Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Sharon Cullen, and Tess from Obsession. Please join me in welcoming Sharon and Tess to savor their recipe for sugar cookies!
And as a special treat, Sharon is offering a free download of Obsession to one lucky commenter so leave your name and email for a chance to win!
3/4 cup shortening (I use 1/2 cup real butter and 1/4 cup margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Mix it all up. Chill for an hour. Roll out dough and cut into shapes.
Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Only a year ago, Officer Alex Juran and his wife Tess had it all. Love, a solid marriage and a baby on the way. Then in one heartbeat they lost everything.
Now, Tess is doing her best to move on. She has a thriving business and while she may be lonely at times, she’s proud of the new life she’s built without Alex.
Two days before their divorce is final, Alex is shot in the line of duty and left for dead. He faces a difficult recovery so Tess finds herself postponing the divorce and offering to care for him until he can live alone again.
At first, cohabitation is little more than combat. Alex’s incapacitating injuries, the looming divorce, and his inability to remember who shot him have him lashing out at the nearest target: Tess. When someone begins stalking her, he suspects his shooter has returned. Convinced that Tess is in danger, Alex becomes desperate to recover his strength.
Because no matter how much she’s hurt him in the past, they’ve been given a second chance—and he’ll do anything to protect his wife.
Let me set this scene up. Tess and Alex are estranged but because of an injury on the job that almost took his life, Alex is living with Tess.
Tess owns her own business as a baker. She’s just recently been diagnosed with pneumonia during the Christmas season. She has orders to fill but is too sick to fill them…
She threw the covers off, groaning with each creak and moan of her muscles. When she coughed, her lungs rattled less but her ribs ached more.
Another muffled curse from the kitchen had her moving as best she could into the hallway where the stink of scorched cookies hung thick in the air.
She stopped in the doorway to her kitchen. Alex sat at her desk, gold wire-rimmed glasses perched on his nose as he read a recipe card. Two days of beard growth covered his cheeks and jaw. Flour and a yellow sticky substance she didn’t want to identify were smeared over his jeans and T-shirt.
Papers spit out by the fax floated onto a pile on the floor. Othello was in the corner, scarfing down black, charred cookies while Tony stood in the middle of the kitchen, an oven mitt on each hand, looking at her with wide, innocent eyes.
She tried to focus on it all, but her mind refused to comprehend the utter destruction. “What are you doing?”
Alex jumped, dropped the card and whipped the glasses off. Othello hacked, then began to lick crumbs off the floor. Tony slowly removed the oven mitts.
“We’re finishing up your orders,” Alex said.
Alex grabbed his cane, which was covered in a fine dusting of flour, and pulled himself up. “We’re finishing your orders. We figured we’d bake the cookies and Barbara agreed to come over and help us decorate.”
Tess’s gaze went from Alex to Othello, who dropped to the floor with a deep groan. Alex moved to block her view. “That was our first attempt. We’re better now.”
“He’s going to get sick.”
“Then I’ll clean that up too.”
His thoughtfulness made her want to cry. Everything made her want to cry. He must have been up for hours. Standing so long wasn’t good for his knee.
“It’s time for your medicine and you’re probably thirsty too. Are you hungry?” he asked.
The oven timer beeped and Tony removed a tray of perfectly baked cut-out cookies. Alex turned to her with a questioning look and smiled when he saw her staring at the cookies. “Didn’t think we could do it, huh?”
Tess shook her head, too stunned to speak.
“Just don’t tell the guys at work,” Tony grumbled, expertly sliding the spatula under the cookies and lifting them off the cookie sheet.
Sharon Cullen is the author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and historical romance with Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and soon will be published with Random House. If you’d like to find out more about her and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
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