Saturday, January 16, 2021

Love at a cat café - a free #SweetRomance - #Romance #ContemporaryRomance #CleanRomance

“Small town romance with cats ... what more could you want?”

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple. These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, fuzzy feeling of cuddling a purring cat. 

“Anyone who likes a sweet story about relatable, cat-loving characters will enjoy Coffee and Crushes.”

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

“There are sisters looking out for sisters, a deliciously sweet hero, and (of course!) all kinds of cats that fill the café and the characters’ hearts. What’s not to love?

Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Excerpt: Chapter 1

Kari studied the muscular, tattooed man with the shaved head. Yummy. Not her type, but still, she could see why some women liked bad boys. “You don’t look like a barista.” Whoops, had she said that out loud?

One corner of his mouth twitched. “You don’t look like a business owner.”

Fair enough. Growing her hair out had not, as she’d hoped, helped her look older than her 24 years, and no matter how tall she stood, she couldn’t reach above five feet two inches. All right, technically five feet one and a half inches.

She smiled. “I guess we’re even.”

He glanced around the empty room. Kari followed his gaze. Was he wondering if they would actually get the cat café open in a few weeks? At the moment, they had no furniture, no decor, and no cats. This man had wandered in through the doors that were propped open to let the paint fumes escape. He wasn’t the first person to take interest in the Help Wanted sign in the window, but he was one of the few men, and the oldest. She guessed his age at early thirties, though possibly hard living had added a few years.

His presence made the large room feels smaller. Kari took refuge in professionalism. After all, however she might look, she was in fact a business owner now. “Do you have a resume?”

He turned back to her and his piercing gaze almost knocked her back a step.

“I’m going to be upfront with you,” he said.

She swallowed. “I’d appreciate that.”

“My resume doesn’t reflect my current interests. I did four years in the Army. Then I signed on with a private security firm in the Mid East. Did that for four years before I was injured last year. Almost two years ago now, I guess.”

Kari did some math in her head, partly to distract herself from his golden-brown eyes. Assume he’d entered the military right out of high school. That made four years plus four plus two. That would make him younger than she’d thought, less than thirty. Eight years in the Middle East would also explain his tough, weathered look.

“I spent the time since then focused on healing. Physical therapy, counseling.” His eyes narrowed slightly, as if ready to judge her response.

“That’s good.” It would be rude to ask about his injuries, not to mention against labor laws if this was going to be a job interview. “I hope you’re …” It was probably too much to expect better from a recovery that took over a year of physical therapy and counseling. “… improved.”

He nodded, and his shoulders dropped half an inch. She hadn’t realized until then that he might be nervous about this conversation as well.

Kari smiled warmly. “So now you think making coffee sounds good? Or is it the cats that appeal to you?”

He returned her smile, and her knees went weak. He was not her type. She liked intellectual, career-focused men. She had never understood women who raved over a man in uniform. Not that he was in uniform now. She glanced down at his faded jeans and tried not to let her gaze linger on the snug black T-shirt as she looked up again. Now he looked like he should be jumping on a motorcycle without a helmet, not looking for work in a café that featured adoptable cats. Soldier or biker, he wasn’t her type – but she could see the appeal.

A clatter came from the kitchen, where her sister was organizing the supplies. On the other hand, this man might be Marley’s type. After all, Marley had gotten pregnant at eighteen from a tattooed soldier on leave. She’d hardly dated since, but if her ex hadn’t turned her off of the type permanently, she might find this one appealing. But was he a nice guy or a jerk?

“Both, actually.”

It took Kari a moment to realize he was responding to her question about coffee or cats.

I definitely recommend this book for a pretty quick read that will leave you feeling all kinds of happy at the end.”

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK. (For other countries click here.) 

Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Friday, January 15, 2021

99c Adventure Romance in the Southwest rated 4.5 ⭐: #contemporaryromance #Romanticsuspense #Romance #suspense #MFRWorg

Desert Gold: A Southwest Adventure Romance

only 99 cents

A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic – and deadly – New Mexico desert....

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.

When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?

“The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

Excerpt:

   Erin shook her head. Who would’ve thought that she, the quiet, studious girl who’d spent her entire adult life in academia in one way or another, would be planning such an adventure?

    She checked that the front door was locked, a habit left over from living in bigger cities, grabbed her bike helmet, and went out the back.

