Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, CYNTHIA WOOLF, and her favorite recipe for GRANDPA BEN’S OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKES!
MAIL ORDER MYSTERY
Brides of Seattle Book 1
BY CYNTHIA WOOLF
Civil war devastated the country and left Rachel Sawyer stranded in a dead-end job as a seamstress with no prospects for marriage. Men are thin on the ground in Massachusetts, so Rachel and her best friend travel west, to Seattle, with the handsome Talbot brothers. Jason Talbot, the eldest brother and wealthy owner of a lumber company, is so far beyond her reach that falling in love with him is the most non-sensical thing she could do. So, of course, she does. But after one sensual midnight encounter, Jason pushes her away.
Jason Talbot and his brothers are desperate to keep their lumberjack crews happy. And if that means traveling across the country to escort a hundred women to Seattle as mail-order brides, that’s what he’ll do. The brides are for other men. After losing his wife ten years ago, he’s not interested in risking another devastating blow to his heart. When Rachel catches his eye, his head and his heart are at war, and he’s not sure which side will win.
But when a thief springs up in their midst, and Rachel’s determination to solve the mystery leads to murder, Jason realizes he’ll do anything, not just to protect her from a killer, but to win her heart.
Lightning and wooden ships do not mix. It was not uncommon for the lightning to strike the main mast of a ship, causing it to shiver or long splinters to be blown from it, occasionally injuring a sailor or knocking him off the deck, which in a stormy ocean usually meant death. The sails also sometimes caught fire, but the captain and crew smothered the fire with the help of the rain and wind.
Knowing those things did not stop her from going up to the deck to watch the storm from the top stair before actually going on the deck. Jason knew he could find her there and she often was just waiting for him so they could spend time together.
One night she watched Jason stand behind Clancy who was at the wheel. Jason had his hands on his hips, and the wind blew through his hair making it curl all over. He stood there like the world was his for the taking. To her, he looked magnificent.
They only met at night which made her sad, but she would rather have him some of the time than not at all. He wasn’t ready, maybe never would be ready, to meet her during the day when his brothers might see.
She didn’t blame him. Rachel was the same way with Lucy. She didn’t want to hear her lectures about falling too soon for a man who is obviously unavailable.
“Jason, why won’t you meet me during the day? Are you ashamed of me?”
He closed his eyes and put his arms around her.
“No, I’m not ashamed of you. Never. You are the kindest, smartest and most beautiful woman I know, but I’m not a free man.”
She pulled away and turned her back to him. “You’re married?”
Jason placed an arm around her shoulders and tugged her back against his chest. “I was. Cassie died birthing our son, Billy. He’s nearly ten now.”
“If your wife died ten years ago, how does that make you not a free man?”
“I loved Cassie. I still do. I wouldn’t be able to give you what you need.”
Rachel turned in his arms, put hers around his waist and glared up at him. “You don’t know what I need. You are what I need…for now. So just kiss me, Jason, and let me make my own decisions.”
She was grasping for whatever happiness she could get. Even if her contentment was fleeting and would end soon, Rachel would take it and try like Hell to figure out a way to make him understand that he could care for her, too.
Lord, how do you fight a ghost?
Cynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of more than thirty historical western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.
Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
BRIDES OF SEATTLE
Mail Order Mystery
CENTRAL CITY BRIDES
The Dancing Bride
The Sapphire Bride
The Irish Bride
KINDLE WORLD BOOKS
A Family for Christmas
Kissed by a Stranger
Thorpe’s Mail-Order Bride
The Hunter Bride
The Replacement Bride
The Stolen Bride
The Unexpected Bride
AMERICAN MAIL-ORDER BRIDES
Genevieve, Bride of Nevada
THE SURPRISE BRIDES
THE BRIDES OF SAN FRANCISCO
THE BRIDES OF TOMBSTONE
Mail Order Outlaw
Mail Order Doctor
Mail Order Baron
DESTINY IN DEADWOOD
MATCHMAKER & CO
Tame a Wild Heart
Tame a Wild Wind
Tame a Wild Bride
Tame a Honeymoon Heart
The Tame Series
A Touch of Passion
Links to Cynthia’s website, blog, links, etc.
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WEBSITE – http://cynthiawoolf.com
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GRANDPA BEN’S OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKES
NOTE FROM CYNTHIA: This is the recipe for my grandfather’s tea cakes. Hope you enjoy them.
1 cup shortening or lard
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar then add eggs. Beat well. Mix all dry ingredients; blend well. Work flour mixture into shortening mixture. Roll thin about one-quarter inch thick and cut. Bake at 400 degrees until very lightly browned. He always used a can to cut the cookies and the biscuits.
These say roll thin but when Grandpa made them he rolled them about 1/2 inch thick so it was a thick cookie.
Thanks, Cynthia, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!