The Grant Family
Holiday Gingerbread Houses
Head on over to Scandalicious for my gingerbread house blog!
We take gingerbread house making very seriously in the Grant family. We spend more time decorating the inside of the house than the outside, complete with nutcrackers and candy stockings on the mantel and a lit tree with presents. Last year we made a rock candy Christmas tree for the yard with embedded multi-colored lights. We made a rock candy wreath too, but it was too bulky for the house. There was also a Rice Crispy treat sledding hill and a sailboat on the pond.
It takes a long time—after the gingerbread was rolled out and baked, we spent another 6 hours decorating. I recommend baking the gingerbread the day before.
We usually invite another family over to share the fun. This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, having friends over for a day of creating art with frosting and candy.
To learn more about how we create these gingerbread houses, including the recipes, and to see photos of the completed project, click HERE.
A Sizzling NEW Release!
My friend Jill Sorenson has a new release this week, and I can’t wait to read it!
Blurb: Four years ago, when Ian Foster was working as a border patrol agent, he rescued an eighteen-year-old Mexican girl who’d been left for dead. He never forgot the gorgeous, resilient Maria Santos. Now Ian is an undercover ICE agent on the trail of a ruthless criminal with an intriguing connection: Maria. She holds the only clue to the man’s whereabouts. And Ian is tasked with crossing the border to find her.
Maria has always carried a torch for Ian, the handsome American who saved her life. When he shows up in her hometown, the attraction between them ignites. His intense gaze sets her blood on fire. But Maria is in serious danger. She owes a favor to a drug lord, and soon she’s caught in the crosshairs of a treacherous takedown operation. Once more, Ian’s her sole hope of survival—and his sizzling touch rekindles a passion that goes beyond borders.
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BLURB: In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.
Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life. After a harrowing afternoon he safely delivers her to his commanders, only to find his responsibilities toward protecting the obstinate archaeologist have only just begun.
Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the Djiboutian desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to combust them both. For the Green Beret, involvement with the woman he must protect is a threat to his career, while for the archaeologist, the soldier is everything she never wanted but somehow can’t resist. When Morgan uncovers a mystery surrounding Djibouti’s most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her reaches the flashpoint. For Pax, protecting her is no longer a matter of following orders, and he’ll risk everything to bring her back alive.
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Blurb: It was supposed to be paradise…
But foreign intelligence agencies will kill to possess her invention, and paradise turns deadly when her ex-husband’s vicious allies attack. In desperation, she turns to Air Force pilot Jack Keaton. But is he the bigger threat? Jack might be protecting her as he claims…or he could be a foreign agent. Her compass is skewed by his magnetic pull and further thrown off when she learns her own government has betrayed her.
Stranded on a tropical island with a man whose motives remain a mystery, Ivy must decide who is the spy, who is the protector, and who is the ultimate villain. She longs to trust the man who rescued her, but she’s risking more than her heart. Choose right, and she saves her country’s secrets—and her life. Choose wrong—and she risks nothing short of all-out war.
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Sink into this sexy collection of binge-worthy reads from eleven of your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and a few new-to-you authors.
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ACCIDENTAL SEAL by Sharon Hamilton –
Wrong open house, naked Navy SEAL on the bed, missing Team 3 buddy, gangs, dirty cops, and terrorists. Oh yes, and a love story. S.O Kyle Lansdowne gets lucky, but the path is a very dangerous one.
EMBATTLED MINDS by J.M. Madden –
Brutally scarred in Afghanistan, Zeke Foster has no expectation that he’ll ever find a woman capable of accepting him the way he is. When the damaged soldier with the kind eyes brings some security to Ember Norton’s crazy life, she’s afraid to trust her luck, but his wounded soul calls to her.
SEAL’S DEFIANCE by Elle James –
A Navy SEAL and a beautiful aide doctor navigate hostile territory in their attempt to rescue a kidnapped doctor in the Horn of Africa.
PROTECTING CAROLINE by Susan Stoker –
Caroline foils a terrorist hijacking of an airliner, with the help of three members of a SEAL team, but after she gets home she finds herself still in the sights of the terrorists. She means everything to Wolf, but in order to save her, he first needs to find her.
SEA OF DREAMS by Kathryn Le Veque –
When Blakesley Thorne wanted to start a new life in San Diego,CA, she had no idea that Fate would bring her face to face with Cmdr. Beck Seavington, USN. When Beck must save Blakesley in a final showdown, the Wild West reigns and ghosts from the history of old San Diego come full circle.
BACK FROM HELL by Marissa Dobson –
Wounded Lance Corporal Kyle Phillips had gotten to the point that he wished he’d died on that battlefield instead of living the life of half a man…until a woman with whiskey brown eyes and a feisty side strolled into his room looking to save him.
MOVING TO LOVE by PJ Fiala –
Iraq veteran Jeremiah “Dog” Sheppard is looking forward to the annual Veterans Ride, but this year he might be rewarded with more than the usual satisfaction of doing a good deed when he asks the stunning single mother of one of his employees to help with the charity event.
GABE by Maryann Jordan –
Gabe Malloy, former Green Beret, now special investigator stumbled across a beautiful woman in an alley. The chance meeting quickly grew into a mission as Jennifer Lambert was threatened. Letting him into her complicated life, she took a chance on him.
ROCCO AND MANDY: A RED TEAM WEDDING NOVELLA by Elaine Levine –
The past is more real than the present in covert operative Rocco Silas’ broken mind. His girlfriend’s pregnancy should be a joyful event, but it’s more like a nightmare…one he believes can only end one way.
ENFORCER by Ryleigh Rhodes –
Small town Texan Claire enlisted in the Marine Corps, survived an IED in Iraq, went through rigorous physical therapy, and made it through med school. Now, after the loss of her beloved husband, she’s struggling to rebuild her life and raise their twins. Her friends rally around, but it’s up to Claire to pick up the pieces, open herself up to love, and truly live once again.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Geri Foster –
Falcon Securities and ex-Ranger, Agent Brody Hawke sees the world from a tilted angle. His best friend, A.J., who saved Brody’s life is captured and diplomats aren’t working on his rescue. CIA agent Kate Stone’s life is torn apart when a Falcon agent, Brody Hawke, kidnaps her.
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WHEN YOU RETURN TO ME by Dana Marton –
Maggie O’Connor thought she lost everything when she lost her true love, Cameron Gardner, four years
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