Today’s feature is Kris Jacen & Sugar Cookies And Computer Code
Happy Holidays! The holidays are all about family for me. Whether it’s my biological one or my one of choice, having them come visit makes me smile. Throughout the years as a military spouse I’ve had single soldiers in my guest room, on my couch or in a sleeping bag on my floor. No matter where they landed, they were treated as family. Now that my husband has retired, we still have friends and family camped out around our house throughout the year.
This year I tried my hand at a holiday story. SUGAR COOKIES AND COMPUTER CODE has a misfit elf with a huge loving family and a lost teddy bear that doesn’t think that he’ll ever want to be loved again. Finding their way together isn’t completely smooth for them but in the end, of course, a Christmas miracle becomes theirs.
At the beginning of each chapter, I’ve got a cookie recipe since El the teddy bear is a baker. Here’s one of the recipes, it was my grandmother’s that we made each year together that I know bake with my daughters. Enjoy!
Spritz (Kris’ grammie’s recipe)
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup of sugar
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract
Preheat the over to 400°.
Cream together butter and sugar then slowly add in other ingredients.
Add mixture into a cookie press and press into the shape of a wreath.
Bake for 6-9 minutes or until golden.
SUGAR COOKIES AND COMPUTER CODE
Tandy has never fit in with the others at the North Pole, whether it’s his size
or love for computers. But he wants to contribute to the mission of making the world’s children happy. Every elf does. Taking time away from his baby — a new process for the Nice and Naughty lists — to do the yearly census on the Isle of Misfit Toys just doesn’t fit into his schedule.
It seemed like every time El turned around, there was another elf getting under foot for a census. Did the elves think that toys just disappeared from the Isle? And those that arrived were accounted for before they arrived. All El wanted at this point in his life was to become a baker at the North Pole. He’d had the love of a child already and Jack Frost did it hurt when he was no longer in his heart. Maybe if he avoided the elf this year, they’d just leave him to his cookies.
Can the magic of the holidays bring these two together? El and Tandy both need help healing and isn’t Christmas the season of miracles?
Okay, when El had said that Tandy could ask just about anything, he never thought Tandy would ask him to shift. Jack Frost, he couldn’t remember the last time he shifted.
“Why would you want to see a flat, old teddy bear?” El asked quickly.
“I’d just like to see. If you don’t want to, I understand. I just thought I’d ask.” Tandy paused before continuing, “sweatpants?”
El hesitated, then without saying anything else, he moved over and sat on the bed. It was more comfortable than his floor to shift. He couldn’t count how many hours he’d laid on Ethan’s bed. Sugar boo-boos, he hadn’t thought about Ethan in years, but now he couldn’t stop. He shook his head and shifted, flopping over onto the bed.
He watched Tandy for his reaction, but it was hard laying on the bed. He could barely see him out of the corner of his eye. Tandy didn’t make El wait long before he moved over to the bed and picked him up. He held El in his hands and looked him all over then pulled him close to his chest and cuddled him.
After a minute, Tandy whispered, “Thank you for trusting me. Can you shift back to sleep and cuddle with me? Or do you want to cuddle with me in this form?”
El didn’t hesitate and shifted back, ending up sitting on Tandy’s lap…naked.
Kris Jacen grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts, met her soldier in high school but didn’t married him almost ten years later. She moved around with him and their daughters (born in two different states thanks to the Army) for the first 19 years of their marriage (they celebrated their silver anniversary in 2018) before settling in western New York.
She has been the Editor in Chief and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints since January of 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.
You can find out more about Kris on her website http://www.krisjacen.com.
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