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A Delicious Read with "Cherry Red" by Darlene Fredette

Please make welcome the lovely and sister Rose (from The Wild Rose Press), Darlene Fredette to the Tavern! We're celebrating her new book release Cherry Red. In addition to taking a peek into her story, Darlene has graciously shared a scrumptious treat with us. Grab a glass of champagne and let's hear what Darlene has to say...


A Message from Darlene Fredette

Summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of warm days to enjoy a delicious ice cream drink! Have you ever tried mixing lemonade and ice cream?

Frosty lemonades are a mix between a milkshake and a slushy…yummy and refreshing.

Frosty Lemonade


1-2 cups ice

1 cup lemonade

1 large scoop of vanilla ice cream


In a blender, mix 1-2 cups of ice (start with 1 cup of ice and add more if desired) with 1 cup of lemonade.

Add a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and blend again until mixed well.

Top with whipped cream and garnish with maraschino cherries.

Makes 1 serving.

Recipe Notes:

To mix it up a bit, use any flavor of lemonade or juice that you'd like.

If you like it sweet, add a tbsp of sugar.

Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to make it extra tart.

Add fresh or frozen fruit for added flavor.

For chocolate lovers, garnish with chocolate shavings.

For an adult version, add a shot of vodka, rum, or brandy.

This summer, ice cream entrepreneur Carly Redd's only focus is expanding her business—until she's coerced into attending her ex's engagement party. Showing up without a date is unthinkable. She reluctantly agrees to be escorted by her brother’s co-worker, although doing so breaks her rule of not dating firefighters.

The daughter of the town’s fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding's interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.

Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.

Available to purchase HERE!

This link will bring you to my website which has links to all distributing sites for my books.


Sneak preview from Cherry Red

“This might seem like a strange question, especially since we’ve just met, but would you be interested in going out for a coffee? Or an ice cream?” Noah rested an arm on the bar.

Carly glanced down at her jeans and black T-shirt embroidered with the company name and logo…a cluster of red cherries. In a room full of women all dolled up in fancy—and some a bit scanty—dresses, why would this incredibly handsome man ask her on a date? “I appreciate the offer, but I’m not interested…”

Noah raised a brow. “I know you like ice cream, so is it the coffee, or me?”

“What? No. I mean, yes.” She took a second to collect her scrambled thoughts. “I like coffee. I just don’t hang out with firefighters.” Not that he was a real firefighter. Did impersonators count in her rules of men to avoid? She never dated a stripper, but she wasn’t sure she could have a relationship with a guy who was paid to take off his clothes and have other women fawn over him. Not that the guy asked her on a date…just a simple coffee. His frown made her feel badly. “I’m sorry. It’s nothing personal.”

“Burnt in the past? No pun intended.” He smiled.

She couldn’t help but smile back. “Something like that.”


Meet the Author

Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short, and the winters are too long. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador.

Connect with Darlene here ~


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