Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Edition: Seeker Birthday Party Week Three

Happy Birthday Seekerville!

Today is our third Sunday of celebrating our third birthday
and we're celebrating with cupcakes!

Tell us about your favorite cupcake for a chance to win an extra birthday prize.
We're giving away a first chapter critique today
and for one reader a surprise book package.
Winner announced in next weekend's Weekend Edition.
( Here's some of my personal favorite Denver cupcakes at

We Have Winners

Please contact Seekerville through our new web email if you are a winner. Provide your snail mail address. Please note our giveaway rules in the right lower column of Seekerville.

Our week started with a welcoming invite into the office of Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean with Janet's Writing Process, Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Winner of a $20 Starbucks gift card is Adge.

Abingdon & Heartsong author Myra Johnson gave us a working day in her world on Tuesday with Myra, A Day in the Life.... Winner of her One Imperfect Christmas giveaway is Jodie/Digging for Pearls.

Love Inspired Historical author Patty Hall shared with a very special Call Story with us on Wednesday. Winner of the one chapter critique is Casey and an IOU for her debut release from Steeple Hill, Hearts in Flight is Patsy.

We peeked into Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne day on Thursday with Walkin' the Wild Side of Writin' with Ruthy. Winner of a $20 Starbucks or Barnes & Noble gift card is Lynn from the St. Louis area.

Friday we welcomed Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D., The Moral Premise guy. Winner of The Moral Premise giveaway is Janet Kerr.

Saturday we shared The Best of Seekerville from the archives with Exploring Contest Mood Disorder. A 20 page Seeker critique winner is Jessica Nelson. Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne goes to Carol M. Winner of an Unpubbed Island Necklace is Steena Holmes. The surprise Seeker book giveaway winner is Krista Phillips.
Next Week In Seekerville

The party continues next week in Seekerville.

October 18-Author, speaker and Belle Books publisher Debra Dixon-GMC:Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon giveaway.

October 19-Jeff Gerke, Marcher Lord Press Publisher-3 prizes:One chapter critique by Cheryl Wyatt, 7 book set of Wings of Refuge Series AND Story by Robert McKee.

October 20-Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti-2 prizes: $10 Starbucks gift card and a Debby Giusti release.

October 21-Love Inspired Suspense and Zondervan author Camy Tang- 2 prizes:15 page critique and a copy of Only Uni.

October 22-Freelance editor, Caroline Tolley, former Executive Editor of women's fiction at Pocket Books-$20 Amazon gift card.

Seeker Sightings

Simply Books is the bi-annual magazine of the Harlequin Diamond Club Program; which is the invitation only reward program for valued Reader Service and customers. (Buy Seekerville books at for an opportunity to be invited)

Seekerville is featured in Simply Books October 2010-January 2011 issue which also celebrates Harlequin's RITA Award Winners!

Here's the article, written by Ruth Logan Herne. Thank you to all the wonderful folks at Simply Books for this great opportunity to share Seekerville.

Janet Dean is guest blogging at Words Seasoned with Salt blog on Wednesday, November 20th as part of the Season's Change-Falling into Love Series.

Mary Connealy can be found in Kearney, NE at The Solid Rock Christian Department Store on October 23rd for Christian Store Day. She'll be signing from 11 am to 3 pm

If you would like a signed book and can't get to Nebraska (oh, come on, are you even TRYING to get to Nebraska???) you can phone 308-234-9813 or toll free 800-652-9371 and they will arrange to take your money and mail you a signed book. The Solid Rock is at 2010 Central Avenue, Kearney NE. Learn more here.

And Lassoed in Texas Trilogy is releasing in two weeks. November 1st, preorder here.

Lassoed in Texas Trilogy is three books in one: Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain, all for the price of a single full priced book.

Mary will be sending out another newsletter for the release of Lassoed in Texas Trilogy. To get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, sign up for her newsletter If you're already subscribed no need to do it again, you're in.

Tina Radcliffe's Love Inspired release, The Rancher's Reunion is available for preorder. AND Tina is thrilled to announce her 7th sale to Woman's World magazine. A Match Made in Winter will appear in the December 23rd issue.

