Posts Tagged ‘Anna DeStefano’

Coconut Pie AND Three Seas Recipe Giveaway!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Who wants FAB recipes from 20+ authors and the chance to WIN a $300 Gift Card for Amazon, B&N or iTunes?

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That’s right, my agent and her team have put together a fun author/blog hop, to help you get to know each of us better. Which means (follow the information at the end of the post), you need to leave a comment on their site/page, rather than here to be entered to win the $300 Gift card.

BUT–comments are welcome here, too, where I’ll be giving away my own $25 Amazon gift card AND your choice of a digital copy of one of my #1 Best-selling Mimosa Lane novels!

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Just tell us here on the blog what’s your favorite handed down through the generations recipe that you make again and again… And then hop over to Three Seas (link below) to be entered in their fab drawing…

Which means you have a chance to win $350 total, just by playing here and there.

I’m sharing my grandmother’s super simple but AMAZING Coconut Pie Recipe.

And there’s so much more goodness for you to explore.

So:

  • Dive in.
  • Let me know if you have any questions about the pie (it’s a “farm” recipe passed down in my family for generations, so don’t let the simple fool you, it’s one of the best things you’ve ever eaten).
  • Leave a comment below about YOUR favorite handed-down recipe, for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Visit Three Seas Literary’s link below for all the info you need about the Receipe hop and promotion/giveaway AND to leave comments to be entered in the drawing for the $300 gift card.
  • Enjoy getting to know better a few authors you might already know a little or are just discovering!
  • Oh, and stay tuned for the winners!

Grandma’s Farm Coconut Pie

This a very simple, by-hand recipe that is more about the cooking than the mixing.

It takes no time to throw it together but around an hour to cook, depending on your oven.

It’s best to put the pie pan on a baking pan that will catch anything that might spill as you put the pie in the oven (the uncooked pie is liquidy).

Don’t be impatient. Cook until the top and crust are golden brown. But don’t over-cook (the pie is supposed to be soft inside, crunchy on the top, YUMMY!)

You’ll know it’s done when the coconut on top start to look toasted. You won’t believe how GOOD it is. My grandmother always made an extra for my husband to take home with him each time he visited. BTW, it’s just as easy to make two at a time as one, so you might wanna follow Grandma’s lead and double book ;o)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 heaping cup raw, shredded Coconut
  • 1 frozen/prepared pie crust (bottom only)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix/sift sugar and flour in separate bowl
  3. Add salt and mix well
  4. In large mixing bowl, Beat eggs by hand until yolks are broken and mixed well with whites. Do not over beat.
  5. Add milk and butter
  6. Add sugar/flour/salt mixture and Stir well by hand. Do not over mix.
  7. Add coconut and fold until well incorporated. Be sure to avoid clumps of coconut in the mix.
  8. Pour into pie crust until just below the edge of the crust.
  9. Bake until pie is set and top is golden brown (entire surface of the pie should be golden, and the coconut on top should appear toasted). Do not over bake or the inside of the pie will dry out. NOTE: The pie will rise as it bakes, and settle as it cools.
  10. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack that allows circulation beneath the pie. Allow to set (10 minutes or so) before serving. Can also be served cold.

Recipe Hop Contest Details

Here’s all you need to know about the Three Seas Lit giveaway (remember to leave your comments here on my blog, to be in the running for the $25 Gift Certificate only). Link over to Three Seas to discover more authors, recipes and to comment to be in the running for $300 to spend any way you link on Amazon, B&N or iTunes!

Enjoy all the goodies and chances to win!

From Three Seas Literary…

Thanks for visiting my site!  I hope you enjoy sharing my recipe with your family and friends.  Please feel free to share stories and comments here on my site – I would love to hear from you. And comments here will put you in the running for my $25 Amazon Gift Card and Mimosa Lane novel giveaway.

However, comments left here will not constitute an entry to the ($300) 3 Seas Recipe Holiday Contest.

