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Introducing Author J. J. Montgomery

I am pleased to welcome author J. J. Montgomery to my blog and her wonderful book, Gun For Hire.
The Maui Heat Series

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The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Buy Links:
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Excerpt:

“The sunlight was intense after a half hour in that gloomy space, but I squinted hard and kept moving toward a narrow set of steps down to the parking lot. Grady walked a few paces behind me, and if he heard the crinkle of paper as I moved, he elected not to say anything.
Grady hit the remote to his truck and grabbed for the passenger side door, his hand light on my elbow as he helped me up. Paper crackled as my butt hit the seat and Grady’s eyes narrowed. Without a word, he slammed my door and went around to the driver’s side, climbing up into the cab and stabbing the keys into the ignition.
“So, I—” I hesitated as I shifted in my seat and my movement was accompanied by the distinct sound of cardboard bending.
“No,” Grady muttered, and clicked on the radio. “No talking.”
“But—”
“Shh.” Grady put a finger to his lips, his eyes still on the road. “Any minute you’re going to tell me about the felony crime you just committed. And then I’m going to have to deal with the fact that I was an accessory to a felony crime.”
“Umm, yeah.” I reached around to the back of my pants and eased the file folder up from my waistband, working it out slowly so as to not lose anything as Grady headed up the hillside toward his house. As I brought it around to look at it, the red block letters damning me to years of incarceration should I get caught, a muscle ticked in Grady’s jaw.
“You stole classified documents.” He shook his head from side to side.
I looked up at Grady and then down at the mangled file with the red Top Secret heading. I took a corner of the front sheet and ripped across the width of the page, separating the words “Top Secret” from the rest of the paper.
“They’re declassified now.” I crumpled up the classification and shoved it in my pocket.
Grady sighed.
I shrugged and opened the file.”

Author Bio:

J.J. MONTGOMERY writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in J.J.’s Maui Heat Series.
If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

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Introducing Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen!

I’m thrilled to feature Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen on my blog today!

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. When Senth’s brother is kidnapped to ensure the device is surrendered, Senth must rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. Senth must accomplish it in the company of a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

Book 1 in the Antonello Brothers series
With his baby face, few believe Senth Antonello is an Advanced Interior Security professional in the elite Thieves’ Guild, but he is no kid. His feral, feline HalfKin side might be a come-what-may daredevil who lives for risk, but his human side is gritty determination and resourcefulness. His master hires Senth out to Captain NarrAy Jorlan, an enhanced woman with dangerous, pleasure-laced pheromones, and offers to buy Senth’s cruelly enslaved older brother and free him.

The job is grab-and-go: snatch an heirloom, deliver it, return to his master, and his brother will be free. There’s just this one little catch…

Senth must remain a virgin, no matter how tempting NarrAy’s powerful pheromones are. Disregarding rumors and warnings about her kind, he accepts the job. After all, how hard can it be to pilfer an old locket? And come on! A skilled thief like himself can steal one little kiss. Avoid touching her? Ha! No way one touch could entrap him. This job will be a cinch.

Then Captain NarrAy sashays into his world with her sexy older-woman authority and seductive, soul-stealing scent, and every skill Senth spent years mastering goes right out of his head. His willpower is all that stands between his brother’s nightmare of captivity and freedom. For his brother’s sake, Senth has to get it together. If he can’t, his brother will remain a slave, and Senth will be at the mercy of her pleasure forever.

A fast-paced sci fi romantic comedy with an adorable, fun-loving hero. He’s half-human and half-cat. She’s a by-the-book army captain. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Genre: sweet science fiction romance (PG13)
Available free on Kindle Unlimited
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The sequel for this book is For Women Only.
Bro is a free short story set before this book opens. Get a copy here:

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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Summer of Seduction Anthology

I’m so pleased to feature these wonderful authors today for their Summer of Seduction Anthology!

