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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A "sweet" giveaway from @SiriMitchell - Kindle Fire and Vintage Candy! Plus RSVP for 4/18 Facebook Party!

Celebrate Unrivaled with Siri Mitchell by entering to win a Kindle Fire and joining her on April 18th for a Facebook Author Chat Party!

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One "swooning" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Vintage Candy Kit
  • Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (one for you and one for a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Unrivaled" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/18. Connect with Siri, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books, vintage candy kits, and more!

So grab your copy of Unrivaled and join Siri on the evening of the April 18th for a chance to connect with Siri and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Enter to WIN an iPad Mini from @TriciaGoyer & RSVP for a Live Webcast Event

Celebrate the release of Lead Your Family Like Jesus with Tricia by entering her iPad Mini Giveaway and RSVPing for the Lead, Momma Lead LIVE Webcast Event (with MomLife Today's Tracey Eyster) on April 16th.

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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Tricia Goyer library 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 15th. Winner will be announced at the "Lead, Momma Lead" Live Webcast Event on April 16th. Connect with authors and everyday moms, Tricia Goyer and Tracey Eyster, for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for leading your family. Tricia and Tracey will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus and join Tricia and Tracey on the evening of April 16th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New eShort from Deeanne Gist JUST .99 cents!

Tempest in the White CityDeeanne Gist’s E-Short gives readers a peek inside the world’s fair. Tempest in the White City is a digital short story available from online retailers for 99 cents.

Deeanne Gist fans won’t have to wait until the April 30 release of It Happened at the Fair to read her latest work! On March 19, readers will be able to purchase the e-short, Tempest in the White City, a 40-page short story prelude to It Happened at the Fair, for 99 cents from all online retailers. While the characters from the short story are not carried over into the full-length release, audiences will get a taste of the awe-inspiring backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and will be anxious to spend more time exploring the exhibition.

In true Gist form, Tempest in the White City combines her trademark humor with romance. Hunter Scott is one of the elite. A Chicago World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character and ability to serve and protect. When Hunter is overcome with debilitating abdominal pain, he stumbles to an infirmary in the Fair’s Woman’s Building only to discover the doctor is female—which he is none too happy about. But even worse, she has the nerve to diagnose him—the toughest man west of anyplace east—with constipation.

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair overflowed with the latest innovations welcomed by a throng of people from all around the globe. This setting replete with history, intrigue and wonder caught Gist’s attention and is sure to draw readers of both releases in as well. “I’m always drawn to events in our country’s past that are strangely absent from our history classes. Why the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition has been left out, I don’t know, especially since it was such a pivotal event for us,” explains Gist. “We were able to wow the world with our scientific innovations, and it gave women their first official board position recognized and approved by an Act of Congress (all before we had the right to vote). But it was technology which claimed the day as it nipped at the heels of horses, buggies and man-powered tools.”

More about It Happened at the Fair: Young inventor Cullen McNamara gambles everything, including the family farm, in order to make his family proud—and earn his father’s entry money to the Fair Expo back—by selling his design for an automatic sprinkler system inspired by his mother’s death in a mill fire. Struggling with hearing loss from his previous life on the farm, McNamara finds it difficult to communicate with potential buyers over the din in the Fair’s Machinery Building. In an act of desperation, he hires attractive Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. Much like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, Cullen is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground or will he be carried away?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Win a Kindle Fire from @ReginaJennings and RSVP for 4/4 Facebook Party!

Regina Jennings is celebrating the release of Love in the Balance with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on 4/4!


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One "lovely" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire 
  • A copy of Regina's Sixty Acres and a Bride and Love in the Balance
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 3rd. Winner will be announced at the "Love in the Balance" Author Chat Party on April 4th. Connect with Regina, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Love in the Balance and join Regina on the evening of April 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Get in my belly | Corned Beef Sliders


Earlier this week I mentioned that I was planning ahead for my St. Patrick's Day meal and posted a recipe for The Hungry Housewife's Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze

Before the cake (I'm sure I can wait that long!) I will be serving these little gems - Corned Beef Sliders (recipe from one of my favorite Seattle bakeries, Macrina.

Makes 8

Ingredients: 

1/4 head thinly sliced red cabbage


3 tbsp mayo

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2 tsp ketchup

2 tbsp beer

1 tsp dried chili flakes

1 package (8) Macrina brioche slider buns (or whatever kind of slider buns you can find locally)

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

8oz thinly sliced corned beef (preferably house-made)

8 slices of Gruyere cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl combine the may, 1 tsp mustard (the remainder is for the sandwiches), ketchup, and beer. Add in the sliced cabbage, chili flakes and add salt to your taste. Mix well and set aside for 30-45 minutes to wilt and macerate.

