Make the Yuletide Gay: “Love’s Surrender” by Samantha Kane


Guest Blog from Samantha Kane

LOVE’S SURRENDER by Samantha Kane
Book 9 in the Brothers In Arms series.

Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life—the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.

Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?

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For anyone who hasn’t read my Brothers in Arms series, all the books are m/m/f. The m/m romance between the heroes is as important in the books as their romances with the heroine. The books in this series all end with a true menage happily ever after.

I thought I’d share my family’s favorite holiday recipe. Watch out, though! This recipe is as easy as it delicious. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a family favorite at your house, too. It’s the perfect offering for holiday pot luck parties.

Cranberry “Salad”

2 cans of jellied cranberry sauce
1 crisp red apple of your choice, diced (do not peel)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
powdered sugar, to taste
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • Mix jellied cranberry sauce with diced apples and put in a glass container suitable for freezing. (I use a bread loaf pan, but a casserole or baking dish would also work).
  • Whip the whipping cream with a mixer until stiff but spreadable, adding powdered sugar as you whip. I add about 6 tablespoons. The sweeter the better, because it balances out the tartness of the cranberry and apple. Taste as you go. :-)
  • Fold walnuts into whipped cream, reserving 1 tablespoon of walnuts.
  • Spread whipped cream over cranberry/apple mixture. Do not mix! Spread it like frosting.
  • Sprinkle top with remaining walnuts.
  • Freeze for several hours, until firm.
  • Let sit for several minutes before serving. Servings should be cut small.

This isn’t really a “salad,” but that’s what we’ve always called it at my house. It can be served with the meal, or after as a dessert. If you serve it frozen, it’s almost like a Popsicle. I like to let it warm up a bit before I eat it.


Tell me your favorite holiday food and enter to win an ebook copy of Love’s Surrender. I’ll contact the winner on Christmas Eve! The first book in the series, The Courage to Love, is available for free on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and at Ellora’s Cave and ARe, through December 18!


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