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O Tannenbaum…

Christmas treeIt’s Christmas in the Corner.

Posted by: Tanya Hanson | December 1, 2012

Advent Calendar

Matthew 1:21

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Miss Primm, Miss Tanya’s alter-go, is thrilled today to present her recent conversation with Susanna Daniels, who comes to life in Operation Breathless, the latest release by Marianne Evans, award winning inspirational author. Miss Daniels joins her friend and neighbor Pia Peretti here in Culdesac Corners. Most times they spend their days in Angel Falls, Texas, setting for the wonderful Hearts Haven series.

 Please enjoy this latest Lifestyle Column of the Culdesac County Courant.

  Miss Primm, pouring tea:  Susanna, be still my heart. You bear the same name as my beloved great grandmother. Welcome today to Culdesac Corners, California. We’re a humble community hereabouts and would love to learn about someplace new. Tell us about Angel Falls.

 Susanna, honored to share the name:  Hello, Miss Primm! I’m so glad to join you today – thank you for allowing me to be a guest here at Culdesac Corners! I’m a native of Angel Falls and doubt I’ll ever leave. J There’s so much beauty to the Angelina National Forest, and the quaint, small-town feel to the city where I live. So many wonderful friends and people, too.

 Miss Primm, passing the sugarbowl:    I recently interviewed Miss Pia Peretti. I believe she is your friend and neighbor at Hearts Haven. Tell us a bit about your friendship. And I can’t help but cipher that Mr. Gabe Peretti is her relation. Please expound on that possibility.

Susanna, blushing:  Oh, Miss Primm…you’re making me blush!! Yes, Gabe is Pia’s brother – a cop who took up temporary residence in the city of Detroit as a cop. He came back home, and that’s how we met…during a somewhat unexpected and, if I do say so, romantic set of circumstances (though they didn’t feel that way at the time!) Pia is a doll, isn’t she? She told me she was your guest recently here at Culdesac Corners! Oh, and just wait until you meet my other close friends, Zoe Wyndham and Kaci James. Zoe is such a creative, artistic soul, and Kaci is a school teacher who loves her kids, and seems to have a side job that she keeps very mum about – but we’re trying to figure out what she’s doing during her off hours…LOL!!!

 Miss Primm, blushing back:   LOL? Now, that’s a new alphabet for me….   Although I myself am a spinster, I am always thrilled to live love vicariously through my interviewees. Since love never goes smooth, what is the biggest obstacle between you and Mr. Peretti?

Susanna, lost in lovely thoughts.   Well…logistics for one. He lives in Detroit. He’s on sabbatical for now. Then, there’s the fact that I think we’re both burned out in our jobs – aching to do more with the opportunities, passions and gifts God has given us, but we keep coming up against stone walls. I’ve had to deal with being framed for shoplifting, and Gabe has been caught in the crossfire of a gang-related episode in Detroit that sent him back home to heal, and reevaluate. It’s complicated.  ::sigh!:: 

Miss Primm, nodding:     Oh, my dear, it’s always complicated.  Which may be why I’ve never bothered. Nonetheless, My heart aches at those troubled teens to whom you gave your talent and career. Here in Culdesac Corners, the county sheriff would likely set them to wrangling at a local ranch, or digging in the Curly Wolf mine to corral their extra time and keep them too busy for temptation. Any particular teen who touched your heart?

Susanna, reaching out to touch Miss Primm’s arm:   How wonderful, Miss Primm! That’s great therapy! In fact, we’ve done much the same, introducing kids to the beauty and inspiration of nature at Angelina Falls National Park! In fact, Gabe has become quite active in my programs at Wellsprings of Grace and even helped us out on a hiking and canoeing expedition! Confidentiality issues keep me from naming my patients outright, but let’s just say the teen who tried to frame me is turning out to be one of my happiest success stories! She’s overcoming neglect and is really taking charge of her life! I’m so thrilled for her!

