FOURTH FRIDAY WILD CARD

Welcome to our first WILD CARD FRIDAY post. The fourth Friday of every month we'll welcome a guest author to the blog with something fun for you. A post, a devotion, a poem, a video, a picture to caption... FUN STUFF! And at the end of the post they will introduce you to their books.

Our first author is Karen Whiting. Karen submitted this picture for us to play with.

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Let's take a  look at Karen's work:
 Love God, Love the Planet As you become an expert in all things green, Nature Girl offers fun ways to care for God’s creations while enjoying the wonders of nature! With activities, recipes, science experiments, and much more, you can discover how to create recycled jewelry, plan a spa day with friends, make your own earth-friendly skin care products, or team up to clean a park or a neighbor’s yard. Each chapter covers different topics, like water, air, energy, and recycling, and includes crafts, Scripture, games, quizzes, interviews with experts, and quotes from real girls like you. From the itty-bitty flowers at your feet to the air high above your head, discover how you can make a difference for our planet.
 Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) is an award winning author and international speaker who encourages children and their families to thrive.

THIRD FRIDAY WRITING NEWS


Pam's story has been available for two months now and she's getting rave reviews. Twenty-six reviews, all but one, five stars. Here's a bit of what people are saying about THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: PAM:

"...the characters seem real. They have character flaws that come out through the story. These flaws drive much of the conflict. In addition there are scenes which show our church-going women are not perfect Christians, but human beings who sometimes need to be reminded on how they should behave."

" Sharon Srock has a way of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. I have read all of her Women of Valley View stories to date and have been thoroughly enraptured with each one. Ms. Srock takes a painful situation and turns it into a beautiful story of forgiveness."

"... a story...with a powerful message."

" Srock has a nice balance of humor, heartache and sibling rivalry to keep the book fun and light hearted, while at the same time, dealing with some very serious issues."

" From the first sentence, this novel of grace and mercy grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the very end."

You can read more of the reviews form all three of the available VALLEY VIEW BOOKS, and purchase them from my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE





THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHA
The manuscript has been at my publisher since Christmas. Revisions were asked for and delivered. The feed back I received was very positive. I'm looking forward to sharing good news where Sam's story is concerned shortly.

THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: KATE
I'm just about 40,000 words into the 60,000 word first draft. My goal is to have the story to the publisher by Christmas.  Here's a scene from the 15th chapter.



The look in his eyes forced the breath from Kate’s lungs.
“I know you want to take things slow, but I’ve been thinking of kissing you all night...”
She stared up into his eyes. That’s makes two of us.
“May I?”
Kate couldn’t speak, she took a half step toward him, hoping he’d take that as encouragement.
Nicolas raised his eye brows, backed her up against the closed door, and lowered his forehead to hers. He smiled against her lips. “You’re a very special woman, Kate.” His lips came down on hers and all of the afternoon’s musing about what their first real kiss would be like fled her brain. He cupped her face in his hands, pressed in closer, and took a second plunge, Kate was grateful for the door at her back. Without that to lean on her liquefied knees would not have supported her. She circled her arms around his neck and abandoned herself to feelings she’d promised herself were a thing of the past.
An eternity…a second…later, he raised his head, released her face, and ran the tips of his fingers down the insides of her arms. They trailed down her sides, leaving fire in their wake, and finally came to rest at the small of her back. “Kate…” His sigh shuddered and he dipped his head for a quick peck against her lips. “I have to go.”
Kate nodded, continuing to use the door for support while she watched him get into his car. He raised his in farewell and she followed suit. His taillights disappeared around the corner and she opened the door. If her feet touched the floor on the way to her room she never knew it.



I don't write romance, so I'd love to know what you guys think.


SECOND FRIDAY RECIPES

Welcome to the new blog format. Last week was GETTING TO KNOW YOU FRIDAY. This week, and every second Friday of the month, will be our SECOND FRIDAY RECIPES. I'm collecting some great recipes from terrific authors, but first I wanted to share one of my all time favorite cakes with you.


KEY LIME CAKE
INGREDIENTS:
1 Box lemon cake mix
1 3oz box of lime jello
1/3 Cup oil
3 eggs
½ Cup orange juice
¾ Cup water
1 Box powdered sugar
¼ C bottled Key lime juice
¼ C fresh squeezed Key lime juice
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 stick softened margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Prepare three 9 inch round pans by lining the bottom with wax paper.
2. Spray sides and paper with baking PAM.
3. Mix the cake mix, lime jello, oil, eggs, orange juice and water together for 2-3 minutes on med. Speed.
4. Pour an equal amount of the batter into each of the three pans.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
6. GLAZE INSTRUCTIONS
7. Squeeze enough key limes to get ¼ Cup.
8. Pour ¼ Cup bottled key lime juice into the fresh squeezed.
9. Mix in 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar.
10. When the cakes come out of the oven, while they are still warm, use a spoon to drizzle glaze over the entire surface of each layer.
11. ICING INSTRUCTIONS
12. Mix the margarine and cream cheese together.
13. Mix in the remainder of the box of powdered sugar.
14. Add the vanilla, and mix until smooth.
15. Remove the first cake, peel away wax paper, and spread a layer of icing, repeat with second cake.
16. Top with last cake and ice completely.
17. Place the cake in the fridge to keep the icing firm

I know it looks like a lot of steps, but the cake is so moist, with just the right combination of sweet and sour...Trust me, you won't have to worry about left overs!!

GETTING TO KNOW YOU FRIDAY


I'm beginning to think I'm never going to get rested up from my Alaskan adventure. I got home Monday night and I haven't stopped since I walked in the front door. The Avon order I submitted before I left needed bagging and delivering, Groceries needed to be bought, I had a mid week nail appointment, the next AVON order needs to be sent out on Monday, and I wrote most of Chapter 13 for the next VALLEY VIEW story. All of this around a full time day job. I'm dragging!!

In honor of my draggyness I have declared tomorrow, Saturday the 7th of June, an official DO NOTHING DAY. I hope some of you will join me.  A good look at the picture above will give you some idea of what my perfect do nothing day looks like. If the weather is too hot, or if it rains, I have no problem moving my pillow, coffee, and book to the dry, air conditioned comfort of my recliner.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU FRIDAY is the new format for my posts on the first Friday of the month. I'll pose a question and give you my answer and enjoy reading yours as you share.

So here's this weeks question:

What's your favorite thing to do on a do nothing day?


PICTURES FROM ALASKA

Oh my, we had a marvelous time on our Alaskan cruise. But I'll tell you, I am WORN OUT!!  I promise we'll get a real blog post next week, but for now, here a a few of my favorite pictures.

We saw whales playing in the harbor...

Saw tons of majestic mountains...
We panned for gold. Our total for the afternoon was around $40.00
We puttered out to a glacier. That's a 300 foot high wall of ice you're looking at.
And a side trip to Canada took us to a beautiful garden.