Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!! Welcome 2015

Happy New Year All!

Time for some changes, I really lost track of why I do this in 2014 and honestly its for my love of books, so many times you go overwhelmed with books, giveaways and other stuff, My resolution this year is to repurpose this blog back to why I originally started it which is the books and my love of books and helping spread the word of books, books, books, authors, and more books!!!!

So step 1:
I have put together an event on facebook with the best of 2014 YA/NA titles, characters, couples etc so head on over and leave your vote * if you think of another category let me know I will add it* The winners- which honestly all will be but, the winner I am going to attempt to do an interview with as well as read and review myself if I have not already!
so head on over and vote, vote, vote PRETTY PLEASE!!! 
feel free to add your friends, bloggers, authors, etc to vote as well. 

Step 2: 

As you can see above theres a new page 2015 Reads, this is where I will put a book when I start reading it, when I finish I will add the review link to it as well. 

Star Shadow Blog has a page on TSU as well now feel free to friend and follow me there as well
If there is anything you would like to see Star Shadow start doing more of please leave a comment below. I will try my best to do so, as I want to make you all happy as well!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Day 25 - Sophie Davis & Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of having Sophie Davis on the blog sharing a bit about her most recent release ( today is release day HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!) as well as a recipe which sounds scrumptious. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom.

Merry Christmas to all you wonderful readers from all of us over at Sophie Davis Books! In addition to all of those wrapped gifts under your trees, I am pleased to announce that Santa brought a little something extra this year: today is the official release of Platinum Prey, the second installment in my Blind Barriers Trilogy.

About the Book:
On the island of Manhattan, far far away from the monotony of normal American life, Lark Kingsley sits atop a diamond throne…until she vanishes into thin air. Once the Queen Bee of society and a constant fixture on page six, Lark’s disappearance has catapulted her star to all new heights. Her parents are distraught. Her friends are baffled. And the authorities are desperate to find the heir apparent to the Kingsley Diamond dynasty before it is too late.
But there's no one wants to find Lark as badly as Raven Ferragamo, even though the two have never met. When Raven stumbles upon the missing heiress’s diary and the riddled pleas for help within the pages, she’s stunned to discover a mysterious connection between them.

In honor of the holiday season and the release of the sequel, Fragile Facade (the first book in the Blind Barriers Trilogy) is FREE for a limited time. So once all the presents have been unwrapped, all the ham and goodies eaten (or in my family, all the Chinese food and fortune cookies), and you're ready for a little quality time with your new (or well-loved) e-reader, click here for download links!
And just in case that's not enough...
If you're like me, you've spent all of your money on holiday gifts (maybe for yourself, maybe for others) and now you're scoping out giveaways to win more great stuff. Well, your holiday wish has come true! I am giving away autographed paperbacks of both Fragile Facade and Platinum Prey. Check out all the ways to enter on the Rafflecopter at the end of this post!

And finally, I thought I'd share one of my favorite family traditions with all of you: My mother's AMAZING apple pie recipe. If you decide to give it a try, you *won't* regret it. Just be sure to let me know what you think!
From the bottom of my heart, I wish everyone an absolutely wonderful day (preferably ending with you curled up in front of a fire with a good book!) and a great new year!
Happy Holidays!
Sophie Davis
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The all-time yummiest Mama's Apple Pie:


One bag Granny Smith apples

1 and 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup of flour

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1  teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumb Topping:

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Peel apples and place into large bowl. Mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredient mixture to the peeled apples. Try your best to coat apples evenly.

Using either a store-bought crust, or one you made yourself, place crust in deep dish pie pan. Place the apple/dry ingredient mixture into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

With approximately 10-15 minutes left in the baking process, spread the crumble topping over the apples.

Optional: You can use a second crust to cover the apples initially and still add the crumbly topping towards the end of baking. Just make sure to put a slit in the top crust if you do so!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Day 24 - Molly Cochran & Giveaway

Today we have the pleasure of having the talented Molly Cochran on the blog sharing a recipe with us and giving you a chance to win, so check out the delicious recipe and enter below.

Yule Rules!
A Magical Recipe from Molly Cochran

My favorite part of the holiday season is, hands down, no contest—food. Forget the boring old Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham. These days we have kale chips, blood orange salads, porchetta, and a hundred ways to serve Brussels sprouts. But the very best of the best foods of the year are the holiday desserts that no feast can do without, taken up a notch: Not pumpkin pie, but pumpkin brulĂ©e, topped with sugar and torched till it’s bubbly. Pannetone French toast, crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside. And my favorite dessert of all time, the Yule Log.
Believe it or not, this beautiful creation is the easiest cake you’ll ever make!

The Cake
4 eggs, separated Confectioner’s sugar, sifted
¾ cup granulated sugar 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
¾ cup sifted cake flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line a 15” x 10” x 1” jellyroll pan with waxed paper. Spray the paper with Pam (the cake can be sticky).
Beat egg whites until stiff; set aside. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until light. Gradually add granulated sugar and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to egg yolk mixture. Fold in egg whites and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, till golden. Loosen edges of cake, then invert cake onto a towel dusted with confectioner’s sugar (This will prevent the cake from sticking to the towel).
Peel waxed paper from cake. Trim off any dry crusts from edges. From the narrow side, roll cake and towel up together. Cool cake, seam side down, for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently unroll and spread cake with whipped cream, then roll up again.
You can freeze this before filling if you don’t plan to serve it right away.

The Frosting
12 ounces dark chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream

Heat cream till boiling. Break up chocolate and chop fine in food processor. Pour hot cream over chocolate while processor is running. Stir occasionally while this mixture cools to a spreadable consistency.
Spread over cake. Using the back of a fork, scrape the tines over the frosting so that the cake resembles a log. (For a “knot,” you can slice 1” off the end of the cake and stick it on top.) Decorate with holly leaves, toy soldiers, meringue mushrooms, pine needles, poinsettias, candles, or anything else that sings “Noel” to you!

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