christmas cheer…now on audiobook

Somehow it is already December…Do you ever feel like the year just gets away from you? I definitely feel that way this year (and every year).

The exciting news though, is that along with a brand new Holidays with Jane book (Thankful Hearts), we also are releasing Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer on audiobook this holiday season.

Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer is available on audible.com and on Amazon. I also want to say thanks to our amazing narrator Tiffany Dougherty for doing such an amazing job with so many different narration styles and characters. I absolutely loved listening to her read It’s a Wonderful Latte, her take on Izzy cracked me up.

 

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As always, Victoria Austen-Young knocked our cover out of the park!

To celebrate its release, I am giving away a copy of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer. Enter in the rafflecopter below!

 

 

 

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end of summer sale…

I can’t believe it is the end of summer already! Someone needs to slow this year down!

To celebrate the end of summer the Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love collection is on sale for your kindle at 99 cents. This sale will run through the end of Labor Day weekend, so make sure to grab the last few moments of summer with our Austen heroines!

Snag your copy on Amazon.

 

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christmas in july…our favorite things

The Holidays with Jane authors are celebrating Christmas in July by blogging about Our Favorite Things!

 

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It’s no secret that I LOVE food and one of my favorite things about Christmas is definitely the food! Though my family’s food traditions might not be as…typically traditional…as some, they make us unique and I look forward to them every year!

The number one item on our Christmas food list is actually our Christmas Eve meal. We would spend Christmas Eve night at my Grammy and Fafa’s house and open a brand new ornament from our parents. The giving of a new ornament every year is something that I’ve continued with my kids.  The number one item on the menu for Christmas Eve: Toasted Sourdough Bread with Avocado. And the avocados were most often from my Grammy’s tree. You guys, this is legit the best meal ever.

The secret to good a toasted avocado sandwich is the bread. You MUST get real sourdough. In spite of what you’ve been told, Seattle Sourdough is not real sourdough. Real sourdough comes from San Francisco. There is no discussion on this. And while I am all for reducing one’s intake of starchy carbs, this is not the time to go whole grain. Get yourself some good sourdough so you can fully appreciate these little slices of California!

 

CA Avocado

 

Here’s how you make this sandwich. Pay attention, it’s complicated.

1. Toast the sourdough

2. Smash avocado (a fork works great) on top of the toasted sourdough

3. Salt and LIBERALLY pepper

4. Squeeze some lemon juice on top

5. EAT

6. Repeat 5 or 6 times until you are stuffed like the Christmas turkey we are not actually having the next day cause we do brunch.

I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Fun fact: Grammy’s avocado tree is a Reed Avocado. They are delicious and they are huge (up to 18 ounces!). The neighbor kids use them as softballs before they’re ripe. There’s more to avocados than just Haas (though Grammy went to second grade with Haas’ daughter, true story).

 

Reed Avocado

Reed Avocado

 

Another Christmas food tradition in my family is Grammy’s Famous Snowball cookies. My Grammy makes the best snowball cookies. I discovered why hers are so amazing once while searching for recipes online…they have about twice the butter as most snowball recipes. I am sharing these with you today, because I love you and you deserve this much butter. You really, really do.

 

Snowball Cookies

 

Grammy’s Famous Snowball Cookies

 Ingredients

1 pound butter

4 cups sifted flour

1 cup powdered sugar (plus 1 more cup for coating)

1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds – I always do pecans)

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Instructions

Let butter stand at room temp until it gets soft. Cream butter in a large bowl, gradually working in flour, sugar, nuts, and vanilla (you may have to mix with your hands!). Chill until firm enough to roll into large marbel siezed balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart. Cook at 350 degrees until light golden brown (approximately 20-25 minutes). Cool on cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes. Remove carefully. Shake gently in a bag with 1 cup powdered sugar until generously coated. Cool completely on a wire rack before stroing in a tight container with wax paper between layers to keep from sticking.

My mom calls these the No Fail Cookie. They are a hit every time and make great gifts.

 

So there you have it, some of my absolutely favorite “Christmas” foods (though I suggest enjoying toasted avocado sandwiches year round because IT IS OKAY TO LOVE THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO!).

I hope that you guys are enjoying the Christmas in July posts! If you haven’t already entered the giveaway for a $10 Amazon card and the complete ebook set of Holidays with Jane (3 winners), you can here!
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Also make sure to enter our goodreads giveaway for a paperback copy of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer:

 

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Giveaway ends August 02, 2016.

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Lastly, I am live tweeting White Christmas tonight with Jennifer Becton so make sure to follow along! (@JenniferBecton and @_JessicaGrey). We will get started at 5 PST / 8 EST.

 

 

 

 

 

christmas in july full schedule!

Our Holidays with Jane Christmas in July event starts this Sunday, July 24th! Here is a full schedule of all the fun!

 

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Join the Holidays with Jane authors as we blog about Our Favorite Things!

