Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Exchange of Fire Book Tour: Guest Post with P.A. Depaul (+Giveaway)

Today, I’m taking over [Insert Clever Quip Here] to fill your stomach with a simple hearty meal that’ll stay with you so you can get lost in a book!

Okay, I admit, I may have an ulterior motive. My name is P.A. DePaul and I’m the author of the Romantic Suspense, SBG series. Exchange of Fire, SBG #1 introduces a clandestine Black Ops team working for SweetBriar Group (AKA SBG), a corporation the rest of the world believes is an environmental company. 

With your stomach full and your family lauding your culinary skills, you’ll be ready to dive into a steamy, action-filled romantic suspense! So now that you’ve me found out, ready to amaze everyone with a filling meal that’s a cinch to make? Yes? Woot! Alrighty then.

I don’t have a name for this dinner. In my house I refer to it as Ground Beef and Mashed Potatoes. Not very hard to figure out why since those are the two main ingredients. You can definitely substitute ground turkey for ground beef but you’ll have to make a few adjustments to the “gravy” and seasonings to your liking.

Beef Portion ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef (I prefer the 80/20 ratio—not as dry)
1 glove of garlic (can/should be adjusted to personal taste)
½ cup chopped onion or onion powder equivalent (I’ll be honest, I’m allergic to onions so I’m guessing on this proportion based on what my mom wrote down long ago)
3 tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce (can/should be adjusted to personal taste—I usually go a little heavier)
Salt to taste
¼ flour

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:
Ummm…potatoes. Your favorite kind to mash. (I either use red potatoes with the skins or instant from a box if I’m really in a rush)

Brown beef with onions, garlic, and Worchestershire Sauce. Drain grease. Place back in pan and over a medium heat, add salt, and flour. SLOWLY mix in water until a gravy forms. This should be a nice, wet mixture, but not soupy. Simmer for about five minutes to allow the water and flour gravy to heat (adding water as necessary).

At the same time, have your potatoes boiling (if using fresh) or whip out that box of instant and follow those instructions. If fresh potatoes, mash the potatoes to your preferred liking.

Serve by scooping the potatoes on your plate first then topping with ground beef mixture. Viola! Done. See simple!

Thank you for spending some time with me today and I hope you enjoy this meal and please feel free to adjust the proportions as needed. These are guidelines. I rarely follow the exact measurements. :)

So now that you're bursting with a good, hearty meal, I hope you'll curl up to a great book! Thank you [Insert Clever Quip Here] for having me today! Before you all run off to the store, do you have any questions for me? About the recipe? About Exchange of Fire? Or the SBG series? Writing? Whatever tickles your fancy. I'm ready!

Blurb: Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love...

Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she's a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade--an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady...

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there's more to her than meets the eye, but he can't help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra's past suddenly catches up with her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they're forced to choose between each other and the people they've sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together--or alive...


In the following excerpt, we meet another player who's searching for our heroine, Wraith. At this point, we don't know if he's one of the assassins the CEO of SBG sent to kill her or not. A little background: Wraith (sniper of Delta Squad) faked her death after her last mission went horribly wrong in order to escape SBG (or more accurately its CEO). The CEO got wind that she's still alive and instead of celebrating, he sent assassins after her to rectify her still breathing status. Wraith is currently with our hero, Casper Grady, sneaking toward her apartment located in a Victorian house.

The SBG operative crept out of his hiding spot near the Range Rover. Wraith and Grady had disappeared down the side of the Victorian house, and he couldn't let them out his sight.

He palmed two of his knives and headed for the section of road barely covered by the evenly spaced street lamps. He jogged across the street, searching the side of the house, and almost collided with an ancient woman walking an equally ancient dog. Jesus, that mutt could barely lift his legs to move let alone protect his master.


His head flipped to the side, and it took everything he had to hold his instincts back and not bury his knife in the old bat. Hard to justify her as collateral damage.


She nailed him on the other ear. Loud crinkling and a nasty odor accompanied the hit.

"Peeping Tom! Whap! "Thief!"

Jesus H. Christ. Okay. Maybe not so hard to justify. He jumped out of range, just barely avoiding getting smacked again. "What are you--" His eyes bugged when he spotted her weapon. "You crazy old bat! Stop hitting me with Fido's shit bag!"

Available for purchase at: Amazon

About the Author: P. A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015.

You can fine P.A. at: Website

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  1. Thank you so much for letting me share my mom's easy but hearty recipe today. I think I might have to make that again this week. (This dinner is in our usual rotation). Also, I'm still snickering at the excerpt! I hope everyone enjoyed! I'm ready for questions or just to chat if you all are. :)

    1. Hey P.A.! I love the excerpt and the recipe. I'm thinking about trying it this week. It's perfect for night's when I get in from work. Very lovely to have you on today. Feel free to drop by anytime you like. :D

    2. Thank You Melissa! I appreciate the invitation!! I hope the meal hits the spot. I always liked whipping it up when I got home from work too. :)

  2. Now I'm hungry. I can't cook, but maybe I can master this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Kate! LOL. I think you might be able to manage this dinner. :D

  3. I'm so very tempted to make a vegetarian one of these. I love mashed potatoes. Yums! And I even have fake hamburger crumble in the fridge. Hmmms. lol

    Thanks so much for joining in on the tour Melissa!

    1. Sounds like you're all set then Anna! I think you'd like it. :D