Romance Weekly: Holiday Cookie Swap

Today is a huge day for Romance Weekly. We not only are giving you all awesome cookie recipes, but on our FB page we’re having a huge Romance Weekly’s Stocking Stuffer Christmas Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly with lots of giveaways all day long.

Did you come from Eden Ashe http://edenashe.com? If not, head back to find out what she’s cooking.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Prep time

60 mins

Cook time

10 mins

Total time

1 hour 10 mins

Serves: 10-12

 

Ingredients

▪   2.5 cups almond flour

▪   ⅓ cup ground flaxseed

▪   ½ teaspoon baking soda

▪   2 tablespoons ground ginger

▪   1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

▪   1.5 teaspoons cinnamon

▪   ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

▪   ½ teaspoon ground cloves

▪   ½ teaspoon vanilla powder

▪   ¼ cup coconut oil, melted

▪   ¼ cup honey

▪   1 egg, lightly beaten

▪   Icing

Directions

  1. Combine almond flour, flax seed, baking soda, ground ginger, fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla powder in a large mixing bowl and stir until blended
  2. Add coconut oil, honey and egg to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined
  3. Roll mixture into a ball and wrap in cling film. Put in freezer for 30 minutes and then transfer to fridge for another 30 minutes
  4. Remove the dough from the cling film and place between two large pieces of baking paper. With a rolling pin roll the dough out to around 1/8” thick
  5. With a gingerbread cookie cutter, cut into shapes. The dough is delicate so it is best to remove the remaining dough from the outside of the cut out cookie and take a sharp knife or metal spatula under the cookie and carefully place on a tray lined with baking paper
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. They should still be slightly soft when they come out of the oven
  7. Allow the cookies to completely cool
  8. Decorate with icing!

Hop on over to Jami Denise http://jamidenise.com/blog.

 

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tourtiere

French Canadian Tourtière

My mother in law makes the best Tourtière for Christmas Eve every year. This meat pie is served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground beef

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup, mashed potatoes

3/4 cup vegetable broth

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

         Pie Crust:

2 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup cold water

Egg Wash

1 egg

1 Tbsp. water

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, combine the onion with the olive oil and sauté for 10 minutes on medium heat, until onions are soft and golden. Mix the ground pork and beef together in a bowl. Add the mixed ground meat to the onions and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring it.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients (broth, spices, mashed potato, salt and pepper) and mix together. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
  3. Cool in the fridge for about 2 hours, until completely chilled.
  4. To make the pastry, cut the butter into small cubes and chill them so they are very cold. Using a food processor or a pastry blender, chop up the butter into the flour and salt until it is small and crumbly, the size of very small peas. Pour in 1/2 cup of the ice cold water and mix into the flour. Add more water, 1 tablespoonful at a time, until the dough comes together into a ball. Wrap and cover them in wax paper or plastic, and let them rest in the fridge for 1 hour. Remove from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Roll out each disc on a floured surface to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Line a 9 in. pie plate with the first disc of dough. Spoon in all the meat filling, patting it down lightly to compress it a bit. Brush the pie rim with water and place the second circle of dough on top, pressing the edges together to seal.
  6. For the egg wash beat the egg and water together and brush the mixture all over the top of the crust and around the edges.
  7. Cut a few vents in the top of your pie.
  8. Bake at 375F for about 50 minutes or until the top of the crust is golden.

Yield: Makes 1 pie, about 8 servings

 

Romance Weekly: Thanksgiving Edition

If you came from Jo Richardson http://jrrichardsonfics.wordpress.com/blog/. Fantastic. Did you check out her book

Cursed Be The Wicked? It’s about a writer coming home to Salem, with a lot to hide!

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This week we’re writing about Thanksgiving…

I was never great with school writing tasks, especially Thanksgiving essays where I needed to tell the world what I’m grateful for.

But I took on this assignment, so I shall prevail!

 

Here’s a few unique reasons that this year has been especially good…

1)   My husband’s inventive, creative side as well as his outstanding skill and bedside manner have made him one of the most sought after surgeons in his field. His work ethic is unbelievable. Seriously, I’m unsure how he does so much and can use coherent sentences at the end of the day.

2)   My children are growing up into amazing individuals. I love their company and their ability to laugh at all the absurd things life throws at them. Their inability to clean the kitchen will be discussed in another post.

3)   My dog’s tumor is benign. And the weight he gained while recuperating is forcing me to exercise more.

4)   I’m published. Three books have hit the Amazon “stacks” in 2014. Two with my sometime writing partner Susan Scott Shelley. We made a few lists along the way, but even more important, we’ve gained a few fans. Next year, Susan and I are publishing a few books separately. Read her, she’s awesome!

5)   My parents are about to celebrate fifty years together. And fifty years of traveling the world together. They are not only healthy this year, but they’re tearing their way across the golf courses of Southern Florida.

6)   My brother’s business is thriving, and his wife loves her job where she truly makes a difference to kids in the classroom and at her house every day. And her ability to live with my brother makes her a saint (I lived with him for 16 years…I know).

7)   Snow on ski slopes.

8)   Almost all music, except that song my daughter keeps playing over and over and over again.

9)   Landlines, especially when my iPhone decides it doesn’t feel like putting a call through.

10)  And chocolate…no exceptions.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING.



Next, head on over to visit Collette Cameron – http://blueroseromance.com. She’s the author of The Earl’s Enticement. If you like historicals, you’ll love her books.

Release Day secrets from “Flirting on Ice” (Shhh don’t tell Susan I’m talking about her!!)

The release of a new novella by Susan Scott Shelley and me is today! OMG. What started out as a lark, turned into a pretty cool novella. IMG_2631 Susan and I spent hours in my kitchen and hers plotting and revising “Flirting on Ice.” We’re damn proud of the result.

After all that time together, I’ve discovered a few things about Susan you may be interested to know.

Susan takes sports seriously. She’s crazy smart about players, stats, and rankings in both football and hockey. I can’t tell you the number of times she rewrote a few plays I created for our fictional hockey team the Atlantic City Hustlers. Thank God she did or the team would have been playing four quarters and skating over the end zone.

In addition to her sports expertise, she can make a heroine likeable, probably because she is likeable herself. While this may not seem like a feat to some people (and yes I’m talking to all you “nice” people out there), I tend to make my heroines unlikeable to the extreme (and no, I don’t think there is a parallel with me and unlikeable heroines. Do you?) Working with Susan, we created a heroine who is truly a person I’d want to hang out with.

The villain in the story is not evil to the core, but he is selfish and greedy. Just enough evil to make you root for the hero. I would have had him kill a few people and kick a puppy or two, but Susan was opposed to random violence in a romance. That’s not to say there’s no tension in the book, just less blood than I’d like.

 

In celebration of the release, we’re doing a Release Day Power Play. Whoever gets the most likes or tweets from their hockey social media posts will make a donation to Hockey Fights Cancer,and we encourage all of you to donate too. It’s a great cause.

http://www.nhl.com/hockeyfightscancer/donate-now.html

 

And we may publicly humiliate the loser too, although I hate being publically humiliated, so that part is optional!

Romance Weekly: Uncontrollable Characters

 

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‘Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. about our writing of course! 

This week’s questions are from Eden Ashe.

If you came from LaNora Mangano’s blog, welcome! If not, head on over there to see her answers!  http://jeanne1965.wix.com/finding-lanora#!blog/c112v

 

How much free reign do you give your characters during a story?

My character Simon, a secondary character in my book “Untrue Colors,” took over the series and attempted to take over the first book as well. His personality was so strong that his POV ended up in every story, despite being the primary hero in only one of them.

His elevated position as the main character of the series helped make the stories better. His position as an embedded agent in MI-6 gave him access to information and resources I couldn’t give to my civilian characters. In addition, his love for the women in his life went to the extreme, and the feelings he brings into the books are more powerful than in my other heroes. Ironically, he doesn’t want to love as deeply as he does, it’s his biggest flaw and most endearing characteristic.

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Jason Statham, my vision of Simon

Here’s one of his scenes as the not quite hero in “Untrue Colors:”

The knock continued, more rapidly and aggressively. Simon placed his finger on Valerie’s lips to keep her quiet and then pulled out his gun.

“Who is it?” he called out in English, stepping to the door clothed only by the Beretta in his hand.

“Open up, lover boy.” Nicola’s voice penetrated the wood and scorched his veins.

What the hell did she want? He opened the door, knowing she’d never leave until she gained entry. Nicola, wearing black leggings, knee high black boots, and a long gray transparent shirt, pushed her way past him without so much as a glance at his naked body until she arrived at the foot of the bed. If he had to choose at that moment between Valerie and Nicola, he’d have to flip a coin. They both oozed sex.

