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Free Carina Press Shannon Stacey ebook

Cover for Carina Press book Shannon Stacey's Exclusively Yours

Carina Press have Exclusively Yours, the first in Shannon Stacey’s Kolwalski’s series, available free  to celebrate the release of the latest book in the series.

I don’t know what rock I’ve been hiding under not to have read this before now, but I’m loving it. Only problem is, it’s so good it’s made me want to delete everything I wrote today!


Chocolate. Cake. A guest post by Michele de Winton

Chocolate. Cake.

Now those are two words that go together well don’t they? Just like tall and handsome, fair and fey, dark and swarthy. Me, I like my heroes in all sorts of combinations, but chocolate colored eyes, man they’ll get me every time.

Hi, I’m Michele de Winton and I believe that chocolate can solve almost everything. Okay, so maybe not world peace, but it would make a dent in world hunger, and it would certainly help if you were fainting from seeing Johnny Depp in person.

I know Autumn is vegan and happily I’m here to help with combining chocolate and veganism in a modern world. Oh yes, and handsome men. Life sure can be tough sometimes can’t it?

For any of you who aren’t vegan, try this anyway. My husband is about as far from vegan as it’s possible to get, and yet he’ll eat this cake and ask for more. And more.

You’ll need:
1 and three quarter cups of flour
1 and half cups of sugar
2tsp baking powder
2 tsp arrowroot powder
Half a tsp baking soda
Half a cup of cocoa


Add three eighths(ish) of a cup of oil, 1 tbsp golden syrup and 1 cup of soy milk.

Cook for 40 minutes on 180/350.


In The Boss and Her Billionaire the heroine Michaela isn’t tempted by a certain tall dark employee. Not so her BFF Felicity who makes him her very own Mr. Chocolate:

“It helps having an Adonis to keep all the ladies happy,” Felicity drawled. “Poor guy.”
Michaela spotted Dylan. “He’s hardly suffering. Look at him playing the crowd. I don’t think we need to worry about him.” He was dancing with an elderly woman, her face flushed and her hair a frizz, but the smile on her face said she was having the time of her life. The two of them were surrounded, a circle of women looking on eagerly. “Jesus, they look like they want to eat him.”
“They probably do. It’s the same downstairs. Mr. Chocolate has his very own fan club crushing the purser desk. It’s causing a bottleneck, ’cause no one wants to be served by anyone else. We might have to throw some acid at his face or something.”
Michaela snorted. “Maybe you need to take him off the desk and put him on backroom duty.”
“Now you’re talking. He could be my paperwork slave.”

What about you? Do you like your men dark and swarthy or fair and fey? Hope you enjoy the cake.


Michele de Winton loves sunshine, chardonnay, (preferably together), beaches, trees, great vegetarian food, steamy writing and happy endings. She’s been known to be an all round arty type and it’s no wonder that her first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages. Being a writer was not was she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’ but then neither was being a dancer. Sometimes her performing past jumps out of the dress up box and requires attention. But most of the time she’s content to stay in her PJs. All day. And she also thinks that chocolate can solve pretty much everything. You can get in touch with her at
Drop her a line or post a comment on her blog through


The Boss and Her Billionaire

Cruise director Michaela Western has everything she wants—everything except a sex life. But there are no secrets on cruise ships. She risked her job once for a dalliance with the Captain, and won’t do it again for a few minutes of toe-curling pleasure. Until a devilishly handsome new staffer with a body made for sin tempts her to walk on the wild side…

Investment billionaire Dylan Johns always gets what he wants. He is used to giving orders—not taking them—until he’s forced to go on hiatus from his investment company. To bide his time and carry out an old dream, he takes a job on a cruise ship—and ends up taking orders from his gorgeous, but uptight, new boss. He is determined to loosen her up with a fun onboard romance, but their no-strings fling turns serious and Dylan is forced to confess his lies.

When the affair threatens to shatter Michaela’s own career dreams, she finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

The Boss and Her Billionaire is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble


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