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THE GOLDEN LEGACY BOX SET
BY NANCY RADKE, REBECCA YORK
SUSANNE MATTHEWS, & KATY WALTERS
FIVE stories of passion and excitement, all the result of THE GOLDEN LEGACY.
The legacy of a pirate treasure is either a curse or a blessing depending on if it’s used for good or evil.
Early in the 1700s, a modest merchant ship sailing the Caribbean is attacked by pirates. Although smaller, The Golden Fleece bested the brigands’ craft loaded with a treasure trove of gold and jewels. The last words of a dying pirate claimed the Incas had cursed anyone who misused the treasure but anyone who used it for good would be blessed. The greedy merchant captain was killed during the battle, but his 18-year-old daughter survived. Mindful of the curse and to thank God for their salvation, she asked the crew members to split the treasure equally. They made a binding pledge to keep only twenty percent for their own use and give ten percent to help others. With the rest, each was to buy something of great value that could be given to their descendants. The curse, though, would be passed onto anyone who broke the oath and used the gains selfishly.
Love survives despite the trauma of pirates, kidnappings, and murder; villains and slave uprisings, lies and deceptions. Travel from the eighteenth to twenty-first century and find what perils and pleasure await in this box set collection of romance stories based on the purloined pirates’ treasure of THE GOLDEN LEGACY from USA Today and NY Times Bestselling Authors.
THE PRISONER RETURNS by Nancy Radke: His love for her means more than his inheritance. He’s willing to lose it all to save the woman he loves.
TWIST OF FATE by Susanne Matthews: Can a cursed treasure unite two lonely outcasts?
RACE FOR THE GOLD by Rebecca York: Can they stay alive and out of harm’s way long enough for her to enjoy her inheritance?
DANGEROUS INHERITANCE by Nancy Radke: Great wealth can bring great problems – including kidnapping and murder – and may make it harder to protect the woman you love.
THE PRICE OF LOVE by Katy Walters: Two couples find love as they deal with murderous family members and a mysterious time portal while trying to stay alive long enough to enjoy a generous inheritance.
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Quick, Easy, and Delicious Chocolate Depression Cake
By Rebecca York
My story in The Golden Legacy boxed set, Race for the Gold, takes place in the 1930s when times are hard. The hero, Matthew Connor, has three big problems. As his horse farm fell on hard times in Depression-era Maryland, his wife left him for another man, abandoning their five-year-old daughter, Jenny. Now he suspects someone is trying to sabotage his business. When Hannah Henry snatches Jenny from the path of a speeding car, Matt is sure fate has intervened and hires Hannah as the girl’s nanny. As he watches them bond, he falls for the young woman who is giving his daughter a renewed sense of security. Yet he’s reluctant to risk his heart again. When Hannah comes into money from the Golden Legacy, she tries to find a way to banish his financial worries without wounding the pride of the man she loves. But will the saboteur succeed before Matt realizes that Hannah’s heart is the only treasure that matters.
While he’s worried about finances, Matt is trying to save money any way he can. And he’s delighted when his housekeeper comes up with this cake that’s rich, moist, and simple to make, but surprisingly cheap because it has no milk, eggs, or butter. After baking, top with creamy chocolate frosting. For modern cooks, this cake is a real time-saver. I assembled and combined the ingredients in eighteen minutes. And I baked it in the toaster oven.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup bland cooking oil such as canola
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
TO MAKE THE CAKE:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder until well combined.
In a two-cup liquid measuring cup, combine water, vinegar and vanilla extract.
Add the oil to the bowl of dry ingredients, followed by the water mixture. Stir until the chocolate cake batter is mostly smooth. Make sure no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.
Pour the cake batter into an 8×8″ or 9×9″ baking pan. Transfer to the oven and bake the cake for 32 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
TO MAKE THE ICING:
When the cake is completely cooled (for at least 1 hour): Combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl and stir to mix well. Add the vanilla extract. Begin adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring, until it forms a thick but pourable icing (about 3 tablespoons total).
Immediately spoon the icing over the cooled cake and spread until the cake is evenly covered. Slice the cake into 9 pieces and serve.
Meet THE GOLDEN LEGACY Authors…
Hi. I’m Nancy Radke and I write western romances, The Traherns, which are more western and less romance. I write these books without much plotting. I start with a premise (what if…) and then start writing. It’s fun, as the plot and the characters develop themselves, so it is like reading a book where you can control it. I enjoy writing these more than my longer books, which I plot first. There are 13 books in the Trahern series, with #14 started.
I grew up on a farm in Southeastern Washington (Blue Mountain area) that had cats and cows and horses and dogs, so a lot of what I write in my western stories are things that I did or knew about. We raised cows and pigs and ate them, so if you made a pet out of it, you knew it would get eaten.
My latest project is Raising Giants, a home school program that includes how to teach, what to teach, and individualized coaching. You can access the Raising Giants site at raising-giants.mykajabi.com A FREE program, “Teach Your 4-Year-Old How to Read,” is available there. Since my seven-year-old brother taught me to read at age 4, I figure most anyone can do it.
A master of paranormal romantic suspense, Rebecca York is the author of over 150 books. A New York Times and USA Today best-seller, she has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.
Rebecca’s many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and Series Romantic Mystery. NOWHERE MAN was the Romantic Times Best Intrigue of 1998, and the book was selected as one of their Reviewers’ “all-time favorite 400 romances.” In addition, she received the 1998 Affaire de Coeur’s Critics Choice Award for Best Contemporary Novel, also for NOWHERE MAN. Ruth’s book, KILLING MOON, won the 2003 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award for best Paranormal. AMANDA’S CHILD won the 2001 Golden Leaf Award for Long Contemporary and was nominated for Best Intrigue of 2000 by Romantic Times. She is one of a small group of authors to have won the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award.
Ruth and her husband travel frequently to research settings for novels and taste new dishes for cookbooks. Her many unique experiences are apt to end up in her books–like the time she encountered a coral snake in the Guatemalan jungle or took a flight in a glider plane.
Susanne Matthews lives in Eastern Ontario, Canada with her husband. She has three grown children and five grandchildren. Of French-Canadian descent, although her ancestry is British Isles, Susanne is an avid reader of all types of books, but with a penchant for happily ever after romances regardless of what it takes to get there. A retired educator, she spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers in a variety of genres that range from contemporary to romantic thrillers. She loves the ins and outs of complex stories and the journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love. After all, everyone deserves a happy ending!
Katy lives on the South Coast of England with her husband and a loveable cockapoo. Katy has BA Hons Psych. BA Engl. Lit, an MA in Philosophy and a Hon Dr. Sc. After a career as a research psychologist and therapist, Katy now enjoys creative writing, her favorites being Phillip K Dick. and Georgette Heyer.
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Special Giveaways: Rebecca is giving away an ebook copy of Christmas Miracle 1935, a novella that follows Race for the Gold in the boxed set, to two lucky readers who comment on this Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Thanks, Nancy, Rebecca, Susanne, & Katy, for sharing your stories with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!