I am honored and excited for Books & Spoons to be part of this tour where two of my loves - books & food - are presented side by side!
So I want to give a warm welcome to Cathy Gillen Thacker. I love her stories and the latest A Texas Cowboy's Christmas was a story so delightfully filled with Christmas cheer, with one adorable little cowboy, and sizzling chemistry between the hero and the heroine, and lots of baking!
FOOD IS LOVE*
*ESPECIALLY AT THE HOLIDAYS
It always starts with the run up to Thanksgiving, continues through Christmas, and follows through to the New Year. The cooking, the baking, and the eating… It’s hard to know which I like best! And that is never truer than when I am in the kitchen making pies and my mother’s sage stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce. Not to mention roasting a turkey, mashing potatoes, and finishing it all off with fresh veggies and homemade pan gravy!
For me and my family, preparing holiday foods is not just tradition, it’s an act of love. A way to bring us all together, and honor those who have passed. It encourages us to pause and give thanks for all that we have, to reconnect and have faith and hope for the future.
In my newest book, A TEXAS COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS, heroine Molly Griffith bakes a different kind of confection every day during the holiday season. The recipes she uses were handed down to her by her mother and German-immigrant grandmother. And though neither of the two women are still with her, she feels a real connection every time she enters her kitchen—usually with her three year old son Braden at her side.
Braden loves cooking with his mommy but he really loves her new friend/old enemy cowboy Chance Lockhart. Braden wants his idol Chance to tell Santa to bring him a live baby bull for Christmas.
Chance can’t do that, but he just might be able to wrangle something even better for the little tyke and his adorable mother before the yuletide ends.
I hope you enjoy my latest Christmas tale. (Set in Laramie, Texas, of course!) And to make the reading more enjoyable, I’ve enclosed a recipe for Christmas stollen, a German holiday sweet bread Molly, Chance and Braden make in the novel.
Cathy Gillen Thacker
Cathy Gillen Thacker is a popular Harlequin author of over one hundred novels. Married and a mother of three, she and her husband resided in Texas for eighteen years, and now make their home in North Carolina. Her mysteries, romantic comedies, and family stories have made numerous appearances on bestseller lists, but her best reward is knowing one of her books made someone’s day a little brighter.
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