Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Hailey Edwards

The Sweetest Kind of Love

      I love baking. I can cook with varying degrees of success. I’m a fire hazard with a grill, but baking…yeah…we get along just fine. Considering my fondness for sweets, it’s unsurprising some of my characters have sweet teeth. While I’ve yet to write a baker, I do have a diner owner. 
       Emma is a mishmash of every waitress I’ve met during diner hops with my husband. She’s bold and sassy, smart-mouthed and pushy, and she’s also, well, a half demon.
      While she and I have another love in common—hello, fried food—her hero, Harper, is the one with a hankering for sweets. But it gets better. He bakes. Sure, you don’t get to see much of that side of him in his book, Evermine, but he does bake Emma cookies that do me proud, and I’d like to share his recipe with you. Emma loves sugar cookies (with purple sprinkles of course).

Harper’s Gimme Some Sugar Cookies

1 ½ cups butter (softened)
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1. Mix butter and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and add vanilla. Sift in the flour,    baking powder, and salt. Then cover and chill dough for at least an hour.
2. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s ¼ to ½ inch thick. With cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Place cookies one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for six to eight minutes, then allow to cool.

There you go. Simple and easy. Bake them for your sweetie. S/he will thank you. ;)

He can be a slave to his past…or allow her love to free him.

There’s such a thing as too much change. Emma’s sister is mated. Revolution is brewing in her home realm. The last straw: her would-be mate is back from the dead and back under her skin—yet when it comes to the last five years, he’s not talking.

Desperate for a chance to start her own life, she answers the queen’s call to ensure equality for all of Askara’s newly freed slaves. It’s the perfect opportunity to escape a heartbreak in the making named Harper.

Harper loses a piece of his fractured soul when Emma walks away. His lies were meant to protect her from torturous years that drove him to the point of madness. Instead, when he comes to her a year later to help avert a crisis in a freed-slave community, the wedge those lies drove between them is firmly in place.

As their new lives collide with old wounds, they race to stop a threat that could not only destroy the queen, but send Harper back to the hell he escaped. Emma must decide if the man she still loves deserves equal rights to her heart.

Warning: This title contains torn pants, ripped gowns, and sand in uncomfortable places. It also includes one overcompensating villain, one gnarly priest, and two battered hearts willing to give this thing called love one last chance.

Click here to read an excerpt from Evermine. Click here for more information on my upcoming releases, including the third book in the Daughters of Askara series, Eversworn.

In celebration of Evermine’s release, I’m giving away one digital copy of Everlong and one digital copy of Evermine to one lucky visitor. Leave a comment below on your favorite cookie or your favorite dessert, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win!

Please make sure to leave your email in your comment. The giveaway is open to everyone. The winner will be announced on February 28th. Good Luck!


  1. I have two different cookies I like :) Chocolate chip from Chips Ahoy or Macadamia cookies :D
    email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu

  2. Oh my only one? I am going to say cheesecake. YUM!
    Thank you for the contest!
    djsfoxylady @ gmail. com

  3. My favorite cookie is torn between snicker doodles and peanut butter. :D
    Hope to win! If I do win, I culd also review the book for you on my romance review blog http://sarahintidam.blogspot.com

    Hope to win!

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  6. My favorite cookie in the world is Mallomars by Nabisco (marshmallow and cookie goodness covered with dark chocolate). In the homemade category, it would have to be fresh tollhouse chocolate chips or brownies.

  7. Hello from ISRAEL
    Sorry for my previous 2 deletions - I just forgot to add my email.
    I like very much my Jewish traditional stew, the Cholent (= Hamin in Yddish/Hebrew). I do it myself almost every Thursday for the Friday evening (it takes about 18 hours to have it done), mainly now as we have winter here and it's so cold on the evenings.This heavy cookie is basically good only for winter.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. My favorite cookie is: home made Peanut Butter...yum yum! Thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  9. My favorite cookie is Chocolate Chip. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

  10. Peanut butter cookie, I'm so glad I'm not allergic to peanut butter. I enjoyed the excerpt Thank you!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  11. I am in love with macadamia nut cookies and oatmeal (no raisin) cookies:)

    The book sounds fabulous... I'll definitely be adding it to my wishlist!


  12. Sweet Rolls are my downfall. I found a recipe in a 1967 Fleischmann's Yeast Pamphlet for Blushing Cream Cones which are Mini Lemon Cream Cheese filled cones. They are to die for...They don't last a day in my house. We also love my Giant Cinnamon Rolls. But I worked a year to perfect a Creamsicle Cake...An Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Filling and a Chocolate Ganache Frosting. Taste like a Creamsicle. Sorry I couldn't pick one. I could name a million. :>)
    p_keeler [at] att [dot] net

  13. Hello Hailey,

    I'd like to thank Anna’s Book Blog for hosting you today Hailey & to Thank You for taking time out of your day to spend with Us. I very much enjoyed your post, "The Sweetest Kind of Love".....Ohhhhh I'm sure Harper can "Bake My Cookies" anytime!!! LOL I'm sooooo Bad!!!! ;)

    My favorite cookie is Buttercream Frosted Cookies from a cookie company called Cheryl & Co. & my favorite dessert is Warm Apple Pie with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on top. Yummy!! :)

    In celebration of your release of "Evermine", I very much appreciate the opportunity to enter your giveaway of either an eBook copy of "Everlong" or an eBook copy of "Evermine". Your Daughters of Askara Series sounds like FANTASTIC Reads, I'd love to start with your 1st Book, “Everlong”.

    I know what's on my "to buy" list;
    “Everlong”, Daughters of Askara Series, Book One with Clayton & Maddie’s Story

    “Evermine”, Daughters of Askara Series, Book Two with Harper & Emma’s Story

    & on June 26th, the release of “Eversworn”, Daughters of Askara Series, Book Three with Dillon & Isabeau’s Story.

    Thank you Hailey for this very generous giveaway. Take care & Congrats on Your Release,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

  14. I'm torn between two selections-I love cannoli. My favorite cookie is a chocolate jumble. I can eat those by the dozen. Heck, just writing about them makes me want to bake up a batch.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  15. My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. YUM! Or double chocolate chip. lol Thanks for sharing! Your book sounds awesome! And thanks for the recipe!



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