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September 9, 2020

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My new book Simmer Down is a rivals-to-lovers romance between two competing food truck owners Nikki and Callum, who are fighting over the same coveted parking spot near one of Maui’s most beautiful beaches. After a whole lot of bickering and sabotaging, Nikki and Callum realize they have sizzling chemistry. Like in any good romance, they end up in bed together. A lot.

When they’re not getting physical, these two are both capable of whipping up endless mouth-watering specialties. You can count on British hunk Callum to cook scrumptious English recipes, while Nikki has spent a lifetime perfecting her mom’s delicious Filipino dishes.

Once these two finally get their happily ever after, they’ll be spending loads of time in the bedroom, as any newly in-love couple would. But that doesn’t mean cooking will be put on the backburner. Nikki would figure out a way to make her specialties—like chicken adobo–using every cook’s secret weapon: a slow cooker. That way she and Callum could fit in plenty of fooling around time. Then when they’re good and famished, they’ll have a home-cooked meal ready for them to devour–and give them energy for round two.

Nikki’s Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo


4 chicken breasts cut into large chunks

4 chicken thighs

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, chopped (optional)

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1 cup of water or low sodium chicken broth

1/2 to 1 cup (depending on how much you prefer) of regular vinegar (use apple cider vinegar if you like a bit of added sweetness)

4 bay leaves

1 to 2 tablespoons of pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on, set it to low, and cook for 6 to 7 hours. (You can also cook this on high for 3 to 4 hours).
  3. Serve over steamed white rice or brown rice. Be sure to ladle extra sauce over the chicken and rice for added yumminess!

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SIMMER DOWN by Sarah Smith

Simmer Down

In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

Romance | Multicultural [Berkley, On Sale: October 13, 2020, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781984805447 / eISBN: 9781984805454]

About Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie’s stash of romance novels. She’s been hooked ever since. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and adorable cat Salem.


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