Several of the Jaunty Quills were in San Antonio last week for the Romance Writers of America conference. We thought you’d like to see some photos from the conference (at the bottom of the page, there’s a legend telling about each photo).

Cindy and Nancy at the HQ party Cindy and Nora HQ party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristan and her Rita awards date

Nancy at the HQ authors signing

Kristan at the HQ signing

Nancy and Kathy before their workshop Nancy and Kathy with Jane Porter Nancy and Kristan with RaeAnne Thayne photo (2) photo (3) photo (4) Robyn at the literacy signing Shana  going to the Source books dinner Shana and Mia looking fancy at the Rita awards Shana at the literacy autographing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Cindy and Nancy with former Jaunty Emily McKay at the Harlequin Party.

2. Cindy and Nora Roberts.

3.  The gorgeous decorations at the Harlequin party.

4. Friday was Cindy’s birthday.  Harlequin threw a big party just for her. Shhh! Don’t tell her they the party was for everyone. ;)

5.  The annual Jaunty Quills breakfast.

6. Kristan and Alexander Rodriguez.

7.  Nancy at the Harlequin authors book signing (signing Cindy’s birthday card).

8.  Kristan at the Harlequin authors book signing.

 9. Nancy and Kathy before the workshop they presented.

10.  Nancy, Jane Porter, and Kathy at the Harlequin party.

11.  Raeanne Thayne, Nancy, and Kristan.

12. Cindy, Nancy, Kathy and Harlequin editor Susan Litman at the Harlequin party.

13. Harlequin editor Patience Bloom and Cindy at the Harlequin party.

14. Nancy and Kathy.

15.  Robyn at the RWA Literacy signing.

16.  Shana looking beautiful before her publisher’s party.

17. Shana and Mia before the Golden Heart and Rita awards.

18.  Shana at the RWA Literacy signing.

19. Nancy at the RWA Literacy book signing.

20.  Nancy, Kathy, and Mary Louise Wells realize former Jaunty Terri Brisbin was on their flight home.

21. Kristan, Gail Kirkpatrick Chianese, Virginia Kantra,  and Jesse.

 


…and the Jaunty Quills are celebrating! Today we’ve compiled our favorite drink recipes for your pleasure. If you’re looking for a cocktail to mix up tonight, try one of these.

Cindy Kirk’s Crazy Coyote Margarita

Ingredients:

½ tbsp. granulated sugar

3 tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 ½ ounces Coyote Gold margarita mix

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Instructions:

1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix together 1/2 tsp. of granulated sugar, 3 tbsp. of fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces of Coyote Gold margarita mix, and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.

2. Rub a slice of lime along the rim of a margarita glass. Turn the glass upside down and coat the rim with salt from a plate.

3. Pour the margarita mixture through a strainer into the salt-rimmed margarita glass. Add a lime wedge to the rim.

Vanessa Kelly’s Kir Royale

One of my favorite Christmas drinks is a Kir Royale, which is basically a champagne cocktail. The Kir Royale is a dash of creme de cassis topped off with champagne!

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Nancy Robards Thompson’s Classic Manhattan

Ingredients:

2 ounces bourbon (or if you want a slightly sweeter drink, use one ounce of traditional bourbon and one ounce of honey bourbon)

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry. 

Kathleen O’Brien’s Max’s Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

This was created by Max Scherff at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

Ingredients:

3/4 ounce(s) Stoli Vanilla Vodka

1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps

4 ounce(s) apple cider

1 ounce(s) whipped cream

1 cinnamon stick

Cinnamon powder, for garnish.

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Instructions:

Combine spirits and cider, steaming until warm. Add cinnamon stick to footed mug and pour in liquid. Top with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon powder.

Kristan Higgins’s St. Germaine Martini

Ingredients:

1 and a half parts vodka

1 part St-Germaine

1 half part lemon juice

Instructions:

Combine, shake gently, add a splash of vanilla seltzer water. Supremely delicious!

Katherine Garbera’s Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail

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Ingredients:

1 tsp. sorbet (perhaps raspberry or passion fruit)

Chilled champagne or Prosecco

Instructions:

Scoop sorbet into a champagne flute. Fill with chilled Champagne or Prosecco; stir.

