Guest Post ~ Lori King
Today, I’d like to welcome Lori King, with a delicious recipe for Caramel Brownies.
Hi Lynn! Thank you for letting me visit your blog today! As a treat I brought along my new release, as well as a favorite recipe to share! My name is Lori King, and I’m an erotic romance author with Siren Publishing. I’m also a dessert first kind of woman, so let’s get right to the recipe!
This recipe is a favorite in our household. It makes rich ooey gooey carmelly yummy goodness…I really like it. LOL To start here is what you need:
16 oz Chewy Caramels (unwrapped)
2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk (divided 1/3 cup each)
1 box of Chocolate Cake Mix (anyone will do, but I prefer Betty Crock Chocolate Fudge)
1/2 cup Margarine
12 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a 9×13 cake dish
*Melt the margarine and mix with 1/3 cup milk and the cake mix. Do not prepare the cake mix per the box directions. Just add the dry mix to the margarine/milk. Mix well, it will form a thick ball, similar in texture to playdoh. Divide in half.
*Press one half of the cake mixture into the bottom of the cake pan. As you press it into the pan you will want to press it up the sides about an inch to form an edge to hold the caramel in.
*Bake the brownie crust 9minutes. While that’s in the oven move on to the caramel.
*Melt the Caramels and 1/3 cup of the milk in the microwave in 1 minute increments until melted smooth.
*Spread the chocolate chips over the brownie crust and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. (Long enough to melt the chips a little)
*Top with the melted caramel mixture, spreading it out evenly.
*Crumble the other ½ of the brownie mixture over the top of the caramel, and bake for 13-15 minutes until done.
*Allow them to cool for at least an hour before cutting them or they will be crumbly.
My favorite way to eat these is warmed up in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then I top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Totally worth the calories!
So now that I’ve shared my secrets, let me tell you a little bit about what brought me to Lynn’s blog. I have a new book releasing next week on October 9! Reflections of the Wolf, is the second in a series called The Gray Pack. The series follows a group of men who are the Alphas and Betas in a pack of werewolves, as well as firefighters for the Kansas City Fire Department. The first book, Fire of the Wolf, followed the pack Alpha’s, twin brothers Devin and Damon Gray, as they met and seduced their mate Caroline. In their book Caroline is threatened by a rival pack Alpha, and ultimately kidnapped along with her best friend Tina. You can find that one here: http://www.bookstrand.com/fire-of-the-wolf.
Tina happens to be the heroine in my new release, the second book of the series. She is completely human, but Liam Gray, Beta wolf in the Gray Pack, knows instantly that she is his mate. Every time Tina and Liam come near each other sparks fly, and Liam realizes that he can’t walk away from her no matter how hard she pushes. Emotions run hot in this one, and add in Tina’s creepy, stalkerish co-worker that goes a little nuts, and you have a dramatic, erotic, love story. Find Reflections of the Wolf at http://www.bookstrand.com/reflections-of-the-wolf.
Here is an excerpt from Reflections of the Wolf:
“She’s okay, Liam. She’s just exhausted and overwhelmed. Give her some breathing room.” Tina could hear another man’s voice talking to Liam, but she couldn’t seem to make her eyes open to see who it was.
“Why did she pass out then?” Liam’s voice was annoyed, and she thought she heard him growl a bit. Damn that was sexy.
“Who knows why women faint? What were you guys talking about?” A third masculine voice spoke.
“Shit.” Liam muttered. “I told her she was my mate. I didn’t mean to scare her.”
Tina could just imagine the look on Liam’s face right now. She understood that Caroline believed in this whole mating thing, and that was fine for her life, but Tina wasn’t interested in a serious relationship. She had lived through her share of heartache when it came to men, and the pain just wasn’t worth it anymore.
She took a deep breath and forced her eyes open a crack. Instantly Liam and two other men were leaning over her. What the hell did they feed these men? They were enormous and gorgeous!
“Oh my God, I’ve died and gone to single women’s heaven,” she said, moaning and then blushing when the two new men laughed, and Liam frowned. “Who are you guys?”
