Saturday, December 13, 2014

On the first day of Christmas...came Jan Romes's story "Big on Christmas"

I'm thrilled to host the first of my fellow "Twelve Brides of Christmas" authors, Jan Romes on my blog for this First Day of Christmas with her new story, "Big on Christmas." Welcome, Jan!

I’m tickled to be here today as part of the “Twelve Brides of Christmas” author’s spotlight! My part of this incredible series was geared around ‘Partridge in a pear tree’, and is titled Big On Christmas! In the opening scene, Cassie says right from the get-go that she’s NOT a partridge in a pear tree kind of girl. From there, the fun begins.
Buy it now on Amazon HERE!

One of things stressed in the story is the annual Wassail Weekend that in reality takes place the first weekend of December in Woodstock, Vermont. I thought I’d share a wassail recipe in case you’d like to make it for your Christmas get-togethers:
2 qts. Apple cider
1 ½ c. orange juice
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
* For wassail with a kick add brandy or rum

Put all ingredients in a slow cooker & cook it until it boils, then simmer it the rest of the day. It will taste delicious and the house will smell yummy too.

Mmmm! That looks amazing! I love that you can do it in your slow cooker, too--that is my favorite kitchen appliance!! Here's Jan's book blurb--I've already bought my copy! I can't wait to read it!!

Born to free-spirited, convention-shucking parents, Cassie Newman thirsts for normal. Leaving L.A. with a secret, she finds herself in Woodstock, VT – a town rich with Christmas tradition. She’s not big on Christmas but Woodstock feels like the perfect fit. Landing a job with Stennett’s Hardware, she tried to forget the world she knew, but Luke Stennett’s small-town charm makes her even more aware of the life she never had.
Luke has his hands full with running the store and caring for his dad. He’s attracted to Cassie but he doesn’t have time for a relationship. Things are starting to go right but he harbors a secret of his own that has the potential to turn everything upside down. Once their secrets are revealed, will it kill the chemistry and send Cassie back to L.A.? Or will she fight for her happiness and stay firmly planted in a place big on Christmas?

Buy links for Big on Christmas:   
The Wild Rose Press link is HERE 

Author Bio: Jan Romes is a hopeless romantic who grew up in northwest Ohio with eight zany siblings. Married to her high school sweetheart for more years than seems possible, she’s also a proud mom, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She likes to read all genres, writes witty contemporary romance, and enjoys gardening and finding new ways to stay fit.

 You can visit Jan at:  or on Facebook at and also on Twitter at


  1. Pinned to my Facebook author page and shared everywhere. Merry Christmas, Dylan and Jan! :-)

    1. You are a gem, Belinda Hughes! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and helping Jan to spread the word about her great book!