May
28
2015

Birthday #Giveaway!

THH_500-2Hi everyone! Yesterday was my birthday! Whooo hoo!! And the day before that was THE HOOKUP HOAX book birthday! Silly, I know. But true nonetheless. :)

Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he’s desperate to prove that he could be the guy to “pass it on.” Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to avoid relationships at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he could never, ever fall for…like his best friend’s sister. There was only one rule: don’t fall in love. But all it takes is one hot hook-up before this little hoax gets blown to all hell…

Find out everything you need to know here:  Click Here!!

Since it birthday week around here, I thought it was time to give out a gift!! Who doesn’t like gifts? I’m giving away one awesome prize pack to 1 lucky winner! Will it be you? All you have to do to enter for your chance to win is use the rafflecopter link below and follow as many or as few of the steps as you want to. That’s it!

What will you win in this awesome prize pack? Just take a look!!

A signed copy of both THE WEDDING HOAX and CATCHING STARDUST, a Heather Thurmeier pen (cause it’s zebra striped awesomeness!), and a beautiful necklace!! This necklace has real flowers in it!! It’s so pretty…

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Prizepack awesomeness!

Real flower necklace

Real flower necklace

 

Ready to enter for your chance to win? Just click on the link below to get started!!!

 

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May
26
2015

#NewRelease — The Hookup Hoax is Finally Here!

THH_500-2The Hookup Hoax is finally here!!! And I’d love it if you’d grab a copy today! You can find all the buying info you could need by clicking on this link:

 

 

HOOKUP HOAX at Entangled Publishing

 

 

Just check out what these reviewers are already saying about the book!!!

There is good amount of will they or won’t they in this story that had me flipping the pages faster than an Indy racer on Memorial Day Weekend. The story wasn’t all about getting to the next steamy scene, a real relationship percolated between the two as they dragged their collective baggage with them. An exciting twist toward the end had my jaw dropping in surprise. I loved that! It is so refreshing to read a story where I don’t have the ending figured out beforehand. If you are looking for a story with substance, outstanding character development, and sizzling romance, The Hookup Hoax is for you.

~ Lindsey Grey, reviewer

5 stars! “Oh, I had so much fun reading The Hookup Hoax. Sawyer and Olivia were perfectly hot, awkward, flirty, embarrassed, sexy and loving with each other throughout their story.”

~ Marsha, Keeper Bookshelf

5 stars! “Take one desperate bachelor, add in the sister of a friend, add some sizzling chemistry, shake and what do you end up with? The Hook-Up Hoax which will have you hooked from the first page and leave you grinning and awing with the last.”

~ Rachel, Goodreads reviewer

5 stars! “An often laugh out loud read with likeable characters from the first page.”

~ Talking Books

5 stars! “This book was pretty awesome!”

~ Angela, Goodreads reviewer

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May
14
2015

The Hookup Hoax Pre-Order and a #Giveaway

THH-summerTHE HOOKUP HOAX is up on pre-order on all major retailer sites and I’m celebrating with a giveaway!!! The Hookup Hoax releases officially on May 26th, but if you just can’t wait, grab your copy today and it will be automatically downloaded to your ereader on release day!! Yay!

And you’ll make me super happy too! Check out the book and grab your copy at the links below!

 

 

The perfect guy. The perfect girl. The perfect lie.

Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he’s desperate to prove that he could be the guy to “pass it on.” Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to treat relationships like a contagious stomach flu that should be avoided at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for…

Someone like his best friend’s sister.

Sawyer’s offer is exactly what Olivia Morgan needs. After traveling around the world for the last five years, the promise of a job and free accommodations is heaven. And sure, maybe Sawyer’s a super-hot, charming guy with dimples made for kissing, but he’s not willing to be the guy—or relationship—she needs.

All it takes is one hot hook-up before this little hoax gets blown all to hell…

Be a part of the pre-order celebration by entering my giveaway contest below for your chance to win!!

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May
05
2015

The Hookup Hoax is Almost Here!

