Romance Cooks

Candied Meat Treats – Lorenda Christensen


You won’t find any vegetables at a dragon gathering! Here’s a recipe—adapted from dragon-fire temperatures to oven settings—sure to be a hit for any carnivorous species, be they human or reptile!

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Candied Meat Treats (Recipe is adjusted for 8 human stomachs and makes about 60 treats)


1 dash ground black pepper

1 (16oz) package bacon

2 cups brown sugar (more or less if desired)


2 (14oz) packages Lit’l Smokies™


Heat oven to 400°F – Line a baking or casserole dish with aluminum foil

Mix black pepper and brown sugar.

Cut strips of bacon into thirds and wrap each lit’l smokie, securing the bacon with a toothpick. Place into backing dish.

Pack the brown sugar and pepper mix around the smokies and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake in oven for 18-25 minutes at 400°F. Remove aluminum foil cover.

Increase the temperature to 450°F and bake for another 30-40 minutes, or until brown sugar has melted and thickened.




Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

84,000 words

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