It’s the Holiday Historical Cookie/Sweets Hop 2023! Grab your biscotti!

Cinnamon Chip biscotti on a classic Corelleware white plate. Placemat and linen on table

Italian cookies that originated in medieval Tuscany – sigh! Cookies that are twice-baked (which is what biscotti means in Italian) and hold up to dunking in tea or milk or chocolate or wine or Prosecco. Another bonus in addition to the wide range possible flavors is that being twice-baked gives them a longer shelf life – so more time to enjoy them! Yes, it’s true – I love biscotti!

My favorite flavors tend to be plain – vanilla (or a touch of almond flavor) is my usual one but I do like chocolate chip, too. Oh, and gingerbread, too. Or one called a Snicker-cookie biscotti that turns out like a sugar cookie with a hint of cinnamon. Mmmmmm. They are easy to make and simply delicious. And although they don’t have a specific link to the Holiday season, I find I make them more near Christmas than other times of year.

I should admit that I turned to trying them because of my cookie-baking failures. It’s true – I can successfully make most other baked goods – gosh, my pound cake is always in demand at family gatherings and events. But cookies? They defeat me. Too flat. Too hard (often compared to small hockey pucks!). Not right. Not enough. So, when I made my first batch of biscotti and they turned out hard and crumbly, I realized they were perfect — LOL!

There are lots of biscotti recipes all over, online and in cookbooks and in family recipes so it’s not difficult to find one to try. I’ve found a great basic recipe along with more recipes that turn them into so many flavors on the Kristine’s Kitchen Blog. I’ve also had some success with recipes from an online site ( but it seems to be gone now. Luckily I have print and digital copies of those recipes!

Have you tried making biscottis or other holiday cookies? Are you a Pizzelle maker? Those were my younger sister Mar’s favorites and she made them every year…so good! Or is your Holiday superpower eating them? Hey, bakers need people to enjoy their creations!

Since I’m part of the Historical Authors Holiday Cookie (and Treats) Hop, here’s the list of all the participating authors (many of whom are doing giveaways on their pages so don’t miss them!):

Historical Romance Authors Cookie Hop Link List 2023

(look below for directions if you haven’t seen them)

Heather McCollum
Alanna Lucas
Allison B. Hanson
Anna St.Claire
Tara Kingston
Celeste Barclay 
Michelle McLean
Katherine Bone
Kathryn Le Veque
Terri Brisbin 
Melanie Rose Clarke
Brenna Ash
Gina Conkle
Deb Marlowe
E. Elizabeth Watson
Jane Charles
Amy Jarecki
Collette Cameron
Lauren & Devon Royal
Maeve Greyson
Aurrora St. James 
C.H. Admirand 
Emily Royal 
Margaux Thorne
Jennifer Seasons
Aubrey Wynne
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Sara Adrien
Eliza Knight
Ruth A. Casie

After you collect the names of all 30 recipes, e-mail the list of authors with their treats to with the subject line: Historical Romance Authors are Sweet. One winner will be chosen on Wednesday, 13 December and announced on the FB event page and on Heather’s website: .

For my giveaway, I’m giving one winner who makes a comment below a lovely 2024 Scottish calendar along with a wee Scottish giftie, too! So just tell me if you bake or make Holiday treats or just like to eat them or what your favorites are and I’ll choose a winner TWO WINNERS who will be announced on December 13. Could be one of these calendars below or another of the ones I’ve collected for the New Year! Good luck!

I’m into Midsummer Celebrations!

I’m hooked on another “Midsummer” event! Still celebrating the release of my #MidsummerKnights novella – An Outlaw’s Honor – and now am part of a Midsummer Giveaway —

👉💥It’s the Ultimate Midsummer Giveaway!💥👈

Join 28 of your favorite Historical Romance authors for a fabulous Midsummer Giveaway – as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! 🏖

Follow your favorite authors on Bookbub or Amazon by clicking on their name and following the instructions. Easy!
So many prizes! So many chances to win!

We’re giving away ten (10) Amazon Gift Cards!!
1 $100 Amazon Gift Card
2 $50 Amazon Gift Cards
3 $25 Amazon Gift Cards
4 $10 Amazon Gift Cards

🤩🥳You can’t win if you don’t enter! 🤩

#EveryBodyIsBeautiful is here!


