Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Rionna Morgan, and her recipe for A Do It Yourself Cotton Candy Recipe along with an introduction to her romantic suspense, Love’s Justice to celebrate Valentine’s. Please join me in welcoming Rionna and savor her recipe for Cotton Candy as you read about her new book!
(Rionna is celebrating St. Valentine this month and would love to share an opportunity for you to win!)
In her just released romantic suspense Love’s Justice, the characters Sarah and Justin attend a street fair in Eugene, Oregon where cotton candy is a treat they enjoy.
A Do It Yourself, Cotton Candy Recipe:
4 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Corn syrup
1 Cup Water
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Raspberry extract (0r any flavor you like)
2 drops of pink (or any other color) food coloring (optional)
Whisk you’ll use for this project only.
You also might need: Candy Thermometer & Pastry Brush
1. In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir until the sugar is melted. Wipe down the sides of the pan to prevent stray sugar crystals from forming; I use a damp pastry brush.
2. Stop stirring, and heat to 320F (160C) on the candy thermometer. Pour the very hot candy into a shallow heatproof pan. Add the extract and food coloring (if using) and stir until combined.
3. Line your work table with parchment. I’ve spread plastic around the area on the floor where I’m working to help contain the sugar mess.
4. Dip your whisk into the sugar syrup and hold it over the pot to let the sugar drip back into the container for a second. Holding the whisk a foot (30 cm) above the parchment, swing the whisk back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall on the paper. Repeat this a few more times until you have a nice nest of spun sugar.
5. Immediately wrap the cotton candy around large lollipop sticks or spoons (if you wait too long, the sugar will become brittle and won’t bend around the stick). Eat immediately or seal in air-tight containers – any moisture will make the cotton candy soggy.
Sarah Johnson is a profiler in Portland, Oregon. She thinks she has successfully moved beyond the pain of her mother’s death 15 years ago. Her mother, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died in an Alabama women’s prison while on an undercover assignment. However, when Justin Breslow shows up at her office claiming to be an investigative reporter from Dallas wanting to do a feature on her mother, Sarah realizes the pain has just been dormant. She agrees to work with Justin; she’s always wanted to retrace her mother’s final days, but she has no intention of sharing family secrets with a perfect stranger.
Sarah and Justin unravel a plot more complex and sinister than they expected. They pursue a trail of deceit and corruption to a women’s prison in Alabama, a centuries old hotel in Georgia and a family ranch in Texas. Nothing is simple or as it seems. Along the way, Sarah tries not to fall for Justin’s Southern charm, and Justin fights to resist Sarah’s beauty and sharp intellect.
This unlikely duo will find more than they ever hoped to—in the prison, in their own backyards, and in each other’s arms. Whether they survive to enjoy their discoveries is the final mystery.
Excerpt from Love’s Justice:
“What if I didn’t go as a snoopy reporter?” Justin closed the small space, successfully trapping Sarah between the refrigerator and the counter. “And just went as a man?” With a smooth shift of his body, he slid into an amazing fit against her.
Sarah drew in a quick breath. The air-cooled kitchen suddenly became a furnace.
His hands gripped the counter on either side of her. His face was so close she could see her reflection in his eyes. That is exactly what I don’t need.”
“Don’t need, but maybe want?” Justin moved closer. Their lips were just a breath apart.
“Don’t,” Sarah breathed. Her heart rapped hard in her chest.
Justin smiled, enjoying watching her eyes cloud to darkness. This was going to be easy. “Don’t what.” His lips brushed hers. “Tell me. Don’t what?”
Sarah fisted her hands in his shirt. To pull him closer or push him away, she wasn’t exactly sure. Panic and need and she didn’t know what all, tumbled around in her stomach. Instead of taking the time to decipher what to do, she just acted and tugged him to her.
He caught her bottom lip, soft and warm, between his teeth. He felt her body give against his. He savored the taste of her, the warmth. “I’m going with you,” he whispered against her lips.
She nodded her head, but his words never registered.
My plan is working perfectly, he thought as he pulled her deeper into the kiss.
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Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing. She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life. Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combining the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window. Please be invited to stop by rionnamorgan.com—she loves the company.
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