Hey Peeps, Happy Holidays
So I got my days crossed. Sadly I didn’t realize I’d even posted the wrong post to the wrong day until – well – a few minutes ago. Our guest today should have been Billy London ad her new release. Instead you got a new recipe. At least it was a good one. So without further adieu let e show you what Billy has been up to and of course the pretty she sent to go along with the tidbit. So put your hands together and show this fantastic author some love. Yes I know no one can hear you clap but its the thought that counts. I’m off to make sure I didn’t muck up anything else so seriously take a gander below and check out Sweet Child of Mine and while your reading imagine the hero speaking in a luscious British accent.
Until Later, Kass
Liam McNamara has enough on his plate. As a widowed father to a daughter he doesn’t recognise, he really has no time for his mother’s interference with his love life. She and her church friend can stop handing out photos of him to the single ladies of the congregation and let him try to be the paternal and maternal figure his daughter so desperately needs. Abigail Yeboah ignores most of what happens in her mother’s church. She’s focused on her budding business and she’s certainly not interested in playing Evil Queen to Liam McNamara’s brat. But when Abigail catches his daughter in an act of vandalism, she finally understands it’s not only the child who needs her, but the man.
Merry Christmas. In keeping with the festive holiday I am sharing a cookie recipe with you that is tried and true. Every year I make dozens of cookies to share during the holidays. Sadly, I always end up making more on Christmas eve for Santa, since the cookies never last long in my house. The soft ginger cookies are always a hit with at least one request for ore the following year. Here is the recipe.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup margarine, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. (Note: They will be firmer if you bake them the full 10 minutes.)
The year has flown by faster than I ever imagined possible.
At this time in 2012, I was finishing up a freebie to be published only on Goodreads as a teaser for my 2013 novella. I also offered a prize to keep interest in Amber and Kevin alive while I finished writing – a print copy of the story and a Starbuck’s gift card.
That whole time is coming back to me as if it happened yesterday.
The story and the contest made it to the Vallory V blog as promised.
The winners were chosen and I skipped merrily to Office Depot to pick up my printed copies. It took three different cashiers to find my order in the system before I was able to head out to the post office and mail the goodies to the winners.
When I got home, I told my husband about the inefficiency I’d just encountered at the major retailer.
Him: Honey, they just wanted to get a look at who was printing stuff about nipple clips and erections.
Me: Do you think they read it?
Him: Of course they did. Do they know I’m married to you because I said I wanted to get that printer from there? I don’t want anybody looking at me funny.
With an eye roll, I thanked him for his support and pondered that moment.
Was the early morning crew really looking me over?
Who had they imagined would be picking up the racy material?
And did a forty-one year old, African-American woman dressed in slacks and a monotone sweater ever enter their thoughts?
She should have.
The holiday season is in full swing. The Santas are out ringing the bells for the Salvation Army, lights are up at municipal halls, the Christmas tree lots are full of people looking for the perfect tree. In addition, Cyber Sales week is never-ending and I seem to get three emails every hour about one online sale or another. Social Media posts scroll by talking about finding gifts, finishing shopping or filling out holiday cards. On the news, they talk about the hot toys of the season and what people are doing to get them. Kitchens are fired up with holiday baking and cooking and stores are packed with people stocking up for impending snowstorms.
After a while, it can become overwhelming. The holiday season becomes more of a time of creating cheer than actually experiencing it. If you find yourself at that point, take some advice from my dog: Paws to Reflect.
What does that mean? Grab a fleece blanket, curl up in a comfortable spot and just breathe. Eyes can be open or closed, your head can be on your hands or not. Even if it’s just for couple of seconds, just take that paws to heart. Blank your mind and just be.
Then if a squirrel runs by or someone opens the refrigerator, you’ll be well-rested enough to continue your pursuits.
I’m not going to go on about the ‘reason for the season’. Everyone celebrates in their own way. All I ask is that you remember to ENJOY yourself because that’s what all holidays are about.
Oh the joys of moving. The packing, cleaning, cleaning and unpacking. Of course there’s also waiting for deliveries and installations. The past several years, we’ve ben blessed to have appliances wherever we moved. With this current move we had to purchase a refrigerator and stove. Yeah. Let’s just say I’m very happy to have Internet again and connected with the outside world.
