It’s a Landslide! Book Covers (probably) Picked!

You guys are SO AWESOME!!!

It was a landslide as to the ones you all liked the best, which made it nice and easy for me because those were the ones I liked best too! Woo hoo!

That doesn’t mean I still don’t want you to vote if you haven’t yet. There’s plenty of time to make tweaks or change something up, but here’s what we ended up with (the back cover is on the left).

The red is a little faded looking because it’s saved as a jpeg right now, but in real life it’s brighter.

Front and Back Cover of Book Mock-up

Sincerely, thank you so much for the help and please keep the comments coming if you have suggestions. And remember, the logo is just a placeholder and the empty white space is for the bar code, so it’s not quite 100% yet.

Love you guys!!!!

POLL TIME AGAIN! Help me pick my book covers!

 

You guys were AMAZING during my last poll! And it was a dead heat between 1 and 3–exactly the same number of votes. So, I thought I’d use both pics. One for the cover, one for the back cover.

Let me know what you like and PLEASE feel free to comment and offer suggestions. I want these covers to kick ass! 🙂

Thanks again!

Option 1, Front Cover:

 

Option 2, Front Cover:

 

Option 3, Front Cover:


Please keep in mind that the logo and barcode are just placeholders and so is the text on the back cover. I just put them there for spacing purposes. 🙂

 

Option 1, Back Cover:

 

Option 2, Back Cover:


POLL TIME!!!! Let me know what you like!

 

THANK YOU!! XOXOXOXOXXOXOXOX

 

 

POLL: Need Your Advice

Hi everyone!

I’m going to re-release my two relationship books as one book and do some updating to the text (I am older and wiser–think Yoda!). 😉

I had insomnia the other night, like always, and threw together some VERY low fidelity ideas. The fonts aren’t great, the photos aren’t perfect, these are the most BASIC of mock-ups. But I wanted to see what you guys liked the most so I could focus my attention on which one people were most drawn to.

I don’t want to waste time working on all of them for hours, then do this, if there are certain ones that no one likes.

Now, the good part of a poll is that it’s anonymous, so you can be totally honest and I won’t know who you are and even if I did, I promise I wouldn’t yell. I need honesty, so one of the options will be that you don’t like any of them.

Any help or suggestions (comments) would also be very appreciated! Like, “Move the text there” or “Change the color” or “Like the pic, hate the font” etc…

Thank you!

Now, here for a barrage of pictures, then the poll will be at the bottom of the page. You can pick up to 4 of them as your favorites.  🙂 XOXOXO

Option 1:

 

Option 2:

Option 3:

 

Option 4:

 

Option 5:

 

Option 6:

 

 

FREE eBOOKS and the Video to Prove it (March 28-April 1)

 

Hi again!

So, now you have to suffer hideously through me to learn a little about each book and why free stuff rules.

You also get to hear me complain about my neighbors honking their horn too much. 😉

 

Love you guys!!!

Have a good one and go download some free stuff!

Kick Butt Radio Time!

How do, everyone? I hope you guys are having a great week. It’s hump day! Yay!

So, as I may have mentioned one or a hundred times, I’ve been SWAMPED at the office.

Good grief, it’s like we have 10 minutes to run a marathon. And you guys know I’m not big on the running. 😉

But, I was lucky enough to carve a half hour out of my day today (I am allowed a lunch break at least once a year…right??) to go on SiriusXM with the wonderful Kim Power Stilson. She was so much fun to talk with–we dished about food for 30 minutes–no pun intended. 😉

Not only was she great, but her production staff is so nice too. It was just a great time.

So, because I’ve got nothin’ but food on my mind (which kinda blows as I’m on a diet, but I did lick the top of a cupcake today–I just couldn’t resist!) I’m going to do two things.

First, here is a link to the radio show. Click HERE to listen.

Second, I’m gonna share a recipe from the cookbook. Mmmm…food…yum…

This is straight out of Darn Good Eats, story and all. I hope you like it. It is my very favorite cake on earth. And, believe it or not, I’ve actually made it one or two times myself. Shocking, I know. ENJOY!!

Happy Birthday Coffee Ice Cream Cake

When I was 5 years old I met a wonderful little girl in kindergarten named Eden. Who would have guessed that meeting her would lead me to my all-time favorite cake? Her mom, Edie, hooked up my mom with this recipe and my sweet, precious mommy has made it for me many times over the years for my birthday.

My mom was shocked that as a little girl I liked it because it has coffee ice cream in it. I barely like coffee as an adult, but this coffee ice cream cake is perfection. And it doesn’t really taste like coffee. You know you are tasting something beyond chocolate, but it’s hard to put your finger on what that flavor is.

I hope that you love it as much as I do. Every time I take a bite of it, I’m pulled back down memory lane to my childhood where I’m blowing out candles and devouring this wonderful creation. I hope it becomes a birthday staple in your family too.

Coffee Icecream Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of white, granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (the REAL stuff…no imitation vanilla)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) of Hershey’s Syrup™ (use the stuff in the can if you can find it, it tastes much better than the syrup in the plastic bottle)
  • I cup of flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • A dash of salt
  • 1/2 gallon, or slightly less, of good coffee ice cream
  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips (use Nestle™)
  • 2 tablespoons of Crisco™ Shortening

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cream together the butter and the sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and Hershey’s Syrup to the bowl and stir until well mixed.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix everything together until well blended.
  5. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 °F for 25 – 30 minutes.
  6. When it’s done, remove from the oven, let it cool and then cover it and put it in the freezer (not the fridge, but the freezer).
  7. Once the cake is frozen, let the ice cream sit on the counter until it is soft (not melted).
  8. Spread the ice cream onto the cake and put back in the freezer.
  9. In a sauce pan over low heat or in a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and Crisco™ Shortening together, constantly stirring until fully melted and smooth.
  10. Take the cake out of the freezer and drizzle the melted chocolate all over it.
  11. Put the cake back in the freezer.
  12. Serve frozen (it will be hard as a brick when you first take it out of the freezer but it will be perfect after the slices have sat out for a couple of minutes).

Not only is this cake simply fantastic, but it is so rich that it lasts for quite some time. As much as I love this cake, I only cut about a 2 inch x 2 inch piece when I eat it. It is incredibly flavorful and a small piece is usually all it takes to have a full belly and happy tastebuds.