Author Archives: Elle

Recipe Poll

I am adding a new feature to my newsletter – a dedicated monthly recipe section. I’ve sent out a lot of cookie recipes (and will continue to do so, because cookies!) but I’d like to know what kind of recipes you enjoy trying.

Please leave a comment to tell me which of these options appeals, or if you’d like something else.

Commenters will be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

RECIPE CHOICES

  • Appetizers
  • Baking only (cookies, cakes, desserts)
  • Easy Entrees
  • Kid-chef friendly
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Change it up every month
  • add your own option

It Girl on sale

Rock goddess. Television star. Movie scene-stealer. Caitlin Kelly is taking Hollywood by storm as the new It Girl everybody wants.

And if you want her, you can get her book for only $0.99 until the end of February! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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Sean Glenn fell for Caitlin the first time he saw her, almost a year ago. Now that the rising star is working on his show, he could finally have a shot with her, if it weren’t for his well-known history as a player. Sean has his work cut out for him.

Entertainer Caitlin Kelly has spent the last decade taking every job she could get. Now all her hard work is paying off. When her new role on a hit show brings fame and a potential real-life love interest, she has to make some serious choices about her priorities.

While Caitlin is torn about decisions the spotlight forces on her, especially those regarding Sean, the actor is suffering his own problems with stardom. Sean finds himself in a stalker’s sights, and the safest place for Caitlin may be far away from him. Is love strong enough to keep them together?

Find the e-book on sale for only $0.99 at Amazon.com,  Kobo, and Google Play, (Check the price at  Barnes and Noble and iBooks before you click – they are a couple days off the others).

 

Introduction to Romance Writing

I have teamed up with the Manitoba Writers Guild and am putting on an evening seminar to cover the basics of romance writing. If you are in the Winnipeg area, it will be in the ArtSpace Building (218-100 Arthur Street) on Thursday, February 15th from 6-9:30pm.

Please feel free to share with any writers you know. Tickets are available here.

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As Valentine’s Day looms, minds wander to thoughts of love (and heart-shaped, chocolate-filled boxes.)

MWG can help you with the love. If you are a romance reader and have always wanted to write one, Elle Rush will start you on your way with this Introduction to Romance Writing workshop.

Topics will include:

What is a Romance? How does it differ from love stories, women’s fiction, and erotica? Participants will also examine the various sub-genres within romance, including Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, and more.

How do I plot the story? There are four basic ‘Acts’ or segments of the romance story, each important to the plot. Find out what they are and how to ‘flesh them out’.

How do I avoid romance stereotypes? Elle will discuss common and popular tropes, character development for your protagonists, and why references to Fabio should be left in the 80s.

Newsletter news

I’ll be changing direction in 2018, and that path will be leading directly to sweet romance. I’ve decided to step away from romantic suspense for a while, and concentrating on what makes me happy – namely, a lot of flirting, a lot of laughing, and a kiss to seal the deal when my characters fall in love.

That said, I’m also changing up my newsletter to include more than book sales. In five weeks, my Valentine’s newsletter will be going out. What would you like to see in it?

Gardening news and tips?

Updates on my crafting projects and links?

Recipes?

Travel snippets and pictures?

Quick reviews about movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read?

The newsletter is for you, so I want to ensure you get something out of it. Do any of these topics appeal? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

 

Happy New Year

May the new year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018!

Clock close to midnight, fireworks and crowd waiting for New year

HOLLIS AND IVY is out!

Spread the Christmas joy! HOLLIS AND IVY is out for all to enjoy. If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, this sweet romance is for you! And if you like Christmas in general, it is for you. And if you like mountains, skiing, flowers, parrots, or coconut, it is for you too! (I’m having Oprah flashbacks). Basically, everybody should read HOLLIS AND IVY immediately!

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Unlucky Ivy Teague can’t win against her competition’s dirty tactics, and she will have to close her flower shop unless a Christmas miracle arrives at her door.

Hollis Dash has been sent to finalize a business deal with Ivy’s rival, but meeting Ivy upsets all his plans.

Can they both get what they want for Christmas? Only Santa knows.

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You can get it now from Amazon, Amazon.ca, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Google Play.

 

Christmas Recipes 2017

I spent the weekend baking (SO MUCH BAKING!) and have decided to do my future self a favour and put all my recipes under one post to find for next year.

Most of these (with the exception of the Candy Cane Cookies) are kid-friendly when it comes to baking and cooking, so give them a try!

 

Rolled Shortbread

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Gingerbread Cake

Chocolate Drops

Candy Cane Cookies

No-bake Coconut Christmas Trees

Whipped Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies

And if you are reading this before December 31, 2017, don’t forget to download your free copy of 12 DATES FOR CHRISTMAS for over a dozen family-favourite holiday recipes, and sneak peeks at twelve holiday romances – including DECKER AND JOY and HOLLIS AND IVY.

Chocolate Drops

I haven’t had these since I was a kid. Then we saw them at a bake sale and decided they were something that needed to be brought back into fashion for Christmas this year.

So far we’ve made two batches. I don’t know how they disappear so quickly. Fortunately, they are very easy (and kid-friendly) to make.

 

Boiled Chocolate Drops AKA Chocolate Haystacks

1/2 cup butter or margarine (125mL)
1/2 cup milk (125mL)
2 cups granulated sugar (500mL)
1/2 cup cocoa (125mL)

2 1/2 cups rolled/quick oats (625mL)

Put first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 full minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in rolled oats. Drop by teaspoon full onto trays covered with waxed paper. Let harden. Makes 4 dozen.

Coconut fans can replace 1/2 cup of oats with 2/3 cup of coconut.

These harden quickly, so get them onto the tray ASAP.

(The recipe books says is great for first-time cooks, and they are. Easy and quick to make – there is no downtime to get bored.)

Whipped Shortbread

This is an old family recipe that I have never managed to get quite right. But this version is almost as tasty.

1 cup soft butter (salted)
1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s/powdered sugar)
1 1/2 cups flour (sifted)
1/4 cup cornstarch
Maraschino cherries or slivered almonds

Put butter in mixing bowl. Sift other ingredients every top. Beat at high speed until creamy*.

Drop by teaspoon full on to tray and decorate with a piece of cherry or almond.

Bake at 325 F for 12 minutes.

Notes from Elle

* My recipe actually says “Beat at high speed until consistency changes. You’ll know it when you see it.” It sounds like terrible instructions, but if you are beating it and say “nope, it looks the same” then it hasn’t changed. For some reason, I think it takes 20+ minutes of beating (my mom used at hand mixture.) When the texture goes from cookie dough, to like whipped cream, you’ve got it! I’ve had it happen once. This year my mixer started heating up so much, the beaters got hot and started melting the butter. Folks, that shouldn’t happen! Creamy tastes just fine, and that’s usually where I stop because I don’t have the patience.