I got an exciting email a few months back inviting me, as a long-time customer of Woman Within plus sized clothing, to participate in their ‘real women’ campaign! Their plan is to feature women who actually wear their clothing and that is me! I posted informal photos on my Facebook page when the photo shoot happened in February and I have to say it was so much fun and such a fun day being treated like a VIP.

The #EveryBodyIsBeautiful campaign went live today! I hope you’ll stop over and take a look at the other talented and wonderful women who are featured – and thanks to Woman Within for such an opportunity!




Highland Dream Weavers are here! Join us!

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     Historical romances set in the Scottish Highlands are favorites of readers (and of mine!) so I’ve teamed up with FIVE other bestselling, award-winning authors to start the Highland Dream Weavers. As our logo say – we are the weavers of dreams, purveyors of stories and lovers of the Highlands! I’m thrilled to be in this group along with Amy Jarecki, Tarah Scott, Carmen Caine, Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Violetta Rand, all very talented authors and nice people, too.

We’ll be posting previews of upcoming books, sharing stories of travels to Scotland, revealing covers, and chatting about all things Scottish and Highlands so I hope you’ll check out our new website and join our Facebook group.  If you visit and LIKE our group, you’re in the running for one of two gift cards (a $30 and a $60) to the retailer of your choice.

So, come on over, share some photos of Highlanders or Scotland, ask questions or chat about Scottish romances…we’d love to see you there!





Cover Reveal — again!!

So, I’ll be having 2 books released within weeks of each other and I wanted to share the Harlequin Historical cover with you all — yes, it’s on my FB page but here it is for you all!!




Stolen by the Highlander ~ March 17(print) April 1 (digital)



STOLEN comes out in print on March 17th and in digital formats on all retailers on April 1st!!  Woohooo!! A new series we’re calling “A HIGHLAND FEUDING” about a clan war that last more than 300 years! I hope you’ll give it a try! You can pre-order it now….



GoodReads winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the GoodReads giveaway for an advanced copy of RISING FIRE: A Novel of the Stone Circles — winners were chosen and Tiffany and Theresa of NY, Lindsey and Elisa of CA and Bobbie of TX will get a copy in the mail! They’re already coming to you!   IMG_4919        RisingFire-StoneCircles   ENJOY!!! 

Cover Reveal Coming August 12!!

I’ve been telling anyone and everyone who will listen about the gorgeous cover on the first book in my new WARRIORS OF DESTINY series from NAL — RISING FIRE will be a March 2015 release and I couldn’t be more pleased with the cover.

So, this week – Tuesday, August 12, on Heroes and Heartbreakers – I’ll be revealing the cover! I hope you’ll stop over and see it. . . and let me know what you think of it! Here’s a snippet to tease you:



Haha! Mean, aren’t I? You’ll just have to see it on Tuesday!!




Brenda Novak’s Auction – bid on me….mine!


Each year, Brenda Novak raises thousands and thousands of $$ for Diabetes research in her month-long auction. What’s in the auction? Everything and anything but it’s especially fun for readers and writers. Tons of items and events and services are open to bidding – some all through May, some on specific days. There really is SOMETHING for EVERYONE up for grabs!

This year, I’m fortunate enough to have a couple of items there — I’ve contributed some digital books to some digital readers (Kindles!) here and something a bit bigger: a COACH backpack bag and a complete set of two of my romance series! Take a look here for all the details!

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I hope you’ll go over and shop — lots of great presents, even vacations and trips, to browse through for a worthy cause!



Cover REVEAL!!!!

I just got the cover for my May Harlequin Historical – YIELD TO THE HIGHLANDER – and it’s another gorgeous cover! This is the last of my MacLerie stories so I’d hoped for a good cover — and — wow!

And some special news to share!

My book has been chosen for a special Harlequin Featured Author promotion so during May, it will have a slightly-different cover (same image, my name bigger – LOL!) on shelves in Walmarts, Kmarts and some other chains! I hope you’ll look for it….and enjoy it!

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