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Cookies Beneath the Surface - Book review and recipe

Title: Beneath the Surface Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1 Author: Lynn H. Blackburn Publisher: Revell Release Date: March 6, 2018 Genre: Romantic Suspense

About the book: Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene. After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. Homicide investigator Ryan Parker finds fulfillment in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

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About the Author

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

Review and a Recipe inspired by the book

I really enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful and full of mystery and tension. The book grabbed my attention and sucked me into the story. One of my favorite aspects of books is when one of the main characters bakes or cooks and the author describes the food. In Beneath the Surface the main character, Leigh, loves to bake cookies and share them with her friends. This inspired me to dust of one of my oldest recipes and bake some cookies. In one scene from the book Leigh is making cookies and that act brings back memories of her mother. Much like that, baking often brings back memories of my Grandmother and I cherish that I have that way to remember her.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


2 1/4 cup unsifted flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 bag chocolate chip cookies (I prefer Ghirardellis)


Preheat oven to 375

Stir flour with baking soda and salt, set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture.

Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

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April 23 Create Explore Read – Author Interview A Baker’s Perspective – A Day with Special Agent

April 24 Savings in Seconds – Quote Hightlight Grace in Our Moments – Guest Post from Author

April 25 Christen Krumm – Guest Post from Author Among the Reads – Beneath the Surface & the Power of Prayer

April 26 Blooming with Books – Character Profile Fiction Aficionado – Did you know this about diving investigators?

April 27 Remembrancy – Photo Tour of Carrington Stories by Gina – Quote Highlight

April 30 The Christian Fiction Girl – Quote Hightlight Daysong Reflections – Underwater Investigations & Evidence

May 1 Worthy 2 Read – Quote Hightlight Kat’s Corner Books – Beneath the Surface with International Adoption

May 2 All of a Kind Mom – A Character Like Me Robin’s Nest – Quote Hightlight Edits & Reviews by Leslie – Food Beneath the Surface

May 3 By the Book – Quote Hightlight Cafinated Reads – Quote Highlight

May 4 Book by Book – Playlist Pacific Northwest Bookworm – Cookies Beneath the Surface

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