NancyFamolari’s Weblog

Desperately Seeking Santa Available

Posted on: December 3, 2008

Jane Beckenham’s latest novel is available December 18th



Holiday/ Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60435-249-8


By Jane Beckenham

Look out for this Red Rose release

..just in time for Christmas

What’s in your Christmas Stocking?

Dreams and fantasies are just that for Mandy Brooks, assistant manager of Wentworth’s, an upmarket department store. Work always gets in the way. But then that is exactly how Mandy likes it. Until Christmas comes round again and she’s forced to play the part of Mrs Santa.

Christmas day five years ago, Tate Sullivan left town. It was also the day Mandy ditched him at the altar. Forced back because of his father’s death, he knows he’s got unfinished business with Mandy Brooks. He wants her back in his bed on his terms, his way. He’s out for revenge. It’s meant to be sweet, isn’t it?

Happy reading

Meet Jane:

Author Jane Beckenham found literature at a young age. In books she discovered dreams and hope, stories that inspired in her a love of romance, and travel. Years later, after a blind date, Jane found her own true love and married him eleven months later.

Life has been a series of ‘dreams’ for Jane. Dreaming of learning to walk again after spending years in hospital. Dreaming of raising a family and subsequently flying to Russia to bring home her two adopted daughters. And of course, dreaming of writing.

In 2007 Jane celebrates the release of her fourth book. HIRING CUPID, a fun and sexy read that will leave you searching for your very own Cupid.

With her family growing up, life is a round of playing mum’s taxi service, all the while wondering what her hero and heroine are up to behind her back! Writing is Jane’s addiction – and it sure beats housework.

You can contact Jane via her web site or email her at

For your Christmas eating pleasure, Jane supplied the following recipe from New Zealand:

That silly season is just around the corner – yipeee or is it a groan I hear you emit. Christmas is summer time down under, but while I was writing Desperately Seeking Santa I had to find out about snow, and snow storms and imagine what it would be like. You see, where I live, Auckland, we’ve only had snow once in about 60 years! Christmas is not only a holiday season, it is the time most take their annual leave from work, the kids our out for the summer holidays and so the country kind of shuts down for a few days. But what better way to enjoy it – at the beach, under clear blue skies, shaded by the Pohutukawa tree, our native New Zealand Christmas tree with it’s scarlet fronds.

The next best thing…Eating pavlova. This is again another kiwi tradition. A meringue outside/marshmallow inside desert topped with cream.

Here’s the recipe.


4 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vinegar

1 cup castor sugar 2 teaspoons cornflour/cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 150°C(Gas Mark 2). Beat egg whites and salt in a bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the castor sugar while beating. Continue until stiff peaks form. Beat in the remaining ingredients, vanilla essence, vinegar and cornflour. Turn mixture out onto a baking paper covered tray. Shape into a circle approximately 23 cm (9 in) in diameter.

Reduce oven temperature to 140°C. Bake for 15 minutes, then further reduce the oven temperature to 120°C and bake for 1 ¼ hours. Cool completely in the oven. Top with whipped cream.

Topping ideas:

Sliced kiwifruit, peaches, strawberries

Grated chocolate

Now, go cook, eat and enjoy and have a wonderful, safe and Merry Christmas from me.

Want a little more about Desperately Seeking Santa?


He’d returned.


Her body preened its thanks, arching from the downy folds of the bedcovers, aching for his touch, temptation overruling any coherent thought.

This was her fantasy played out in the shadowy hours of pre-dawn. She welcomed him with open arms, an internal greed of sensual need cohabited with the desperation of an addict for a fix.

He was her fix. And she wanted him. Now!

Each night proved the same. He came. He teased. And she desperately wanted him.

She couldn’t see him clearly, the mists of fantasy versus reality obscuring him partly. But it was what he did to her that called to her.

His kisses. His touch. His loving.

It refueled her hope he would return.

His hand caressed her breast, tipping her into a world of mindless pleasure.

The purr seemed a whisper at first, slowly intensifying, dragging her heated body from his arms. He shifted away and instantly a sense of bereavement washed across her nakedness left cold and empty by his departure.

“No. Please stay. Love me.”


“Because I…”

The acerbic ring of her alarm sliced through her dreams with a brutal thrust. She jolted upright, shocked at her traitorous body and mind.

She’d been about to say she loved him. But how could she love a fantasy?


6 Responses to "Desperately Seeking Santa Available"

Jane knows how to hook a reader into her stories. And Desperately Seeking Santa sounds like another winner.

I enjoyed reading this post, Nancy. Jane, your book sounds like one I would want to read.

This recipe is the first I’ve heard of with caster oil, though.

Yay! I am so excited about Jane’s new release! I hope everyone buys it!

Thanks Vivian,

It is an interesting recipe. Glad you enjoyed the post. Wish Jane a million sales!!


Hi Vivian.
LOL, not castor oil, caster sugar – that is fine sugar, not icing sugar, but finer than the normal grain sugar.

Every time I think of that Santa story, I’m reminded of the old Clarence Carter’s blues song: Santa Claus want some lovin’.–LOL

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: