Thursday, December 3, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway: Don't Stop Believing with @LouisaBacio #Foodie #Santa

Key the Glee theme song. Yes, I know it’s a classic Journey song, but my 8-year-old prefers to belt out the remade version. Eight. It’s one of those magical years where right now, she still believes … you know in all the magic of the season.

“My friend at school says that there is no Santa Claus,” she said recently. “The parents buy all the gifts, hide them under the bed and give them at Christmas.”

My heart stopped. In our household, Santa brings one special unwrapped gift. All the others do come from Mom and Dad, and I reminded her. So yes, we hide some presents.

Beth Yarnall, an author of romantic suspense, said she told her now college and high school-aged sons that when they stopped believing is when Santa would start to bring underwear and socks. That idea is so popular, it’s even become a meme!

The idea of belief is so much greater. Think of the world out there and the pervasive stories we hear – from mermaids to fairies and all sorts of wondrous creatures. When my daughters would ask if I believed in fairies, I’d show them a mushroom growing under a weeping willow.

“That’s where I think fairies would live,” I say.

This year may be the last where I believe that they still believe. How do you keep the magic alive?

Potato Pancakes

I know, rarely are there leftover mashed potatoes. But if you made 10 pounds, odds are you’ll have some. For this recipe, let’s do an estimate.

  • Two cups of prepared mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Breadcrumbs, salt & pepper as desired for consistency/taste 

Shape the mixture into flat pancakes and pan-fry them in oil until golden. Rest on paper towels to remove excess oil. Can be served with leftover gravy, or as my Teen prefers … ketchup.

Winter Solstice Ménage

Sugar isn’t as sweet as her big brother, Yas, believes. After he leaves the big city to venture a small pack in the hills he’s heard about from their mom, she decides to let loose in all the best ways. Except when all hell breaks loose and she’s faced with some tough decisions, she runs … to her family. 

After growing up in Los Lobos, twins Derek and Tyler Baker lived through all the hardships under the former Alpha leader. While one twin is happy playing the dating field, the other wants something more special. They both find what they’re looking for when newcomer Sugar comes for a visit.

Where Sugar goes, trouble follows. It’ll take more than one member of this pack to tame the new shifter she-wolf. But will the Winter Solstice Ménage be enough to convince her to settle down? 

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About the Author:
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.

Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.

Enjoy the following excerpt for Winter Solstice Ménage:

Forget the fancy spas; she’d take this spot any day. Before stripping down, she got as close to the hot spring as possible, and made a mental plan of attack. For the briefest of moments, she’d be butt-ass cold, but as soon as she hit the warmth…. Ahhh. She tossed her jacket and clothes on a nearby chair, uncovering a white bathing suit with pink flowers, and sank into the waters. Leaning back against the side, she closed her eyes. The contrast between the blustery winter weather and the bliss of the heat shocked the system, in the best way. Getting away from it all was unnatural. After the onslaught of harassing text messages from her ex, she’d left her phone home. Who’d be contacting her anyway? Plus, cell service here sucked. The idea was to get away from it all and let Jerry get some breathing space. Hopefully, he’d find someone else to focus on and leave her alone. He hadn’t been such a loser when she first met him, but, then again, he hadn’t been honest either. She’d been duped into thinking he was a college student. Then she learned he only saw them as an easy pickup.

“Mind if I join you?” A man’s deep voice broke through her thoughts, and she opened her eyes. Have mercy.

He towered over the spa, and she looked up, up, up—past those tapered hips and sculpted stomach to broad shoulders and a mouth that promised all sorts of wicked goodness. The cold didn’t seem to bother him much, except for those hard nipples.

“Come on in. There’s plenty of room.”

Rather than taking up residence on the other side, where someone who followed social norms might have, he sat next to her. Real close. The water level rose as he got in.

“You must be new to these parts. Haven’t seen you around. I’m Derek.”

The tone of his voice moved over her body, eliciting a physical response. Her nipples perked up, and the weight of his gaze settled on her chest, which just about floated on the water. Feeling uncharacteristically self-conscious, she dipped below.

“Ah, perceptive. I’m Sugar,” she said. “I’m staying with my brother Yas and Tala at the B&B.”

“Is Sugar short for anything?” he asked.

“You mean like “Sugar-licious?” She licked her lips, overemphasizing the way she ran her tongue over the full bottom one. The way his eyes zeroed in on her mouth gave her a thrill.

Men were so obvious.

Heather Long's Holiday Giveaway

As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.

We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.

Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.

So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!

Holiday Giveaway Rules

For a chance to win:
  1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
  2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments. 
  3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
  4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
  5. You may only win one gift to send.
  6. Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!

Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).

Today's Giveaway

Give someone you care about a $10 Amazon gift card today! Add your nomination below...

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  1. I like my potato pancakes with apple sauce. I nominate my friend Peggy Wilson because she is the friend I can talk hot books with.

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    2. Yum with apple sauce! My oldest daughter likes ketchup!

  2. Oh that excerpt is such a great tease! I need to add to my wishlist. Very sweet and generous of you!
    I would nominate my friend Wendy, never met in real life but have known each other for about 8 years. She has the biggest heart. Things have been tough for her since her husband died I think its 6 years ago. I know any bit helps.

  3. Oh that excerpt is such a great tease! I need to add to my wishlist. Very sweet and generous of you!
    I would nominate my friend Wendy, never met in real life but have known each other for about 8 years. She has the biggest heart. Things have been tough for her since her husband died I think its 6 years ago. I know any bit helps.

  4. I want to nominate my best friend Erika because she has been having some bad luck lately and has a bad cold, too.

  5. Again, I'd go with my buddy Jeanette...she works way too hard (even on Thanksgiving!) and deserves a treat!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  6. I nominate my sister. She is working a job she likes with good people, but truthfully, it just doesn't pay enough to cover all her household needs. She has three children, and a husband who doesn't contribute much financially to the family. She has no medical insurance; there's simply no money to pay for it. Yet she somehow manages to make sure everyone feels safe, loved, and healthy. She may be suffering for a toothache for more than two months, but our grandfather and stepgrandmother are provided with a hot meal each night because my step-grandmother is no longer able to cook. My grandfather is in his 90s now and needs a healthy, homecooked meal, as does my slightly younger step-grandmother. (I live about 2000 miles away, so I'm useless to them) My sister always remembers to send cards when someone loses a loved one, gains a loved one, or has some or memorable event. She is, quite simply, remarkable. She deserves to receive a gift.

  7. mom to buy books

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. i'd love to nominate my son. He needs the money for his textbooks.
    scrtsbpal at

  9. I nominate my mom... I would like to see her receive a surprise! :) greenshamrock at cox dot net :)

  10. I nominate my son.
    kac_030 @

  11. I nominate my son.
    kac_030 @

  12. ***CLOSED*** Congratulations Michelle Willms you won the gift card for your remarkable nominee. Please send me an email at heather (a) heatherlong (dot) net with the address and information so we can get your present on its way.

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