The word “Summer” conjures memories of watermelon, homemade ice cream churns humming, and darting through the spray of a garden hose. Oh, and tomatoes fresh from the garden, slices layered between two slices of bread spread with an abundance of Duke’s Mayonnaise.
Such a wonderful time…summer…if you can beat the heat. I love to drive with the top down (drop top), but in 95-100 degree weather, it’s less than enjoyable. Your face feels like it’s melting, and the wind in your hair threatens to solder your mane to your head.
I live in Houston. It is HOT and humid. But I wouldn’t trade places with someone living in a cold climate. I tend to hibernate during the winter. Still, most seasons, I’m at my computer in an air-conditioned or heated office—along with many of us who live in the world of technology–and writers!
On to the Summer Treats – This recipe makes a cool starter in the heat of the Good Old Summertime.
ICED CUCUMBER SOUP
Butter for frying
1 small onion, peeled & finely chopped
2 cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded and chopped
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 Pint Hot Milk
½ Chicken Stock
Salt & Ground white pepper
½ Teaspoon/Grated Nutmeg
To Finish: Few Drops Green Food Coloring
1/4 Pint fresh cream
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Melt butter in saucepan. Add the onion and cucumbers, cover and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove the pan from the heat & gradually stir in the hot milk. Add the stock. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Lower the heat, half cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Puree the soup. The soup should be the consistency of thick cream. Cool, then chill in the fridge until quite cold. Add green food coloring, mixing well. Pour into chilled serving bowls, swirl with cream and top with chopped mint.
The Wild Rose Press published two of my novels, Love For Sale, a sci-fi romance, and Gambler’s Choice, a romantic suspense. In Love for Sale, the hero is a sentient android, totally indistinguishable from human, programmed for love.
Love for Sale – Blurb:
March Morgan still believes in true love, but her faith in finding her soul mate is slowly vanishing. She’s been married but never in love. So, it is a miracle to find that fantasy exists on the last page of a glossy women’s journal. Mayfair Electronics, Ltd., in black and white, offers Love for Sale. The London firm has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from humans. She flies to England and meets the man she has been searching for her entire life.
Christian requires no programming to love March at first sight. He’s handsome, cultured…absolutely perfect…and a little different from the other androids. He has an unexpected independent streak. March signs on the dotted line, buying her dream man. They return to Houston, but soon her past and his future threaten their Happily Ever After—indeed their lives.
Gambler’s Choice is set in the equestrian world starring people passionate about the horse.
Gambler’s Choice – Blurb:
Becca McQuaid came to England to find the perfect horse but instead met a darkly mysterious challenge in Austen Heath, Baron of Hampton. She’s determined to buy Austen’s stallion Gambler’s Choice. He’s determined not to sell, but the rivals are thrown together by an accident that leaves Austen with a broken leg and the threat he’ll never ride again.
Austen Heath has the title, heritage and manor house…but not the fortune. Becca is wealthy. Her charms are irresistible, but he believes she’s shopping for a Ladyship to go with her money. He has another reason to hold the sexy blonde at arms’ length—the unexplained disappearance of an old friend everyone thinks was his lover. When her body is discovered on his property, he becomes a suspect in her murder.
TWRP has a stable of talented writers. Hop around the blog and meet some of them. There are other prizes to be had on the Hop. I’d like to offer my winner a pair of sparkling angel wing earrings (pierced). If my winner happens not to have pierced ears or not want earrings, I’ll send an eBook of Love For Sale followed by an autographed cover flat.
Check out all the fabulous writers and their blogs
in the SUMMER BLOG HOP below!
|1. Sorchias Wild Rose Summer Treats Post | Visit blog|
RV Memory | Visit blog
Anna Durands Spunk & Hunks | Visit blog
Judy Ann Davis Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Spicy Summer Treats with Mia Downing | Visit blog
Linda Nightingale. . . Wordsmith | Visit blog
Jana Richards – Journeys with Jana | Visit blog
Summer Memories of books well read @ Peggy jaeger. com | Visit blog
Summer on Cape Cod ~ Kathryn Knight books | Visit blog
Summer Fun at the Beach, with Katie OSullivan | Visit blog
I Believe Ill Go Canoeing – C. B. Clark | Visit blog
Summertime Love is Sweeter with. . . Frozen Mango? @ Kimberly Keyes blog | Visit blog
Wild Rose Summer Treats Blog Hop @ Brendas Blog | Visit blog
Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye! | Visit blog
My Guilty Summer Treats from Lori Sizemore | Visit blog
Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Hywela Lyns post for the WRP Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Wild Rose Press Summer Treats & Reads | Visit blog
Camping is a Recipe for Summer Treats and Reads | Visit blog
The Snarkology | Visit blog
Summer Survival Tips @ Nitty Gritty Romance | Visit blog
Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Nell Castle – Summer of the Sweat Lodge | Visit blog
Myth, Magic & Wonder Susan Edwards, Breathing Life into the Past | Visit blog
Romance with Spice, Sydney St. Claire | Visit blog
Author Kat de Falla | Visit blog
Anni Fife. Exciting new author of Steamy Romance with Irresistible Heroes | Visit blog
Summer Vacation, Victorian-Style, AND a Giveaway | Visit blog
Wildfires, Monsoons, and Mojitos – Author Susabelle Kelmer shares how she keeps cool in a climate that is on fire! | Visit blog
Casi McLeans recipe for Hot Reads and Cool Treats | Visit blog
Cool Summer Reads: Jeannie Halls Romantic Suspense Blog – Where Hearts Tremble From More Than Attraction | Visit blog
Summer treat – Adult Slushie | Visit blog
How to Rediscover the Magic of Bicycling | Visit blog
Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog
Caryn McGill | Visit blog
Hywela Lyns Inrerplanetary Summer | Visit blog
Visit my website at http://www.lindanightingale.com for a free continuing vampire story and book videos of the novels.