Friday, April 21, 2017

Snuggle in with Sweet Romance


When it’s chilly outside, Snuggle In with Sweet Romance!

No matter where you are in the world, be it autumn breezes in the southern hemisphere or spring rains in the north, the weather these days is unpredictable, often chilly and wet.
How do you get comfortable on those cold and rainy days? You might curl up with a good book, a hot chocolate, and a nice warm blanket to snuggle under. What good book can I recommend?
 AUTUMN’S KISS!

The AUTUMN’S KISS anthology presents a variety of stories by sweet romance authors from around the globe and gives you an opportunity to discover some new favorites.
While romance readers in the southern hemisphere are enjoying autumn, 6 authors from the AUTUMN’S KISS anthology have teamed up to share recipes for their favorite comfort foods and invite you to share in the bounty!
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·        First, each blog in the hop provides a chance to win prizes direct from each author.
·        Second, visit every blog and you can be eligible for the $100 Grand Prize drawing or one of the runner-up prizes. 4 winners in all!
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My Comfort Food Recipe for Snuggling Up - I hope you enjoy!

Just the other day, a cold spell hit us. Yes, that's pretty relative where I live. I've just moved down to the coast where we enjoy a warm, subtropical climate, so cold is really cool. But it still gets the hunger bugs churning in the tummies. I was craving cream of tomato soup - the homemade kind, not the store-bought, synthetic kind. So, I found and adapted a recipe to make and it turned out delicious! What I liked about the recipe is that it didn't take hours to prepare so I could satisfy my craving pretty quickly.

Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup


INGREDIENTS:

2 carrots, chopped
Half a yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped and crushed
1½ tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons sugar (optional - it just cuts the sharp, acidic taste)
3 cups chicken broth (more to thin out the soup at the end as needed)
½ teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (I used about 7 fresh ones and blanched and pealed them)
½ cup cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Fry the carrots, onion, and garlic in the pan for 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add the tomato paste - stir for a few minutes until you can see/smell the tomato paste starting to brown and caramelize. Add the flour and stir for a minute or so.

Puree the tomatoes. Add the broth, thyme, salt and pepper, and tomatoes to the soup pot. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree in batches and return to the pot. Add cream and reheat. Serve with buttered toast fingers.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spotlight on Cathy Padilla's A Taste for Love

Today, I want to welcome fellow Clean Reads author, Cathy Padilla, to my blog. She's talking about her sweet romance, A Taste for Love.



A Taste for Love


A Clean Romance, by Cathy Padilla



Sarah Texmara runs The Club, an upscale country club at the Jersey Shore, with the same planned determination she guards her wounded heart. Having made the decision to avoid love at all cost, she finds herself blackmailed into an engagement to save her father and the very thing he has valued more than her mother's love – the family land that houses the country club. At the moment she finally resigns herself to her fate Sarah is caught off guard by the dashingly handsome Luke Patterson. Sarah needs to choose between her own desires or protecting a long covered family scandal, all while learning that love is sometimes worth the risk.

Luke Patterson is a skilled investigator with his own secret to protect. What started as a favor for a family-friend turns into a race against the clock to save the woman he loves from sacrificing her existence to a man seeking to destroy her family's legacy and possess her inheritance. He can keep her from danger, he has captured her desire, but will he be able to help her overcome her fear of true love?

Can Sarah and Luke find the answers to their needs together?


Buy Links:


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Taste-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZYM2WL8

​or at Barnes & Noble: ​http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-taste-for-love-cathy-padilla/1126229738?ean=2940157307035


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