November 26, 2012

TOUCHED Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!!

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
This is Book One in the Touched trilogy, and will be out November 27th, 2012 from Kensington/KTeen.

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Prize: (1) $5 Starbucks gift card and a box of Twinkies, plus (1) Signed copy of TOUCHED

In TOUCHED, food is a recurring theme and figures into the romance between Remy and Asher. The scenes where they eat are some of my favorites for reasons you will see when you read the novel (I don’t want to ruin the fun for you). Remy tends to love junk food, and her favorite foods are based on (surprise!) my favorites. She loves mac and cheese, bleu cheese burgers, café mochas, and chocolate. For fun, here are a few recipes so that you make the food from the book.

Plus one lucky winner will win a $5 Starbucks gift card and a box of Twinkies. Trust me, the Twinkies are a sweet joke in the book. Enjoy the recipes!

Note: Beecher’s is a famous cheese shop, and they advertise having the “World’s Best Mac and Cheese.” Now you can even buy their mac at Whole Foods. LOVE.

serves 4 as a side dish 


2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1 1/2 cups whole milk 

7 ounces Flagship cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cups) 

1 ounce Just Jack cheese, grated (1/4 cup) 

½ teaspoon coarse salt 

¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder 

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


6 ounces penne pasta (about 3 ¼ cups) 

1 ounce (1/4 cup) Flagship cheese, grated 

1 ounce (1/4 cup) Just Jack cheese, grated 

¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder

To prepare sauce, melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, chili powder and garlic powder. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter or oil an 8-inch baking dish. Cook penne 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and drain well.

Combine pasta and sauce in a medium bowl; mix carefully but thoroughly. Scrape the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top with cheeses and then the chili powder.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Beecher’s


Yield: 8-10 burgers


2 pounds ground chuck
1 pound ground sirloin
1/2 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup steak sauce (recommended: Crosse and Blackwell)
3 extra-large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 to 10 hamburger buns
8 ounces blue cheese, sliced (recommended: Danish Blue)
Arugula and sliced tomatoes, for serving, optional

Carefully mix the meats, breadcrumbs, steak sauce, eggs, salt, and pepper with the tines of a fork, but do not mash them. Lightly form hamburger patties and press lightly into shape.

Prepare a charcoal or a stove-top grill.
Cook the hamburgers for 4 minutes on 1 side, then turn and cook 3 minutes on the other side for medium-rare. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut side down, for 1 minute, until toasted. Place a hamburger and a slice of blue cheese in each bun, plus arugula and tomato, if desired, and serve hot.

Source: Ina Garten, Food Network


Corrine Jackson (pronounced Cor-een) is a young adult author repped by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Her debut young adult novel, If I Lie, will be published by Simon Pulse (August 28, 2012). Touched, the first book of her young adult paranormal romance trilogy, will be published by Kensington/KTeen (November 27, 2012).
Once upon a time, Corrine worked as a graphic designer before she switched to account management at one of the country’s top marketing agencies. She has a deep and abiding love for Anthropologie and intends to move into her nearest store when the employees aren’t looking and/or she can get her hands on a key (which she expects to find in one of their bins).
An education addict, Corrine has attended eleven different colleges, has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. A recipient of a West Chester Poetry Conference scholarship, she is also the former Editor-in-Chief of two literary magazines, including Statement (CSU, Los Angeles) and Dash (CSU, Fullerton). A member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), RWA, YARWA, and AWP, she has mad skills in the kitchen, especially when it comes to pies and cupcakes.
Follow Corrine via her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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  1. You can get that at Whole Foods?! I need to go get some right now. Mac and cheese with a bit of a bite?! Count me in!

    I've had this book on my wishlist for a very long time, so my fingers are crossed! <3

  2. Thanks for making my mouth water with those delicious sounding foods. Though I must say I'm not a huge fan of blue cheese... I can't wait to read Touched!

  3. Mmmm, Mac and cheese. There isn't a whole foods within 75 miles of me. :(

  4. LOVE the trailer! The narrator is great:)

    The recipes sound awesome:)

    1. oops forgot my email (the rafflecopter said to put it) ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  5. I will have to try the recipe. With Hostess in trouble who would make twinkies!?

  6. Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  7. Oh geez...not sure what is best...the book (looks fantastic!), the recipe (LOVE Mac and Cheese) or the TWINKIES (as soon as word was out Hostess was closing, NO TWINKIES can be found...sniff sniff)!

  8. Those are some great recipes. I'll have to give them a try. This book sounds great as well!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  9. Mac and cheese is sooo good <3 going to try this recipe out this weekend!

  10. The Mac and Cheese sounds delicious.

  11. Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

  12. I'm making mac and cheese for dinner. I'll have to try this recipe out sometime. :)

  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I will be trying out the recipes - mac and cheese is a favorite of mine!!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  14. yummmm! I <3 whole foods! I needed a recipe for Mac and Cheese and was asking my mother in law for some but I think I might use this!

    I just started following your blog and hope maybe you can stop by my page and follow back as well?

  15. The book sounds great and so do the recipe's thanks for that and the giveaway!!!

  16. I'm gonna try that recipe! Sounds like a good book!

  17. OMGoodness the Blue Cheese Burgers sound absolutely delish, ...
    Thanks for sharing the great book trailer, seem like it'll be a great read


  18. Oh man, I love mac & cheese. I get cravings for it all the time and have to stop in Noodles for some. I'll have to try to find this kind at Whole Foods!

  19. I haven't eaten mac & cheese in awhile. Might have to fix that after reading this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Wow, the best of both worlds! Food and books! Yippee!

  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  22. Mac & Cheese sounds good, but I am not feeling the blue cheese burgers. The reason being that I just don't like blue cheese.

  23. Forgot to leave my email:

  24. I just made mac and cheese last night, but that sounds way better!!! Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win

  25. i really want some twinkies now, darn it! haha great interview! thanks for the giveaway!

  26. oh and here's my email, beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  27. Loved the excerpt, I cannot wait for this book now :)

  28. mac n cheese and a book by a wonderful author! WIN - Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  29. The recipes sound interesting but I'm lactoseintolerant so I won't get to try them. :( This sounds like a good book though.

  30. I love your post! and now, I'm starving, :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  31. I love homemade Mac n cheese. Nothing tastes better.

  32. Great post - those recipes sound interesting.

  33. you guys rock -- awesome giveaway! thank you!

  34. I love the idea of food being in a book, but I love the idea of putting a recipe along with the review even better! Though I can't say I'm a fan of Blue Cheese (could I substitute sharp cheddar?)

  35. I read Corrine's If I Lie, so I've been very excited for Touched. Thanks for the giveaway!


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