How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie Blog Tour

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Pecan Pie BLOG TOUR2

The How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie Blog Tour runs from November 7th until November 18th, each day of the tour a different character will share their favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. Stop by and see what’s cooking in the Hauser kitchen and be sure and enter the giveaway for a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Brianna Bacci’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

The back office at the Hauser home has been converted into a mini-video recording studio for each member of the Hauser family along with two special guests to share one of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes other than the pecan pie.

Hauser Family File: Brianna Bacci is the best friend of Lauren Hauser. Brianna is a real estate mogul, she met Lauren in college and the two have been inseparable ever since, unless she is on a date with her current beaux.

“Roll the tape.”

Brianna storms into the room her jet black hair swishes behind her. She’s in her newest Michael Kors pink dress with gold belt and matching pumps. Brianna eyes the camera and sits back onto the couch.

“Alright so here it is, I love Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, this recipe is perfect it’s got a ton of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs on top.” Her eyes widen and she takes in a deep breath.

“It seriously could not be any more delish.” She presses her index and thumb together and thumps the air.

“This was my ultimate favorite part of Thanksgiving, other than pecan pie of course, but this year. It became one of my least favorite dishes.” Her shoulders slump and she sighs.

“Well, I’ll let Lauren fill you in on that.” She winks her right eye.

How to Bake The Perfect Pecan PieBrianna’s Cheesy Potatoes (Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis)

tablespoon butter  pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

cup whole milk 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cup freshly grated Parmesan

Salt and freshly ground black pepper tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inchbaking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill. 
Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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*Be sure to stop by these blogs for sneak peeks and secrets from the Hauser Family!

7th November – Candy’s Raves http://candysraves.com/2014/11/how-to-bake-the-perfect-pecan-pie-blog-tour-2014/

8th November – Avid Book Hoarder http://avidbookcollector.blogspot.com/

9th November – Krysten Lindsay http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

10th November – Aurelia Rowl http://www.aureliabrowl.com/

11th November – Rosie Amber http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

12th November – Holly Martin http://hollymartinwriter.wordpress.com/

13th November – Karen Aldous http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/blog/

14th November – Rebecca Raisin http://rebeccaraisin.wordpress.com/

15th November – eBook Review Gal http://www.ebookreviewgal.com

16th November – Mika Jolie http://mikajolie.com/

17th November – Katie Oliverhttp://www.katieoliver.com/ko/blog

18th November – Gina Henning http://www.ginahenning.com/blog

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You are invited to the wedding of the year!

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams – in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives… Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time – and make this Christmas sparkle after all?

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Author Interview: Rebecca Raisin

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Interviewed by the lovely Holly from Bookaholic Confessions! Thanks, honey! xxx

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I am extremely excited to be part of the blog tour for the amazing Rebecca Raisin’s latest release, Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café (released 15th October 2014, click here to get your copy). I’ve been lucky enough to quiz Rebecca about the end of the Gingerbread Café series (sob!), where she finds her writing inspiration from, and what she loves most about the festive season…

 

Hi Rebecca, a huge, warm gingerbread-flavoured welcome to Bookaholic Confessions! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself…?
Thanks, Holly! What a sweet welcome J  I’m from Perth, Australia and I write romantic fiction for Carina UK. I have twin boys who keep me on my toes, (literally, I have way too many Lego war stories to mention!) and a lovely hubby who understands that our house will never be tidy because I’d rather spend the…

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Driving Home for Christmas by A.L. Michael

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Megan McAllister is home for Christmas…whether she likes it or not!

Christmas is about family…and for Megan family means two people: herself, and her daughter Skye. It doesn’t mean her parents who, ten years ago, saw her pregnancy as anything but a miracle. And it definitely doesn’t include her irresistible ex-boyfriend Lucas Bright.

So ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ has never been top of Megan’s festive playlist. But for Skye, she knows she needs to spend the holiday season with the people she’s left behind. She can do this. Even if the thought of meeting Lucas under the mistletoe still has her feeling like she’s drunk one-too-many Snowballs!

But somewhere between the hanging of stockings and the crackle of wrapping paper, Christmas starts to sparkle. And Megan begins to wonder if family could be bigger than her and Skye after all…Pop the buck’s fizz, stoke the fire and prepare to giggle the festive season away with AL Michael!

