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Christmas Stocking Mash-Up

It began innocently enough–just two friends shopping in Michael’s. We did the usual… you know, finding cool things, spending WAY too much money, laughing!  Talking! But… but then this happened:

Christmas Lights stocking giveaway-mash-up

And today’s the day!

Yep! It’s time! After terrorizing Michael’s with our incessant videos, we bought the stocking and filled that sucker! I’m a sucker for stockings, so that really does fit. Just sayin’.

What’s in this knitted sock of surprises? Well, if I tell you, it won’t be a surprise! Oh, all right.  Here goes! First a couple of pictures….

stocking giveaway

Trip the Light Fantastic

  • A bag of “Life Is Too Short for Bad Coffee” brand coffee!
  • Beeswax lip balm
  • Beeswax lotion (from scandalous “naked bees”).
  • A “complete collection” of Miss Marple books… in miniature. And readable!
  • A set of hand-crafted book-inspired notecards
  • A set of mini notebooks because I love those little things!
  • A notepad for taking notes while reading so you can bless the author with a thoughtful review! (Or do it THIS way and save time and trees!)
  • An absolutely stunning, handmade, beaded bookmark.  Seriously. GORGEOUS.
  • Various author “swag”
  • Chocolate (not shown. I ate it and have to replace it.  Just kidding. Didn’t buy it yet).
  • Fuzzy socks (to keep  your toes warm while you read!)
  • Tea bags (spicy goodness!)
  • Trip the Light Fantastic paperback
  • Snow Angels paperback
  • Christmas Stalkings paperback
  • 21 Days of Christmas hardback

A perfect gift for you or any book-loving friend.  International entries are welcome, but the stocking will only be shipped to a US or APO address.  Sorry.  This thing’s heavy!

Of course, the only way to truly appreciate how this stocking is a “mash-up” of Snow Angels and Christmas Stalkings is to read both books in the Christmas Lights Collection. Of course, we recommend you read ALL the books in the collection.  April’s madcap mystery, Vikki’s heartwarming tale of second-chances and the Lord’s provision.  But… guess what?

There’s More Stocking Goodness…

Sorta.   You see… we have NEWS!!!

New Year's RevolutionsChristmas Stalkings has a prequel/sequel coming out. That’s right, there’s more of Wendy, Neal, Wanda, Peter, and gang! The book is available for pre-order now and will release on 12.31.16. That’s right.  New Year’s Revolutions, the “rest of the story” releases on New Year’s Eve!  I’ve even got a COOL BONUS for it! Prepare to revolutionize your life in 2017–and watch my progress as I fumble and bumble to do the same!  WOOT!


Baggage ClaimSnow Angels, the delightful story that it is, isn’t the only book Cathe has written. She’s coming out with the second book in the Great Lakes Series: Baggage Claim.  It’s available for pre-order now! and releases on 2.14.16.  Valentine’s Day.  It’s like we’ve got this holiday theme going or something!

Ben’s on a race against time and with the last people he ever thought he’d want helping him. His kids are in hiding, and his own life may be in danger.  Find out what’s going on at Great Lakes Therapy in Baggage Claim!


Spilled Ink Hidden CoverApril Hayman has the next in her Heirlooms of Deception series coming out in Winter of 2017.  That’s right!  There’s more to Trip the Light Fantastic!  See Landry in his natural environment… and meet Ree!  His niece and his arch enemy–his sister!

Stay tuned on April’s site and social media for her upcoming COVER REVEAL!  This is just a mock cover to whet your appetite!


Here’s an image to share! We’d really appreciate it!

stocking giveaway

AND!  We’ve added another book!  Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Christmas a fiction lover’s devotional!

stocking readers mash up giveaway

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Please comment and tell us what you’d like most under the Christmas tree this year (or just wrapped in a shiny bow if trees aren’t your thing. 🙂 )

Christmas Recipes That We Love (And You Will Too!)

I’m not going to lie…I love to eat and my favorite time to do so is on the holidays. My mother’s side of the family is from the South, so all their Christmas recipes are creamy, cheesy, hammy, and/or yeasty. Just thinking about all that yummy goodness makes my stomach rumble for more.

Christmas Recipes That We Love

Better than all that food though is how it brings a family together. It doesn’t take much for me to remember Christmas supper (dinner to you Northerners) when my Grandmother was still with us.

In our family, we start with finger foods, like pickles, olives, and veggies. When Grandmother called us to the table, we’d sit down to a meal of glazed ham with pineapple rings and cherries, steaming yeast rolls fresh out of the oven, mashed potatoes swimming in butter, giblet gravy, cornbread dressing with so much sage it bit you back, candied yams with either brown sugar and pecans or slightly toasted marshmallows depending on how Grandmother felt that day, green beans with bacon, and creamed corn. We’d also have a salad as a nod to healthier eating. Seriously, though, who did we think we were kidding?

After we demolished that and had a good long while to digest, we set into the desserts. My favorite to this day is Grandmother’s coconut cake and homemade custard. I make it every year for my family but the only ones who eat it are my husband and myself, which means more for us. I guess my kids don’t get the allure of a good Christmas coconut cake.

There would be pecan pie encrusted with sugar glazed pecans and possibly a banana pie made with real bananas and custard — none of that store bought pudding for us! And a clever adult or two scattered cookies, candy, and chocolate treats about to keep the kids happy.

It’s all delicious and fattening but I don’t care. It’s my favorite time of year made even better with delicious food.

9 Christmas Recipes

If you’re interested in making your own Southern Christmas supper, grab a recipe and start cooking ASAP. You need to practice before Christ’s birthday, now don’t you?

What is your favorite Christmas dish? Post them in the comments!

Neal’s Hot Chocolate: The Cheater Gourmet

Just don’t call him that to his face.  He might not like it!

neal's hot chocolate

In Christmas Stalkings, Neal Kirkpatrick tries, or so it seems, to sweeten his disposition with a cup of doctored hot chocolate.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with the version I imagined him using and I did it!

Neal’s Cheater Gourmet Hot Chocolate


(makes 2 mugs or 1 large mug)

  • 2 hot chocolate packets (I used Swiss Miss)
  • 3 TBS Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 capful (small bottle) of almond extract
  • Redi-whip (or whipping cream to whip your own)


Heat the milk on medium-low until near boiling.  Add all ingredients and stir continually.  Just before boiling, pour into your mug(s) and top with whipped cream.  Cocoa powder sprinkled on top is optional but looks quite “gourmet.”


stalkings quote

THIS… is what Wendy thinks of Mr. “You don’t know how to make a decent cup of hot chocolate.”  For more quotes from the book, visit my Pinterest board for Christmas Stalkings!

To read all the books for an insanely low price, purchase The Christmas Lights Collection while it’s still on sale for just 0.99!

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