October 25, 2015

Sizzle In The Snow - November 25th Countdown

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October 25, 2015
SIZZLE IN THE SNOW: A SOUL MATE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Eight steamy romances by eight Soul Mate Publishing authors . . .


This Christmas season, Soul Mate Publishing and editor, Char Chaffin, presents Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection, an anthology available November 25th on Amazon and Soul Mate Publishing. The featured authors and their stories include:

Welcome to our third newsletter in celebration of the release of Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas 
Collection.
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Check your inbox every ten days for each newsletter. Inside you'll find great decorating tips, recipes and cocktails, excerpts, craft ideas, song links, holiday memories, and personalized cards and poems by the authors!
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Cocktail Corner

Busy shopping, wrapping and socializing?
Kick back with a festive cocktail!
Recipe shared by Cheryl Yeko!

Candy Cane Cocktail
 Ingredients
1 shot vanilla rum
1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
1 shot peppermint schnapps
Candy cane, garnish

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane.
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 Holiday Memory Corner
Tina Susedik has a wonderful holiday memory to share . . .

 All four of my grandparents came over from Germany after WWI, and, of course, spoke German as well as English. As my siblings and cousins grew up, we learned a few words of German.

One Christmas when my parents were particularly short of cash for gifts, my mother decided to teach my two older sisters and me to sing Silent Night in German. I was six, my two sisters 8 and 10. We sang in three part-harmony. This would have been 1958.

I remember standing in the doorway between my Grandma's parlor and living room. We were surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins (there were a lot of them), and my two sets of grandparents. My mom played the piano. The room was dead silent. Everyone stared at us. Then we started singing (OMG. I'm starting to tear up as I write this). When we finished, tears were running down the adults' faces, but none more than my grandparents.

This became a tradition whenever we were at my grandparents' farm for Christmas. One year I had a cold, developed laryngitis, and couldn't sing. I cried and cried as Barb and Pat sang without me. We'd had this dream of becoming the next Lennon Sisters and I ruined it.
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Music Corner


Listen up! Crystal Firsdon shares her favorite holiday song:




I’ve always liked my Christmas music rocked up, so I’m partial to Mannheim Steamroller. Here’s one of my Christmas favorites, Carol of the Bells.
Title:
Carol of the Bells
Song Link:

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Craft Corner
Feeling crafty? Ryan Jo Summers shares a festive DIY craft:    
 My DIY craft is felt snowmen. Super easy to make and fairly quick. They do not require lots of expensive items
either. This would be a super project to work on with the kids.

Start with various sized bottles or jars. Mine all came from white bottles: supplements, OTC medicine, etc... Almost any round object would work. Also, white felt, black felt, orange felt. Amounts will be based on sizes of bottles and number of snowmen to be made. Lastly, glue. Elmer's school style or hot glue are both fine.

First, glue white felt around the empty bottle or jar. Then glue black felt around the top for a hat. Length will depend on overall desired size of hat. To make the hat brim, cut a hole in the center of a black felt circle slightly larger than the bottle's/ jar's diameter. Pull over bottle/ jar and glue in place.

Lastly, add googly eyes, orange felt nose and cheeks. Tie ribbons (Christmas design or not) around hat and/or body. Use puffy paint to draw a mouth and outline the nose. If you have a tall enough snowman, glue some buttons under the mouth to indicate a torso.

Viola! All done!
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Book Corner
We promised a sneak peek, so here goes . . .

Author Kim Hotzon gives an excerpt of their short story, The Snow Bird!
Standing beneath him, she caught a glimpse of his butt encased in his jeans. He wore a navy fleece jacket and a matching hat. Even dressed like this, it was evident Tony had a sculpted, God-like physique. Her pulse raced as she pictured him naked, reclining on a sheepskin rug in front of a roaring fireplace. Or wrapping a white towel around his waist as he came out of the shower . . .

Lauren was startled when Tony nearly stepped on her hand. She had been so lost in thought, she hadn't realized he'd almost descended the ladder.

"You all right? No need to be concerned," he said. "It's a small job. I need to cut a piece of wood and fit it in across the hole."

She hadn't expected he would work so quickly. How to devise a way to keep him around longer? "I was about to make a pot of coffee . . . can I bring you a cup?"
Tony hesitated, tucking a lock of hair under his fuzzy hat. His brown eyes were liquid, kind and warm. "Sure."
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Decorating Corner
Time to bring out the mistletoe! CD Hersh has some great decorating tips!
Decorate your Christmas Table

Catherine loves to set a pretty Christmas table, which she changes yearly. (She has a thing for dishes.) She also loves napkin rings, which are often expensive. To satisfy her dish decorating habit, she came up with a quick and easy way to brighten up her Christmas table using last year’s Christmas cards. You have them right? Doesn’t everyone?

