The Nutcracker Reimagined by Kathryn Le Veque, Claire Delacroix, Barbara Devlin, Eliza Knight, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, Tina DeSalvo, Laura Landon, Layna Pimentel, and Emma Prince.
Hopefully by now you’ve already one-clicked this collection for your holiday reading. If not, there is still time to add it to your e-readers!
On the last day of The Nutcracker Reimagined Blitz the authors wanted to share a favorite recipe. So, from their holiday table to yours Happy Reading & Happy Cooking, or Drinking 😉
~ From the Kitchen of Claire Delacroix ~
We eat a lot of British foods at Christmas in Canada, and there’s nothing more British than a good trifle. This is a showy dessert to bring to the table and serve.
Custard, fruit and ladyfingers in layers.
For the vanilla custard:
1 tbsp conrstarch
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups homogenized milk
2 cups table cream (18%)
1 piece vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
In a heavy saucepan, blend cornstarch with sugar. Whisk in milk and cream, add vanilla bean. (If using vanilla extract, add it after the custard is cool.) Stir constantly over moderate heat and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes to develop vanilla flavor; reduce to low. Beat eggs and egg yolks until smooth: blend in one cup of hot milk, then whisk back into hot milk in saucepan. Stirring constantly with a whisk, cook until custard is thick and smooth, 7 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk custard as it cools. If you’re using vanilla extract, add it now. You can keep the custard covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for a day.
Three hours before serving, assemble the trifle.
1 package ladyfingers soaked in sherry
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
Custard (recipe above)
In an 8-cup glass or crystal bowl, layer the custard with the ladyfingers and fruit – I do ladyfingers, custard, fruit, ladyfingers, custard, fruit. Refrigerate until serving. You may wish to serve the trifle with fresh whipped cream. You certainly want to serve it with dark chocolates and brandy!
~ From the Kitchen of Kathryn Le Veque ~
A perfect Medieval holiday recipe (one I have tried and it’s very good!)
Guaranteed to make all future knights very happy with full tummies!
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb. soft cheese, grated
1/2 cup currants
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. hyssop (this is an herb with a minty-ish taste)
1 tsp. powder douce (equal parts ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
Grind saffron with salt, mix with butter, and set aside.
Place onions into boiling beef broth and cook until just tender and drain.
Beat eggs and combine with saffron-butter, onions, and remaining ingredients, pour into pastry shell, and bake at 350°F for one hour.
~ From the Kitchen of Laura Landon ~
Old Fashioned Candied Pecans
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
Whisk egg white and water together in a separate bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture. Mix sugar mixture into pecan mixture until pecans are evenly coated. Spread coated pecans onto a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, 1 hour.
~ From the Kitchen of Tina DeSalvo ~
Cajuns love bread pudding…heck who doesn’t. Best way to not let any food go to waste, right. This is made (or can be) with stale bread. Enjoy
Serve with a nice strong cup of cafe’ au last!
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding – (w Rum sauce)
4 cups of milk
4 eggs, separated
10 slices of stale bread (or use French bread)
1 ½ cups of sugar (cane sugar is best)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
I small can of evaporated milk
1 regular size can of condensed milk
pinch of salt
-Heat the milk and pour it over the bread. Mash it together.
-Cream the egg yolks and sugar together. Add it to the bread mash.
-Add evaporated milk, vanilla, salt and half of the condensed milk to the bread mash and mix well. Make sure it is very moist but not runny.
-place in a buttered, rectangular pan and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about an hour. Make sure the eggs are cooked and mixture is springy to touch.
-Extra: This is not necessary, but you MAY want to add this to the pudding. Take the egg whites and combine it with four tablespoons of sugar and beat until it is dissolved and stiff. Pour it over the top of the pudding and return it to the oven and brown at 350 degrees.
-Drizzle the remainder of the condensed milk over the top and serve warm.
If you want to add a Rum Sauce to the top of this bread pudding- here is a recipe you may enjoy:
½ cup (1 stick) butter
¼ cup water
1/3 cup sugar (cane sugar is best)
1 ½ tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-bring the bugger, sugar, water and rum to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, until the sugar dissolves, making sure to stir continuously. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir int eh vanilla. Let it stand for a couple of minutes, pouring it warm over the pudding. YUM! You can top it with a little bit of whipped cream too.
