Title: Patrick’s Savior
Author: Nic Starr
Release Date: 9/29/2017
How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.
Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.
But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.
Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.
Food, glorious food!
Every one of my books features food. Yes, I’m a foodie, and it shows in my books. I love to eat out, and to experiment with new recipes. I enjoy checking out recipes online and watching cooking shows too. All of this comes across in my stories.
Sometimes I struggle because I want my characters to create great dishes, but most of the time they don’t have much of a desire to wow in the kitchen – I really must write a story about a chef, instead of writing about boys who don’t have much culinary talent or interest!
In Patrick’s Savior, there’s a selection of food mentioned, and each dish is something from my life. At the beginning of the story, Patrick makes an omelet as a quick dinner for one. This is what my mum often does because she lives alone. Then Patrick and Simon barbecue some steaks and toss together a quick salad. This is my standby when we have weekends away and I don’t know what kitchen equipment is available. The boy’s housemates cook too – pasta with chilli tomato sauce (a dish my daughter cooks – she’s hopeless in the kitchen), and lasagne (inspired by my bestie). The book ends with a Thanksgiving meal as well, so food beginning to end!
There’s a part in the story where Simon talks about his Gram’s pork chop recipe. He wants to cook it as a special meal for Patrick. This recipe is a regular in my household as it’s one of my kid’s favourites, so I thought I’d share the recipe here.
Pork Chops with pappadelle
• Pork chops or cutlets
• Onion – sliced
• Apple – peeled and sliced (optional)
• Sparkling apple cider – approx. one cup
• Whole grain mustard – 2 tablespoons
• Cream – 1 to 1.5 cups
• Pappadelle (or pasta of choice)
• Olive oil, salt, pepper
• Pan fry the pork chops until they are golden and mostly cooked (it only takes a few minutes on each side). Remove them from the pan.
• Fry the onion in the same pain with extra olive oil until softened. Throw in the sliced apple.
• Deglaze plan with sparkling apple cider.
• Add cream. Add mustard.
• Simmer until well combined and starting to reduce.
• Season with salt and pepper.
• When happy with consistency, return pork to the pan to heat through and finish cooking in the sauce.
• Cook pasta according to instructions on the packet.
• Add cooked pasta to the sauce. Serve.
What are your favourite dishes? I’m always looking for more inspiration in the kitchen.
About Nic Starr
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
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