October 5, 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:
• Beth Carter http://bethcarter.com/, Santa Baby
• Amy Deason https://amydeason.wordpress.com/, Second Chances: A Christmas Story
• Crystal Firsdon http://crystalfirsdon.com/, ‘Twas the Crazy Night Before Christmas
• CD Hersh https://cdhersh.wordpress.com/, Kissing Santa
• Kim Hotzon http://kimhotzon.com/, The Snow Bird
• Ryan Jo Summers http://www.ryanjosummers.com/, Tamed by Christmas
• Tina Susedik http://www.tinasusedik.com/, Operation Santa
• Cheryl Yeko http://www.cherylyeko.com/, Christmas Eve Surprise
Welcome to our first newsletter in celebration of the release of Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection. Get ready as we unveil new surprises with each newsletter, coming every ten days!
Check your inbox 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!
So, let’s get started!
Busy shopping, wrapping, and socializing? Kick back with a festive mocktail! Recipe shared by Ryan Jo Summers!
Pear Tree Mocktail
1 C ice
1/3 c pear juice
2 Tablespoons simple syrup *
2 Tablespoons lemon & lime juice **
4 fresh mint leaves and 1 mint sprig for garnish
*Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves. Yield will be the same amount of water used.
** lemon and lime juice is equal parts freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice to add acidity.
Preparation: Put pear juice, simple syrup, lemon and lime juice, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and shake until well blended, about ten seconds. Pour with ice into sniffer or tumbler. Garnish with sprig of mint.
Superfine sugar is a nice garnish for the rim of the glass and dissolves easily.
Company coming over? Author Cheryl Yeko dishes up her favorite holiday recipe:
Rum or Bourbon Balls – Great For Christmas!
1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup White Sugar
3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
1/2 Cup Rum OR Bourbon
2 ½ Cups Crushed Vanilla Wafers
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
Place chocolate chips into a microwave-safe medium bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and then continue to heat at 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Stir in sugar and corn syrup. Blend in rum. Add crushed vanilla wafers and chopped nuts. Mix until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
Roll the chilled chocolate mixture into bite-size balls. Roll balls in a mixture of ground nuts and confectioner’s sugar, or just plain confectioner’s sugar. Store in a covered container for a week before serving to blend the flavors.
Kim Hotzon has a wonderful holiday memory to share . . .
There is one special Christmas memory that I’ll never forget. As a teenager, I woke on Christmas morning to an announcement from my younger brother, who was only 3 at the time. “Santa built a house!” His wide-eyed exuberance brought me running to the front window. I wiped my bleary eyes as he pointed at the driveway. “See? Santa built you a house!” He jumped up and down in his excitement. Gazing at the driveway, I was too stunned to speak.
What I learned later that morning, as my dad handed me a set of keys duct-taped twenty layers deep, was that he had re-commissioned an old car donated by the church, turning it into a shiny, fabulous set of wheels for his teen-aged daughter. He’d spent months, along with a family friend, detailing and overhauling the car, getting it ready in time for Christmas. I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams receiving a car on Christmas morning. Naturally, I squealed, standing in my housecoat on the driveway, as I ripped off the cardboard from a hundred boxes covering the car. The entire ‘box’ was wrapped up in a giant, red bow. To my brother’s eyes, it certainly looked like a house, though I had to explain to him that it was in fact a car. I was humbled, surprised, and delighted by the realization that others would go to such lengths to make that car into something special for me. My dad provided a lesson in giving from the heart that resonated deeply. The only condition given to me? I had to save up for car insurance!
Title: Blue Christmas
Catherine loves to change the Christmas décor in our house—she has five different Christmas trees, enough ornaments to decorate the trees differently for five years and not repeat, and a gazillion village pieces and Nativities. But the one thing that always finds a spot every Christmas is our Santa mobile, originally made by Donald’s father. We don’t know where he got the craft idea, but over the years he, or Donald, has made a Santa for everyone in the family. We thought since our novella is entitled Kissing Santa, this would be a perfect DIY craft to share with you. The mobile takes some time to construct, but will give you years of fun as you watch Santa spin.
