Friday, August 27, 2010

Breakfast in Bed

Riding the Waves
 Tawny Weber

* Harlequin Blaze
* September 2010
* Miniseries: Forbidden Fantasies
* Category: Passion
Back of the Book

All uptight workaholic Drucilla Robichoux wants is to experience incredible sex, at least once in her life. So she heads off to Mexico for some sun, sand and sin. And she finds the perfect playmate in sexy surf instructor Alex. Her temporary boy toy teaches Dru to ride the waves, all right…

…right into the most intense climaxes she's ever had!
But all vacation flings must end. When Dru heads home, she buttons up tight again. Might as well keep this delicious fantasy right where it belongs… in her naughty memories.

So it sure is a shock when she walks into work Monday morning and finds her secret fling is her new boss! And he's definitely still interested in catching the big one with Dru. Read Excerpt

What a fun story, smooth, easy to read, and lots of laugh out loud moments. Oh, and some characters that generate enough heat between them no wonder there’s global warming.

Dru is a brilliant scientist very focused on her career (Tawny has the details on this career nailed) and being a success. She’s not truly a risk taker. In making her career the center of her life she has neglected such things as interpersonal skills (Actually, if you’ve watched Bones, on TV, she reminds me of Temperance).

“Blond, cool and contained, Dru knew she put off a don't-touch-me air. She didn't mean to, but couldn't seem to change it.” Dru is attractive but tends to hide it behind severe hairstyles and the color beige.

Dru’s idea of sex, so far: “Drucilla wanted to love sex. Better yet, she wanted a sex life worth loving. She was a firm believer in maintaining a healthy balance between mind and body. Her mind was top-notch and she worked to keep her body the same. Good food, regular exercise. And sex, dammit. She'd read plenty of studies that claimed that regular, satisfying sex was important to good health…Maybe self-gratification would be enough if she increased her beta-carotene intake?”

She has a best friend, Nikki, who is determined to expand her narrow world. I love Nikki’s one liners and deadpan ways of making her point. Nikki deftly maneuvers Dru (enlisting the aid of the boss) in taking a vacation with the instructions to find a hottie.

Enter said hottie, Alex, whom Dru thinks of as nothing more than a bit above average in smarts, surf-boy and perfect for a hot, no strings, fling. Sparks fly and even more when she comes home to find that her wild sexy lover, the man who gave her the most blowing sex on every available surface, is the Rock Star of the science world and her partner on a major project.

I love to read Tawny’s stories. She has a way of creating realistic conflicts and setting an excellent set of characters in place to solve them. Tawny’s characters are fun and characters you truly enjoy reading about. I love the way she fashions her Happily-ever-after.

If you like a fast paced story, and entertaining plot, with a dose of hot sex you’re going to love reading this one.  

Please welcome back one of my favorite people, romance writer Tawny Weber. Tawny  was willing to share an indulgence with us--recipe for French Toast. I will be trying it out this weekend. Sounds heavenly.

Woot! I’m excited to be hanging out here with Sia. And I figured, with a title like Over Coffee, what better topic than breakfast, right?

I am a firm believer in indulgences and breaks. Those little rewards that make it so much easier for us to get through the hard work of whatever task we’re focusing on. But like any reward, it’s only special if it’s, well, you know, special. As in not indulged in very often.

In my latest Blaze, RIDING THE WAVES, my heroine is on vacation and, in the spirit of vacation indulgences, has a decadent breakfast she’d never have at home. Her choice? Stuffed French toast, chorizo and spicy fried potatoes. Oooooh, baby, doesn’t that sound like the perfect yummy caloric indulgence? Add a mimosa or three, and you have one heckuva delish breakfast. Drucilla, my heroine, didn’t have hers in bed –she had other bedtime treats instead ;-) But for me, if I were to indulge in something like this I’d definitely want it served on a tray while I lounged on silk sheets with a huge cloud of feather pillows behind my back and a view of the ocean out the door. Or… Well, to be honest, I’d take this indulgence in my own bed, with my own flannel sheets and the view of a maple tree out the window. For something this yummy, why be picky?

So – here’s a recipe for Drucilla’s French toast.

Cinnamon-Apple Stuffed French Toast

· 1/4 c. butter
· 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
· 2 T. brown sugar
· 2 t. cinnamon
· 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
· 6 slices extra thick brioche bread
· 6 eggs
· 1/2 c. milk
· 1 T. vanilla
· 1/4 t. cinnamon
· 1/4 c. toasted pecans, chopped (optional)
· Extra butter for the skillet

1. Melt 1/4 c. butter in a small skillet. Add apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook for 5-8 minutes until apples start getting tender.
2. In a bowl mix cream cheese with apple mixture. Stir until well combined.
3. On the bottom edge of each piece of bread, slice a pocket, leaving a 1/2 inch border on 3 sides. Fill the pockets with about 2 T. filling. Repeat with the rest of the bread slices.
4. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Soak filled bread in egg mixture for one minute. Cook in a hot, greased skillet, 3-4 minutes per side.

Serve with powdered sugar, syrup or warm caramel topping. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.

And how about you? Are you a fan of indulgences? How about breakfast – in or out of bed? What’s your favorite breakfast treat? Care to share a recipe?
Tawny's usually found dreaming up stories in her northern California home, surrounded by dogs, cats and kids. When she’s not writing hot, spicy stories, she’s testing her latest margarita recipe, shopping for the perfect pair of boots or drooling over pictures of Johnny Depp (when her husband isn’t looking, of course). Her alter ego, Mom, also spends a lot of time scrap booking and playing in the garden.

Please visit Tawny at her home on the Web at She loves to hear from readers.


~Sia McKye~ said...

Tawny, what a wonderful book. it was such a nice change of pace and highly entertaining.

