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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bayou Heat Blog Tour: Raphael & Parish by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Today we have with us Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright. They're sharing with us Parish, from their new Bayou Heat series, favorite food recipe! This series is definitely one you want to check out because these first two books were SO GOOD!!! You can read FranJessca's review of Raphael/Parish HERE

Laura and Alexandra welcome you to a taste of Bayou Heat.  For a chance to win a swag bag of Bayou Heat goodies, just tell us your favorite comfort food.  Below is a recipe for Parish’s favorite dinner J

Sea Food Gumbo

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 green bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 crab
  • 1 lobster tail
  • 1/4 cup Creole seasoning
  • 4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound crabmeat
  • scallions, finely chopped
  • parsley, finely chopped
Make the roux: Heat fat or oil over medium high heat. Add flour all at once whisking vigorously. When mixture thins and starts to bubble, reduce heat to low and cut back on the whisking. Cook until you smell a toasty aroma then cook 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally.   
Bring 10 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in the onion, bell peppers and roux and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft, about 45 minutes. Add the blue crab and lobster tail and boil until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the lobster tail and crab; discard the crab. Let the lobster cool slightly, then remove the meat from the shell and cut into small chunks; refrigerate until ready to use.
Add the Creole seasoning to the pot and bring to a boil; cook until the liquid reduces by one-quarter, about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook over medium heat until firm, about 20 minutes. Add the crabmeat and reserved lobster meat and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the scallions and parsley and remove from the heat. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Serve over rice.

Bayou Heat Series
New Year. New World. New Species.
Hidden in the depths of the Louisiana bayous, the Pantera, have become little more than a legend to most humans. It’s rumored that in the ancient past twin sisters, born of magic, had created a sacred land and claimed it as their own. From that land was born creatures who were neither human or animal, but a mixture of the two. Faster and stronger than humans, they have hyper acute senses, and when surrounded by the magic of the Wildlands they’re capable of shifting into pumas. It was also whispered that they possess other gifts. Telepathy, witchcraft, immortality, and the ability to produce a musk that could enthrall mere mortals. Mothers warned young girls never to roam alone near the swamps, convinced that they would be snatched by the Pantera, while young men were trained to avoid hunting anywhere near the protected Wildlands. Not that the warnings were always successful. What girl didn’t dream of being seduced by a gorgeous, mysterious stranger? And what young man didn’t want to try his skill against the most lethal predators?
As the years passed, however, the sightings of the Pantera became so rare that the rumors faded to myths. Most believed the entire species had become extinct. Sadly they weren’t entirely mistaken...

Raphael & Parish
Book #1 and #2 in the Bayou Heat Series

Available Now:
The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his
puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred.
Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.
Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

About Laura: 

Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.

Connect with Laura:


About Alexandra:

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.
Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
Connect with Alexandra:

01/3  - 01/19

01/05 - I Smell Sheep
LIVE CHAT w/ Laura & Alexandra on January 6, 2013 from
2:00 - 3:00pm EST (1-2pm CT, 12-1pm MDT & 11am-12pm PDT). 

01/07 - Twitter Party with Lit Connect
01/19 - Over the Edge

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Admin said...

red beans and rice is an awesome comfort food!

Admin said...

love Red beans and rice comfort food

Spaghetti and meatballs, Ice Cream.
olga_sergejeva (at)

Diana said...

French fries and donuts, thank you for the giveaway!


My favorite comfort food has always been sweets. Any kinds of sweets but especially things filled with bavarian cream..There used to be a bakery down the street that carried bavarian cream've never had something so delicious omg.

Victoria said...

I really don't have one that is a meal but I do covet chocolate ;).


barbara said...

My go-to comfort foods are mac & cheese, beef stew, or bread pudding. Thanks for the giveaway!

bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

Macaroni&Cheese with shrimp and crabmeat AND Caramel Cake.
Thanks for the contest
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Really depends on the day... love chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes, Twisted Kilts Gaelic chicken is a fave, chocolate with almonds, chai tea lattes, homemade chocolate chip cookies... list goes on.

Depends on the day... but anything home cooked, chocolate, and chai tea lattes.

Joanne said...

Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, ice cream. Thanks for the giveaway.


That gumbo sounds good. My favorite comfort food it baked Mac & Cheese!

Oh man, I need me some good gumbo...ya'll are making me insanely hungry :))

favorite comfort food...hmmm....either jambalaya or paella. although my nanny makes a kick ass chicken and dumplings :)

sheryl said...

chicken and Dumplings

Mac n cheese! Some nights I make a big batch of homemade mac n cheese and thats all we have for dinner ;-)

This series sounds awesome!

VannahBoosMom at gmail dot com

chocolate pudding and chocolate custard. mmm yum!

Amiee Ryan said...

my favorite comfort food is Sausages, fried eggs and potatoes all mixed together, hungry just thinking about it :) Thanks for sharing Parish's favorite dinner :D


Amiee Ryan said...

my favorite comfort food is Sausages, fried eggs and potatoes all mixed together, hungry just thinking about it :) Thanks for sharing Parish's favorite dinner :D


Emily said...

Something sweet. Ice cream, brownies, as long as it's sweet and has chocolate in it, I"m there if I need comfort food.


Mash Potatoes and beans and a whole lot of gravy.
Series sounds really great.

Linda said...

Comfort for me is Potato chips, or a potato/sausage soup *om nom nom* Oh, or pizza. Ice cream is nice, too. Or doughnuts. I´m getting hungry here!
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

veRONIca said...

Chocolate ice cream mmmm

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