Feature & Follow Blog Hop #2

Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:30 PM
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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted jointly by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This blog hop is a way for bloggers to find new followers and new friends. You can follow me by any of the links on the right. Don’t forget to leave a comment below.
RULES
o    (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
o    (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
o    Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
o    Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
o    If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
o    Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
o    If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
o    If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

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When did you start blogging?
I am a relatively new blogger and started my blog in May 2013.
What is your favorite part of book blogging?
I love reading book reviews for books that pique my interest, so starting in 2014 I will be opening my blog up for book reviews. I will also be opening my blog up for guest posts and author interviews.
What type of books do you mainly blog about?
Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Thrillers, Literary Fiction 
What is your favorite book(s)?
I have way too many favorite books to pick just one exclusively, but one of my favorites is Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin.
What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
Meeting other cool bloggers! 


This Week's Question

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! What books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season? Do a holiday book haul for us! If you don’t celebrate just show off your books that you got this week. Pictures!!!




Loren Mathis

FREE BOOK MONDAYS

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 1:22 AM
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This Monday, I have selected a range of currently free books/novellas from different genres including romance, thrillers, and young adult paranormal. I hope that at least one of these selections piques your interest!



1. Free Agent (Mustangs Baseball) by Roz Lee [Novella]
3. Clouded Rainbow by Jonathan Sturak
4. Seven Days from Sunday by MH Sargent
5. Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising (Part 1 & 2) by Jennifer Martucci and Christopher Martucci
Loren Mathis

Feature & Follow Blog Hop #1

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted jointly by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This blog hop is a way for bloggers to find new followers and new friends. You can follow me by any of the links on the right. Don’t forget to leave a comment below.
RULES
o    (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
o    (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
o    Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
o    Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
o    If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
o    Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
o    If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
o    If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

***
When did you start blogging?
I am a relatively new blogger and started my blog in May 2013.
What is your favorite part of book blogging?
I love reading book reviews for books that pique my interest, so starting in 2014 I will be opening my blog up for book reviews. I will also be opening my blog up for guest posts and author interviews.
What type of books do you mainly blog about?
Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Thrillers, Literary Fiction 
What is your favorite book(s)?
I have way too many favorite books to pick just one exclusively, but one of my favorites is Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin.
What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
Meeting other cool bloggers!
This Week's Question Pick a book in your favorite genre that you’d recommend to a reluctant reader. For romantic suspense, I would suggest that a reluctant reader read Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair





Loren Mathis

Write Edit Publish December Blog Hop: Traditions

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:29 AM
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Season’s Greetings Everyone!

I was invited to participate in this blog hop by Denise Covey. You can find her great blog here

My family celebrates the Christmas holiday, and each year we celebrate at one of our family member’s homes. Usually, our celebration takes place at my parents’ house, but this year everyone will be taking part in the festivities at my sister’s home. Regardless of the venue, excellent home-cooked Southern food is always to be expected. So for this blog hop post, I wanted to share two of my absolute favorite sides/desserts with you all: butternut squash pie and oyster stuffing.

Like always, I’d rather start with dessert. My mother is known for her butternut squash pie and it is simply delicious. If you like pumpkin pie, you’ll definitely love butternut squash pie. And if you’re not all that crazy about pumpkin pie, you’ll still probably like it! If you make it right, it’s light, fluffy, has a slightly nutty taste to it, and is completely delectable. I have posted a recipe for it that you can find online (can’t be divulging my mom’s secret recipe for her version!).

Butternut Squash Pie Recipe [Recipe from Southernfood.about.com]

      1 unbaked and chilled 9-inch pie shell
1 large butternut squash, cooked and pureed, about 1 1/2 cups pureed squash
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 large eggs
3/4 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Prepare:

Squash Preparation:
Slice the squash in half lengthwise; remove stem and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash, cut side down, on a foil-lined oiled baking pan; add about 1/2 cup of water to the pan. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 400° for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the squash is tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. Let cool completely then peel and mash or puree the squash or put it through a food mill. Measure 1 1/2 cups of the squash and set aside.
Reduce oven to 350° F and position an oven rack in the center of the oven. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat the squash with the brown sugar. Add eggs, evaporated milk, spices salt, flour, butter, and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Pour the filling into the chilled pie and place on the center oven rack. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until set. Check after about 35 minutes and loosely set a ring of foil or a pie crust protector over the browned crust so it won't get too dark. When the filling is set, transfer the pie to a rack to cool. Serve just warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped topping or whipped cream.
My second favorite item that we always have for Christmas is oyster stuffing. It’s a rare treat that we only have during the holidays and it’s excellent. You should consider this if you want to spice up your regular stuffing offering.
Oyster Stuffing Recipe  [Recipe from Food.com]

1 lb bread, including crusts (10 cups packed and cubed)
1 pint oyster, raw
4 -8 tablespoons butter
1 cup celery, finely chopped
2 cups onions, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon sage, minced
1 tablespoon thyme, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/8 teaspoon clove, ground
1 cup chicken stock
2 large eggs, well beaten (optional)

How to Prepare:

Preheat oven to 400°F and toast the bread until golden brown on the middle rack.  Turn into a large bowl.

Meanwhile heat butter until melted and foam subsides. Add onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes until tender.

Remove from heat and stir in the spices.

Stir in the bread cubes, and drained oysters and toss well, until the stuffing is moist, but not packed together; stir in the stock and eggs. Put in bird while moist, remoisten and adjust spices as necessary. If cooked in a casserole dish at 350°F until heated through with a crust on the outsides, 25 to 40 minutes.

Oyster juice may be used in place of some of the stock.

Read more: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/oyster-stuffing-4366?oc=linkback">http://www.food.com/recipe/oyster-stuffing-4366?oc=linkback</a>
Loren Mathis

FREE BOOK MONDAYS!

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 1:00 AM
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Who doesn’t love freebies—especially free books? You can start your week off right by tuning into my blog where I will post links to currently free Amazon Kindle books every Monday!  I will try to post books from many different genres, but most will be from the romance, suspense/thrillers, and literary fiction genres. I hope that some of them pique your interests, my fellow bibliophiles!

This Monday my picks are:

3. Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton


Loren Mathis

GUEST BLOGGERS WANTED!

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 3:39 PM
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Hello Everyone!

Starting in January, I'm opening my blog for guest bloggers to post every Friday. I'd love to host other authors (all genres welcome!) to help them promote their books and websites. Click on the Guest Bloggers Wanted icon on the lower right hand side of the page to be redirected to the sign-up calendar. Once you've signed up for a slot, shoot me a quick email at lorenmathis@live.com to let me know whether you would like to do an author interview or a guest post.

Also, sometime in the New Year, I will start posting book reviews on my blog. As a personal policy, I will only post reviews for books that I have enjoyed--so books that I would rate 3* or above. I will be starting school full-time in Jan. to complete additional studies AND writing nearly full-time, so my reviews will be very... sporadic!

Thanks!
Loren
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