Tinsel Sugarplum shares Christmas Trees recipe.

Highway Cafe Christmas blog 2017

Hi my name is Tinsel Sugarplum. Welcome to our party in the big red barn. Hope you got your dancing shoes on!

My favorite song to dance to is Rock around the Christmas Tree. I listen to that song all year long.

At this time of the year it’s our tradition to have pot luck at the party. I’m a gluten-free elf and I’m not a very good cook, but I love dessert. Here is my recipe for Gluten-Free One Bite Brownie Christmas Trees.

Enjoy.

Gluten-Free One Bite Brownie Christmas Trees  
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Ingredients

  • 12 – gluten free one bite brownies
  • 12 large strawberries
  • green icing
  • Smarties

Directions

Place a strawberry on each of the brownies. Put the green icing into a piping bag or a zip-lock bag with the corner cut off One bite brownie chrstmas tree #2and the leaf piping tool* on it. Pipe the icing like branches like the picture. Then use different colored smarties as the decorations on the tree. Enjoy.

Don’t forget to visit all the other elves on the blog tour and enter their draw for prizes. my draw is at the bottom.

December 4
Holland Rae – https://hollandrae.com/
Susanne Matthews – https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/
Sorchia DuBois – www.sorchiadubois.com
Mariah Lynne –
December 5
Tena Stetler – http://www.tenastetler.com/category/my-say-what-blog/
Maureen Bonatch – http://www.maureenbonatch.com/blog/
Peggy Jaeger – https://peggyjaeger.com/
Barbara Burke – https://barbaraburkeauthor.wordpress.com/
December 6
Kelly Kalmanson – http://kkweil.blogspot.com
M.S. Spencer – http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
Hywela Lyn – www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
Reggi Allder – https://reggiallder.blogspot.com/
December 7
Denyse Bridger – http://www.fantasypages.ca
Clair de Lune – https://clairdelunebooks.co.uk/
Karen Blake-Hall – https://kaydenclaremont.wordpress.com/
Casi McLean – http://casimclean.com/a-christmas-to-remember/
December 8
Darlene Fredette – http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com
Daryl Devore – http://daryldevore.blogspot.ca
Gini Rifkin – http://ginirifkin.blogspot.com
Linda Carroll-Bradd – http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com

My Giveaway: Sign up for my newsletter at  http://www.kaydenclaremont.com

and one lucky winners will win a  $10 Amazon Gift Card. Will be drawn on December 11, 2017.

My new book Heaven’s Watcher is being released on January 8, 2018.

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Blurb: Leather-wearing, motorcycle riding PI Heaven Vaughan is working undercover in a Las Vegas casino for the DA. She must find the evidence to convict the casino boss of ordering her brother killed, but the tall, dark, sex-on-a-stick head of security is constantly watching her. Just knowing he’s got his monitors focused on her makes her hot, and she can’t help but make sure he has something as equally arousing to look at.

Straight-arrow Darius Turner has one job—to safeguard the people in the casino. The feisty redhead dominating his viewing pleasure is playing havoc with his duties and with his libido. All he wants is to take her up on her teasing invitations, but he can’t let her get too close. If Heaven discovers his true identity, there’ll be hell to pay.

Preorder will be available soon.

 

 

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Featured author – Award Winning Author – A.K. Smith

Today I’m featuring Award Winning Author – 2017 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner

author A.K. Smith and her book A Deep Thing.

Don’t for get to enter to win a Kindle. Link at end of blog.

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Blurb: Dive into A Deep Thing
A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith is a high concept thriller–think The Da Vinci Code of the deep–that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. A roller coaster ride of romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue,  this page-turner surprises at every turn and offers a stunning ending you’ll never suspect.  M. Baron- Author of Stumble Stones: A novel

What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?  A.K. Smith

Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living. A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.

From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith

Short Excerpt:

Harvey next to her, Kendall, sat cross-legged on the bed, staring at her laptop. A glass of white wine, sat untouched on the bedside table. She put her iPod in, selected Jason Mraz and turned it up loud.

She turned off the Wi-Fi. Her mind was battling thoughts of hackers and computer surveillance.