Summer of Seduction
An Anthology
By Candi Fox, Louisa Bacio, Bobbi Romans, Monica Corwin, Audra Hart, Shakir Rashaan, AM Halford,
Sheri Velarde, Izzy Szyn

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About the Book:
“Avoid the burn, but savor the heat of the season! Kick back in the shade with your copy of Nine Hot Authors – Nine Sexy Tales of Summer Sizzle!
“Sugar’s Salvation” by Candi Fox
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“Dry Heat” by Louisa Bacio
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“A Summer Tryst” by Bobbi Romans
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Windows and Doors By Monica Corwin
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“Primal Heat” by Audra Hart
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“Summer Fever in a Tent” by A.M. Halford
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“Mikhail’s American Adventure” by Sheri Velarde
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“Kassie’s Seduction” by Izzy Szyn

Featuring an exotic array of genres to tempt even the pickiest of palates! Come, join the erotic adventure of “A Summer of Seduction”

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About the Authors:

Candi Fox:

Candi Fox, co-host of the wildly popular radio show Candi and Company with over 900 thousand listeners began her venture in the paranormal at the tender age of two, when she witnessed her first apparition. From that moment on the paranormal seemed to follow her. No matter where she moved, the house she lived in the house next door, or the house down the street always seemed to be haunted.

She often wondered if she drew the spirits to her. Little did she know that she was indeed a magnet of sorts. It wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she found people who could not only explain her gifts, but would also help her hone them. Armed with this new knowledge she began to openly explore hauntings and other paranormal phenomena.

Growing up in Indiana lent her the opportunity to explore many famous haunted places including the Hannah House, which was once part of the Underground Railroad. A little over two years ago she moved to Tulsa, OK and has began to explore the haunted landscape in a new state.

Candi lives with her husband, and furry children in Tulsa. She is passionate about the occult, saving and rehabilitating horses, horseback riding, magic, all things mystical and has her Reiki Mastery.

She uses her own paranormal experiences as well as her own life traumas to write from a grounded and realistic perspective about subjects that are hard to talk about and even harder to feel for yourself.

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Louisa Bacio:

A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.
Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and geckos. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.

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Bobbi Romans:

She’s a Mom, BamMaw, Aunt and loves to write, cook, and be both crafty and thrifty. Oddities include, marring people and moons ago, being on a talk show. *wink*

Bobbi writes a little bit of everything to find her available books, check out her Amazon page. To read reviews of her stories, check out her Goodreads page.

She loves to hear from readers so feel free to drop her a line.
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Monica Corwin:

Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.

You can find her on web.

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Audra Hart:

Audra Hart is a southern gal with plenty of life experience, which has lent itself to a colorful and somewhat naughty imagination. An avid reader from a very young age who enjoys a wide array of genres, Audra truly loves to read and write sexy paranormal romance novels and strives to write romantic tales which are so exciting, so hot and so moving that her readers can gleefully escape their daily concerns while immersed in her fictional universe. As a lifelong fan of the Happily Ever After, Audra strives to give her readers true moments of joy within the pages of her books. The heroines in these stories are always strong and sensual survivors who find themselves bonded to powerful and sexy alpha-male heroes.

If you enjoy paranormal romance loaded with tons of action, in and out of the bedroom, as well as a fresh twist on mythology and folklore, then Audra Hart is the author for you. If you enjoy well developed characters, intricate plots and surprising twists… check out these stories! All of Audra’s novels are written to be enjoyed by adults only.

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Shakir Rashaan:

Shakir Rashaan is the Bestselling author of In Service to the Senator, the Nubian Underworld series and the Kink, P.I. Series. His other projects include upcoming releases Unthinkable, The Devil’s All-American, and SAMOIS: Book four/ Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld. Other Projects are in development for later publication under P.K. Rashaan. If you want to read more, visit ShakirRashaan.com
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A.M. Halford:

A.M. Halford lives in Southern Oregon and enjoys spending as much time outside as she possibly can. Her partner and her often find themselves hiking with their two dogs when the weather permits it. Fishing, camping, and photography are also activities she greatly enjoy. If the weather doesn’t permit going outside she likes to curl up with a sketch book and draw whatever comes to mind.

