Sunday, April 8, 2012

Authors in Bloom...Up for a Kindle or Nook?

I’m pleased to be part of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. The hop is hosted by Dianne Venetta and Tiffany at A Cozy Reader’s Corner.  Seventy-five authors will be giving away a range of gifts on the hop.  Full contest details are here. The hop ends on April 18th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced on April 20th.  

My giveaway is a copy of Contraband, which will be shipped internationally.
The second prize will be an e-copy of Hardware. 

If you wish to be entered for the grand prize—which is a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a $25 gift card—you will need to collect all the short phrases posted on each author’s blog and assimilate them into the complete passage:  “Authors in Bloom,” a vignette about a women’s personal growth and empowerment. Each author will post their phrase, giving the line number, so that it will be easy for you to post the phrases in the vignette in the proper order.When you have all the phrases for the story, enter for the grand prize at the landing page here.

My phrase is - Line 48: But time passes so quickly,

To enter this leg of the hop, you only need to be a follower and fill in the entry form below. For extra entries you can tweet this contest or like my Facebook page

I’m supposed to share a gardening tip, a recipe or both. I’m going for a Jamaican recipe. Enjoy! 

Nutty Banana Bread (Recipe Source here)
  • 0.75 cup Grace Hello Margarine
  • 0.75 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 0.13 teaspoon baking soda
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 0.5 cup whole milk
  • 0.5 cup mixed nuts, chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and flour loaf pan.
  2. Cream Grace Hello Margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and add to the creamed mixture.
  4. Fold in mashed bananas, lime juice, vanilla, whole milk and mixed nuts.
  5. Mixture should drop easily from a spoon.  If not, add a little water or milk until consistency is reached.
  6. Scrape mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for one hour.
  7. Cool in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

    Recipe Note:
    1/8 - 1/4 tsp. baking soda may be used.
Don’t forget to visit the other authors on this blog hop.

Grab a FREE read...Don't Get Mad...Get Even, my award-winning collection of Jamaican stories at Amazon


  1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm not much on beer either. :) Normally, your fest would be a fun adventure, but this A-Z Challenge takes all my time. Oh, what was I thinking!!!

    1. I'm wondering the same thing too. April will have passed in a blur. :)

  2. Bouncing around the hop seems like a good Sunday afternoon occupation. Thanks for stopping by!


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