Friday, November 21, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Chili

It's that time of year - cold weather that begs for hot, tasty chili. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a book signing with several other authors from the Southeast US. Anita Musgrove with Great American Publishers was sharing her book of recipes from locally owned Alabama restaurants. She sent me her favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy them!

Southern Smiles,
Casey Crow

Cheesy Chicken Chili

1 pound Cooked Chicken-shredded
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans chili beans
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
chili powder to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste

Put all in crockpot. Cook for 7 hours on low. Add the next ingredients and let cook for 1 more hour.

1 pint whipping cream
2 cups pepper jack cheese
1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream

Crustless Egg Custard Pie

4 eggs-beaten
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons of melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients the add flour and sugar.  Pour in greased pie pan and cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Come Fly with Me -- a New's Year Eve Adventure High Up in the Sky with The Sexiest Man Alive!
UPDATED: Chris Hemsworth was voted the sexiest man alive -- just like my hero in "Come Fly with Me" -- as a bonus, I've added the moment when my heroine, Kacie Bennett, finds out the man who bought her a first class airline ticket home to save her little sister from marrying the wrong man, has just been named the sexiest man alive by a British tabloid:
“The Daily Sneek dubbed him the sexiest man alive. His picture is splashed all over the front page.” ...She winked and handed her the scandal sheet.

Kacie’s eyes popped. It was him all right. There, sprawled on the cover of the glossy gossip sheet was the gorgeous hottie who bought her a ticket home. The man’s charisma grabbed her, as bold and sexy on paper as he was in person. The paparazzi had caught his hard, muscled body in a candid shot somewhere on a white, sandy beach. Shoulders so broad they spilled off the page, his naked chest glistening with sea spray, his abs tighter than a clamshell.

And a come-hither grin that would have any woman crawling on her knees to get close to him. His brooding black eyes stared straight into the camera as if daring the photographer to take the shot.


Does Kacie take the ticket to fly home? The flight is booked solid, it's New Year's Eve, and the clock is ticking...would you fly home with "the sexiest man alive?"

Come Fly With Me is what happens when a bad boy billionaire offers a lonely good girl a free airline ticket home to save her first to him!!

This is my just released, sexy contemp novella that takes place entirely in the airport and in an airbus on New Year's Eve.

I've always enjoyed the films that take place on an airplane...who can forget Harrison Ford in Air Force One or Liam Neeson in the recent Non-Stop...but instead of bad guys taking over the plane, our bad boy is a handsome billionaire...the only thing he wants is the heroine...

Let me know what you think...this is a novella that sets up the Bennett Sisters who run a B&B called "The 3 Bees" in a Shangri-La-like small town in Northern California.

Happy Flying!


Come Fly With Me is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Friday, November 7, 2014

How do you Christmas Shop?

Why is it that even before Halloween Target has the Christmas stuff out? Ok, I admit, my highlight of Halloween is that the Hallmark Channel starts its Countdown to Christmas movies. Yes. Hello, my name is Casey and I'm a Hallmark addict.

So by default, I merrily swing into the holiday season, thankful that Nov. 27 means we are one day away from the official start of shopping season. I'm not one to brave the early morn on Black Friday. It's the whole getting up at the butt crack of dawn, scrounging the aisles, and fighting the crowds in search of the best bargains that turns me off, but if you're one of those brave souls...Khudos to you. Could you pick my son up an XBox 360 while you're out? 

I do, however, love me some online in the comfort of my jammies because, alas, I am not one of those annoyingly organized people who has all her shopping already done. And in my defense that is because my kids have yet to pick out their three Santa items. (In my house, Baby Jesus got three gifts, you get three gifts. I love it even if Grandma has never gotten the memo and spoils the kiddos beyond belief.)

I'm an online shopper, followed by a Toys r Us run after Black Friday since most of the stuff I need is out of stock online. Did you notice I said "need" as in my son's NEEDS more legos. 

I'm think I might brave the crowds this years just to see what all the whoopla is about on Black Friday. Any suggestions?  I might chicken out, though, when I see the number of cars in the parking lot and I can promise I won't be getting up at 6 or even 7 so is it still worth it to straggle in about 10 or 11? Um, yeah, Casey is not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. 

I do like to stroll the mall at some point before Christmas, maybe picking up that last item or just browsing. I like to see the decorations and hear the carols blasting through the speakers. It just puts you in the spirit, you know?

How do you shop? Do you spend the extra twenty at Toys r Us or the mall next week when the crowds aren't so crazy? Do you wait till the last minute like my dad (seriously - like Christmas Eve last minute)?

Well, whatever kind of shopper you are, I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and make a point to be thankful for something everyday this month!

Southern Smiles,
Casey Crow

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ever seen a Christmas Piano Tree?

I asked myself that question when I was looking for ideas for a cover for my holiday romance, A Christmas Piano Tree. 

You can’t stick a picture of a Christmas tree on a piano…and the story is a romance. Got to have gorgeous hero and pretty heroine on the cover…but where to start?

That’s when I decided to take a cover class from Andris Bear and Lily Smith through the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

Andris and Lily critiqued and gave suggestions to my cover until I got it right. Thank you, ladies!! I highly recommend their class if you want to do your own covers. Lily and Andris are awesome!

I love for stock photos, and since I have somewhat of an art background, I enjoy the process of cover design (once upon another life I studied design for the theatre). Here is a Spanish-theme sketch I did for a Vegas-type extravaganza.

Jina Bacarr's photo.
I’ve always had a love for design since I was a kid and I drew pictures in my dad’s encyclopedias (remember those?).

Here's a sketch for a dress design I did at age 11. Somehow it has survived numerous moves around the country and overseas…

What kind of covers do you enjoy for Christmas books?

I totally enjoyed putting the cover together for “The Christmas Piano Tree,” the story of a pretty young war widow who re-discovers the magic of the holiday season with the help of a homeless vet and an old piano. I hope you like it.


Check out my Christmas Piano Tree Pinterest board!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hello, November!

It's been a weird year for me, and this month tops all the rest in spades. I had TWO new stories come out over the Halloween weekend. One is The Cat’s Meow, a short freebie, done with the Here be Magic group under the pen name Hera B. Magic. These quirky little Halloween cat stories are a FREE download from Smashwords:

And Mr. November: Thankful for You is here from Decadent Publishing! Check out how two imperfect people can be perfect for each other!

AND I just got word that my full-length merman-shifter novel Sea Change will be released from Ellora’s Cave on Nov. 26, the day before Thanksgiving and 5 days after my son’s wedding. 
So November is a busy month for me. Always, with two family birthdays in October, one in November and one in December, plus Halloween teardown, Thanksgiving to deal with and Christmas prep. So of course the kids decide to get married in November, amking this one about the craziest yet, not even counting three book releases! Weddings are always crazy, and since most of her family is out of town, I'm running point on this one. AND I have a book due to Carina Press January 1. AND a short story due in early 2014 for an anthology...AND I can't forget to vote tomorrow. AND we still haven't finished unpacking for the move--and the in-laws will be here for the wedding!

Anyway, everyone have a great month full of great reads! You probably won't see me online as much as usual, and if you do, I'll be tearing my hair out.