THE MOUNTAIN MAMA SERIES
Are you Looking for a little romance in your life? Short stories to full novels. Fiction to life experiences. Here are the books you're looking for to sweep you away, make you swoon, and make your heart flutter.
5 out of 5 Stars
"Loved this feel good story. Fun and touching. Mountain Mama... What a great name! Takes you to mountain highs and city lows."
3 out of 5 Stars
"It Was Okay"
"Other than over-use of the word "dude" I liked this book. It had a few surprises I didn't expect which kept me reading to the end."
My Heart For Jill
Book One In The Mountain Mama Series
This was one of the most important things in Chef Jill Dennison's life. Her successful restaurant and weekly cooking shows were second only to her family. However, she had spent most of her life fighting the stigma of living as a tall, curvaceous West Virginia girl. Having had her heart broken and her self-esteem trashed by a rich, affluent fiancé, she was certainly not looking for love when Nick Wallace was pushed into her life. A case of mistaken identity by Jill's mother, Nick was forced to compete in a live cooking competition with Jill's alter ego, Mountain Mama.
Nick was recently relocated to this small West Virginia town from New York City to oversee the building of a tourist mountain resort as part of his family's hotel empire. A single dad and world-renowned pianist, he never dreamed he would land in the spotlight with this unusual woman who managed to surprise him over and over again. Having come from a cold unloving family, he felt himself drawn to Jill's warm, loving one.
Join Jill, Nick, and a host of other colorful characters as they learn that everything is not always as it seems on the surface. At Mountain Mama's, many surprises await and love abounds as they seek to form those ties that bind in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia.
3 out of 5 Stars
Reader from Netherlands
Starts with a mix up. Hillbilly cooking TV show and French cook, who turns out to be an innocent Dad picking up his daughter. Lively family... almost too many names to keep track of... but a funny story.
2 out of 5 Stars
Reader from India
"My first impression of the author's writing style came from her 'dedication' and 'about the author' sections in the beginning and end of the book, respectively. I thought the writing was simplistic but also candid and charming. So, I thought I would just enjoy the book."
Listen to Marianne Read an excerpt from My Heart For Jill on the Indie Reads Aloud Podcast
Book Two In The Mountain Mama Series
Picking up where we left off, Gerard Wallace is in a sticky situation. Being the oldest of the Wallace siblings, Gerard tends to handle everything in his life with alcohol, and that does not change, even when more revelations come to light about his life.
His family and his new friends feel helpless as they watch his continual descent into further self- destruction. His tumultuous relationship with Brenda Montgomery seems to be a distraction from his troubles for a while. However, Brenda has personal issues of her own … some of which are with Gerard himself.
Will this dysfunctional couple end up being a blessing to each other, or will Gerard pull Brenda further into the path of self-destruction?
Join Gerard as he tries to find himself between the city of Chicago and the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with Brenda and his new friend and bodyguard, Ben Carver.
Remember … things are not always as they seem at Mountain Mama’s Restaurant!
Cooking From The Heart
A Character Inspired Cookbook
A unique cookbook with a few humerus pages to make your meal planning fun.
This cookbook is filled with conversation and a few slices of life from the characters that make up The Mountain Mama series, The Covert Mission Files series, as well as their friends and family.
…Oh, and a few recipes, too!
Every reader enjoys diving deep into story. Here's your opportunity to do just that, and get to try your hand at a little bit of culinary creation at the same time. Discover more about your favorite characters from the Mountain Mama series, and cook up a little fun in the kitchen!
Here's a tasty recipe you might want to try,
right from the pages of the book!
Missy's Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
½ cup butter
½ cup all purpose flour
1 ½ cups chicken broth
1 ½ cups milk
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, sliced
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 cups frozen cubed hash browns
1 cup matchstick carrots
1 cup frozen peas
2 pre made pie crusts or homemade.
*Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease large, flat frying pan that is oven safe.
*In sauce pan, melt butter and gradually add flour. Whisk 1 minute
*Gradually add chicken broth and milk whisking often. Cook 6-7 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
*Melt another 2 tbsp butter in pan, adding onions and celery. Cook until tender.
*Add chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas.
*Add sauce and stir well to combine.
*Press one pie crust into skillet and top with filling.
*Top with remaining pie crust. Brush with egg white and cut 4 slits in the top of pie.
*Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes.