Dec 08

QTA Christmas Blog Hop

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

Cookie Ingredients:frosty-cookie

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

Decoration Ingredients:

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)

Cooking Directions:

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.

Decorating Directions:

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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About the author


Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.


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  1. Nancy S

    One of the things I enjoy doing is taking a drive with the grandsons to look at Christmas lights. When we are overloaded with light displays we head to IHOP for pancakes and hot chocolate.

  2. Trix

    The holiday baking is always fun for me, and it’s nice to see some of the people who I don’t run into often otherwise!

  3. Sarah_Madison

    Love your spirit of seasonal giving here! And the snowmen cookies look adorable and fun! I’m going to have to try those!

  4. Dovile

    My favorite part about Christmas is decorating the house and the Christmas tree.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. amy bowens

    I love to bake especially cookies! They are my favorite! Loved reading the excerpt! Thanks and have a merry Christmas!
    amybowens34 AT yahoo.com

  6. Shirley Ann Speakman

    Your recipe looks really good we don’t bake cookies any more no children to eat them!!!
    Merry Christmas.


  7. chickie434

    That’s freaking adorable, thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try that with the kids!


  8. Juliana

    Christmas isn’t really that enjoyable for me honestly. My father is a pastor so the holiday season my family’s ultra conservative views are vocalized a lot more that the rest of the year. Visiting my grandparents that keep Fox News on for hours always brings me down, even if the rest of the trip is fun.
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  9. Shadow Kohler

    Fantastic excerpt! Sounds so good! Yummy looking cookies too! Thanks for the recipe! Happy holidays!

  10. Queer Town Abbey (@queertownabbey)

    Hi Tempeste,

    I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in the xmas blog hop 2013. Thanks to you the Christmas Blog Hop was a great success.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very happy holiday and joyful New Year 2014

    All the best,

    Founder/Administrations Manager
    Queer Town Abbey

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