Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Exchange: Books for Treats

     During this holiday season, Wild Women Authors is taking part in a Holiday Recipe Exchange, sharing recipes and info with other authors on their latest release. Today we are pleased to have Tina Gayle with us.

     An author with over 30 books, Tina Gayle writes in a number of different genres: Romantic contemporary (as Tina Gayle) and Erotic Romance. Her books range from contemporary, paranormal to mystery and suspense As an indie author, she has worked hard to have a social presence and reach her readers. You can visit her website and read the 1st chapter of any of her books. Or you can download a free ebook and join her newsletter group.

Now, a bit about Tina's book, “Marketing Exec's Widow”:

Four women...One fatal car wreck...Everyone's lives changed...

Letting go and rebuilding a life comes at a price.
     Having come to terms with losing her husband, Jennifer is ready to move on, but she faces opposition from her friends, in-laws, and brother-in-la. He see himself as her future husband. None of them know of Jen’s marital problems and she is afraid of their reaction when they learn she has a date for Friday night?
     Hagan Chaney is not anything like Craig. He tempts Jen into the future but is she willing to give love another chance after the heartache she faced the 1st time around?

Sound interesting? For a minute, we're going to jump to the fun part of this holiday romp and take a look at Tina's offering for which she says: My uncle uses to make this cobbler all the time when he wanted to offer us a treat. A confirmed bachelor, he wanted something quick and easy.”

Quick Peach Cobbler

1 large can of peaches
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 box of vanilla wafers
1/4 cup of butter

Preheat the oven to 350. Pour can peaches, sugar, and cinnamon in a casserole dish large enough to hold everything. I use the 2 quart size. After stirring these items together, then add most of the box of vanilla wafers, set enough aside to pull on top. Once you have the wafers arranged on top, slice the butter in to small pieces and set on top of the wafers. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

Now a bit more about the Widow:
     “You have one saved message. To listen...” The computer-recorded voice echoed through the phone’s receiver as Jen stared at an empty spot on the corner of her desk in her mind she saw her husband’s picture. Forcing her hand to move, she pressed the required number.
     “Hey, honey, we just arrived.” The comforting sound of Craig’s voice rang in her ear. Memories flashed: The dimple beside her husband’s mouth when he smiled, the soft touch of his lips, the teasing taste of his kisses. The wall she’d managed to build around her emotions in the last four months shattered. Hot tears fell, raining relentlessly onto her cheeks.
     “And the weather here in Seattle sucks. It’ll probably take us forever to get to our meeting which should have started an hour ago.” After a slight pause as if someone had caught his attention, he continued, “Sorry, gotta go. Jack needs help with the rental car agent, and Bob and Eric are retrieving our luggage. I’ll try to call you later. Love ya, bye.”
     “The call that never came,” Jen whispered and wearily dropped her head onto her hands. Again, the monotone voice offered her options for the message. She hit the button to stop the irritating sound.
     Not even a second passed before a different noise broke the silence. At the base of her phone, a red light flashed in rhythm with the squawking ring.
     Gathering her emotions back into a tight knot, she punched the appropriate line. “Moorehead Real Estate. Jennifer Larson speaking, how may I help you?”
     “Hey, Jen, are you still coming tonight?” Brie Sullivan’s southern accent reopened Jen’s thoughts to the pain of the last few months.
     A million excuses sped through her mind. She didn’t want to continue meeting with the executive wives of the company where her husband had worked, nor did she like dealing with their grief. “I shouldn’t. I have offers pending on several homes.”

If this intrigues you as it has us, go here to purchase Tina's book:
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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today. You guys are great.

    1. You are most welcome, Tina.
      Love the concept of the story; the excerpt is most intriguing and LOVE the recipe!!
      Kat and Veronica

  2. Nice excerpt! But I must confess, I stopped by for the peach cobbler recipe! Yum! Best to you on Marketing Exec's Widow!

    1. It does sound terrific, doesn't it?
      Can't wait to spring it on the hubs.
      Kat and Veronica