Author: Geri Krotow

Robin Covington is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Robin Covington
Author Robin Covington

Today we welcome sizzling contemporary author Robin Covington! Robin and I met at the Baltimore Book Festival in 2013 and bonded over our mutual love of the US Navy and our dogs (of course!). In case you don’t already know it, Robin is renown for her generous sharing of man candy on Facebook. She’s also generous with her time and talents, as you’ll soon read.

What do you like to make, bake or create (or purchase!) for the holidays, Robin?

I make caramel popcorn balls, peanut brittle and divinity candy every Christmas. They are my Granny’s recipe and my family counts down the days until I make them – we all have a sweet tooth.

I also wrap gifts in a marathon Lifetime Movie Channel or Hallmark Channel holiday movie event. My husband actually flees the residence because he cannot all those Christmas movies – he takes the kids and I get the house to myself!

And . . . I have four Christmas trees in my house. I love this holiday and I decorate every room and cover every flat surface with greenery and white twinkle lights. My family just moves out of my way and lets me go nuts. They humor me around the holidays.

Do you have a special military connection, Robin? 

My husband served in the U.S. Navy and my late father-in-law retired from the Navy after 31 years of service. And for the last 20 years both my husband and I have served the Navy and Marine Corps as civilian counsel. There is no doubt who we are rooting for at the Army/Navy football game!

Thanks for joining us today, Robin!

Robin’s latest is Temptation. Read an excerpt here. 

Find Robin at the usual places:

Website: http://robincovingtonromance.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RobinCovingtonAuthor

Twitter: @RobinCovington

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/robincovington1/

 

Remember, you can do your part in supporting the military for the holidays. Harlequin will send one book for every 20 new subscribers the Geri Krotow Newsletter gets. Sign up here.

 

Andrew Grey is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Andrew Grey
Author Andrew Grey

Please join me in welcoming bestselling author Andrew Grey to our holiday efforts to send books to the military! Andrew and I are part of the same local chapter of Romance Writers of America, and it’s been my privilege to get to know him over the past several years. He’s always quick with a smile and encouragement, and when I asked him if he’d be interested in supporting our efforts he didn’t blink as he said “yes!”

What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Andrew?

For Dominic and I Christmas is a very special time. He spent ten years as a pastry chef, so he spends weeks baking cookies, bread, and fruitcake. He bakes at least a dozen different kinds of cookies and prepares all the food for our annual holiday open house. My job at the holidays is to decorate the house. I put up four trees each with a theme, including a small one in the kitchen with candy and food based ornaments. Then once the baking is done and the house decorated, we have the first of the holiday parties at the house, which is the one for my writer’s group. From then until Christmas, the holidays are in full swing.

Holiday Spinach and Feta Cheese Ball

1 (10-ounce) box frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed dry

1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese at room temperature (or soften in microwave on defrost setting)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 scallions (green onions) chopped fine

1 teaspoon Greek seasoning from the Spice House (original recipe used 1 oz. envelope powdered ranch dressing mix)

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed fine

1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped

In a large bowl, mix together the spinach, feta cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice, seasonings, herbs, and garlic. Blend thoroughly, then scrape mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap over the cheese mixture and use to shape into a ball or log. Chill for several hours until firm, then unmold onto a serving plate. For a more festive look, you can shape this to look like a tree and decorate with pimento pieces as ornaments and a star cut from yellow bell pepper on the top.

Thanks for sharing with us, Andrew!

Andrew gifted us a peek of  A Lion in Tails.  Check out the excerpt and purchase information here.

Find Andrew at the usual places:

Web site: www.andrewgreybooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewgreybooks

Twitter: @andrewgreybooks

Remember, you can do your part to help me send books to the military for the holidays. All you need do is sign up for my newsletter! My publisher, Harlequin, is donating 1 of my new books for every 20 new Geri Krotow Loyal Reader subscribers. Information to sign up is here. Thanks!

Jessica Scott is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Jessica Scott
USA Today Bestselling Author Jessica Scott

Please join me in welcoming USA Today Bestselling author, Army Officer and Graduate Student  Jessica Scott to our holiday celebration! She’s also one of my dear Romvet sisters.

What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Jessica?

For Christmas, I make little mouse cookies. You take chocolate chips and melt them with a little crisco then dip oreo cookies in them. Then you take white chocolate chips and do the same, dipping maraschino cherries in them. Then you add little almond slivers for the ears and paint on eyes and a nose. My kids love them.

