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Sliding home by Jaqueline Snowe
Igniting Love by Sara Ohlin
One of the Kapow Series by Renée Dahlia (including two LGBTQ books to choose from)
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Nothing better to accompany all of our cocktails than a batch of delicious home made cookies…
Hannah’s Three Day Holiday Cookies
4 1/3 cups of flour 2/3 cups of corn starch 1 1/2 t salt 2 t baking powder 1 t baking soda 1/2 t nutmeg 2/3 cups butter, softened 2 eggs 2 1/3 cups sugar 8 oz sour cream 2 t vanilla
MIXING – Sift dry ingredients (except sugar) together, then set aside. Beat butter & sugar till fluffy, then add eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and vanilla, stir until completely mixed. Add dry ingredients in stages, stirring well after each addition (the dough will be stiff and a little hard to turn by the time you’re through). Cover bowl and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight
ROLLING, CUTTING & BAKING – Remove dough from fridge and divide into quarters (just easier to handle that way). Roll dough out on floured surface so that it’s about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (the thicker the dough, the fluffier the cookies – I like ’em fluffy). Dip cookie cutters in flour, then cut and place on greased cookie sheet (parchment paper works, as does cooking spray – just make sure to wipe sheet clean and re spray after each batch to avoid getting that burnt tasteBe sure to dip cutters in flour before each use to avoid sticking.
Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes, until just golden on the bottom. Transfer to wire rack to cool
DECORATE – at will!
I call them 3 Day Cookies because I usually take a day for each step – mixing, baking, decorating
Choose cookie cutters that don’t have a lot of detail, as the cookies will puff up a lot and obliterate any fine details – or roll the dough very thin
I haven’t frozen these at the dough stage, but when they’re baked, they freeze beautifully
A stand mixer is the most painless way to do these, but they’re not hard to do by hand
If you’ve been very good this year, you might want to check out Hanna’s book, Santa Daddy, to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be naughty!
Nicholas Saint’s assistant just quit. Rebecca has been with him for three years, keeping his office organized and his libido raging. She’d been both the best assistant he’d ever had and the star of all his late-night fantasies, but he knew better than to dip his quill in the company ink. Whenever the urge to bend her over the desk and see if he could make her ass glow like Rudolph’s nose became unbearable, he’d taken his urges to the BDSM club and worked those kinks out. Now she’s gone, leaving him pissed off, turned on, and more than a little regretful that he’d never got to hear “yes, Daddy” spill from her red lips. Good thing the club’s Christmas party is tonight; he needs a sweet submissive and a hard scene to get Rebecca out of his head.
Rebecca McBride spent the last three years in a state of unrequited lust for her handsome, grumpy boss. She scheduled his meetings, answered his phone, and fetched his coffee, all the while imagining what he would feel like on top of her, pinning her down, his voice a dark whisper in her ear, urging her to be a good girl for Daddy. Talk about an uncomfortable working environment. It’s time to put her unattainable fantasies aside and find a new job, and a new man. Someone who can give her the love she needs—and the kink she craves.
That club she’s been meaning to try is having a Christmas party…
Sara is back with a brand new cocktail that hits all the other egg nogs out of the park!
1 Shot Bourbon
1 Shot Rum
2 Big Scoops Vanilla or Coconut Ice Cream
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
Put all in cocktail shaker and shake your heart out. May need to stir and re-shake a few times. OR, put all in blender and blend, like a milkshake. Pour into 2 coupe glasses. Garnish with grated nutmeg, if desired.
Sara’s latest book, Igniting Love is making waves…check it out here.
When an embittered artist crosses paths with a young widow, the heat is on…
When personal chef and single mom Katie Walsh jumps back into the dating game, Leo Treversini’s gaze in the doorway of a local bar lights up her whole body. Bumping into him a week later, Kate thinks fate is calling—until Leo’s bitter words hit her like a punch to the gut.
Recently returned to the up-and-coming Corvallis neighborhood, metal artist and loner Leo feels the beautiful power of Katie’s eyes like the flame from his torch, but discovering his muse is married and the young mother of three daughters cuts him to the quick.
Except…Katie is widowed, which means she’s free to love again—if she can trust a man with her heart and her most precious gifts, her daughters. As Leo is free to love her, if he can overcome a past betrayal and believe in Katie’s love. Add in the meddling community, Katie’s family and teenage internet crime and it’s going to be far from easy…or even likely.
Katie’s love might be just the balm Leo’s wounded heart needs, but will he have the courage to face his crushing past to accept it?
Can the artist with the wounded heart love his muse?
Renée’s recipe is not only a delicious treat, it can also make the perfect gift.
2x375g white ‘Melts’ chocolate
200g dried apricots
Total Cost: $28.97
*I’ve included the full cost of the packet for these in the price, but you won’t use the whole packet in the recipe, only the amount noted.
Depending on how much you give to each person, this recipe can be split out for between 4 and 8 people – for less than $30. And it only takes ten minutes, plus the wrapping.
First you need to prepare a cake pan, or any square shaped object, by placing a sheet of baking paper in it. Then you need a pot of water and a non-plastic bowl that fits onto the pot. Boil the water with the bowl sitting over the pot. Once the water is boiling, the bowl will heat up. Put the two packets of chocolate in the bowl and stir occasionally until it is all melted.
Tip all the other ingredients into another bowl and mix it around.
