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Sunday 17 December 2017

Blog Tour - Ahava Is Love [World of Love] by Avery Duran @TheAveryDuran #mm #romance

Ahava Is Love

World of Love Series
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist Reese Dante
Release Date July 5, 2017

Thank you so much to Pick a Genre for hosting me today to talk about the origin of my novella, Ahava is Love. Ahava is Love came out this summer, but the majority of the book takes place during Chanukah, and the themes of the holiday - faith, miracles, and resilience – run through the story. 

Since it is that time of the year, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a Chanukah blog party. Since no celebration is complete without food, conversation, and gifts – I’ll spend the holiday visiting different blogs to share recipes, stories, excerpts and a great giveaway. I hope you’ll join me!

Let’s talk about food! A traditional Chanukah dish is latkes (fried potato pancakes) served with applesauce or sour cream. The apple sauce vs. sour cream issue is hotly debated, and most families have a favorite. I am totally team applesauce and cannot imagine my latkes any other way. I make my applesauce from scratch every year. It is so easy, and the taste cannot be beat. In fact, when my children were started on solid foods, the first thing they ate was my homemade applesauce.

This is a recipe with no measuring, and one that cannot be messed up! All you need are some apples, sugar and water. I prefer to use Macintosh or red delicious apples.

I always use a food mill, I find that gives my applesauce the very best texture. It also means I do not have to peel the apples, the peels stay behind in the food mill. Leaving the peels on gives the applesauce a beautiful pink color. Honestly, all applesauce recipes are pretty much the same, in my opinion it’s the food mill that takes this one it to the next level!

If you do not have a food mill you can mash the cooked apples with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor. Be sure to peel the apples before boiling if using those methods.

1) Core and slice the apples (use an apple corer slicer if you have one!)

2) In a large pot, bring apples and water (just barely enough to reach the top of the apples) to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Stir frequently.

3) Cook until apples are cooked through and easily mashed with a fork.

4) Drain apples in mesh strainer

5) Run apples through a food mill or pulse in food processor until smooth (if using food processor, peel apples before boiling).

6) Add sugar to taste

7) Cool, transfer to airtight container. Keep refrigerated.

You can use as much or as little sugar as you desire. Use alternative sweeteners, add cinnamon – whatever floats your boat. The recipe is incredibly flexible and forgiving.

During Chanukah my family will be eating our latkes made with this applesauce. I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think.

I wish you all a happy holiday season and a fantastic 2018!!!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I will be sharing more over the coming days, so please join me when I visit the below blogs. They have been kind enough to host me to celebrate Chanukah with Ahava is Love!

Ahava is Love - Ahava is the Hebrew word for love, I think you’ll enjoy falling in love with Josh, Yaron – and Israel!


Brooklyn Realtor Josh Perlman desperately wants to settle down. Unfortunately he can’t find a man who wants the same. Tired of disastrous dates, he travels to explore his heritage.

Yaron is an Israeli security guard and medic charged with looking after Josh and his pilgrimage group. For Yaron, the need to protect has become more a duty than an honor since he lost his long-term boyfriend to a terrorist attack—a loss that continues to haunt him.

As they embark on their journey through the Holy Land, it’s hard to deny the attraction that sparks between Josh and Yaron. Yet with America calling Josh home, and Israel, and the death of his lover holding Yaron prisoner, it seems only a miracle can keep them together.

But Israel is an ancient land, one that has seen miracles before. Surrounded by structures that have been destroyed and rebuilt time after time, Josh and Yaron might just learn that their futures can be found in the wisdom of the past.

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( Released July 5, 2017 from Dreamspinner Press )

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Parent Association President by day, Romance Author by night, Avery Duran (www.averyduran.com) enjoys the best of all worlds. She’s a minivan-driving, cupcake-baking, soccer mom, who works outside the home while raising three rambunctious boys. Easily distracted by shiny things, Avery found making up stories in her head was an effective way to fool people into thinking she was paying attention. Eventually, she decided to write down one of those stories, and her alter-ego was born.

A native New Yorker, she often incorporates her favorite city into what she writes. During the day, while driving, watching endless YouTube videos, or animated shows with her offspring, she plots her stories. At night, when her husband and children go to sleep, Avery sits in a quiet house and puts those words on paper. She loves spending her downtime creating a world filled with people loving and laughing their way to happily-ever-after.

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