Check out my new book!

It’s really hard to keep up with two different blogs, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of this one. If you’re interested in keeping up with my writing or are looking for a freebie read every now and then, make sure you’re following my blog, abiwalterswrites.

In the meantime, I know you’re dying to hear about my latest book! It’s called “Just You” and it’ the first book in a series about shifters. You don’t know about shifters? Let me introduce you to the magical world! My husband made fun of me for the longest time for being addicted to shifter romance, but after he read Just You, he’s dying for more. So if you’re like my husband, let me bring you to the dark side. We have sexy men who turn into bears!

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I’m super proud of this book, and I’ve got to say, it’s my best story (and my best writing) so far. I switched over from third person to first person, which makes the plot so much more personable, I think. Anyhow. Ready to fall in love with a sexy mechanic who likes pancakes and just so happens to turn into a bear?

Escaping the ghosts that haunt her small Texas town after the loss of her best friend and nearly her own life, Callie Marshall ends up in the middle of Montana in a place named after bears. Her guilt and grief left her broken and alone- just what she wanted. She didn’t expect her table of burly lunchtime regulars to make her long for another life. She didn’t expect Parker.

Parker Oakley was drawn to the mousy waitress from the moment he saw her. Except, turns out she isn’t all that mousy and she definitely doesn’t need saved. After Callie’s true colors are shown, the shy waitress turned badass is the talk of the town. Parker thought he couldn’t get enough of her before, but he definitely can’t get enough of her now.

And when the ghosts of her past find their way from Texas to Brown Bear Valley, Parker will do anything to keep her safe. When his secret is revealed and the ghosts swallow Callie whole, their bonds are tested in ways neither expected.

Parker and Callie learn you can’t escape your past, but you can change your future…

Find it on Amazon

And as always, leave a review if you enjoy it!

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Sneak Peak into Wildflower!

Hi, everyone!

I decided that I wanted to share the first chapter of Wildflower so you can decide for yourself if you want to read the story, since I keep badgering everyone about it. So here we go! The link below will open up Chapter One as a PDF. If you’re interested in more of Cole and Elle’s story, it can be found on Amazon for Kindle!

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Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy their story!

I’m a published author!

Hi, everyone! I haven’t posted to this blog in a while. I’ve been busy, which is no excuse, but I’m back to share with you what has exactly been keeping me away from the blog. I’ve published TWO books in my absence here. If you’re a fan of romance, keep on readin’ cause you’re in for a treat.

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My first book, Breaking All the Rules, is an erotic romance novel that tells the story of Mia Barnes, a PR agent at a record industry, and a prominent entrepreneur, Benson Ward. Benson is the typical rich playboy, and Mia, who is confident in her sexuality, has a specific set of rules for getting to the top of her career and staying there. Number one on that list is never mixing business and pleasure. Her experience with men in the music industry led her down a bumpy road, but when she meets Benson, everything changes… and he’s not exactly in the music industry… but their relationship turns into something neither of them expected as they find out who they are while discovering each other.

You can get Breaking All the Rules on Amazon for $2.99, or with Kindle Unlimited, for free!

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Next up is Wildflower, a story of a girl, her best friend’s brother, and a decade of missed opportunities and stolen glances. Elle Haynes fell for her best friend’s brother when she saw his picture at their house, but he was five years older and already at college. That didn’t stop her from developing major feelings for the brooding and enigmatic Cole Knight. The night of his sister’s graduation party, everything changes. Elle and Cole share a night under the stars. Five years later on the night of his sister’s wedding, Cole has returned from his overseas trip and doesn’t remember who Elle is. She’s dedicated to keeping her secrets, and he’s not looking for a reason to stay in Holland Hills. However, an electric touch rekindles the memories of their night together, and the decision to leave becomes a whole lot harder. Elle doesn’t want to hold him back, but Cole isn’t ready to let go of her again… what happens when the summer draws to an end?

Wildflower is available on Amazon for $2.99 or for free with Kindle Unlimited!

If you check out my books, please review and rate them! I’d appreciate it, and it’ll do wonders in promoting my book. If anyone has any great reads for me to check out, send them my way and I’ll return the favor!

One Pan Chicken, Beans, and Potatoes!

When both a girl I went to school with posted this recipe on Instagram AND I saw it pinned on Pintrest on the same day, I knew it was a sign that I had to make this. The pictures looked so good, and the recipe seemed too easy to be true (spoiler alert, it isn’t!). So I added it to my weekly meal plan. I finally got a chance to make it yesterday, and I am praising the convenience and tastiness of this dish.