It seems like I’ve waited for this day to come for so long!! And it’s almost here!! May 26th is so close and yet so far…

I’ve got a cover and book listings on major websites and everything! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this book turned out! And the cover artist did an amazing job. Look at that thing… It’s sexy and sassy and flirty and eye-catching. Love. It.

THH_500-2The perfect guy. The perfect girl. The perfect lie.

Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he’s desperate to prove that he could be the guy to “pass it on.” Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to treat relationships like a contagious stomach flu that should be avoided at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for…

Someone like his best friend’s sister.

Sawyer’s offer is exactly what Olivia Morgan needs. After traveling around the world for the last five years, the promise of a job and free accommodations is heaven. And sure, maybe Sawyer’s a super-hot, charming guy with dimples made for kissing, but he’s not willing to be the guy—or relationship—she needs.

All it takes is one hot hook-up before this little hoax gets blown all to hell…

 

Wanna see the book pages? Me too! Again. LOL…

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And you can add it to your to-be-read pile on Goodreads!

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Apr
30
2015

#RelayForLife

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I don’t usually post about personal things going on in my life, but today, I am.

Back in October of 2014 my aunt Judy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung and Brain cancer. I wrote a post about it back then, but could never bring myself to post it. It was just too…real. But here’s what I wrote, which has been sitting in my drafts since then:

Most of the time life goes by on a fairly normal path. Day-to-day is basically the same with a few variables thrown in for good measure. You get comfortable and  forget that life isn’t so easy for others. And then sometimes life decides to really mix things up.

Last week, our lives got all mixed up and we had no warning.

On the Sunday of Canadian Thanksgiving, my aunt Judy was taken to the ER because she’d been sick for so long with a chest cold and vomiting that it was to the point that she just couldn’t manage anymore. When her kids put her in the car to take her, she couldn’t even fasten her own seatbelt. There was just too much confusion and weakness. It was as if she’d forgotten how to do it.

Approximately 10 hours later, the diagnosis was clear. And devastating. And unexpected.

Lung cancer.

I wish I could say that was our low point of the week. I really do. But the time since those first two words were said has been a constant roller coaster of stomach churning drops.

Mid-week—Brain cancer.

Friday—we waited to hear if her emergency brain surgery had been successful. It was.

But her cancer is stage 4. Terminal. Such a cold, cruel, gut-wrenching word.

In one short week, we went from being our normal family, each doing their own thing to rallying around my aunt, facing our fears of mortality, hoping against hope, and trying to stay above water long enough to find out what came next.

Next became a series of tests and doctors visits. Whole head radiation, medication schedules, chemotherapy. And through it all, my aunt has stayed tough. Her road hasn’t been easy to travel, but she’s still taking it one step at a time.

Aunt Judy and me during our trip back home to visit her over Easter break.

Aunt Judy and me during our trip back home to visit her over Easter break.

So why am I talking about it now? Because I’m tired of feeling like my hands are tied by being so far away from my family. Everyone else cares for my aunt Judy in some way, taking her to doctor’s appointments, hanging out with her during her chemo appointments, watching food shows on TV and eating copious amounts of chocolate. I mean really, I could do that! I love chocolate!!

Well, I can’t be around on a daily basis to lend support, but I can help out right from here. So I signed up for my local Relay for Life event, joined a team, and started fundraising!!! And I would love it if you could help me reach my goal. Any little bit will help!

Please click on the link below to donate, find an event near you, or even start your own fundraising campaign.

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=67469&pg=personal&px=13026603

Cancer sees no color, gender, or economic status. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It’s time to stand up and fight back. If we work together, we all benefit because at some point cancer will touch your life or the life of your friend or family member. When it does, wouldn’t it be nice to have a cure?

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Mar
22
2015

Book Spotlight and Interview with Melinda Dozier

MelindaDozier.PNGMelinda is a multi-published contemporary romance author with books from Crimson Romance, Swoon Romance and The Wild Rose Press represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband/college sweetheart who brings “mucho amor” to her life. Melinda enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her three boys once they are grown. Melinda’s guilty pleasures include reality t.v., traveling, blogging and playing Farmville.

