Apr
18
2014

Cover Reveal — SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE

Yay!!! I’m so excited to finally see a cover for SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE! Without further ado, here it is!

Good, right? This is the continuation of Sara and Dane’s story in Escape to My Love, and I’m so, so happy with how it all turned out for them. Here’s the blurb for the book!

Sara and Dane have been living in a hidden bunker together for two weeks after fleeing for safety when cruise ships came into port carrying a virus along with their passengers. Her family should have reached the bunker within the first seventy-two hours and since they haven’t, Sara’s convinced they are at their plan B location. Now she’s willing to risk it all to find her family before it’s too late.

Dane isn’t convinced leaving the bunker is a good idea when the world outside is falling to crisis and chaos, but he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman who saved his life and stole his heart. The virus isn’t the only thing to fear outside the bunker. When roaming scavengers threaten to take more than just their supplies, Sara and Dane are forced to fight for their lives if they want to survive long enough to find her family and a future together in a new and unpredictable world.

Can’t wait to find out what happens? Check out the start of Sara and Dane’s story in ESCAPE TO MY ARMS.

Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.

Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.

Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?

Get started on the story today and grab your copy at:      AMAZON         NOOK           DECADENT

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Apr
08
2014

Deadline Dishes — Skillet Lasagna with Tara Andrews

I live in upstate New York with my, supportive husband and two children – who make everything worthwhile, and at times challenging. J  My dream job is to write full time, but until then you’ll find me managing the business office of a community hospital.  In addition to work and family, I serve on the auxiliary of our local fire department – my husband is a volunteer firefighter (lucky me!).  I’m also a procrastinator (advanced-level) and recently discovered Pinterest, which could be dangerous.

Author Links:

Website:  www.taraandrews.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tara.andrews.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tara_andrews1

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/taraandrews1/

I’m not big fan of pasta – at least not served up with plain ole’ marinara.  Add a cream sauce and grilled chicken and that’s a different story.  I think it goes back to those days growing up when money was tight and spaghetti became a staple.  I’ve had enough to last a lifetime.  LOL.

Years later, I’m a mom in need of fast and financially friendly meals and pasta still fits the bill.  Not only that, but my kids Love (with a capital L) pasta—they’re still young yet.  They’d eat it every day if I let them.  So I’m always on the lookout for creative recipes to make things interesting.

Enter skillet lasagna.  I found this particular recipe on Pinterest recently and gave it a shot.  Kids loved it and it was super easy to make since it calls for a jarred sauce which cuts down on prep.  This is important because I work full time during the day and I need meals that come together 1-2-3 in order to have more time to write in the evenings.

Bowtie Skillet Lasagna (from: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Bow-tie-skillet-lasgna-351107)

Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 lb. Mini Farfalle/Bow Tie Pasta (mini cooks faster!)
  • 24 oz Jar of Spaghetti Sauce  (my kids don’t like sauces with tomato pieces)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I usually add a little more)
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese, if desired

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef until fully cooked; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  3. After pasta is cooked, drain. Return to pot and toss with the olive oil.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pasta and stir.
  5. Next, add the cooked ground beef, seasonings, mozzarella cheese and sour cream to the pasta. Fold together and cook over low heat until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Blurb:

Jill Malone has been looking for love for all the wrong reasons. A reality check has her signing up for a no-strings attached night to simply forget about forever after. The last thing she expected was to know her blind date.

Blake Anders doesn’t need help finding a date, but he’s tempted by 1Night Stand’s reputation of arranging exactly what a person needs. And he needs more. Though doubtful, he agrees to one night and hopes to discover his perfect match. He didn’t count on Madame Eve reaching deep into his past to give him a night with the woman he never forgot.

Fearing another broken heart, Jill works to keep herself from becoming attached, but Blake goes all in to convince her that he wants their long-overdue love to be more than a one-night stand…

 

Grab your copy at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4C9AYI/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ask_ENPuG.0CKKN7G

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-overdue-tara-andrews/1118414253?ean=2940148301806

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=900&osCsid=0260br2srhmg72gn6v0il4lvp2

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-longoverdue-1409270-149.html

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Mar
28
2014

Editing Tips

So you just got your first set of edits on your manuscript. Congratulations!!! You’re officially in the trenches with the rest of us. :) Currently, I’m knee deep in edits on 1 novella, awaiting edits on a second novella as well as 1 novel, and I’m writing my 13th book. The To-Do list of a writer is always long!