 Miss Primm, smiling broadly:   Then I must share your joy. Now, what are five things I’m likely to find in the bottom of your reticule? You modern ladies call it a purse.

Susanna, smiling broadly back:   Funny you ask. My story in Operation Breathless begins with something quite troubling ending up at the bottom of my reticule! I’ll skip that for now, though, and let your readers find out all about it by exploring the pages of the book! You’ll definitely find a tube of lipstick (berry kiss is the color name!). You’ll also find a notebook and pen (I find I’m always jotting notes about ideas I have for therapy sessions, or patient discussions…). I’m always in a hurry, so I tend to dump change in the bottom of my purse. You’ll likely find some nickels, dimes and quarters…LOL! And, lastly, a stash of tissues.

 Miss Prim, questioningly:  Now, tissues is something I best explore. Now,   I’m a church going woman myself, but I have fielded tough times here in Culdesac Corners that strained my faith in the Good Book. I sense you bear some deep-down troubles. What Scriptures determine how you live each day?  (She fingers the cross around her neck, one of Pia Peretti’s designs.)

Susanna, fingers entwining:    Oh, is that ever true, and understandable as we struggle with daily life!!! One of my favorite verses is on a plaque at my desk at work to lend strength and guidance on my journey: ”Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” It’s from the Book of Timothy, Chapter 6-Verse 12.

 Miss Primm, lost in some thought but ever the professional, gets herself quickly on track:  My, Timothy is an old family name as well. What about your past would you change if you could? How does what happened then threaten what you’re trying to build now?

Susanna, smiling with confidence:   You know what? I wouldn’t change the past. I try to stress that to my kids. The past is what God gave us—and what molds us into who and what we are today, and what we can become in the future. No matter what, no matter who, the past is full of light, and full of shadow. The point is to rely on God to carry us through both seasons… 

Miss Primm, pouring more tea:   Miss Susanna, that is sound scriptural advice. Especially in times of trouble. I’ve definitely had experiences with troublemakers in my life, liars, too. How about you?  

Susanna, sipping tea then nodding heartily:   I deal with trying to reform those troublemakers every day of my life, Miss Primm, and some days are most certainly better than others. Love and God and my faith give me hope and enough strength to keep turning the page each day. Hopefully that’s true for you as well!  

 Miss Primm, pointing at her well-stocked book shelf:   As for myself, Miss Louisa May Alcott is my all-time favorite author, and Miss Tanya’s as well. Who is your favorite author and why? I

Susanna nods again:   I adore Louisa May Alcott!! Isn’t her work fantastic?? I recommend Little Women to so many of my teen patients! For a ‘modern twist’ I love Karen Kingsbury. Her books are so real and heart-touching. I adore her Baxter series!

 Miss Primm, thoughtful, writes down the name:   A modern twist? I best acquaint myself with Miss Kingsbury. I’m ever one to keep up with the times. Now, Miss Susanna, feel free to add, subtract, multiply or divide anything you still need to say that I may have forgotten despite my thoroughness.

Susanna, honest and true:   My goodness, I can’t imagine anything we’ve left out!! You’re a wonderful hostess and interviewer, Miss Primm, and once again, I’m so honored to join you!! You’re a gem!!

Miss Primm, passing cake:  Thanks for your presence today in the latest edition of the Culdesac County Courant aka Miss Tanya’s blog. We here at the Courant cannot wait to feater Miss Kaci and Miss Zoe.

Susanna, taking a slice:  My honor and privilege!  

Miss Primm:  The honor is all mine, dear. Now, let’s eat!

 

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 Blurb: Psychologist Susanna Daniels helps troubled teens find their footing and their faith, but in the face of erroneous accusations, she’s lost hope, wondering if her work at Wellsprings of Grace even makes a difference any more. 

Detroit police officer Gabe Peretti has returned home to Angel Falls, Texas, burned out by the big city, his faith stretched to the breaking point by the badlands he’s witnessed and tried so hard to change. He craves fresh perspective, and wisdom enough to discern God’s will. 