With that said, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is upon us. By the time this post is live the last day of Hanukah will have been celebrated. I’m actually looking forward to the holiday season this year. Last year I was all bah humbug. You still may get one or two of those from me, but I’m so happy to expect the holidays.
With the holidays there are a plethora of releases. I have one coming from Evernight Publishing. No release date as of yet, but I’m in the midst of edits. Here’s a little taste of Beneath the Mistletoe.
Maddie has harbored a secret crush for her suave and sexy dance partner, Max, but confessing how she feels could end a great partnership.
Max has lusted after Maddie since their very first dance six months prior. He has no problem acting on his feelings, but she belongs to someone else.
When circumstances leave Maddie open and available, Max and Maddie could get their Christmas wish, a dance beneath the mistletoe.
I’ll keep you posted on a release date. In the meantime be safe out there and remember…it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Greeting and salutations, Luscious readers! Please extend your warmest welcome to Eva Rabi, our guest for today. Eva has a treat for you today – one lucky commenter will receive both books in the series.
Let’s take a closer look at the cover, shall we?
My Brother, My Rival blurb:
Cody Garrett, a former Navy SEAL, has never met a skirt he didn’t fancy. His six-pack, rugged looks and bad boy image ensures a steady stream of hot babes waiting to slip him their phone numbers wherever he goes.
So, he is confused when Bridie Barker refuses to go on a date with him.
It’s not like she’s a stunning beauty or something. According to him, her ears are big, she’s well-rounded and she’s not even a D-cup. In spite of her shortcomings, the more she pushes him away, the more he finds himself thinking of her.
Twenty-year-old Bridie Barker has control issues. Every detail in her life is planned. Her closet is color-coded and she has an array of storage containers, to ensure that everything is in its correct place. Her whole world is black and white, and grey areas are a no-no. When she meets the warm and grounded Scott Garrett, she thinks she has found her soul mate. Unfortunately, and to her disappointment, things don’t pan out with Scott.
While waiting tables, she has a disastrous run-in with his brother, wild boy Cody Garrett, King of Body Shots, who parties every night with a different girl. Even though he’s good to look at and makes her laugh, she turns down his advances as he’s clearly the tag-and-release kind of guy. Besides, she is pretty sure he owns not a single storage container, and she’s certain that his closet is not color-coded.
Problem is, Cody Garrett finds her rejection an aphrodisiac and pursues her.
Excerpt from My Brother, My Rival
My urge to destroy returned with a vengeance. I turned my Hummer around.
“Where you going to, Cody?” my mother demanded, her voice frantic.
I didn’t answer, but hit the gas and gunned the Hummer toward Bridie’s old place.
“Cody, where are you going?” my dad demanded.
I stared ahead as I floored it.
“Cody, just stop!” Jenna said. “I know where you’re going! You stop right now, Cody!”
Ignoring all their pleas, I drove on until I pulled up into the parking lot outside Bridie’s old place.
Just in time – I spotted her standing outside Scott’s Roadster in the parking lot.
Scott was still in the driver’s seat, talking on his phone.
I braked and without killing the engine, I hopped out of my Hummer.
Within seconds, my family was running behind me, pleading with me to leave them alone.
Bridie spotted me first. “Cody!” she mouthed, fear in her eyes.
I picked up a brick from the side of the road and walked toward Scott.
“Cody!” Bridie screamed. “What are you doing? STOP!”
I ignored her and walked over to my brother. I was going to smash his skull with the brick until his brains lay all over his Roadster.
His window was opened. Good. When he saw me above him, brick high up in the air, ready to hit him with it, he dropped his phone.
I raised the brick to smash it down his face.
His eyes grew large.
“CODY, NO!” Bridie screamed.
When I looked into Scott’s eyes, I wavered.
He stared, I glared.
I willed myself to do it, to kill Scott.
Even though he stole my girl, even though he hurt me like no one in this world had ever hurt me, I couldn’t hurt him.
How I wished he was some other fucker at that moment.
Frustrated, I booted in the Roadster’s door three times. The door caved into him.
Scott tried to open his door, but the door wouldn’t budge.
He scrambled toward the passenger’s side and tried to open that door, but I dropped the brick and pushed the Roadster until it fell onto its side.
“What are you doing, CODY?” Bridie screamed.
