Monday, November 4, 2013

Release Party for Anita Mae Draper's Riding on a Christmas Wish!

Welcome to a special edition Release Party!  
The first for Author Anita Mae Draper!  

RIDING ON A CHRISTMAS WISH


Anita's first published story is part of this year's GUIDEBOOKS Christmas Collection:
A Cup of Christmas Cheer
...a two book gift set that Anita is generously giving away this week to one commenter.  
Please join us in wishing her much success and come on in out of the cold!

To help keep us pampered, I've asked three gentlemen to help! (all are on Anita's list for heroes in her future stories.) We've laid out quite a spread of Christmas treats and other favorite foods, many of which would be included in a 1911 celebration in the province of Ontario, Canada where Anita's story takes place!

It just so happens I live on another planet because I have no idea who this actor Josh Lucas is.



But he knows how to serve a cookie or two. I've dragged out an old cookbook for treats particularly popular after the turn of the century. the PREVIOUS turn of the century, that is.

1910's Best Cookie, as claimed by the Betty Crocker company was the OATMEAL DROP COOKIE! Oatmeal Drop cookies, I'm familiar with!

More treats - Butterscotch cookies and Chocolate Cream Cake. Maple creme cookies and Gingerbread. I brought in some very fine loose-leaf tea (Earl Grey!) and fresh ground coffee. When's the last time you had coffee perked?  The weather is plenty chilly up here in Ontario this week but Thomas and Eliza have a nice fire going and when the house gets full, we'll be opening a window to keep cool!

Harrison Ford made the Christmas CutOuts. I know. Who'd have guessed.  I think he's just about perfect for the role of Thomas, at least in this photo!  And Bradley Cooper, come over here with those shortbread cookies. I'll be in the kitchen making hot chocolate the old fashioned way! Anita's famous Pumpkin Loaf is cooling and I've already cut into the fresh loaf of  ELIZA'S Oatmeal Bread, perfect to go along with a warm stew...
(It might be the same stew warming Thomas and Eliza's kitchen in Anita's story.)

 

If you must only come for awhile, I hope it's when the fiddler is here as we'll be practicing our Christmas carols later and we look forward to raising a cup of Christmas Cheer together. If we get the snow we want, you'll may have the option of a sleigh ride home.  Ahh, nothing like a cold, clear, starlit night!


Congratulations, Anita!  


To celebrate, Anita is offering two special giveaways this week - Besides the two volume set of hardcover books, she's adding a $10.00 Starbucks gift card. If you were like me, you'd re-gift that right into someone's Christmas stocking...because they are THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! but you might not want to part with the books!
We'll pick names on Sunday evening, November 10th.

The celebration goes on tomorrow and Wednesday, so stop in and comment each day.

"Seriously. I can bake, you know."





35 comments:

  1. Welcome all! It's truly a chilly day here, "north of the border" for many of you. I've started coffee (love that speckled blue percolater of Eliza's) and set the pumpkin loaf on the back of the stove to warm up. Come on in and help us celebrate!

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    1. Wow, Deb! Thank you so much for setting this up for me. I truly feel like it's a special day.

      And before I forget, Josh Lucas has over 50 film credits, but I remember him most for being one of the main characters in Poseidon 2006 where the rogue wave makes a cruise ship turn turtle.


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  2. ooo, ooo, ooo... I want to be first to yell a HOORAY FOR ANITA! I'm so excited for her first release and I like the wait staff she's recruited for the day.

    So, so excited that all her hard work and dilgence has paid off. I've always enjoyed her writing. Yay Anita!

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    1. Awh, thanks DebH. I was hoping you'd be able to make it here. I can't thank you enough for being on my team and supporting me as a beta reader as well as creating my super duper brand, which I'm still using on my business cards. It's also on my iPhone cover, and a couple mugs. :D

      pssst - if you can think of a way I can incorporate the East aka early Ontario - in that brand, I'd love to hear it. .)

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    2. Thanks for stopping in Deb! I'm enjoying some fine soft fiddle music right now--something I think we'd all enjoy. I hope you get a chance to read Anita's story and all the others! it's a great collection by many authors who have a special place in the hearts of the Inkies!

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  3. Congratulations, Anita! Deb, do you suppose you could russell up some hot mulled cider for me?

    I was looking at a Christmas decorating book or two this morning. I guess that must mean it's time for Christmas novels (and novellas).

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    1. Great idea, CJ! And with the blowing snow here today and the wind pushing through the cracks in this old house, I feel like putting the Christmas music on and making my traditional fruitcake. And no, it's not too early since I usually make it in November anyway so the flavours can meld together. :)

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    2. hot mulled cider is ready! Do you know that cinnamon is an aphrodesiac? (I can't spell it but I can sure smell it!)

