Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Love, Best Friend Style #NewRelease Wolf with Benefits #WolvesofWillowBend

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After graduating college and spending a summer breaking the law, Shiloh Sullivan needs to make amends and accomplish something for Willow Bend. When she returns home, her best friend—the wolfish and playful Matt Montgomery—distracts her. In an effort to make his mother feel better, Matt cons Shiloh into telling his mother that she came home for him. The little fib, he promises, is all his mother needs to feel better about his sister’s recent mating and exodus across the ocean. Pretending a relationship with a wolf is impossible and, while Shiloh might be human, she knows the rules…

The friendly-with-benefits arrangement suits Matt fine. It makes his mother happy, helps the pack forgive his best friend, and gives him a reason to pry into the secrets Shiloh’s been keeping. Still, the closer they get and the more rules they break, the more Matt’s wolf wants to change their con game into a mating game. Two problems stand in his way—Shiloh’s very human parents never wanted their children to take the bite, and a wolf from across the line has his eye on her, too. Can Matt keep his best friend and mate her too?

Released previously in the Romancing the Wolf set.

Excerpt

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Giveaway Winners

First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone who nominated someone to receive a gift. Please note that winners have been chosen from all the nominations and are posted on the respective blogs.

$100 Gift Card

Kathy Heare Watts


$50 Gift Cards

Shadow Kohler
Tina Reader Becker


Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway Holiday Musings by @TamiLundAuthor #eBooks #Win

Here’s the thing about Christmas: each and every year, it comes around at just the right moment. It’s that time of year when we’re wrapping up things at work, wondering if you’re going to get an end-of-year bonus, probably starting to think about taxes and whether there’s anything at all you can do in these last few weeks to ensure you don’t pay out the nose. The days are stupid short; if you work a day job, you probably haven’t seen the sun in a month.

Disclaimer! This is all assuming you live in the Western hemisphere. If you’re in Australia, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what the hell I’m talking about. Or, you’re thinking I’m just another one of those damn Americans, always thinking of myself. Well, not always. I just gave Australians a plug, eh!

Anyway, back to the misery that is December (in the Western hemisphere).

It’s just so… dark. Where I live, it’s also usually cloudy. All the damn time. And snowy. With the occasional rainfall mixed in for good measure. Because there’s nothing quite like driving home and skidding on black ice.

But that’s all okay, because it’s Christmas! The lights! The gifts! The goodwill! The food! The drink! The cheer! The happiness! The decorations and homemade ornaments! Cookies! Family! So much excitement and thrill and wonder—and then the days start getting longer. By the time the holidays are over and it’s time to go back to the real world, it’s actually still daylight when you drive home from work again.

And from there it gets better and better—lighter and lighter and warmer and warmer. And suddenly it’s summer, and life is pretty damn peachy.

It’s like Christmas is the climax of my favorite book. As we draw closer and closer, it gets darker and more hopeless. Just as you wonder how the hell the hero and heroine could ever break free of this terrible, horrible evil moment, BOOM, Christmas. And then there’s a sweet (or sexy—or both) wrap up, and finally (summer), the happily ever after.

Yeah, Christmas is just one more reason I write (and read, and love) happily ever afters.

PS—I know Heather’s giving away all sorts of goodies throughout this hop, and here’s one more: The prequel to my Lightbearer series releases to the public on December 27th. If you want to give this series a try for free, click this link: FREE READ. But it’s only free until Christmas, so hurry! Oh, and Merry Christmas!!

