Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bar Bites: A Man of the Month Cookbook by J. Kenner & Suzanne M. Johnson: Feature w/ Excerpt & Video Exclusive

Today we're spotlighting Bar Bites: A Man of the Month Cookbook by J. Kenner & Suzanne M. Johnson. This new release is a cookbook with a variety of recipes that also features slices of life featuring characters from the Man of the Month Series PLUS a brand new short story. Read on for more info and don't forget to one-click your copy of Bar Bites now!


Before Austin’s hotspot, The Fix on Sixth, became known for its sexy and fun Man of the Month calendar contest, the fictional downtown bar had already developed a reputation for fabulous drinks and mouthwatering bar bites—exactly the kind of venue to take a date and strike up a romance. Now it’s your chance to see exactly what’s on the menu … and to get a peek at the private lives of the men and women who not only work at The Fix, but who’ve made it the place to be in Austin, Texas.

Join Man of the Month creator, New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, and USA Today bestselling Southern food expert Suzanne Johnson as they guide you through their favorite bar bite and drink recipes served at The Fix on Sixth. Learn how to make the delicious bar bites that Tyree’s bar has become famous for. Whip up your favorite cocktail with the same flare as Cameron or Eric. And don’t forget to spend some time learning a little bit more about the private lives of your favorite characters in all new snippets and short stories!

Most of all, come share a drink, a bite, and a laugh with us! We’re so glad you’re here.

So pull up a chair, raise a glass, and dig in with your favorite Man of the Month characters, and meet a few new ones, too!


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“And that’s my day,” Tiffany Russell chirped, sliding easily under the bar so that she could put her tips into the jar that the servers, bartenders, and bar backs shared. That section of the bar swung open, but she’d gotten used to simply scooting under. Which was good, since customers tended to walk by and leave empty glasses on the supposed-to-stay empty section of the polished oak bar.

“I’m off as soon as Eric gets here, too,” Cam said, easing down from where he’d just returned a bottle of top-shelf gin to its place.

She and Cameron Reed had worked together for years at The Fix on Sixth, which, as far as Tiffany was concerned was the best place to hang out and have a drink in the entire city of Austin. Maybe even all of Texas. They’d never dated, but they’d hit it off immediately and had become fast friends.

“I just put in an order for some Mushroom Spinach Risotto Balls and some Farmhouse Sliders for me and Mina. Wanna join?” He pointed to a table by the currently empty stage, where his girlfriend of almost a year, Mina, sat making notes on a script.

“Are you kidding? That would be great. I want to hear all about the new movie.”

Tiffany and Mina had gone to high school together in Austin, and while Tiffany was still in school working toward her masters in psychology, Mina was working for a local indie film company that was doing exceptionally well.

“Plus, you’re starving, right?”

Tiffany laughed. “Busted. You know me too well.”

“I’m guessing your fridge is down to chunks of unidentifiable cheeses, a package of rice cakes—which are gross, by the way—and a flat Diet Coke.”

Tiffany rolled her eyes. “Oh, please. I also have two limes and a carton of half- and-half.”

“Went wild at the grocery store, I see.”

“That’s me. Always doing the crazy.”

The front door opened, and Eric Shay stepped in off of Sixth Street. Immediately, Tiffany’s eyes went to him. Just like Pavlov’s dog, she thought, which was one of the downsides of being a pysch major. Too hard to hide from her own subconscious.

In this case, her id was definitely controlling the show. Her mouth was dry, her pulse had kicked up, and she was going to have to work very hard not to sound like a babbling idiot around him. All because she’d been living for almost a year now with the world’s biggest crush on the dark-haired man with the action- hero body. A man who, apparently, was determined to spin her hormones into a tizzy, because in addition to the jeans that clung to his muscled thighs, he also wore a tank top that clung to his chest and revealed every inch of his tight-but- not-too-bulky arms.

It was, frankly, seriously distracting.

About J. Kenner:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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About Suzanne M. Johnson:

USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Johnson is family trained, a south Georgia native who's been cooking all of her life, creating not only some really unique food, but precious memories that re-occur every time she smells something simmering in the oven. In all of her books, Suzanne shows that making a delicious meal doesn't have to be complicated--it just has to be made with love. So go ahead, don't be bashful, dive right in. Who knows? You might just make a few memories of your own.

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How awesome is Suzanne M. Johnson? Not only is she sharing her recipe for Sausage Biscuits with Black & Blue Jam but she also made a video showing us HOW to make it! After you watch her video, I can guarantee you'll want to try this recipe for yourself!

Sausage Biscuits with Black & Blue Jam

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
4 cups biscuit mix (I use Bisquick)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup Sprite
1 cup ground sausage, cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in the microwave for 1 minute, then distribute evenly into 24 mini cupcake tins, just coating the bottom. Mix the biscuit mix, sour cream and Sprite together and knead dough for about 2 minutes. Mix in sausage until evenly distributed. Drop dough from a tablespoon into each mini cupcake tin, filling ¾ full. Bake for 15 minutes and serve with Black & Blue Jam. 

Black & Blue Jam

2 cups blueberries
2 cups blackberries
1/2 cup water
1 packet liquid pectin
5 cups sugar
6 jelly jars with lids

Puree the first 2 ingredients in a food processor or blender and place in a medium saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. After the mixture has been boiling for 1 minute, add the pectin and continue to stir for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to thicken for an additional 4 minutes. Then ladle the mixture into the jelly jars, leaving 1⁄ 2 inch headspace. Apply caps and let jam stand in refrigerator until set, about 12 hours, or transfer to a pressure cooker to seal for a longer shelf life. If you are not using a pressure cooker to seal the jars, the jam must stay refrigerated. Refrigerated jams are good for about 3 months and sealed jars have a shelf life of about 18 months to two years.

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