AUTHORS IN BLOOM GIVEAWAY HOP Enter to Win a Kindle! Enter to Win a Nook!

AUTHORS IN BLOOM GIVEAWAY HOP Enter to Win a Kindle! Enter to Win a Nook!

Thanks for visiting my blog to enter the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!  What a great way to celebrate SPRING! I have included 2 simple and tasty recipes that I think are yummy for informal gatherings out on the patio.


1 pkg (125 g/4oz.) cream cheese light                                     30 ml (2 tbsp) mayonnaise

1 clove garlic                                                                                 2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt

2 ml (1/2 tsp) Tabasco sauce                                                    2 ml (1/2 tsp) horseradish

2 ml (1/2 tsp) dry basil                                                              60 ml (1/4 cup) grated mozzarella cheese

2 ml (1/2 tsp) onion powder                                                    45 ml (3 tbsp) red pepper, diced fine

1 can (170 g/6 oz.) crabmeat                                                    45 ml (3 tbsp) green pepper, diced fine

1/2 can (398 g/14 oz.) artichoke hearts chopped                45 ml (3 tbsp) green onion, diced fine

1. In a mixer bowl or food processor, blend cream cheese, garlic, onion powder, salt, horseradish and Tabasco sauce until creamy and well-mixed.  Drain and rinse crabmeat.  Add remaining ingredients and hand stir (do not process) until combined.  Garnish should be crunchy and visible.

2. Heat in the microwave for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until bubbly around the edges.  Remove, stir and if cheese is not melted enough, return for another minute only.  Can also be heated in an oven-proof dish at 175 degrees C/ 350 degrees F for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

3. Serve with your favorite crackers, slices of baguette or sliced raw vegetables.

LIME VINAIGRETTE  (Dressing  enough for  6 to 10)

This is a refreshing dressing and especially good for those of us who love LIME!

60 ml (4 tbsp) fresh lime

15 ml (1 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil

10-20 ml (2-4 tsp) liquid honey

salt and pepper to taste


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WHO CAN ENTER the RAFFLE for the FRENCHIE BOOKS GIVE-AWAY?  US/CANADA ONLY (My apologies to international participants, but it gets too complicated with international giveaway laws and stipulations.)


1. Leave a comment on my blog site.  Please include your name, address, and email address in the event that you are the winner of the Frenchie give-aways.

2. If you enjoy my blog posts, please visit my website at

How do I submit my grand prize entry and be entered to win a Nook or Kindle (my choice)?

Each author who participates will post a phrase of our traveling story, “Women in Bloom,” which you will collect by visiting each author’s site.  Those who collect all the phrases to complete the story will be entered to win the Grand Prize: a Kindle or Nook and $25 worth of books!!!  (Winner’s choice which ereader)

All entries must be submitted on the grand prize landing page at by using the form provided (top right corner of the site).  Only those who collect each phrase and complete the story will be entered into the drawing for the E-reader of their choice.

Remember, readers must copy each short phrase posted on each author blog post and assimilate them into the complete passage: “Authors in Bloom,” a vignette about a woman’s personal growth and empowerment.  Once you have gathered all of the phrases (99 lines in all), you can enter for the Grand Prize ( a Kindle or a Nook and a $25. gift certificate).  The winner will be announced on the Authors in Bloom Blog Site after April 18th.

Mary’s AUTHORS in BLOOM  PHRASE for the Traveling Story:

                                   LINE 64: INDULGE in the SUNSHINE.

DON’T FORGET to VISIT the OTHER AUTHORS INVOLVED in the HOP, conveniently located on the links below:

1. Dianne Venetta 2. YA Author PJ Sharon
3. Vickie Taylor 4. Alexa Grace
5. Marilyn Brant 6. Celebrating Spring
7. Diana Layne Blog 8. *lizzie starr
9. Darcy Flynn 10. Off Kilter
11. Marci Baun 12. Amber Kallyn
13. Sarah Gilman 14. Renee Pace
15. A Cozy Reader’s Corner 16. Children’s Author Maria Dismondy
17. Indie Author How-To 18. Deb Sanders
19. Fresh Start Stories with Beverly Nault 20. Aris Whittier
21. Darcyholic Diversions 22. Once Upon a Time: world of symbols
23. YA author Katharina Gerlach 24. Chick Lit (Bridget Jones’s Diary meets The Office)
25. Beate Boeker 26. Jessica Chambers: Straight From The Heart
27. Gotta Have YA 28. Karl Fields
29. Sally Clements 30. Dina Silver
31. Sybil Nelson 32. Priscilla the Great
33. Nina Benneton 34. Caron Rider, YA Author of Silver Knight
35. Tara Woolpy 36. J.M. Kelley
37. Susan Mallery Cooks 38. J.L. Campbell
39. Amy Saunders 40. Kaira Rouda
41. Michael Scott Miller 42. Samantha March
43. Marika Christian 44. Elena Aitken
45. No Hope for Gomez! 46. Nearly Brilliant
47. WHO GOT LIZ GARDNER 48. Amy Lignor – Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles
49. Jolene Perry – Night Sky 50.
51. DeeSWhite-Author, Inspirational Speaker, Vocalist 52. Tracy Marchini – Hot Ticket
53. STAY TUNED – Lauren Clark 54. TwoCanDo Books Mary Laudien’s Website- Follow the Blog!
55. Maria Geraci 56. Patti Callahan Henry – Wildflower Wishes App
57. Pandora Poikilos – Peace from Pieces 58. Christina Wible
59. ALMOST HUMAN – venomous vampire series 60. Walking with Justice
61. Author Darien Gee and the Friendship Bread Kitchen 62. K.E. Saxon
63. Cynthia Vespia Author of Thrills and Chills 64. Louisa Mack – Cooking Up Trouble
65. Cheryl – Books, Products and More! 66. Sloane Wolf – Margay Leah Justice
67. Daddy, Come & Get Me 68. Author Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners)
69. Welcome to the Woods 70. More Than Words-S.Carol Crovo
71. But What Are They Eating? 72. Sheila Seabrook – Tripping My Way Through Life
73. Alicia and Roy Street 74. Indie Pub Promos
75. RS Author Stacey Joy Netzel 76. Doing Italians, Oops!, Italy


I hope you all enjoy the contest and gather oodles of awesome recipes and gardening tips along your journey to all the author’s sites during the Authors in Bloom Give Away Blog Hop! Thanks for the visit!

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