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Cowboy Romance Gift Card Giveaway! #Giveaway #CowboyFiction #WesternBook #Romance #AmazonKindle #GiftCards

Enter for your chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards from authors of Western Romance! Free to enter and no obligation.

My book KISSING HER COWBOY introduces Texas hero Treymont Woods of Breezy Meadows Ranch and heroine Daisy Phillips. 

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY celebrates Trey and Daisy’s first Christmas.

Here’s the link to participate in the giveaway: https://www.redcarpetfiction.com/cowboy-romance

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs #ChristmasRomance #WesternRomance #ContemporaryWesternRomance #ShortRead #ChristmasBook #Holiday #NewRelease #SweetRead

Available now on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY

ASIN : B08ND7TTXN

A promise can heal a broken heart, especially at Christmas.

Her Christmas Cowboy, Book Two in the Breezy Meadows Ranch series. Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition.

“Her Christmas Cowboy was the perfect story to kick off my holiday reading!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“I absolutely adore Trey. And frankly, I’m a little miffed that he’s only a character and not A REAL GUY!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“This is definitely a heart-sighing, satisfying read.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“Adele (Downs) creates characters that come alive on the page and find a love that is worth rooting for. This story is sweet and powerful.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer

Standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY

ASIN : B08H5XPVK9

New Release! HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs #ChristmasRomance #WesternRomance #ContemporaryWesternRomance #ShortRead #ChristmasBook #Holiday #NewRelease #SweetRead

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY, available now!

ASIN : B08ND7TTXN

A promise can heal a broken heart, especially at Christmas.

Her Christmas Cowboy, Book Two in the Breezy Meadows Ranch series. Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition.

“Her Christmas Cowboy was the perfect story to kick off my holiday reading!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“I absolutely adore Trey. And frankly, I’m a little miffed that he’s only a character and not A REAL GUY!” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“This is definitely a heart-sighing, satisfying read.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer
“Adele (Downs) creates characters that come alive on the page and find a love that is worth rooting for. This story is sweet and powerful.” 5 Stars! ~Amazon Reviewer

Standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY

ASIN : B08H5XPVK9

Cover Reveal! Her Christmas Cowboy by Adele Downs #CoverReveal #Romance #ShortRead #ChristmasRomance #WesternRomance #NewRelease #5Stars #KindleUnlimited

Coming November 17, 2020!

A promise can heal a broken heart, especially at Christmas.

Her Christmas Cowboy, Book Two in the Breezy Meadows Ranch series. Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition.

Standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY

One kiss changes everything for two broken people.

SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs #romance #firefighter #shortread @entangledpub @Adele_Downs #ChristmasStory #SweetRomance #ContemporaryRomance #sweet #books

“Santa to the Rescue is a beautifully written, heartwarming tale of love during the holidays.” 5 Stars! ~The Pen and Muse

Are you looking for a satisfying Christmas read, though pressed for time? SANTA TO THE RESCUE might be just the story for you. This sweet firefighter romance novella can be read in about an hour and costs only .99!

Suitable for all ages from teen to adult, SANTA TO THE RESCUE has received outstanding reviews and is the perfect romance for the holidays.

Pick up a copy for your e-reader or tablet wherever e-books are sold.

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“Really puts you in the Christmas spirit! Loved it! 5 stars! ” ~ Curling Up With A Good Book

“Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!” 5 Stars! ~ Cat’s Reviews

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About The Story:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Only .99!  Amazon  Kobo   B&N    Apple 

Christmas In July! SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs #romance #christmasinjuly #shortread @entangledpub @Adele_Downs #Christmasstory #sweetromance #sweet #books

“[Adele] Downs does a great job of packing a full-fledged romance into such a tiny package, giving readers an uplifting story.” ~Romantic Reads and Such

This sweet novella, suitable for all ages from teen to adult, has received outstanding reviews and is the perfect story for Christmas in July. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for your eReader or tablet.

