Grasshoppers, monkeys and Irish men! ~ Calisa Rhose


I have to welcome a new friend, Lyrical Press sister and lovely woman, Cristal Ryder!

I’ll be reading her book so asked her to bring it with her. I know it’s not what I typically post but I had to break the rules this once to show such an awesome cover. I love the sensuality portrayed! Ok, so it’s damn sexy! So beware H.O.T. alert warning for what’s below!

 Cristal also brought a little something-something to share with you all so I’ll turn it over to her now. 🙂

Hello there!

I’m excited to be here with Calisa on her blog. Since we’re around St. Paddy’s Day I thought I’d share a recipe. A drink one. That’s green 🙂  Oh, why not eh? (oops, is that the Canadian coming out in me?)

In 1985, so long ago, in a land far far away I stayed on a small little island called Navini off the coast of western Fiji. It was glorious. You could walk around the island in 20 minutes. We played volleyball at 5:00 on the dot every day, and it was competitive, I might add. We lounged and lazed under the Fijian sun. Took boat trips to other little islands and frolicked in the tropical waters.


But at night, well, a whole different ball of wax. We had fabulous foods, lovo’s – like the Hawaiian luau – and drank kava. But one drink we had that you can get here, was the most delish down there, maybe it was all about the location. Anyway, I’ll share it with you on this blog because it’s GREEN! The recipe below is the exact words the bartender wrote out for me (except for the ice cream comment).


1 nip creme de menthe

1/2 nip creme de cacao

Ice cream – fill your boots because she doesn’t say how much!

Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend. Pour over ice in a cocktail glass.

Since we’ve talked about booze and St. Paddy’s day is right around the corner! (CR-Behind us now 🙂) How about something else a little fun. It’s so dead easy too.

Monkey Bread

3 cans Pillsbury biscuits

Syrup    – 1/4 cup white sugar

                – 3/4 cup brown sugar

                – 3/4 c butter

Mix        – 5 tbs white sugar

                – 3 tsp cinnamon

Cut biscuits into quarters

Shake with sugar mix until well coated and place in greased bundt pan

Shake remaining mix over top

Bring syrup to a rolling boil and pour over biscuits

Bake 350 for 30 minutes

Turn onto plate, pull apart and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these recipes and I’m always ready to share some more! Oh, and fyi, a story I have coming soon with Ellora’s Cave has a sexy Irish hero in it 😉 called Midnight Dream Lover. It will be in the third anthology volume of erotic spoofs Fondled and Gobbled. Click here to see the second one that I have a story in.


A little bit about me. I’m published with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. I write steamy romance and if you like cowboys, chefs, wine and spicy lovin’ you can find me at any of the links below.!/CristalRyder

The Cabal of Hotness

Ellora’s Cave

All Romance ebooks


Barnes & Noble


Sybarite Seductions

Lyrical Press

Ooh-la-la! Thank you for these delicious sounding recipes and the HOT cover. With those, who needs a fireplace?

And because I like variety, I believe a good thing can always be good in different formats, or recipes, if any of you have a variation of her recipes, we’d love to have you share it in a comment.


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 03/19/2013, in Book Covers, guest blogging, holiday, inspirations, Lyrical Press Inc, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Publishers, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I used to make monkey bread from scratch with yeast, flour, etc. love the shortcut. Can’t think of anything to say about the cover but OMG stick me under a cold shower!


  2. Nice to meet you, Cristal. Okay, give me that beach, one of those green drinks and that guy on the cover and I’ll call it a perfect day. 🙂 Sweet post, ladies.


  3. A fun interview, ladies! I want to frolic in that water. Beautiful! If you don’t want to make the drink, you can just pour liqueur right over the ice cream for a sunday. Yes, it’s wonderful! thanks for the post and the yummies. I’m including the hot cover. Best to you on the release, and the next to come out.


  4. Thanks for having me Calisa! I’m glad you took the challenge and posted my Elemental Heat Cover. It’s my city-girls-go-west and meets her mountain cowboy tale – it has a touch of suspense and oh! a life threatening situation.
    I hope you all enjoy the recipes.


    • I’m so happy to have you visit the Ranch today, Cristal! I think we needed a shake up around here to kick in Spring! 😆 So I open the page to make sure it posted like it should have, knowing it was on gallery setting and thinking when I left it like that that the water would be what everyone sees first as it’s the first picture of the post… Four year old granddaughter was watching it open with me… yeah- it’s not on gallery now…

      And that, my friends, is why the Ranch is rated PG! *snort* Happy belated St. Paddy’s Day!


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