FRIDAY FEAST with Annie West

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Hello, darling Feasties. Have you all recovered from your Easter chocfests? I hope so, because this week on Friday Feast we have even more luscious things to delight you, including a Greek classic, a sexy sheik, and not one but two book giveaways!

But first, the ongoing  debacle that is Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. Sigh. Deep, deep sigh. Can someone please buy me a new putter? Actually, a bit of concentration would probably work if you have any to spare, because I while I seemed to have recovered a little (and it’s a very little) Romance author Annie Westof my ball striking mojo, the same cannot be said for my putting. I am the three-putt queen right now, and it’s a painfully thorny crown. Never mind, I suppose it’s better than dunking balls into the water. Oh. Hang on. I still do that too.

Our guest today is the delightful Annie West, a USA Today best-selling author with a reputation for producing passionate romances set in exotic locations that abound with sassy, smart heroines, hot alpha male heroes, and deeply emotional storylines.

Annie’s latest is The Sheikh’s Princess Bride, her second Desert Vows story which began with The Sultan’s Harem Bride.

It looks a beauty too. Check it out.

THE SHEIKH’S PRINCESS BRIDE

The Sheikh's Princess Bride by Annie West Wanted: royal bride and mother

For Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sarath, one miserable marriage was enough. With a kingdom to rule, he has no time—or wish—to find a bride, but his children need a mother. 

Could Princess Samira of Jazeer be the answer? Samira has sampled passion, and it left a bad taste. With the knowledge she can’t have the children she’s always wanted, Samira steps into Tariq’s ready-made family. Her only condition? No sex!

Samira thought royal duties and her love for Tariq’s children would fill the hole in her heart, but a craving is building that only the sheikh’s touch can cure…

Doesn’t that sound fabulous? And with Annie you know you’re in the hands of a romance expert. The Sheikh’s Princess Bride is available right now from that most excellent of bookstores Booktopia, also Bookworld and Angus & Robertson. You can also purchase from Bookdepository, amazon.com, amazon.au, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, iBooks, and direct from the publisher Mills & Boon.

Prepare yourselves now, my lovelies, because Annie is a not only an expert romance author, she’s also a seriously good cook and the recipe she’s sharing today is mouthwatering.

What’s better than baking baklava? Eating it, of course!

Cathryn, thanks so much for inviting me to a spot on your coveted Friday Feast. I’m almost ready to claim you’re responsible for my waistline battle, with so many gorgeous goodies featured here, but the truth is I’m too lazy to go and cook them all. The real reason I have to keep an eye on the threat of authorly spread (a danger since I sit and write for a living) is that I love food.

My taste runs most often to savoury treats but I’ve got in the habit of sharing sweets here, and I’m not one to break a food-related habit, so I thought I’d share my tried and true recipe for baklava. I’ve been cooking this (admittedly less frequently in the last few years) since the 80s. You can imagine me, perched on a chair as in infant, dealing with filo pastry… Okay, okay, maybe not an infant, but definitely young!

Why baklava this time? The short answer is because of my Desert Vows duet. First ‘The Sultan’s Harem Bride’ was published in February and this month the sequel, ‘The Sheikh’s Princess Bride’. In both cases I found myself writing about palace life in the Middle East, where gorgeous food delicacies abounded. As I wrote I drooled over memories of sweet Egyptian tea, rich Turkish coffee, delicious vegetable dishes, skewered meats, sweet pastries and so on and so on. That, naturally lead me to my favourite sweet pastry – baklava. Okay, I know it’s Greek but my taste buds ignore that distinction and it’s so closely related to the syrup laden treats from further east that it fits the bill.

So, without further ado, here’s my

BAKLAVA RECIPE

Annie West's baklava on Friday Feast

500 g filo pastry (refrigerated)

¾ cup melted, unsalted butter

1/4 cup caster sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup finely chopped almonds

2 cups finely chopped walnuts

For Syrup:

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

a couple (no more) of whole cloves

a cinnamon stick (about 5 cm)

a thin strip of lemon rind

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

First up, if you’ve never used filo before, make sure it doesn’t dry out. Take 3 clean tea towels. Lay one on a bench then lay the sheets of filo flat on top of it. Lay another tea towel over that. Take the 3rd teatowel and dampen it (but not till it’s sopping wet as wet filo just sticks together) then lay it over all the rest to keep it from drying out. This sounds fiddly but it’s actually quite easy and means the filo is good to work with. When you need a sheet, flip back the top two tea towels, take some and immediately cover again.