07/24

Jennifer Becton (http://bectonliterary.com/blog/)

07/25

Rebecca M. Fleming (http://fairyjane.blogspot.com/)

Jessica Grey (http://www.authorjessicagrey.com/blog/)

07/26

Nancy Kelley (http://nancykelleywrites.tumblr.com/)

Melissa Buell (http://www.authormelissabuell.com/#!blog/c1tu)

07/27

(Wrap Up and Winners Announcement)

​Jessica Grey (http://www.authorjessicagrey.com/blog/)

 

Movies!

Join us for movie watching fun on Twitter! These authors will be live tweeting some favorite Christmas movies.

 

Sunday, 07/24 starting at 6 PST / 9 EST

The Holiday (available on Netflix)

Make sure to follow Rebecca M. Fleming (@FairyJanePress) & Cecilia Gray (@CeciliaBooks)

 

Monday, 07/25 starting at 5 PST / 8 EST

White Christmas (available on Netflix)

Make sure to follow Jennifer Becton (@JenniferBecton) and Jessica Grey (@_JessicaGrey)

 

Christmas in July Giveaways

$10 amazon gift card and complete ebook set of Holidays with Jane (3 winners). Enter here:

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Two paperback copies of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer are also up for grabs on goodreads! Enter here:

 

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Holidays with Jane by Jennifer Becton

Holidays with Jane

by Jennifer Becton

Giveaway ends August 02, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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During our celebration, Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer is FREE for your kindle! Did you know that you can also gift free kindle books? If you have a friend that you’d love to share Christmas Cheer with, now is a great time. Snag a copy here. 

christmas in july…a celebration!

I love working with my fellow authors on the Holidays with Jane series! They’re a super amazing group of women and so much fun to write with! We’ve published FOUR of these collections so far, and I am constantly amazed by their creativity and ability to bring Austen’s classics into the modern era.

Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer was our FIRST collection, and it is definitely among my favorites! To celebrate it, we are hosting a Christmas in July event July 24-26. We will have lots of fun stuff happening (giveaways, live Christmas movie tweet-alongs) on Twitter and on Facebook, as well as all of our individual sites. Make sure to follow the Holidays with Jane Facebook page to not miss out!

I will be posting a schedule later this week of all the fun!

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summer of love is out…and a giveaway!

HolidaysWithJane-SummerOfLove-KINDLESomehow it’s already June! I have no idea how this happened, honestly. The good news, is this means Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love released yesterday!

I am so proud of this collection and my fellow authors. I got to play in the Emma sandbox this time around I find myself more and more fascinated by how Emma thinks and in love with Mr. Knightley (because of course!).

 

Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love is now available on Kindle with the paperback to be available shortly! Make sure to add us to your goodreads as well.

The Holidays with Jane ladies are giving away some summer goodies. Each of these two adorable prize packs has a $10 Starbucks gift card in them (not pictured).

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introducing…summer of love

Hey, lovelies! This year is smoking by SO very fast. The end of the school year is upon us and it’s time for some summer fun! It’s always so exciting to announce a new book or story, and I’m thrilled to tell you that Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love is on the way.

 

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(As usual, our cover designer Victoria Austen-Young is a genius.)

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Break out the flip flops, bathing suits, and umbrella drinks, the authors of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer, Spring Fever, and Trick or Sweet are back to celebrate summer with six new modern Jane Austen adaptations. Slip Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love into your beach bag to add a little Austen to your vacation.

 


Twice Upon a Sea

by Melissa Buell

For Anne Elliot breaking up with Finn Wentworth her freshman year of college was the hardest moment of her life. Now six years later and working as a media liaison for the Navel History office, she runs into Finn—an experienced marine archaeologist. Is this her second chance at winning Finn’s heart or will she be lost at sea?

 


Castle of the Seas

by Nancy Kelley

Two weeks in the Caribbean aboard The Castle of the Seas sounded like a dream to Cat Morland. But when her brother’s roommate turns overly possessive and her own best friend starts acting like a stranger, the dream is on the verge of being a nightmare. Can her new friends, Henry and Ella, redeem the trip for Cat? And is there any chance Henry could be more than a friend?

 


An (Un)Even Exchange

by Jennifer Becton

Nora Dashwood’s plans for a relaxing summer fall apart when her sister Marianne arrives on her doorstep to get over a recent breakup. As if that weren’t enough, Nora must also deal with her delusional neighbor Lucy, a private investigator with an overeager client, and a handsome man with a secret past. Will Nora’s life ever return to normal, or will she have the romance she never dreamed of?

 


Firecracker

by Jessica Grey

Sixteen year old Emmalyn Woods knows three things:

1. Camp Hartfield is THE only place to spend summer.

2. Ben Knightley will always be her BFF.

3. She has love all figured out…for everyone else.

But when Emma’s attempt at creating fireworks for two fellow campers blows up in her face, she realizes she might not actually have love—or life—figured out.

 

Mine

by Cecilia Gray

Fanny has been waiting the entire school year for her Eamon to come home from college for the summer so they can see if the sparks she felt the last time they were together are real. Only he doesn’t come home alone. Eamon brings new friends and he has new interests. And when his actions threaten her home and her future, Fanny has to wonder whether he’s really her Eamon after all.

