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Balancing a new relationship with the growing demands of financial success.

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Will they have a second chance at love? A new romantic comedy series, The Sweet Spot

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What does it take to win the heart of a duke?

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A gripping, emotional tale about real life magic that touches us all during the holiday season

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Welcomes to Haven Point, a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright

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When he begins the mating dance, her first instinct is to run.

Touching stories for the shorter days of November

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Lindsay McKenna's Christmas Pina Colada cake

Pina Colada cake recipe by Lindsay McKenna 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (I use their white cake but it’s up to you) 1can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup “light” olive oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons rum extract 1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped white frosting 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted Combine water, eggs, rum extract and olive oil. Open box of cake Read More...

Frozen Lemon Delight

This dessert may be made up to two weeks in advance. A light, refreshing dessert, perfect for Holiday dinners. Makes 12 servings: Ingredients: 30 lemon or vanilla wafers 4 egg yolks ½ cup of fresh lemon juice ¼ cup sugar 11/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest. 4 egg whites 1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1/8 tsp salt ¾ cup sugar 11/2 cups whipping cream Line the bottom and sides of an eight Read More...

Got Candy Canes? Make Cleo Coyle's Peppermint Syrup!

This sweet, potent syrup is featured in Cleo Coyle’s New York Times bestselling culinary mystery HOLIDAY BUZZ. It’s delicious licked right off the spoon, but you may want to serve it over ice cream, drizzle it over sugar cookies, stir it into hot chocolate or tea, or use it the way Cleo’s amateur sleuth does—to make delicious Candy Cane Read More...

Greetings from Ann DeFee

Christmas in Williamsburg is a very special time of the year. The season's festivities start on the first Sunday in December with the Grand Illumination featuring decorated historic houses, fireworks, music, and the patriotic sound of the fife and drums. I've included these recipes from our famous taverns for your dining enjoyment. Chowning's Tavern Mulled Apple Cider 8 cups fresh apple cider1 cup Read More...


Rugelach - we make these for the holidays. Pastry: 2 sticks butter 8 oz. cream cheese ½ t salt 2 c flour In a large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter & cream cheese until completely blended & smooth. Beat in the salt and gradually add flour on low speed. Wrap and refrigerate overnight. (I've even frozen the dough.) Filling: ½ c + 2 T sugar Read More...

Southern Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Marshmallows

This is an easy recipe that takes only about 5 minutes to assemble and twenty to bake. It was something my granny always made and I think of her every time I eat it. Ingredients: 2 large cans of sweet potatoes 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups walnuts, chopped or whole (optional) One bag mini marshmallows Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain sweet Read More...

Winter Tummy–warming Potato Soup by Lynne Marshall

As the weather gets colder, we hungry humans like something that sticks to our ribs and warms us from the inside. Here's an easy, yet tasty and satisfying recipe for something much, much better than anything that comes out of a can. Hearty Potato Soup 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced (Recently I used red potatoes and the soup seemed less starchy, but I love this soup with traditional white potatoes, too Read More...

Happy Holidays from VK Sykes!

Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes—the husband and wife team behind VK Sykes—want to wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season. One of the many things they both enjoy during the holiday season is hosting friends and family for dinner and dessert. Vanessa likes pulling out some of her mom's fabulous old cookie recipes at this time of year, serving them up as a special treat at the end of Read More...

The holidays can finally begin! Baker extraordinaire and bestselling author Mary Burton once again shares her favorite holiday recipes.

This homemade treat takes its name from a key plot point in her next novel, THE SEVENTH VICTIM. Dressed In White Chocolate Coconut Cookies1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1–1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2–3/4 cups Read More...

The tradition continues! Baker extraordinaire and bestselling author Mary Burton is once again sharing her favorite holiday recipes.

This treat honors the protagonist of her next novel, THE SEVENTH VICTIM, with a recipe both delicious and memorable. Lara’s Church Lady Maple Cookies 1/2 pound (two sticks) butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon Read More...

Cowboy Cookies

My on–going CHANCE, TEXAS series is fast becoming a reader favorite. The newest edition to the series, Gage Chance's story, appears in the novella Christmas Confidential. I just love the holidays, don't you? The things I love the most are baking and EATING Christmas cookies. A reader sent me a wonderful cookie recipe a few years ago that is perfect for my Chance, Texas series and will get baked this year Read More...

Best and Easiest FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE by Charlene Sands

This is a family favorite. Think of the richest chocolate cake and yummiest brownie you’ve ever eaten. It doesn’t disappoint. 4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened) 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter 3/4 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line Read More...

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