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It wasn't safe before. Now, the coast is clear. And he’s returned to reclaim what’s his.


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He'll break her three-date rule or go down in flames trying.


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Chesapeake Valor


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Ardent Springs - a town made for second chances


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Love can find its way out of darkness…return to Jackson Hole, WY


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Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian swimmer


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Domestic Equalizers returns



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Sierra Donovan | Holiday Fudge

Christmas is over, you say? BAH! I say. Now that the shopping-and-mailing crunch is over, this is a time we relish at my house. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the season. The house is decorated, the deadlines are over, and there are still Christmas movies and music to enjoy, all at a more leisurely pace! And, confession time: The first chance I had Read More...



Special Christmas Breakfast Casserole - Family Favorite

Does your family have a favorite they've grown to love year after year? Here's one for Christmas morning and it's easy to make the night before. Less stress on all! Here's another favorite holiday recipe that my family expects on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas for Breakfast. A good friend gave this recipe to me over 45 years ago, and it's been standard fare at our house for years. ~ Viki Read More...



Miranda Owen | A Variation on the Cherry Surprise Cookie

From Miranda Owen "Ok, I lost the original recipe in my great grandmother's church cookie cookbook, but luckily found this Read More...



Clare O'Beara | Baked Irish Ham

In Ireland it is usual for a family to eat roast turkey on Christmas Day and to bake a ham on Christmas Eve. The rind of the ham is cut off prior to cooking and this goes on top of the turkey as it is placed in the oven. To bake the ham, we steep it in water overnight to remove the worst of the salt. Then we remove the rind, score the fat into Read More...



Patricia Davids | Holiday Bon Appétit and a Book

Merry Christmas from me, Patricia Davids. If you love pecans the way I do, you'll want to enjoy this delicious holiday recipe all year round. They are called Kentucky Pecan Bars and they are YUM. Pair them with a cup of hot peppermint cocoa and you'll have a real treat to savor while you enjoy my latest book, Read More...



Varina Denman | Unexpectedly Sweet Christmas Memories

When I walked down the aisle and said “I do,” I married into the Christmas tradition of making roll-out cookies for Santa. My husband’s family has a to-die-for recipe that produces cookies with a tea cake texture that melts in your mouth. The secret ingredient is sour cream which makes them not too sweet … just right. And nobody can eat just one. We’ve baked cookies almost every December Read More...



Marie Ferrarella | Marzipan Bundt Cake for the Holidays

Holiday Bon Appétit! Here is a delicious holiday recipe to enjoy alongside my latest Christmas book: HER MISTLETOE COWBOY. I think Christmas and everyone I know thinks of my mint chip brownies and my marzipan bundt cake. The brownies are more or less a standard recipe, except doubled (so the brownies are nice and thick) and add in lots of mint Read More...



Jeanne's Lyet Gassman | Celeste's Chocolate Cherry Cake

I have always been a chocolate fiend. Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge, chocolate candy with almost any filling, even semi-sweet chocolate chips straight from the package are my vice. I prefer chocolate anything for dessert, except perhaps mole, which is a combination of chiles and chocolate, something that makes no sense to me. Chiles should be spicy, and chocolate should be sweet. When I turned 21 in college, my best Read More...



RaeAnne Thayne | Holiday Bon Appétit

Nothing is better than a mug of hot chocolate in the winter, and RaeAnne Thayne has the perfect recipe to make. Luxurious Hot Chocolate 4 cups of milk (whole is best) 8 ounces of high-quality chocolate … I like Guittard semisweet chips. White chocolate works too, for a different taste Read More...



Viki Ferrell | Gramma Ferrell's Molasses Cookies

Recipe Provided by Viki Ferrell Here's my family's all time Christmas favorite: Gramma Ferrell's Molasses Cookies. I've been making them since she gave me this recipe shortly after my husband and I married 40 years ago. My girls have loved them since they were little. It just isn't Christmas if I don't make them! It was only recently that I found out that Read More...



Beth K. Vogt | CJ’s Grape Salad

CJ’s Grape Salad isn’t the original name of this recipe. I don’t remember what my friend Teri called this dish when she served it at a get-together at her home six years ago. All I do know is my family loved this decadent grape salad that was served as a side dish, even though it tastes like dessert. And no one in my family loved it more than my youngest daughter Read More...



Maisey Yates | Grandma's Pie Crust

This recipe is special to me for two reasons. First of all, this pie crust is an old family recipe. If done right, it is the best pie crust in the world. My grandma used to make cherry pie with it, and my mom has used it to make every kind of pie there is. Pie is something that feels very HOLIDAY to me, no matter what you put in it. But I like blackberry Read More...



B.J. Daniels | Tex-Mex Thanksgiving Leftovers

I was born in Texas, so I was raised on Tex-Mex. When we first moved to Montana, no one had ever heard of tortillas. But my mother talked the grocery into getting some for her and began teaching friends how to make enchiladas. They were a hit – except for one friend who claimed her family liked them better using pancakes. :) My latest book in the Read More...



