A Hot One

Summers in the Philippines are a peculiar experience. In the first month, the sun shines down on you but the winds are cool. You enjoy yourself. Then, just when you’re comfortable, the second month comes along and brings with it the kind of sunlight that bites into the skin. This is the time you start wearing less. Only when you think you can’t handle the heat anymore, the third month arrives. The worse of the three by far because of the humidity. This heat plasters any article of clothing onto your skin like Velcro. Getting dressed brings with it a bucket of sweat.

What does summer in the Philippines have to do with my CMP Summer Lovin’ post, you might ask?

Everything and none at all. Where you might be at the beginning of summer I am already entering the rainy season. *laughs* It’s actually raining as I write this post.

Since you are possibly in the beginnings of summer, I’d like to present to you a recipe that will guarantee a fun way to beat the heat.

Let’s start by making some Basil and Lime Sorbet!

It will definitely be a crowd pleaser on the hottest of days.

Here’s what you need to do:

1.      Boil 200g sugar and 235ml water for one minute.
2.      Remove from heat. Combine with 180ml fresh lime juice and 20 fresh basil leaves in a blender.
3.      Pour into a container, cover and freeze for two hours.
4.      Break up the frozen mixture and blend until smooth.
5.      Return to the container, cover and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

There you go! Five simple steps and you’ve got a yummy, healthy treat for the coming summer months. I would also suggest making popsicles out of the mixture. Instead of a single container, try putting the blended mixture in an ice tray and add toothpicks for handles. If you have a popsicle mould, all the better.

Okay, now that I’ve given you something to beat the heat, I’ll amp up the steam with the perfect summer read.

My very first new adult contemporary romance novel, Romancing the Bookworm, comes out July 9. Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

Take Romancing the Bookworm with you at the beach this summer along with your sorbet! 

In case you're still deciding, here’s a yummy picture of Xavier:

Is that your sorbet melting? I thought so. It's not over yet. Here’s a snippet of the story:

Holy shit! She passed out. She actually fucking passed out at the sight of me. What the hell was going on here? Last time I checked, I hadn’t transformed into the Elephant Man. This wasn’t the way I thought our first meeting would go. I shook my head in disbelief as I dropped to my knees and shielded her from the harsh mid-day sun. Mostly, I blamed the stupid tent she was wearing. No one should wear that much when at the beach forchistsakes. She looked like kelp swallowed her whole from all that fabric.

When Hudson left for the bus stop, I’d lost my appetite. The nerves I felt that morning twisted my stomach in knots again. I finished my beer and slammed the bottle on the bar. I quickly went through the different scenarios I’d cooked up for this next phase of the plan. The First Meeting. Very important stuff. 

I left the Shore Shack and watched out for them on the beach. I knew Hudson would bring them to the Shack eventually. The second I spotted her walking behind the twins, rubbing sunscreen on her arms, my heart stopped. This was it. The perfect scene flashed before my eyes. I rushed into the water until I was completely submerged. Then, almost reenacting the way James Bond waded out of the water in Casino Royale to the letter sans my dignity, I walked out of the water. I knew her eyes were on me. I’d seen her stop and stare the second my head broke the water’s surface. I had to force myself to keep going. I kept reminding myself of the plan. My reputation had to take one for the team. I’d made up my mind and nothing short of hospitalization would stop me. 

I thought everything had gone well. I’d waded out of the water while keeping a straight face. Even from a distance, I saw her eyes rake over my body. I knew I had her when I got close enough to see her blush and swallow. In my head a small voice actually said this might actually work. 

I celebrated too soon. 

After Hudson made the introductions like we were all meeting for the first time—the jackass could have played things cooler—I reached out to shake her hand. God damn if my fingers didn’t twitch at the anticipation of actually getting to touch her. And then her eyes rolled into the back of her head.

So? Are you ready for one hot summer?

Let Xavier romance you!

Make sure to add Romancing the Bookworm to your GR TBR: 

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And, as a bonus, if you add Romancing the Bookworm to your Waiting on Wednesday post, I will send you a signed bookmark. Just leave the link of your post and your email addy in the comments section and I’ll email you right away.

To make this blog hop all the more special, there’s a GIVEAWAY! Yey!

Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite & some of our eBooks to read on it!

1st Prize: A $20 Amazon gift card, and a Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, more eBooks, bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, and more!

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Because this is a Blog Hop, make sure to visit the other participating blogs listed below and see what they have in store for you this summer.

Shawna Romkey Author blog
  Constance Phillips, A Writer's Musings 
Katie O'Sullivan
  Summer Lovin' - On Olympus...
  Kate's Blog
  Kary Rader
  Lindsey R. Loucks
  Summer Lovin', postcards, and maybe bookmarks
Jody A Kessler Summer Lovin' Mountain Style
Official Website of Maer Wilson
Author Jean Murray ~ Wicked Romance Blog
Summer Lovin' Heat
Hildie McQueen's Author Site
Loni Lynne's Blog Site
Author Avery Olive Blog
Wendy S. Russo
Cindy Young-Turner
Michelle Clay - The Darkside of Romance
the Marvelous Misadventures of Mrs. t
Shannon Eckrich

Happy Summer Reading!


  1. Awesome giveaway!!! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. How fun, a giveaway that you have to hop around to different blogs for, that's awesome fun. Plus I may find some new blogs to follow. Win win. thanks

  3. I seldom win on giveaways but I'm really hoping to win this one. Crossing my fingers! :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Kate. I just planeted basil in my garden and am going to try this one!

  5. Thanks for the great recipe, definitely want to try it.
    Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Thanks Kate! When is Savor coming out?

  7. The sorbet recipe sounds awesome! Since we're having our own rainy season here on Cape Cod, all our tomatoes drowned (!) so this will be a good use for the basil, lol. Add a little vodka and it would make a good slushy, too ;-)

    Happy Summer! Cant' wait for your new book!

  8. Great post! Rainy season? Great for reading--at least I would think so.

  9. That sorbet looks awesome. Maybe sometime I can try to make it. =D

  10. Hi! Great recipe! Sounds so yummy! Thanks for being apart of this great hop!


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