Today A Book and a Latte has a special guest, please help me welcome the author of The Summer My Life Began, Shannon Greenland!

 

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants.

When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too.

And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time. (Goodreads)

This was such a great spring/summer read! You can read my review here. Shannon is here today to share a recipe with us, and why food plays some sort of role in all her novels. This recipe sounds perfect for a summer brunch!

Sausage Breakfast Pie

2 pie crusts spread with dijon mustard.
Divide cooked sausage between the two pies.
Layer with equal parts onion, tomatoes, bell peppers, and cheese.
Beat together 6 eggs and pour down evenly between the two pies.

Cook at 375 for 45 minutes
Rotel may be substituted for tomatoes.
Beat eggs with garlic, milk, and your favorite seasonings for extra humph!

Who doesn’t like a good book and a coffee? A good book, a coffee, and a cozy chair—even better!

My whole life has encompassed food and good drink in some manner. My family likes to say I was pleasantly plump as a child. I like to say I was healthy. LOL.

I remember in college when most my friends were saving for clothes, I was putting aside my tip money for a new stove top grate. And when my friends were throwing burgers and dogs on the grill at cookouts, I was marinating fresh fish or chicken.

Gosh, I even remember asking for a cookbook one year for Christmas. A cookbook I then proceeded to make every dish from.

I suppose that’s why in all my novels food plays some sort of roll. Whether it is the lollipops GiGi enjoys in Model Spy, the cinnamon coffee Parrot drinks in Native Tongue, or the elaborate concoctions Em makes in The Summer My Life Began, I finagle food and drink into everything.

In my current work in progress, one of my characters doesn’t eat at all. You have no idea how much of a challenge it is to write that! Heck, just typing the story makes me hungry!

Author Bio:
Shannon Greenland dreaded reading and writing as a kid. Ironic, as she’s now a successful award-winning author. Her 5-book series for young adults, The Specialists, as well as her other novels, received such honors as National Booksellers Best, Daphne du Maurier and Romantic Times recognition, National Readers Choice, CAPA nominee, Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion and the Popular Paperback award from the American Library Association.

Her newest book The Summer My Life Began releases May 10, 2012 from Penguin Publishing.

When not writing, Shannon’s eager for adventure outside of a book’s pages. Hiking, rafting, climbing, caving, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, spelunking, canoeing, power lifting, running, camping, para sailing . . . she’s done it all.

Originally from Tennessee, the world traveler lives in northern Virginia where she works as a middle school math teacher and gives authors talks at area schools.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Buy: Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Many thanks to Shannon Greenland for stopping buy to share her recipe! Also, Shannon along with JKSCommunications is generously giving away an ebook copy of The Summer My Life Began  to one of my lucky readers, just enter the Rafflecopter widget below!



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22 Responses to Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

  1. […] [Author Guest Post: Recipe & GIVEAWAY] Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time. (Goodreads) […]

  2. KyleeJ says:

    I’m the book to my TBR. I’m passing along the recipe to my mom as well, sounds yum!
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    • Jen
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      says:

      I know, I want to plan a brunch and make it! Though I’m one of those that needs exact measurements so I’ll have to play with the amounts, thankfully it’s a very forgiving recipe!
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  3. Ariel Wilson says:

    The summer before college I spent with my best friend as much as possible, mainly at our drive-in! My ideal month long vacation would be Paris.
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  4. The summer before I went to college, I worked at the Jolly Rodger Amusement Park in Ocean City Maryland. I was lucky to spend my days on the beach, and my nights at the Park, usually running the Merry Go Round!
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  5. Felicia says:

    I didn’t actually do much on my summer before college. My dream vacation would of course be backpacking through Europe.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for this awesome giveaway :)
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  6. Felicia says:

    Hm. For some reason, the Rafflecopter isn’t letting me enter, but I’d love to be considered for this giveaway.

    fchien16@gmail.com
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  7. Courtney says:

    My dream month-long vacation would be touring Italy for two weeks, spending a week in Australia, and the last week in Fiji. I would visit all of the cliched tourist spots and soak up the sun.

  8. Courtney says:

    I would spend the month going around Europe and spending me time in various places, never staying in one spot for more then a few days.

  9. Nikki says:

    I fell in love with my first true love. It was fabulous and magical and then, it went to shit about 3 yrs later.

  10. Veronica Bartles
    Twitter: vbartles
    says:

    The summer before college, I worked as a pizza delivery driver. (I also worked for a while at the print shop of the local community college.)

  11. Chrissy says:

    My dream month long vacation would be spent with my family at the beach with wine and lots of books and fun to be had!!! Or a month with my husband in the Caribbean. But I’d miss my kids if we went without them.

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks!
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  12. Autumn @The Autumn Review
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    says:

    My dream summer would be to go to Greece!

  13. Sophia says:

    I would love to just go to England and explore the country. Listen to the beautiful accents, take a Harry Potter tour, shop for Man U merchandise… Haha!
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  14. alicia marie says:

    the summer before college i went after graduation with my former french teachers and some of my friends to france. it was so much fun traveling all over the country and visiting the little villages as well as paris. after i came back from france i worked as a nanny for the rest of the summer. it ended up being one of the best summers i’ve had : ) my dream summer would be traveling maybe to australia. i’ve always wanted to go there!

  15. Lucy says:

    Dream summer vaccation would be Hawaii or Australia.. Or a tropical Island.. Some where warm would be good:)

  16. Brooke D says:

    I spent the summer before college working.

  17. LisaILJ says:

    I spent that summer working and counting down the days. I also failed my last semester of math, so even though they let me walk at graduation, I had to go to summer school to get that math credit, so technically I didn’t get that diploma until mid summer, and then I left about two weeks after that for school.

  18. Sharmaine C says:

    Since I am an incoming freshman, I can just say that I just bought tons of clothes for college and read LOTS of books because this is going to be my longest summer once I enter college

  19. JennyC says:

    My dream summer vacation is to go to France and just travel alll around it eating food all the time lol:)

  20. bn100 says:

    I’d like to go to Europe for vacation.

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