Mistletoe Madness Blog Event Wrap Up :-)

Posted December 21, 2015 By Jennifer

Hello all!!

It’s been a fun two weeks, with holiday inspired guest posts from some great authors. Today, we’re wrapping things up with a bit of a recap… some handy links to check out anything you may have missed, and a NEW giveaway for this week!

I want to thank each of the authors who participated, and Jen (from That’s What I’m Talking About) for inviting myself, and Liza (from Blogging by Liza) to play along this year. I’ve had a blast, and I hope you all have, too.

So… here are ALL the posts from the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event. Some have giveaways associated with them, but all share something interesting, funny, or useful for the holiday.

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Paige Tyler Kelsey Browning Alexandra Ivy
Deborah Blake Jennifer Estep Piper Drake
Clay & Susan Griffith Kimberly Lang Christine Allen-Riley
Aria Kane Carly Phillips Lauren Smith
Hildie McQueen Silver James Cat Johnson
Sara Humphreys Sorcha Mowbray
Terry Spear Shannon Stacey Suzanne Johnson
Eric R Asher Tigris Eden Samantha Kane
A C Arthur Erika Wilde Jessica Jarman
Mandie Stevens Marquita Valentine Stephanie Julian
Molly Harper Tracy March Katie Reus
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And that NEW giveaway I mentioned?? The lovely, talented, and always fabulous Dakota Cassidy wasn’t able to squeeze a post for us into her deadline schedule, but she’s graciously offered books 1-3 of her Paris, Texas Romance series (ebooks) to one of our readers! So, for a chance to win, share one (or more) of the posts linked above on any of your social media platforms. Leave me a comment below letting me know what you though of the post, and a link to where you shared it.

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That’s it! Easy peasy! This giveaway, along with all of the others posted here during Mistletoe Madness (check dates on giveaways from the other two blogsites), runs through midnight on December 24th. Winners will be chosen for all giveaways, and notified via email, on December 28th.

Again, thank you all for following along, and I hope everyone who is celebrating has a wonderful holiday.

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Molly Harper

Posted December 18, 2015 By Jennifer

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.

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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’s author has a history of giving us awesome books to read for the holidays! Molly Harper‘s FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES was released a few weeks ago (November 2nd). And today, she’s reviving a recipe first shared in last year’s holiday release, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS!

 

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Aunt Linda’s “Un-Vegetable” Green Beans

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Six strips of thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon canned cut green beans

Because if you left nutritional value in the vegetable, it wouldn’t be southern!

This is a great holiday side because you can fix it early in the day and let it simmer for several hours while you cook other dishes. The original recipe came from the McCracken County Schools Food Services Department, and then went through several experimental tweakings by various family members before we arrived at this version.

Chop bacon in to inch-long sections. In a large stainless steel pot, brown the bacon, leave the bacon and grease in the pot. Add green beans, garlic powder, butter and brown sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer and cover. Simmer for two to three hours. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors soak into the beans.

The green beans will in no way resemble a vegetable by the time they’re served. But they are DELICIOUS.

More of Molly’s recipes can be found on her web site at http://mollyharper.com/fun-stuff/

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Here’s a wee snippet of the new Half Moon Hollow novella, FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES

Thanks to Molly for sharing her recipe. Now… how many of YOU have fun, a bit out of the normal fare, holiday recipes? What do you get asked to bring at all the holiday gatherings? 

After you’ve share a bit… be sure to head over for the last day of posts from the other Mistletoe Madness blogs…

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Cover Reveal: LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye

Posted December 17, 2015 By Jennifer

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We are beyond thrilled to bring you the amazing Cover Reveal for Laura Kaye’s LOVE IN THE LIGHT! Releasing January 12, 2016, LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. Grab your copy of HEARTS IN DARKNESS now and be sure to preorder LOVE IN THE LIGHT!

 

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Preorder your copy of LOVE IN THE LIGHT for just $2.99 for a limited time!

Price will be going up after release day!

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About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2):

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

 

 

And don’t miss the first book in Duet, HEARTS IN DARKNESS!

Now just $.99 for a limited time only!

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Mandie Stevens

Posted December 17, 2015 By Jennifer

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.

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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 StevensOlde City Angels series has angels, and stakes place in St. Augustine! And now, there’s hot chocolate! What’s not to love, lol??

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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

Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies for Christmas

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
Dash salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Miniature marshmallows, sweetened whipped cream or cinnamon sticks, optional
Directions
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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring A C Arthur

Posted December 16, 2015 By Jennifer

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.

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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 little peek into the mind of Jenise Langley, from A C Arthur’s newest release, Wrapped In A Donovan (just released yesterday!!). To celebrate the release, A C is offering a giveaway for 3 lucky readers!! Check out the details below!

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The Magic of Mistletoe

I read somewhere that mistletoe is a partial parasite, a “hemiparasite” to be exact. This plant actually sends out its roots to penetrate a tree and suck out all of its nutrients. Fun, huh? By its magical definition, mistletoe was considered to bestow life and fertility. It was a protection against poisons and yep, the best part is coming…mistletoe was an aphrodisiac. So it’s no wonder kissing beneath the mistletoe caught on so fast because everybody knows what a kiss leads to. (wink, wink)

WrappedInADonovanI believe in Christmas and the magical feeling of the season because I come from a big family that made this holiday the biggest and most enjoyable celebration every year. Only this year, I’m not spending the holidays with my family. I’m in Miami, starting my branch of the family business and trying to make a name for myself in the legal field. I’m working my ass off and seeing the results. I’ve just landed a huge case with a very reputable client. This case is everything the top defense attorneys in the world are made of—wealthy and famous family, business drama, family secrets and murder. I was actually salivating when Savian Donovan showed up at my door requesting representation. Unfortunately, that reaction wasn’t solely for the case he was presenting to me.

This guy, Mr. Donovan, was seriously HOT! And I didn’t need any mistletoe hanging above my head to want to kiss him. Still, it was there and so was I, and so I did. I stood on my tiptoes—because his hotness consisted of how tall and muscled he was—and kissed him. He kissed me back and that’s where the magic ended and the mischief of capturing my heart began.

Mr. Sexy As Hell Donovan could not only kiss, but he was fabulous in bed! He brought the most expensive and sexiest lingerie for a woman of my curvaceous size I’d ever seen. He had the best taste in cars and books and, like me, knew that work came first, always. The one fatal flaw with how this mistletoe thing worked was that when it extended its roots, it planted deep and wholeheartedly, so that even in my attempts to break free, I was caught, undoubtedly. I’m not a quitter, never have been, but damn, this love thing is hard, especially when the other party is resistant. Like I said before, I’ve always believed in the magic of Christmas and the romantic and fun allure of mistletoe, but this season I’m questioning everything, from the innocence of my client, to the faith I once had in the “most wonderful time of the year”. I’m really considering walking away from this one—the guy and the case. It’s just too much of an ordeal for me personally and, as it turns out, professionally. I’m reeling here and can only see one way out, but then…

…he kisses me under the mistletoe once more and the mischief really does turn to magic and our happily ever after finally begins.

–Jenise Langley

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For a chance to win an autographed copy of any one of A C Arthur’s books, comment below with one of your favorite holiday traditions. Are you a fan of kissing under the mistletoe? Do you have another tradition? Is there any history or mythology behind it? Each comment will be one entry, starting now and ending at midnight pacific on December 24th. THREE winners will be chosen and notified on December 28th. GOOD LUCK!

After we chat a bit about some of your favorite holiday traditions… be sure to check out the other fun Mistletoe Madness posts up today…

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