Saturday, March 9, 2013

Just Desserts

Good Morning  and welcome to the Secret Cravings Publishing "Just Desserts Blog Hop". What goes better with romance than something sweet and decadent. On this hop, not only can you win wonderful prizes, great books, read about new authors, but you can get some really wonderful recipes!

My recipe is always a hit whenever I make it! It is rich and decadent, just how I think true love should be. One taste and you just about swoon like the first taste of a lover's kiss.

My recipe today is Chocolate Raspberry Kahlua Cheesecake. Enjoy! Comment about why good dessert is like love to win a $10 GC to Amazon and a copy of my new novel Bound in Evil!

Chocolate crust:
1 1/2 C. chocolate graham, crackers, crumbled*
1/4 C. butter, melted
2 Tbs. sugar
1 8-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, divided
1 C. whipping cream
1/4 C. and 2 Tbs. Kahlua, divided
3 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sugar
1/3 C. cocoa
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. powdered sugar
Chocolate crust preparations: Mix crumbled chocolate graham crackers, melted butter and sugar. Press onto bottom and part way up sides of springform pan. Freeze for 5 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cheesecake preparations: In microwave-safe bowl, place 3/4 cup chocolate chunks. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until chunks are melted; stir. Add 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup Kahlua; stir until blended. In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add cocoa; beat until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture. Pour over prepared chocolate crust.

Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then decrease to 275 degrees and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.

In microwave-safe bowl, place remaining chocolate chunks. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until chunks are melted; stir. Stir in 1/4 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons Kahlua; blend well. Spread on top of cake.

Refrigerate for 6 hours. At serving time, beat remaining whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff; garnish cake with small rosettes of whipped cream. You can also decorate with chocolate curls or chocolate espresso beans, or raspberries like I do, if desired. Refrigerate leftover cake.


Book Blurb

For hundreds of years, evil is trapped beneath the ground. It never sleeps. It only waits to return.

A man turns his back against his magical family a long ago and the prophecy predicting a powerful witch with green eyes will release the imprisoned evil into the world. Nathaniel Caswell is determined to avoid the prophecy and the sexy new woman in town who could be his salvation or his downfall.

Meg Costa didn’t realize when she left her urban guidance counselor job for one on the sleepy coast of Massachusetts that she would catch the attention of the sexy green eyed sheriff and be thrown in the middle of a battle between good and evil.

Destiny throws these two together and along with the rest of the magical community, they need to figure out a way to save themselves and the world from being plunged into darkness forever.

Book Excerpt:

Meg held her breath as he took her hand and led her on to the dance floor, pulling her against his body, and started swaying to the music. As she stood there swaying with him, she felt the hard erection in his pants brushing against her stomach. She pressed her body closer enjoying how his body tensed and trembled against her. He tightened his arms around her so the heat of his body burned her through her clothes. A groan rumbled in his chest under her ear and she snuggled deeper into his tight embrace. The smell of his cologne mixed with his own unique scent filled and intoxicated her senses.

“You’re making it very hard for me to keep my intentions honorable,” he whispered huskily.

Meg leaned back bringing her lower body snugger against his and stared at him hoping the desire he ignited in her body showed in her eyes as it did his. “At least one of us is trying to remain honorable. You must be much stronger than I am because right now my body is screaming for less than honorable things to be done to it.”

She didn’t think it possible but his gaze flared hotter. The desire in his eyes caused her to gasp at the intensity. She felt her body immediately respond.

He grabbed her hand and pulled her from the dance floor. “Come with me.”

Meg stumbled along behind him as he brought her farther and farther away from the light of the square and deeper and deeper into the darkness of the hot, sultry night.

By the light of the full moon, he led her to a huge weeping willow tree silhouetted against the darkness, its beautiful branches bowing low to the ground creating a perfect natural curtain. Meg watched as he pushed the branches aside creating a doorway to an inner private sanctuary just for them.

“Do you trust me?”

Meg took a deep breath. Her whole being wanted to shout, “I trust you with my body, heart, and soul.” Even in a haze of desire, she didn’t think now was the time to confess never-ending devotion. There was something about this man that completely made her forget about her wary nature. She loved how she felt when around him and didn’t want to scare him off.

She firmly entwined her fingers with his and squeezed his hand, unsure if he could see the expression on her face in the darkness. “Yes, I trust you.”

He pulled her into the darkness and dropped the curtain of branches, blocking out all light from the moon. Meg stood there in the darkness, her breathing shallow and heard pounding in her chest. He stood close to her because she could feel the heat of his body and hear his own shallow breathing in the darkness. Since she couldn’t see, Meg closed her eyes and listened to her surrounding with all of her senses. She didn’t know if the darkness or his closeness made her senses feel sharper and clearer. Her body felt electrified.

His hand stroked down her exposed neck and arm causing her to gasp at the trail of sensations and heat his stroke left behind. Meg felt the small tendrils of her hair next to her ear sway from his breath. Her whole body tensed in anticipation of what he would do next. The whispered caress of his soft lips on the lobe of her ear caused her body to tremble.

