Thursday, April 7, 2016

Author's In Bloom Giveaway!

Welcome to the fifth annual Author’s In Bloom Giveaway.  The grand prize will be an ereader of your choice.  There are also prizes for runners up.  Then there are prizes at Writer’s Corner.  Don’t forget to visit all of the sites to get your entries in.    I also have prizes here. 

First I will share my recipe and then stay tuned for the prizes.  Please enter at the rafflecopter below. 

My recipe is Blondies.  What are blondies?  Some  restaurants serve it on their dessert menu.  They essentially are chocolate chip cookies in brownie form.  

1cup butter

3/4 cup sugar ( or splenda if you want to decrease calories)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour ( I recommend rice flour or cup for cup if you are gluten free.)

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375.    In large mixer bowl  cream butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add eggs; beat well.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.  Spread batter in greased jelly-roll pan, I usually use a 13x9 inch pan.   Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  This can vary if you substitute certain ingredients.   Cool completely.  Cut into bars.

Now here are the prizes from Writer's Corner:  

Love Wars by Allison L. Heller

Spin by Catherine Mackenzie

Jane Actually by Jennifer Petkus

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spotlight: The Tsarina's Legacy by Jennifer Laam

Photo Credited by Channa Vance
Welcome to Jennifer Laam to Writer's Corner.  She is sharing her novel The Tsarina's Legacy.

Then...Grigory "Grisha" Potemkin has had a successful long association with the powerful Empress Catherine of Russia. But Catherine and Grisha are older now and face new threats, both from powers outside of Russia and from those close to them. Haunted by the horrors of his campaign against the Muslim Turks, Grisha hopes to construct a mosque in the heart of the empire. Unfortunately, Catherine's much younger new lover, the ambitious Platon Zubov, stands in his way. Grisha determines that to preserve Catherine's legacy he must save her from Zubov's dangerous influence and win back her heart.
Now...When she learns she is the lost heiress to the Romanov throne, Veronica Herrera's life turns upside down. Dmitry Potemkin, one of Grisha's descendants, invites Veronica to Russia to accept a ceremonial position as Russia's new tsarina. Seeking purpose, Veronica agrees to act as an advocate to free a Russian artist sentenced to prison for displaying paintings critical of the church and government. Veronica is both celebrated and chastised. As her political role comes under fire, Veronica is forced to decide between the glamorous perks of European royalty and staying true to herself.
In Jennifer Laam's The Tsarina's Legacy, unexpected connections between Grisha and Veronica are revealed as they struggle to make peace with the ghosts of their past and help secure a better future for themselves and the country they both love.
About The Author:  
  • JENNIFER LAAM is the author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and The Tsarina's Legacy. She earned her master's degree in History from Oakland University in Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has lived in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Detroit, traveled in Russia and Europe, and worked in education and non-profit development. She currently resides in Northern California.