Jessica’s latest release is Home for Christmas: A Holiday Duet with JoAnn Ross: http://jessicascott.net/home-for-christmas.html 

Find Jessica at the usual spots:

Website: http://www.jessicascott.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jessicascottauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jessicascott09

Remember, you can do your part to send books to the military for the holidays, too. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter–which I only send out when I have a new book release. That’s it! Sign up here.

Christyne Butler is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

USA Today Bestselling Author Christyne Butler
USA Today Bestselling Author Christyne Butler

Today we welcome USA Today Bestselling Author and sister-Romvet Christyne Butler!

What do you like to make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Christyne?

Oh, not much of a baker I fear (in fact, the kitchen is my least favorite place in the house!) but I do love to decorate my home for the holidays. I have a collection of nutcrackers that I put out ever year. Each one has special meaning to me. They are like old friends to come to visit when I unwrap each one and and find a special place for them around the house. And since I celebrate Thanksgiving by putting up my Christmas decorations the day after, I get to spend quite a bit of time with these guys. I have all sorts—from glittery, fancy ones to cowboys, from small ones that sit on my kitchen windowsills to ones almost three feet tall.

Christyne's Military Nutcrackers
Christyne’s Military Nutcrackers

 

 

I have a few that I like so much that they stay out all year round, My Red Sox and Uncle Sam Nutcrackers stand guard over one top shelf of a bookcase while my two Navy Nutcrackers are on the other end. Living in New England I am a die hard Red Sox fan (no matter their season might go!) and I am very proud of the five years I served in active duty in the United States Navy.

Red Sox Nutcracker!
Red Sox Nutcracker!

Christyne, Do you have a special military connection?

Yes, I have many military connections! I served in the US Navy from 1987 – 1992, I am married to former Marine, retired US Air Force and my father was retired Air Force so I grew up a military brat. I’m happy to help with this great cause.

Christyne has provided an excerpt from her latest, The Last Chance Maverick, here.

You can find Christyne (and her amazing books) at the usual places:

 

Website:     http://www.christynebutler.com 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christynebutler

Remember, you can do your part to help me send books to the military for the holidays. All you need do is sign up for my newsletter! My publisher, Harlequin, is donating 1 of my new books for every 20 new Geri Krotow Loyal Reader subscribers. Information to sign up is here. Thanks!

Diana Cosby is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

International Bestselling Author Diana Cosby
International Bestselling Author Diana Cosby

Please join me in welcoming sister Romvet and Scottish Historical Author Diana Cosby to our holiday celebration today! Diana is a Navy veteran and we bonded years ago when we met through Romvets. As you’ll read, Diana has a strong military family and her generosity towards the military knows no bounds.

What do you make, bake, create or buy for the holidays?

Christmas cookies
Diana’s Cookie Tray!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bake an assortment of Christmas Cookies that I box up and send to each of my children. One of my favorites, that started out as an accident of too much butter in the recipe, are my Chocolate Covered Hazelnut-Shortbread Balls. (*The next to last treat in the photo.)

Please tell us about your special military connections, Diana.

I’m a military brat, a retired Navy Chief, AGC(AW), wife of a former military member, and mom of three kids who have served and/or are serving. (2 Marines and 1 Army.)

Thanks for spending time with us, Diana!

You can find Diana at the usual places:

Website: http://www.dianacosby.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Cosby-Romance-Author/150109024636?ref=ts
Diana’s latest book is An Oath Taken. Read about it here: http://www.dianacosby.com/anoathtaken.html

Remember, you can do your part in supporting the military for the holidays. Harlequin will send one book for every 20 new subscribers the Geri Krotow Newsletter gets. Sign up here.

Kim Adams is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Christmas Hawaii Style
Christmas Hawaii Style

Today we welcome Romance Blogger, US Air Force veteran and Air Force Spouse Kim Adams to our holiday celebration. Kim and I met through Romvets, and struck up a fast comaraderie as we were both military spouse moving every few years.  Kim is one of the most generous souls I know, and she matches her goodwill with action. Kim supports the military in so many ways, but is perhaps most recognized for her SOS (Support Our Soldiers, Sailors and Marines) efforts at the annual Romantic Times Book Lovers Conventions.

What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Kim?

