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, Melinda Curtis, and her recipe for Lemonade Ice Tea along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, Summer Kisses. Please join me in welcoming Melinda and savor her recipe for Lemonade Ice Tea as you read about her new book!
Summer Kisses, a contemporary romance, is set in Harmony Valley. This small town at the northernmost edge of Sonoma County wine country is in trouble. It’s so remote, the sagging California economy of the past few years has driven businesses out, and without jobs, everyone under the age of 65 has left town. The 70 or so residents remaining are set in their ways, but youth returns to help save their town. Summer Kisses, book two in my Harmony Valley series, follows the story of Rebecca and Flynn as they both try to make peace with their past.
Today I share with you a summertime beverage that can easily quench anyone’s thirst! I found it in an issue of Southern Living a few years back and it’s so refreshing Mr. Curtis often requests it.
Lemonade Ice Tea
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Steep: 10 minutes
Makes 8 cups
3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (which is about 1 cup loosely packed)
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Garnish: fresh citrus slices
1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
2. Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
3. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. You can garnish with the fresh citrus slices if desired.
Rebecca MacKenzie’s career as a caregiver for the elderly suited her perfectly. Ease their suffering, hop back in the motor home and move on. Caring without commitment. It was ideal for someone trying to outrun her memories…and mistakes. Someone determined to stay detached.
Flynn Harris, her new patient’s grandson, is weakening her resolve in every way. His scrutiny, his suspicion—and worst of all, his kisses—are more than distracting. They’re dangerous. Because she’s teetering on the edge of caring. And revealing her secrets. And…staying.
Becca saw the little hurt boy behind his eyes and a part of her she needed solid and strong softened. Her hand twitched with the urge to reach out and comfort him. A light touch to the arm, the shoulder, his cheek.
Not helpful. So not helpful. She shoved her hands into her hoodie pockets and started walking.
He matched her pace, until they nearly bumped hips on the narrow trail, until she had to stop before they toppled on each other.
Becca drew a breath. “Really, I’m grateful—”
“I need help, Becca. You’ll make my grandfather happy.” The sincerity in his tone made hope, that treacherous thing, whisper in Becca’s ear. Becca’s gaze rested on the ground, where, presumably, she’d find her lost common sense. Instead she saw a glint of copper, barely visible in the dirt beneath the toe of Flynn’s sneakers.
It couldn’t be a penny. It had to be a leaf or a rock or something.
She could feel Flynn’s gaze upon her, gauging her character. “Old Virginia didn’t write a will or anything?”
“I have no proof. Only my word.” She tried not to sound bitter, but she was afraid she failed. “It doesn’t seem like you have much faith in people.” And yet, there was the penny, clearly visible when Flynn shifted his feet, an indication that she should accept.
“Since I became wealthy, my faith in my fellow man has been put to the test.” Flynn tipped up the brim of his baseball cap. “However, I am good at offering second chances. Are you good at accepting them?”
Becca searched his face to see if this was some kind of cruel joke.
He wasn’t joking. His blue eyes reflected a combination of sorrow and regret. He wanted to believe the best in her. Wanted, but couldn’t quite. “For my grandfather, if not for me.”
Her determination to refuse him wavered. If she took this job, she’d see Flynn every day. A daily opportunity for attraction to bloom and cause complications. Complications to the lawsuit, to her equilibrium, to her heart.
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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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