Guest Post by Christy Gissendaner
Morning, ya’ll! Thanks to Eva for having me today. We’re going to do something a bit different this time. Instead of boring you to tears with the obvious book promo stuff, I’m stepping aside and letting the heroine of my latest work take over. Gina Moretti is the daughter of an alpha wolf and just like most Italian fathers out there, her father can be a bit overbearing. But she’s stepping out of her father’s shadow and coming to ya’ll straight from Boston, where she goes to escape her father’s rule.
Take it away, Gina!
Like Christy said, thanks for having us, Eva. It’s always exciting to meet with new people and share a bit of my life with them. When I’m not busy being hunted down by villains desperate to stop my mate’s research, I love to cook. It’s a little known secret. My mom learned how to make the best Italian food from my grandmother, who was a whiz in the kitchen. As a little girl, I remember sitting in my Nana’s kitchen and watching her make homemade pasta and sauce. Oh, the smells. Even now, I remember how the entire house resonated with the scents of Nana’s cooking.
Even though I’m not nearly as good a cook as my Nana, I do enjoy tossing together a meal now and again. My ultimate favorite is spaghetti carbonara. I still remember the first time I made it for Luke…but that’s another story. Keep reading for my uber-secret family recipe.
Moretti Family Spaghetti Cabonara – Nana’s Recipe
1 package of spaghetti (Let’s keep it simple. No homemade pasta this time)
6 ozs uncooked bacon
2 ozs Pecorino cheese – freshly grated
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
3 eggs yolks
1 whole egg
1 small onion – diced thinly
Ground pepper (to taste)
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
Gradually mix in the cheese. (Reserve some for topping if preferred)
Add pepper to the mixture.
Whisk until smooth and creamy.
Meanwhile, add oil to frying pan. Make sure it coats the entire bottom of the pan.
Add bacon to the pan and cook at medium heat.
After 1 minute, stir the bacon to cook both sides.
Once it browns, remove the pan from heat and empty the bacon into a bowl.
Begin cooking the spaghetti in a pot of boiling, salted water. (Per instructions on the package)
Cook onion in the frying pan until softened.
Remove pan from heat and add bacon to the onions.
Once spaghetti is cooked, drain it quickly (leave pasta a tiny bit wet) and add onions/bacon to the pot.
Add the egg mixture to the pot and stir for 20 seconds. (Be sure pot is not on hot eye of the stove. You don’t want to overcook the eggs. The heat from the pot itself is enough to warm it.)
Serve warm and garnish with remaining cheese.
And be sure to meet the Moretti family in Christy’s book, Unmasking the Wolf, out now from Taliesin Publishing:
Gina Moretti is determined to escape her rural home of Clinton, Indiana, a place where wolves have met, married, and mated for generations. As the only daughter of the alpha, she’s lived her entire life under her father’s rule. No way is she ready to find a mate until she’s experienced more of the world. Against her family’s wishes, she goes to Boston where her scientist cousin, Dominic, has offered to give her a place to stay. She stumbles, quite literally, into her cousin’s gorgeous boss.
Lucas Mason, a Southern boy turned self-made millionaire, rose above his poverty stricken childhood and now enjoys a life of luxury in Boston. To honor his murdered sister, he hires her lab partner to continue their research. His employee, Dominic Moretti, is on the brink of creating a method to combat the scent of a wolf when his country cousin breezes in. Luke knows in an instant that Gina is his mate. The only problem is…she doesn’t even realize he’s a wolf.
As Luke and Dominic get closer to medical trials, an unknown enemy becomes determined to stop them…at any cost. Can Luke discover his foe in time to protect his research…and his mate? And what will happen when Gina finds out he’s not quite as human as he’s led her to believe?
“Ahhh,” she cried out as she tumbled toward the floor. A pair of strong arms clamped around her and jerked her back to her feet. Embarrassed beyond belief, her cheeks flamed with the knowledge she’d just made a fool of herself. In front of Dominic’s boss, no less. It didn’t take a brain scientist to realize the handsome, make that extremely handsome, man before her was Luke Mason.
He was sex-on-a-platter hot. Chiseled cheekbones, firm jaw, unbelievably straight nose, and a teensy weensy dimple in the center of his chin. This man was a living, breathing Greek god.
“Are you okay?” Piercing green eyes locked with hers as Luke’s grip on her arms slowly loosened.
Gina felt a jolt in the pit of her stomach. Despite Dominic’s warning to blend in, she sniffed the air. She had to. Something about this man called to her animal nature. But there was nothing. Not a trace of the wolf scent. Despite his unbelievable height and incredible physique, only the scent of sandalwood and spice came to her. Disappointment swamped her. He was human.
Luke continued to watch her. Gina knew he waited for her to speak, but her tongue refused to budge. She’d known he would be good-looking, but the newspaper article hadn’t done him full justice. Instead of a suit, he wore casual jeans and a dark blazer. He had the sort of hair that would curl in the rain. She didn’t know how she knew it. She just did. The golden-brown waves were delightfully rumpled in the middle of his head, as if he’d just risen from bed.
Gina gave a tiny moan at the thought of him rising naked from the sheets. He would be gloriously golden, with a tight belly and even tighter buttocks. Physical need rocked her to the core. What was up with lusting after a human? Was it merely the fact he was every woman’s wet dream, or something more?
His sensual lips curved into a sexy smile as he scrubbed a hand over his belly. “Hell of sharp elbow you have there.”
“Oh God, I’m so sorry.” Gina wanted to sink through the floor. Why was she always such a klutz?
“Don’t worry about it.” He drawled in a soft, slow tone.
She’d read he was originally from Jackson, Mississippi. The Southern accent was unbelievably sexy, but not nearly as sexy as the man himself. His face was a mixture of Hollywood leading man and mixed martial arts fighter. He was gorgeous, yet hard. She could easily visualize him serenading a woman one moment, and then fighting to protect her next.
About the Author:
Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.
Christy lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons. She’s always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!
To find out more, please visit http://christygissendaner.webs.com