Welcome to the final day of the Fresh Fiction Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup!
Every day this week, some of our favorite authors have been on our blog chatting
about their new books, their main characters, and sharing recipes for a meal or
treat those characters would enjoy while celebrating Valentine's Day. Today we
have inspirational authors from Revell!
We've had so much fun this week, and hope you have, too!
Missed our previous roundup posts? Check them out here!
Suzanne Woods Fisher, MENDING FENCES
Have you met Luke Schrock? Picture a guy who is drop-dead gorgeous, appealing,
endearing, exasperating, unreliable, undependable…and hard to stay mad at. He's
on a bumpy road to manhood. That's our Luke.
He's back in Stoney Ridge after a stint (or two) in rehab, and he's looking for
some quick fixes. Luke plans to buzz back into Stoney Ridge, make a few
apologies, and then take off for greener pastures.
Not so fast, Luke. You've got some work to do, first.
And then he meets Izzy Miller. Like Luke, Izzy has had a bumpy road to
adulthood. But she's settling into the Stoney Ridge Amish community, gaining
skills, making friends. Life is going well for Izzy, really well…until Luke
shows up. He's intrigued by Izzy, determined to win her over, but she's immune
to his charms.
Or is she?
Hmmm…you can find out what happens with Luke and Izzy in the just-released book
In the meantime, here's a Valentine recipe that's a bit of a metaphor for Luke
and Izzy's spirited relationship…guaranteed to spice things up with your
special someone (in a good way!):
Shake Things Up! Sweet and Spicy Nuts
This recipe belongs to Ina Garten, the amazing Barefoot Contessa
- Vegetable oil
- 3 cups whole roasted unsalted cashews
- 2 cups whole walnut halves
- 2 cups whole pecan halves
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
- 4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Brush vegetable oil generously on a sheet pan with edges.
On the sheet pan, combine all nuts, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, maple syrup,
brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder. Toss to coat the nuts evenly.
Add 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary leaves and 2 teaspoons of salt to
nuts. Toss again.
Spread the nuts in one layer.
Roast the nuts for 25-35 minutes, stirring frequently, until the nuts are glazed
and golden brown. Keep an eye on them! Nuts go quickly from ‘just right' to
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary. Toss well and set aside at room
temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool. Taste for
seasoning. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.
Laura Frantz, A
Pair a kilted laird of a remote island with a beekeeping, stillroom mistress
and you'll have more than a few historical fireworks! Stir in suspense,
romance, and 18th-century adventure for a story that spans two continents and
has readers asking for a sequel in A Bound Heart. Part fact-part fiction, this
story is based on the author's own Scottish heritage. Here's a romantic recipe
that pairs well with the novel and a fun afternoon tea…
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon seedless strawberry jam at room
- 6 drops red food coloring
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup superfine sugar or granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
Let egg whites stand, covered, in a large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl
at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cover 2 large baking sheets with
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a small mixing bowl stir together seedless
strawberry jam (at room temperature) and 6 drops red food coloring. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the superfine sugar and powdered sugar; set aside.
Uncover eggs and add cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium
speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a
time, beating for 5 to 7 minutes on medium speed or until stiff glossy peaks
form (tips stand straight up) and sugar is dissolved.
Use a spatula to gently fold 1/2 cup of the meringue mixture into the jam; then
gently fold jam mixture into the remaining meringue.
Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, (Wilton 2 D) pipe the meringue
into 2-inch freeform hearts on the parchment paper.
Place baking sheets in preheated oven. Turn off oven. Let meringues dry in
oven, with door closed, for 1 hour or until dry and crisp but still light in
color. Let cool on parchment paper.
Gently remove meringues. Tuck each meringue into a paper bake cup.
Elizabeth Goddard, NEVER LET GO
Willow Anderson is a Jennifer Connelly look alike—tall and thin with long dark
hair and a name that fits her. Since she's a genealogist, she naturally enjoys
visiting cemeteries—though that might seem morbid!—and hearing about the past
from her elders. She has a great sense of humor and enjoys travel and
adventure. Her grandfather trained her to follow in his footsteps as a forensic
genealogist. Through tragedy and attempts on her life, she stays strong and
pushes beyond her fears. Her only regret in life so far is that she let
anything keep her from a relationship with Austin McKade.
Austin was an Air Force fighter pilot, then an FBI agent. Now he's a private
investigator determined to protect his old-flame, Willow. To that end, he'll go
anywhere or do anything but he never expected to have to face his old stomping
grounds in Wyoming, a place he tried to avoid. As the layers are peeled back,
they get to know each other better and in a deeper way than they had before.