I'm trying the recipe this weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out. Need to find the bread.

tonya kappes said...

Hi Tawny! Your heroine sounds like she's really going to enjoy that vacation. And the recipe sounds yummy. I'll definitely try it and your book.

Stephanie M said...

Hi Tawny! I love the sound of your book. It is always interesting to see how an indulgence can have such interesting consequences. Your recipe sounds great. I have a tendency to indulge in books because I spend all of my free time reading.

Tawny said...

Good Morning everyone :-D

I love visiting Sia's - the people here rock!

I'm getting my tea and will curl up to chat for awhile :-)

Tawny said...

Sia!!! Thank you for the wonderful welcome and the FABULOUS words about RIDING THE WAVES. OMG you rock :-D

I can't wait to hear what you think after trying the recipe. French toast is my favorite breakfast!

Tawny said...

Good morning, Tonya :-)

I'd have to say that Drucilla had the vacation of a lifetime LOL. She had all KINDS of new experiences. Surfing, bonfires, wild sexual escapades with a boy toy (that last one wasn't in the vacation brochure, though LOL)

Tawny said...

Stephanie, I think books are the BEST indulgence!!

I love how you worded that :-) Consequences. I love consequences almost as much as I love indulgences LOL. And both make such wonderful writing tools!

Thanks so much, too, for the kind words.

Olivia Cunning said...

I don't think I've ever had breakfast in bed. I'm sure if I did, I'd spill the entire contents of the tray and have to wash all my bedding. Thus, I think it's something I should avoid. But I do love French toast. That can be my indulgence. With extra pecans.

The book sounds fabulous!

VA said...

Indulgences are what makes life interesting. Gotta say, I'm not a fan of breakfast in bed because I don't like the idea of crumbs in it. I do like a nice Sunday brunch whether it is eat-in or out. Favorites?

Champagne...a must for sparkling happiness
Swedish pancakes with fresh strawberries or just lemon butter
Scrambled eggs made with a pint of half&half and a stick of butter (yes, it does make a difference)
Ham steak or a nice ribeye

I have more, but this already sounds beyond indulgent. And the consequences? Yeah...more exercise.

Off to read the excerpt.

Tawny said...

LOL Olivia. Now that's a good reason to do breakfast in bed at a hotel. They have maids to clean the sheets and crumbs away :-D

I'm with you on indulging in french toast- and extra pecans!!

Thanks so much!!

Tawny said...

VA, I'm with you - indulgences definitely add interest, and spice :-)

I love your Sunday brunch menu. It sounds so yummy! Especially the extra richly decadent scrambled eggs. So worth all the extra exercise to have something that delicious.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I've made these several times. They're thin pancakes. Not hard but an indulgence for me.

Cheese Blintzes
3 eggs
1�1/4 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Fresh fruit or cherry pie filling (I use strawberries too)
Sour cream (optional)
1. To prepare blintz batter, combine eggs, milk, flour, cornstarch and salt in food processor or blender container; process just until smooth. Pour into 1-quart glass measure; set aside.
2. Coat bottom of 7- or 8-inch nonstick skillet with butter. Heat skillet over medium heat until butter sizzles.
3. Remove skillet from heat. For each blintz, pour about 3 tablespoons batter into bottom of hot pan, swirling pan to cover bottom. Return skillet to heat. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until bottom of blintz is browned. Invert pan over large heatproof plate, flipping blintz onto plate. Rub butter over browned surface of cooked blintz.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining batter, stacking and buttering cooked blintzes on plate.
5. To prepare cheese filling, beat ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar and almond extract in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed just until blended.
6. To fill blintzes, place 2 tablespoons filling in center on unbrowned side of each blintz. Fold in sides about 1 inch, then fold in opposite edges to enclose filling and form rectangular shape.
7. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add blintzes in batches and cook 2 minutes per side, until heated through. Serve warm topped with fruit and sour cream, if desired.

Tawny said...

Yummmmmmm Sia! I'm going to try this recipe for sure. I love blintzes, crepes and all forms of carb goodness LOL

Other Lisa said...

Okay, this line? "Maybe self-gratification would be enough if she increased her beta-carotene intake?” alone would convince me to read the book! Too funny!

I don't like French toast but mmm....chorizo....

Tawny said...

:-D Hi Other Lisa! Thanks so much!! I'm glad that line appealed to you. My writing tends to have a teensy smart-alek edge sometimes :-D I have no idea how that sneaks out.

Chorizo - that's my husband's favorite too. But Chorizo indulgences just doesn't sound the same (sounds a little naughty, actually LOL)

~Sia McKye~ said...

A teensy bit of smart alek? *snork. Try a lot and I like it. I haven't read a book of yours I haven't enjoyed or laughed over. You have such wonderful way of making characters come alive with some great personalities.

didn't mean to abandon you sweetie, but I've been busier than a randy bull in a herd of heifers--not as much fun though.

VA said...

Nice imagery, Sia.

Ahem...I picked up on the same tasty line as Lisa, verra funny.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I have my moments, Viv. lol!

One mine favorites:

It was damn hard to test a theory if all the guys she dated had the sexual skills of a ninth-grade nerd with a National Geographic fetish.

It was enough to make a woman question her hypothesis.

Tawny said...

I've been busier than a randy bull in a herd of heifers

OMG ROFLMAO. I love it!!! What a great expression, and so vivid is the imagery ;-) Sia, I had a great time visiting today, and as always, you are a wonderful hostess.

Thanks so much for the character love. And, yeah, I suppose my voice might be a little more than a teensy bit smart-alek ;-) I just love that it works in Blaze, and for readers!

I had a wonderful time visiting today- thanks so much to everyone!!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

It was my pleasure to have you visiting Tawny. Always have a spot open for you! And I truly enjoy both your characters and your stories.:-)