Monday, January 13, 2014

Cookie of the Month Club!

Alright all you Cookie Monsters out there! It's official, Sweets by Steph has her own "Cookie Club" Excuse me while I turn up the music and dance around like a crazy woman!!!!!!
 
Ahem...all better. 

So, for the details. Each month I will send you TWO dozen Signature sugar cookies. The normal cost, with shipping, would run $75 or more, but with an exclusive Sweets by Steph Membership you will receive all this deliciousness for only $45! It's almost too good to be true.

All you have to do is fill out the form!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PEk5yxp6EadBukswQZKKKdbx8jem9VAZ1zknK37_SpA/viewform

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cookies for a Year Winner and "Cookie of the Month" Club

Ladies we have a WINNER!!! Errrr...TWO winners!! I had such an amazing turnout I couldn't just pick one! C'mon, you know me better than that. :-)

Congratulations goes out to Mary Jenkins and Jennifer Aldridge! You ladies will now receive 1 dozen "Cookie of the Month" for 2014. Get ready to get your cookie on!

Speaking of, I have had SEVERAL inquiries about a "Cookie of the Month" Club.  Apparently I have some very enthusiastic addicts fans out there! (I love you guys!!!!) So, I am currently taking orders for Sweets by Steph "Cookie of the Month" Club. If you are interested in getting details about this, please feel free to contact me steph@sweetsbysteph.com.  

I am already gearing up for Valentine's Day orders and have been brainstorming the last few days on designs this year. I'm also thinking there will be a super fantastic giveaway for one lucky Valentine too. I'll be posting prices and designs early next week!

Last, but not least, I am really, really, REALLY trying to organize all my photos and get them on here in some sort of gallery. As of now, all photos are over on the Sweets by Steph Facebook page, so feel free to head over and take a look. If you can't find what you are looking for, please email me and I can work out a custom order for you.

As always, thank you for being the best fans and clients in the world. I send my 2014 blessings to you and your families and am looking forward to another busy year filled with cookies.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Cookies for a Year" Giveaway

So now that all fifty bazillion cookies are out of here and the Christmas presents have all been opened, it's time for my birthday!!  What better way to celebrate then to have a giveaway?! This past year has been truly amazing. You all have blessed me more than I could have ever imagined so it's my turn to return the favor. A gift that keeps on giving...for the next 12 months.

FREE COOKIES FOR A YEAR!!!
 
Wait a minute...what did she say? OMG, WHAT?! Wait...FOR A YEAR?! Yes, for a year! I will send you (or someone you think deserves awesome cookies) 1 dozen EVERY month for a year!
 
So in honor of my birthday and you all being so freaking awesome, I give you the giveaway....
 
 

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Las Vegas, Book cookies and a giveaway!!

I'm baaaacccckkkkkkkk! Well, I actually never left, but my life has been 1,000 mph EVERY single minute of the day lately. I'm embarrassed to even think about how long it's been since I have made a post over here. Better late than never, right? A LOT has happened over the past few months, including a trip to Las Vegas in August where I attended The Naughty Mafia Book Signing. I was honored to provide cookies to all of the amazing authors that were there. While I was fan-girling these authors, I found out later that I was being fan-girled over myself...WHAT?!!!  LOL It was one of the BEST experiences I have ever had, to finally meet many of the authors I had talked to online, made cookies for personally, and read their books. BEST WEEKEND EVER!! 

Tara Sivec!!!  LOVVVVVEEE Her!

Molly McAdams, Jenn Sterling, Courtney Cole, Jodi Malpas, and Raine Miller

A.L. Jackson

Vegas isn't complete without a tattoo! Quote from Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons

L.B. Simmons and Lisa Spivack-Paul

Gail, Lisa, Rose, Melinda, Nikki and I

My most favorite person!

View from our room at The Planet Hollywood!