Cut all slider buns in half. Lay with cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet and brush with butter. Place baking sheet in the oven for 3 minutes to warm buns.

Remove from oven and spread each side with the mustard. Layer corned beef on the botto side. Half the cheese slice and lay on the top. Return sliders to the oven for another 3-5 minutes to warm up and melt the cheese. Remove from oven and place a dollop of cabbage slaw on the corned beef. Place the top of the sandwich and secure with a toothpick.

(The sliders will require a cold beer and few napkins as as accompaniment!)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Win a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Prize Pack and RSVP for 3/28 Facebook Party!

Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of Swept Away by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party! 

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One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)
  • A copy of Swept Away (For you AND a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Swept Away" Author Chat Party on March 28th. Connect with Mary, get a sneak peek of the next book in the series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Swept Away and join Mary on the evening of the March 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Get in my belly | Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze



Planning ahead for St. Patrick's Day meal. Corned Beef Sliders (recipe from one of my favorite Seattle bakeries, Macrina - will post later this week) and The Hungry Housewife's Guinness Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze.

What about you? Planning anything yummy?

Author: Leslie Green – The Hungry Housewife
Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  60 mins Total time:  1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 10

Cake
1 cup Guinness Stout
2 sticks Butter
¾ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
½ tablespoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
2 large Eggs
¾ cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
photo: The Hungry Housewife

Salted Caramel Glaze
5 tablespoons Butter
½ cup packed Dark Brown Sugar
⅓ cup Heavy Cream
Pinch Salt
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
⅔ cup Powdered Sugar,sifted
Garnish
Pinch of Fleur de Sel

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray or grease bundt pan.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the Guinness and butter to a light boil, add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk flour,sugar,baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
Add the butter/Guinness mixture to the sour cream mixture and beat until just incorporated.
Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
Then using a rubber spatula, lightly fold the batter to make sure there are no pockets of flour.
Pour into bundt pan.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs.
Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Then cool completely on rack before.
Cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (the cake seems to taste better the next day).

Salted Caramel Glaze
In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, dark brown sugar, heavy cream and salt to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for ONE minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract.
Add about ½ cup of the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
Continue to whisk in powdered sugar by the tablespoon until you reach your desired consistency.

Assemble
Remove the cake from the fridge, place on a cake plate and pour the salted caramel glaze over the top.
Sprinkle the Fleur de Sel over the glaze.

Cake recipe inspired from Epicurious.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

PRE-ORDER LEAD YOUR FAMILY LIKE JESUS AND RECEIVE A BUNDLE OF FREEBIES!

Whenever you influence the thinking, behavior, or development of another person, you are leading. Nowhere, then, is your impact as a leader felt more dramatically than in your own family--no matter what role you play. What kind of legacy will you leave?

Tricia Goyer is thrilled to announce that her latest co-writing project, Lead Your Family Like Jesus, (with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges) will release in April. Filled with practical examples and easily applied principles, this book lays out a dynamic H4 framework to help you align your heart, head, hands, and habits to lead your family like Jesus.

If you pre-order your copy of Lead Your Family like Jesus, you will receive a free bundle of downloadable resources! (See below to see how you can help spread the word and be entered to win a 5 Book Mystery Prize Pack.)


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Here's Tricia with some fun activities for the family from Lead Your Family Like Jesus.



Help us spread the word about Tricia's pre-order promotion by sharing about it on your blog. Just pickup the code here (Click on the Lead Your Family Like Jesus bar and the code will drop down.) and paste it into your blog. Then email Caitlin (caitlin@litfusegroup.com) and let her know. You'll be entered to win a 5 Book Mystery Prize Pack! Promotion runs 3/4- 3/18.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Enter to win an iPad Mini and RSVP for @BoStern's Beautiful Battlefields Live Webcast {3/12}!

Bo Stern is celebrating the release of her Beautiful Battlefields with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Webcast event on March 12th!

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One "beautiful" winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 12th. Winner will be announced at the "Beautiful Battlefields" Live Webcast Event on March 12th. Connect with Bo Stern for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for life’s battles. Bo will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Beautiful Battlefields and join Bo on evening of March 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

Monday, March 04, 2013

@LisaTBergren's Grave Consequences iPad Mini Giveaway!

Celebrate the release of Grave Consequences with Lisa T. Bergren by entering to win an iPad Mini!

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One "grand" winner receive:
  • A brand new iPad Mini
  • Grave Consequences and Glamorous Illusions will be pre-loaded onto the Mini!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced on March 25th at Lisa's website.

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.