Two Man Station
(Emergency Services #1)
by Lisa Henry
Date Released: January 22, 2018
About Two Man Station
Gio Valeri is a big city police officer who’s been transferred to the small outback town of Richmond with his professional reputation in tatters. His transfer is a punishment, and Gio just wants to keep his head down and survive the next two years. No more mistakes. No more complications.
Except Gio isn’t counting on Jason Quinn.
Jason Quinn, officer in charge of Richmond Station, is a single dad struggling with balancing the demands of shift work with the challenges of raising his son. The last thing he needs is a new senior constable with a history of destroying other people’s careers. But like it or not, Jason has to work with Gio.
In a remote two man station hours away from the next town, Gio and Jason have to learn to trust and rely on each another. Close quarters and a growing attraction mean that the lines between professional and personal are blurring. And even in Richmond, being a copper can be dangerous enough without risking their hearts as well.
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A Guest Post from Lisa Henry
Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, and welcome to the blog tour for my new release, Two Man Station. I’m visiting some of my favourite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing Two Man Station, and sharing some of my influences, my ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment, for your chance to win a prize of a $20 Riptide voucher plus a small package of Australian goodies that I’ll post worldwide. The winner will be drawn on January 31.
In Two Man Station, I had a lot of fun writing about Taylor, Jason’s ten-year-old son, and his love of Vegemite. This is not a cliché, I swear. Vegemite is amazing and you all don’t know what you’re missing. Vegemite isn’t Taylor’s only favourite Aussie food though—he also loves lamingtons. And lamingtons, unlike Vegemite, are not an acquired taste.
Like all classic Australian foods, we fight with New Zealand about who came up with it first, but we’re going to stick with the story that the first lamington was created in Brisbane in 1901, by the governor Lord Lamington’s chef.
So what is a lamington? It’s basically a small sponge cake covered in chocolate icing, and then rolled in coconut. And, like Taylor knows, it’s delicious. Here’s a recipe you can try:
(Please be aware that the temperatures are in Celsius!)
- 180g butter, softened
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups self raising flour
- 1¼ cup milk
- 4 cups pure icing sugar
- 1½ cups cocoa
- 1 cup milk, extra
- 4 cups desiccated coconut
- CREAM together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, beating well between each addition. Fold in the flour and milk until combined. Spoon the mixture into a greased and base lined 28cm x 18cm slice pan.
- BAKE in a moderate oven 180°C for 45 minutes or until cooked when tested. Stand 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack. Cool. You can cool the cakes overnight if you can, but they have to be completely cool before icing.
- SIFT together the icing sugar and cocoa then add the milk and stir until combined. Divide the coconut between 2 bowls. Trim and then cut the cake into 12 rectangles. Dip each cake in cocoa mixture, allow excess to drop off and then use 2 forks to toss in one bowl of coconut. Set aside on a wire rack and repeat with remaining cakes. For a clean white finish toss each cake in the second bowl of coconut. Store in airtight container until required.
Lamingtons keep well for 3-4 days! Enjoy!
Lisa Henry likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
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To celebrate the release of Two Man Station, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit and a package of Australian goodies! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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