Julie Lessman sightings and giveaways! Your opportunity to win a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted OR your choice of one of The Daughters of Boston books are here:

Now through Tuesday, October 19 at A.J. Hawke's Inspirational Writing Blog.

Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 29, 2010 at Southern Sassy Things blog.

Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22, 2010 at Ashley's Bookshelf blog.

Additionally, on Thursday, October 21 - Thursday, October 28, 2010 you can win a signed copy of A Hope Undaunted OR your choice of one of The Daughters of Boston books PLUS a top CBA book at After All, Tomorrow is Another Day blog.

And.. Want a SNEAK PEEK at book 2 in the "Winds of Change" series, A Heart Revealed??? Then come on over to Words Seasoned With Salt blog on Thursday, October 22 (NOTE: This is not a giveaway, just a sneak peak at A Heart Revealed.).

On Saturday, Ocober 23, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, you can find Julie in Swansea, Illinois. Words of Wisdom Christian Bookstore is celebrating "Christian Bookstore Day" sponsored by the Christian music industry with lots of fun things going on in addition to Julie's book signing, so if you are in the area, come on by!

Camy Tang is teaching an online synopsis class and you can still sign up here. Class runs November 1-12. Don't Delay!

Random News

Pass the cupcakes and have a great writing week!

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” -John Jakes


  1. I like all cupcakes (excpet red velvet or devil's food) does that count as an extra entry? :-P

    I wanted to read Ruthy's article but there was no link, was there supposed to be? LOL I guess it's late so you're excused it there should be a link!

    Congrats winners!

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. I like cupcakes. Period. Especially the butter recipe ones made by somebody that I don't remember. Betty Crocker? I don't remember.

    And YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!

    Can we win more than one thing?

    If so...

    carol at carolmoncado dot com


  3. I agree with Renee - It would be nearly impossible to think of a cupcake I didn't like. But, right now I am thinking of lemon with lemon filling... gotta go bake :)

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

  4. Looks like a great lineup for the week.

    Looks like Debby is the one I get to celebrate my own birthday with!

    Coffee's on!!


    P. S.

    I love red velvet and angel food cakes.

  5. Oh Mylanta!!! (As Ruthy would say!)


    And funny you should mention Cupcake Wars from Food Network! :) I LOVE Food Network, and this past summer one of the guys from my home county was on Cupcake Wars helping his sister in the competition.

    Anyway, the guy (who is super sweet and fun!) owns this place called Mity Nice Bakery in Eureka, CA. :) So when we saw an article in the newspaper about him, we had to go and try his cupcakes. And uh, can you say YUM?! He has a couple of different chocolate ones that are to die for. Yes, death by chocolate is THE way to go! ;) Just kidding!

    But seriously, they are GOOD!

    Well, that's my contribution for the weekend! ;) Would love to win surprise books! And congrats to this week's winners!!!



  6. Congrats, winners, and thanks for another fabulous week, Seekerville!

  7. Such pretty cupcakes in those pictures! It would be a shame to eat them. Well, almost. 8-)

    My favorite cupcakes have turned out to be quite elusive. Someone at work brought in cupcakes from the local Safeway---chocolate and Vanilla with the prettiest pastel frosting colors I'd ever seen. Sort of like looking at pastel tie-dyed cupcakes with sprinkles.

    Yet every time I've gone into Safeway since they never have them! (I think that is meant for my protection though I manage to find plenty of other sugar sources).

  8. I love cupcakes. And those star candles in the picture? My mom just bought a pack of them for my son. He just turned two recently.

    Congrats tot he winners!


  9. Pick one cupcake, huh? I can't stand cupcakes. Okay so hips would tell a different story and we all know hips don't lie.

    I like most any flavor, love lemon, love carrot with cream cheese frosting. Double chocolate with a center of caramel and coconut frosting whte cupcakes with lemon frosting and a bit of sprinkles. I could go on but ...