Here’s what you need:
Christmas cards
Clear drinking glass (which will allow you to see the pattern on the Christmas card) or other circle template. A 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ diameter works best.

A marking pen or pencil
Scissors
Craft knife
Ribbons-cord or ¼ inch satin works best. Coordinate them to match your cards or go wild with colors.

Directions:

Position the glass or circle template on the Christmas card, choosing the part of the card you want to use as the base of the napkin ring. 
Draw around the outside edge of the glass. Cut out the circle.  With a craft knife cut two slots in the circle, spacing them about ¼ of the way from the edges of the circle. Thread a pretty ribbon, long enough to circle your napkins and tie a bow, through the slots. Slip the ribbon around your napkins, tie your bow, and you have a festive napkin ring for your holiday table. If you want to get even fancier, glue some lace or gathered ribbon to the back of the greeting card circle and cover it with another circle. Slit both front and back circles and slid the ribbon through. Tie the ring onto your napkin and enjoy.

Like this easy table decoration? You can adapt it using any themed greeting cards and have tailor made napkin rings for any occasion. If you add your guests’ names, the napkin rings double as name cards.

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Holiday Card/Poem Corner

What's a holiday without a personalized poem by one of your favorite authors? Author Beth Carter shares this delightful and heartfelt poem:


Christmas Tree Angel
By Beth Carter

Bejeweled with strands of pearls
Feathered birds and twinkling lights;
Glittering ornaments and velvet bows
Encircled our tree with delight.
Plump snowmen and toy soldiers
Carefully placed just right;
Shiny Red and Green Packages
Completed the joyful sight.
The most special gift of all
Topped our majestic tree;
A frayed, embroidered angel
Handmade by Mommy and me.

Of course, as authors we love our readers, and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to offer swag, free books, and a grand prize which will be awarded to one lucky blog/newsletter follower! For a chance to win  these prizes, follow and join the author's blogs!
Don't miss our upcoming Facebook launch party with tons of goodies to giveaway! Follow the authors' blogs for a sneak peek of this wonderful collection! (FB launch date TBA).

October 15, 2015

SIZZLE IN THE SNOW: A SOUL MATE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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October 15, 2015

Eight steamy romances by eight Soul Mate Publishing authors . . .

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This Christmas season, Soul Mate Publishing and editor, Char Chaffin, presents Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection, an anthology available November 25th on Amazon and Soul Mate Publishing. The featured authors and their stories include:
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Welcome to our second newsletter in celebration of the release of

Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection.
Check your inbox every ten days for each newsletter. Inside you'll find great decorating tips, recipes and cocktails, excerpts, craft ideas, song links, holiday memories, and personalized cards and poems by the authors!
______________________________________________

Cocktail Corner

Busy shopping, wrapping, and socializing?
Kick back with a festive cocktail!
Recipe shared by Tina Susedik!


Tom & Jerry
Ingredients:
6 eggs
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
Cream of tartar
Cloves
Allspice
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Rum
Brandy

Separate eggs. Beat yolks and white separately. Add a dash of Cream of Tartar to whites before beating. Beat yolks until frothy and whites until very stiff. Combine. Gradually beat in 1 1/2 pounds of powdered sugar. Add a dash of cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. Put batter in cup. Add shot of brandy and 1/2 shot of rum. Add boiling water to top of cup. Top off with a dash of nutmeg.
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Recipe Corner
Company coming over? Author Beth Carter dishes up her favorite holiday recipe:



Pumpkin Rum Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
3 eggs
½ c rum or ½ c coconut rum (I like the coconut rum.)
½ c chopped pecans, toasted (Sometimes I skip the toasting!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs and rum. Beat on low speed to blend, then beat on medium speed for two minutes. Fold in pecans and pour batter into greased 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes and turn onto serving platter. Frost with Orange Glaze (yummy). See below.
Orange glaze:
¾ c powdered sugar
2 T plus ½ tsp orange juice
1 T orange zest
Mix powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest until smooth. Spoon glaze over top of cake allowing it to run down the sides. Enjoy! We enjoy this for Thanksgiving, Christmas and throughout the fall.
~Beth Carter
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Holiday Memory Corner
Ryan Jo Summers has a wonderful holiday memory to share . . .


Many years ago I married a man who had custody of his two sons, six and three. We wanted this first Christmas as a family to be very special for everyone, so we headed to the closest Toys R' Us with lots of cash and left the kids with Grandma.

