Sunday, January 11, 2015

Author Terry Ambrose Shares a Recipe from Hawaii and a #Bookgiveaway


In a former life, author Terry Ambrose was a skip tracer and repo man, fascinating experiences that he now puts to use in his mystery novels, as well as his columns on avoiding scams. 

As a writer for the Crime Fiction Examiner, he has done interviews with some of the top names in mystery writing. Be sure to check out his wonderful website here, which is more of a mini magazine, where he posts interviews and reviews, and often runs fun contests for readers. It is now my pleasure to welcome this talented man to our Kitchen. Take it away, Terry...      
                                                                           
~ Cleo Coyle


Thanks for inviting me to be a guest on Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Or, as we say when in Hawaii, mahalo! My wife and I have visited the islands for twenty-five years. We fell in love with Kauai on our first trip and return for our "island-fix" almost every year.



While we’re visiting, one of our favorite foodie places is Sweet Marie's, a gluten-free bakery. Marie’s deserts are exquisite and we liked her Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons so much that we reconstructed the recipe from the list of ingredients. After a couple of very tasty mistakes, Kathy hit on this oh-so-easy and yummy recipe that will transport you to coconut-lover’s heaven.




Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Servings 26

Ingredients:


1 - 14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 - 14oz Sweetened Flaked Coconut

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, coconut and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto baking sheet.

3. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until tops start to turn golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place macaroons on wire racks until completely cool.



During my thirty years of writing mysteries, Hawaii has had a continually increasing influence on my work. The first McKenna Mystery came about when we were living in Arizona. In looking back, the desire to write that book was probably a subconscious effort to escape our 100-day string of 100+ degree days.

Food is not a central element of the McKenna Mysteries, but scams and cons are. There is always at least one in each book and BIG ISLAND BLUES, the latest in the series, is no exception. 
For this adventure, McKenna visits the Big Island to help find his best friend's missing niece, Andi Kapono. 

Soon, McKenna realizes he's being tracked by an island hacker and Andi is on her own hunt to find the truth behind a bizarre-sounding curse that threatens those she loves. If McKenna doesn't find Andi soon, they could both become a killer's next victims.

In addition to mysteries, I also write about real-life scams and cons on my website at terryambrose.com and in my monthly newsletter, "The Snitch," where you will find a recipe, a scam tip, contest information, and more.





About the Author

Terry Ambrose started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that “liars come from all walks of life.”  It was Terry’s experience in skip tracing that led to his creation of McKenna, the protagonist in his novels Photo Finish and Kauai Temptations. And ultimately, he says, it led to the two main characters in License to Lie. A resident of Southern California, Terry loves spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where he gets to “invent lies for the unsuspecting to read.” He says his years spent chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—“always keep your car in the garage.”

You can visit Terry’s author page on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or learn more about Terry and his books by visiting his website


Terry's Book and Latte
Birthday Giveaway!




Terry is celebrating 
his birthday today!


Thanks to all of you for your kind
Happy Birthday comments
for Terry!

Congrats to our comment
giveaway winner...


JEN SCOTT

Jen's comment was randomly
selected to win Terry's
latest mystery, Big Island Blues,
and 
the $10.00 Starbucks Gift Card


Thanks to everyone for commenting
and thanks especially to Terry
for spending his birthday with us...


Aloha!



98 comments:

  1. Here on the left coast, it's still a little early for my birthday, but not by much. So, a big thanks to Cleo for inviting me and for the birthday wish. I'm looking forward to virtually meeting others and, after I wake up tomorrow morning, will be back to say hi!

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    1. Happy Birthday Terry. Keep the good mysteries coming our way.

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  2. As another left coast resident, I feel like I'm sneaking in early with my birthday wishes.

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    1. Thanks for being first, PlumGaga! There are some advantages to being on the left coast, where we even have RAIN today. Yippie!

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  3. This is another great post! Happy Birthday, Terry!

    EMS591@aol.com

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  4. Happy Birthday, Terry! I think you should have some of those macaroons. So simple.

    Love the books and the website. I agree —“always keep your car in the garage.” After my radio was so neatly borrowed right out of the dash, I realized, luckily before it was too late, that if you have to leave your car in the driveway you probably shouldn't leave the garage opener in it. Whew.

    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Sally for the B-day wishes and the nice compliment! I'll try to keep them coming.

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  5. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the great recipe and the giveaway opportunity! Kuzlin at aol.com

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  6. Happy Birthday, Terry!! Love the easy recipe and the chance to win one of your books + coffee! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  7. Happy birthday Terry--the cookies look wonderful!

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  8. Happy Birthday! The cookies look delicious.
    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  9. Happy Birthday, Terry!!!
    & thank you for the cookie recipe!! YUMZ!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  10. Happy Birthday!! I think I'll make a batch of those cookies in your honor.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Let me know when they're ready, Sue, I'll be right over!

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  11. Happy Birthday, Terry! I hope you have a wonderful day today. While I have never been to Hawaii (don't think I could live through the long flight), I did live in Arizona for 3 years. I sometimes miss the heat! So nice for arthritis. I love finding new authors and I look forward to reading your books. One can never have too many mysteries!

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    1. Hi Deb, I enjoyed the heat for about two months. Then, as we went into the third, it became tedious. After 100 days, it was brutal. My favorite part, however, was monsoon season. I loved those storms. Talk about Mother Nature putting on a show!

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  12. Happy Birthday, Terry! Your macaroons look absolutely yummy! And they sound so easy. Always a great combination. Thanks for visiting Mystery Lovers' Kitchen today.

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    1. Thanks for having me as a guest, Krista! Those macaroons are sooo good. By the way, anytime you or the other members of MLK have a new release, feel free to let me know. I'm always looking for authors to interview.

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  13. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! This is a great way to start the day. Mahalo!

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  14. Happy birthday, Terry! I had forgotten that you said you'd be here today in your newsletter. Your cookie recipe sounds tasty and easy enough for me. Maybe white chocolate chips, though. I don't eat much chocolate.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. White chocolate! Oh, yum. Maybe it's time for another experiment.

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  15. Happy Birthday, Terry! You are living my dream of being a writer. One day maybe I'll join you in writing a great mystery.

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    1. Hi Cheryl, we'll look forward to the day you get that book done! Just keep at it and you'll get there. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Happy Birthday Terry! best wishes and best of health and happiness. Your macaroons look delectable and wonderful. thanks for this great post and recipe. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Happy Birthday, Terry! That cookie recipe looks easy and delicious; just what I need for today. Am visiting with a persnickety sister later who happens to love coconut. Many thanks for sharing the recipe.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. Those cookies are very easy, Lil, and if your sister loves coconut, you're going to make points. :-)

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  18. Happy Birthday Terry! Your macaroons would be enjoyed greatly. How appealing and tempting. Thanks for this lovely and interesting post, saubleb(at)gmail(dot)con

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