A sparkling kiss and an embattled young lady careening down the wrong path bring Susanna and Gabe together, sweeping them into a set of circumstances that will require enough faith to shine bright, and enough love to leave them both forever changed, and positively breathless.

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Posted by: Tanya Hanson | November 16, 2012

A Peek at Operation Breathless…by Marianne Evans

Operation Breathless is the very latest book by award-winning author Marianne Evans.  Heroine Susanna Daniels will be Miss Primm’s interview quest for the Culdesac County Courant’s Lifestyle column this week.

Please stop by tomorrow! 

Marianne Evans

 Psychologist Susanna Daniels helps troubled teens find their footing and their faith, but in the face of erroneous accusations, she’s lost hope, wondering if her work at Wellsprings of Grace even makes a difference any more.

Detroit police officer Gabe Peretti has returned home to Angel Falls, Texas, burned out by the big city, his faith stretched to the breaking point by the badlands he’s witnessed and tried so hard to change. He craves fresh perspective, and wisdom enough to discern God’s will.

A sparkling kiss and an embattled young lady careening down the wrong path bring Susanna and Gabe together, sweeping them into a set of circumstances that will require enough faith to shine bright, and enough love to leave them both forever changed, and positively breathless.

 

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Marianne’s website

Lifstyle Editor for the Culdesac County Courant

Today Miss Primm is thrilled to interview cowboy Scott Martin, hero of of Angel Child, by Miss Tanya. It’s Book Six in her Hearts Crossing Ranch series of inspirational contemporary Western romance. 

Miss Prinsella Primm warmly greets Mr. Martin at her office above the mercantile in Culdesac Corners, California.

 Interview begins:

Miss Primm, holding down a flush:  No, no, leave that Stetson on your head, Mr. Martin. You are at this point in time my first hero interviewee. I’ve been busy with heroines it seems. That said, welcome today to Culdesac Corners, California. We’re a humble community hereabouts and would love to learn about someplace new. Tell us about your Hearts Crossing ranch in Mountain Cove, Colorado. 

Scott, touching two fingers to his brim:   Miss Primm. Call me Scott, please. I am so honored to be here. Truth is, this is my first time west of the Rockies, and as I see it, Culdesac Corners is a mighty fine place to visit. Full of down home charm and regular folks.

 Miss Primm:  That it is, Mr. Martin, that we are. 

Scott, smiling:   All righty, then. Hearts Crossing ranch has been in the Martin family for about a hundred fifty years. My ma (Elaine Martin–she’s a hoot) is the last of her line, so she made Pa take on the Martin name when they got married. They came up with a new moniker for the place, Hearts Crossing. As they put it, life is made up of faith and love. Miss Tanya has stories going about all eight of us Martin kids. 

We’re a working cattle ranch, but all of us have sidelines to help finance things. Like city slicker wagon train adventures (Book One) led mostly by my brother Kenn in the summers. He’s a high school teacher rest of the time. 

Matter of fact, that’s how I met my lady, Mary Grace. She got called in as his substitute teacher when he took a fall from a rambunctious horse. Ma, being Ma, took Mary Grace right into the fold, inviting her to stay at the ranch so Kenn could keep up with his classes. Lucky for me. 

Miss Primm, fingers fluttering over her quill:   Oh do tell more. I love stories of hearth and home. And although I myself am a spinster, I live love stories vicariously through my journalism. I see the spark in your eye, speaking Mary Grace’s name. Yet I also believe love never goes smooth. What is the biggest obstacle between the two of you? 

Scott, crossing one denimed knee over the other:   There were a few obstacles, truth is. First off, Mary Grace was my high school art teacher. And she’s an ‘older woman.’ (Chuckles) Of course, we’re both grown up now, and we hit it off smooth as glass at last summer’s Fourth of July picnic…but she still turned me down when I asked her out. Can’t deny my ego took a hit. 

