Spooktacular Spotlight on #SciFiRomance #SFR: Enemy Games by @marcellaburnard

Hello Dear Readers! It’s time for another Bewitching Spooktacular tour. Marcella Burnard is here with her Sci Fi Romance series, a playlist, and a tasty snack recipe. Be sure to enter the Bewitching Spooktacular giveaway, too! Enjoy! xo, Celia

Title: Enemy Games
Series: Chronicles of the Empire #2
Author: Marcella Burnard
Genre: Sci Fi Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Release date: October 16, 2019
# of pages: 425
Word count: 95k
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Different species from different worlds make reluctant allies.

While combating a plague, scientist Jayleia Durante becomes a pawn in a greater game. With her father missing and intergalactic mercenaries on her trail, her decision to cooperate with Major Damen Sindrivik may prove advantageous…if she can control her attraction to the officer who abducted her.Some secrets aren’t worth keeping…Damen, a spy from a rival government, will use anything, including his predatory instincts, to achieve his mission…locating Jayleia’s father.

She reacts to Damen’s charm and seductive power, so why does he question her motivation?Conflicted loyalties and enemies abound…Traitors and the alien enemies threaten to destroy the galaxy. Jayleia must choose.

Betray her father, risk her friends, and lose Damen, or prevent an Interstellar war?

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EXCERPT

Damen, fully dressed, left the tiny chamber by stalking straight up to her and glaring at her, a knot in his jaw. If she backed up, she’d collide with the bed. His bed. Muscles low in her abdomen clenched tight. Confusion rocked her. What had happened to make her react to the man? She sidled away, circling toward the open shower door. He leaned in, his gaze holding hers. Rational thought evaporated. She stumbled into the sanitizer. “What aren’t you telling me?” he murmured, his gaze fixed on her mouth. The air left her lungs and she struggled to recall that she had no business hoping Damen would make good his implied threat to kiss her. Pressing her lips tight, trapped by his gaze, she nudged the button to activate the system. The door shut in his face.

 

Bring on the Creepy Music!! by Marcella Burnard

My Halloween PlayList features NOX ARCANA (even the Christmas albums are creepy, y’all. I love these guys), DESIDERII MARGINIS, CITIES LAST BROADCAST, MUSICA CTHULHIANA.

Spotify Link: https://spoti.fi/2mnI2wd

RECIPE: Deviled Potato Bites by Marcella Burnard

This is a plant-based, vegan, gluten free recipe. It doesn’t look creepy, which bums me out, but with ‘deviled’ in the name, you can’t go wrong. And these things are devilishly tasty.

You’ll need to buy a pack of baby yellow potatoes. Rinse them, cover them with water in a pot and boil just until they’re fork tender. I start checking at about 8 minutes. Once a fork pierces the largest potato easily, remove the potatoes from the heat and drain. Set aside.

Now for the ‘deviled’ part

You’ll need:

1-2 Medjool dates – Pitted
1/4 Cup boiling water
Place your dates in a blender. Pour the boiling water over them to soften them for a few minutes.

1 Can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
1 TBSP spicy brown mustard
1-2 tsp dijon
2 cloves garlic
2 TBSP lemon juice

Place these ingredients in the bowl of a food processor with the blade fitted inside it.

Blend your dates in the soak water. Start on low, then turn up the speed and let them get pulverized. If your dates were really hard, you’ll be happier if you soak them longer, even overnight. I find the organic medjool dates in the produce section of my local grocery store are moist and soft enough to use with maybe five minutes of soaking. You’ll have to experiment there. Once the dates and water have been blended, add them to the other humus ingredients in the food processor. Rinse down your blender with a little more hot water – you might add it to your humus as you process it.

Turn on the food processor and process your mixture down to a texture that pleases you, adding a bit of the rinse water from your blender as needed to achieve the consistency you prefer. Taste for spices and adjust to your taste. The dates add sweetness to the mix and most closely mimics the flavors of Deviled Eggs from my childhood. You may prefer to omit them. If you do, use plain water or veggie broth to thin your humus as it blends.

Cut your reserved potatoes in half. Use a melon baller and scoop a divot out of the inside of the potatoes. Spoon the humus into the cavities. Dust with smoke paprika and chives. Then watch yourself eat them all in one sitting!

About Marcella Burnard

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. Yes, there have been a few paying gigs here and there, but writing is her true love. Marcella writes science fiction romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, and fantasy. If a story brings the weird, Marcella’s right there for it. She lives in Florida, where she and her husband are outnumbered by cats. Marcella is actively involved in feline rescue in the Tampa Bay area, and you can always find cat photos and videos on her Facebook page or on her Instagram account.

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