With: Roxanne Snopek
Giveaway of $10 Amazon gift card!
I don’t know about you, but carbs are my downfall. I love every little gluten-containing baked good out there but none so much as bread. Because it’s The Best.
And fortunately – or unfortunately – I also enjoy baking. When our family was young and growing, I baked a lot: French bread, brown bread, focaccia bread, I can even make a luscious high-fiber, high-protein multi-grain loaf that I refuse to feel guilty about.
Now, however, with our last chick poised on the edge of the nest, and my husband determined to avoid middle-aged spread (and the carbs that cause it) that leaves only me to eat it all, an option frowned upon by my doctor.
So I rarely bake anymore. Now, I make my characters bake! And I’ve got to tell you, it’s almost as good as doing it myself. There’s nothing sexier than a man who knows his way around a kitchen, am I right?
Below is an excerpt of my latest hero, a brewmaster and restaurateur, baking bread for a little girl who won’t eat and an executive secretary who thinks she can turn him into a daddy. What do you think?
I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter, so tell me your feelings about bread. Love it, leave it, bake it, buy it, how do you take your bread? And how would you feel if you got up in the middle of the night and found someone like Dane in your kitchen, with flour on his cheek?
Dane turned back to his dough viciously, taking out all the sexual frustration over Pam, all his helplessness with his daughter, all his self-loathing onto the mess in front of him. The darkness outside the window mirrored the bleak state of his heart and mind, but little by little, the peaceful night sounds worked their soothing magic.
He’d forgotten just how therapeutic kneading could be. The rhythmic motion, throwing your strength behind your hands, pound, lift, turn, pound, lift, turn, over and over, until the sticky lump coalesced into something else.
A few plain ingredients, transformed.
Making something wonderful out of nothing.
Dane stopped kneading and straightened up. His hands were nearly clean, all the bits taken up by the dough, now silky smooth, warm, and yielding.
He set it into a greased bowl and covered it with a cloth.
Once his life had been like this. He applied strength and determination to a messy problem until the stickiness went away, strands of sense formed and suddenly a hopeless mess was transformed into something beautiful, delectable, something everyone wanted.
Now, no matter how hard he tried, no one wanted what he had to offer.
The Millionaire Daddy Project
He takes control...and gives all kinds of pleasure
In the space of about a second, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now he's the sole guardian of a very adorable and willful four-year-old child, and he's counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat...
Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she's there—pretending to ignore Dane's golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. On vacation, however, Pamela sees a side of Dane she never imagined. And it's a side that tempts her to cross the line between professional and personal. But is one month enough time to prove to Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?
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