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Welcome to my blog, SCRIBBLING THROUGH TIME! First time here? I'm a romance writer who wants to believe most problems can be solved over coffee, a mixed drink or by anything covered in chocolate. I'm a believer in second chances and that it's always the right time to fall in love. As the saying goes, you're a guest in my house only once...then you're family. So I invite you to join the fun! I love comments but it's okay to lurk too - just know I'm glad you've found me and I hope you visit me again soon!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Banana Blueberry Bread and Tsu #Mondayblogs #recipe

 This weekend as I stared at the bananas on the counter I knew banana bread was going to be the weekend bread of choice...but I just can't seem to keep to the basic recipe and found myself adding blueberries to the batter.

The smell as it was baking filled my kitchen with sweet aromas, I knew this was going to be a winner.

Even the kids who turn up their noses when they see chunks of fruit in my bread grabbed a slice as soon as it was cool enough to cut.

Success!

Banana Blueberry Bread


2 Cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powde
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 Cup melted butter
1 1/2 Cup mashed bananas
4 oz. blueberries

Cinnamon sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of standard loaf pan.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix eggs and melted butter in a small bowl and then add to the dry mixture and combine. Mash up the bananas with a fork in the small bowl, add to the wet mixture. Fold in blueberries. Sprinkle the top with a cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 minutes, then release from pan on baking rack and continue cooling.
Enjoy.

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As 2014 winds down and I had finally thought I had a pretty good handle on the social media outlets that work for me...enter Tsu.

With a Facebook-like interface there is a fairly small learning curve, and with all the coming rules on Facebook that will only make it even more difficult for me to interact with fans and friends - this new venture just might pick up some steam. Already many of the authors I know and follow on Facebook are there. Will it take off? That's anyone's guess and although I don't relish the idea of adding another social media time suck to my already crowded day...I think I'm going to wade into the Tsu waters and see where it goes.

If you pop on over...look me up!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MUFFINS & MISTLETOE featured on eFiction Finds! #holidayromance #novella

My first week back to blogging and already I'm changing things up...LOL

Yesterday I found my holiday novella, MUFFINS & MISTLETOE, was a featured book over at eFiction Finds!

Check it out and add a little holiday spirit to your day :)


“This fun, sweet romance was a great Christmas read! The unique characters and small-town setting were a wonderful backdrop for the story.” J. Jarnagan

“It's the perfect little present for you, filled with laughs, fun and romance. Thoroughly enjoyed it!” Anna G.

Christmas is the best time of year to be in love in Starlight Hills. Cold nights perfect for snuggling, plenty of mistletoe to be caught kissing under, and an abundance of gingerbread muffins for sharing under the stars. But when Corinne Mackenzie turns down a proposal from the man she loves at the Thanksgiving table, it could be the worst time of year instead. Convinced the only way to fix the biggest mistake of her life is to enlist the help of the town's resident matchmaker, she's got a plan to make this the best Christmas ever.
After his proposal is rejected in front of family and friends, Jimmy Crane knows his only chance of surviving the holiday is to avoid the woman who stomped on his heart. The only obstacle to his plan is his matchmaking mother and Corinne's knack for getting him under the mistletoe.

Still only .99!


Kobo


Monday, December 8, 2014

Apple Cranberry Pecan Bread and thoughts for the week

 Wow...I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged! I admit I've thought about coming back and getting into the blogging routine more than a few times, but like many bloggers out there - I found myself at a loss for words.

I know, shocking, right?

So, maybe the idea of being at a loss for words is bit extreme. But deciding on the direction of a blog can be downright stressful some days and I found I simply kept putting it on the back burner.

And while it was on the back burner, I did some thinking.

1. I really don't want to write a daily blog, I don't even want to commit to blogging three times a week...I've got a family, a job and I write books, do I honestly have to blog that often?

NO.

The new plan is to blog once a week - every Monday. If a bonus blog gets tossed in every once a while I can live with that, I hope you can too!


2. I love to bake, I love to shop...yup, I love my shoes and pocketbooks and makeup!

The truth is, I write about love, relationships and woman just like me...except sometimes they travel through time and even in my wildest dreams, I never really expect that to happen to me. :)

So, from now on, this blog is going to be about the things that I love. Recipes, shoes, makeup and probably blogs about my pets (because I DO have quite a few of those!)
 

I hope you'll join me here on Mondays!

APPLE, CRANBERRY, PECAN BREAD

1 loaf
preheat oven to 350 degrees
grease the bread pan, both bottom and sides

2 1/4 Cups flour
1 Cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten
1 Cup orange juice
1/4 Cup butter, melted
1/4 Cup warm water
1/2 large apple, chopped
1 Cup fresh or grozen whole cranberries, chopped
1 Cup pecans, chopped

Sift four, sugar baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Combine egg, orange juice, melted butter and water in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients and combine until moistened. Fold in apple, cranberries and pecans. Pour batter into creased pan. Bake 1 hour until toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Remove from pans. Enjoy!

See you next week!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday: Shake It Off

Confession 1: I am a morning person.
Confession 2: I love Monday.

I know, I'm strange...hey, I'm a writer, I admit I don't dance to the same beat as the rest of my world...but that's ok.

Why do I love Monday? Because it's the start of fresh week, a great place to start toward a new goal or continue on the path toward making a dream a reality.

Are there naysayers out there trying to bring me down and suck me into the abyss of negativity? Of course! Not everyone embraces the day the way I do.

Which is why this new song from Taylor Swift has gotten under my skin this week.





Hope your day and week ahead is filled with AWESOME and here's to shaking off the negative vibes!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Self Publishing Sunday - Cover Design

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 Choosing to go the self-publishing path for my sweet holiday novella series meant I needed to consider the cover designs carefully. Let's face it, we all do it - judge the book by the cover, that is.

Cover design is important and not something to thrown together by anyone with PhotoShop on their computer. Even though I know what appeals to me, and I know what I want in a cover...I also know I don't have the skillset to create a cover I'd be happy showing to the public.

For the Starlight Hills Sweet Novella Holiday Series I went to one of my favorite cover designers, Elaina Lee at For The Muse Designs.

The books all feature a small town bake shop and it's matchmaker owner. They are lighthearted, seasonal novellas and we definitely wanted the covers to reflect that.

When I first started working with Elaina we worked on my name - you'll notice the font and the position are always the same - a branding technique that makes my books easy to spot.

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Next, we talked about the general feeling I wanted to evoke on this particular series - which was lighthearted, flirty and small town.

Elaina came up with the fun font you see on the books and I absolutely adore the way she's added the touch of whimsy to each title using a cupcake or cake for the dot in the "I". That tiny attention to detail is just one of the reasons Elaina is my go-to girl for cover art!





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Each cover reflects the story and the series - I think the feel of each one hits exactly the tone I was looking for and I couldn't be happier with the end result.

By the end of October the 4th book in the series will have a cover - the Thanksgiving themed  A PROPOSAL AND PUMPKIN PIE will be a November release - and I'm already looking forward to see what Elaina will create for this one.

What do you think of the covers for this series? Is it easy to tell they are part of the same series? Are they eye-catching enough to make you want to click and at least read the blurb?

If you're a self-published author, who is your go-to cover designer?