Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Deborah Blake
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. At the end of this Winter Solstice recipe from VEILED MAGIC‘s Donata Santori are the other post links for today, and a fun giveaway from Deborah Blake!
Donata Santori’s Winter Solstice Wassail
A note from Donata: When I go over to my mother’s formal Yule dinner party, which includes my entire family—mother and father, both sisters and their husbands and kids, plus assorted aunts and uncles and cousins—I always make my magical wassail recipe. It’s not that I actually toss a potion into it (although the temptation is great, since as the black sheep of the family I always get a ton of awkward questions about my job as a Witch-cop and my lack of a significant other). Mostly it is just delicious and mellows out even my rigid-backed mother. Plus I can put in extra alcohol if things get rough, although there is a non-alcoholic version for the kids. Sometimes that’s magic enough.
It’s easy, too! We simmer ours in a cauldron on the stove, but if you don’t happen to have one of those, a crockpot works equally well.
In your cauldron, place:
1 gallon apple cider
1-2 cups of either red wine, brandy, or both (if your mother is anything like mine, I suggest both)
½ cup of honey or maple syrup, more or less to taste (how much you need will depend on how sweet the apple cider is)
A tea ball or muslin bag filled with spices—I like to use some cinnamon sticks, ginger, allspice, and dried lemon or orange peel [all of these do have magical properties, if you want to make a little solstice spell at the same time, mostly for love, prosperity, and health]
Simmer this together until heated, and until the scent of the spices infuses both the cider and the air. If you like, you can decorate the top with a few slices of apple, which will look like small pentacles if you slice them crossways.
When you drink it, don’t forget to shout “WASSAIL!” which means “to your health!” Happy winter solstice and may your holidays be magical.
You can meet Donata in Deborah’s VEILED MAGIC, which was just released on November 17th…
Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…
Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.
Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart…
For a chance to win a fun prize pack full of VEILED MAGIC goodies, tell us what your favorite holiday drink is. Are you planning to try Donata’s wassail? Are you an eggnog person? Something a little stronger? If you’ve got a recipe to share, feel free to do so. Each commenter will be entered to win all of this:
Contest starts today, and runs through December 24th. One winner will be chosen randomly and notified by December 28th.
After you share your holiday drink comment, be sure to pop over and check out the other two fun posts today!!