Willow sees a part of Austin that she never expected. Deep inside, he's really
As Willow and Austin team up to find a woman's daughter stolen at birth
twenty-one years ago, they work to not only solve the mystery but to stay alive
when someone tries to stop them from discovering the truth.
Best of all, Willow and Austin have to work through the issues that kept them
apart before. While they are given a second chance to be together, they're also
working to give a mother who lost her daughter two decades ago the chance to
know her before it's too late.
Willow loves cheesecake and twice in the story Austin has provided cheesecake
for her to show how much he cares.
Recipe provided by The Food Network https://www.foodnetwork.com
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 5 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Serving suggestion: Fresh or Marinated Berries, or Raspberry Sauce
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
To make the crust: In a small bowl, mix the cracker crumbs with the melted
butter and the sugar together until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture
onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake the crust until golden brown,
about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool the pan on a rack.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. In the bowl of a standing mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, cream the cream
cheese on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until
light and fluffy. (Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl and
beaters as needed.) Beat in the sour cream. Add the eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and cream. Pour the
batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until the top of the cheesecake is lightly browned, but the center still
jiggles slightly, about 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Cover
with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight before serving.
To remove the cake from the pan, run a knife or offset spatula around the edges
to release the edges from the pan. Open the springform pan and remove the ring.
Cut the cheesecake into wedges and serve with berries or a raspberry sauce if
Sara Sundin, THE
SKY ABOVE US
A fighter pilot numb to his past. A Red Cross worker deprived of her dreams.
Secrets as dangerous as the skies above Normandy.
In THE SKY ABOVE
US, Lt. Adler Paxton is a P-51 Mustang pilot who flies over the landing
beaches on D-day. He carries a load of grief and guilt and secrets that he
refuses to deal with—"If it hurts, don't think about it" is his motto.
Violet Lindstrom is an American Red Cross worker who runs the service club at
Adler's airfield. Violet is attracted to Adler's chivalrous actions, the sense
of painful mystery about him, and his delicious Texas accent that reminds her of
the cowboy heroes in her favorite movies.
Despite his best intentions to stay away from Violet, Adler finds his defenses
crumbling around her. But D-day draws near. And secrets never do stay buried.
Having grown up in Texas with a Mexican-American stepmother, Adler loves spice
in his food—hard to find on an air base in England! Adler's mother would gladly
share his favorite tortilla soup recipe…if only Adler would write home after
three years of estrangement!
Lupe Paxton's Tortilla Soup
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups chopped chicken or turkey (a great way to use up
- 3 cans chicken broth
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 2 cups corn kernels
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp diced jalapeño (may substitute mild green chiles for gentler palates,
or may increase the jalapeño for more daring palates)
Sauté onion, garlic, and bell peppers in oil in a soup pot. Add all other
ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. May garnish with
cilantro, avocado, and cheese. Serve with tortilla chips or fried tortilla
BOOKS AND AUTHORS FEATURED IN THIS ARTICLE:
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone
Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody
Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions.
First, Luke must
make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced
list. Second, he
must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting
effects his careless
actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miranda, beautiful and frustratingly aloof,
also boards at
Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her.
impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he
identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved
Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.
Inspirational Amish | Amish [Revell, On Sale: February 5, 2019,
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727512 / eISBN: 9781493416486]
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty
including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The
Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the
author of several
nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the
lives in California.
Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds,
is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper
of his bees and
the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife
conceive and bear
him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves
caught up in a
whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as
across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky
coastline of the
Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a
Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs
into her own
family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in
Romance Historical | Inspirational Historical [Revell, On Sale:
January 1, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800726645 / eISBN:
is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA
bestselling author of
several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter
, Courting Morrow
, The Colonel's Lady
, The Mistress of Tall Acre
, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a
log cabin in
the heart of Kentucky.
As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late
grandfather's footsteps in
her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty
The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an
her life to keep her from discovering the truth.
Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers his help to
woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues
even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to
even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.
In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth
Goddard keeps the
stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the
Inspirational Mystery | Suspense | Romance Suspense [Revell, On Sale: February
5, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800729844 / eISBN: 9781493416424]
Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, including the
winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been
finalists in the
Daphne Du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh generation
Sunrise at Normandy
Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to
England with the
US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles
Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies
struggle for control of
the air before the D-day invasion.
Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the
American Red Cross,
where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on
base and sets
up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his
help with her
work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.
Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But
near. And secrets can't stay buried forever.
Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this
time in the
air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past--and the most
fearsome battle of
Inspirational Historical | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: February
5, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727987 / eISBN: 9781493416585]
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II
era. She is
the author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us
When Tides Turn
and Through Waters Deep
were named to Booklist's
"101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years," and Through Waters Deep
finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. A mother of three,
Sarah lives in
California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.
She also enjoys
speaking for church, community, and writers' groups.
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