Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Donna Kaufman, Kate Angell, Kimberly Kincaid
Kensington Publishing

For friends Clara, Abby and Lily, only one thing is more delicious than the Pine Mountain holiday cookie exchange – finding the right man before they ring in the New Year!

USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman
When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky firefighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker’s rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist….

National bestselling author Kate Angell
Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are…impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she’s truly been longing for?

Kimberly Kincaid
When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high—and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart—and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?

all about DONNA: USA Today Bestseller, Donna Kauffman is an award winning author who has been published steadily for 22 years, with more than 50 titles currently in print, translated into more than 20 languages, sold worldwide.  She has seen her work reviewed and excerpted in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, to Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly.  She currently resides just outside the nation’s capital in the northern Virginia countryside where she is busy writing her next happy adventure. 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: A lot of your titles are centered around food… So we have to know, what's your favorite dessert?   
DONNA'S GOTTA ANSWER: My mom’s cheesecake.  It’s legendary and the recipe is only passed to family members.  It’s so good I’ve fielded marriage proposals just to get one step closer to the recipe.  Okay, maybe they were kidding. is pretty amazing, so... 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's your favorite beach activity?
KATE'S GOTTA ANSWER: I live in Florida, but so seldom get to the beach. When I have the opportunity, I take a long walk. I enjoy watching the volleyball games. I’ve tossed the occasional Frisbee. Floated on an air mattress. Sat on a low beach chair at the water’s edge. Sand between my toes is very soothing.

all about KIMBERLY:

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. She writes-- and lives-- by the mantra the food is love. Her debut, The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, is the first look at Pine Mountain, where her new series is set. You can find Kimberly on the web

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: You also have a lot of food in your stories…what's your favorite dish to cook?  
KIMBERLY'S GOTTA ANSWER: I have a lot of favorites, but nothing comforts me like homemade lasagna. It reminds me of my Grandma Frances. So it nurtures my belly and my soul!

ANGI: What do you like best about living in Pine Mountain?
CLARA: I grew up in Pine Mountain, so it’s home to me.  And my best friends are here, too.  What more could a girl want?  Well, except more eligible bachelors.  I’ve been dumped by most of them...
ABBY: I moved in with my grandmother when I was young, and my parents relocated in their careers.  Our cabin is the furthest up Pine Mountain. I love cold weather and lots of snow. My two best friends are in town, too.  
LILY: My whole family lives there, and for me (just like Dorothy!) there’s really no place like home. I love knowing I’m part of such a tight-knit community. Even if the Pine Mountain grapevine *is* more active than Twitter.

ANGI: What cookie did you bake for the exchange and why? 
CLARA: Oh sure, ask the non-baker the baking question. So, yes, it’s true. I cheated.  I got Lily to bake mine.  Trust me, it was for the good of the village.  It was that or risk burning my house down. And you can’t guarantee it will be the cute EMT’s will be the ones who run to your rescue.
ABBY: an erotic gingerbread man. Anatomically correct. I love gingerbread and peppermint sticks.
LILY: I made practice cookies for the competition. Even great recipes need testing!

ANGI: What's your favorite spot in your house?
CLARA: The part that doesn’t smell like smoke and fire extinguisher.  Oh.  Right.  There are no parts like that.
ABBY: The loft, which was my bedroom as a girl. Sleigh bed and antique treasures. And of course slumber parties with Clara and Lily.
LILY: Is there another room in my house besides the kitchen?

ANGI: What's your favorite thing about the man in your life?
CLARA: Beside the fact that he’s on the hot fireman calendar cover, you mean?  Actually, he’s my best friend.  I can be myself with him.  And he makes even me feel petite and feminine.  Which, at my height, is truly a dream come true.  Also, there’s the part where he comes in handy when I inadvertently burn things down.  Or up.
didn't know ‘who’ he was when I first met him. Stranded together at the cabin during the blizzard, I only knew him as Lander, no last name. He was kind, compassionate, and unpretentious.  I later learned he came from old-Philadelphia money. Biggest surprise of my life.
LILY: (blushing) Pete isn't afraid to take risks to get what he wants. He’s bold, and it reminds me that sometimes, you've got to put things on the line to be true to yourself.

ANGI: If Will, Lander and Pete were cookies…what kind would they be and why?
CLARA: I can’t stop thinking about Abby’s anatomically correct gingerbread men  Yeah.  Let’s not go there.
ABBY: I have to say a gingerbread man, too. The ‘hard’ gingerbread cookie, not the soft.
LILY: Pete would be a gingersnap. They’re in-your-face, but with just a hint of sweet underneath.

