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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HOLIDAY SPOTLIGHT: A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Ho HO ho....or should I say post, post post? That's right!  It's a THREE post sorta day here at SFIR as we strive to bring you all the bookish holiday merriment we can offer.  Today's first guest comes to us from Harlequin Books in the form of a BOOK SPOTLIGHT as we shine a light on a new holiday title from author RaeAnne Thayne.  It sports a GORGEOUS holiday cover that you'll want to get lost in (or at least I want to get lost in) and a story that from the sound of things, will melt your heart with a bookish twist too!  Ready or not, here comes today's spotlight title...

RaeAnne Thayne

Sparkle In The Snow Leads To So Much More 

Celeste Nichols has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho...until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children's stories becomes a major success, she's suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy...but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer? 

Flynn Delaney has moved back home for his daughter's sake. Yet all the millionaire's resources can't help the little girl heal from the tragic loss of her mother. Shy librarian Celeste and her stories do hold some indefinable magic, though. Flynn came home looking for support—can he find that, and true love, in the one who got away?


Sounds sweet, right?
Well we've got a way to make the experience even sweeter because what wintertime read isn't made better on some level with a steaming cup of hot cocoa!   Check it out guys! Not a powdery packet in sight!

Luxurious Hot Chocolate

4 cups of milk (whole is best)

8 ounces of high-quality chocolate … I like Guittard semisweet chips. White chocolate works too, for a different taste.

3 teaspoons of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (pure, not imitation)

1/8 teaspoon salt

Finely chop the chocolate. Even if using chocolate chips, the smaller the pieces, the better it will dissolve in liquid. On low heat in a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a low boil, whisking occasionally to keep from scorching. Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, salt and chocolate and whisk vigorously until the chocolate has melted. Heat for another 4 minutes, constantly stirring. Serve with a dollop of real whipped cream.

You can add lots of things to this recipe: Mint, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick. Whatever your preference. Just add herbs or spices to the milk while simmering. After it boils, remove from heat and let the milk steep for 10 minutes then strain off your add-ins and return to simmer before adding the chocolate and other ingredients.


About the author...

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including four RITA® Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews. 

RaeAnne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at


Special thanks to Amanda at Meryl Moss Media for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday just last month via Harlequin, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

1 comment:

Nayuleska said...

Book sounds superb as does the hot chocolate! Lately I've been making it what I call the proper way, like yours! Leftover cream from truffle making adds another dimension to it!

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