Can be read in about an hour and costs only .99!

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“Really puts you in the Christmas spirit! Loved it! 5 stars! ” ~ Curling Up With A Good Book

“Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!” 5 Stars! ~ Cat’s Reviews

*****

About The Story:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Only .99!  Amazon  Kobo   B&N    Apple 

Santa’s House at the Beach #photography #Christmas #ChristmasSpirit @Adele_Downs

I took these pictures of Santa’s House on the Rehoboth, Delaware boardwalk, where children visit Santa every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. My four-year old grandson has enthusiastically embraced the concept of Santa Claus, especially the part about him bringing toys to good children, and his excitement has filled me with Christmas spirit. There’s nothing like having a small child around to better appreciate the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018

Quick Holiday Read! SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs #romance #shortread @entangledpub @Adele_Downs #Christmasstory #Christmas

“Santa to the Rescue is the perfect kickoff to the season of celebration.” ~Romantic Reads & Such

This sweet novella, suitable for all ages from teen to adult, has received outstanding reviews and is the perfect topper for your holiday reading list. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for your eReader or tablet.

Can be read in about an hour and costs only .99!

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“Really puts you in the Christmas spirit! Loved it! 5 stars! ” ~ Curling Up With A Good Book

“Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!” 5 Stars! ~ Cat’s Reviews

*****

About The Story:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Only .99!  Amazon  Kobo   B&N    Apple 

Santa’s House on The Boardwalk – #Christmas #ChristmasSpirit

I took these pictures of Santa’s House on the Rehoboth, Delaware boardwalk, where children visit Santa every weekend from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas. My three-year old grandson is just beginning to grasp the concept of Santa Claus, especially the part about him bringing toys to good children, and his excitement has filled me with Christmas spirit. There’s nothing like having a small child around to better appreciate the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Silent Night by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

SANTA TO THE RESCUE-Firefighter Romance #99cents @entangledpub

SANTA TO THE RESCUE is featured at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s and includes a fun holiday recipe. This sweet Christmas romance novella is suitable for all audiences from teens to grandmoms and costs only .99!

Buy a copy for yourself and send others as gifts.

Sign up for my newsletter and be automatically entered to WIN a FREE copy of the book!

Voted Best Man In Uniform at Loves Romance Cafe.

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

A Bliss romance novella from Entangled Publishing

Only .99!

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Excerpt:

Christmas music played over the supermarket loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional commercial interruption or cleanup request. A tune he remembered his parents singing to him as a child filled the air and Jamey hummed along. Though the song reminded him of home, the lyrics brought unexpected comfort instead of homesickness. It was as if his family had sent him a message to chase away his loneliness.

Though he wouldn’t spend the holidays with his parents or sisters for the first time in his life, the importance of his duty to his new job, and the need to make personal connections in this great new town, bolstered his resolve to make the most of the solitary holiday ahead.

Jamey turned down the bread lane and tossed loaves into the cart as another Christmas song played. It sounded kinda’ girly and sexy and he recognized Taylor Swift’s voice singing Santa Baby in Country music style. His favorite.

When he looked up, a woman further down the aisle grabbed his attention while she sang along. She bent her knees, did a little dip, and then wiggled her butt, which even beneath blue scrubs and a short winter jacket looked incredible.

Jamey halted dead in his tracks, hoping the gorgeous blonde wouldn’t see him and become embarrassed. Or stop.

She sang out, her voice smoky and hot. The subtle rasp in her vocals sent pangs low in his belly that ricocheted to his solar plexus and cranked up his heartbeat.

Her ponytail swung with her next dip and shimmy and Jamey’s mouth went dry. The woman continued on her way, oblivious to him behind her. After another sway of her ponytail, she turned the corner and disappeared out of sight.

Jamey swallowed. Holy crap. He wanted to follow her, but that would be weird. Plus, if she figured out he’d done that, she’d take him for a freak. Definitely not a good way to make a first impression.

