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 several 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 There are even a couple of audio codes! So not only one winner but 26! 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 Flossie Benton Rogers. Hello, Flossie! Are you ready for Christmas?
Flossie: Yes! I am into all things Christmas! I love the passing down of traditions and how many familiar Christmas symbols come to us from ancient times.
Candle in the Window – In ancient Ireland this was used to show hospitality to travelers and safe haven for clerics to hold services. When I was a child and my older brother was in the Navy, we made a point of leaving a candle in the window for him at Christmastime.
Gifts – Giving has long been a holiday tradition. In addition to store-bought gifts, I always include some homemade items. Years back I painted Artex tee shirts for my nieces and nephews—did you ever do that? In recent years it’s crochet. This year I crocheted a thin blue line blanket for my son in law enforcement.
Greenery – Throughout time, evergreen trees held magical properties as symbols of life and to ward off illness. In ancient Ireland people placed holly, with its bright red berries, on the front door as protection against evil spirits. Druid priests gathered mistletoe to ensure prosperity and good health for the people throughout the year. When my husband was alive, we’d typically have a sprig of mistletoe hovering somewhere about.
Feasting – For aeons, the sharing of food has been a way to celebrate holidays. My mother kept trays of colorful fruit and nuts set out on the coffee table. We generally serve both ham and turkey. This year we are doing something totally different with the big family get together. We are having a chili cook-off! I am going to use my new red slow cooker to make chili with a cornbread topping. I have made it in the past but not in the slow cooker. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I have fond memories of baking fruitcakes for family and giveaways. Cookies are popular with my Snickerdoodles (grandsons ages 12 and 10). Pies are also hits of the season, including my mother’s lemon chiffon pie.
IRENE’S LEMON CHIFFON PIE
6 fresh eggs, separated
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
Juice of 6 lemons
Prepared or ready-made graham cracker pie crust
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Beat egg yolks. Add the sweetened condensed milk, the juice of 6 lemons, and beat until thickened. Pour into pie crust. Bake 30 minutes in preheated 325 degree oven. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
For meringue, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. Slowly beat in sugar a little at a time until mixture forms stiff peaks. Beat in lemon extract. Spread mixture over pie filling. Bake at 425 degrees 15 minutes or until golden brown.
In my book, Time Singer, a spell gone wrong sends the heroine to ancient Ireland, where she meets the warrior Aedar.
Title: Time Singer
Series: Wytchfae (#4)
Author: Flossie Benton Rogers
Publisher: Moonspell Books
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Heat Rating: Spicy
Cover Artist: Dawne’ Dominique
How about a little more? Here’s a short excerpt:
Seraphina opened her bedroom door. Aedar stood there, the gold flecks of his eyes glittering from the lights of the candles. Unsmiling, he waited for her to invite him in. He was handsome in his dark blue lounging trousers and a robe that opened at the waist. Her gaze lingered on the broad expanse of his chest, and her fingers twitched, longing to touch him there. He smelled of deep woods with a hint of the open sea.
Without a word she took his hand, drawing him into the room and closing the door. She looked up into his eyes, seeing both mystery and magic. He drew her close to his body, its warmth sending shivers of delight racing up and down her spine. His arms enfolded her in a sensuous embrace, and his mouth met hers for a deep, drugging kiss. When it ended, it merely began again with him nibbling at the corners of her lips, his hands roaming over her back, dipping into the small of it.
He tangled his fingers into her hair. “Seraphina. My woman of fire. You are a flame to me, drawing me closer and closer to the edge of eternity. I have waited a lifetime for you, love.”
Meet Flossie Benton Rogers.
Mystic adventurer, writes action-packed paranormal fantasy and is known for conjuring the magic in romance. Author of the Wytchfae series. Former library director and teacher. Essential Energy Balancing and Reiki master. Passionate about true love, mystical worlds, mythology, cosmology, and hidden realities. Coffee aficionado. Bedazzled thrall of Marigold the fur fae. Loves to hang out in the realm of myth, magic, and mayhem.
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To help you have a happy Holiday season we are having a huge Giveaway! Not only one prize but many chances to win.
Flossie Benton Rogers is giving a copy of Time Singer to one lucky winner!
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9 responses to “Candles, Gifts, Greenery and Feasts #Christmas #Giveaway”
Cathy, thank you for your generosity and cool ideas! I enjoyed our chat and am honored to be your guest today.
I loved the look back at old traditions, Flossie. This whole post was wonderful, heartwarming, and entertaining!
I’ve read Time Singer and it’s fabulous. Hoping you find many more fans for it.
Lovely job hosting, Cathy!
Thank you Mae. I am loving reading all of these traditions and meeting new authors!
Great post! I love the holidays and learning where all the traditions come from. Time Singer is a terrific book. I highly recommend it!
Thanks for stoping by!
Thank you for being such a gracious hostess, Cathy!
You are always a wonder guest and awesome supporter! Thank You!
Thank you for the good wishes, Mae. I loved going back to ancient Ireland with Seraphina and Aedar. As for the old Christmas traditions, I hope we can carry them on for a long time.
Thank you so much for recommending Time Singer, Katherine! I’m glad you enjoyed the information about the traditions.