      So good to see you C.J.! I hope the trip is a short respite from all the busyness at home!

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  4. Yay! Congratulations Anita, and I might just have to have some warm cider and a cookie. OK, maybe more than one cookie.

    And what a cozy looking collection. I hope readers will scoop them up and hold on to them for years!

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Please, enjoy yourself.

      I think the readers may because I haven't seen any Guideposts Books filling up the used bookstores.

      When I first heard that these books would only be available through the ShopGuideposts.org online store, I thought why not on amazon. But the more I've dwelled on it, I realize how special that makes these books. And yes, it's probably why they're keepers. :)

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  5. Congratulations Anita! So very happy for you! May this just be the first of many publications for you! (Waving across the province)
    It is a snowy day in my neighbourhood so your Christmas book and specifically your story, a nice hot beverage and an oatmeal cookie or two would be perfect!
    elaineking1 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh Elaine, thank you for sharing this time with me. Yes, it's snowing snow here, too, but hopefully will leave again. Ha!

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  6. Ooooh, a Christmas where it actually gets cold and stuff. How . . . Christmassy! And those oatmeal drop cookies look divine!

    Congratulations, Anita! I love your story and know it's just the first step on a great writing career.

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    1. Thank you, DeAnna. Yes, it's cold here and it's cold and snowy in my story where hopefully the cutters and sleigh bells will help to set the mood. :)

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  7. So excited for you, AnitaMae! A lovely way to get in the spirit of Christmas.

    Deb, how on earth did you miss Josh Lucas? He's got that lovely southern accent...

    I'm going for cocoa and an oatmeal raisin cookie!

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    1. Thanks, Niki. I have to agree... God truly blessed me when he gave me this opportunity because I so enjoy a white Christmas. Heading for a mocha with tiny marshmallows and a cookie. :)

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    2. Niki - I know... what can I say? I don't recall if I ever saw all of Sweet Home Alabama.

      Between the waiters and the chocolate, I'm feeling rather light headed.

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  8. Anita!!!! Congratulations! I'm so very happy for you!

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    1. SUZIE! love you kiddo! I'm glad you had a break and time to stop in and, I hope, relax a bit. We are enjoying some quiet time after the busy morning greeting guests and getting the food out on the table.

      Anyone up for a walk along the hedgerow? We might come upon a flock of turkeys. No worries. We'll only use cameras. No guns.

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  9. Serve me up some of whatever Bradley Cooper is serving. LOL. Congratulations, Anita! Enjoy your big moment.

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    1. I have to admit I have a hard time answering when he asks a question. Put on some sunglasses there, sonny. Those eyes are killing me.

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  10. Congratulations, Anita!! So happy for you.

    This looks like such a delightful collection of stories--definitely for the keeper shelf.

    I know the earl grey was brewed special for me. What a delightful array of treats our servers have whipped up for us. Of course Harrison Ford can bake.

    Deb, I think Josh Lucas was in Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon as her (spoiler alert!) husband who made glass art.

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    1. Anita says 50 movies. WHAT? gosh I guess I need to broaden my anglophile view of things...

      And, I'm curious if we are going to get enough snow to use that sleigh? but if it starts snowing... it might not stop...

      and we don't want to be snowed in , right?
      RIGHT?

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    2. Susie, yes, I was thinking of you when I decided to have Thomas drink tea, but I chose Earl Grey because that's what JJ likes to drink and I figured if a 15 yr old male likes it, so should a 40 yr old male.

      And you're also right about Josh Lucas and Sweet Home Alabama for he was in that one as well.

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    3. Deb, the IMDB site shows 50 films in the Josh Lucas filmography, although I can't vouch for the stats.

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  11. Gee, I love the wait staff at our release parties! Big congrats to Anita!!!

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    1. Jen I hope you brought an extra sweater. If not, perhaps one of the gentlemen will offer you their jacket. It's chilly even for the northern girls.

      Of course I thought they'd stoked up the fire because it got quite warm in here...well, you know where this is going... ahem.

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    2. Thanks, Jen. I'm tickled pink you were able to show up today... but then the pink could come from the constant rubbing to keep warm, too. LOL

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  12. Congratulations, Anita!! Books look great and I love Christmas books. They help get you more into the spirit of Christmas. Thank you for the chance of this wonderful giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Barbara! You are entered into the drawing!

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  13. I'm late to the party, but so happy for Anita's release. This is a wonderful accomplishment. So happy for you sweet, Anita Mae!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I am so thankful for your support.

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