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Sizzle in the Kitchen with Author Kierstin Marquet

I got the giggles when Tierney invited me to participate in her ‘Sizzle in Kitchen Series’ because, the world is safer if I don’t cook. See Exhibit A: These are supposed to be rolls NOT tennis balls the dog mauled.

As a means of survival, my husband (who loves to cook) taught our kids how to make amazing things like pizza from scratch.

When forced to, I can scrape together a semblance of homemaking skills in the form of desserts. I can’t decide if I’ll share my chocolate chip cookie or banana muffin recipe. My son tells me that I call the latter “muffins” to make myself feel better, because they really should be classified as “banana cake.” If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love either of my favs.

With all this counter space, you’d think culinary perfe

ction could happen anywhere.

Nope. Meal prep is relegated to this ity bity corner with the Kitchen Aid mixer. My son calls it “The Pizza Making Station.” Hmm, so for dessert, do we want to go with the healthier option –bananas or chocolate chip cookies with a plot twist?

I still can’t make up my mind. Let me think about it. In the meantime, Tierney mentioned her grandmother’s collection of salt and pepper shakers. Here’s mine—baby Mason jars and their accompanying sidekicks.

I collect Mason Jars because that’s the name of my series. The title is based on memories my family created when we worked together to get through challenging times. The Mason Jar Series is a collection of romantic suspense novels that will encourage readers to laugh with the good guys, despise bad guys, and cry with helpless victims. In the end, readers may just want to reach out and rescue someone in need.

Funny fact: In the Mason Jar Series, the Mason family has a ‘No Swearing’ rule which was inspired by my family’s rule. Whoever curses owes the rest of the family cookies. I have to admit, that sometimes “Oh shoot!” doesn’t cover it, especially when teaching teenagers how to drive, so I’m in debt for about 20 batches.

Calorie count: Don’t ask.


THANKS Tierney for the opportunity to share my “talents” in the kitchen.

For anyone interested in chatting further, I’m on Facebook and here’s my website link Kierstin Marquet



Whoever heard of a kidnapper with a sense of honor?

Illegal immigrant Tommy Ramirez made three reluctant promises to a dying woman. Kidnapping a cop’s daughter is the only way he can keep them. College student, Ashten Mason, is a stranger to trouble until a gorgeous guy with a gun jumps into her car and demands help. Soon embroiled in one dangerous situation after another, they are forced to rely on one another—an idea that Ashten believes is an oxymoron, and one that drives Tommy crazy.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING about Three Reluctant Promises, the first book released in the Mason Jar Series?

Suspense/Medical thriller author Gregg Luke described Three Reluctant Promises, as move(ing) so fast it should come with seat belts. Yet, woven into each intense thrill is a wonderful story of trust and friendship that stays with the reader long after they finish. This is a great story! Purchase Link for Three Reluctant Promises

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        1. Well that is certainly true. And there is the whole thing about others thinking you must be an amazing cook even though most of the time you just want to eat over the sink.

      1. Just one won’t hurt you, but tack on the ones you’ll want after, well, no comment.

  1. I never ask about calories. Hope we get to meet again sometime at a writer’s conference. Loved meeting you and your husband. I’m glad I’m not the only “bad” cook in the writing community.

    1. I read some other authors; entries on this blog and I was delighted to see that I wasn’t the only bad chef. I think it’s safe to say that we devote our time to creativity elsewhere…meanwhile, back at the ranch, little Timmy is on the verge of starving to death while his negligent mother attempts to get to a good stopping spot in her ms…

    2. AND yes, we absolutely need to meet at another writers conference! We just have to decide where. Any good ideas?

  2. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed. I love keeping up with you on FB, but hope to see you again.

  3. I like to bake pretzels. This isn’t anything fancy – I like ’em dark and so I dump a bag of ’em on a plate and put them in the microwave. The idea is to heat ’em up ’till they’re almost burned, but not quite black. That’s how I like ’em. It’s not weird, it’s, well, unique. How do you know when they’re about right? Just smell the microwave exhaust. When it starts to smell burned, but not too burned, they’re ready.

    Anyway, the pretzels in the middle of the pile heat up faster than the top ones, and one time I baked a batch and they caught fire. I grabbed the plate and ran it outside. The smoke alarms went off, everyone thought the house was burning down, and then my daughter hosed it all down on the deck. Which was a bummer, because only a few of them were burned. The rest would have been pretty good.

    I try to be more careful now when I bake pretzels. I think I’ll go heat up a few.

  4. Loved your blog Kiersten and your books are amazing also. Hope to see more from you out soon.

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