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CHARACTER PROFILE - Eddie Banks

Eddie Banks is Booker Banks Grandfather in Battle of the Bulbs (Holidays in Willow Valley)

NAME: Eddie Banks

NICKNAMES: King Cranky

DATE OF BIRTH: June 25

BORN IN: Oakston  

LIVES IN: Willow Valley

SERIES: Holidays in Willow Valley 

CAREER: Retired Owner of Oakston Newspaper

HAIR COLOR/STYLE: Grey

EYE COLOR: Darkest Grey

MANNERISM: Grouchy

MANNER OF DRESS: 

WIFE: Ellen Banks (deceased) Millie Collins (present)

CHILDREN: Banks  

PASTIMES: Christmas Decorating

FAVORITE FOOD: Apple Crumble with Cinnamon

CHARACTER PROFILE - Millie Collins

NAME: Millie Collins

NICKNAMES: Hagwart

DATE OF BIRTH: April 9th

BORN IN: Willow Valley

LIVES IN: Willow Valley

SERIES: Holidays in Willow Valley 

CAREER: Store Clerk

HAIR COLOR/STYLE: Grey with a streak of Purple

EYE COLOR: Hazel

MANNERISM: Spunky

MANNER OF DRESS: Casual

CHILDREN: Karen Collins (deceased)

PASTIMES: Christmas Decorating

FAVORITE FOOD: Christmas Cookies

Millie Collins is Cheyenne's Grandmother in Battle of the Bulbs (Holidays in Willow Valley). 

Cheyenne Collins’s past has just come back to haunt her. Again. She runs to the sanctuary of her grandmother’s home in Willow Valley in the hopes of spending the Christmas holiday in a quiet, safe place. What she doesn’t expect is for her ex, Booker Banks, to also be in town. Right next door, in fact, visiting his grandfather.

Instead of the quiet, peaceful holiday Cheyenne envisioned, she must deal with cranky, bickering neighbors, an instigating niece, the emotions she feels for Booker and her past. As her and Booker began to repair their relationship, she fears he will run again, too.

Will she be able to make him stay this time despite the secrets she is hiding in her past? And when her abusive mother shows up on the scene, will Cheyenne finally take a stand or will she be the one to run?

CINNAMON APPLE CRUMBLE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

- 5 1/2 cups apples, peeled and sliced

- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar

- 3/4 quick cooking rolled oats

- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

- 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

- 1/2 cup butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350F 

2. Arrange the apple slices in a baking dish.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oats, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon with the butter until the texture becomes crumbly. 

4. Spread the finished mixture over the apples.

5. Bake for 45-55 minutes.

Excerpt:

“You,” Eddie growled, taking the officer’s attention to the Banks’ side of the porch. “...shot my inflatable snowman with a gun. Do you even have a license for your gun?”

The officer looked at her. “Mrs. Collins, do you have a gun?”

“A paintball gun.” She huffed, crossing her arms over her chest and then leaned over the porch to yell at Eddie. “You don’t need a licence for a paintball gun, you dimwit.”

“There should be a warning not to sell to crazy old ladies!” Eddie retorted.

“There should be instructions how to eliminate crazy old men!” she shouted back.

“That was a threat.” Eddie pointed at Millie, his arms flailing. “Officer, did you head that? Millie

Collins is threatening to kill me.”

Crawfield’s chest rose with a deep inhale of air. “Eddie, that wasn’t Millie’s intention.” It was

obvious the officer had practice with trying to keep the peace between them.

“Yes it was,” Millie said.