FRIDAY FEAST with Anna Campbell

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Greetings, Feasty lovelies, and welcome to a positively cherry-topped Friday Feast. This week we play host to one of my favourite historical romance authors who has the perfect accompaniment for a cuppa. Plus there’s an even more perfect giveaway!

Not a lot to report this week from the Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf trenches. We suffered so much rain on the morning of our ladies open day the event was washed out. With the weekend equally soaked, there was no chance for play. I can only hope that the time off will result in some easing of my current formus horribillus (a dreadful disease no golfer wishes to catch).

Historical romance author Anna CampbellNow onto my delightful guest!

It’s always a pleasure to host historical romance author Anna Campbell on Friday Feast. Not only do I have a major fan-girl crush on Anna and her books, her posts are always hugely entertaining. I fondly refer to Anna as the Romance Queen, thanks to her many awards and best-selling status. And because in person she does have a touch of regality!

I’m also very excited to have a copy of her brand new release, A Scoundrel by Moonlight beside me as I type. I’ve loved all the books in Anna’s Sons of Sin series and it’s wonderful to see it continuing on. Can’t wait to get into this one.

Take a look.

A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT

A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna CampbellAnything can happen in the moonlight…

Justice. That’s all Nell Trim wants – for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down… as long as she can resist the scoundrel’s temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there’s something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game… one tempting kiss at a time.

 

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? And you can be guaranteed that this will be a highly emotional, passionate and romantic read. Believe me, with Anna you’re in expert hands. Which means you’ll be wanting to buy a copy of A Scoundrel by Moonlight right now. In which case, get clickety-clicking straight over to those good people at Booktopia, Bookworld or Angus & Robertson. You can also purchase a copy from Book Depository. For the ebook, try Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, or your favourite retailer.

Now please give a bow to Queen Anna.

A Happy Accident!

Hi Cathryn! Thank you for having me as your guest today. I always love visiting your blog – and this time I’ve got a recipe that is genuinely mine.

Last year, I was waiting for a visit from my dear friend and regular Friday Feaster Annie West and I’d decided to make cherry nut cookies, an Australian Women’s Weekly recipe that’s one of my favorites.

Quote from A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna CampbellSacre bleu, what was I to do when I was halfway through cooking them and discovered that I didn’t have a major ingredient? These lovely little buttery morsels are usually rolled in crushed peanuts before you put the cherry on top. But my pantry was bare of crushed peanuts.

As any good writer will tell you, when you’re stuck, improvise. I had a bag of flaked almonds which I keep on hand for apple crumble.

Problem solved – almost.

The flaked almonds were far too big to sit on the outside of my biscuits. So I decided to try mixing them in with the dough. Worked a treat – as Annie was kind enough to tell me.

I’ve since made this a couple of times and I think I actually prefer them to the original. So it’s time to share my recipe with the world.

Quote from A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna CampbellA happy accident is how I’d describe my latest book, A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT which is out in North America this month.* The Sons of Sin series grew out of a stand-alone proposal to Grand Central Forever in New York for SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED. They liked the idea so much, they wanted more of the same with some linked books. So I hastily put together a trilogy about three friends who meet at Eton. In one way or another, the shadow of bastardy looms over Jonas Merrick, Richard Harmsworth and Camden Rothermere, but all three discover their true selves when they fall in love.

As I wrote the books, another man loomed larger and larger. James Fairbrother, Marquess of Leath, is mentioned in book 2, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, as the villain’s nephew. He plays a much more significant role in book 3, WHAT A DUKE DARES, when his sister forms a scandalous liaison with Harry Thorne, the heroine’s brother.

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When Grand Central approached me about continuing the series, Leath was the obvious hero to choose. So A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT was born. Because I love to put my characters through the wringer, I make him fall in love with a woman who threatens everything he’s always wanted. Life as a writer is fun that way.

But of course, meeting Nell Trim turns out to be a happy accident for Leath too! Under normal circumstances, their paths would never have crossed. And their clash makes for fireworks.

What sort? You’ll have to read A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT to find out!

In the meantime, have fun at afternoon tea with my biscuits.

