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melinda curtis cover febHello 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, Melinda Curtis, and her recipe for Low and Slow Chipolte-Maple Beef along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, Valentines Rules. Please join me in welcoming Melinda and savor her recipe for Chipotle-Maple Beef as you read about her new book! 

Valentine Rules, a mini-novella for my Hollywood Rules series, is a contemporary romance that features Gemma Kent who finds herself as a mystery woman with the Twitter handle GlitterfrostGem and as Coach Randy Farrell’s frequent #WomanCrushWednesday. Valentine Rules takes place at Javier’s restaurant, so naturally I must share a Mexican food recipe.  One of my favorites from Rachael Ray is her Low and Slow Chipotle-Maple Beef which you can use to make her Smoky Beef Tacos.  Like the title says, Low and Slow, it takes a while to cook so plan accordingly!

Low and Slow Chipotle-Maple Beef Serves: 12-14 Prep: 15 minutes Slow Cook: 6 hours


3 chiles plus 3 tbsp. sauce from one can chipotle chiles in adobe sauce

1 cup pineapple juice

½ cup pure maple syrup

3 tbsp. tomato paste 2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

6 lbs. boneless chuck roast cut in 8 pieces

Directions: 1. In a blender, puree the chiles, adobe sauce, pineapple juice, maple syrup, tomato paste, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper until smooth. Pour the chile mixture into a large slow cooker and add the beef. Turn the beef a few times to coat, then arrange fat side up. Cover and cook on high heat until fork-tender, about 6 hours.

2.  using a knife, scrape the fat off the surface of the beef; transfer the beef to a work surface. Using two forks, shred the beef, discarding any excess fat. In a large bowl, toss the beef with 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Let stand until most of the juices are absorbed, about 10 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

Smoky Beef Tacos:

Serve the pulled beef with warm corn tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. Enjoy!


What started out as an innocent assignment for work –accompanying a popular actress fresh out of rehab on shopping trips – has gained Gemma Kent regular makeovers by said actress and a sidebar photo on People magazine’s cover!  All the attention would be flattering, except she’s become famous as a mystery woman with the Twitter handle: GlitterfrostGem.  Everyone, even the local gossip column, is speculating about her identity.  In real life, Gemma wears combat boots, poindexter glasses, and a prickly attitude.  Now Randy Farrell, the man she can’t get out of her head, wants a date with Glitterfrost Gem!  Which would be great if he realized that invisible Gemma Kent and Glitterfrost Gem were one and the same.


Everything about Gemma Kent’s life was a lie.

She’d thought Dooley Rule was her godfather.  Yeah, take away “god” and you got that right.

Then the hottest gossip columnist in L.A. called her a mystery woman.  The mystery is why no one recognizes me when my hair isn’t straightened and my make-up isn’t heavy.

And now she was helping perpetuate the worst lie of all on Valentine’s Day.  She’d thought her half-sister, Cora Rule, was setting her up on a blind date.  Only it wasn’t a date.  It was an exercise in confidence building by the Dooley Foundation for a client – a young, sexy NBA coach who embodied everything Gemma found honorable in the world – honesty.  The same man who kept tweeting sweet things to her @GlitterfrostGem on Twitter’s Woman Crush Wednesday.  He’d cyber-stolen her heart.  He’s going to be so disappointed in me in real life.

Gemma’s stomach did contortions that’d terrify a member of Cirque de Soleil.  College students working as part-time receptionists didn’t land dates with NBA coaches.  Not unless they were beautiful, tall, and well-endowed.  Gemma was plain, petite, and sharp-tongued.

What started as an innocent assignment for the Dooley Foundation – accompanying a popular actress fresh out of rehab on shopping trips – had gained her made-over Gemma notoriety as Miss Glitterfrost Gem.  Her alter-ego’s picture was posted on gossip sites.  Once a picture of her and actress Mimi Sorbet made it to a sidebar of People magazine’s cover!  But no one ever posted Gemma’s real name.  She was known only as Mimi’s BFF and by her Twitter name – @GlitterfrostGem. 

No one would have known about her had Cora not “borrowed” Gemma’s phone and tweeted that first picture of Gemma and Mimi on Gemma’s account, hashtag bestie, hashtag MimiSorbet.

And now Gemma was one of three women meeting Coach Randy Farrell on Valentine’s Day.  He’d choose one of them for a dinner date.  She’d bet her next car payment it wasn’t going to be her.  He’d take one look at Gemma and see she was a phony.  Crush over.  Foolish heart broken.

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Meet Melinda:MelindaCurtis pic

Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.  Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”  Melinda is married to her college sweetheart, and has three kids in college.  She follows the NFL because one young quarterback is from her hometown, and follows Duke basketball because Mr. Curtis has a man crush on Coach K.  Her latest release, Valentine Rules, can be found in the Love, Valentine Style collection or be purchased independently.

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