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Category: Veering Wildly

I Have Cookies!

Okay, actually, I just have a recipe for cookies. But still. COOKIES!

But it’s not just me, it’s over 30 other historical romance authors!  Yep.

More on that in a sec…

Since we’re all about history here…can you imagine a time before there WERE cookies? Does that sentence even make sense??

I say not.

As far as what we can document, the earliest “cookie” type cakes date back to 7th century, in Persia (modern day Iran.) 

So the next question, obviously, is: My LORD, what did the poor 6th century humans do??? 

Tbh, I’m pretty sure they had cookies.  Sweetening & some kind of shortening was the thing. 

Since honey is as old as written history (think 2100 B.C.) & sugar cane was discovered about 500 B.C., you can breathe a sigh of relief.

As for butter…the ancients had cookie-lovers covered.  From Hindus offering ghee–clarified butter–to Lord Krishna, to pagan Romans using it medicinally (swallowed for coughs or spread on aching joints) to biblical butter (a food for celebration), butter was basic. As it should be.

You may begin to be a bit worried about the other main ingredients in the recipe I’m sharing today–peanuts & chocolate.  

Never fear. 

Peanuts originated in South America, and for as long as there’s been pottery (35oo years) there’s been peanut-shaped pottery & images of peanuts on said pottery.  There’s even some evidence the ancient Incas made peanut butter.  Sadly, the medieval English kitchen wouldn’t have had peanuts. So sad.

As for chocolate…that has a 4000 year history. The Aztecs believed cacao seeds were a gift from the god of wisdom, and the seeds were used as a form of money. I think they were onto something!

Today, luckily, all these cultures & timelines have converged to give us sugar, peanut butter, and…chocolate kisses! 

↓↓  And this is my favorite thing to do with them!    ↓ ↓

 

Onto the recipe.

Bonus: I also suggest some VARIATIONS.  Quick, read on.

But remember what I said above? 

YOU CAN GET MORE COOKIE RECIPES! 

From historical romance authors! 

Plus a chance to win a grand book-ish prize!!

Because this is a romance cookie hop.

 

For all the nuttiness & obligatory emotional masochism of the holidays, you have to admit, there are some silver linings.

Such as romance cookie hops. 

Details on the hop & how to find the links are at the bottom of the post. 

Now onto the recipe.  I also made it downloadable in pdf if you wish.  Download. Bake. Eat. (the cookies, not the download)

PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

PREP:

  • Take out ½ cup butter and warm to room temp
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Unwrap your Kisses. A great job for little hands

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1¼ cups flour*
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar*
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • All the Chocolate Kisses In The World. Or about 36.*

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375 if you haven’t yet
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, & salt in bowl
  • In another large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed about 30 seconds (less if you have an amazing mixer, mechanical or humanoid, such as a medium-sized child or full-sized spouse.)
  • Add peanut butter and both sugars to mixing bowl. Beat about fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg & vanilla to bowl. Beat to combine.
  • In your hand, roll dough into 1 inch/tablespoon size balls*
  • Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet
  • Bake 8-10 min, until edges just beginning to brown. Don’t overbake. Remove when they feel ever so slightly underdone.
  • Immediately press a Kiss into the center of each one. Be gentle.  The warmth from the cookies will start melting the kisses almost immediately, so it’s a fragrant, slightly gooey mess.
  • EAT THEM ALL RIGHT NOW.

Just kidding.  It’s the holidays, people. Save one cookie for each absent family member and if Santa visits your house, one for Santa. You can eat the rest.

I promised variations, so here you go.

Variations:

·       *Use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour instead of white.  I know, right?  But try it.

·       *Use coconut sugar instead of white sugar. It has a more…caramel-y flavor, & you might like it here.  

·       Mix up your Kisses!  (Awww…)  Use dark chocolate, the swirly white-and-milk kind, caramel filled, or any other variation! 

·      *Experiment to see the size cookies you want. Smaller means more Kiss on each cookie, larger means…more cookie.  See what you like best. Just make sure all the ones on any particular cookie sheet are the same size.

