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Amanda Harkness has 59 articles published.

has written for Green Life Guides, LLC, an eco-friendly lifestyle website, and contributed articles for Green Life Guides to Huffington Post Weddings, Huffington Post Green, The Daily Meal and Martha Stewart Weddings. She has also published poetry in the Albion Review, contributes DIY articles to Moxy Magazine and writes entrepreneurial topics for the women’s website, She's Self Employed. In her spare time, Amanda makes hand forged metal jewelry and loves to travel. She has an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University and currently lives in New Haven, CT.

Anne Bryn Saves the Day (after Thanksgiving) with quick, easy recipes

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When Anne Byrn put together her latest cookbook, she certainly had the busy holiday season in mind. Anne Byrn Saves The Day Cookbook: 125 Guaranteed-To-Please, Go-To Recipes To Rescue Any Occasion (Workman; November 2014) will save you from post-Thanksgiving burnout. Her superhero solutions for any meal will pull you out of your mealtime rut faster than you can speed dial Chinese takeout (again). With minimal effort you’ll find yourself creating beautiful and easy meals—even the day after Thanksgiving. Byrn includes tried-and-true recipes from members of her widespread food community—this gives the cookbook a personal touch. You’ll find classic dishes from Aunt Kathy’s kitchen and the infamous Hors d’Oeurves Queen who has wowed many a crowd with her irresistible appetizers. The recipes…

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Top 10 reasons we love Christopher Rice (a Twitter recap)

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Oh, how we love Chris Rice! He’s urbane, dashing, funny and one hell of a good writer. Since we can’t wait until December 2 when he chats live at BookTrib After Dark at 8 p.m. ET about The Flame, his latest novella from 1,001 Dark Nights anthology, we have a treat. Here are the top 10 reasons we love Chris. Read these and we think you’ll love him, too. 1. He’s a crazy cat lady…errhm, man. Success!   2. He is obsessed with the TV show Supernatural (He’s a Dean fan all the way).     3. He always admits his mistakes.   4. His overall enthusiasm for just about everything.   5. He appreciates his mother’s fashion sense. (Seriously…

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What happens when a psychotic stalker plays cupid?

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Being protected from the imminent threat of a drugged-out psycho may not be the best way to start a romance (although it may beat online dating) but that’s what happens in Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight Vengeance (Carina Press, August 2014). Lauren Dare is finally putting her troubled life back together with a new life and a new identity, when one mistake leaves her exposed. Morton “Jacko” Jackman believes she is out of his league, so he has loved her in secret until now, going so far as to step out of his tough-guy comfort zone to take her painting classes. When Lauren’s stalker resurfaces, Jacko draws on his training as a Navy SEAL to protect her from harm. BookTrib recently…

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My Fair…Laddie? Shannon Stacey puts a fresh spin on a timeless romantic trope

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In Shannon Stacey’s Falling for Max (Carina Press, July 2014) awkward is the new sexy. Max is everything the typical alpha is not—introspective, unadventurous, shy and—just what does he do in his locked basement all day? His social life depends on local sports programming and his big-screen television, a magnet in a town without a sports bar. When he adds “find a wife” to his October to-do list after “annual checkup for furnace” and before “buy birthday presents” a buddy recommends the local diner, the town’s social hub. There he meets the Tori Burns, book cover designer and part-time waitress. It’s too bad that Max is so awkward because despite his stumbling he’s actually really hot. Intrigued by a sharp…

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Harlequin Fifth Avenue Trilogy giveaway: Summer in the City Essentials Kit

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 The Fifth Avenue Trilogy (Harlequin) will take you to the gleaming heights of New York in a quest for revenge. Austin, Hunter and Alex are united in their passion for justice after that devastating night 10 years ago when their dear friend, Sarah Michaels, lost her life. The trilogy includes: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates: Austin Treffen and Sarah were the best friends in college. After graduation, Sarah Michaels began working for Austin’s father, Jason Treffen—a prestigious hot shot lawyer. When Sarah cracked under the pressure of her demanding job, Austin was too self-involved with his new law career to notice. It wasn’t until Sarah threw herself off a building that rumors begin to swirl that Austin’s father, Jason Treffen,…

