TLC Book Tours for Winter Holiday Traditions (+ reads!) from Harlequin with ALWAYS A LAWMAN by Delores Fossen
We’ve gathered up some wonderful winter holiday traditions, recipes, and books to warm your heart over the holidays!
Each tour stop will feature a guest post from one of the fabulous authors listed below,
plus a fun Rafflecopter giveaway.
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A sheriff’s heart-wrenching past threatens to destroy his future in USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen’s brand-new Blue River Ranch miniseries…
Ten years ago, Sheriff Gabriel Beckett helped convict the man who murdered his parents in a shocking crime that still haunts his small Texas town. Now the terror has returned and the woman who escaped the attack is a target again.
Jodi Canton loved Gabriel—until that love shattered with his parents’ murder and her father’s conviction. Taunted with threats, she’s determined to bait the real killer out of hiding. Drawing out a criminal puts her life on the line, but Gabriel’s protection puts her heart in danger. Even if they survive a predator, can they risk everything to heal each other?
The new mini-series from Delores Fossen starts off with riveting thriller filled with intriguing characters and intense suspense that kept me, and the cast and crew, on the edge throughout the story.
The vigorous tension from the past and the stress from the new cruel threats and deadly attacks muddle together into a fearful, strained, jittery atmosphere where the emotions run wide and deep. The number of suspects is limited and each of them a known player in the tragic, deadly drama that changed many lives ten years ago.
Jodi Canton lost everything she loved on one fatal day a decade ago, a day when she nearly lost her own life as well. The struggle to survive the brutal attack, and learn to live with consequences has taken her to the task every day since it happened. The young love she felt for Gabriel is still as fresh as it was way back when and the fear for her life as palpable and real as it was that night Gabriel rejected her intentions.
Sheriff Gabriel Beckett turned down the love of young Jodi and lived to regret the consequences of that night. He lost his parents in the brutal attack and later on his sisters as they could not face the hurt and pain and moved away. To see Jodi again and all those tender feelings still burning inside her gets the familiar response in his heart. The old attraction is still there, the kindling ignites, the passion flames and the emotions take a deeper root, making it even more crucial to protect Jodi by all means, to keep her alive against the constant murderous attacks.
The connection between Jodi and Gabriel, while fragile and frail because of the past, is powerful enough to survive the years that they were apart. The attraction is tangible, the need to protect and hold each other close a force to be reckoned with. Add to that the fierce and vehement savage action, and the lives of the people forever changed because of the past, and you have yourself a poignant, breathtaking tale that is impossible to put down until the end. The Blue River Ranch miniseries is already proven to be stories not be missed
~ Five Spoons!
Candy Cane Memories
By Delores Fossen
Because I’m in a military family, we’ve moved a lot and have been stationed all over the world. We’ve created so many wonderful memories in those places, including those from my home in Texas. The holidays are a great time to bring back some of those memories with recipes, and plenty of those recipes have one common ingredient—sugar!
There are red velvet cupcakes from South Carolina. Pralines from Louisiana and Mississippi. Cherry cheesecake bites from a recipe that I got when we were stationed in Washington D.C. Almond toffee bark from California. Sherry trifle from England. But one of my favorite recipes is candy cane shortbread that I first tasted when I was about eight or so. My great-grandmother, who was living in Garland, Texas, made it for me, and one bite brings back the warm memories of being with her during the holidays.
So, let me share a sugary treat from Granny Agnes Elizabeth’s kitchen:
½ cup softened unsalted butter
¼ cup white sugar
A pinch of salt
1 cup flour
4 small crushed candy canes
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add salt and flour until well mixed. Blend in the finely crushed candy canes. Roll out the dough ¼ inch thick or else press into a pan. (My great-grandmother pressed hers into a cast iron skillet.) Bake at 325 degrees (Fahrenheit) for about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool and enjoy.
I hope my great-grandmother’s recipe brings you as many tasty moments as it has me, and here’s wishing you and yours the best holiday ever.