Butter the base and sides of an oven dish (mine’s about 5 cm high and 23 by 33 wide and long). It doesn’t have to be exactly this size.

Mix sugar, spices and nuts and put aside.

Take a sheet of filo and brush it with melted butter. (You don’t have to be terribly precise as long as most of it is covered). Then lay the sheet in the oven dish. Repeat this till you’ve got about nine sheets of filo in the dish.

Spread half the nut mixture into the dish.

Add another two sheets of filo (brushing each separately with butter as before) then top with the remaining nuts.

Finish the filo, brushing one sheet at a time and adding to the dish. (If you’ve got a little less than 500g this will still work).

Brush the top sheet in the dish with melted butter and trim any rough edges. Gently score the top layers of pastry in diamond shapes. You can feel when the tip of the knife cuts through to the nut layer and that’s as far as you need to go. Sprinkle lightly with water. This stops the top layers curling.

Bake on centre shelf at 160 degrees  for 30 minutes, then move up a shelf and cook another 30 minutes. (Cover with foil if it’s colouring too fast).

When you put the baklava in the oven, make the syrup so it has time to cool by the time the baklava comes out. To make the syrup you add all the ingredients to a heavy based saucepan and stir till the sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes. Cool then remove the cloves, lemon peel and cinnamon stick.

When the baklava comes out of the oven spoon the syrup over it (I love the sizzle of sweet syrup on hot pastry). Then comes the hard part. Don’t eat it yet! Of course you can, but the flavour improves and the syrup is absorbed if you leave it for a couple of hours. Great with coffee or as a dessert. I like to make this when family come to dinner. We all have some, then they take some home and we’ve still got leftovers – not that they last long!

 

As a huge fan of baklava, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this recipe, Annie. It sounds beautiful and if I get the chance I’m going to attempt a batch next week. Cos one can never have enough nutty sweetness in one’s life. Or romance for that matter.

Speaking of romance goodness, how about a…

GIVEAWAY!

We’re so spoiled here on Friday Feast by our guest authors but even more so today because Annie has kindly offered not one, but TWO books to giveaway to two lucky commenters. Yes, book one and two of Annie’s Desert Vow stories.  That’s a copy of The Sheikh’s Princess Bride plus The Sultan’s Harem Bride. Two books, two winners.

PicMonkey CollageAs always, you’ll have to work a little. I think we’ll go for something a little different this time and ask you to reveal your ultimate exotic romantic setting.

I think mine would have to be Venice. I simply adored that place, probably because we visited in winter when the crowds were at a minimum and at night the streets turned misty and secretive. But I’m sure there are plenty of other places I could choose and thousands more I have yet to see, or even hear about.

So what’s yours? Perhaps you find the bright lights, bustle and excitement of New York romantic. Or maybe an isolated tropical island is more your go. Simply share in the comments and we’ll pop you into the draw to win either The Sheikh’s Princess Bride or The Sultan’s Harem Bride.

Giveaway closes midnight AEST, Tuesday 14th April 2015. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Annie and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Goodreads.

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Debbie and Juanita who have each won a copy of Annie’s new releases, The Sheikh’s Princess Bride and The Sultan’s Harem Bride. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. What a great line-up of exotic romantic settings. Looks like Annie and I need to organise a writer’s retreat to Greece and Venice, so we can really capture the authenticity of the setting. Ah, one day…

 

71 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Annie West

  1. AvatarHelen

    Hi Annie and Cathryn

    Wow what a recipe I really need to try that one 🙂

    Congrats on the release of both of these stories Annie I loved both of them Heroes to die for and Heroines that are just the best and the settings are as always awesome not sure what my ultimate exotic destination would be I would say maybe Venice I have both of these books and loved them both good luck in the draw everyone

    Have Fun
    Helen

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Helen,

      I hope you enjoy the baklava if you make it. It’s a family favourite here. I always enlist help from the kids when I make it which adds to the pleasure. There’s nothing quite like baking with company.