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Last week in the Village’s Number One Newspaper, our little gossip column was full of Christmas Cheer, with the flurry of ex-villagers rushing back to spend the holidays with their families.

Most of these returns aren’t surprising, and there’s something comforting about welcoming back Nell from her home in Devon, or Tony back to the butchers, where his son Nigel is, I’m sure we can all agree, doing an excellent job of keeping the family business going!

But this week, someone has returned that we never thought to see again! Megan McAllister has returned to her parental home, and with a daughter in tow! Our sources tell us her daughter’s name is Skye, she’s ten years old, and is quite the child prodigy. We are also working under the assumption that the unknown father or Megan’s child is, or was, a member of our own community! 

You all remember when Megan McAllister left, under the dark of night on Christmas eve all those years ago? Now she’s back, proving she has nothing to be ashamed of, and we say, well done to you, young lady! Welcome back to the village, Megan, (and Skye) and Merry Christmas!

Megan McAllister threw the paper down onto the table in disgust.

‘Really? They think that’s appropriate?’ she snorted.

Lucas looked up at her, eyebrows raised, ‘you do remember who runs that paper?’

‘It can’t still be Douglas, how is that man still alive?’

‘He’s fortified by rumours and other people’s misery,’ Lucas laughed, ‘plus you know who the source is, don’t you?’

‘Let me guess. Belinda,’ Megan growled, grasping her wine glass too tightly.

‘The people of the village were overjoyed when she opened up the beauty salon- now people have a place to gossip away the whole day. The place is like a wasps’ nest.’

‘I think wasp is too nice a comparison for that woman.’

‘And I think, however misjudged and inappropriate, you have to admit that I’m not the only person here who’s happy you’re back.’

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

img_1631A. L. MICHAEL is a twenty something writer from North London. She has a BA in Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship (both from UEA) and is studying for an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She is not at all dependent on her student discount card.
She is a creative writing workshop facilitator and English tutor, as well as recently being the Writer in Residence at Red Door Studios in Newham, directing a brand new literary festival called Words With Edge. She is currently running workshops in creative wellbeing, and business skills for artists. She enjoys expensive chocolate, cheap wine, and has an alarming penchant for animal puns. Occasionally, she sleeps.
You can also follow on twitter at @ALMichael_ and her Facebook Author Page, as well as on Goodreads.

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe – Rebecca Raisin – Blog Tour

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You are invited to the wedding of the year !

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Cafe and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding ! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams – in a Christmas card perfect ceremony !

The Gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her Mother-in-law arrives … Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Cafe has been thrown into chaos ! Lily thought she has this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the…

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An Emerald Interview with Kathleen McGurl

The Emerald Comb V3 cover smallCan you share the blurb of your book with us?

Certainly! The title is The Emerald Comb, and it’s a timeslip (dual time line) novel.

One afternoon, Katie takes a drive to visit Kingsley House, the family home of her ancestors, the St Clairs. She falls in love the minute she sees it. It may be old and in desperate need of modernisation, but it is her link to the past and, having researched her family tree extensively, she feels a sense of belonging to the crumbling old estate.

When it suddenly comes up for sale, she cannot resist persuading her family to sell up and buy it, never telling them the truth of their connection with it. But soon the past collides with the present, as the house begins to reveal the secrets it has hidden for generations. Does Katie really want to discover what she has come from?

Who is your favourite character and why?

I think I identify most with Katie, and certainly like her the best. But Georgia is sweet and innocent, and I felt most sorry for her as I wrote her part. The most fun to write was Agnes without a doubt. She’s not particularly likeable but from a writers’ point of view, she’s my favourite.

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

It’s more a case of when I can find the time! I have a full time job and lots of other time-commitments so I have to fit writing around everything else. Early evening is good, say from 7pm – 9pm, preferably with a glass of wine to hand. Or mid-afternoon on a rainy weekend.

What are you reading?

At the moment I am reading Summit 8000 by Andrew Lock. He’s Australia’s top mountaineer, and the only Australian to have climbed all the 8000m mountains in the world. I love mountains, and love mountain adventure books, so when my friend (who  happens to be an ex-girlfriend of his!) sent me this for my birthday I couldn’t wait to get straight on to reading it.

Who is your favourite author?

I adore books written in dual time periods (and that’s what The Emerald Comb is as well!) so my favourite authors are those who write this kind of book. Kate Morton and Katherine Webb are the best, in my opinion!

