Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Easter : )

I love easter. Not only because my family spends time together making easter eggs, and cooking a yummy ham dinner, but also…

Hiding the Eggs!

We usually go to the park with kites, and bubbles.

By bedtime, we’re all tired and happy.

So today, that’s what I’m wishing ya’ll.

A Happy, tiring, but family and love filled Easter.

(With lots, and lots, and lots of chocolate, my second favorite part of Easter 🙂

Changes and Resolutions

2010 rocked. I hope 2011 will bring even more great things to everyone.

I plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing all along — writing, learning, working on my degree. Not to mention being a mom 🙂

So, to start, I’m doing Editpalooza through Savvy Authors 

For the month of January, I’ll be working with a dedicated critique partner and an editor to get one of my novels into shape. It’s currently in pretty horrible first draft form. Lesson 1 was a complete read through from page 1 to The End. Oh, man, is it in bad shape.

So, for the next two weeks, I’ll be concentrating on rewriting the darn thing. It’s bound to be interesting.

Then, I’m going to start submitting to NY Agents once more. Let’s hope this time around I’m a bit luckier, LOL.

What do you have on your resolution list?

Free Books for a year

So guess what I just found out?

You want to win Free books for a year?

This year, Changeling is giving away Free Books For A Year — Times Four!

* Twelve First Round winners — three winners every week in December ’til Christmas — will receive one free Changeling book of their choice.

* Six Finalists will receive two free Changeling books of their choice every week for the month of January.

Four Changeling winners will receive Free Books For A Year!

* Two First Prize winners will receive two free Changeling books of their choice every month for a year.

* Two Grand Prize winners will receive two free Changeling books of their choice every week for a year!

The best part — there are no codes and no entry forms — every $2.99 Sugarplum E-book purchased counts as a chance to win.

This year’s Sugarplum lineup:

            Sugarplum: Canine Christmas by B.J. McCall

Birthday gifts come in all sorts of packages and Joy Kingston’s is a major surprise.

            Sugarplum: Bitsy’s Christmas Demon by Cynthia Sax

Sex with a Christmas fairy tops this powerful demon’s wish list.

            Sugarplum: Christmas Magic by Anne Kane

Tali hopes the Christmas Magic of the Sugarplum Ball is strong enough to get Jax into her bed.

            Sugarplum: Mutts by Sarah Black

When puppies appear outside his door, everything Matt believed about Christmas changes…

            Sugarplum: Just Wink by Bryl R. Tyne

“What haven’t I made clear? Desire. Ecstasy. Satisfaction. In that order!”

            Sugarplum: Christmas in the Zone by Isabella Jordan

Two guys, two gals, and an aphrodisiac under the tree…

            Sugarplum: Kitchen Witch by Dawn Montgomery

Sex, magic, and cookies… what a treat!

            Sugarplum: Make the Yuletide Gay by Lena Austin

Beware the cowboy bearing gifts, who may make Dr. Gary Lord’s Yuletide much gayer than he’d planned.

            Sugarplum: Mistletoe by Amber Kallyn

What’s a great way to spend a night with your mate? Indulge and make his body your very own buffet.

            Sugarplum: Blitzened by Elizabeth Jewell

Can a carton of eggnog and a bottle of rum kindle a dose of Christmas spirit between Nick and Ian?

            Sugarplum: The Demon’s Christmas Present by Leona Grey

Even demons deserve a Christmas present…

            Sugarplum: Yuletide Spirit by Jessica Coulter Smith

The last gift Jenna expected on Christmas was two lovers who make her explore her sexuality.

            Sugarplum: Bound for Christmas by S. Michael

Jenny’s got the perfect present for her husband: a pretty boy toy, wrapped up with Christmas ribbon.

And now the fine print — only we made it bigger.

* First Round winners and Finalists are eligible to win more than one prize

* Winners will be chosen from purchasers of books in the Changeling Press Sugarplum Series; each Sugarplum e-book purchase made in the month of December 2010 before the final prizes are announced counts as an entry.

* Prizes are available as Changeling Press E-books, to be downloaded from ChangelingPress.com only.

* Free book download links do not accumulate, and will expire if not used.

* Winners will be announced December 31st at the Changeling New Year’s Eve Party, held on our Changeling Press Readers’ Loop.

Happy Christmas!

Day after Sleepiness

Hope ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving.

Mine was wonderful. Today, we’re just hanging out, playing games with the kids and eating plenty of yummy leftovers.

See ya next week.

Why Dragons Love Thanksgiving

Calla Dragos here.

Most of you mortals tend to enjoy your holidays, sometimes a bit overzealously. That’s all right. So do dragons.

You see, we’re very family oriented and very protective of what and who we consider ours.

The food isn’t a problem — a few cows and a bit of breathing fire. Dinner’s served. (We can’t cook turkey very efficiently. They’re too small.)

But the joys of this American Holiday can be shared by anyone.

Because essentially, it all breaks down to one thing.

Family.

Spending time with each other.

So, to all you mortals — Happy Thanksgiving from the Dragos Clan.

Until next time ~ Calla

Pumpkin, Chocolate and Cheesecake

Any or all of the above is good all year long. But the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more there seems to be around.

I love pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cheesecake rocks. But above all, I’m a chocolate freak.

This year, as my family’s traditional Pie Lady, I decided to combine all three loves.

I’m making a Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake in addition to Pecan, Fruit, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mousse. I found the recipe online, but like everything else I cook, I changed it up to make it my own.

Ingredients:

1 Graham Cracker Pie Shell (Bought or homemade)

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

4 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup half-and-half or 3/4 cup light cream

chopped chocolate

1 Tub Cool Whip

Prep Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 1 1/2 hrs

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2 In medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg; beat on low speed until smooth.

3 Spread cream cheese mixture in the crust.

4 Sprinkle with the chopped chocolate.

5 In a bowl combine pumpkin, brown sugar and spice.

6 Stir in 4 eggs.

7 Gradually stir in half and half.

8 Slowly pour pumpkin mixture onto the chocolate layer.

9 Bake 60-65 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

10 Refrigerate to cool

11 Add layer of Cool Whip

12 Top with more chopped chocolate

I’ll let you know how it turns out, since this first one is for home 🙂

I salute you

Thank you, to every Veteran out there. Thank you for my freedom, for my right to complain about our government, to vote people in and out of office.

Thank you, for making sure that I can go outside in the morning and now have to worry about war on my doorstep.

Thank you, for your time, your sweat and your tears. For the blood shed to keep America free.

Thank you.

You deserve more than just one day a year. But today, many will get together and think back to all you have done for us.

Know that though it is never said enough, your sacrifices are appreciated, even by the jerks who decry what you’re willing to go out and do for our country and everyone in it.

Thank you.

Sending my love and appreciation to every one, Veterans and active military.

Thank you.

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