Blog Hop: Christmas Blog Hop
Event Date: December 8st – 13th 2013
So, Queer Town Abby asked all the authors participating “What does Christmas mean to you?”
Now, I had to think about that for a few minutes before I decided what to write about. You see, there are many holidays this season and I don’t celebrate Christmas, but rather Yule. But the points the same, IMO.
It’s a time of family, friends, and love! Sharing songs, catching up, cooking together and eating ourselves into a coma. But for me it’s also a time to give thanks for what I have instead of focusing on what I want. A gift is something to give, not something to see to get.
My favorite thing to do at the holidays is find others in my area that have less and see if there isn’t something I can do for them. Toys for the kids or a food basket / gift card for the family so they can have a feast as well. One year I bought a bunch of coats at a thrift store—they were cheep and clean—and gave them to people that needed them.
So, what does the holiday mean to me? Giving of yourself so others can have time and share life with their loved ones.
What does it mean to you?
Now, the story I’m currently writing, part of the Desires Entwined series, is Desires’ Guardian. In it, one of my MC’s, Chase, loves cooking. It’s his favorite hobby! I’ve decided to share one of his favorite cookie recipes with you today.
Frosty the Snowman Sugar Cookies
1. 1/2 cups butter, softened
2. 2 cups white sugar
3. 4 eggs
4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
5. 5 cups all-purpose flour
6. 2 tsp baking powder
7. 1 tsp salt
1. 60 large marshmallows
2. gel frosting (in the little tubes)
3. 10 cups frosting
4. chocolate nonpareil candies (Sno-Caps)
5. thin pretzel sticks
6. mini peanut butter cups for hats
7. fruit leather (flavor/color of choice) cut into 1/2” strips (I use Fiskars scissors to make the edges pretty)
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into round or oblong shape for Frosty. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
4. Decorate as below. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
1. Using gel frosting, make eyes and nose on marshmallows.
2. Frost the sugar cookies with homemade or store-bought glaze.
3. Before frosting sets, stick marshmallows to tops of cookies. Add chocolate nonpareil candies for buttons, cups for hats, and pretzel sticks for arms. Use 1/2 -inch-thick strips fruit leather for scarves.
Seeing as Desires’ Guardian is not out yet, I’ll share a little with you from the first book in the Desires Entwined series, Designs of Desire.
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel / 200 pages / 6 hours 18 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Published: July 29th 2013
Formats: EBook, Paperback, and Audio book
Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.
As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.
James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?
Seth opened his briefcase and began pulling out folders and large manila envelopes and setting them in front of James. He paused, peered up at James, and blinked hard. “I should call someone to carry these things for you,” he mumbled, glancing at the items and toward James’s crutches. “You can’t fit all this in your bag.”
James pinched the bridge of his nose while counting to ten in his head. Why do they always see the sticks instead of me? “Mr. Burns.”
“Seth, please,” he interrupted, giving James a soft smile.
“Seth, Chase acts as my assistant when needed. He will tend to anything I can’t transfer up to my office personally. There is no need to be concerned.”
A strange look flashed across Seth’s face, but his expression quickly returned to his previous in-command smile. “Very good then.”
They chatted a bit about ideas and plans before Seth shifted his coat sleeve back to check his watch. With a slight frown, he said, “Well, I need to head back to the office. I will leave this all in your fine hands, James. Please call me here.” He pulled out his business card and wrote something on the back. “I look forward to our next meeting.”
Seth held out his hand. James flexed his fingers and clasped the offering. He knew this was for work, but somehow it felt different this time. Warm and strong, the grip shot tingles up his arm. Seth seemed to hold on a little longer than necessary for business needs. It had been so long since a man touched him, at least without violence or pain. James shook off the thought he might be interested. Beautiful men like Seth didn’t waste their time on guys like him. Besides, he wasn’t certain he wanted to go down such a painful road again.
James stood in the doorway, watching Seth saunter out the main doors, wishing for something, though not really sure what.
What is my current WIP? (HINT: It’s part of the Desires Entwined series…)
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