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A Beginner's Guide to Wooing Your Mate (Beings in Love #3) comes out Friday! Yay! Saturday evening/night I will be answering questions on Goodreads. I have been informed that you can use the Reader Q and A as a forum, so we are going to try that. Now, I am always available for questions on Goodreads, so if you miss this event (if it works out) you can still ask me stuff. You can even ask on Sunday since I will be around. (But, since I am getting ready to move, I am not going to be sitting in front of the computer.)

YAY! Talking to people about precious dorks in love! Yay! Release day!


In honor of A Beginner's Guide to Wooing Your Mate coming out this Friday, here, have a recipe.

For backstory, which won't make sense to anyone until the story is out, I imagine the Sheriff sitting with Zeki because he has no one else to talk to, and he ends up with some magical snickerdoodles. Trust me on this. Magical snickerdoodles. (Read the book, it will make sense.) With chocolate milk. Anyway. So Zeki asks Theo to write the recipe down.



Comforting the Sheriff About His Littlewolf Snickerdoodles

First steps: clear your counter space and set out your ingredients. Take a breath. Try not to think about anything. Then reach for what you need. (Zeki says this is when I center myself. I don't know about that. But when I found the Sheriff talking with Zeki, discussing his Littlewolf, it seemed only right to make him something to ease his pain. A lost mate is no small thing. And I did not wish to sense Zeki's guilt when I thought this, so I went to my kitchen. Snickerdoodles seemed the right thing to make, they are simple and quick and comforting when served warm. Mate is wonderful thing, for me now, for us. I want the Sheriff to feel comfort, even if he cannot have his mate. And now Zeki will read this and smile. He calls my recipes spells. He has notions I don't understand. But he insists I continue.)

You will need:

1 cup butter, unsalted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 TBS sugar
3 tsp cinnamon

Parchment paper

Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, until it's creamy and fluffy. You will know when it's right, just as you knew then.

But it's not yet ready. Turn to your dry ingredients. Littlewolf is a strange one. An outsider but smart. He blushes hot when he speaks of the Sheriff, something I understand when I think of Zeki. He stays with you, like flour on your finger tips. He seems strong, but he requires delicacy, I think, so sift the flour, cream of tart, baking soda, and salt together. Your touch must be light until it's time to blend the flour mixture into the butter and sugar.

This part makes me warm, which delights Zeki. But I know the Sheriff would think the same. He longs to be with his mate, of course he does. There is nothing simpler, and simple things are the hardest to get right. When he takes a bite of these cookies, he should feel that, but without the sadness of knowing it might not happen.

Chill the dough while you check the oven temperature and lay out parchment paper on the cookie sheets. Mix the cinnamon sugar together in a small bowl. Cinnamon for spice and heat (again, I am blushing, and again, Zeki is smiling at me.) Sugar for the sweetness in how Littlewolf speaks of the Sheriff. The Sheriff might not know, but the town does. I think... I think there is hope to be found.

Take out the dough and use a spoon to scoop out small amounts. Regular cookies would be about an inch, but these are smaller, just a bit, for a little wolf. Shape them into balls and then gently roll them in the cinnamon and sugar before placing them on your cookie sheet.

Bake ten minutes, or until the edges are light brown and firm but the middles are soft. Imagine a little wolf snapping and uncertain and worried and afraid. Imagine him defensive. Then remember his eyes when he spoke of Sheriff Neri, and the care he tries to hide.

Wait a few minutes, then serve warm to a reserved, troubled wolf only Zeki is brave enough to speak to, with a glass of cold chocolate milk if you have one. Chocolate for passion, for taste, for a thirst that cannot be quenched--yet.

(Set aside a handful for your mate to enjoy later. Try to ignore him when he calls you sweet and kind with his mouth full of crumbs. Kiss cinnamon and your own magic from the edge of his lips and wonder how something as basic as a cookie brought that wondering look to your clever, clever mate's dark eyes.)

Date: 2015-03-11 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellyj0.livejournal.com
Looking forward to the new book! I've already pre-ordered it. <3 And I think I'm going to try out the recipe too.

