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Firehouse Lunch at Molly Maguires

Since two of my books, Santa To The Rescue and the upcoming Naturally Yours, feature firefighter and paramedic heroes from the fictional Appleton Fire Station, I thought it would be fun to have lunch at Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The restaurant was built in 2013 inside the original location of the Minquas Fire Company, established in 1908. I’m pleased to say that hubby and I enjoyed our visit.

The most striking features of Molly Maguire’s are the beautiful handcrafted bar and the storefront imported from Ireland. Inside the restaurant, firehouse mementoes grace original walls made of stone or plaster. Gleaming hardwood floors lead to dining rooms or semi-private alcoves where guests can relax in relative solitude. Hubby and I sat at a table in the main area by the bar. Our food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our server, Jessica, was pleasant and attentive. We will definitely return.

As I’ve shown many times on this blog, there’s always something fun to see and do in Pennsylvania. Here are pictures I took during our visit to Molly’s.

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Merry Christmas From My House To Yours

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StoryFinds.com Features SANTA TO THE RESCUE!

StoryFinds.com will feature SANTA TO THE RESCUE  Sunday, December 15 to Monday, December 16.

Have you gotten your copy yet? Only .99 and garnering top reviews on Amazon by readers and book bloggers!

Here’s the link – http://storyfinds.com/book/6343/santa-to-the-rescue

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A Real Life Firefighter Santa Claus

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“Be prepared.” The Girl Scout motto has served me well through the years, though I never would have guessed it would pave the way to a VIP pass to Santa Claus.

One of the first things I learned as a published author was to carry business cards and promotional materials inside my purse. For SANTA TO THE RESCUE that meant keeping postcards handy in case someone asked about my sweet romance and its firefighter hero. (Be Prepared!)

While driving through a neighboring town at the start of the holiday season, I passed by a firehouse and a group of firefighters dressed in their turnouts. Naturally, like any red-blooded American woman, I turned to look. That’s when I noticed the sign advertising Santa Claus and a holiday bazaar inside the station. My convertible made an automatic turn into the parking lot and I headed to the indoor event. I wanted to meet firefighter Santa, a real life version of my fictional SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero, Jamey Tucker.

Turned out, Santa was on coffee break.

At the baked goods table (my personal favorite), hosted by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, I introduced myself and asked if I could take pictures of Santa Claus when he returned. I showed them my book cover postcards and explained what my book was about. SANTA TO THE RESCUE is a PG rated romance, suitable for readers from high school to the senior center. The women found Santa for me and asked him to return to his throne at the front of the room. Santa-the-firefighter graciously posed with my book cover while everyone gathered around.

After pictures were taken, a cupcake pop was eaten, and new friends were made, one of the women offered me the most wonderful gift I could ever have imagined. She promised to ask her husband to copy my postcard and send the information about SANTA TO THE RESCUE to all the firehouses in the county. In addition, she agreed to list my book on the fire company website. Turned out, she was not only a firefighter wife, but the wife of a District Chief. Talk about Christmas miracles!

I owe my VIP visit with Santa and the firefighters to my years as a Girl Scout, where I learned to “Be Prepared” (and to wear make-up, even when running errands). I also decided that firefighters and the women of the Ladies’ Auxiliary must know the Girl Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” They certainly live by that creed.

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The Plotting Princesses host SANTA TO THE RESCUE

Visiting with The Plotting Princesses to celebrate SANTA TO THE RESCUE and margarita cupcakes! I’m offering a tasty recipe for holiday cupcakes made with tequila. Stop by, leave a comment, and be automatically entered to win a prize! I hope to see you there.

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Margarita Cupcakes Recipe and An Interview!

Thanks so much for your support while I shout from the rooftops about my new release SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

Today I’m visiting with author Tonya Burrows. She found me interesting enough to interview. Imagine that! Please stop by and pay us a visit.

Here’s a little something I think you’ll also like–a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes, made with tequila. Ole!

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Margarita Cupcakes: Posted with permission

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 ¾ cups all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. vanilla

Zest of 3 limes

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice AND zest of 2 limes

To Make:

Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.

Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.

While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.

Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit http://us.sauzatequila.com/

Scavenger Hunt on Facebook Tonight 8-9:30 PM ET!

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Flirt Novella authors from Entangled Publishing will host a Scavenger Hunt with HUGE prizes tonight, December 4, 2013 on Facebook from 8-9:30 P.M. ET. 7 P.M. Central.

The more the merrier!  I hope to see you there!