      Thanks for the kind words about these two ‘Desert Vows’ stories. I’m so chuffed you enjoyed them. That’s made me smile.

      Interesting that you’re also voting for Venice. It certainly has allure, hasn’t it?

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Cathryn, Venice is so wonderful, isn’t it? I went back there recently and had a marvellous time. It was eventful too, with snow one morning and ultra high tides several times so people were using board walks or waterproof boots. It’s the most atmospheric place. I foresee a romance coming up set there.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I know you had a wonderful time, Annie. I saw your Facebook pics and was horribly jealous!
      It sounds like you had the same conditions as when we were there, with the cold and duck boards. I think we were lucky to experience that because the crowds stayed away and the streets were kept eerie at night, and it gave the place a whole different atmosphere to what I imagine it’s like in peak season. Definitely a place for a romance!

      1. AvatarAnnie West

        Cathryn, it was wonderful being in Venice in winter. As you say, quite deserted sometimes, and definitely eerie and atmospheric at night. I recall walking down the street of the ‘assassini’ and thinking about just that. Then I discovered it got its name from the number of dead bodies that had been found there several centuries before. Shiver! Fortunately not like that now, but on a misty evening definitely full of character.

  3. AvatarDB Tait

    I was going to say Venice too. I think because for most Australians it is so completley different to the dry wide open spaces we come from. But it’s hard to go past Paris too. At the moment though, I’d be happy with somewhere like Port Douglas staying at a resort where someone else cooks and brings me margaritas.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      DB, sipping cocktails at Port Douglas sounds so tempting, especially when the alternative is being chained to a computer and wearing warm slippers because it’s turning nippy.

      Funny you should mention Paris. I’m writing a book about a woman who’s splurged in her once in a lifetime dream holiday. She ended up in Paris, though Venice was a contender.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        I could very easily join you there, DB! Being waited on in the tropics sounds very appealing right now, in particular when I’ve just had to crank on the heater.
        Paris is indeed lovely. Autumn and spring are absolutely gorgeous there. Hmm. Really want to break the end of a baguette and chew on it now.

  4. AvatarJuanita

    Since we’re talking Greek (the next best sexiest man apart from a sheik, of course!) I’d say Mykonos. All that white against the blue sea, beaches and cafes to get romantic in/on, men with sexy foreign accents and deliciously tanned bodies…*sigh*…reaching for the baklava, a shot of Greek coffee and an Annie West novel.
    Thanks for a great read, Annie and Cathryn! I do love your feasty blogs.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Juanita, that sounds like bliss. Baklava, coffee and a romance. And one of mine at that! I’ll join you in that dream of being in Greece. I still haven’t made it to Mykonos but the islands I’ve visited have definitely whetted my appetite. So lovely to see you here!

  5. AvatarSusanne Bellamy

    Hi Cathryn and Annie,
    Wow, baklava – love it! I’d eat it anywhere, but preferably, on a Greek island I’ve yet to visit. White sands and aqua waters, baklava and my bh. Thanks for sharing this fab recipe, Annie. I loved Harem Bride and look forward to following up with Princess Bride. Samira deserved her own book. 🙂

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Susanne, I’m so pleased you thought Samira deserved her own HEA. She started out simply as a secondary character but by the time I finished ‘Sultan’ I knew I had to write her story. I’m chuffed you enjoyed that first one.

      Hm, Greek islands seem to a theme here. I’ll be in that!

  6. Avatarsavannah blaize

    I would love to go to the Maldives. Every picture I see of that beautiful pristine beach and clear blue water elicits a sigh. To be accompanied by a handsome Hero, or course would be the icing on the cake . . . or honey on the Baklava.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Savannah, I know what you mean about photos of the Maldives. It looks like paradise, doesn’t it? Love the pics of the water that superb colour. Hopefully one day I’ll make it there. It does look the perfect place for a treat of a holiday.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh, yes. Great choice, Savannah. All that amazing sparkling water. No wonder it’s such a favourite for honeymooners. Hard to beat that kind of romantic setting.
        Thanks for dropping by and sharing!