Anyway, back to editing. Yay! One of my favorite parts of the writing process. I love this stage because now is when I really make a book shine, with the help of an excellent editor, of course. The end product is *always* better than it started out. That’s why having a good editor—one who sees your work, really gets your style and voice—is so important. (If you’ve gotten an editor that you don’t click with, don’t panic, there are tips for dealing with that too, but that’s a topic for another day. Rest assured, you will survive and so will your book! For now, let’s just assume all is well in editor/author world, since it usually is.)

You’ve gotten an email and it’s from your new editor. Yay! But also holy shit! Excitement, nervousness, self-doubt, nausea ;) — It’s all normal! You swallow your nerves and open the file. And then you want to faint.

Maybe you see a mountain of track changes on the righthand side of your page. Maybe you see a bunch of colored and underlined words. Maybe the first sentence after your Chapter One heading used to be the first sentences under your Chapter Two heading.

Holy edit monster!

Breathe. It will be okay. I promise.

Here are a few easy steps I use to tackle edits, even the really difficult ones:

  • Breathe. No really. Take a breath. This is all a part of the process. Every single writer in the history of writing will have to deal with edits at some point or another and they all lived to tell the tale after. You will too. Okay. Moving on.
  • Read any big picture notes you were given from your editor. Maybe your hero has moved past alpha and into asshole territory. Maybe a secondary story line just clutters up the book and doesn’t add anything worth keeping it. Maybe there’s a gap in the plot you didn’t realize or continuity problems. There are any number of big picture issues that could come up. Take a few minutes to read the notes,  more than once if you have to.
  • Walk away. You might be upset. You might think your editor has popcorn for brains. You might think the changes are too big and you can’t possible do them! Just walk away for a bit. Let that big picture stuff sink in. Those notes are going to marinate in your brain while you do other things. In an hour, or a day, you might even see that your editor is right. Holy shit! LOL. It happens. :)
  • Move on to line edits. That’s all the track changes bubbles you see on the right side of your once-beautiful document. Work through those changes as you’ve been told to by the editor. Every publisher has a slightly different way they like to work through edits so if you’re not sure, ask. Your editor would rather take the 2 seconds to answer your questions then have to redo the document because it’s not how it’s supposed to be. In most cases, you’ll accept or reject the editor’s suggested changes. Simple, easy, and strangely satisfying.
  • “But I don’t want to!” It’s your book. Your work. Your words. And you have to be proud of it when it goes into a reader’s hands with your name on the cover. Sometimes, an editor will suggest a change you really don’t want to make. Maybe it changes the meaning you intended. Maybe it changes the essence of who the character is. Maybe you just really like the word scrumptious and feel justified using it 5 times in one paragraph. If you really can’t get on board with a change, then leave it alone and include a comment about why. Don’t just ignore suggested revisions! If you’re going to fight for scrumptious to stay, your editor needs to know why. But you might just find that if you think about it for a minute, your editor is right and maybe they saw a flaw that you didn’t. This is why we have editors! They see the things our tired eyes have missed. They see the things that we love but that readers will say, “What the hell?” to.
  • Go back and read your big picture notes again. Depending on the notes, you may have been able to work on these at the same time as your line edits. But if not, go back now, read the notes again, and get to work. Often a change I was dead set against now seems completely logical and I wonder how I didn’t see it myself. If not, now is the time to discuss it with your editor. Talk it out. It doesn’t mean they’re going to change their minds about the edits you need to do, but talking to your editor can help you work through any lingering questions or reasons why something needs to be changed or fixed.
  • Send that baby back! You’ve done it. You’ve survive your edits without the world crumbling around you. Treat yourself to something nice, an evening out, a delicious dessert, a couple of hours to read a book for fun that you didn’t write yourself! Go on, you deserve it.

