Guest post from action-romance novelist Emma Calin

This is a special guest post today, but first I want to mention that our guest, Emma, will be awarding
a $30 Amazon voucher to one (1) randomly drawn commenter; a print copy of Shannon’s
Law
will be awarded to two (2) randomly drawn commenters; and a digital copy of
Shannon’s Law will be awarded to three (3) randomly drawn commenters during the
tour. And 
ALL ENTRANTS get emailed a digital cookery book of recipes (including
photos!) for meals/food eaten in
Shannon’s Law. The book is called ‘Cops
Cuisine’. 

To be entered for a chance to win any of the gifts and/or get a copy of Cops Cuisine, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and enter there, too.

Thank
you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel
SHANNON’S LAW. It’s the second in my
PASSION PATROL series – stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals
and always get their man.


February
marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the
launch on the 28th February 2014. 
Every
day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all
around the world.  They’re all linked
together on one big Pinterest
Board
. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in
January. I saved all  my notes and photos
as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with
you.
Today’s
subject is:  Food of Love – companion
recipe book to Shannon’s Law
All-action
all-loving cops need fuel. In the course of Shannon’s Law she and others
chomp their way through a fair bit of food. 
As I was writing it occurred to me that readers might like to experience
some of the dishes for themselves. So it was that Cop’s Kitchen came
into being. Where a dish is mentioned I have created a recipe.  All the food has been tried out  at home. Now you can too. The color photos are
all my own work as well.  As a special
treat during the run-up to launch of Shannon’s Law –  every reader who enters the Rafflecopter Draw
below gets a FREE digital  copy of Cop’s
Kitchen!


Shannon
is a working girl. Between love and crime action she often has little time to
consider her diet let alone slave at the stove or go shopping for herbs and
spices.  As a true English girl she is
well acquainted with take out fish and chips. She has a favorite Curry house to
beat anything she could make. Although she buys some dishes ready made, I have
recreated the real thing in my own way, using traditional methods. Very often
it is the police canteen that keeps her fueled up for drama and passion. My ex
cop partner appears to have spent a lot of his career sustained by a famous
police dish – Sausage Toad with chips. In the book, Shannon has an important
meeting with her boss over such a feast.
Excerpt:
“Now,
that’s what I call true Force feeding!” he said.
Shannon
laughed and treated the delicacy with brown HP sauce. She missed stuff like
this in her new life. Her hips were cheering. They sat down by the window
looking out onto the urban swirl of cars and Croydon concrete.
A
recipe from Cop’s Kitchen to whet your appetite:


TOAD IN THE HOLE also known as SAUSAGE
TOAD
( as seen on the front cover of Cop’s
Kitchen)
Ingredients to serve 4 people:
8 best-quality meaty sausages.
150g (6 oz) plain flour.
4 medium eggs.
150ml (6fl oz) milk, whole or semi
skimmed.
100ml (4floz) water.
salt and pepper
Method:
  1. Put the oven on to
    heat up: gas mark 7, 425F 220C.
  2. Beat the eggs together
    in a bowl.
  3. Sieve the flour if you
    wish (I never bother.)
  4. Make a dip in the
    center of the flour and add the eggs to the flour
  5. Gradually mix the dry
    flour into the eggs from the edges
  6. Before all the flour
    is mixed into the egg it will become a dry and solid mass, add a third of
    the milk. Mix well, try and keep it smooth lump-free. It will start to
    become a thick solid paste.
  7. Add half the remaining
    milk and continue to work into the paste.
  8. Add the rest of the
    milk and whisk until a smooth batter.
  9. Add the water. Whisk.
  10. Add a pinch of salt
    and some ground black pepper. Leave the finished batter to one side.
  11. Put the sausages in a
    deep rectangular roasting tin, around 30cm x 20cm x 5cm(12”x8”x2”).  Arrange in two rows, evenly spaced.
  12. Bake in the oven for
    15 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven
    and place on the hob – if there is not much oil from the sausages, add a
    couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan.  Gently release the sausages, but leave
    them in their positions.
  14. Turn on the hob and
    heat the tray directly until the fat is smoking hot.  Do not leave unattended!
  15. Turn off the heat and
    pour the batter over the sausages.
  16. Put the tray back in
    the oven.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Do not open the oven whilst cooking.
            Suggestion:
Serve with gravy and mashed potato (Shannon eats hers with chips from the
police canteen).
Book
Blurb


Wild child inner-city cop Shannon
Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses
lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to
green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she
encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious
millionaire criminals.
As a loner she has attracted men but
nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of
Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social
differences mean nothing to their passion and need. 
Already in the mix is an upper class
female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy
is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. 
Often inhibited by a sense of duty and
honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with
the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not
immediately support her.
All issues are set aside, when they
are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is
stronger than everything ranged against them.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th
2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.

Amazon are offering some great
discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version
You can pre-order the digital version
at a pre-launch special price from Nook,
Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords
See this post and others from my tour
as they go live on Pinterest
or click the Goddess Fish panel below to visit the other blogs in the tour.
Follow Shannon’s Law on Facebook
Visit the Shannon’s Law Website for
book details and pre-order information.
To
celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special
FREE gif
t for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique
prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S
KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post,
liking Facebook Pages etc.
Main
Prizes in the Draw
:
$30/£20/€25
Amazon Gift Voucher, 2 paperback copies of Shannon’s Law, 3 digital copies of
Shannon’s Law.
The draw will take place randomly on
Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2014.
Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback
and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.


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