  7. AvatarSheila kempster

    Hi guys. Oh I do love the sheikhs 🙂

    Was wondering, can you spoon syrup over portions and chill and freeze like that?

    Most romantic settings has to be Portugal or Malta. Vast views of oceans, rocks and idyllic, cooling blue. For walks a hand in hand and kisses. Not to mention panoramic painting opportunities.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hm, Sheila, I’ve never frozen baklava. I don’t know how filo pastry would respond to freezing, but you could try it. Frankly, it would never last long enough to freeze around here. It always disappears. That’s why I make a point of baking it when we’ve got visitors so they can take some away too! Otherwise I’d eat it all.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Interesting question, Sheila. I’ve frozen things made with filo before without drama, but they were things that were then reheated in the oven which helped turn the pastry crispy again. I can’t see why you couldn’t freeze it fully made. I would have no qualms doing so. I suspect the only downside would be, as Annie said, the change in texture of the pastry.
        Malta. I would love to go there. All that gorgeous food!

    2. AvatarAnnie West

      Sheila, I forgot to add that I’d love to visit Portugal or Malta. Portugal has been on my list for ages… one day!

  8. AvatarTrish Morey

    Oh, oh, oh,oh, oh, oh, oh!!! Oh Annie, I love baklava and haven’t made it for ages and now I don’t know why! Thank you, thank you for reminding me how easy this gorgeous treat is to make. I’m adding these ingredients to my shopping list right away.

    And gosh, your duo sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to dip in!! Just like I can’t wait to get back to Lord Howe Island, a jewel of an island off the NSW coast, private, quiet and blissfully natural. We went there for our honeymoon mumblemumble years ago and I’ve a hankering to go back. After I’ve whipped up some baklava.

    Thank you!!
    Trishx

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t it a great-looking recipe, Trish? So easy and so gorgeous. I have the ingredients on my shopping list too and can’t wait to give it a go. We luuuurve baklava.
      Lord Howe Island sounds a blissful honeymoon spot. I bet you had a fab time!

  9. AvatarAnnie West

    Trish, I’ve never been to Lord Howe. How romantic to go there for a honeymoon! You definitely have to go back.

    So glad to have tempted you into making baklava again. Isn’t it a wonderful treat?

  10. AvatarLaura Boon Russell

    Paris is my favourite exotic destination, especially the area around Montmatre

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Laura,

      Isn’t Paris full of great things to see and do? We had a lovely day walking up to Montmartre and exploring, then coming down through the park. So lovely. I think my favourite Paris activity though is simply sitting in a café watching the world go by.

  11. AvatarAnna Campbell

    How lovely to have two of my fave people here today – not to mention baklava, one of my fave things! Annie, I think your sheikh and your sultan are even more delicious than baklava! Congratulations. They’re great reads! Romantic getaway? Catherine, I’m with you. I’m going for Venice, especially at night when it seems so timeless.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Anna, my sheikh and my sultan are more delicious than baklava? Wow! That’s saying something, and I know how you like baklava. You’ve definitely made me smile.

      Sounds to me like we need to organise a romance writers’ retreat – starting in Venice then heading to the Greek islands, with a few stopovers elsewhere along the way!

  12. AvatarFranca Poli

    Congratulations Annie for the publication of these books about sheikhs (my favorite). The baklava I’ve ever tasted, but the ingredients seem very good.
    I’d like one of your books were set in Italy and especially in Venice. Maybe he is a very rich and noble Venetian and she is a woman who is in Italy to study fine arts. 🙂 x

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Franca, I think you’ve been reading my mind! Seriously, I’ve been toying with the idea of a Venetian story and a heroine who’s there because of the art!

      If you ever get a chance to try baklava, do. It’s so yum!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, you must try baklava, Franca. It’s heavenly.