    Erin wheeled the bike around the front of her house and mounted. At the corner, she paused and looked both ways. The long frontage road was dangerously narrow, with a cement wall on one side and a ditch on the other. Fortunately, traffic was normally light, and at this time of day the road lay empty. Erin pushed off, still grinning from her find. She rode on the right side, by the ditch, instead of facing traffic, because it was just too frightening to ride alongside the wall when a car passed.

    She’d gone a block when she heard the hum of a car engine as it pulled out from a side street behind her. She rode along the very edge of the pavement, even though the car would have plenty of room to pass her without oncoming traffic.

    Erin glanced over her shoulder. The black SUV 20 feet behind her hadn’t bothered to pull out into the road at all. Jerk. When would drivers learn to share the road with bicyclists? Erin pulled onto the two-foot wide gravel strip between the pavement and the ditch. She couldn’t stop without risking a skid, but she slowed so the SUV could pass.

    The engine roared. Erin glanced back again.

    Black metal bore down on her. Her heart lurched and the bike wobbled. This guy was crazy! She whipped her gaze forward, rose up in the seat, and pumped the pedals with all her power, skimming along inches from the ditch. He was just trying to scare her. She’d get his license plate and—

    She felt the bumper hit her back tire. The bike seemed to leap into the air, and she went flying. The dried mud and weeds of the ditch seemed to rise up to meet her.

    She didn’t even have time to scream.

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.


This is book 1 in the Southwest Romantic Suspense series, followed by Valley of Gems and Silver Canyon. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with light romance in the Southwest. This series was originally published as The Mad Monk’s Treasure, The Dead Man’s Treasure, and The Skeleton Canyon Treasure.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Clean & Wholesome Romance - First in Series, including a 99-cent #SweetRomance with cats #MFRWhooks #Romance

Clean & Wholesome Romance - First in Series

Visit ranches, cafés, islands, big cities, and beach cottages in these Clean and Wholesome Romance novels. You'll find your favorite #romance tropes: billionaires and cowboys, mail order brides and a marriage of convenience. Each starts a series in Kindle Unlimited. See all the options here.

Or go straight to Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance. It's only 99 cents for the Kindle - or free in Kindle Unlimited! If you love it, you have four more standalone books in the series to keep you entertained. 

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart. 

Excerpt: 

Kari smiled warmly. “So now you think making coffee sounds good? Or is it the cats that appeal to you?”

He returned her smile, and her knees went weak. He was not her type. She liked intellectual, career-focused men. She had never understood women who raved over a man in uniform. Not that he was in uniform now. She glanced down at his faded jeans and tried not to let her gaze linger on the snug black T-shirt as she looked up again. Now he looked like he should be jumping on a motorcycle without a helmet, not looking for work in a café that featured adoptable cats. Soldier or biker, he wasn’t her type – but she could see the appeal.

A clatter came from the kitchen, where her sister was organizing the supplies. On the other hand, this man might be Marley’s type. After all, Marley had gotten pregnant at eighteen from a tattooed soldier on leave. She’d hardly dated since, but if her ex hadn’t turned her off of the type permanently, she might find this one appealing. But was he a nice guy or a jerk?

“Both, actually.”

It took Kari a moment to realize he was responding to her question about coffee or cats.

This is a blog hop! Visit all the Book Hooks from #MFRWHooks – You might find your next great read! 

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple. These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, fuzzy feeling of cuddling a purring cat. Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Get your free #Romance novella from the Cat Café! Lions and Love at the Cat Café is #ContemporaryRomance #SweetRomance #CleanRomance

Check out the Furrever Friends Cat Café with a free sweet romance novella complete at 35 pages. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

In college, Cheyenne and Nash were inseparable. Then she followed her dream, heading to Asia to work on big cat conservation. Nash stayed behind, protecting his secret: a phobia of all cats.

Fifteen years later, Cheyenne comes home. Can Nash convince her to stay and give him another chance?



Excerpt:

Cheyenne stopped in front of the Furrever Friends Cat Café and gazed through the windows. A man crouched on the floor, holding a long stick with a string on the end. He waved the stick, and a cat leapt for the bundle of feathers on the other end of the string. The cat had to be adorable – after all, cats were – but she couldn’t look away from the man. His crouched position didn’t hide his long legs and broad shoulders. The curve of his cheek, the angle of his jaw, the dark hair falling over his forehead – they were more familiar than her own face.

But it couldn’t be Nash. Not here. He hated cats, always had, wouldn’t go near them. That had destroyed their relationship all those years ago.

