I’m participating in historical author Heather McCollum’s annual Christmas (* and any other winter holidays) Cookie (**and other sweet treats) Hop this year — and it begins. . . TODAY!!
It will be a fun way to collect holiday recipes, learn about authors, find giveaways and prizes and be entered to win a $150 gift card, too. To enter, you follow the list of participating authors to their listed locations and. . . read, follow, copy recipes, click, or whatever they ask all the while collecting the names of the treats they share. Simple really.
So – what recipe am I offering?
My favorite scent after vanilla is CINNAMON – and the aroma of cinnamon baking is just so enticing. And that doesn’t even mention the taste.
Cinnamon is an ancient spice. In past centuries, it was reserved for royalty and the wealthy because of its cost. Its use is mentioned in Egypt as far back as 2000 BCE and most Western Europeans believed that was its source. But it actually was grown and cultivated in Sri Lanka and southeastern Asia for centuries. It reached Europe and England when people traveled back from the Middle East. Cinnamon has also been used as an herbal medicine for centuries. But me? I love the fabulous flavor in one of my favorite Christmastime recipes — Pull-apart Cinnamon Loaf (and Cake)!
On Christmas morning, I usually host a family brunch – my family loves my sausage gravy over biscuits with eggs which take some time to make. So, just before making that, I put a loaf or cake pan with this recipe in my oven to bake – it fills the house with the most mouthwatering scent and it’s a lovely addition to the menu. Mmmmmm!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/3 cup margarine or butter,
- (12-oz.) can of 10 refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (any kind with ‘layers’ works best)
Heat oven to 400°F. Generously grease 8×4-inch loaf pan (do not use dark-coated pan). In small shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well.
1. Separate dough into 10 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Dip each quarter into melted margarine; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Fill greased loaf pan with the pieces – do not pack them down.
2. Bake at 400°F. for 19 to 27 minutes. Cool 2 minutes. Loosen edges; remove from pan. Place on serving plate. Serve warm.
Mmmmmmm! They are most delicious when eaten warm but be careful – they can be like molten lava when they first come out!
For a larger group – make it cake-sized! And just a little differently, too.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cans (16.3 oz each) LARGE Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube or Bundt-style cake pan.
- In large plastic food-storage bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Separate dough into a total of 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters.
Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan – do not pack down. Mix brown sugar and butter; pour
over biscuit pieces.
- Bake 47 to 52 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in
center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate;
pull apart to serve. Serve warm.
No matter which you make, it’s a lovely, sweet treat to share!
Now – hop on to the next author and their sweet holiday treat – Hop Here!
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa!
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To be entered in my personal giveaway – for a Scottish 2023 calendar and an ebook copy of one of my Christmas novellas – just post below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your favorite holiday scent or aroma!
It’s Halloween weekend and time to celebrate — and yes, even grownups can go Trick-or-Treating! We’re doing a fun author hop and offering the chance at a $150 gift card giveaway again this year.
The basics – follow the links to the participating authors’ websites/etc., find the hidden treat on their page and report them back to Heather McCollum to be eligible to win! For all the details – visit our FB event page here.
