For the Love of Jane Austen

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Pruitt got more than he bargained for when he joined the all-female Jane Austen Summer Reading Club in The Deputy’s Perfect Match. But like every good Austen novel, in the end he received the best gift of all—the girl.

Which Jane Austen novel or film is your favorite?

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Quick Lasagna #recipe

This recipe is so quick and easy. Five minutes preparation time. One hour to bake.images

You could make your own spaghetti sauce if you’re a purist. But why? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Ingredients:

•1- 2 jars spaghetti sauce

• 6 cooked lasagna noodles

• 1 (15 oz.) container of Ricotta cheese

• 2 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese

• 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

You could also layer in other favorite additions, such as hamburger, spinach or sausage.

Directions:

  1. Spread 1 cup (or more as needed) of spaghetti sauce to cover bottom of 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Top sauce with 3 cooked noodles, Ricotta cheese, 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and 1 cup suace.
  3. Top with remaining 3 noodles and sauce.
  4. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
  5. Top with remaining Mozzarella cheese. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy.

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What does your ringtone reveal about you?

Recognize this ringtone? This was Charlie’s ringtone in The Deputy’s Perfect Match—What’s yours?

This ringtone really suited the deputy sheriff’s personality.

Evy’s ringtone reveals something surprising behind her quiet librarian demeanor—

How does your ringtone reflect who you are?

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Preview for The Deputy’s Perfect Match

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It was kind of fun to wind her up and set her off. Like watching a jewelry box ballerina go all hula girl on a dashboard.

Charles Everett Pruitt III (Charlie) about Evy Shaw

from The Deputy’s Perfect Match

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#Recipe—Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Recipe Girl’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These pancakes are unbelievably wonderful. Recipe Girl posts recipes on her blog and also has a cookbook available. http://www.recipegirl.com/

Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Yield:
Eight 5-inch pancakes

Ingredients:

CINNAMON FILLING:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted (not boiling)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

PANCAKES:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

Quick Tip—boxed batter mix can be used to shorten prep time.

Instructions:

  1. Cinnamon filling—Stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place the filling into a quart-size zippered storage baggie. Allow to thicken at room temperature while completing the next step in the process. Filling texture will be similar to squeezing toothpaste out of a tube when ready for use.
  2. Glaze—Melt the butter over low heat. Add cream cheese and whip until smooth. Remove the pan from heat. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then set aside.
  3. Pancake batter—whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (small lumps are okay).
  4. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and heat to a medium temperature. Utilize an ice cream scoop or 1⁄3 cup measuring cup to add batter to the skillet. Use the bottom of the utensil to spread the batter into an even circle (about 5 inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  5. Inside the baggie, stir the cinnamon filling before using. Then snip the corner of the baggie. Pipe cinnamon filling on each pancake, beginning from the center and swirling outward.
  6. Cook about 3-4 minutes, until bubbles begin to appear and the pancake is golden brown on the bottom. With a thin spatula, gently and quickly flip the pancake. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
  7. Transfer pancake onto a plate. Re-spray the skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and cook the remaining batter into pancakes.
  8. Drizzle cream cheese glaze over the stack of pancakes and serve. Enjoy.

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A Book Lover’s Dream Library

Some of my favorite public libraries—

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The Library of Congress

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New York City Public Library

Drool worthy private libraries—

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I love a library with a winding staircase. Notice the small ladder—an architectural feature in itself.

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What’s your favorite library?

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For the Love of Westerns . . .

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Pruitt in The Deputy’s Perfect Match is a huge Western fan.

I grew up watching Westerns in the Golden Age of television. Here are some of my favorites:

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If you love nature, small towns and the sea . . .

A picture—or 1 minute video—is worth a thousand words.

Visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia—the setting for The Deputy’s Perfect Match.

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Why I Wrote The Deputy’s Perfect Match

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When I was in the 6th grade, I had a friend named Tina. After the death of her parents, she lived with her grandmother. When Tina’s grandmother died, she and her brother were sent to separate foster homes. I will never forget the aching sadness and fear on Tina’s face their last day together at school. I never saw or heard from Tina again. I’ve always hoped that one day she and her brother would find each other again. And so, was born The Deputy’s Perfect Match.

The theme of this book is about wounded hearts. Is there a balm that can soothe hurting souls? There is—and His name is Jesus. It is the love of God and the blood of Christ that makes the wounded whole.

I hope you will enjoy taking this journey with me, Charlie and Evy.

Happy reading,

Lisa