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Lara Lacombe is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays


Author Lara Lacombe
Author Lara Lacombe

Please help me welcome the talented romantic suspense author Lara Lacombe to our holiday blog promo party! Lara and I met at RWA in San Antonio last summer when we signed our books next to each other. I know you will find her as charming as I did.

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

My special holiday talent is wrapping. I LOVE to wrap presents, even the oddly-shaped ones that look ungainly when wrapped. I’m the official wrapper for my family–they all bring me their gifts, and it’s doubly fun for me because I get to see what everyone is getting before the actual day. My favorite paper is the heavyweight stuff that folds nicely, but I’ll use pretty much anything–I’ve made some cute gifts using the comics section from the newspaper. (My services are cheap too–I’m happy to accept cookies as payment! 🙂

Check out Lara’s  December release, from Harlequin Romantic Suspense,  Lethal Lies here.

Find Lara at the usual places:

Website: http://www.laralacombe.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/laralacombe1

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.

Jeannie Moon is Helping Send Books To Military Families for the Holidays

Author Jeannie Moon
Author Jeannie Moon

Today we welcome Jeannie Moon, a contemporary romance author who certainly supports the military–she writes heart-wrenching romance with military heroes. I so enjoyed reading her latest, Second Chance Hero (excerpt link below).

What’s your favorite holiday activity, Jeannie?

I love to bake around the holidays. For Christmas brunch I always bake cookies and breads, but last year my favorite new thing was a Pizzelle iron. Pizzelles are a flat wafer cookie made in a contraption like a waffle iron. My nanny and aunts on my Italian side always made them and this year I tried my hand. I don’t have a recipe because I’m still finding the perfect one, but there are all kinds on the web. This one from AllRecipes was a winner the first time out. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pizzelles-iii/.

This year my daughters and I are having a cookie baking day. They don’t know it yet…but we are.

Do you have any military connection, Jeannie?

My father was in the Army Air Corps just after WWII. He was drafted on VJ Day! He would have gone in sooner, but my grandmother wouldn’t sign his papers allowing him to enlist. You see, during the war Nanny had five stars in her window. My dad’s five older brothers were in various branches of the military, and serving all over the world from the Pacific, to North Africa, to Europe. She wasn’t letting her youngest go any sooner than he had to.

Kim and Owen, the heroine and hero from my latest Intermix release, are both veterans. It was a story I needed to tell. 

Jeannie has provided us with an excerpt of her wonderfully romantic novel  Second Chance Hero

You can find Jeannie Moon at her website www.jeanniemoon.com   and on Facebook


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


Heidi Hormel is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

Author Heidi Hormel
Author Heidi Hormel

Please help me welcome Heidi Hormel, the most recent author to have received “the call”  in our November Books for the Military promotion. Heidi recently sold to Harlequin American, in a two-book deal! She is gracious to join us and help celebrate the holidays.

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

In every family, each member has his or her role. In mine, for the holidays, I’m the maker of sweet treats, from baklava to buckeyes to chocolate chip cookies. Probably the most popular though, is the one that requires the least skill and actual baking: Butterscotch covered peanut butter Ritz bits (we’ve never come up with a snappy name for these).

Here’s the recipe:

One box of peanut butter Ritz bits, one package butterscotch morsels, 2-4 Tblsp. of creamy peanut butter. Melt the butterscotch chips in a double boiler, thin with peanut butter, dunk in Ritz bits, knock of excess butterscotch, place on tray, once tray is full, place in fridge or freezer to set butterscotch. Voila! These keep really well in the freezer–if they last that long.

For various holidays over the years, my mother sculpted a variety of items, usually from Rice Krispie treats. She was a crafter at heart, so having quite a few of her genes, most Christmases I try to create a Rice Krispie treat in the shape of a tree or holly leaf.


In 2010, about six months after my mother died, my sister and I honored her in a very Hormel way. We made a nativity (something she avidly collected) out of Spam (and other assorted meats), along with sauerkraut and tortillas (see the photo for the splendorous beauty of this nativity). This year, though, with the help of my great niece who also has the crafting gene, we will go for a new kind of nativity set using Rice Krispies. Although I just don’t think it will reach the splendor of a king in a Spam-label cape.

Heidi’s books aren’t  out yet but here’s a link to Harlequin American which is where it will be in June 2015: http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=244.

You can find Heidi at the links below.

Twitter-Heidi Hormel

Website: HeidiHormel.net

Facebook: Heidi Hormel, Author

Pinterest: HHormel.

Thank you so much for joining us, Heidi!

Remember, you can do your part to help us send books to the military for the holidays by signing up for my newsletter here.

Let's Send Books to the Military for the Holidays!

Shipping Books to Military for the Holidays
Shipping Books to Military for the Holidays

I’m so excited to share my November celebration. A double release deserves double the effort, and I’m proud to announce that my publisher Harlequin has agreed to provide free copies of my two November releases to the military, with a focus on Active Duty and families separated from home for the holidays.  Over two dozen of your favorite romance authors, from just-sold to New York Times Bestsellers, will join me by sharing their favorite Holiday activity. Want some new recipes? A new craft project? A joyful family tradition? This is your stop for all of that starting November 1st.

For every 20 new newsletter subscribers I get from now through November 30, 2014, Harlequin will send 1 book (while supplies last). Harlequin was so eager to support the military with me that they provided caseloads of  books in advance. As you read this, signed copies of Navy Christmas and Navy Joy (the novella in the Coming Home for Christmas anthology with my Romvets sisters Lindsay McKenna and Delores Fossen) have been delivered to Djibouti, Belgium, the U.S., and another box is on the way to Germany. Soldiers, sailors, Marines, Airmen and their families who are feeling the sting of being away from home for the holidays (or have a loved one downrange) will have something a little extra to read this season.

As an additional treat I made special custom bookmarks/ornaments for every book sent. Lucky Geri Krotow Loyal Readers (newsletter subscribers) will automatically be entered to win their own custom bookmark (and maybe a book or two!).

All I need from you is your continued support: make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter and that all of your friends and family are, too. We are all part of something bigger! Sign up for the newsletter here.