Craft Beer for Noobs

beerSo you wanna try a craft beer. Feeling a little intimidated? Overwhelmed?

Don’t. The worst thing that can happen is you try a beer you don’t like, and if you can figure out what you don’t like about it, then you’re better educated about your beer preferences.

 

    1. If you want to try craft beer, I’m going to assume you’ve at least had a macro brew. Take your favorite macro, figure out what style it is and start there.
    2. Spend the time to set up an account with something like Untappd. You can not only track your preferences, but you can get suggestions based on your ratings.
    3. Go to a brew pub or taproom at a brewery. Getting a beer from someone who knows exactly what they are giving you will ultimately be a much better experience.
    4. Yes, most craft beers are more expensive. They also taste better. Penny for penny, you’re getting way more ‘good’ for your money with craft beer. You’ll probably also find you drink fewer craft beers. You’ll take your time, savor the experience.
    5. Share with a friend. Friends make (almost) everything better, but sometimes someone else comes up with just the word you’re looking for to describe that Creme Brulee Porter you just downed.
    6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Seriously. Any question having to do with beer is a good question.

 

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Brew Review – NOLA edition

There is a staggeringly small craft beer scene in New Orleans. I was in New Orleans for the RT Booklover’s Conention – there for 7 days. We ate out every meal. Want to guess how many good beers I had?

Not many.

So, an overview. My experience:

In 7 days, I managed to find 5 different craft beers. 5 beers, folks. There were lots of repeats, and lots and lots and lots of Abita Turbodog. Now, I’ll admit my experience in NOLA was limited and it was only my first trip there, but to convince me of a big craft beer scene, I shouldn’t have had so much trouble finding good beer.

The Palace Cafe, right on Canal St., had not only a fantastic menu and food, but 3 of the 5 different beers I found. I had my first Turbodog there. I loved it. Great mouthfeel, hoppy, but not overpowering. Overall, great beer.

At the hotel bar – the Marriott on Canal – I had a really fantastic Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company. Absolutely loved it. One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.

Also at the hotel bar – on another night, I swear – I had LA 31 biere pale (sorry, I don’t know how to make the appropriate French accent marks). It was not great. It felt like it was trying to hard. The ‘hoppyness’ was harsh and forced.

We had lunch one day at JAX Brewery and Bistro Bar – which, for the record is not a brewery, but a restaurant in the old brewery building. The food was great and the Andygator was even better. Really smooth with just a little hoppy bite.

jockamoAnd during a bar hop one night, I got a Jockamo by the Abita Brewing Company at Bourbon Heat on Bourbon St. I didn’t get to rate it on Untappd because I couldn’t get a solid connection, but this was really fantastic. I’d give it a solid 4.5 stars.

So, what did I miss in NOLA?

♥SB

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Some days are better than others…

Some days, the writing is fantastic, great description, perfect flow. Then, some days, there’s this awkward circle of this:

A tall man filled the doorway.

 

Wait, that’s telling. How can I show he’s tall?

 

An imposing man filled the doorway.

 

Nope, now I’m telling you he’s imposing instead of telling you he’s tall.

 

A dark shadow fell across the carpeting in front of Melody.

 

Well now I’m just being melodramatic.

 

Melody met her boss.

Done.

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Brew Review

After ages of debating – with myself mostly, which was, let’s be real, awkward – I’ve finally decided to dedicate a portion of my blogging time to one of my favorite things in the world – craft beer.

I’ll post the occasional review – you can also follow my beer reviews on my Untappd profile. I have a Pinterest board – Brew-Formation full of hints, tips and home brew info. I’m hoping to start home brewing in the near future, so you can follow my adventures in home brewing too.

In the mean time, if you love craft beer, drop me a line. Let’s chat.

 

♥SB

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Northwoods Humane Society

My newest release is book two in the Fawn Lake series – Megan’s Desire. My heroine, Megan Lewis, runs a full-time dog rescue from her home in Fawn Lake. One of the other rescues she supports is the Northwoods Humane Society.

The Northwoods Humane Society is a real place near my hometown in Wyoming, Minnesota. The work they do there is so vital and they can’t do it without the help of volunteers and donations from people like you.