For Heather'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

Comment to nominate someone to win the first 3 books in the Lightbearer Series!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway Just in Time for the Holidays with @MelissaLimoges



Well, I figured I might as well take a shot at this ‘guest post’ thing. Usually, I’m a bit crap at finding the right topic to discuss, or the words, for that matter. Given the opportunity to write a post about the holidays, I knew right off the bat just what I would talk about—time.
When I was younger, I remember wishing the days would fly by just so I could get to a certain point I wanted to be. Truth is, I don’t think I’ll ever reach the point I truly want to be in this lifetime, and it’s taken me many years to figure out I’m honestly okay with that. But now that I’m older and have experienced life to a degree, I can’t help but feel hindered by time, as though it’s my enemy or something ridiculous.
Growing up, my family comprised of me, my mom, and an estranged older brother I saw twice a year. Fortunately, my brother and I have grown closer over the last few years. But the holidays have always been a bit lackluster for my mom and me. It’s always just been the two of us, as it will be again this year. When I was a kid, she worked her butt off to make sure the holidays were special for me, and I’d be lying if I said I never took her for granted at times. It took adulthood and a role-reversal of sorts between the two of us to make me understand truly how hard she worked to make Christmas great for me each year. Actually, all year long, not just the holidays.
Now that time has aged us, her health is lacking and I’ve become the head of our small household. I feel the constant weight of responsibility around my shoulders—to provide, to give her a better life in her older years, to make her happy. But time is always there, hanging in the periphery, making me constantly aware of my failings and of the things I have yet to accomplish for her.
This August she was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. The first couple of days, I was certain I would lose my mother, the single person in this whole great big world I could count on and who’s always been there for me. And I very nearly did, had she waited a day longer to see the doctor. Needless to say, after a rough couple of weeks, the entire event put a few things in perspective for me.
All the time I’ve wasted—wishing I could do this better, or maybe I could change this, wondering where I’m going to find the money to pay for different things—at the end of the day, none of that stuff matters. Absolutely none of it.
Living each day to its fullest, for my mom and me, now that does.
We’re only given one life and it’s up to us to make it what we want. There’s no time to dwell on regrets or what we have or haven’t accomplished or to let the stress of life weigh us down. Life is about living, for yourself and those around you. Take the time you’re given and say ‘I love you’ more. Show those closest to you how much they mean. Do the little things you never seem to find the time to do together. Rejoice in the company of your loved ones. Actually take the time to enjoy life. It’s far too short to take anything for granted.
As for Christmas and me, you can rest assured I plan to make the upcoming holiday as special for my mother as she’s always done for me. As long as we’re together, I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas.
On that final note, I hope each and every one of you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season this year. :)



You can find M. Limoges at: Website

For Heather'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

Now as part of this wonderful event Heather Long has put together, please feel free to comment and nominate a special person who you think should win a mystery box full of holiday goodies I’ve put together. The special someone you nominate will receive this prize as a gift from you. Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway My Favorite Holiday Traditions #Songs #Movies #More

The holidays are filled with all kinds of traditions whether it's griping about Christmas decorations showing up in the stores in August right after school supplies were done or when Halloween and Christmas decorations are on opposite sides of the aisle facing each other.

Still, there are some seriously awesome parts of the holidays for me, little traditions that mark the season as kicking off, digging in and that I can't wait to repeat.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Every year, even when my parents didn't celebrate the holiday, we sat and watched this parade. The appearance of Santa at the end of the parade marked the kick off of the season. We usually put our tree up on the day after, shopping started and prep for the season could begin in earnest. After my daughter was born on the 30th of November, I made a concentrated effort to not decorate until after the 1st. I wanted her birthday to be hers and not just about Christmas. As she's gotten older, she wants us to return to decorating on the day after Thanksgiving again.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

For as long as I can remember, the appearance of the Rudolph on network TV was a hallmark of the season. You have to remember, when I was a kid, VCRs weren't in every home, and we had to wait for shows to come on again and be right there or we would miss it. Now we can pull it up everywhere--television, iTunes, cable, DVD, but Rudolph hosted by Mr. Burl Ives is a big part of that.



Holiday Movies

Every year we watch everything from Jim Carrey's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to White Christmas with Bing Crosby to Love Actually. Die Hard is also on that list and of course, who can say no to a few Hallmark Christmas movies? Not me.

