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Gingerbread and Holiday Cheer

Gingerbread and Holiday Cheer


I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! I know, I know, I say that every year. I think most of us do.  But this Christmas has a special event for me. Not a trip to see the Nutcracker, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it’s the release of my very first novella. And it’s a Christmas novella.

Now, I love Christmas but I hate cold weather. I hate wearing a coat, I hate being cold, and I hate snow. I want to like it, really I do. But the thought of slogging through the muck … ugh! Consequently, I’ve never written a Christmas story and hardly had any books set around that time. Give me sun and warmth. Year round.

6_GingerbreadBrideBut when I had the opportunity to write a Christmas novella I jumped on it. I mean, look at the title! Here’s a little more about The Gingerbread Bride.

Maddie Sinclair loves Harlan Calhoun, but she feels like she can’t ever get his attention. A little desperate, she visits Old Lady Farley who lives at the edge of their Ozark Mountain town. Maddie trades her second best dress for an herbal mixture—a love potion, if you will—that she bakes into a batch of gingerbread cookies. When Harlan eats the cookies and suddenly proposes, Maddie is torn by guilt and confusion. He says he loves her and he seems sincere. But is it really true love or just the herbs talking?

There are 3 really good things about The Gingerbread Bride. First, it’s only 99¢. Second, it’s something you can read in an evening. No long term commitment in this busy, busy time. And third? It’s one of 12! Yes, there are 12 Brides of Christmas. Twelve novellas by 12 separate authors. Check them all out HERE. (This link will take you to Amazon. And if you scroll down you’ll be able to see all the beautiful covers.)


You can also join the 12 Brides authors on Facebook at 12 BRIDES. And the best news of all: the 12 authors have another series coming out next year with the 12 Brides of Summer Collection. Most of the stories are revisits of the Christmas tales but in a summer setting, so if you can’t get enough of the Christmas Brides, there’s more on the way! (Here’s hint: mine is called The Wildflower Bride.)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and to add a bit more cheer, here’s my recipe for Gingerbread Cookies. Just don’t add anything but what’s on the recipe … just to be safe.

Common Gingerbread Cookie

Common Gingerbread Cookie
  • 1 pint of molasses
  • 1 pound of fresh butter
  • 3 pounds of flour, sifted
  • a small teaspoonful of pearl ash [cream of tartar], or less
  • a teacup of ginger, or more if it is not strong
  1. Cut the butter into the flour. Add the ginger. Having dissolved the pearl ash [cream of tartar] in a little vinegar, stir it with the molasses alternately into the other ingredients. Stir it very hard for a long time, till it is quite light. Knead it a little.
  2. Put some flour on your paste-board, take out small portions of the dough, and make it with your hand into long rolls. Then curl up the rolls into round cakes, or twist two rolls together, or lay them in straight lengths or sticks side by side, and touching each other. Put them carefully into buttered pans, and bake them in a moderate oven, not hot enough to burn them. If they should get scorched, scrape off with a knife, or grater, all the burnt parts, before you put the cakes away.
  3. You can, if you choose, cut out the dough with tins, in the shape of hearts, circles, ovals, etc., or you may bake it all in one and cut it in squares when cold.
  4. If the mixture appears to be too thin, add, gradually, a little more sifted flour.

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Amy Lillard (52 Posts)

Amy Lillard is an award winning author who loves reading romance novels from Amish to contemporary. These two genres meet in her debut novel, Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their son. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at amylillard@hotmail.com.


  1. Love your Christmas Brides book. Think that I will get it plus Susan Page Davis’s also. Sounds like a fun Christmas read.
    Christmas Blessings

  2. Patricia Smith says:

    Once again I ask….I have asked several sources but never got an answer….are the novellas only in e-form…are they ever published in real books? I read about so many novellas but the only ones I’ve seen in print are in “Where Treetops Glisten”…I am not able to get e-books, but would love to read these novellas.

    • Patricia–So sorry you haven’t received an answer. It’s kind of complicated, so hang in there with me. This year Barbour (the publisher) is bringing them out in e-book only. Next year they will be complied and printed in a one volume print book, all 12 of the novellas. But…(this is where it can get confusing) Walmart asked Barbour for more Christmas stories. In order to accommodate them, Barbour released the novellas in three 4-in-1 print volumes that are only available at Walmart stores. The Gingerbread Bride is in volume 1, The Heartland Christmas Brides. You can see its cover on my website. (http://www.amywritesromance.com) I hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Hi it’s Shirley again. I also have a question. Can all these novellas be bought in 1 book? An ebook?

  4. Get your copy today. An excellent read.

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