BRUNCH with SANTA (Cocktail Recipe)

The Bloody Maria is the perfect Brunch companion, according to Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Jamey mixes pitchers of this lightly spicy cocktail for friends during the holidays. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try. Cheers!

Courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

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The Bloody Maria:

You’ll Need:

Serves 6

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
7 parts tomato juice
1 squeeze of Siracha Chili Sauce
3 grinds fresh black pepper
the juice of 1 Lemon
1 dash of celery salt
1 dash of paprika
1 dash of cumin
several dashes of Worcestershire sauce

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake well and pour into a tall glass over ice, with or without salt. Garnish with a lime, an olive, a pickled jalapeño and a sprig of cilantro.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit http://us.sauzatequila.com/

New Release from Entangled Publishing!

New Release from Entangled Publishing!

SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

A sweet firefighter contemporary romance novella
New Release! An Entangled Publishing Flirt

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.

Only .99! Buy Links at Entangled Publishing:

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Only .99! Amazon Kindle Buy Link:

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

Only .99! B&N Nook Buy Link:

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Excerpt:

She laughed out loud this time, and the sound of her voice rang through the air, pure and clear. He could listen to that voice for hours. “These are for my kids at the hospital. I’m an R.N. at County. We’re decorating the pediatric ward. And spoiling the children too, a bit. I’m baking cookies for our holiday party on Saturday.”

She held out her hand for a handshake. “I’m Heather Longhurst.”

Jamey introduced himself and took her hand. He told her what he did and where he worked. Her skin felt soft against his palm, though her grasp conveyed confidence and strength.

He cocked his chin. “What kind of cookies?”

“Chocolate chip, of course. Is there any other kind?”

Jamey shook his head. He could almost taste melted dark chocolate and smell the aromas of fresh baked flour, eggs and sugar filling her kitchen. His mouth watered. He hoped she couldn’t hear his stomach rumble. He hadn’t eaten in over fourteen hours. “No ma’am.”

Heather returned a lopsided grin. “You’re not from around here, are you?”

“Southern Indiana, born and raised.”

She moved out of the way of an elderly couple trying to pass with their half-filled shopping cart. Jamey moved too and they strolled together toward the exit. “I’ll make a plate of cookies for you, if you stop by the hospital to pick it up.” She said.

Jamey smiled at her, his heart lifting at the turnaround in his day. “That’s the best offer I’ve had since I moved to Appleton.”

“You’re new in town?”

“Been here almost three months.”

“Glad to meet you, Jamey Tucker. See you about one o’clock?”

“I’ll be there. Count on it.”

“I will.” She smiled back and their gazes locked. His mood soared with the realization she was flirting with him. The day had definitely taken a turn for the better.

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Tips For Writing A Holiday Story

Looking for tips on how to write a holiday themed story? Stop by the blog Writing Novels That Sell for my article. I’m also giving away prizes like fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets to commenters. Winners listed weekly!

Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting me for an interview and has posted a review of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews has posted a spotlight on my new release. I hope to see you there!

Would you like to win this adorable Firefighter Teddy Bear ornament? Follow Adele Downs' Blog Tour!

Would you like to win this adorable Firefighter Teddy Bear ornament? Follow Adele Downs’ Blog Tour!

Monday, November 25:

Heart Shaped Glasses and A Little Romance

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Join me this weekend at the blogs listed below and  be automatically entered to win fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and read fun recipes made with tequila!  Help me celebrate new release SANTA TO THE RESCUE! Winners listed weekly on this blog.

Stops this weekend:

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Sunday, November 24
 

Free Gifts! Contest Prizes!

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets offered as FREE gifts on my virtual book tour. Leave a comment here and/or on my tour and be automatically entered to win prizes. List of winners posted every Saturday until mid-December. Items will be mailed USPS inside the USA and Canada.

 Stops for Friday, November 22:

Giveaways Galore!

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Firefighter Jamey Tucker says, “Join Adele Downs on her virtual book tour for SANTA TO THE RESCUE, leave comments, and be automatically entered to win fun prizes!”

Stops for Wednesday, November 20:

Blooms, Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

You’re probably wondering what the heck I meant by this heading, so let me explain. First, Pembroke Sinclair has posted a whimsical interview with me on her blog. Blurbs In Bloom posted a Spotlight. Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust posted a review of SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

If you stop by the blogs and leave a comment, you’ll be automatically entered to win a firefighter Christmas ornament. I’m also giving away Fire and Rescue refrigerator magnets and swag items. I have tons of prizes to give away, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to win. Leave comments here, too, for additional chances.