In order to enter the contest for your chance to win a $300 gift card to Amazon, B&N or iTunes, be sure to enter my name and my recipe name into the official contest form on the 3 Seas Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/75205869856?sk=app_228910107186452.

If you have any questions about the promotion, please contact Kurt at admin@threeseaslit.com.  Thanks for participating, and good luck!

Christmas DAILY DEAL! Just $1.99

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Christmas on Mimosa Lane is today’s Kindle Daily Deal!

Grab your copy of this #1 Amazon Family Saga and Series Romance Best-seller for just $1.99.

New York Times and USA Today Best-seller Lori Wilde calls Christmas on Mimosa Lane a
“…charming, tender delight that furls around you heart like a Christmas ribbon.”

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Grab your copy while the price is right!

And don’t miss my new Christmas novella, with returning characters from Christmas on Mimosa Lane and the other Echoes of the Heart books…

Here in My Heart, also ONLY $1.99, and currently the #1 Women’s Short Story on Amazon!

Fresh Fiction calls Here in My Heart,
“One of the most powerful novellas I’ve had the fortune to read and review.”

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Here in My Heart’s Blog Tour!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Here in My Heart’s Release Day Party and Giveaways are rocking ALL DAY  Today (Tuesday) over on the Facebook Release Party Page.

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And that’s just the beginning.

We have a mega-stop blog tour starting TODAY as well, continuing through OCTOBER 12th! Including among other things a Two-Hour Live Chat and Call-in Show at Hummingbird Place on Thursday (where our grand prize will be a kindle) and a Blog Tour Grand Prize (in addition to the chance to win Amazon Gift Cards and a digital copy of Here in My Heart ) of this Vintage, Heirloom Log Cabin Quilt!

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I’ve listed the Blog Tour stops are below (they’re repeated over on RaffleCopter). I’ll post on Thursday about the Hummingbird Place Chat and Call-in Show. Don’t forget to join us all today today for the Facebook Release Party, and…

Here’s the link to the RaffleCopter Giveaway for the Blog Tour, for all the details on how to enter and the various ways you can earn points to be in the running for the great prize packages:

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Join us at any/all of these great Blog Tour stops to learn more about Here in My Heart and fun insight into how Dru and Brad’s story came to be ;o)

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FREE Mimosa Lane Series!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Read my Best-selling, Award-winning Mimosa Lane Series for FREE!

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Christmas on Mimosa Lane

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Love on Mimosa Lane

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is offering a FREE one-month trial! I couldn’t wait to share the news with my readers and friends.

Not all titles are available in KU yet.

But all of Mimosa Lane is. Sweet!

And my new Echoes of The Heart spin-off series, launching with Here in My Heart in September 30th will be.

Catch up with Mimosa Lane so you don’t miss a single moment. And now you can do it for free with a one-month trial of Kindle Unlimeted.

How does it work?

Read KU Details and sign up HERE.

Download Mimosa Lane and leave lovely reviews HERE:

And ENJOY!

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Live and work together,
or lose everything that matters…

The ultimatum tilts Dru Hampton’s contented life in Chandlerville, Georgia, on its ear. The man that Vivian, her cantankerous boss and benefactor, wants Dru to partner with-live with-is Brad Douglas, who’s let Dru down every way a man can.

Sheriff’s deputy Brad Douglas has come a long way since his rebellious youth. He’s back home to care for Vivian, his ill grandmother. He’s stayed out of Dru’s way all these years to make up for the hurt he once caused her. Now, the delightfully mischievous Vivian’s dying wish is for them to rebuild at least a working relationship together…and she’s betting on them rediscovering much more.

The family business and the Douglas home that Dru and Brad both cherish will be sold if they don’t resolve their differences. Can these childhood sweethearts make up and reclaim each other’s hearts before it’s too late?

WIN a Kindle and Free Books: Street Team Time!

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Have a BLAST on Anna’s Street Team!