 


Of Rivers, Rocks, and Rich Men

by Rebecca M. Fleming

Liz Bennet has one rule when it comes to rich men: just say no. The summer she returns home to Meryton, Georgia, she begins to wonder if that’s a rule worth breaking. Her sister’s new boyfriend shows her rich men can be nice; but it’s Will Darcy, mastermind behind Pemberley Acres, who challenges everything she’s ever believed — and sets sparks flying. Eventually.

 

Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love will be available for your kindles and in paperback on Tuesday, June 7th. We are so excited to share these stories with you! If you’d like to add this to your goodreads, you can do so here.

 

Stay tuned for some fun promo and giveaways in the next few weeks!

 

holidays with jane…halloween

 

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Hello lovely blog hoppers! Once again, I’m posting as part of the Holidays with Jane: Trick or Sweet blog hop…this time about Halloween…which is kind of a broad topic, so I’m going to use it as an excuse to post cute pictures of my kids, okay? Okay!

You can check out all the blog posts by my fellow authors here.

I think the best part about Halloween as a kid is picking your own costume – getting to be whoever you want to be.  You can look through pictures of Halloweens past and they are time capsules reminding you of what you loved the most that year.  (My clue for the scavenger hunt is costume.)

As soon as my kids were old enough to pick their own costumes (like 2 and 3), I let them. Here is the last year I picked the costumes…James is only 4 months old here!

 

Boo and Mike Wazowski

After that, my kiddos were very vocal about who they wanted to be for Halloween…

Belle and Winnie the Pooh

Except for the year that Maddie wanted to be Prince Phillip and “informed” her brother that he would be her dragon.  He was nice enough to go along…

Prince Phillip and the dragon

Prince Phillip and the Dragon

I call this “the year of the Rapunzel wig of doom.” There’s a lot of yarn in that wig. I think James has the Buzz Lightyear strut down, though.

Rapunzel and Buzz

Rapunzel and Buzz Lightyear

Maddie continued her Disney Princess / insanely good hair theme the next year. James was a bit into dinosaurs.

Merida and the stegosauras

Merida and the Stegosauras

And last year, Maddie knocked it out of the park as Sherlock and James proclaimed his Skylander obsession as Night Fist.

Sherlock and Night Fist

Sherlock and Night Fist (from Skylanders)

This year we are super excited to have a Vader and a “Killer” Kitty on tap for Halloween. What are your costume plans?

a new release and a blog hop…

Hello lovelies…

 

Somehow it is Fall…of 2015! How exactly has this happened?  The good news is that this means it is time for another installment in the Holidays with Jane collection!  This time we are celebrating Halloween!

 

Introducing Holidays with Jane: Trick or Sweet:

 

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

The ebook is currently for sale on Amazon and the paperback is coming soon.  Here’s the list of stories, I have Pride and Prejudice with time, which was both fun and daunting ‘cause it’s P&P and basically perfect and everyone loves it!

 

Load up on pumpkin spice, grab your bowl of candy, and settle in for a spooky night with six brand-new modern Jane Austen adaptations from the authors of Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer and Spring Fever!

Must Be Magic
by Kimberly Truesdale
Eight years ago Anne Elliot made a devastating choice. When a new threat and an old love both come into her life, she faces that choice again. This time will it be love or will it be magic?

Once Upon a Story
by Rebecca M. Fleming
Catie Morland isn’t sure how to explain what happened at Abbey College’s annual Fall-o-Ween event until bumping into vacationing sisters Jane and Cassie. Will everything begin to make sense as she tells them the whole story?

Insensible
by Cecilia Gray
Miriam Dashwood has to throw a party for straight-laced Brandon Firestone without spending a dime. When the lead for rock sensation Willow Bee offers a free performance, Miriam figures he’s her hero. Brandon has other ideas, but will free spirited Miriam come around to his way of thinking?

Emma Ever After
by Melissa Buell
Emma Woodhouse is determined that this year’s Fall Ball will be the most successful one yet. An influx of single men in Highbury make a Bachelor Auction a reality. Can she work her matchmaking magic once again?

Mansfield Unmasked
by Jennifer Becton
An impromptu Halloween party at Mansfield Park Boarding House provides Pug an opportunity to use his magic powers to unite Pryce and Spenser. But can he expose their true feelings for each other before his powers fade?

Beyond Midnight
by Jessica Grey
Halloween isn’t what Will Harper planned. His sister is playing fairy godmother. He’s at Chawton High’s Trick or Sweet Dance. He’s in costume…and falling for Elena Marquez? Is it real or magic…and can it last Beyond Midnight?

 

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To promote Holidays with Jane: Trick or Sweet, the lovely Melissa Buell has set up a fantastic blog hop. The start post is over on Indie Jane and there will be posts from all of these fantastic authors (and slightly less fantastic me) along the way, as well as a giveaway.

 

I hope you join us!