I've got the fantastic romance author Donna Fasano here today, sharing her fab new release, Her Fake Romance. Here's a snippet from the book, along with a scrummy recipe...

Raising a teen is never easy. Raising a teen as a single mom is enough to make a woman pull her hair out! The protagonist in my latest book, Julia Jones, is a hard-working single parent who is dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter, and in dealing with that frustrating situation, Julia somehow gets herself involved in a crazy, mixed up relationship with a man who's sexy enough to make grown woman salivate. But you know what they say…when you don't know what to do, sometimes you just have to fake it.


Julia's Thoughts on Motherhood


Help! My fourteen-year-old daughter has been struck with a horrible disease. Hormones! Kelly has fallen head over tush for a boy (she's in lurve, is how she puts it) and she's breaking the rules and turning into a complete rebel, all for sake of being with him. I don't like it. Not one bit. I'm afraid the months ahead are going to give me a headful of gray hair.

Haven't I tried to be a good role model? Someone she can look up to? Don't I strive to be an independent woman? A good single Mom? I was floored when my daughter used all these qualities against me. She called me boring. Said I didn't know how to rage (from context clues I figured out this could mean anything from attending a school dance to just hanging out with friends; in essence, she's saying I don't know how to have fun).

Looks like she's going to force me to bend a few of my own rules. But I'm not worried. Because I have a plan. A plan that involves a man who will help me prove to Kelly that I'm not so dull after all. I'm going to show her I can rage with the best of 'em!

I have complete control over this situation. I can handle my rebellious wild child. I can handle having a man in my life (seeing that he's only going to be around for such a short time). I can handle this... as long as I don't do something foolish... like fall head over tush in lurve.


Look for Her Fake Romance in the US Kindle Store, in the UK Kindle Store, in the Nook Book Store, in the Kobo Store, and in the iBook Store.


A note from the author: If you've read my blog, you know I love to cook (I also love to eat!), so writing about a woman who owns a catering company was not only fun, it was also extremely satisfying as I was able to include some delicious recipes as bonus materials in the book. As part of my promotion for Her Fake Romance, I'm visiting blogs and offering even more scrumptious recipes. Here's one just for you:


Blue Ribbon Beef Stroganoff


500 g (1 lb 2 oz) rump steak

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced


400 g (14 oz) mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

salt and pepper to taste

300 g (10 ½ oz) sour cream

2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

Trim excess fat off the meat and slice it across the grain into thin pieces. Put flour into a plastic bag and season well with salt and pepper. Add the steak and shake to coat. Shake off excess flour. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the meat and cook in batches until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same pan (leave the brown bits in the bottom, that will add lots of flavor to the finished dish) and add onion. Cook for 3 minutes, or until translucent, then add the garlic and stir. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the tomato paste and the sour cream, and then add beef strips to the pan. Stir until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until heated through. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve over hot noodles. Enjoy!


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I've read a couple of Donna's books before and really enjoyed them, so this one sounds like a must read to me, and I lurrrrrve beef stroganoff - the more parsley the better, which has more Vitamin C, than an orange, pound for pound! 

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX