10 Fun Facts About Laurie Blake
#1 - She is struggling to establish a photography studio
#2 - Laurie comes from a rich family but is determined to do it on her own
#3 - Her passion is to take photos for families with special needs children
#4 - She loves to bake in her spare time
#5 - When she was in college, she enjoyed playing basketball
#6 - She has a younger sister, Chelsea, but they aren't very close
#7 - Her parents love to travel and only go home once a year for the holidays
#8 - It's very difficult for Laurie to accept help from others
#9 - She insists her hair is the color of copper, rather than red
#10 - Between her hair and green eyes, she often stands out in a crowd
My Favorite Quote from Laurie
Okay, this is my second favorite quote. I can't really post the first because it might give away some of the plot. ;-) This particular quote still makes me chuckle when I read it. Someone is trying to help her to a waiting vehicle after she has injured her ankle. He asks Laurie whether she will be able to walk outside or not.
“Walk? No. Stumble like a drunk? Absolutely."
I hope you enjoy reading Tuck and Laurie's story. Look for Finding Peace on Kindle January 3rd, 2015 and in paperback shortly afterwards!
10 Fun Facts About Kentucky "Tuck" Chandler
#1 - Tuck is a police officer in the town of Kitner, Texas
#2 - His partner at the police department is Lance Davenport
#3 - Lance and Tuck were best friends growing up
#4 - He doesn't get to very often, but Tuck enjoys playing basketball
#5 - Tuck carries a Glock 9mm
#6 - He is a middle child with two sisters named Lexi and Serenity
#7 - He loves to spend time with his nephew, Gideon, who has autism
#8 - Rogue is his border collie who loves to play fetch
#9 - Tuck is incredibly loyal to his friends and family
#10 - Fellow officers often jab him about his height - over six feet tall
My Favorite Quote from Tuck
There is some drama going on between Tuck's sisters. When Lexi tells him that he could have an opinion, this is his response:
“I do. I choose not to express it. That’s why I became a cop. It’s easier to keep the peace in Kitner than it is in my own family.”
I hope you enjoy getting to know Tuck as you read this first book in the Love's Compass series. Look for Finding Peace on Kindle January 3rd, 2015 and in paperback shortly afterwards!
I'll be back to posting regularly next week. For now, I want to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas filled with love, peace, and joy.
I apologize for my lack of blog posts. It's been a crazy month - and I know that's been true for everyone right now. Between getting ready for Christmas and a sick kiddo, I've struggled to get much else done.
You know what I've realized, though? That's okay. We've been having a blast around here baking, doing fun Christmas crafts, and just making memories. Isn't that what the holiday season is all about?
I hope you and your families are having a blessed month!
The first novel in my Love's Compass series, Finding Peace, is now available for pre-order on Amazon for the Kindle. It will officially be released on January 3, 2015 - jut two short weeks away! You can get it now through January 9th, 2015 at $0.99 and then it will go to it's regular price of $2.99.
It will be available in paperback as well, hopefully around the same time or shortly afterwards. I'll let you know when I have a definite date for that.
I hope you enjoy Tuck and Laurie's story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Chocolate chip cookies have been a favorite in our household for a long time. Over the last couple of years, I've slowly been changing up the recipe in an attempt to make it as healthy as possible. We are all very happy with this recipe and prefer these cookies to any other we've tried now.
I do not add salt (I use salted real butter, so that's enough for us). I have also replaced eggs with ground flax seed - 3 tbsp. of water and 1 tbsp. ground flax seed per egg. I reduced both types of sugars in this recipe to 1/2 a cup each instead of 3/4 so that's why I've only used 4 tbsp. water - I don't need as much liquid. I hope that makes sense.
We've already made one batch of these and I will probably make another before the end of the holiday season. Enjoy!
Nearly Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat Oven to 350'F
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup real butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (raw sugar plus 1/2 - 1 tsp molasses)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
4 tbsp. water
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
* If you want double chocolate chip, substitute 1/4 cup of the wheat flour with 1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa (special dark is healthier!).
* This works for any of the different morsels you can buy, including the new DelightFulls from Nestle Toll House!
If you haven't heard about Clean Indie Reads, then let me introduce you! This is an amazing group of people who write clean, flinch-free fiction. Check out the blog for book information, interviews, and more!
What's this about a sale?
Clean Indie Reads is having a Holiday Sale from December 1st - 7th. Find a wide variety of books in eight different categories that range from mystery to children's to romance. There's something on the list for everyone! And they're all on sale!
Books make great gifts
A book is something that keeps on giving. Do you have a friend or family member who loves to read digital books? You can buy any of these as a gift and arrange for it to be delivered on Christmas!
My book is included
You'll find Calming the Storm on the list of books participating in this fantastic holiday sale. Find it for $1.99 now through the 7th of December.
Join the party
That's not all - join our CIR Facebook Party for your chance to get to know some of the authors, ask questions, visit, and maybe even win some prizes! The party will take place December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Check out the FB event page for a schedule of authors. I'll personally be hosting for an hour on Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central). I'll be giving away two digital copies of Calming the Storm.
What are you waiting for?
An invitation? Well, now you've got one! Join us at the Clean Indie Reads Holiday Sale and browse the list of great books waiting there. I bet you'll find something you're interested in for yourself or someone else.