I am the best gift wrapper in my family. When we lived on base, I volunteered to wrap gifts at the BX to raise funds for the Boy Scouts. I’ve wrapped everything. But now I use gift bags! Last year, we moved from Hawaii to Maryland, so almost everyone, from friends to teachers, received Hawaiian gifts from a stash I moved in my household goods. That stash is now exhausted so I will giveaway gift cards to teachers. For friends who already have everything, we are making a donation on their behalf to military charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project.

Kim, do you have a military connection?

Smiling Santa in Paradise
Smiling Santa in Paradise

I am an AF veteran of 12 years and an AF spouse for 18 years! My husband is retiring next year and our oldest son will be heading off to college. So it will be a double transition to civilian life and one less child at home. We enjoy Maryland but my heart is still in Hawaii. Mahalo.

Thanks for joining us, Kim!

Kim can be found on her blog and Facebook:

SOS Aloha Book Blog, sosaloha.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SosAlohaBookBlog?ref=hl  and https://www.facebook.com/sos.aloha?fref=ts

Remember, you can do your part in supporting the military for the holidays. Harlequin will send one book for every new subscriber the Geri Krotow Newsletter gets. Sign up here.

Elle James is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

New York Times Best-selling Author Elle James
New York Times Best-selling Author Elle James

Today we welcome New York Times and USA Today best selling author Elle James! Elle and I met through Romvets, and Elle never fails to motivate me to be the very best author I can.  A proud Air Force and Army veteran, Elle is a heroine beyond measure.

What do you make, bake, create or buy for the holidays, Elle?

I like to bake trays of goodies for my neighbors. My favorite goodies on the tray are mini loaves of banana bread, no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies and divinity. I love to bake and rarely do it the rest of the year. At the holidays I’m non-stop! Nothing says family and friends like a tray of homemade treats baked with love and thankfulness.
Do you have a military connection, Elle?

Elle's Latest
Elle’s Latest

I love everything military. My father spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, my sister spent 14 years active duty in the U.S. Army and finished her 20 years in the Army National Guard. My brother spent 20 years in the U. S. Air Force, I spent 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and 9 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and my daugther spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. It’s in the family! I appreciate all the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families. It’s a tough life and sacrifice so much, some more than others. These are the men and women who help to protect our freedoms. Nothing makes me more proud than to see a man or woman in uniform and to hear the Star Spangled Banner.

Elle’s latest is Christmas at Thunder Horse Ranch, available at:  Amazon  Nook Kobo

Find Elle at any of the usual places! ELLE JAMES:
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Newsletter | Amazon Author Page

Remember that you can do your part to support our military during the holidays. Harlequin is donating 1 book for every 20 new subscribers to the Geri Krotow Newsletter/Loyal Reader Program. Sign up for my newsletter here.

 

Roz Denny Fox is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Roz Denny Fox
Author Roz Denny Fox

Today we welcome award-winning author Roz Denny Fox! Roz and I shared the same editor for years, which how we first met. Roz is a true romance veteran and we could all do well by emulating her dedication to her vocation. Roz supports all and any organizations that help the military, to include  AmVets, Paralyzed Vets, and the VFW.

Do you have a military connection, Roz?

Denny was a Marine and once a marine, always one.

What do you make, bake, create or purchase for the holidays, Roz?

I used to bake and make a lot of candy at the holidays. Took plates full to my work and Denny’s. Now my sugar numbers are too high, so I’ve given that up. I’ve gone to sending more gift cards at Christmas, too.

You will find Roz at the usual, plus a wonderful blog:

Website: www.korynna.com/RozFox
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rozdf

Heartwarming Authors: http://heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com/

Remember that you can do your part to support our military during the holidays. Harlequin is donating 1 book for every 20 new subscribers to the Geri Krotow Newsletter/Loyal Reader Program. Sign up for my newsletter here.

Lindsay McKenna is Helping to Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

 

Navy Vet and Author Lindsay McKenna
Navy Vet and Author Lindsay McKenna

Please join me in welcoming New York Times Bestselling author Lindsay McKenna. Lindsay and I are Romvet sisters–we’ve both served in the U.S. Navy. Along with sister Romvet Delores Fossen, we’re celebrating the release of Coming Home for Christmas, our anthology from Harlequin Books.

Lindsay was a Weather Forecaster, AG3, from 1964-1967. You’ll meet no one more proud of her service than Lindsay. She also happens to be a wonderful writer who is credited with pioneering the military romance genre.

Lindsay and her husband Dave (and their dog Cody) enjoy New Year’s Day in Arizona. One of Lindsay’s favorites is her Pina Colada Cake, which looks like a winner!

