TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT with GIVEAWAY and RECIPE!!

MARY KAY ANDREWS

[Women’s Fiction]

{CHRISTMAS BLISS}

Christmas Bliss

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250019729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250019721

*Author’s website*

From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques

 

Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted—both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day—and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Readers have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews’ three previous Savannah novels:  Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas.

Christmas Bliss offers Andrews’s legions of fans the best of many things: familiar characters, a new novella for Christmas, and a celebration of Mary Key Andrews’s own favorite pastime-antiquing. Blue Christmas was a fan favorite, and now Christmas Bliss is sure to fly off store shelves and into the hands of Andrews’s fans in bestselling numbers.

 

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A bit about the author……

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On Oct. 15 St. Martin’s Press will release her newest novel, CHRISTMAS BLISS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

As a lifelong “”junker”” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married for more than 36 years to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she is the mother of two grown children and she divides her time between a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow in Atlanta and a rambling old beach house on Tybee Island Georgia.

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This easy-peasy recipe was inspired by one from Paula Deen. If you’re taking these to a party, fix them ahead of time on disposable foil baking sheets and pop in the oven when you get to the party. Warning: you will never be able to fix enough of these to satisfy your guests!

 

Ingredients:

½ cup finely shredded parmesan, romano or mozzarella cheese.

1 package mini phyllo shells—I find Athena brand in freezer case by frozen fruits or biscuits

¾ cup peeled and finely diced fresh tomatoes

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil

2 tsp. finely minced onions—preferably Vidalia

¼ tsp. each, fresh ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder

¼ cup mayonnaise—preferably Duke’s

2 Tbsp. bacon bits

 

Preparation:

Peel and dice tomatoes, sprinkle with seasoning mixture and let juices and seeds drain in colander. Mix onion and basil with tomatoes and spoon into mini phyllo shells. “Frost” top of tomato-filled cups with mayo piped from a plastic bag with the corner snipped out. Sprinkle with cheese, add bacon bits, bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or ‘til tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

– See more at: http://marykayandrews.com/recipes/mater-tots/#sthash.57eNQLz9.dpuf

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~MATER TOTS~

*from the author’s website*

This easy-peasy recipe was inspired by one from Paula Deen. If you’re taking these to a party, fix them ahead of time on disposable foil baking sheets and pop in the oven when you get to the party. Warning: you will never be able to fix enough of these to satisfy your guests!
Ingredients:
½ cup finely shredded parmesan, romano or mozzarella cheese.
1 package mini phyllo shells—I find Athena brand in freezer case by frozen fruits or biscuits
¾ cup peeled and finely diced fresh tomatoes
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil
2 tsp. finely minced onions—preferably Vidalia
¼ tsp. each, fresh ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder
¼ cup mayonnaise—preferably Duke’s
2 Tbsp. bacon bits
Preparation:
Peel and dice tomatoes, sprinkle with seasoning mixture and let juices and seeds drain in colander. Mix onion and basil with tomatoes and spoon into mini phyllo shells. “Frost” top of tomato-filled cups with mayo piped from a plastic bag with the corner snipped out. Sprinkle with cheese, add bacon bits, bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or ‘til tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

Visit, Mary Kay Andrews’ website for more delicious recipes!!

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Mater Tots
Mater Tots

 ~My Thoughts~

Review~ Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publicist)

Thanks to Meg at Tandem Literary, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of “Christmas Bliss” (US residents only), bookmarks, recipes cards and a delightful Christmas ornament. Giveaway will run from October 18 until October 25,2013.

All you have to do is make a comment!!

But, if you so desire…..tell us rather you enjoy,yes, antiquing and if so, one of  your favorite memories doing one of America’s favorite past-times, antiquing!!

Personally, I used too, but not so much now, with my health issues……Oh the days of old!!

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

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HAPPY AUTUMN/FALL SEASON!!!

I love the colors!!

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