Sunday, December 6, 2015

OLD FASHION CINNAMON CANDY - SILVER BELLES AND STETSON ANTHOLOGY- PATY JAGER


Old-fashion Cinnamon Candy

By Paty Jager

Thanksgiving to Christmas our house has always been filled with aromas of baking.  Spices, chocolate, sweetness.  The counters overflow with baked goods cooling, piled on plates, and carefully layered in airtight containers. The freezer becomes a booby-trapped appliance with bags and containers of goodies shoved in every available space.  

The wonderful smells mingle with pumpkin pie, turkey, ham, and at Christmas the tang of pine and cinnamon.  I’ve heard it said smells can trigger memories. Any time I smell the nostril tingling scent of cinnamon I’m taken back to the two-story farm house my parents, siblings, and grandparents lived in when I was young. My grandmother’s claim to fame at Christmas was her cinnamon candy.  

Here is the recipe: Old-fashion Cinnamon Candy

1 pint Karo syrup

2 cups sugar

1 bottle cinnamon oil

6 drops red food coloring

powdered sugar, desired amount for coating

Directions:

1)      In a sauce pan, bring syrup and sugar to the hard- crack stage—about 300 to 310 degrees.

2)      Add cinnamon oil and food coloring.

3)      Stir quickly and pour into a well greased cookie sheet.

4)      Let candy harden.

5)      Crack into pieces and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

In my Christmas story in the Silver Belles and Stetsons Christmas Anthology, Christmas Redemption, the hero has been in prison for ten years for something he participated in as a young man. When he returns home to confront his father, he finds his mother in her kitchen baking. The smells take him back to his childhood.
 

Blurb for Christmas Redemption:

Van Donovan returns to Pleasant Valley, Oregon where twelve years earlier as a boy of fifteen he left in handcuffs after standing guard for a bank robbery. He's learned a trade and excelled at it and is ready to prove to his father and the town he can amount to something.

Upon his return he learns the fate of the daughter of an innocent man who died in the robbery crossfire. To make amends he takes her out of the saloon and gives her a job, not realizing she'd been squatting in the very building he'd purchased for his business.

Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?

You can find this and nine other historical western romance Christmas novellas in Silver Belles and Stetsons.


Silver Belles and Stetsons
Ten Western Romance Christmas Novellas
Available as a boxed set for a limited time

Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors bring you ten western romance novellas featuring alpha-cowboys from the past. This boxed set will take you back in time when
men were rugged and handsome and the women who loved them, courageous and
daring.

* * *

The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas by Kathleen Ball. Amazon Bestselling
and Award- Winning Author. Looking for the man who ran out on her, Ginger finds a
cowboy worthy of love but he doesn't want or need love.

Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author.  During a supernatural dust storm, Fate steps in when rugged army tracker Elam helps Catherine deliver her child.

Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Can Celia restore the town's Christmas spirit? "A beautifully written story about love and hope and all the emotions Christmas brings out in people." Karren Lucas

Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin.  Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Does Angel trust marriage to the man she suspects of killing her husband or the stranger who promises to pay off her debt and set her free if she decides their marriage of convenience won’t work?

The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt, Amazon Bestselling Author. The baker's man is home for Christmas... "Compelling. Heartwarming. Tender." ~Diane Darcy, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner. Friendship has blossomed into young love, but it seems destined to die on the vine...until an unexpected Christmas gift promises happiness.

 Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell. She married the wrong man. Will fate intervene?

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives? "A story of forgiveness that has a wonderful hero who has worked hard to redeem himself."

A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman, Amazon Bestselling Author. Two damaged souls. Can their budding love and the healing power of Christmas bring them together?

Cowboy Christmas by Margaret Tanner. Will a miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls, or will it forever keep them apart?

BUY LINKS:   Amazon

Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

You can learn more about Paty at


her website; http://www.patyjager.net 


Newsletter: Paty’s Prattle: http://eepurl.com/1CFgX



twitter  @patyjag.

 

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

LIBERATED BY LAURA MILLER - A TRUE STORY OF LIFE IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP


Watch this pace for more information on this heart wrenching story, all the more powerful and poignant, because it is true.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND - WW1 SPECIAL CENTENARY EDITION

THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND - 3 BOOKS IN ONE, SPECIAL EDITION TO MARK THR CENTENRY OF WORL WAR 1

I have just done a talk at my local library regarding my research for my World War 1 romance novels.

THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND – 3 IN 1 SPECIAL WORLD WAR 1 CENTENARY EDITION  ISBN 9781771452557. In print and e-book

Special Centenary Edition containing three novels depicting three different women who triumph over tragedy during the 1st world War.

