Listen, we’re into the holidays over here. How into them? Well, I’m wearing a plastic ghost necklace that lights up as I type this. We’re extremely into holidays. So when we found out about the SMP Holiday Romance Blitz we had to participate! Check out Part 1 of our holiday Q&A with some amazing authors!
Favorite Halloween Costume
Ruth Logan Herne: Crotchety Old Lady Slightly Sinister… 🙂
Donna Alward: As little as possible. 🙂 I confess I’m not really a Halloween person.
Laura Trentham: I was a roller derby girl for an adult Halloween party a couple of years ago. Everything was great until after a couple of drinks, I fell on my tailbone. Nothing was seriously hurt except for my pride though! The next year, my hubby and I went as bacon and eggs. Very safe (and delicious 🙂 )
Nancy Naigle: Pocahontas! Easy to answer this one because I was Pocahontas for Halloween in the 2nd grade, the 6th grade, in junior high and even as an adult…twice. All with different costumes, and each more elaborate than the last. In the 2nd grade I was Pocahontas and my little brother (3 years my junior) was Chief Powhatan. My mom even made a wooden papoose for me and made my baby doll a matching Indian outfit complete with headband and a feather.
I might just have to find a costume party to attend. I’m in the mood to craft another Pocahontas outfit this year.
Margaret Brownley: One year my six-foot-six husband dressed as the Jolly Green Giant and I was a can of peas. It took forever to apply the green makeup, but it was worth it. We took the top prize at every party we attended that year.
Tara Wyatt: In college, I dressed up in a red fedora and trench coat and went as Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world am I? Eating all the candy. That’s where I am.
Opal Carew: Genie! I’ve always loved genies. I love the magic and the power play between the genie and the genie’s master. I love the costumes because they’re sexy and beautiful. (I used to do belly dancing and made several costumes for myself.)
Emily March: The Uncle Sam costume we put on our beloved boxer, Doc. He was disgusted by the ordeal, but stoic. 🙂
Melissa Cutler: Cowgirl (of course!)
Favorite Holiday Food
Ruth Logan Herne: We’ve got a great eggnog pie recipe, it’s positively decadent! Here’s the link to our cooking with the authors website The Yankee Belle Cafe“.
Donna Alward: Savory or sweet? There’s a Chocolate Chip Cheeseball recipe I got from Debbie Macomber’s site that I’ve modified that I love (plus: cookies!), and for savory, I make sausage-stuffed mushrooms that are easy and so tasty!
Laura Trentham: My go-to potluck take-along…plus I make it every holiday. Basically whenever I can get away with it, because it is SO good.
2 bunches of broccoli, chopped
1/2 lbs cooked bacon, crumbled (I use the pouches of bacon bit to avoid the mess of cooking bacon)
1/2 med red onion, diced
1/2 cup golden or brown raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup Mayo (Duke’s, of course:)
2T white vinegar
1/4-1/2 cup white sugar
Mix together broccoli, onion, raisins, sunflower seeds. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, and sugar and pour over salad. Mix gently. Chill for several hours or overnight to blend flavors. (This isn’t mandatory, but does improve the taste). Just before serving, add bacon and cheese.
Nancy Naigle: I did these videos last year while watching the Hallmark Movie, The Note. Kelsey Browning and I co-author a fun southern cozy series called The Granny Series. There is a clip of her and then one of me in each of these fine uncut – unedited raw videos.
The recipe for FaLaLa-LaLa-La Bon Bons is available as a PDF on my website. I also have two recipe cards printed up for cookies from my book, Christmas Joy. I can send those to you if you’d like! I’ll be posting them on my website as a free download after the book releases.
Margaret Brownley: Our Christmas dinner is five star dining at its best. That’s because my son-in-law is an executive chef and he treats us every year to prime rib with all the trimmings. I never ask for recipes because then I might be tempted to try them.
Tara Wyatt: My mom’s shortbread. Hands down. It tastes like Christmas and home the way nothing else does.
Opal Carew: Turkey (dark meat) and stuffing. Mmm. Unfortunately, now that I’m following the Paleo diet, making a stuffing I can eat is a challenge!
Emily March: I find a new favorite every year in the recipe exchange cookbook I put together from recipes sent in by my readers. Watch my Facebook page or join my mailing list for info on how to get your copy!
Melissa Cutler: My grandmother makes the best fruit cake from scratch, and that’s no joke. I would share the recipe, but when I make it, it never turns out like Grandma’s, because she must put some secret ingredients in hers.
Mandy Baxter: My all time favorite holiday food is stuffing at Thanksgiving. Carbs be damned!
USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. Now happily retired, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she currently calls North Carolina home. Her books include Sweet Tea and Secrets, Mint Juleps and Justice, and Christmas Joy.
LAURA TRENTHAM is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance including Caught Up in the Touch, Kiss Me That Way, and others. She is a member of RWA, and has finaled multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.
Margaret Brownley is a New York Times bestselling author and past Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 30 novels to her credit. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.
Melissa Cutler is the author of The Mistletoe Effect and the One and Only Texas series. She knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age for an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.
Mandy Baxter – It Must Be Christmas
Mandy Baxter lives in rural Idaho. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshiper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.’