For your Fur Babies:
Molasses Cookies recipe (for dogs or three-legged deer)- that Aurora would have used.
2 cups cornmeal
2 large eggs
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup powdered milk
Preheat oven to 400º. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Roll this mixture out ¼ inch thick and cut into shapes or shape into dog biscuits by hand. Place 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
~ From the Kitchen of Barbara Devlin ~
Italian Christmas Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder
Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.
Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
6 tsp. water
Stir until creamy
Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.
Now, this isn’t a personal recipe. Like most cooks, I collect all sorts of recipes, and I can’t even begin to say where I found this one, but it’s a holiday winner.
~ From the Kitchen of Eliza Knight ~
Spicy Sparkling Sangria
1 bottle of prosecco (or moscato if you prefer)
1 cup of Fireball whisky (or other cinnamon whisky)
2 bottles of hard apple cider beer
2 cups of apple cider juice
2 of your favorite apples cut into cubes
2 blood oranges sliced in thin rounds
Cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)
Soak the cut up apples and oranges in the whisky for about 2 hours
After 2 hours, mix in the prosecco, beer and apple cider and cinnamon sticks
Refrigerate for about 2-3 hours
Pour over ice, scoop some soaked fruit into the cup, and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds
~ From the Kitchen of Hildie McQueen ~
Golden Apple Martini.
Hot Damn schnaps
Sour Apple schnapps
add chipped ice
2 dollops or a equivalent whipped cream from can into shaker
Shake and pour into glasses
Sprinkle top with nutmeg
If you try it, let me know what you think. It’s super yummy!!
~ From the Kitchen of Layna Pimentel ~
Great Pumpkin Cookies
Kids will love these fun pumpkin cookies. Decorate with all sorts of goodies like chocolate chips, icing and candies or enjoy them plain
Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes Cook Time: approx. 15 Minutes Ready in: approx. 35 Minutes. Makes 20 large cookies (20 servings).
Printed from AllRecipes.com, Submitted by Libby’s Pumpkin
2 cups all-purpose flour 1 large egg
1 1/3 cups quick cooking oats 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt decorating icings,
1 cup butter or margarine NESTLE@ TOLL HOUSE@
1 cup packed brown sugar Semisweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup granulated sugar candies, raisins or nuts
1 cup LIBBYS@ 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.
2 COMBINE flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, granulated and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well* Add flour mixture; mix well* Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop 1/4 cup dough onto prepared baking sheet; spread into 3-inch circle or oval Repeat with remaining dough.
3 BAKE for 14 minutes or until cookies are firm and lightly browned Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes remove to wire racks to cool completely as desired with icing, morsel* candies, raisins or nuts.
~ From the Kitchen of Emma Prince ~
Bourbon Balls (one of my favorite holiday cookies)
6 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. corn syrup
1/3 cup bourbon (and maybe a wee dram for yourself as you work!)
1/2 box nilla waifers, crushed/crumbled
1 cup chopped walnuts
Melt chocolate chips (you can do this in a microwave-safe bowl and just microwave until the chocolate chips are smooth)
Mix all the ingredients together with your hands (yep, time to get messy!)
Form into balls
If you like, you can roll the balls in more chopped nuts for a pretty coating
That’s it! No baking, just mix and enjoy!
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Happy Reading and Happy Eats!
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Happy Book Birthday The Nutcracker Reimagined by Kathryn Le Veque, Claire Delacroix, Barbara Devlin, Eliza Knight, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, Tina DeSalvo, Laura Landon, Layna Pimentel, and Emma Prince.
This holiday collection includes tales from 10 authors who present their take on a beloved classic story. What will happen? Where will the story take place? What adventure awaits? Check out the last three tales today and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a fun holiday post.
There is also a fabulous giveaway of TWO Kindle e-books for two lucky readers. Open to US residents only.
Now, let’s begin…
Realm of Angels by Kathryn Le Veque is a tale of a man who is tricked and then betrayed by his own foolishness. What will become of him?
When Rhogan is injured, he is cast out and left to reflect on his actions. Pride now stands between him and forgiveness. Living in fear, he chooses to say hidden. If he reveals himself to his true love, will she accept him? If not, he might spend the rest of his days alone.
Lady Juliana misses Rhogan and discovers a horrible truth. It will take strength and courage for Juliana to move forward, can she?
