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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Reggi Allder writes tales of love lost and then found and stories of heroes and heroines who discover love but wonder if they’ll live long enough to enjoy it. Learn more about Reggi and her books at her website and blog. Today she joins us to tell us about her latest release and share a recipe for Chocolate Meringue cookies.

In my book Money Power and Poison a catered birthday party is planned for a rich software developer. His wife Sheryl wants only the best with money no object. I wanted to have a dessert that a very thin, very rich wife would approve of. Hence, no fat Chocolate Meringue Cookies with free range chicken egg whites and highend Belgium or Dutch Coco ingredients. Though I decided to focus on the book’s romance and mystery rather than the food, I think Sheryl would approve of these cookies.

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

3 egg whites
Pinch of salt or not
¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute
½ cup Dutch or other high quality cocoa

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Place egg whites and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat eggs until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar so the peaks stiffen or use a sugar substitute, I use Splenda. Sift cocoa over peaks and fold in.

Spoon mounds about 1” in diameter and about 1” apart onto baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until dry to the touch. Let cool completely before removing from baking sheet.

Money Power and Poison

A woman fights to stay alive long enough to prove she’s innocent of murder and find out why an obsessed killer has plans to make her his next victim. A mystery from the past and lies from the present could help a reporter make sense of it all before it’s too late and the woman dies.

In idyllic Carmel by the Sea, California, a billionaire software developer is poisoned at his fiftieth birthday party. A young caterer is about to be charged with his murder. Why would the police think she’d murder a man she only met once? Out of her depth, she’s desperate to have someone on her side.

TV journalist Holt Rand needs a scoop to revive his career. The exclusive on the murder will put him back on top of the ratings game. Nothing and no one will stop him from getting to the truth. But when he meets Kathryn his life is changed forever and he begins to question his goals.

Available as an Amazon Kindle Countdown deal for 99 cents April 8-11


Heather Zeh said...

This cookie is so decadent without any of the guilt! Yummmmmmm

Reggi Allder said...

Thank you for stopping by Heather! Yes, it's so nice to have chocolate and not feel guilty :-)Reggi

Jen iffer said...

Love chocolate. Thanks for the recipe.

Reggi Allder said...

Hi Jen,
You're Welcome! I love chocolate too. : ) Best, Reggi

jbiggar said...

My favourite kind of recipe Reggi, five ingredients or less
The blurb for your book sounds great

Reggi Allder said...

Hi jbiggar,
Thanks so much. Easy to make and low fat, I'm smiling.
I appreciate the kind words about my book blurb.: )

Angela Adams said...

If it's made with chocolate, I'm there. Thanks for the recipe.

Reggi Allder said...

Hi Angela,
Yeah, chocolate can't be beat. Thanks for stopping by.:)

Lisa said...

Fabulous recipe, and even more fab book! Congrats and good luck! Lisa McManus Lange

Reggi Allder said...

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for coming by and for the kinds words!
Best wishes, Reggi

Mimi Barbour said...

Looking forward to trying this recipe. If you can bake as well as you write, they'll be delicious!!

Reggi Allder said...

Thanks Mimi! Really nice of you to say so!! : ) Best, Reggi

Anne W said...

Both book and cookies sound great. I'm looking forward to them.

Reggi Allder said...

Hi Anne, Glad you like the sound of them. : ) Thanks for stopping by. Best, Reggi

Anonymous said...

Hi, Reggi,

The recipe looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. I love the book cover and blurb, too.

Reggi Allder said...

Hi mjdresselbooks,
You're welcome, glad you like them! BTW, I had a great artist for the book cover. Best, Reggi