What lovely guests we have with us today at Sinfully… Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone have popped in for a visit on the tour for the first book Strangers in the Night… and they brought food! They can definitely come again! Intrigued??? read on… plus enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Strangers in the Night by Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone
Published: March 11, 2015
Length: 51 pages
Series: Strangers #1
Genre: M/M Erotic Romance, BDSM
When Army veteran, Slade, stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark, night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
This book made me all kinds of happy! I loved the two main characters Slade and Callum and was captivated by the thirty two hours that saw them both daring to hope for a future, that had previously seemed futile. Poor Slade… a broken man, scarred both inside and out and Callum, his Scottish saviour, a man who turned his back on society and his previous lifestyle, not realising just how lonely he was until this lost boy turns up on his doorstep in the middle of the night.
Slade alone in the world with no family or friends, joined the army to have a purpose in life, he knew even then that he needed guidance, happy to receive his orders and perform his duties. After being discharged, he’s lost, in a dark place, aimlessly trying to escape from the nightmares of a war he’s no longer part of, feeling rejected from the security of what he thought of as family.
Callum retired from his life as a Dom, seeking the peace of isolation, turning his back on society after he became disillusioned, training subs, only to pass them onto another Dom. He recognises immediately the need in Slade to give up control and sees his sorrow and misery, appreciating the beauty behind the sadness of his natural propensity to submit, knowing more about the boy than he knows himself.
Slade is unaware of what it is that he’s searching for, overwhelmed when he finds the inner peace he has so craved for, with someone who finally makes him feel safe. And for reasons he doesn't understand… someone he trusts.
Both men are afraid of their conflicting emotions… unsure of the others intentions. Slade anxious at the thought of having to leave, and Callum fears the thought of Slade trying to heal himself, knowing it could prove dangerous.
I so believed in Slade and Callum. Their love, call it fate or whatever. They found each other… and it was perfect! Giving them both hope where there had previously been none, a void. I felt their pain and all that loneliness and the joy… oh the joy, in finding each other and the process of healing… fabulous little read this was!
I was also impressed with the collaboration of Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone… Strangers in the Night is a short read at 51 pages and the first in a series, so I’m hoping we’ll be seeing a little more of these two men, because I became totally invested in them, those boys certainly pulled me in and the authors included just enough angst to make my heart flutter… and the kink… WOW, I absolutely loved it and I’m excited to see what’s next!
GO-TO QUICK MEALS / RECIPES
In Strangers In The Night, Slade cooks up a quick meal with the few things on hand. We’ve all had to do it - create dinner out of next to nothing. Here are our simple go-to recipes when we need an easy meal:
I threw this together last summer from items entirely out of our garden. It was so pretty I had to take a picture! It was yummy too! And quick! There are no set-in-stone amounts here - mix and match to your heart’s delight.
Whole wheat pasta (4 servings / cooked)
1 Yellow squash
1 red pepper
1 large onion
1 large, meaty tomato (or several smaller juicy tomatoes - just drain off the juice first)
1 small hot-as-heck pepper of your choice *optional / I like a little heat - heh*
EVOO (Extra-virgin olive oil)
Fresh Parmesan cheese
While pasta is boiling, stir-fry all veggies (except tomatoes) over med-high heat in large wok-style pan in 1-2 Tblsp of EVOO. (I add tomatoes last because they’ll break down if overcooked - I only give them a minute or two to cook). Remove cooked veggies and add a splash of white wine and about ¼ C chicken stock to liquid in pan (from veggies). Bring to boil and return veggies to pan, along with cooked/drained pasta, tossing to coat. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This meal is a firm favourite in my house. While I almost always make it with the ingredients mentioned below, the vegetables can be replaced or added to according to your personal taste.
- 1 good sized onion - 1 clove of garlic
- 1 pound of minced beef - ½ cup diced carrot
- ½ cup peas - 6 potatoes boiled and mashed
- ½ cup button mushrooms, sliced - gravy granules
- Shredded (cheddar) cheese to taste - salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the onion and garlic and brown slowly in a frying pan until soft.
- Add minced beef and cook until brown.
- Add mushrooms and cook for a minute or so
- Add peas and carrots
- Add gravy granules and water until the mixture has a gravy-like texture. If it looks too thick just leave to boil down for a while.
- Put mixture in oven dish, top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese
- Put in oven preheated to 180 Celcius (350 Fahrenheit) and cook for approximately 30-40 minutes, until the sauce juices bubble up
Meet the Authors
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
Jaycee Edward is no longer seventeen years old but don’t tell her that. She’s actually a tad older and lives in northeast Ohio with her handsome husband and one, big gorgeous dog. She has two grown stepdaughters and is proud to be the ultra-cool Nana to two amazingly incredible grand-teens. Jaycee loves pistol shooting and is has earned her Bar 7 Sharpshooter status in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and hopes to someday reach the level of Expert Marksman. She is the token liberal and constant source of fascination to the other members at her gun range. Jaycee knows way too much about the inner workings of Walt Disney World and anything related to One Direction. She’d love to pull you into the rabbit hole with her. All you have to do is ask. Find her there or contact her through social media.
Jaycee and Helena have kindly donated a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecoptor for your chance to win.
Contest Begins: March 11, 2015
Contest Ends: March 21, 2015
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