The love Juliana felt for Rhogan can not be found in another and despite her shattered heart she can’t love another. Can she accept the man he has become? Will her family?
A wonderful tale fans of Kathryn Le Veque will be excited to read. It has all the holiday feels and left me wanting more!
I received an ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.
Author Bio: KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Contemporary Romance. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog.
On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn‘s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque‘s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling that readers have come to expect from many of historical romance’s best authors.
Once Upon A Christmas Knight by Barbara Devlin is a tale of redemption and true love. Fans of The Iron Corsair will rejoice in this much anticipated character story.
Percival Howe has a past that he can’t escape, no matter what obstacles he’s overcome. The one thing he wants, he’s too afraid to reach for until an opportunity falls into his lap.
When Percy’s services are required for a job, he agrees to the stated terms, and then adds a few requests of his own. If Percy reveals the truth surrounding why he made the deal, he could lose it all.
Margaret Hogart hides in the shadows of her sister, unwilling to let her true self be seen. When one gentleman favors for Margaret’s affection, is it merely an act, or is the something more familiar happening between them?
A dash of mystery, a cup of secrecy, and a pinch of misguided opportunity create a story that will change a man for the better as he journeys to win the heart of the one woman he loves. Barbara Devlin’s created a delicious love story and brought to life snowy nights, and created a playlist that is sure to make your holiday party memorable.
This adventure is worthy of the Pirates of the Coast seal, and I can’t wait for more! I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.
USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.
Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.
Prelude to the Highlander’s Gift by Eliza Knight is a tale of misunderstandings, acceptance for inner beauty, and overcoming assumptions. A story that will leave you craving a dram served by a man wearing a kilt.
Bella Sutherland is not interested in marriage, ever. When fate lands in her lap and she is able to choose her husband, she thinks she has it all figured it out. However, her plan quickly unravels and Bella discovers she made a horrible mistake. What will happen when she finds out the truth about her decision?
Sir Niall Oliphant wants to be treated like every other warrior despite his predicament. Yet, with one simple misunderstanding, Niall’s life will forever be changed. Niall will prove that he is worthy and discover that their union was destined. I love this hero, he’s exactly who Bella should marry and if you are the type of reader to select a book just for it’s cover, well then, happy reading!
Escape to the Scottish Highlands in this two pepper spicy latte that has just the right amount of heat to warm your cold winter nights. Pour a dram, settle in by the fire and meet a warrior who will melt your heart. If you want to read more, be sure to check out Eliza’s Stolen Bride Series, there are plenty of books to select and a new one will release next year. Hooray! For mature readers 18+.
I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.
Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling indie author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your-heart-out historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. Visit Eliza athttp://www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com.
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15 brand-new novellas. 15 best-selling romance authors. A holiday-themed collection like no other.
What happens under the kissing bough doesn’t necessarily stay beneath the kissing bough…
According to lore, the origins of which date to the late 12th century, no lady should refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe, else she will not marry in the next year. In exchange for the kiss, a berry is removed from the sprig until all of the berries are gone and no more kisses can be stolen. Some also believe that a sprig of mistletoe collected from a local church and placed beneath a maiden’s pillow will inspire dreams of her future husband.
What happens when fifteen daring heroines pin their hopes on mistletoe, a little luck, and a kiss in this multi-genre, limited edition holiday collection from 15 bestselling authors? Pure holiday magic!
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There is nothing better than a holiday anthology to kick off a festive season full giving, treats and LOTS of romance! This collection will cross off all three in one clean swoop and at a bargain price of ninety-nine cents, it’s worth every penny. Do NOT miss out on must read romance!
Happy Book Birthday Under the Kissing Bough, now dear readers you can catch up with characters and authors you know and love, or discover for the first time.
Again, the line-up has many of my favorites and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Some of these have a little more spice than others and balance the collection perfectly.
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Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
A once great love
Sold into marriage at sixteen, widowed at nineteen, and mired in a scandal of her own making at twenty-two, Lady Moreton has fallen on hard times. Alone, shunned by society, and on the verge of homelessness, she desperately searches for salvation. When Almira receives an intriguing invitation to join one of England’s most respected families for Christmas, she clings to hope, to the possibility of rescue, and packs her best gowns.