Miss Primm, prim:  Well, that doesn’t seem much of an obstacle. If you reckoned she’s the joy of your heart, you must pursue.

 Scott, eyes bright:  Oh, indeed I did. But we had other complications.

 Miss Primm, with an eye roll:  Oh, it’s always complicated.

 Scott, uncrossing his legs:  In this case, yep. We had trust issues, both of us. But making a long story short, it didn’t take me long to fall for her disabled son and love him like my own. 

Miss Primm, hand atop her heart:   Dearie me, my heart warms. Now, back to the ranch. You kids all have a second job, and yours is also graphic designer. Now I’ve recently interviewed a jewelry designer, but this occupation escapes me. 

Scott, touching her hand lightly:  That’s because you live in the 19th century. I make pictures but not with paint or brush. I use a machine called a computer and get directions from something called Photoshop. If you can hang around after the interview, I brought my laptop. I could show you. 

Laptop?   (Miss Primm folds her hands and lays them in her lap.)

 

Scott, nodding:  Just give me a few minutes. You’re gonna love it. 

Miss Primm, with her own nod:  All righty. Normally I ask my female interviewees what it is they have in their reticule. Y’all twenty-first century folks call it a purse. I’m thinking…what’s in your pocket?

 Scott, handsome brow wrinkled in thought:  Smartphone, emergency twenty dollar bill. My driver’s license. That’s about it. Guess I travel light.

 Miss Primm, eyebrows rising:  My my, a twenty dollar bill is a near fortune. And here in Culdesac Corners we don’t need a license to drive our buggies. I’ve heard of Mr. Belle’s telephone, though. Anyway, I’m a church going person. And I’m suspecting you are, too with a ranch named Hearts Crossing. What Scriptures determine how you live each day? 

Scott, confident:  That would have to be Psalm 121, verse one. I love looking up at the hills that huddle around our ranch, knowing I can ask my Maker for help whenever I need it. Which is pretty often, truth to tell.

 Miss Primm, looking out the window to the hills and mountains of Culdesac County:  Who are your favorite neighbors back in Colorado? 

Scott, smiling again: Everybody in Mountain Cove and close-by Promise are good neighbors. Likely one of my favorites is Rhee Ryland, who stars in Miss Tanya’s FAITHFUL DANGER (her first romantic suspense) A true cowboy, he’s back ranching after a stint as a very successful, high-priced private investigator. Lucky for him. He not only met his wife Caffey on a case–he also saved her life! 

Miss Primm:  Aw, that’s a fine tale. Now, Scott, your book is called ANGEL CHILD. I’ve definitely had experiences with angels in my life. How about you? 

Scott, peering out the window as wellWell, this particular angel child is Mary Grace’s little boy, Creighton, who was born with the debilitating Angelman syndrome. But goodness, just like angels, he changes folks’ lives.

 Miss Primm, finishing up:  As for myself, Miss Louisa May Alcott is my all-time favorite author, and Miss Tanya’s as well. Who is your favorite author and why? 

Scott, with a clomp of his boot heels on the puncheon floor:  Nobody but Louis L’Amour does it for me. Would love to be a Sackett.

 Miss Primm:  A Sackett? Hmmmm. That’s a new word for me, but  I am always in the mood to read and learn  Well, Mr. Martin, I best let you be on your way. Thanks for participating today. And don’t leave without handing over your links and blurb. 

Scott, rising:  You got it, Miss Primm. Now let me get my laptop started up…

 Buy links:

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http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/angel-child

www.tanyahanson.com

www.petticoatsandpistols.com

 BLURB:

After placing her handicapped son in a full-time care facility, Mary Grace Gibson is determined to get her life back on track again. She takes on a substitute-teaching job in her old home town and is more than grateful for the room and board offered at Hearts Crossing Ranch. 
The bustling Martin family helps her start trusting again. But the hurt she experienced when her ex abandoned her due to their little boy’s serious disabilities make Mary Grace cautious to trust anyone. Even the handsome cowboy who’s fast stealing her heart. 

