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

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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 https://www.facebook.com/alisajnorris
Ali Parker's Author Page https://www.facebook.com/AliParkerAuthor/
Alpha Book Club http://facebook.com/alphabookclub
Amy L Gale https://www.facebook.com/Amy-L-Gale-540928695977160/
AniGonzalezAuthor https://www.facebook.com/AniGonzalezAuthor/
AnnaSantosAuthor https://www.facebook.com/AnnaSantosAuthor/
Annie Anderson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnieAnderson/
Aubrey Kendall https://m.facebook.com/AubreyKendallAuthor/?ref=bookmarks
Author A. M. Willard https://www.facebook.com/authoramwillard/
Author Amy L Gale https://www.facebook.com/Amy-L-Gale-540928695977160/
Author Elaina Jadin http://www.facebook.com/readelainajadin
Author Jamie Summer www.facebook.com/authorjamiesummer
Author Kimi Flores - K.A. Hunter https://www.facebook.com/kimifloresauthor/
Author Miranda Lynn https://www.facebook.com/MirandaLynnBks/
Author Shelique Lize https://www.facebook.com/Author.SheliqueLize
Author Susan Renee https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanrenee
AuthorKLMyers https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKLMyers/
Avery Price https://www.facebook.com/averypriceromance/
Boxed Romance Bargains https://www.facebook.com/boxedromancebargains/
Bree Berri https://www.facebook.com/BreeBerriAuthor/
C.E. Wilson Author https://www.facebook.com/cewilsonauthor
C.E. Wilson Author https://www.facebook.com/cewilsonauthor
Christine Hart, YA, NA & MG Author https://www.facebook.com/christineahart/
CJ Pinard, Author www.facebook.com/cjpinardauthor
Colleen Charles Romance Author https://www.facebook.com/colleencharlesromanceauthor/
D.D. Lorenzo, Author https://www.facebook.com/ddlorenzobooks/
D.M. Earl https://www.facebook.com/DM-Earl-685360821541217/
Emma Nichols https://www.facebook.com/emmanicholsromance/?fref=ts
Empress Author Solutions https://www.facebook.com/empressauthorsolutions/
Erin Bedford facebook.com/erinrbedford
Evie Meadows https://www.facebook.com/eviemeadowsromance/
Happily Ever Chapter https://www.facebook.com/happilyeverchapter
Heather C. Myers http://www.facebook.com/authorheathercmyers
Helen Smith http://facebook.com/authorhelensmith
http://Facebook.com/alphabookclub Alpha Book club
Isadora Brown http://www.facebook.com/authorisadorabrown
Jane Matisse http://facebook.com/JANEMATISSE
Jane Reynolds https://www.facebook.com/Jane-Reynolds-1947825788771241/
Jeanne St. James, Romance Author