Melanie Nowak

Author of the Venomous Vampire series

ALMOST HUMAN

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Once again, I've teamed up with some awesome

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 Wednesday April 18th - Friday April 27th 2018

 10 Days of Giveaways, Gardening Tips, Recipes & More!

 Plus a Grand Prize you'll be digging to win!
 

Hello and welcome to the 7th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop! Thank you so much for stopping by my site! Over the next 10 days you can visit over 30 authors who will share gardening tips, recipes, great giveaways and one amazing Grand prize
All you have to do is leave a comment on each author’s blog with your EMAIL (so we can contact you if you win-email will never be used for spam or other purposes other than to notify of winnings) and you will automatically be entered to win!! That’s over 30 chances!!

P.S. Tour ends April 27th at 11:59 pm EST. I will announce my winners by April 30th here on my website. Grand Prize Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme) websites.

 

VISIT EVERY AUTHOR ON THE BLOG HOP TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GRAND PRIZE:
The GRAND PRIZE is an E-reader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for winner’s choice of book retailers, available to US and INTL residents, except where prohibited by law.
You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!

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1st Prize - 4 Signed Paperbacks: Kathy Newcomer!

 

2nd Prize - 4 PDF/ebook Novellas: Yaritza Santana!

 

3rd Prize - 4 PDF/ebook Novellas: Karen Lindsay!

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A yummy spring dinner recipe to try:

 

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp 

 

Active Time: 45 Mins
Total Time: 50 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)
 

Pesto is a great big-batch sauce for using up a mix of herbs and greens, but it tends to go army-green if made ahead. We quickly blanch spinach and basil to preserve the color without diluting flavor, then bump up the green with fresh parsley. A little chopped tomato adds moisture and mild acidity. Be sure to press the plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pesto to keep it from browning. A simple shrimp and asparagus pasta toss lets the pesto shine; you could also use chicken breast, broccoli florets, or haricots verts.

 

Ingredients

Pesto:

  • 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup seeded chopped plum tomato
  • 6 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Pasta:

  • 8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-in. pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup halved multicolored grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare pesto, bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add spinach and basil; cook 20 seconds. Remove spinach mixture to a bowl filled with ice water (reserve water in pan); let stand 30 seconds. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Place parsley and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in food processor; process until finely chopped. Add spinach mixture and 2 tablespoons oil; process to combine. Place 3/4 cup pesto in a small bowl; place plastic wrap directly on pesto. Reserve for Pesto Chicken with Blistered Tomatoes and Vegetable Soup au Pisto.

Step 3

To prepare pasta, return water in pan to a boil. Add pasta; cook according to package directions, adding asparagus during last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high until butter melts. Sprinkle shrimp with red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add shrimp to pan; cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove shrimp from pan.

Step 5

Add pasta mixture and reserved 3/4 cup cooking liquid to pan:cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining 6 tablespoons pesto, shrimp, grape tomatoes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 bowls.

 

 Enjoy!

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MELANIE NOWAK

a TOP 20 AUTHOR of 2017 & 2018!




Melanie Nowak's books on Goodreads

Almost Human Almost Human (Almost Human,The First Trilogy #1-3)
reviews: 40
ratings: 328 (avg rating 4.12)

Fatal Infatuation Fatal Infatuation (Almost Human, The First Trilogy, #1)
reviews: 25
ratings: 263 (avg rating 3.92)

Lost Reflections Lost Reflections (Almost Human, The First Trilogy, #2)
reviews: 16
ratings: 216 (avg rating 4.18 )

Evolving Ecstasy Evolving Ecstasy (Almost Human, The First Trilogy, #3)
reviews: 11
ratings: 204 (avg rating 4.27)

Born to Blood Born to Blood (Almost Human, The Second Trilogy, #1)
reviews: 24
ratings: 214 (avg rating 4.25)

Descendant of Darkness Descendant of Darkness (Almost Human, The Second Trilogy, #2)
reviews: 24
ratings: 214 (avg rating 4.25)

Destined for Divinity Destined for Divinity (Almost Human, The Second Trilogy, #3)
reviews: 24
ratings: 214 (avg rating 4.25)

Reader Reviews

From: FATAL INFATUATION

Love the Vampires!

