Time for one last recipe before everyone slips away to enjoy their Thanksgiving week festivities. Sadly I was an adult before I discovered the existence of Ganache, and since then I’ve been making up for lost time. (a fact my hips can sadly attest to.)
Dark Chocolate Ganache
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (optional)
A dash of cinnamon or for a bit of a kick, a dash of cayenne pepper. (go easy if you try this one!)
Chop the chocolate until very fine
Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Pour cream over chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
Let stand for 2 minutes, until the chocolate is melted into the mixture
Add butter, then whisk mixture until smooth.
If you are using it as a sauce, use immediately. (or reheat later)
If you are using a frosting/filling:
Let cool, stirring often.
Once cooled for several hours, whisk until it is the right consistency
(Caution, you may need to make two sets. One for the cake..and one for everyone who will suddenly appear to “have just a taste.”
Second Adult Story Excerpt – Whispers in the Dark
A Paranormal erotic romance with vamps, dhampir and a kick-ass red head for a heroine
Kyra kissed him every step of the way back to their room, not caring who saw them together this way. This was real, and right, and she finally let herself believe that Gareth had been correct all along. In the moment when she had been unable to fight her own battles, his powers that be had sent her a champion, someone she could trust, someone she could love. Her breath hitched and she ran the word through her mind again, letting it resonate. Love. Oh how she loved him.
She felt him lower her to the bed, his hard, muscled body covering hers as he lay down with her. His unshaven jaw rasped against her cheek and then his lips found hers, his kiss sending sparks shooting through her limbs. Her hands slipped under his shirt, caressing heated skin as she tugged the fabric upward, wanting no barriers between them. She could feel his heart beating hard and fast beneath her fingers as she raked her nails lightly through his dark dusting of chest hair.
“Kyra.” His voice was a low growl of warning. “You’re playing with fire again.”
“You don’t scare me,” she declared and raked her nails down his chest again, hearing his hissing intake of breath at the stinging pleasure of it. He rolled off of her and stripped his shirt over his head, his hazel eyes bright with passion as he met her gaze.
“I know I don’t scare you. It’s one of the things I adore about you.” He reached for her shirt and skinned it over her head, his wicked chuckle giving her warning too late to stop him from leaving the fabric tangled around her wrists. As she wriggled and tried to drop her arms, the sleeves snagged around her wrists, leaving her hands bound.
“Hey!” she yelped, tugging harder. “Untie me!”
Gareth’s eyes were hot and his grin pure mischief as he watched her wriggle. “I warned you, little hellcat, but you didn’t listen to me.” His heated gaze slid down to her breasts, and he reached beneath her to unfasten the hooks with one hand while he held her wrists with the other. Kyra glowered at him, but she could feel her pulse racing and knew her panties were soaked through at the thoughts he’d inspired in her fevered imagination.
She arched a brow as he drew her bra up her arms and then tied the elastic loops around one of the wrought iron posts of the headboard. “Oh no, not that!” She squirmed again, trying to keep the laughter out of her voice.
“Oh yes, this.” Gareth’s eyes darkened and he lowered his head to her breasts, running his tongue between them with a low groan. “I want you right here, unarmed and still for once.” She shuddered as his mouth closed over one stiff nipple, laving the tip with his tongue until it was tight and tingling. As he moved to the other one, she arched her back and moaned, her body aching and needy for his touch.
Clever fingers pinched and rolled at the tight bud he had already suckled. Embers of need flared to an inferno, and Kyra mewled aloud at the pleasure of it, encouraging him without words, not wanting him to stop. Every flick and touch sent tendrils of lust down through her core until she felt her vaginal walls begin to tighten in time to his mouth. The rhythms of his body and hers meshed, and she clamped her thighs together and squirmed, needing something, anything to touch her aching clit.
Groaning with frustration now, Kyra wriggled again, wrapping a leg around him and trying to pull him closer, grinding her throbbing pussy against his thigh. “Gareth, I need more.” She gasped and flexed her calf tight around his thigh.
“Still so pushy!” His voice was teasing as he lifted his head to watch her from beneath hooded lids. His fingers tweaked her nipples one last time before moving down to the button closing her jeans, slowly and deliberately stroking along the waistband, his mouth tracing over her bare skin, placing openmouthed kisses in a string down her stomach. “You taste so good.” He nibbled at the edge of her navel before swirling his tongue over the sensitive skin. “Like apple pie, or spiced cookies.”
“I taste like dessert?” she purred and bucked her hips slightly, reminding him what he was supposed to be doing.
“Like the most decadent dessert in the world.” Gareth’s breath fanned over her damp skin, causing a wave of goose bumps to chase across her stomach. He undid her jeans and stood up, his eyes never leaving hers as he made his way to the foot of the bed and tugged off her boots one at a time. Then he leaned down and slid her jeans off, his gaze full of hunger as he drank her in. The bed dipped as he knelt at the edge and reached for her panties, removing them even slower than he did her jeans. He let his callused fingers drift over her skin in one long, sensuous caress, the scrap of satin and lace teasing and tickling all the way down to her toes.
Whispers in the Dark is available for purchase at: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
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