“Tell me,” he whispered against her ear. “Watching me this afternoon, did it turn you on?”

Meg’s breasts swelled and constricted in the bodice of her dress. She nodded her head in the darkness, not trusting her own voice. His steely arm stole around her waist and roughly dragged her back against his hard body.

“The words, Meg. I need to hear the words. Were you turned on today?” The forcefulness of his words turned her on even more. She arched back and rubbed herself against the hardness nestled against her back.

“Yes,” she moaned. “It turned me on. I thought about it all day.”

His lips played with her earlobe as his hands slid up and cupped her heavy breasts. He tested their weight in his hands before pinching her painfully erect nipples through the fabric of her dress. Meg let out a small shriek as the sensations shot directly down to her pussy causing it to spasm and released a flood of desire between her legs.

The pressure on her nipples increased and a moan slipped past her lips. The darkness and the fact she couldn’t see him amplified all of the feelings within her body. She could no longer think a rational thought except how she wanted his hands on her skin, anywhere, everywhere.

Meg couldn’t control her body anymore. Like a cat, she sensuously rubbed the back of her body against his hard form. It thrilled her to hear his breath catch in his throat. It felt good to know she wasn’t the only one close to losing control.

“Do you want to know a secret?” His lips traced the line of her jaw. Meg tilted her head to give him better access.

“I knew you were there watching me and it turned me on more. Did you go home and play with yourself and think about me?”

“No, I took a cold shower,” Meg moaned as his hand brushed the V between her legs through her dress and slowly started to inch the hem up her body.

From the darkness behind her, she heard him chuckle. It’s sensual nature filled with desire and dark promises. Unspoken promises which made the walls of her pussy clench in anticipation. She continued to rub against him trying to provide herself with any type of relief. All she truly accomplished was to feed the flame of their desire.

“My poor, poor, baby. Did it work?” She felt her dress being tugged up inch by tantalizing inch higher and higher.

“No, it did nothing. I think it made me want you more.”

Remember after commenting to win my prizes, click the link at the top of the page to go back to SCP blog hop main page, so you can continue winning and "eating" your way through the  hop this weekend. I will announce the winner on Monday!!

Peace out,


  1. :-) This recipe sounds evil on the hips and too tempting to care :-) LOL

  2. The recipe sounds amazing. Decadent desserts are sensual almost sexual. Great to share one with your lover in the bedroom. Without spilling it on the sheets! LOL! Great excerpt, too. The sounds smokin' hot!

  3. Tracey SteinbachMarch 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    A great dessert gives you a sense of comfort and enjoyment and a sense of loss when it's gone.

  4. Hawt doesn't love chocolate and this recipe sounds delicious. Great blurb and excerpt. Good luck with sells....Tabs

  5. Hmmm....chocolate cheesecake. All these cheesecake recipes are making me salivate!!!

  6. recipe looks great!! Love is like dessert because it can make you feel decadent and sinful!

  7. LOVE cheesecake! Going to have to try this, lol:)

  8. OMG all my favorite ingredients in one luscious dessert. The Kahlua does the trick...or is it the raspberries. Oh well, I'm copying & pasting this one! Meredith

  9. oh man that excerpt was hot! A good desert is like love because both leave you happy and satisfied. Carin

  10. My mouth is watering, for both. :-)

    )))Corset Hug((
    Ginny Lynn
    Wench Writer

  11. That looks sooo goood. The dessert and the excerpt!

  12. Yum! Chocolate and strawberries go together nicely. How is a good dessert like love? The sweetness stays in your memory forever.

  13. oooh, man, Sounds amazing!!

    Dessert is like love because if it's sweet enough, it can knock you out.

  14. Just reading the recipe I put on 3 pounds. Love it.

  15. OMG! I love chocolate and strawberries. I am definitely definitely in heaven.

  16. I once saw a desk sign that read, "I wish I could find a man who can do to my body what chocolate does to my mind." Add my favorite berry and...mmmmmmmm...I just melted.

  17. I love anything chocolate, plus Kahlua (you're not going to believe this but I'm drinking Kahlua flavored coffee right now!).

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  18. The cheesecake and Bound in Evil both look so good.

  19. I think cooking is like love because you get out what you put in: time, attention to detail, quality ingredients, and they come together to create something new and unique.

  20. Dessert is like love because it can lift you up or make you sad (from all of those calories, lol)

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  21. Loved your receipe and the excerpt. Dessert and love both bring happiness and are meant to be savored. - thanks!

  22. That is one yummy sounding dessert!

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  23. That sounds really yummy & the book sounds good too

    MinDaf @

  24. Good dessert is like love because there are so many different ways it can make you happy! Plus, they both give you that endorphin rush...


  25. You can NEVER go wrong with cheesecake. Like love, even when it's bad it's good (to know that it was bad, lol). Thanks for sharing this Marie!

  26. I lived with a chef for 3 years--whenever I had a rough day or was feeling down, he'd make the most incredible meals with the most decadent desserts for was literally love on a plate!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  27. Thanks for sharing both the book and the recipe, both seem great..