        Venice is definitely shaping up as the exotic location of choice, with good reason. Annie, looks like your next book setting is sorted.

        Thanks for dropping by, Franca. All the best in the giveaway draw.

        1. AvatarFranca Poli

          You’ve convinced me, Annie and Cathryn ….. try the baklava! 😉
          I hope to be able to read a book by Annie set in Venice.
          Thanks for the good wishes Cathryn.

  13. AvatarEfthalia

    Hi ya Annie,

    Wow that’s one killer of a baklava. Put the kettle on, I’m racing over! Lol.

    Your recipe is spot on Annie. The only thing I do different is the syrup. I use half a cup of honey and I grate the rind of one orange and add two teaspoons of Rose water.

    Reading through the thread here. I think we need a conference in Greece. How much fun would that be?

    To baklava and Sheiks.

    Smiles,
    Efthalia

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Efthalia,

      I’m taking notes on your baklava. I’m trying to imagine how rich and luscious it would be with honey, rosewater and orange zest. Wow!!! Forget coming to my place, I think I’ll be on your doorstep when you cook it next!

      Yes, please, a conference in Greece would be terrific. I’d have to fit in a lot of walking though as I know from experience that I adore the food.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Ah, I was wonderful about the addition (or not) of rosewater, Efthalia. Thanks!

          Yes, please on the conference in Greece. That would be amaaaaazing. Not to mention inspiring.

  14. AvatarDebbie

    Hi Annie & Cathryn,

    I’m new here … Anna is the culprit who led me here, although she doesn’t know this, of course. So, I’ve discovered some new firsts this Friday night…I’ve just subscribed to your website Cathryn and after this, I’m heading over to Annie’s. You girls have way too much fun…how could one resist.

    Another first is I love eating baklava and yet have never made it, but Annie, your recipe seems simple, and amazingly tasty, so I actually think I’m going to give it a go.

    Another romantic first, wow, there are sooo many places, but strolling over the rolling hills of Tuscany hand in hand with someone dreamy and stopping to picnic amongst the flowers would be kind of sweet.

    I’m looking forward to reading some of your work ladies. Lovely to ‘meet’ you.

    Congratulations on your latest publications.

    Deb 🙂

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Deb!

      How lovely that you discovered us via Anna. Believe me, you’ve done the right thing, signing up for Cathryn’s blog. The Friday Feasts in particular are amazing. Hope you enjoy our books too.

      As for making baklava, I love to do it with someone. So much more fun that way. Pick a nice rainy Saturday afternoon for instance then you’ve got a perfect reason to relax with a super afternoon tea and a chat.

      Sigh. I’ve never been to Tuscany. All the photos I see of it look marvellous. Maybe one day I’ll get there too.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh, how lovely you found us, Deb! Thanks so much for subscribing. We have a blast on Friday Feasts and I hope you continue to enjoy them.

        Strolling in Tuscany with someone dreamy sounds utterly gorgeous. Great choice. And great to “meet” you too!

        1. AvatarDebbie

          Thanks ladies…I had so much fun reading the responses to this competition. Your fun vibe is very catching…that’s what particularly drew me to Anna…I took a class at the BWF with Anna and Christina B and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the kind words and I look forward to following you both, Annie and Cathryn. Cathryn, I have to thank you for my ‘gift’ upon subscribing. Your short story set in Budapest was divine and I really enjoyed it.

          Thank you so much.
          Warmest wishes
          Deb
          PS I’m making the Baklava next week when my daughter and her hubby comes to visit! Yum…I can almost feel it melting in my mouth. If you girls are passing by, drop in for some leftovers!

  15. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Cathryn and Annie,
    that baklava looks good but way too fiddly for me to make. I don’t mind working with puff pastry but have never attempted to use filo.

    I’ll go a bit different and say my ultimate romantic setting would be relaxing on a cruise ship cruising around the Caribbean which we’ll be doing in July. I can just imagine the gorgeous scenery, blue water and exploring the islands.

    Your duo sounds fab Annie, can’t wait to read these two.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Sue,

      Enjoy the Caribbean. That does sound incredibly exotic. I’m sure you’ll have a ball! Don’t forget to take lots of photos.