Cheyenne stared, blinked, and stared some more. The sight didn’t change. The clean café windows and bright lights inside left no doubt. He might have filled out a little, gained a touch of grey in his dark hair, but it couldn’t be anyone else.

Her ex-boyfriend was in a cat café. Playing with a cat. It didn’t make sense.


The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). 

Check out the series for free with this novella, or get books 1-5 at Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) The first three books are available in The Furrever Friends Cat Café Collection. All books are currently in Kindle Unlimited.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Last-minute #holiday shopping? Send #romance at the Cat Café - #sweetromance #Christmas

If you need some last-minute gifts and the mail won’t get them there in time, you can send e-books as gifts! 

For cat and romance lovers, consider the Cat Café Collection, the first three books in the series. (e-book $7.99; print $14.99). To send someone an e-book from Amazon, look at the righthand side of the page for the “buy for others” button. 

See the 3-book Collection here or visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page for the individual books.


The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

He’s loved her forever. She still sees him as the neighbor kid. Can five desperate kittens bring them together?

Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café

Can two lonely people get a second chance at finding love?

Now get all three books in the series!

The Furrever Friends Cat Café Collection: 

A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance books 1-3

ebook $7.99, free with Kindle Unlimited

paperback $14.99

Get the collection on Kris Bock's Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.)

Monday, December 14, 2020

A #Christmas #Recipe from the Cat Café #romance series: Rocky Road Fudge Bars #cookies #sweetromance

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock - only 99 cents or free in KU!

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. But when a sexy master baker walks in, she can’t let him get away. So what does she do with the guy of her dreams? Set him up with her sister, of course.


Get this sweet romance on Amazon, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

This book is set at a café with its own bakery, so of course we have recipes! If you love chocolate and dense, chewy brownies, this will be a winner.

ROCKY ROAD FUDGE BARS


NOTE: frosting must be ready when bars come out of oven. Makes 3 to 4 dozen bars.

BAR:
½ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

FILLING:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for frosting)
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 c. margarine, softened
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
6 oz. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips

FROSTING:
2 cups miniature marshmallows
¼ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
2 oz. reserved cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

o   Heat oven to 350°. Grease with butter (not oil) a 13 x 9 inch pan and sprinkle it with flour.
o   In large saucepan over low heat, melt ½ cup margarine and 1 square chocolate. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add remaining Bar ingredients; mix well. Spread in prepared pan.
o   In small bowl, combine 6 ounces cream cheese with next 5 Filling ingredients. Beat 1 minute at medium speed until smooth and fluffy; stir in nuts.
o   Spread filling over chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 2 minutes longer.

o   While bars are baking: In large saucepan, over low heat, melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese, and milk.
o   Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together.
o   Cool. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter. They you'll get twice-monthly fun content, announcements of new books, sales, and more. Visit the Kris Bock website or Kris Bock’s Amazon page.

Friday, December 11, 2020

#Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café is 99 cents/99 £ Dec 10-17 – 67% off! #romance #sweetromance

Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café is 99 cents/99 £ for the Kindle Dec 10-17 – that's 67% off!

Christmas isn’t the same since Diane’s kids grew up and her husband died – so when her high school sweetheart comes back to town, maybe it’s time for some cozy new holiday traditions.

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life. Now she’s a widow at 53, and her grown children are encouraging her to slow down and do less – but she wants more. She starts planning for a new career by arranging a photo shoot at the cat café her daughters run. Unfortunately, the cats won’t cooperate.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he chose to travel the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back for a visit, but he’s not planning to stay – even if Diane still tugs at him. He’ll help her get what she wants from life, and then he’ll say goodbye.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel. But she can’t leave the people she loves so dearly, the family that might still need her just a little bit. Diane tempts Rick to end his wandering ways, but he can’t simply step into the hole left by her husband’s death. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.

Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

Need a holiday gift for a cat lover? Get The Furrever Friends Cat Café Collection: the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance books 1-3

Amazon US or Amazon UK

Purrfect comfort reads! This series features the people and cats at a small-town cat café. These sweet romances leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat. The collection includes Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café, Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café, and Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

#Holiday Gift Guide: Romance, Romance, #Romance for #Christmas #SweetRomance #CleanRomance

Are you buying a gift for a romance lover? Or would you like a quick vacation in the pages of a book, to get you through this holiday season? Try one of these Kris Bock titles.

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Get the first 3 books as a
paperback set for a great gift! 
Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.