Cowboy and graphic artist Scott Martin is instantly drawn to the beautiful single mom—his former high school teacher. She’s had some hard luck but never let go of her faith. Their age gap doesn’t fret him, and their kisses ignite his love. But Mary Grace’s lack of trust shatters his feelings. He’s been down that broken trail before.

How can he assure her he’s different from the man who hurt her and neglected her son?

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Posted by: Tanya Hanson | November 8, 2012

ANGEL CHILD flies tomorrow, Release Day!

Miss Primm welcomes ANGEL CHILD to Culdesac Corners. This is Book Six, Hearts Crossing Ranch series, by Tanya Hanson, her alter-ego.

Determined to get her life back on track,  Mary Grace Gibson takes on a substitute-teaching  job, grateful for the room and board offered at Hearts Crossing Ranch. The bustling family life helps her heal after abandonment by her ex. But her little boy’s serious disabilities make her cautious about revealing her secrets to anybody. Even Scott Martin, the handsome cowboy who’s fast stealing her heart. 

Her former student now grown up, cowboy and graphic artist Scott Martin is instantly drawn to the beautiful single mom. She’s had some hard luck but never let go of her faith. Their age gap doesn’t fret him, and their kisses ignite his love. But as they fall for each other, Mary Grace’s lack of trust in him shatters his feelings, for he’s been down that broken trail before.

How can he assure her he’s different from the man who hurt her and neglected her son?

 

Buy link:

http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/angel-child

www.tanyahanson.com

www.petticoatsandpistols.com

www.goodchristiancowgirls.com

Posted by: Tanya Hanson | November 3, 2012

Interview with the Heroine: Mary Alice Price

Lifstyle Editor for the Culdesac County Courant

Miss Prinsella Primm is delighted to present the following interview with MARY ALICE PRICE, heroine of High Stakes Bride by Caroline Clemmons.

 

MISS PRIMM:   (Miss Tanya Hanson’s alter-ego and Lifestyle editor of the Culdesac County Courant),  with much excitement:     What a thrill, my dear Miss Caroline Clemmons. Thanks for coming to Culdesac Corners, all the way from Sweethearts of the West, and bringing along with you your heroine, MARY ALICE PRICE.. How dreary my Lifestyle Column this week would be without this interview.  Mary Alice,   welcome to  our little Corner of California.  We’re a humble, quiet community hereabouts. Seems like you had some rather exciting run-ins with the meanest people around. What can you tell our readers about those experiences?

 MARY ALICE PRICE:  Miss Primm, thank you so much for letting me visit. Please call me Alice, as that’s the name I use in my new life. Reckon you’re right about me and the meanest people around. When I think of how I barely escaped, I still get the shakes.

My story sort of started back in Georgia before I was born. Mama’s father disowned her because she married Pa instead of one of his wealthy Atlanta friends. I was only three when my real Pa died. Lawsy, we had a hard time stranded in Cleburne, Texas with no money and nowhere to turn. My stepfather, who I also called Pa, fell in love with Mama the day he saw her, and loved me as well. Seems like from the time Mama married up with my stepfather, the years sort of blended together. Before I knew it, I was a grown woman and life was passing me by.

Not that I objected to being a spinster, mind you, Miss Primm. But I wanted more from life than Mama had with Pa. I determined to go to Atlanta and see if I could find all the social doings she talked about. I dreamed of meeting a handsome man there who would love me, and together we’d have a good life.

Meanwhile, I had me the two meanest stepbrothers alive, Frank and Rusty. Oh, Pa kept them in line while he was able. After Mama died of consumption, then Pa took sick with the stomach cancer. I had nursed Mama and took right in to nursing Pa, all the while dreaming of going to Atlanta.

Pa knew he was going, and helped me plan how to get away. He was a loving stepfather and saved back some of his morphine to use in the boys’ coffee when he was gone. By the time he passed on, I had set with him night and day for weeks and was so tired I could barely escape. I fixed the boys their doctored coffee, all right, and they slept long enough for me to pack my mules, saddle my horse, and get away. But I got turned around and went in circles. They almost caught me.

