Hot Winter Nights Blog Hop Give-Away!! to my little corner of Hot Winter Nights!

My favorite part of winter is the warm fires we have in our little wood burner stove in the evenings. Me and hubby will have dinner, then spend a few hours in front of the fire, either watching a favorite show or listening to music and of course, plenty of snuggles and kisses!

And our favorite drink? Why, hot chocolate of course!

  • 4 Cups of half and half (you can use whole milk or even low fat milk if  you prefer)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 4 ounces of semi sweet chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened powdered cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • peppermint candy canes for garnish
  • 4 ounces peppermint schnapps


  1. In a sauce pan mix one half (2 cups) of the the half-and-half (or milk), all of the semi-sweet chocolate squares and the powdered cocoa. Heat slowly, stir continuously until melted.
  2. Stir in the rest of the half and half, sugar, vanilla and salt until heated through.
  3. Pour into 4 mugs, add schnapps and whip cream
  4. Garnish with candy canes.


  • 8 ounces whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Beat whipping cream, while adding sugar slowly, until it forms peaks.

In my holiday story MERRY CHRISTMAS SHELTON, my men don’t make hot chocolate, but they find something very creative to do with the candy canes!

Prize Time! Comment for a chance to win a PDF copy of any one of my SHELTON books. (You can find them on my side bar!) Please don’t forget to leave your contact information. It will be needed to be entered into the: Prize! $100 in value. It consists of:  $50 Amazon Gift Card – $10 Bookstrand Bucks – eBook prize package including:  11 eBooks-winners will be chosen at random from all of the participating sites, so make sure to visit them all HERE!

merrychristmasshelton200x300Merry Christmas, Shelton

Buy Link: Breathless Press


Can Shelton and Nevil overcome the obstacles of a blizzard, a baby, and one hot redhead and find their way to a merry Christmas?

Shelton and Nevil have rented a cozy cabin in the mountains in which to spend the Christmas holiday. Tree is lit. Presents sparkle. Shelton anticipates a very merry Christmas indeed. But then a blizzard springs up, landing a sexy redhead on their doorstep looking like trouble in a pretty package.

Tommy brings a message for Nevil, but when he first hits on Shelton in the shower, then offers to drive Nevil to his sister’s side while she has her baby, Shelton begins to wonder just how this mixed up Christmas is going to end.


Shelton snuggled into the soft quilts, safe and warm while the wind howled against the thick walls of the cabin. A stray gust blew down the chimney, causing the flames to dance and crackle behind the screen. Firelight flickered on the ceiling and Shelton watched it mingle with the blue and green reflections from the Christmas tree in the corner.

The clock on the mantle chimed midnight and he smiled. Christmas Eve. Nevil snorted and moved restlessly and Shelton rolled to his side, spooning up against the sleek body that even after two and a half years together could still drive him crazy with need. His darling sighed and settled back into sleep, and Shelton nuzzled his neck, pleasantly sore and sated from their earlier lovemaking.

His face heated as he recalled the things his lover had done with him. Shelton pressed his forehead into his darling’s shoulder blade, slightly embarrassed even though Nevil slept and didn’t see him. They’d spent the day cross-country skiing, then returned to the cabin and warmed up in the shower. Afterward, they sipped a bottle of wine in front of the fireplace.

Nevil had stolen a candy cane from the tree. “Desert,” he explained, settling into the quilts with an arm across Shelton’s bare shoulders. Shelton watched the red and white stripes disappear between his lover’s perfect lips and his dick thickened. Nevil caught his rapt gaze, leaned over, and gave him a peppermint kiss.

“Taste?” he asked and held the candy to Shelton’s lips. Shelton caught the cane between his teeth and his darling gasped slightly as he sucked with purpose on the sweet end. “Oh, lord,” Nevil said, sounding breathless, and pushed Shelton down and straddled him. His hard cock pushed against Shelton’s stomach when he stretched across him and licked at the cane still caught in his lips.

Removing the candy, Nevil gave him a deep, lingering kiss, then pulled back, a gleam of mischief in his eyes. “I know somewhere else I’d like to stick this,” he confessed and gave the candy a provocative lick.

Shelton blinked, though he shouldn’t have been surprised by anything Nevil’s wicked imagination suggested. “I’m not sure…”

His sweetheart chuckled, but his voice was a caress when he bent to Shelton’s ear and whispered, “Let me pleasure you, love.”


About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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51 Responses to Hot Winter Nights Blog Hop Give-Away!!

  1. yganoe says:

    My favorite drink besides a great cup of coffee is homemade Spanish eggnog.

  2. Thanks for the yummy recipe and the equally yummy, sexy, sensual except. 😉 Lovely stuff.

  3. Oh phoo. Forgot to leave my contact detail:

  4. Avalie says:

    Mmmm….! Certainly time to read more about Shelton and Nevil.