Author Links:

Website: www.melindadozier.com

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Join Melinda’s Street Team, Melinda’s Misfits: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MelindasMisfits/

 

How long have you been writing/published?

I began writing years ago, but didn’t publish until three years ago. Now it’s a passion and a huge part of my life!

How do you start writing your books? Do you start with the overall plot idea or the characters or maybe just a scene?

The characters always speak to me and that’s how I begin. I laugh at myself, because it’s kind of like how psychics are supposed to hear voices from the dead … well, I hear voices of unreal people. It’s my job to make them real on the pages of my books!

What’s your writing space like? Do you write in an office, coffee shop, on the couch?

I do my best writing snuggled up in my bed. I have an office, but it’s just not as comfy.

Aside from writing and reading, what do you like to do for fun?

I don’t have any exciting hobbies, but I like to play on the computer and play the piano. I’m also known to go to the movies every weekend and indulge in buttery popcorn.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and with whom?

I love to travel and I actually have a bucket list. First is NEW YORK CITY, baby! Yes, I have a series around New York, so I should definitely visit, don’t you think? I’d also like to visit the Mediterranean.

Naming favorite books is impossible, but how about favorite authors or series? What’s your favorite genre to read?

Jill Shalvis is my go-to author. I love her wit, sexy alphas and hot romances. I’m a contemporary romance girl all the way, but I also like to read regencies when I’m in the mood.

Who was your last book boyfriend? Are you still together or have you started browsing the shelves for a new love?

Can I say Diego from New York Minute? He’s Argentinian and has that sexy Spanish accent. He’s also a romantic at heart. Did I mention he’s a rockstar along the lines of Ed Sheeran and John Mayer?

I have a long list of boyfriends, but the last one I read is Jared from Game of Marriage by Karen Erickson. I love football quarterbacks!

NewYorkMinuteShy accountant Veronica Bass is determined to live it up a little before settling down with a perfectly respectable man to live a perfectly respectable life, just the way her mother wants.

So when rock star Diego Diaz flashes his bedroom eyes at her during a wedding reception, Veronica swallows her shyness and leads him to the nearest hotel room. Now this total sex god keeps popping up in her life, and she finds herself telling some not-so-little white lies to keep him interested.

Diego’s world evolves around music, women throwing themselves at him, and having fun. His lifestyle hasn’t allowed him to find the right girl to settle down with until now, but his own secret stands in the way of forming a lasting relationship with Veronica.

Is their love destined to last for only a New York minute?

 

Book Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00TIXT5UG

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-york-minute-melinda-dozier/1121217990?ean=9781440589126

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-york-minute/id967052691?mt=11

Crimson Romance: http://www.crimsonromance.com/contemporary-romance-novels/new-york-minute/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24735964-new-york-minute

Time to focus on the Cosmo article she read two days before about flirting. She sipped her citrus martini, and as she brought the glass down, she licked her lips and glanced at her target. He actually flinched, the hunger in his eyes darkening. Barely enough for anyone to notice, but she did. She ran her hand up and down her neck, closing her eyes for a minute. When she opened them to look his way again, he had already started to walk in her direction. No, he didn’t walk; he actually strutted like a man on a mission.

She was his mission. Shit. Shit. Shit. Play it cool, Veronica. You’re a strong, sensual woman. You can do this.

She sipped her yellow drink again to calm herself, and if she was lucky, he wouldn’t notice her shaking. Calm. Sensual. Like a boss.

He positioned himself in front of her, one hand in his pocket and the other holding a tumbler of brown liquid, and rocked on the heels of his dark Dolce & Gabbana brogues.

“Hello.” His voice reverberated down to her core.

She gulped her martini to gain more liquid courage, but rather than bravery, the unthinkable happened. She swallowed the cherry that swam in her drink and the tickle in her throat drove her into a coughing frenzy.

She tried to smile through it, to let him know all was fine and she could still be the sexy seductress. As his large, firm hand patted her back, she fanned the air and grabbed his tumbler, downing the thick liquid.