Get this sweet romance for only 99 cents on Amazon, or free with Kindle Unlimited. If you like it, you have four more books in the series to enjoy! Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series pageGet Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Romantic Adventures in the Southwest


Desert Gold – When a quiet history professor uncovers a clue to the legendary lost Victorio Peak treasure, she prepares for adventure. But she’s not the only one interested. Is the handsome pilot who rescued her a hero or the enemy? “The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue….”

Valley of Gems – Rebecca Westin’s grandfather left her a buried treasure – if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. Her half-siblings are determined to reach the treasure first. Good thing Rebecca has help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to make their desert adventure sexy and fun. But a treacherous enemy will do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Silver Canyon - sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. (Each book features a different hero and heroine, and stands alone.)

Counterfeits  – Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.

What We Found–  When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn’t happy about her bringing the crime to light. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.
Whispers in the Dark  – Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the night. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit the Kris Bock Amazon page. Sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter for a free novella set at the cat cafe, announcements of new books, sales, and more.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A #Recipe from the Cat Café: Thumbprint Cookies #MFRWHooks

Christmas Cookies
 at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance is only $2.99 or free for reviewers – click here to claim your review copy (Kindle, ePub, or PDF).

Since I'm writing about a café, of course I mention recipes. Here's a favorite. These cookies are easy to make, look pretty, and people adore them (perfect if you're making holiday gift packs of goodies). Since you add the toppings after baking, you can easily do several varieties – I like lemon curd or lime curd, jam, and ginger spread.

Baked cookies with lime curd and apricot jam

Thumbprint Cookies

These pretty cookies are perfect for a party. Get several different types of jam in bright colors. What else could you use in place of jam? How about a small square of cream cheese or a small piece of soft caramel candy? Or try a few chocolate chips for chocolate thumbprints.

You can even press a chocolate kiss or miniature peanut butter cup into the cookie. In that case, bake the cookies 10 to 12 minutes first, until they are done. Once you add the candy, do not bake them anymore.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces jam, any flavor

  •     Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a cookie sheet, or use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  •     Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 2 to 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium-high speed.
  •        Separate the egg yolk from the white. Reserve the egg white for another use. Beat the egg yolk and vanilla extract into the batter. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
  •     Scoop up spoonfuls of dough and form them into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet at least two inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon. You want an indentation in the center, like a little bowl.
  •     Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms barely start to turn golden. Remove the baking sheet from oven.
  •     Use the back of a spoon to press the indentations in a little more. Fill each one with about 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, so the jam or chocolate melts slightly and the edges of the cookies turn lightly golden.
  •     Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.
Tip: Use two spoons for the jam. Scoop the jam with one spoon. Then use the back of the other spoon to slide the jam onto the cookie.

Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life raising two daughters and a grandson. Now she’s 53 and a widow. Her grown children are encouraging her to do less – but she wants more.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he traveled the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back, but not to stay.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel, but she can’t leave the family that might still need her. Diane tempts Rick to quit his wandering ways, but he can’t replace her husband. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.

Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats.


Kris Bock
writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 35-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) 

Monday, November 30, 2020

New Mexico Green Chile Chicken #Soup #Recipe and a Southwestern Adventure Novel

I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food. For my romantic suspense Valley of Gems, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this New Mexican standard. It's perfect as the weather gets cold!


by Littlemisslibrarian, Creative Commons License
This recipe is adapted from one given to me by my mother-in-law.

Green Chile Chicken Soup
6 servings.

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
4 cups (32 oz) chicken broth
2 cups cooked, boneless and skinless chicken cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup chopped green chile or to taste
See additional options below
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic powder or 1 tsp. garlic

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Add flour and stir the resulting paste over medium heat.
  2. Slowly add the milk and chicken broth and whip to eliminate any lumps. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Add the chicken, green chile, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well and cover. 
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes and serve.

Options:
  • Add beans.
  • Add vegetables – carrots, peas, bell peppers, corn, summer squash, mushrooms, or whatever you like – to make it healthier.
  • Try a version with ground beef or turkey and either red or green chile.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, green onions, chives, or avocado slices to sprinkle on top

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. She has lived in ten states and one foreign country but is now firmly planted in the Southwest, where many of her books are set. Readers have called her novels “Like Nancy Drew for grown-ups” and “Smart romance with an Indiana Jones feel.”

Kris writes for children under the name Chris Eboch. She has published over 60 books for young people, including ghostwriting for some famous mystery series.

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