12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop and Giveaway
December 1st – December 12th, 2013
Hosted by As You Wish Tours
Winner will receive a Smashwords ebook copy of Three Weeks in May
by Cherese A. Vines
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To passersby, the small crowd shivering in the frigid February morning is nothing special. But to the many couples huddled together braving the icy wind, it is the most important day of their lives. This day is the Ceremony of Moons-the day when the Matchmaker possesses the power to make their dreams of sharing a life together come true. For Gwendolyn Elani Tolliver, it is something wonderfully mystical and exciting. It is her first ceremony, and her first step to becoming the Human wife of a Monacurian man – Elliot – the love of her life. When the Matchmaker denies Gwen and Elliot’s request to unite in marriage, that peace becomes a forgotten fantasy. Rather than wait the mandated three months to stand before the Matchmaker again, Gwen embarks on a relentless journey for an explanation to her denial. Her search for answers may lead to a darker future for all of Humankind-a future made darker still as Gwen realizes that she may lose Elliot forever.
Novelist, Cherese A. Vines has lived in a number of different cities throughout her life. Although she has a background in Journalism, her love of reading fiction led to creative writing pursuits. She has incorporated her experiences and her travels into her writing, which include young adult fiction, science-fiction, and fantasy. Cherese currently resides near the Atlanta area with her husband and two children.
Other books by Cherese A. Vines
Countercharm 2: Of Stars and Dreams (YA science fiction, fantasy, magic)
Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe
1 cup (110 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsaltedbutter, room temperature
1 cup (210 grams) packed light brownsugar
1 teaspoon purevanillaextract
3/4 cup (105 grams) all purposeflour
1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups (260 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
Oatmeal Cookies:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) andline twobaking sheetswith parchment paper.
To toast nuts: Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop into pieces.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth (about 2 – 3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the nuts, oats, anddriedcranberriesor chocolate chips.
For large cookies, use 1/4 cup of batter (I like to use an ice cream scoop) and space the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the baking sheet. Then wet your hand and flatten the cookies slightly with your fingers so they are about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick. Bake the cookies for about 12 -15 minutesor until lightgoldenbrownaround the edges but still soft and a little wet in the centers. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 20 – 24 large cookies