Book cookies and reviews are still going strong. When I got home from Vegas I really gave it some thought; Sweets by Steph had turned into a "book cookie" page.  If you didn't know any better (and still don't) I make other cookies too! LOL So I decided the book cookies needed it's own space, so I created Steph's Sweet Reads. It's still VERY rough around the edges, but it's there. I have jumped in with both feet, not giving myself ANY time whatsoever to get it up and running, meh, whatever. Anyway, Steph's Sweet Reads will have all of the book reviews and cookie giveaways over there. I still have LOTS of books to read, review, and make cookies for, so after the New Year I will be focusing all of my time to that...Sweet Reads giveaways. Head over to Steph's Sweet Reads Facebook page so you don't miss out on all the reviews and book cookies that you love so much!

I had my mind completely BLOWN this morning!!! I woke up to this, a post by Tara Sivec. She asked me a while back if I would make some Christmas cookies, as she was going to have a "Tara's Favorite Things" (yeah, remember Oprah..."YOU get a car, and YOU get a car, and YOU get a car") in November. I thought, "WOW...you seriously want MY cookies for this?" I still have to pinch myself at the realization that she asked for cookies. Anyway...moving on. I figured she would just have a little blip about them, throw up a picture and have a giveaway. Oh no...she put me up in neon freaking lights. I read through it and was crying so  much I couldn't even read the last part. LOL Make sure you head over and check it out. Sign up for the giveaway (I'm giving away a set of book cookies of your choice too!) and buy a few books while you're at it!! I freaking love her to death, as she is one of the funniest, sweetest individuals I have ever had the pleasure knowing.

Again, I am completely floored at the response my cookies get, the emotions I see in peoples eyes; the smiles on their faces when they open the boxes and the notes I get on a daily basis telling me how much they love them. It's truly the most incredible thing. So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for loving them as much as I do making them!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Steph's Sweet Reads - Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons


So it's been a couple weeks since I have made it on here...I have been swamped with orders lately! Whew!  But in between all the orders, or more realistically, at 3am, I read. LOL  I still have SO many books to share with you on Sweet Reads, bare with me...I'm reading and making cookies as fast as my eyes and hands allow. The latest book to share with you is Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons.  To say that I loved this book is quite an understatement, in fact I hope my review gives it justice!  So without further ado, I give you...

 
Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons
 
Synopsis:

I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband. Three gorgeous little girls.  Successful career. The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.

The question is…How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?
 
Sweet Reads Review:
 
I am so in love with this story! L.B. did an AMAZING job!  This book is about love lost, best friendships, family importance, forgiveness and second chances.  I mean, hello...sounds perfect, right? YES!
 
Alex Meyer is a widowed woman of three quirky, beautiful girls.  She lost her husband in a tragic car accident, leaving her broken and a single parent left to pick up the pieces and be strong for her girls.  The only way she has been able to get through her life since is because of her best friend Harlow.  EVERY woman should have a best friend like Harlow.  Lord, this woman stole my heart.  She doesn't hold back and will tell you things you don't want to hear and will kick your ass when it needs to be kicked...all because she loves you.  It hasn't been easy these last three years for Alex and she is so scared to move on, thinking she is dishonoring her marriage with Derek.  But on a fateful drive to work one morning, her future walks right up to her without her even knowing it.
 
Enter Blake Morgan. Doesn't his name just ooze sexy?  I thought so too! He is tall, dark and VERY handsome.  Alex and Blake have a history that goes all the way back to when they were kids.  They were best friends before her and Derek got married and the moment Derek stole her heart, she dumped Blake to the curb. Once he comes back into her life, she begins to remember what a great friend Blake really was, this also surfaces feelings of guilt of how she treated her best friend.  As the story progresses they begin to heal the wounds of a broken friendship. What I love about this process is L.B. didn't rush it.  I seriously could not get enough of the interactions between these two!
 
Not only is the interaction with Alex great, but Blake's friendship with the girls blossoms into the sweetest of relationships.  They are so young, yet so smart in the way they see the world.  They know how much their mom has hurt the past few years and having Blake in her life has really lifted some heavy weight off her shoulders, even evident to her daughters.  Getting the green light from the girls, Alex soon can't hold her feelings for Blake back any longer. She's loved him her whole life, how can she not open her heart up again to him?  
 
