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October 15, 2015

SIZZLE IN THE SNOW: A SOUL MATE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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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 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!

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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.”

Oct 15 cocktail

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.

 

Oct 15 recipe

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

Oct 15 holiday memory 

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!

Oct 15 music

Music Corner

Listen up! Amy Deason shares her favorite holiday song:

Title:

All I Want For Christmas Is You

By Mariah Carey

Song Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY&list=RDyXQViqx6GMY

Oct 15 craft corner

Craft Corner

Feeling crafty? Kim Hotzon shares a festive DIY craft:

Holiday Ornament Ball

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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.

Oct 15 decorating

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!

 

Holiday Card Corner

What’s a holiday without a personalized card by one of your favorite authors? Author Cheryl Yeko sends her holiday greetings:

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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!

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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).

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October 5, 2015
SIZZLE IN THE SNOW: A SOUL MATE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Eight steamy romances by eight Soul Mate Publishing authors . . .

SIZZLE IN THE SNOW_800x1200 (2) NEW

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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:
• 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!
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Busy shopping, wrapping, and socializing? Kick back with a festive mocktail! Recipe shared by Ryan Jo Summers!

pear treee mocktail

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.
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Company coming over? Author Cheryl Yeko dishes up her favorite holiday recipe:
Rum or Bourbon Balls – Great For Christmas!

cheryl's chocloates

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 H Christmas MemoryKim 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!
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music corner  Music Corner
Listen up! Beth Carter shares her favorite holiday song:

Title: Blue Christmas

Song Link:
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=elvis+presley+singing+blue+christmas&FORM=VIRE13#view=detail&mid=4B63C16C2001EFAE289E4B63C16C2001EFAE289E

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craft cornerCraft Corner
Feeling crafty? CD Hersh shares a festive DIY craft:
Santa Mobile

santa mobile 1

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.

Materials:
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
Black marker
Red marker or red nail polish to paint one of the ping pong balls.
Rubber cement
Heavy duty sewing needle

Directions:
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

santa mobile 2

2. Cut Santa’s hat from the red poster board following the dimension on figure 2.

Figure 2                 santa mobile 3
3. From the white poster board, cut 2 bands the same width and height for hat. (see figure 2) Cut one beard. See figure 3 for beard dimensions and shape.

Figure 3  santa mobile 4
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.

Figure 4  santa mobile 5
6. Cut another piece of string to hang the mobile with. Knot and stitch the thread through the fold on Santa’s hat, apply glue if necessary to keep the string in place.
7. Hang and enjoy!

book cornerBook Corner

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.

decorating corner    Decorating Corner
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

TINA SUSEDIK

©Photos by Tina

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! Don’t miss out! 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).

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