It's a time when I can just stop doing everyday things and not feel guilty about that, plus there's a lovely atmosphere at night around the city with loads of lights and glitter. It's a fairy tale type atmosphere.
What inspired you to write this Christmas story?
Candle Magic just developed in my mind after I was caught in a downpour. It was night. I was alone and suddenly the hero, Jason, was whispering his story in my ear.
Share something Christmasy with readers: Christmas Chocolate Cookies
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup (155g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 cups (300g) plain flour
1/3 cup (35g) Dutch cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
12 small peppermint candy canes, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups (230g) icing sugar mixture
1/4 cup (30g) Dutch cocoa powder
1/4 cup (60ml) boiling water
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Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and stir to combine.
Roll tablespoonsful of mixture into balls and place on the lined trays, allowing room for spreading. Use the palm of your hand to gently flatten.
Bake in preheated oven, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and set aside on trays to cool completely. Transfer biscuits on a wire rack over an oven tray.
To make the chocolate icing, combine the icing sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl. Add the water and stir to a slightly runny paste. Spread icing over each biscuit and sprinkle with chopped candy canes. Set aside for 30 minutes to set.
When Simi finds a pretty old candlestick among the discarded props in the company storeroom, she never imagines it will grant her dearest wish. There’s something mysterious about the carved candlestick, but Simi is drawn to it. She’s saved a red candle from a box she bought years ago in an antique shop, and intends to use the candlestick to hold the last candle and make her solitary Christmas lunch more festive. It’s Christmas Eve, there’s sleet in the wind, Simi slips, but Jason catches her. Who is Jason? Where has he suddenly appeared from in the night?
Simi looks into the eyes of this gorgeous man and sparks fly …
Erotic fantasy romance from Siren Publishing and Elodie Parkes
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Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic,
contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.
Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.
Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, Secret Cravings, Evernight, Siren and Ra Jones Anthology
She has also released titles as an individual indie author.
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