Holiday Playlists

Music for the season is vital to rock out. So from YouTube to what is on my iPhone, I love so many holiday songs from White Christmas to I'll Be Home for Christmas to All I Want for Christmas is You  and a personal favorite anything from Trans-Siberian Orchestra!




Lord of the Rings

Over the holiday break from school, Mini and I always plan a Lord of the Rings marathon, from the Fellowship of the Ring to the Return of the King, we watch them all.


Do you have any MUST do holiday traditions?

For Heather'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

Comment below to nominate someone for a mystery swag pack from Heather!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway Spotlight on Trancing the Tiger by @RachaelSlate #eBooks #Win




Delve into a world steeped in tradition and superstition
After her parents become infected with the Red Death, Lucy Yeoh flees to Malaysia seeking answers. Everything in this closed-off section of the world is paradise—from the lush tropical climate to her sexy new neighbor, Sheng…who just might be delusional. He claims the Plague God unleashed the Red Death and only a circle of Chinese Zodiac spirit animals can cleanse the Earth. Even more, he insists she’s one of them: the Rabbit. Long furry ears and fluffy bunny tail included.

He’ll show her how to fight to save the world
As the Chosen of the Tiger, the burden of restoring balance to the world has fallen onto Li Sheng’s shoulders. When he discovers that the ally he’s long awaited, the Dragon, is actually just the Rabbit, Sheng is quick to dismiss Lucy. If only she’d stay dismissed. Lucy’s Rabbit refuses to cooperate, undermining the authority of his Tiger at every turn…and seducing him to the limits of his darkest desires. He’s not supposed to want her. Not when he needs the spirit circle complete and she’s their weakest link.

She’ll show him a love worth fighting the world to save
Sheng’s enemies draw closer, and not everyone wants Lucy alive. Together, they’ll have to navigate a treacherous world where a line between duty and their hearts has been drawn between them. They must either sacrifice one, or find a way to surrender to both.





For Heather'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

Comment below and nominate someone you love for an e-copy of each of Rachel's five ebooks!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway Fresh from @Sabrina_York - #Recipe Baby, Ring my Bell Cookies #Foodie #Excerpt

Happy Holidays all and welcome to Heather’s Party! 

Sabrina York’s Baby, Ring My Bell Cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon instant coffee powder
1cup butter at room temperature
1 ¼  cup brown sugar
¼ cup dark corn syrup
1 egg
1 teaspoon cream
Maraschino cherries, cut in half

Filling
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
1 ½ cup ground pecans

Directions
1.     Sift flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger and instant coffee powder in a small bowl.
2.     Cream room temperature butter with 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, dark corn syrup, egg and cream in a medium bowl.
3.     Mix dry and creamed ingredients.
4.     Roll thinly on a heavily floured surface (or between sheets of heavily floured wax paper.
5.     Cut circles with floured 3 inch round cutter (or a wine glass if you’re not using it) and transfer with floured spatula to cookie sheet.
6.     Mix filling (1/3 cup brown sugar, melted butter, maraschino cherry juice and ground pecans) in a small bowl.
7.     Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center of the round cookie and fold the sides to form a bell shape.
8.     Add 1/2 maraschino cherry to form the clapper on each cookie to form the clapper.
9.     Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes.

I am thrilled to be able to share my Bell Cookies with you! This recipe was my mom’s and I remember hours and hours of helping her make these treats. Smelling them cooking always brings back sweet memories of Christmas Past.
I am also excited to have the chance to tell you about my new book, Susana and the Scott, coming December 29th from St. Martin’s Press. This romantic romp carries readers back to the wild Scottish Highlands, where the bravest of men surrender to no one-except the boldest of women...

Scotland, 1813.

A SCANDALOUS TEMPTATION
Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he's ever met...

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION
With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option...



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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Attention Holiday Giveaway Winners

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Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway : Dreaming of a Perfect Gift with @MerrynDexter

I’ve already got the perfect gift for the holidays this year. My debut novel – A Mate’s Healing Touch was published yesterday. I’m still in shock and I want to thank Heather and the rest of the fabulous team at Decadent Publishing for helping me realize my dream.