Rest up! You’re going to need all your strength back for when the second edits come in. Just sayin’…

Are you an experienced writer with editing tips of your own? Leave your tips in the comments! 

 

 

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Mar
19
2014

Deadline Dishes — Green Enchiladas with Laura Chapman

 

Today I’ve got the fantastic Laura Chapman with me to share one of her awesome deadline recipes. But before we get to the recipe, let’s find out a little bit more about Laura!

Chapman found a way to mix her love of romance and humor as a women’s fiction blogger and author. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Laura studied journalism, English and history. She spent four years traveling the country as a writer/photographer, and currently works in communications. Born and raised in Nebraska – in a city, not on a farm – she is a devoted fan of football, British period drama, writing in bars and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Hard Hats and Doormats is her debut novel.

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And now it’s time for the deliciousness! Yum. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

 

March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, which means I’m often looking for ways to slip a little green into my meals. As a pescetarian – vegetarian who eats fish occasionally – it’s important for me to work some protein into those same dishes. And as a writer, it’s absolutely crucial dinner is something I can throw together quickly and re-heats up well.

That’s where my Green Enchilada comes in to play. Made out of kale, spinach and black beans, this dish has plenty of protein, fiber and other nutrients that give me the energy I need to balance a writing career with a full-time job. It’s also delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 2 ½ cups frozen kale
  • 2 ½ cups frozen spinach
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella (or whatever cheese you’d like to use)

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, defrost your frozen veggies. While that’s going on, chop up your onion and set it aside. Once the vegetables are heated, mix in the black beans, onions and sour cream. I prefer to use a light or low fat sour cream when cooking to cut out a few calories. You could also try subbing a Greek yogurt, but make sure it is plain.

Toss the tortillas into the microwave for a few seconds to soften them. Corn tortillas are brittle, especially if you store them in your fridge, and this will make them easier to work with.

Scoop large spoonfuls of the filling into the corn tortillas leaving enough room to fold the tortillas like a blanket around a baby.

 

Line the filed tortillas in a 9 x 17-inch baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. I use a skim mozzarella for the same reason I use the light sour cream.

Place the pan in the center of your oven and bake for half an hour. This is the perfect amount of time for me to sit down and tackle some marketing or write a couple of pages before the timer goes off.

Depending on how your cheese looks, you may want to turn it to broil for the last minute or two of baking to give the cheese an extra bit of melt.

You can do whatever you like for serving sizes. I prefer to cut it into 10 pieces, casserole style, because this is a hearty enough meal to leave me full. I typically serve this with a side of chips and salsa – I love chips and salsa – but it goes equally well with Mexican rice, beans or a salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?

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Mar
05
2014

Deadline Dishes — Chocolate Cake with Nancy C. Weeks!

Hi Heather,

Thanks so much for inviting me on your lovely blog today so I can share my absolute favorite recipe. Who doesn’t like a great slice of chocolate cake? Well, the one I brought is my family’s favorite. I have made this recipe more times than I can count for all kinds of occasions. It’s a toss in a bowl and mix type of cake. It taste so much better than any cake mix from a box and just as easy.  Believe or not, I have even mailed it to college kids across the country, and according my kids, it arrives tasting like I just made it.

Now a little about me:

I spend my days creating happy-ever-after romantic suspense novels with a unique supernatural element. I have been reading romance novels non-stop since college where I met and married my hero. We spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Thirty-three years later, we still hold hands under the table. My son is off on his own now and my daughter is almost through college. Most days, you can find me typing away at the kitchen table now called The Mommy Cave. In the summer, I spend my day outside airing out my brain writing away as the local bird population keeps me company.

Writing has become my second passion. Next week, March 10th, I’ll be release the third book in my Shadow series called In the Shadow of Malice. I’m so excited about this new book I can’t sit still. The cover and blurb are below for just a little tease. In the meantime, try out this cake. I promise you will love it.

You can find more about me here:

(Oh, by the way, for a free read of Chapter One from In the Shadow of Malice, check out my blog.)

