Harlequin Spotlight…Bon Appétit and a Book & Playlist with Hope White author of Christmas Undercover




FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen are engineering drugs with deadly results. Her boss won’t approve a sting operation, so she goes rogue—following the suspects on a hike in the Cascade Mountains to record evidence. But when Sara witnesses them murder one of their own, they target her. Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will is all that’s standing between her and seeing Christmas morning.

Echo Mountain: Saving lives and finding love in the mountains of Washington State

Bon Appétit and a Book

These mini blender muffins are by far my favorite recipe for a sweet treat in the afternoon when sitting down with a good book. I imagine these yummy muffins could be served at Healthy Eats restaurant, featured in “Christmas Undercover.” These are truly the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! (The original recipe can be found on: http://www.averiecooks.com)


Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Blender Muffins


1 medium ripe banana, peeled

1 large egg

Heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch salt, optional and to taste

Heaping 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare mini muffin pans by spraying with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.

To the canister of a blender, add first 7 ingredients, through optional salt, and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.

Add chocolate chips and stir in by hand.

Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop that’s been sprayed with cooking spray (helps batter slide off spoon or scoop easily), form rounded 1 tablespoon mounds and place mounds into prepared pans. Each cavity should be filled to a solid 3/4 full.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the tops are set, domed, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.   Watch your muffins closely, and bake until done. Allow muffins to cool in pans for about 10 minutes, or until they’ve firmed up and are cool enough to handle. Muffins are best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.



Song Playlist:

Playlist for “Christmas Undercover”

When the Right One Comes Alone (Nashville TV show)

Let Down Your Guard, JJ Heller

Need You More, Darius Rucker

All for Love, Lady Antebellum

Slow and Steady, Of Monsters and Men

Your Love, Brandon Heath

Learn to Live, Darius Rucker

Breathless, The Corrs

Shatter Me, Lindsey Stirling

All I Want for Christmas is You, Olivia Olson (Love Actually)



About the author:

Accused of being an eternal optimist, I was born and raised in the Midwest and migrated to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago. I began spinning tales of intrigue and adventure when I was in grade school, and wrote my first book when I was eleven — a thriller that ended with a mysterious phone call the reader never heard!

My college sweetheart and I have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with two wonderful sons, a bossy kitty and feisty Golden Retriever.

When not dreaming up inspirational tales, I’m usually out hiking in the Cascade Mountains, enjoying a fine cup of tea with friends, or hiding out in a movie theatre. I love to hear from readers! hopewhiteauthor@gmail.com

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