Holiday Gift Exchange – Book Lovers Blog Hop

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Welcome to the holiday hop! Every day this week authors, book bloggers, and publishers have presents to give you. Why, you might ask? It’s just our way of saying a big fat THANK YOU for being a loyal fan and reader. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue doing what we all love.


Hanley's Secret Teaser


So Happy Holidays, dear fans and readers. Today I am giving you my short contemporary romance, Hanley’s Secret, for free! To collect your free present, leave me a comment with a link or directions to your favorite holiday recipe. Why not turn this special day into a holiday recipe swap as well. Don’t forget to leave me your email address so I can email you your gift! (My gift can be collected all week!)


Starting from Lost




In addition to Hanley’s Secret, my debut contemporary romance, Starting from Lost is .99 cents this week only in honor of the gift exchange. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, this raw and real romance is for you!


Love is a risk. If you lose it all, would you dare to risk it twice? In this turbulent journey about self-discovery, forgiveness, and love, some second chances aren’t worth taking, but others have their own rewards.

Buy Starting from Lost for only .99 cents!




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Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of warmth, family, friends, and good books! Don’t forget there are 30+ other blogs giving you free presents on their assigned day during the hop! If you’d like an event reminder for the week so you don’t miss the gifts, you can sign up here:


CLICK HERE for the schedule of blogs for the week! Remember, blogs will go live only on their assigned day. If you missed a day, go back to the blogs on previous days and see if their presents are still being given out. Some blog hosts may decide to give their gifts out during the entire week.




33 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Exchange – Book Lovers Blog Hop

  1. April

    We like to make a coffee cake during the holidays one morning for breakfast.

    • S.K. Wills

      Oh, I love coffee cake! Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely be tucking it away to try out. 😉

  2. Vero Stro

    I love making apple crumble pie with vanilla ice cream =)

    • S.K. Wills

      Apple pies and crumbles are on my top ten list of delicious things. Since I heat mine up, I think the ice cream might melt.. but hey, it’s worth a shot to try that next time! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Angelica Lee

    Here is a recipe I like over the holidays; Christmas Holiday Rum Balls
    Categories: Cookies, Christmas
    Yield: 24 servings

    1 c Confectioners sugar
    2 tb Cocoa
    2 1/2 c Crushed vanilla wafers
    1 c Finely chopped pecans
    2 ts Vanilla
    3 tb Light corn syrup
    3 tb Rum
    1/4 ts Almond extract

    Sift cocoa and confectioners sugar together and combine with cookie crumbs and pecans. Add corn syrup, rum and flavorings.
    Roll into 1quot; balls, and then roll in granulated sugar. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

    • S.K. Wills

      Anything with Rum in it, has to be good, am I right? Ha! Oooh, vanilla wafers sound like a yummy addition. Thanks for sharing!

  4. When my mom is making pies for Christmas dinner she used the left over pie dough to make cinnamon rolls.

    Cinnamon Roll
    2 Cups Flour
    1/3 Cup Shortening
    Cold Water


    Mix the flour and shortening with a fork until it looks like cornmeal. Add just enough cold water to mix together. Do not over mix or it will make the dough tough. Take about 1/3 of the dough and roll it out on a board that has been dusted with flour. When the dough is rolled out spread butter over it, then sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar. Roll the dough up and pinch the ends closed. Put on cookie sheet or pie tin and bake in oven at 425 until golden brown.

    • S.K. Wills

      Thanks for sharing! Cinnamon rolls are one of my personal favorites. YUM!

  5. Rosemary Robinson

    I like to make homemade rolls. My favorite receipe was called mothers bread but I’ve lost it :( need to raid my mother’s recipes and find it

    • S.K. Wills

      Let me know when you find it! 😀 I know you will.

  6. Sara Bassett

    My kids fave for the holidays is a cookie I make that the call Santa kisses

    wrap peanut butter cookie dough around a cherry, baked til lightly browned. Once cooled dip the top of each cookie in melted chocolate.


    • S.K. Wills

      Yum, Sara, thanks! Chocolate and cherries? Heck yes.

  7. Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorite holiday treats. I use the recipe on the Libby’s Pumpkin can:

  8. shyla wright

    I make glass candy for the holidays.

  9. Christine Maria Rose

    We make a brown sugar cutout cookie recipe that is similar to thi

    Super yummy!

  10. JoAnna B

    I love my mom’s sugar cookies. I can’t find the recipe right now. But I think this link is pretty close to her recipe.


    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  11. I know it sounds weird, but every Christmas Eve, I look forward to my husband’s family gathering for the taco dip. There are many apps there, but I absolutely love the taco dip!!! This is the best recipe I could find for it, because we change a few things (I don’t like olives, ect) I hope you enjoy :)

    • S.K. Wills

      Hi Jennifer, I’m actually making taco dip for my family this Christmas Eve! I will certainly check out your recipe. I haven’t found one yet. :)

  12. K'Tee Bee

    i love sweet potato soufflé w/praline topping: 2 lg. sweet potatoes, cooked, mashed w 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 c brown sugar, 2 egg yolks, blended well with a mixer; fold in 2 whipped egg whites. Pour into buttered Corning ware dish, top w equal parts brown sugar, pecans, & butter-approx 1/2 c each. Bake @350• for 30+ min until topping is melted & slightly browned.

  13. Ruth

    Christmas Peanut Butter Blossoms

    Prep Time 60 min Total Time 60 min Servings 36

    1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crockerâ„¢ peanut butter cookie mix
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon water
    1 egg
    36 Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped
    Betty Crockerâ„¢ white decorating gel
    Betty Crockerâ„¢ holiday candy sprinkles
    Betty Crockerâ„¢ red decorating icing


    1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until dough forms.
    2 Shape dough into thirty-six 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
    3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired using remaining ingredients.
    Expert Tips
    Cookie dough can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours before baking. If it’s too firm, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  14. patty

    I my recipe for pecan brownie brittle I hope you like it we love it ,,
    this is the link to the recipe enjoy it . thank you and Merry Christmas’

  15. Cassandra Smith

    My family loves this simple cherry cheese pie.
    8oz cream cheese
    8oz cool whip
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    mix together and chill than put favorite fruit pie topping on. Yum

  16. Melissa B

    My grandmother always made a cherry cheesecake for Christmas. This isn’t her recipe but it’s close.

    • Melissa B

      Sorry, I forgot to list my email.

      melissa35balentine at gmail dot com

  17. This is another good one, and so easy to make. I always double it because everyone seems to love it!!

  18. Theresa M.

    I love to make Peanut Butter Blossoms every year at Christmas time. My hubby and grandchildren love them <3

    Peanut Butter Blossoms
    48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
    1/2 cup shortening
    3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Granulated sugar
    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

    2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

    3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

    4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

    • Theresa M.

      what does your comment is awaiting moderation mean?

      • S.K. Wills

        Just means I need to see and approve it before it’ll post. I don’t like spammers, so I have this extra care in motion. No worries! You’re approved. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  19. Shyla

    We love to make glass candy.

  20. Lisa Walker

    Thanks for the read and for the recipes!
    liese1235 at gmail dot com

  21. Linda Romer

    I love to make apple pies for my family and friends. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you

    • S.K. Wills

      Hi Linda! Pies are excellent, and I can never seem to make them well. Enjoy! Merry Christmas to you as well. <3

  22. Robin Griffin

    My favorite holiday recipe is Pumpkin Pie. Paula Dean’s recipe is the one we use.

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