Find out more about the book, and get Jamie’s “not-so-secret Russian chili recipe” in her guest post below 🙂
Then complete the rafflecopter for your chance to win a pair of handmade Japanese nesting doll earrings (Matryoshka)
When Reiki therapist Pamela Krupin is attacked by thugs who work for her client, a Russian mob boss, the boss orders his godson, Detective Drake Logan, to protect her.
Their attraction flares across Pamela’s line in the sand: She will not violate her patient’s confidentiality.
But when Drake’s godfather is murdered and Pamela is targeted, together they have to find out what the mob is really after.
Release date: September 13, 2013
I didn’t lose 20 lbs (pounds).
I didn’t watch the VMAs.
I didn’t go to a drive-in movie.
I didn’t watch any fireworks.
I only got to the beach once. I only swam in my friend’s pool once. We only had one cook out. My son’s school pants aren’t hemmed.
Summer can’t be over! There are just too many summery things left to do and do again. Like making homemade ice cream! We made a batch of coffee and one of vanilla. I would have liked to have added some fresh picked strawberries and some of the Mexican Vanilla extract I just bought to the vanilla in order to make a scrumptious strawberry ice cream. I think I still have some waffle cones and there’s still some summer left, so maybe that will be my weekend project. And then there’s all the summer reading I never got to. My TBR pile is threatening to topple over and kill the cat.
But no matter what season I’m in, though, I’m always writing. In addition to school starting up, my romantic suspense novella UNDERCOVER LOVER is coming out September 13th. To celebrate it, I’ll be giving out a pair of nesting doll earrings on my release day. (See below for details)
The nesting doll – or Matryoshka — plays an important part in my story. When I was a little girl one of my Aunts brought back a wooden Matryoshka doll from Russia for me. It was hand painted and at the time I didn’t appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the doll. All I wanted to do was twist open the dolls to see the prizes inside. The biggest doll when opened, gave way to a smaller twin and so on until the very end when the final wooden doll was the size of my pinkie. I would try so hard to pry that little doll open, because I was so sure there was an even tinier one inside. But to no avail, the doll smiled serenely at me and never gave up her secrets.
The main character of my novella, Pamela Krupin, is also keeping secrets. As a psychologist and a certified Reiki practitioner, she sees many types of clients. They tell her things. Usually it’s not a problem until someone thinks one of her clients is lightening his soul by confessing to deeds that should remain hidden – like dolls within a bigger doll.
The book starts off when summer’s heat is turning into fall because even though I’ll miss summer, autumn is my favorite time of the year. I live in New England, so I’ve got the leaves turning gold, orange and red to look forward to. Then there’s football Sundays with a new chili recipe in the slow cooker each week. Baked homemade bread. Pumpkin scented candles. Halloween costumes – and ½ price candy the day after. Candy corn! Thanksgiving – my mother-in-laws sausage stuffing is the best. So are her yams with marshmallows toasted on top. And then there’s . . . Nope. Not even going to think about the holidays yet. That would truly be rushing the season.
I hope you pick up my book and enjoy it. I’ll even share my not-so-secret Russian chili recipe with you for those chilly autumn evenings. It’s very simple, yummy, and makes enough to feed the Russian army.
Dump a two cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes, and a can each of black beans, cannelloni (white) beans, and kidney beans into the slow cooker.
Add a lb of either ground beef, ground turkey or Boca meatless crumbles into the pot, mixing it very well with the beans.
Add two chopped onions, and two chopped green peppers. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and sweet Hungarian paprika on top and mix again.
Let simmer on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with sour cream, beer, and Russian black bread or pumpernickel.
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over 30 short stories in publication. Her romantic suspense novel UNDERCOVER LOVER, published by Musa Publishing, will be released September 13, 2013. THE QUEEN’S WINGS, book one of the Emerging Queens series, a paranormal dragon romance will be published by Entangled’s Edge line this fall. Book One of her contemporary romance series, INNER GODDESS, will be published by Random House’s Loveswept line on June 6, 2014
Jamie is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.
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