Grudgingly, he headed toward the peanut butter, jams and jellies section, remembering the guys waiting for breakfast. On his way, he glanced down each aisle, hoping to see the woman again, but having no luck. He finished shopping and headed to the checkout line.

A flash of blue cloth in the Express lane kicked up his pulse rate. Jamey headed toward the Fifteen Items or Less sign and did a fast count of the packages inside his cart. One, two, three, four, five… He’d probably be okay.

He picked up his pace to the checkout lane before someone else rolled in behind the beautiful woman with the blonde ponytail, sexy voice and adorable bottom waiting her turn there.

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Buy The Book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Rescue-Entangled-Flirts-Adele-ebook/dp/B00G1IM260/

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/santa-to-the-rescue/id730171917?mt=11

Also available wherever ebooks are sold.

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Find Adele Downs’ Books on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Adele-Downs/e/B00G1RRS60

Visit Adele Downs on her website at http://adeledowns.com

Like Adele Downs on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/authoradeledowns

Follow @Adele_Downs on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/Adele_Downs

Christmas Lights On The Beach

There’s nothing like the sound and scent of the ocean… and a stroll on the boardwalk at Christmastime.

I love the beach any time of the year, even when it means bundling up in a coat, hat, and gloves to pay a visit. My husband and I took a ride to our favorite resort town to enjoy a view of the ocean while Christmas lights illuminated the sand. The play of colors, and the tranquil sound of waves lapping the shore, offered a welcome break from the holiday rush. I think we’ve started an annual tradition.

Do you have a favorite out-of-the-way Christmas stop?

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The tree and the bandstand on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk.

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Santa greets children and their parents on weekends in his cottage by the sea.

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These lights made me smile. Santa goes fishing.

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Santa’s reindeer on the sand behind his house.

Merry Christmas!

SANTA TO THE RESCUE – #99cents @choosybookworm @entangledpub

SANTA TO THE RESCUE is a featured deal at Choosy Bookworm!

Also featured all week at Book Bench for Romance Lovers Facebook Group!

A sweet Christmas romance novella suitable for all audiences from teens to grandmas.

Only .99! Buy a copy for yourself and send others as gifts.

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

“Really puts you in the Christmas spirit! Loved it! 5 stars!”~ Curling Up With A Good Book

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Excerpt:

Christmas music played over the supermarket loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional commercial interruption or cleanup request. A tune he remembered his parents singing to him as a child filled the air and Jamey hummed along. Though the song reminded him of home, the lyrics brought unexpected comfort instead of homesickness. It was as if his family had sent him a message to chase away his loneliness.

Though he wouldn’t spend the holidays with his parents or sisters for the first time in his life, the importance of his duty to his new job, and the need to make personal connections in this great new town, bolstered his resolve to make the most of the solitary holiday ahead.

Jamey turned down the bread lane and tossed loaves into the cart as another Christmas song played. It sounded kinda’ girly and sexy and he recognized Taylor Swift’s voice singing Santa Baby in Country music style. His favorite.

When he looked up, a woman further down the aisle grabbed his attention while she sang along. She bent her knees, did a little dip, and then wiggled her butt, which even beneath blue scrubs and a short winter jacket looked incredible.

Jamey halted dead in his tracks, hoping the gorgeous blonde wouldn’t see him and become embarrassed. Or stop.

She sang out, her voice smoky and hot. The subtle rasp in her vocals sent pangs low in his belly that ricocheted to his solar plexus and cranked up his heartbeat.

Her ponytail swung with her next dip and shimmy and Jamey’s mouth went dry. The woman continued on her way, oblivious to him behind her. After another sway of her ponytail, she turned the corner and disappeared out of sight.

Jamey swallowed. Holy crap. He wanted to follow her, but that would be weird. Plus, if she figured out he’d done that, she’d take him for a freak. Definitely not a good way to make a first impression.

