Tasty treats from emerging author Julieanne Reeves a recipe, a hero, a giveaway

Tasty treats from emerging author Julieanne Reeves a recipe, a hero, a giveaway
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My name is Jessica Hallstatt. I’m the heroine of romantic suspense author Julieanne Reeves’ novel, Razing Kayne; the first book in her Walking A Thin Blue Line police series.

Julieanne asked me to stop by and share something scrumptious with you. So, without further ado, here’s Kayne. Wait, no. He’s mine. You guys get the loaded cornbread recipe. And I’ll get right to it, just as soon as I’ve ogled him for another moment or two. Sigh. You have to admit, he is rather yummy isn’t he?

Okay, okay. Speaking of yummy…

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. Traditionally we eat dinner late in the afternoon. As such, I like to start the day off with this hearty breakfast.

Jessica’s Loaded Cornbread:


3 – boxes 6.5oz Jiffy corn muffin mix or your favorite brand. (Prepared per instructions.)
8 – eggs
1 – medium onion chopped
1 – 8oz package of fresh mushrooms sliced
½ – red bell pepper chopped
½ – green bell pepper chopped
½ lb breakfast sausage
½ lb bacon cut into one inch strips.
2C shredded cheddar cheese.
(Optional: If you like it spicier try adding green chilies or jalapenos.)
Note: You can use just bacon or just sausage or even Chorizo as long as it equals 1-lb or substitute extra veggies of your choice for a vegetarian version. This is a very flexible recipe.


Combine meat, onions and peppers and mushrooms in a large skillet. Cook on medium high stirring frequently until meat is well done. Drain drippings.

Crack eggs into a bowl and lightly mix before pouring into skillet over cooked meat and vegetables. Now scramble together eggs and meat/veggie mixture. Cook until eggs are firm but with a slightly wet sheen to them. You don’t want them overcooked; they still have to go in oven.

Set filing aside and prepare cornbread mix according to directions. Pour half of batter into a well-greased 9×13 pan. Spoon meat and vegetables over cornbread batter evenly. Cover with 1-¾ cups of cheese. Pour remaining cornbread batter evenly over cheese and filling. Top with remaining ¼ cup of cheese.

Bake according to cornbread mix instructions adding an additional 5 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Toothpick should come out clean or cheesy, but not with a coating of batter.

Allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes before cutting into large squares. Top with your favorite salsa and sour cream. Serves 6-8

Note: You can prepare this the night before as instructed above but do not bake. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator. You may need to add an additional 3-5 minutes to cooking time. Use the toothpick method or a thermometer to ensure center is sufficiently heated.

Now, back to Kayne. I’ve been given strict instructions not to give away any spoilers, so please ignore the ring on my left hand. What I can tell you is that this is an incredible book. Sugar and Spice Reviews gave it 5-stars and called it “A gut wrenching roller coaster that expertly blends romance and suspense.” I wholeheartedly agree. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

A Note from Julieanne: Jessica, thank you for the recipe, and thank you Romance at Random for being a wonderful host. I hope everyone enjoys the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday.

We now know what Jessica is serving for breakfast on Thursday, but what about you? Do you have a favorite you traditionally serve?

Leave a comment below and be entered to win an e-copy of Razing Kayne. WINNER has been chosen below – congrats & thanks all for blogging with us!

RAZING KAYNE will be available in e-book and paperback on November 20, 2012. (No pre-order available)

About the Author:
Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she’s not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it’s little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking A Thin Blue Line series.
Julieanne Reeves
Julieanne Reeves can be found on Facebook | on twitter @AuthorJReeves | website

About the Book:
For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reason for living.

Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.

When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.

Reader Review:
Razing Kayne…….. By Julieanne Reeves
This novel contains heart stopping fear, sadness beyond description, police, firefighters, and a beautiful love story.
Kayne Dobrescu State Police officer pulls Jessica Hallstatt over for speeding in the little town of Payson, Arizona. It turns out to be a memorable traffic stop for both. Kayne and Jessica are both suffering from terrible losses in their lives, and have chosen to close their hearts to protect against further damage. Jessica is a widow, with four adopted
children that are her life now. Kayne is a widower, who has shut down all his emotions to survive. That is till Jessica, Isabelle, Ash, Madeline, and the most adorable Gracie speed into his empty life. The twists and turns of this novel keep your heart racing and begging for more. The love scenes are frequent, very sexy, and occasionally in a bed!

The side characters are very well written, you find yourself wanting to know more about them. Except a few of course, who get what they deserve.

I could not put this novel down; my emotions were so wrapped up by the characters, and the amazing pace of this story. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys police/firefighter novels. I loved it for the amazing love between this man and woman, and the family they learned to share. I have a special place in my heart for Gracie!

This novel was given to me by the author for an honest review.

Pat Fordyce. Five Stars.


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