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October’s Reading List

With trying to get The Wedding Dare completed, I haven’t done much reading…other than staying up really late at night! Do you do that too? I promise myself I’ll stop at the end of one chapter and then I start the next, and the next…until the book is done and it’s 3am in the morning! LOL So…what am I reading that is keeping me up so late at night?  and …Read More

Ordered Your Calendar and T-Shirt Yet?

Thanks to YOU we were able to donate $1800 towards ending school violence – how awesome was that! I will continue to donate proceeds from Before The Storm towards this cause…but I have a few more things we could do to help other children. Buy a T-Shirt. Don’t you love it? The proceeds of this design will go towards child literacy programs…let’s share our love of reading! (click on tshirt …Read More

Reader Recipe – Amish Sugar Cream Pie

Thank you reader, Shawna Griffith, for submitting your Grandma’s Amish Sugar Cream Pie recipe! Amish Sugar Cream Pie   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Serves: 8 Ingredients ¾ cup sugar 2½ cups half & half ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup corn starch ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon 9″ lightly baked pie crust Directions …Read More

A Huge Success Because Of You!

Yesterday, you all blew my mind – in a good way I was hoping to be able to donate a minimum $500 for a one day campaign. But because of YOU – because of all of you who blogged, tweeted, posted and bought a copy of Before the Storm … well, the numbers aren’t all in yet, but let’s just say, we BLEW THAT OUT OF THE WATER! A HUGE thank …Read More

Will YOU Speak Out?

Will you join me in speaking out against school violence? Together we can make a difference, I know we can! In writing my new Stillwater Bay series, I’ve come to realize that what we had as children growing up isn’t there anymore. It’s not okay for our children to go to school being scared. Metal detectors, guards, constant vigilance…that shouldn’t be the norm. Our teachers should feel safe in the …Read More

Why Authors Should Partner with Charities

Authors have the gift to evoke an emotional response through words. Charities have the ability to help promote and see change. Why not join together? While I was writing Finding Emma, my heart continually broke for families who were going through the nightmare of having a child stolen from them. I was thankful that I could hug my children every night but I knew, beyond just writing a story, I …Read More

SPEAK OUT: END SCHOOL VIOLENCE!

I NEED YOUR HELP! I have joined with Booksparks this year during their annual SPEAK OUT campaign. This year this focus is on putting an end to school violence and I need you to join with me too! Below is all the information (it’s also found on their website) of what you can do and what the SPEAK OUT campaign is all about. Speak Out As a book community, we need …Read More

Banana Nut Muffins – Reader Recipe

Thank you to reader, Tina Myers for submitting her favorite Banana Nut Muffins Recipe on the SSS Facebook page this week!!! Banana Nut Muffins – Tina Myers   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Serves: 24 Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 4 overripe bananas 1 cup brown sugar ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted …Read More

Enter to Win a Signed Sarah Pekkanen Book!

The beginning of every month over on my author FB page, I offer up a “Super Grab Bag Giveaway”. This month is awesome – because up for grabs is a signed copy of Catching Air – Sarah Pekkanen’s latest release! Also…if you are a huge Sarah Pekkanen (like me), then you’ll be excited to know that two of her bestsellers are now on sale! Get them while you can! (click …Read More

Reader Recipe – Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf   Print Ingredients 1½ cups warm milk 1 cup warm water 3 eggs, beaten ½ cup white sugar 1 rounded teaspoon salt ½ cup butter or margarine, softened 8 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons instant yeast 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 1 cup raisins (optional) Directions Mix milk, water, sugar, salt and butter. Add the beaten eggs. Combine four cups flour …Read More