Here in My Heart is on its way (out September 30th!), and we’ll be celebrating with Anna’s hard-working, fabulous Street Team, giving away a Kindle to one lucky member and FREE Books from my new Echoes of the Heart series and the award-winning, best-selling Seasons of the Heart series–which continues in the spin-off  Here in My Heart.

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Do You LOVE:

  • Anna’s books?
  • Advanced Reading Copies only members get to review?
  • Sneak peeks of future books only the Street Team sees while Anna writes?
  • Sharing your excitement about Anna’s books, the blast she has on social media every day, release parties and event, and much more?
  • AMAZING prizes?

With Here in My Heart’s release, we’re re-launching Anna’s Street Team and Review Team, and looking for dedicated and enthusiastic fans and friends. Join in the release fun and get behind-the-scenes access to so much more as Anna drafts Waiting for Your Love and A Darling Bride, Echoes of the Heart Book 2 and 3, coming  in 2015!

Anna will be giving away to her STREET TEAM ONLY a host of prizes during Here in My Heart’s release, including free digital copies of books and a KINDLE!

BUT we have only a few new slots open to the team.

How Do You Join? (more…)

Everybody has a dream…

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Don’t confuse dreams with fairy tales. They’re meant to be the inspiration that gets us through the hard work, sustains us over the long haul, and says, “Get over it, you’re doing fine,” when we stumble about, clinging to our path.

“Dreams don’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat,
determination and hard work.”
~ Colin Powell

We have to first Wake Up from the dream and face reality for what it is. We must find our purpose each and every day, keeping our motives true. We must want with every fiber of our being, without losing sight of the consequences of the sustained work to be done to reach a dream sweeter than imagination. Because once achieved, that dream is the culmination of effort only we could give and imagination only we’ve been blessed with.

Our dreams are our reality. They’re our voice. They’re our all, if we want them badly enough.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” ~ James Dean

Live with your all, your dream firmly in your reality, fighting for forever.

That’s the way to wake up every morning.

“To love beauty…”

Monday, July 7th, 2014

“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo

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As easy as it is to submit to the problems and the hassles and the disappointments of any day, we’re rewarded so much more by seeking that flicker of light our soul needs to catch flame and thrive. Amidst the most trying of circumstances, there is an ember of who we want most to be. BE that someone, despite the rest.

If we make each moment about who and what should consume us, then that sparkling goal becomes our reality, not all that stands in our way.

“Each one prays to God according to his own light.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Happily Ever Now…

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill

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Now is our real, our chance to mark time as more than killing.

What of now will you remember always?

Make today a happy that stays.

Because…courage.

Because you lived.

Writers. Read…

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

“Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” ~ Toni Robbins.

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Should Barnes & Noble and punt their forever-failing self-publishing selves?

Read more HERE.

No, really, if you’re a writer, publisher, agent, editor, READ.


Piecing life together…

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee

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Heirloom quilts and Bruce Lee quotes? Leave it to a women’s fiction writer.

Quilts are strong, durable things once they’re pieced together. From variant bits of fabric, often discarded scrap, evolves a tapestry that can last decades, centuries. Like any other unique idea, any creation, any voice uniquely owned. And if you make a mistake making a quilt, making a life, making a vision come into being, you can always pull stitches out, see your next path more clearly, readjust and rework.

It’s hard work, leaving something so beautiful and enduring as your legacy. But look at the amazing thing you’ve done, once you admit what you know, what you don’t, what you’ve done wrong up ’til now, and make the decision to move onward.

I don’t craft quilts, though the gift is in my genes, women on both sides of my family craft working their entire lives. I craft words and thoughts and ideas into story. I miss and mess up more than I nail a concept at first pass. I flounder and struggle and prick my pride and damage my self-esteem and let the language the moment get the best of me, when the vision of the whole is what matters. And then I right myself. I admit my folly. I push on, forgiving what’s not perfect behind me and (more…)