’Tis the season . . . to fall in love! In this quartet of holiday tales, mistletoe magic sweeps from a Philadelphia candy company to the ballrooms of Regency England, across the shores of a Hawaiian island, and to a snow-struck cabin in Colorado.
HER SECRET SANTA by Monica Tillery
Neighbors and coworkers at Morgan Confectioners, Rebecca Sinclair and Ben Redding, have been best friends since grad school. Will they be able to get past their fears of ruining their friendship when their feelings turn more than friendly? A holiday gift exchange might just bring the best present of all - Christmas love.
MERRY’S WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS GIFT by Carolynn Carey
The winter holidays used to be Miss Merry Damonson’s favorite time of year . . . until her almost-fiancé Edward Everton abandoned her two days before Christmas. Now he’s returned to their country village, but is it too late to reignite old flames? A holiday ball might just offer these unlucky lovers a second chance.
HIS HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS by Diana Jean
Humbug in Hawaii? When Clara O’Fallen gets a promotion to paradise, she can’t help feeling homesick for her Wisconsin winters, complete with real snow, family traditions, and Christmas festivities. But smiling surfer Kai Schmitt might just show this scrooge how to hang loose and catch the spirit of the season - the aloha spirit!
GAVIN FEVER by Angelita Gill
A sudden snowstorm unexpectedly strands Julia Winthrop with her ex, reality TV star Gavin Beckett, at a cozy mountain cabin for the holidays. Trapped till the weather lets up, their attraction resurfaces. It’s not long before they realize their fling might’ve been the real thing, and this surprise reunion might just be a Christmas miracle.
Monica Tillery has been a social worker and a massage therapist, but is now living her dream as a romance novelist. She loves nothing more than to get lost in a beautiful love story, holding her breath as the hero and heroine fight their way through obstacles to get to their happily ever after. Monica lives in Texas with her own real-life romance hero, her husband of over a dozen years, and two wonderful sons. When she’s not reading and writing romance, Monica loves playing bunco and bingo, hanging out with friends, and wasting time online. She loves hearing from and connecting with readers. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/monicatilleryauthor, on Twitter @monicatillery, or visit her website www.monicatillery.com. Monica maintains her website on her own, so she warns you that it’s very basic and rarely changes, but all the pertinent information is updated.
I didn't create this recipe, but I use it every Christmas.
1 package of Oreos, crushed in a food processor, use mint if you're feeling fancy
1 block of cream cheese, softened
package of melting chocolate, white or milk or whatever you like
Mix the softened cream cheese with your Oreo crumbs and form into truffle-sized balls. Place them on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Refrigerate at least one hour. They should be firm when you take them out, which makes them easier to work with.
Melt your chocolate in a large container. Coat truffles in the chocolate. You can do it easily by dropping them into the melted chocolate and using a fork to move them around so they're covered. Pull them out one by one with the fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the container.
Place the chocolate-covered truffles on the prepared cookie sheet to set. Store them in a tightly covered container in the fridge. Enjoy!