Spotlight & Giveaway: Return Of The Last Mckenna by Shirley Jump

Posted September 16th, 2012 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Harlequin Romances / 79 comments

Please Welcome back Shirley Jump to HJ!

Shirley it’s always a pleasure to host you, Today Shirley has a special post to celebrate the release of her newest book Return Of The Last Mckenna

Cupcakes And Heroes

My September release, RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA, combines my two favorite things into one book–cupcakes and a hunky hero. Brody McKenna, the middle M

cKenna brother, is a doctor who has just returned from volunteering as a medical attaché to the military in Afghanistan. While he was over there, he lost a patient and he has returned to his home in Massachusetts, intent on making amends to the patient’s family.  That brings him to Kate’s shop, where the heroine sells chocolates and, of course, cupcakes, because those are one of my favorite things in the world.

I figured I should do some research for this book, so I went to the cupcake shops we have here. I’m sure the IRS will let me write off the Red Velvet cupcakes I had, and definitely the S’more’s ones. I found one shop that made their frosting a little too sweet, another that made it too thick, and a third that was just right (and truth in reporting, while I’m writing this, I’m just finishing up a Rolo cupcake…to die for, from — and no, I don’t get free cupcakes for mentioning them).

But for me, the best combination is a hero AND cupcakes. For me, that’s my husband. He knows how much I love cupcakes. For some reason, they’re easier to justify, being just baby cakes, after all. When I sold my upcoming Sweetheart Club series to Berkley, he bought me an entire dozen cupcakes just for me. And a separate cake (with buttercream of course) for sharing.

Writing RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA and describing all the cupcakes that Kate bakes had me craving cupcakes all the time, so be forewarned when you read the book–you might just want to indulge in a few of those sweet treats! If not, there’s hunky hero Brody, who does his best to mend Kate’s broken heart.

Giveaway: One lucky Winner will win a  five-pack of Shirley Jump Harlequin Romances!

For your chance to win, please complete the Rafflecopter form below and Tell me, what’s your favorite dessert? Is there one must-have dessert for you that will make your day brighter? Do you sometimes treat yourself to a cupcake, or a slice of cake, and eat it real fast before the kids get home from school?


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79 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Return Of The Last Mckenna by Shirley Jump”

  1. Mary Preston

    My Mother makes a Port Wine Trifle that is to die for. Absolutely decadent. Don’t eat & drive. You will be over the limit.

  2. Aline

    My fave dessert would be ice cream! I love it! Any flavor, you name it! 😀
    But if I have to pick my fave is vanilla 🙂

  3. Becky M.

    Barbara stole my answer! 😉 I loooove homemade lemon meringue pie. It was always my dad’s favorite too, so now when I eat it I have to have a little bit extra, just for him. It’s the least I can do!

    I would totally treat myself to some dessert before the kids cam home from school, if they didn’t get home before I do! I’m lucky if they leave me any by the time I get home. I may have to look into the feasibility of having a secret stash….

  4. Marie Haney

    Basically, if it’s sweet, I’ll eat it. 🙂 Every day I treat myself to something sweet, whether it’s a piece of chocolate, a cookie, a cupcake… whatever! There are just some things in this world that should be enjoyed on a daily basis 🙂

    Thanks for an amazing giveaway! 🙂
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  5. Vanessa P

    It depends on my mood, but I prefer some savory or with depth to my sweet… so yes, to real homemade lemony goodness (I don’t like the meringue), almost anything chocolaty especially with nuts or spice, I adore gingerbread and molasses cookies, I looove a good real (butter) caramel especially with good salt and chocolate, and mmmm I love carrot cake with lots of nuts & golden raisins & pineapple…
    Thanks for the giveaway, I just loooove Shirley Jump!

  6. kyla whitley

    if it’s sweet, i will most likely eat it. so needless to say, i’m careful about what i keep in my home. right now i have a small jar on my kitchen counter that has small york peppermint patties and mini reese’s peanut butter cups. eating 1 or 2 of those, keeps me from feeling too guilty. thank you for the giveaway! 😀

    • Shirley Jump

      Definitely! My son gets me a cookie dough Blizzard from Dairy Queen with peanut butter and fudge sauce…amazing.

      Love your tag name too 🙂

      Shirley, a fellow shoe lover!

  7. Alicia Jespersen

    My Favorite dessert changes throughout the year, around thanksgiving it is pumpkin pie. Then at christmas it is fudge and so on and so forth. But my usuals switch between Ice cream and chocolate, sometimes both.

