Romance Writers Weekly


Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly blog. So happy you could join us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Did you celebrate the 4th of July? Care to share a recipe? What’s the favorite dish at your celebration and why?

Celebrate is a strange word for this year’s 4th, since so many of us feel as if our freedoms are being taken away.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t gather with friends and break bread. And summer is definitely picnic time.

One of my favorite foods to bring along is my potato salad. It’s easy and delicious. (This recipe is for four, but you can easily change the quantities for more or less and adjust the ingredients to taste).

A bag of small size potatoes (red or gold)

3 eggs


A bunch of cilantro

Chopped scallions (optional)

½ small bag of bacon bits

Pepper to taste


A few squirts of spicy brown mustard

Boil the eggs in salted water for 15 minutes. Drain and refrigerate until chilled (about four hours). Boil the potatoes until cooked but still firm. Refrigerate until chilled (also about four hours).

Cut the potatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Peel and chop the eggs and add to the potatoes. Sprinkle on some pepper. Chop the celery, cilantro, and scallions and add to the bowl. Pour bacon bits on top. Toss until mixed well.

In a separate bowl, start with about three tablespoons of mayonnaise and add mustard. Mix well and add to the salad. Add more mayonnaise with a little mustard until the ingredients are well coated.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and hear about her favorite recipe for the 4th

But first…

Get ready for the second book in the Witches of Windsor series by catching up with book one.

Magic Touch by A.S. Fenichel


I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.


I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.


Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.

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