Robyn DeHart

Robyn’s no whiz behind a bar, but she does love eggnog with a little kick of rum. Good choice, Robyn!

Mia Marlowe’s Hot Wassail (for the kids too!)

This is a seriously easy recipe that makes the house smell like Christmas. Here’s what you need:

1 QT Apple Juice

1 QT Cranberry Juice

1 Orange

Cinnamon Sticks

Whole Cloves

 Wassail with oranges and cloves

Instructions:

Pour the juice into a 5 quart pot and heat on low setting. Stick the orange with cloves. (This is a great project for kids. They love poking the cloves into the orange in fun patterns!) You can leave the orange whole or cut it into quarters. Float the cloved orange and the cinnamon sticks in the juice. Let it simmer till you’re ready to serve!

If you prefer the vino…

Jesse Hayworth with our wine selection.

I’m more of a wine girl, and love to celebrate with a Benefit Wine

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They taste good—though I’ve been known to enjoy Cardboardeaux (aka boxed wine), so take that for what it’s worth—have cool labels, and ~30% of the sale price goes to the charity you select.

Shana’s Sparkling Cider

I usually celebrate by toasting with my daughter and a glass of sparkling grape juice. However you choose to celebrate, we hope it’s a wonderful beginning to 2014!

 


Shana Galen
Shana Galen

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Categories:
bad boys, Heroes, Kristan Higgins, Movies, Shana Galen

Something strange must happen to mothers of young children. I remember Kristan Higgins talking about how when her kids were young and how excited she was when a cute actor was on Sesame Street. She’d call her girlfriends to make sure they were watching.

At the time, my daughter was too young to watch Sesame Street, and I think I chalked it up to another one of those weird but funny things Kristan Higgins does.

Until recently.

After four years of watching children’s shows and movies almost exclusively, I think they have messed with my head. I’ve noticed I have crushes on fictional heroes—and not fictional heroes like Jamie from Outlander or Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series. Heroes like Flynn Ryder from Tangled.

Here he is.

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And again.

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He’s funny! How could you not like that? And he’s a thief who ends up reforming. That’s the stuff romance novels are made of, right? Bad boy hero meets the heroine and changes to be a better man.

 And then there’s Terence from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.

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 He’s a great friend to Tinker Bell. I could totally see a Young Adult novel where the best friend Terence ends up winning the fairy heroine.

And I can’t forget Nod from Epic. He’s cute and a warrior. How we do love our sexy warriors in romance novels.

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Do you have any crushes on fictional guys—cartoon or otherwise? And if you, like me love Flynn, check out my All Flynn Pinterest board.

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Jaunty Quills
Jaunty Quills

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Kristan Higgins, Our Books

Congratulations to our own Kristan Higgins! THE BEST MAN  is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Amazon bestseller!

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Cheers and confetti all around!

 


ECover-TheGentlemanThiefWe’re all readers here at the Jaunty Quills and I thought it might be fun to geek out today and chat about some books we’ve read recently. So answer the following questions and let’s chat. I’ll pick two commenters to win a copy of my novella, Her Gentleman Thief.

What’s the best book you’ve read recently? For me, it would have to be our own JQ, Kristan Higgins, Catch of the Day. It was just delightful with a heroine I could relate to (in so many ways) and a hero I wanted to spend a lot of alone time with….

What’s your favorite book series? Is it stupid for me to comment that this is a hard question? Don’t answer that. I can’t not mention Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, but I’m going to disqualify those and make myself pick a romance series, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between JD Robb’s In Death series and Suzanne Enoch’s Lessons in Love.

What does a book have to have to make it on your keeper shelf? I have to not only love the book and the story, but both characters. There have been plenty of books I’ve read where I’ve really loved either the hero or the heroine but not both, but to be a keeper, it’s got to be 100% love fest.

What’s the saddest book you’ve read? I don’t generally pick sad books because I don’t like to deal with much angst when it comes to my reading material, I remember I read a book (many years ago) called The Marriage Bed by Stephanie Mittman and I sobbed through the whole book.

Who is your go-to author when you need to fall into a book and you know they won’t fail to satisfy you with a great story? Suzanne Enoch or JD Robb

So how about you? Let’s talk books and you might win a free one for yourself!


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