Win a KINDLE FIRE OR NOOK- Join the Blog Hop

Win a KINDLE FIRE OR NOOK- Join the Blog Hop

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Welcome to my Author Blog Site!  I am so pleased to have you participating in the contest and visiting all 79 of our sites between April 7th at 6:00 am EST through to April 16th at midnight EST. You have 10 days to visit each and every site and leave a comment and email address to qualify for the GRAND PRIZE  (a Kindle Fire and a $25. eBook gift card) or a SECOND PRIZE (a $25. eBook gift card).


You have 10 days to visit each of the author blog sites that are listed and linked at the end of each contest blog sites, for your convenience. When you visit each site, you’ll be able to pick up gardening tips (from the talented green thumbs) and/or recipes (from the foodies).  As well, if you leave a comment and an email contact at each site, you have opportunities to win give-aways and you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Draw for a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) and a $25. gift card for eBooksPlease don’t forget to leave a contact email in your comments so that the Rafflecopter can choose the Grand Prize winner and  individual authors/bloggers can contact give-away winners.  We will want to mail your prize/s out to you ASAP. Remember:  In order to qualify for the Grand Prize and Second Draw prizes, you must visit all 79 sites.

(Of course, after perusing my humorous blogs that serve as samples and tips for writing entertaining blogs, you may even wish to subscribe to my blog: I’d love that!)

Win a FRENCH BULLDOG IPAD COVER ($20. value) as my site give-away prize. Any participant in Canada or the US is eligible for the draw at the end of the blog hop.  You may be asking why an IPAD cover?  Well, the picture of the Frenchie on the cover reminds me so much of one of the puppy characters in my Frenchie TWEEN series.  Everyone needs a cover for their eReaders and whenever the winner uses this cover, they will think of Pierre from my 3 novels: Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog, Frenchie X2- Follow the Blog and the latest published – Frenchie Diva- Follow the Blog.  Hopefully, your tween/s (daughter, son, grandchild) will enjoy these madcap novels about humorous pet ownership, teen-age angst, and pursuing the possibilities. They are available on and Check out my website for more information about my books and author visits/ blog writing workshops:  

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You KNOW you want this iPad cover make sure you leave a comment with your contact email (and maybe even subscribe to my blog-YES!)  And never hesitate to forward my site to any Middle Grade reader, parent, or grandparent, or simply anyone who is “gaga” over their pets for some fun, humorous reads!


I don’t have a gardening tip, but I do have a quote from an exceptional novel that I believe has inspired me to want to garden.  Read BLACKBERRY WINE- A NOVEL by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat).

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”  (P. 313)

Since I don’t pretend to think of myself as a knowledgeable gardener, I am providing you with 2 recipes, instead. Don’t forget to copy these recipes:

The Tabbouleh comes from COOKING SCHOOL MEDITERRANEAN.  We are fond of quinoa and the veggies and herbs in this make a refreshing  salad. It serves 4.

generous 1 cup quinoa , juice of 1/2 lemon

2 1/2 cups water , 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

10 vine ripened cherry tomatoes, halved , 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint

3 in. piece of cucumber , 4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

3 scallions, finely chopped , 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper


The Key Lime Pie recipe is from Weightwatcher’s 50th anniversary cookbook. I often travel in the US and love sampling the Key Lime Pies of the Southern States. Last year’s piece was superb in Charleston and 2 months ago, the tart taste in Key West was a welcome joy on a blistering hot day!

Crust: Combine 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup melted butter. Press on bottom of 9 in. springform pan.

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (smaller key limes from Florida Keys are preferable)

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

1 (14- ounce) can sweetened condensed mill (I use the light.)

2 tsp grated lime zest

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

1 small lime, thinly sliced.

(I like my pie super tart and limey, so I add about 1/4 cup of lime curd to the mixture.)

1. Pour the juice into a small bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let stand until the gelatin is softened, 5 minutes. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin dissolves.

2. Stir in the condensed milk and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes longer (do not boil). Remove from the heat and let cool 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate 30 minutes, or until the mixture starts to set.

3. Whisk the thickened filling until creamy and smooth ; stir in the lime zest (and LIME CURD, if you want it). Using a a rubber spatula, gently fold in the whipped topping until combined. Pour into the pie crust and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Garnish with the lime slices just before serving.


Visit each author on the list for the Authors in Bloom Hop! And don’t forget to leave a comment and your email contact on each site to qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle and individual author give-aways! Thanks for the visit!

1. Dianne Venetta ~ Cozy Mystery/Romance (US) 41. Stacey Joy Netzel
2. Rose Anderson 42. Deb Sanders
3. Alexa Grace 43. Janette Harjo
4. Katharina Gerlach, YA Fantasy author 44. J.L. Campbell
5. Jennifer Lowery 45. Lorraine Paton (INTL)
6. Catheirne Chant (US) 46. Amy Saunders, Chick-Lit Mysteries (US)
7. S.D. Bancroft 47. Jencey Gortney
8. J.D. Faver ~ Bad Girls Need Love Too…(Intl) 48. Sandra Cox
9. Tara Manderino (Intl) 49. Alisia Compton
10. Judy Baker, Cowboys and Indian Romances 50. Cate Dean
11. Sharon Kleve 51. Lisa Lickel
12. Sara Walter Ellwood (US) 52. Iyana Jenna
13. Anna Patterson 53. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman (INT)
14. Karl Fields (Intl) 54. Sheila Seabrook
15. LENA HART 55. Rose Cooper
16. Janice Seagraves, author 56. Halimah bint David
17. Lakisha Spletzer 57. Grace Peterson
18. Gemma Juliana 58. Nancy Pi-Sunyer
19. Victoria Adams 59. Elena Williams
20. Daryl Devore 60. Scandalous Stories
21. Jeana E. Mann, New Adult Romance 61. Lisa Orgler
22. Not Neccesarily In That Order 62. L.A. Sartor
23. Brenda Maxfield’s Smart and Sassy Teen Reads (INT) 63. BloominThyme
24. Elizabeth McKenna 64. Margarita Matos (UF & Romance)
25. H. A. Somerled 65. Lisa Chalmers
26. Susana Ellis 66. Diane Burton
27. Aileen Fish 67. Rebecca J. Clark
28. Cheryl Bolen 68. Victoria Pinder
29. Elizabeth Rose 69. Zelda Benjamin
30. L. Alison Heller 70. Liz Allen (US)
31. Eleanor Moran 71. Stacy Juba’s Characters at a Crossroads
32. K C Maguire 72. Jennifer Conner Romance Author
33. Patricia W. Fischer 73. I Am A Reader
34. Mindy Hardwick, Author 74. Darcy Flynn (US)
35. Melanie Macek 75. Joanne Jaytanie
36. Karen McCullough 76. Cassandra L Shaw
37. Michelle Abbott 77. Janette Harjo
38. Mary Laudien 78. Louisa Mack
39. Aubrey Wynne 79. Tiffany Schlarman
40. Kimberly K. Comeau

18 Responses »

  1. That poem is beautiful! It reminds me of a plaque I have over the entryway of my house of a rustic scene with the phrase below: “She who joy in her heart would keep, should tend a garden and mind a sheep.” I’ve got the garden covered, but haven’t quite convinced the hubby about the sheep. I guess my balls of yarn will have to suffice. 🙂

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  2. Key lime Pie is my favorite pie. The salad also looks very good. Thanks for the participation in the hop and your prize.


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