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Sweet Treats Holiday Giveaway, Final Winners Announced

Thanks everyone who came out to participate in the Sweet Treats Holiday giveaway.

The Giveaway is now over. Winners for the week were:

My winner for Day 1 is Danielle!

My winner for Day 2 is Crystal Cox!

My winner for Day 3 is Erica Sandman!

My winner for Day 4 is Connie Prewitt!

My winner for Day 5 is Julie!

Winner of the $25 Tairen’s Lair gift certificate: Brittany Swartz!

Granny Wilson’s Famously Fabulous Apricot Fried Pies

Mom tells me this recipe was handed down from my great-grandmother. It’s a family favorite, cooked at every Thanksgiving and Christmas, usually the night before the feast so we can snack on them throughout the day while preparing out holiday meal.

Fried Pie crust

3 cups flour, sift before measuring
½ tsp salt
½ cup margarine
½ cup shortening
½ cup cold water
1 beaten egg

Combine flour and salt, cut in margarine and shortening until uniform. Mix water and egg and then add to flour mixture. Do not overmix. Dough should be soft and slightly tacky to the touch. If it’s too dry, it doesn’t roll out well. Divide into 2 portions, wrap in cling wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 1-3 hours

Fried Pie Filling

I like Apricot best, but other dried fruits would work as well (apple, peach, cherry).

3 cups dried fruit
Water to cover fruit in saucepan
¾ Cup to 1 Cup Sugar (depending on how sweet you like your filling. I actually skip the sugar in the filling, because I like the tartness of the apricots and find the powdered sugar to be enough sweet for me.)

Cook fruit, water, and sugar in saucepan (don’t use aluminum unless its Teflon coated) until soft. About 45 minutes on low, adding water as needed. Stir fairly frequently to be sure fruit doesn’t stick to pan. Fruit will absorb water, and should easily shred when stirred with spoon. You do not want the apricots whole.

After fruit is soft and shredded, combine:

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
¼ Cup of Water
Juice of a lemon

Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir in lemon juice. Add mixture to the fruit in the saucepan and cook until cornstarch clears and thickens the fruit mixture. Cool but don’t chill.

Prepare the pies

Roll out the sectioned, chilled dough on lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into rounds (I use the lid of a medium sized Crisco can) about 5 or 6 inches across. Add the dough scraps to the next section of dough, and roll out, etc.

For each cut-out dough round, put one or more heaping tablespoons of filling on the center, dip your fingers in water and wet the edge of the round, then fold the circle in half, sealing the edges well. You don’t want the filling to come out during frying. (I use fork tines to press the edges together.) The filled, sealed pie looks like a half moon.

Heat about half an inch of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer. Fry the pies on Medium heat until golden brown and put on paper towels to drain. While still hot, sift powdered confectioner’s sugar over pies.

My family loves them so well, I usually make a double batch. They are delicious either warm or cold. They do not need refrigeration.

Happy Holidays! And congratulations to all winners!

Sweet Treats Holiday Giveaway! (Day 2)

My agent, Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency, is hosting a fabulous holiday giveaway with recipes from more than 25 of the agency’s authors and chances to win a $300 gift card to amazon, B&N or iTunes to keep you happily reading this holiday season! In order to enter the contest for your chance to win the gift card, be sure to enter my name and my recipe name into the official contest form on the 3 Seas Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/. The contest starts at midnight December 1 and runs through December 5th. If you have any questions about the promotion, please contact Kurt at admin@threeseaslit.com. Thanks for participating, and good luck!

In addition, anyone who wants to share a great recipe or holiday tradition of their own here on my C.L. Wilson blog will ALSO be entered to win one of the autographed copies of THE WINTER KING that I’ll be giving away each day from December 1st through December 5th in conjunction with the 3Seas Contest! All entrants who comment on this blog will also be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Tairen’s Lair, my online merchandise shop..

We’re now on Day 2 of the Giveaway.

