Sunday, 23 December 2012

Favourite Holidays and Holiday Romances by Katie Reus + Giveaway


As the last month of the Romance and Me Reading Challenge has arrived and since we are celebrating Holiday Romances, I would like to welcome to Ex Libris beloved author Katie Reus, who is a newbie holiday romance writer! Her first holiday story, Miami, Mistletoe & Murder, was released recently, just to get you in the festive spirit :-) So please give a warm welcome to Katie and you could even win copies of two of her books!

Thanks so much to Stella for having me here today!

I don’t know about y’all but I’m a huge fan of the winter holidays. Okay, I’m a fan of most holidays because I love decorating, baking and basically having an excuse to have fun. Christmas is hands-down my favorite holiday. I love giving gifts, baking and I really love holiday romances. I actually read them year-round, but there is always a guarantee of new awesome romance releases during November and December. Clearly I enjoy reading romance; watching two people find love against all odds is the ultimate escape. Combine that with another one of my favorite things—Christmas—and I’m all over it. This year I decided to put out my very first holiday romance: Miami, Mistletoe & Murder. In doing so I got to combine THREE things I love. Christmas, romance and a tattooed/pierced hero with a bad-boy image who is really a big softie on the inside!

What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? One random commenter will be chosen to win a digital copy of Danger Next Door and Miami, Mistletoe & Murder, two romantic suspense stories from my Red Stone Security series.

Since there can only be one winner I wanted to share something that everyone can use if they’re so inclined. This is a bourbon chocolate pecan pie recipe from my mom and let me tell you, this pie is to-die-for delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 pie shell
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/4 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chip morsels
1 cup chopped pecans

How to Prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

2. In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter or margarine melts and sugar dissolves. Cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Slowly pour sugar mixture (#2) into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Next, stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

4. Pour mixture into pie shell.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until set. Serve warm or chill. Optional: add a dollop of whipped cream when serving.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


A little about Katie: I’ve been reading romance since a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I’m the author of the Moon Shifter series for NAL/Signet Eclipse and I also write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press and Harlequin Nocturne. 

To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, Facebook or find me on Twitter.

Miami, Mistletoe & Murder by Katie Reus

Fierce and sexy, former Marine Travis Sanchez has always held himself back from the rest of the world, using his tattoos and piercings as armor. But when the woman he’s wanted for months is threatened, he knows it's time to strip away the bad boy image and show her just how much he wants to be with her. As one of Red Stone Security’s best contractors, Travis is trained for almost any situation. But nothing prepares him for the most dangerous threat of all: the one to his heart.

Kind-hearted Noel Baskov’s only wish for the holidays is that her Miami coffee shop has a successful Christmas season. But her focus on work is interrupted when the family of the young girl she mentors is threatened, and the man she’s been lusting after for months steps in to handle it. Unfortunately the danger is far from over. Can this sexy and mysterious warrior protect Noel, or will he be the one to shatter her heart?

Warning: features a heroine determined to fight for those she cares about, a protective hero with a very interesting piercing, and some holiday magic.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Katie has generously offered ebook copies of Danger Next Door and Miami, Mistletoe & Murder to a lucky commenter!


You have two chances to enter:

1) leave a comment to Katie answering her question: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? 

2) submit the link to your review of a holiday romance HERE.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 5 January 2013!

Good luck!

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