Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! This week I have a special promotion for my wonderful readers! Crimson Romance is offering a few select titles for a fabulous low price of $1.99 today, November 4th through November 10th! And I will be introducing you to a few of those Crimson authors and their recipes! Two of my favorite things! To start things off I am bringing you author, Kristina Knight, and her recipe for Country Chicken Salad along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, What a Texas Girl Wants. Please join me in welcoming Kristina and savor her recipe for Country Chicken Salad as you read about her new book!
One of my favorite things is a picnic – spring or fall is the best time, but summer will do in a pinch. I like the relaxed atmosphere of a picnic, the ability to completely zone out of ‘life’ and zone into the person you’re with.
In my book What a Texas Girl Wants, Kathleen surprises Jackson with a picnic. Here’s one of my favorite picnic recipes, something Kathleen and Jackson might take along on their next picnic:
Country Chicken Salad
4 cups cubed, cooked chicken
3/4 cups slivered toasted almonds
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup seedless grapes
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp. lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste
Preparation: Bake chicken at 350 for 40 minutes or until done. Allow to cool and then cube the chicken. I use boneless chicken breasts to make this easier. Once cubed, combine the chicken, almonds, celery and grapes in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and salt and pepper well. Finally, add this mixture to the chicken and mix thoroughly.
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
What a Texas Girl Wants by Kristina Knight
Copyright © 2012 by Kristina Knight
POD ISBN-10: 1-4405-4464-6
POD ISBN-13: 978-1-4405-4464-4
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, corporations, institutions, organizations, events, or locales in this novel are either the product of the author’s imagination or, if real, used fictitiously. The resemblance of any character to actual persons (living or dead) is entirely coincidental.
Jackson Taylor’s toes clenched as he came abruptly awake, the left side of his body shivering. The right, however, was delectably warm. A soft weight held his shoulder down, the feel of a woman’s curves pressed hard against his chest. Cold water tickled his feet and wet sand dug into his butt. The tangy, salty smell of the ocean filled his nostrils. Another tickle of water. A slight shiver came from the curvaceous woman beside him before she settled back into sleep.
A flash of red hair, spinning lanterns and Latin dance music raced through his mind before it went blank. The infernal pounding started again behind his right temple.
Must have been a great night.The naked body lying next to his on the beach said as much.
Jackson levered his eyes open as the first fingers of yellow touched the white sand beach. He winced as intense sunlight hit his eyes. Another postcard perfect day in Puerto Vallarta. He would be perfectly happy spending it with the drapes closed and a couple gallons of hair of the dog. If he could just get back to his hotel room.
Damn. Thirty-one was years too old to be waking up, hung-over, not knowing where he was or how he had gotten there.
Pretty chestnut hair hid the woman’s face. At least the woman he almost remembered seemed to be the woman he was with, but for the life of him Jackson couldn’t draw a mental picture of her. Just what the hell had he done last night?
Well, the what was fairly simple to answer if the sand digging into his butt was any indication. No clothes tempered the feel of her soft skin against him. It had been a long time since Jackson had woken up beside a woman unable to recall who she was or how they had met. He had never liked the feeling, and liked it even less this morning.
Chilly water washed over his feet to his ankles. As the water returned to the sea, his heels dug deeper into the sand creating tiny tide pools.
He had to move. But if he moved he would disturb the woman sleeping softly on his right shoulder. Somehow he didn’t think she would appreciate his jumping up and running for the nearest rock to answer the call of nature, leaving her alone in the chilly morning tide.
Another flash, this time of long, smooth leg sliding over his hips and sinking into the sand. Jackson squeezed his eyes together, trying to make the vision last. But no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t follow the woman’s leg up her body to her face.
Had he picked up a random woman on the Malecon the previous night?
Where were their clothes? If he could get up, he could at least cover the woman with a shirt or something before running for the rocks rimming the beach. Jackson angled his head but couldn’t see anything except sand and some seaweed on either side of them. Sunlight glinted off glass high above.
A villa. They were probably trespassing on a private beach. He had to get out of here. The quicker the better.
This was not going to go over well with the nameless woman.
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.
Crimson Romance is pleased to offer these select Crimson titles, for only $1.99 on Amazon, from November 4 – 10th.
Under Her Spell by Eliza Daly
Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy
Nature of the Beast by Stephanie Freeman
Falling for Flynn by Nicola Marsh
Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipe! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and read a new book!