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Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Drink, A Book and Holiday Cheer: Laurie London

Good morning lovely guests and welcome back to our holiday event hosted by myself and Shannon at Cocktails and Books! Today I have three fabulous paranormal authors dropping in to spread some of that holiday cheer, and to start I'd like to welcome Laurie London, author of the SweetBlood series...wait...that doesn't look like Laurie! What a surprise! We have a very special guest joining us, please give a warm welcome to Charlotte! 

Hi Everyone! Charlotte here, from Enchanted By Blood, the short story Laurie London wrote in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS.

When Crystal asked Laurie to share a favorite holiday drink recipe with you, I raised my hand and volunteered. As the owner of Charlotte Grant Designs, I specialize in decorating homes and businesses for the holidays, but I’ve also done some party planning as well.

In fact, that’s how I met former Guardian, Trace Westfalen. He begrudgingly (because I’m human and he’s a vampire) hired me to decorate the family home for a large holiday party they throw each year. To be voted into the Council he couldn’t be in relationship with a human woman…and, well, he kind of liked me. In Enchanted By Blood, I didn’t really make things easy for him. And neither did his grandmother.

In any event, here’s my recipe for Hot Buttered Rum. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s too easy to be good. It’s seriously much butter than anything I’ve ever tried in the stores.

Charlotte’s Hot Buttered Rum:
1 pound of butter (4 sticks)
1 pound of brown sugar
Combine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
Stir in 1 quart of vanilla ice cream until it melts.
Pour into freezable containers and freeze. That’s it!
When you’re ready, put 1 or 2 heaping spoonfuls into a mug along with 1 generous shot of good rum. Add hot water and sprinkle top with a little nutmeg.

If you package the mix into neat little white ice cream containers (you can buy them at packaging stores), it makes a wonderful hostess gift or a little special something for neighbors and friends. I like to include a pint of good rum, like Myer’s Dark Rum, so it’s all ready to go. And for the kids, they can have Hot Buttereds. (The mix without the rum added at the end.)

Let me (or Laurie) know if you try it.
Happy Holidays!

Find Laurie online at:

All they want for Christmas is you...It’s the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.And they don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice.Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there’s no place like home for the holidays–and these dazzling vampires can’t wait for an invitation.

Laurie is graciously giving away one copy of A Vampire for Christmas and a matching bookmark (pictured above) to one lucky reader that lives in the US or Canada. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not mandatory. Good Luck! 


miki said...

oh my i so much want this book but since it's only for us and can i can't enter...

good luck to others

jfort357 said...

Very intriguing read!! Added it to my TBR list!! Luv Christmas paranormal reads!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! The Hot Buttered Rum sounds very yummy too!!!

Lexi said...

Now this sounds like something my husband would LOVE! I have to show it to him, see what he thinks. Sounds like it would just melt in your mouth.

Na said...

I love for the covers for this book. I think it was the UK version I've seen and like that one too. Who wouldn't want a vampire for Christmas? ;)

bluesun1218 said...

I really want to read this book, I don't know why I haven't bought it yet. thanks for the chance to win!

Karen C said...

Charlotte, thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to share this recipe with us. Do you find vampires to be more demanding with decorating and party planning than others might be?


Stephanie said...

Hot buttered rum sounds yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cathy P said...

The hot buttered rum recipe sounds yummy. The cover for A Vampire for Christmas looks yummy as well. Can't wait to read this book.

kscathy at yahoo dot com

Laurie London said...

Hi everyone and thanks for your comments! Charlotte told me to tell you all hello. She's a little busy at the moment. Trace can be kind of demanding sometimes.

If you end up trying this recipe down the road, find me on FB or Twitter and let me know. I'll be making it myself probably this week. I *think* one batch will make 4 or 5 pints of mix.


donnas said...

Sounds like a great drink. Thanks for sharing! Really looking forward to reading this story too.

Unknown said...

I love the cover and the book sounds really good. thanks for the giveaway

Sophia Rose said...

Just seeing the ingredients for the recipe made my mouth water. Thank you Charlotte- easy peasy is fine with me.

I have this book on my wish list and am thankful for the giveaway opportunity.

Thanks for the post!

JenM said...

That sounds yummy and very easy to make. I'll have to give it a try.

erin said...

Thanks for a lovely post and giveaway! I like vampire stories and this book sounds great!

Happy Holidays!

Barbara said...

Your recipe looks really, really good...I'm going to have to try it...SOON! I've been practically stalking your book giveaways...maybe I'll get lucky this time...fingers crossed! :D
Happy Holidays!

June M. said...

This is already on my wishlist. If I can't get a vampire for Christmas, I would love the book, lol.

June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Tore923 said...

I love reading about vampires. Please enter me in contest.

Anne R said...

Yes, I want a vampire for Christmas. And the book would be fabulous too! :-)
Happy Holidays!

ML said...

Oh this is more like a dessert than a drink! Yummy. :)

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Jess said...

I'd love to win this book! It's the perfect read for the season. Thanks for the giveaway!


Helen said...

I would really love to read this

Amanda Nicole said...

Mmm that drink sounds delicious and the book sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for the delicious drink recipe. I'm going to have to try both -- the book and the drink!