Love is the focus of my contemporary series, Sander’s Valley. Considering it’s a romance, that’s a good thing! What’s special about the Sander’s Valley series is that each of the Sander’s brothers approach and overcome the issues preventing their HEAs in four different ways.
One chance at love…
Book one, Love Repeated, is a second chance romance. It offers a repeat of love, passion, guilt, and a second chance to break a cycle of heartache, not only for the hero and heroine but also for a family.
Young lovers, Kyle and Ronnie, had the world ahead of them at seventeen. Stubbornness, misunderstanding and a mother’s influence forced them to forge their own paths. A decade later, neither can find love.
Ronnie always thought it was easier to move on than deal with the pain and hurt of past mistakes. She made plenty of them, but so did Kyle and her parents. Kyle knows the moment he touches Ronnie that he still loves her. He won’t repeat the past and let her leave him a second time.
It takes a tragedy and a secret to reunite them, but their passion returns in a rush along with regret and guilt. To have love, they’ll have to overcome their issues—before her mother’s sin takes Ronnie away, once and for all.
She raised her gaze to his. The bruises on her face twisted his gut, but her hazel eyes mesmerized him, exactly as they had a lifetime ago. His words got stuck in his throat. Finally, she shook her head, breaking the spell she’d cast over him. “Ten minutes in town and I run into you. Talk about luck.”
“Good luck, I’d say.” He motioned toward the bruise on her cheek. “What happened?”
She folded her arms under her breasts and shifted her gaze to his chin. “Armed robbery.”
She lied. He could see it in her eyes. He stepped closer. “Don’t bother lying to me, Ronnie. I know you too well. What really happened?”
Her brows pinched. “I haven’t seen you in years, Kyle. You don’t know me anymore.”
He supposed she was right. He’d thought they’d spend their life together. She’d proved him wrong. Still, she drew him like no other woman ever had.
He brushed a finger over her bruised skin. “Come on, doll. Talk to me.”
She grinned. “I always loved that nickname, you know.”
He matched her smile, couldn’t help it. “And you’re changing the subject.”
“Armed robbery, like I said. I really don’t want to talk about it.” She snatched her purse from where it had fallen on the ground and pulled a hundred-dollar bill from her wallet. She held it out to him.
He glanced from it to her face. “If that’s for saving you, keep it. I don’t want your money. Never did.”
She rolled her eyes. “Please, Kyle. I didn’t come back to this shithole town to fight with you. I was wondering if you could go back into the bar and pay for my drink. I’d rather not go in there again.”
He worked his jaw and fought his irrational anger. It wasn’t her fault he’d reacted like a jerk, but he’d always hated the fact that she had more money. He took the cash and crumpled it in his hands. “Why did you?”
And…book two, Love Refocused, releases on February 17, 2015!!
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 13-18 minutes
Serves: 16 very large cookies, 24 large
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 package Double Stuff Oreo cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl: Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
- In medium bowl: Mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to sugar/egg/butter mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Using a teaspoon (or tablespoon for very large cookies), scoop the dough. Place one ball of cookie dough on the top of an Oreo cookie and another on the bottom. Seal edges together by pressing and rolling in your hand until a large ball is formed. Note: make sure the Oreo cookie is fully enclosed by dough.
- Place dough balls on baking sheets (you can line with parchment paper or use air-trapped pans).
- Bake cookies for approximately 13 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
The time-saving way…
Use store-bought cookie dough. This tends to spread while cooking and won’t look as nicely formed, however. To help keep the rounded shape, they can be made in muffins tins but increase baking time to 18 minutes.
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