Grudgingly, he headed toward the peanut butter, jams and jellies section, remembering the guys waiting for breakfast. On his way, he glanced down each aisle, hoping to see the woman again, but having no luck. He finished shopping and headed to the checkout line.

A flash of blue cloth in the Express lane kicked up his pulse rate. Jamey headed toward the Fifteen Items or Less sign and did a fast count of the packages inside his cart. One, two, three, four, five… He’d probably be okay.

He picked up his pace to the checkout lane before someone else rolled in behind the beautiful woman with the blonde ponytail, sexy voice and adorable bottom waiting her turn there.

***

Buy The Book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Rescue-Entangled-Flirts-Adele-ebook/dp/B00G1IM260/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.c om/us/book/santa-to-the-rescue/id730171917?mt=11

Entangled Publishing: http://entangledpublishing.com/santa-to-the-rescue/

Available wherever ebooks are sold.

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Find Adele Downs’ Books on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Adele-Downs/e/B00G1RRS60

Visit Adele Downs on her website at http://adeledowns.com

Like Adele Downs on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/authoradeledowns

Follow @Adele_Downs on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/Adele_Downs

Firefighter Romances Kick Ash! #ContemporaryRomance #MFRWauthor

Do you enjoy reading contemporary romance with firefighter heroes?

Would you like to give firefighter stories a try?

Here are three award-winning titles with outstanding reviews to choose from.

Naturally Yours

NATURALLY YOURS

An Award of Excellence Finalist.

Outstanding Reviews.

Finalist Medallion-Novella

Hook-Me-Up

HOOK ME UP

An Amazon Top 5 and All Romance eBooks Best-Seller.

Outstanding Reviews.

Only .99 and FREE to KU Members.

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE

Reader’s Choice Award, Best Man in Uniform, by Loves Romance Cafe.

Outstanding Reviews.

Only .99

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See the complete list of award-winning books by Adele Downs on Amazon!

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99 Cent Books-Christmas In July! #99cents

Celebrate Cowboys and Firefighters for Christmas in July!

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Beat the heat and keep your Christmas spirit burning all year with sexy cowboy Treymont Woods and handsome firefighter Jamey Tucker in these sweet but sexy short reads with dozens of 5-Star reviews. Amazon Top 100 best-sellers guaranteed to make you smile!

“You can’t go wrong with Adele Downs. ~Will Work For Books

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Kissing Her Cowboy

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY  is the standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY. Only .99 each!

Firefighter Christmas novella SANTA TO THE RESCUE  and HOOK ME UP from the Into The Flames anthology are only .99 each!

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Find the complete list of books by Adele Downs at Amazon Author Central:

http://www.amazon.com/Adele-Downs/e/B00G1RRS60

Merry Christmas From Pennsylvania

Wishing my readers, blog subscribers, friends, and family all the joys of Christmas. I appreciate each one of you. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for my books and for subscribing to my blog. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Best~Adele

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Photograph copyright Adele Downs 2015

Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Friends and I spent the day at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to enjoy the spectacular Christmas displays for which they’re renowned. I arrived with my digital camera in hand, prepared to take dozens of equally spectacular pictures, and then…after the first shot…my battery died. I’d checked the battery beforehand, and thought it was okay, but I was mistaken. Grrr. Lesson learned. Always carry a spare.

So…I improvised, and spent the afternoon taking pictures with my iPhone 5C. Not ideal, but doable. When I got home, I edited the photos with a picture program. I hope you enjoy them. Longwood Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and if you visit Pennsylvania, you won’t want to miss it.

I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful holiday season.

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Photographs copyright Adele Downs 2015

Kayelle Allen-No Bake Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Please welcome my guest Kayelle Allen, who has no time to bake for Christmas this year, and has decided to rely on Betty Crocker for her chocolate cookie recipe. I can’t wait to try these. I have no time to spare, either!