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The Best Everyday Chocolate Cake Ever

  • 2 C sugar
  • ½ C butter (one stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C milk
  • ½ C cocoa powder or 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  2½ C flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C very hot water

Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute.  In a mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add chocolate slowly.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, alternating with milk.  Mix well for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add the hot water.  This batter will be very liquidly.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch baking pan or 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Cool before frosting if you have time.  It is wonderful warm too.

 

The Most Wonderful Chocolate Frosting in the World

[It takes all of 5 minutes. I suggest you make a double batch, one for the cake and one for your spoon] 

  • Bring to a boil:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 Tbs. cocoa or 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  ¼ C of milk
  • Optional: ¼ tsp almond extract

Pour over 1 pound of powdered sugar.  Mix well and pour over cake.  The cake can be served warm or once cooled, the frosting will taste like fudge.

Now that you have  a delicious new chocolate cake in the oven, stop over to Amazon and grab your copy of Nancy’s newest book!!

Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret from his maternal grandfather, who controls the most brutal crime syndicate in Eastern Europe. The moment he lets his guard down, the unthinkable happens and his best friend, the mother of his child, is tortured and murdered. To protect his daughter, he must seek the help of his father’s family—who has no idea of his existence. What Adam could have never foreseen is the unusual attachment between his daughter and her most unlikely protector.

After months of living in an emotional vacuum after her roommate’s murder, Calista Martin takes a chance and befriends a handsome regular at the diner. What is supposed to be just a ride home hurls her headlong into Adam’s world of murder and revenge. To add to an already explosive situation, Adam’s traumatized little girl refuses to release her hold on Calista. Knowing what it’s like to lose a loved one, Calista insists on staying with Adam to protect Anna.

After Calista risks her life to protect Anna, Adam begins to see the waitress from the diner in a different light. But the Vasnev threat is heating up and Calista, while willing to help him, really doesn’t trust him. Can he find a way to eliminate his enemies to become the father Anna deserves and the man Calista needs—or will he fail again, taking his future out of his hands forever?

 

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Mar
04
2014

Ode to…

Every night I fall asleep knowing you’ll be there for me the next day.

Dawn breaks and sunlight streams in my windows.

The kids come in for their morning cuddles. Wiggling, chatting bodies wake me far earlier than I want.

And yet, I know you’re there too, waiting, ready, supportive.

You call me from my slumber, tell me it’s time to rise.

And as I begin my day, it’s you I turn to.

You surround me with warmth.

You are bold, yet sweet.

You encourage me to go on when I want to stop.

You fill me with energy.

You are the bringer of ideas. My sounding board. My creative counterpart.

It’s you I want the moments when I just need to sit and contemplate.

You are my strength when I am weak.

You are my rock.

Oh, coffee, how I love you so.

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Feb
28
2014

Friday Reads — 2/28/14

Friday reads have been on hiatus for a while since I had to read my RITA contest entry books. Now that those are done, I’m free! While I enjoyed the stories I read, it feels nice to be able to read whatever I want again. *happy reader sigh* So here’s my Friday Reads for this week:

1. Impact by Douglas Preston. I don’t know what it is about his books, but I just love them. Adventurous and interesting characters, complex stories with twists I don’t see coming. All good!

2. Paranormalcy by Kiertsen White. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and the start of a series. So far so good! Very paranormal but different. I’m definitely digging it.

We try to read with the kids every day. Sometimes they read out loud to us, sometimes we read to them, sometimes we take turns. It’s great and something that makes me so happy! I really love that we’re passing on a love for reading to our children. Our Family reads this week are:

1. Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed. This story has so much heart I usually tear up at the end. It’s about love and friendship and sacrifice. It’s just awesome. And the illustrations are beautiful too!

2. Franny K Stein, Mad Scientist by Jim Benton. These books are so fun and creative and different. The kids are really having fun with these stories!

So, what are you reading this week?

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Feb
19
2014

Hey! How’s it Going?

I feel like I’ve been MIA from my website for a long time. Sure, I’ve had a Friday Reads post here or there, a recipe or two, even a cover reveal (So pretty!), but not much news from me directly. Of course, I love all of those other things, which is why I put them on my blog, but it feels like time to reconnect with all of you who come here to hang out with me.

