Hi everyone. So pleased to have a chance to visit with you here at As We Were Saying.
As I’m sure is true of most writers, I learned to read at an early age. And oh, how I loved it! Books to me were—and are—the very best place to go to experience all that life has to offer. In a book, I could get all the thrills and chills and challenges of fighting monsters, living through the French Revolution, surviving World War II, falling in love for all time...anything. All of life’s variety and wonder were and are right there, between the pages of my favorite books. And I could go there instantly from the comfort of my favorite chair.
I have a younger sister. Early on I drew her into my love of the written word. Starting when I was five and she was two, I would read to her. With lots of vocal and facial expression. I expected a great deal of her, as my audience. And she always rose to the occasion, sitting there rapt as I swept us both away to worlds we would never know in real life. I was a taxing big sister. Now and then I would stop out of nowhere and demand of her, “What did I just read?” Inevitably, she would repeat my last sentence back to me verbatim, brown eyes wide with wonder at the thrill of the tale.
And yes, I still have that book. It’s a little the worse for wear now, tattered and frayed at the binding, some of the pages wrinkled and coming loose. But I treasure it greatly as I do all the books that have swept me away and made my life richer and more full of meaning.
For me, a book was always the best, most exciting and uplifting place to go to get away from my everyday troubles. That’s still true, to this day. If I couldn’t read…well, I just don’t know what.
And I love to give and receive books for Christmas. In fact, I’m always on the lookout for great books I ought to read—or give as a gift. Christmas-themed books are perfect. But don’t stop there.
Is there a book you love and cherish and want everyone to read? I need to know about that book. And in the spirit of the season, I’m offering my latest holiday release, A BRAVO HOMECOMING, to one commenter here.
Good luck, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah—and God bless us, every one!
A BRAVO HOMECOMING
By Christine Rimmer
November 2011 Release
THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT OF ALL TIME?
Travis Bravo was sick of his meddling mother and her matchmaking ways. So what better way to stop her than to bring a fiancée home for the holidays? One catch—
he wasn’t even dating anyone. But that was where his rough-and-tumble oil-rig friend, Samantha Jaworski, came in.
An unpolished tomboy, Sam was game for anything for a good friend. But after her girlfriend-ready makeover, she fell easily into the role of Travis’s loving partner—
Bravo Family Ties…
Stronger than ever...
Contact Christine at http://www.christinerimmer.com/
Books available now:
Never Kiss Me Again--available in ebook
A Bravo Homecoming 11/11
The Return of Bowie Bravo 2/12
The Prince's Secret Baby 4/12
The Prince She Had to Marry 11/12
A special christmas cookie recipe
My absolute all-time fave cookies. I got it from my friend Paz who has the best cooking blog, The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz. Paz got it from a blog called Simply Recipes. So delicious! So simple--and yep. You're reading it right. No eggs, no leavening. I always double it and there are still not enough! Enjoy! --Christine Rimmer
Paz’s Butter Pecan Cookies
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1- Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop.
2- With an electric mixer, cream butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cream until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.
3- Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet.
4- Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar.
5- Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Don't forget to leave a comment before you cook these cookies!