Lawsy, I had me a string of bad luck until I threw my cards in with Zach Stone. Did I mention Zach is the handsomest man I ever saw? And did I say he is the best man anywhere?    

MISS PRIMM,  hands clasped:  Be still my heart. Nothing better than a handsome man. Nonetheless, our single ladies live quite properly here in Culdesac County. I’m told you have two chaperones at Mr. Stone’s ranch. What can you tell us about them. Who else do you take on for recreation and companionship? 

ALICE, with affection:  Maggie Gamble and Lizzie Fraser couldn’t be nicer, and are aunts to Zach Stone. Though both women are widows, they don’t have children. I tell you, they couldn’t love their nephews more if they were born to them. They helped me fix my hair, which was the result of one part of my bad luck. They also helped me alter Mama’s dresses that I’d brought with me. And they’ve found something good to say about everything I’ve done.

And let me tell you about the little boy, Seth, that Zach and I found. That boy is a caution. When we found him, he could lie more ’n any politician alive. He and his dog, Harry, are quite a pair.

But I learned that there are a lot of social happenings even in North Central Texas–teas, quilting bees, and friends and relatives coming to call. And most are real nice people.

          Oh, did I tell you how handsome Zach is, or that he is a wonderful man? 

MISS PRIMM, ablush:  Indeed, I am eager to behold his handsomeness myself.   I myself am a spinster; therefore, I live love stories vicariously. But since love rarely goes smooth, what is the biggest obstacle between you and Mr. Zach Stone?  Despite him being handsome and wonderful, there must be something. 

ALICE, ablush herself:   By the time I met him, Zach had been jilted twice and was through with women. I was wary of him trying to take liberties with me, what with him being so big and all and us being alone. Did I mention he’s the handsomest man who ever lived? Anyway, he told me he wouldn’t take liberties if I was to pay him. Imagine that? Did I mention what a good man he is?

I thought the biggest obstacle was those men chasing me. But then I learned what had happened to Zach and his family, and I like to have died. I can’t tell you more or all my secrets will be out. 

MISS PRIMM, thoughtful:  Ah,  I understand. We must keep those secrets between those book covers. But as a journalist, I must press you a tad.  I notice you had some trouble with gamblers in your past. But…are you in any way a gambling woman? What chances have you taken, or are willing to take? 

ALICE, eyes wide:   Gamble, me? Let me tell you, ma’am, living with those stepbrothers made every day a gamble, to say nothing of the risk from having their worthless friends hanging around. But I would never gamble with cards or dice, and never touched alcohol. No, ma’am. Make no mistake, in spite of living with a bunch of rough men, I am a good woman. Mama taught me to be a lady. I forgot how to walk like she said and don’t speak proper, but I never forgot the other lessons.  

MISS PRIMM, pensive:   Ah, those mamas of ours. (sighing) Whatever would we do without them. Anyway, what are five things I’m likely to find in the bottom of your reticule?

ALICE, with a smile:   From the time Mama married Pa when I was four, I only left his ranch once. Who needs a reticule to cook, wash clothes, and clean house?

          Course I do have one with me today. Let’s see what’s in here. Oh, my best linen handkerchief with the lace edge because coming here is a very special occasion. See, here are my initials embroidered in the corner. Oh, my, how silly of me. I shoved my kidskin gloves in here by mistake, so don’t count those. Here’s my tiny tablet and pencil in this little case. Oh, I’d never leave without this little purse of coins for tips or a treat for Seth. This tin holds peppermint breath mints, which are my favorite flavor. Oh, and because I do live in rural Texas, I keep this little pocket Derringer handy. How clever of you, Miss Pimm, I believe that’s five things just as you suggested.

  MISS PRIMM:    What is the biggest surprise you’ve ever had? (Mine was a three-yolked egg from the mercantile. I’m too busy to have my own coop.) 