So, hey! How’s it going with you? Whatcha been up to lately? Are you completely over winter as much as I am yet?

The last couple of months, well since October really, have just gone by in a blur.

I wrote 2 novellas in the fall and then submitted them to publishers in December. The whole writing process is fun and stressful all at the same time. But I’m thrilled that the hard work paid off and both books were picked up by the publishers I had them targeted to! It’s so awesome when stuff like that works out. PINCH OF ME, DASH OF YOU, will be out in 2015 with Fated Desires Publishing. It’s a delicious foodie romance about a food critic and chef. SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE is coming very soon from Decadent Publishing! I don’t have a definite release date yet, but I’m betting it will be in the spring or early summer. I’m nervous and excited for you to read the continuation (and conclusion!) to Sara and Dane’s prepper story. If you read ESCAPE TO MY ARMS, I think you will find Survive very exciting, adventurous and satisfying. And if you haven’t read Escape, you should because it’s really good! I don’t usually toot my own horn, but that book was just so different and amazing to write. I really love the characters, the situation and the journey they go through. I enjoyed that process so much, that I might even consider writing a full-length adventure romance novel some day.

Aside from that, I’m awaiting news and edits on a couple of projects. I really can’t wait until the announcements can happen. But all in good time I guess. If all goes as planned, I have some big things happening this year! I hate to be a tease, but I’m just not allowed to say yet…

Between holidays and snow days, I have maybe only had one or two full weeks with the kids at school. It’s been a treat to have them home to hang out with. We’ve done a lot of playing in the snow, cuddling on the couch with movies and video games, and reading books. I love having them home! But it’s definitely put a damper on my work progress. I’m not too worried, but it will be nice to someday get used to writing M-F again. Someday…

Speaking of writing, I’m hard at work—or trying to be, at least!—on Parker and Olivia’s story. I’m just starting chapter five and they have already found themselves in a few tricky situations! I’m looking forward to seeing how this all turns out for them. I mean, I sort of know because I did write out a full synopsis, but characters often surprise me along the way to The End.

Lately, hubs and I have been talking a lot about our overall health and wellbeing. We’ve decided to start making positive changes. For the last few weeks or so, we’ve been getting up 45 minutes early a couple of times a week to do yoga and short circuit training app. And we recently started adding in walking on the treadmill. I’m proud to say I’ve been getting 10,000 + steps each day for the last couple of weeks. I’m hoping it will help counteract all the sitting I do while writing! It certainly can’t hurt, right?

So enough updates about me. What are you all up to? I hope things are finding you happy, healthy and enjoying 2014!

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Feb
12
2014

Deadline Dishes — Mac & Cheese with Katie Kenyhercz

The fantastic Katie Kenyhercz is here to share with us her recipe for Mac & Cheese! Oh, yum. I can’t wait to dig in… But first, you can find out more about Katie below and by connecting with her on your favorite social media!

I live in Little Rock Arkansas with my Air Force hubby, and I write hockey romance. I played one season of roller hockey when I was fifteen–it hurt enough that I decided I liked it better as a spectator–and it’s been true love ever since! My fictional team is the Las Vegas Sinners, and my real-world team is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

I like strong, capable heroines who bring out the vulnerability in their tough guys.

Twitter: @katiekenyhercz
And here’s Katie!

