Cover Reveal: Montana Christmas Romance

Cover Reveal for MONTANA CHRISTMAS ROMANCE: A Multi-Author Anthology

A Collection of Heartwarming Holiday Stories From Under the Big Sky . . .

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Coming November 1st 2014!

Take a trip to Montana with this collection of seven heartwarming Christmas romances by award-winning and best-selling authors. This collection of stories from the mountains to the valleys of Big Sky state will remind you of what is truly important and why you love the holiday season. Be ready to be swept away on a series of incredible journeys of the heart and soul.

Casey Dawes — author of Love on the Wind

Danica Winters —author of A Date for Christmas

R.L. Syme — author of Montana Mistletoe

Clare Tallier — author of Homecoming

Melissa Tenley — author of An Unexpected Gift

H.A. Somerled — author of Death at a Party

Jade Barnaby — author of The Stars She Lost

 

Published by Self-Publishing Services, LLC.

Dishwasher Salmon and an Unforgettable Story

salmondishwasher_previewMy latest short story, Christmas Wishes, which is also included in the bestselling anthology Christmas Romance (The Best Short Romances of 2013), is not only a story about love, moving forward, and wishing, but there is also a side story about a fish.

A fish? Yes, a fish. And not just any fish, but a salmon to be exact.

I have received many lovely letters about that silly fish. Most ask: “Can you really cook a fish in the dishwasher?” The answer is simple. Yes, you can cook a fish in the dishwasher. Yet, if you are like Lee from Christmas Wishes, I strongly suggest that you do so at your own risk! :)

For those of us who can cook, here is the recipe for Dishwasher Salmon. Enjoy! (But remember to never use dish soap when cooking! LOL)

 

Dishwasher Salmon

 Ingredients

4 6-ounce salmon fillets
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
heavy duty aluminum foil
Dill Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 leeks, white part only, finely chopped, then thoroughly washed
1 jalapeño chili, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh dill, stems removed before measuring
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

Directions

  1. Cut two 12-inch square sheets of aluminum foil.
  2. Place two fillets side by side on each square and fold up the outer edges.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over each fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fold and pinch the aluminum foil extra tightly to create a watertight seal around each pair of fillets. Make sure the packet is airtight by pressing down on it gently with your hand. If air escapes easily, rewrap.
  5. Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for the entire “normal” cycle.
  6. When cycle is complete, take out salmon, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate, and spoon a generous serving of dill sauce overtop.

Don’t have a dishwasher? Bake foil-wrapped packets in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 minutes.
Sauce

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauté pan.
  2. Add the leek, jalapeño, and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the leeks are translucent—but not brown.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the stock. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. (Adjust heat as required to maintain simmer.) The liquid should reduce by half.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Transfer to a blender or food processor and add the dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth. Reserve and reheat just before serving. Stir in the sour cream at the last minute.

About Danica Winters: Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

 

Christmas WishesChristmas Wishes

Published September 26, 2013

Available in Paperback November 1, 2013

Length: Short Story

Publisher: Books To Go Now

ASIN: B00FHBT8G4

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads              

Pages: 30

Blurb: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.

In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

Christmas Wishes


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Short Story Anthology

Authors: Danica Winters, Jennifer Conner, Sharon Kleve, Casey Dawes

Blurbs:
Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.
In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

Central Bark at Christmas-Jennifer Conner: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in?
And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Halo’s Wish-Sharon Kleve: Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.
Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she’s ever wanted.Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.
Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?

Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes: Clara Misowski is convinced Sam Richards’ cheese making operation would be a perfect stop for her culinary tour group.
He’s adamantly opposed to anything to do with a group of women on his farm.
Can she convince him to open his heart to company, Christmas, and maybe even her?

Check it out on Amazon!

 

 

 

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes and French Silk Pie

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays (closely followed by Halloween, but this could be thanks to my love of all things chocolate). I love the icy pine-scented air that reawakens your winter dulled senses the second you step outside. I love the spirit of thankfulness, good tidings, and joy.

But what if we weren’t so lucky? What if Christmas only reawakened the wounds of our past?  This is exactly the case for my newest character, Lee Llewellyn.

In Christmas Wishes, Lee has lost her son and is forced to face another holiday season with only her memories for comfort. In Lee, I tried to create a character in which every reader with a child, or who has ever dealt with a divorce, could relate.  Life can be hard when you must go through it alone, but what can help? For Lee, this was her love of French Silk Pie.

Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that sometimes dreams of French Silk Pie can blossom into unexpected Christmas Wishes.

I hope you get the chance to check out my newest short story–I’m sure you will finish this story with your cheeks aching from laughter and your heart filled with the joy of Christmas!!

Wishing you the happiest of reading,

Danica Winters

Christmas WishesChristmas Wishes

Publisher: Books To Go Now

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

Pages: 30

Blurb: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.

In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?