To Freeze

You can freeze the raw dough.

·       Mix all ingredients & roll into balls as above. 

·       Optional: Coat in granulated sugar.

·       Place balls on a tray and freeze for about 2 hours or until outside is no longer tacky.

·       Transfer to freezer bag or a container with a sealable lid.

·       Store for up to six months. 

DOWNLOADABLE RECIPE

 

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Check out all the other recipes!
HISTORICAL ROMANCE COOKIE HOP

The holidays are swirling around us: ribbons, gifts, parties, cards, sweet treats! We know you’re busy, so we want to help by sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you. 32 historical romance authors gifting you with 28 delicious holiday cookie recipes!
 
And to make it even more special, one lucky hopper will win a $150 gift card AND 32 historical romances! Woot! A whole winter of Highlanders, Dukes, Knights, Pirates, and more! 

Follow these four easy steps:
* Hop to each link, listed below, which will take you to a historical author’s FB page, web site, or blog. While you’re there please like, follow, or sign up for a newsletter if you would like to stay up to date on our new releases and author happenings.
* Discover a new cookie recipe on each site.
* Collect the name of the cookies from each listed author, and e-mail the total list to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com when it is complete.  The list must be turned in by midnight on December 15th. Please put Cookie Exchange List in the subject.
* One grand prize winner, of a $150 gift card and 32 digital romance books, will be selected randomly from those who collected and turned in the name of all the cookies. The winner must respond within 24 hours to claim prize and we will announce the winner hopefully by December 16th.

Easy, delicious, and fun! Thanks so much for hopping along!

Readers start your ovens. 3 … 2 … 1 … Let the cookie collecting begin! And have a fantastic holiday season!

If you’re following along, the next author in the hop is https://www.facebook.com/TaraKingstonAuthor/
 
If you’re being rebellious and skipping around (clever lass), here are ALL THE LINKS

Lara Archer http://laraarcher.com 
Katharine Ashe https://katharineashe.com/extras/cookies-fit-for-a-prince/
Lori Ann Bailey http://loriannbailey.com/christmas-eve-cookies/  
Tammy L. Bailey https://www.tammylbailey.com/   
Katherine Bone https://facebook.com/AuthorKatherineBone/  
Liana De la Rosa https://www.facebook.com/LianainBloom/
Elizabeth Essex https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.essex.37/
Tina Gabrielle https://www.facebook.com/TinaGabrielle
Virginia Heath https://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/
Piper Huguley http://piperhuguley.com 
Julie Johnstone https://www.facebook.com/authorjuliejohnstone/
Kris Kennedy https://www.kriskennedy.net/Blogsm
Elizabeth Keysian https://elizabethkeysian.com/
Tara Kingston https://www.facebook.com/TaraKingstonAuthor/
Eliza Knight https://eknightauthor.com/2018/12/cookie-exchange-hop/ 
Elizabeth Langston http://www.elizabethlangston.net/holiday-hop/
Jeannie Lin http://www.jeannielin.com/blog/
Diana Lloyd https://www.diana-lloyd.com   
Nicole Locke https://www.facebook.com/NicoleLockeAuthor
Alanna Lucas https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannaLucas/
Deb Marlowe http://www.debmarlowe.com/historical-holiday-cookie-hop.html
Madeline Martin http://www.madelinemartin.com/blog/
Heather McCollum https://www.heathermccollum.com/kitchen/
Maddison Michaels https://www.facebook.com/MaddisonMichaelsAuthor/
April Moran https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAprilMoran
Kate Parker https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/ 
Emma Prince https://www.EmmaPrinceBooks.com  
Vanessa Riley http://vanessariley.com/blog/2018/12/04/3-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies/
Ava Stone http://www.avastoneauthor.com/ava-s-scandalous-oatmeal-cookies
Jennifer Trethewey https://www.facebook.com/jennifertretheweyromance/
Victoria Vane http://www.victoriavane.com/blog  
Harmony Williams http://hwww.harmonywilliams.com/xmas-hop   

 

You can also find ALL THE COOKIE LINKS HERE.
And also ON FACEBOOK HERE.

