Delicious Summer Romances – A Blog Hop

Claimed by the CaptainThe purpose of this blog hop is to introduce readers to delicious summer romances. Looking for a spicy summer read that’s perfect for a day at the beach or a relaxing afternoon by the lake? Or is it a gloomy afternoon filled with drizzling rain and gray skies, but precious reading time? A spicy historical romance can transport you to another place and time, in the company of a very hot hero.

Claimed by the Captain is my steamy pirate romance – a love story with an extra dose of spice. Privateer Jason Kane lost everything to one man’s treachery. Thirsting for vengeance, the ruthless sea-captain abducts Catherine Farrell, daughter of the swindler who destroyed his family. Intending to extract the debt owed him from his tempting prisoner, he plans a cold-blooded conquest. Aroused by his captive’s sensual beauty, he claims her with seductive persuasion. As he plunges her into a world of pleasure, her passionate surrender sparks a deep longing in his heart and soul.

Catherine Farrell lived the sheltered life of a prosperous merchant’s daughter until Captain Jason Kane made her a pawn in his quest for retribution. Claimed by the captain, she finds herself at the mercy of a man who will settle for nothing less than complete domination. His tender mastery awakens Catherine’s passions and stirs her heart. If only she can convince him that love is far more satisfying than sweet revenge.

If you love dashing pirates and scorching romance, please click the cover for more information on Claimed by the Captain.

Now, a little about me:

1)When writing are you a snacker? If so, sweet or salty?

I’m a snacker when I’m writing…and just about any other time. I love sweets, and I also have a real taste for salty foods. Potato chips are the bane of my existence…talk about not being able to eat just one!

2) Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants?

I’m an outliner. Before I draft a story, I have character sketches, plot sketches, and essentially, I’ve mapped out the story.

3)When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it?

I am a recipe gal…I have tons of cookbooks, though I must confess they’re used that often. When I do cook, I tend to follow a recipe exactly. I’m not an adventurous cook, though I do love to try new recipes from time to time.

4) What is next for you after this book?

I’m revising a trilogy of historical romances featuring Civil War spies. I’m having a great time adding to the adventures and humor.

5) Last Question…on a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land?

Oooh, this is a tough one – steam levels vary from person to person, but I’d say Claimed by the Captain is an eight. It’s a very passionate love story with an alpha male hero who sweeps the heroine away to a delicious adventure as his captive at sea. I think you can connect the dots  😉

In keeping with the theme of Spicy Summer romance, I’m sharing my personal recipe for a spicy yet incredibly easy pasta salad that’s perfect for a hot summer day. Here you go:

16 oz. of uncooked pasta – I recommend rotini, penne, shells, or bow-ties

1 8 oz. can of diced tomatoes, preferably with basil and other seasonings

4 oz. of prepared Italian salad dressing

1 cup of cherry tomatoes, or two slicing tomatoes cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 cup of finely cut red onions

1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, then rinse with cool water. Add the other ingredients and toss in a large bowl. I suggest preparing at least 2 hours in advance of serving – let chill in the refrigerator so the pasta soaks up the dressing.

You may want to add cooked salad shrimp, steamed peeled shrimp, or roast chicken to the salad. Hope you enjoy it.

Want to check out other spicy reads and recipes? Drop by these author blogs:

Jodi Vaughn:

Vicky Dreiling:

Gina Danna: 


2 thoughts on “Delicious Summer Romances – A Blog Hop

  1. Oh, goodness, I don’t know which sounds ‘tastier,’ your pirate captain (oh, my;) or that pasta salad. What am I saying, of course I know which sounds yummier–and hotter. LOL Best of luck with your book, Tara.

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