Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup! Every day this
week, some of our favorite authors will be on the blog chatting about their new
books, their main characters, and a recipe for a meal or treat those characters
would enjoy this festive week. Today we are joined by paranormal romance authors
from Sourcebooks Casablanca! Enjoy, and come back tomorrow for more fun!
Missed our previous roundup posts? Check them out here!
TERRY SPEAR, YOU
HAD ME AT JAGUAR
Jaguar agent Howard Armstrong has a mission, protect Valerie Chambers at all
costs while they take down the bad guys in the tropical country of Belize. The
romance just happens. He wants to do a lot more than guard her hot body. Still,
when in Belize, taking a moment to have a really special dinner with the woman
who has stolen his heart—they start off the meal with shrimp cocktails—jaguars
love seafood. Medium rare steaks are perfect for hungry big cats. A baked potato
topped with all the good stuff—sour cream, butter, cheese, chives. Grilled
asparagus and slices of avocado for their human halves. Cabernet Sauvignon to
make the night even smoother. Candlelight on the deck of their cabin while they
listen to all the jungle noises. And the finale? Cheesecake topped with cherries.
Of course, shrimp, asparagus, avocado, cherries, and wine are aphrodisiacs so
that makes the night even more special. After that? A swim in the crystalclear
waters of Belize? Jaguars love the water, so that's a given. What follows is
left to your imagination!
Sour Cream Cheesecake
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 dash salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
- 1 cup sour cream
- Cherry pie filling
- Crust: Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup
sugar in a medium bowl.
- Press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan.
- Refrigerate the crust while making the filling.
- Filling: Combine the cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, salt, beaten eggs, and
1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed for 5 minutes.
- Pour the filling into the spring-form pan over the graham cracker crumb
- Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
- Cool 30 minutes before adding the sour cream topping.
- Topping: Mix the sour cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla
together in a small bowl. Pour and spread on top of the slightly cooled
- Bake for 10 more minutes at 350°F. Cool to room temperature and then place
in refrigerator to chill before serving.
Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Gather the ingredients.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the chocolate chips and whipping
cream, stirring constantly. Continue to cook while stirring constantly, until
the chocolate chips have melted and the sauce is smooth.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Stir to
- Serve the sauce warm or cooled over cheesecake.
- Top with drizzles of chocolate and cherries.
Fun fact: my mother would make this with red and green cherries topping the
cheesecake for Christmas.
Meet Tess Bailey: rebel, captain, Nightchaser. Tess and her ragtag crew aboard
the Endeavor scour the galaxy in search of supplies and medicine to aid
the needy and help bolster the rebellion in its fight against the tyrannical
Overseer—who just happens to be Tess's father. She's wanted, dead or alive, and
not only for her thieving ways and fighting spirit. Tess has in her possession
the one thing everyone wants—and that could turn the tide of war forever.
Meet Shade Ganavan: mechanic, rogue, bounty hunter.
Shade needs just one more big job in order to buy back the birthright he lost a
decade earlier and get out of the business of bounty hunting for good. But
meeting Tess Bailey throws a monkey wrench into his long-term plans when he
agrees to help repair her damaged ship before he realizes that she's his next
target. What's the bigger prize? The money he so desperately needs or Tess
herself? Some decisions are far from easy…
Tess and Shade both have nerves of steel and never shy away from a challenge,
which is why I think they would enjoy making this baklava recipe together. It's
not for the faint of heart, but it's oh so worth it! And the baklava syrup calls
for honey, a sweet and decadent food that plays a special role in
This recipe has been used in my family for three generations and comes from the
famous Nicholas Tselementes cookbook, Greek Cookery.
Enjoy! I'm sure Tess and Shade would!
- 4 sticks butter, melted
- 6 cups ground walnuts
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground clove
- 1 package phyllo
Make Walnut/Spice Mixture
Grind walnuts in a "Mouli" grinder or a food processor to make 6 cups. Place in
large bowl; mix in cinnamon & clove. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 4 sticks butter. Butter a 9" x 13" glass
Step 1: Place a sheet of phyllo in baking dish, draping sheets over the edges of
the dish. Sprinkle with butter. Repeat till you have 4 layers of buttered phyllo
on the bottom of dish.
Step 2: On top of 4th layer, sprinkle a thin layer of walnut/spice mix.
