Friday, February 19, 2021

Heart Pressed Release Fun!

It's time for a new book in the Independence Islands Series! Are you ready? I know I am...especially with all the cold weather we've been having in the Midwest. It will be nice to read a story set on an island with warm weather. This week, to celebrate the release of Heart Pressed by Melissa Wardwell, we'll be sharing our best cookie recipes.  Don't forget to enter in the giveaway below and follow the rest of the tour for more chances to win! 

I love classic chocolate chip cookies. It reminds me of my childhood making cookies with my mom. Here's my favorite recipe. The cookies have a nice combination of chewy and a little crispy on the outside. Sometimes it's fun to replace the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips or do half and half. Yum! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups chocolate chips or peanut butter chips


Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls before combining. For a fluffier cookie, refrigerate dough for half an hour before baking.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

A Little More About Heart Pressed...

Crushes are great for grapes, wine, and romance—not so great for hearts.

The Sweetheart Festival, an Elnora Island institution, has sparked more than a few romances over the years, but who would have thought it would light a fire in two hearts from two of the island’s oldest families. When Amara Martin and Dante Greco meet, sparks fly that may ignite more than romance.

Two wineries, old feuds, generations of traditions.

Seeing the attraction at Amara and Dante’s chance meeting, Beth Stevens and Scott Anderson join forces to do a little matchmaking, not realizing the pressure it would bring to both households and their own hearts. The new couple must decide if they will adhere to tradition or break free from expectations and choose love. Pressure on every side threatens a love that hasn’t yet had a chance to ripen—for both Amara and Dante as well as for Beth and Scott.

In this “forbidden love” novel, Heart Pressed continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Order Heart Pressed on Amazon Here!

Follow the Tour!

Before you go, Be sure you check out the other posts from the author’s and enter their giveaways:
Melissa Wardwell – Feb 23
Kari Trumbo – Feb. 24
Rachel Skatvold – Feb. 25
Tabitha Bouldin – Feb. 26
Carolyn Miller – Feb 27
Chautona Havig – Feb. 28
Sandra Barela (Celebrate Lit) - March 1

Enter in the Giveaway!


  1. Nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie, especially still warm from the oven! 😋😋

  2. Yummy My Favorite Love Chocolate chip cookies!