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FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Ashcroft

Well, Feasters, the Christmas season is well and truly on us. Melbourne’s halls are decked and the Myer Christmas window display in Bourke Street Mall is delighting small and big children alike with its tribute to Rob Scotton’s sheepy children’s book Russel’s Christmas Magic. So in the spirit of the season, let’s play with some angels. Some decidedly unsheepish ones!

Many of you may know Western Australian author Christina Ashcroft already from her alter ego Christina Phillip’s wonderful (and super hot) Roman Britain-set books Forbidden and Captive. These are fantastic stories, overflowing with passion and beautiful, lyrical writing. I am, as you can probably tell, a fan. She may have had a name change but I bet Christina’s writing and storytelling remains just as captivating in her new release, Archangel of Mercy.

Check it out!

 

ARCHANGEL OF MERCY

 

Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation-

and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

 

Ooh, I cannot wait to read the drama awaiting Aurora in Gabriel’s private sanctuary. Methinks things are going to get sweaty!

Archangel of Mercy releases December 4th, 2012 but you can pre-order your copy now from The Book Depository, Barnes & Noble or Amazon. For more links, including an excerpt, please visit Christina’s website.

Now here’s Christina!

 

Archangel of Decadent Delight

 

Thank you Cathryn for inviting me back to your delicious Friday Feast to help celebrate the release of ARCHANGEL OF MERCY!

I wanted to share something completely mouth watering and seeing as it’s summer here in Oz (even though my internal clock insists it should be cold, dark and windy outside at this time of year!) what could be better than something chilly and gorgeous straight from the freezer?

Back in the Dark Ages, before the kids came along and I had the time and inclination to experiment in the kitchen, I used to work my way through all sorts of amazing sounding recipes. Not that they always turned out so well once I got my oven gloves on them (I will NEVER forget the duck a l’Orange I once tried to create in an effort to impress my new husband. The grease! You could have paddled in the stuff. I’ve never been able to try duck since!)

But I did find one yummy dessert that not only sounded great but also tasted divine. I was so excited at my Masterchef marvellousness that I made this dessert umpteen times (right up until the kids came along and we then proceeded to exist on a diet of fish fingers J )

It’s totally easy-peasy to make and in honour of my Archangel Gabriel just for today I’m going to call it…

 

Archangel of Decadent Delight

 

Ingredients (Makes anything from 2 to 4 servings, depending on how large your sundae glasses are!)

425g can of well drained pineapple pieces

4 tablespoons of rum or orange juice

300ml soft scoop vanilla ice cream

To Serve

150ml whipping cream

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

4 maraschino cherries, drained

15g chocolate sprinkles

First of all you need to chop up half the pineapple. A good idea would be to buy a tin of already crushed pineapple (I’m going to do this next time!) Pop this in a bowl and sprinkle with half the rum or OJ.

Pour the rest of the rum over the remaining pineapple pieces, cover both bowls with cling film and then pop them in the fridge for an hour or so.

Once they are nicely chilled, drain the juice from the chopped pineapple and reserve the juice. Then quickly mix this mashed up pineapple into the ice cream with a fork. It’s good exercise!

Divide the mixture between your sundae glasses. They need at least 4-5 hours in the freezer or better still overnight.

To serve – whip the cream until soft and standing in peaks. Whisk in the coconut and the juice from the chopped pineapple. Take glasses from freezer. Add the rest of the pineapple pieces on top of the ice cream, including any juice. Then top each with coconut cream, a maraschino cherry and a little, or lot, of chocolate sprinkles. Serve at once and enjoy!

I usually use the rum, but tried it out with orange juice and it still tastes completely delicious. If, like me, you suffer a domestic disaster with the whipping cream then I can confirm that cheating and using Dream Whip totally works!

And here’s one I made earlier!

 

And now for the giveaway! I have an e-copy of my erotic futuristic fantasy TOUCH OF THE DEMON and some Archangel swag to giveaway to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment or let me know who you’d love to share your favourite summer dessert with (extra brownie points if you let us know what your fave summer dessert is too!!!)

 

Wow, that dessert looks and sounds as luscious as your hero, Christina, and perfect for cooling off after reading one of your books.

So come on Feasters, take your eyes of that sexy cover and start revealing who you’d like to share your favourite dessert with. Seeing as I’ve now watched Thor about ten times, I’m going to put a little Santa wish in for a bare-chested Chris Hemsworth (in character, of course), hand feeding me crème brulee. Although I wouldn’t say no to Daniel Craig in his Cowboys and Aliens chaps either. There’s just something about a man in chaps…

Giveaway closes midnight, 4th December 2012 AEST. Open internationally. Rah!

You can keep up with what’s happening in Christina’s crazy writerly world over on  Facebook and Twitter. She loves to chat with readers and would love to see you over there! You can also sign up for Christina’s Newsletter via her website.

FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Phillips

Oh, I do love Fridays. Not only is it the end of the week, which means fun, frivolity and very, very soon FOOTBALL, it’s Friday Feast time. And I don’t know about you, but I’m thoroughly enjoying these posts. Everyone has such wonderful food stories to share and today’s guest is no exception.

I am a huge admirer of Christina Phillips. Her writing is beautifully lyrical, her stories compelling and her heroes… well, let’s just say they make me gooey. A lot gooey, in fact. Maximus, Maximus, you sexy Roman hunk of….

Oh, sorry. Where was I? Yes, praising Christina. Wonderful writer. Fabulous books. You must check them out. No, seriously, you must. Forbidden, Captive and soon, writing as Christina Ashcroft, Archangel of Mercy.

Here’s a look at Forbidden to give you a taste.

He was a master of seduction – but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most…

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion – his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan’s ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn’t realize her true heritage – until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys’s loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus’s people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.

Think of it… Maximus in his naked barbarian glory. How can you possibly resist!

Oof. Look at me rabbiting on again. Without further ado, here’s Christina.

Thank you Cathryn for having me on your blog today! I love the idea of your Friday Feast blog posts and all the delicious recipes. I’m sure I’ve whacked on several kilos just by drooling over the photos!

Since I’m a bit of an undomestic goddess I thought I’d chat today about a recent wine tour we enjoyed in the gorgeous Margaret River region of Western Australia. It was to celebrate my husband’s birthday and my daughters discovered a fantastic villa right on the river – Riverzedge Retreat.

Two weeks before the weekend we sat him down and told him we were going away and he needed to take time off work (yes he does need to be told this!) The weekend arrived and the weather was perfect. The villa was stunning and our bedroom was fabulous. I’ve always had a craving to sleep in a four poster bed and although it didn’t quite have the four posts it did have the most gorgeous drapes, and combined with the breathtaking views it was a little slice of heaven!

On the Saturday morning the seven of us trudged down the hill to wait for the tour bus. Aha! As an added surprise we’d told him we were taking the tour bus and I will never forget the look of absolute astonishment on his face when instead of a bus, an amazing white limo pulled up!

I would now love to give a detailed description of every winery we visited and wines consumed. Unfortunately, I enjoyed myself far too much at the first stop with a selection of Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon Merlots and the entire day is one very happy blur!!!

However, I do remember we stopped for lunch at the Voyager Estate with its magnificent Cape Dutch architecture. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and after we’d eaten (I believe more wine was also consumed!) we had a leisurely wander around the lovely rose gardens.

One of the experiences I’ll never forget is the adorable kookaburra that woke us each morning by dive bombing our windows. I’m originally from the UK and a total City girl, and even after living in WA for thirteen years the incredible wildlife still leaves me breathless. It was kind of surreal to hear this kookaburra doing his best to wake us up, then we’d walk out onto the balcony and there he’d be, perched on the rail and giving us the beady eye. It’s the closest I’d ever got to this cheeky bird and I discovered they are a lot bigger than I’d imagined when, as a child, I’d warble “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…” We also had a family of ducks who’d waddle right up to the back door looking for edible goodies.

It was a wonderful weekend away with great company, plenty of wine and delicious food (none of which I had to cook and in my book that is a huge bonus!!)

As a side note, when I was researching for my Roman/Druid romances I came across several fascinating tidbits. Apparently the Romans thought it was common to drink wine neat and instead they’d cut it half with water. But what really knocked me sideways was how during the earlier Republic period it was against the law for Roman women to drink wine at all. The reasoning behind this was because, naturally, women were unable to control themselves and if they drank wine they would sleep around. A man was within his rights to kill his wife if he discovered she’d been drinking and in order to discover if she had he would kiss her on the lips! So much for romance 🙂 Needless to say none of my heroes harbour such barbaric prejudices!

Sigh. That sounds so wonderful. Thanks, Christina. Fabulous post. Margaret River is one of the few Australian wine regions I’ve yet to visit and this just makes me want to go there more. Although I’ll definitely have to drag along the golf clubs so I can wear off all that delicious food and drink with some exercise.

Now, Christina has a special gift for ten lucky commenters. Share your favourite wine region or, if wine isn’t your thing, simply your favourite tipple, and you could score a very attractive and handy present!

Get commenting because entries close midnight, Tuesday, 21st February Australian Eastern Standard Time. And don’t forget to include your email address or a link so we can contact you. Open internationally.

If you’d like to know more about Christina and her beautifully written books, please visit her website. You can also connect via her blog, Twitter and Facebook.

 

The contest is now closed. Christina has generously offered a prize to all who participated, with details on how to claim in the comments section.

Thank you for joining in the Friday Feast fun!