Anna Campbell’s Cherry Almond Biscuits

Anna Campbell's Cherry Almond Biscuits

Ingredients:

125g butter

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup self-raising flour

200g flaked almonds

Glace cherries

Method:

Anna Campbell's Cherry Almond BiscuitsCream butter and sugar until light and creamy, add egg and vanilla, beat well. Add sifted flour and mix to a firm dough. By hand, mix in flaked almonds until evenly distributed. Roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into small ball shapes. Press half a cherry on top. Put on lightly greased oven trays, allow room for spreading; bake in moderate oven 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly before removing from trays. Makes about 30.

*Aussies can order a print edition of A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT from Booktopia or the Book Depository. If you’d like an ebook, there will be a local edition later in the year, date to be confirmed.

 

Oh, I love the sound of these, Anna! I must admit, I’d much prefer your almond version than the peanut one. While I love peanuts (my mother-in-law makes the BEST peanut biscuits), I reckon almonds and cherries is a much better match. A cuppa and a biscuit, a squishy chair in a patch of winter sun, and A Scoundrel by Moonlight. Sounds like a perfect morning to me.

Now, my tasty little Feasty beasties, because Anna is such a generous soul (as all good queens are), she’s offering a…

GIVEAWAY!

To be in the draw to win a signed copy of Anna’s brand new release, A Scoundrel by Moonlight, simply answer this question:

Have you ever had a happy accident – something unexpected that happened and took you in a new and better direction?

Maybe you’ve taken a wrong turn and discovered something wonderful, or accidentally hit the one-click buy button on a book or other item you didn’t intend to purchase and serendipitously discovered a gem. Me, I’ve had some gorgeous moments travelling when I’ve gotten lost and found magic. The same with food when I’ve ordered what I thought was one thing only to be served something totally different but also totally delicious (also totally horrid as was once the case with rognons de veau in France *shudder*).

Simply share your happy accident with us and you’ll be in the draw to win.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 12th May 2015. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter using @AnnaCampbellOz. You’ll also find her at Romance Bandits.

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27 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Anna Campbell

  1. AvatarDB Tait

    Hmm… those bikkies look good! I make a Julia Child chocolate cake (which I think has been featured here!) where I substitute hazelnut meal for almond meal and leave out the alcohol (didn’t have any brandy). One of the few cakes where leaving out alcohol makes it better. Looking forward to reading ASBM Ms Campbell!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Deb, if you play your cards right, I might even make them for your next visit. That cake sounds really scrumptious! Hope you and my scoundrel make beautiful music together soon!

  2. AvatarSharon Archer

    Hi Anna! Hi Cathryn!

    Anna, those biscuits look so yummy! And so pretty with their jaunty little cherries on top! I have had several accidental recipe discoveries – some good, some not quite so good! LOL Anyway a successful accident was the fruit cake I make for my hubby. I didn’t realise I was low on dried fruit so I made up the weight with a combo of chopped nuts and chocolate chips! Big success he tells me, so that’s the way I make it now. I have absolutely no first hand knowledge of this because fruit cake is not on my consummables list!

    What is on my consummable list is your fabulous Scoundrel! I’m completely besotted with the Marquess of Leath! (happy sigh) One lucky commenter here is in for a real treat!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Ooh, that fruitcake sounds good. I don’t actually usually like fruitcakes. My mother, who made by all reports a classic fruitcake, used to get so mad at me for not liking it. But I think cutting down the fruit and upping the nuts and adding chocolate chips could only be to the benefit! Oh, so glad you loved Leath! I had quite a crush on him myself by the time I finished the book.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        What a great story with your fruitcake, Sharon! Nuts and choc in replacement of dried fruit sounds pretty tasty to me. A big success indeed!

        Thanks for dropping by.

  3. AvatarGlenda

    I am definitely going to try this biscuits!

    One of my best kitchen accidents was when I was making stuffed mushrooms, only the mushrooms had gone mushy and gross. It was a summer when I had a wonderful garden. Since I had already made the filling, I decided to stuff tomatoes instead. It turned out to be really good. So good it is a family staple when we have time to make them. 🙂

    And SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT has been on my wish list for ages.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooh, what a happy sounding accident, Glenda! Stuffed veg are tasty things, although as you say, they can be a tad time consuming. How lovely that yours became a family staple.
      Thanks so much for sharing!

    2. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Glenda, stuffed tomatoes can be just delicious. I knew someone who used to stuff them with herbs and cottage cheese and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for swinging by. Good luck!

  4. AvatarVanessa Barneveld

    Hi, Cathryn! Hi, Anna! Hi, Cherry Almond Bickies — yum! Thanks for the recipe, Anna. I love using almond meal in flourless chocolate cakes.