A.M. Halford got into writing as an outlet for personal therapy and has since expanded that into a hobby and profession that she enjoys. She often writes down anything that comes to mind, combing through the ideas and expanding on plots that sound the most interesting. She likes to write believable relations between people overcoming unfair hardships set before them. She always loves a happy ending and no matter the hell her characters go through they’ll always get their forever person.

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Sheri Velarde:

Sheri Velarde lives in New Mexico with her husband and their two dogs
Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night. Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it. She writes everything from sweet romances to horror stories sure to scare you.

She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her on her website www.authorsherivelarde.weebly.com.

In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, watching movies, playing games, and hosting intimate dinner parties.

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Izzy Szyn:

New York Times Bestselling Author Izzy Szyn was born in May of 2014 when a friend dared her to write. Born and raised in Detroit, Mi. Izzy now lives in Oklahoma City with her furchild Misty, the friendliest Chihuahua/Terrier you will ever meet. Currently works in a call center, where she writes in between phone calls.

Izzy loves to keep in touch with her readers.

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Introducing Best-Selling Author Marie Higgins!

Hi Everyone,
I’m so pleased to introduce wonderful author Marie Higgins on my blog today! Here’s what readers are saying:

Readers are loving the Heroic Rogue Series!

• Yay I just found another one of your books. I find your writing fascinating, with your cliffhangers, spell binding mysteries, and writing style. I love this era in history. ~~wattpad reader
• One of the best stories I’ve ever read ❤ ~~wattpad reader
• LOVE THIS SERIES! Such a sweet, romantic stories. I LOVE all of Marie Higgins books! If you want a fun, suspenseful, clever, happy ending romances then you will not be disappointed!~~Amazon reviewer
• I have read several of this author’s books and I love how they flow. The adventures of the characters and her style of writing males it hard to put the book down. ~~Amazon reviewer
• I am so pleased to be able to give this book (Pretending You’re Mine) my highest rating and recommendation. It was an absolute delight to read, and I cannot think of any portion of the book I did not like. It is a completely clean historical romance–no profanity, no sex. In fact, it would appear that this story comes from a Christian perspective. It’s always nice to see God in a book even if He is somewhat in the background. I also appreciated the mystery and tension the author added–fantastic!~~Barnes and Noble reviewer

If you love historical romance…if you love the Regency era…if you love suspense, then these are the stories you need to read:

Pretending You’re Mine:
Portraying her twin is the only way Mercedes Maxwell can get close to her sister’s husband to learn his secrets. William Braxton is confused about the sudden change in his wife, and yet, now he’d drawn to her like never before. Can they fall in love with numerous secrets between them?

After the Loving:
Marcus Thorne / Captain Hawk is determined to capture Napoleon’s spies, even if one is so very lovely and seductive. Isabelle Stanhope gives her heart to her captor, even if she’s forced to marry a man she doesn’t love. Can they fight against fate’s rules?

Wonderland by Night:
Nobody must know that Lady Emiline Lucia’s uncle is Napoleon Bonaparte. She must protect herself against those who hate France’s emperor. Gabriel Lawrence hides his identity as a spy. How can he protect them both if a spy against the crown is always one step ahead…and wants Gabe dead?

Worth Fighting For:
Lindsay Lennox, youngest daughter of Turkey’s governor, will do anything to meet and kiss a man…even sneak aboard a ship that is sailing to England. Captain Barry Braxton is heading home to take over his dying father’s place, co-partnering with his uncle (William Braxton). Will the lovely stowaway stop his plans?

Watch book trailer – https://youtu.be/kbP20ZcZ4ec

Author’s Bio

Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s been with a Christian publisher since 2010. Between those and her others, she’s published over 40 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease”, because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.

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Introducing Madison Michael!

I am so thrilled to introduce wonderful author Madison Michael!

In her own words:

I am a total sucker for a sweet romance. Most weekends will find me watching a Hallmark movie or two and then talking about it on my blog.

