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CHARACTER PROFILE - Katherine (Kate) McAdams

Katherine McAdams is the oldest in a set of twins among the McAdams siblings. 

NAME: Katherine McAdams

NICKNAMES: Kate

DATE OF BIRTH: October 8th

BORN IN: Willow Valley   

LIVES IN: Willow Valley

SERIES: The McAdams Sisters

CAREER: Owner Town & Soap Co.

HAIR COLOR/STYLE: Dark brown, long, wavy

EYE COLOR: Brown

MANNERISM: Sophisticated

MANNER OF DRESS: Sophisticated

HUSBAND: Marcus (Marc Caliendo

CHILDREN: Rosemary Caliendo   

PARENTS: Kent (Father) Annabel (Mother)

SIBLINGS: Peyton (twin), Sydney, Abby, Avery

PASTIMES: Reading

FAVORITE FOOD: Ice Cream

CHARACTER PROFILE - Marc Caliendo

Marc Caliendo is the second oldest of the Caliendosiblings. 

NAME: Marcus Caliendo

NICKNAMES: Marc

DATE OF BIRTH: February 24th

BORN IN: Willow Valley 

LIVES IN: Willow Valley

SERIES: The McAdams Sisters

BOOK: Lakeshore Secrets

CAREER: The Caliendo Resort

HAIR COLOR/STYLE: Wavy

EYE COLOR: Brown

MANNERISM: Sophisticated

MANNER OF DRESS: Sophisticated

WIFE: Kate McAdams (Caliendo)

CHILDREN: Rosemary Caliendo   

PARENTS: Carl (Father) Eliza (Mother)

SIBLINGS: Corbin, Violet, Anna, Emma, and Izzy

PASTIMES: Reading

FAVORITE FOOD: 

KATE & MARC'S LOVESTORY

Kate McAdams was forced six years ago to leave her beloved hometown of Willow Valley, leaving behind her family and the only man she’s ever loved, Marc Caliendo. Although she has created a new life for herself away from the drama, secrets and stress of the small town, she must return upon her grandmother’s death. Her return brings back wonderful memories, especially of Marc, but also horrible fears from the past. 

When fate throws her and Marc together once again, how can they ignore the everlasting love and desire between them? Will Kate stay and face her demons or will the deceit and secrets of the past destroy any future they may have and force her to leave again? 

CHARACTER PROFILE - Rosemary Caliendo

Rosemary Caliendo is the daughter of Marc and Kate. 

NAME: Rosemary Caliendo

NICKNAMES: Rosebud

DATE OF BIRTH: February 14th

BORN IN: Oakston

LIVES IN: Willow Valley

SERIES: The McAdams Sisters

BOOK: Lakeshore Secrets

HAIR COLOR/STYLE: Dark brown wavy hair

EYE COLOR: Brown

MANNERISM: Adorable

MANNER OF DRESS: Princess wannabe

PARENTS: Marc (Father) Kate (Mother)

SIBLINGS: 0...as of yet

PASTIMES: Reading (like her daddy)

FAVORITE FOOD: Ice Cream (like her momma)

FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM: coming soon

Fun facts about writing Lakeshore Secrets:


1. Lakeshore Secrets was my first book published online March 2016. 

2. I wrote Lakeshore Secrets in less than a month ;)

3. I only did so and published Lakeshore Secrets because my Momma told me to finish one of my novels and give it to her. She then sent it to the editor, hired a professional book cover designer, whom I did end up working with to design my cover, and SHE (my Momma) listed Lakeshore Secrets online.

4. Kate was coming out of a bad relationship with a man beater...but it didn't suit her personality.

5. Originally (when I found my notes from years ago outlining this fun family) Mrs. Calvert was named Mrs. Conner. Haylee was named Megan. 

6. There was a scene where Kate caught her ex-boyfriend in the shower with another woman...and my editor said, "take it out"

7. There was also a deleted tennis match where Kate got in on with Melissa..., so originally it took place in the summer and not the fall.

8. My sister read every chapter as I wrote it, texting me all her thoughts during the entire book...she also couldn't handle the end, which I won't describe for those who haven't read it yet, but the moment Marc found Kate in a flower of papers, and the truth was revealed...she likely cried. Didn't admit, but I'm convinced she did.

9. I wrote the first whole draft on my phone and instead of copy and pasting it to my computer (because I didn't think of it) I re-typed the entire book onto my computer! 

10. Grace McAdams, The McAdam's mother had been killed in a conspiracy to do with...you know who...no other than Robert Caliendo...and this was a little chapter I wrote to get a feel of Gran's perspective. As we all know Robert had nothing to do with Grace's death...at least I don't think he did...

Around the Campfire Ice Cream

Ingredients:

- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled

- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

- 7oz sweetened condensed milk, chilled

- 5 crushed graham crackers

- ½ chocolate bar, chopped

- ¼ cup marshmallow fluff

Directions:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium level, beat the cream until firm peaks form.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until it’s combined. Your mixture should be smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add in the graham crackers, chopped chocolate bar, marshmallow fluff and mix together.
  4. Scoop the delicious ice cream mixture into a freezer proof container and freeze for at least 5 ½  hours, or until firm. 

Marc's Homemade Ice Cream: without a machine

Instructions:

1. Mix together the first three ingredients in one of the quart size bags, making sure to seal tightly leaving as little air as possible inside the bag. To reduce the risk of the bag breaking, place this bag into the other quart bag and seal again tightly leaving as little air as possible inside.  

2. Place the doubled-up bags inside the gallon bag. Fill the bag with ice and then sprinkle the salt on top. Again, let the air escape the bag and seal.

3. Put on your gloves or wrap the bag with a towel, shake and massage the bag for 5-8 minutes to freeze the ice cream.  

Rosemary loves ice cream as much as her mommy, Kate McAdams (pictured above)

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup half-and-half or milk (half-and-half creamier)

-1 tablespoon sugar

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-2 quart size zip-loc bag

-1 gallon zip-loc freezer bag

-3 1/2 cups crushed ice

-1/3 cup salt