She held the unusual memory stick in her hand before plugging it into the side of her computer. Black rubber surrounded the stick like the rubber on an underwater camera. Here goes. She watched it upload. Let’s see what this is all about.

Ten documents labeled by date flashed on her computer screen. Six documents dated years before Tim and Kendall met; the other four ranged from the beginning of their relationship to one dated three days before Tim died.

Inhaling deeply, she touched her mouse, pulling down to the right and clicking without hesitation on the last icon, a video file. She squeezed her eyes to hold back tears as Tim’s face filled the screen. The background was the upstairs office over the garage. She hit play.

“This message is for my wife. Kendall, if you’re watching this video, I’m so sorry not to be with you. Obviously, something happened to me for you to be hearing this. I know life’s been hard for you. I’m sorry, my love, I’m sorry I kept a secret from you, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy to protect a division of the US government. I hoped they will share this video with you. I can’t disclose the details about my job, but it’s not important to us. Something I did, not who I am. You know who I am, Kendall, you’re the only one who really knew me.” She wiped the tears running off her chin.

“Stay close with Ryder, he’s not your blood, but he is a part of me and I want him in your life. UWMA, Kendall, UWMA I love you, Lambie.”

Her brows furrowed as tears ran down her face and her open mouth. She gasped for air. A division of the US government? Some type of CIA agent? The badge said Navy. UWMA. Was this truly happening?

Book Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVkF60bSFzA

BUYLINKS:

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Author Bio

A.K. Smith is the author of debut novel, “A Deep Thing. She loves all things jungly, beachy and mysterious. Her goal is to write thrillers, suspense, and romance, which have A.K. Smith 3 the power to make you stay up late, to reach the ending.

A new scuba diver, she counts diving in a cenote (underwater caves in the Yucatan) and surviving– one of her biggest achievements. Mexico has a special place in her heart; it’s where she escaped after walking out on Corporate America and where she fell in love on a sailboat. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and has a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She treasures her family, friends, and kindness. Check out her website at www.aksmithauthor.com or find her on Twitter, and Facebook.

Author Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Thing-K-Smith-ebook/dp/B01MG3FOXS

Facebook: A.K. Smith https://www.facebook.com/aksmithauthor

Twitter ID @aksmithbook https://twitter.com/aksmithbook

Instagram: https://instagram.com/aksmithbook/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aksmithbook/

Blog http://www.wordstravelfilm.com/

Website http://www.aksmithauthor.com/index.html

Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32670737-a-deep-thing

Win a Kindle Fire!!

I love reading. There is something special about sitting down with a nice cup of tea and a great book that makes me feel wonderful. But sometimes an audio book is just what I need for a walk by the lake or a long drive. My book Tartan Temptation will be out in audio and iTunes shortly.  tartantemptation_w10679_300

I’m thrill to be able to share my love of books with others.

Linda Carroll-Bradd, Marissa Garner, Kara O’Neal, A.K. Smith, Alicia Dean, Krysta Scott, Lynn Crain, Monique DeVere, Sharon Buchbinder, and me, Kayden Claremont, are celebrating our love of books by giving you a chance to win a Kindle reader.

You can enter here to win   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Featured Author – Tena Stetler

Today I’m featuring Tena Stetler and her book A Demon’s Witch.

Best selling author, Tena Stetler, uses her over-active imagination to spin tales of paranormal romance/suspense and cozy mysteries. Her spicy romances spin the adventures of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. From demons to faeries and witches to vampires her intriguing characters take roads less traveled to draw you into exciting tales that  engage the imagination and warm the heart.

Tena’s Inspiration for A Demon’s Witch:

A Demon’s Witch was my debut novel and has remained close to my heart. A Demon’s a-demons-witchWitch hit the market and garnered best seller status. It earned The Romantic Reviews Readers Choice 2016 Nominee in the paranormal romance category.   I love talking about this story.

The ideas begin to percolate as I sat in a beauty salon listening to the chatter from other customers. One woman swore she’d been approached by a vampire want-to-be.

