Safari Heat Naughty & Nice Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone!

It’s hop time! Welcome to the Safari Heat Book Tours Naughty & Nice Blog Hop, 12/11 – 12/16!

Over twenty of us authors and bloggers have joined together to provide some great posts and an awesome grand prize — a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ loaded with E-Books, including my urban fantasy romance HAVEN and Haven’s short story prequel VAMPIRE CODE.

But wait, there’s more! Daily prizes from Safari Heat plus a giveaway at each stop! For more info on how the hop works (including prize eligibility) and for a list of participating authors and their links, visit the Safari Heat Blog –>

Holiday Recipe

‘Tis the season to make yummy desserts!

The Best Ever Holiday Caramel Candy, aka Grandma Eddie’s Caramels

1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups white sugar
2 cups white Karo Syrup
1 stick of butter (1/4 lb.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together the first three ingredients (milk, sugar, syrup) in a large bowl.
Melt the butter in a large heavy kettle, pour in the mixture and bring to a boil.
Stir continuously while mixture boils until it reaches the temperature of 245 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer (can take up to 25 minutes).

Note: If mixture overcooks, candy gets too hard.

Once the 245 degree temperature is reached, remove kettle from stove.
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, then pour mixture onto a large buttered cookie sheet or flat pan.

Allow to cool.

When cool, cut candy into squares and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper.
(And try not to eat them all before you do! ☺ – Makes a delicious holiday gift).

And lastly, dear readers, I present you with a steamy snippet from my urban fantasy romance, Haven (hot vampire alert!):

Alexander crushed his lips to mine. Need roared through me leaving me breathless with edgy hunger. My hands burrowed into his thick, silky hair, holding his head as if he might try to escape. He growled his approval against my lips, his kiss growing more insistent. His tongue explored my mouth. He tasted metallic, like the blood he’d consumed. Again, I found I liked the taste. My tongue danced with his and delved into his mouth, searching for more penny metal flavor. He groaned and tightened his embrace.

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Comment & Hop to Win

For the Safari Heat Daily Prizes:
Safari Heat will visit participating blogs EVERY DAY of the hop and randomly pick daily winners. So be sure to visit all of the hop sites to increase your chances of winning big!

How to Increase Your Odds of Winning
Leave a comment at every blog for one entry per blog. To add three more entries per blog, follow each participant on Twitter and Facebook and their blog. Then, leave this info in the comments area of *each* participating blog. More detailed instructions available at the Safari Heat Blog –>

EXAMPLE:

Name: Jane WebSurfer
Email: janewebsurefer@thisisanexample.com
Comment: Loved your post!
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Reader or Author: Reader
Country: USA***

***Residents of US/Canada only for prizes needing to be shipped. International for e-books. More info on the Safari Heat Blog –>

[ Note: My “follow” links are over there –> in the sidebar, top right 🙂 –> ]

For an Individual, Blog-specific Prize:
Many participating bloggers are also offering individual prizes at their specific stops, including me. Leave a comment below for a chance to receive one $10 Starbucks e-gift card – because ’tis the season for delicious, warm beverages! 🙂

My e-gift card giveaway ends 11:59 PST, Monday, December 16. Winner of my blog-specific prize announced here, Tuesday, December 17. Winner selected by random.org

What to comment:
What’s your favorite holiday dessert? What’s your favorite holiday beverage? Or, simply say hello!

And…Keep Hopping!

More blogs to explore, more chances to win! Surf over to the Safari Heat Blog
–>

Winners!

  • Safari Heat Daily Prize winners (from commments on this blog) – Kimberly Mayberry, $5 Amazon gift card from author Melissa McClone & Michelle Wilms, ebook BeBad, For Goodness Sake by author Tara Lain.
  • Safari Heat Grand Prize Winner = Linda Bass, Kindle Fire HDX! Plus e-books to go on it, including HAVEN and VAMPIRE CODE by Celia Breslin.
  • Celia’s Site-Specific, Starbucks $10 E-Gift Card Giveaway Winner: the gods at random.org have spoken…congrats Eva Millien!
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33 thoughts on “Safari Heat Naughty & Nice Blog Hop

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  2. Name: Barbara
    Email: bkg0605@aol.com
    Comment: This is so much fun! I love the Blog Hops
    I enjoy both naughty and nice!
    It is all about the mood of the day.
    Thank you for the recipe,
    Happy Holidays
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    Country You Live In: United States

  3. Name: Kathryn Anne Merkel
    Email: drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com
    Comment: Favorite holiday dessert – Praline Pumpkin Pie, Favorite holiday beverage – Egg Nog
    Twitter: Followed
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    Blog: Followed
    Country You Live In: United States

  4. Eva Millien
    evamillien at gmail dot com
    caramels are my favorite for everyday but for holidays I love coconut cake. Thanks for sharing the hop and giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season!
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  5. Time to give away another prize and the winner is… Kimberly Mayberry! Congrats! You have won a five dollar Amazon gift card from author Melissa McClone. I will be sending out emails at the end of the hop. Again Congrats!

  6. Name: Shelly Hammond
    Email: booski24@hotmail.com
    Comment: Oh, that Holiday Caramel Candy sounds delightful. I am going to have to make that and eat it all by myself (though I should share, I don’t know that I’d want to!). It just sounds so good. My favorite dessert is would be… well I think almost anything with strawberries. I love strawberries. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream, strawberry cheesecake, oh yum, I’m getting hungry! I also really love peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies. Hm, I guess you could say I really love desserts! Also, the little snippet from Haven was brilliant, thank you for that! It was just enough to make me want to read more. I want more! I think I might need to add it to my to read list!! Thank you for that and for the chance to enter the giveaway. Happy Holidays all around one and all!
    Twitter: @ShellyHammond14
    Facebook: Followed Shelly Hammond
    Blog: Followed Shelly Hammond (booski24@hotmail.com)
    Country you live in: US

    • Hi Shelly,
      I’m a big fan of strawberry smoothies. Here’s a vegan recipe for one: 1 cup water, 1 TBSP maple syrup, several cashews (to taste – they make it creamy), one banana (frozen or fresh – frozen makes it thicker), half bag of frozen strawberries (or to taste). Put in blender and there you go!
      happy holidays!

  7. Michelle Willms
    michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Loved the excerpt. I love urban fantasy. And that recipe is divine. I have to try to copy and paste that sucker out of here so I can make some. I do not think I’ll ever have any left for gifts in this house, though. I have a house filled with sugar fiends. 🙂
    Twitter: yes
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    USA

  8. Name: Virginia Horton
    Email:lead@hotsheet.com
    Comment: Loved your post! These caramels sound really good must try this recipe
    Twitter: Followed
    FaceBook: Followed
    Blog: Followed
    Reader or Author: Reader
    Country: USA***

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  10. Name: Shadow Kohler
    Email: shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com
    Comment: Great post! And amazing recipe! Caramel! My downfall! lol Love the stuff! Thank you! Ya all are so awesome! Thank you for the amazing giveaway! Very much appreciated! Thank you! Happy holidays!
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    Country you live in: US

  11. WINNERS!
    * Safari Heat Daily Prize winners (from commments on this blog) – Kimberly Mayberry, $5 Amazon gift card from author Melissa McClone & Michelle Wilms, ebook BeBad, For Goodness Sake by author Tara Lain.
    * Safari Heat Grand Prize Winner = Linda Bass, Kindle Fire HDX! Plus e-books to go on it, including HAVEN and VAMPIRE CODE by Celia Breslin.
    * Celia’s Site-Specific, Starbucks $10 E-Gift Card Giveaway Winner: the gods at random.org have spoken…congrats Eva Millien!

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