Katie’s Mac and Cheese

I’m a vegetarian, and don’t cook many things, but my mac and cheese is famous with family and friends. I loooove cheese! I experimented with recipes until I developed this one, and it hits the spot on a cold, winter day. It’s even fantastic left over! The ultimate comfort food.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes Original Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinners
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 20 Ritz Crackers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Powdered cayenne pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. 2. Butter a casserole dish (mine is 7×9 and 3 inches deep)
  3. 3. Prepare both boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese Dinners as directed on the stove
  4. 4. When done and gooey, mix in the sour cream until incorporated
  5. 5. Sprinkle in one Cup shredded cheddar cheese and stir until it melts in
  6. 6. Chop the entire red pepper
  7. 7. Sprinkle mac and cheese with as much cayenne pepper as you’d like. My rule is I should be able to see the little red dots but not too many of them (like that helps!)
  8. 8. Fold in the chopped red pepper
  9. 9. Spread mach and cheese into the casserole dish
  10. 10. sprinkle 2nd Cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the mac and cheese
  11. 11. In a small bowl, melt about 1.5 Tbs of butter
  12. 12. Crumble up the 20 Ritz Crackers in a bowl
  13. 13. Pour melted butter over the crumbled Ritz Crackers and mix until crackers are coated
  14. 14. Spread buttery Ritz crumbles over the whole casserole
  15. 15. Bake in the 375 degree oven for 20 minutes
  16. 16. Let sit 5 minutes to cool before serving

After a bum knee ended her soccer days, Alexandra—Allie—Kallen has dedicated her life to helping injured athletes cope and get back in the game. As the new team sports psychologist of the Las Vegas Sinners, she starts out with just one player, but he’s a handful. Goalies are stubborn, and she would know. She’s determined to figure him out and return him to the net good as new, especially after she sent her last patient back to the ice too soon. The problem is, she sees so much of herself in Shane, and their chemistry is off the charts. Falling for him isn’t in the plan. Is love worth losing her career?

Shane Reese’s entire identity has been wrapped up in being a goalie since he was five years old. When he gets a high ankle sprain right before playoffs, he doesn’t exactly take it well. After putting his fist through the physical therapy room wall and hitting a few joking teammates, he’s ordered to see the new shrink. All he has to do is convince her he’s seen the light, and he can get back to defending his team as soon as his ankle heals. The problem is, she sees through him like no one he’s ever met, and the more time he spends with her, the less hot he is to get back to the ice. Could something mean more than hockey?

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Feb
05
2014

Deadline Dishes — Apple Pie with Jayne Denker

 

Author Jayne Denker is here and she’s going to share with us her amazing Apple Pie recipe. I cannot wait to try this one!! Yum! Before we got to that, here’s a little about Jayne!

 

Jayne lives in a small village in western New York with her family and a very sweet senior-citizen basement kitteh who loves nothing more than going outside, where she sits on the front walk and wonders why she begged to go outside. When she’s not hard at work on another novel (or, rather, when she should be hard at work on another novel), she can usually be found frittering away stupid amounts of time on social media. 

Social media:
Twitter: @JDenkerAuthor

Now bring on the pie!!

 

The Best Apple Pie in the World Recipe

George’s pies are made with the most amazing recipe that I learned in high school home ec. The class was taught by Sister of Mercy Sr. Mary Dismas. She ruled. How many other people do you know who could teach students how to bake, how to sew, and how to slaughter the New York State Regents exam in geometry, all with equal (fantastic) success? (Plus, when she was a missionary, she hung out with cannibals. She always had great stories.) Anyway, I’ve been using this recipe for many, many years. It truly is the best.

Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon shortening

1/4 cup cold water

Filling

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon flour

6 cups apples, peeled and sliced thin

Several pats of butter

Fluff flour with a fork, then lightly scoop into the measuring cup (do not pack) until overflowing. Skim off the excess till the flour is level with the top edge of the measuring cup. Mix salt into flour using the fork to keep the mixture fluffy. Cut shortening into flour with a pastry cutter. Sprinkle on water a little bit at a time. Mix first with fork, then hands. Press into a ball. You might want to refrigerate it overnight, but you don’t have to. Cut ball approximately in half—the half used for the bottom crust should be slightly larger. Knead the half to roll out for the bottom a bit, adding a little flour if it’s too sticky. Roll the bottom crust and place in a pie tin.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and flour together. Pour about three-quarters of the mixture over the apple slices in a large bowl and mix to coat the apple slices. Arrange the filling evenly in the bottom crust and sprinkle the rest of the sugar and cinnamon mix on top. Place pats of butter on the filling. Knead and roll out the top crust and place it carefully over the apple mixture, crimp closed, and cut a vent. Bake at 425 degrees for almost an hour; check after 40 or 45 minutes to prevent over-baking.

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