Welcome to a special Friday Feast in the Tavern! I'm thrilled to have a sister rose (from The Wild Rose Press) here with me today! We're celebrating D.V. Stone's new book release, Jazz House! I love the cover and have my copy waiting for me on my kindle. In addition, D.V. is honoring us with a treasured recipe from her mom.
Before we chat with D.V., let's take a peek into her new book. Grab a glass of champagne and settle in...
Jordan Vasilakis is on the run, living under an assumed name. After a disastrous marriage to a notorious Greek business tycoon, she flees to the States and starts rebuilding her life. But her ruthless husband is determined to destroy her…once he finds her.
Michael Machau is drawn to the new singer at Jazz House restaurant, but the guarded woman is harboring dangerous secrets. The dedicated police officer may have to risk more than just his heart to forge a connection with the woman he knows as Madeline Cielo, especially when he discovers she’s living a lie.
Worlds collide. Lies entangle. Survival, much less love, is in question. They must quickly distinguish friends from enemies or risk losing everything—including a future together.
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Sneak preview from Jazz House
Jordan scrambled to the other side of the limo.
“You sing good tonight.” He scrolled through his phone.
Outside the window, massive cruise ships docked in the port. Happy older people made their way up the gangplanks toting bags filled with souvenirs, while the younger ones debarked dressed for the nightlife. Sparkly sequins flashed like diamonds as one young woman twirled on the pier.
God, how had she come to this life? She willed her hovering tears not to fall. Kyrios wouldn’t approve.
When she was offered a place in the touring group ten years ago, she thought it was the beginning of great things. Standing in the cabaret with the lights shining down was her dream come true. When she was the woman in the sparkly dress.
Until he showed up.
Each night, Kyrios Vasilakis, Greek business tycoon, sat at the front table watching her. Yes, he was older but so very handsome. Dark hair with silver at the temples, he cut a dashing figure in his black suits.
Jordan began to sing to him. It was the beginning of the end. After a whirlwind romance, she found herself a prisoner in marriage to a brute.
A Message from D.V. Stone
Cheers to everyone in the Tavern!
My Impact Series’ new release is Jazz House. Both it and the first book Rock House Grill are spent in restaurants. When Mary graciously invited me, she asked if I’d provide a recipe. I’m a panster while writing and cooking. I love to cook and post many pics of the foodie kind, and often I’m asked for the recipe.
So, I’m hitting you with two recipes today. One of mine and one that’s kind of special. Here’s mine first…
Open the fridge. Grab what you have. Throw it in the pot, pan, or baking dish. Yank open the spice drawer. Season the heck out of it. Cross your fingers. Cook till done.
Okay, enough of that.
On to the actual recipe. My mom passed away last year. One of the things that came into my possession was an old recipe book. We left Brooklyn in 1968. This book moved all over the country with us and ended up in her box of things to keep under her bed in New Jersey. I wanted to share not only the book but something in her own handwriting. It’s a little faded after 50+ years, so I’ve also written it out. I believe it came from an Italian in-law.
3 Slices bacon
1 ½ Cups strained tomatoes
1 Onion Chopped
1 Tablespoon green pepper
2 Tablespoons flour
½ Teaspoon of salt
A few gratings of Nutmeg and Cayenne pepper
Put bacon in a saucepan. Add onion and brown slightly. Add flour and tomatoes, which have been heated, and stir till thick and smooth. Add seasoning and peppers.
Mom would be tickled to know that her old book and recipes made it online. So let’s lift a glass to my mom, Rose, and we hope you enjoy the recipe.
Thanks so much for sharing, D.V.! I'm definitely adding this recipe to my list for the weekend! Yum! All the best with Jazz House!
Meet the Author
D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.
Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life.
After retiring, she is now a full-time author and incorporates her life experiences into her books.
A former Emergency Medical Technician, she volunteered in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At the same time, she worked as a professional EMT in a women’s state prison. She was the proprietor of a coffee shop, and a small restaurant/ice cream stand in the years that followed. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, while her last position was in a human medical office.
When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.
D.V. is wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.
“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”
Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.
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