Guest Post: Sweet & Spicy with Tara Taylor Quinn

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The Heart of Christmas and a Recipe

The Heart of Christmas. I wrote this book many years ago.  I just sat down to tell a story.  The idea had come to me.  I’d sold it to Harlequin.  And, as I do with all of my books, I sat down, listened to the voices in my head, and typed.  I had no idea I was creating something that would speak to hearts years into the future.  But it continues to do so.  I’ve done nothing to publicize this story since its original release date.  To sell this book.  And yet, like the tradition of Christmas – the hope and love that Christmas celebrates – this story continues to touch lives.

I can tell by the sales numbers.  But you can tell, too, by looking at reader reviews on Amazon.  Years after publication, readers continue to read and review this book.  I’ve pulled one up here for you to make it easy!

From a reader on


on July 31, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Thank you Tara Taylor Quinn for this FANTASTIC book! The Book Description is good, but, the entire book itself is so much more. I don’t want to add anymore descriptions to what is above. Just read it and enjoy all it has to offer. I loved Abby and Nick’s story. I loved the girls at the home. Once I started reading this book right from the beginning, I couldn’t stop reading it. It truely is a page turner. I read from 5 to 7 books a week and “The Heart of Christmas” is one of my all-time favorites. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

The Heart of Christmas is about a woman who finds herself all alone – her twin sister disappeared and was never found – she has no other family to celebrate with.  So she goes to help out a home for pregnant teens.  All of the girls in the home have agreed to give up their babies for adoption.  Everyone there is emotionally bruised.  Everyone is hurting.  And yet in the midst of their burdens, their coming together, opening their hearts to each other as they celebrate a very different Christmas for all of them, they find real and lasting joy.

The Heart of Christmas is my beacon.  My reminder.  Of what I believe.  What I hope for.  And what I know.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

And now for a TTQ recipe…

Chocolate Pixies

This is my all-time favorite cookie recipe.  I started making it with my mom and aunt when I was a kid.  I still use that original recipe card which has so many smudges on it now, fingerprints from all these years of loving and baking, that I can’t even read it all.  Nor do I need to, but I pull it out every year anyway.  I have it on the counter with me as I bake.  I look at the chocolate and butter fingerprints and get full before I’ve even taken a bite.


1/4 cup butter or margarine

4 1oz. squares unsweetened chocolate

Melt, remove from heat and let cool.

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

Blend, adding eggs one at a time.

2 cups flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

Mix and add to egg/chocolate mixture.

Chill.  (At least two hours, overnight is less messy)

Roll chilled mixture into cookie sized balls.  Roll in a bowl of confectioner’s sugar.  Place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 300 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes.

— Tara


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Holiday Superromance Books

Merry Christmas, Babies
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 296 pages
November 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books

Business hotshot Elise Richardson is successful, beautiful, single… and her biological clock is clanging like a church bell. So independent Elise takes matters into her own hands and now she’s pregnant–with quadruplets! Her business partner and best friend, Joe Bennett, can’t believe she’s going to be a mom–times four! There’s no way he’s ready for the chaos of parenthood. Being one of seven children has taught him that much. But now that Elise’s doctor says she shouldn’t be home alone, Joe’s ready to move in. Strictly as a friend, of course. At least until Christmas…

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin

The Heart of Christmas
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 304 pages
July 15th 2011 by Harlequin Treasury – Harlequin Superromance

This Christmas, she’s got her very own St. Nick!

With her business sold and her family out of reach, Abby Hayden’s at loose ends.

But if Abby doesn’t have enough to occupy her time, Dr. Nick McIntrye has too much. So many people rely on him for help and guidance…. No wonder Abby calls him “St. Nick.”

Nick has a proposition for Abby, one he thinks will benefit them both. He persuades her to work at a home he’s established for pregnant teens, girls who’ll be giving up their babies for adoption.

That’s where Abby learns she has a special gift: she knows how to make these girls feel loved and valued, despite their mistakes, despite their fears and lost confidence. And she receives a special gift herself–her very own St. Nick. Not just this Christmas, but for all the Christmases to come!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Harlequin

For the Children
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 304 pages
December 1st 2003 by Harlequin Books

Kirk Chandler and Valerie Simms–two people who’ll do anything for children

Valerie is a juvenile court judge. She spends her days helping troubled kids–including her own fatherless twin boys.

Through her sons, she meets Kirk Chandler. Kirk’s given up a successful corporate career and dedicated himself to helping the children in his Phoenix community…as a basketball coach, as a crossing guard, as an adult who encourages them to strive for the best.

Kirk becomes an increasingly important part of her family’s life, even spending Christmas with Valerie and her twins. And Valerie discovers that she and Kirk not only share a commitment to protecting children, they share a deep attraction–and a personal connection that shocks them both.

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The Promise of Christmas
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 304 pages
November 1st 2005 by Harlequin Special Releases

Leslie Sanderson’s brother, Cal, is dead–and he’s left behind two children no one knew he had. She and Kip Webster, Cal’s closest friend, “inherit” these secret kids.

As they form their makeshift family, Leslie and Kip decide to share a house. And that leads to other kinds of sharing…. One night, just before Christmas, Leslie tells him about the devastating thing that happened when she was young–something she’s kept secret all this time.

Because in Kip, she finds the promise of safety, acceptance and love. The promise of what family should be. The promise of Christmas….

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The Holiday Visitor
(Cover used from to-be reissued paperback.)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
April 1st 2008 by Harlequin Special Releases

Marybeth Lawson has the life she’s always wanted. And it all revolves around her cozy bed-and-breakfast. As busy as it keeps her, there is no room for romance, which is fine with her. Then one Christmas, the very good-looking Craig McKellips reserves a room–and everything changes. The attraction between them is intense and instant.

With each visit, the connection between them deepens and Marybeth marvels as the wall around her heart crumbles. Could Craig be the one? Then he reveals a shocking secret that threatens their relationship. Now Marybeth must pick up the pieces and discover what it means to really know someone…and love them anyway.

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Praise for Tara Taylor Quinn

Her writing is dramatic, her characters realistic, her stories involving.
#1 New York Times Bestseller, Debbie Macomber

One of the skills that has served Quinn best…has been her ability to explore edgier subjects.
Publisher’s Weekly

Quinn writes touching stories about real people that transcend plot type or sub-genre.
Rachel Potter, All About Romance

Tara Taylor Quinn’s deeply felt stories of romance and family will warm your heart.
Jennifer Crusie, New York Times Bestseller Author

Tara Taylor Quinn’s attention to craft is exquisitely fine-tuned.?Ms. Quinn intertwines captivating characters, emotional fervor and compelling conflict into a poignant love story.
Romantic Times Magazine

Character-driven suspense at its best with rapid-fire pacing that makes you feel as if the pages are turning themselves. I inhaled it in two sittings.
Hallie Ephron, reviewer, Boston Globe


About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher抯 Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Tour Schedule

December 7th: Launch – Holiday Message & Party Casserole
December 8th: Cherry Mischievous – Merry Christmas, Babies& TTQ Cucumber and Onion Wrap
December 9th: Brooke Blogs – Excerpt from The Holiday Visitor & Golden Tassies
December 10th: Book Munchies – The Heart of Christmas &  Chocolate Pixies
December 11th: Grand Finale

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

3 Replies to “Guest Post: Sweet & Spicy with Tara Taylor Quinn”

  1. My favorite sweet thing has to be my mother’s Port Wine Trifle.

  2. Christy LoveOfBooks says: Reply

    Nice post. Those cookies sound delicious.

  3. Great books, great contest, yummy munchies – what’s not to like? Thanks for the great reads, Taylor!

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