Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We're partying!

It's the ninth of the month... our designated party day! Which means that *you* have a chance to WIN! :)

Today we are going share some holiday fun with you, including our answers to three questions and some holiday recipes!

But we want you to party with us! So, everyone who answers these same questions, gets entered to win a choice between Meg Benjamin's new release, Be My Baby, or PG Forte's new release In the Dark!

Here are the questions... and our answers!
1. What is your favorite holiday romance read?
2. If calories were no object, what holiday treat would you eat until you couldn't move?
3. Who (besides your significant other!) would you like to meet under the mistletoe?

1. I read the anthology Merry Christmas, Baby every year (Lucy Monroe, Erin McCarthy, Susanna Carr, Donna Kauffman, Mary Janice Davidson and Nancy Warren). Lots of fun... and a great way to keep 'warm' in the cold weather! *g*

2. My favorite Christmas treat is fudge... of all kinds, but especially chocolate marshmallow!

3. Matthew McConaughy is always my pick for kissing of any kind, naked chests and any other body part, and who I would most want to whisper naughty, sexy things in my ear!

And here's where you can find one of my favorite holiday recipes! White Hot Chocolate!

1. Favorite holiday themed romance book or story.
There are lots of them. I used to reread Stephanie Laurens’s The
Promise In a Kiss
every Christmas season just because the descriptions
were so lush, and Jo Beverly’s Winter’s Fire is great. But I’ll go with Eloisa James’s An Affair Before Christmas. Yeah, they’re all historicals. There’s something about Christmas that just makes me want velvet and gold, preferably illuminated by candlelight and accompanied by champagne.

2. Who would you most want to meet under the mistletoe (besides your S.O). Oh me, just one? That’s hardly fair. Okay, Steve McQueen, who always struck me as the sexiest man ever.

3. If there were no calories to consider, what Christmas treat would you most like to eat until you couldn't move? Cookies. I love to cook, but I can't bake for beans. My MIL, on the other hand, is a baking pro, even at age 85. If it didn't mean absolute disaster to what's left of my figure, I'd eat my fill of all the cookies she dreams up every Christmas!

My holiday recipe is for an oyster and black olive dip that’s so rich you can only eat limited amounts, but oh my, is it ever good. I took it from one of Peg Bracken’s cookbooks, but I can’t remember which one. I always bring it to Christmas potlucks, and I'm a very popular girl!
Anyway, you can find it here!

1. Favorite holiday themed romance book or story.
I can't think of one! I have read a couple of Christmas novellas by
Lori Foster that I like. A classic that has always stuck in my head is The Gift of the Magi by O Henry. And for movies, I still love Miracle on 34th Street

2. If there were no calories to consider, what Christmas treat would you
most like to eat until you couldn't move? Shortbread. 'Nuff said.

3. Who would you most want to meet under the mistletoe (besides your S.O.)? Johnny Depp.

Recipe for Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments!

Favorite holiday themed romance book or story.
Since Christmas is such a crazy time for me (isn’t it for everyone) my
reading time usually suffers, and since I find it harder to really get into
them after the holidays, I tend to stockpile them. :)

If there were no calories to consider, what Christmas treat would you most
like to eat until you couldn't move? My mother makes these pineapple squares that I absolutely adore. It’s probably a good thing she only makes them once a year. Of course I could enjoy them year-round if I wasn’t so lazy, but food, especially dessert, always taste better when someone else makes it, doesn’t it?

Who would you most want to meet under the mistletoe (besides your S.O.)? Since I’ve got Dwayne Johnson(a.k.a The Rock) on the brain thanks to the wonderful timesuck that is YouTube, I can’t think of any other powerful shoulders I’d rather sink my nails into under the mistletoe. :)

Sydney's Peppermint Candy Cane Bark recipe!

1. Favorite Christmas read: believe it or not, I don't have one. I've never been into holiday romances, and I don't even really read anthologies much. I am an absolute nut about holiday TV programs, though. In addition to the Rankin Bass movies, I have to watch Borrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance ever year. It's wonderful.

2. If calories meant nothing to me, I'd gorge on: the Famous Wafer Log Thingy I posted,and the trifle I make. Both feature large amounts of chocolate and whipped cream.

3. Who I'd like to meet under the mistletoe (and Hub would let me b/c we've been married 10 years and we each have a List): Dave Navarro and Clive Owen. Cause I'm greedy and have eclectic tastes.

The Famous Wafer Log Thingy!

1. Favorite holiday themed romance book or story.
Sad to say, my favorite holiday reads aren't really romances. I re-read A Christmas Carol and The Dark is Rising every year at this season (usually, anyway). And even though I keep hoping Ebenezer and Belle will get back together...they never do. So--not a romance. However, I read two new romances just this year that I really, really liked. The Dickens with Love by Josh Lanyon and An Improper Holiday by KA Mitchell.