WTFery: Trademark on the word "Cocky" in romance

Well, here we go.

Authors, publishers, cover designers, and really, anyone in the…world should care about this.

The Story:

Many of you already know this, but a romance author has trademarked the word “cocky,” both as its specialized font, but also the word itself (i.e. a wordmark).

Please don’t tell me she can’t: she has. It’s a done deal, was approved May 1.

Although titles cannot usually be trademarked (or copyrighted), one author who contacted the USPTO was told that a “likelihood of confusion clause” would probably apply, allowing them to not only apply the trademark to a SERIES titles, but BOOK titles too. 

This is an incredibly unsettling precedent, that someone can be granted the exclusive right to a COMMON USE word. Additionally, a word already used on a plethora existing book titles in the genre. 

This is insane. If other authors begin trademarking common use words–oh, say, “warrior” or “duke”–we will be left with nothing but prepositions in our titles. 

Equally important: this does not seem like a move designed to protect her own brand. 

It feels like a move to suppress competition.

That’s not what trademarks are for.

She is in the process of issuing cease & desist letters to other romance authors, claiming they must change their titles, or they will be sued and they will owe her all their earnings.

She has indicated that this is “no big deal,” and should only take the authors “one day” to do.

Um…no.

We’ll see what happens.

 

For your continued reading pleasure: 

http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/cocky-writer-romance-author-faleena-hopkins-trademarks-cocky-and-tries-to-shut-down-others-using-the-word.php

http://legalinspiration.com/?p=503

And/or, you can follow #cockygate, #freecocky, and similar threads on Twitter.

 

Veering Wildly: Citizens United

I’m going off brand today. 

On this, the 8-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, which recognized corporations as having the same rights as individuals, and agreed that money = speech, and thereby removed all limits on corporate special interest spending, which helped create the cesspool of Congress that is stinking to the high heavens right now, I wrote all my Congressional representatives today to ask them to sponsor/co-sponsor bills to overturn that ruling.

I’ve posted a copy of my letter below. If you’re inclined to do the same, feel free to use any language that works for you.  You can find contact info for your reps here:

The House: https://www.house.gov/representatives

The Senate: https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm (scroll down for list of senators)

My letter to my senators (revised slightly when I sent to my House Rep. Note: All my reps are Democrats):

Dear SENATOR,

I’m fully disgusted with Congress.  Senate Bill 335 passed back in September, and now the reprehensible tax bill has passed. It has to end.  

It’s time for Democrats be proactive not reactive.  Be a force people can actually rally behind, because you have a platform and set of issues that make them feel hope and agency.

That is why I’m asking you to sponsor and recruit co-sponsors for a bill to overturn Citizens United.  The House currently has a measure that is, of course, languishing. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/377/text) Back in 2014, California had a state bill that could also serve as a model (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1272)

Please do this thing. To the extent such a position would serve the Democratic Party as a platform issue people can rally behind in 2018 and onward, it has value.  But as I believe representatives should serve their state first, not their party, it would be good for the citizens of MY STATE. 

Fwiw, this is why I chose ‘Economy & Jobs’ as a the topic, because it would have a direct and measurable effect on how legislation is influenced & passed, and be a curb on corporate influence.  Congress is there to be, in ways, a ‘union’ for the people, because as individuals, we do not have the power business has.  Please be our bulwark against the power of corporations to shape our nation

Thank-you for considering this. Please do not respond with a form note.  I’d rather you use you and your staff’s time & energy to co-sponsor this bill and help move it forward.

I’m well aware there will not be much (any) support for it now, but it has a secondary purpose: it’s a big, visible and coalition-building issue.  It’s time for the Democrats to DO SOMETHING, something noticeable and agitating and meaningful, and this issue has cross-over appeal to Trump voters and the lost Bernie voters, and could be an incredibly potent rallying point.

Thank-you.

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