Monday, March 21, 2016

The CEO's Unexpected Child Blog Tour March Harlequin Series & #giveaway

The last book in the March blog tour is The CEO's Unexpected Child, by  Andrea Laurence 

Please visit my other two posts for the other books and giveaway: Here & Here





Please read some topics from the the author:




Bon Appetit and a Book
The hero of the book THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED CHILD is the owner of a large family-style Italian restaurant chain called Moretti’s Italian Kitchen. One of the featured dishes at the restaurant is cheesecake, which makes a special appearance in the epilogue. I've personally made a lot of cheesecakes in my day and this is one of my favorite recipes. There are fancier ones, and more complicated ones, but this has always turned out for me. It’s a pretty simple one, although the top is prone to crack. I haven’t had any luck with waterbaths because my springform pans always leak. So, if the top cracks – put on a layer of chocolate ganache or fruit topping. Problem solved!

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling or other topping of choice

Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 350°F if using a silver 8- or 9-inch springform pan (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick 8- or 9-inch springform pan). Mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Press firmly onto bottom and 2-1/2 inches up side of pan; set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese and the remaining 1 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour into crust.
  • Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Turn oven off. Open oven door slightly. Let cheesecake set in oven 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Loosen cheesecake from rim of pan; remove rim. Top cheesecake with pie filling just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

How-To Tips for Aspiring Writers
There’s a lot of advice out there for writers that are hoping to achieve publication. I’ve heard my share, followed some, ignored others. It isn’t a custom fit to every writer. What I would suggest is that you do two things: read and write. Read as many different types of books as you can. Find out what you like, what kind of stories you’d like to tell, and what kind of themes work in that genre. Then, write like the wind. You probably won’t sell your first book. Deal with it. Write another one. And another one. And another one. I wrote 10 books and sold the 11th. I learned something important with every book and when I did finally get published, the learning curve wasn’t quite as steep. I was able to take off running and I’ve never looked back.



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The CEO's Unexpected Child


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