Welcome Beverley Bateman, Exquisite Christmas + Quick Bread #HolidayRecipe @kelownawriter

Please welcome Beverley Bateman, one of the 21 authors of the Exquisite Christmas anthology, who has a recipe for Christmas Quick Bread to share with us. It looks delicious.

Exquisite Christmas AdExquisite Christmas: 21 Romance Authors Share Stories and Recipes

I am so proud to be part of the wonderful anthology. Rose Anderson, a great author, suggested it to one of my groups. She handled everything for us. The authors wrote a holiday story, sometimes two stories along with a recipe. They’ve all been edited and Rose did our beautiful cover, which I love.

I also love the stories in the book. Each is so different. They’re romantic and positive. And trust me, the recipes are yummy. I’ve read all of them and tried several. This book would make a great Christmas gift.

Get one or yourself and maybe a couple for gifts. Here are the buy links.

E-book available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and coming soon to iBooks and other retailers. Print anthology available at Amazon.

Beverley BatemanI’m a Canadian author and live in the Okanagan valley in British Columbia. I write romantic suspense. For the anthology I wrote two stories. Christmas Traditions is about a young couple who move to a small town just before Christmas. She left family, friends and their Christmas traditions behind and is feeling lonely. I included a recipe for my rum balls.

The second story is The Christmas Risk. A small town doctor in Montana is doing Christmas Eve home visits and gets caught in a blizzard. With the possibility she might not make it home she realizes the important things in her life.

Christmas Quick Bread

Christmas Quick Bread

Here’s my recipe for Christmas Quick Bread

2 ½ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup salad oil
1 egg
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup maraschino cherries (cut in quarters)
1/3 cup blanched slivered almonds
Additional almonds and cherries for topping.

You will need a large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, a 9”x5” loaf pan, and a cooling rack.

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Grease and flour loaf pan.
3. Blend dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
4. Combine milk, oil, and egg in a small bowl. Beat slightly.
5. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.
6. Stir in pineapple, cherries, and almonds.
7. Pour batter in a greased 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan.
8. Let rest for 20 minutes.
9. Bake 65-70 minutes. When golden and sounds hollow when rapped on the bottom, turn out on cooling rack.
10. To decorate top, pierce a cherry with an almond and press into cake. Continue with the remaining cherries and almonds.
Makes 12-14 1/2-inch slices.

Find Beverley at:
Website – http://www.beverleybateman.com
Blog – http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Twitter @kelownawriter
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/beverley.bateman.18?fref=ts
Facebook Authorpage – http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyBateman?ref=hl
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/okwriter
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Beverley-Bateman/e/B008M01F5E
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7052567.Beverley_Bateman

Happy Holidays and enjoy the book.


#4FunFacts About Hunted by Beverley Bateman

Author Beverley Bateman is here today with #4FunFacts About Hunted, her romantic suspense novel. Note: If you’ve ever been to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, you are familiar with the Empress Hotel. It’s a beautiful old building.

4 Fun Facts About Hunted

Empress Hotel, Victoria B.D.

Empress Hotel, Victoria B.D.

1. The setting and the idea came from a visit to Victoria, BC. We were staying at the Empress Hotel, a hundred year old railway hotel and my first scene is set there.

2. I was on the mezzanine floor of the Empress and looking down into the lobby when the idea of the story came to me and I sat down on the floor behind those marble columns and started to make notes.

3. I had a proof reader tell me I couldn’t have a suspect work for the Witness Protection Program in the Marshal’s office. I’ve read many books where Witness Protection has been involved in crooked activities. She was really upset because I wouldn’t change my books.

4. It’s the first book in the Hawkins Family series, but I wrote this one second. The town of Duster and many of the characters were developed first in MISSING.

cover of HuntedBlurb for Hunted

Staying alive wasn’t Maggie McGonagall’s first concern. Her first concern was to convince the man she hadn’t planned on ever seeing again, to accept and protect, a son he didn’t know about. And she had to do it quickly before the hit men found her and her son. They’d already attempted to kill her three times. She was running out of time. Once Matt was safe, hopefully she’d figure out how to keep herself from getting killed.

Cody Hawkins came running when the woman he wanted to forget called him for help. He’d never quit loving her, but could he help her, and walk away?

When he found out the trouble she was in and that someone was trying to kill her, he kidnapped her and her son and took them back to Duster, Montana where he felt he and his family could protect her, better than Witness Protection could. But could he keep her alive and convince her he still loved her?

Excerpt from Hunted

Maggie McGonigal scrunched herself into a ball on the mezzanine floor to prevent being seen from the lobby below. She peered around the marble pillar into the reception area of Victoria, British Columbia’s grand Empress Hotel. Because wealthy international tourists flooded the hotel every year, she hoped to hide in the crowd from the unknown killers.

A man in a dark suit and hat paused on the gleaming gray marble floor under the nineteenth century crystal chandelier and stared up at the mezzanine.

She held her breath. Her heart thumped loudly in her chest. Was he looking for her? Could he see her? Was he the person who’d been hired to kill her? She had no idea what the shooter looked like as she stared down at the man.

A woman standing a few feet from Maggie waved her hand wildly.

The man smiled and waved back.

Maggie slowly released her breath. Not him, but any one of the tourists below could be the one who wanted to kill her.

The hundred-year old ornate Empress was one of ten railroad hotels built across Canada. The stone structure stood guard over Victoria’s inner harbor amid beautiful English gardens and the bustle of tourism. Horse-drawn carriages, street artists, carts selling various souvenirs and docks for departing whale watching tours added to the charm. Her hope was that it would also stand guard over her and her son, Matt.

She’d chosen it because of the layout and hoped the large number of tourists who swarmed through might give her the cover she needed. Also, it hadn’t taken that long to get there, just a ferry ride from Seattle.

No one would pull out a gun in the middle of this crowd and shoot her, would they? The possibility of dying right here on the mezzanine sent a shiver reverberating through her body.

Hunted is available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and most other e-reader stores.

I’m a Canadian author and live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, BC. It’s beautiful country with lots of large lakes, beautiful beaches, orchards of apples, pears, peaches plus raspberries, blueberries and lots of other fresh produce. And of course, it’s wine country. We have world class wines which I feel is my obligation to taste.

Social links:

Facebook Authorpage http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyBateman
Twitter @kelownawriter
Blog http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/okwriter
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Beverley-Bateman/e/B008M01F5E
BLOG – http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/beverley.bateman.18
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7052567.Beverley_Bateman
Web page http://www.beverleybateman.com

Thanks for being my guest today, Bev. I’ve been inside the Empress, though I never stayed there. My husband and I took the ferry from Seattle, just like Maggie and Matt did, though no one was after us. Hunted sounds like an exciting read.

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

Have any of you been to Victoria? It’s a lovely small city with lots of flowers, including the amazing Butchart Gardens. Leave a comment to be entered in my July drawing for a $15.00 Starbucks e-gift card.

Linda / Lyndi