A Shameless Lady, a Recipe and a #Giveaway

Barbara Monajem here. It’s release day for Love and the Shameless Lady! Isn’t this a great cover?? The hero looks so mischievous! And distracted… Hopefully not too distracted, since he’s carrying lit candles…


Here’s the blurb:

Disgraced lady Daisy Warren serves ale in a tumbledown inn, sings crude songs for the smugglers, and writes romantic novels in her spare time. Shunned by her own class, she’s resigned to her lowly life—until someone tries to kill her.

Gentleman spy Sir Julian Kerr noses out seditionists and traitors. When he visits the inn to investigate two suspicious Frenchmen, he meets the lovely but hostile Daisy. He doesn’t intend to get involved with her—but then he learns that someone is threatening her life.

He wants to find out more—it’s part of his investigation.

He wants to protect her—he’s a chivalrous man.

He just wants her.

But will Daisy’s bitter past allow her to risk love again?

(Duh. Of course. This is a romance.)

I enjoyed writing about Daisy. She not only pens novels (something I can easily relate to!) but she’s working on a cookbook, too. I love looking at old-fashioned cookery books like Mrs. Beeton’s, so it was fun to have a character writing one of her own.

mrs-beetons-coverI indulged myself in a little sentimentality, too. In the story, Daisy is trying to come up with a perfect recipe for rock buns, aka rock cakes. Why? Because my English grandmother used to make rock cakes. I remember them well from my childhood. (Recently I was reminded that Harry Potter liked them a lot, too.) I don’t eat many sweet foods now, but I indulged myself with a batch of rock cakes. This is my own recipe – altered a bit from the one my grannie used so many years ago.

1 cup flour

1 cup oat flour

½ cup brown sugar (some recipes call for twice as much sugar)

3 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp powdered ginger

1 stick butter (1/4 lb)

1 cup currants (or raisins, peel, dried cherries or cranberries, etc.)

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup milk

Mix the first six ingredients together. Cut in the butter. Add the currants. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and add the milk. Add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. It should make a fairly stiff dough.

Put in little mounds on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar if you wish. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes.


As for the giveaway: Daisy’s story is the third book in the Scandalous Kisses series. I’m offering a giveaway of the first book, To Kiss a Rake, and the second one, The Rake’s Irish Lady. (Or two others of my books if you already have these ones.) Leave a comment for a chance to win. Do you have a favorite recipe from your childhood? Something with sentimental value for you, perhaps?

Buy links for Love and the Shameless Lady:

Amazon US    

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia


Follow Barbara Monajem:

Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

30 Responses

  1. Mary Preston

    When I was a child my mother would have a baking morning every Tuesday. She would fill up all of the biscuit tins. (Cookies to you.) No matter what else she baked she always made ANZAC biscuits. You could call them rolled oats biscuits too.

    I copied this to explain.

    “ANZAC biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I.

    It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients did not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.”


    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Mary. The ANZAC biscuits sound great. I love anything made with oats, and one of my favorite recipes is for Scotch Oatcakes. 🙂

  2. Linda

    A jelly that has a layer of bread soaked in coconut milk on top. We used to have it every festive occasion.

  3. moosehog83

    I do but I don’t actually make it anymore. My moms pistachio cake. It’s the only cake I’ve ever liked but I really don’t like cakes and stuff

    • Barbara Monajem

      I don’t eat much cake, either, but I ate too much last night and regretted it, LOL.

  4. Glenda

    I’ve been craving old fashioned cinnamon bread lately: butter, cinnamon and sugar liberally covering the end piece of a fresh loaf of homemade bread.

    • Glenda

      I left off the most important part. The bread has to be broiled so the butter melts and the sugar caramelizes.

      • Barbara Monajem

        Wow. That sounds absolutely scrumptious, Glenda!

  5. theardentreader2014

    My favorite recipe wasn’t found until I was an adult! But it’s my great grandma’s (on my dad’s side) applesauce cookies. My aunt found it when I was about 30! Lol and I make them for my Dad quite often.
    Is very hard to find a good recipe, I had looked for years for the right one, making every one I found and talking them to dad to try. The day my aunt found the actual recipe in grandma’s hand was a great day!
    Thank you for the chance to win, I’ve not read these yet!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Applesauce cookies sound wonderful. I used to have a recipe for an applesauce cake, but I lost it. 🙁 But I do substitute applesauce for milk in my oatmeal muffin recipe, and it works very well.

  6. Barbara Monajem

    From Janice (whose comment posted elsewhere on the site): Cherry winks are one of the cookies my mother made every Christmas. They became our son’s favourite cookie also. He once told me that it didn’t have to be Christmas to bake them.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Janice. Cherry winks is a lovely name for a cookie. One of my favorite Christmas treats was Cherry Slice, which is made with glace cherries and is irresistible.

  7. Sherry Extine

    My Grandma always made chocolate chip cookies. She didn’t measure a thing, just put what she wanted in the bowl and mixed. The cookies always came out perfect. I make chocolate chip cookies today and they never taste the same. Mine are ok but Grandma’s were delicious.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Sherry. Some people just have a knack for baking! (Not me — I always start with a recipe, although I sometimes change things a little.)

  8. Janie McGaugh

    My mother’s banana pudding takes me back to my childhood. If only it didn’t take so much effort to make. I think I’ve only ever made it once!

    • Barbara Monajem

      LOL, Janie. I’m like that about banana cream pie. It tastes fabulous, but it’s a lot of work to make.

  9. Marcelle Cole

    My Granny Cole made Vinegar Pie. Apparently this replaced Lemon Pie during the Great Depression. None of her daughters kept the recipe and all but one of them have passed.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Marcelle. It’s a shame the recipe is lost–but maybe there is something similar on line.

  10. Joye

    My favorite recipe from my childhood was my Grandmother’s fat, delicious oatmeal cookies with raisins and nuts. They were moist and flavorful

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Joye. Ahhhh, yum! I’m another oatmeal fan. My dh loves oatmeal raisin cookies. 🙂

  11. Jackie Wisherd

    One of my favorite recipes is my grandmother’s cornbread stuffing for a turkey on Thanksgiving. It will be passed on to other members of the family who also love this dish.

  12. dholcomb1


    Chocolate chip cookies. Homemade. That’s how we solved problems. Eating cookies.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Denise. Yup, homemade chocolate chip cookies are magic. 😉

  13. Jennifer Wadkins

    Hello! Yes, I have a favorite sweet as a kid. It’s called sad cake but it’s nothing of the sort! It’s really delicious and also makes scandalous cookies! Congratulations on you release, it looks really intriguing!

  14. Barbara Monajem

    OK, because I took so long to pick the winners (my excuse is that I was out of town, visiting relatives in Victoria, Canada and generally being homesick for the west coast, which doesn’t make much sense, since that’s where I was…maybe it’s because I knew I had to leave again soon), I decided to pick two winners instead of one. In other words, two winners, two books each! Anyway…. The winners are Janie McGaugh and Jennifer Wadkins! I will email you both to let you know how to collect your prizes. Thanks for the comments, everyone. 🙂

    • Jennifer Wadkins

      Thank you so much!!! I can’t wait to read them!!!