Best~Adele

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup unsweetened dark baking cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups granola

Directions

1. Line cookie sheet with foil. In 4-quart saucepan, heat sugar, butter, cocoa and milk to boiling over medium-high heat. Boil 2 minutes, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in granola until well combined.

2. Quickly drop granola mixture onto cookie sheet by heaping tablespoonfuls. Cool until set, about 30 minutes.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/no-bake-dark-chocolate-granola-cookies/

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A Gift for You from Kayelle:

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A Peek Inside A Romance for Christmas includes excerpts, information about the characters, the reason the book was written. It’s illustrated with original art. Everyone can download a free copy.

Peek inside the book: http://bit.ly/rom4cmaspeek

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A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

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A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.

It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

Excerpt:

Dara was gaining strength daily, and would finish therapy the first week of January and return to work. Disability paid for the basics – lights, phone, water, trash collection, and she’d never bought anything on credit, refusing to dig herself into a hole she’d never escape once it got started.

She went to the closet and pulled down a box with a ball, crayons, paper, and three books. A friend had brought over a few things as well. This wasn’t the grand Christmas Dara had wanted for her daughter, but all the other valuables had been sold. There was nothing left but her wedding ring.

She didn’t wear it. Removing it had been part of saying good-bye to Jack.

They said it would help, and it had. Sort of. But not much.

Dara sank into one of the kitchen chairs and put her face in her hands.

Sometime later, when the doorbell rang, she grabbed a paper towel and dried her eyes. The clock over the stove said nine o’clock. Who would be calling at this hour on Christmas Eve? She stuffed the wet towel in her robe pocket on the way to the door.

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Buy The Book:

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About the Author:

Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Website https://kayelleallen.com ~ Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen
Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author

Join Us! Boroughs Publishing Birthday Bash! @BoroughsPubGrp

Boroughs Publishing Group is celebrating its 4 Year Anniversary!

Join us all day December 15 on Facebook from 9 AM-1 AM ET to celebrate! There will be games and prizes galore from the publisher and all of your favorite authors.

Adele Downs will host from 7-7:30 PM ET.

We hope to see you at our Facebook party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1094181493928460/

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Barbara White Daille-Chocolate Fudge Cookie Recipe

Mmmm. Chocolate! Please welcome my guest Barbara White Daille who stopped by to share one of her favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I love chocolate and can’t wait to try this. Maybe Barbara’s chocolate fudge cookies will become your faves too.

Best~Adele

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Thanks to Adele for inviting me to chat!

Today, I’m sharing an oh-so-easy cookie recipe with you.

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and probably the only time I do much baking. I have a few recipes for cakes I make only at Christmastime, and I especially love baking cookies. These are a few of the holiday cookie cutters I use the most.

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But because the holidays are so busy, there are times my plans and schedules fall apart, crumbling like an overbaked cookie. At those times, I pull out an old standby recipe like this one, which is ridiculously easy to make and so perfectly yummy when you need a taste of something chocolate.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

1 package of Devil’s Food cake mix
½ cup cooking oil
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-mixed.

Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie tests done with toothpick.

Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

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And there you have it! Pour a cup of milk or your favorite hot beverage, and you’ll be good to go. If you make the cookies, I’d love to know how you like them. And feel free to share a holiday recipe of your own below.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip from my brand-new release that happens to mention Christmas cookies. : )

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The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal

Excerpt:

“Jed is out by the honeymoon cabins, I think,” Paz told them. “Tina wanted to show him something the workmen had done.”

Sagging in relief, Andi rested one hip against the kitchen table. With her son’s short legs, the walk back to the hotel had seemed to last forever, especially with Mitch by her side. Now, thanks to Paz, she could send Mitch off on his own.

“Looks like you’re busy in here,” he said.

Paz nodded. Cooling racks filled with cakes and cookies had taken over almost every flat surface. The kitchen smelled of cinnamon and cloves. “It’s never too early to start my Christmas baking.”

