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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Book 1

Paula Millhouse

Genre: Romantic Suspense

ISBN 13: 978-1468029567


Number of pages: 368

Word Count: 66K

Cover Artist: Paula Millhouse

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Book Description:

Author Evie Longfellow wants to stay alive long enough to write her fourth New York Times Best Seller. She accepts a blind date that changes everything sane in her life. Drugged, kidnapped, and horrified Evie escapes and runs for her life.

Drugged, kidnapped, and horrified Evie escapes and runs for her life with evidence the FBI needs to nail one of their most wanted.


TV Psychologist Dr. Nick Franklin wants to help Evie with her goals. He hides her from a sadistic mafia kingpin, and even though he doesn’t trust his judgment when it comes to the diagnosis of love, he senses Evie may just be the story of his life.

Hit man Tony Aiello plans to do whatever it takes to protect Miss Aida Marino and her Fortune 500 company. He chases Evie and Nick from New York City to the wilds of rural Vermont to recover the stolen evidence threatening to take Miss Aida down, and faces off with evil in a showdown that brings hometown justice to life.

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Careful What You Wish For by Paula Millhouse is December 2013 Indie Publication and the first book in the Wishes Chronicles. I was provided a copy of this book in conjunction with a book tour in exchange for an honest review.

Evie is a popular novelist living out her dream. However, she has had little time for a social life. Now her publisher has set her up on a hot date with an underwear model. Well, why not? Evie needs a night out. But, her date doesn't exactly turnout as she had hoped.
Kidnapped by a crime family with the idea that she would write a memoir for them, Evie is rescued by a man contracted by the FBI.

Nick, is a wealthy guy that can't seem to get his love life on track. Nick is a psychologist with a thriving television show and his sister is Evie's number one fan.

Meg, Nick's sister lives in idealistic Vermont. She is a loud mouthed, argumentative, take charge and no crap kind of woman. When her brother brings Evie to her home to hide out, Meg has the perfect plan to help Evie start a new life. But with Evie having possession of certain sensitive information the FBI would really find interesting, even Vermont might not be safe.

Nick and Evie find that even though they are in a pressure filled situation, their attraction to each other can not and will not be denied. They both wish for the same things, but if hit man Tony Aiello has his way, Nick and Evie will not get a chance at happy ever after.

I love romantic suspense novels. This first book has me thinking this series might be one I'm glad I discovered. Crime families are always fascinating and this story is no exception. Once they have you in their sites the only way out is to start life all over with a new identity. It looks like that is what Evie is faced with.

The characters are all likeable, and even though Meg is brash, she was super cool, and Nick is super HOT! This fast paced crime thriller with a healthy dose of romance is a great kick off to a new series. This one gets an A.



The Wishes Chronicles

Book 2

Paula Millhouse

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

ISBN-13: 978-1468069402


Number of pages: 348

Word Count: 61K

Cover Artist: Paula Millhouse

Book Description:

A Christmas Story to warm your heart.

Dr. Nick Franklin finds himself falling hard for the love of his life, Evie Longfellow. Hunted by a mafia princess, Evie’s terrified something’s wrong, and revenge won’t let her rest.

Tia Marino figures the person who killed her father is his last victim - Evie Longfellow - the only one that ever got away from Paulie Marino. Tia plans to kill Evie in front of her grandmother just before she takes Miss Aida’s place as the new queen of Marino Industries. Hostile-takeovers have never seen the likes of Tia.

Nick’s not gonna have it.

He’ll do anything to protect Evie, even if it means aligning himself with Miss Aida’s hit-man, Tony Aiello.

Follow Nick and Evie from their simple home in the winter wonderland of Vermont down to New York City in their race to stay alive, and out of the hands of a new generation of criminals intent on tearing them apart.

ALL YOUR WISHES… Book 2 in THE WISHES CHRONICLES torches up 60,000 words with Romantic Suspense.

Christmas has never been so hot.

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All Your Wishes picks up where Careful What You Wish For left off. There have been some major developments as a key character from the first novel has died. Now Evie and Nick are once more in the fish eye lens of the mafia. This time though it's a future mafia queen that blames Evie for the death of her father.
Still living in Vermont under an assumed name, Evie is still trying to move forward after her life was literally turned upside down. It appears she may be in the clear to breathe a little easier, but she is now suffering from some terrifying panic attacks. Still it looks like Meg is going to be alright and Patrick is a real trooper and a great kid. But, Nick's professional life takes a few blows and he must convince Evie that things happen that are out of anyone's control. But, then Nick will have to practice what he preaches when Evie finds herself once more at gunpoint and her plan to marry Nick on Christmas day may never happen.

This second book in the Wishes Chronicles is yet another solid outing for Paula Millhouse. I like the fact that the author didn't have Evie and Nick living in La La land as though they had never gone through any type of trauma. Evie suffers from the fallout of being kidnapped and drugged, of having to be in the witness protection program and constantly monitored by the FBI. Nick is as solid as ever, and being a doctor of psychology, he is more patient with Evie than most men might be. The only thing I missed about this novel was Meg's edgy sarcastic remarks. She has one really good scene with Evie, but for the most part she was kind of muted.
We do get to see things come to a very satisfying conclusion, however. I will give this one an A-

Thanks Paula for stopping by and answering a few questions for us today!


Paula Millhouse interview

1) Evie is a novelist. What genre does she write in?

Evie Longfellow writes Crime Fiction. Now that her back’s against the wall in the Wishes Chronicles, she’s looking into Paranormal Romance, and Fantasy Romance as a way to get her name out of the spotlight of her very successful books.

2) Nick is a TV psychologist. Are you interested in that field?

