Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Book Sale (99 cents) and a Cookie Recipe--A Yummy Way to Finish the Week



What's better than a book on sale? A book on sale and a yummy cookie recipe. C. J. Fosdick's award-winning time slip American historical The Accidental Wife is only 99 cents throughout August. And she's sharing a modern cookie recipe her heroine had to improvise when she finds herself in 1886.


Cookies as Poker Chips?


     Authors often share a brain with their heroines.  My favorite heroine, Jessica Brewster is taller and slimmer than me, but we both have the same red hair, brown eyes, penchant for drama and taste for cookies. When Jessica participates in a living history tea party at Old Ft. Laramie with her late grandmother’s mysterious teacup, she never imagined she would actually become living history—in the shoes of her look-alike great great grandmother. 

     Fending off her ancestor’s charismatic first husband and raising her nine year old great grandmother are only two of the challenges she faces in 1886 while learning to cook, launder and survive the bias and dangers of homestead life in Wyoming.  Her charade in The Accidental Wife grows complicated when the transformative power of love takes hold, and her ancestor’s wayward brother shows up with dark secrets of his own. In a cabin poker game, Jessica offers her famous chocolate chip cookies as poker chips.  (Since chocolate chips were not invented until 1937, she finds a way to improvise.) 

     Baking anything in a cast iron woodstove is a challenge to a well-educated single woman of the 21st century who often relied on take-out or the convenience of popping frozen meals into a microwave. Woodstoves couldn’t regulate baking temperatures well enough to produce cookies, but creativity is also the mother of pre-invention in a time slip. Jessica’s version of our most famous cookie uses a pocket watch and broken bits of chocolate bars bought at the Ft. Laramie trading post. In the end, Jessica’s ingenuity wins love and legacy in the poker game of life.

     The Accidental Wife began life as an award-winning short story. The Accidental Stranger is the sequel to Jessica’s timeless journey with “…a fanciful twist on its genre,” according to Kirkus Reviews. Until August 31, the eBook of The Accidental Wife will be on sale for the first time at .99 at most on line bookstores.



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Jessica’s 1886 Chocolate Chippers                                    

Since Chocolate chips were not invented until 1937,
time-traveler Jessica Brewster in “The Accidental Wife”
improvises this recipe found in her ancestor’s 1886 cookbook!

1 c. butter                               Add ingredients in order,
1 ½ c. sugar                            creaming lst two. Break up
3 eggs                                     chocolate bars into about
½ t. baking soda dissolved        half the size of a fingernail
   in a little warm water             & fold in. Refrigerate  dough.                                                
2 ½ c. flour                              Bake about 10 min.@350 on
Few drops of vanilla,                 parchment paper til edges                                                                    brown.
Pinch of salt, nutmeg
3 or more chocolate bars  (raisins optional )


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Excerpt:

 The Accidental Wife Excerpt, a Golden Quill Finalist and Top 10 Best Romance and Best Author in P & E Poll, 2015 

He rose from the chair like an old man and touched my face with both hands, feathering his fingers lightly across my forehead, into the wells of my eyes, over my nose and cheekbones, like a blind man needing to know who stood before him. I tried not to stiffen at his touch, willing myself not to blink, not to release the fresh tears that had begun to pool. He collared my throat with his long fingers and ran a thumb over my lips. “I want my wife back. Come back to me, Mitawin,” he whispered. 

 The word on the teacup; the hallmark of my deceit. Our eyes locked, and I felt my throat closing and my knees begin to quiver. For a few seconds his grip tightened around my throat, and I clamped my eyes shut with a fleeting thought. Yes, take my breath...end this tormenting deception.


Blurb: 

When Jessica Brewster inherits a mysterious teacup, she finds rubbing it transports her back to 1886, trading places with her look-alike great grandmother—wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming young daughter. True love, a gypsy, and her ancestor’s troubled brother amp up the charade she’s playing. Is her future in the past? Her life hangs in the balance
 

Bio:

Born and raised in Packerland, Cj moved west to the medical mecca in Rochester, MN where her writing career bloomed with published award-winning stories and articles to her novel series inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Rescued horses, dogs, cats, children and one patient husband have motivated the heart of Cj’s craft. Though living on a country hilltop haven for decades, she has ventured down on occasion to climb a Jamaican waterfall, float in the Dead Sea, kiss the Blarney Stone and research settings for her next novel.
 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cathy MacRae and The Highlander's Viking Bride Visit Medieval Monday



Welcome to Medieval Monday. Today, Cathy MacRae joins us with a look at her (and DD's) latest exciting release, Book 2 in the Hardy Heroines Series--The Highlander’s Viking Bride.

Excerpt: 

Katja reluctantly heeded her father’s summons to the great hall. She much preferred taking meals in her chamber as constant criticism and scorn from her father made for poor company. Her only regret was not spending the time with her brothers. She remembered the days before her amma died when mealtimes were pleasant, even enjoyable. She did not remember the days when her ma was alive.

Follow along next week at Elisabeth Hobbs' blog:  www.ElisabethHobbes.co.uk

            Blurb:

Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.

Buy links:
Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/dp/B0728HWJRY
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940157486617
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-highlander-s-viking-bride