Big Cocks and Broomsticks Giveaway Hop!

Big_Cocks_and_Broomsticks_Button (3)Looking for a fabulous hop for Halloween? This is the one!!  Come join us for tons of Crazy funand a terrific Grand Prize.

CakespyMaking Candy Corn!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red and yellow food coloring

Procedures

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the sifted confectioners’ sugar and powdered milk. Set to the side.2

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.3

  3. Add the confectioners’ sugar and powdered milk mixture to the wet ingredients; stir well until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.4

  4. Let the dough cool until it is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes to an hour (I just let it cool in the saucepan).5

  5. Divide the dough into three equal parts and set each third into a separate bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one dish, one drop of red and two drops of yellow to another dish, and leave the remaining dish uncolored. Knead the dough to which you have added food coloring until the color is even (you may want to use gloves to ensure that you don’t stain yourself). If the dough is feeling very soft or sticky, you may want to chill the dough for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before proceeding with the next steps.6

  6. On top of a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper, use your hands to roll each color of dough into a long, slender rope. You can roll it out to your desired thickness: for larger candies, make each rope thicker; for smaller candies, make each rope thinner.7

  7. Line the three ropes of dough together: white, orange, and yellow. To ensure that they will stick together, lay a piece of waxed paper on top and give them a very gentle rolling with a rolling pin. You just want to adhere them, not to flatten them.8

  8. Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles. Keep a damp cloth nearby so that you can wipe off the knife if it begins to get a candy residue. This method will result in half a batch of traditionally colored candy corn and half a batch with yellow tips (it’s OK—they taste the same). Let the finished kernels sit for an hour or two (do not stack them on top of one another as they will stick together!) to become firm.

Prize Time! For this Halloween I’ve come up with a scary but delicious story including zombies and hoodoo magic, a wicked bokor and two hot men in love! Comment below telling me your favorite Halloween treat for a chance to win an e-copy of any book off my back list. Don’t forget your contact info!

Grand Prize!

$100 amazon or b and N choice!!

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TheDarkBokar453The Dark Bokor

ARe Books  Amazon  BreathlessPress

When it comes to the dark weavings of hoodoo magic, only a few can survive.

Excerpt:

“Don’t move.”

Jesse froze, heart pounding in the semidarkness as an arm like a steel band clamped around his chest, holding him immobile against a hard body. A warm exhale fanned his neck, sending a not unpleasant shiver through him. The man drew in a breath, nose nuzzled at his nape, and heat pooled instantly in Jesse’s gut. Shit. Had it really been that long since he’d been in someone’s arms?

The cold voice in his ear thawed with a slight laugh. “At least you don’t smell like them. That’s something.”

Jesse’s pulse leaped, and his gaze darted around the small office, searching the shadows. “Are they here?”

“No.” A hand tangled in his shirt, jerked him around to face his captor. “But I know your voice. Just who the fuck are you?”

Jesse blinked at the dark eyes raking over his face. He couldn’t see much in the faint light seeping through the closed window blinds. The man had strong features, classically handsome, with a twist of humor to the full lips that had Jesse moistening his own, though he’d have to stand on tiptoe to reach them.

The man swore under his breath and hauled Jesse toward the windows. “Can’t see a thing…”

The blinds went up, and Jesse winced as yellow streetlight flooded the room and stung his eyes. He would have laughed at the man’s yelp of surprise if disgust hadn’t immediately swept the attractive face. “Jesse Dalembert? What the bloody hell… Who sent you?” Matt held up a hand. “Wait, don’t tell me. If you’re here, it must have been Andre Marques. Where’s he keeping his skinny ass these days?”

Jesse winced as pain tore his chest, though he’d expected the question. “Dead. Ripped apart in his hotel room on Bourbon Street night before last. Animal attack, they’ve concluded. Right.”

“Shit. I’ve been out of touch these last couple days. Sorry. I know you were close.” The genuine regret in Matt’s voice eased the ache tightening Jesse’s throat. The man sighed. “Come on, let’s get out of here. Clearly, we have things to discuss.”

Jesse nodded, unable to meet the detective’s probing gaze. He wasn’t about to parade his grief for the man’s curiosity. They’d met on a shared case a few years ago, and their work brought them together now and then. But though he’d always felt a strong attraction to Matthew Rieves, he certainly didn’t want the detective’s pity. After a silent moment, Matt muttered an oath and crossed the room to the outside door. Jesse followed, senses alert to any noise in the darkness. The creatures could be swift and absolutely deadly.

A shudder passed through his slim body. He’d met a bokor’s zombie only once before, as a child. His grandmother had taken him to the cemetery late one night to witness the darker side to the powers he’d inherited. He’d watched from behind a tree, stunned, as the hoodoo witch dug up a grave. Candles flamed in a circle around her as she chanted in a low key.

The man she pulled from the coffin surprised him, but Grandmother clamped a hand over his mouth before he could make a sound. His body seemed healthy, but Jesse could sense the empty mind, waiting to be filled with the bokor’s commands. She’d pointed to a man he only then saw, tied to a tree, a symbol painted on his chest in something dark. He thought it was blood. Without a question the dead man stumbled to his victim and began to tear at his flesh with his hands. Jesse couldn’t look away, horrified by the blood and screams that tore the night apart.

Recalling that night, he instinctively grabbed Matt’s arm to stop him at the door. “Maybe I should go first.”

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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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16 Responses to Big Cocks and Broomsticks Giveaway Hop!

  1. parisfanca says:

    i always loved the chocolate they gave away for halloween

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  2. Ra Mcf says:

    I LOVE pumpkin soup…

    -Ra McF, oceanrebel333 @ gmail.com

  3. Trix says:

    I like dark chocolate, and nice cool-weather dishes like stews and roasts!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  4. Lisa B. says:

    I like the kit-kat and hershey’s chocolates.
    lisahelo(at)outlook(dot)com

  5. JeanMP says:

    I like the chocolate that is out at this time of the year. Thanks for the candy corn recipe.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Sophia Rose says:

    Haha! That’s just it. I don’t have any one favorite. I’ll say chocolate. Thanks for sharing your candy corn recipe. This actually looks do-able for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  7. Nancy S says:

    I love anything chocolate that I can snitch out of my grandsons’ stashes. I also like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and this is the season for them.

  8. bn100 says:

    Hershey bars

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Pam says:

    Three musketeers!

    pjmillion (at) comcast (dot) net

  10. I love anything chocolate!! Thanks for joining the hop!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Carolyn says:

    My favorite Halloween treat is Three Musketeers, but those minis are just too, too mini. Thanks for being part of the hop!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  12. sherry1969 says:

    I love Mary Jane peanut butter kisses. I know most people don’t care for it but I love it.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. Eva Millien says:

    My favorite Halloween Treat is vanilla tootsie rolls and candy corn and candy corn m&ms Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  14. BookLady says:

    My favorite Halloween treat is chocolate. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  15. Krysta B. says:

    I love Reese’s, they are my favorite.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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