“Hey, Sweet Tina, nice and easy now. How are you feeling?” Liam’s eyes held compassion, concern, and a glimmer of apprehension. A gentle tug of desire shot through her body at his soft endearment. He helped her sit up, scooting to sit behind her to brace her back against his chest. She was now between his outstretched thighs with her head tucked just under his chin and his arms around her protectively.
“Like a werewolf beat the shit out of me,” she grumbled, and all three men laughed. She felt Liam relax against her a little bit. He rested his hands on her flat tummy, and his thumbs rubbed tiny circle patterns through the T-shirt she wore. She could feel sparks shoot across her skin, and she grimaced in her mind. Her body sure wanted a relationship with him.
“Good. I was afraid you were just going to say fine or something silly like that.” His amusement rippled through her, making her smile.
“Hi, Tina. I’m Rafe Whetstone. This is my brother Ryley.” He indicated the beautiful godlike creature standing next to him. “We were quite impressed with your show of bravery in there, but you better take it easy for a bit. If your back gets worse, Liam will get you to the doctor. You hit that wall really hard when he threw you. And now with you passing out on us like that, it makes me wonder about your head. Is it hurting?” Rafe looked like a Viking warrior with golden-blond hair that was a little shaggy and electric-blue eyes that seemed to assess her in one lazy sweep. She shivered at the look of interest heating his gaze and instinctively pressed backward into Liam. His arms tightened around her possessively.
“Yes, but I took a baseball bat to the back of it a few hours ago, so it’s to be expected. I think my head hurts more now because it’s trying to process all of this…umm…this werewolf love story my best friend is apparently living.” She rubbed her temples trying to ease the ache. Liam’s strong hand moved to the base of her neck and started massaging the tension away. She groaned softly, and Ryley laughed loudly.
“Yeah, well, if Liam has his way, you will be living your own shortly. We have to go talk with Dev and Damon. Take care of your girl, Liam. I wouldn’t want to have to sweep her away from you and make her fall in love with me.” Ryley winked at Tina, and Liam growled a threat.
“Oh, pumpkin, that’s sweet, but I’m just not sure there is a man alive that’s qualified for that job,” she said, smiling sweetly at Ryley as he and the others laughed.
“Oh brother, you’re going to have your hands full with this little spitfire. Good luck!” Ryley teased Liam, and Tina’s eyes narrowed at him.
“He won’t have to worry about me shortly,” she grumbled, but the pressure increased from Liam’s hands, and a low moan escaped her throat. All three men ignored her implied threat, and it grated her nerves.
Ryley really was very sexy. He matched his brother in golden looks, but he kept his hair much longer. It brushed the tops of his shoulders, and his eyes were just a touch lighter than Rafe’s with flecks of green in them. It seemed all of the firemen of Battalion One were flirts with bodies built on Olympus. She would have to see about spending more time with Caroline if this was the company she was keeping.
She watched the two Viking warriors walked away and had to swallow hard at the sight of their tight butts. Wow, maybe I hit my head harder than I thought. She chided herself for drooling over those two men when the one that really scared her was holding her in his arms. Worrying now about what Ryley had said, she fidgeted in Liam’s grip. Liam couldn’t really believe that she was his mate, could he? Goose bumps prickled over her skin when Liam’s kissed the nape of her neck where he had been gently massaging.
“Are they family, too?” she asked Liam curiously.
Liam tensed before replying. “Yes, they are my adopted brothers. You can trust them. Well, you can trust them with your life, but Ryley won’t ever stop trying to get into your pants.”
She laughed out loud and felt a surge of feminine confidence. “I’m sure I will enjoy his attempts.”
Liam growled behind her, and she stilled in his arms. That was definitely a possessive growl if she had ever heard one. Turning to look back over her shoulder with narrowed eyes, she took in his jealous frown and huffed with irritation. After a few moments of glaring at each other in silence, he sighed and relaxed, and she couldn’t help but smile at her victory. She wouldn’t tolerate being told who to spend time with, no matter who it was.
Thanks again Lynn for letting me visit! Keep track of my current works, and read free teasers on my blog www.lorikingbooks.wordpress.com or friend me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/Lori.King.Author ~Lori