Cara Luecht | A Bounty to Be Grateful For...

In my family, our Thanksgiving plates border right on the edge of a bounty to be grateful for, and an overindulgence for which we should ask forgiveness. You see, we take a love of food to a whole new level, and with my mother mixing stuffing next to steaming pots of potatoes, and my husband wrestling a turkey the size of a small child in and out of the oven, kitchen space for any addition Read More...



Erynn Mangum | Treasured Christmas Traditions

My family has been making these Gingerbread People since before I can remember. It has become one of our most treasured Christmas traditions! Every year, we all make a point to gather together to make our Christmas cookies. We make our traditional gingerbread men, angels and Christmas trees, but through the years, we’ve gotten creative with the dough leftovers. So, now we have new favorites that we love to make – like reindeer-headed gingerbread Read More...



Veronica Forand | My Teenage Daughters Are Taking Over Thanksgiving Dinner

Usually we travel every Thanksgiving to family a few states away. This year, however, my husband is working, so we’re homebound. I’m pretty excited about it, but my daughters are bouncing off the walls. Not only do we not have to drive seven hours each way, but they want to cook the dinner. I’ll probably make the turkey, but my parents are arriving at the airport at noon, so the kids are Read More...



Sharon Kendrick | Indulgent Mince Pies for a Christmas Conquest

THE SHEIKH'S CHRISTMAS CONQUEST opens in snowy England at Christmas time, so I’m sharing with you my all time favorite mince-pie recipe. The pies have orange pastry and are topped with cream cheese. They are super-indulgent and completely irresistible and I defy you to stop at one! It’s a famous Read More...



Liz Talley | Snowed in with a Sexy Fireman for the Holidays?

In WHERE THERE'S SMOKE a novella in the A WRONG BED CHRISTMAS book, my two characters Emma and Erik are stuck in an abandoned cabin with only a couple of granola bars, a box of expensive chocolates and a very nice bottle of wine. Not the worst to make a meal on, but if I were planning the perfect meal Read More...



Dana Mentink | Ice Skating on the Beach...and a Luscious Holiday Treat!

Writing is tough job, of course, but someone has to do it, right? Reviews that make you want to stick to your day job? A Quasimodo posture from endless hours bent over the keyboard? And don't get me started on the endless stream of social media on which I should maintain a presence. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and what's up with this Periscope thing? Do I need water wings for that? But one Read More...



Sylvia McDaniel's Christmas Cheese Ball

Welcome to Fresh Fiction's Holiday Potluck! Some of your favorite authors are bringing scrumptious treats to this virtual gathering, and they are even offering their recipes so you can make these goodies at home and share them with friends and family this season. Here is the recipe for Sylvia McDaniel's (author of DEADLY) Cheese Ball, which is perfect for all Read More...



Linda O. Johnston's Superstitious Fruit Basket

To the Fresh Fiction virtual Holiday Potluck, I would bring a fruit basket that contains apples, strawberries, peaches, pears, plums and bananas. I am currently writing the Superstition Mysteries, which premiered in October with LOST UNDER A LADDER. Researching superstitions has become great fun, and to some extent I incorporate them into my own life. Am I superstitious? Maybe more than Read More...



Jennifer Bray-Weber's Swashbuckling Cocktails

Pirates love to drink liquor. Especially one wily pirate—Henri—in my Romancing the Pirate series. He has a fancy for bows in his beard and an insatiable appetite for rum. And he gets downright grumpy without his nip. But in the spirit of the season, he'd like to share a cocktail favorite aptly named The Henry. Ingredients: 1 oz. Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum (a pirate's Read More...



Cleo Coyle's Gingerbread Snowballs

The best holiday gift of all doesn’t come with a bow. It’s the gift of love. And these beautiful little sugar-dusted gingerbread cookies, baked with love, are the perfect Christmas treat for holiday dessert trays—or to leave for Santa with a thermos of hot coffee on a chilly winter night. (You know he’s going to need that caffeine for his magical ride!) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of Read More...



Donna Alward's Favorite Stuffed Mushrooms

I never liked mushrooms as a kid. I still don’t like them raw. But I LOVE them cooked and this is one of my favorite recipes. They’re great as an appetizer or for one of those “everyone bring something finger food-ish” events and when I first served them to friends of ours I think John would have eaten the whole platter if we hadn’t slapped his hand and fought for our Read More...



Nan Rossiter's Family Recipe for Swedish Glug

This recipe for Swedish Glüg has been in my family for generations. One of my characters in my short story, Christmas on Cape Cod -- which can be found in the Christmas anthology, Making Spirits Bright, also makes it. Glüg will warm your heart...and soul to the core! Just make sure you have a designated driver! Cheers!!! Combine 4/5 quart Swedish Aquavit or whiskey 1 gallon port wine 6 prunes Read More...



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