The 12 Days of Christmas

Day #11On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

My true love raised his glass.

“Cheers to our 25th Christmas, our

future’s even brighter than our past.”

Warm up with a Hot Toddy and your Christmas Eve will be full of cheer. It’s one of the easiest winter cocktails and can be customized based on your preferences.

Start with 1.5 oz Brandy, Whiskey, or Rum.  Add 1 Tbsp honey and juice from half a lemon. Add 1 cup hot water, a tea bag, and a cinnamon stick.

For a non-alcoholic version, steep your favorite tea and pour 7 oz into mug. Add 1 Tbsp honey, juice from half a lemon, a sprinkle of ground cloves and nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.

Experiment with various tea flavors and brands. Add and subtract winter spices to make it perfect for your taste. Most black and green teas blend well. Cinnamon and spice teas are a favorite, too.

So, grab a mug of your favorite Hot Toddy and share a toast with your friends and loved ones. Christmas is just a wink away!

Our last guest for the season is a brand new friend of mine, and I’m thrilled to introduce you to her just in time for her next release.

Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay

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Commitment makes you weak...

It’s playboy Carter Richardson’s motto. The only exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she’s terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt—and desperate to ease his aunt’s mind—Carter does the only thing a guy could do…he panics and blurts out that he’s engaged to his aunt’s enticing protégée.

Lauren Olsen has already had her heart crushed once by Carter. Against her better judgment, she agrees to keep up appearances—until Carter makes their “engagement” public in order to protect the family business. Now Lauren’s torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Because while she could never trust the womanizing Carter she once knew, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy…

Pretending with the Playboy goes on sale 12/29 at Amazon and B&N. Reserve your copy today for just $.99.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Tracey donated a $10 B&N card to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

I write powerful and passionate romantic fiction. I believe in alpha heroes, intelligent heroines and happily ever afters. Obstacles may threaten my couples’ happiness, but true love will ALWAYS prevail.

If you want to chat about TV, movies and/or purses, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter, when I’m not trying to meet an ever present deadline.

I wrote my first romance novel at the age of eleven, called “The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school–where I met her husband on the very first day. I live in Virginia with said husband and three kids.

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The 12 Days of Christmas

Day #10On the Tenth Day of Christmas

My true love said “Come sit with me.”

We sat in the glow of the tree lights,

And talked about all the memories.

One of my husband’s fondest memories of the Christmas holidays was when he would go to his grandmother’s house and help her put up the model fireplace. It wasn’t officially Christmas time until he and his cousin were finished and Nana had taken their picture standing next to it. Though she passed away a few years ago, he’s preserved the model kit and still puts it up every year in our house. It’s a beautiful memory of his time with the only grandparent he ever knew. It reminds me that time itself is one of the greatest gifts we can give and receive. Don’t take for granted the traditions you practice through the holidays, as they create memories that last forever.

I’m excited to have Abigail Sharpe here with me today, sharing with us the second book in her With This Ring series.

Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? by Abigail Sharpe

Abigail Sharpe    Who Wants to Marry a Doctor   Book CoverThe Doctor Is In . . .

As a single mom and pediatrician, Sabrina Bankhead doesn’t have time for romance. All that changes when she reluctantly agrees to take part in a dating show fundraiser for a children’s hospital. But once she sets eyes on the journalist hired to cover the show, none of the four contestants stand a chance. If she doesn’t choose one of the eligible bachelors, the hospital doesn’t raise a cent. What’s a lovestruck doc to do?

Investigative journalist Quinn Donnelly is on the mend after an assignment in Afghanistan left him both physically and emotionally scarred. Though he’s itching to return overseas and finish his story, he’ll have to be content with this fluff piece assignment to cover a local dating show. One-night stands are Quinn’s forte-but after he meets Sabrina, he’s ready to say yes for the long haul. After years of chasing the next big story, Quinn is starting to wonder if maybe home really can be where the heart is . . .

Pick up a copy today from Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Abigail paired a bag of heart-shaped pasta with a $5 Amazon gift card from Maureen Bonatch to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after. Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy.

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The 12 Days of Christmas

Day #9On the Ninth Day of Christmas

My true love asked for a cake.

So I looked through my easy recipes,

And found something new to bake.

Start by baking a plain white cake in a 9×13 pan. Follow recipe on box. After it’s completely cooled, take the handle side of a wooden spoon or spatula and poke holes all over the top, approximately an inch apart, going all the way to the bottom.

Next, in a side bowl, mix 1 box of your favorite flavor of jello with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir. Once powder is dissolved, mix in another quarter cup of cold water. Pour liquid over cake, letting it seep into the holes. Let cool for one hour.

Thaw a small container of cool whip in refrigerator. When it’s soft enough to spread, cover top of cake. Variations: for the holidays, I recommend cherry, strawberry, or strawberry-banana flavored jello. Depending on the flavor you pick, you can add sliced fruit on top of the cool whip. Or you can shake green and red sprinkles for a more festive look. Instead of a 9×13, you can also make two 9” round cakes and stack with cool whip in between the layers in addition to covering the entire outside. Or make cupcakes and poke four holes in the top of each. For more flavor, use 2 boxes of jello and 2 cups of boiling water, with half cup cold water.

Now help me welcome Meda White, who released the first book in her new series just this summer.

Play with my Heart by Meda White

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Southern musician and closet geek Liz Baker enjoys her quiet life. While in Los Angeles helping her brother with a house project, the simple life gets complicated when British television actor Ian Clarke walks into the picture.

Ian enjoys his celebrity status in Hollywood and is determined nothing and no one will get in the way of his plans for success on the big screen. He never counted on meeting a woman like Liz, but she’s the only one who can help him with a personal problem.

Forced into close quarters where priorities and cultures clash, an intense attraction catches them both by surprise. Secrets, old lovers and the paparazzi threaten their new dreams and a chance for love could be lost forever.

Play With My Heart is a finalist in the 2014 BTS Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Awards.

Pick up your copy today from Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Meda donated Bodycology Moroccan shower gel & lotion, plus author swag to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Meda White was born with Georgia clay running through her veins, and she continues to enjoy the Southern lifestyle with her husband and Collie.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and affiliate chapters: Southern Magic, Georgia Romance Writers, and Contemporary Romance Writers.

When not writing, you might find her singing harmony, attempting to play guitar, shooting zombie targets, quoting movie lines, traveling, teaching yoga, or explaining the meaning of her unusual first name.

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