Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Selkie Spell Audiobook is Available Now!


I'm excited to announce that The Selkie Spell is available now as an audiobook! 


This is my first venture into the world of audiobooks and I can't wait to hear what you think. I had a wonderful experience working with New York Actress, Hollis McCarthy, who did such an amazing job narrating the first story in the Seal Island Trilogy. It's the most wonderful feeling to hear your characters brought to life through voice! Special thanks to AXC for making the audiobook creation process so seamless, to Star Cloud Audio for producing the audiobook, and to Blue Harvest Creative for designing the beautiful cover!

The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy, Book One)

American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie--a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Wind Chime Café is Available Now!


I'm so excited to announce that the first book in my new contemporary romance series set on the Chesapeake Bay is available now!


When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents' property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him "get his head straight." The last thing Will expects is to fall in love…with his hometown and with Annie. But Will's life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie's love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?


To celebrate the release of Wind Chime Café, I'm throwing a PARTY! Swing by the Sophie Moss Author Fan Page on Facebook and join the fun! I'll be giving out prizes every day during the week of Feb 7th-14th. Prizes will include gift cards to Amazon, signed paperbacks, ebooks, and a secret grand prize that I'll announce on Valentine's Day!

I would also like to invite you to visit my new online home at sophiemossauthor.com, where you'll find the complete collection of Wind Chime Café recipes…and a place to submit your own recipes!


Lastly, I'm hosting an additional Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway here on my blog. Many of you have generously posted reviews on Amazon for my stories in the past. I am so incredibly grateful whenever I receive a review and I would like to do a little something to show my appreciation. Anyone who posts a review of Wind Chime Café on Amazon within the next three weeks is eligible for this giveaway.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Invitation To My New Online Home!


We're two weeks away from the release of Wind Chime Café on February 7th! I can't wait to share this book with everyone. In the meantime, I have a special surprise to reveal today…

I have a new website!


I'm so excited to launch my new online home, where you'll find the most up-to-date info on new releases, clues about what I'm working on next, the complete collection of Wind Chime Ca recipes, a place to submit your own recipes, my series of rose petal flash fiction stories, details about the upcoming audiobook of The Selkie Spell, and much more!

I have been working hard behind the scenes with Blue Harvest Creative to design a site that's not just for me, but for you! I hope you like it. I would love to hear what you think when you have a chance to look around.

I am so grateful to everyone who has followed my blog for the past two and a half years. I may be making some changes soon (either doing away with it entirely or switching to a new platform) but I'll give plenty of notice so you'll know where to find me.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at the Wind Chime Ca release party on my Facebook Page on February 7th! I'll be posting more details soon, but I've got an amazing line up of prizes and giveaways planned for the entire week of February 7th -14th. Sign up for my newsletter to receive an invitation on release day.

Oh, and in case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, here's a little teaser from Wind Chime Café… 


Pop over to Blue Harvest Creative's Blog to read about the process of the design of my new website!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Wind Chime Café ~ Cover Reveal


I'm so excited to reveal the cover of Wind Chime Café the first story in my new contemporary romance series, set to release on February 7th!

Here's a little bit about the book:

When single mother, Annie Malone, purchases a quirky Main Street café on Heron Island, she thinks she's finally turned her dream of opening her own restaurant into a reality. Hearing rumors that a developer is about to build a five-star resort on the sleepy Chesapeake Bay island, she plans to transform the café into a premier upscale bistro. But Navy SEAL, Will Dozier, has no intention of selling his grandparents' property to a developer. Back on Heron Island for the first time in ten years and secretly struggling with PTSD, Will decides that a fling with the new girl is the perfect way to help him "get his head straight." The last thing Will expects is to fall in love…with his hometown and with Annie. But Will's life and career are in San Diego with the SEALs. Can Annie's love and the healing magic of the island be enough to convince him to stay?


I'm planning a huge online party with tons of giveaways and prizes during the week of February 7th - 14th. Want to get an invite on release day? Click here to sign up for my newsletter!

Thank you so much to Blue Harvest Creative for designing this gorgeous cover!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wind Chime Café Recipe ~ Della's Sweet Rolls


Happy December! I've finished writing Wind Chime Café and the story is with my editors now. As soon as I hear back from them, I'll reveal the cover and announce a release date. :) In the meantime, I have another recipe to share with you!

Sweet Rolls play a big part in Wind Chime Café and I've been testing out variations of different recipes for months to find the best one. I think I might have gotten it right this time.

