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One week until Christmas! Are your bells a-jingling in excitement? Mine are. Well, maybe not a-jingling but thanks to a fantastic writing month I’m feeling a tad seasonally happy and in the mood for celebration.

Before I introduce our gorgeous guest, here’s the Christmas edition of Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf.  Last week was a team event. Everything that went wrong is all my partner’s fault. Me hitting into the water for the bazillionth time had nothing to do with it. Noooothing at all. Oh well, at least we didn’t come last.Romance author Emmie Dark

Now don your Santa hats and pour a glass of festive bubbly because it’s time to get seriously Christmassy with contemporary romance author Emmie Dark.

Emmie writes gorgeous stories, the sort that spark with snappy dialogue, steamy sexual tension and plenty of heart-tugging emotion. Earlier this year saw the release of Spellbound, a sizzling hot romance filled with angst, lust and a super hot hero. This week sees its companion novella Charmed hit the shelves. Check it out…

 

CHARMED

 

Cover of Charmed by Emmie DarkWhen a handsome and charming stranger reluctantly enters the magic shop where perky Melanie Cooke works as a psychic, she fully expects to give him a standard reading and send him on his way. But for the first time in her life, her powers fail her and the reading goes horribly awry.

Michael Harrison was dubious about the idea of seeing a psychic, but given the attraction between them, he’s prepared to put first impressions aside. Yet as he and Melanie get to know each other, Michael is forced to confront his past, and to face the fact that Melanie may be more than she seems.

Will fear and suspicion ruin all or will the magic and power of love keep them together? 

 

Doesn’t that sound fun? Lucky for you that Charmed is available for immediate download right now. You can purchase direct from the publisher Destiny Romance or your favourite ebook retailer like Kobo, Amazon (for Kindle), Google Play, iTunes, JB Hi-Fi, BigW ebooks and more.

Ready for some Christmas fun? Heeeeeere’s Emmie!

 

Christmas Creativity

 

HI Cathryn and all Friday Feasters! Thanks so much for the invitation – it’s lovely to be here, especially to talk about food at this time of year. This time of year is my favourite foodie time – probably because it’s one of the few times of the year that I get to feed hordes. I properly plan menus and organise shopping lists – I do enjoy it! (But, if I’m honest, part of me is very glad that it only comes around once a year!)

I saw that Christina Brooke provided you with an ice cream Christmas cake a couple of weeks back, which, by the away, looks divine. I thought I’d do something similar – an icy Christmas treat, just perfect for a hot, sunny, Australian Christmas Day.

Have you ever looked at a photo in one of those gorgeous food magazines and been desperate to recreate it? Well, this was one of those times.

Delicious Magazine cover

Don’t they look great? And the recipe is SO simple. (I’m really not kidding!) Just grab some of your favourite vanilla ice cream and stir through some grated chocolate. From memory, I think we also added some chopped up pistachios and cranberries for an added Christmassy touch.

BUT… (You knew there’d be a catch, right?) There are a couple of little tricks.

But before I go into those, let me finish with the “recipe”. Once you have your ice cream with all its special treats folded through, you need to cut up squares of baking paper and twist them into long, narrow cones, and then stick them in place with a little sticky tape. Then you simply fill each cone with ice cream and return them to the freezer until you’re ready to serve.

SO EASY!

Ah, but here are the tricks. One, make sure you have enough room in your freezer. Something I didn’t plan, until we were already scooping ice cream into the paper cones was how on earth I was going to freeze them! Solution (thanks to my ever-logical mother) came from standing them up in champagne glasses! We needed to take a shelf out in the freezer to give ourselves enough room, though. And we all know at this time of year, fridge and freezer space is at a premium, so make sure you can fit them in.

And second – accept that it’s simply not going to look exactly like the picture.

Emmie Dark's Icecream Cones

If I make them again, I will do a better job of making sure the cones are completely filled, to avoid those little gaps. And I’d also try to do a better job of levelling off the tops, so that when you turn them out, they’re not quite so lopsided-y.

Emmie Dark's Christmas ice-cream cones

Having said that, they tasted absolutely delightful, and isn’t that what it’s all about in the end?

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

 

And a very merry Christmas to you too, Emmie! Thanks so much for this fabulous Christmas idea. Those icecreams look gorgeous, like decorations themselves and I bet they tasted delicious.

So, my clever Feasters, do you have a special Christmas trick? Something that looks amazing and impressive yet takes no time at all? I don’t so I’m in need of tips!!

If you’d like to learn more about Emmie and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Tumblr.

 

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Greetings, Feasters, and welcome to this Easter edition of Friday Feast. I hope you’re not overdosing on hot cross buns, and remember to be sensible with the chocolate on Sunday.

Actually, on second thoughts, don’t. Go silly. Life’s too short to be abstemious. As my guest today understands!

Emmie Dark is nothing like her surname. She’s light and lovely – just like her newly released debut novel Cassie’s Grand Plan.  I know this because I’ve met Emmie. Over lunch, funnily enough. And today she’s sharing an amazing foodie travelogue, with lots of photos and gorgeous descriptions for us to drool over. Got a hot cross bun handy? You’ll need it because you’re going to be pretty hungry after this post.

But before you start salivating over Emmie’s foodie adventures, feast instead on this!