Stops for Friday, November 15:

Adele Downs is giving away Fire and Rescue Refrigerator Magnets and Swag too!

Adele Downs is giving away Fire and Rescue Refrigerator Magnets and Swag too!

MAKE IT WITH A FIREMAN, Fun Video!

Celebrating New Release SANTA TO THE RESCUE

 
My SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero and heroine Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst will offer a yummy series of  Sauza® Tequila party tips and adult beverage recipes here and on my blog tour.
 
Three FREE delicious recipes are offered today at Delilah Devlin, Seven Sexy Scribes, and Ex Libris. Read a review at Storm Goddess Book Reviews.

Free Gifts! Leave comments here and on my blog tour for chances to win fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and magnets.

Stops for Wednesday, November 13:

(Video posted with permission from the makers of Sauza®Tequila.)

Hot Pumpkin Spice Tequila Recipe!

Join me for my interview with Book Blather. Check out reviews of the book and SANTA TO THE RESCUE Spotlights at Booklover Sue and Musings From An Addicted Reader. Remember to leave comments to be automatically entered to win prizes!

Stops for Tuesday, November 12:

Hot Pumpkin Spice Tequila:

Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, snuggle by a romantic fire with hot mugs of Pumpkin Spice Tequila. They love this Sauza® Tequila recipe so much they thought they’d share it with you. For revelers over age 21. Enjoy!

Photo and Recipe courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

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Ingredients: Serves 2

¼ cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
¾ cup cream
2 tbsp. Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ cups freshly brewed hot coffee

Whipped Cream and Cinnamon Sticks

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a saucepan, combine cream with pumpkin syrup, sugar, vanilla, spices and coffee until hot. Divide it between two mugs. Add half of the Sauza® Blue Silver and stir. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy!

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit http://us.sauzatequila.com/

Excerpt SANTA TO THE RESCUE (A Firefighter Romance)

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

Coming Monday, November 11, 2013 from Entangled Publishing

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 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:

Jamey Tucker unfastened his helmet, lifted his facemask and tugged off his fire retardant gloves before gulping half a liter of water. He could almost hear the liquid sizzle against his throat, much like the smoldering embers behind him turned to sodden ash.

He held out the cup to the volunteer rescue worker manning the drinking water. “More.” That simple word was as much as he could manage. After chugging down a refill, moisture returned to his mouth and tongue. He licked his lips and released a satisfied sigh. All he needed was a hot shower and some chow to feel human again. “Thanks, man.”

“No problem. Merry Christmas, Jamey.” The last thing on his mind was Christmas.

“Yeah. You too.” He stunk like a chimney after fighting a fire ‘till dawn. Dumb kids and their vacant warehouse rave had caused their team hours of grief and gut wrenching work. Luckily, no one died.

Though the crew decorated the firehouse with lights and garland, and set up the tree a week ago, Christmas spirit had failed to find him. Loneliness could do that to the new guy in town, not that he’d admit that to anyone. He’d cut his heart out first.

Pre-Order on Amazon .99!

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Order on B&N Nook .99!

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Follow Adele Downs on her SANTA TO THE RESCUE blog tour beginning November 11, leave comments on participating blogs, and be automatically entered to win fun firefighter related prizes!

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vorticeassurdo/167001806/

Everyone Loves A Firefighter

Firefighters: women love them and men want to be them. As I count down the days to the digital release of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, my Christmas firefighter tale, I can’t help but admire photographs of men in turnouts.

Here’s a picture of a firefighter as I imagined him in my fictional world of the Appleton Fire Company, set in Southeastern Pennsylvania apple orchard country. Like the hero of my story, Jamey Tucker, he’s just finished fighting an overnight fire.

Wouldn’t you like to have this man safeguarding your neighborhood?

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photo credit:

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A Fireman Suits Up!

See who I met at the 2013 Old Fiddler’s Picnic in Wagontown, Pennsylvania! One of the town’s firefighters, who was kind enough to let me take pictures and offered to ‘suit up’ for me in his turnouts to show my readers how it’s done.

This handsome firefighter reminds me of James Tucker, my SANTA TO THE RESCUE story hero. Thank you for being so generous with your time! It was nice meeting you. My readers will definitely enjoy meeting you too. Who doesn’t love a firefighter?

Photo by author Adele Downs

Photo by author
Adele Downs

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(Photos are the property of author Adele Downs and may not be copied or reproduced without written permission.)

New Title to Upcoming Release!

The title of my fun and flirty firefighter novella coming Christmas 2013 from Entangled Publishing has been changed to SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Cover art coming soon!

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