Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog tour: Sweet Cowboy Christmas by Candis Terry

Sweet Cowboy Christmas 
Sweet, Texas # 3.5
By: Candis Terry 
Releasing November 25th, 2014 
Avon Impulse 

Mistletoe, holly, and cowboys, oh my! Christmas in Texas has never been sweeter.

Years ago, Chase Morgan traded in his dusty cowboy boots for the shimmering lights of New York City and a fast track up the corporate ladder. But when his shiny life is turned on end just in time for Christmas, Chase knows he needs to reevaluate even if that means going home to Texas to endure his least favorite holiday.

When Mr. Tall, Dark, and Smoking Hot walks through her door at the Magic Box Guest Ranch, Faith Walker sees just another handsome, rich exec looking to play cowboy for a week-at her expense. She’s sure the grumpy, but sexy as hell Scrooge will put a crimp in her holly jolly plans. Until a sizzling kiss has her seeing him in a new light.

Chase is haunted by secrets, and even though it goes entirely against her “hands off the guests” rule Faith is tempted to help him leave the past behind. As the magic of the season swirls around them, she is determined to succeed because now she is certain one sweet, cowboy Christmas will never be enough

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.


A perfect novella for hopeless romantics and lovers of happily ever afters (like me), for those who love Christmas stories, as well as for those who like cowboy romances. Technically Chase isn't an actual cowboy, but he pulls it off well anyway, since he grew up in rural Texas. He's tall, dark and handsome - what more could a woman wish to find under the Christmas tree? Lucky Faith is about to find out when Chase walks through the double doors of her guest ranch. Lucky girl!
Being a novella, therefore a shorter story, everything goes pretty fast - from the moment they meet to the moment they kiss only a few days have passed. The attraction is very strong and the pull is magnetic from their first encounter, in a sort of "love at first sight" kind of encounter. Although in longer stories this would have been a turn-off, because it was definitely too much too soon, since this is a novella I knew from the start things would have to happen very early in the book so I was okay with it.
I liked seeing how it all built into something strong that at some point ended up exploding into a sexy, rather steamy scene that had nothing Sweet about it (pun intended!). After that, things progress quickly toward their happily ever after, and I was sorry to let them go so soon. I found myself wondering (and hoping) if we'd get to see this couple in another book, maybe as secondary characters, so that we would know what happened next.
I liked both characters. Even though at first I wasn't sure what to think of Chase, since he sounded like a shallow and workaholic hotshot, as soon as he stepped into Faith's life, his real personality came to surface and he was definitely hotter than the guy from New York.
Faith is strong and self-confident. I liked how she took care of the ranch on her own and took no BS from Chase. I liked how she wasn't afraid to speak her mind in front of Chase. Even though she's been hurt by a man in the past, she's not whiny or waiting to be rescued. She stood her ground throughout the book, especially when she didn't know Chase well.
If you want to spend a couple of hours enjoying a Texas Christmas, pick up this book. Now that I've discovered the town of Sweet, Texas, I will definitely come back for more.

“Welcome to the Magic Box Ranch.”
Chase dropped his suitcase by the door, where he was greeted by a woman a bit on the shorter side and definitely a little on the healthier side of the women he usually met up with in NYC. Not that she was fat. And he wouldn’t exactly call her plump. But from where he stood just inside the door, he could tell she filled out the black T-shirt and pair of Wranglers with luscious curves unlike the waifish, famished-looking creatures he’d seen strut the catwalk at Fashion Week.
Her sun-streaked brown hair was pulled up in a ponytail that stuck out through the hole at the back of a pink-and-black “Cowgirl” ball cap and shadowed a sweetheart face. A worn and scuffed pair of brown boots finished off a look that touted her as a workingwoman and not just someone who sat behind a desk filing papers.
He’d become so accustomed to city women who dressed for the masses that he’d forgotten about the women he’d grown up knowing. Those who mostly wore jeans and boots, denim and cotton. Those who dressed not with the hopes that their photo might end up on ET’s Hottest Fashions of the Week, but of necessity and common sense.
When she came around the desk to shake his hand, he got a better view. And it was a nice one.
“My name’s Faith Walker,” she said through plump, kissable lips that revealed the slightest hint of dimples when she smiled. Her dark gray eyes were direct, no-nonsense, and would most likely cut through the layers of BS someone tried to spoon-feed her.
Faith was what he and his friends back in the day would call a hot damn real woman.
He came forward, shook her extended hand, and smiled when he discovered she had a firm grip. None of that three-fingered loosey-goosey thing he’d run into with women before.
“Chase Morgan.” Surprised by the impulse to reel her in closer, he reluctantly let go of her hand.
“I’m going to apologize right from the start, Mr. Morgan.” She flashed him those dimples, then went around to the business side of the desk and began tapping on a computer keyboard. “We really don’t get guests this time of year. So the place is empty, and I’m afraid you won’t have others to share conversation or company.”


12 days of Sweet blog tour

DAY 5:
Fiona Wilder (from Sweet Surprise)

Is it my tasty cupcakes that won over fireman Mike Halsey? Hard to say. All I know is that when it comes to this tall, dark, and smoking hot firefighter, kisses do come to mind. And maybe a lot more. Hopefully you have a good imagination. And hopefully you’ll love these holiday cupcakes as much as Mike does.

Candy Cane Kiss Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Ingredients:
1/2 cup salted butter
8 oz coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate*
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
salt, to taste

Brownie Directions:
Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Or melt in a medium microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring after each, in the microwave. Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.
Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9 inch square baking pan* with aluminum foil, leaving an overhand on all sides. Set aside.
Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the baking cups in a cupcake/muffin pan. Press Hershey kisses into center of brownie batter, do not push all the way to bottom, some of the tip should stick out the top. Bake for 35-36 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs when the brownies are done.
Allow brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.

Frosting Directions:
Sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside.
With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy - about 2 minutes.
Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition.
Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
Frost the cooled brownies.
Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

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4 commenti:

  1. Thank you for hosting my tour today! And thank you very much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. I share my peanut butter blossom cookies with family and friends.

  3. Oh my, the Candy Cane Kiss Brownie cupcakes looks delish!!! I would love to try this recipe out! It's definitely going to be better than fruitcake, which I definitely pass on every year!
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