Thursday, 5 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Diana Quincy + Giveaway

As we told you, one of the main reasons for our annual Let It Snow Books Event is to highlight those books and authors who have made 2013 truly memorable, and in that spirit I must mention Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy, which was one of my top favourite read of 2013 (if you haven't read it yet take a look at my review and pick up your copy, I LOVED it!). Please give a warm welcome to Diana Quincy as she stops by to talk about the holidays and all the delicious food they are enjoying this time of the year! ;-) 

Books have always been a meaningful part of the holiday traditions we’ve established for our two sons. Each year, they can expect to receive the gift of a book from me.

So naturally I’m thrilled Stella has decided to make Seducing Charlotte part of its holiday tradition in 2013. Thanks for letting me be a part of the Let It Snow event!

Aside from books, food is an extremely important piece of my extended family’s holiday tradition.

It’s the one day we put aside any notion of healthy eating. Our table consists of all the perennial favorites you might find on many holiday tables—such as turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes—plus a few extras that are a nod to my mother’s North Carolina upbringing and our extensive travels as a foreign service family.

A Cajun-inspired “dirty rice” dish, which my mother has whipped up every year for as long as I can remember, always graces our holiday table. The combination of rice, sautéed chicken gizzards, butter, salt and a heavy dose of pepper, might not sound all that appetizing to some, but we love it and dirty rice is a must-have on our table.

Diana’s holiday feast consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, blueberry muffins, “dirty rice” (top right) and candied sweet potatoes (top left).

We also do it up right with sweet potatoes, which are required to have almost as much brown sugar and butter as yams. We up the fat and sugar content with marshmallows broiled on top just before the potatoes are served.

This sugary theme continues into dessert where my mother’s coveted homemade apple pie takes center stage. Sure, we often have pumpkin and pecan pies, along with other desserts, but there could very well be a riot if someone, usually my sister, doesn’t show up with the apple pies.

Other pies come and go, but homemade apple pie is a holiday requirement.

The pie recipe is one my mother picked up from one of the older foreign service wives in Laos, where my father was assigned as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department in the 1960s. More than forty years later, the apple pie recipe remains top secret in our family but I can divulge that Granny Smith apples are required.

Although we look forward to indulging, these holiday feasts are about more than just gorging ourselves. They reinforce the grounding strength of family traditions and, as our children begin to embrace these practices, they’re also a nod to the future and to the holidays we expect to continue celebrating together in the years to come.

What foods are part of your holiday traditions? Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of either Seducing Charlotte or Tempting Bella, Book 2 in the Accidental Peers series.

Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her at: 

Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy

Book #1 in the Accidental Peers series

A grand passion. A ruinous secret. An impossible choice.

The wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn is an industrialist who stands for everything social reformer Charlotte Livingston detests.

She’s mortified by her intense attraction to the aristocratic factory owner who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of honest work.

Stirred by Charlotte’s tart tongue and refreshingly direct manner, Camryn launches a relentless campaign of seduction to win the spinster’s heart, but she is loyal to another man.

As a violent Luddite rebellion rages across England, unrelenting desire flares between the passionate adversaries.

Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware Charlotte harbors a secret — a shocking connection to the machine wreckers that could shatter them both.

Excerpt of Seducing Charlotte

Cam buried his face in Charlotte's neck. “Did I hurt you?” he murmured, his voice thick with remorse.

She shook her head, unable to speak, her eyelids burning with unshed tears. Charlotte clasped him to her, both loving and hating him all at once because of what he would do next.

He released her with a tenderness that made her want to weep. Cradling Charlotte’s jaw with warm fingers, Cam brushed a kiss over her lips, this one gentle and sweet. He lingered as if savoring her taste, then stepped back to fasten his breeches.

He tucked his shirt into his breeches, watching her as she pulled her chemise up to cover herself. She knew she looked awful with her hair askew and tousled about her shoulders. Her lips felt swollen and her cheeks on fire from where his unshaven face had scraped her tender skin.

Cam’s inscrutable gaze flickered over her, then shifted, and he seemed very far away. “I must go as well.” His tone was polite, distant, as though he had already left her. Cam’s warm hand moved over her shoulder to ease her away from the exit.

She swallowed hard, a useless attempt to ease the strangled feeling in her throat. “What will you do now?”

“You know what I must do.” Regret glinted his eyes. “It would be wrong of me to allow more people to die when it is within my power to put a halt to the violence.”

He reached for the door and hesitated, turning to lock gazes with her. The fine creases around his sun-lit green eyes seemed to have deepened overnight.

“But also know this; there will never be another woman for me. I have already taken you to wife in every way that matters. When you leave me, there will be no other. You are the wife of my heart.”

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Diana has generously offered a copy of Tempting Bella, Book #2 in the Accidental Peers series  to THREE lucky readers!

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