December 21, 2014

Cookies and Gift Cards! Check out the Virtual Cookie Exchange!

I'm so excited to be participating in the Virtual Cookie Exchange, along with a group of amazing authors! Every day, you get a delicious cookie recipe - and a chance to enter a giveaway for TWO $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

If you've read my novel, Soldier On, you know how much Tessa, Steph's roommate, loves to cook! (I even included some of her recipes here). In Chapter 5, Tessa uses her famous peanut butter cookies to break some news to Steph.

Tessa meets me at the door. “You’re home! How was your date?”

I stumble inside and drop my bag before hobbling toward the couch. “It wasn’t a date, according to Brandon. It was muffins and water. But you’ll be happy to know that our first official date is tomorrow night. And we’re staying in, so if you don’t mind, would you care to—”

“No problem. Xavier has a game.”

“You’re the best friend ever.”

Her happiness fades. “I . . . really hope you still think so after I tell you what I need to tell you.”

I’m instantly suspicious. I also notice her apron and a distinct aroma in the air.

“You’re baking peanut butter cookies.”

 “Well, I know they’re your favorite.”

“Okay, what’s going on?”

“I really wanted to feed you first.”

“You can feed me later. Spill it.”

She sits down next to me. My beautiful best friend, who never loses her cool or gets nervous about anything, looks a little pale.

“Steph, you know you’re my best friend and that I would never, ever do anything to intentionally hurt you, right?”

“Which means you’re about to hurt me.”

“But not intentionally.”

“Just spit it out, Tessa.”

Taking a deep breath, she squares her shoulders and looks me in the eye.

“Xavier asked me to move in with him, and I said yes.”

While Steph is thrilled for her best friend, it also leaves her in the position of needing to find a new roommate. Lucky for her that ROTC student Brandon Walker is in need of a roommate, too. :)

I love to bake, and my husband loves my peanut butter blossoms, which are peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss© in the middle. 

For holiday cookies, you can replace the "regular kiss" with holiday kisses, or follow this recipe and make your own!

Holiday Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • 1 pkg. peanut butter cookie mix*
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T water
  • 1 egg
  • Sugar
  • 36 holiday chocolate kisses or regular chocolate kisses if you want to decorate them yourself 
  • Optional decorations: sprinkles, icing, decorating gel

*Ingredients may vary slightly depending on brand of mix. Always follow the package directions.

  • Heat oven to 375°F. 
  • In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until dough forms.
  • Shape dough into thirty-six 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. 
  • While they bake, start unwrapping your chocolate kisses!
  • As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, press a chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie.
  • Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely (about 20 minutes).
  • If your kisses need decorating, use the gel, icing, and sprinkles as desired!
  • Makes 36 cookies. 

So that's the cookie recipe... now for the giveaway!

Just name today's recipe for a chance to win - and if you have a Pinterest account you can get bonus entries for pinning each of the recipes in the Virtual Cookie Exchange. *Please note the giveaway runs through Dec. 23, so be sure to check the remaining blogs for more cookie recipes and entry options!

December 15, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Surreal by R.E. Hargrave

Happy release day to R.E. Hargrave! Keep reading to learn more about Surreal, and be sure to enter the giveaway! Please note this book is for adult readers.

December 14, 2014

Sneak Peek Sunday: Jeanne McDonald's Indulgence

f9860-sneakpeeksundayToday's Sneak Peek Sunday comes from Jeanne McDonald. Keep reading to learn more about her upcoming novel, Indulgence. Please note this book is for adult readers.

December 13, 2014

Promo Tour and Giveaway: Author Jude Ouvrard

"Drama, true love, and tattoos...
and everything in between!"

Jude Ouvrard is an author who writes from the heart, and reads with passion and devotion. Jude enjoys stories of drama, true love, tattoos, and everything in between. While writing is her therapy, reading is her solace. Life doesn't get better than books and chocolate, and maybe a little bit of shopping.

December 11, 2014

The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway Begins Dec. 14!

I'm excited to be part of The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway that starts this weekend! You could win a $25 Amazon gift card just for sharing cookie recipes!  How great is that?

December 10, 2014

Guest Post: Writing Prompts by Sherri Goodman @SherriGoodlove

Writing Prompts 
Guest Post by Sherri Goodman
There are countless ways to come up with prompts for writing exercises. One course I took to enhance my writing asked participants to choose an old photo from a bowl to use as inspiration for a story. Another was designed to spur our imaginations through our olfactory system by lighting different scented candles and incense. While both classes certainly offered a new perspective, sometimes you can get so caught up in creating unique ways to generate ideas that you end up putting less energy towards actually writing—and that's the whole purpose of the exercise in the first place!

December 09, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Wrong Place, Right Time by Brooke Williams

Happy release day to Brooke Williams! She's just released her novella, Wrong Place, Right Time. Keep reading to learn more about her story and to enter the giveaway!