Three ping pong balls- Two white and one red. If you don’t have a red ping pong ball you can paint one of the three balls.
Heavy thread (button thread works well)
Red and white heavyweight construction board/lightweight poster board
Red marker or red nail polish to paint one of the ping pong balls.
Heavy duty sewing needle
1. Using the black marker, draw black circle for Santa’s pupil on two of the balls. Set aside to dry. Color the third ball red, if needed
2. Cut Santa’s hat from the red poster board following the dimension on figure 2.
4. Using a straight edge, fold the hat on dimensions shown in figure 2.
5. Following the measurements on the figure 4, string the eyes through the bottom and the top of the ping pong balls, leaving enough string on the nose to affix it to the beard. Knot the string at the bottom of the eyes and glue the strings under the white band of Santa’s hat. Glue the string to beard, applying a small square of white poster board over the end of the string to secure it.
We promised a sneak peek, so here goes . . .
Author Crystal Firsdon gives an excerpt of her short story, ‘Twas The Crazy Night Before Christmas!
Clara lay flat on her back, dead silent. A rock dug into her shoulder and she fought the urge to wiggle out of the way. The dirt beneath her was dry and chilly while a small pool of sweat puddled between her breasts. The stranger she’d met only a half hour earlier lay directly on top of her, propped up on his elbows on either side of her head, covering her body head to toe in a protective shield. Her hands were pinned between their chests and, no matter how hard she tried to still them, trembled.
He kept as much of his weight off her as he could, but their bodies still clung to one another. He lowered his head an inch and whispered, “Relax.”
Clara nodded. “What did you say your name was?” she whispered back. He’d never told her his name, just grabbed her from the store and ran like hell.
“Shhh.” His breath in her ear sent shivers down the side of her neck, and if they weren’t being chased by a couple of thugs with guns, she’d take time to enjoy the feeling.
She took a slow, deep breath but it forced their bodies tighter together, and dear God, she enjoyed it.
Which made her an idiot.
Maybe she should slide out from under him if the adrenaline rush affected her thoughts like that.
Time to bring out the mistletoe! Amy Deason has some great decorating tips!
My family loves Christmas. Especially my husband, Shaun. He’s more like a kid than our kids.
1. Anyway, we always set our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. My hubby and I do the lights and the kids pick out the decorations to use. One year it’s blue and silver. The next it’s blue and silver. At last, the angel at the top. That is Shaun’s job.
2. We hang lights outside on our porch. But it doesn’t stop there. We decorate the inside of our home with multi-color lights and blue and silver ornaments. And of course the kids want their rooms to look Christmasy too. (Christmas lights make great night lights by the way.)
3. A handmade wreath (made by yours truly) hangs on the front door. I made it for our first Christmas together in 2011 and it has been used ever since.
4. Each year, the whole family-5 of us-buy and decorate stockings to hang up. It is a lot of fun. We use glue and glitter. Sometimes we write our names and other times we just draw Christmasy things on them. We never know what we are gonna do. And of course our 2 dogs have to have their own stockings too. Also every year we all choose and buy one ornament as the family ornament for that year. We write the year on the bottom. It’s nice to look back at our ornaments and remember the years past.
5. And on Christmas Eve, the kids and I bake cookies for Santa and write him a note to go with them (while trying to keep Shaun out of them!). Then right before bed, all of us gather around with a mug of hot cocoa and a Christmas cookie or two and listen to Shaun read us the story of The Night Before Christmas.
What’s a holiday without a personalized card by one of your favorite authors? Author Tina Susedik sends her holiday greetings:
WARM YOUR HEART AND SOUL WITH ROMANCE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS
©Photos by Tina
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