Hubby and I were like kids ourselves as we both pushed our carts up and down the aisles, discussing which child would love what present the best. We wrapped and decorated and couldn't wait to see the boys on Christmas morning. The presents were piled so high and far out, we could hardly reach the tree to plug it in. But it was all worth it when the kids came downstairs that first morning and exclaimed we must have bought out the whole toy store!
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Music Corner




Listen up! Amy Deason shares her favorite holiday song:

Title:
All I Want For Christmas Is You
By Mariah Carey
Song Link:

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Craft Corner

Feeling crafty? Kim Hotzon shares a festive DIY craft:
Holiday Ornament Ball
When my children were young, we spent many weekends crafting homemade ornaments for our tree. This is a simple craft that is inexpensive, and makes a great gift too!
Supplies:
  • scraps of fabric (the more festive pattern the better but plain greens, reds, whites, stripes, etc. work well)
  • festive ribbon (for handle)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • foam balls from craft store
Steps:
Cut squares of fabric and wrap around foam ball. Glue in place with glue gun. You may need to cut different sizes of squares to fit the ball, depending on the size. Smooth fabric in place with your fingers. Leave a little opening at the top of the ball and insert a loop of ribbon, securing under the fabric with the glue gun. Press down, hold for a minute until glue sets.
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Book Corner
We promised a sneak peek, so here goes . . .
Author CD Hersh gives an excerpt of their short story, Kissing Santa!

Anna Noel studied the trim backside of the Santa standing in front of her. He appeared younger than most of the Santas at the Santa Claus conference she’d chosen to attend this year. A lot more attractive than any Santa she’d ever met. For the briefest of moments she let her mind wander, lingering on ‘Christmas Wish Number Nine.’
Make love to Santa.
A heated flush climbed her chest as she envisioned the scene, and she flapped the jacket of her green elf costume to cool down.
Her gaze traveled over his hips, chest, and to the beginnings of a snow white beard; then to his shock of silver hair underneath the white-trimmed, red Santa hat.
Yep. Definitely a Santa she wanted to know. Too bad she wouldn’t be the elf to his mall Santa. They could have gotten acquainted. And more.
The conference registrar drew her out of her Christmas fantasy with a loud, “Miss? Are you with this Santa?”
“What? No. I don’t have a Santa. I’m here alone.”
Sexy Santa turned and held out his hand. “Me, too. I’m Sam S. Klaus.”
A smile curled her lips as she took his hand. “As in Sam Santa Claus?” His warm palm sent tingles through her fingers as he gently squeezed them.
He flashed a slightly lopsided grin. “You have the same warped sense of humor as my parents.” He gave her a mock bow. “Sam S. for Santa, and Klaus, with a K.”
“That’s your real name?” He’d let go of her hand. She fought to keep from grabbing it back. A real Santa Klaus? How great was that?
“The same, and you are?”
“An—” She stopped, suddenly unwilling to reveal her name. A rollercoaster of emotions raced through her, suggesting she might hit number nine with this Santa. If she did, and it didn’t go well, she wouldn’t want Sam Klaus to know her real identity. “An elf who needs a Santa,” she hedged. “How about we team up? I’ll be your personal elfette, and you can be my Santa.”
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Decorating Corner
Time to bring out the mistletoe! Crystal Firsdon has some great decorating tips!
There’s always a theme to what I do: easy and simple.  For years, I never knew what to do with the Christmas cards I received, so I stood them on any available vertical surface. As you can imagine I had to re-stand them up every day and sometimes several times per day, and they made my tables and shelves looked cluttered. Finally I came up with a solution: cards on a ribbon. (In my mind I’m the one who invented this, but a lot of you probably do this already)
First, I cut a 3-5 foot piece of cute, wide Christmas ribbon.
Next, hang it from a higher shelf by taping the top of the ribbon to the flat surface of the shelf. I place a Christmas picture over it, making sure it covers the tape. I’ve learned that several cards are heavier than you might think, so use a lot of tape.
As I receive Christmas cards, I simply staple each card to the ribbon. If I get more than expected, I hang another ribbon.
One reason I love this is because I’ll find my kids opening the cards to read them and see who they’re from. I also like that the funny cards are mixed with the more serious and sentimental cards. It totally fits my family’s hodgepodge decorating style!
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Holiday Card Corner
What's a holiday without a personalized card by one of your favorite authors? Author Cheryl Yeko sends her holiday greetings:
Of course, as authors we love our readers, and we couldn't pass up an opportunity to offer swag, free books, and a grand prize which will be awarded to one lucky blog/newsletter follower! For a chance to win these prizes, follow and join the author's blogs!
Don't miss our upcoming Facebook launch party with tons of goodies to giveaway! Follow the authors' blogs for a sneak peek of this wonderful collection! (FB launch date TBA).