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How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?
Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher Neve Botticelli leads a double life. Thanks to a childhood tragedy and her paranoid father, she’s a trained warrior with extreme survival skills who lives off the grid.
When self-made billionaire Micah Kincaid storms into town in search of his son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything she despises. Micah can’t believe a kindergarten teacher is barring the way to him getting crucial information or even just a glimpse of the boy his cheating ex kidnapped. They share only one thing in common: either will do anything to protect the four-year-old, who they soon discover is being held for ransom by an outlaw motorcycle gang.
But as they work together to get Rowan back, they start to see beyond each other’s masks. Could falling in love be even more dangerous than hunting down deadly criminals?
An action packed read – experience the rush!
Author Sandy Vaile has created a pulse raising, action packed romantic suspense narrative that surprised me with its intensity, mystery and physical action, this was not what I was expecting from this genre.
Bold and fearless main characters that are larger than life, filled to the brim with qualities that we all admire; compassion, integrity, selflessness, courage, bravery, determination, reliability and confidence with a side serve of eccentricity and vulnerability that are endearing and engaging and you have the recipe for successfully creating characters the reader cares about. And care we do! As the action ricochets off the pages we are consumed by worry and fear.
Outlaw motorcycle gangs make the perfect antiheroes – there is so much material to work with here, to install fear into the bravest heart and Sandy Vaile incorporates our worst fears into this read with authority and emotional impact.
The authors love for speed, thrills and adventure is obvious in this narrative as is her passion for South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, with its scenic vineyards, rolling hills and rugged bush terrain all showcased at its alluring best.
What’s not to love about this read?
Welcome to my blog Sandy Vaile.
Sandy Vaile, author of romantic suspense, is here to chat about her new book, “Combatting Fear”, and what drives her.
Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. When she’s not devising horrible things to do to fictional characters, she writes procedures for high-risk industrial activities, mentors new writers through the Novelist’s Circle critiquing group, judges romance writing competitions, presents literary craft workshops, and writes the odd article and blog.
Combatting Fear is Sandy’s new book.
How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?
Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, Neve Botticelli, leads a double life. At home with her paranoid father, she is a combat trained survivalist who lives off-the-grid.
When self-made billionaire, Micah Kincaid, storms into town in search of his four-year-old son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything Neve despises.
But something far more sinister than a cheating estranged wife, is lurking in rural Turners Gully, and it has its sights set on little Rowan’s inheritance. It turns out there is one thing Micah and Neve can agree on, and that’s keeping Rowan safe.
As they work together to free Rowan, they glimpse beneath one another’s guises, and realise that falling in love could be even more dangerous than hunting deadly criminals.
Listen to what Sandi has to share with us here:
Thanks so much Sandy – I really love the personal connections a video interview brings to a Q & A.
Coconut Banana Bread
Makes 8 slices
119 calories per slice (498kJs)
“Your standard pre-office banana-bread fix will be a long-lost memory with this scrumptious upgrade. This recipe is gluten-free and free of any of the laboratory-derived ingredients found in
many commercial banana breads. Make it on a non-fasting day
and take a slice to work with you when fasting for a deliciously filling late breakfast.” p.134
3 ripe small bananas
3 medium eggs, lightly whisked
90 g (31/4 oz/1/4 cup) rice malt (brown rice) syrup
stevia, to taste
a few drops alcohol-free vanilla extract
30 g (1 oz/1/4 cup) coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
fruit, to serve (optional, on non-fasting days)
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a 21 x 9 cm (81/4 x 31/2 in) loaf (bar) tin.
Peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, rice malt syrup, stevia and vanilla, then mix well. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean. Completely cool in the tin on a wire rack, then slice and serve with fruit (if using).
Rosemary and Thyme Chicken Stew
“If you’re really pressed for time in the evenings, throw all the ingredients in your slow-cooker in the morning and come home to a scrumptious dinner.” p. 228
267 calories per serve (1118kJ)
145 g (5 oz/2 large) carrots, halved lengthways and sliced
4 small red onions (optional), peeled and quartered
2 leeks, white part only, sliced
2 lemons, quartered
2 garlic cloves
370 g (13 oz/about 2) skinless chicken thighs, halved
625 ml (211/2 fl oz/21/2 cups) chicken stock
400 g (14 oz) tinned diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
a few thyme sprigs
a few rosemary sprigs
drizzle of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar-free wholegrain mustard
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Put the carrots, onions (if using), leeks, lemons and garlic in a large roasting tin. Rest the chicken thighs on top of the vegetables, then pour in the stock and tomatoes and top with the herbs. Drizzle in the apple cider vinegar, then bake for 35–40 minutes, until the vegetables and chicken are cooked through.
Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan and keep warm. Discard the bay leaf (and perhaps the lemon quarters if you prefer) and transfer the juices to a saucepan. Bring the juices to the boil, then add the mustard and boil for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables, then serve.
Recipes and Images from Fast Your Way to Wellness by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books).
Baked Apple Pancake (p.130)
170 calories per serve (712kJs)
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
stevia, to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 medium eggs
65 g (21/4 oz/1/2 cup) tapioca flour
1 tablespoon coconut milk
125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) almond milk
pinch of Celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and line a 21 x 9 cm (81/4 x 31/2 in) loaf (bar) tin with baking paper.
In a medium bowl, mix three-quarters of the apple slices with the stevia
and lemon juice.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then mix in the flour, coconut milk, almond milk, salt and apple mixture. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes, then pour into the prepared tin. Top with the remaining apple slices, then sprinkle with the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Bake for 20–25 minutes, until set. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, cut into portions and serve warm.
Letting the batter rest for 10 minutes before using is a good exercise in patience and results in a smoother mix and even hydration. This works for both baked and pan-cooked pancakes.