It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: The Mistletoe Favor (+ guest post)

Posted December 17, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2022, Jill Kemerer, romance / 21 Comments

The Mistletoe Favor

Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads!

Christmas is only EIGHT days away!!!

Continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2022. Most days will have more than one post, just FYI. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Wyoming Ranchers #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2022
PAGES: 222

It will take one special cowboy

To make this season bright.

After gaining guardianship of his half sister, wealthy rancher Mac Tolbert hopes a part-time job during the holidays will help the grieving teenager. New coffee shop owner Bridget Renna has been on her own since sixteen and is immediately drawn to the shy orphan—and her handsome brother. But as Bridget grows closer to the siblings, will her troubled past ruin their chance at a Christmas together?


From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


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Baking Up Christmas Memories

by Jill Kemerer, author of The Mistletoe Favor

Can you smell that? It’s peanut-buttery and chocolatey and warm and gooey. Yes, it’s December and I’m baking!

I have an assortment of goodies I bake every year. My mother’s sour cream sugar cookies are a must. With a hint of nutmeg, they bring back so many good memories of baking them as a child. In my mind, it was always snowing—we lived in mid-Michigan where you tend to get a lot of snow—and my sister and Mom and I had so much fun rolling out the dough and cutting out the cookies. We finished them off with a simple icing. They tasted delicious!

Here is a similar recipe (I halve this and add a little nutmeg):

Another staple was fudge. I make a super-simple recipe you probably are familiar with. You just melt chocolate chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk together, add a little vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and it’s done. Easy!

Here is the recipe (I add a pinch of salt):

My family loves peanut blossoms. They’re the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle. I make them every year, and every year we devour them. They are SO good.

Here is the inspiration recipe:

For the past couple of years, I’ve made dark chocolate cookies with a chocolatey mint center. Basically, I bake the dark chocolate cookie, and as soon as they’re out of the oven, I place an Andes mint in the center. We all love these, too.

Here’s the inspiration recipe (I modified it to skip the coating, and I place a chocolate mint in the center after they’re baked):

Whatever treats I make, I know we’ll enjoy them. And if I try a new recipe and it’s not so great? I won’t make it again. No biggie!

What baked goods bring out the Christmas memories for you?

Thank you for hosting me today, Carrie!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. Over half a million of her books have sold worldwide. Jill’s essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband. They have two adult children. For more information, visit her website,

Jill Kemerer is offering a print copy of The Mistletoe Favor to one of my readers! (US only for print. Ebook if winner is outside the US. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Mistletoe Favor by Jill Kemerer?

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21 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: The Mistletoe Favor (+ guest post)

  1. Nancy

    THE MISTLETOE FAVOR by Jill Kemerer sounds like a charming book to read around Christmas time. Gingerbread reminds me of Christmas!

  2. Maryann

    I always enjoy reading the Love Inspired books. I remember all the cookies my sister used to bake. I loved her spritz cookies.

  3. Betty Curran

    Definitely sugar cookies. We had so much fun cutting them out and adding all the decorations to make them as snowmen or Christmas trees.

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