This got me to thinking, which is scary in and of itself. What if the hairdresser was an alpha male, Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere that owned a multi-species salon in Washington DC? Enter a powerful witch, whose beauty caught the eye of the demon on a rainy day when she rushed into his salon. Now, unbeknownst to him, she is not any ordinary witch, but the little sister of the demon’s enforcer. Now you have a romance with unbelievable complications.

The story became a series, but the other planned books in the series took a strange turn when the majority of readers and reviewers clamored for the enforcer, Tristian’s story to be next in line. I’d never considered writing a book on the witch’s brother, the demon’s enforcer. But after mulling it over for several months and publishing three unrelated books,

I am excited to announce A Warlock’s Secrets (Tristian’s story) is awaiting cover art and will be published spring 2017. So please watch for it!

Tena’s contact links:

Website: http://www.tenastetler.com

Blog: http://www.tenastetler.com/my-blog

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/TenaStetler

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14187532.Tena_Stetler

The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/1264_tena-stetler

Amazon:  www.amazon.com/author/tenastetler

Newsletter: Sign up on web page www.tenastetler.com

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/tenastetler

For a chance to win an amazon $5.00 GC or a e-book of A Witch’s Journey please sign up for my newsletter at  http://www.tenastetler.com and Like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author.

I hope you enjoy my blurb and peek into A Demon’s Witch.

Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C., is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running.  Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.

Bruce’s world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce’s long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation, but something darker threatens them all. Will undeniable attraction between demon and witch tear their worlds apart?

Excerpt:

At two in the morning he awoke feeling her restlessness, listening he heard her soft sobs. He pulled on his black silk lounge pants and grabbed the robe from the foot of his bed. Padding silently in his bare feet down the hall, he paused at her bedroom door just as her anguished scream filled the room. He was at the side of her bed a second later. Gathering her onto his lap, he held her unyielding body to his until her flailing limbs quieted and her troubled violet eyes opened. Cognizant of where she was now and with whom, she flung her arms around his neck and clung tight as shivers racked her slight frame.

Megan came running from the other wing of the house where the staff lived during the week. “Is everything all right?” She peeked inside Angie’s bedroom door.

“Just a nightmare, nothing to worry about. She’s awake now.

“Oh no my Lord,” Megan said in a low frantic whisper.

“Don’t call me that,” he growled, his amber eyes tinged with orange glowed in the dark room.

“Sorry. There’s something dark and dangerous chasing that one.” She nodded in Angie’s direction. “It’s not of this world.”

He lowered his voice and spoke kindly. “Go back to bed, I’ve got this handled.” He paused for a beat exhaling slowly. “For now.”

Buy Link: AMAZON  http://amzn.com/1509203087

Highway Cafe Christmas Blog Tour

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On December 5, 6, 7…
The elves are on the loose at the North Pole!
We’re spreading the Christmas spirit with recipes, crafts, stories, and lots of giveaways!

Hi everyone. I’m Taleisin Elafir, one of Santa’s elves.

I work at the North Pole and I have the most important job for Santa. I taking care of the reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blixen and of course the king himself, Rudolph.

I make sure they play fairly while playing reindeer games. We don’t want a repeat of— well you know. The flying reindeer have such fragile egos.

While I’m working, I love to listen to Lady Antebellum, ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside.’ All the reindeer love this music too, well except Rudolph. He like the old Christmas songs sung by Frank Sinatra, so I mix them up to keep everyone happy.

I’ll be giving away a pair of beautiful hand-crafted earrings to my Secret Santa Krafty Kelly. Her job at the North Pole is wrapping presents in a creative, decorative way. But beware, because you might find tricky surprises in that wrapping…I love being crafty in a devious way, too and will be  giving away a pair of hand-crafted earrings to  one lucky person who leave a comment on this page!

I eat Christmas cookies and drink eggnog, as I feed the reindeer carrots.  Here is the recipe that Mrs. Clause makes especially for me.

Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

6 cups sweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, stir together the coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until well combined.

Use a small spoon to scoop out roughly 3 Tablespoons of the mixture to form small mounds, spaced about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 18 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the macaroons are your desired level of crispiness.

Come and visit with my other elves.