    • Shirley Jump

      I’m like that too. I have my Thanksgiving faves–pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie. Then back to chocolate at Christmas (okay, LOL, the rest of the whole year! 🙂


  8. Yazmin Rangel

    My favorite dessert is tiramisu. But it has to be made the italian way with the very strong coffee flavor (love my coffee) or when that’s not available I love to have some rocky road ice cream or a root beer float. 🙂

  9. Izz

    I’m not a dessert person, it’s not a must for me but sometimes I treat myself a nice yummy Ice cream or a chocolate when I “feel” like it :p

  10. amel armeliana

    Hi Shirley, congrats on your new release 🙂
    My favorite dessert is chocolate pudding. I’m a big fan of pudding. But chocolate is always my favorite.
    And yes, sometimes I treat myself with ice cream, cupcake or just a slice of cake. But since I don’t have (not yet^^) kids, I can enjoyed it slowly.
    Thank u for the contest.

    • Shirley Jump

      LOL, Amel! The kids steal my stuff all the time 🙂 But before I know it, they’ll be all grown up and I’ll miss them stealing my desserts 🙂


  11. Lilian s

    Hi Shirley, congratulation
    My favorite dessert is anything contain with chocolate, it can be pudding or cake or ice cream. I’m a big fan of chocolate.
    I not yet have any kind but i treat myself with chocolate ice cream every time my mood kick in
    Thanks for the giveaway

  12. Rebe

    Pound cake is my favorite, although I’ll make an exception for Girl Scout Cookies. I’m generous like that, lol!

  13. sue brandes

    My favorite is strawberry shortcake. Second is ice cream. I hide my chocolate candy from everyone. LOL.

  14. Tawnya

    A Reece’s Sonic Blast from Sonic. My favorite candy mixed with ice cream what could be better? And I usually get it when I’m alone.

  15. Michele H

    I love anything chocolate so my favorites involve that of course: my niece Mary’s pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate ganache, and my Mom’s homemade chocolate pudding. Mmmmmm….

  16. Tanja H

    I love German Chocolate cake! But, I’m the only one in my house that does, so I don’t get it often.

  17. Pam B


    Congrats on your release! I am looking forward to reading this book. I would have to say I love anything with dark chocolate.

    Thanks for the chance

  18. Natalija

    I can never say no to torrone. It’s a Christmas sweet here in Italy that you can buy only during Holiday time. Since I can get it only once a year, I make sure to eat enough of it in order to not to crave it for the rest of the year 🙂

  19. Faith Thomas

    I have to say cookies. Any kind of cookie. The best ones are homemade like Mom used to make. Her special recipe was Cowboy cookies, which had oatmeal, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut. Yum

  20. Sharon Wren

    Dirt cake is always good. Or cheesecake. I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I use to bribe people. 🙂

  21. PatriciaW

    My absolute favorite is a spice cake topped with a carmelized orange coconut topping that my mother used to make. I think it was in the Good Housekeeping cookbook circa early late 1960s/early 1970s but I haven’t been able to hunt it down–and haven’t had it since! So I’ll go with strawberry shortcake.

  22. Shannon G.

    Well I do love cake – really just white cake, but Devil’s Food cake is up there as is Red Velvet cake. I also like French vanilla ice cream. And Wendy’s Frosty. And Steak n Shake’s milkshakes – Banana especially. And well, now I’m hungry and my sweet tooth is aching!

    • Shirley Jump

      I love all those too! I saw a Weight Watchers Red Velvet cake recipe on Pinterest that I think I’m going to try….that way I can have more than one slice! 😉


  23. nurmawati djuhawan

    i love rainbow cake…just seeing its appearance make my day better…full of colour and very yummy 🙂
    thx u for the giveaway 🙂

  24. Adis

    Hi Shirley! COngratz on the new release!

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake… I am big fan of that particular dish. It is my guilty pleasure and my comfort food.

  25. Annette Briggs

    RETURN of the LAST MCKENNA sounds like a book I’m going to love. Glad to find out about it. As far as dessert, for me it must be ice cream — gallons of it.

    All the best, Annette

  26. orchid7

    I have to say that my absolute favorite dessert is homemade chocolate chunk cookie bars. Those will make pretty much any day a touch better!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book, Shirley- it looks really good!

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