Author Tina Gayle
…joins us today with a holiday recipe and an excerpt from her romance with strong women’s fiction elements, Marketing Exec’s Widow.
Quick Peach Cobbler
My uncle used to make this cobbler all the time when he wanted to offer us a treat. A confirmed bachelor, he wanted something quick and easy.
1 large can of peaches
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 box of vanilla wafers
1/4 cup of butter
Preheat the oven to 350. Pour canned peaches, sugar, and cinnamon in a casserole dish large enough to hold everything–I use the 2 quart size. After stirring these items together, then add most of the box of vanilla wafers, set enough aside to put on top. Once you have the wafers arranged on top, slice the butter into small pieces and set on top of the wafers. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve with ice cream or whipping cream.
Marketing Exec’s Widow
Letting go and rebuilding a life comes at a price.
Having come to terms with losing her husband, Jennifer is ready to move on, but she faces opposition from her friends, in-laws, and brother-in-law. He see himself as her future husband. None of them know of Jen’s marital problems and she is afraid of their reaction when they learn she has a date for Friday night.
Hagan Chaney is not anything like Craig. He tempts Jen into the future but is she willing to give love another chance after the heartache she faced the first time around?
“So what’s the issue with your parents?” Jen followed Brie into her living room. Like most parents, they didn’t know when to back off. They had complained about every move Brie made since Eric’s death, criticizing Marianne’s suggestion for a financial advisor for his life insurance money and Sylvia’s sudden need for all of them to join a gym.
“The usual. They want me to move back to Florida so I can be near them.” Brie collapsed into one of the tan recliners, sitting on the edge of carpet leading from the living room into the breakfast area. She shoved her bangs out of her baby-blue eyes.
Jen sank to the floral sofa, her mind racing with how to help Brie. Without Eric acting as a buffer, her parents constantly badgered their daughter with unreasonable demands.
Back off people tickled Jen’s vocal cords, and she bit her lip to keep the words at bay. Didn’t her mother advise her numerous times to keep her opinion to herself? But Brie didn’t need this, not on top of the grief she suffered at losing Eric. Hell, between worrying about the kids and adjusting to handling everything alone, she barely made it through a day without calling Jen in tears.
How could Brie’s parents be so clueless about their daughter’s struggles?
Jen laid a hand on George’s head and stroked his soft, blond coat. The soothing caress helped ease some of her anxiety about Brie’s problem and the evening ahead. Luckily, he understood her pensive mood and had stayed close since the moment she’d arrived.
“It might not be…”
“Georrrrrgeee,” Allison’s young voice echoed from upstairs.
George lifted his head from Jen’s lap. Tail wagging, he stood ready to adhere to her command. His deep brown eyes begged for permission to race to the young girl’s side.
“I swear that girl has the two-second bath down pat.” Brie slid to the edge of her seat. Long blond hair framed her face, and her exhausted expression showed the trials of dealing with two active children.
The doorbell ringing drove Brie to her feet.
Tiny footsteps pattered on the stairs.
“Woof,” George barked and danced around the corner of the couch, adding to the mayhem of the moment.
Happy to have an excuse to delay her meeting with the other members of the executive wives club, Jen shoved to her feet. “Why don’t you get the door, and I’ll herd the kids back to their rooms?”
About the Author
An author with over 30 books, Tina Gayle writes in a number of different genres: Romantic contemporary (as Tina Gayle) and Erotic Romance. Her books range from contemporary, paranormal to mystery and suspense
As an indie author, she has worked hard to have a social presence and reach her readers. You can visit her website and read the 1st chapter of any of her books. Or you can download a free ebook and join her newsletter group.
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