In fact, I believe in fairy tales, Cinderella stories to be precise. In fact, Cinderella circa 2016 inspired my Beguiling Bachelor series, especially the first book in the series, “Bedazzled”. I love strong, smart women, but I couldn’t resist writing about the billionaire version of Prince Charming. In fact, I created four of them – friends from good families, well-educated, handsome, wildly successful and sexy as hell.

I thought I would introduce you to my most recent entry in the series. “Bedeviled” Introduces us to Alex and Charlotte, two brilliant people who are adept at keeping secrets.. When an accident drives Charlotte into Alex’s welcoming arms, the two begin a balancing act between drawing closer and keeping the other at arm’s length.

Bedeviled

Beguiling Bachelor Series
Book 3
by
Madison Michael

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Charlotte is on the run…
Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by accepting a job in Chicago. A new name, a new beginning – all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade, or will Alex’s probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story? 
Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart?
With exposure imminent, they appeal to their friends for help. Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.
How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled? 

EXCERPT

“You look so beautiful,” he told her in a husky voice. “I have been wanting to do this all night.”
His head lowered to hers, pulling her close against him as he leaned back until all her weight was leaning on his and she had no choice but to twine her arms behind his head or the tree trunk. His lips captured her slowly, softly pressing against hers. One hand rested low, on the curve between her back and her behind. The other came up to tangle in her short hair, holding her head still as he deepened the kiss. His lips demanded response, plundering her mouth with his tongue. He tasted of expensive wine and Alex as his tongue explored the recesses of her mouth, hot and insistent. Her breasts were flattened against his rock-hard chest, her hips tight against his as he held her to him.
When he lifted his head, shadowed by moonlight behind him, Charlotte was unable to read his expression. Unsure and unsteady, she waited, catching her breath. Blood was coursing through her veins, hot and urgent. Her heart was pounding from just one kiss.
“God, I want you,” he rasped, the words torn from him, raw and insistent before he dipped his head to kiss her again. She returned the kiss, opening her lips to his insistent ones, entwining her tongue with his, increasing the pressure against his mouth as she ran her hands up into his hair. She held fast to him, feeling his hand move from her hair to the nape of her neck, down along her bare arms, tracing a pattern there with his fingers. The feel of his hands on her skin was warm, strong and sure. She had longed for his touch and now desired it everywhere.
Alex lifted his head reluctantly. “If we don’t get back in that car now,” he told her, his voice hoarse with longing, “I will not be responsible for my actions.”
He lifted her away from his body, steadied her and then hefted himself away from the tree and wrapped his arm around her shoulders to lead her back to the car.
She felt bereft without the solid warmth of him hard against her. Neither of them said a word until he opened her car door and closed it again, without allowing her inside. Instead, he pushed her gently against it.
“Sorry, I can’t make it home without one more.” Alex took Charlotte’s mouth in a searing kiss that took her breath away, sucking her lower lip into his mouth then sliding his tongue over it and into the moistness of her mouth. He kissed her senseless until she would have happily made love there in the sand, and the world be damned. She wanted this man as she had never wanted anything before.
Charlotte kissed him passionately, running her hands up and down his muscular back as she tightened her hold on him, wanting to get closer, to feel his bare skin, until finally they mutually agreed to some restraint and dragged apart from one another. He kept his fingers touching her lightly until she got in the car and he closed the door behind her.
“Jeez,” he stated with a rough chuckle as he folded himself into the bucket seat, “I hope there are no cops out, cause I am planning to break speed records getting you home.”

You can find “Bedeviled” and all the bachelors on Amazon.

Bio for Madison Michael
Madison Michael traded 28 years in the Fortune 500 tech world for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up in Chicago, she spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books. She still loves to cuddle under blankets in winter, but now it is with a pen instead. Summers you will find her at art or music festivals, dining with friends or in a nearby park typing away on her laptop.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She now lives in Evanston, IL with feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Website: http://www.madisonmichael.net
Blog: http://www.madisonmichael.net/blog
FB: http://www.facebook.com/madisonmichaelromance
GR: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15221601.Madison_Michael
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/madisonmichael_

A Delicious Italian Cookie Recipe for Spring and Easter baking

Today I’m sharing my grandmother’s Italian Cookie recipe.