ANGI: Do either of your best friends have pet peeves they don't admit to?
CLARA: You mean aside from the fact that they can bake like they were born to it and I can’t boil water?  Did I mention I have to write a cookie baking column? 
ABBY: Pet peeves? My friends are perfect!
LILY: My lips are sealed! Best friends keep each other’s secrets J
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LILY: What’s your favorite holiday cookie? Why do you love it?
ABBY: What’s your favorite Christmas carol? I sing them all, but can’t carry a tune!
CLARA: I dream of being chic and cool like Audrey Hepburn, but always ends up channeling my inner Lucy Ricardo.  Who do you want to channel?  And who do you actually channel?  


  1. Macdadmica cookie love nuts, like jingle bell
    Whoo thanks ladies, congrats on the book

  2. I do love sugar cookies. I think the hint of lemon is the key.

    I love OH HOLY NIGHT. It just fills my heart.

    I don't know that I do have anyone I wish to channel, but no doubt I'd come off as more of a Hobbit then anything else. I come from a family that takes second breakfast as a matter of course & don't get me started on elevensies & supper.


  3. My favorite holiday cookies are shortbread cookies. I could eat dozens and dozens, it's bad because they're so good! Actually they're my any time cookies but more so at the holidays lol

    Hmm, I love Christmas carols so it's hard to pick one but I do like most renditions of Grown Up Christmas List. Also Straight No Chaser's 12 Days of Christmas. If you've never heard of them, youtube them, seriously so good!

    I don't really think I channel anyone. I have a hard enough time getting through the day as myself lol But it would probably lean towards Lucy too. :)

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  4. My favorite Christmas cookie is gingerbread, it reminds me of when I was young.

    My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night, it is beautiful.

    I think I would like to channel Princess Grace, she was so lovely and elegant.


  5. Don't get me started on Christmas cookies....any type will do: sugar, shortbread, etc!

    Favorite carol is O Holy's just such a gorgeous piece of music.

    I can't really think of anyone I would like to channel...I'm more of a march to my own drum kind of gal :-)


  6. I love seeing everyone's picks! And now I want cookies :)

    What wonderful questions !!
    I'm not going to hold up my post any longer trying to brain seems to be dead and stuck in West Texas (along with my heroine...) LOL

    Can't wait to read the stories.

  8. chocolate chip cookies for the chocolate
    no fav carol
    can't think of anyone

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. I love the basic sugar cookie, because you can do so many different variations of the basic receipe.

  10. Hello Everyone! What a fun blog. So glad to be here. I wish you 'early' holiday greetings!

  11. Congratulations on the new book! I don't even want to think about Christmas coming but I don't mind reading a Christmas story. My favorite Christmas cookie are the Christmas sugar cookies with sprinkles. It reminds me of the holidays when I was a kid. My favorite Christmas carol is Joy to the World and I would love to channel Martha Stewart but I usually end up with Roseanne.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. love it, Maureen!
      Roseanne...I'm still laughing.

  12. This book sounds fabulous! Reading and eating go so well together,,,or so my hips will tell you. LOL

    1. My mom's basic sugar cookie. It needs the frosting as it's not really sweet, but we always made these and hung them on the Christmas tree when I was a kid.
    2. Silent Night.
    3. I'd like to channel someone classy like Ina Garten from the Food Network, but I'd probably end up more like a snarky Penny from The Big Bang Theory (though sadly not in looks. LOL).

    Marcy Shuler

  13. 1. Butter almond cookies that melt in the mouth!
    2. Silver Bells
    3. Audrey Hepburn too, she's so classy. In actuality? I'm not sure but unfortunately not her.

  14. Hi everyone! Glad to be here - thanks so much Angi for having us! Love reading all your answers! :)

  15. 1. Peanut Butter Blossoms (The one's with the Hershey's Kiss on top).
    2. Mary Did You Know. (Makes me happy and sad everytime.)
    3. I would love to be Grace Kelly, she became a real life princess. In actuality? Roseanne. (LOL) I have the craziest, fun and amazing family but we are sitcom worthy.

  16. 1-lemon drop cookies or pecan cups. 2-I sing them all, but Sleigh Ride and let it snow are my favorites. They make me smile. 3-I would love yo be Kate Beckett from Castle, but I am more Pam from The Office. Surrounded by dysfunction at work.
    Suzieqsb(at) aol(dot)com

  17. Thanks to everyone for dropping in and hanging out with us! I enjoyed reading all the answers. The winner of the signed copy of THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP is....drumroll.....Marcy Shuler!! (Email coming your way!)