Two broken hearts
Heir to a tarnished title, Lord Nicholas Sheldon seeks to right the wrongs of his past, after his father is found floating in the Thames, and his younger brother faces trial for kidnapping a high-ranking member of the peerage. In exchange for evidence in support of the Crown’s charges, Nicholas wants only one thing: the beautiful woman who stole his heart, so long ago. Pinning his hopes on a kiss beneath the kissing bough, he enlists the aid of his onetime enemies, journeys to Portsea Island, and risks everything for a chance at happiness.
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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Barbara Devlin has brought together two characters that I absolutely love and given them a chance of at a happy-ever-after.
Lady Almira suffered at the hands of her father so when the truth is revealed surrounding her past, it threatens to leave a path of destruction. Lord Nicholas Sheldon suffered unthinkable pain and with all that he has left, he deserves to be loved.
It will take strength and trust to push through this journey, will they have the strength to trust in love? This emotionally charged tale will leave you counting down the days till the next Brethren book is released. Pirates, Knights, and more – the world Barbara Devlin has created is one that I hope continues forever!
This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.
ICYMI: Coffee With Barbara Devlin
Bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, DE that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite. Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature flawed heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero, before they find their happily ever after. Barbara earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.
I’m so grateful to Rae for having me here today. This collection is a very special one to me because it was the brainchild of Barbara Devlin about a year ago. She very much wanted to do a holiday collection and I had never done one before, so when she proposed the kissing bough theme, I was on board right away. I’ve worked with many of the ladies in the collection already and consider them dear friends, and Barbara pulled together several more to make it a really diverse and talented group.
My story is based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream within A Dream”. I’m a huge fan of Poe’s and often times when I do short novellas, I’ll based the novella on one of his poems. Kind of weave his themes into my storyline, as it were, and this novella was no different. Since the whole kissing bough-theme has to do with dreaming, it really was perfect. A lonely knight, a woman who vows not to marry, and I had the beginnings of a fabulous story. I had great fun writing it.
It’s really been a pleasure doing this collection with all of these talented authors and we have great hopes that the readers will love each and every story.
Official Blurb: Upon A Midnight Dream
A weary knight returning from King Richard’s crusade, Sir Rennington of Ashbourne comes back to England only to realize he is essentially homeless. His father has died and his elder brother has inherited everything. Unwanted, and nearly destitute, Ren finds his way to Derby Cathedral on a snowy December night to sleep and figure out what he is going to do with his life. As he dozes beneath the boughs of mistletoe, hung for the Christmastide season, he hears the chatter of two women as they plot against their eldest sister. A woman, they say, who lost her betrothed on Richard’s crusade and who has vowed never to wed.
Unfortunately, their wealthy father has declared that the eldest daughter, his heiress, must marry before the younger daughters can entertain suits of their own, so the two sisters hatch a scheme to force their sister to dream of the man she is to marry. They pluck berries from the Christmas boughs hung around the cathedral with the sole purpose of sneaking them beneath their eldest sister’s pillow so she will dream of her love.
As Ren hears the plot, he hatches one of his own… he will go to the eldest sister and coerce the woman into marrying him. No longer will he be homeless; he will marry a woman of wealth and assume her money. It seems like an excellent scheme but the moment he arrives at Thulston Manor, he realizes he may have gotten himself into a situation that will come back to haunt him. The heiress is not at all as he expected. And so begins the unconventional romance of Sir Rennington of Ashbourne and Lady Holly St. Maur.
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A Knight in need of luck and a woman who must marry or face a life of solitude. They each have a purpose and will stop at nothing to find happiness.
There is nothing sexier than a knight who realizes the power in dreams. Kathryn’s attention to the smallest details make even the most simple scene poetic. Our heroine has much to learn and hopefully she will find love through the mistletoe.I loved Kathryn’s story and found this tale a welcomed and refreshing addition to this must read anthology.
Be sure to dive into Kathryn’s backlist once you are finished.
ICYMI: Coffee With Kathryn Le Veque
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine.
Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. Please visit Kindle Worlds for Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack and find many action-packed adventures written by some of the top authors in their genre using Kathryn’s characters from the de Wolfe Pack series. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling you have come to expect.
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First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte and since it’s Fall…well that means it’s time for a Pumpkin Spice Latte with Coconut Milk 🙂 What would you order?
