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Butter Mochi

Forever Strong
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True Heroes #6

February 2020
On Sale: January 28, 2020
304 pages
ISBN: 1538759608
EAN: 9781538759608
Kindle: B07RKSTGCY
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Also by Piper J. Drake:
Gaming Grace, April 2020
Forever Strong, February 2020
Fierce Justice, March 2019
Total Bravery, May 2018


Welcome to the Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup! Follow along all week for great authors, delicious food, awesome books, and fun book giveaways. Each day, two authors will share a recipe they think their main characters would enjoy together. We hope you enjoy, add some meals to your recipe collections, and learn about some fabulous books along the way! 


Piper J. Drake’s Butter Mochi

In FOREVER STRONG, just released January 28, Ying Yue, has been kidnapped and subsequently rescued by Zu, leader of the Search and Protect team. She’s made welcome by Pua with snacks and refreshing drinks. Later, Kalea cooks for the team and the food she provides represents safety and a sense of home. As the chemistry between Ying Yue and Zu grows stronger, Zu finds himself wishing he could cook some of his favorite dishes for her.

Food, the sharing of it, and the heart that might go into the cooking of it is a key element in the way I build my characters and their relationships. It can bring together a team and give you the sense of family, either born or found.

Butter mochi is a Hawaiian treat made with sweet rice flour, resulting in chewy, buttery bars. Some recipes add coconut flakes that result in a toasted, crisp top to this chewy bite. This treat is tasty without being too sweet and it is so simple to make.

In the True Heroes series, these treats are a favorite with both Arin and Mali, made by Kalea. Pua loves them too. They make a great snack or dessert, or even breakfast. No one from the Search and Protect team will judge.


1/2 cup Butter, melted

(plus butter for greasing pan)

5 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla paste or extract

3 cups Whole milk

1 lb Mochiko sweet rice flour

1 tsp Baking powder

2 1/2 cups White sugar

1 cup Coconut, sweetened flaked


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter.

Melt 1/2 cup butter. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, then whisk in vanilla and milk.

In a separate larger bowl, stir together the sweet rice flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Pour egg mixture into sweet rice flour mixture and stir to blend.

Mix in melted butter and coconut flakes. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour in the preheated oven.

Cool completely, then cut into squares to serve.

*for more Piper recipes, follow her on Patreon ( – all recipes are available to the public while subscribers get access to bonus cooking videos by Piper!


COMMENT TO WIN: Tell us your favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day and you'll be entered to win a prize pack of Total Bravery and Fierce Justice, the two previous books in the True Heroes series. Open to US only; GOOD LUCK! And remember: check back later today and all week long for chances to win books from our wonderful Recipe Roundup Authors!


FOREVER STRONG by Piper J. Drake

True Heroes #6

Forever Strong

On the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, not all is paradise in this high-stakes, action-packed romantic suspense.

He'll risk his life for her . . . but will he risk his heart?
Jiang Ying Yue assumed her kidnapping was random, that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After all, who would want to harm her? But then her rescuer---a charismatic former soldier who takes her breath away---uncovers a traitor in her father's organization. Now, Ying Yue realizes that she's become a pawn in a dangerous game, and her kidnapper won't be satisfied until she disappears for good.

Zu Anyanwu's work with Search and Protect and his canine partner Buck have always been his first priority . . . until he's tasked with keeping Ying Yue safe. To him, the brave and resilient investment expert is more than just another client. But with danger closing in, Zu can't let his emotions get in the way of the most important job he's ever had---protecting the woman he loves.

Romance Military | Romance Suspense [Forever, On Sale: January 28, 2020, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781538759608 / eISBN: 9781538759615]

About Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.

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22 comments posted.

Re: Piper J. Drake | Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup: FOREVER STRONG + Giveaway!

We never enjoy fighting the crowds at restaurants on
Valentine's Day. We prefer to stay home and prepare a special
dinner, usually surf and turf, with nice wine and whatever
special dessert we decide to make.
(Patricia Barraclough 1:49am February 10)

as a server, I have to work on this holiday (so treat YOUR
server RIGHT!)
(Martin Bodnar 7:50am February 10)

Spending alone time with my husband even if it's just to
watch a movie.
(Tina Rucci 9:00am February 10)

a nice dinner out with not kids just adults
(Vickie Couturier 11:00am February 10)

OMG I want that dessert bar and I could eat for breakfast!
(Sara Reyes 11:40am February 10)

My favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day is just quality time with my husband. It can be a nice meal out or even a nice dinner at home.
(Heather Amos 2:00pm February 10)

Since I am single I take my great niece & great nephew for the night or weekend and let them go out and the kids & do cool movie & dinner together
(Cynthia St. Germain 6:53pm February 10)

I usually enjoy a book from my tbr...
(Colleen Conklin 8:22pm February 10)

Just spending the day together is always special for us -
year in and out.
(Nancy Reynolds 12:00pm February 11)

My husband and I will take a long walk along the beach (Atlantic Ocean). In the evening we will make our favorite foods and end with an ice cream sundae treat. We don't exchange gifts as we both hate to shop.
(Laurie Gommermann 9:37am February 12)

We make a nice family meal.
(Tracy Urschler 9:02pm February 12)

Chocolate and a good book and wishing a Happy Valentine's
Day to mom and my adult age kids.
(Alyson Widen 11:56pm February 13)

We are not fond of fighting crowds on Valentine's so we stay
at home and prepare a meal together, open a favorite bottle
of wine and settle in and watch movies. Nice, quiet and
(Denise Hendrickson 2:14pm February 14)

A quiet dinner at home with a favorite meal, candles and soft
music playing. We have been married 30 years, so we are
happy with a low key Valentine's Day now.
(Jamie Gillespie 2:23pm February 14)

Spending quality time with my husband.
(Blanche Nixon 2:34pm February 14)

Walking to a fun restaurant downtown, talking and people
(Nancy Krueger 2:40pm February 14)

Since it's my birthday, I enjoy spending time with loved ones. A box of chocolate doesn't hurt, either.
(Latesha Ballard 3:10pm February 14)

We usually go eat out for my birthday on the 11th, then
on the 14th I cook steaks and baked potatoes. For
dessert, either strawberry cheesecake or chocolate cake.
My husband passed away in 2015 so this year it is only my
boys and myself but I still plan on doing out annual
steak and potatoes. My youngest son surprised me with
Chocolate dipped strawberries from the grocery store
where he works. They are delicious and HUGE.
(Suzie Quebedeaux 3:15pm February 14)

Every Valentine's Day, my husband and I purchase roses from
our local Volunteer Firemen (their big annual fund raiser)
and then distribute the roses to a few elderly widows that
we know. The ladies love it and we have so much fun!
(Lisa Sabatini 7:24pm February 14)

We celebrate by going out to dinner or going to a concert or some other activity
in the area.
(Joy Isley 12:54pm February 15)

Movie at home and takeout!
(Teresa Warner 9:21pm February 15)

A quick dinner out.
(Lori Byrd 7:35pm February 16)

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