After a last cough, she cleared her throat one more time. “Whoa. What was that?”

“Whiskey. Neat.” He grinned, his gorgeous caramel eyes lit with an inner glow. “You okay?”

A warmth spread over her cheeks. Holy freaking embarrassment. “It was strong.”

“I could’ve warned you, I guess, but you were busy.” He grinned and squeezed her shoulder with his large hand.

Was that an accent? Damn, could he be more perfect? Immediately, she glanced at his hand that revealed several tattoos peeking out of his jacket hem, from his wrist all the way down to his fingers. No ring. Thank God.

“Can we forget that happened? I’m not usually like that.” She waved her hand in the air and winced inwardly.

God, she wanted to erase that doomed first impression. She was confident, dammit. She didn’t want this dreamy man to know she could be less than sophisticated. Her act was more difficult than she imagined.

“It’s a shame. I kind of liked the unusual first encounter. Not that I want you to choke, but I was ready to save you.” He braced his tattooed hand against the wall behind her, moving closer. His manly smell was soapy, with a hint of wood.

Save her he might. “Who are you?”

He squinted his glowing eyes and turned his head to the side. He didn’t say anything for a long time, just studied her and then rolled on the heels of his feet. “Who are you?”

His “r” rolled off his tongue with a Spanish accent of some kind.

“When someone answers a question with a question, it’s one of two things. Either the person doesn’t have anything interesting to say or he’s hiding something. Are you hiding something?”

He lowered his voice and ran a hand up her arm. “I think we all do. Why are you hiding in the corner?”

Damned if the man’s touch sent shivers all the way to her toes. “So someone like you would find me.”

“Like me? How am I?”

“A man with questions … and a devious grin.”

As suspected, his smile grew and his gaze sought hers. “Well, I came over to tell you how stunning you look, but being a woman of such deep insight, you might take that the wrong way, no?”

“I’ll take it any way you want.” Yep. The alcohol had definitely gotten to her.

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Mar
17
2015

Unscripted Love #TeaserTuesday — Lost Without You

9781440589959UNSCRIPTED LOVE my Reality TV Romance Box Set is still only $0.99 at most retailers and only $0.76 at Amazon! Crazy!

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Today I have a little teaser snippet from the third book in the series, Lost Without You. Enjoy!

“Each team should have a map in their possession.”

They should?

“Your first task is to find your site, set up camp with the gear provided, and survive your first night out in the wild. Tonight I’ll check in with each team to see how you’re doing. Teams, it’s time to get wild! The game officially begins now.”

Zoe watched quietly as the teams scrounged in their bags to find the maps that would lead them to their camps. A wave of relief came over her that this time she didn’t have to worry about strategy or getting along with the other contestants or any of the other things she’d had to worry about on the previous shows. This time, finally, she wouldn’t have to fear water challenges that threatened to remove her makeup in one splash. Sure, she’d always worn waterproof, but there was only so much it could withstand. She might have come across as calm and uncaring at the thought of going out on a canoe to grab a cache with Paige, Miles, and Ben, but on the inside, she’d been a quivering mess. At least this time all she had to do was show up, look pretty, smile, and read a few cue cards. No big deal.

“Ready to go?” Chip asked, motioning toward the trail all of the teams had now started down.

“Go where?”

“To the production camp.”

Zoe glanced around at the production trailers that looked pretty permanent by the park office. “Are the trailers going to meet us at the camp or are there some already waiting there?”

Just then a production person handed her a large backpack. The one she’d been told to pack. The one she thought she’d be unpacking soon into a nice chest of drawers in a cozy room somewhere.

Chip shook his head and looked worried for the first time ever in her memory. “Zoe, your job is to be near the contestants to host the show. The show takes place in the wilderness. The trees are too dense for the trailers and there are no nearby roads. I’m afraid the best you’re going to get for the next few weeks is a porta-potty and a private tent.”