If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

This is hard! I watch so few films and TV I’d have to research actors before I can name any! Except for Colin Firth. He’d have to play Bartholomew, obviously, goes without saying. Perhaps Kate Winslet can play Katie, and Keira Knightley could play Agnes.  Georgia should be played by a young, sweet-faced unknown actress I think.

What’s next for you writing wise?

I’m in the final stages of editing my next Carina book – it’s another timeslip, this time alternating between 1944 and the present day. It’s due to be published early 2015. I’m also writing a short non-fiction book, and playing around with several ideas for the next novel. It’s all go!

Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

There’s no such thing as a typical writing day for me – I have to grab writing time where I can. I do have a terrible habit of needing to check email, Twitter, Facebook, a private writers’ forum, Amazon rankings, Novelrank and KDP sales figures before I can actually get going. I’m really trying to stop myself doing all this but it’s hard!

Where can we find your book?

It’s published as an ebook  in all formats. Here are the links:

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/The-Emerald-Comb-Kathleen-McGurl-ebook/dp/B00N1XRS3K

Amazon.com.au http://www.amazon.com.au/Emerald-Comb-Kathleen-McGurl-ebook/dp/B00N1XRS3K

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-emerald-comb

Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-emerald-comb-kathleen-mcgurl/1120322210?ean=9781474007504

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-emerald-comb/id915378161?mt=11

Where can we find you?

Usually on the sofa, writing.

Or online

http://kathleenmcgurl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMcGurl

https://twitter.com/KathMcGurl

Thanks so much for hosting me here today, Rebecca!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kathleen McGurl is a writer of short stories, novels and how-to-write books. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and teen son 2. Teen son 1 is away at university. When not writing she is either working at the day-job (IT for a large retail organisation) or running along the Bournemouth prom, slowly.

She has sold dozens of stories to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Her how-to-write books and a romantic novella are available as ebooks from Amazon and her first full-length novel The Emerald Comb was published by Carina UK on 22nd September 2014.

Bonjour, Jennie Bohnet!

3D-Book-You Had Me at BonjourCan you share the blurb of your book with us?

YOU HAD ME AT BONJOUR is about Jessica’s Shirley Valentine year.

If you’d asked Jessica a year ago, she would have told you that her life was pretty near perfect. But one year – and one very messy divorce – later, she’s not so sure. Which is how she found herself boarding a plane to the south of France, determined to put her past behind her… preferably via some deliciously chilled rosé.

Meeting a new man was never part of the plan. Yet when she meets Nico, her new neighbour’s impossibly sexy nephew, steering clear of romance seems easier said than done. Suddenly, Jessica finds herself right back where she started: with her heart on the line. But now she’s made a new start, perhaps it’s time for Jessica to throw caution to the wind, take a few risks… and learn to regrette rien!

Who is your favourite character and why?

I think Eliosa my older female heroine is my favourite. She’s half French / Italian, slim and elegant and full of that continental ‘je n’sais quois’. I just want to be her in another life!

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

Not really. I’m lucky enough to be a fulltime writer and I do try to keep to office hours but I’m the world’s champion procrastinator.

What are you reading?

I’ve just finished reading The Hidden Cottage by Erica James and I have a huge TBR list on my tablet waiting to be read.

Who is your favourite author?

Oh that’s a difficult one. I don’t really have a favourite but I’ll always buy the latest from Erica James, Jill Mansell, Veronica Henry, Judy Astley, JoJo Moyes.

If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

My dream cast would be: Raoul Bove the Italian actor who was my inspiration for my hero Nino would play the part to perfection. Jessica my heroine would be a part that Maggie Gyllenhaal would be brilliant in I think. Juliette Binoche would be a sexy Eliosa and Simon Baker as Jessica’s ex husband Ben.

What’s next for you writing wise?

At the moment I’m doing the revisions for my next Carina book due out early next year and I have a new one to write by the end of January.

Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

Breakfast with my husband, a few household chores before dealing with e-mails and forcing myself to do some social media stuff – being an introvert I find that side of things very difficult. The only ritual is a large mug of proper coffee after this and then work. Well that’s the theory anyway!

Where can we find your book?

All the usual places e-books places: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo.

Where can we find you?

