Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Merry Navidad by Kathi Macias, Allison K. Garcia, Linda K. Rodante, and Cynthia Marcano

A Merry Navidad


4 Latino Christmas novellas

La Familia Es Todo — Kathi Macias — A large, once-close family that has drifted apart for various reasons. Will their longtime tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve be enough to bring them back together?

Navidad & Familia — Allison K. García — When a blizzard traps the Campana family in their trailer on Christmas Eve with no electricity, internet, gifts, or Christmas decorations, will they drive each other crazy or will they discover the true reason for the season?

A Tamale Christmas — Linda K. Rodante — She’s an unwed mother at a Christian college. He’s a Latino student who left home and career to attend. Will the secret one of them carries keep them apart or will God perform another Christmas miracle?

Have Yourself A Merry Little Cocoa — Cynthia Marcano — Every Christmas, Isidora Lopez tries to spend her way into the hearts of those she loves, while Firefighter Gabriel Ramirez has spent his, trying to move on from a lost one, until a chance encounter unexpectedly sparks both their lives.

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Read on for a delicious tamale recipe and a chance to win an ebook copy of A Merry Navidad!

A Special Recipe for the Holidays!

Tamales de Pollo con Salsa Verde (serves 6-8)

Recipe from: Allison K. García

1 lb chicken breast

1 lb tomatillos

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

1 serrano chile

1 ancho chile

½ bag Mexican corn flour

20 dried cornhusks

½ cup lard

Salt to taste

Boil chicken breast with ¼ onion and garlic cloves and a tsp salt. Remove chicken when fully cooked and set aside to cool. Reserve broth.

In a skillet, add a tsp of olive oil and the tomatillos, onion, and 2 chiles. Cook until tomatillos are softer (or change to a duller color). Blend everything with a little broth in a blender. Shred chicken and add with salsa in a skillet, simmering for a few minutes.

Soften dried cornhusks in hot water for about ten minutes to make them pliable. Mix about half a bag of corn flour, adding cups of broth and the lard until it is the consistency of thick mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste.

Hold the cornhusk vertically with the thinner part towards you. Spread on the masa (dough) in a ½-inch thick later in the top center about the size of your hand. Put a strip of the chicken and salsa in the center of the masa and fold each side past the center and fold up the bottom (so things won’t fall out). Place each tamal in a tamal steamer, with the folded part at the bottom, so they are standing up. Continue until you run out of chicken, masa, or cornhusks.

Make sure the steamer has plenty of water, but it should not be touching the tamales. Boil the water, making sure the lid is on the steamer, then bring to medium-low. Steam for about two hours (adding more water every half hour to make sure not to scorch the steamer). Check a tamale. The masa should be cooked but not hard. Remove cornhusk before eating. Enjoy!


Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias

Allison Garcia

Allison K. Garcia

Linda Rodante

Linda K. Rodante


Cynthia Marcano



A Merry Navidad

Enter here to win an ebook copy of A Merry Navidad!

Giveaway begins on 11/14/2018 and ends on 11/20/2018. Winner will be announced on the blog and will receive a notification email.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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4 Responses to Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Merry Navidad by Kathi Macias, Allison K. Garcia, Linda K. Rodante, and Cynthia Marcano

  1. Agnieszka says:

    Thank you for the information and recipe. I’m not sure if this is the right place to answer the givaway question (there was no [working] link).
    My favorite christmas dishes are both Polish: a soup made of mushrooms called barszcz grzybowy & pasta with poppy seeds, honey & almonds – already looking forward to them in a few weeks 🙂

    • Brittany says:

      Hi. Make sure you click the link to the rafflecopter entry form (I checked and it does work and connect to rafflecopter). Click where it says “Enter here to win an ebook copy of A Merry Navidad”. Since you know the question to answer, then I am guessing that you did click over to rafflecopter. Since you have commented on the blog, then make sure you click “I commented” for your comment to count. Hope that makes sense! If you have already done this, then you should be good to go and entered in the giveaway! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Lisa Stillman says:

    One of my favorites is a hominy casserole. It’s just hominy (heated and drained), sour cream, Cheese Whiz, and green chilies. Bake until hot and bubbly.

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