Shannon here: Carole Brown shares an excerpt from her latest romantic mystery, Sabotaged Christmas. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for winner’s choice of a print or kindle copy. Deadline: Dec 12th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Carole:
Apple Pie scene in Sabotaged Christmas:
The ride went way too fast for her, and with a suggestion that reminded her of her impulsive friend, Caro Gibson, she said, “You can come in for a piece of apple pie, can’t you?”
The two didn’t speak for a second or two, and Toni caught her breath. She shouldn’t have asked. Perrin wasn’t a friend. A business acquaintance at best. A foe, at worst. What was she thinking? Of course, he had moved way down on her suspects list, not that she had many to consider. So what had been the reason for her harebrained invitation?
Who was she trying to fool? She didn’t want the evening to end.
Toni DeLuca’s Yummy Apple Pie
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup Crisco
6-7 tbsp of water
Cut shortening into flour until it resembles corn meal. Add water, one tbsp at a time. Add more if needed, but be careful not to over soak it. Divide into half, then roll each half into an even circle and place in pie plate.
Apples (I like to heap my filling, but use however many that suits your taste). Peel and slice into first pie crust liner.
Sugar to taste
Slabs (tsps) of butter (I use about 4-6) placed over the apples
Cinnamon to taste
Sprinkle (LIGHTLY) a touch of vanilla over the filling
Place the second half of the pie crust on top of the filling. Pinch the sides together in whatever simple or elaborate decoration you want. Add top decoration with carved letter, added crust pieces, etc. I usually keep mine simple. Add a sprinkle of sugar on top of crust if desired.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, then turn down oven to 350 degrees and bake until apple pieces are done. Normally about 30 – 40 minutes, and crust is golden brown.
I’m an adjuster when it comes to cooking. Once I’ve learned how a new recipe goes, I will adjust to suit my (or family’s) taste. I might substitute ingredients or change them according to our likes and dislikes.
About Carole: Brown not only has her award winning (2015 Winner of the USA Best Books Award, 2015 Small Publishers Book Award, RWA International Digital Award finalist, Clash of the Titles Laurel Awards finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now.
A companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel is also available.
The first book in her Denton & Alex Davies mystery series, Hog Insane and Bat Crazy, the second book are fun, lighthearted novels that not only deal with the mysteries the Davies land in, but relationships too.
The first book in a new WWII Spies Romantic Suspense series, With Music In Their Hearts are nostalgic, warm-hearted books that place readers firmly in that era. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
This month, Brown is releasing the first book in a new series, The Appleton, WV Romantic Mysteries: Sabotaged Christmas.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons? Learn more and connect:
About the book – Sabotaged Christmas:
Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions–all because of the mysterious pink notes she’s receiving.
Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubled history—but the first man in years who’s interested her–is building to a peak. Yet Perrin‘s own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business all converge to play a part in ruining Christmas for Toni’s employees. Will the mysterious person behind it all succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen?
Will this culprit destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?
Question for readers: What are you most thankful for this year?
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