I really enjoyed Fatal Infatuation and can't wait to continue with the next volume. I found the characters to have some flesh to them and liked the interaction between them. The dialogue is smart and at times I feel like I can hear the characters talking. I have to admit that Cain is my favorite. I love that he is a better vampire than he was a man, and can't wait to delve deeper into his character. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good vampire story.

Bethie - USA

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From: LOST REFLECTIONS

I Love This Series!!!

Don't be expecting a Twilight clone. These characters are more grown-up and the vampires can truly be scary. This series is getting even better as it goes along. Lost Reflections continues the love story between Felicity and Cain and their relationships with Felicity's human friends (I love Allie and Ben!). Even better - we get Cain's back story! This reads almost like a book within a book, and Cain's story is just so fascinating. I was spellbound!

This book is well-written, and the characters are wonderful. I really find myself missing them when I move on to another book. I highly recommend it.

Lynda J. Fries - CA, USA

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From: EVOLVING ECSTASY

A Fabulous Ending to an Amazing Trilogy!

As Felicity and Cain's relationship continues to grow they face difficult choices that will change their lives forever. Despite her love for Cain, can Felicity give up her future human life of marriage, children, and a career...say goodbye to her family to live alongside Cain in an undead existence for eternity? She loves him with everything she is, but is it enough? Cain is having his own internal moral battle regarding changing Felicity over. He wants nothing more than her by his side forever, but must debate the implications of taking her human life.

Of course there is more excitement with the rest of the gang: Ben, Sindy, Allie, and the return of Mattie as we get ready for the first book of the second trilogy Born to Blood. Evolving Ecstasy is an excellent read with an unbelievable ending that left me in tears!

Keri Leuvano - CA, USA

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From: ALMOST HUMAN

The First Trilogy ~ 3-in-1 Edition

What an Amazing Trilogy!

I am a huge paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi book fan and one of my favorite things is to immerse myself in a book, truly enjoy the story and anxiously anticipate what happens next. When I can't put a book down until the wee hours of the morning or can't wait to read it again, then I know I've found an amazingly good book. This series allows you to delve into each character's life and get to know them intimately throughout each book. The storyline always peaked my interest and not once made me ask what just happened or why am I reading this book. I can't wait to read the second trilogy! I am anxiously awaiting the new turn of events for Felicity, Ben, Allie, and Cain.

Hollie - Gilbertsville, PA

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From: BORN TO BLOOD

Fantastic...

These characters are fascinating, their interaction flows easily. Melanie did a great job describing their experiences and feelings. Reading about their conflicts, their lost love, their tragedy and their quest for happiness made me feel pity, love and sadness, I call it the Trifecta effect. When an author can awake those feelings in a reader then the job has been done, the desired effect has been accomplished. Melanie's writing just flows, her stories are easy to read, and her style is fantastic. I look forward to reading Descendant of Darkness, the 2nd book of the 2nd Trilogy.

ReadingDiva - Bronx, NY

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From: DESCENDANT OF DARKNESS 

Amazing Journey

This series, Almost Human, is truly a journey for your heart and your soul. The characters are so real, you feel like you know each one personally. Melanie Nowak is a amazing author. I cannot wait to continue the journey with All of them, and watch how their lives continue to evolve. Thank You Melanie for bringing us with them. Cannot wait for the next book.

Suzanne Remsing - USA  

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From: DESTINED FOR DIVINITY 

I Love This Series So Much!

I love this series so much and was so happy to see the release of this book. I read a lot, and surprisingly, I still remembered this series and the characters in detail even after years between releases. If you can distinctly remember characters in a book after that long and reading hundreds of books in between, I would say that is the sign of a great book and a great author!

Even so, I did re-read all of the books in the series which made the experience of reading this one so much better for me. The author does a good job of recapping for those that do not do that, but I found it was very helpful for some of the little things.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves the paranormal romance genre! I also want to say I no longer write many reviews just because I never feel like I can take the time to write something that conveys all my thoughts about a book in a short review. Thank you so much for what you do Melanie Nowak...and keep on writing! I can't wait to see what is in store next for these characters!

PS: Even though this is a long book, which I love, I still breezed through it in 2 days. To be fair, it was the weekend  :)

T. Manning - Ohio

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