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12 Days of Christmas

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  • 1 (20 ounce) package mint-flavored creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 (18 1/2 ounce) packages white chocolate
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans (optional) or 1 cup walnuts, divided (optional)
  1. Line a 10 x 15-inch jelly-roll pan with wax paper then spray generously with paper with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl break HALF of the cookies into coarse pieces then mix in 1/2 cup nuts (if using).
  3. Place 1 package of the white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl then melt in the microwave; remove then immediately then fold into the broken cookie pieces.
  4. Quickly pour/spread the mixture into one end of the jelly-roll sheet.
  5. REPEAT the process using the remaining cookies, white chocolate and nuts, then spread the mixture onto the other half of the jelly-roll sheet.
  6. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  7. Remove the bark and carefully peel off the way paper.
  8. Store in a covered container.
The Souls of Rain
(Heavens Trilogy, #1)

by Diana Nixon

Coming out December 18th


The secrets of the heavens had always been carefully guarded. Until one day when the angels realized that what they used to believe in was nothing but a cruel game between heaven and hell.

And Claire’s life is a part of that game too. She is a guardian angel.

She always thought that her existence was perfect. But perfection is a very relative term, and no one is protected from making mistakes.

Everything changes the moment Claire gets a new assignment. Guarding humans has never been easy, and this time won’t be an exception.

Alan Rosenford is a spoilt party-boy, whose life is a hurricane of risk and adrenaline rush. His soul is damaged, his heart is bleeding, and there are so many things he prefers to keep private….

The words they have never said before …
The sins they have never committed….

How much does forgiveness of the heavens cost?
Or maybe even the heavens make mistakes?....


Later that night, when Alan was asleep, I heard the noise coming from the hall and went to see what was going on there. To my surprise, the illumination was gone, so I had to use the light of my wings to see through the darkness. I took a few steps closer to the door right near Alan’s bedroom. It was supposed to be my room. I turned the doorknob, but the door was locked from the inside, and I couldn’t open it. So I became invisible and went through the wall, as no locks could stop an angel.

To my surprise, the room was empty. But the window was opened and the curtains were swaying slowly, as if someone had just jumped outside.

I came closer, but didn’t see anyone. The only thing that immediately attracted my attention was the broken street lamp, right on the path to Alan’s front doors. I closed the window, and was just about to leave the room when something hit my head.

When I opened my eyes, I couldn’t understand where I was. It was a dark room, with the only small window on the farthest wall. I took a few steps ahead and the illumination went on. I looked around and saw many different pictures, hidden under the white sheets.

First I thought I was in Alan’s studio, but then I realized that this room was much smaller. It looked more like a loft.

I went to one of the pictures and took the sheet off.

It turned out to be a portrait of a little girl. Her hairs were long and curly. She was smiling happily at me, and I couldn’t hold back my own smile. Then the girl waved her hand and I flinched, horrified. Portraits couldn’t move. But this one was definitely special….

The girl waved again and pointed to the picture on my right side. Was I supposed to open it too? She nodded at my mental question, and the picture stopped moving, as if nothing had ever happened.

Something inside me was screaming for me to get out of there as soon as possible, but when I looked around again, I realized that there was no door in the room, and my angelic powers refused to work.

My palms trembled, but I took off the sheet from the second picture and frowned, puzzled. The canvas was blank.

I touched the linen surface and it filled with many different colors. First they were blurred, but then they transformed into another portrait. It belonged to Alan.

His expression was thoughtful; he was looking at me with the eyes full of nostalgia that I had already seen the day we first met. I smiled at the portrait, and Alan smiled in response. When I flinched, scared, his smile vanished. He turned away from me and the canvas turned black.

When I touched it again, another picture appeared there. The girl from the first portrait was back. She shook her head, as if she were disappointed and touched her wrist, where a message similar to those I received from the heavens appeared. It said, “Listen to your heart.” Then the girl closed her eyes and vanished.

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