    Enter me pahleese

    Tina the 2nd

  10. I like vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. So yummy.
    But anything sweet with yummy frosting is always good.
    Please enter me in the drawing for the surprise books. Thanks.

  11. mum always made little cakes what i think we called cup cakes and would ice them ice pink icing and use sprinkles or other things to decorate them. The ones she made I like best were the ones with a cherry on top.
    they were a buttercake recipe the same she made her other cakes with to make chocolate she would add cocoa
    she also made jelly cakes with the little cakes they were yummy too.
    Havent had as many of the shop ones. but like the ones the bakery make. I had a really yummy one in Washington state.

  12. Helen Gray, is your birthday this week too? Hurray!

    I have been on such a sugar/carb obsession lately that I am going to just smell the cupcakes and try to clean up my act this week. All these pumpkin and apple treats this time of year. Yum O. (I'll take a carrot cake cupcake if you have any...)

    Tina, I'm sure that somewhere in Nebraska a reader will tsk tsk tsk you for that comment.

  13. My favorite is a Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcake with Mini-Chocolate Chips and Mint Buttercream Frosting both inside and out!

    I appreciate your generosity, Seekers, and would love to win books or critiques or whatever else is so kindly offered . . . reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  14. I discovered ice cream cone cupcakes when my kids were small, and I still love them. You basically pour the batter into the cone (the flat bottom kind) instead of a cupcake tin. You get to eat the cupcake and the wrapper and when you're done, you have less mess. Milk chocolate icing is usually my preference. :)

  15. I love cupcakes! I prefer ones made from scratch vs. using a cake mix, though. I'm not too crazy about coconut, but I love lemon, chocolate, or vanilla cupcakes with a thin layer of icing! Yum!

  16. Congrats to this week's winners and to Tina for selling another story to Women's World!!!!

    Reading this blog leaves me with a unexplainable yearning for cupcakes for breakfast. Would that be breaking any nutrition rules? Because I have 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting' (and mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top)sitting on my counter. The intended destination is church...but would anyone really miss one...or two?

    I found the recipe here:

    It was posted by Tamera Alexander on a hodgepodge day.

    rowanwood AT rogers DOT com

  17. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    I also love cupcakes!! I would say Chocolate is my favorite but those carrot ones you had a picture of sure look good! Please enter me in the contest! And speaking of Birthdays first Happy Birthday Helen Gray and mine is also coming up but it is not until Nov. 3rd! Anybody else who has a Birthday this week or had one already Happy Birthday!!!

    fantum2004 AT sbcglobal DOT net

  18. I'll echo previous posts I love all cupcakes. Who doesn't love a mini personalized cake?

    But today I'm leaning towards white cake with blue frosting. To celebrate going to a Colts NFL game!! Yeah! I get to see Peyton live and in action!!

    Congrats to all the winners!! Have a great Sunday everyone!


  19. Congrats to all the winners!

    Looking forward to the coming week and all the great blogs.

    Now to cupcakes. There is a place called the Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh where the frosting is as high as the cupcake. It is hard to choose but their coconut is wonderful. I just checked their menu and their flavor of the week is PUMPKIN with MAPLE frosting. Yummm.

    You know, I really don't come here for the info. I come here for the food! ;-)

    peace all, Julie

  20. Congratulations to all the winners!

    My favorite cupcake...will I be in trouble for this??? Hostess! I LOVE those cupcakes!

    Looking forward to another spectacular birthday week in Seekerville.

    RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

  21. Ah, cupcakes! I love red velvet but anything chocolate goes too. Got to have lots of icing and add some chocolate shaving on top and there you have it! And yeah! I won a book! Thanks so much. Happy week three Seekerville.

  22. Red velvet cupcakes are my absolute favorite.

    Happy Birthday!

  23. I would LOVE to try the Nutella cupcake!!! It sounds so yummy!
    I love chocolate cream-filled cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting. Thanks for entering me in another giveaway. I am interested in the book package.


  24. Congratulations Tina on your WW sale and of course, book coming up! You always do a bang up job on the WE.

    And congrats to all the winners - Seekerville is so generous.

