Guest Post: Time Travel Romance and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cj Fosdick

Today I’m delighted to welcome Wild Rose sister Cj Fosdick to the blog.  Here she is to talk a bit about her heroine in her Accidental series, the first of which is  on sale now for 99 cents, and to share her favorite Victorian era recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Take it away, Cj!

Cookies as Poker Chips?

Authors often share a brain with their heroines.  My favorite heroine, Jessica Brewster, is taller and slimmer than me, but we both have the same red hair, brown eyes, penchant for drama and taste for cookies. When Jessica participates in a living history tea party at Old Ft. Laramie with her late grandmother’s mysterious teacup, she never imagined she would actually become living history—in the shoes of her look-alike great great grandmother.

Fending off her ancestor’s charismatic first husband and raising her nine year old great grandmother are only two of the challenges she faces in 1886 while learning to cook, launder, and survive the bias and dangers of homestead life in Wyoming.  Her charade in The Accidental Wife grows complicated when the transformative power of love takes hold, and her ancestor’s wayward brother shows up with dark secrets of his own. In a cabin poker game, Jessica offers her famous chocolate chip cookies as poker chips.  (Since chocolate chips were not invented until 1937, she finds a way to improvise.)

Baking anything in a cast iron woodstove is a challenge to a well-educated single woman of the 21st century who often relied on take-out or the convenience of popping frozen meals into a microwave. Woodstoves couldn’t regulate baking temperatures well enough to produce cookies, but creativity is also the mother of pre-invention in a time slip. Jessica’s version of our most famous cookie uses a pocket watch and broken bits of chocolate bars bought at the Ft. Laramie trading post. In the end, Jessica’s ingenuity wins love and legacy in the poker game of life.

 

Jessica’s 1886 Chocolate Chippers

Since chocolate chips were not invented until 1937, time-traveler Jessica Brewster in “The Accidental Wife”
improvises this recipe found in her ancestor’s 1886 cookbook!

1 c. butter                               
1 ½ c. sugar
3 eggs
½ t. baking soda dissolved in a little warm water
2 ½ c. flour                             
Few drops of vanilla
Pinch of salt, nutmeg
3 or more chocolate bars  (raisins optional )

Add ingredients in order,  creaming first two.
Break up chocolate bars into about half the size of a fingernail & fold in. Refrigerate  dough.   
Bake about 10 min. @350 on baking sheets lined with parchment paper until edges brown.

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The Accidental Wife began life as an award-winning short story. The Accidental Stranger is the sequel to Jessica’s timeless journey with “…a fanciful twist on its genre,” according to Kirkus Reviews. Until August 31, the eBook of The Accidental Wife will be on sale for the first time at $0.99 at most online bookstores.

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Author Interview: DeeDee Lane

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done an author interview, but I’m jumping back into the fray with a special Thursday edition of an interview with fellow Wild Rose author DeeDee Lane. DeeDee’s latest release, My Law Man, is a time travel novella set in the Old West. Welcome, DeeDee!

Hi Marin and All,

My name is DeeDee Lane and this month I’m releasing my third novella in the Slip in Time Series—MY LAW MAN, published by The Wild Rose Press.  I live in Seattle, WA and I’ve been writing romance since 2010…I give myself that start date because that’s about the time I joined Romance Writers of America and made the commitment to write, publish, practice my craft, and hobnob with other romance writers.  I was inspired to write this book by…well let’s just say one word…Phebe. This heroine was so clear to me from day one and I just loved putting her in odd situations to see how she’d get out of them and fall in love at the same time.  So for this book I was definitely more of a “write by the seat of my pants” then usual.  I did the basic plot because I want all of the Slip in Time books to have a similar format but then I just kind of let Phebe take over.  Right now I’m working on the 4th book in this series, MY TRAVELING MAN, which is back from beta readers and in the final editing stage.

What book are you reading now?  Well, I’m going to have to come clean and admit it’s NOT a romance novel!  I know, I know…but I was in the King County Library and they advertised a book club meeting for a title they categorized as YA (Young Adult).  The book is WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple and it is a book I recommend without hesitation. I went to SeaTac airport recently and I swear to you I was looking around for Bernadette!  This character is written with such vibrancy I was not only looking for her but wanted to find her. And yes, the book does take place in Seattle so there was some possibility in my mad searching…except Bernadette is a fictional character… oh well.  Put it on your “must read” list…along with MY LAW MAN!