    I’m not sure I’d class this as an accident… When we wanted to get a second cat, we went to a breeder to buy a British shorthair kitten. But when we arrived, that kitten went into hiding, and a little brown ‘failed’ ocicat played with us instead. She crawled up each of our jeans legs and was very vocal! We fell in love with her, and the breeder gave her to us for half price. Sixteen years later, she’s still very playful and vocal. She hasn’t climbed up our legs since that first day, though!

    I have my own Scoundrel. Looking forward to eating some biscuits while I read!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Vanessa, I haven’t given you any of these yet, I truly should. They’re quite yummy. I’ve made apple crumble with almond meal – another lucky accident. And absolutely delicious. Oh, how lovely about Possum – you had told me the story before and it’s so gorgeous. As is she!

  5. AvatarLinda

    I love the smell of baking! Even better than the eating because there are no calories involved 😀

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Linda, I think I must be awakening my domestic goddess because in the last year or so I’ve done a lot of baking – and you’re right, it’s worth it just for the scents! I had a friend staying this weekend and I made gingernuts with cinnamon and ginger spices. Best smell in the universe when they’re cooking.

  6. AvatarAnnie West

    Anna, great recipe. So great you need to make them for me again and send them in the mail. Wouldn’t that be nice? Surprise boxes of yummy goodness arriving in the post?

    Congratulations too on the release of Scoundrel. As you know, I loved it when I read it recently!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Annie, I really have you to thank for this recipe! So thank you. Oh, yes, love getting goodies in the mail. And cookies travel surprisingly well, I’ve discovered. The first few times I sent them, I was afraid they’d turn up in smithereens. Thanks for saying you enjoyed Scoundrel!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        *waves madly to Annie*
        I think Ms Campbell should test this biscuit posting idea and send a batch to each of us. Purely for research purposes, of course. We’d be excellent judges!

  7. AvatarKandy Shepherd

    Hi Anna and waving to Cathryn – your biscuit recipes sounds delicious. The combination of almonds and cherries was a happy mistake!
    Don’t put me in the draw for the book – I’ve already had the pleasure of reading A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT from cover to cover, scarcely putting it down. I loved the plot and the wonderful characters – James is a truly memorable hero and Nell is a good match for him. I’m sure your readers will be delighted with this new book in the Sons of Sin series!

    1. AvatarAnna Campbell

      Kandy, how lovely to see you! So looking forward to settling down with your latest From Paradise to…Pregnant! So happy you enjoyed Scoundrel so much – that really made me smile all day when you emailed to let me know. By the way, those cookies are seriously delish!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I’m jealous you’ve already read Scoundrel, Kandy. I’m kicking myself for not taking it away with me but it’ll give me a book to look forward to when I return home.

  8. AvatarSheryl

    The recipe sounds fabulous, I can’t wait to give it a try. I can’t think of anything major that was a happy mistake. I do know that one time I was eating plain vanilla ice cream and I decided to dip chocolate chip cookies in it, turns out that it was great. Seems like I find good things with food

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, Sheryl. that indeed sounds like a happy accident with the icecream and cookies. Thanks for sharing. Might have to try…

  9. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Anna! Hi Cathryn!

    Ooh, Anna, those biscuits look so scrumptious. I will definitely be making them soon. Yum!

    There are always lots of happy mistakes, aren’t there? My recent one was helping hubby work out how to download ibooks onto his ipad; I told him to click something and oopsie the next minute a Mandy Magro book was sitting in his library. Oh Cathryn, aren’t they the best when travelling to find you’ve gotten lost but to discover the most gorgeous of spots. That has happened to us many times. And a few months back I found a recipe for a fruit cake and I didn’t have a packet of mixed fruit or rather hubby bought the chunky fruit salad packet, I thought, oh well, I might as well give it a go and it turned out so yum and thick and juicy. I’ve made it heaps since.

    Anna, congrats on your new release A Scoundrel by Moonlight!

  10. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Sue, thanks so much for the congrats! I’m thrilled at the reaction I’m getting to A Scoundrel by Moonlight. Ooh, love the sound of that fruit salad fruitcake. As I said to Sharon, I’m not a great fan of the trad fruitcake but that sounds just delicious!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha ha ha ha! Are you sure that book download was a mistake, Sue? You don’t sound very contrite!
      Have to say, I like the sound of that fruit cake too!

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