Thursday, April 20, 2017

Autumn's Kiss Blog Hop

Welcome to Creative Hodgepodge!

Last year, I wrote a short story called Autumn Vows, and it was part of a lovely anthology called Autumn's Kiss. Seven other sweet romance authors collaborated on the project, and the result is a lovely collection of stories based on an autumn theme. We celebrated the release with a blog hop during autumn 2016, but then we realized that not everyone experiences the season at the same time - so we decided to recognize fall in the southern hemisphere by having another blog hop!

We decided that this time, we'd share our favorite autumn recipes. Since Autumn Vows takes place in my native West Michigan I decided to post instructions for making Spiced Apple Cider. In this part of the country we have lots of apple orchards, so apple cider fills the grocery store shelves all season. I love the smell of apples and cinnamon as it's simmering on the stove. There are lots of great recipes, but my favorite is quite simple: Take a gallon of cider, heat it in a large pan, add a little brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let it simmer for a half hour (or until you can't wait any longer) and enjoy!

I like to sip on the cider as I'm writing, crafting, or watching TV. I keep lots of coasters around to protect my furniture! A friend showed me how to make these cute fabric coasters and since I've always got scraps of fabric around from recent projects, I made some four out of various colors of gingham to give away to a random commenter. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite cool-weather treat! I'll choose a winner on Monday morning, April 24.

But before you go, be sure to enter the Gift Card giveaway (one $100 prize and one $20 Gift Card) by entering your name, email addy and my favorite fall treat (see two paragraphs above) in the form below:
Be sure to visit the blogs of all six participating Autumn's Kiss authors and follow instructions at each one in order to qualify for the Gift Cards, as well as the individual author giveaways. Here are the participating blog links:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Hop

I'm participating in the to the Easter Facebook Hop, hosted by Love Kissed Suspense!

With tons of prizes from over 100 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Easter Weekend!

My prize is this set of butterfly note cards, with envelopes. In order to qualify for this prize, you need to do these things:
1. Like my Facebook page

2. Subscribe to this blog by clicking "Follow this Blog" in the white Networked Blogs box to the right
3. Comment with the words "Happy Easter" on the pinned post on my Facebook page (It's the post with the above picture on it).

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

A.J. Norris
Ali Parker's Author Page
Alpha Book Club
Amy L Gale
Annie Anderson
Aubrey Kendall
Author A. M. Willard
Author Amy L Gale
Author Elaina Jadin
Author Jamie Summer
Author Kimi Flores - K.A. Hunter
Author Miranda Lynn
Author Shelique Lize
Author Susan Renee
Avery Price
Boxed Romance Bargains
Bree Berri
C.E. Wilson Author
C.E. Wilson Author
Christine Hart, YA, NA & MG Author
CJ Pinard, Author
Colleen Charles Romance Author
D.D. Lorenzo, Author
D.M. Earl
Emma Nichols
Empress Author Solutions
Erin Bedford
Evie Meadows
Happily Ever Chapter
Heather C. Myers
Helen Smith Alpha Book club
Isadora Brown
Jane Matisse
Jane Reynolds
Jeanne St. James, Romance Author