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.

Oh man, I don’t know what sounds better—the pie or Jayne’s book!

 When it comes to love, she’s a professional skeptic. Is it too late for a career change?

If there’s one thing Georgiana Down is an expert in, it’s bad relationships. That’s what inspired her blog, Down on Love, where she gives snarky advice–usually along the lines of “dump him.” In fact, George is abstaining from men all together. At least that’s the plan–until she makes a trip back to her tiny hometown in the Catskills, where meddling is an art form. . .

George loves helping out with her new baby niece, but she’s counting the days until she returns to Boston. Then she runs into Casey Bowen, her high school crush. The boy she once loved is now a handsome grown man–and suddenly George needs a little advice of her own. She’s in the right place, because when she drunk posts on her blog, everyone in Marsden has something to say about George and Casey. It’s like high school all over again–but maybe this time she’ll get things right.

You can grab your copy at:

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Feb
03
2014

Big February Sale!!

For the whole month of February, all my Crimson Romance titles are on sale for only $1.99 each instead of $4.99!!! That’s a $3 saves per book!! If you haven’t read the series yet, now’s your chance to get all three books for less than the price of one paperback!! Grab your copy of these Kindle Bestsellers today!

Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought—and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke.

After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day.

Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation.

BUY IT NOW AT AMAZON!

 

 

Paige Anderson agrees to be on a new reality show called Treasure Trekkers, a show where contestants use handheld GPS units to find hidden caches filled with prizes, with her good friend Cassidy. But when Cassidy is unable to compete, Chip Cormack, the show’s producer, steps in with a last-minute replacement to be Paige’s partner – Zoe Oliver, reality TV’s favorite bad girl.

Jack Miles (aka Miles) is a mountain climber with the body to prove it. Miles convinced his climbing partner Ben to come on the show with him for one reason – to prove to Ben that they can still hike together, regardless of the fact that Ben lost his foot in a tragic accident. Miles isn’t about to let anything get in his way of winning – not even beautiful Paige.

But when Miles and Paige are thrown into an alliance with their teammates, working closely together leads to more than just good strategy. Can Paige steal Miles’ heart while surviving Zoe long enough to win the game?

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Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens.

When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

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Jan
29
2014

Cover Reveal! Pinch of Me, Dash of You

My foodie romance is coming out in 2015 from Fated Desires Publishing as part of their Give me a Taste line! Even though PINCH OF ME, DASH OF YOU is almost a full year away, I already have the cover! My publisher is awesome! So without further ado, here’s my beautiful cover!! It’s just a little tease for the delicious story that’s to follow…

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Jan
27
2014

Lost Without You is now in PRINT!!!

 

Hi all, I love having exciting news to share and today is no different… LOST WITHOUT YOU, the 3rd book in my Reality TV Romance series is now available for order in PRINT!!! If you still love reading paper books, now is you chance to grab a copy of Zoe’s story! Buy it from AMAZON HERE!!

Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens. When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

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Jan
24
2014

Friday Reads — 1/24/14

TGIF!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a weekend full of hanging out with the family, seeing friends and reading! Here’s what I’m reading right now:

1. Impact by Douglas Preston. I’m only about 80 pages in, but so far so good. I’ve read a couple of his other books and loved them! They are very adventurous and exciting. I’m hoping this one is the same.

2. RITA Award books! I’m currently reading book 3 of the 7 I was assigned to judge. I’d love to tell you which ones, but that’s not allowed. ;) The RITA Awards are for romance novels/novellas. Every year a couple thousand books get entered into the contest, they are read by RWA members like myself (this is my first year judging!!), then the finalists are chosen and go on to a second round of judging. The winners of the RITA Awards in each of the categories are announced at the big RWA conference during the summer. This year it’s in San Antonio, TX. I’m currently not scheduled to go since finding childcare is challenging and hubs isn’t sure he can get time off work. But who knows, maybe I’ll end up there this year too so I can see who wins as it all unfolds!

Family Reads:

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows. So far my little one is really enjoying the book! She’s reading it on her own with just a little help from us. I’m so proud of her!

So what are you reading??

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Jan
17
2014

Escape to My Arms… Part 2… A SEQUEL!!!

Thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed Sara and Dane’s story, Escape to My Arms! I’m so thrilled that each and everyone one of you took the time to read my book. :)

And then you told me—via email and reviews—that you felt Sara and Dane’s story left you with unanswered questions. I was a little surprised, honestly. When I wrote Escape to My Arms, I really felt like Sara had accomplished her goal and even found love along the way. I thought the story was finished. I personally liked that their story is open-ended. We don’t know what is going to happen to them next since their world has become an unrecognizable place, but they have each other and sometimes that’s all you need.

But you, my loyal readers, needed more apparently. LOL. :)

So I listened. I wrote a continuation of Sara and Dane’s story. I looked at the questions you had at the end of Escape to My Arms: What was life in the bunker like? Did Sara’s family make it to the bunker? What about that virus? Did Sara and Dane really find true love?