Lindsay's Pina Colada CakePina Colada Cake

by Lindsay McKenna

1 box Betty Crocker®SuperMoist®yellow cake mix (I use their white cake but it’s up to you)

1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup “light”olive oil

3 eggs

2 teaspoons rum extract

1 container Betty Crocker®Whipped white frosting

1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Combine water, eggs, rum extract and olive oil. Open box of cake mix. Combine. Add pineapple and coconut. Bake per instructions on Betty Crocker cake box mix.

Do you still have a military connection, Lindsay?

I work with Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit charity, that sends boxes overseas to military personnel and donate to them monthly.

You’ll find Lindsay at the usual places. Her photos are worth the extra clicks!

http://www.lindsaymckenna.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindsay-McKenna/504139729714132

https://twitter.com/eileennauman

Thank you so much for joining us today, Lindsay, and for helping me to send books to the military for the holidays.

Remember, we are doing this to send holiday love to military families and Active Duty who are away from home for the holidays. Harlequin is donating one book (while supplies last) for every 20 new newsletter subscriptions to the Geri Krotow Newsletter, which gets you free membership into the Geri Krotow Loyal Reader Program. Sign up here.  get the latest Geri Krotow Newsletter, sign up here. 

 

Linda Cardillo is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Linda Cardillo
Author Linda Cardillo

Today we welcome the divinely talented Linda Cardillo! Linda is the author of several novels and also the co-founder, with Ann DeFee, of Bellastoria Press. Linda and I met almost a decade ago when we both were winners of Harlequin’s Everlasting Love contest, which resulted in the first sale for both of us. It’s a unique bond and I’ve treasured our friendship as it’s grown.

What do you make, bake, create or buy for the holidays, Linda?

When I was a girl, the end of summer was always marked by two events—the week-long feast of the Madonna del’Arco and the canning of the bounty of my grandmother’s garden. My mother and my aunts sat at an oilcloth-covered table under the pergola that supported my grandfather’s grapevines, peeling, slicing and preserving bushels of eggplants and tomatoes that during the winter would become the basis for antipasto and Neapolitan marinara.
It was the memory of my Aunt Susie’s grape jelly that spurred my own initiation into the mysteries of turning ripe produce into preserves. When my husband and I lived in Germany, one of my husband’s colleagues with an orchard had a bumper crop of plums and shared them with us. I have a wonderful plum tart recipe from my mother-in-law, and made it that night. But I had far too many plums and had to figure out what to do with them before they turned to mush. That is when I remembered Aunt Susie’s paraffin-covered mason jars filled with Grandpa’s grapes and decided one purple fruit was as good as another.
Since that summer twenty-five years ago I’ve put up plums almost every year, sometimes sharing the weekend-long labor with friends, as my mother and aunts did. My fingers turn purple, my kitchen is sticky and fragrant, and at the end of the day my counter is covered with rows of glistening jars filled with luscious fruit. Those preserves have become my signature gift at the holidays, a special treat to sweeten winter days for friends and family.

 

Linda's Plum Preserves
Linda’s Plum Preserves

Plum Preserves
30 lbs Italian prune plums
12-15 lbs sugar
Rinse and slice plums into quarters.
Layer plums with sugar in a crock or large plastic container, in the proportion of ½ cup sugar for every cup of plums.
Cover and allow to rest for 12-24 hours.
Bring the sugar-fruit mixture slowly to a boil and simmer until the fruit is a deep purple and translucent. It’s important to cook the fruit in small batches of 4-6 cups at a time to preserve the best flavor.
Ladle fruit into hot sterile jars.
Stir the fruit to remove air pockets.
Wipe the rim, seal and store in a dark, cool place.
Yield: approximately 24 pounds of preserves (48 8-ounce jars)

Bellastoria Press Information: Linda Cardillo is the co-founder with award-winning author Ann DeFee. Inspired by the Italian words for beautiful history, Bellastoria Press books explore women’s lives and relationships in stories told with compassion and humor. Get more info here

You will find LInda at the usual places:

Website:  http://lindacardillo.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-Cardillo-Author/230625938236

Linda’s Latest, The Boat House Cafe:  http://lindacardillo.com/on-the-bookshelf/the-boat-house-cafe/

Remember that you can do your part to support our military during the holidays. Harlequin is donating 1 book for every 20 new subscribers to the Geri Krotow Newsletter/Loyal Reader Program. Sign up for my newsletter here.