Pinky Twinkleton, Serendipity Sparkles, Candy Cane, Twinkle Bright, Bob, Puddle, Sugarplum Silverfluff, Granny VanElfington, Goth, Sparkle, Annie, Lindy Lou, Taleisin Elafir, Krafty Kelly, Frangelica Tinselbaubles, and Kandy Kane will all be there, and we’d love for you to join us!

Just click on the links below to follow our fun tour!

http://www.findingthewritewords.blogspot.com/
http://www.tenastetler.com/my-blog/
https://barbaraburkeauthor.wordpress.com/
www.writerknapsack.com
http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com/
http://www.maureenbonatch.com/blog/
http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/?page_id=2148
http://www.sorchiadubois.com/
http://www.carolhenry.org/
www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
http://casimclean.com/casis-christmas-…cal-mystery-tour/
https://kaydenclaremont.wordpress.com/
http://mariahlynneauthor.blogspot.com/
http://kkweil.blogspot.com
http://www.clairdelunebooks.co.uk/
http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com (participating on Dec 6 only)

My new book for the holiday season, Tartan Temptation.

With his throne on the line, Brodie Murdock needs to secure his kingdom by taking a bride. When the only woman he’s ever wanted, Cora Siegfried, steps right into his path, hetartantemptation_w10679_300knows the legends are true. She is his destiny. But will she agree?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2deP5wS

 TWRP: http://bit.ly/2dVptbU

 Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2ezR6Ig

 ARe: http://bit.ly/2fsvmvo

Joys of the Season Blog Hop

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Joys of the Season

I am a history buff. I’m lucky enough to have a pioneer village just a few miles from me. For two weekend in December they celebrate Christmas in the Village. At each of the buildings, they have a different traditional Christmas celebration for the 1850 – 1880’s.

At one house, they have a traditional German Christmas Eve. They depict Christmas eve with a fir tree, called Tannenbaum which is usually put up and decorated with real candles, glass balls or straw ornaments and sweets. A star or an angel tops the tree and beneath the tree, a nativity scene might be set up and the homemade presents next to it.

The aroma of baking fills the house, including gingerbread hearts, sugar-roasted almonds, cookies, and stollen.

At the English house, they depict Christmas day, with the homemade presents under the Christmas tree. There are no candles on this tree. On the table were dishes of Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, mulled wine and mincemeat pies.

They also did a demonstration of how to make your own Christmas crackers, which are paper rolled into tubes with small toys or puzzles in them. To start the meal, you would break these open.

At the Scottish house, they depicted New Years, or Hogmanay.  The tradition is you return everything you have borrowed, you sweep the bad luck out the door just before midnight, then form a circle and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

To ensure good luck for the house, the ‘first foot’ over the door should be male, dark haired and should bring gifts such coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky.

They served shortbread cookies and mead, or mulled wine.

I love celebrating Christmas with such wonderful traditions and we go as a family every year.

We are giving away prizes to two randomly selected winners: 1) an ebook bundle, including books in various genres by various authors participating in the hop (see the list of books at the bottom of this page); or 2) a $50 Amazon gift card. Please visit the main hop page here to see a list of books included in the bundle.

Enter now for your chance to win!

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Participating Authors

  1. Anna Durand Spunk & Hunks
  2. Kayden Claremont
  3. Tricia Schneider
  4. Patricia Kiyono’s blog
  5. KyAnn Waters Blog
  6. Beth Caudill Blog
  1. Tena Stetler
  2. DeeDee Lane
  3. Connie’s Blog
  4. Mary Morgan’s Blog
  5. Casi’s Christmas Magic
  6. M.S. Spencer

My story Timeless Passion is based on the Hogmanay celebration at the Scottish house.

Blacksmith Dougal MacBride walks into his home after a long day and finds strangers TimelessPassion_w9565_750celebrating Hogmanay when it’s just days before Christmas. Confused beyond belief and incredibly aroused by the curvaceous bundle in front of his hearth, he is torn between the need to return to his time or remain in the present with the woman who may be his soul mate.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LpzfdE

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1RNrBhA

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1LThAR3

ARe: http://bit.ly/1MIZGzd

The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/1PNtLhY