 

 

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I didn’t have any instructions, but it is as easy as it looks! Here is what I did::::

You’ll need:
4 chicken breasts
3 large potatoes
1 can green beans
1-2 sticks of butter
Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

You’ll do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Cut your potatoes and layer them to one side
Lie chicken in middle (you may need to cut them in half)
Drain can of green beans and layer them to the other side
Salt and pepper the potatoes, meat and beans
Add generous doses of the Italian seasoning to the chicken
Cut your butter into little blocks and spread evenly around the pan
Cook for 50 minutes to 1 hour

 

You can obviously adjust the recipe to your serving size needed. I could have added another can of green beans because they went fast! I used one gigantic piece of chicken rib/breast meat and cut it into fours. Make sure you don’t use too big of pieces of chicken because you want everything to cook evenly. I have had one too many (okay, two total- but still that is more than necessary) meals ruined because my chicken wasn’t all the way cooked. 

I will most defiantly be adding this recipe to my big red cookbook. The way I have it now is plenty big enough for just Brandon and I, but some day in the future I could adjust it to feed a family. It is quick. It is easy. And most importantly, it is delicious. 

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. We can thank the business of a married life/lack of me cooking anything for that! Brandon and I only took one day off of work after the wedding, so things have been hectic. But we have our honeymoon in a few weeks to look forward too! I will be doing a post about the wedding day soon, whenever I get our wedding pictures back. I will also be doing a honeymoon post whenever we get back from that. Speaking of posts, since it’s been so long, I’m going to do two today.

One of the most upsetting things to me is that I never got a chance to meet Brandon’s grandparents. You can just tell by the way people talk about them and even from the pictures of them that they were such loving and funny people. And his grandma was one heck of a cook, I hear! It must be where his mom gets it from. If only Brandon got some of those culinary skills 😛 He gives it a good effort, at least.

In my recipe book are some of his grandma’s recipes. The other day I tried my hand at one of the southern meals- dumplings. Brandon really wanted them, and I didn’t want to disappoint! I had never had dumplings without chicken, let alone made my own. 

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You’ll need:

4 cans refrigerator biscuits
2 boxes of chicken broth
Pepper to taste

You’ll do:
Bring broth to a boil
Tear all biscuits into pieces and drop in broth
Add pepper
Reduce heat to medium low
Cook until thickened and dough is done (about 30-40 minutes)

*Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, but try not to stir too often or you will have nothing but gravy

 

I didn’t tear the biscuits up because I thought the recipe meant just tear them apart from one another. I also have a limited selection of pans, so I couldn’t use a big stock pot. I’m pretty sure I annoyed Brandon half to death because every few minutes I asked him if they looked okay, and he assured me they did (because he’s a good husband!). I still claim he was lying, but I honestly have no reference for what they should look like or taste like. I over peppered them a little, but they were still pretty good in my opinion! 

The next day he went to have them for lunch and they were terrible, so I’m not sure what happened there. I was going to half the recipe when making it but ended up just following it. If you’re looking for a southern fix for a group of people, this recipe is it! 

Baked Teriyaki Glazed Chicken

I made the most delicious chicken yesterday. I am 100% a chicken girl. I could, and usually do, eat it every day. I love how many flavors and ideas can go with chicken. It’s a base food you can start with and literally grow your taste to almost anything. This baked teriyaki is an example of the versatility and general awesome-ness of chicken. It’s tender, easy, and most importantly- delicious.

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BAKED TERIYAKI GLAZED CHICKEN

 

  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4-6 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and pepper
  • Stir mixture and bring it to a boil
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a medium-low and let it simmer, stirring it often until the mix thickens and bubbles (this takes around 10 minutes)
  • Once the sauce is thicker, remove it from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes
  • Place chicken breasts in the dish and pour half the sauce evenly over the chicken
  • Put the dish in the oven for 20 minutes, take it out and pour the rest of the sauce on, then bake it for another 20 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked)

 

I was so insanely worried and skeptical about making the sauce for this dish. The anxiety increased while I was making it and noticed how strong it smelled. Don’t worry! The smell lightens as it cooks, and the final product tastes amazing once it’s on the chicken. I almost let the whole sauce thing keep me from the recipe. Don’t let yourself do that, seriously. It’s super easy. Oh- also, I used garlic powder because I hate actual garlic. I know it compromises the recipe, but you wouldn’t believe my hate for actual garlic. I think it stems from using bad garlic in a recipe. Whatever the origins, I always sub in garlic powder for garlic.

 

I wouldn’t recommend serving this with anything other than rice and veggies. Particularly broccoli. Unless you have something against the green trees. The rice and veggie combo works seamlessly with a plethora of chicken meals, but it seems like it was made for this dish.

 

Can you tell I’m obsessed with this meal yet, or not? Brandon loved it too, so I guess it is a winner! It’s defiantly going in my big book of recipes!