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December Book Giveaway

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Hello readers… It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Yep!  Go get out your aluminum poll and air your grievances. It’s FESTIVUS!  (If you haven’t heard of Festivus, please google it, or watch THIS CLIP from Seinfeld.) OH, and it’s also time for my DECEMBER Book GIVEAWAY! How do these titles sound? 
Set #1
Slade by Sarah McCarty
True Shot by Joyce Lamb
That Old Black Magic by Michelle Rowen
Set #2
Seductive as Flame by Susan Johnson
An Unexpected Gentleman by Alissa Johnson
Recklessly Yours by Allison Chase
Set #3
Acquainted with the Night by Piper Maitland
The Cross by Sean McCabe
Left Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins
Three lucky winners will win some great December releases.  
The Rules: To be entered, please leave a comment with your favorite holiday treat/cookie – recipes are welcome! AND which book set (1, 2, or 3) you prefer if you win. You do not need to be a google friends connect follower of my blog, but it always appreciated. Contest is open from December 5, 2011 until Friday December 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST. If your email is not part of your profile, please leave it so I may contact the winners.  One entry per person. Contest is restricted to US and Canadian mailing addresses only. Three (3) winners will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail.
Thanks and Happy Reading!

  • Favorite Holiday Cookie:

    3 c. dry oatmeal (Quick cooking)
    2 c. sugar
    1/3 c. cocoa powder
    1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
    1/2 c. milk
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Put oats in large bowl and set aside. Mix sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Bring to boiling point and boil for about 3 or 4 minutes (until soft ball stage). Remove from burner and add vanilla. Immediately add to bowl of coconut and oats; mix until blended. Drop from teaspoon onto wax paper and let stand until cool. These set up rather fast, so work quickly.

    thehistorychic@gmail.com (Set 1)

  • I like old fashioned gingerbread cookies.
    I would like set 3.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  • I’ll stick with the traditional chocolate chip cookie as my favorite Christmas treat. Being a diabetic I rarely get to eat them and they are really a Christmas treat for me.

    I would like to win any of the three choices in the giveaway. All look like good books, but I think I would like to have #1 the most.

    justpeachy36@yahoo.com

  • Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! I’m not picky so enter me for any of the prizes 🙂

    I’m not a baker so I feel like a slacker, but I love, love, love my mom’s sugar cookies which she makes from scratch and only at holidays. Yum!

  • I make a mean Pumpkin Cheesecake. Not too long ago I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time. Holy Schmokes are those de-lish!!!
    I think I’d like to win #1…although #3 looks good too (lol)
    thank you for the chance!
    Sebrina_Cassity(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • My mom’s Christmas sugar cookies are my favorite. She has secret ingredients that she will hopefully share with me one day. 🙂

    I would love Set 1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  • I love the sugar Christmas cookies and the fudge!

    Would love to win set#3. Thank you.

  • Ivy

    I love cake cookies. For people like me who rarely bake, they’re almost fool proof & always a hit!

    Preferred box of cake mix.
    1/2 c. oil
    2 eggs
    1c chips (butterscotch, chocolate whatever goes w/your mix best)
    or nuts.

    Mix all of above, drop and pat onto cookie sheet, bake @ 350 for 8-10 min.

    Set 2 or 3 would be wonderful….Not choicey. Thanks for the chance!

  • Mine is pecan pie. Which since I can not cook I do not make, so sadly no good recipe. But to buy one Sams has a great one.

    Set 1 is my first choice followed by set 3

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • My friend makes awesome Rocky Road fudge and it’s unbelievably easy – basically, it consists of a package of dark chocolate chips, a bag of small marshmallows, and a cup or two of non-salted, roasted peanuts. You just melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then mix it together with the peanuts and marshmallows in an 8×8 pan. Let it cool and set, cut it, and enjoy.

    I’d love to win Set #1.

    GFC follower – jen(at)delux(dot)com

  • Na

    Happy Holidays! I love home-made chocolate cookies during the holidays, especially when they are warm ad nthe chocolate oozing.

    All the sets are wonderful and I would love to read any especiall Set #2.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • I love shortbread cookies for the holidays.

    I would like to entered for Set #1

    Happy Holidays!!

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  • All three of the book sets look fantastic, I’d love to win any of them.
    My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and I’m happy to buy it at the store, no baking for me. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • I love sugar cookies. I just hate making them since each step takes forever. All the different shapes and frostings and sprinkles. But oh so yummy!

    I’d like the 3rd set. Thanks.

    Danni
    dannigv616AThotmailDOTcom

  • I love sugar cookies. And I have gotten really lazy the past few years and buy my dough from the local grocery store. It is just easier that way. Plus, I dont make them till about a week before Christmas because we can’t stop eating them.

    I think set #1 is my first choice, all of them look great.Thanks

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  • My favorite treat is chocolate fudge.My uncle makes the best I have tasted. My choice would be set 3.

  • My favorite Christmas treat would have to be chocolate chip pecan pie. It’s so yummy! I would love to win Set #2. Thank you for the giveaway!

    dani3222001(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • It’d have to be sugar cookies and set #2! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  • My favorite treat are the cherry flavored candy canes. Thanks for the giveaway & I’d like to win set 2.
    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  • My favorite Christmas cookies are my grandma’s gingerbread men and her chocolate cookies. Yummy!!! Know I want some. LOL Thanks for the giveaway. I would like set 1.

    Sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  • My favorite holiday treat is pecan divinity! Love most anything with pecans….pie, pralines…
    Thanks for the giveaway, set 1 sounds like the best!~

    debr97 at yahoo dot com

  • My favorite holiday treat is fudge followed by divinity. Thanks so much for the giveaway. My first choice would be #1, then #3.

    jcalvert719(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • What holiday treats! I would love to read all of these awesome books of course, but if I had to pick a preference it would be Set #3, then Set #1, and then Set #2. One of our favorite holiday cookies is a homemade biscotti with dried cranberries and pistachios and dipped in white chocolate. The recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis.

    Ingredients
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
    2/3 cup dried cranberries
    12 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped
    Red and green sugar crystals, for garnish

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

    Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

    Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

    Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.

    The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.

    It is a bit complicated, but so worth it and I hope not to long to post here 🙂 Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite holiday cookies. Mmm.. I think it very good I don’t have a recipe or I would eat them all of the time. 🙂

    I would like the first set. This is so awesome! 🙂

    ferishia.1@gmail.com

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