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.
I 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?
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