‘Royal Beauty Bright’: Seven Questions with Ryan Byrnes [INTERVIEW]

Ryan Byrnes

Ryan Byrnes wrote his debut novel, Royal Beauty Bright, while he was in high school! (Photo courtesy Ryan Byrnes)

When I finished reading Ryan Byrnes’ new historical novel, Royal Beauty Bright, I was speechless. For such a young writer (he wrote this book in high school), he has penned a story that is by turns heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, and compelling. As you know, we read a lot of fiction set around World War I, but we seldom encounter characters we enjoy meeting as well as those found here. They make for a brilliant, heartfelt tale that is truly a joy to read. Thus we’re thrilled that he stops by to chat with us about his book, and what comes next. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview! —J&H
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‘The Chocolate Maker’s Wife’ Takes A Stand in Restoration London [REVIEW]

Chocolate

Chocolate has never been so tempting. (Photo courtesy Canva)

An impoverished girl. An arranged marriage. Loads of decadent chocolate. In the midst of 17th-century London, a young woman’s dreams may come true or be shattered forever when she becomes The Chocolate Maker’s Wife in Karen Brooks’ new historical novel of sweet temptation.  Read more of this post

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips [RECIPE]

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Decadent, delicious, and easy to make, these cookies will satisfy your chocolate-peanut butter cravings. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Who doesn’t love pairing chocolate and peanut butter? Whether you’re a fan of Reese’s famous candies or not, you’d be hard pressed to find a cookie as decadent and delicious as this one. And if you want something extra special, dollop up a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two of these cookies and wrap in wax paper, then freeze for an hour to create homemade ice cream sandwiches that will set your heart aflutter. Read more of this post

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars [RECIPE]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

If you like Reese’s, you’re going to love our chewy, gooey chocolate peanut butter cookie bars. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

In our house, we love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Obviously we’re huge fans of Reese’s peanut butter cups, so this recipe takes that idea and runs with it. And why not? There’s just something so satisfying about the two ingredients blended together into one giant chewy, gooey cookie that we can’t resist serving these up all on their own, with a tall glass of milk, or even with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Read more of this post

Martina McBride’s Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies [RECIPE]

Martina McBride's Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Martina McBride’s Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Photo courtesy Jason Wallis)

As I’ve said before, I’m not a great baker. But every once in a while I get the urge to bake or make cookies with Ava. This is a holiday twist on the oatmeal cookie. Read more of this post