Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TVBT: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A COWBOY Holiday Anthology: Interview with Emma Cane & Recipe @tastybooktours #giveaway

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What’s better than Christmas? Christmas and Cowboys. Contemporary romance stars Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan, and Katie Lane join together for a holiday anthology to remember.

“The Christmas Cabin” by Emma Cane Sandy, recently diagnosed with MS and abandoned by her husband, is determined to make Christmas special for her five-year-old Nate. While they’re trooping through the woods to cut down their Christmas tree, a snowstorm arises, and a mysterious old ranch hand points them toward an abandoned cabin. Little do they realize, the ranch hand also guides cowboy Doug Thalberg to the same place…

“Can’t Wait” by Jennifer Ryan
Before The Hunted series, Caleb and Summer had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten...
Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for - saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s help, he plans a surprise Christmas proposal she’ll never forget - because he can’t wait to make her his wife.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Katie Lane
Alana Hale is tired of irresponsible beach bums whose only plan for the future is catching the next “awesome” wave. So when she tries her luck with an internet dating service and ends up hitting the Responsible-Sensitive-Man jackpot, she wastes no time accepting Clint McCormick’s invitation to spend the holidays on his family’s ranch. But when an unexpected blizzard strands Alana, she’ll be forced to find refuge in the arms of a womanizing rodeo cowboy who knows how to take the chill off a cold winter night. Now Alana will have to make a choice between the man who heats her blood and the man who touches her heart. Or will she? Mistaken identity will give Alana the man of her dreams and a very “Marry” Christmas.
Interview with Emma Cane
A Tasty Read: Thank you for taking the time to stop by A Tasty Read to chat about Cowboys and Your Upcoming Release, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A COWBOY
Emma Cane: Thanks for having me, Lisa!

ATR: So, your upcoming Holiday Release is an Anthology with Katie Lane and Jennifer Ryan. Do you find sharing a release with other authors makes it less nerve racking?
Emma: Well, it’s certainly fun, talking about shared twitter promotions, as well as visiting each other’s blogs and interviews. But I imagine an author is always nervous when a new book comes out. We just want our readers to enjoy it!

ATR: Your Novella, THE CHRISTMAS CABIN, is a Valentine Novella. Have we met these characters before within any of the Valentine Series Novels?
Emma: They’ve been in every book, but since this story is a prequel, you don’t need to have read any of the others to enjoy it. I call this my “historical” novella, set in the 1980s—ha!—because it’s the story of how the parents of my main characters met. Their children are the heroes and heroine of A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE, TRUE LOVE AT SILVER CREEK RANCH, and the February 2014 book, THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY.

ATR: Since this is a Holiday Anthology, what are some of your Holiday Traditions? Favorite Foods? Christmas Carols?
Emma: Oh, we love the holidays around here. One tradition is that my tree decorations are only gifts or handmade crafts. I still have the gift tags my kids made in nursery school, now used as ornaments. Since my kids are grown, it’s extra-special to see their little scribbled names on those tags. My favorite thing to do is bake about twelve different kinds of cookies with my kids and give them away as gifts. We play a lot of Christmas music while we bake, our favorite being “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.” It’s not Christmas without Reese Bars, Seven Layer Bars, Cut-Out Cookies, and fudge. You might sense a chocolate domination theme…

ATR: What are you writing next for The Valentine Series?
Emma: I have back-to-back books coming out in February and March: THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY, about a former Hollywood bad girl arriving in town and the cowboy who tries to tame her; and A PROMISE AT BLUEBELL HILL, about a presidential wedding in town where a Secret Service Agent squares off against a flower shop owner. 

ATR: Why Cowboys? What about them do you find the readers like the most?
Emma: I think readers really appreciate the honorability and honesty in cowboys. They’re men who work with their hands, who know how to fix things—manly men. And cowboys are always thought of as loners. What woman doesn’t want to bring joy and companionship to that kind of man?

ATR: A Huge Congrats on the New Release, and Since the commenters are sharing What They Want for Christmas, why don't you tell us What YOU want for Christmas?
Emma: All right, this will sound really hokey, but I’d love to have all of my kids home for the holidays. That would be the best Christmas present, but it can never happen, because my son always has to work around the holidays. Ah well, I get to see him other times of the year!

ATR: Since this is A Tasty Read Book Reviews, do you have a recipe to share or a Tasty Book Recommendation for my readers?
Emma: I have a great recipe to share, and so easy! These get devoured first off my Christmas Cookie plate.
Emma Cane’s Reese Bars
1 stick + 3 Tbs. melted butter 
1 c. peanut butter 
16 graham cracker squares, crushed
2 c. powdered sugar
12 oz. package chocolate chips
Melt butter and add to peanut butter.  Add graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar.  Spread in a 9” x 13” cake pan.  Refrigerate for a half hour.  Melt chocolate chips and spread evenly over peanut butter mixture.  Refrigerate ten more minutes, deeply score into bar shapes, then refrigerate until hardened.


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The Authors
EMMA CANE grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma
 JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at for information about upcoming releases.
Follow her on:
Twitter: @JenRyan_author
 KATIE LANE started writing in fifth grade when she wrote a fictional story about being a skirt.(yes, you read that correctly. The story was told in first-skirt rather than first-person.) Since then, she’s stuck to telling stories about people. Going Cowboy Crazy is her first novel in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her high school sweetheart and can be contacted through her website
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Emma Cane said...

Thanks so much for the great interview questions. Hope everyone likes the Reese Bars!

denise smith said...

see all my family this year that is what i want for christmas hope everyone can make it home

Karen J said...

I want all of our family to be together!! Its been awhile since everyone was home at the same time!

Sharlene said...

Can I say a million dollars? Hot dog! (It's A Wonderful Life - classic!) No, really, I would love for my family to all be healthy so we can be together. My sister in law is in treatment & wasn't able to make it for Thanksgiving.

Emma Cane said...

I love the emphasis on family! It's so important.

cheryl c said...

I just want all of my family together.

Katie Lane said...

Amen about having family together, and please pass the Reese Bars, Emma! They sound sooo yummy that I'm going to add them to my baking list--not that I ever get everything baked on my list. I have a wee bit of a problem staying focused. Ha!

Awesome interview. Thanks so much A Tasty Read:o) Happy Holidays y'all!! said...

I want to become pregnant. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Emma Cane said...

Hope your Christmas wish comes true, tore923.

Katie, thanks for dropping by!

Quilt Lady said...

I just want to get my family together and for everyone to be healthy and happy this Christmas. I would mind having a Cowboy for Christmas because I do love me some cowboy. Will enter under the name of Virginia

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TerrieLynn61 said...

The one thing I would love to have for Christmas I won't be able to have. My husband passed suddenly this past June and his birthday is on Christmas Eve. I will be spending the holidays with the kids. I do hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and one day we may have peace in the world when all the people in the military can once again be home with their loved ones.

Di said...

a Cowboy (or a book about some) sounds like just the thing!