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, Lois Winston, and her recipe for Dr. Truly Lovejoy’s Double Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Brownies along with an introduction to her book in the Love, Valentine Style romance anthology, Finding Mr. Right. Please join me in welcoming Lois and savor her recipe for Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies as you read about her new book!
Dr. Truly Lovejoy’s Double Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Brownies
(Serves 8 to 10 — or one, depending on mood)
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon flour
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 ounces cherry preserves
Melt chocolate and margarine in microwave at HIGH for two minutes, stirring frequently until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool. Stir 3/4 cup of sugar into melted chocolate. Blend in two eggs and vanilla. Add 1/2 cup of flour, stirring well until well blended. Spread into greased 9-inch square pan.
Using a blender, mix cream cheese, remaining sugar, egg, and flour until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon over brownie mixture. Spoon cherry preserves over cream cheese mixture. Run a knife through batter to swirl mixtures. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut into squares or bars.
In this mini-sequel to the award-winning Hooking Mr. Right by Lois Winston (writing as Emma Carlyle,) editor Grace Wainwright, has taken over the role of bestselling author and romance guru Dr. Trulee Lovejoy. Thea Chandler, the original Trulee, is now married to her Mr. Right and is a successful cookbook author. She and Grace host the top-rated Love Recipes cooking show. When producer Becket Delaney announces the first two shows in February will have a Valentine’s Day theme, Grace freaks out. The worst day of her life occurred on Valentine’s Day ten years ago, and she wants no reminders of it. Beck has his own reasons for hating the holiday, but the show must go on, and he absolutely refuses to deal with an uncooperative prima donna. When a citywide blackout traps him and Grace in his thirty-fourth floor office, their adversarial relationship really begins to heat up.
“We’ll do a Valentine’s Day theme for the first two shows of the month.” Producer Becket Delaney handed the February program schedule to Dr. Trulee Lovejoy and Thea Chandler-Bennett, co-hosts of Love Recipes.
“No, we won’t.” Grace shoved the sheet of paper aside without looking at it. “I hate Valentine’s Day.”
“You’re Dr. Trulee Lovejoy,” said Beck, “bestselling author of all those how-to-catch-a-guy books. How can you possibly hate Valentine’s Day?”
Because she really wasn’t Dr. Trulee Lovejoy. She was Grace Wainwright, imposter. Then again, so was the real Dr. Trulee Lovejoy. Talk about a tangled web!
When Thea Chandler, writing under the pen name Dr. Trulee Lovejoy, had refused to promote her popular self-help books, Grace had no choice but to step into the limelight and take on the persona of the faux relationship expert. Her job was on the line. With two kids in college and a deadbeat ex, she couldn’t afford to lose her editorial position at Wordsmith Press.
The bean counters at the publishing house had made it clear that’s exactly what would happen to Grace if Dr. Trulee Lovejoy didn’t agree to a book tour and media blitz. But Thea had compelling reasons for keeping her identity secret and refused to take part in the publicity campaign.
So Grace became Trulee, embarking on the requisite interviews, book signings, and talk show appearances. In retrospect she’d do it all again. That one decision had taken her from within steps of the unemployment line to bestselling author and daytime television star. Thea, who first opposed the subterfuge, became Grace’s reluctant partner-in-crime, keeping Grace’s secret, just as Grace had kept hers for years.
Now Grace, with occasional input from Thea, wrote the Trulee Lovejoy books, and Thea, the former reluctant love expert, was free to pursue her true passion—cooking. Thea’s first cookbook, Love Recipes: Secrets from Trulee’s Kitchen, became an overnight success. A month after the book hit store shelves, Grace had negotiated a half-hour cooking show for them on PBS. Love Recipes now appeared on affiliate stations coast-to-coast.
Tangled web, indeed!
“I’m not all that fond of Valentine’s Day, either,” continued her producer, “but tradition dictates and our sponsors demand that cooking shows feature holiday recipes. Turkey and cranberry dishes for Thanksgiving. Cherry pies on Washington’s birthday. Ham at Easter. Romantic dinners and to-die-for chocolate desserts for Valentine’s Day.”
“He has a point,” said Thea.
“Screw tradition,” said Grace. Valentine’s Day brought back the most painful memory of her life. For the past ten years she’d dealt with the day by calling in sick and throwing a pity party for two. Her only invited guest? Jack Daniels.
“We’re doing a Valentine’s Day show,” said Beck, “whether you like it or not. End of discussion.”
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Award-winning author Lois Winston writes romance, romantic suspense, mystery, chick lit, women’s fiction, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.
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