  5. Thanks for the yummy recipe and the equally yummy, sexy, sensual except. 😉 Lovely stuff.

  6. Tessa says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be sure to try this one. It’s so cold outside now. this and a hot book, perfect!
    tessa dot bamberg at gmail dot com

  7. Hot Chocolate with peppermint schnapps is a favorite in our house! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂 raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  8. LaTanya Lawson says:

    The hot chocolate recipe sounds delish just like the excerpt from the book… Thanks for a chance at winning…

  9. JeanMP says:

    Thanks for the yummy recipe, love hot chocolate. Really enjoyed the excerpt.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. Renee B says:

    Gonna try that recipe real soon. I love to curl up by the fire on a cold winter night with the hubby drinking hot chocolate toddies and watching a movie, or reading a HOT romance book if hubby is working. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. OH Goodie a new Hot chocolate recipe to try!!


  12. arella3173 says:

    Ohh~~ New hot chocolate to try! yay! I Usually just instant it! lol
    Please count me in. 😀


  13. Trix says:

    Yummy recipe…or was that the excerpt?


  14. kittyb78 says:

    Don’t forget the cinnamon! XD
    Thanks for being part of the hop.

  15. Coffee is our hot drink of choice. Night time is homemade cafe vienna (1/2 cup decaf instant coffee, 2/3 cup sweetener of choice, 1 container of SF butterscotch dry pudding mix, 1/2 cup dry milk, 1/2 cup dry creamer. Mix well. Add 2TBS to 8 oz hot water).

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  16. JanD says:

    Love hot chocolate!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  17. Marlena Fein says:

    I must be getting old. When thinking would I rather have a cup of that awesome sounding hot chocolate or a hot man doing things to me with candy canes, I had to seriously think about it for a bit. Sad……LOL

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and being a part of the amazing hop!

    Happy Holidays,

  18. susan platt says:

    Love the hot chocolate recipe!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  19. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  20. Ronda Tutt says:

    Awesome Excerpt, now I need it to get cold outside so i can light my fireplace and then get online and check out more of your work – LOL Oh yeah, and pour myself a glass of wine to warm up my blood. Wishing you many blissful hot winter nights this holiday season.

    Ronda Tutt

  21. Thansk for sharing great drink! Thanks for contest

  22. Elise Chase says:

    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  23. Dawna Newman says:

    I like the way the Shelton’s think. Now I am thinking of ways to use Hot Chocolate :).

    Dawna Newman

  24. Kaci Verdun says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway hop! I enjoy my winter nights curling up on the couch with my favorite read and a cup of hot chocolate!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  25. jyl22075 says:

    I’m going to have to try that hot chocolate recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  26. Pretty much yum! It’s gotta be shared, though. Just the idea of a candy cane, er, prosthetic just sounds painful or messy. Good for body painting, though.

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  28. Lisa Walker says:

    My favorite is any kind of hot chocolate! Thanks for the recipe and thank for the chance to win!

  29. dont really have a favorit drink but we do a a tradition of always doing a shot of either vadka or jd before dinner on christmas lol (well everyone but the kidslol) thanks for the hop

  30. Hot chocolate & hot men – can’t beat that combo!
    c.descoteauxwrites [at]

  31. Yay I would love to win!!


  32. Beckey says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂


  33. Jessie L says:

    Thank you for participating in this hop. One of the reasons I enjoy them is I get introduced to authors that I’ve never read before. And you are one of them. I look forward to reading your books. Thank you for the excerpt & the yummy recipe for hot chocolate. I’ve never used 1/2 & 1/2 before & will definitely give it a try.

  34. Lona Stringer says:

    Hot chocolate is my favorite. Great cover, thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  35. bn100 says:

    hot tea
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  36. kimberly holgate says:

    the books look good im going to check some out at amazon even if dont win thanks for hop. i like hot chocolate to but just heat up milk and add nesquick to it and marshmellows so good
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  37. June M. says:

    My favorite would be Hot Chocolate too.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  38. latishajean says:

    My favorite is Hot Chocolate too great recipe!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D

  39. Brandi S. says:

    I will have to try that recipe, it sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway! Loved the excerpt!

  40. Sherry S. says:

    Thanks for the great recipe and excerpt.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  41. This recipe sounds great! I also love a Hot Toddy. Thanks for sharing.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  42. Julianne says:

    You can so not stop there with that little tidbit of information about finding uses for candy canes.
    Your recipe sounds wonderful. I’m a real good hot chocolate, with those little marshmallows on top.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  43. Love eggnog. I’m the only one in the family that likes it sooo I get it all to myself!!
    Great giveaway!
    Merry Christmas

  44. Cindy Hardwell says:

    Great excerpt! Thanks for the chance to win. I love snuggling with my honey on a cold winter night.

  45. Shadow says:

    I like to stay warm by snuggling underneath a blanket and reading a good romance book! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you and yours!

  46. raonaidluckwell says:

    I seen a recipe for a new hot chocolate recipe I wanna try. Red velvet with cream cheese topping.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  47. belindaegreen says:

    My favorite hot drink is an carmel machiato (sp) It’s so yummy good! Either sitting by the fire snuggling under a soft comfy throw just talking or watching a movie with the love of your life…that is heaven! You can’t ask for anything better…

    Thanks for the opportunity to share, meet new authors and perhaps snag new books to read.

    Belinda G

  48. Carla says:

    We love to make hot chocolate. My boys have their recipe perfected.

  49. chickie434 says:

    Thanks for the yummy recipe, sounds delicious!


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