The Holidays are hectic trying to shop for everyone one else, so myself and several other authors decided to get together and help make your Holiday brighter! To celebrate this festive season, I am bringing you 25 fabulous authors that are going to share how they celebrate and maybe a treat and decoration. We are also having a huge giveaway. One Lucky winner will get a Kindle fire 7 and some gift cards to help fill it. Then each author is offering an ebook as individual gifts! So not only one winner but several! Read to the end to see how!
So grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and settle in your favorite spot with a warm throw and enjoy!
Cat: Today our guest is Kate Hill. Hello Kate. Are you ready for Christmas?
Kate: I am. For me, there’s not too much preparation. I exchange gifts with only a couple of people, so shopping isn’t too difficult. I will put up some decorations around the house. I have Halloween ornaments that I put on my artificial Christmas tree, and those are my favorites. What I look forward to most is watching Christmas horror movies, like St. Nicholas and Red Christmas. Every year I have to watch the Tales from the Crypt episode And All Through the House about a deranged Santa stalking a mother and daughter on Christmas Eve. I enjoy some non-horror Christmas movies as well, like Mixed Nuts and An All-American Christmas Carol. It’s also fun to watch holiday episodes of favorite old TV shows.
I usually prefer or be solitary around the holidays, but unlike the hero in my Christmas romance, Spirits of Christmas, I don’t have a haunted past that is the reason for this choice. In the story, the heroine is also alone for Christmas, but that’s not generally her preference. She’s very much into a traditional Christmas and enjoys decorations, cards, and Christmas cookies. I agree with her that making treats around the holidays is fun, and I’d like to share a recipe that I enjoy. If you try it, I hope you like it, too.
Kate’s Chocolate Mint Protein Treats
1/3 cup protein powder (I use unflavored pea protein, but you can use any kind you like.)
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 of a 3oz bar of dark chocolate (I use 88% cocoa, but if you like it sweeter, use the kind you prefer.)
In a bowl, mix the protein powder, almond butter, honey, and peppermint extract. It’s pretty sticky, so I knead it with my hand. Once it forms a smooth dough, break off pieces and roll them into balls. I usually get a dozen (around 1 inch).
Melt the chocolate. Dip or roll the balls in the melted chocolate and place them on a dish covered in wax paper. Place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!
Title: Spirits of Christmas
Series: Wild Witches of Beaver Bay
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Heat Rating: Hot/Adult
Cover Artist Bryan Keller
On Christmas Eve twenty-five years ago, a brutal murder was committed at the house where Christa Wild works as a live-in maid. When the other servants leave for the holiday this year she stays behind, hoping that any spirits dwelling there will help her regain the psychic power she lost. She’s surprised when the intriguing but disturbed owner of the house appears several days before Christmas.
Action star Joel Connor has kept a terrible secret for most of his life. Despite his success as an athlete and actor, he is plagued by flashbacks of a gruesome attack that destroyed his family. This Christmas, Joel returns to the house where it happened to face the ghosts of the past, but finds he is not alone.
Joel and Christa are instantly attracted, but will his psychological state prevent them from finding peace and love?
How about a little more?
Christa smiled again, more relaxed this time. “You’re welcome. Give me like ten minutes.”
She hurried upstairs, her adorable bottom swishing. Over the years he’d worked with lots of famous actresses, some of them quite pretty and with the best makeup artists and fashion designers accentuating their assets, but Christa was as pretty as any of them — prettier than most. She was dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, her dark hair in a ponytail, and not a hint of makeup. Very pretty girl.
With Christa upstairs, it would be a great time to explore the house without the risk of losing control in front of her. He’d been here for a few minutes now and so far, so good.
He walked slowly around the parlor and then headed down the hall to the kitchen. His heart pounded again and he placed a hand on the wall to steady himself.
He made it to the kitchen. It was hot and he couldn’t breathe.
He jumped and spun around, his muscles coiled. Fight or flight reaction, and he was ready to fight.
Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Since 1996, she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
She prefers to blend genres, and she loves horror and a happily ever after, so her books can be a bit unusual. If you’re looking for romance with witches, aliens, vampires, angels, demons, shapeshifters and more, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to your taste in her backlist.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and watching horror movies. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.
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To help you have a happy Holiday season we are having a huge giveaway!
Kate Hill is giving a copy of Spirits of Christmas to one lucky winner