For a head start – here’s the list of authors with treats to be found — and their link:
Alanna Lucas https://alannalucas.com/
Anna St. Claire https://www.annastclaire.com/contests.html
Caroline Warfield https://www.carolinewarfield.com/the-halloween-hop/
Deb Marlowe https://www.debmarlowe.com/
Elizabeth Langston http://elizabethlangston.net/holiday-hop/
Elizabeth Rose https://elizabethrosenovels.com/
Eliza Knight https://elizaknight.com/news/
E.L Johnson https://eljohnsonstories.weebly.com/
Gina Conkle https://ginaconkle.com/
Heather McCollum https://www.heathermccollum.com/
Hildie McQueen https://www.facebook.com/hildieMcQueenWriter
Jane Charles https://www.janecharlesauthor.com/holiday-books
Jessica Clements https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAClementsNavarro
Katherine Bone https://www.katherinebone.com/
Katherine Grant https://katherinegrantromance.com/halloween-hop
Kathryn Le Veque https://kathrynleveque.com/
Lisa Rayne https://lisarayne.com/
Lori Ann Bailey https://loriannbailey.com/
Maddison Michaels https://maddisonmichaels.com/
Madeline Martin https://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor/
Michelle McLean https://michellemcleanbooks.com/
MK Robert https://mkrobertauthor.com/
Nicole Locke https://www.nicolelocke.com/
Rachel Ann Smith https://historical.rachelannsmith.com/
Ruth A. Casie https://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie
Samantha Grace https://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/
Sandra Sookoo https://www.facebook.com/sandrasookooauthor
Tara Kingston https://www.facebook.com/TaraKingstonAuthor
Terri Brisbin https://terribrisbin.com/
Tracy Sumner https://www.tracy-sumner.com/
Have fun and I hope you find the treats this weekend!
On Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2023, I’ll be signing as part of author Roz Lee’s Days of Wine and Romance and More at the Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia, NJ! Featuring more than 30 authors who write romance, mystery and more, there’s also wine tasting available, door prizes and gifties. And, books, did I mention books? LOL!
For ALL the info, please visit the event website and make your plans to join us on both days or one. Hope to see you there!
I wanted to let you know that two of my books are part of boxed-sets/collections out now and in September from Oliver Heber Books! Take a look at these covers:
One Knight with a Lady – again, all bestselling authors but more of them! This collection of 12 full-length novels about dashing knightly heroes and bold, brave heroines is already available for you – just grab your copy now here!
These are both limited time only so get them while you can!
Love After Midnight 2 – a collection of NYT and USA TODAY bestselling authors in one collection of historical paranormal or fantasy romances! Six full-length novels! On sale on September 5, 2022, you can preorder it here now! FYI – Volume 1 includes contemporary paranormal or fantasy romances – so something for every readers’ preferences!
There’s only one week left to grab your copy of Sunflower Season – an anthology of 70+ historical romance stories that benefit humanitarian charities in Ukraine! We’ve made a good run after Amazon’s rough start for us and thanks to those who have gotten their copy!
Choose your preferred vendor here: https://books2read.com/Sunflower-Season-For-Ukraine
I’m so thrilled to be part of this anthology, the proceeds of which will be donated for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. It’s available for pre-order OR on sale this week on Tuesday, June 7th. It’s only on sale for a limited-time, so do not miss more than 70 historical romance stories from so many of my favorite (and your’s) authors.
Click here to get your copy at your preferred vendor! Thank you!
Hey friends – I’m taking part (again) in Heather McCollum’s Annual Easter Egg Hop – readers visit authors’ websites or Facebook pages and find the “hidden” Easter Egg and match it to the author to enter our giveaway. The prize is a $150 gift card! And you may find some new authors to read, too!
Hop over to Heather’s Hop starting page and grab the convenient scoresheet and then you’ll have until April 16 to collect all the eggs — https://www.facebook.com/events/682654079645870
Here’s a list of the authors and the place to hop over to —
Start Hopping now and good luck!
I’m so excited to be part of a wonderful fundraiser to support humanitarian aid for Ukraine. This collection – Sunflower Season – includes more than 70 historical romance stories – some are new and some are favorites. I’m including my story A TRAITOR’S HEART which is the origin story in the BRANDYWINE BRIDES anthology.
Sunflower Season is available for pre-order on major vendors and if you follow the link below – you can find your preferred one to order from now. I hope you’ll order this one – it’s a great way to help out a good cause and it will give you the chance to enjoy so many fabulous historical romance stories at the same time!
Pre-order here: www.books2read.com/Sunflower-Season-for-Ukraine-
I’m thrilled to announce that my ‘A Highland Feuding’ story – THE HIGHLANDER’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE – is shortlisted for the Liberta Shorter Novel category of the Romantic Novelists Association (UK)’s Romance of the Year award!!
The winners will be announced on Monday, March 7th from London! Wish me luck!