About Alicia Street

Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.  View website

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Luv

Christmas is a time when calories don’t count. It is a time for sweet thoughts and deeds and memories—and Christmas cookies.

Below is an easy cookie recipe that I started making with my mom and my sisters when I was barely tall enough to steal a few samples off the baking pan cooling on the kitchen counter.

It is also a time for romance, and right now my Kindle is filled with holiday romance. My Holiday Luv Bundle: Four Christmas Romances is now on sale for 99¢ until the end of the month.

Holiday Luv

 

Wishing you a merry and bright holiday season filled with love—and cookies!

Christmas Almond Crescents

Makes about 40 small cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas nut crescent cookies on festive background

  • 1 cup (1/2 lb) butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light. Mix in the vanilla, brandy and water. Add in the almonds and flour, Mix well.
  3. Shape into small crescents and bake on ungreased baking sheet for 12-15 minutes. When cookies are still warm, dust with confectioner’s sugar. Store in closed container. Cookies will keep for 5-7 days.

Mystic Seaport and a Romance Collection

One thing that all authors seem to do when they visit a new place or read about one is to wonder about the people who live there and imagine stories about their lives.

The latest theme in the Hot Hunks Collection—in which each author contributes a stand-alone romance based on the same theme—does exactly that with the chosen location of Mystic, Connecticut, a quaint New England town steeped in seafaring history.

Mystic Romance Collection

Four books in the Mystic Collection have been released so far, and the fifth, my novella, Liam’s Mystic Passion, is out now.

Liam's Mystic Passion

Corinna grew up as the unfavorite daughter, and after a bad marriage and a harrowing divorce, she chooses the small seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, to try and start over. But can she ever believe in herself enough to make it happen?

After years serving in the Coast Guard and then working as a captain on chartered yachts, Liam comes home to Mystic for what he thinks is a brief stay. But then he meets Corinna, a woman with sea-gray eyes that invoke a haunting memory of a recurring dream. And whose mysterious smile captures his heart.

Holiday Bash 2021

If you like Facebook parties with lots of games and prizes, be sure to come to the Authors’ Billboard Holiday Bash on December 1st. You need to join the party page in order to attend, but that’s simple. Just go HERE and click the “join” button!

Autumn Recipe ~ Stuffed Squash

One of the things I love best about autumn is the variety of apples everywhere as well as the different kinds of squash that come back in season. One of my favorite fall recipes, Stuffed Squash, uses both.

Stuffed Squash

Stuffed Squash

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 apples (Nice to pick two different kinds. Honeycrisp and Macintosh are my favorites.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts and pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut the squash in half and trim off the ends so the halves will sit flat. Scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place the squash halves in a baking pan and dot them with oil or butter.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
  5. While the squash is baking, peel the apples, core and cut into small cubes.
  6. Melt the butter in a skillet. Toss in the apples and gently sauté. About one minute. Don’t let the apples get mushy.
  7. Transfer to a large glass bowl.
  8. Chop the cranberries and nuts. Or you can leave them whole if you like bigger pieces. Stir them into the large glass bowl with the apples.
  9. Add the cinnamon and sugar and toss till mixture is coated.
  10. Remove the squash from the oven and drizzle with butter from the skillet.
  11. Fill each squash half with the fruit and nut mixture, warm in the oven for ten minutes, and serve.

 

If you are like me, the season is always right for a Christmas romance—because there is NEVER ENOUGH CHRISTMAS

 

 

Pleasure of Reading

Did you know that on the list of the most popular hobbies, reading is number one?Pleasures of Reading

Not surprising to me. I was one of those kids who started reading before I even got to kindergarten, and I haven’t stopped since.

As author George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before dying. One who never reads lives only one.”

Aside from the pleasure reading gives, apparently sharing in the lives of the characters in a book helps increase our ability to empathize with others and supports emotional development.

Reading is Good for the Brain

One study suggests a regular reading habit helps develop neural networks. Reading increases our ability for complex thinking. And it strengthens the brain against things like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

There is even a system of bibliotherapy where a psychologist recommends certain books for patients to read to help them work through certain life issues. I know they sure help me.

The news of the world can be harsh and upsetting. My favorite escape is to treat myself to a good book. A romance with a satisfying, swoon-worthy happily ever after!

If you are looking for a bundle of great reads to escape with as we head into autumn, check out Irresistible—Fall into Romance.

Fall Into Romance