My winner for Day 1 is Danielle!

Granny Wilson’s Famously Fabulous Apricot Fried Pies

Mom tells me this recipe was handed down from my great-grandmother. It’s a family favorite, cooked at every Thanksgiving and Christmas, usually the night before the feast so we can snack on them throughout the day while preparing out holiday meal.

Fried Pie crust

3 cups flour, sift before measuring
½ tsp salt
½ cup margarine
½ cup shortening
½ cup cold water
1 beaten egg

Combine flour and salt, cut in margarine and shortening until uniform. Mix water and egg and then add to flour mixture. Do not overmix. Dough should be soft and slightly tacky to the touch. If it’s too dry, it doesn’t roll out well. Divide into 2 portions, wrap in cling wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 1-3 hours

Fried Pie Filling

I like Apricot best, but other dried fruits would work as well (apple, peach, cherry).

3 cups dried fruit
Water to cover fruit in saucepan
¾ Cup to 1 Cup Sugar (depending on how sweet you like your filling. I actually skip the sugar in the filling, because I like the tartness of the apricots and find the powdered sugar to be enough sweet for me.)

Cook fruit, water, and sugar in saucepan (don’t use aluminum unless its Teflon coated) until soft. About 45 minutes on low, adding water as needed. Stir fairly frequently to be sure fruit doesn’t stick to pan. Fruit will absorb water, and should easily shred when stirred with spoon. You do not want the apricots whole.

After fruit is soft and shredded, combine:

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
¼ Cup of Water
Juice of a lemon

Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir in lemon juice. Add mixture to the fruit in the saucepan and cook until cornstarch clears and thickens the fruit mixture. Cool but don’t chill.

Prepare the pies

Roll out the sectioned, chilled dough on lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into rounds (I use the lid of a medium sized Crisco can) about 5 or 6 inches across. Add the dough scraps to the next section of dough, and roll out, etc.

For each cut-out dough round, put one or more heaping tablespoons of filling on the center, dip your fingers in water and wet the edge of the round, then fold the circle in half, sealing the edges well. You don’t want the filling to come out during frying. (I use fork tines to press the edges together.) The filled, sealed pie looks like a half moon.

Heat about half an inch of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer. Fry the pies on Medium heat until golden brown and put on paper towels to drain. While still hot, sift powdered confectioner’s sugar over pies.

My family loves them so well, I usually make a double batch. They are delicious either warm or cold. They do not need refrigeration.

Enter and Comment to Win!

Don’t forget -enter my name and my recipe on the 3Seas Contest Form found on https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/to participate in the $300 bookstore gift card giveaway. Comments here don’t enter you in that gift card giveaway.

To enter for a chance to win a signed copy of THE WINTER KING and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Tairen’s Lair, share one of your own holiday recipes or traditions in the comments below!

Sweet Treats Holiday Giveaway!

My agent, Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency, is hosting a fabulous holiday giveaway with recipes from more than 25 of the agency’s authors and chances to win a $300 gift card to amazon, B&N or iTunes to keep you happily reading this holiday season! In order to enter the contest for your chance to win the gift card, be sure to enter my name and my recipe name into the official contest form on the 3 Seas Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/. The contest starts at midnight December 1 and runs through December 5th. If you have any questions about the promotion, please contact Kurt at admin@threeseaslit.com. Thanks for participating, and good luck!

In addition, anyone who wants to share a great recipe or holiday tradition of their own here on my C.L. Wilson blog will ALSO be entered to win one of the autographed copies of THE WINTER KING that I’ll be giving away each day from December 1st through December 5th in conjunction with the 3Seas Contest! All entrants who comment on this blog will also be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Tairen’s Lair, my online merchandise shop..

Granny Wilson’s Famously Fabulous Apricot Fried Pies

Mom tells me this recipe was handed down from my great-grandmother. It’s a family favorite, cooked at every Thanksgiving and Christmas, usually the night before the feast so we can snack on them throughout the day while preparing out holiday meal.