Not one to be disturbed by his state of undress, Nicola examined him from shoulder to toe, making his manhood retreat at the indignity, and then she turned to Simon’s last bit of sanity, the beautiful woman lying in the bed. “Am I interrupting anything?”

“Not anymore.” He slipped on his jeans and threw Valerie her little black dress.

I’ve started a new series that deals with a police officer named Bob. His brother Dex has begun to take over the series almost like Simon did. Some men just crave the spotlight!

 

Have your characters ever done something so out of the blue that not only changed your story, but changed the tone and maybe even the genre you were originally going for? (Like your contemporary romance turned into a spicy paranormal)

Suspense slips into almost every story I write. I can’t help it. My characters crave action and danger. My first novel, however, was women’s fiction. As I wrote the sequel, I added blackmail, murder, and kidnappings. Not exactly women’s fiction. The third book in the series had even more intrigue and soon I was addicted to adding suspense to my stories.

The women’s fiction book is lost under my bed forever, but the two sequels I colored with suspense are both on their way to being published.

 

Do you have one character in your head that is sort of boss over all the rest? Or do you decide who to work on and when?

I’m fairly rigid about what books I’m working on at any one time. Mostly my own self-imposed deadlines force keep blinders on me so I can finish a project by a certain date.

Characters are free to give me any ideas they want at any time and I respect the process enough to take five to ten minutes to write down the ideas or even the bits of dialogue that come through my head. Each story has a Scrivener file and has spots for research. Characters, and plot ideas. I prefer full immersion into a story, however, and will leave those pieces until I can delve into the whole book for a period of time.

Head over to Mishka Jenkins’ blog and see how she answered… https://awriterslifeformeblog.wordpress.com/

Romance Weekly: Book Boyfriends

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Welcome from Mishka Jenkins’ blog.  https://awriterslifeformeblog.wordpress.com/

It’s all about the Book Boyfriend! 

Book boyfriends don’t live in my house. They’re not invited. They tend to be control freaks. Yet, there is always room in my reading list for a re-read of my favorites.

 

Who is my ideal book boyfriend?

  • He has ambition.
  • He doesn’t complain about problems, he fixes them.
  • When he falls for a woman, he falls hard.
  • He knows his way around a female body.

 

You want names?

JERICHO BARRONS, the Fever Series, by Karen Marie Moning

 

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ROARKE, In Death Series, by JD Robb

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JAMIE FRASIER, Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon

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I am dying to know who Xio Axelrod chose… Let’s go check it out… http://www.xioaxelrod.com.

Get Wicked With Entangled Blog Hop

 

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Welcome to this stop of the Entangled Wicked Blog Hop. Connect to the other blogs for more contests and great prizes by clicking on the logo above.

I’ve decided to wear a costume to this party. I’ve always loved black hair and Halloween is the perfect time to morph into someone new!

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I’m one of the newest authors at Entangled Publishing. Everyone from the publisher to the editors and the publicists have been so supportive. My book “Flirting on Ice” written with Susan Scott Shelley will be released in November. It’s a sexy novella about professional  hockey player who can’t away from the team owner’s daughter.

Mr. Perfect has found his kind of trouble…

Professional hockey player Zac Elliott is in top form. He’s having the best season of his career, the local fans can’t get enough of him, and he’s in the middle of the most successful contract negotiations of his career. When the sexy little spark between Zac and the team owner’s daughter blazes to life, no matter how forbidden, he can’t resist.

Philanthropist Heather Ryan can’t keep her hands off of Zac. If her father finds out, it could end Zac’s career and ruin her reputation. What they share is deeply passionate and intensely private…until the press exposes their illicit relationship.

Now the fans have viciously turned against Heather, Zac’s game is faltering, and even his team has deserted him. The only way out of the penalty box is for Zac to play hockey like life— and love—depends on it…

I can’t wait to reveal the cover.

Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley, Tackled by the Girl Next Door

Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley, Tackled by the Girl Next Door

In the meantime, Susan and I have published a fun football novella, “Tackled by the Girl Next Door.” Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.

 

I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate, a gift copy of “Tackled by the Girl Next Door,” and a gift copy of “Code Red” my romantic suspense short story. Good Luck!

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