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Top 5 children’s books for Earth Day

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This Earth Day, consider the power that the spare prose and arresting illustrations of children’s literature have in delivering a message.  Children’s books have the ability to teach us a thing or two about the delicate dance that happens between us and our planet. Here are five of the most visually stunning children’s books to celebrate Earth Day: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss The Lorax combines intense visuals (think bright pink and yellow truffula trees) and lessons that rhyme—a classic tale about saving Mother Earth. I’ll Follow the Moon written by Stephanie Lisa Tara, illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi Awash in images of sea turtles amidst calm and serene blue waters, this story highlights the strong bond between a mother…

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No Earth Day needed once we’re gone

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What would happen to the planet if we were gone? As humans, we’ve all likely questioned our own mortality and this thought has probably crossed our minds. The power of nature is mighty, even more so than we can ever imagine. The next time you see weeds growing between cracks in pavement, take a closer look. Were these fragile plants really able to push their way up through a carpet of cement? Chances are that someone will come along and remedy the problem, but if no one is around to maintain it, the weeds will run wild. Now think of that scenario several times over. If you envisioned the Earth spinning on into eternity with little change, then you’re dead…

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Oodles of Doodles: Which type are you?

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I knew from a very young age that I was a doodler—in fact, I was a repeat offender. Any time that I had to focus in class, my pen would instantly begin to move across the margins of my three-ring notebook: a flourish of spirals here, a cascade of words and phrases there. It didn’t matter what I drew; it always helped me take in whatever was going on around me. I usually doodled random words or nature scenes but I never really considered why I chose the doodles I did. To this day, I still doodle during work meetings. My mother is also a chronic doodler. Every time she is on a phone call that requires concentration—or even just…

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Come for the chicken wings, stay for the rockstars: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe are JUST KIDS

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Just Kids, a memoir by artist and musician Patti Smith, is a touching glimpse into one of the most endearing relationships ever seen on the page. Throughout the book, the strong bond between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is evident; the relationship guiding and dividing both of their lives in complicated ways. Early in the book, before Smith or Mapplethorpe find fame, the young couple walks through Washington Square Park, dressed in beatnik sandals and love beads. An older couple notices them and starts to take their picture. “Oh, take their picture,” said the woman to her bemused husband. “I think they’re artists.” “Oh, go on,” he shrugged. “They’re just kids.” The event is an ironic foreshadowing and the universal…

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Sex Parties are Just a Day in the Life of Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca: Review of Masked Innocence

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You’re invited… What: Masked Innocence When: This Friday, 10 p.m. ‘til dawn Where: The Franklin Estate, Irongate Attire: Masked Sexy Consideration: $5,000/couple We welcome you to our quarterly party. The theme is Masked Innocence. Please dress accordingly. As always, we must have your current credentials on file. Party rules are standard but are listed below for your reminder. We look forward to your presence. Ladies make the rules. No means no. Men cannot approach women. Proper credentials and protection required. This invitation may seem shocking to you, but elaborate sex parties are just a day in the life of Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca. Alessandra Torre is back with the follow-up to her debut novel Blindfolded Innocence. Her new…

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Doug Preston shares experiences with monsters and men in Florence

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Between 1968 and 1985 young lovers were butchered in their cars amid the beautiful Tuscan countryside in Florence, Italy. It’s ironic that a place whose delicate name means, “I flower,” became the grisly scene of murder and mutilation during the height of passion. The heinousness of the crimes led the local media to refer to the perpetrator as “The Monster of Florence” or “Il Mostro.” Several men were accused of these horrific murders but the convictions were ridiculed in the media and many critics argue that the real killer has never been identified. Enter below to win a copy of “The Monster of Florence” Fast forward to the year 2000:  New York Times bestselling crime novelist Douglas Preston moves to…

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