      I think filo pastry seems daunting before you use it but once you’ve tried it – yum – definitely worth the effort. On the other hand, if you know someone who’ll make it for you – even better!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        You should set yourself a challenge and try cooking with filo, Sue. It’s fairly straightforward and the results are lovely. All that flaky goodness. Mmm.

        How gorgeous your cruise sounds. I’m very jealous!

        1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

          Hmm, maybe one day I’ll give a go, Cathryn. Yes, all that flaky stuff is pretty yum.

          Not only a Caribbean cruise, Cathryn, we’re also spending 4 weeks on the East Coast of America, I’m so excited I’m all giddy and goosebumpy. Only 8 weeks now until we leave!

  16. AvatarAmy Messick

    I fell in love with Vienna when I visited there 30 years ago. My husband has visited Salzburg, but not Vienna, so I’d love to back there with the live of my life.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Amy,

      I bet you’d have a ball if you went back there. I’ve been to Salzburg a couple of times and particularly enjoy the countryside to the east – the lakes and mountains. My memory of Vienna was that it was cold and wet (-15C in January). Brr. But the hot chocolate was fantastic. I’d love to see it in warmer weather.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, yes. Vienna is magnificent. Great choice of location, Amy. I have a big soft spot for that city thanks to the Spanish Riding School, which I’d romanticised in my brain during childhood thanks to Disney’s Miracle of the White Stallions film. I cried when I went to a performance. It was wonderful!

        1. AvatarDebbie

          Cathryn…my Jossy (daughter) has two Lippis and if I ever get the chance to visit, I’d love to go and see the Spanish dancing horses! Jossy competes dressage on her boys and they are such characters.
          cheers,
          Deb

          1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

            It was AMAZING, Deb. I was in tears when the first horse appeared in the arena.
            How lovely that your daughter has Lippizaners. I bet they’re gorgeous. Sigh. Very jealous.

  17. AvatarMichelle Douglas

    Ooh, Annie, your baklava looks almost as good as your Deserts Vows duet. I thought the recipe would be complicated, but you’ve instilled me with the confidence to give this a go. 🙂 Hmm…now where in the world would I like to be stretched out eating baklava? Oh, the answer rarely varies — London. Love, love, love London.

    Congratulations on the new releases — the covers are beautiful. 🙂

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Hi Michelle,

      So glad you like the recipe, and the Desert Vows duet! 🙂

      Why am I not surprised that your vote is for London? So many wonderful things to do and see there.

      Hope you try the baklava some time. Happy to make it with you if you like.

  18. AvatarPaula Beavan

    This is simply cruel, how on earth am I going to work out a GF & SF version of this LOL – never mind, I can almost taste it just looking at the picture. Memory is a good thing sometimes, and sometimes NOT 🙂 The book sound beaut.

    1. AvatarAnnie West

      Sorry Paula. I’m not sure that there is a GF version. Maybe a cyber taste is safest!
      Glad you like the sound of the book!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hee! Oh, I know I shouldn’t laugh, Paula, but it is a leeeetle funny. And cruel, yes. Most definitely cruel and unfair. Perhaps lick the screen while thinking of baklava? Sorry…

  19. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Debbie and Juanita who have each won a copy of Annie’s new releases, The Sheikh’s Princess Bride and The Sultan’s Harem Bride.
    Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. What a great line-up of exotic romantic settings. Looks like Annie and I need to organise a writer’s retreat to Greece and Venice, so we can really capture the authenticity of the setting. Ah, one day…

    1. AvatarDebbie

      Hi Annie and Cathryn,

      Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this Friday Feast. Wow! The only thing I was expecting to ‘win’ was a scrumptious piece of baklava, after I make it, using Annie’s recipe. I already felt like a winner, but to learn I have won a book by Annie, well now, that’s a wonderful surprise; an added bonus. There were so many great suggestions of where to go somewhere romantic…so many choices…

      Thanks so much everyone for brightening up my Friday evening.
      Cheers everyone,
      Deb

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