BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCE!
Caroline Clemmons writes historical and contemporary genre fiction. Historical romances, contemporary romantic suspense, mysteries, and paranormals are among her current works. Learn more about her at www.carolineclemmons.com
Monday, December 11, 2017
BEST GIFTS CAN'T BE BOUGHT
I’m pleased to welcome Joan Reeves, USA Today and NY Times
Bestselling author. Joan can’t respond to questions or comments today because—following
an accident in which a truck knocked her down—her husband is treating her PTSD
of the event by taking her on an anniversary cruise. Remember that your comment
will enter you in the drawing for a Kindle Fire 7 on Christmas Eve.
What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
When my older brother—my sidekick in all the mischief we got
into as kids—and I woke up shortly after midnight, our parents let us open a
present. What we opened were Mickey Mouse flashlights. We were very young and
thought flashlights were the coolest things ever. We spent the rest of the
night playing and shining them on the ceiling. By morning, the batteries were
What is your favorite adult Christmas memory?
My husband and I were married just before Christmas. On
Christmas Eve, we came home from a party after midnight. He insisted I open his
present to me. The jeweler's box held a pair of silver hoop earrings and a pair
of gold hoop earrings. He told me, "I didn't know if you'd like the silver
or the gold so I got them both." That told me that he would always go the
extra mile to please me and make me happy. And he still does that. As you read
this, we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise.
Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?
A.Secular – “Please Come Home for
Christmas” by The Eagles
B.Religious – Just about all of them
because my grandfather used to sing them all the time. I guess “We Three Kings”
and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” stick in my mind. To this day, I can hear him
singing them. He's been gone 35 years now, and I still miss him.
Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions.
On Christmas Eve, we always have a gumbo (I'm from Louisiana
originally.). After dinner, we go to Candlelight services at church then we
come home and play games or work a giant jigsaw puzzle—sometimes both. It all
depends on whether we have just one of our kids or all of them and their kids!
What about Christmas do you most enjoy?
Church services, having the kids home, shopping, Christmas
music in the stores, laughing children, decorating, singing Christmas songs.
I'm a sucker for all of it.
Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?
Only the repetitive ads for conspicuous consumption. *g*
What do you hope for this Christmas?
I'm a very lucky woman. I'm married to the most wonderful
man, and we're still in love and love and like each other. Our kids are mostly
healthy and happy. Rarely do my husband and I even give each other presents.
Some years we've splurged, but other years we're just so darn content that we'd
rather give to others than spend money on ourselves. The only thing I hope for
are things that can't be bought: for people to stop driving and texting, for
everyone to re-discover common courtesy, for politicians and adults in general
to act their age—not their shoe size—for school kids to embrace learning rather than
video games and reality shows, for people to learn there are consequences for
bad behavior, and, yes, for world peace without abandoning our Constitution and
Do you have a treasured Christmas food?
I love all of it from pralines to Cornbread Dressing.
First, make the Cornbread (can be done a day early)
cup all-purpose flour
cup yellow corn meal
teaspoons baking powder
cup liquid shortening
Mix dry ingredients well. Make a
little well in dry ingredients and add eggs. Beat eggs until solid color. Add
milk and shortening. Pour into greased round cake pan and bake at 425 ° F for 20 to 25 minutes.
slices bread or pan of biscuits, dried and crumbled
medium onion, chopped
cup chopped celery
tablespoons parsley flakes
stick butter or margarine
cups pan drippings and broth * (to make it vegetarian, use vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoons salt
teaspoon poultry seasoning
teaspoon black pepper
teaspoons sage (more to suit taste)
of the boiled wing and neck meat if you wish to include them
cups broth and drippings from roasting pan
In small skillet, melt the stick of butter
or margarine. Add celery, onion, and parsley and sauté until onion becomes
transparent. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, crumble
cornbread and bread slices. Add broth and drippings, sautéed onions and celery
mixture and the other ingredients above. Add 3/4 of the stewed meat you have
reserved. Taste to adjust seasoning. Add more broth if dressing is too dry.
Pour into well-buttered pan. Cook at
325° F for 30 to 40 minutes, until beginning to lightly brown on top. Don't
overcook, as everything but the egg has already been cooked and you are just
blending flavors and heating thoroughly.
This Christmas Cinderella should be careful what she wishes
for! Darcy Benton is the oldest cliché in the world—a woman in love with her
boss. Other than that, she's no-nonsense, practical, mature, and sober. She's
just the kind of woman Chase Whitaker wants as head of accounting for his
company. She's definitely not the kind of woman he wants in his bed.
Enter Darcy's meddling, matchmaking best friend who has a
plan to transform Darcy into a hottie designed to attract Chase's interest. All
it takes? A couple of little lies--and a wish on a Christmas star. Darcy should
have heeded that old advice: be careful what you wish for.
Joan Reeves, Author
Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author
of contemporary romance. All of her romance novels have appeared on various
bestseller lists. Her books are available in digital and audio formats with new
print editions available this year. Several of her books are available in
French editions through Bragelonne-Milady Romance, her publisher in France.
When not writing romance, or nonfiction to share what she
has learned in life, Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of
Houston and the quiet life of the Texas Hill Country. At their country
property, she and her hero, her husband, attempt to grow wine grapes and fruit
trees while battling gophers, skunks, armadillos, deer, fox, and the occasional
Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all her
romance novels: It’s never too late to live happily ever after.