Christmas is coming


Osiyo~

It is a distinct honor to have my friend, Beth Trisell here on the ranch! She’s got a spook story you won’t want to miss, titled Somewhere The Bells Ring. This may just be my Christmas reading. One more great reason to be in a hurry for Christmas! Yay!

Welcome, Beth. You have a great holiday post for us today, so I’ll cuddle over here with my peppermint mocha and let you have it.

Some cherished holiday traditions are upheld, some fall by the wayside. Others are added. One that continues from my childhood is making sugar cook­ies.  Ages ago, when my kids were small, I began this each year, young, fresh, my mind filled with visions of lovely cookies and sweet children’s faces bent over them with pleasure, then reality hit. My two oldest punched each other and fought over turns at rolling out dough that never rolled as it should and stuck to the cookie cutters.  Tempers flared as once again the angel wouldn’t let go and fell apart.

Finally we had sheets filled with an assortment of Christmas figures lavishly cov­ered with a blizzard of cookie sprinkles that rained all over the floor and crunched under foot. Few actually adhered to the cookies, and those that did had to be pressed on with sticky little hands. When the cookies were removed from the oven, parts of them had billowed up in the baking process, while those that had been pressed almost flat by fingers mashing in the sprinkles were crispy brown.

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There was no resemblance whatsoever between our cre­ations and those perfect replicas in the magazines. Our baking sessions invariably ended with a tired old hag, two grinches, and cookies that only a very undiscerning individual would eat, say a child or a dog. The idea of sharing them with neighbors was dropped, but we loved doing it and rushed at it every year with a happy cry.

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Nowadays,  my youngest art major daughter heads up this tradition.  She’s adept at it and has taken a fancy to the old time ginger cut outs from my favorite colonial American recipe. No more brawls in the kitchen over cookie making until the grandchildren take part.  If I’m smart I’ll let their mom’s bake the cookies with them, or the other grandmas.

A brief word about my new Christmas romance, Somewhere the Bells Ring:

‘Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Spending Christmas 1968 at Maple Hill is a dismal prospect until a ghost appears requesting her help, and her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, returns from Vietnam.’

So, if you enjoy an intriguing mystery with Gothic overtones and heart-tugging romance set in vintage America then Somewhere the Bells Ring is for you.  And did I mention the ghost?

~ Available in various ebook formats at The Wild Rose PressAmazon Kindle, All Romance Ebooks, Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook & other online booksellers.

For more on me, my wordpress blog is the happening place: http://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/

Thanks for coming, Beth. Do we need to read Somewhere My Love before this one? Does it matter what order? No matter to me, since I’m blessed to have both! But others may not. Be sure to visit her blog to find out more about her other books.

I for one am excited for Christmas this year, actually three days after, so check out my news>blogging news to see what’s up with me next week.

Dodadagohvi~

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About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters, five granddaughters, and wife to a wonderfully supportive man. I began writing warm you to the bones romance as a teen, and the addiction has now morphed into a life of its own. I became a published author in May 2011! I create art and jewelry with polymer clay and beads to relax and sew for fun. See my craft and sewing projects at http://fancifulallure.wordpress.com

Posted on 12/22/2011, in Promotion, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Jumping in late. I do my sugar cookie bake a couple of weeks before Christmas when I’m not so rushed, then freeze them. I ice them the day before Christmas Eve & by the time they thaw, the icing is set and they’re all soft and yummy. This is the first year I haven’t done gingerbread men and now I’m sorry because your picture has me craving them. Love the blurb to your book and think I’ll treat myself to a “stocking stuffer.”

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  2. Beth, baking is a tradition in our family. My heart warms when I hear my daughter is baking with her daughter. The tradition goes on.

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  3. sweet story, Beth! Good luck with the new book!

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  4. Rice Krispie treats of course. My grandma would make the greatest ones. She’d make snowmen on popsickle (sp) sticks and add gumballs for hats, that sort of thing. Very very cute.

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  5. That was a great story! This year we tackled putting together a gingerbread house…well me and my 12y/o. Once it was all decorated the 14y/o and 12y/o fought over who was going to eat the candy off the house. Ahhh memories. Good thing I got pictures before they demolished the house, yes they ate it.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  6. Have fun, Maeve. Oh, and my one yr old grandbaby is named Chloe. 🙂 I had her with me yesterday and what an adorable little handful she is. If she feels left out of whatever her four yr old brother and/or father are up to, she calls after them ‘And me!’ *She’s always with her mom.

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  7. LOL! What a timely post. Tomorrow, Hubby & I are baking & decorating Christmas cookies with our granddaughter. Chloe gets QUITE creative and really loves bright red icing. Last year, it took days for the red food color stains to wear off her hands.

    🙂

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  8. Lucky your cat only climbs curtains. Mine has climbed our tree every year, or removed ornaments for her whole 12 years with me! lol

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  9. Callie, your house sounds like mine. 🙂

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  10. Callie Hutton

    Hmm. Baking cookies and kids fighting at the same time. Sounds familiar, lol. Why is it the magazines show beautiful houses, decorated to the umpth degree, with beautiful people, charming children and hot husbands. When the reality is a messy house, kids screaming, dog being sick on the rug, and the cat climbing the curtains. Well, in my house, anyway. Merry Christmas.

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  11. Speaking of visions of Christmas not turning out as we dreamed, my daughter and I just watched Christmas Vacation. What a crazy funny movie.

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  12. Smart Susan. 🙂

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  13. I remember those sugar cookie baking days with my boys when they were young. The entire kitchen ended up covered with flour and my back was aching from standing over the table for hours. Can’t say I miss those days. I do still bake chocolate chip cookies for Christmas, but not from scratch anymore. I take the lazy way out with the ready made dough.

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  14. Thanks ladies~and that’s OK about the name thing, Calisa. Christmas Visions of glory rarely turn out as we hope Christine. 🙂

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  15. Thanks for being my guest Beth…even though I misspelled your name. Im sorry about that.

    Thanks fo coming over Christine.

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  16. Hi Calisa and Beth! Beth, I enjoyed your Christmas cookie story. LOL…isn’t it funny how you can have such wonderful visions in your head, but reality doesn’t quite cooperate 🙂

    Your book sounds like a great read and it’s on my list for after the holidays….when life returns to normal…or what I take as normal 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

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