Elizabeth Rose is the author of over 40 books. She has a wide variety of interests, and writes medieval, paranormal, western and small town contemporary romance. She has also just published her first young adult novel, Mary, Mary, the first book in her new Gnarled Nursery Rhymes Series. Learn more about Elizabeth and her books at her website.
In Saving Simon, Book 5 of my Tarnished Saints Series, you will find my characters eating one of my original recipes – Pippa’s Grilled Peaches & Ice Cream. (This recipe is also found in the Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice onLove and Writing.) I combined my love of fresh peaches with my obsession for grilling to come up with this recipe.
Pippa’s Grilled Peaches and Vanilla Ice Cream
6 fresh peaches, cut in half with the pits removed
vanilla bean ice cream
sprigs of fresh mint
Sprinkle peaches with cinnamon and ground ginger. Place cut side down on a low-flame grill for about 5 minutes, until you get grill marks. Then flip the peaches, skin side down, and cook slowly until they become soft. You’ll see them filling up with the peach juice like little boats.
This will take about 10 minutes. If you cook them slowly, the skins won’t burn.
Serve over ice cream and top with sprigs of fresh mint. You can sprinkle with a little more cinnamon if you think you need it. Usually the peaches are sweet enough without any sweetener, but you can drizzle them with a little honey if you want. The fresh mint is a crucial part of this recipe, giving it the refreshing pop you need to finish off this succulent, creamy dessert that I call food of the gods.
My grandparents, and now my parents live on a lake in Michigan. So every summer, I’m sure to make a stop for the fresh fruit sold right out of the barns of the farmers. My favorite has always been the fresh peaches. There is no comparing to anything you’ll find in a can or at a grocery store.
In Saving Simon, my businesswoman heroine, Piper (Pippa) Westbrook, is saved by Safety Officer Simon Taylor of the Seduction of the Sea Cruise ship after she falls overboard in a storm. But while Simon loves the water and is a sailor in every sense of the word, Piper has no love for it at all. Her job sends her to Simon’s hometown of Sweet Water, Michigan to close down the marina, where she struggles with making a choice that will affect not only Simon, but the whole town.
Simon Taylor is Safety Officer of the Seduction of the Sea Cruise Ship, and saves a woman who falls overboard in a storm. Little does he know that this woman is about to show up in his hometown of Sweet Water, Michigan and make big waves.
Piper Westbrook doesn't expect to see her savior from the cruise ship when she is sent by her father to close down the marina on Thunder Lake. But when Simon shows up and she realizes the job she's been sent to do will affect not only his whole family but the entire town, a storm brews between them that only an experienced sailor would know how to ride out.
Can a man with a strong passion for sailing convince a woman who fears water to see through his eyes before it's too late, or will a whirlwind romance be blown away and washed out to sea by one wrong decision?
(Note: Saving Simon is free on Amazon 4/28-4/30)