As a medical professional, Yes, I am. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it big like Dr. Nick Franklin, and Dr. Phil, but something about the way dysfunctional minds work intrigues me. (I suspect Nick and Dr. Phil have the same angle on deviant minds – what makes them tick – what pushes them over the edge- what does America want to see next as far as sensationalism can fill our hearts and minds?)

3) Crime families are always fascinating. Are you a fan of gangster movies or TV shows?

OMG! Criminal Minds is one of my ALL-Time-Favs! And what about The Mentalist? Anybody watch The Sopranos? You know, I’ve fallen in LOVE with Person Of Interest and Perception too. My DVR is SMOKIN" HOT with Head Games!

4) Is romantic suspense your favorite genre?

No. I must confess my favorite genre is Fantasy Romance. DID you SEE The Hobbit 2? How about that Dragon? Peter Jackson’s SMAUG is seriously THE BEST CGI DRAGON, EVER!! (And, I secretly loved the Elf-Dwarf romance in that movie.) Oh, and just for kicks, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is up for release this year. Check out my short story DRAGONSTONE to see how I really feel about the Fantasy Romance genre. (*Follow-up novel pending…)

5) What other genres do you read?

I love Thrillers. James Patterson and Steven James. And Paranormal Romance: Amber Belldene, Trish Skinner, and Celia Breslin. Oh – and wait – Sport’s Romances – check out Jami Davenport.

6) Where can readers contact you?

All the Deets on all my writing activities are there in one spot. Follow me!

7) What are you working on now?

Three works of fiction: The follow-up novel to DRAGONSTONE, DRAGON’s HEART, (Completed and In Submission), Tourist Trade, a time-travel pirate romance set in Savannah, Ga., and the third story in my Kingdom of Chavaren Romances, Lachlan and Elissabet’s love story – Dragons and Magic, Oh, My!

8) What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Umm…do writers ever have spare time?
I like to watch The Big Bang Theory, make book swag for my series, and sometimes I do Pilates and micro-garden. What about you?
9) Physcial books or ebooks?
I LOVE the feel of an Author-signed Hardback in my hands, but most days now I read e-books on my iPad. It’s a cherished book I order in Hardback anymore – who has room to store them all?

10) Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the mornings – Strong and Hot like my Heores, and in the afternoon a cup of tea lifts my spirits, like my Heroines.
Dogs or Cats?

I have both. I’ll tell you, there’s nothing so whimsical as a litter of kittens taking over your household. They’re so dang cute!

11) Is there a favorite quote you would like to share?
Yep! This one always makes me smile:

LIVE, like there’s no tomorrow; LOVE, like you really mean it; LAUGH, like no one’s watching.

About the Author:
Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Writers specialty chapter, and the KOD Mystery and Suspense Writer’s specialty chapter. She achieved the opportunity to become a member of the distinguished RWA designation of PRO after submitting her first full-length romance novel for publication in 2013.
In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters. She writes fantasy romance and romantic suspense.

She lives with her hero, her husband of twenty-five years at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.
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2 Vermont MacIntosh apples
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced
4 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup Pure Vermont Maple Syrup
1 pinch grey salt

1 tsp. quality cinnamon
Fresh grated nutmeg (Don’t you dare used ground)
2 cups dark rum
Cinnamon sticks, garnish


Stud the apple with the cloves. In a medium pot, combine the studded apples and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Discard the apple. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.

Alternatively, keep batches warm in crock-pot on counter for snowy Vermont weather.




Evie’s Favorite Cosmo


4 ounces citron-flavored vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce orange liqueur
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 thin twists lime, for garnish


Combine the vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and chill. Pour into 2 glasses filled with ice, and garnish each with 1 twist of lime. Serve immediately.

Nick’s Franklin’s Moose Hunter’s Moose Stew


1 750ml bottle Chianti

3 lbs fresh Moose loin

Cracked Black Pepper

5 garlic cloves, smashed

Marinate first four ingredients overnight

1/2 pound bacon, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup carrots, diced
3/4 cup parsnips, peeled and diced
1 cup pearl onions, frozen

1 lb various sized mushrooms
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cups beef stock
2 teaspoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
1/2 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley leaves
2 teaspoons freshly chopped oregano leaves

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves

3 bay leaves


Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the bacon in a large Dutch Oven pan over medium-low heat to slowly render the fat. When crisp, remove to a paper towel lined plate, reserving the fat in the pan. Add olive oil and butter to drippings.

Remove the beef from the marinade, pat dry and add to the pan with the bacon fat. Cook over medium-high heat, browning the meat on all sides. Remove the meat to a plate. Add the carrots, parsnips, mushrooms and the frozen onions. Cook until the onions are light brown, approximately 10 minutes.

Add the flour to the vegetable mixture. Deglaze with the remaining red wine and stir in the beef broth. Reduce over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the browned beef, cooked bacon, thyme, parsley, oregano and rosemary, and bay leaves.

Cover and cook in oven for 3 ½ hours, until meat is fork tender.

Remove meat from the pan and cube, then shred with fork, and add back to the pan of stew.

Serve over rice, or potatoes, with warm, crusty bread and Wine of your choice.

**Don’t serve this to anyone you don’t want coming back to dinner.


  1. Thanks for spreading all the Wishes Chronicles Love today, GP! I'm glad people are enjoying the novels.

    The interview was fun, and all the recipes should make for yummy Vermont-style meals.

    Happy New Year, Everyone!

  2. Paula,

    Thanks for the recipies! I'm going to try the cider one this weekend for certain. Nick sounds really hot. I love a good, strong hero!

    1. Hi Samantha - I'm making the cider myself this weekend.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Paula,
    I loved the interview and recipes.
    Samantha, Nick is really hot and has his s**t together which even makes him hotter.


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