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Cathy Maxwell is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

New York Times Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell
New York Times Bestselling Author Cathy Maxwell

A joyful welcome to New York Times Bestselling Author and my Romvet sister Cathy Maxwell. Cathy and I met eons ago, and are delighted to share a common bond in our past lives of Naval Intelligence. And, I happen to love her historical romances.

Cathy, please share–what do you make, bake, create or buy for the holidays?

My natural inclination is not to cook. I have to force myself to do it. I usually start off excited with the project and quickly grow disillusioned. Dragged down, actually. Lost in the bog.

This year, I found a plan in a magazine for cooking the whole holiday meal ahead. It will be like one of those turkeys in a box that grocery stores advertise but it will be of my making–

Cathy's Cookbook Shelf
Cathy’s Cookbook Shelf

Wait! Hold everything! I was going to show a picture of the cover of the magazine with the cook ahead plan, and I can’t find it. I’ve lost it. Okay, now I don’t know what I’ll do for holiday dinner. However, here is a picture of my cookbook shelf (just to let you know I’m not a complete piker, but note how many books have “easy” in the title). I will think of something . . . I hope!
We can always go out (my favorite holiday plan).

Do you have a special military connection, Cathy?

I was active duty USN, my husband was USN, my son was USN, but my daughter copped and went USCG. 🙂

Cathy’s latest is The Groom Says Yes. Details here

Thanks for sharing some of your holiday spirit with us today, Cathy.

Hugs and happy wishes for a loving holiday season! –Cathy

You’ll find Cathy in the usual places:

Website: www.cathymaxwell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Maxwell/166883240063709

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/maxwellcathy

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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.


Susan Wiggs is Helping Send Books to the Military for the Holidays

New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs
New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs bakes Walking Dead Gingerbread Cookies for the holidays!

Please join me in welcoming New York Times Bestselling author Susan Wiggs. What better way to start off our first full week of November than with the most glamorous, talented, kind-hearted, honest author I know?

Susan Wiggs and I met over a (gasp) decade ago, when she helped me get to my first RWA meeting after having moved to Whidbey Island (aka a remote island in the Pacific Northwest). She describes more of our unique bond below.

Recipe:  Walking Dead Sugar Cookies

“Twisted traditional cookies are always a hit with kids. Also, it makes good use of the broken ones. Everyone knows a broken cookie tastes just as good as a perfect one.”–susan wiggs

Walking Dead Cookies
Walking Dead Cookies


2-1/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cookie Icing: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 to 3 teaspoons milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 to 4 drops red food color

Directions: Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in dry ingredients on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate dough 2 hours or overnight until firm. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into humanoid shapes with gingerbread-person cookie cutters. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. For the Icing, mix all ingredients except food color. Divide white icing into two small cups, and use the red drops to dye one lot blood red. Use the white icing to create mummy bandages, and the red to create wounds and bloody stumps. Use decorative sprinkles and red-hots liberally. [Source: Freely adapted from McCormick Spice collection.]

Do you have a military connection, Susan?

Thanks to the wonderful Geri, I was able to write a novel about a military family called THE OCEAN BETWEEN US. It was inspired by a change of command ceremony for Geri’s husband, Steve, and to this day, it is a favorite of military spouses. I get mail about it every week!”

Susan’s latest is The Beekeeper’s Ball, and you can have your very own signed edition here. Want some holiday magic from Susan? Check out Candlelight Christmas.

Susan is an active blogger and has a beautiful website. Also, find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please join me in thanking Susan for her time and cookie baking talents!

Remember, we are doing this to send holiday love to military families and Active Duty who are away from home or apart for the holidays. Harlequin is donating one book 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.