Author Celia Breslin visits today to share her debut romantic urban fantasy, along with a family recipe for some seriously addictive caramels. HAVEN will be released in July, 2013 by Burst Books, a division of Champagne Book Group. Vampires, mayhem, and love, what more could you ask for? Check out the blurb to learn more, but first, Celia presents her grandmother’s caramel candy recipe. Warning: these caramels are so good you’ll want to make them year round.
The Best Ever Holiday Caramel Candy, aka Grandma Eddie’s Caramels
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 2 cups white sugar
2 cups white Karo Syrup 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix together the first three ingredients (milk, sugar, syrup) in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large heavy kettle, pour in the mixture and bring to a boil. Stir continuously while mixture boils until it reaches the temperature of 245 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer (can take up to 25 minutes). Note: If mixture overcooks, candy gets too hard. Once the 245 degree temperature is reached, remove kettle from stove. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, then pour mixture onto a large buttered cookie sheet or flat pan. Allow to cool. When cool, cut candy into squares and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. (And try not to eat them all before you do! J – Makes a delicious holiday gift).
Chosen by Destiny. Bonded by Blood. San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.
Visit Celia’s Web site, http://celiabreslin.wordpress.com/ , to learn more about Celia and her writing.
Tomorrow, Jane Toombs