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When I was younger, Christmas was a time of excitement and wonder. Presents, food, spending time with family. My father was in the Armed Forces, so we lived in lots of different places. Our wider family was often a long way away. My best memories are waking up on Christmas morning to the stocking presents at the end of my bed. A selection box, a few little gifts and usually a book. I loved lying in bed, stomach full of butterflies (and chocolate!), exploring the new world the book opened to me while I waited for it to be time to go downstairs and have breakfast. We were always a breakfast before presents family, which staved off the inevitable whines of boredom for a couple of hours.

These days, my family has shrunk considerably. I spend the holidays with my husband and my mum and presents are not a big deal. I think of all those years my mum worked hard to make the day special for everyone, and I’m not sure any of us ever did enough to make it equally special for her. This year, we will be going on a cruise together so we can all relax, explore some fabulous countries and not have to lift a finger (other than to raise a glass or a fork to our lips). I am looking forward to giving something back to mum for all those wonderful years when she put us first.

We are such a consumerist society that it’s hard sometimes to focus on the truly important things – health, companionship and spending time with our loved ones. If you’re not the one organizing your family get-together then please take a few moments to make sure the host/hostess relaxes too. If you are the host/hostess – good luck and don’t forget to ask for help – it’s your holiday too.

As the season turns and the New Year brings closure and new opportunities, If you have a dream then make 2016 the time for it to happen. As I sit at my dining room table writing this, it is hard to believe how much things have changed for me in 2015. A new home in a new country, new friends, a new career as an author. None of these things were expected, but I saw my chance and took it.

I want to hear about your hopes and dreams for 2016. Big or small, it doesn’t matter.

I wish you joy and contentment with the life you have and best wishes for the challenges ahead.


Merryn x


For Heather'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

Comment below about what you want to achieve and nominate someone you love for a  $10 Amazon gift card.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway No Bake Cookies with @TL_Reeve #Foodie #Recipe

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka! Joyeux Noel! Happy Hanukah!

I love Christmas. Even though there have been years where money was short or things didn’t always go as planned, we still spent the day together. We watched football and parades and cartoons. We ate turkey dinner and just had an all-around good day.

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Most of the time, prepping for Christmas started a week before. Between banana nut bread and no bake cookies, our house smelled like a bakery. I remember one year we got carried away. We went on a baking extravaganza. We made rum cheese cake, fudge, no bake cookies, cranberry bread and banana nut bread. My mom went nuts that year and even made a cranberry banana nut bread that was to die for. (Even though I took the nuts out of mine.)

Now with my daughter, I try to do the same. I bake breads and cookies. I make fudge and pies. Football is always on. The cartoons, not so much. I still hide her presents and make sure she doesn’t know what she’s getting, so come Christmas morning she’s surprised and excited.

The only thing I wish I had this Christmas was all of my family around me. That would have made Christmas even better this year.

What’s your favorite memory?

No Bake Cookies
1 ¾ cups of sugar
½ cup of whole milk
½ cup of butter (Works best with stick butter not margarine)
4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (We always used Hershey’s cocoa powder)
½ of peanut butter (Creamy)
3 cups of Old-Fashioned Oats (Quick oats make the cookies gummy.)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Prepare:

In a pot (I’d use a soup pot, but that’s me) add the milk, butter and sugar. When the mixture is melted together add the cocoa powder and bring it to a rolling bubble. Then remove it from heat and add the peanut butter. When everything is mixed together and consistency is smooth or as smooth as possible, add the teaspoon of vanilla and the oat. Mix together until all of the oats are coated.

With your wax paper already cut and laid out, start spooning out your mixture. I used two spoons. One to gather the cookie dough and the other to push it from the spoon to the paper.

Let them cool 10-20mins.

Depending on the size of cookie you make, you should have about 24 cookies from this batch.


For Heather'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

Nominate someone for homemade hot chocolate in a jar and cookie in a jar! A delicious, sweet treat!

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