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Enjoy!

You will need:
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp. anise flavoring
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon flavoring (or lemon juice)
1 teaspoon orange flavoring (orange juice or grated rind)
6 tsp. baking powder
6 cups flour, or as much as you need. Dough should be soft.

Beat eggs. Gradually add rest of ingredients. Dough should not be tacky—add a little oil and flour on your hands. Shape into balls. This is a basic cookie dough—you may use this for a cut out cookie, etc.

Bake at 350 degree oven until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes.
Ice with confectionery sugar and a little milk until the right consistency.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Please share in the comments below. One lucky random winner will be selected to win a free audio book of Seeking Patience, my Regency Inspirational Romance. Please be sure to check back on Monday for winner announcement.

Supercharge your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful celebration of love and lovers, a day to fall in love! It’s a special time to exchange cards and gits. Chocolate, romantic dinners and flowers are always a fun way to celebrate. Valentine’s Day goes can be traced back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility, the Feast of Lupercalia, celebrated even then on February 14th.

Here’s two interesting facts:
During the year, 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women. However, the days before Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men.

February 14th was known to be the first day of the bird mating for the season. This fact brought about the custom of sending valentines.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment below. One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive my sweet romance Valentine’s novella, I Love You More.
Check back on Monday for winner announcement!

Recipe for Roasted Hedgehog

Today I’m sharing a recipe for roasted hedgehog, which was a favorite Romany (Gypsy) dish. In my Regency Inspirational novel, Seeking Patience, the Rom would have dredged the hedgehog in black pepper after cooking.

Although I can’t personally verify the results, here’s the recipe, modified from Medieval Cookery:

Roasted Meats (Hedgehog)

According to medieval experts: “Hedgehog should have its throat cut, be singed and gutted, then trussed like a pullet, then pressed in a towel until very dry; and then roast it and eat with cameline sauce, or in pastry with wild duck sauce. Note that if the hedgehog refuses to unroll, put it in hot water. This dish is based on traditional methods of cooking meat dating back to prehistoric times.

Ingredients:
2–2.5kg joint of meat (or leg of lamb)
Sufficient long grass to cover the meat

Method:
Season the meat. Wrap it in long grass, first lengthways and then tying more grass crossways to secure the green wrapping in place. Prepare your barbecue and place a large pot filled with water on it. Cook the meat for two hours. Once the meat has cooked, remove the grass then place the meat back in the barbecue to sear.

Carve and serve. Nettle pudding can be boiled in the same pot and served as an accompaniment.

(Sorry–I don’t have a recipe for Nettle pudding.)

Enjoy! 🙂

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The fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies) Part Two

Today I’m continuing to share the fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies). If you missed Part One, check out last week’s post on July 24th.

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It is no secret that the Rom have suffered persecution, prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination for centuries. The “Gypsy” stereotype includes a criminal, fortune-teller, blacksmith, thief, and musician, a dark-complexioned, shadowy figure. But why do so many of us harbor this unfair prejudice? Perhaps because of the Rom’s nomadic existence, lack of a solid religious belief, and exotic clothes and lifestyle. Their dialect is distinct and related to Sanskrit. Their tradition is oral, for they didn’t have the luxury of building libraries.

I explore many of their beliefs in my novels, including Seeking Patience.

One belief shared by all Rom is cleanliness. Mahrime means unclean or polluted. To avoid mahrime, clothes covering the top half of their body are washed separately from clothes on the bottom. Certain parts of the female body are considered unclean, and doctors are sometimes avoided because they deal with illness. And, a Rom can become polluted by being too close to a gadje. A gadje is considered a stranger to a Rom, “not one of us.”

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Hope you enjoyed this two-part blog and the fascinating culture of the Romany. (Gypsies)

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