Thank you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel SHANNON’S LAW. It’s the second in my PASSION PATROL series – stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals and always get their man.
February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.
Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world. They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.
Today’s subject is: The Food of Love – Cop’s Kitchen – a companion recipe book to Shannon’s Law – Devils on Horseback
All-action all-loving cops need fuel. In the course of Shannon’s Law she and others chomp their way through a fair bit of food. As I was writing it occurred to me that readers might like to experience some of the dishes for themselves. So it was that Cop’s Kitchen came into being. Where a dish is mentioned I have created a recipe. All the food has been tried out at home. Now you can too. The color photos are all my own work as well. As a special treat during the run-up to launch of Shannon’s Law – every reader who enters the Rafflecopter Draw below gets a FREE digital copy of Cop’s Kitchen!
Shannon is a working girl. Between love and crime action she often has little time to consider her diet let alone slave at the stove or go shopping for herbs and spices. As a true English girl she is well acquainted with take-out fish and chips. She has a favorite curry house to beat anything she could make. Although she buys some dishes ready made, I have recreated the real thing in my own way, using traditional methods. Very often it is the police canteen that keeps her fueled up for drama and passion. My ex-cop partner appears to have spent a lot of his career sustained by a famous police dish – Sausage Toad with chips. In the book, Shannon has an important meeting with her boss over such a feast.
“Now, that’s what I call true Force feeding!” he said.
Shannon laughed and treated the delicacy with brown HP sauce. She missed stuff like this in her new life. Her hips were cheering. They sat down by the window looking out onto the urban swirl of cars and Croydon concrete.
A recipe from Cop’s Kitchen to whet your appetite: Devils on Horseback
These little dainties are served as one of a selection of canapé appetizers at a reception at Bloxington Manor after a cricket match. They are the most unlikely combination but are utterly delicious blend of salt and sweet. Traditionalists say to use prunes but I prefer unctuous dates – you could try either. They are quite rich so if served with other appetizers you may only need 3-4 per person.
Ingredients to make 24:
8 rashers of bacon (streaky is best but back bacon will do.)
24 dates – pitted.
fresh sage leaves or dried if unavailable.
wooden cocktail sticks.
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400 degF, 200degC.
- Using the blunt edge of a knife, carefully stretch each bacon slice to 1.5 times its length.
- Cut each rasher into 3.
- Take a date (or prune) and roll one slice of bacon around it. Pin in place with a cocktail stick through the whole thing.
- Put some olive oil on a saucer and dip a sage leaf into the oil. (skip if using dried basil)
- Stick the sage leaf onto the ‘devil’.
- Place on a baking tray.
- If using dried sage, when all the devils are finished, sprinkle with olive oil and dried sage.
- Place in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Release with a metal slice and serve whilst warm.
Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.
As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.
Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.
Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.
All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.
Amazon is offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version
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Win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book PLUS a free gift for every entrant (see prizes below).
The draw will be made at random, by Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2013.
In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cookbook with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.
It’s called COP’S KITCHEN – Read the love story and taste the romance!
To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages etc.
Main Prizes in the Draw:
$30/£20/€25 Amazon Gift Voucher, 2 paperback copies of Shannon’s Law, 3 digital copies of Shannon’s Law.
Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.
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This post is part of the
“SHANNON’S LAW PRE-LAUNCH PINTEREST REVEAL
VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR”
Follow the other posts in February to see the background to the story unfold.