Small-town biz wiz Jill Hale has been in love with her childhood best friend Brian McConnell for as long as she can remember. A falling out led to years of estrangement, but when Brian returns to Dare Valley after trying to make it big as a chef in New York City, Jill's determined to make amends. She's convinced that starting a restaurant together will be the perfect win-win situation, allowing her and Brian to work together and play together.
So, hi there, I’m Ava Miles, the author of the bestselling small-town series called Dare Valley. I’m delighted to share that FRENCH ROAST is now available in audiobook. Thanks to The Book Nympho for hosting me and this awesome giveaway. I have 25—that’s right—25 audiobook copies of FRENCH ROAST available. I hope you’ll enter.
My hero, Brian McConnell is a French-trained chef and has been living in New York City working in a Michelin-star restaurant until he mysteriously returns to his hometown, the charming Dare Valley, Colorado. Jill is the small town biz wiz, who runs the most popular coffee shop in town, Don’t Soy with Me. Yes, that’s the name of her place. Jill has quite a sense of humor, and after seeing her sister find her own NORA ROBERTS LAND in book one of the series, she’s ready to find her own happily ever after with Brian.
Brian and Jill were best friends growing up until Jill wanted more, and Brian kind of did too, but then he had to leave Dare for The Culinary Institute of America. Having Brian leave broke Jill’s heart, so when he returns, they have to work through her past hurt and begin new. Of course, all the secrets he’s hiding about what happened in New York begin to surface, which ends up testing the bonds of their new friends-to-lovers relationship.
Now let me tell you why you’re going to fall for him!
All in all, Brian is one incredible hero.
WATERCRESS SALAD a L‘ORANGE
Wash the fresh watercress and lightly snap the stems into smaller pieces. Peel either a regular orange or a blood orange (preferred) and remove the fruit from the inside of the skin by placing a delicate cut across the top of the orange segment. Then arrange artfully on top of the delicate leaves. Make the pecans.
Honey Bourbon Pecans
1 cup pecans
1/8 cup honey
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon bourbon
Add ingredients to a shallow pan and cook over medium heat until the mixture foams and coats the nuts, about 3-4 minutes, careful not to burn the mixture. Spread the nuts onto a buttered piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and cook in the over at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes, watching the color of the nuts. You want them toasty brown. Once finished, set onto a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Add to the top of the salad and enjoy.
I hope you’ll enter for a chance to win a FRENCH ROAST audiobook and take a trip to the awesome small town of Dare Valley.