Step 3: Place another 2 layers of buttered phyllo on top of walnut/spice mix.
Repeat layers of walnuts and 2 sheets of phyllo until all the walnut mixture is
Fold the phyllo that is draped over the sides of the baking pan over the top of
the walnut/spice mixture & butter edges. Cover with another 6 layers of
phyllo, buttering each layer. Tuck edges of each sheet down the sides of the
dish as if you were wrapping a package.
Butter the top layer & sprinkle with a little cold water to make a crispy
crust. Cut top crust into squares or diamond shapes before baking, but do not
cut all the way to the bottom.
Bake 45-60 minutes or until golden. Cool completely before adding syrup.
Syrup for Baklava
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 1½ cups honey
Combine above ingredients except for the honey & simmer for 25 minutes. Then
add 1½ cups honey. Pour immediately over cooled baklava.
AMANDA HEGER, CRAZY CUPID LOVE
As a rule, Eliza doesn't cook when other people are around.
Eliza doesn't even enter a kitchen when other people are around. Between her
clumsy nature and overabundant Cupid powers, there's too much risk. All it
takes is one dropped can of corn and boom: her cooking companion thinks
they're in love with her. But when Jake Sanders—Eliza's childhood best friend
and current crush—is around, she's willing to take the risk. All the
risks, actually. Including preparing a snack for them to share while he helps
her study for the Cupid licensing exam.
From the Recipe Files of Eliza Herman
- 2 Blocks of Cream Cheese
- 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (e.g. Ro*Tel)
- Tortilla Chips for Dipping
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1-hour refrigeration
Serves: Two Cupids Harboring Secret Crushes (or Multiple Humans)
(1) Allow cream cheese to soften.
(2) Add cream cheese and can of tomatoes/chilies (including liquid) to mixing bowl.
(3) Combine using hand mixer.
(4) Refrigerate at least one hour.
(5) Dip chips and enjoy.
(6) Try not to fall in love with your best friend.
Danger Level: 4 – Caution Needed.
Potential causes of accidental enchantment include (a) use of hand mixer, (b)
use of can opener, (c) dropped cans, and (d) sharp can lids.
KAIT BALLENGER, COWBOY WOLF TROUBLE
Cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night...
That's the premise of my new paranormal romance series, the Seven Range
Shifters. It's the dark, sexy paranormal my readers love, but with a fun
western twist! The hero of Cowboy Wolf Trouble, book 1 in the series and my
newest release, is wolf shifter named Wes Calhoun—a bad-boy rancher with a dark
past that keeps catching up with him. A leader of a former renegade pack, Wes
has given up his violent ways, but his world is turned upside down when a
run-in with his enemies leaves him caught in a human rancher's wolf trap, and
he's left with no choice but defy the laws of his newfound pack and expose his
true nature, or repeat the dark deeds of a past he's fought so hard to shake.
Human rancher Naomi Evans' only goal is to preserve the legacy of her father's
ranch, but as the mountain of medical bills from before her father's passing
are cutting into the ranch's tenuous profits and animals from her flock start
turning up dead—and exsanguinated at that—she's in overhead. But when an
encounter with Wes sweeps her into a supernatural world she's never seen
before—a world on the verge of war— Naomi has no choice but to go along for the
wild ride, because her, her ranch, and the cowboy wolf stealing her heart are
smack dab in the middle of it.
Since both Naomi and Wes are cattle ranchers, it seemed natural to me that for
Valentine's day, this ranching couple would share an Herb and Garlic Roasted
Prime Rib. What cowboy wolf and his ranching leading lady wouldn't enjoy a
seriously succulent slab of beef? Enjoy!
Herb and Roasted Garlic Prime Rib
- 1 4-5 lb bone-in rib roast
- 1 head of fresh garlic, whole
- 10 cloves of fresh garlic, sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of duck or bacon fat
- 2 cups of beef brother
- 2 cups of dry red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
Make shallow slices along all sides of the roast and stuff them with garlic
Place garlic head in aluminum foil, coat with some of the duck fat and tightly
wrap it closed. Roast at 350 degrees for an hour. Squeeze roasted garlic into a
bowl and reserve.
