Thursday, November 20, 2014

FREE Christmas Cookbook Nov. 20-22!

I'm pleased to announce that a cookbook I'm featured in, Christmas With Best Selling Authors, is FREE November 20-22!

Click on over to get your copy


Happy Holidays, early!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

These are phenomenal. I make them each Christmas Eve (or early morning) and they are part of what makes our celebration special.

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Easy recipe, too!

3 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 T. Yeast
1 1/2 T. salt
1 1/2 T. sugar
6 1/2 c. flour

Pour warm water in a bowl. To get the proper temperature I use the method similar to the way one would to wash a baby in the tub: run warm water over your wrist over the sink and if it's about the same temp, you're good to go. Scientific, I'm aware, but it is pretty foolproof. Whisk in yeast and salt, then sugar. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. At this point, you can refrigerate if you'd like, or go ahead and make the rolls, it's your call.

Roll or pat (you guessed it, that's what I do) the dough out onto a floured board into approximately a 9 x 13 inch rectangle.


1 stick butter, softened

And spread over the surface.

Then mix together and sprinkle over:

1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg

Roll tightly, pinching the seam, and slice in 1 inch pieces. Melt a tablespoon or two of butter (I never said this was good for you) in a 9-inch and 8-inch cast iron skillets. I use these two, since that's what I have, but you could easily use a greased 9 x 13 baking dish if you prefer. Bake 30 minutes at 450 degrees and enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas in the Comstock Released

My new book "Christmas in the Comstock" was released today! Here's the blurb:

Cait Adcock is a pampered San Francisco girl whose brilliant entrepreneur father goes missing and is presumed dead in a mine collapse in late December 1895.

She travels to Virginia City to find him and get back the family fortune that her father lost in a stock swindler.

Can she find her father, meet her father’s delectable partner Thomas, and outsmart the villain who's following them before Christmas?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fright Night Blog Hop

Oooh, scary stories-- The spookiness of it all gets me in the holiday spirit. We had a scary book giveaway here on the blog last week, and now it's time to join the Fight Night Blog Hop. Tales of all things Halloween-y, and a blog tour with lots of spooky prizes. Because, you never know what beasties might lurk inside a book...
We're sharing our favorite Paranormal or spooky reads on this Hop. I know you all don't like super-long posts on these hops, so I'll keep my comments brief. I'm taking "spooky" in a very broad sense, since I get room to play that way.

My favorite Spooky things of the moment:

1) This is a website of an acquaintance of mine. CandyStrike is a handmade clothing site for women of all sizes. Clothing is sized from a size 2 to a size 4x. It is hot, fun, sassy, and comfortable. I have a crop top she made and it's a summer must-wear. The latest collection is the Ghost Girl Collection, and a Basic Blacks collection that is to die for (groan, I know, I had to pun it up.) Not exactly a scary read, but scary cool, so bonus, there you go.

2) An oldie, but goodie. If you haven't actually read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, you should. It's chilling. More than that, think of a bunch of writers, including Lord Byron, sitting up telling tall tales of their own design while possibly under the influence of who-knows-what, and be glad those aren't your friends. Of course, Mary Shelly's life is tragic and fascinating. Read about it here. The symbolism in this book is so great, and of course: it gave birth to Young Frankenstein.

3) I read so many genres. Horror and paranormal are only scratching the surface. Right now, I just read Kathy Reichs, J.D. Robb, and Louise Penny's newest books, and am reading Nicholas Kristof's newest non-fiction. I'm lucky that my local library has a lot of older books by popular authors. I also just finished Jayne Krentz' The Hot Zone, and for a futuristic paranormal it was quite good. I didn't go into it expecting the humor and the fun character of Lyle the Dust Bunny. Try it- it's a good one.

My prize for the Hop is a gift card to Starbucks for 10.00. I wanted a fun little treat for you to enjoy while reading scary stuff or planning your Halloween tour of the neighborhood. I've got a lot of books to see over at my Amazon Author Page,and you can check out my Halloween story, Listen to Gran, here. My latest Christmas book, a sweet romance about a plus-sized woman on an adventure called Christmas in the Comstock, will be out soon. Happy Halloween- and thanks to Anna of the Herd Hops and all the other Hoppers on the tour.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Haunted" Book Giveaway

Happy October! I am a bit tardy in getting out the holiday decorations, and by holiday I mean Halloween. More fun than Thanksgiving (but similar colors), less buildup than Christmas, and slightly wicked, this is probably my favorite holiday. Plus you get to play dress up! Harry the cat above hangs in my house at Halloween and all the time because he makes me smile.

I'm giving away something from my dark, creaky closet (with spiders! and cobwebs! Like the Halloween-y imagery?)-- a trade paperback anthology I was featured in. I recently came across a few extra of these in my "books to keep for appearances" shelf and they are always a hit this time of year. "Haunted" is a 270 page anthology of 42 short, spooky Haunted stories by a lot of talented authors who have gone on to other things. One of my stories is in there too.

To enter to win, plug your info into this Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be chosen on October 20th and I'll ship the book to the winner straightaway.

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Good luck to all who enter, and now, back to marathon-watching Twin Peaks, Halloweentown, and drinking ridiculous amounts of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Christmas Cookbook-- A Yummy, Clutter-Free Gift

Hey, I know, it's insane to start thinking about the holidays. But I'm a mom. So I gotta get that stuff on layaway now! Just kidding. I used to do that, but we've really tried to eliminate much of the "Stuff" with a capital "S" that takes over our house, encroaching, each holiday, like a candy-colored lava floe.

Except Legos, of course. Those are exempt.

So the publisher Books To GO Now was kind enough to ask me to write a recipe for their upcoming Christmas Cookbook, and of course, I said yes! I shared my recipe for making fresh Ricotta that I've shared elsewhere on this blog, with some special additions that make it superlative.

Here's the cover. I think the Books to Go Now artists do great things with their covers.

The free dates are coming up! I'll blog here so you can download to your heart's content. Cookbooks are a virtually clutter-free gift that you can really use, so please stay tuned and I'll hook you up with a free one!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm excited to announce the Fall Sampler from Books To Go Now Will feature one of my books!

Jump into Fall: Sampler from Books To Go Now

Right now, it's $.99, but soon I'll be able to announce a Free promotion! Look for first chapters from 20 different Book To Go Now authors. It includes "romance, sweets, paranormal, women's fiction and more."

This one is so fun! What a great way to find new authors to dive into this chilly Autumn and read in a cozy room with a roaring fire like this one, mug of coffee in hand.

(photo credit: pinterest)