Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Alicia Dean, and her recipe for Easy Stuffed Mushrooms along with an introduction to her suspense with romantic elements, Without Mercy. Please join me in welcoming Alicia and savor her recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms as you read about her new book!
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
1 pkg softened cream cheese
½ pound breakfast sausage, crumbled, browned, and drained
Garlic salt to taste
10 to 12 Large mushrooms
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a cookie sheet with margarine. Mix first three ingredients together. Remove stems from mushrooms. Spread a spoonful of cream cheese mixture on each mushroom and replace stems. Drop a small amount of squeeze butter or melted butter on the stems. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
How far will a mother go to protect her child?
When an apparently random bank robbery turns out to be a sinister plan, single mother China Beckett is thrust into a nightmare.
A group of mercenaries take over her life, threatening her young daughter and everyone they love. Each time China makes a mistake, someone dies. She’ll fight to the last breath to protect her child, but with no idea what move will be the wrong one, that might not be enough.
As the lives of China’s loved ones are jeopardized, she must take action, although she has no idea where to turn—and time is running out. But then, a startling truth is revealed and China discovers that the only person who can save them might be a ghost from the past.
Ice chilled China’s blood. “Who is this? The police?”
“I am not police. They must not be called. No one must. You will come here right away. Alone.”
“I don’t understand. Who are you? You’re at my house? I just left there.”
“Emma and I arrived only moments ago.”
Panic threatened to choke off her words, but she took in a deep breath and said again, “Who is this?”
“Everything will be explained.”
“Is Emma okay? You haven’t hurt her? Please don’t hurt her.”
“She is well. No more questions. You must come quickly, but do not exceed the speed limit. You must not encounter police. Goodbye.”
“Wait—” But he was gone. China stared at the phone, her mind spinning with disbelief. What the hell was happening?
The blare of a horn made her snap her attention back to the road. A large tree loomed in front of the windshield, and she jerked the wheel back until the car was once more in its lane.
Good God, she’d forgotten she was driving.
She sucked in a deep breath and gripped the steering wheel, attempting to keep an eye on the speedometer. In spite of the desire to rush home to Emma, she knew it was urgent—critical—that she follow his instructions to the letter. The man hadn’t been kidding around. He had her child. Her baby.
“Oh, God. Emma,” she whispered. “Please be okay. Please, baby. Hold on. Mommy’s coming.”
Staying under the speed limit took every ounce of will power she could muster as she made the seemingly unending drive home. The world around her turned surreal, like she was an observer rather than a participant. Cars whizzed by, people meandered along the sidewalks. The stores, gas stations, businesses she passed. All were pieces of something she was no longer a part of. They were from the old world, the one that existed before an unseen danger had decimated her life.
She turned onto her street, her gaze immediately going to her tree-shrouded house at the end of the road. Funny. It looked normal. But a stranger—a deadly one—was inside with her baby, and this whole mess was far from normal.
Barely able to draw a full breath into her constricted lungs, she whipped into the driveway. Slamming the car into park, she flew out of the car and rushed to the front door.
“Emma!” she screamed, flinging the door open and running through the foyer into the living room.
Emma sat on the couch watching Sponge Bob Square Pants. Her startled gaze flew to China.
“Momma. What’s wrong?”
A man stood at the opposite end of the couch, too close, much too close, to Emma.
“Emma,” she whispered, relief sweeping through her. Emma was alive. Everything would be okay.
Emma scrambled from the couch and flew into her arms. “I missed you.”
“Oh, baby.” China clung to her and squeezed. “Are you okay?”
“Unh-huh. I’m okay.”
China pulled back. Her eyes drank in the sight of her daughter. Strands of Emma’s brown, curly hair clung to her chubby cheeks. Big, round dark eyes—so like her father’s—seemed even larger behind the magnified lenses of her glasses.
“What took you so long to get here?” Emma’s small face scrunched into a frown.
“I had…uhm…a little…trouble. At work. A problem came up.” Sophie’s bullet riddled body flashed through her mind, and she pushed the image aside. “How’s your breathing?”
“It’s good now. Miss Sally got me calm by singing.” Emma glanced at the stranger, then back to China and lowered her voice. “I know I’m not supposed to go with strangers, but Aunt Lucy said he was a police and I should go. Am I in trouble?”
“No, sweetie.” China hugged her again. “No. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
Emma pulled back and touched the tears on China’s cheeks. “Why are you crying?”
China quickly brushed them away. “It’s been a stressful day. Grown up things, honey. Momma’s okay.”
She looked up at the intruder. A blond man, wide-shouldered and as tall as an oak. One side of his face was movie star handsome with a chiseled jaw and eyes as blue as the sky. The other side was marred by an eggplant-colored scar that went from the corner of his eye to his jawbone, like beauty and the beast all in one face.
It was bizarre, having this strange, scary man in her home. Crazy to be comforting her daughter when she had no idea herself what was happening. Telling Emma she was okay, when she as far from okay as she could be.
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Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
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As a special treat Alicia is giving away a copy of Without Mercy for Kindle or Nook and the commenters choice of any of her other books in ebook format. So be sure to leave your EMAIL with your comment so Alicia can contact you if you win!
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