“Cookie, Paz,” Trey demanded.

“What do you say?” Andi prompted him.

“Please.”

Smiling, Paz took a cookie from one of the racks.

“Let’s go track down Jed,” Mitch said.

Andi frowned. “You can do that on your own. I’ll stay here with Trey.”

“I think I’ve forgotten how to get to the cabins.”

She glanced at him, then away again. After what he had said about cops, she didn’t know which was worse from his perspective, locking gazes with him or refusing to look his way at all. She knew what was better for her. Looking. Staring. Getting her fill.

Better for her, but much too risky.

“That’s fine, Andi,” Paz said. “You leave Trey with me and go right along with Mitch.”

“Great,” he said, halfway across the room without waiting for her answer.

Grimly, she followed him out to the porch and down the steps. He took his time, favoring his bad leg. Despite her irritation with him, she had to bite her lip to keep from asking how much he hurt.

She was so wrapped up in concern for him, she hadn’t realized he’d reached the bottom step. He turned back, catching her off guard. Instinctively, she bit down harder, then winced from her own pain.

“It is that bad?” he asked. “Seeing how I hobble down steps like a two-year-old who’s just learned to walk?”

“You handled those steps quite a bit better than my two-year-old does,” she said matter-of-factly. Still, knowing how he must feel made her eyes mist.

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Happy holidays to everyone!

About the Author:

BWDBarbara White Daille

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.

Find The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Lawmans-Christmas-Proposal-Hitching-Hotel/dp/0373755961

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lawmans-christmas-proposal-barbara-white-daille/1121775760

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http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lawmans-Christmas-Proposal/Barbara-White-Daille/9780373755967

Harlequin
http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=61196

IndieBound
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373755967

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https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-lawman-s-christmas-proposal

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We Holiday Partied with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sorta’)

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Members of Valley Forge Romance Writers, a Pennsylvania chapter of Romance Writers of America, celebrated the holidays in style with special guest Benedict Cumberbatch’s cardboard facsimile. Benedict stood patiently for hours to pose with authors including (left to right) Judi Fennell, Adele Downs, Terri Brisbin, and Leslie Lighton.

Authors pictured with Adele Downs in less than flattering, but fun, selfies, top left to top right are: Veronica Forand, Lynn Kellan, Alleigh Burrows, and Stephanie Julian.

Authors featured in the center photos with Adele Downs are Lynn Kellan, Terri Brisbin, Cate Price, Kristin Contino, and Leslie Lighton.

We enjoyed appetizers, wine, desserts, wine, a gift exchange, wine, desserts, and lots of laughs at our holiday bash. Lucky Veronica Forand won the cardboard version of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Old Ornament, New Ornament that Shines

Feeling especially sentimental about the holidays this year…

and a little boy is the most important reason why:

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Our grand toddler broke an ornament on our Christmas tree during a recent visit, but since it was plastic and not glass, I wasn’t concerned for his safety. We placed only (theoretical) unbreakables on the bottom half of the tree, with him in mind. Paper, cardboard, plastic.

Turned out the broken item was the first Christmas ornament I gave my husband when we were dating–almost 30 years ago. Grand toddler has good taste–I understand why he liked that particular ornament. It was a molded vehicle with big, cool looking wheels. Clearly, he wanted to play with it. But the ornament was old, and more fragile than I’d thought, and collapsed in his tiny hands.

My husband and I looked down at the ornament we’d hung for three decades, carefully wrapped each year in its box to save for the next. “Should I try to glue it back together?” I asked. Without missing a beat, we looked at one another and shook our heads. The ornament symbolized the beginning of our relationship, but our first grandchild marks the beginning of a new and wonderful chapter in our lives. We are sentimental about our past, but excited about our future, and the future of our growing family. The ornament we rehung with special pride this year, and will display for years to come, says, “Grandson’s First Christmas.”

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