With the Roadster on its side and Scott trying to boot out the BMW’s windshield, I spun around to look at Bridie.
With eyes as big as saucers, she walked backward. “Cody, stop, please!”
I walked faster. She turned and broke into a run, away from me.
There’s no way she could outrun me. I raced after her. She ran faster and in a bad move, toward my Hummer. I caught up with her and grabbed her hair.
“Where the FUCK are you going to, sister-in-law? Huh? We need to talk.”
“No, leave me alone!” she cried as she tried to free her hair from my fingers.
“You owe me an explanation,” I said, as I dragged her to the Hummer and shoved
her into it. I got into the driver’s seat and sped off.
Behind me, Jenna, my mother, and father were running after the Hummer, screaming my name. I didn’t stop.
“Slow down, Cody!” Bridie cried.
“Why? Why the fuck should I, huh? Let us both die. Today. NOW!” I stepped on the gas.
“CODY, PLEASE STOP!” she begged.
I flashed her a mirthless smile. “Scared? Huh?”
“Why are you doing this?” She was crying now.
“Because I thought I was in a bad dream, but guess what; it’s true, my brother and my FUCKING GIRL! Not a dream, honey, just my reality.”
“What the fuck are you CRYING FOR?” I yelled.
“Cody, I don’t understand; you cheated on me. Why are you acting like you’re so cut, huh?”
“Cheated on you? What the fuck are you talking about, Bridie? I never cheated on you.”
“When? When the FUCK did I cheat on you, huh? You talking about that stupid
body shot? That was fucking cheating? Huh?”
“No, not the body shot, Cody. The night of the party – you cheated with Nicole!”
“What are you talking about, Bridie? You’re hallucinating. I did not cheat with Nicole.”
“Yes, you did, Cody! I walked into your room and saw you both in bed. I left straight away.”
I shook my head in disbelief. She could lie so blatantly? Fury overtook me. I locked the steering wheel of the Hummer. It slid across the road like it was on snow.
“Today, both of us are going to die,” I warned.
If that isn’t enough for you, there is also a book two!!
Years ago, Cody Garrett’s heart was ripped to shreds when Bridie ditched him and married his brother, Scott.
With great difficulty, he moved on and rebuilt his life without her, severing all ties with his brother because of their betrayal.
Now, Scott, his brother, is ill and a threat to his wife and children.
Cody is forced to step in and move them into his house.
Being physically so close to Bridie, and spending time alone with her, brings back a flood of memories, and he finds it a daily struggle to contain his feelings for his brother’s wife.
To Bridie, who likes to put things (and people) in perspective, Cody Garrett was filed under ‘Cheat’ and she too moved on with her life.
But while living with him, she stumbles upon secrets involving Cody and her, that changes everything.
Now, she must fight her feeling for Cody and remain true to her marriage.
Remember, leave a comment and you will be entered to win both books!
This recipe was actually posted by Mahalia!
Good Morning! It is my recipe day and my daughter said I should post our reindeer cookie recipe!
This is a pretty simple recipe to follow. You’ll need the following
A Roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
A bag of Rold Gold Pretzles
A bag of chocolate chips
A bag of gum drops
Prepared Icing in whatever color you like
I make our frosting from scratch using, milk, butter and powder sugar. To cut the sweetness you can add in a few scoops of cream cheese for a thicker frosting.
Place three bowls on the table, put a good portion of white frosting in each bowl.
Add two to three drops of green food coloring in one bowl with frosting. Add in a few drops of mint extract, if more needed add another. Don’t make it too minty
Add one to two drops of red food coloring in one bowl with frosting and mix add one to two drops of cherry extract
In the last remaining bowl of white frosting, add two drops of vanilla bean extract
Cover frosting with plastic wrap
With the chilled dough in closed the package. Use your hands to press the entire roll into a rounded triangle shape. When you have the desired shape go ahead and cut away the packaging and cut the dough in 1 inch slices or more if you like thicker cookies.
Follow the wrapping directions to bake (keep in mind you know if your oven is too hot and cooks faster) I’ve found 8-10 minutes.
Place cookies on cooling rack to cool.
Once all cookies are cool, you can begin frosting.
Once frosted add two pretzels to make reindeer antlers
Cut the gum drops in half to make the nose
Use the chocolate chips for eyes
There you have it! A fun afternoon or evening of baking cookies.