Fried Pie crust

3 cups flour, sift before measuring
½ tsp salt
½ cup margarine
½ cup shortening
½ cup cold water
1 beaten egg

Combine flour and salt, cut in margarine and shortening until uniform. Mix water and egg and then add to flour mixture. Do not overmix. Dough should be soft and slightly tacky to the touch. If it’s too dry, it doesn’t roll out well. Divide into 2 portions, wrap in cling wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 1-3 hours

Fried Pie Filling

I like Apricot best, but other dried fruits would work as well (apple, peach, cherry).

3 cups dried fruit
Water to cover fruit in saucepan
¾ Cup to 1 Cup Sugar (depending on how sweet you like your filling. I actually skip the sugar in the filling, because I like the tartness of the apricots and find the powdered sugar to be enough sweet for me.)

Cook fruit, water, and sugar in saucepan (don’t use aluminum unless its Teflon coated) until soft. About 45 minutes on low, adding water as needed. Stir fairly frequently to be sure fruit doesn’t stick to pan. Fruit will absorb water, and should easily shred when stirred with spoon. You do not want the apricots whole.

After fruit is soft and shredded, combine:

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
¼ Cup of Water
Juice of a lemon

Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir in lemon juice. Add mixture to the fruit in the saucepan and cook until cornstarch clears and thickens the fruit mixture. Cool but don’t chill.

Prepare the pies

Roll out the sectioned, chilled dough on lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into rounds (I use the lid of a medium sized Crisco can) about 5 or 6 inches across. Add the dough scraps to the next section of dough, and roll out, etc.

For each cut-out dough round, put one or more heaping tablespoons of filling on the center, dip your fingers in water and wet the edge of the round, then fold the circle in half, sealing the edges well. You don’t want the filling to come out during frying. (I use fork tines to press the edges together.) The filled, sealed pie looks like a half moon.

Heat about half an inch of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer. Fry the pies on Medium heat until golden brown and put on paper towels to drain. While still hot, sift powdered confectioner’s sugar over pies.

My family loves them so well, I usually make a double batch. They are delicious either warm or cold. They do not need refrigeration.

Enter and Comment to Win!

Don’t forget -enter my name and my recipe on the 3Seas Contest Form found on https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/to participate in the $300 bookstore gift card giveaway. Comments here don’t enter you in that gift card giveaway.

To enter for a chance to win a signed copy of THE WINTER KING and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Tairen’s Lair, share one of your own holiday recipes or traditions in the comments below!

Publisher’s Weekly Names THE WINTER KING One of this Springs’s Most Anticipated Reads

Very cool news, my friends! My lovely editor at Avon, Tessa Woodward, just informed me that the reviews editors of Publisher’s Weekly have selected THE WINTER KING as one of this spring’s most anticipated reads! Whoot! You can see the full list at the Publisher’s Weekly website.

About C.L. Wilson’s THE WINTER KING

The Winter King

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

This book will be released August 2014 from Avon.

Pre-Order Your Copy of The Winter King Now

The Winter King is now available for preorder. Click any of the following links to reserve your copy today!

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Autographed copies of ONE ENCHANTED SEASON now available at TairensLair.com

One Enchanted Season

Autographed trade paperback copies of the holiday anthology, ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, by C.L. Wilson, Elissa Wilds and Erica Ridley are now available at Tairen’s Lair (www.tairenslair.com), the C.L. Wilson online store. Stop by to order your copy today!

Like the ebook, the print version includes a sneak peak of C.L. Wilson’s forthcoming full-length fantasy romance, THE WINTER KING.

The Reading Cafe Interviews C.L. Wilson

Join me today at The Reading Café (www.thereadingcafe.com)as I chat with Barb about the Fading Lands, THE WINTER KING, ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, and what I’m working on now.