 

Cassie’s Grand Plan

 

Four steps to a brand-new life

Cassie Hartman knows what she needs to do to get her life under control. First, she’ll get herself promoted. Then she’ll update her appearance. Steps three and four—marriage and family—well, those will have to wait.

Then Ronan McGuire shows up. The too-sexy, too-polished business consultant has the power to derail Cassie’s plans before she’s even really started. If he doesn’t approve her promotion, she’ll be back to square one—and that’s not an option. Cassie needs to keep her focus on that first step, no matter how much Ronan tempts her to skip ahead to the third and fourth ones….

 

Tempting, huh? Well, you know what to do: shop! Cassie’s Grand Plan is in stores right now. You can also order direct from Harlequin, or from Book Depository and Amazon.

 

Keep on moving

 

Hi Cathryn! Thanks for inviting me to join you on your blog – it’s lovely to be here in such esteemed company! Not to mention being given the opportunity to talk about my two loves – romance writing and food.

I’ve just returned from a trip in the USA. I’m fortunate enough to be able to travel quite a bit for my (non-writing) work and one of the perks is getting to eat in some amazing places. On this trip, I managed to have some amazing meals that were all wonderful – but for very different reasons. I know most people talk about their own cooking on your blog, but if it’s okay with you, I’d like to tell you about some of the foodie highlights from one of my favourite cities in the world: San Francisco.

First up, breakfast. I’ve been to San Francisco many times, but on this trip I finally made it to Brenda’s French Soul Food – a San Fran icon, famous for its New Orleans-inspired cuisine. The menu, as you’d expect, is full of southern specialties like grits and biscuits. Can’t say I’m overly fond of grits, but the biscuits (pretty much an over-sized scone to an Aussie like me) were fabulous – light, fluffy and somehow just the right match for my omelette, potatoes and the sneaky but delicious sparkling rosé I indulged in. Intriguingly, the wine was served in a plain tumbler – which had no effect other than to make my indulgence less obvious to others!

Next, lunch. I know it’s not the height of cool or groovy, but I don’t think I’ve ever made a trip to San Fran without going to the Cheesecake Factory. Apart from the ridiculously broad menu and the insanely huge portion sizes, the restaurant’s location on the top of Macy’s department store overlooking Union Square is impossible to beat. And they just happen to stock a delicious chardonnay from Russian River that I’ve become quite keen on. (Don’t be too concerned for my liver – despite appearances so far, I didn’t have alcohol with *every* meal. Just nearly every meal… 😉 )

As for dinner? Well, there are so many wonderful places in San Fran it’s almost tough to have a bad night out. Let me tell you about two highlights.

I had an astonishingly good Vietnamese meal at Le Colonial. It’s a well-regarded San Francisco eatery and the food was excellent. I do have to admit that I was with a relatively large group of work colleagues, and we enjoyed some exotic cocktails in the bar upstairs prior to eating which made for some noisy and hilarious dinner conversation. (There I go talking about alcohol again! But really what is a good meal without an accompanying drop?)

Le Colonial’s cocktails were fantastic – not only unusual combinations, but prettily decorated with fresh flowers too. I had something called a Gigi, which included Grey Goose vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc and a dash of sparkling rosé. Yum!

While in town I was also fortunate enough to sample another San Fran icon – the Wayfare Tavern. Located in the financial district, even on a weeknight this place was pumping and due to our last-minute reservation we weren’t sitting down to eat until well after 9pm. Luckily the food was so good that even though I was feeling more like bed-time than dinner-time, I scoffed what I was served. The Wayfare is famous for its fried chicken, and so, of course, that’s what I ordered.
The reputation is deserved! The chicken was moist, crispy, not at all oily and the coating wasn’t too thick. Served simply with some lemon wedges, it was the epitome of simple elegance – something I have come to appreciate when travelling and eating out every night. There’s only so many dishes of complicated ingredients and complex flavours you can take after a while. Sometimes you need something simple – but good. Wayfare delivered on both counts.

I know that most of your guests contribute a recipe. Unfortunately given that I’ve spent my visit talking about other people’s cooking, it doesn’t really seem appropriate for me to provide one. However I will, if I may, give a plug to the SuperRomance Authors recipe book.

The photo on the front cover is my zucchini and pistachio spice cake with lime frosting – you can find the recipe three clicks in. It’s my never-fail-to-impress baking star and not only does it look fantastic and taste amazing, it’s incredibly easy to make.

Leave a comment and tell me about your favourite dining out dish and I’ll send one lucky commenter a copy of my debut novel, Cassie’s Grand Plan!

 

Okay, I am officially jealous of Emmie Dark. Like, really, really jealous. How sensational did that sound? And check out the SuperRomance recipe book. There are some excellent recipes and Emmie’s cake looks and sounds beautiful.

Now, see Emmie’s book up there with that gorgeous cover and enticing blurb? You could win it. All you need to do is share your favourite dining out dish. So you know the drill, Feasters. Get commenting!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday, 10th April AEST. Open internationally.

If you’d like to learn more about Emmie and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

 

A fraction late with this announcement, but this giveaway has closed. Congratulations to our winner, Natalie, and thanks to all who to took the time to comment. Much fun was had!

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