Today we are hosting a blog tour for Southern Born Books featuring two titles Pick Me by Erika Marks and Flirting with Forever by Kim Boykin. Two stories set in the south with great characters and two different story lines. Read on for a giveaway and a special recipe!
FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ISLE OF PALMS: Kim Boykin
One of the greatest things about living in South Carolina, or just across the border in NC is, you’re no more than three hours from a slew of great lakes, as well as, the beach and the mountains.
One of my favorite things to do is load up our two labs and one Jack Russell Terrorist and head to the Isle Of Palms! The IOP is just about the happiest place on earth, sorry Mickey and Minnie, because it’s this wonderful sleepy little beach town AND best of all, it’s only twenty minutes from Charleston. SIGH. One of the most beautiful cities on the planet, at least that I know of:-)
I stay busy beach combing, biking, cooking and, everyone’s favorite Lowcounty activity, dining out. There are so many fabulous places to dine near my house, there’s no need to go into Charleston. But boy, oh boy, when I do, it truly a culinary wonderland.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite restaurants. Enjoy!
Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits
1 ½ cups of quick cooking grits
5 1/4 cups of water
¾ cups of half and half
2 ½ tsp. sea salt
Cook grits as directed. To spice it up a bit, after grits are cooked, blend in 2 ½ ounces of Brousin black pepper cheese until smooth.
¼ pound of spicy sausage such as Andouille
1 pound of shrimp, peeled
1 T. cooking oil or olive oil
2 T. butter
1 tsp. garlic
½ cup red sweet/bell peppers chopped fine
1 medium onion chopped fine
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. salt
1/2 cup of white wine
In a sauté pan, over medium high heat, heat oil. Add sausage and render for 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add shrimp and butter and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp are done. Stir in wine and remaining ingredients simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in shallow bowls with shrimp mixture on top of grits. Garnish with scallions and serve.
Pick Me Synopsis:
Recently dumped by the man she’d planned to marry, no-nonsense attorney Thea Dunn has returned home to Magnolia Bay to mend her broken heart. But when she learns her new neighbor is Calder Frye, the bad boy who sets the pulse of every good girl at Magnolia Bay High racing, Thea’s verdict to swear off men is in danger of being overturned…
Fourteen years after graduation, Calder has traded his rebel lifestyle to become an ER doctor—but his sex appeal is every bit as powerful as Thea remembers. Could her short-term residence be the perfect chance to live out a teenage fantasy? Or could their reunion be a chance for something more?
About the Author:
Erika Marks is a women's fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014). On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn't romance in frosting or power tools!) A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids. For more on Erika’s books, visit her website at http://www.erikamarksauthor.
Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP. Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem. Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.
Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara. Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love. Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.
Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. For more on Kim’s books, visit her website at http://kimboykin.com