Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Lisa Schnedler & Bentonsport – A Christmas Story

Posted October 14, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christmas, contemporary, fantasy, giveaway, Lisa Schnedler, romance / 15 Comments

Bentonsport Christmas JustRead Blog TourWelcome to the Blog Tour for Bentonsport – A Christmas Story by Lisa Schnedler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Lisa on the blog today talking about the smell & taste of Christmas!

Bentonsport - A Christmas Story

SERIES: Bentonsport #1
GENRE: Clean Romance/Christmas/Time Travel
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2022
PAGES: 324

What if you found the love of your life right in your hometown—in another century? Bentonsport—two different eras in one special town, two lonely persons, and one miraculous Christmas…

For Bentonsport Academy Headmaster Thomas Barton, Christmas emphasizes his loneliness. He has given up hope of discovering a woman to share his heart and life and plans to return to his hometown for the holidays. But when his friend’s preposterous prophecy comes true, he finds himself having traveled not by train, but through time, from 1869, to Bentonsport today! Now he must navigate a modern world for the two weeks before Christmas and discover what he was sent to find.

Baker Sarah Peterson has everything she wants in the small historic town of modern-day Bentonsport—everything but a man with whom to share her dreams and future. And, in a town of under fifty residents, where’s she going to encounter a soulmate? But when Thomas walks into her bakery, seemingly odd and out of place, but handsome and charming, she finds herself hoping something special might happen this Christmas.

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The Smell and Taste of Christmas!

by Lisa Schnedler, author of Bentonsport – A Christmas Story

Bentonsport: A Christmas Story is about two people, from two eras, who meet two weeks before Christmas. It is a cozy romance, perfect for the holiday season!

Sarah Peterson, one of the main characters, owns and operates a bakery from her home. Two weeks before Christmas, she is baking up a storm—rolls, Kringles, and, of course, Christmas cookies. Thomas Barton, the other leading character, spends a good deal of time working side-by-side with her as she meets the big orders the holiday brings.

Sarah uses a Scottish Shortbread recipe for her iced and decorated Christmas cookies.

This has been my “go-to” Christmas cookie for decades. The recipe I use was handed down to me from my mother-in-law, who received it from a friend, Babs Stirrat, who was originally from Scotland.

What I love about this recipe is that it is simple—only three ingredients (other than the colored sugar!) and delicious. But like most good things in life, including romances, it takes special care. As Sarah states, “One minute it is golden, and the next, black.”

So, though straightforward in terms of ingredients, you must watch these cookies like a toddler near a bowl of icing—or you will be sorry!

Here is the recipe:

Scotch Shortbread Cookies (Babs Stirrat)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

½ lb. butter
½ lb. cup sugar
3 cups flour.

Cream the butter and sugar. Cut in the flour, using most of the 3 cups (the rest will be used on the rolling pin later). Mix with fingers, not quite kneading. Roll out to ½” thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Decorate with colored sugar. Bake ABOUT 30 minutes—give or take 10 minutes (yes – this is the finicky part!) until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

These cookies are simple yet yummy!

Like a good romance, they are lovely in any season—but there is something special about everything at Christmas!

Lisa Schnedler

Lisa Schnedler writes cozy romances. She has lived in Bentonsport, Iowa, for more than 25 years, the setting of her latest series. A certified Christian Life Coach, Lisa has a Christian life planning ministry, Branch Living, to help Christians live out their God-given purposes. This ministry includes retreats, classes, a website, blog, and podcast. She is president of a health system in Wisconsin. She is a pastor’s wife, mother of three, and grandmother of six.

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Bentonsport - A Christmas Story JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card & bookmarks.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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15 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Lisa Schnedler & Bentonsport – A Christmas Story

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    What an interesting dilemma–to love someone from another time period! This sounds like a very interesting novel that I’d love to read!

  2. Roxanne C.

    If the couple decides to stay together, which time period will they choose? Thank you for the cookie recipe; I’m going to try making these this year.

  3. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Bentonsport – A Christmas Story

  4. Linda Moffitt

    I Love Sweet Romance Reads. Especially Christmas Stories. Thank You For Sharing This Book & It’s Book Tour With Us.

  5. Eva Millien

    Wonderful guest post and Bentonsport – A Christmas Story sounds like a wonderful holiday read for me to enjoy! Good luck with your book!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous week!

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