Fear gripped Zoe. This couldn’t possibly be any worse. No bathroom with running water. No electricity. No cozy bed to curl up in each night.

“Let me guess,” she said through clenched teeth. It didn’t matter how cute Chip was, he could really be an annoying little shit when he wanted to be. “You’re staying here, right?” No way was Mr. Hot Shot Producer roughing it like she was being forced to.

“No, myself and a handful of other production people will be staying with you in a production base camp. We have tents and a little kitchen and even a couple of camping showers. Don’t worry, Zoe, you won’t be alone.”

“Oh, good, so there will be someone to hear me scream when I get eaten by a bear.” He laughed.

She didn’t.

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Mar
12
2015

Book Spotlight with Kristina Knight

Kristina Knight is a fellow Crimson Romance author and she’s also got a new and fantastic new trilogy box set — Texas Wishes! I’ve already read the first in the series, What a Texas Girl Wants, and it was so, so good. I can’t wait to read the others! You can grab your copy for only $0.99!!! And right now, Amazon has it on for only $0.76!!

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9781440590009Kristina Knight turns up the heat under the Texas sun with three cowboys ready to rope your heart and the feisty ladies who wrangle them. Enjoy a boot-stomping good time with these captivating couples.

What a Texas Girl Wants: The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl like Kathleen Witte, so why did he just wake up next to her on a Mexican beach with a ring on his finger? Once they’re back in Texas though, this all-business marriage might just turn into an all-consuming love.

What a Texas Girl Needs: Matias Barnes knows all about society women like Vanessa Witte. It’s part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. But while Mat knows she’s so not right for him, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?

What a Texas Girl Dreams: They are opposites in so many ways, but the more veterinarian Trickett Samuels gets to know footloose and fancy free Monica Witte, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.

Reviewer’s Comments:

“Filled with enough drama, suspense and passion, this is one romance story that will keep your interest as Kathleen and Jackson’s love story unfolds” ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews, What a Texas Girl Wants, 5 stars

“What a Texas Girl Wants was a fun read. Kristina Knight did a fabulous job with this story, it had the right amount of sexy & emotional to keep me engaged to the end” ~ What a Texas Girl Wants, Harlequin Junkie, 5 stars

“I love when a cast draws me in so much I stay up way past bedtime to see how they’ll get themselves out of their troubles. Vanessa was a riot, Mat was a hunky mystery, and I actually *cared* about all the secondary players in the background” ~ RomCom Lover, What a Texas Girl Needs, 5 stars

“Kristina Knight doesn’t hold back on the sass, emotion, and passion, keeping her readers riveted right up until they reach The End” ~ Aimee Carson, author of Secret History of a Good Girl and How to Win the Dating War

“This book is hot, steamy and entertaining” ~ Harlequin Junkie, What a Texas Girl Dreams, 4 1/2 stars

“What a Texas Girl Dreams is a fast, passionate beach read, perfect for an afternoon by the pool” ~ Manga Maniac Cafe, 4 1/2 stars

About the Author:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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Mar
10
2015

It’s Party Time with Giveaways!

Make your Friday 13thHey everyone,

This Friday the 13th, myself and 7 other authors are celebrating the releases of our Crimson Romance box sets with a Facebook party!! You can chat with each of the authors during a 30 minute block throughout the evening. Each author will be giving away their own goodies!! And the last 30 minutes of the evening is a big old chat with all of us!! My slotted time is 9-9:30 and I hope you’ll come hang out with me! Here’s the full schedule:

Chat Schedule:

6:00-6:30 ~ Elley Arden  
6:30-7:00 ~ Kristina Knight  
7:00-7:30 ~ Nicole Flockton & Robyn Neeley  
7:30-8:00 ~ Monica Tillery  
8:00-8:30 ~ Peggy Bird
8:30-9:00 ~ Holley Trent
9:00-9:30 ~ Heather Thurmeier
9:30-10:00 ~ Open chat with all!