Once the chocolate is melted, dump all the other ingredients into the chocolate and stir quickly until mixed through. Using an oven glove, remove the bowl from the boiling pot and pour the chocolate mixture into your paper lined cake pan. Spread it out so it is even. If you want, you can sprinkle the top with some desiccated coconut. Place the cake pan with chocolate mixture into the fridge and let it set. Once it is set, cut it into blocks and wrap.
Renée has three Christmas books, perfect for snuggling down with a plate of rocky road and being whisked away to Romancelandia…
I thought it might be fun to share a recipe for Eggnog. This is one of my favorite winter drinks, enjoyed in front of the fire.
The question of which alcohol to use really depends on taste. The rum should be spiced and dark. The whisky/bourbon should be on the sweet side. Some brands do spiced bourbon/whiskies, which would work well. If you are planning to serve this at a party, brandy is the best option, as it is the mildest in taste.
50g caster sugar (+75ml water)
4 egg yolks (must be fresh)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Small can of condensed milk (around 300g)
100ml of either Brandy, rum or whisky
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook on a low heat until the sugar is melted then allow to cool.
Beat the yolks, until they form a smooth paste then add the vanilla, condensed milk, alcohol and cooled sugar water. If the sugar water is too hot it will cook the eggs and ruin the drink. Patience is key!
Put it in the fridge to chill and serve in front of a roaring fire, whilst dipping into a good book.
The first novella in my four book series with Totally bound, Liberating Jane, came out this summer. If you like funny, sexy stories with strong female characters, then this is for you.
Christmas has always been my favourite time of year.
It used to frustrate me so much that our family tree would only go up two weeks before Christmas, and the wrapped gifts only went under the tree a few days before Christmas morning!
There was nothing I enjoyed more than looking at the decorated tree in the evening with all the presents wrapped underneath it. Each of us four kids had a spot, as well as my parents, for our gifts to be placed. It was thrilling when the gift wrapping was going on and my mom would come out with her arms full and either myself or one of my brothers or my sister would distribute the gifts to their proper spots.
I honestly didn’t even care what was inside the parcels, although it was exciting to guess and ponder what each thing could be. Looking forward to Christmas morning was my favourite thing in the world.
Now my own two children are past the age of crazy pre-Christmas excitement but I still feel it sometimes. Not like I did when I was a child but it’s still there—a low hum of excitement and anticipation.
Perhaps this year more than most, I’m looking forward to the magic and beauty of Christmas.
This year has been hard for everyone, not least my two kids whose world changed so much in the blink of an eye. At least I know we will be together, the four of us, with our decorations and our good food and our hope for the future.
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
½ tsp. cloves
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
¾ cup margarine
¼ cup molasses
Sugar, for rolling
Mix the dough. Roll into one inch balls and toss in white sugar. Place on a cookie sheet, leaving room for the cookies to spread, then flatten each cookie down. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
If you like your free Christmas stories sex-heavy and kinky, The Little Drummer Boy is a story I wrote several years ago featuring the characters from my James Lucas Trilogy.
To celebrate both Christmas and her birthday today, Coco has given us a recipe for the perfect cocktail for a night out on the town.
Pink Panty Pulldowns…
1 L Sprite
2 cups Pink lemonade
2 cups Vodka
One of my favorite Coco Thrift books is Howler. It’s about a dating app for supernaturals, I loved it!
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Starting off our twelve days of delicious treats and delights is Jaqueline Snowe author of Internship with the Devil, amongst many others.
Here she shares a favorite family recipe…
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a STAPLE of our family holidays. They are easy to make, smell amazing, and are the perfect thing to bring to any potluck.
What you need:
a box of toothpicks
two cans of water chestnuts (halved or whole–all depends on how much crush you want)
one pack of bacon
So, fun story. My dad was a chef for a while when I was a kid so lots of things I know how to make didn’t come from recipes, more, they came from watching him cook. So there are some steps that take a few trials and errors to get it right. Totally worth it though.
Once you have the materials, you want to cut the bacon in half and open up the cans of water chestnuts.
Wrap the half-piece of bacon around the water chest-nut and secure it with the toothpick. It’s easy to slide the toothpick in at an angle so you have an easy way to flip the bacon so both sides get cooked. Once you use every piece of bacon, you should have a full baking sheet of them. Again, unsure the amount but we use every ounce of bacon we can.
While you’re finishing up wrapping the bacon around the water chestnuts, turn the broiler on in the stove. Let it get hot.
Then put the baking sheet with all the pieces on it into the stove. I would set a timer for about 3 minutes and then check. Our stove is REALLY hot so it goes fast, but you’ll need to use your judgement. Once the bacon starts to crisp on one side, take out the sheet and flip them. Do it again another 3 minutes, then check.
It’s easy to burn them if you forget they are in there. If three minutes seems too long, do 2 minute intervals and check on them. Because my dad doesn’t believe in writing down recipes, it took me two tries to get the timing right for our stove but it’s soooo worth it. They are delicious and go SO fast at holiday gatherings!
Two years ago, she shut the door in his face. Now, he’s opening it…
Michelle Benning is determined to pursue her dreams and escape her past. This means working two jobs and going to school, which leaves no time for relationships. So when the one guy she never got over shows up two years after their fling, she’ll avoid him at all costs. No problem.
Famous baseball player Brooks Madsen knows there’s more than just attraction between him and Michelle, no matter how much she tries to fight it. But for every step closer he gets to her heart, she forces him two steps back…and Brooks intends to find out why.
Brooks finds her stubborn and she finds him difficult, yet the sparks between them burst into red-hot flames. But when a figure from her past returns, Michelle’s forced to make a tough decision, one that threatens any second chance at love that she and Brooks might have…