Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade: Prickly Business Cover Reveal and Recipes!


Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job. 

Pages or Words: 97,000 words (approximately) 

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance


Hey, all! Thanks to Hearts on Fire for having me today!

If any of you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a Pinterest fanatic and I regularly scour that site for new recipes to try. Several dishes have been added to my regular cooking repertoire, and I love spending time in the kitchen and watching it all come together. I do not, however, enjoy the dish washing part. I’m very grateful for my dishwasher, let me just say. 😉

In Prickly Business, our character, Avery, is a hedgehog shifter. One trait of hedgehogs is their omnivorous diet which consists mostly of worms and insects. One way Avery differs from his hedgehog half is that he’s predominantly an ovo-lacto vegetarian. He’ll eat meat when his body absolutely demands it, but for the most part, he’s a veggie head. So, in honor of Avery, I thought I’d share of a few of my favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes today!

First on the list are these cucumber sandwiches (http://chindeep.com/2011/10/11/proper-cucumber-sandwiches). They’re vegetarian because they include cream cheese, but I believe to make them vegan, you could always replace the cheese with mashed avocado. I’m sure that would be delicious.

These are really tasty, and I’ve discussed them on my blog before because I enjoy making them for tea parties, but even better than that, they’re a breeze to make and don’t require very many ingredients. Definitely give them a try if you’re a fan of cucumbers!

{Cucumber sandwiches pic}

Another vegan recipe I make on a regular basis is these sesame noodles (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/sesame-noodles). They work fabulously as a base. I’m sure they’d be awesome with tofu, or if you’re a meat eater, you could easily add chicken or shrimp. Even without any add-ins, though, these noodles are yummy and so very simple to make.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m an absolute sucker for Italian food. I could probably eat it every day, but as I’m seriously cutting carbs, that probably wouldn’t do any favors for my waistline. 😉

A favorite Italian dish of mine is Eggplant Parmesan. This is another vegetarian recipe, though you could certainly make it with a veggie mozzarella “cheese” if you wanted. I found a healthier alternative to the typical eggplant parm recipe—Grilled Eggplant with Tomato and Feta (https://healthymealsinminutes.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/grilled-eggplant-with-tomato-and-feta). This is quick and easy but tastes divine (can you sense a trend in my cooking?). Avery would adore them!

Lastly, we have another vegetarian recipe. This Spinach & Egg White Omelette (http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2014/04/easy-spinach-egg-white-omelette.html) is easy peasy to make, but it’s totally delicious and it’s healthier than making an omelette with all the yolks included. Avery loves scrambled and eggs and omelettes—though he sucks at making them—and I can easily imagine him chowing this down. Drenched in ketchup, of course. He’s obsessed with condiments.

What are your favorite recipes? Have any vegan or vegetarian recipes to recommend? I’m always open to trying new things. Feel free to share in the comments, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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Piper Vaughn Bio

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

Kenzie Cade Bio

Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story. Contact Kenzie at kenziecade.author@gmail.com. You can also find her online at her blog: kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thekenziecade.

Where to find the authors:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pipervaughn & https://www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pipervaughnauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pipervaughn & https://twitter.com/thekenziecade

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pipervaughn7 & https://www.pinterest.com/thekenziecade

Other: Website: http://pipervaughn.com, Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/104698982870458063898/posts

Other: Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/1/+KenzieCade, Tumblr: http://thekenziecade.tumblr.com, Blog: https://kenziecade.wordpress.com/ 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25462873-prickly-business

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Tour Dates & Stops: June 25, 2015

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  1. Strangest shifter? Not sure but a snake shifter gave me the creeps until I fell in love with the character 🙂

  2. Read the blurb of the book and I knew I had to read it. I love odd-ball shifters. The strangest one I’ve read was some kind of insect, though I can’t remember where I read it. Personally I think any transformation into something that invokes the ‘ew! squish it!!’ response at first sight is just asking for trouble. Though you might be safe with something like a Ladybug.

  3. Jackie Nacht has some interesting shifters in her Venomous mates series. There’s also a lizard in Charlie Richards series. I love to read how an author makes a shifter and their world. Can’t wait to read this story

  4. I think I’ll have to say opossum is the strangest shifter I’ve read. Also read cockatrice, dolphin, octopus. There’s some random ones out there. =)

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