Mix herbs and seasonings with the roasted garlic and duck fat and lightly rub
into the roast. Cover and let rest overnight
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place roast fat-side-up directly on top oven
rack. Pour wine and broth into a pan and place beneath the roast on the middle
Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce to 350 degrees and roast until the
center reads 120 degrees for medium-rare. Let it rest for 20 minutes after
removing from the oven.
Pour pan jous into a saucepan and skim off the fat. Reserve the fat or discard.
It is wonderful to use with roasted potatoes Alternatively, reserve some jous
for use in Yorkshire pudding, a perfect accompaniment to prime rib.
Thinly slice the roast and serve with the jous. Pair with a bold red such as an
BOOKS AND AUTHORS FEATURED IN THIS ARTICLE:
Heart of the Shifter #1
They're not the only ones on the prowl...but they're the most
The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible
fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting.
international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But
guard his heart?
He doesn't stand a chance.
Casablanca, On Sale: February 26, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN:
9781492677260 / eISBN: 9781492677277]
bestselling author Terry Spear
has written over two dozen
paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF
was named a Publishers Weekly
Best Book of the Year. A
officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears
found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on
Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to
decide if she
can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous
Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something
me want to kick him in the nuts.
What Tess and Shade don't know about each other might get them killed...unless
they can set
aside their differences and learn to trust each other―while ignoring their
Shade swallowed the bad taste in his mouth. Two hundred million. He could buy
birthright and live like a king forever on that. Captain T. Bailey. Beautiful.
Ballsy. And Brave. A
Indecision clawed at his chest. He knew where she was. The easiest nab and grab
of his life
was waiting for him. He could land two hundred million in his account. Double
that if she still
had the goods.
Science Fiction | Romance
Science Fiction [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale:
January 8, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492667131 / eISBN:
pirates, and intrigue abound!
Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping
in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that
one day she
would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and
on her love
of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker
took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and
that make you laugh and cry.
Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance Writers of America
including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious
A French master's graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris,
met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual
who will soon be correcting her French.
Let's Get Mythical
When a single arrow inspires romance, can you really trust happily ever
after? In this magical rom-com, the descendants of Greek mythology must
learn to live
and love in a mundane world where Aphrodite's blessing can sure feel like a real
pain in the
Eliza Herman (a.k.a. The World's Worst Cupid) has spent her entire life
carefully avoiding her
calling as a Descendant of Eros. After all, happily-ever-afters are nothing but
a myth. But
when a family crisis requires her to fill in at the local Cupid-for-hire shop,
Eliza finds herself
enchanting couples under the watchful eye of her assigned mentor, Jake
man she could never get out of her head.
Before long, Eliza is rethinking her stance on romance—until things start going
with her enchantments. Now Eliza and Jake must fight to unravel a conspiracy
destroy thousands of relationships, including their own…and spell the end of
No pressure, right?
Romance Paranormal [Sourcebooks
Casablanca, On Sale: January 29, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN:
9781492672753 / eISBN: 9781492672760]
meets reality can true love prevail?
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with
rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur. She strongly
Amy Poehler is her soul mate, and one of her life goals is to adopt a pig and
name it Ron
Seven Range Shifters
Seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home. But a new evil will
nothing to tear their world apart.
For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to
keep the peace.
Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up
violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps
catching up with
Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her
Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the
verge of war
—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab
middle of it.
Romance Paranormal | Romance Western [Sourcebooks Casablanca,
On Sale: January 8, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492670766 /
cowboy cool meets a hot and steamy paranormal romance for the win!
ROMANCE AUTHOR, WORLD TRAVELER, ENGLISH PROFESSOR, AND FORMER
PROFESSIONAL bellydancer, Kait Ballenger hated reading when she was a child,
was horrible at it. Then by chance she picked up the Harry Potter series at the
age of eight,
fell in love with reading, and never looked back. When she realized she could
tell her own
stories, the deal was sealed.
A first-generation college student, she earned her B.A in English from Stetson
followed by an M.F.A in Writing from Spalding University. After stints working
as a real vampire
(aka a phlebotomist), a bingo caller, and a professional bellydancer, Kait
finally decided that
her eight-year-old self knew best: Kait's meant to be a writer...though the jury
is still out on
being the next J.K Rowling.
When Kait's not preoccupied with writing captivating paranormal romance,
suspense or love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can
found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She
travel, especially abroad, and experience new places.
She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.
And yes, she can still bellydance with the best of them...
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