12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop-Day 5

My featured appetizer today is a recipe for Hot Crab Dip my son brought home over ten years ago. You can use chips, crackers or garlic bread to dip this luscious treat.

1 lb fresh crab meat or 2 cans, drained and flaked
11 oz of cream cheese, whipped
4 Tbl mayo
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
½ cup sharp cheddar
2 cloves garlic
Mix everything in an oven proof dish. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or microwave until hot. Then dip with whatever you want, or just use the spoon. It's that good.

Today’s guest is Rachel Lacey. Love dogs? You've got to check out Unleashed.

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey Rachel Lacey Unleashed Book Cover 

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time? Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it’s not because of all the foster dogs she’s rescued. She’s got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken. Matt Dumont doesn’t need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he’d never find—gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there’s no way he can start a relationship just as he’s about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they’ll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go… Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Rachel donated a Bark Less, Wag More Coffee Mug & Author Swag, paired with a $10 Starbucks card from Cynthia Gail to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.
About the Author Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop-Day 4

For under $10, the Precision Kitchenware-Ultra Sharp Dual Julienne Vegetable Peeler is an implement we’ve used all summer long. With an abundance of zucchini this summer, we learned to love it baked, French fried or julienned, we love zucchini. With this peeler, you can substitute zucchini for spaghetti noodles, and I’ve got to tell you, the zucchini is so much better, you won’t go back.

Please welcome Rebecca Neely to the blog today. Rebecca’s featured book on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog is  A Mighty Good Man.

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A Mighty Good Man by Rebecca E. Neely
3 days. 2 people. 1 story. ‘Hank’ Jerry, a down and out writer, and Jack Darcy, a former gang leader, team up to write his story for mutual gain and end up falling for each other. It’s not long before their romance is as hot as the copy she’s writing, but they’ve both got something to hide that could blow up in their faces, and with time running out and gang enforcers closing in, will the trust they’ve forged survive the ultimate test?

Pick up your copy today from Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Rebecca donated a $10 Amazon GC to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Rebecca E. Neely was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Her father, an English teacher and a writer, instilled in her a love of words, and literature, especially short stories, at a young age. Her mother, a voracious reader, gave her Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as a Christmas gift when she was nine, and Rebecca’s been hooked on reading stories of all stripes ever since. Rebecca’s family also owned and managed a restaurant until she was about sixteen, and she grew up in the business, working, cooking, and eating. Rebecca enjoys finding, and reading new authors via her Kindle. Live music inspires her, as do the characters she's blessed to have in her life, including her daughter, her boyfriend, and her mother. She loves drawing, crafting, walking, and camping. She also enjoys traveling, going to music festivals, and exploring cities she’s never been to before with her daughter. In a former life, she earned a B.S. in Accounting, and worked in that field for about a decade. Since 2001, Rebecca has freelanced, writing a wide variety of copy for local magazines, and businesses all over the country. She is a member of Savvy Authors, and a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop-Day 3

CHOCOLATE BLITZEN is one of those things that combines the best of all worlds. With Bailey's Irish Cream and Creme de Cacao what could be better?

This chocolaty delight could cause a chocolate coma if you’re not careful. Oh, what the heck, you only live once.

1/2 oz. (15ml) Vodka
1/2 oz. (15ml) Dark Creme de Cacao
1 oz. (30ml) Baileys Irish Cream
1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Sprinkles
2 oz. (60ml) Melting Chocolate

1. Rim glass with hot melted chocolate and dip in chocolate sprinkles.

2. Blend vodka, creme de cacao, baileys and ice cream. Do not blend the ice cream completely to a liquid. Let it maintain some of its thickness.

3. Pour into chocolate rimmed glass and add sprinkles on top. Enjoy!

Say hello to Sloane B. Collins and find out about her book, Love Redesigned. 

Buy link:  Amazon -

Twitter:  @sloanebcollins

Heat level 4

Give American cake artist Genevieve Haywood a picture of anything, and she’ll turn it into a sweet and decadent creation. She’s not going to let hard work or competition stop her from opening her dream business. But when she’s hired as the cake artist for her cousin’s wedding in France, she never expected to run into the French fashion designer who broke her heart fifteen years ago. 

Roman Duchaine is done with living life in the fast lane. Tired of being in the haute couture spotlight, he’s moved back to the small French village where he was born and raised. 
Roman’s ready to settle down and have a family until the lost love of his life arrives for his cousin’s wedding. Seeing her reminds him just how devastating falling in love can be. 

Their fragile truce is meant to last through the wedding, yet every second together makes their attraction and long-buried feelings undeniable. But old habits and hurts die hard, and while Roman is ready to weave their lives together, Genevieve can't afford to lose herself in his shadow.