Lynsay Sands Newsletter
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A Note From Lynsay

I was thinking hard about what Christmas means to me and I can tell you what I think makes my holiday a success or not. Being with friends and family whom I love and whom love me. You can't put a price on that. Read on...

 
New Releases

June 8, 2010: The following e-books were released: Love is Blind, The Perfect Wife, The Reluctant Reformer, What She Wants, Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry.

June 22, 2010: The following e-books were released: The Brat and The Chase

June 29, 2010: Harper Collins reissued Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry. This is good news for anyone who has had difficulty finding a copy of these stories.

July 13, 2010: The following e-book were released: Bliss

July 20, 2010: The following e-books were released: Always, Sweet Revenge, The Switch, The Key, and The Deed

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?


Upcoming Releases

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.

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?

 
The Countess Contest #16

The winners will get a signed copy of The Countess. Please email a photo of Christmas tree (like Lynsay's below) to admin@lynsaysands.net by midnight on Jan 15 and we will pick a couple of winners to get a signed copy of The Countess.

Please note: These 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

Here's a crossword based on everything Christmas, including some of Lynsay's short stories from Christmas anthologies she's contributed to. Good luck! :-)Read on...

 
Argeneau 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 Holidays

Here are some more great recipes from our last contest.

Peanut Butter Candy - contributed by Shawna Foster - Yum Shawna!
Prepare a 13x9 inch casserole dish by greasing it with a layer of butter or margarine. The sides and bottom (I just rub a stick of margarine all inside the dish until it is coated).

Ingredients:
6 C peanut butter
6 C sugar
1 1/2 C butter/margarine
1 1/3 C evaporated milk
2 Jars of marshmallow creme (fluff)
2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:
Heat butter,sugar,and evaporated milk to a full rolling boil in large heavy sauce pan over med.heat. Stir continuously
Continue to boil (and stir) on med. heat until a candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees (or if not available, until the mixture reaches "soft ball" stage in ice water)
Remove from heat
Quickly stir in peanut butter and marshmallow cream and vanilla (large wooden spoon works best) until completely blended.
Spread immediately in buttered casserole dish.
Allow to cool at room temperature.
Cover dish or cut into bars and place into an air-tight container. (after it is completely cooled and hardened)

Helpful tips:
Pre-measure and set aside your peanut butter and remove the marshmallow creme from jars prior to heating the sugar mixture. The sugar mixture tends to "set" quickly if heated properly.
Also, an extra pair of hands to help stir or pour P.B. and sugar in while you stir is quite useful.
This recipe is for a double batch of "candy". You can halve the ingredients to make thinner bars.
This recipe completely fills the 13x9 casserole dish to the top.

Spiced Pretzels - contributed by Lisa Wellington

1lb. Pretzels (lg. dutch type-broken into pieces)

In a separate bowl mix:
1 cup vegetable oil
1 pack Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (dry powder)
½ tsp Lemon-pepper
½ tsp dill weed
¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions:
Pour liquid over pretzels- mix well to coat
Bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 10-13 minutes (they look greasy when they first come out, but will dry out).


Enjoy everyone and we hope you have a great holiday! :-)

 

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