Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spooky Treats by Ashlynn Monroe




Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because you can act foolish and eat way-way-way too much sugar.  I think the whole day is about being a kid at heart.  I love to watch my kids dress up and go out to trick-or-treat.  There’s something exciting about the whole day that makes me smile.  It’s fun to see uptight co-workers get funky in wild costumes, and even the folks at the DMV seem a little friendlier.  My favorite tradition is making caramel apples and caramel corn with the kiddos before they go to bed, then I curl up with a good paranormal romance or two.

One of the reasons that Halloween is extra special to me this year is that my new release from Silver Publishing, Don’t Take Candy from Werewolves is released on October 30th! 

Jenica Bradley isn’t ordinary. She’s the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and one of the last of the Atlantian race. Now, to save her people, she must complete a pact her people made long ago, and mate with the Alpha-male of the local werewolves.

Malone Luna returns to lead his father’s pack. He soon finds himself with a confusing need to protect the little Atlantian witch—bitch—who’s to be his mate, but all she wants from him is freedom. He’s sure he can give her that, but not before, he’s had her.

This story was fun to write and it is the perfect length to enjoy with a nice hot cup of apple cider or Brandy slush after the little ghouls have gone to bed.

Brandy Slush

9 C. Water                                                       1-12 oz. can frozen orange juice
2 C. Sugar                                                       2 tea bags       
1-12 oz. can frozen lemonade                         1 or 2 C. brandy

Boil 7 cups of water; add sugar, lemonade, and orange juice.  Boil 2 cups water and pour over tea bags.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Combine with lemonade mixture.  Add brandy.  Freeze in a 5-quart ice cream bucket.  To serve, fill glass ¾ full with slush mix and add 7-up. 

VARIATION: Omit tea bags and use 3 cups sugar.  Gin or vodka can be substituted for brandy.

Homemade Caramel

2 C. sugar                                                        1 C. cream
1 C. brown sugar                                             1 tsp. salt
2/3 C. white corn syrup                                   2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 C. butter

Cook to softball stage for popcorn and a little longer for apples.

Ashlynn Monroe
 
Crafting Romance, one word
at a time.
 
http://ashlynnmonroe.com

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18 comments:

Shonna said...

Looking forward to reading the book and tasting the slush!!

Shonna said...

Any special kind of tea bags?

The Brunette Librarian said...

I ran and grabbed a piece of paper to write down the Caramel recipe. :)

Happy Halloween!

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Tricia Schneider said...

This sounds yummy! I must try this. :)

heather said...

Mmmmm, something good to drink while reading about a hot werewolf!
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ashlynn monroe said...

Thanks for all the great coments!

Shonna, I use jasmine tea, but black or green would work well.

I actually put the wrong date on my blog, today is release day for this book yay!

elaing8 said...

Don’t Take Candy from Werewolves sounds really good.And thanks for the recipe.I'll have to try it out
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Deena said...

Congrats on your release, Ashlynn! I can't wait to sink my teeth into this story!

Annie Nicholas said...

I love that cover. It gives me shivers.

Lyric James said...

Your book sounds great Ashlynn and at recipe looks awesome too.

Chelsea Rafferty said...

Yum, I've never made homemade caramel before for apples or popcorn but I must say this looks sooo delicious! I am a sucker for sweet stuff :D all year round, not just Halloween LOL! ;) The drink looks pretty tasty too :) I bet you could substitute a rum too? maybe even a flavored one! Yum!

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Jennifer Mathis said...

awesome cover . and yum caramel recipe I wrote it down

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Shonna said...

Darn! Wish I had known. I just got back from shopping and would have stopped at the book store if I had known it came out today.

steph beck said...

I pretty much love the cover up top! And yummy for the treats, I love new ideas for halloween and holiday fun :)

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Arianne Cruz said...

ah! I love recipes :D
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Eva's Flowers said...

I've never tried Brandy slush, but it sounds delicious, must try it!! Thanks for he recipe for homemade caramel will have to write that one down too :)

Eva
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June M. said...

Thank you so much for the recipes. They both sound great.
June M.
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Annie Nicholas said...

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