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Cate Reads – Romance and More

I’m a contemporary romance writer, but I’m also a voracious reader. Most authors are; to be a great writers, you have to be a great reader. Every few weeks I’ll post my recommendations* for what you might like to read next, including those mentioned in my newsletter and in my readers group. Occasionally there will be giveaways, so check back often (or subscribe to this page’s feed to receive updates in your inbox!)

*Please note I use Amazon affiliate links to display the books I recommend. But most of these are available at other retailers*

Cate Reads – April 2, 2018

Week of April 2, 2018

It’s Spring Break at my house this week, which means a lot of spring cleaning and organizing, but also more time to read. Here’s what’s on my Nook this week:

I’m a sucker for anything royalty (hello… already making plans for Harry and Meghan’s wedding!). This is the first in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royal series and I cannot wait for the next!

I love Darcy Burke’s Ribbon Ridge series! This one was really special because the hero has Asperger’s and I just love how sensitively and realistically she portrayed him.

Two words: Secret. Baby.

Maisey Yates’s cowboy romances are always good for a some deep swooning.

 


Previous Recommendations:

3/12/18 – James Rollins, JL Lora, Damon Suede, Sha Renee

2/27/18 – Bella Andre, Sherry Thomas, Adriana Anders, James Rollins, Stoni Alexander

Happy Reading!

Cate Reads – March 14, 2018

Week of March 12, 2018

*Bonus Recommendations for March 14 – Pi Day!

This is one of my favorite of James Rollins’s adventures. It features a baldheaded parrot name Igor who can recite Pi to hundreds of decimal points. Perfect choice for Pi Day!

This week, I have two steamy reads — one long, one short — and a book for writers.

Steel is the final in JL Lora’s The Trinity trilogy. I think it might be my favorite. Heroine Mel is just so badass…. on the oustide, at least. And Leandro… *swoon*  You get caught up in their push-pull, the danger and sexual tension, and forget that they do bad things.

I’m a proud Air Force veteran and when I first began writing romance, I was happily surprised to find a whole community of romance writing veterans –RomVets. Sha is one of my fellow RomVets and her story about the illicit romance between an enlisted and an officer will have you swooning and saluting.

I’ve been waiting forever for Damon to publish this! If you’re a writer and you haven’t heard Damon speak or read one of his posts or books on craft, you must rectify that oversight right now. Trust me. Your readers will thank you!

Happy Reading!

Celebrate Pi Day with Nora Ephron’s Key Lime Pie

Here is Nora’s Key Lime Pie taken from her book, Heartburn (1983, Knopf). 

My list of top five favorite movies includes the underrated romantic comedy-drama, Heartburn. It’s Nora Ephron’s adapation of her novel of the same name, which was a thinly disguised adaptation of her marriage with (and subsequent divorce from) Carl Bernstein. (Yes, that Carl Bernstein)

The film, directed by Mike Nichols (who also directed the fabulous The Graduate and Charlie Wilson’s War), stars Meryl Streep as Rachel, a food writer, who marries the philandering political reporter, Mark. She is what we’d call a “foodie” nowadays, and like Ephron in real-life, she is known for her skills in the kitchen. But unlike the novel, the movie doesn’t really highlight her culinary prowess.

I didn’t get any good “action” shots while making the pie. So here’s Meryl Streep making it on screen in “Heartburn”.

And that’s where the novel has an edge over the movie. Because it’s not just a typical novel. Interspersed within the story are Ephron’s own recipes. I have made almost everything she writes about in the book; her linguine a la cecca is a summer staple in my home, and her famous vinaigrette is my go-to recipe when I need a tart, homemade dressing. I keep my copy of the novel with my cookbooks.

But my favorite recipe is her Key Lime Pie. If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ll remember the pie that Rachel throws in Mark’s face as her character finally realizes she has to make the hardest decision of her life. This is that pie.
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And this is Nora’s recipe. I only made two slight adjustments: the original calls for 1 cup of lime juice and 1 TBS lime zest. I used ¾ cup lime juice and 2TBS zest.

Nora Ephron’s Key Lime Pie
a.k.a. “Dream Another Dream Key Lime Pie” 

A microplane grater and juicer will make your life easier!

Ingredients

6 large egg yolks*
¾ cup lime juice (Bottled is fine, but fresh is best. You’ll need about 20 depending on how efficient you are at juicing them.)
2TBS lime zest (zest before you juice)
2 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk (use full fat; it will set better)
9”-10” graham cracker crust (I used Keebler’s extra large)
A few slices of lime for garnish
Whipped Cream (optional: I only like Cool Whip, and I was all out, so we went without)

  1. Beat the 6 large egg yolks in a large bowl. Add lime juice, zest, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until well blended.
  2. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust pie shell.
  3. Freeze 6 to 8 hours, until firm.
  4. When ready to serve, allow pie to thaw for a few minutes on counter. Add whipped cream (if you’d like) and lime slices for garnish.
  5. Cut and serve. Throwing at your husband is optional.

Serves 8. Enjoy!


*Since this recipe calls for raw eggs to be used, it is best to use pasteurized eggs. These are pricier and a little harder to find than your regular store-bought eggs. The chances of contracting salmonella are about 1 in 20,000, so relatively small (.005%).  But, I advise you to get the pasteurized eggs in any event. Or, if you are up to it, pasteurize your own eggs!

Cate Reads – February 27, 2018


Here are my picks for the week of February 27, 2018! Note there is a non-romance book listed. That is not a mistake! I just love James Rollins so much. And he’s very good with the romantic elements he adds in his action-adventure-thrillers.