Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sharing Special Christmas Recipes!

I love Christmas! I’d leave my decorations up all year if I thought I could get away with it.

This Christmas I want to share a couple of recipes with you. First of all, my mother’s Million Dollar Fudge. I actually posted the recipe last year, but it’s so good, if you didn’t get it then, here’s another chance. It’s the best fudge we’ve ever had.

My Mother’s Million Dollar Fudge

4 ½ cups of sugar
1 can of evaporated milk
½ cup of butter
Pinch of salt
9 oz Hershey’s chocolate bars
12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips
7 oz of marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
Butter to grease pan


Combine sugar, milk, butter and salt in a heavy pan. Bring to a boil. (Be careful not to scorch the bottom of the pan. I don’t turn the burner up all the way, and I stir once in a while as it heats up.)

Let it boil for 6 minutes. Stir constantly. *The timing is very important.

Remove from heat and add all the additional ingredients. Pour into buttered 8 x 8 pan. Chill. When ready, cut into squares.

*One important note: I make two batches for Christmas because I use this for gifts and take some to Christmas parties. DO NOT double the recipe when cooking. The fudge won’t set right. If you want to make two batches, you will have to make the recipe twice.

Here’s another winning Christmas dish. I've tried all kinds of sweet potato recipes, but this one tops them all. It’s a real favorite in my family.

Ruth Chris' Sweet Potato Casserole



1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
1/4 cup butter (melted)


3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (can use canned to save time, just drain)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs (well beaten)
1/2 cup butter, melted (1/2 cup)


1. Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a mixing bowl in the order listed. Mix thoroughly.
4. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.

I hope you’ll enjoy these recipes as much as we do.

Praying you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Friday, December 1, 2017


Here’s a list of prizes one person will win: 

A gorgeous handmade Christmas lap quilt
$75.00 in Amazon gift cards
Christmas ornaments
A variety of teas
A Christmas mug

And…lots of books!

From E.E. Kennedy: A 4-Book set of Miss Prentice Mysteries
From Patricia Bradley: Justice Delayed and Justice Buried
From Nancy Mehl: Fatal Frost and Dark Deception
From Elizabeth Goddard: Wilderness, Inc. Series (4 books)
From Dana Mentink: Cowboy Christmas Guardian
From Roxanne Rustand: A trilogy of Christmas novellas: An Irish Christmas Blessing, A Scottish Christmas, and A London Christmas

From Mary Ellis: Magnolia Moonlight
From Dr. Richard Mabry: Cardiac Event
                                 Enter below. We’ll pick a winner on December 22nd!

Merry Christmas from the Suspense Sisters!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Through the month of December, we will run our annual Christmas contest. This year, prizes include lots and lots of books (of course), Amazon gift cards, Christmas ornaments, candy and tea! Oh…and a beautiful Christmas quilt.

One winner will walk away with it all.

The contest opens on Friday, December 1st, and the winner will be drawn on the 22nd!

We will also have some great Christmas posts during the month, so once you enter, come back to find stories, recipes and more.

The Suspense Sisters love Christmas! And we love our followers!


What IS it about cowboys?

I am knee deep in cowboy boots, saddles, horses and Stetsons. I don’t know how this happened, but somehow as I’m busily completing a four book cowboy suspense series, I got a yen to write another. So what is the appeal, anyway? Why have generations of readers and movie goers fallen in love with cowboys? I’ve come up with three main reason. See if you agree or disagree. Comments get you entered to win a Kindle or Nook copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian.

1. Cowboys stand for justice. Yep, John Wayne wasn’t going to mess around worrying about what was politically correct or not, or whom he might offend. He acted on what he knew deep down to be right or wrong, his internal moral compass. Don’t you just find that kind of moral certainty appealing?

2.  Cowboys work close to the land. Okay, I’ll admit that I can’t even grow a proper tomato, so the idea that someone would partner with a 2,000 pound animal to work their ranch, grow their crops, raise their cattle or whatever, is a mind blower to me. It hearkens back to a time when people had real life practical skills (of which, sadly, I have none!)

3. Cowboys are God loving champions of their families. I know, this is a romantic view, but golly, it’s attractive, isn’t it? That cowboy in chapter one isn’t going to let anyone or anything hurt his kin, his wife, his town and he doesn’t care what rules he has to break to protect what’s worth loving. Ah me. Who wouldn’t love a hero like that?

So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Want to add anything to the list? Gallop on in and add your comment. I’ll pick a winner soon. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hot new mystery release!

Paul Ruckland, a school teacher with no known enemies, known as a pacifist and a member of the Peace Pledge Union, was found stabbed to death in a public air-raid shelter. Detective Inspector Jago finds a revolver in the man’s apartment. Why would a pacifist carry a revolver? What was the motive for murder?

Monday, November 27, 2017


We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!


On Tuesday Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.


On Wednesday, we’ll have a big announcement. Stayed tuned for details of our Christmas contest!


The Suspense Sisters! We love books!