Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.
It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.
Today we get a sweet treat from an author who’s stories take place almost in my own back yard! Mandie Stevens‘ Olde City Angels series has angels, and stakes place in St. Augustine! And now, there’s hot chocolate! What’s not to love, lol??
Hey, Thomas Gallagher here–former human liaison and now an angel, thanks to being bonded to my partner, Eva. We’re getting ready for Eva’s first Christmas in this realm, and since we have the day off, I really want to make it special for her.
“We want to make it special for her.” Phenex takes a drag of his cigarette and flicks it onto the street.
I shake my head and lean against the wall in the alley. “Phen, do you even like Christmas? I didn’t think demons celebrated.”
“I was never technically a demon. I’m just not an angel anymore. Besides, this is about making Eva happy. She finally has friends and a real life. We even talked the vampire into having a big party at Spellbound, his bar.”
“He would do anything for her anyway. There wasn’t much talking.”
“Yep. He’s even letting her gargoyle friends come to the party, and we all know how well they get along.”
“Man, he has it bad.”
Phen coughs. “He isn’t the only one.”
Ignoring him, I speak as though he hadn’t. “So we have trees, a dessert bar . . .”
“She’s crazy about her desserts. I keep telling her she’ll eventually have to start eating some real food.”
“—and I’ve made her my mom’s creamy hot cocoa.”
“Well, isn’t that sweet?” Phenex rolls his eyes.
Thomas’ Hot Cocoa
Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies for Christmas
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Miniature marshmallows, sweetened whipped cream or cinnamon sticks, optional
In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Add water; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk; heat to serving temperature (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Whisk until frothy. If desired, garnish with marshmallows, cream or cinnamon sticks. Makes 5 cups
Caelum – Olde City Angels Book 1
Eva doesn’t claim to be a good guardian angel, but she tries. After she loses two charges, the Powers That Be begin to doubt her abilities. To redeem herself, Eva sets out to rescue Elsie, granddaughter of the former king of the Fae. A demon has kidnapped Elsie to complete an ancient ritual that will allow him to slip through the veil between Earth and Hell during the Sturgeon moon.
Thomas, an angel liaison, finally lands his first mission. But when he’s paired with the angel responsible for his uncle’s death, he has to put aside their differences to get the job done.
With unlikely friends in tow, Eva and Thomas are in a race against time. Save Elsie, save the world—oh, and save Eva’s job.
Ethereal (Olde City Angels) Book 2
Eva and Thomas are getting on each others’ nerves. The two angels need a break, badly, but being bound to each other by magic means no separate vacations. To make things worse, when Thomas is charmed by a Succubus, their powers are compromised, making them a target for the local demonic population in Italy.
When their assignment to save a soul from Hell brings them face-to-face with someone from Thomas’ past, Eva is confronted with a choice: complete the mission and safe-guard their charge, or save her partner, the one being with whom she’s ever truly connected.
So what about all of you? Are you hot chocolate lovers? Do you like it simple, just the cocoa and some milk or water… or do you have a special version? We’d love to see your favorite recipes in the comments!
And while you’re trying out all the awesome hot chocolate recipes… why don’t you head over to see what goodies are waiting for you at the other two Mistletoe Madness stops today!