No Chance Meeting Excerpt + Author Post

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Hello, friends! I’m pleased to have author Jaye Elliot on my blog today! I’ll be sharing a post from her + an excerpt from her coming release, No Chance Meeting.

No Chance Meeting is Jaye Elliot’s first contemporary romance novel. She writes Christian fantasy novels under the name, Jaye L.Knight, and I have loved many of her books! ❤ I’m excited for her as she goes in this new direction … and I’m also looking forward to the conclusion of her Ilyon Chronicles, of course!!

I hope you enjoy this post and check out Jaye’s books. 🙂

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About the Book

Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.

Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.

Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?

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Shared Post from Jaye Elliot

At one point in the story, Alex bakes a Dutch apple pie that is her mom’s family recipe. I pulled this little detail from real life. I always love when my mom makes Dutch apple pies. Below you will find the recipe to this family favorite.

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Filling:

5 cups of sliced apples

¾ cup of sugar

2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon nutmeg, cloves, & cinnamon

Topping:

1 cup flour

1 stick butter

½ cup sugar

Mix apple filling ingredients together in a large bowl and pour into a pie pan with your favorite bottom crust (can be homemade or store bought). Cut butter into the flour and sugar for the topping until there is course, pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the pie. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, until golden brown.

Can also be made gluten free! You can find my favorite, foolproof pie crust recipe here. For the flour in the filling and topping, I just use superfine white rice flour, and it turns out great.

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Excerpt from NO CHANCE MEETING BY JAYE ELLIOT

Dad walked into the entryway first, followed shortly by Mom, who wore a ruffled, red plaid apron Alex had given her for Christmas a few years ago. It saw a lot of use but had held up well so far.

Alex met both of them with warm hugs. They then greeted Riley, Mindy, and Zach. By now, Mindy was bouncing on her toes. Though not at all unusual for her, Alex did take particular notice of it.

“Mind if I use your bathroom?” she asked Mom.

“Not at all. You know where it is.”

Mindy flashed a thankful smile and quickly excused herself. As soon as she was gone, Alex burst into laughter.

Mom raised a brow. “Coffee?”

“Four cups,” Zach said with a long-suffering sigh.

They all laughed now and walked into the kitchen. Alex set a canvas grocery bag on the counter and unpacked the food she and Riley had brought while Dad asked Zach about their new house and work. The three men then discussed the Packers and Lions game on later. Besides her Broncos, Alex had always liked the Packers, so she was rooting for them to win today.

Mindy rejoined them a couple of minutes later, and Mom set a large plate of pumpkin cookies on the counter.

Zach’s eyes lit up. “My favorite.”

“I made them especially for you.”

“Thank you.” He gave her a quick kiss on the cheek before grabbing a cookie and taking a big bite.

Pumpkin cookies had been Josh’s favorite too—a special treat their mom always made for Thanksgiving morning. In his absence, Zach was like a surrogate son.

With their bathroom breaks taken care of, Mindy and Zach prepared to leave. On their way out the door, Mom handed Zach a red plastic container.

“For the road,” she told him.

He peeked inside, and Alex caught sight of more cookies.

He grinned. “You spoil me. I’m going to be so fat after this weekend.”

Mindy reached for the container. “Don’t worry, I’ll pace you.”

But he lifted the box of cookies high above his head, out of reach. “Uh-uh, no way. I’m not giving up my special holiday treat.”

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About the Author

Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight.

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Giveaway #1

To celebrate the release of No Chance Meeting, Jaye is giving away a reader bundle that includes a signed copy of NCM, a hand-painted watercolor bookmark, a coffee mug, and a bag of Dove chocolates! U.S. entries only. Not open internationally.

Giveaway #2

For her second giveaway, Jaye is offering 3 ebook copies of No Chance Meeting. Open internationally!

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Schedule

Friday, February 14

Saturday, February 15

Sunday, February 16

Monday, February 17

Tuesday, February 18

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, February 20

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22

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