ALICE:   Three yolks? My, you are fortunate. Two yolks is good luck, so that must have been an extra lucky day for you, Miss Primm.

I’ve had some big surprises, and the good ones all happened after I met up with handsome Zach Stone, who is such a good man. Finding Seth was the luckiest surprise. I love that boy. You would too if you knew him. He doesn’t lie now that he knows he’s loved and has a home.

        Another surprise was learning there were so many social events even living on a ranch. Mama longed for all the doings she’d grown up with, and we had no idea they were going on all around us. Poor Mama. She sure was lonely to talk to other women.

MISS PRIMM, back to business:    What about your past would you change if you could? How does what happened then threaten what you’re trying to build now? 

ALICE, eyes misty:    I’d give anything if I could undo the harm Pa and his kin did. I try to put those memories in the past and live the best life I can. Zach says not to think on it, but I can’t forget. 

MISS PRIMM:    Well, I am thinking Zach is making you some better memories. Thing is, it’s heading onto noontime.  I’m somewhat handy in the kitchen. How about a favorite recipe to share? 

ALICE, with a big smile:    Not my salt cake, I’m sure. ☺ That was a one-time thing and sure taught that handsome Zach Stone a thing or two about talking to women.

Here’s a real recipe.

Lizzie’s Applesauce Cake and Carmel Icing

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup lard or shortening

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2 cups applesauce

3/4 cup raisins or chopped dates

1 cup broken Texas pecans

 

Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. In large bowl mix shortening, sugar and eggs and beat well until fluffy. Scrape bowl while mixing. Add applesauce, raisins (or dates), and nuts and mix well. Add dry ingredients and beat slowly for two or three minutes. Pour into a greased and floured tube or bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan. When cool, serve or frost with Caramel Icing.

 

Caramel Icing:

2 cups sugar

1 cup cream

1/4 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Put 1 cup of the sugar into a heavy skillet and let it caramelize slowly, being careful not to let it scorch or burn. Set aside. Into saucepan put remaining sugar and cream and let come to a slow boil. Gradually add caramelized sugar into this and cook to a soft-ball stage. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Beat to desired consistency and spread on cake.

 

MISS PRIMM,  staving off a tummy rumble:    Why, my mouth’s awatering already. But back to business. Alice,  we’ve had trouble with outlaws here in Culdesac Corners. Jesse James blew through here once on his way to San Luis Obispo. What experiences have you had with outlaws, or other despicable men? 

ALICE, looking backward in time:   Mama and I weren’t sure what Pa and his kin were up to besides ranching. After a while, we suspected it wasn’t anything good, so Mama taught me not to ask questions. Pa was real good to Mama and me, ‘cept he wouldn’t let us go to town. Said pretty things like us drew too much attention.

The most despicable man, though, was that Fernando Vargas that my stepbrothers promised me to for gambling debts. Imagine, men trading their own stepsister for what they lost at poker. Now that is a high stakes game for sure, and I like to have drawn the losing hand. 

MISS PRIMM, as if turning a page:    As for myself, Miss Louisa May Alcott is my all-time favorite author, and Miss Tanya’s as well. Who is your favorite author and why?

ALICE, nodding:    Miss Alcott has been a favorite for me also. She is the first author who interested me in historical fiction. That interest has kept me reading. Miss Georgette Heyer also broadened my interests. 

MISS PRIMM, smiling broadly:   Oh goodness me. Miss Heyer’s “The Black Moth” is a great favorite.  Thanks from my heart’s bottom for spending time as part of Miss Tanya’s blog and my Lifestyle column. You hurry on back, ya hear? 

ALICE, with a gracious wave:    Thank you, Miss Primm, for having me join you today.

Buy Links:

Smashwords ebook

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/238238?ref=CarolineClemmons

Print or Ebook at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/High-Stakes-Bride-Stone-Mountain/dp/1479253596/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350608418&sr=1-8&keywords=caroline+clemmons

Barnes and Noble ebook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/high-stakes-bride-caroline-clemmons/1112988981?ean=2940015617061

Posted by: Tanya Hanson | November 1, 2012

Adila, you’re my winner!