2. If there were no calories to consider, what Christmas treat would you most like to eat until you couldn't move? That's tough. I think I'd have to go with Struffoli. Because that is the kind of thing you could just keep eating and eating and eating...if you're lucky enough to find it, that is.

3. Who would you most want to meet under the mistletoe (besides your S.O.)? Ooh...even more It would have to be someone who's a really good kisser--because that would really be the whole point, wouldn't it? I saw an interview (a very old interview--I have no idea why it was even on, but there it was) on TV recently with Kirstie Alley talking about what a good smoocher John Travolta was. So, I'll go with him. He grew up only a few miles away from me, anyway, so we'd probably even have something to talk about between smooches. Plus he's he'd probably have his own struffoli stash. Sure, Christmas is the season to share--but let's not get all carried away!

PG's recipe for Struffoli!

1. Favorite holiday read: Like PG, I'm a Dark is Rising kind of gal. I re-read it every year during the holidays. I even made a point of visiting Cader Idris, a mountain in South Wales that figures significantly in the series, when I was in the UK many years ago. I also adore Christmas romance anthologies and set aside time to read at least a few during the season.

2. Holiday treat: I live for my mom's pizzelles, a cookie made on a special waffle-type iron. They taste amazing!

3. I'd have to go with George Clooney. He seems like the kind of guy who'd know his way around the mistletoe. :)

Kate's recipe for almond butter smash cookies, almost as good as pizzelles but you don't need a special cookie iron to make them!!

1. What is your favorite holiday romance read?
Oddly enough, I don't really have one. But the holidays are really my only
time to lie in bed and have marathon reading sessions, so I guess everything is holiday reading. Cop out answer, I know. I'll have to take inspiration
from the other 9NN and add holiday books to the TBR pile.

2. If calories were no object, what holiday treat would you eat until you
couldn't move? Muddy Buddies. They're salty and sweet... chocolate and peanut butter....and bite sized! I'd eat these forever if I could.

3. Who (besides your significant other!) would you like to meet under the mistletoe? Hard question, partially because there's too many to choose from, and partially because there's really no one other than my SO that I'd ever want under the mistletoe. But to be a good sport, I'd have to choose Matthew Bomer from "White Collar." He's got those deep blue eyes with dark hair, and that luscious five o'clock shadow.

Happy Holidays from the Naughty Nine!!!


anna howell said...

1-Don't read lot of christmas romance but love the movie elf
2-fudge for sure or maybe fruitcake
3-Vin Diesel because he is so hot.
loved all your answers thanks and God Bless and Merry Christmas
anna howell

Judy said...

1. Really don't have a favorite. I look forward to the new ones coming out each year and read as
many as I can find or get.
2. Fudge with nuts.
3. Tim McGraw-he is so sexy!!

Some great recipes I am going to keep. Thanks.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

1 - Christmas Wizardry by Jaci Burton *talking cats are cool, along with hottie dom wizards!*

2 - Sugar cookies, any shape, frosted or not, but they have to be crispy!

3 - Johnny Depp, Sexiest Man Alive and looks like he would have a helluva mischievous side! *Psst - Kelly, I'll share with you :D*

Anonymous said...

1. I don't think I have a favorite holiday read, but I'm hoping to correct that this Christmas.

2. My mom's peanut blossoms I don't think I could get tired of them but I crave em especially around the holidays.

3.I don't have a significant other, but if I could be under the mistletoe with anyone it's either be Hugh Jackman or Dwayne the Rock Johnson they're so cute and are great actors!

jennifer said...

1 i read the holiday with a vampire books every year as they are released
2 caramels but that would be year round lol
3 that could be a long list wait that doesnt sound good lol

mamasand2 said...

I just finished reading the fantastic "Be My Baby" but I would love a chance to win "In The Dark".

1. My Favorite Holiday Romance would be the new “Merry Christmas, Paige” by Mackenzie McKade. It’s still vividly stuck in my mind.

2. My daughter makes a fantastic Refrigerator Cream Cheesecake, with sour cream, cream cheese, and cool whip (plus secret ingredients) in a Graham Cracker pie shell. I saw my grandson set down once, and eat 2 whole ones for breakfast.

3. I would love to meet either Clark Gable or Elvis (re-incarnated) under the Christmas Tree. Hey, it’s the Xmas tree, I may as well ask for the impossible. LOL

Thanks for the fun contest,

Anonymous said...