For more information on the Northwoods Humane Society, you can visit their website here or their FaceBook here.

In support of Northwoods and the critical work they do, I’m donating 10% of the sales of Megan’s Desire from now until June 30th. You can buy Megan’s Desire on Amazon.

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Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spring Flig Blog Hop. Spring is a lovely time of year – the flowers start blooming, the trees start leaving  getting leaves, animals come out of hibernation and the birds return.

Love is in the air.

Megan’s Desire, Fawn Lake book Two, starts in the Spring when Megan first meets her handyman, Tate.

Megan shoved the empty box off the counter.  “I don’t need to meet someone.  I am just fine the way I am.  A man will not complete me, a kennel full of rescue dogs will.”

“I only want what’s best for you-”

“Yeah, well, what’s best for me is hanging up the phone now.  I have to meet with my handy man.”

“Don’t be like this Megs.”

“I’m not being like anything except busy.  I’ll call you later.” Megan clicked the phone off and shoved it in her pocket.

Sid jumped off the ottoman and ran to the door, barking.  His supersonic hearing alerted her to the truck in the driveway.  She opened the door and sent Sid out while she slid into her flip-flops, shaking off the lingering frustration from the call with her sister.  Watching Sid through the screen, she caught a glimpse of what she sincerely hoped was her handy man.

Sandy blond hair curled over the collar of his t-shirt, which stretched tightly across broad shoulders and thick arms.  An image of his hands clamped tightly on her hips flashed through her mind.  She laughed at herself and pushed through the door.  “Hi,” she called and waved.

He waved back and scratched Sid’s head.  The truck door slammed closed and she scrambled down the stairs.  “Megan Lewis.  Thanks for coming over.” He was older than she was by a few years, she guessed, but not out of her age range.

The corner of his mouth curled up in a lazy smile and dimples appeared in his cheeks.  “Tate Roberts,” he held out his hand, electricity jolting her when they shook.  “Nice to meet you.  Where do you wanna start?”

 

 To find a list of the other fantastic authors hopping with me, go to Hops With Heart.

Our fantastic list of prizes! To enter, use the rafflecopter below! 

1 Kindle Fire (Donated by Blushing Books)

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In addition, I’m giving away a $5 gift card to StarBucks or Amazon. To be entered in my drawing, simply leave a comment below with the name of your favorite romance or erotica author. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact the winner!

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Confessions of a Judgmental Grammar Nazi #5

When I first started writing professionally, I was OBSESSED with MS Word’s grammar checker feature – in particular, the readability statistics and the part where it tells you the grade level you’re writing at.

Let me tell you, after enough practice, I realized at a) no matter what Word says, erotica is not appropriate for 4th graders and b) it’s all but impossible to get that grade level up where it seems like it should be.

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Dark Duke by Sabrina York

The Third Book in the Scorching Noble Passions Series by Sabrina York Releases!

Fans of Sabrina York’s steamy Regency series have been eagerly awaiting the release of Dark Duke, the third book (following award winning Folly and Dark Fancy) in which Edward Wyeth, the Dark Duke of Moncrieff, finally meets his match in the form of a flame-haired Scottish spitfire.

Noble Passions: Follow the decadent exploits of friends and enemies as they find love and passion in the glittering world of the Regency—and its dark underbelly. Each book is a stand-alone read.

If you’re new to the series, download Sabrina’s free teaser book at http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ to read blurbs and excerpts for this popular series. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story.

Enter to win a signed print copy of Dark Fancy (Helena and James’ story—Book 2 in the Noble Passions Series) on Goodreads!  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409083-dark-fancy

 

 

Dark Duke

Sabrina York

 

Noble Passions, Book Three

Edward Wyeth, the Dark Duke of Moncrieff’s life has been turned on its end. His well-ordered home has been invaded. By destitute relatives. From Scotland. How on earth can he write Lord Hedon’s salacious novels with hellions battling in the garden and starting fires in the library? But with the onslaught has come a delicious diversion. His cousin’s companion, the surprisingly intriguing Kaitlin MacAllister. He is determined to seduce her. Using her desperate need for funds and her talents as an artist, he convinces her to draw naughty pictures for his naughtier books…and he draws her into his decadent web.

