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, Shannyn Schroeder, and her favorite recipe for LIAM’S LUSCIOUS CHEESECAKE!
HIS NEW JAM
Hot & Nerdy
BY SHANNYN SCHROEDER
Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.
Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?
HIS NEW JAM
Hot & Nerdy
BY SHANNYN SCHROEDER
“Go away, Tenor.”
“Hunter. My name’s Hunter.”
She knew but didn’t want to care. He was within touching range now, and the tension between them was palpable. She raised an eyebrow to convey her indifference as she tried to ignore the electrified air bouncing between them.
“I have a favor to ask.”
“Your timing sucks.”
“You’re not the first person to say that.” He turned a huge grin on her. “In my defense, I was trying to be nice out there, not piss you off.”
She grunted at him, determined not to be swayed by the smile.
“I want you to teach me to play drums.” He fingered the edge of the floor tom.
“You know how to play. I’ve heard you.”
“I can wing it. I have a good ear, but I want to be able to really play.”
“I’m no teacher.” She gulped the rest of her water. She’d never thought about lessons, but it might be a way to make money.
“But you’re good.”
“So is everyone else on the drum line.”
“But I like you.”
She snorted. “You like everyone.”
There was the careless shrug again. “You in?”
“What’s in it for me?”
He leaned over the crash cymbal. “What do you want?”
He asked like it was a dirty little secret and it made her blood rush in ways it shouldn’t. She couldn’t afford to be attracted to someone like him, someone who wanted all the attention on him, someone who would make everyone stare at her like he had this morning.
“Nothing from you.”
He rocked back on his heels and nodded his head slowly. “How about a paying gig?”
“You’re going to pay me to teach you?”
“No. But my band has a regular gig on the weekends and my drummer is going home for the holidays. Unless you’re going somewhere?”
Her resolve to avoid Hunter began to dissolve like ice under rock salt. He offered the one thing she needed: experience with a band. She’d failed at putting together her own band numerous times, mostly because she expected too much from people or she rubbed them the wrong way.
She bit her lip. If she took this deal, she would be spending her entire break with Hunter. They would have band practice together and private lessons and work on the weekends. Hitching her chin up, she asked, “What kind of music?”
“Mostly covers of classic rock.”
Her heart sped. It seemed too good to be true. “How often does your band practice and how many lessons are you looking for?”
He started to shrug, but then seemed to think better of it. “My guy, Kevin, won’t be leaving until after finals, but I think you should jump in early, if it suits your schedule. We usually practice two or three days a week.” The corner of his mouth flicked up again. “I’m ready to start lessons immediately.”
“I need to think about it. I’ll let you know.”
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
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Liam’s Luscious Cheesecake
By: Shannyn Schroeder
I hope all my fellow Americans had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Since it is the holiday season, I thought about sharing a recipe for a holiday dessert, but then I realized that the traditional desserts—like pumpkin pie—are not my thing. Instead, I’m going to share a recipe I created for one of my single-title novels in the O’Leary series. I love cheesecake and this recipe is easy and delicious. I don’t make it often because it’s tempting to eat the entire thing myself.
1½ cups graham crackers
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons melted butter
All ingredients should be at room temperature.
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese
2 packages (8 oz each) mascarpone cheese
1¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix graham crackers and sugar in a bowl. Add melted butter and mix with a fork. Press mixture into bottom and part of the way up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake crust for 10-15 minutes, until set and golden.
In a mixer, combine cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until blended. Mix in sugar. Add almond. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mix between each addition.
Pour filling mixture over crust. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes. Middle of cake will still be wobbly. Cake sets when cool.
Allow cake to cool for at least an hour. Wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.
Slice and enjoy.