Mistletoe Madness 2015: Katie Reus



Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015.

Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is…

Katie Reus

Book: All He Wants for Christmas
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Series: Multi-Author Anthology

Thanks so much to Jen for having me here today! I’m a teeny bit obsessed with Christmas time and listen to Christmas music all year. My little one is now old enough that he realizes that’s not normal and likes to tell me “you’re so weird mommy” even as he sings along to Jingle Bells in July. I definitely don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas decorations and we have… usually 4-5 trees. Maybe more this year. So when the anthology group I’m part of started talking about doing a Christmas anthology I was in heaven.

All He Wants for Christmas is 6 all new stories, all set in the fictional town of Holly, NC, where it’s Christmas 365 days a year. Today my heroine Nora is taking over to let you know one of her favorite recipes (it’s easy!).

From Nora (Merry Christmas, Baby)

When my sister and I moved to Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year round I wasn’t sure what to expect. Because when we were growing up, our mom hated the holidays. It made the season a little depressing. Now that I own a bookstore/coffee shop right off Main Street in the most festive town in the country, it’s hard not to get into the spirit. But my knowledge of Christmas movies was sorely lacking until I met and fell for sexy, former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. He’s assured me that the best Christmas movies are:

A Christmas Story
Die Hard

Turns out he’s right, though his obsession with Die Hard is a little frightening. Since movie time isn’t complete without snacks I introduced him to candy cane cocoa. He was more interested in getting creative with the whipped cream—and I didn’t stop him 😉

For anyone interested, here’s the candy cane cocoa recipe, one of my favorites:

Hot chocolateIngredients
4 cups milk
3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 cup whipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes

In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.

* Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes. Click here for direct link.
* Photo: Depositphotos

About the Book:

AllHeWants-Box Set Full2Six ALL NEW Christmas stories guaranteed to warm up your holidays… Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year! In Holly, a town where it’s Christmas every day of the year, 6 shop owners on Main Street are about to find love in unexpected places. 


After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.


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About the Author:

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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As a thank you, Katie giving away a $15 eGift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble plus a signed copy of Miami, Mistletoe & Murder to one (1) random winner. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form AND leave a comment telling Katie one of your favorite Christmas/holiday movies and/or your favorite holiday dessert or cocktail. The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only, where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the author. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.

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Now, head over the BOOKS MAKE ME HAPPY to see today’s feature with Molly Harper and BLOGGING BY LIZA to see today’s feature with Tracy March.

  • Lori Ha

    One of my favorite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. One of my favorite desserts is peanut butter fudge. This is the only time I make it because it is so fattening.

    • I love It’s a Wonderful Life, but I can’t get my kids to watch it. *sigh*

  • Stephanie F.

    Favorite movie has to be A Christmas Story. The family binge watches it every Christmas Eve. You can’t help but love Ralphie and his pink bunny pjs.
    I had a blood orange mimosa a few years ago at a Christmas brunch and fell in love with it, so good, other than that I always have a cup of hot chocolate, sometimes a little naughty with a splash of Bailys or Guinness.

    • That’s blood orange mimosa sounds good! I have a holiday party tomorrow… maybe I’ll have to make it!

  • Margaret Cook

    My mom makes this fudge every year. It’s the most complicated fudge recipe I’ve ever seen, but totally worth it!

  • Erin F

    I love White Christmas with Bing Crosby 🙂 I watch it every year! Thanks for the fun spotlight and giveaway!

  • Zita R

    I still favor Miracle on 34th Street, especially the 1994 version. I love cheesecake for any holiday. Happy Holidays!

    • Did we discuss this last week? I really need to see the movie! Thanks!

  • Anne

    A Christmas Story, I like the humor and that it’s not sweet. Love to watch it with a plate of assorted Christmas cookies.

  • Jess1

    I really enjoy watching While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock. Eggnog with lots of nutmeg is probably my favorite holiday drink.

  • jovial_1

    Die Hard has always been my favorite Christmas movies :).

  • Linda Townsend

    I still love White Christmas…

  • Theresa Fischer

    I love the Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen.

    • So cute… The kids and I watched it last year. So cute.

  • MaureenE

    A Christmas Story is a favorite holiday movie of mine.

  • Sound of Music, whaat? Not a holiday movie? Well they have played it every year for 20 years or something 😉

    • YES!! It is a Christmas movie – they always show it! Love it!

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    Favorite movie – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Drink – Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks
    Dessert – all of them LOL

    • My MIL just brought over homemade peanut butter fudge. I’ve eaten three pieces.

  • Angie Dubisher

    One of my favorite movies is Home Alone!

    • My kids have been asking about that one… we should watch it!

  • JenM

    I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Christmas movies. On the other hand, I love Christmas cocktails. My favorite is homemade eggnog. I don’t like the store bought stuff at all, but homemade eggnog is so yummy and very easy to make (and you can add more or less rum depending on your mood LOL).

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