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A Note From Lynsay

Christmas is done and gone and we are now in JANUARY. Yes, that dreadful month in which we have winter hitting us at full speed and no lovely holidays to warm us up. And here's a fun fact; I've also heard that it's the most depressing time of the year because we get to see the damage we did to our credit cards over the holidays. Groan... Yes, I do know how that feels. This year was a little different as we decided to cut back a bit in our family and put a limit on our gifts. And you know what? It was fun. We kind of made it into a game and we were all pleasantly surprised at what you can buy on a budget! Read on...

 
New Releases

August 31, 2010: Born To Bite, the thirteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series, is here! Armand Argeneau has been living on a farm squirrelled away from public life for decades without anyone bothering him. Until now that is. Lucian has been kind enough to volunteer Armand to babysit Eshe d'Aureus in order to protect her from a rogue vampire out for revenge. At least that's the story he's told. In reality, Eshe was sent to Armand on assignment to find clues to explain his many wives' 'accidental' deaths. This installment of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will also answer the unanswered questions from Nicholas's story, The Renegade Hunter.

November 30, 2010: Hungry For You, the fourteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will be coming out this December. It involves the last of the Willan sisters, Alex, and one of Martine Argeneau's older sons, Cale. Alex is a successful chef and restauranteur trying to expand her business, unfortunately the new location's debut seems to be riddled with bad luck. Can Cale, a successful european chef . . . er . . . businessman, help her keep her business afloat and still keep her frazzled attention long enough to see him for who he really is . . . the love of her life?

January 25, 2011: The Countess, the first book in Lynsay's new historical series called the Madison Sisters will be starting 2011 off right! A fairytale marriage Christiana did not have. As a matter of fact the best part about it was the abrupt ending when her husband, Richard (or Dicky as he liked to be called), died. Or at least that's what they thought when Christiana and her sisters put him on ice. Only he didn't stay dead AND he became nice... huh?! And now the new and improved Richard can't help wondering if Christiana's sweetness isn't all an act. That she's actually a money-hungry murderess with great acting skills.


Upcoming Releases

February 22, 2011: The Heiress, the second book in the Madison Sisters series will be hard on the Countess's heels. You met Suzette in Christiana's story and now you get to hear her story. Suzette needs a husband NOW. No doddling, whining or even love required. Anyone would do and the poorer the better as she needs a potential husband who is happy and pliable so she can access her substantial dowry to help pay off her father's overwhelming gambling debts. Daniel seemed to fit the bill to a 't' and their obvious chemistry was an added bonus. Now the only issue would be to try to stay alive and keep their hands off each other long enough to keep Suzette's virtue intact until they make it to Gretna Green.

May 31, 2011: The Reluctant Vampire, the fifteenth book in the Argeneau series is set in the little town of Port Henry and involves one of Elvi's potential suitors from The Accidental Vampire, Harpernus Stoyan. Harper lost his lifemate, Jenny, during her turn and has blamed himself for her death ever since, so he's rather happy for the distraction when Tiny and Mirabeau arrive with a young immortal in tow. Stephanie McGill is a young newly turned, immortal who is being hunted by a mad no-fanger named Leonius. When Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) arrive to help, Harper finds himself working with the beautiful young Spanish woman. But things get interesting when Stephanie decides to take on the role of cupid and bring Drina and a reluctant Harper together. How much trouble could a newly turned teenage vamp be?

October 25, 2011: Teddy Brunswick's anthology (the chief of police from Port Henry), is a nice addition to the Argeneau series. Short but sweet, this story starts off with a really cold bite. You see, for Teddy, being in Port Henry at Christmas is NOT an option. Though he has plenty of friends, family is scarce and Teddy refuses to be a charity case, which is inevitably how he feels if he winds up a guest at a friend’s holiday dinner. For a change Teddy decides to rent the Willan cottage this year, but he wasn't counting on a snowstorm taking out the hydro and blocking the only access road in. The only upside is he's not alone. A beautiful, bold stranger, Katricia Argeneau, is staying in a neighboring cottage and thus is also stranded for the holidays. Now, if a couple is trapped in cottage country, in below freezing temperatures, with only a fireplace and an incredible attraction to keep them warm, what do you think they could possibly do to keep themselves amused?

December 27, 2011: Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.

 
The Winners of Contest #16

Here are the winners' Christmas trees! Congratulations to Clarissa Pereira, Stephanie Gamm and Hannah Davidson, the winners of a signed copy of The Countess. :-)

 

 
Contest #17 For A Signed Copy Of The Heiress

Here's the next contest... this time we'd like you to tell us what your New Year's resolutions are and are you keeping them. (If you're like Lynsay and don't believe in New Years Eve resolutions then either tell us about someone else's New Year's resolutions or tell us something you've resolved yourself to do.)

Please send these to admin@lynsaysands.net by midnight on Feb 9th, 2011.

Please note: The prizes will be sent out as soon as we can get copies ourselves, but since we will not be getting ARCs for this title it means it will likely be a a week or two after the release date before the winners will receive them in the mail.

 
Christmas Crossword Answers

Here's the answers to last month's crossword based on Lynsay's Argeneau characters at Christmas.Read on...

 
More Recipes For The New Year

Here are some more great recipes from our last contest.

The following entry was from Sharon Stogner. Thank-you Sharon. You can't beat having chocolate and pie all in one.

Chocolate Chess Pie
1/2 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 can evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla
dash salt
2 eggs
2-4 tbs coca powder
Mix with hand mixer, pour into a pie shell and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees

This next one is from an old recipe book that Natalie Perschon's mother used to use. Thank-you Natalie. Yum Yum!

Strawberry Dumplings
Ingredients:
3 / 10 Water
40 gr butter
Salt
250 gr flour
2 eggs 8(just the yellow stuff)
Strawberries (fresh is best, but also great with Frozen!)
Bread crumbs
1-2 tablespoons butter
(If u want crystal sugar)
Preparation:
The dough is cooked in a pot. First, the water is heated, together with the butter in the pot and salted. When the water / butter mixture cooks put in the flour and whirl it properly. Then the pot is removed from the oven, the eggs come into the dough and whirl again, and when the dough is smooth it's done.
Depending on how much you can endure, form the ichigos. The dough is still hot so you can start the "breading" for the ichigos.
For this you take again a pot, give in 1 to 2 spoonful butter and let it melt. Then add breadcrumbs , always stir and remove it from oven. Once that mixture cooled down, you may add add a little but granulated sugar. Give the ichigos now for 15 minutes in boiling water and then remove and roll in the crumbs.

 

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