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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.

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.

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.