May News and Goodies

Hello Romance Readers,

As I sit here writing this, we are under a severe weather warning. Spring in Oklahoma! We had a bad storm this morning, and now things will be quiet until the arrival of the next storm system.

I had the Twinadoes overnight recently, and we had a great time, as usual. My daughter brought them out into the rain (once the bad part of the storm passed) to sail their toys in the water that floods the front of our house.

They are almost finished with preschool and received their certificates stating they are ready for kindergarten.

Here are some unusual things I say when they’re around.

Twinadoes Talk

I told you not to put the cat in the food. He’ll leave tracks all over the house.

Yes, that’s a bad word. No, you don’t need to say it over and over to remind me it’s a bad word.

I don’t know why the dog licks her bottom, and no you can’t try to do it. Your body doesn’t bend that way.

Well, the reason I don’t believe you didn’t feed the dog your applesauce is because she has applesauce all over her mouth. No, I don’t think your brother did it because he asked for yogurt, not applesauce. Yes, you’re right, the cat does have yogurt all over her face. Don’t be a tattletale.

Here's a recent photo of the Twinadoes enjoying Easter fun.

Fabulous Freebies

Prisoners of Love Books 1-3

In 1877, at the height of craziness in Dodge City, Kansas, four women sit in jail, awaiting their fate. The marshal has no idea what to do with them, and certainly can’t let them back out on the streets. Too dangerous.

He tells the women they have two choices. They can either join a wagon train headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico as mail order brides, or be sent to the state prison. When the women agree to his plan, he hires a brothel owner whose business just burned to the ground to chaperone the ladies on the wagon train.

A brothel owner as a chaperone? There’s bound to be trouble for Adelaide, Cinnamon, Becky and Miranda with Miss Nellie in charge.

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A Christmas Code

All that stands between Viscount James Ashworth and a much-anticipated quiet retirement is one simple assignment: protect the Prince Regent at a holiday house party. But there’s one thing the seasoned spy didn’t count on–his childhood friend, Lady Gwyneth Beaumont, who has blossomed into an enticing, passionate hellion.

Gwyneth has a secret mission of her own: prove she’s worthy of joining the Code Breakers, winning the heart of the hard-headed viscount she’s loved since they were children. When her spying undercovers a secret so shocking the enemy would kill for it, she’s thrown head-first into a dangerous world of intrigue and treachery. 

With Ash by her side, Gwyneth is unstoppable. Soon the notorious rake realizes that the woman he’d always considered off-limits is his perfect match, this Christmas and forever after–if only they can survive long enough for that mistletoe kiss.

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May Recipe - Tornado Potatoes

Tornado potatoes (also known as twist potatoes) originated as a popular street food in South Korea. There are many versions of these tasty spiral-cut spuds, but here's an easy one to get you started.

6 small yellow potatoes
3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 1/2 tspn chili powder
1/2 tspn sugar
1/2 tspn ground cumin
1/2 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 tspn black pepper
1/8 tspn dired oregano, crushed
1/8 tspn crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Using a sharp 8- to 10-inch skewer, pierce a potato lengthwise all the way through the center. Repeat with another potato on the same skewer. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

On a cutting board, slice an angled slit at the very top of one potato. Keeping the knife in place, slowly rotate the potato. The spirals will start to form. Try to keep the spirals as thin as possible. Once the spiral is complete, carefully pull the layers apart on the skewer. Repeat with other potato on skewer, and then remaining potatoes on skewers.

In a small bowl, combine chili powder, sugar, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and crushed red pepper.

Set the skewers on the edges of a baking dish so that the potatoes don't touch the bottom of the dish. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with desired amount of seasoning blend, rotating to cover as much potato as possible. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy, turning occasionally.

Now sure how to cut these potatoes? You can watch a demonstration video here.

Just So You Know

Let me tell you about Callie's Reading Corner.

I would love to have you join my Readers Facebook Group. There we share jokes, memes, funny stories and comments on life. I run contests and post deleted scenes from books and extended epilogues for some of my books. You will also see family trees for my various series (and the names of all the children born of these loving couples), as well as posts to help me name characters. You’ll be the first to see new covers and hear about sales and new releases. That is also where I build my ARC reader list. If you would like to join us for fun and games, click here .

Happy Springtime!


Callie Hutton