Date: 2015-03-11 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
hee! Just be sure to be thinking about werewolves in love as you bake. That is an essential ingredient.

Date: 2015-03-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oberon7.livejournal.com
You ever thought about writing a baking book? Have to try that recipe as soon as I translated the measurements ... and I'm going to download my pre-ordered Beginner's Guide right after office on Friday.

Date: 2015-03-11 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
:) Well Theo adds a little something extra to his recipes. That's the hardest part to get right. He also tends to use old-fashioned ingredients. I notice most recipes now wouldn't use the cream of tartar/soda, or the butter. But ah well. Old-fashioned suits him.

Date: 2015-03-14 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oberon7.livejournal.com
but you know that you also always add something extra. Maybe not exactly like Theo but nevertheless something extra. It certainly needs Zeki to describe that certain r-cooperness but ... just want to tell you I loved the Beginner's Guide. Couldn't stop until it was finished (accompanied by the light snoring of my partner). A bit tired now but happy.

Much luck or fun (whichever you prefer) on Goodreads this evening.

Date: 2015-03-15 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Thank you. For reading and for wishing me luck. Still a little surprised that anyone would want to ask me questions, but Theo and Zeki are so cute I don't mind talking about them.

Date: 2015-03-12 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ice-is-melting.livejournal.com
I can picture a battered note book (literally) cover in smears of butter and sugar, handwritten maybe with doodles in the margins. also some folder recipe taped in. any ways I am so exited I'm downloading mine at midnight tonight!

Date: 2015-03-12 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
That is kind of exactly how Theo's notebooks work. Zeki finds them (literally) enchanting.

Date: 2015-03-12 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kris-t-p.livejournal.com
I love this! Thank you for sharing such a sweet recipe.

I'm really looking forward to reading about these characters. So much so, that I'll probably be up at midnight to download my copy.

Date: 2015-03-13 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Omg! Who are you people? You are the sweetest and I can't believe people would even want to stay up to read my stuff, but also don't you need sleep? Sleep is so nice. Like yeah, okay, Theo is pretty nice too, but also sleep.

Date: 2015-03-14 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ice-is-melting.livejournal.com
Ok I read it. I couldn't put it down, it took all day because of work and people visiting and forceing me to interact with them! But I did it and it was soooo amazing I will always buy anything you write.

Date: 2015-03-15 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it, and that the hint of darker feelings didn't throw you off or anything.

Your wonderful book

Date: 2015-03-14 09:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Loved it! Are we going to see more of Theo and Zeki, and please are we going to see Sheriff Neri get his Littlewolf? Thanks for this warm wonderfully sweet read. Can't wait for the next one. Are we going to see all the Beings in love on audio? I have the boy and his dragon?

Geraldine

Re: Your wonderful book

Date: 2015-03-15 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading! And for writing me! Seeing that someone else loved those two makes me so happy. :)

I never say no to sequels, but I also never know if another idea about the same characters will strike me. But I do often revisit past stories in new short bits I do for fun.

The sheriff and Little Wolf get their own story in a few months. I think the release date is June, but as soon as I now the proper date, I'll pass it on. They are so different from Theo and Zeki.

And I have no idea about audiobooks. Dreamspinner left that option open, but ultimately the decision is up to them.
<3

Date: 2015-03-20 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onebookwoman.livejournal.com
I just read my first story of yours, " Beginners guide...." I had trouble putting it down too but I made myself so that I'd have the pleasure of reading it over a few days.
I bought "Checking out Love" but haven't read it yet. I really like the whole concept of beings in love with each other. You do a great job of mixing humor with more serious parts. I have to say, it's hard to get used to reading "they" for the pixies!

Date: 2015-03-21 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Hi! I am so glad you enjoyed it! It's so sweet that your first encounter with the Beings should be Zeki and Theo. ...I suppose because they are so sweet themselves. Some of the other Beings... not so much. :)

I hope you like Checking Out Love as well. It was fun to write.
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