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wendy ferraro book cover 1Hello 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! This week I am bringing you author, Wendy Ferraro, and her recipe for Hamden Gumbo along with an introduction to her new releases’, Three of Hearts & Three of Spades. Please join me in welcoming Wendy and savor her recipe for Hamden Gumbo as you read about her new book! 


Hamden Gumbo

8 scallions

3 celery sticks

2tbls minced garlic

1tsp (each) onion salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper

1tbls (each) parsley, thyme

28oz can crushed tomatoes

14oz can diced petite tomatoes

28oz chicken or veggie stock

1 bag frozen cut okra

13oz cubed turkey kielbasa

9oz cubed cooked skinless chicken

-Preheat Dutch oven with EVOO.  Finely chop scallions and celery sticks, add scallions, celery sticks and garlic to EVOO, sauté until softened and brown.  Add all seasoning, tomatoes, and stock.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiled, add frozen okra, turn down to simmer 30 minutes.  Add kielbasa and chicken.  Simmer another 25-30 minutes. Enjoy

**Regular kielbasa can be used, as well, as increase cayenne pepper to taste 

Blurb for Three of Hearts:

Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has

never known but has only dreamed about. She’s fortunate enough to find

 a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful

lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment

and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth

Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love.

 When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and

sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what

she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as

special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble

 are enough.

Blurb for Three of Spades:

Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and

enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are

pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her

 and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one

catch. He has to play the part of Natalie’s madly in love boyfriend

for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the

two is harder than he thought. Natalie’s days of shyness and lack of

 confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves

and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie

teaches him things he didn’t even know he wanted. Will Hamden’s

notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will

 he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of

life, as we all are?

Excerpt for Three of Hearts:

Aware that he was staring at her, Seth turned and walked to the

gas fireplace and asked “do you know how to turn this on and off?”

Of course as soon as the words were out of his mouth he realized he

sounded like he didn’t think she could figure out a simple on and off

switch. Mae surprised him when she said, “Actually the fireplace

isn’t what I’m concerned about, I’m afraid the shower has more

knobs and settings than I even thought possible.”

Immediately, sensuous thoughts of Mae wet and naked in the

shower opened a whole chest of vivid fantasies of what he could

do with her there. Putting a halt to the flood of images in his head,

he thought where did that come from? He didn’t even know Mae

Turney. I mean, he was male and could admit he know she was

an attractive woman any one with eyes could come to that same


He realized he should get out of here fast. So he simply said, “I’ll

send Lynne over to give you a lesson on how to work the shower.

And on that note Mae, I will leave you to your pot roast.” Seth

walked to the living room door, before he could close it on his side

Mae said “Thank you again Seth for everything and please thank the

boys, Megan and Lynne for making me feel welcome. Goodnight

Seth.” Without saying a word Seth closed the door.


Excerpt for Three of Spades:wendy ferraro book cover 2

“Answering one question, I guess would be the least I could do

considering what I’m asking,” she said, as she thought how easy it

would be to just lean a little toward him and make his position go

from casual to intimate in one swoop.

“You need to answer it honestly. If you want to give your mother

comfort in such a way, that would not involve sex. You specifically

asked me to have sex with you. Why?”

“That’s fair enough.” Natalie felt as if all the air had left her

lungs. She didn’t know if she would be able to speak the words, but

if he was even considering going through with this then she would

have to be completely honest.

Dylan, for a moment, thought she was not going to answer the

question when she moved her hand up and straightened her glasses.

He watched once again, as she made sure she commanded calmness

before speaking.

“I’m, as you can see, quite plain and physically lacking. So

needless to say, I’ve never been in an actual relationship or therefore

experienced any sort of sexual encounter or familiarity. I want to

know what it’s like to be held in a man’s arms and to know I’m

wanted both romantically and physically. Hence, if I am going to

engage in such an affair, I want to make sure it’s full of occurrences

and know-how that I can carry with me when I truly am alone.”

Natalie watched, as again he gave no sort of physical reaction to her

words. A part of her boldness chipped away knowing that not only

had she made a complete fool of herself but that she came across as

completely pitiful and pathetic.


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Meet Wendy:Wendy pic

I live in New England with my young family. I’m a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I’m not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.





As a special treat Wendy is giving away one ebook of each Three of Hearts and Three of Spades so be sure to leave your EMAIL with your comment for a chance to win!!!

Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!