Sweet William McKnight is a real sweetheart, just the kind you want around on Valentine’s Day. He knows what he wants, and he wants Lyndsie Morris. The American culture clashes with the Scottish culture in the story of Sweet William, and the outcome is lovely. Sherrie is giving away a copy of the prequel novella, Thistle Down to a commenter. She will send a hard copy, or the ebook is available free on Smashwords. Thistle Down includes the first chapter of Wild Rose.
He’s a real sweetheart. She’s a wee bit tart. When Minnesota farm boy, William McKnight, and sassy Scot, Lyndsie Morris, are forced to work together in the kitchen of Rabbit Hill Lodge, the atmosphere is as charged as an episode of Chopped. Will someone get cut, or will they find a recipe that works? Things just start to get spicy when an angry bull butts his way into the picture, and Lyndsie has to decide if she loves William more than everyone and everything she holds dear.
Lyndsie shook hands with William, wished him good luck (even though she didnae mean a word of it), and opened her mystery basket. Inside was a whole pork loin, a bag of oranges, a package of SweeTARTS, brown sugar, bacon, and a box of Captain Crunch cereal.
She raced to the pantry. Her menu would include Carnitas with Poblano Cream Sauce, Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes with Chipotle Chilies, and a Chopped Lettuce Salad with Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Guacamole Dressing. For dessert, she’d make a Cream Parfait with Mexican Vanilla and Raspberries.
William was on his way back from the pantry with his arms full. Violet, who was evidently channeling Ted Allen, was stuck to him like hot glue.
“William, we’re looking forward to tasting your famous Farm Boy Roast Pork Loin. What else will you be serving the judges?”
“My two sides are Homemade Potato Rolls and Corn on the Cob. For dessert, I’ll be making Homemade Sour Cream Apple Pie with a Streusel Top.”
“Sounds like American classics all the way.”
Lyndsie gulped. William’s pie sounded absolutely delicious, even to her. Why had she nae stuck with something familiar, like her grandma’s old-fashioned pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy? Why had she nae thought to make her bread pudding and her famous caramel whiskey sauce? The judges were bound to be Scottish. How many Scots liked spicy Mexican food? Was her heid full of mince? Now was nae the time to lose her confidence or second guess herself.
She caught the tail end of William prepping his roast with a coating of pecans and dumping a dash of red wine vinegar and obscene quantities of ketchup, brown sugar, and a host of other sweet ingredients into a sauce pan.
Her brown sugar was not going anywhere near her meat – it would go into her dessert, where it belonged.
She glanced at William. It was him. The man discombobulated her brains. Just being around him made her feel flustered and irate and that she had to be sweet, kind, and nice.
“Lyndsie, you look a little out of breath. Is it possible that you’ve bitten off a bit more than you can chew?” Violet asked.
“If ye’d let me concentrate, I could do my job a lot faster.”
“Lyndsie’s dishes are always flavorful. I’m sure she’s got me beat hands down,” William said, ever so sweetly. He wasnae even being sarcastic. He was totally sincere.
Which irked her no end.
She’d always been able to concentrate no matter what the level of chaos going around her. She’d grown up studying at the kitchen table surrounded by four older brothers, fighting and yelling like they were at a cock fight, her mum and da arguing, and the telly blaring over it all.
What was it aboot William’s calm, respectful demeanor that drove her freaking insane?
She needed focus, clarity, decisiveness – all things that were part of her normal arsenal of strengths.
William had turned her into a blathering airhead.
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Twenty-five years ago, Sherrie rescued a dilapidated Victorian house in northern Iowa from the bulldozer’s grips and turned it into a bed and breakfast and tea house, the Blue Belle Inn. Sherrie has also lived in Colorado Springs, CO, Augsburg, Germany, Wheaton, IL, and Bar Harbor, Maine. She grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. After 12 years of writing romance novels, Sherrie met and married her real-life hero, Mark Decker, a pastor. They now split their time between two different houses, 85 miles apart, and Sherrie writes on the run whenever she has a spare minute. Sherrie enjoys playing the piano, photography, painting, traveling, and going on weekly adventures with her nieces and nephew. “Sweet William” is Sherrie’s ninth book to be published by Indigo Sea Press.
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