Saturday, December 22, 2007

'Twas the week before Christmas and I had the flu . . .

I'm a firm believer in not leaving things I need to do until the last minute. I'm a compulsive list maker and list checker - checking off tasks as I complete them. Have I mentioned before that I'm a Type "A" personality? : - ) Anyway, I generally finish my "to do" list before the tasks are actually due, with time to spare, But not this week. This week I was down with the flu.

I am not a good patient - not one who suffers in silence : - ) or who grins and bears it, sucking it up and trudging on, keeping on, no matter how lousy I'm feeling. When I'm sick, everything is all about me. : - ) As a result, this last week was a bust, and I got nothing on my list done.

Today is the first day that my thoughts turned outward - outside of myself and the fact that I was sick. A good sign; if I'm no longer focused on being sick, than the worst is behind me and I've come out of it. But, with my thoughts turning outward again, came a reality check: It's three days before Christmas. Three Days.

I have three days to get my house tidy after several days of neglect, finish my Christmas gift shopping, grocery shop, and prepare a meal for twelve people. That's doable, right? : - )

I wish you a happy and safe holiday.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Newsletter From Karen Fenech - December 2007

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is upon us. Didn't the summer pass quickly?

I had a wonderful summer and fall, and in large part due to so many of you whom I had the pleasure of meeting while touring for BETRAYAL. Thanks to all of you who came to my events. I loved meeting you.

The winner of the drawing for a hardcover edition of BETRAYAL is:

Sharon Palmer


New York


Thank you to all of you who participated. Again, response was tremendous. You continue to make the contests great fun.

We're hosting another drawing. This time we're giving away a signed copy of Unholy Angels and a $20 gift certificate at to one winner. Just send me an e-mail for your chance to win. Please remember to write "contest" in the subject line. Enter as often as you like.

We're in the process of updating my website with the new contest information. Please visit the CONTESTS page shortly if you would like a re-cap of the details for the drawing, and for the closing date. Link to the page:

Feel free to let all of your reader friends know about the contest, and feel free to pass this newsletter along to them.

Reading and responding to your letters and e-mails is a great part of my day. I love hearing from you. Some of you may have written and have yet to receive a reply from me. I've fallen behind in my correspondence and it's taking me some time to catch up. Thank you for your patience in awaiting a response, and as always, thank you for keeping in touch.

I wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Until next time, very best wishes,


Friday, December 7, 2007

What's on your menu this holiday season?

With the holidays approaching, and concern for our waistlines temporarily suspended, I thought I'd share a delicious recipe a reader kindly sent to me for my favorite dessert - chocolate cake. : - ) I've been told that this cake has been named the "Better Than Sex Cake" . : - ) You'll have to let me know what you think : - )

Teoh, if you're reading this, thanks so much for the recipe.

When I was researching BETRAYAL, I looked into twelfth century recipes. Spices such as salt were liberally used in cooking, often times to conceal the taste when food had spoiled. Saffron, which turns foods yellow, was a pricey spice that hostesses delighted in, despite the cost, for important parties and feasts.

I thought I'd include a link to a Medieval recipe site:

I just may include a Medieval dish as part of the Christmas meal this holiday season. : - )


Better Than Sex Cake

1 German chocolate cake mix
1 can sweetened and condensed milk (I use Eagle brand)
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
6 ounces crushed Heath bar
6 ounces crushed plain Hershey bar

Bake cake as directed in 9x13 pan. Take the handle of a wooden spoon and poke holes all over the cake while it's still warm. Pour can of condensed milk over warm cake, then repeat with caramel topping. Refrigerate for 6 hours. Frost cake with Cool Whip topping and sprinkle with crushed Heath & Hershey bar. Serve immediately.