Guest Author: Megan Kelly & Giveaway!

I’m so pleased to have award-winning author Megan Kelly on the blog today.  She writes absolutely charming and delicious contemporary romances, and she has two new books out–Christmas stories, too!  And today readers have two chances to win her books!  Can you tell us about that, Megan?

Thanks for having me, Vanessa. I’m offering two separate giveaways: a digital copy of Santa Dear, the first Christmas in Stilton book. For those who don’t win, you can buy it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Apple (iBooks).

The second giveaway will be delivered via snail mail: a paperback of Stand-In Mom (Harlequin American Romance 1371) and  a scarf I knitted, which is similar to the one mentioned in my latest release,Holly & Ivey.

Wow!  That’s an awesome giveaway, Megan!  Now let’s chat a bit about your books.

How did you come up with the story for Holly & Ivey? My friends helped me  brainstorm one night in a hotel. A publisher had a call out for a holiday story, but the deadline fell mid-way during my vacation with my husband. I liked the idea, so I decided to publish it myself.

What can you tell us about it? Holly MacDonald rushes back to the small town she left as a child to prevent her friend from marrying an unfaithful groom. Her old buddy, Luke Ivey, is the best man who intends to stop her interference. She’s no longer his tomboy pal, and he’s no longer her nerdy sidekick. They’re attracted to each other, despite their different views on the wedding and their living four hours apart. But he’s tied to the land, and she’s climbing the corporate ladder in Chicago.

When “The Wedding March” fades and Christmas is over, will they stay together?

Do you have a favorite Christmas recipe? My mom makes the best fudge, but unfortunately, there’s no recipe–I’ve even tried watching her and writing it down, to no avail. I like to make noodles to go with the turkey and mashed potatoes, and a batch or ten of Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies (recipe on bag). Here’s a favorite of mine, though my kids don’t care for it, due to the nuts. I found it in a book by Silhouette author Sandra Stanford and eagerly anticipate these every year.


12 oz pkg butterscotch morsels

6 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate morsels

12 oz salted Spanish peanuts

Melt combined morsels in top of double boiler over boiling water OR melt in microwave. I do this, over a bowl of water.

When chips melt, stir together, then stir in peanuts until coated. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let cool and harden.

Don’t miss Megan’s new release, Holly & Ivey: Christmas in Stilton, book 2. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smash Words.

Readers, to win one of Megan’s great prizes, just tell me what your favorite kind of candy is, especially at this time of year! 

And please visit her website at to get the scoop on the rest of her books!

65 thoughts on “Guest Author: Megan Kelly & Giveaway!

  1. I love Christmas stories. My favorite candy is something my aunt Sue makes. I am not sure it has a real name, but it is delicious. It is made with oreos and cream cheese that has been in a food processor, then she makes them in small balls and dips them in white chocolate!

  2. I love this story can’t wait to read it.
    My favorite candy is the chocolate covered peanut butter balls my sister makes us every year, She always has a box full of goodies. I love the scarf and colors too. I been crocheting toilet paper roll covers for Christmas presents.

  3. I love “puppy chow,” which is chocolate and peanut butter coated Chex tossed in powdered sugar. The kids and I have a great time making it every year and having it on Christmas Eve with some hot chocolate.

  4. Hello Megan! I am delighted that you could share with us this morning. I hope that you are well. ~ My favorite this time of year is divinity! Yum!! Wishing you a safe & very Merry Christmas & a prosperous 2013!

  5. My favorite candy for Christmas are “Pretzel Turtles” which as soooo easy to make. I just put small round or square pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined pan. Place one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel and bake in a 300º oven for 4 minutes. While the the candy is still warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. De-lish!

  6. I loved both the Christmas stories, but especially Holly and Ivey! It’s hard to pick a favorite candy, but how about milk chocolate fudge?

  7. It may sound really boring, but I love peppermint candy canes this time of year. Oh, and fudge… but not candy canes and fudge together:)

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