1.Shadows of Yesterday by Sandra Brown
2.Pecan Pie
3.Tyler Creed from Linda Lael Miller's Montana Creeds

Karin said...

1. I'm not sure I really have a favorite, but there are a few Christmas anthologies that I have enjoyed the last two years. They are The Magical Christmas Cat and To All A Good Night by Donna Kaufman, Jill Shalvis, and HelenKay Dimon.

2. It's a tie between my mom's candied yam souffle and pumpkin cheesecake.

3. I'd have to go with Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart. I love all of their movies.

Maria Durst said...

1. I don't have a favorite as I like to read the new ones that come out every year, although I like the anthology Nicely Naughty that has "Santa Claws" by Mary Janice Davidson.
2. My favorite Holiday treat is Scandanavian Almond Bars, I could litteraly eat these till I get sick.
3. I don't have a significant other but if I could pick anyone it would be Robert Downey Jr because even though he has things together now he still gives off that dangerous bad boy vibe.

sherry said...

1. A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce and Janice Maynard. Lori Foster has a few more Christmas books that I like too.
2. It would have to be my Mom's Chess Pie I love them.
3. It would have to be Adrian Paul from the Highlander TV series. He's just so good looking.

robynl said...

thanks so much for the recipes everyone.

A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

My Mom's Jelly Roll log(a jelly roll with whipped cream in the centre, rolled up and covered in chocolate icing to look like a log with fork squiggles for wood grain, powdered sugar for snow and a holly berry/leaves from green and red cherries.

David James Elliott from the JAG TV series.


Cathy M said...

1. favorite holiday romance is A Twilight Christmas by Christine Feehan.
2. Would totally pig out on my sister's Pecan Bars.
3. Roarke, of course,lol.


Kinsey Holley said...

Sherry: WORD! Wonder what Adrian's up to now? That man was bee you tiful.

booklover0226 said...

1. I love The Gift of the Magi by O Henry. Yes, I read it each Christmas.

2. Stuffing.. loads and loads of stuffing...

3. Darian and Xavier from Knights of the Darkness Chronicles series (yeah, I'm greedy and picked two!)

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT COM

flchen1 said...

1. What is your favorite holiday romance read?
I'm not sure I have one favorite--I've enjoyed all the Brava collections and Debbie Macomber's Angels... Right now I'm reading Minnie and Moo's The Night Before Christmas with my kids, and that's hilarious ;)

2. If calories were no object, what holiday treat would you eat until you couldn't move?
Cookies, in all their varied glory!

3. Who (besides your significant other!) would you like to meet under the mistletoe?
Hugh Jackman, but his wife may have other ideas :D

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Jane said...

1. Nancy Warren's "Nutcracker Sweet" is my favorite.
2. Christmas Sugar Cookies
3. Eric Bana

Sydney Somers said...

Reading about everyone's mistletoe men should make for some yummy dreams tonight. :)

Erin Nicholas said...

Syd, I was thinking the same thing... not sure if the men or the recipes are yummier! :)
And I LOVE the movie Elf... we're watching it right now in fact while we decorate (Yes I'm a little behind this year!)

RachieG said...

1. Hmm....I'm not sure if I have one favorite holiday romance but I do tend to read Johanna Lindsey's "The Present" every year around this know the one about the Malory family? :)

2. Coconut cream pie!

3. Not even a hard one...Brad Pitt without a doubt. :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

Merry Christmas ladies!!

Armenia said...

1. A Highlander For Christmas by Sandy Blair

2. Chocolate kisses cookies

3. Clive Owen, mmmm....yummy.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Lyoness2009 said...

1. I don't have a favorite holiday story but I do read a ton of romance books about the holidays during the holidays. Currently reading Lisa Kleypas' holiday romance.

2. Chex Mix - YUM

3. I am currently have a bit of a crush on Alec Baldwin, so I'd have to go with him.

lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** COM

jennifer said...

omg rachieG me too. have you rad her new one I guess A Rogue of her own? wonderful!!

Sydney Somers said...

I loved Johanna Lindsey's Mallory family series. Been forever since I've read one, though now I'm tempted to pull one off the shelf. Right after I finish all my shopping and wrapping and cooking and writing... :)

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Sherry & Kinsley! OMG... I totally crushed on Adrian when the tv series was out. Now you both have him dancing through my head again!

Sydney... The Mallory family hooked me on series romance. WhooT - share the love~!

SiNn said...

Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle i love that book

calories no object anything penutbutter or chocolate perferably together

and under the misletoe my very own hero My fiance no one cna be better then that

RachieG said...

Jennifer, I just went and found "Rogue of her Own" from my bookshelf :) Gonna re-read it because I'm in the mood because of you! Ha ha!!!!!