I soon realized YOU WERE RIGHT!! Sara and Dane’s story wasn’t finished. So I did the only thing I could do—I followed Sara and Dane as they took me on a journey to the end of their story. And let me tell you, it was a ride!

I’m thrilled to tell you SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE was just contracted by Decadent Publishing!!! I hope you’ll have all the answers you’re looking for and so much more. And I really hope you’ll join me on Sara and Dane’s next journey. Until I have a release date and a cover, I’ll leave you with just this blurb…

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.

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Jan
14
2014

Deadline Dishes — Penne a la Vodka

Penne a la vodka also sounds so fancy when I see it on a menu. And I’m sure if you’re Italian and actually know how to make the real thing, it probably is a bit fancy. But I have a cheap, easy and super quick version that my family loves! It might not be fancy, but it’s definitely delicious!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 jar Marinara sauce
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1 box Pasta of your choice (I prefer penne or farfalle)
  • Optional: Cooked chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese
  • Instructions:
  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. While pasta is cooking, combine both jars of sauce into one pot and heat, stirring often.
  • 3. Toss cooked pasta with sauce, add cheese (to taste) and chopped cooked chicken breast if desired.
  • 4. Serve as is or put into an oven safe dish, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 325F just until cheese is melted.

The finished dish, served with caesar salad.

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Jan
13
2014

Love on Landing is .99 cents!

Hi all,

Love on Landing (book 2 of the Meadow Ridge Romance series) is on sale, this week only, for just $0.99c!! How awesome is that! Grab it while you can because by next week, it’ll go back up to it’s regular price of $2.99. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY TODAY! Happy reading!

How about checking out the blurb and an excerpt too?!

New Adult Romance — Content intended for age 18+

Tali’s always had everything a girl from The Meadow could want: fancy cars, designer labels, and a last name that carries some serious clout. Too bad it’s not enough to keep her boyfriend—ex-boyfriend!—from cheating on her. Now Tali’s on a mission to make herself feel better, starting with a spontaneous trip to Paris for some much needed retail therapy.

Gavin could think of a million things he’d rather do than fly a rich girl from The Meadow to Paris. Now he’s stuck with her for a week, acting like her personal assistant, and it just might be the most frustrating time of his life… and strangely the most enjoyable too. There’s just something about Tali he can’t ignore.

When Tali’s forced to choose between her family’s expectations and Gavin’s belief that she should stand up for herself and what she really wants, she’s not sure she’s strong enough for either option. If she chooses wrong, does she risk losing the other forever?

“What was that groan for?” She turned to him, eying him as if he were a mystery she had to solve.

He stopped out front of her door and dropped the bags he was carrying. Surely, she could take them from there. “Nothing.” He turned to leave before they could get into another argument.

“Don’t say that.” She called after him, teasingly. “It’s always something. Just say what’s on your mind. I’m a big girl. I can take whatever you’re dishing out tonight.”

He turned back to her. Why couldn’t she drop it? Why couldn’t she let it go so he didn’t have to say something he didn’t really want to say?

“Come on, Gavin. Get it off your chest.” Her eyes were half-lidded from the alcohol, but the fire behind them still burned hot. “Mmm, yes, your chest. We wouldn’t want anything tarnishing that now would we?”

“You, okay? You’re my problem.” He cringed. The words hurt him to say, but they were the truth.

“What about me?” she questioned, taking a step toward him. She put her hands on her hips, challenging him.

Why did everything have to turn into a grudge match with this girl? Well he wasn’t going to back down this time. He was going to say what was on his mind and then maybe she’d finally get the message.

“Everything. Everything is always about you. Don’t you see?”

She sucked in a quick breath. “Why, because I asked you to go shopping with me?”

“No.” Gavin took another step closer, hoping maybe he could get her to actually listen to what he said instead of only hearing the words but not the meaning. “Because you don’t seem to care or realize not everyone is as rich and materialistic as you are.”

“I do realize and care, thank you very much.” She straightened her shoulders and stood tall as if she were trying to make herself bigger than she was. She still barely came up to his shoulder, but it was sort of cute that she tried. If only she wasn’t so frustrating all the time, he might be able to enjoy her being this close to him. “I thought the watch would look good on you, that’s all. Excuse me for trying to add a little style to your otherwise boring wardrobe.”

Now she was going to get an earful. No one insulted his wardrobe. That was mean and uncalled for.

Gavin took a step forward, his chest almost touching hers as he towered over her. “I don’t really need your help, but thanks. I’m happy with my boring clothes and my fifty-dollar watch. Unlike you, I don’t need to prove my worth with a bunch of fancy trinkets.”