THE WINTER KING Now Available for Pre-Order

C.L. Wilson’s forthcoming full length novel, THE WINTER KING is now available for preorder at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Pre-Order Your Copy Today

Click any of the following links to reserve your copy today!
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One Enchanted Season Now Available in Paperback

One Enchanted Season

One Enchanted Season, the holiday anthology by authors C.L. Wilson, Erica Ridley & Elissa Wilds is now available in a print edition, as well as digital format. The trade paperback version from CreateSpace is on sale now at Amazon.com.

Get your copy today and settle down for a magical, romantic read!

Visit www.clwilson.com for more information.

What Reviewers Are Saying

“C.L. Wilson’s imagination is right up there with the best in the business. This uplifting story is streaked with darkness, written in her beautifully lyrical voice, and is very different from her Fading Lands series, showing her versatility. It’s the perfect holiday story.”

~The Good, The Bad & The Unread, on Upon a Midnight (C.L. Wilson’s novella in One Enchanted Season), Grade: A


“…a story of healing, with a beautiful romance, as well as having dark elements. Very nicely done.”

~ The Reading Café on Upon a Midnight, C.L. Wilson’s novella in One Enchanted Season

Enjoy Magical Holiday Romance with C.L. Wilson in ONE ENCHANTED SEASON! Available now!

Now Available from C.L. Wilson

Upon A Midnight, in One Enchanted SeasonStep into a world where the nights are long, snowflakes sparkle like fairy lights, and the hearth fires burn as brightly as the passion of new-found love as three bestselling and critically acclaimed authors of paranormal romance weave stories inspired by classic holiday songs.

  • In C.L. Wilson’s Upon a Midnight, an angel helps a troubled woman heal the wounds of her past so her soul can relearn how to sing.
  • Erica Ridley delivers magic with Let It Snow, in which a treasure hunter breaches an enchanted castle only to become trapped inside with a cursed princess and a suspicious tree.
  • And in Snowman, Elissa Wilds weaves a tale of love that bridges two very different worlds, when a snowy stranger appears at an isolated mountain cabin seeking much more than a shelter from the storm.
ONE ENCHANTED SEASON is an anthology of magical holiday novellas written by me and two dear friends, Elissa Wilds and Erica Ridley. This project is something we dreamed up at a writer’s weekend a couple of years ago, and I’m super excited about it. Erica’s contribution is hilarious and touching and just a delight to read. Elissa’s (who is like my spiritual soul-sister, we think so alike in so many things) is sexy and mystical, and will hopefully be the first of many stories about the keepers of the Crystal Skulls

Besides providing me the pleasure of working with two wonderful friends whom I adore, this book also marks three significant firsts for me:

  • It’s my very first published contemporary romance (and, boy, did I have fun writing it!),
  • It’s my very first published novella (and, wordy me, I pushed right up to the maximum wordcount allowed before my story ceased being a novella and became an actual novel), and
  • It’s my very first foray into self-publishing, something I’ve been wanting to try ever since ereaders and ereader apps became readily available. The book is currently available in digital only but we’re working to make a print copy available as soon as possible.

I hope you’ll give the book a try, and please let me know what you think! (I have a not-so-secret crush on my angel, Micah, who, as one of the characters in the story proclaims, is “Manly with a capital Mrowr!”)

As a bonus feature, ONE ENCHANTED SEASON includes the first published excerpt of my upcoming full-length novel, THE WINTER KING (coming Aug 2014 from Avon Romance).

 

Check Out the Kitlings!


And if you’re wondering what to get that special someone-who-has-everything, check out the latest from the Tairen’s Lair (www.tairenslair.com). Last year, we offered a very limited production of Hallah kitling. Now Rainier-Eras and Ellysetta-Azreisa join the pride. New prints and great sales on on mugs, shirts and plaques also available.

The Winter King Release Date Announced

It’s official. My next fantasy romance, THE WINTER KING, is complete, submitted and scheduled for release August 2014.

The Winter King

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

This book will be released August 2014 from Avon.