A hundred years ago, from the far flung corners of the British Empire, young men rushed to fight for Mother England. They left their wives and sweethearts behind. Many of these brave women waited in vain for their men folk to return. How did they cope with the loss and heartache? Could they ever hope to find happiness with another man? Three full novels, each telling a brave young woman’s story of triumph over tragedy and adversity. Allison’s War, Daring Masquerade and Lauren’s Dilemma.

 Allison’s War:
In 1916, on the French battlefields, a dying soldier’s confession has the power to ruin the woman he loves.

Daring Masquerade:
Harriet Martin masquerades as a boy so she can work with her shell-shocked brother, falling in love with her boss wasn’t part of the plan.

Lauren’s Dilemma:
Lauren Cunningham, carrying the out-of-wedlock child of a soldier, marries another man who is unjustly tried for murder. To save his life, will she publicly admit her sin, and risk the diabolical consequences that will surely follow?

 

 


 

 

 


Friday, August 29, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER - FALSELY ACCUSED

Hi everyone,
My friday freebits is taken from my novel Falsely Accused.
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FALSELY ACCUSED

I’m going to see if they’ll let me speak with the surgeon,” Maryanne said.

“What’s the use, I’m going to die.” Libby started retching again.

“No you aren’t. Remember our pact. We will survive. Come on.” She took hold of the Irish girl’s hand. “Repeat after me. We will survive. We will survive.”

“Oh God, not feeling like this I won’t.”

“You will.”

Puddles of vomit squelched under Maryanne’s feet. The ship pitched and swayed even more dramatically, so as not to lose her footing, she grabbed on to the berths and edged along sideways. Fortunately, they were fairly close to the hatchway otherwise she never would have made it.

“Guard, are you there?” she yelled.
 
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER - FALSELY ACCUSED

For my Friday Freebits, I would like to present you with more of my historical romance novel, Falsely Accused.

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FALSELY ACCUSED:
I’m not hungry.”

“You soon will be. This is a feast compared to what you get on the prison hulks.” Libby pulled two coarse looking biscuits out of her pocket and Maryanne forced herself to nibble on one.

“Where did you get these from?” she asked the Irish girl.

“A friend.”

“How?”

“I bought them, along with a few other things. You can buy extras if you’ve got coin in your pocket.” Libby gave a mirthless laugh. “I’ve got nothing left now; I’ve been here eight months.”

“Eight months, and you’re still waiting for a ship?” Maryanne wondered fearfully how long she would be able to survive in this dreadful, disease-ridden place.

“Yes, when my coin ran out, I bartered the only other thing I possessed. I mean to survive, no matter what I have to do.”

“I’ve got nothing to barter with. All I possess is this old rag I’m wearing.” Maryanne glanced down at the filthy black taffeta gown she had worn for weeks. No wonder she felt so dirty and degraded.

“I know. That’s why I felt sorry for you when they dumped you off here, you had absolutely nothing. Most of us carried something when we came in, even if it was just a bundle of rags.”



 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER - FALSELY ACCUSED

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FALSELY ACCUSED

“Thou shall not commit adultery.”

The nausea rising up in Maryanne’s mouth soured her stomach as her father, the Reverend Silas Watson, pounded on the pulpit with a clenched fist.

“The evils of the flesh, the wantonness of women in a world tainted by debauchery. The time has come for us, the chosen of God, to purge and cleanse ourselves of such evil. Mark my words, the wrath of the Lord is upon us, and our day of reckoning is nigh,” he ranted.

Maryanne wanted to get up and denounce him as a fiend. Only the threat of what Fiona might have to endure later stopped her. There wasn’t a God. No God would allow such depravity to go unpunished.



 

Thanks

Margaret

Friday, August 1, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER WW1 CENTENARY COLLECTION


THE LOVES WE LEFT BEHIND - WORLD WAR 1, CENTENARY COLLECTION – MARGARET TANNER

For my Friday Freebits I thought I would give you the introduction to this special collection of 3 novels all set during World War 1, to mark the centenary of the start of this terrible conflict.

MY INTRODUCTION
Stories of my family’s involvement in the 1st World War fired my interest, and after having access to a relative’s diary, it became a passion with me. I read as many books as I could about this terrible conflict then visited the battlefields in France and Belgium.

One of my relatives died of wounds in the military hospital in Rouen, France in 1917. He was a married man in his thirties, who felt duty bound to fight for the Empire. He left a wife and two small children behind. Another relative was only twenty one when he died in the Turkish campaign on Gallipoli in 1915. He was a young adventurer who wanted to see the world.

I wanted to write about what it would have been like for the wives and sweethearts of men like these.  How did they cope if their man came home wounded? Or if he didn’t come home at all? Could they find happiness a second time around?

To mark the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, I thought it an appropriate time to draw attention not only to the brave men who fought, but the loyal women who faced hardship and loss at home.

Red poppies growing in Flanders mud
Nurtured by a soldier’s blood.
 




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