Sunday, November 12, 2017

Get Lost in a SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS

Are you in the mood for some Christmas sweets? Here's a box of them from Prairie Rose Publications:

Christmas in Texas couldn’t be sweeter than these stories of lost love found and new love discovered at the most joyous time of the year! SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS is a boxed set of Christmas novellas that will warm your heart and keep you reading long into the night to see how these couples find their happily-ever-after ending!  

With the holiday season in full swing, four western heroes and their ladies come together in a delightful collection of four deliciously sweet Yuletide stories you’re sure to love and remember. Authors Stacey Coverstone, Cheryl Pierson, Sarah J.  McNeal, and Marie Piper have penned these scrumptious Christmas tales just for your reading pleasure, along with a special surprise in each story!

Each of these holiday tales includes a delectable dessert recipe guaranteed to bring an added measure of Christmas sweetness your way! There’s nothing quite like a SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!

Find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hiCQE6

Meet the Authors

MARIE PIPER
http://www.mariepiper.com/

A sweet tale of a woman who is famous for her cookies, the handsome new mercantile owner who doesn't care for molasses, and the way they come together just in time for Christmas.

E.E. How did you come up with the idea for your story? 
Marie: Well, I started by thinking about cookies. (A lovely place to start anything, I think!) Molasses cookies are my all-time favorite, and I got to thinking about cowboys and molasses and... boom. My story took off on its own!

E.E.: What is your hero's best quality? 
Marie: He's a good-hearted man, and always lightens the mood. 

E.E.: What drew your hero/heroine together and made them fall in love? 
Marie: After the initial physical attraction, I think Josephine and James are two of the same kind of people - hard-working and focused on doing what needs to be done, but also ready to fall in love. And they get to - with each other!


CHERYL PIERSON
E.E.: How did you come up with the idea for your story?
Cheryl: I had started another short story for this collection, THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON,  that took on a life of its own and became "more" than a short story. As I was researching names for characters, I came across Kalliroe, and loved it. I knew I had to find the perfect character--and Kalli was born. Half Cherokee, half Irish, raised in the Cherokee way completely from age 5 until age 13 when she was sent to a white boarding/finishing school back East--she's a blend of many things!

E.E.: What is your hero's best quality?
Cheryl: My hero is Shiloh Barrett. He's the middle son who has left home as a Texas Ranger, but always does the right thing--except Kidnapping Kalli--which, he sees as wrong--though it was done for the right reasons. He struggles within himself to do right, even when it might not be what HE wants to do. He's truly a good man, but he must live in a rough, dangerous world--and he protects what's his.

E.E.: What drew your hero/heroine together and made them fall in love?
Cheryl: A snake bite and a kidnapping. When Shiloh kidnaps Kalli to return her to her father, he steps on a rattler in the darkness, miles from nowhere, with his kidnap-ee the only person he has with him. Will she leave him there to die? Will she stay? I think Kalli sees from the moment he takes her that he means her no harm, and in her own heart, she can't leave him to die. So it gives them time together in a more intimate setting than they might otherwise have ever had.


STACEY COVERSTONE


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E.E.: How did you come up with the idea for your story?
Stacey: I like to read and write stories about secrets and surprises, and the idea of a young cowboy playing Santa to surprise the girl of his dreams popped into my head. What starts as an agreement to make money ends up warming his heart in more than one way.

E.E.: What is your hero’s best quality?
Stacey: Grady has many good qualities. His determination to reach a goal, his willingness to work hard and persevere, and his kindness, to name a few.

E.E.: What drew your hero/heroine together and made them fall in love?
Stacey: Their love and respect for ranch life bring them together. Understanding that a person’s station in life doesn’t matter, but what’s in his or heart is most important—that realization allows them to fall in love.



SARA MCNEAL
http://www.SarahMcNeal.com/



E.E.: How did you come up with the idea for your story?
Sara: I loved the idea of a long lost love returning to declare his love—but a little hitch may end his intentions--why in the world would she want him back after 2 years of silence? 

E.E.: What is your hero's best quality?
Sara: Sterling Thoroughgood has 2 excellent qualities: unyielding determination and a sense of humor.

E.E.: What drew your hero/heroine together and made them fall in love?
Sara: When Sterling worked for Matilda’s father, she realized, not only was he handsome, but he was hardworking, determined, and yet gentle and generous. Sterling admired Matilda’s strong and independent nature even back when they weren’t much more than kids. Besides her beauty, she was kind, loved animals, and was a great cook. He fell in love with her his first day on the ranch.  

Today, PRP is giving away TWO copies of SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS to a lucky commenter. Leave your comments below and enter the Rafflecopter. You can earn more chances by helping us spread the sweets!

Are you a big fan of sweets? What are your favorite Christmas goodies and why?

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59 comments:

  1. Looks like a contest I would like. It's all new authors for me.

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    1. Karen, I hope you got to know us better here and I hope to see you around a whole lot more.