The evolution of this love story is beautiful.  It's real, it's raw, it's soulful and deeply emotional.  I found myself laughing out loud, tears falling down my face and serious aggravation with some of these characters.  I am a true believer in life that everything happens for a reason and you are in the right place that God needs you to be, this story was exactly that for me, and affirmation to that truth.  So thank you L.B. for writing such a beautiful story of life, love and forgiveness. 
 
Favorite quote:    
 
"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."
 
Sweet Rating:
 
 
 
And now for the stuff you've been waiting for....COOKIES!

 
 

 
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Make sure to get your copy of Recovery, the follow up novella of Blake and Alex's story!


Up next on Sweet Reads, Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Steph's Sweet Reads - Brie Learns the Art of Submission

First and foremost, due to the subject matter of this book, this review and giveaway are intended for MATURE (18 yrs. or older) audiences ONLY! Thank You! :-)
 
I'm serious....
 
Not even kidding...MATURE AUDIENCES O N L Y!!!!
 
 
It has taken me a couple weeks to seriously wrap my head around Brie Learns the Art of Submission.  I have a couple of confessions to make before we can go on...
  1. I now have an author crush on Red Phoenix.
  2. This is the LONGEST single book I have ever read...and it was about becoming a submissive...go figure!
  3. I admit that I LOVE this book...Erotica was really nothing like I expected.  It truly was a breath of fresh air. There was nothing dirty, or gross about this beautiful story.
Moving on....

Brie Learns the Art of Submission
 
Synopsis:

First published as the popular nine-part eBook serial, Brie Learns the Art of Submission is now available as a full-length novel.

Join Brianna Bennett as she is introduced to the erotic world of submission...

Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous twenty-two years.

From formal classes, hands-on practicums and weekly auctions, Brie will confront her deepest fears and desires. In the process, she will also forge lifelong friendships with fellow submissives and fall for several of the Center's skilled Doms.

As graduation day approaches things begin to unravel, forcing Brie to make an unexpected choice of Master. Which Dom will ultimately earn her devotion and capture Brie's courageous heart?

Adult Material (18+)



Sweet Reads Review:

Red Phoenix created a beautifully romantic, erotic story with Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center . I have to be honest, this book intimidated me at first, but then I fell in love with Brie and her personality.  She is a film student graduate trying to make her way into the film business.  Tobacco Shop employee by day, committed student by night.  One fateful day a man walks into her shop, buys a pack of cigarettes, leaves her a very large tip and a business card. "SUBMISSIVE TRAINING CENTER"  That little card would change her life forever.
 
Upon investigating the website address on that card, she finds herself face to face with the erotic world of BDSM.  Curiosity bites her and she inquires.  Brie allows her desires to take over and applies.  She is soon committed to learning how to become a Submissive, and a committed student she is, indeed.  Over the next 400 pages, I received the most thorough education into the world of BDSM.  I was introduced to obedience, bondage, anal sex, objectification, floggings, canings, oral sex and my favorite, Kinbaku (Japanese bondage) DON'T JUDGE! ;-)  What I truly loved about this book was that I was learning right along with Brie.  It was instructional and informative but never written out of place, or like it was a text book.  I, along with Brie, found myself pushing the boundaries of comfort.  I have never read an "Erotica" book before, so I related to Brie in the fact that this was a whole new experience!
 
The characters in this book were fabulous.  She wrote every shape, color, ethnicity, size and attitude into the bodies of these characters.  I loved that everyone involved didn't have six pack abs, 20 something ages and drop dead gorgeousness.  It seriously made the story more believable. There really are too many people to mention, but I LOVED Sir (duh) and I really enjoyed Tono and Marquis Gray. Ms. Clark was a super bitch that wanted nothing more than to see Brie fail...ugh! Damn woman! We were also able to see how her relationships grew among her peers.  While it wasn't always easy, she pushed through to them and gained two beautiful friendships.  
 