Tali jabbed her finger into his chest, poking his breastbone hard with a sharp fingernail. Her touch wasn’t all together unpleasant, but he would have enjoyed it more if she were touching him in a slightly different manner. Say a gentle scratch along his ribs with those nails instead. Now he wanted to groan for another reason. The fantasies starting to flood his mind were tempting. Very tempting.

“I am not trying to prove my worth to anyone. You don’t know anything about me.”

“Don’t I?” He edged closer to her, unable to resist the draw of her temper fighting him, pushing him. He wanted to tame her temper. “Don’t I know you’ll buy whatever you want, spend without considering the cost, and assume everyone else wants to do the same?”

Tali pushed her hand flat against his chest in an attempt to make him step back, but he held his ground and the only thing she succeeded in was finding his pounding heartbeat beneath her hand. She paused for a moment, and he held his breath waiting to see what she’d do next. He didn’t have to wait long. She followed the ridges of his toned muscle, her fingertips brushing over the hard ripples of his stomach, sending a wave of electricity through him. He wanted her to keep going until she’d explored everything he had to offer. But she stopped.

“No.” She closed her eyes as if she tried to fight feelings she had for him. Possibly the same feelings he was unexpectedly feeling for her. Yet, she let her hand linger where it was, teasing him and torturing his flesh. “No you don’t know me at all.”

Tali took a deep breath, leveling her gaze on his. She suddenly looked too serious, like she was going into battle. “You think because you spend one day with me you know me, but you don’t. Sure I spend a little money, but there’s a lot more to me than that. Too bad you’re too much of an arrogant asshole to ever find out.”

Arrogant? She should talk.

Gavin narrowed his eyes at her, his gaze never straying from hers. “Maybe when you prove to me there’s more to you than money, I’ll finally believe it.”

“Maybe when you finally stop thinking you’re hot shit, I’ll have the chance to prove there’s more to me than you think, but right now I can’t seem to get out from behind your giant ego.” Tali’s chest heaved as she tried to catch her breath.

He watched mesmerized as her breasts fought against the tight corset he’d tied hours early. He suddenly wanted to rip the material from her body to free her of its confines.

Without thinking it through, Gavin crushed his mouth against hers, stealing her breath. He flicked his tongue across her lips and her mouth opened, inviting him in. He tangled his hand in her hair as he explored every crevice of her mouth then gently bit her lower lip.

Tali went limp in his arms and he held her tighter against his body, his hand pressed firmly into the small of her back, holding her to him—every hard inch. He moved against her, pressing her up to the wall beside her door. Even with her every contour melting into his, he still couldn’t get close enough to her to satisfy his growing need.

“Damn right I’m hot shit,” he muttered still kissing her and loving every second of how she responded to him. “And I plan on proving as much to you right now.”

He needed her. Damn it. She could ignite a flame in him so hot they might accidentally set the sheets on fire. That was fine with him. Tonight he was going to tame that smart mouth of hers.

“Gavin,” she said into his mouth. “Get the door.” She thrust a plastic keycard into his hand.

He broke away from their kiss and slammed the card into the lock, twisting the handle sharply when the light flickered to green. Pushing open the door with one hand, he pulled her through the opening with his other.

“The bags. I can’t leave them in the hall.”

“You and your stupid bags.” He growled not giving a hot damn about the bags, but he bent to grab them, throwing them through the doorway anyway. He didn’t want anything to distract them from this moment and if having her shopping bags safely inside would comfort Tali, then by all means, he’d bring the damn things into the room.

“Well I’m not about to leave that kind of merchandise out in the hall for people to take. I might be free with my spending, but I’m not going to throw money away.”

“If you say one more thing shopping related, I swear I’ll walk out of this room no matter what we’re in the middle of. Got it?”

“Got it.” She smirked. “So aren’t you supposed to be proving to me how hot you are right now? ‘Cause so far I’d say you’re still just about lukewarm.”

“Lukewarm, huh? Is that the best you can come up with?” He knew she was trying to goad him on, but his body responded regardless. Oh, he was going to prove how hot he was all right, even if doing so took all night—even if convincing her took multiple tries.

He let the door slam behind him and eyed Tali. She stood near the bed, her breathing fast as she watched him. He wanted to pounce on her like a cheetah claiming its prey, but he wouldn’t. Instead, he would let her sweat out the anticipation for a few moments longer.

Good God, the woman looked so damn hot he could barely stand the reaction she caused inside of him. With her fitted corset top showcasing the rounded mounds of her breasts, the skinny jean hugging her ass, and the knee-high black boots, she could have been some kind of modern day superwoman—her super power being the ability to seduce men with a single eyelash bat.

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Dec
19
2013

Lost Without You is .99c!!

ONLY on FRIDAY Dec 20th, and ONLY at AMAZON!!! 

Get LOST WITHOUT YOU for only .99cents but you have to hurry because the sale only lasts just the one day! Here’s what you’ll find inside the pages:

Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens. When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

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