I love YA–I read it all the time in between romances. 🙂 If you had a superpower what would it be? I would be HEALING WOMAN, able to cure disease with a single touch. The Daily Planet would report me swooshing through the world to spread health and well-being.  I’d wear a peach/pink sparkly cape, definitely NOT tights, and my superhero emblem would be a hand holding a heart.  This is perhaps inspired by a dear friend I lost to ALS in September 2015, yes still grieving and no, still can’t believe she’s gone.

So sorry for your loss, DeeDee. I know many of us wish we could heal disease as well. What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring author? Give yourself goals and deadlines. If you do that now you’ll be prepared when publishers, agents, and contests give you deadlines. I’ve always done this somewhat but then I took romance writer, Cindy Kirk’s, workshop on “Writing Faster,” at the Emerald City Romance Writers Conference. I’ll probably never match her output but I was inspired to make my goals accomplishable and motivating. So right now my four day goal is to finish three blog entries for MY LAW MAN’s release and finish edits on MY TRAVELLING MAN.

Excellent advice! Anything else you’d like to share? Three things I love about living in Seattle: Rhododendrons in the spring, recycling and composting are required, dress code is casual except for top executives and going to the opera.  Three things I don’t love about living in Seattle: Traffic on I-5 and pretty much all roads and highways, being far away from family in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas. I’m a Seahawks fan until they play the Green Bay Packers–then it’s the Pack all the way.

Thanks, DeeDee! Best of luck with the new release!

My Law Man, by DeeDee Lane

perf5.000x8.000.inddPhebe Brooks is single, cynical—okay bitter—and fighting to stay out of jail by doing community service at the Cowboy and Western Museum. While cleaning a jail cell in the “Lawmen of the West” exhibit, Phebe slips back in time and into the arms of a man who resembles her first love, Rafe Morrow.

Newly hired as Eagle Rock’s sheriff, Rafe, a former sharpshooter in the Union Army, came west to start anew.  This seems possible until his town is overtaken by a sassy female constantly complaining about wearing a dress and then a band of outlaws set on robbing the gold from an incoming stagecoach.

Can Phebe and Rafe cooperate long enough to save the town? For Phebe, it’s worth the risk. She’s determined to let go of past mistakes, get herself on the right side of the law, and have a future filled with love and passion.

Buy MY LAW MAN at The Wild Rose Press

Find DeeDee on line at  http://www.deedeelane.com. You can also catch another interview on Lynda Coker’s Blog –
http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/2016/07/catching-light-bulb-moment-with-author.html.

Historical Book Blast Friday: More from Beth Trissel

I am pleased to welcome fellow Wild Rose historical author, Beth Trissel, back to the blog today. Beth, you may recall, released Traitor’s Curse in November, and today she’d like to tell you about the other books in the series. If you like 18th century American romance, you really should check out them out!

Enemyoftheking_w2243_680Enemy of the King (Book 1 Traitor’s Legacy Series)

1780, South Carolina.

While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.

Traitors LegacyTraitor’s Legacy (Book 2)

1781. On opposite sides of the War of Independence, British Captain Jacob Vaughan and Claire Monroe find themselves thrust together by chance and expediency.

Captain Vaughan comes to a stately North Carolina manor to catch a spy. Instead, he finds himself in bedlam: the head of the household is an old man ravaged by madness, the one sane male of the family is the very man he is hunting, and the household is overseen by his beguiling sister Claire.

Torn between duty, love, and allegiances, yearning desperately for peace, will Captain Vaughan and Claire Monroe forge a peace of their own against the vagaries of war and the betrayal of false friends?

MediaKit_BookCover_TraitorsCurse_w9629_med (1)Traitor’s Curse (Book 3)

Halifax, North Carolina, 1783.

Captain Stuart Monroe returns home from the Revolutionary War to find Thornton Hall threatened by a peacetime foe: debt. He knows the location of a treasure amassed to pay for the capture of Benedict Arnold that would restore his manor to its former glory. The catch, it’s hidden in the graveyard, and coveted by old enemies.

Hettie Fairfax inherited the Sight from her Cherokee ancestors, and her otherworldly visitors warn her, and Stuart, away from the buried treasure. Half-dead from fever, she delivers a message: the treasure is cursed. But will he believe a girl half out of her mind with illness? Even when a very real enemy attempts to poison her? Stuart soon wants to marry Hettie, but she fears her “odd ways” will blemish his reputation. The spirits have their own agenda, however, and the battle against darkness tests everything the couple holds dear, including their love for each other.

A bit about Beth:

Author Beth TrisselMarried to her high school sweetheart, Beth Trissel lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by her children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of her inspiration. She’s especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, Beth also writes time travel, paranormal romance, YA fantasy, and nonfiction.

For more on Beth visit her blog, One Writer’s Way, connect with Beth on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her Amazon Author Page.

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