Although this book was obviously about sexual experiences and situations, Red also wrote a romance of characters into the story and how true feelings were felt and experienced throughout this whole learning experience.  The interactions between the trainers and trainees was very dynamic. One of the biggest things I loved about the way Brie learned the art was that trust was of the utmost importance; trusting herself, trusting her trainers and trusting her Doms.  Having submissive "auctions", acting out fantasies, experiencing Kinbaku for the first time...all powerful scenes!  Bravo Red! As graduation nears, Brie learns that she will be able to chose a Dom and present him with a collar, signifying that she will belong to him exclusively.  All the feelings she has experienced with other Doms throughout her training; Sir, Tono, Faelen...who and how will she chose?  I have my favorites but at the end of this story, my heart had chosen one too. LOL

Ms. Phoenix created a page-turner of a romantic, erotic novel, in Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center   If you are interested in books on BDSM, especially ones that have a nice romantic flair to them, THIS is the book for you. 

Rating:

  VERY HOT cookies!!



 Nothing would be complete without a cookie and book giveaway. So, who's ready to win some Brie?
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Up next  Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons!!!!  Goooooood Lord.....grab your tissues!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sweet Reads Feature - The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

What better way to start your week than with an amazing book!  I had the opportunity to read The Perfect Game: A Novel last week and I wanted to share it with you on the eve of her Book 2 release!


The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

Synopsis:

He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...


This is a MATURE YOUNG ADULT/NEW ADULT novel
Suitable for ages 17+
Contains strong language, sexual situations and references



Sweet Reads Review:

What a ride!!!  This book has angst all over it!  I have wanted to read this book since it came out, and when J. Sterling agreed to have me feature it on Sweet Reads I was on cloud nine!  So I waited…once I started last week I couldn’t put it down! This book almost killed me, talk about a roller coaster for your emotions!  I was up, down, laughed, cried, and wanted to punch Jack Carter in the nose! 
The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, #1)
The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
Speaking of Jack Carter, allow me to introduce you to the biggest player ever…on and off the field.  He is the star pitcher for his college baseball team.  He is the Playboy when it comes to all the women and he knows it. He doesn’t do relationships, he does one night stands. So when Cassie comes into view he tries like hell to pursue her…but she’s heard about his colorful reputation and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him, or so she thinks.  She holds her guard up high due to the lack of confidence in men, mainly because of her own father.  He couldn’t keep a promise to save his life and it has caused Cassie to be on guard.  So when Jack tries his hardest to get her to go one even ONE date, she finally breaks and goes.  She really thinks he’s playing her like all the others, but when he softens up and exposes a bit of his past, her heart melts into a big pile of goo.

With insecurities looming for both of them there are lots of trust issues that come up, understandably so. They realize that if they want to be together they are gonna have to break down the walls of uncertainty and learn to love and trust one another.  Jack pretty much sums it up in one statement
“I love you. I’m sure I’ll fuck it up because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Just promise me that you’ll be patient with me. Grade me on a learning curve or something?”  
Yep…kinda fell in love with him from that point on.
 
So there is a BIG BIG BIG surprise (event, disaster, mistake, decision) in this story that about ripped my heart out…damn you J. Sterling!  I can’t say any more about it, but you will understand when you read it.  All I’ll say is that I was pissed, I even might have shed a couple tears AND I might have even called J. Sterling a sadist! LOL (Sorry girl!)  BUT….in the end, I was happy with the outcome.  It was slow and agonizing at times, but as you know, I am a realist when it comes to stories and if you right the wrong the next day and don’t work through it realistically, I won’t believe your book.  Thank You Jenn, for writing it in a way that was painful, yet believable.

Jack and Cassie are great together.  Both beautifully broken with walls built around them like Ft. Knox, but time, trust and love does heal wounds that can’t be seen from the outside. All and all, this book was wonderful!  And you know what’s even better?  The Game Changer: A Novel (Book 2) comes out TOMORROW!!!!!  Ummmm….yeah, guess what I’m doing at midnight tonight?!  Go download both...and enjoy your evening of reading! You can thank me tomorrow. :-)
 
Rating:

 


 
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Up next....a little Brie and Sir!  Who's ready for Brie Learns the Art of Submission by Red Phoenix! WHEW!!!