FRIDAY FEAST with Suzanne Brandyn

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Are you all Christmas partied out? I nearly am, although I have to say it’s been fun and there’s still more to come. Speaking of more to come, this week on Friday Feast I introduce a fab new author who’s sharing a dessert to die for, but first, brace yourself… yes, it’s Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf Weekly.Romantic suspense author Suzanne Brandyn

Thanks to not too much buffoonery on the golf course last week (unless you count that really ugly duffed ball in the water shot on the 17th that I’m still trying to wipe from memory, and some highly incompetent putting), I managed to shave half a stroke off my handicap. Methinks the golfing gods are teasing me again but we shall see. Perhaps a triumph approacheth? Stay tuned!

And now tune in even more for this week’s Friday Feast guest, Australian romantic suspense author Suzanne Brandyn. Born on the edge of Australia’s outback, Suzanne has taken her knowledge and empathy for this amazing land, her love of romance and delight in a good thrill, and created books filled with strong characters and vivid landscapes.

Her latest release is Cold Fear. Check it out…

 

COLD FEAR

 

Cover of Cold Fear by Suzanne BrandynMacy Donavan battles a terrifying nightmare to protect her two-year-old daughter, Faith from an intruder, and is knocked unconscious. When she regains consciousness, her daughter is missing.

As the police widen their futile search, Macy struggles to pick up the pieces of an unimaginable life. Urged to take a break she heads to an isolated cabin with a girlfriend to recuperate so she can continue searching, only to face her worst nightmare— times ten.

Trapped by a man she believed dead, he demands she play a game.

She runs, he hunts.  There is no place to hide.

 

Wow, doesn’t Cold Fear sound amazing? Well, thanks to the magic of the internet you can own a copy right now with just a couple of clickety-clicks. Visit amazon.com or amazon.com.au, hit that buy button and copy will be on its way to your Kindle reader or Kindle reading app in seconds.

Loaded up? Good. Now prepare to die! (In the nicest possible way, of course)

 

CHOCOMANIA

 

Good morning, Cathryn. I am thrilled to be here. Thank you for having me.

It’s a great time of year here in Australia, with summer about to carve up the landscape and Christmas around the corner. It’s a time for barbeques, outdoor parties and celebrations. There is  not a year that goes by when Death by Chocolate doesn’t hit my outdoor area.  A “to die for desert,” just like our heroes in our novels, something we all can’t get enough of. 🙂

Wait until you try it. I give it a good go, although at times my palate doesn’t take to one single ingredient… Can you pick which one? The answer could win you copy of my latest release Cold Fear. 🙂

 

Death by Chocolate

 

Ingredients for Death By Chocolate

  • Two Sarah Lee chocolate cakes. (You can bake two choc cakes if you so desire. As long as they are chocolate.
  • Two tubs of chocolate mousse.
  • Two Cadbury Flake chocolate bars.
  • One tub of cream.
  • Strawberries.

Bowl of fresh strawberries

  • Wash and cut strawberries in half.

Bowl of cut strawberries

  • Beat cream and add a little caster sugar to sweeten.
  • If using frozen choc cake, defrost.
  • Place slices of chocolate cake into bottom of bowl. Press down to organise in a neat fashion.

Arranging chocolate cake in the bowl

  • Add one layer of thickened cream.
  • Add one layer of chocolate mousse.
  • Add one layer of strawberries.
  • Repeat this until you are at the top of your dish, finishing off with a layer of rich thickened cream, strawberries, and finely grate the Flakes over the top.

Finished Death By Chocolate top view

 Side on photo of Death By Chocolate

Yum. Perfect for barbeques, and/or formal dishes. The secret is in what dish you toss it all in. Fancy china, a glass bowl, or a bright plastic outdoorsy dish for barbeques. It’s a hit for all occasions.

Wella. To die for all right. Lol. Death By Chocolate. There’s no better way to go. Enjoy.

Question: Which ingredient of Death By Chocolate don’t I eat much of?

I like it, but my tastebuds have a hard time adjusting, although my brain says yes, yes, yes. Lol. Guess correctly and you could win a copy of Cold Fear. 🙂 It’s easy peasy, seeing I’m so not the norm. 🙂

 

I don’t know, you Friday Feast guests are determined to make everyone fat! But surely in this case it has to be worth it. Your Death By Chocolate looks absolutely divine, Suzanne.

Now, my Feasters, being a super-lovely guest, Suzanne has kindly offered a giveaway. You can win yourself a Kindle ebook copy of Cold Fear. But you’re going to have to work for it. Guess correctly which ingredient in Death By Chocolate Suzanne can’t eat much of and you’ll go into the draw to win.

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 17th December 2013. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like learn more about Suzanne and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Pssst. If you’d like an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon voucher, Suzanne has a giveaway running on her Facebook page. So toddle on over and get “liking”.

 

 

22 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Suzanne Brandyn

  1. AvatarJM Bray

    Fun Blog post! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder. I just made a batch of Evil Genius Brownies…I need to make my three layer Death by Chocolate cake! Cheers!

  2. AvatarFiona McArthur

    Hello there Cathryn and Suzanne
    Merry Christmas and wishing you both another hugely successful writing year next year. Look forward to all those coming books.
    Can just imagine reading Cold Fear, tucked up on a dark night, with a bowl of Death By Chocolate in my lap. Can also imagine the bowl empty. Oops.
    I think JM needs to pass over the recipe for Evil Genius Brownies as well.
    xx Fi

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      And a big fat Santa hug to you too, Fiona! May 2014 be a beautiful year for beautiful books and beautiful people like you!

      JM is being a big tease I reckon. Methinks he’s saving his recipes for a Friday Feast!

  3. Avatarsuzannebrandyn

    Hi there Fi,
    I can picture you huddled up. Tell hubby to take a snap. It would be well worth it. 🙂

  4. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hi Cathryn and Suzanne. I just called and made an appointment with my cardiologist after reading this recipe. Sounds ultra decadent, perhaps a little too much for me. I’m guessing strawberries are the odd man out. “Cold Fear” sounds great – hope it sells gazillions, Suzanne.

  5. AvatarSuzanne Brandyn

    Hi Louise, Thank you. It’s not sweet, it’s just right. I haven’t found anyone as yet who didn’t love it, although hubby only has a small piece. But he’s not really a connoisseur of sweets. Good Luck. 🙂

  6. AvatarJuanita Kees

    Death by chocolate. What a way to go! And thanks, JM, I’ll have some of those evil brownies too! Suzanne, God and the Fire Department bless you for providing me with another fire-proof recipe. Now, I’m just guessing here, but I’d say it’s chocolate you don’t eat much of.
    All the best with Cold Fear. Sounds like a chilling read I need to do hugging that bowl of dessert! 🙂

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Ahh, Juanita, we aim to please everyone here on Friday Feast, even people like your who say they’re non-cooks (which I refuse to believe!).

        This would be a cracking recipe to take to a barbecue, wouldn’t it?

  7. AvatarJess

    oh Yum! That looks amazing 🙂 I could totally picture myself curling up with a fantastic book and some of that… possibly the entire bowl to myself, because I’m not a good sharer when it comes to chocolate :p I always find it ‘unimaginable’ when people can’t eat chocolate or don’t like it, so i’m going to go with that as the ingrediant that you can’t eat much off. It’s also called death by chocolate afterall. I was torn between that and the strawberries and even the cream, but who knows.

    I love the sound of your book too Suzanne and have just added it to my ever growing to read pile 🙂

    Have a fantastic Christmas Suzanne and Cathryn and thanks for the fantastic blog post 🙂

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