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, Diane Burton, and her recipe for Monkey Bread along with an introduction to her new release, Switched Resolution. Please join me in welcoming Diane and savor her recipe for Monkey Bread as you read about her new book!
Monkey Bread is a Burton family tradition for Christmas morning. The recipe came from a friend and was a tradition for their Christmas, also.
Since there is no reason why it couldn’t be made any time of the year, I’ll bet Jessie made it to celebrate Marcus staying on Earth with her instead of heading back to his starship.
2/3 cup sugar
1 TBLS cinnamon
4 tubes refrigerator biscuits
For topping, melt together:
1 ½ sticks margarine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
-In a plastic bag, combine sugar and cinnamon. Cut biscuits into quarters and shake half in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Spray a Bundt or angel food cake pan with no-stick. Put half the cut biscuits into pan. Pour half topping over biscuits in pan. Shake rest of biscuits in cinnamon/sugar mix. Place in pan. Add rest of topping.
Bake 30 – 35 minutes at 350°. Cool for 10 minutes before turning upside down on serving plate.
Actions have consequences as Space Fleet Captain Marcus Viator and NASA reject Scott Cherella discover when they switched places. Switched Resolution, which wraps up the Switched series, takes the reader from Earth—where Marcus adjusts to a pregnant Jessie—to the starship Freedom commandeered by rebels, to the chase ship with Scott and Veronese aboard.
When Jessie began to work on a lamp, her fingers caught Marcus’ attention, as they usually did. Her long, tapered fingers as well as her hands bore evidence of her work. Scratches and scabs along with grease and graphite. Tonight after closing her shop, she would spend several minutes with a stiff-bristled brush removing the dirt from under her short-clipped nails until they became an angry but clean red. Later she would use those long fingers to bring him pleasure, as she had each night since he arrived three weeks ago. His body reacted in its usual manner when thinking about their mating. Lovemaking, he corrected. The Terran term was lovemaking.
Totally engrossed in her work, she opened the base of the lamp to repair its frayed cord, oblivious to his thoughts. She didn’t even look up as she spoke. “Come to think of it, even before her trip your mother wasn’t coming around as often. She’s been acting a little strange with me ever since it was obvious that I’m pregnant. Scott said she talked to him about doing the right thing. By the way, that’s Terran for marry the girl.” She chuckled.
“If I had not returned when I did, would you have committed to him?”
Something in his tone must have alerted her because she looked up. “Hey, are you still worried about that? Why didn’t you say something?” She hopped off her stool and came around the end of the workbench.
Marcus regretted expressing his uncertainty. Insecurity, a foreign concept to him, occurred only around her. As she approached, he straightened away from the doorframe. “It is nothing.”
“It is too something. Don’t go all Serenian on me, buster.” She looped her arms around his neck. “I will tell you again what I’ve told you before. You, Marcus Viator, starship captain extraordinaire, you are my one and only love.”
Marcus felt a surprising surge of relief. Despite her assurances, insecurity—an aberration in his logic—still plagued him after seeing her in his twin’s arms. Jessie was completely open with her feelings. Although he strived to be the same, ridding himself of the constraints of Serenian culture proved more difficult than he expected.
“Besides, it wouldn’t have been fair to Scott to marry him while I’m in love with you.”
Then she smiled. As always, her face lit up. Her smile touched his heart, his very soul. For that smile—no, for this woman—he would do anything, even give up his ship, his home world, his entire way of life.
She gave him a quick kiss and flashed a saucy grin before stepping away. “I always knew you’d come back for me.”
“That isn’t what I heard.” He pulled her back into his arms. He hated that war had prevented him from returning for her. More, he hated that she feared he would never come back, despite her protests to the contrary.
“Ugly rumors.” She laughed.
He speared his fingers into her fiery tresses, dislodging the broad clip holding her long hair away from her face. As she tipped her head to meet his lips, her incredibly blue eyes dilated. Desire sparked between them, as it always did. Right from the beginning. Around her, he had no defenses. He intended his kiss to be gentle, teasing, like hers. It wasn’t. Passion, always simmering between them, made him forget being gentle or teasing. She returned his hunger with that of her own. Until he was kicked low in the stomach.
Jessie broke away first. “Junior Number One is not happy to be squished.” She laughed and nipped his chin. “No making out in broad daylight. Not when a customer could interrupt.”
“My sincerest apologies. I—”
“You’re doing that Serenian thing again, going all stiff and formal. Chill. Relax. The kiddies will have to get used to us smooching.”
“Smooching?” He had never heard that term before. Bending over, he picked up the fallen hair clip that resembled interlocking claws. “Ah, you mean kissing. Perhaps we could smooch again?” he asked, trying unsuccessfully not to appear too eager.
Buy the Book:
On May 6th, Switched Resolution will be available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing science fiction romance. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America® as well as the Mid-Michigan and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapters. She is the author of The Pilot, Book 1 in the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space.
Switched Resolution is the third and final book in the Switched series, about twins exchanging places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in mid-Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com
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