Friday, May 10, 2013



Hello Everyone! Well the day is over and rain is beginning to fall on my garden in Maryland. I'm so glad you were able to come by today, and stepped through my garden gate. Yes, that really is my gate and my cat Pookee.

For ambiance that reflects the era in which these novels were written, here's some music by that legendary composer of the 18th century, Mozart, and the soundtrack from the movie The Patriot.

Have a virtual glass of sparkling apple cider from McCutcheon's Apple Store, a locally owned shop in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland close to where I live.

Help yourself to a Cheesecake Cookie cupcake. Here's the recipe. 
How I wish we could for be together for real. But here we are together, when years ago this would have been impossible, let along imaginable.

I will be taking requests for e-signed, 'suitable for printing and framing', book covers. I'll include a personal note to you alongside my author signature.  I'll email you your signed cover as soon as possible. Just leave your request in the comments section with the cover(s) you'd like along with your email address.

Also, in celebration of the book's release, I'll be giving Thorns in Eden & The Everlasting Mountains away for FREE today only in Kindle ebook

Monday, May 6, 2013

Online Garden Party and Book Cover Signing on Friday

I'm celebrating the release of Thorns In Eden & The Everlasting Mountains in ebook and paperback with an online garden party, book cover signing event on Friday, May 10 from noon to 8. I hope you will come by my blog in the comment section for some fun fellowship with readers and other Christian authors. 

We may not be able to be together in person, but thank goodness for the Internet. We'll have a virtual glass of champagne together, and for those who do not partake in the 'bubbly' we will have glasses of sparkling cider, along with cake and a few recipes. (See the one below.)

I will be e-signing a 'suitable for printing and framing' book cover, for anyone that would like one, with a personal note to you. Get on the list, and I'll email you your signed cover.

All you have to do is stop into the comment section on Friday via the post that will be up and tell me you'd like a personalized cover, leave me your email address, and I'll get it to you asap.

A Luscious Cake for a Garden Party from Hershey's Kitchens

European Mocha Fudge Cake


  • 1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 4  eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  •   CREAMY COFFEE FILLING (recipe follows)
  •   Chocolate curls (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter bottom and sides of two 9-inch round baking pans. Line bottoms with wax paper; butter paper.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan; remove from heat. Add cocoa, stirring until blended; cool slightly. Beat eggs in large bowl until foamy; add salt and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add cooled chocolate mixture; blend thoroughly. Fold in flour. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Carefully peel off paper. Cool completely. Spread CREAMY COFFEE FILLING between layers, over top and sides of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour or longer before serving. Cover leftover cake; store in refrigerator. 10 to 12 servings.

    1-1/2 cups cold whipping cream
    1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee

    Combine all ingredients; stir until instant coffee is almost dissolved. Beat until stiff. About 3 cups filling.

    MAKE AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Cooled cake may be wrapped and frozen up to 4 weeks; thaw, wrapped, before filling and frosting.