The party will run from 6-10pm EST but the giveaways will be open until Midnight for you night owl partiers. Be sure to click on the link below (or the graphic above) and RSVP for the party right now so you don’t miss out on all the Friday the 13th fun! And be sure to tell your friends. The party is open to everyone and the more the merrier!

FACEBOOK PARTY LINK!

Hope to see you all there!

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Mar
09
2015

Deadline Dishes with Irene Preston — Linguine with Tuna, Capers, and Raisins

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This week I have the fantastic Irene Preston joining me with one of her fabulous recipes! Irene is an amazing author and her new book looks great! She’s a fellow Give Me a Taste Author and this new one from her sounds too delicious to miss. And I’m not just talking about her recipe!

Irene_Preston_12_300Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

Irene loves to socialize. Stop by and say hello at any of her sites!

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So that’s the “official” bio! Real-life is slightly less rose-colored, especially when I’m on deadline.  My first foodie romance, A Taste of You, releases this week, but I didn’t bring a recipe from the book because Carlo & Garrett have major cooking skills and this is deadline dishes. Yep, when I’m on deadline, the fams are lucky if I remember to stock peanut butter and bread so they won’t starve. (Okay, slight exaggeration. My husband, Bones, is actually a great cook and will pick up the slack sometime).

Anyway, the tuna pasta recipe I brought today is a stand-by for me as a quick meal. It can be assembled in under 30 minutes, and I keep the ingredients on hand so I always have a last-minute back-up plan.

 

LINGUINE WITH TUNA, CAPERS, AND RAISINS

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried linguine
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (confession – I keep a massive jar of minced garlic from the store in the fridge rather than chopping fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12-oz) can solid white albacore tuna in water (drained)
  • 1/3 cup drained bottled capers (packed in brine; from a 3-oz jar)
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh curly-leaf parsley

 Directions:

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • When you drain the pasta, reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta and return to pot.
  • While pasta cooks, heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking and cook onions and garlic with salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in tuna, capers, raisins, parsley, and reserved cooking water. Add tuna mixture to pasta, tossing to combine, and serve immediately.

That’s it! Super, super, super easy.

Oh! The other thing that I love about this recipe is that you can substitute almost anything.

Linguine – almost any pasta will work. I don’t recommend angel hair or anything exceptionally thin

Fresh onion – frozen onion (you can buy this in the freezer section, or chop onions and freeze for emergencies)

Garlic – 3 fresh garlic cloves

Albacore – any canned tuna

Capers – olives – you can even use salad olives

Golden raisins – black raisins or currents (although the golden really are best)

Parsley – okay- if you must you can substitute dried parsley flakes (maybe a ¼ cup?), but fresh parsley is the one thing I find really makes a difference in this dish. I try and keep some growing so I have it on hand for recipes, or if I am short I always pick it up at the market.

Note: I originally found this recipe in Gourmet magazine and you can find it on Epicurious.com (along with a better picture).

 

FD_IrenePreston_ATasteofYou325x488A TASTE OF YOU

Hell’s Kitchen has nothing on the flames Giancarlo and Garrett ignite at Restaurant Ransom…

Garrett Ransom is America’s hot chef du jour. He has a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a hit reality TV show, and a new man in his bed every week. Yes, he secretly thinks his business partner, Giancarlo “Carlo” Rotolo, is hotter than a ghost pepper, but he would never jeopardize their friendship with a fling. Then Garrett overhears some juicy gossip among the crew and realizes he’ll have to break Giancarlo’s cardinal rule, no banging the staff – for Carlo’s own good, of course. Just a taste of Carlo should be plenty. Long-term relationships aren’t on Garrett’s menu.

Giancarlo’s been in love with Garrett forever. He’s sure Garrett will eventually realize they are destined to be more than business partners. But when Garrett installs his latest boyfriend as their new chef d’cuisine and announces plans to leave Carlo in New York while he opens a second restaurant on the west coast, Carlo is forced to re-evaluate his life.

Can a high-strung British chef and a nice Italian boy from Brooklyn find the perfect fusion of fine-dining and family-style?

 

Read the full first chapter on IrenePreston.com

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