But Kaitlin has a secret. She’s fled Scotland—and a very determined betrothed. When Edward’s cousin is kidnapped and held in her stead, Kaitlin is honor bound to return to her homeland and rescue her—much to Edward’s chagrin.

Because suddenly he can’t bear the thought of Kaitlin marrying another man. He can’t bear the thought of losing her at all.

A Romantica® Regency historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York is the award winning author of over 20 hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy erotic romance to scorching BDSM. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

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Books by Sabrina York

Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon

Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon

Dark Fancy (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Devlin’s Dare: A Tryst island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Dragonfly Kisses: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Extreme Couponing (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Fierce (One Night Stand, Decadence Press)

Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)

Folly (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Heart of Ash: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Lust Eternal (Erotic Fantasy, Ellora’s Cave)

Pushing Her Buttons (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming November 6th

Man Hungry (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Rebound: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary, Available on Amazon)

Rebound is now available on Smashwords

Rising Green (Erotic Horror, Ellora’s Cave)

Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin’ Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press)

Smoking Holt: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Training Tess (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Trickery (Erotic Contemporary with Magical Elements, Ellora’s Cave Hex Line)

Tristan’s Temptation (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

 

 

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Confessions of a Judgmental Grammar Nazi #4

Confession number four.

When I first started writing professionally, I thought dialogue tags were a girl’s best friend.  I mean, really, how else would you possibly know who was speaking?

 

♥SB

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Devlin’s Dare by Sabrina York!

Today I am most humbled to have the opportunity to bring you Devlin’s Dare by Sabrina York!

The Fifth Book in Sabrina York’s Scorching Tryst Island Series Releases!

Fans of the Tryst Island Books have been eagerly awaiting the next installment. Not only is it here, it is premiering at a special introductory price as a thank you to loyal readers.

The scorching follow up to bestselling Rebound, Dragonfly Kisses, Smoking Holt and Heart of Ash, Devlin’s Dare will release at a special price of 99¢ for two weeks, before going to its regular price of $2.99 on February 15th.

 

If you’re new to the series, check out the Tryst Island Trailer: http://youtu.be/uJ1rhyeLkAM or download Sabrina’s free teaser book at http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ to read blurbs and excerpts for this popular series. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story.

Tryst Island Series—Available on Amazon

DEVLIN’S DARE—Book 5 in the Tryst Island Series
A No-Strings Fling Becomes Something For Which He Will Risk All

Devlin Fox has always been a player. A horny bee flitting from flower to flower. He has no idea why the sexy minx he meets on the way to Tryst Island affects him the way she does. Arousal—for her—hits him like a fist to the gut and he can’t stop thinking about her.

But Tara Romano doesn’t “do” commitments. For good reason. When she proposes they be “friends with benefits,” Devlin can’t figure out why the idea annoys him so much. It should be the perfect scenario. A gorgeous, alluring woman who only wants him for his body… He wants, needs, more from Tara, so he hits upon a plan to turn their no-strings-fling into something lasting. A series of tantalizing dares—dares Tara cannot resist.

Now Available on Amazon

CURRENT PROMOS

 

Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/

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Enter to win a signed print copy of scorching Regency romance, Dark Fancy on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409083-dark-fancy

 

 

FOLLOW SABRINA

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Like my Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sabrina-York/e/B00856PDEO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1382929432&sr=8-2-ent

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Follow me on Ellora’s Cave: https://www.ellorascave.com/index.php/authors/index/author/slug/sabrina-york/

 

Books by Sabrina York

Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon

Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon

Dark Fancy (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Devlin’s Dare: A Tryst island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Dragonfly Kisses: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Extreme Couponing (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Fierce (One Night Stand, Decadence Press)

Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)

Folly (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Heart of Ash: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Lust Eternal (Erotic Fantasy, Ellora’s Cave)

Pushing Her Buttons (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming November 6th

Man Hungry (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Rebound: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary, Available on Amazon)

Rebound is now available on Smashwords

Rising Green (Erotic Horror, Ellora’s Cave)

Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin’ Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press)

Smoking Holt: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)

Training Tess (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Trickery (Erotic Contemporary with Magical Elements, Ellora’s Cave Hex Line)

Tristan’s Temptation (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

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