Amazon author page: http://goo.gl/CyFu3O

FB author page: http://goo.gl/5K0Bsb

Website: http://www.jenniferbohnet.com

Twitter: @jenniewriter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer BohnetI live in France with my husband Richard, one large dog called Philly who we rescued from the Antibes dog shelter and one fat cat known as Little ‘un who simply turned up one day.

In 1999 Richard and I, with our then dog 14 year old Holly in a trailer attached to Richard’s bike, cycled down through western France via the canal paths, arriving in Antibes in July. With the exception of one fleeting visit back to the UK we have lived in France ever since, and recently moved into a small cottage in central Brittany.

I have two grownup children, Emily, a Montessori trained education specialist and Nick, a yacht captain. I still can’t quite believe that between them they have five children making me a grandmother – how selfish is that when I’m simply not old enough for the title. It goes without saying of course that I adore each and everyone of them and wish I saw more of them.

I am currently working on my fifth novel ‘Life’s a Beach’ once again set in the South of France.

‘Millie, opening and running her own beach restaurant in the South of France, is determined to prove her critics – and Seb Groc master-chef extraordinaire – wrong. Of course an English woman can succeed in the highly competitive world of French cuisine – can’t she?’

I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.

An interview with Terri Nixon!

Please welcome Terri Nixon to the blog today!

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Can you share the blurb of your book with us?

Driving an ambulance through the mud in Flanders, aristocrat Evie Creswell is a long way from home. At Oaklands Manor all she had been expected to do was to look pretty and make a good marriage. But with the arrival of World War One everything changed…

Evie, to the horror of her family, does not choose a husband from her blue-blooded set; instead she weds artist Will Davies, who works as a butcher’s apprentice. Soon she is struggling nightly to transport the wounded to hospital, avoiding the shells and gas attacks – her privileged home life, and her family’s disappointment at her marriage, a lifetime away.

And while Evie drives an ambulance in Belgium, Will is in the trenches in France. He withdraws from her, the trauma of his experience taking hold. Evie has the courage to deal with her war work, but it breaks her heart to think she is losing Will’s love. Can their marriage survive this terrible war? That is, if they both get out alive…

Who is your favourite character and why?

The story is told in a first-person narrative, and it’s safe to say Evie’s my favourite. She’s from an aristocratic background, but surrounded by the conventions of the age she has an impulsive streak, and often exasperates her family by her friendliness with the staff and her tomboy attitude. Fond of cars and their workings, her talents are well-suited to joining the ambulance corps near the front lines in 1914, and as she leaves her privileged background behind her and throws herself into her new life, we see the fun-loving, practical-joker become a strong, capable young woman – faced with unthinkable choices – and yet, despite everything, she remains true to what she feels is important. I think she has depths even I haven’t plumbed yet!

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

I’m an early-bird whenever possible. If I have a day off (I work full-time) and I get started early enough, I can write all day. But if I have to delay, or put off my start, I find it very hard to clear my thoughts and crack on with it.

What are you reading?

I’m currently re-reading the George RR Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. Getting a lot more out of it this time around, too. Loving it all over again.

Who is your favourite author?

Ouch! This is a really hard question! My two favourites are Diana Gabaldon and Stephen King, I think.  Today, anyway!

 If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

Oh, we can but dream! I think the perfect Evie (physically) would be Helen George, who played Trixie in Call The Midwife. As for Will, he started out with boyish good looks, which hardened over time, so possibly Daniel Radcliffe, or Orlando Bloom might fit the bill. Fun to think about!

What’s next for you writing wise?

I’ve just been given editorial revisions for the third/last in this series, luckily they’re light! I’m also working on my self-published series, The Lynher Mill Chronicles –the third book is due out next June. After that I’ll be going back to an Edwardian ghost story set in Cornwall, that I started a while ago.

 Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

I open all my documents, (book, notes, characters etc) get some toast and coffee … then I open Bejeweled Blitz! It’s a great little game to clear the mind, and usually once I’ve played a couple of rounds I’m ready to start writing.  I don’t usually spend too long going over what I’ve written previously, unless I’d left it mid-scene, which I don’t tend to do. I just fix my mind on what needs to happen next, and get on with it. The rest can be sorted out later!

 Where can we find your book?

Universal link for Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00KQOI5AW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22611246-a-rose-in-flanders-fields

Where can we find you?

Website: www.terrinixon.com

Blog:      http://terrinixon.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/terri.authorpage

Twitter: @TerriNixon