Welcome to January's SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week we have a double treat, two recipes straight from Cindy Loven's new book,SWEPT AWAY.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad

This salad is an anything goes type of salad, all tossed together and topped with your favorite dressing, but Sara Jane prefers hers topped with Ranch dressing or a vinagrette. 

Romaine Lettuce, chopped or torn into bite site pieces

mushrooms, cleaned and chopped

Green pepper chopped

cucumber diced

black olives

feta cheese

bean sprouts

Trail Magic Hot Chicken Noodle Soup

On the trail as Drew is hiking through the Appalachian trail, they have places where people come and meet the hikers bringing food and drinks, it is often called Trail Magic.  This soup was one that Drew ate on the trail.

2 boxes of chicken stock

2 cups of chopped chicken (we prefer white meat)

a cup of chopped carrots

one small onion finely diced

one can of cream of chicken soup

a bag of thin egg noodles (cooked and drained)

Simmer the chicken stock, adding in your chicken, carrots and onion, Cook until your veggies are tender, then add in the cream of chicken soup and the thin egg noodles. This makes a thick soup but that makes it easier for transporting to the Appalachian Trail.

Serve with warm french bread, can top with cheese if you like.  A yummy warm soup for a cold day on the trail.

He survived a life-altering event. She is facing one.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her grandmother who doesn’t want to be cared for. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

It doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever. 

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Cindy Loven, an avid reader all her life, is seeing her dreams fulfilled, with the publication of her first novel, Swept Away Quilt of Love.  She co-authored this novel with Laura V. Hilton.  Born and raised in Arkansas, she loves her home state and is happy to live there with her husband of nearly twenty-nine years and her adult son. She and her family are very active in their local church, serving in many volunteer positions. She and her husband are very serious about informing parents about the dangers of the choking, after loosing their youngest son to this dreadful 'game' in 2009.  When not busy with church or her job as a “pr gal” for another author, you can find Cindy in her craft room, ,sewing, crocheting or making cards.

Where to find me on the web:
Twitter handle: @cndloven


  1. Hello Sharon and Cindy. Cindy I am so sorry for your loss. Has to be so hard. Once while visiting my daughter, heard my granddaughter talking about her and her friend had been doing that. Scared me so. I had a talk to her about it would be so easy not to stop in time. And, ask her how she would feel if she did that to her friend. Hopefully they quit. She was around 12 or so. Now she is 24. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Thanks Maxie for your kind words. The Choking Game is a very dangerous game, educating yourself and your children is the way to prevent deaths from this horrible "game".

  3. So sorry for your loss. So many times kids do not understand the consequences of "games". Would love to read your book. Rackylemaire @ gmail. Com

  4. Cindy, I am so sorry about the death of your daughter. I am definitely keeping of these recipes. I would love to win a copy of the book.

  5. Thank you for the recipes and the little snippet from the book. I am intrigued! Cindy, I am so sorry for your terrible loss...these words to your are not enough...just know that I care.

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