If You Can’t Stand the Heat ….

Carol Preflatish is my guest today, talking about her new book, A Kitchen Affair. Take it away, Carol!

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CPreflatish_200x300I want to thank Marian for hosting me today and allowing me to promote my new book. We’ve known each other for years and I value her friendship.

Today, I’m here to talk about my current release, “A Kitchen Affair,” a contemporary sweet romance novel that takes place in the fictional town of River Bend, Ohio near Cincinnati.

When culinary student Jenny Marshall struggles to pay her tuition, she decides to become a Personal Chef to make ends meet. The most eligible bachelor in town, Derek James, happens to also be a millionaire and he has a crisis. Two days before his Thanksgiving dinner party, his cook has to quit due to a family emergency. Desperate, he hires Jenny to cook for his party and there’s chemistry from the start. He likes her, she likes him, but a manager at his company has set her sights on Derek and does everything she can to sabotage the relationship. Everyone thinks Colleen is the perfect match for Derek; everyone that is, except Derek. He desperately wants Jenny in his life. However, Colleen has other plans to keep that from happening. What lengths will she go to in order to keep Derek and Jenny apart?

The idea for this book came from my love of cooking and writing romance. I have always thought I would love to be a personal chef and writing a book with the heroine doing that is probably as close as I’ll ever get. If you’re not familiar with personal chefs, they differ from a caterer in that they come to your home to cook on a meal-by-meal basis, rather than bringing the food to your location already prepared.

Obviously, food plays a prominent role in the story and you’ll find no less than thirteen different dishes served throughout the book. During many of my blog appearances in January and February, I’ll be including a recipe for something served in the book. You can find my schedule on my blog at http://CarolPre.blogspot.com

Today’s recipe is for Chocolate Liqueur Candy that is sold at the bakery where Jenny works.

Chocolate Liqueur Candy

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 pounds Confectioner’s sugar
  • 8 ounces almond paste
  • 1/4 cup flavored Liqueur (Irish Crème, Amaretto, Kahlua, etc.)
  • 1 cup finely ground nut meats

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except the liqueur, and mix with your hands. Shape into round balls about an inch in size. With your thumb, make an indentation and using an eyedropper, fill with your favorite liqueur, and then enclose around the liqueur. Chill until ready to serve.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image17822909You can find out more about me on my web site at http://CarolPre.webs.com and if you’d like to read “A Kitchen Affair,” you can find at:

Amazon/Kindle – http://amzn.to/UM35iq


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Thanks, Carol! And thanks for the bonus recipe. Mmmmmmm! 🙂

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character bites into a chocolate and finds a surprise.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “If You Can’t Stand the Heat ….

  1. Jane

    January 28, 2013 at 11:03am

    Hi, Carol.
    Nice premise. Good blurb. You didn’t use the word “hot” even once! I get so tired of cliche romance memes. I want to be interested in the characters.
    Good luck with your “sweet” romance.

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      Marian Allen

      January 28, 2013 at 9:46pm

      Carol also has (her first book) Masters And Disasters of Cooking, a cookbook reminiscing about meals that … didn’t turn out so well, and how well she learned to make them with experience. The recipes are the mastered ones, not the disaster ones. 🙂

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  2. Molly Daniels

    January 28, 2013 at 11:56am

    Ooooh, I’m so going to have to try that recipe!

    Carol’s book is a Must Read:)

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      Marian Allen

      January 28, 2013 at 9:47pm

      I hear you, Molly! I’m afraid I’d eat all the ingredients before I got the recipe finished. lol

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  3. Liz Flaherty

    January 29, 2013 at 5:39am

    Oh, yum. That recipe…

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  4. Carol Preflatish

    January 29, 2013 at 6:54am

    That’s everyone for your kind comments and thanks again for hosting me, Marian.

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