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  2. Love sweets at Christmas and all year, that is my down fall. Love the christmas homemade candies.

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    1. Quilt Lady, mine too. I love everything sweet. LOL

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    2. Me too, Quilt Lady. Why couldn't I love turnips or something good for me? LOL Some day I'd like to see some of your quilt creations.

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  3. I love sweet reads and sweets! ;) For the holidays we always make M&M cookies and my grandmother's pumpkin pie among other goodies! :)

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    1. Colleen, I love peanut M&M's. Can those go in the cookies, or just the chocolate ones?

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  4. Elisabeth, thank you so much for having us here today at GLIAS! We're always so excited about our stories, but especially these fantastic Christmas stories--and pair them up with wonderful recipes--well, there's nothing better. My heroine, Kalli, makes Cherokee fry bread--I love fry bread because it's so versatile. You can eat it for dessert or the main meal--make Indian tacos with it, etc. It's easy to make and really good with sugar and cinnamon. And speaking of SWEET...I wasn't sure how I was going to make Kalli change to fall in love with the man who kidnapped her--but I think it's because she knows she can get away from him whenever she wants--especially after he's been bitten by a rattlesnake!

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  5. a pack of great writers with stories in time for Christmas. I cannot wait to read them!

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    1. Deborah, I hope you enjoy these. I think they're all wonderful.

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    2. Thank you, Deborah. I hope, if you get a chance to read these stories that you like them.

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  6. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. You're welcome, Cindy. Glad to see you here!

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    2. Cindy, I love your last name. Thank you for coming. I hate that I'm here late and missed you. I just got the notice today. Yahoo has not been kind to me all week.

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  7. Wow all wonderful authors who write westerns as I call them so glad that they all are on GLIAS today! Thank you for the chance.

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    1. So glad you stopped by! We are thrilled to be here at GLIAS!

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    2. What does PT stand for, ptclayton? I like reading western and writing them. There's something so calming and comforting about western romances.

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  8. Congratulations to all four authors. I just finished reading SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS and didn't want any of them to end as the characters as well as the stories held me enthralled. I've read most of Cheryl Pierson's and Sarah McNeal's past stories, but hadn't read anything authored by Marie Piper or Stacey Coverstone. Now I'm so happy to to add two more authors to my list of favorite authors. I will also e trying the recipes as they sound delicious--the heros certainly loved them. Well done ladies. Wishing you much success.

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    1. Thanks, Bev! I know you'll love the recipes...I plan to try them all too. Stacey, Marie and Sarah all have wonderful stories in this anthology and of course I love their writing in other venues, as well--so thrilled to have them in this anthology at PRP!

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    2. Beverly, you are a darling. I always appreciate your support and kindness. AND--thank you so much for reading our stories. I am delighted that you liked them. THANK YOU!

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  9. You better believe I love sweeties just about anything chocolate will do. I love the name this sounds like a wonderful read.

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    1. I love about anything sweet--not much I DON'T love!

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    2. Page By Page, I love anything sweet whether it's food or stories. Just a sweet-a-holic!

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  10. Wishing you all luck with this collection! Just reading the descriptions has put me in a holiday mood. All the stories sound wonderful with lots of tension and conflicts leading up to a happily ever after. Love the idea of including recipes.

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    1. Patti, that makes me glad to hear. I'm the same way, when I start getting these holiday stories in for submissions, I get in the holiday spirit and stay there for months! LOL

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    2. Thank you, Patti. I like reading Christmas stories right after Halloween to get in the mood for Christmas, too. Sometimes I read them throughout the year just to lift my spirits. Nothing puts me in a good mood quite as much as a Christmas love story.

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  11. Congratulations to all these great authors. Love to read about how you came up with the ideas for your work. I don't bake much during the year, but Christmas is definitely the time for cookies!

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    1. Becky, you're like me--I'm always interested to see how other people came up with their stories. I don't bake much either during the year, but when Thanksgiving hits I bake a LOT.

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    2. Becky, I don't bake much during the year very much either, but I like to make chocolate thumbprint cookies for my niece on her birthday which is December 1. They are rich chocolate cookies rolled in crushed walnuts with frosting and a chocolate kiss. She loves them, but they are so rich I can only eat one. Anyway, making them puts me in the mood for baking Christmas cookies. And that's it until the following year. LOL

      My husband loved gingerbread and I made it for him often using the recipe I put in the book. I like to make gingerbread cookies, too.

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  12. Since I love all the authors in this anthology, I know it will be a wonderful read! Congratulations Stacey, Sarah, Cheryl & Marie!

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! It's really a ton of good reading and wonderful recipes.

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    2. Thank you, Tracy. You are very kind.

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  13. Fudge is my favorite Christmas treat. We love it so much that we don't make it at any other time. This sounds like another great anthology.

