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Welcome to the blog home of  contemporary romance author Barbara DeLeo where we talk about everything to do with life love and romance novels!

Just Romance Me Blog Hop


Welcome to everyone visiting for the Just Romance Me Blog Hop!

I know it’s probably cold where you are, but Downunder we’re in the middle of summer and sweltering our patooties off! 

Christmas and New Year in summer can be quite a different experience and that’s just what I’ve captured in my latest book, “Last Chance Proposal.”  …

Goodies for the New Year!


Welcome to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP! We are so excited to CELEBRATE the New Year with mouthwatering dip, appetizer, and drink recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Hop around each author’s site for a new recipe, and fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter our GIVEAWAY: a $ Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository GIFT CARD!

Recipes, Excerpts and Celebrations!

Welcome to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP! We are so excited to CELEBRATE the holiday season with mouthwatering cookie recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Hop around and fill out the Rafflecopter form on each author’s site to enter our GIVEAWAYS: a spectacular mix of Harry & David Truffles, books, gifts cards, and Hungry Hearts author swag! Lots of awesome prizes to win!

In addition to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP prizes, Amanda Usen will be featuring Hungry Hearts authors on her site and giving their books away to lucky winners. Visit Writer.Chef.Romantic to get in on the fun!

When the holiday season arrives, our hearts fill with CHEER. Life is a gift, isn’t it? Hop with us for the chance to win, and share your holiday JOY while we share our favorite COOKIE recipes with you!

Salted Caramel Cranberry Crunch


Last year one of my nine year old twin boys decided he wanted to bake something for Christmas. I’m still not sure where he found this recipe but OMG it is SO good!! Not only does it look all festive and Christmasy with its red and green cranberry and pistachio topping but has the most beautiful blend of caramel, a little salt and a lot of crunch. I do hope you give it a try this holiday season!


100g (3 and 1/2 ozs) plain salted crackers such as Saltine/Salada 
225g (8ozs) butter
 ¾ cup brown sugar
200g (7 ounces) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
 ½ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.

Line a 22cm x 33cm shallow baking tray with baking paper.
Place the crackers in the base of the tray without overlapping, so they cover the base, breaking them to fit if required.

Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring well until it boils and is combined. Remove from the heat and pour immediately over the crackers,
spreading it evenly over the top. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until bubbling all over and the caramel is starting to darken.

Remove from the heat and sprinkle over the chocolate, then return to the oven for a further minute until the chocolate has just melted enough to spread. Using a
spatula or palette knife, spread the chocolate evenly so it is smooth on the surface.

Sprinkle over the pistachios and cranberries and leave until the chocolate is set before cutting into pieces. Store the crackers in an airtight container for up to 1

Alternative toppings
Dried apricots and roasted hazelnuts
Crystallized ginger and roasted walnuts
Dried papaya or mango and roasted macadamia nuts


Playing Doctor with Jan Meredith

Today we welcome Jan Meredith to the blog. Jan’s HOT debut novella, PLAYING DOCTOR is one of the launch titles for Entangled's sexy new imprint - Flaunt.

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Jan Meredith has been a romance junkie since her teens. When she isn't penning steamy stories about strong-willed, independent women and the sexy men who love them, she works as an Infusion Therapy nurse. …

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