane Recipe:
•2 oz light rum
•2 oz dark rum
•2 oz passion fruit juice
•1 oz orange juice
•½ oz fresh lime juice
•1 Tablespoon simple syrup
•1 Tablespoon grenadine
•Garnish: orange slice and cherry


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Sazerac Recipe:
•3-4 dashes of Herbsaint (120 proof) 
•2 oz. Rye of Bourbon blended whiskey 
•3-4 hearty dashes of Peychaud bitters
•One long, thin twist of lemon 
•Sugar cube, water, club soda—optional 


Place Herbsaint in a well-chilled Old Fashion glass. Tilt glass to coat sides completely and pour off excess Herbsaint. Place Rye and Peychaud bitters into cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into prepared glass. Twist lemon peel over drink and drop in gently


Pimm’s Cup Recipe
•Fill a tall, 12 oz glass with ice and add 1 ¼ oz. of Pimm’s #1
•Add 3 oz. of Lemonade
•Top off with Sprite or 7-Up
•Garnish with  cucumber


Ramos Gin Fizz Recipe
•3 dashes Lemon Juice
•2 dashes Lime Juice
•3 dashes Orange Flower Water
•1 1/4 oz. Dry Gin 
•1/4 of the White of one egg
•1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
•3 oz. Milk


Add the contents to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake very well until good and frothy, strain into a cocktail tumbler


Hopefully, at least one of these has sparked your interest and whetted your appetite/thirst. And as they say in New Orleans, Laissez les bons temps!




Shades of Desire
By L.M. Pruitt
Book 2 Jude Magdalyn Series
All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.
Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.
On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.
Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.
On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job.
Did I forget to mention that I've also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?
Peace and quiet? Out the window.

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Shades of Gray
Book One
By L.M. Pruitt
Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.  Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets... she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude's life appears normal, by any scale. 
When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she's thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. 
To make matters worse, she's got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. 
Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?
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Excerpt Shades of Desire:


“If someone doesn’t get me a lemon in the next five minutes, everyone will suffer. A lot.”
“Jude, I love you. Which is why I can say you’re being just a little overdramatic.” One look at my face and Theo changed his tune. “But then again, you could say pregnancy is dramatic and you’re just getting into the groove.”
“Nice save.” I tried to sit up again. Halfway through the upward movement greasy waves of nausea rolled over me and I eased back down onto the pillow. Strands of black hair clung to my sweaty face and I closed my eyes, exhaling slowly. “Not as nice as that lemon would be right now, but nice.”
“Elizabeth will be here in a moment. No doubt she’ll have a lemon. And tea. And toast.” Theo turned over to face me, laying one hand over my still mostly flat stomach. If you looked close, you could see the smallest of bumps.
I know, because I checked. Every other day or so.
If anybody told me three months ago, that the week before Halloween, I’d be lying in bed with a man who absolutely adored me—even the crazy parts—I’d have asked them what the hell they were smoking. If they’d thrown in being pregnant, I would have punched them in their jaw. Then gone to the store and bought a dozen pregnancy tests and prayed for them all to be negative.
But that was before the Covenant.
In two weeks, I’d gone from being an orphan raised by nuns, to the latest in a long line of only daughters. Women charged with the protection and well-being of hundreds of people with unique powers. Some made flame burn for hours, while others called the wind to knock you flat on your ass. They were a group of people who came together over two-hundred years ago, bound by a prophecy. One with no past, lost in the present, will bring in the future, through gifts of both this world and the next.
And lucky me, I’d passed the job interview.
I’d sent Hart to a muddy, watery grave-literally. Unless something went crazy wrong, he’d stay under the Mississippi until the Final Judgment. Williams ruled the vampires of the city now and kept his distance as much as possible.
And I, Jude Magdalyn Henries, led the Covenant. Maybe I wasn’t terrific at it. But Gillian would be proud.
All things considered, I think I came out with a pretty good deal.




About the Author:
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Jude Magdalyn Series as well as New Moon Rising, featuring Cari Gravier, and Taken, featuring Frankie Post. She is currently at work on the next book in the Moon Rising series, Harvest Moon Rising, due out April 2012. Ms. Pruitt makes her home in Florida with two cats--one smart, the other not so much.

1 comment:

Arianne said...

I'm reading Shades of Gray right now and I'm enjoying it!