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Ruth’s Pot Roast for Ry by Kate Pearce


1 whole (4 To 5 Pounds) Chuck Roast
2 Tblspoons Olive Oil
2 Onions
6 Carrots (Up To 8 Carrots)
Salt (optional)
Pepper to taste
1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
2 -3 cups Beef Stock
3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or dried
3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, or dried

First and foremost, choose a nicely marbled piece of meat. This will enhance the flavor of your pot roast like nothing else. Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or you can do a butter/olive oil split).

Cut two onions in half and cut carrots into 2-inch slices When the oil in the pot is very hot (but not smoking), add in the halved onions, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate. Continue reading “Ruth’s Pot Roast for Ry by Kate Pearce”

BEA is coming to town! Are you ready??

We can’t wait to see everyone at this year’s BookExpo and BookCon! Find out which books we’ll have waiting for you and start making your shopping list now.

THURSDAY SIGNINGS (6/1): Author Autographing Table #15







Delicious Sponge Cake by Lisa Jones Baker

This second novel in the Hope Chest of Dreams series introduces readers to Annie Mast, one of three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest to hold her treasures. Baking delicious sponge cakes are Annie’s specialty and a source of comfort for her. The recipe is one she learned from a good friend, Esther, who has since passed away.  After she died, Annie decided to keep on Esther’s baking tradition to honor her memory. Healing, therapeutic, and calming, there is nothing that restores Annie’s faith more than seeing someone enjoy her baked treats.



1 cup cake flour
6 medium eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. lemon extract
¼ cup cold water
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Frosting (optional)



Set oven to 325 degrees ten minutes before baking. Use a 10-inch tube pan—do not grease.

Sift flour, measure, resift 3 times.

Put egg whites into a mixing bowl. Continue reading “Delicious Sponge Cake by Lisa Jones Baker”

Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger

When private investigator Joshua Keane is hired to protect chef-lebrity Kandy Laine from a stalker, it’s a recipe for home cooking…and hot loving! Mix a dash of The Bodyguard with Top Chef Masters, toss in a handful of colorful and scrumptious relatives, add a cup of heart-stopping danger and a pound of delicious, romantic tension, and you’ve got Cooking with Kandy, the first book in Peggy Jaeger’s Will Cook for Love romance series.



1 ¾ cups all purpose white flour, sifted
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (whole is best for baking)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1-2 overripe bananas, mashed (should yield ¾ cup total)
1 cup chopped walnuts for topping



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, preferably a brand used for “baking.”

In a mixer, combine all the dry ingredients, then add the wet.

Mix until moistened completely- the batter will not be smooth. Continue reading “Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger”

5 Ways to Support Your Local Library by Susan Mann

Libraries are integral contributors to a vibrant, thriving community. And yet, in times of funding cutbacks, libraries are often at the top of the list of services to be trimmed. Additionally, in our information-glutted society, the need for at all libraries is called into question. In truth, it’s because of this glut of (oftentimes wrong) information that libraries and librarians are required more than ever. Given these realities, how can you support your local library?


  1. Use It

Libraries are more than books. Most offer audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs for check out, as well as access to online journal, reference, and newspaper databases. E-books and e-magazines are often available, too. Then there’s story time for little ones, literacy programming, interlibrary loan, reference help… The list goes on.

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Give MOM the gift of BOOKS!

Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls—one who returns, one who doesn’t—and the forensics expert searching for answers.

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue—that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.


“Nancy Bush always delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense!” —Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

Some Couples

Just one look, and it’s clear they’re perfect together. It’s in the way they touch, talk, and kiss. They share the same interests. The same twisted passions. They do everything together. Even kill…

Are Too Good

Julia St. James Ford has washed up on a beach near her home in Seaside, Oregon, with no memory of how she got there or how her husband, Joe, died. The police rule the case an accident. But Joe’s brother, Sam—Jules’ rescuer and her first love—suspects otherwise. While Sam tries to piece the facts together, Jules fears someone is watching, determined to find out how much she knows.

To Be True

Behind closed doors, behind Jules’ neighbors’ smiles, are terrifying secrets. A string of sordid thrill kills…and one survivor who never should have got away. And as she and Sam close in on the events of one tragic night, and the truth comes flooding back, remembering a killer’s face may be the last thing Jules ever does…

Praise for Nancy Bush’s You Can’t Escape

“One thrilling read.” —RT Book Reviews Continue reading “Give MOM the gift of BOOKS!”

Sweet & Sour Four-Bean Salad by Charlotte Hubbard

This is another one of my mom’s recipes, and I always looked forward to family gatherings when she served it. Amish cooks (and Mom and I) use a pint jar of home-canned green and wax beans for each can in the recipe. A great way to get your veggies—and it keeps several days in the fridge.

1/3 cup canola or salad oil
1 tsp. each salt and celery seed
Black pepper to taste
2/3 cup white vinegar
¾ cup sugar
1 onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
1 15-oz. can yellow wax beans
1 15-oz. can green beans
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans
1 15-oz. can whole kernel corn (optional)

In a large bowl, mix the oil, seasonings, vinegar and sugar. Add the onion and bell pepper. Drain the canned vegetables and stir into the dressing, coating well. Refrigerate, stirring after several hours. Best made the day ahead.

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Download the I, Eliza Hamilton Book Club Kit – by Susan Holloway Scott

A Letter from Susan Holloway Scott

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for your interest in my new historical novel, I, Eliza Hamilton.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757-1854) was the wife of Alexander Hamilton (c1755-1804), a Revolutionary War hero, statesman, politician, and abolitionist, the first Secretary of the Treasury, a signer and promoter of the Constitution, the founder of the American financial system, and, perhaps most famously for posterity, the only Founding Father killed in a duel.

You might also have heard that he inspired a certain Broadway musical that carries his name.

Like so many women of the past, Eliza’s story has been overshadowed by her brilliant husband. She didn’t help her place in posterity by destroying (or asking her son to destroy) most of her own letters and virtually eliminating her voice. As a result, she’s too often been dismissed by historians, who variously describe her as shy and reclusive, a homebody, or a saint.

But the real Eliza’s still there: in the letters of others who knew her, in diaries, in portraits, in memoirs, and most of all, in the achingly beautiful love letters her husband wrote to her over the years of their courtship and marriage. She was a mother, daughter, sister, and wife. She was intelligent and resourceful and strong, a woman who lived in the thick of some of the most turbulent and exciting times in American history. Her marriage was filled with love and passion, regard and devotion, but also marred by public scandal and unimaginable tragedies that broke her heart, but not her spirit. I’m honored to tell her story. Continue reading “Download the I, Eliza Hamilton Book Club Kit – by Susan Holloway Scott”

YOU WILL PAY! Lisa Jackson



Her head whipped up.

What the hell was that?

The noise sounded close. Inside.

Her heart flew to her throat.

Fear spurted through her blood.

Friend or foe?

Hands on the back of the pew, she pulled herself to her feet. “Who’s there?” she demanded anxiously, ready to sprint out of this place.

“Monica,” a voice whispered from the shadows, from somewhere at the back of the chapel. Her skin crawled. Was there a smile, a sound of satisfaction in the low rumble? “I knew you’d come.”

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