|A Note From Lynsay
After a couple of beautiful sunny almost warm days, we got another huge dumping of snow on us yesterday. Obviously, old man winter isn’t eager to leave us. We must be good company I guess. <grin> I have noticed though that, even with the snow it’s been sunnier lately. And, yes, I have been up with the sun a lot despite deadline time and writing until 5 and 6 AM. Emma the cat doesn’t understand about deadlines, or my need to sleep so I can write, or the fact that I only staggered to my bed at dawn so 10 and 11 AM is not my wake up time. Read on...
February 22, 2011: The Heiress, the second book in the Madison Sisters series will be hard on The Countess's heels. You met Suzette in Christiana's story and now you get to hear her story. Suzette needs a husband NOW. No doddling, whining or even love required. Anyone would do and the poorer the better as she needs a potential husband who is happy and pliable so she can access her substantial dowry to help pay off her father's overwhelming gambling debts. Daniel seemed to fit the bill to a 't' and their obvious chemistry was an added bonus. Now the only issue would be to try to stay alive and keep their hands off each other long enough to keep Suzette's virtue intact until they make it to Gretna Green.
January 25, 2011: The Countess, the first book in Lynsay's new historical series called the Madison Sisters will be starting 2011 off right! A fairytale marriage Christiana did not have. As a matter of fact the best part about it was the abrupt ending when her husband, Richard (or Dicky as he liked to be called), died. Or at least that's what they thought when Christiana and her sisters put him on ice. Only he didn't stay dead AND he became nice... huh?! And now the new and improved Richard can't help wondering if Christiana's sweetness isn't all an act. That she's actually a money-hungry murderess with great acting skills.
November 30, 2010: Hungry For You, the fourteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will be coming out this December. It involves the last of the Willan sisters, Alex, and one of Martine Argeneau's older sons, Cale. Alex is a successful chef and restauranteur trying to expand her business, unfortunately the new location's debut seems to be riddled with bad luck. Can Cale, a successful european chef . . . er . . . businessman, help her keep her business afloat and still keep her frazzled attention long enough to see him for who he really is . . . the love of her life?
August 31, 2010: Born To Bite, the thirteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series, is here! Armand Argeneau has been living on a farm squirrelled away from public life for decades without anyone bothering him. Until now that is. Lucian has been kind enough to volunteer Armand to babysit Eshe d'Aureus in order to protect her from a rogue vampire out for revenge. At least that's the story he's told. In reality, Eshe was sent to Armand on assignment to find clues to explain his many wives' 'accidental' deaths. This installment of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will also answer the unanswered questions from Nicholas's story, The Renegade Hunter.
May 31, 2011: The Reluctant Vampire, the fifteenth book in the Argeneau series is set in the little town of Port Henry and involves one of Elvi's potential suitors from The Accidental Vampire, Harpernus Stoyan. Harper lost his lifemate, Jenny, during her turn and has blamed himself for her death ever since, so he's rather happy for the distraction when Tiny and Mirabeau arrive with a young immortal in tow. Stephanie McGill is a young newly turned, immortal who is being hunted by a mad no-fanger named Leonius. When Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) arrive to help, Harper finds himself working with the beautiful young Spanish woman. But things get interesting when Stephanie decides to take on the role of cupid and bring Drina and a reluctant Harper together. How much trouble could a newly turned teenage vamp be?
October 25, 2011: Teddy Brunswick's anthology (the chief of police from Port Henry), is a nice addition to the Argeneau series. Short but sweet, this story starts off with a really cold bite. You see, for Teddy, being in Port Henry at Christmas is NOT an option. Though he has plenty of friends, family is scarce and Teddy refuses to be a charity case, which is inevitably how he feels if he winds up a guest at a friend’s holiday dinner. For a change Teddy decides to rent the Willan cottage this year, but he wasn't counting on a snowstorm taking out the hydro and blocking the only access road in. The only upside is he's not alone. A beautiful, bold stranger, Katricia Argeneau, is staying in a neighboring cottage and thus is also stranded for the holidays. Now, if a couple is trapped in cottage country, in below freezing temperatures, with only a fireplace and an incredible attraction to keep them warm, what do you think they could possibly do to keep themselves amused?
January 3, 2012: Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.
Here are the winners of a signed copy of The Heiress... congratulations to Helen Bullard and Jill Wald. Great resolutions ladies! :-)
Here are some more great recipes from our last contest. This one was sent in by RperGirl. This reminds me of spring!
Red Curry Carrot Soup with Raita and Smoked Paprika Oil - I Watched Top chef and saw it made and thought it looked so yummy so when i got top chef cookbook.
15 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 shallots, sliced
2 yellow onions, sliced
12 clovers of garlic, sliced.
1-2 tsp Thai red curry paste
1/2 lb butter
2 cup heavy cream
3-4 quarts vegetable stock
Salt to taste
1 English cucumber, seeded, peeled, and cut into very small dice
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 sprigs mint, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
Salt and pepper
SMOKED PAPRIKA OIL
1 red pepper, chopped without seeds
1 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
In a soup pot, combine 1/4 lb butter with the garlic and cook over medium heat till the garlic is toasted. Add the shallots and onions and sauté till soft, season with salt.
Add the curry paste and cook at about 2 min. Add the carrots and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, season again with salt.
When the carrots are soft, puree in batches in the vita mix adding 1/4 cup cream and 1 tablespoon butter to each batch. Adjust seasoning and hold warm.
Combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
Add the heavy cream to thin it down. If necessary, add a little water to thin it down as well.
Smoked Paprika Oil
In a saucepan, combine pepper and canola oil and simmer slowly till the pepper is soft. Add the paprika and steep about 5 min on the stove. Remove from heat and allow to sit at least 45 min. Strain and season.
Place the heated soup into a soup bowl. Top with 1 tablespoon raita and a drizzle of paprika oil
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