I have an issue with caffeine (unlike a lot of my sweet author friends, I am not a caffeine hound!) so I would drink hot chocolate or water. I’m a big water drinker!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. I must say, your Medieval Historical Romance series looks fabulous! I want to let you know that while I haven’t read your series I have downloaded Books1 and 4 of De Wolfe pack to my e-reader thanks to Amazon and am reading The Wolfe now. I am hooked and I’m only on page 3. These books are rich with details and you have an extensive set of characters, how do you keep them all straight?
I don’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but, somehow, I can keep everything straight in my head about the, literally, hundreds of characters I have written about. I also have an assistant who has done character charts and book bibles, which helps a great deal. When I write, I use an outline – I always know how a story will start and finish, but I let the middle kind of write itself. Any author will tell you that stories do write themselves and I love that fluidity when characters have dialogue that flows so easily or when scenes are seamless from one to the next. I don’t use whiteboards or charts for my novels; just fairly detailed outline in a spiral notebook. I very fortunate I can keep nearly everything straight!
Congratulations on the launch of Amazon’s World of the de Wolfe Pack for Kindle. Since your books span from 1230-1471 I love that you broke down everything an aspiring and/or established author would need for information on your website https://kathrynbouseleveque.com/kindle-worlds-info/
I’m excited to read about the de Wolfe Pack from your backlist and the new adventures that come to life on amazon.
Thank you so much for hanging out with me today.
Time for another Latte. Happy Reading Dear Readers.
Happy Writing Kathryn!
18 Tantalizing Tidbits
1. What is a must read book and why?
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Pure brilliance and perfect writing.
The Falcon and the Flower by Virginia Henley. Literally, the best Medieval Romance ever.
Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler. Cussler at his best with adventure galore. An example of how to leave readers breathless.
2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?
Old Town Pasadena! This is where the city began. When I was in high school, it was mostly run down and derelict. It was a place you simply didn’t go because of the bums and crime. Then, after I graduated, they started renovating those beautiful old buildings and now it’s the gem of the city. Not to be missed!
3. Castles or Beaches?
Seriously? You’re asking a Medieval writer from California this? Beaches, I got. What I want are castles! LOL!
4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?
I’m very musically inclined and educated. I play four different instruments and read in all three clefs.
5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist?
I am a head-banger. Yes, that’s me….
6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?
Good question! I have always wanted to go to Egypt and the Middle East simply from a historic stand point because I have always wanted to trace the Crusader routes. Maybe someday when the situation there calms down, if it ever does…!
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Which one?! LOL! We can start with a weekly massage and manicure.
8. What are you afraid of?
Heights, flying, and SNAKES!
9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?
No tats. This girl’s body is clean.
10. Organized or Free Floating?
Definitely organized in my business. But I throw my clothes all over my closet and leave them there, so that’s free floating. I’m a hybrid of both!
11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?
I have an odd habit. I watch old black and white movies – only – and use them as white noise when I write. In other words, they’re on a loop without sound as I write. That’s kind of my TV habit. I said it was weird!
12. What’s your favorite TV show and why?
I Love Lucy because, well, I love Lucy!
13. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours :)?
Any of the Clive Cussler novels that Clive wrote before he started collaborating with other authors. He was at his best back in the 70’s. They made Raise the Titanic into a movie and I loved it, so I’d love to see others – Serpent, Pacific Vortex, etc. Can you tell I’m a big fan? I love a great adventure!
14. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
The Thing (from another world). 1956 – a perfect example of great storyline, snappy dialogue, and great directing, with some cheesy fun thrown in. Adore it.
15. Would you rather see a movie in the theatre or at home on DVD and why?
DVD without question. I don’t like sitting in a dark theatre for two hours. I get too restless!
16. One thing you can’t live without.
My Himilayan cats – I have two of them and they are my babies. Such sweet, gentle animals.
17. Do you love to cook or go out to eat?
Both. I’m a good cook but I’d rather go out to eat!
18. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would you invite? It could be anyone past or present.
• Thomas Jefferson (brilliant man and architect)
• God (explain to me about the universe and how it really works)
• Major Dick Winters (E Company, 101st Airborne – Band of Brothers Commander) – just because I think we will never again see a man like this ever again.
• Louise Brooks (1920’s movie star, prototype of the flapper, brilliant actress and film historian). Tell me about life in the 1920’s and 1930’s and dish the dirt!
• Frederick Douglas (Freeman, abolitionist, novelist, philosopher). Because I want to hear his greatness.
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also a quadruple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2015.