Adila Mammadova

you’re my winner! Adila, your name got pulled out of the Stetson for a pdf or Kindle copy of Christmas for Ransom. It won’t be out for a few weeks if you want Kindle,,,but I definitely think it’s worth waiting for. Jack’s my favorite hero so far….hope you like him! Please leave your email in the comments so we can connect….

Thanks for visiting our Halloween Garden party at The Wild Rose Press. I so appreciated everybody’s comments! these last few days. Don’t be a stranger!  .

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Posted by: Tanya Hanson | October 26, 2012

Welcome to my Ranch and Win a Book~ Tanya Hanson

Welcome to the Wild Rose Press authors’ Haunted  Garden! Leave a comment before you head on over to more cool blogs. Everybody’s giving away treats! 

I write historical Western romance, so anything to do with history or the Old West catches my attention. When I heard about a local landmark being haunted, well, I just had to share.

Stagecoach Inn, just up the freeway from my home in Central California is one such haunted historical landmark. Sadly, these days it’s a replica of the Grand Union Hotel, built on the spot in 1876 as a full-scale stagecoach stop. Now a museum, the inn is said to be haunted even still. Some claim that frequent strong disturbances on the second floor are messages from Pierre Duvon, a heavily bearded mountain man who had come to the inn in 1885. His scheduled one-night sleepover turned into forever when he was murdered while he slept.

The original structure burned down in 1970. Photographs taken during th blaze show the face of a whiskered man in three of the exposures!  And visitors often feel a cold spot near the murder room!

I’ll be drawing a name at the end of our Haunted Garden blog-hop fun to win a pdf copy of my upcoming release, Christmas for Ransom. (or the Kindle version if you prefer.)  So please don’t forget to comment below. Use this question for your prompt if you need…

 Do YOU believe in ghosts? 

As for Ransom, I sure hope you’ll want to read about a good-hearted hottie outlaw and the woman who falls in love with him…before she realizes it’s HER horses he stole.

“Canyon” Jack Ransom promised his beloved gram-maw on her death bed that he’d learn to read. He hires schoolmarm Eliza Willows to do the deed while she, unbeknownst he’s the thief, hires him back to “track” the thief of her granny’s prized Morgans. The two getting snowbound at Christmas only adds to the fun! 

Now that you’re online, please visit these fine blogs of my fellow The Wild Rose Press authors.  Get your trick-or-treat bag full!

http://www.karyngood.com/blog
http://tarahscott.tarahscott.com
http://christineelaineblack.blogspot.ca
http://kyannwaters.blogspot.com
http://decadentdecisions.wordpress.com

My sites:

www.tanyahanson.com

www.petticoatsandpistols.com

Posted by: Tanya Hanson | October 24, 2012

Meet the High Stakes Bride–

Tomorrow please join Miss Primm for her interview with Miss Caroline Clemmon’s  HIGH STAKES BRIDE.  

aka Miz Mary Alice Price, who is….

…on the run from dangerous men! Mary Alice had known that when her stepfather died, she would have to hurriedly escape her stepbrothers. Hadn’t she heard them promise her to the meanest  man in Texas as payment for high stakes gambling losses? One misfortune after another devils her until she links up with Zach Stone. He looks sturdy as his last name and invites her to his ranch where his two aunts will chaperone them. She figures life finally dealt her a winning hand. 

Zach Stone has the sweetest ranch in all of Texas, at least he thinks he does. All he needs is a wife to build his family of boys and girls to carry on his ranch and name. He’s been jilted and vows he will never even speak to a woman again unless she’s a relative. Then he comes across Alice Price and comes up with a crazy plan. He’s figured everything out, and is sure nothing can go wrong with his plan.

But life holds many surprises for Alice and Zach…

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