Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Uncategorized

Welcome to the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop! I love doing these hops, because I get to share a little about my work, but more importantly, as the people I’ve tagged answer these questions for themselves, I get a window into their work as well. A win/win situation 🙂 Nancy S Gooman, thank you so much for tagging me.
Two of my dear friends have agreed to play this game with me. The beautiful Donna Russo Morin, author of THE KING’S AGENT and the wonderful Lauren Gilbert, author of the novel HEYERWOOD will be answering these questions in the days to come. So bop over to their blogs and check them out.
My next book is LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT…no doubt you’ve noticed me mention it a time or two…
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Now for the Random Tasty Questions:
1) When writing are you a snacker? If so sweet or salty?
I am a huge snacker, whether writing or just living my life. I love to combine salty and sweet for a perfect taste. For example, I love a Hershey’s bar with a bowl of popcorn: salt + milk chocolate = BLISS
2) Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of their pants? 
And are they real pants or jammies?
LOL I am an outliner all the way. I need to know not only what is going to happen next, but how the book ends. And I always wear clothes to write. It gets my brain going to put on a pair of pants and get to work. 🙂
3) When cooking, do you follow a recipe or do you wing it?
I usually follow the recipe the first time, but as I go along, I find I like to add a little more cinnamon, take out a few raisins. Tweaking a recipe to my taste is a lot of fun.
4) What is next for you after this book?
The next book in the Shakespeare in Love series is MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK, based loosely on Much Ado About Nothing. I love the title. My editor Leah came up with it.
5) Last question…on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo hoo steamy, how would you rate your book?
I think I’m at about an eight. 🙂 There are a lot of love scenes in my books.
And now for the really tasty part…I find my inspiration for cooking on the Web. In LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT, Arabella’s cook makes her and Pembroke an apple tart. I found this modern version on Taste Of Home

Apple Pie Tartlets Recipe

Apple Pie Tartlets Recipe Apple Pie Tartlets Recipe photo by Taste of Home Rating 5

Apple Pie Tartlets Recipe
  • Prep: 35 min. + cooling
  • Yield: 10 Servings



1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry


  • Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface; cut into twenty 2-1/2-in. circles. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Prick pastry with a fork. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pastry.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add apples; cook and stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Stir in the sugar, caramel topping, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened and apples are tender. Cool for 5 minutes. Spoon into tart shells. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (2 tartlets) equals 150 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 126 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Originally published as Apple Pie Tartlets in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p61


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3 Comments to Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

Nancy S Goodman
July 17, 2013

Yay! Chocolate and salt is the best. Try chocolate covered potato chips-heavenly!

July 17, 2013

Yum! That sounds decadent and wonderful 🙂

Ellen Seltz
July 20, 2013

Love the title of the new book!

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