Della's Sweet Rolls

What you'll need:

(Dough)
3/4 c whole milk
1/4 c water 
1 1/4 oz packet active dry yeast
1/4 c sugar
6 T melted butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
2 3/4 c flour
1 t salt
1/4 t nutmeg

(Filling)
1 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 stick melted butter
1/4 t salt

(Icing)
1/2 stick melted butter
2 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
2 t milk 
1 c toasted pecans




To make the dough: warm the water and milk in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the yeast. Sprinkle 1/2 t sugar on top. Let sit for 5 mins, or until foamy. In another bowl, mix the melted butter, egg and vanilla. Add the yeast mixture to the butter mixture and whisk until combined. In a bigger bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and stir. Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Shape into a ball and place in a large lightly buttered bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature for about an hour, or until it's doubled in size. Take the dough out of the bowl, knead for a few seconds to remove excess air and then put it back in the bowl. Lay a piece of buttered plastic wrap directly over the dough, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.




To make the filling: combine brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, melted butter and salt in a large bowl. Stir until smooth. Remove the dough from the fridge and transfer to a floured surface. Roll into a 9x13 rectangle and then spread the filling mixture onto the dough, leaving a little room at the edges so it doesn't spill out. Roll the dough into a log, using the longest edge to roll. Cut off 1/2 inch from each end and discard. Then cut eight to ten one-inch pieces from the log and lay in a buttered baking dish. (They will rise in the oven so leave some extra room in the dish. I fit eight pieces in a 9x13 dish and saved the rest of the log in the fridge for later.) Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 mins, or until golden brown. Your kitchen will smell amazing!



To make the icing: combine melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Add 2-3 t milk, depending on the consistency you want. Spread the icing on the sweet rolls about tens mins after they've come out of the oven, so they're still warm, but not so hot that the icing drips off them.



Sprinkle with toasted pecans and serve warm! :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wind Chime Café Recipe ~ Maryland Crab Dip


It's time for another Wind Chime Café recipe!

If you've ever been to Maryland, you know that the Chesapeake Bay is famous for its blue crabs. Whether you prefer crab cakes, crab soup, crab dip, or steamed crabs, no one does it better than the Eastern Shore. :) My favorite thing to do on a beautiful sunny afternoon is spend a few hours outside at a picnic table with a bunch of friends, cracking open hot shells and dipping sweet bits of crab meat into piles of Old Bay Seasoning.


All you need is a couple of knives, a mallet, Old Bay seasoning, apple cider vinegar, a pitcher of beer (of course) and a roll of paper towels because you're going to get messy!



My favorite place to go out for crabs is the Masthead at Pier Street Marina in Oxford, Maryland. The staff is friendly, the crabs are delicious, and the view is fantastic.




If you didn't grow up on the Chesapeake Bay, picking crabs for the first time can be a little intimidating. It's best to order a few side dishes so you don't go hungry while you're catching on to the technique. :) 



A few weeks ago my mom and I came up with a new crab dip recipe for Wind Chime Café. Well...she came up with it. I was on hand for moral support. :)

Maryland Crab Dip

What you'll need:
3 T unsalted butter
2 shallots, diced
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 T Old Bay seasoning
1 1/2 t dry mustard
3/4 c half-and-half
8 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 T sherry cooking wine
4 oz sharp white cheddar cheese
3 T lemon juice
2 t Worcestershire Sauce
10 oz lump crabmeat
1/2 c chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
2 slices white bread with crusts removed, torn into small pieces (or) Panko bread crumbs
1/2 t paprika
1 t olive oil
crackers for serving (or a bread bowl)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt 2 T butter and add shallots, cooking until soft. Add 1 T water and simmer for about 30 seconds. Stir in the cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and dry mustard. Pour in the half-and-half and bring to a simmer. Add the sherry and the cream cheese and stir. Add the cheddar cheese, a little bit at a time. Heat the mixture until it's close to bubbling (a couple of minutes). Remove from the heat. Add the lemon juice and the Worcestershire sauce and stir. Finally, add the crabmeat and half the parsley and all the basil. Transfer the mixture to an oven proof baking dish and sprinkle with bread pieces. Drizzle a little olive oil on the top, over the bread. Sprinkle with more Old Bay seasoning--be generous! Bake for about 18 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Garnish with remaining parsley and serve hot with crackers.

If you get a chance to try the recipe, I'd love to hear what you think!