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    1. Caroline, I only make it at Christmas too--and when I make it I will eat it until it's GONE. LOL

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    2. Caroline, I wrote my comment to you at the bottom, but just let me say thank you for coming by. My oldest sister was a fudge addict. LOL

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  14. Well, I may not like sweets, especially chocolate, but I do believe in love. Guess one out of two isn't bad. I wish all the authors great success with this lovely anthology. You all rock romance! Doris

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    1. LOL Doris, I bet you'd like some of the sweets mentioned in this book--I don't think any of them are chocolate. And of course, these stories are all as sweet as can be!

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    2. Doris, I'm not a big fan of chocolate either, but I do love sweets and bread. Ain't it awful? LOL

      Thank you for your kind words. I think you rock, too.

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  15. Love sweets! My favorite Christmas treat are peanut butter blossoms. Only got them at Christmas time growing up and it's stuck though adulthood.

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    1. Krysta, are those the peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss in the center? Cause, I LOVE those.

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    2. Krysta, I love those peanut butter cookies with the kiss in the middle. I make them every year to give away for Christmas. My room mate in collage used to get a care package from her mom ever so often and it always had those cookies in it.

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  16. Elizabeth, it was so kind of you to post about this new Christmas anthology at Prairie Rose Publications. It is always such fun writing these stories and I love to read them.

    The recipes in the back were a definite bonus for me. Like Caroline, I like fudge. My oldest sister used to make chocolate fudge with peanut butter. After she moved to Minnesota, she was going to send me some, but the scoundrel ate it. Cheryl Pierson posted about Dolly Bars which have coconut in them. I'm eager to try those.

    Once again, Elizabeth, I want to thank you for having us here. I would have come sooner, but I just found out about this blog this morning. THANK YOU!

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  17. I am not a big fan of sweers. Don't get me wrong, I eat, and enjoy sweets, but can pass them by -- especially at a meal when I would rather have a second helping of "real food."
    My special Christmas goodies would have to be homemade fudge, with pecans, and peanut butter fudge (smooth with NO nuts). That is because those are some of the goodies Mother made -- not just at Christmas but all year round.

    I don't bake like I did when the children were home, and hubby is now diabetic, but I still love looking at recipes, and collecting those I 'might' make some day.

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    1. Donna E., it's so true with me, too, missing my mom's cooking. She made Yankee pot roast every Sunday because it was Pop's favorite. I remember grumbling, "I want fried chicken" back then, but I sure would love to have some of that pot roast right now. I know it must be tough sometimes having a diabetic to consider, but we could all follow a diabetic diet and be healthier for it.
      The nuns at Mercy Hospital where I worked used to make fudge every year at Christmas and sold it to make money for their disabled children home which they also ran. It was yummy good.

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    2. Hi Donna--I feel that way sometimes, too--I just want REAL FOOD. LOL Oh, and for years I teased my kids that they were "changelings" because neither one of them liked pecans in anything. I remember growing up and being so happy to get a bunch of nuts (yes, the kind you have to SHELL) in my stocking along with candy. I love pecans. I could just eat them right out of the bag, but they're especially wonderful in candy and pie. You know, a couple of these recipes--maybe all of them--could be made with Splenda where they call for sugar. I've never tried cooking with it like that, but it says it substitutes for sugar when baking, etc. Hubby and I are both diabetic, too.

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  18. Love your books. Look forward to reading this one.

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    1. Pam Potter, if you should buy or win this anthology, I hope you enjoy each and every story in it. It was so sweet of you to come over and comment.

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    2. Pam, thank you for coming by! We are really excited about this one--there is nothing like a good western historical romance that happens at CHRISTMAS! LOL

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  19. I have a terrible sweet tooth. I make an English Toffee Bar for the holidays. It has a brown sugar and butter pastry base baked in a jelly roll pan. When it comes out of the oven, quickly put Hershey Bars on the top (6 or 8 of them) and let them melt. Spread chopped walnuts over melted chocolate. Let cool, cut into squares and serve.

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    1. I love holiday stories. Anthologies are a favorite for this time of the year. It is easy to squeeze in a story even when you don't have much time. There are a couple of authors I enjoy and some I'd like to learn more about.

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    2. Patricia, that English toffee bar sounds soooo good. Like you, there are certain things I make only at Christmas I know myself well enough to understand I would eat it all year round if I made it. LOL And I love holiday stories, too--I will read them year-round!

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    3. LibraryPat, Your recipe sounds fantastic. I love holiday stories, too, and I especially love anthologies because the stories are long enough for me to care about the characters and the outcome, but short enough to read them even when I'm busy.
      I'm glad to see you, by the way.

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  20. Anything chocolate is fine with me. Love fudge at Christmas.

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    1. Rita, I do, too! And it's the only time I make it all year.

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    2. Rita, even though chocolate isn't me favorite, I love fudge--especially the fudge the nuns made back when I worked at Mercy Hospital.
      I tried to make it myself a few times and I ended up with it having to be eaten with a spoon or so hard it was like chewing on a board. LOL

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