Ann talks Valentine Kisses and Keto cookies
I love cooking and it may come as no surprise that I include this in some of my stories. We’re off to America for a family holiday in May so most of the recipes I’m trying are either sugarless or keto. If I can drop another 3 kilos, I’ll be happy. That way I can eat my way around America and not fret over the extra weight I know I’m going to put on.
Valentine Kisses is the second in the Moore Sisters of Montana and features a hot fireman and a celebrity chef. Bella Moore thought she had everything she ever wanted. The host of a hit reality show, she's at the top of her career. So when her show goes on hiatus for six months and she finally has downtime, she decides to return to her roots and visit her sister in Cherry Lake. What she doesn't expect is to love the town and the temporary chef position she's taken on at the Lake Hotel.
Jake Woods is focused on his son and his job as the local fire chief. Things are moving along nicely until the new chef at the Lake Hotel almost burns the place down. Jake knows that Bella inherited a mess from the chef before her and he's keen to help her.
After weeks of working together in tight quarters, Jake and Bella can't ignore the sparks between them. But Bella's stay in Cherry Lake is only temporary and Jake still hasn't recovered from losing his wife a few years ago. They'll have to decide whether or not the flame between them can survive without the heat of the kitchen.
I’ve signed an agreement with an LA producer who is keen on getting Valentine Kisses made into film which will be incredible exciting. To keep up with progress, you can sign up to my newsletter here www.annbharrison.net and follow the journey with me.
For those that love to cook, here is my latest ‘go to’ for something sweet and diet friendly. Be sure to double the recipe. The first time I made them my daughters attacked them like a flock of hungry seagulls and the grandkids took a bag each to school for snacks. I guess that makes them a family favorite already!
Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup salted peanut butter
6 ( only used 3) Tbsp sweetener like Stevia
¼ cup toasted almond flour. (I use a mix of almond and coconut and toasted it in a dry pan)
1 large egg.
Mix all together. It will be thick and dense.
Scoop onto baking sheet and press down with a fork in both directions giving it a criss- cross pattern. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, leave to cool on the baking sheet. They’re very soft but firm up when cool.
Best-selling author, Ann B Harrison has the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run wild, the lush wine growing region of the Hunter Valley in Australia. She alternates her time between writing western romances, romantic suspense and walking her dog, Chilli.
Two kinds of hero make Ann to a mass of nerves. The hot cowboy with a slow sexy drawl (she used to live out in the desert where they were more common than where she lives now) and a man in a kilt. Imagine Jamie Fraser and you’ll understand why. She can’t wait to visit Scotland where she can get her fill of the tartan clad hotties for, um, research purposes, of course.
In the meantime, her dear husband puts up with her talking to her characters and getting lost in worlds only she can imagine as she battles to bring stories to the page for everyone to enjoy.
You can find Ann on Facebook here - https://bit.ly/2UUWaZW
Her website – www.annbharrison.net
Amazon page - https://amzn.to/2sX4wF5
Notice some changes here on the blog?
I've been running this blog since 2012 if you can believe that. That's a long time and during that time not much has changed. Same banner, same style, same look but the truth is, I've changed since 2012 so I thought it was time to update my site to reflect that.
I love my old look and banner but it was reflective of the books I used to write and the covers I had then. It's funny because people tell me they love the illustrated stand alone covers but those books just don't sell in 2019. I wanted the blog and the site to show readers who stop by now, most of whom find me from my more recent books, to find a site that matches the books they've read. So I've had a new logo made and I'm doing a little revamp. I'm still tweaking a few things but let me know what you think in the comments below.
It's also release week for Flight Bound, A Sweet Valentine's Romance. I got the idea for this book when I was on a plane one day and I was in the very front row opposite two flight attendants who were discussing their personal lives. It was fascinating. I had to pretend to read a magazine because they were right there and otherwise all I could do was stare at them and listen. It got me thinking how weird it would be if I recognised one of them but they didn't recognise me and from that idea Flight Bound was born.
Here's the blurb for Flight Bound, A Sweet Valentine's Novella
He was her first kiss, she was his first love - a decade later and she's a broken-hearted flight attendant who has sworn off men and he's the guy determined not to be relegated to to the friend-zone again.
A chance encounter on a commuter flight brings Mel back into Tucker's life again and while he's excited to see her it's clear she has other things on her mind, like the ex who just dumped her.
Mel needs a break from men and anyway, Tucker is everything Mel doesn't usually go for in a man - he's smart, he's kind and he's fun - but he's Tucker the boy the next door. He's totally not her type or is he?
Can Tucker convince Mel to take a chance on him this Valentine's Day or will this relationship be grounded before it even takes flight?
Get your copy today
If you follow me on Facebook or get my newsletter you'll know I'm involved in a couple of Valentine's Hops with some great prizes. You should definitely pop over there and get involved.
I'm also part of a multi-author Instagram promo (click here or the image below to enter) and Any Way You Want It is free until Feb 15th 2019 as are the books in the February Free For all promo (click here or the image to discover new authors)
I hope you enter some competitions, download some books and revisit my revamped blog often.
2/4/2019 0 Comments
Thanks for your welcome, Monique. It’s lovely to be here.
When my thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day the first thing I think of is roses. But food always figures highly. Magazines are full of what to cook, more pink recipes than you can shake a stick at, and suggestions for the most romantic restaurants to dine at.
There’s no doubt that food and sex, and by extension love, are inextricably linked. The experience of falling in love is tactile, using all the senses. Our scent receptors are as open to pheromones as to the aroma of beautifully cooked food. Both make our mouths water. And it’s unsurprising that we describe desirable physical characteristics in terms of food: peach or strawberry coloured lips, chestnut coloured hair, almond shaped eyes and cheeks like apples.
On Valentine’s Day I enjoy cooking something special at home rather than dining out. I’ll push beyond my usual efforts, choose a special recipe or two and use the best ingredients I can find. I’ll pull out my best china and linen, light candles and make sure the table looks pretty. All of this shows care and love.
Food abounds in my sweet Valentine’s Day novella, Miss Valentine’s Love Emporium. Lexie Valentine has been taken in and protected by the small town of Carter’s Crossing and on this special day each year she expresses her love for the townspeople by throwing a huge party in the vacant emporium she rents as a pop-up. In doing this she demonstrates her belief in love in the face of a traumatic past experience.
Ethan Taylor is a world-weary big city divorce lawyer with a jaded view of love but he has been roped into taking his elderly grandmother to Lexie’s party. He arrives at the party, carrying his grandmother’s contribution:
“At one end of the counter two tall stacks of mismatched floral plates were flanked by small buckets of cutlery, the old fashioned kind with bone handles buffed shiny with age. Piles of old linen napkins in cream and pastel shades, carefully starched and ironed, sat beside them. He placed the pavlova on the counter together with the other offerings. He’d forgotten the largesse of a country gathering. Not for them the large white platters holding wispy herbal fronds and miniscule pieces of food that he was served at smart city functions. The counter groaned with plates loaded with cakes and sandwiches, fruit platters and cheese boards.”
May Valentine’s Day bring you flowers and delicious food but most of all love and happiness!
You can follow Lexie and Ethan on their journey by selecting your favourite retailer here: https://books2read.com/u/49P6gM
Louise Reynolds is an author of contemporary romantic fiction.
On receiving her library card at the age of six she borrowed her first book, an illustrated story about onions. Over the years she progressed from vegetables to romance. It was a logical step to take her love of romance novels to the next stage and tell her own stories.
Set in both the city and Australia’s outback, her books have been described as warm and witty feel-good reads.
Let’s connect on social media: