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Mae Clair cover JulyHello 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, Mae Clair, and her recipe for Easy Potato Skins along with an introduction to her romantic adventure novella, Solstice Island. Please join me in welcoming Mae and savor her recipe for Easy Potato Skins as you read about her new book!

It’s great to be back on Romance Recipes with one of my newest releases, SOLSTICE ISLAND, a romantic adventure novella now available on Amazon for $.99. Thanks to Jennifer for hosting me!


I’m not much of a cook, so I had to really think about a recipe I could trot out for everyone. In SOLSTICE ISLAND, Rylie Carswell and Daniel Decatur get to know each other over an order of potato skins at a small restaurant. I was able to find an “easy” recipe for potato skins, that I think even I can handle (I tend to look for the magic word “easy” when I go on a recipe safari). 🙂 This is from Chow.com:


  • 8 (3-inch-long) russet potatoes (about 2 1/4 pounds), scrubbed and thoroughly dried
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 5 to 6 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Pierce each potato several times with a fork or sharp knife. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until the skins are crisp and a knife easily pierces the potatoes, about 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Set the oven to broil.

Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch intact; reserve the flesh for another use. Brush the insides of the potatoes with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Flip the potatoes over, brush the skin sides with butter, and season with salt and pepper. Evenly space the potato halves skin-side up on a baking sheet and broil until the butter foams and the skins start to crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes (keep a close watch so they don’t burn). Flip the potato halves over and broil until the top edges just start to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes more.

Evenly fill each skin with cheese and crumbled bacon. Place in the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the broiler and top each with 1 teaspoon of the sour cream and a sprinkling of the chives. Serve immediately.


Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters.


“I’m busy too,” Rylie snapped. “If you don’t want double your usual fee, I’ll find someone who does.”

That stopped him. It was still early in the season. Double would get him off to a good start before the Memorial Day customers kicked in. He could use the upfront cash. Business stood to be less this year thanks to Gus Claremont’s vindictive slander.

Recalling last season’s accident sent a phantom twinge of pain through the deep scar on his back. Best not to think of that now

Grimacing, Daniel shoved the wretched memories aside. He hooked his thumbs into the belt loops of his faded jeans and turned to face the woman on his deck. She stood with her arms crossed, her expression sour. The sunglasses were perched on top of her head now, revealing eyes the color of honey, smoldering with agitation.

“Well?” She didn’t stamp her foot but tapped it restlessly. He had to admit she was cute, despite looking indignant and quarrelsome. Maybe he’d misjudged her. She appeared to have backbone even sporting those oversized Gucci sunglasses.

He shrugged, not wanting to come off as eager. “What are we fishing for?”

“Does it matter?”

“I have to allow for rigging and bait.”

“You won’t need either.”

He frowned. “Look, lady, I’m not a tour boat. If you’re in the market for a sunbathing cruise, Keel Beach isn’t the place.”

“I’m not interested in a tan. I need you to take me to these coordinates.” She pulled a creased slip of paper from her pocket and thrust it at him. “Can you do it or not?”

Daniel unfolded the paper, mentally gauging the location. Something cold and ugly crawled through his gut. “This is Solstice Island.”

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Meet Mae: Mae Clair pic

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, anartist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at http://maeclair.net

Connect with Mae:

Website and Blog

Twitter (@MaeClair1)


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Amazon Author Page


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