    I didn't get to read the Seekerville article so will have to find another way.

    Dianna - ice cream cone cupcakes - splendid idea!

    I discovered this lady's cupcakes at the recent writer's conference in Nashville. You'll love her story!

    may at maythek9spy dot com

    It depends on my mood but flavor-wise, either wedding cake with coconut/vanilla or something decadently chocolatey rich and gooey. MMMM

  25. I just gsined 5 pounds reading about all those yummy cupcakes! I love anything chocolate - so devils fudge cupcakes with chocolate icing!

  26. Eeeeek!!!! I won a critique!!! Woohoo, I'm SO excited!!!!

    Thank you!

    Do I e-mail you all? Guess I need to go look....

    As for cupcakes...I'm not a big cupcake fan but I'll eat them for the sugar. And chocolate is necessary for optimum enjoyment. :-)

  27. Yes Jessica. Email the Seeker address with your pages when you are ready.

  28. Okay, forgot to say good morning.


    Thank you Lord, for cupcakes.

    Thank you Seekerville for all the delicious suggestions and the LINKS!!!! Woohoo!!! More cupcake surfing for moi.

  29. Any kind of cupcake with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream does it for me. Any size cake has to have ice cream to make it complete!

    TINA! Love the cover of your debut book!! Everyone, go check it out and remember PREORDER!!

  30. Mmmmm, cupcakes. Haven't had one in... well, too long! Right now I'm dreaming of the kind with melted chocolate chips inside. :)

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  31. I once had a carrot cake cupcake. Yuuuum! But it has to have cream cheese frosting, any other kind just doesn't make par.

    I won a critique??? YEAH! I will email soon...

    And TINA, that cover is STUNNING!! Wow, I am SO happy for you! :)

  32. I like almost all cupcakes, although since lemon cake with lemon icing is my favorite, I'd think if that were a cupcake option, that would be my favorite. Or maybe a lemon cupcake with a raspberry frosting.

    Looks like a fun week coming up; congrats to all the winners!


  33. Oh man now I am craving cupcakes!!!! I love them all. There's a place called Buttercup in NYC that makes the best cupcakes w/ yummy, sugary icing. I wish they delivered!!!!

  34. Okay, who's idea was it for cupcakes to be this weekends theme!?!? LOVE it, but like everyone else, it's a good thing this is all virtual. Is next month workout month??? *wink*

    I have to say, I'm not picky about any cupcakes. I like them all for the most part. BUT my favorite cupcakes have to be 1) the surprise cuppies my grandma makes with the frosting on the inside and the top or 2) the racoon ones my mom made for my 6 (?) birthday. So it's not the actualy cupcake, but the design I guess. I love Pocahontas, one of my fave Disney movies, and I have Meeko (my stuffed animal that has travelled to all the states and countries I've been to and goes back and forth from school every weekend with me, lol!). So my mom made me Meeko cupcakes!! They looked a little like this:

    But different because my mom made them up herself without a pattern to follow.

    Soooooo yeah, not sure if that answers the question or not *wink*

    CONGRATUALTIONS to all the winners!! And TEEEEEEEEENA!! YAY! Congrats to you too, girl! Can't wait for your book to hit shelves....a tricky time of the year when I'm broke after Christmas, but I will be buying it for sure!
    Talk to you later,

  35. LOVE chocolate. Devil's food is even better... Does that mean I have an evil side?

    I think chocolate is my one vice. Besides Mashed Potatoes.


  36. Meghan my brain just turned on.

    Buttercup Bakery! I have their cookbook.

    RWA is in NYC next year..any chance this is a stop on my way???

  37. Helen and Debby and Laura..we'll celebrate with you. I promise.

    Here..have a cup cake.

  38. Aus Jenny, feel free to share the recipe ANY TIME NOW...I am starving here.

  39. Hi Tina:

    I just followed “The Rancher’s Reunion” link to and they have a most wonderful positive attitude!

    You can save 25 cents on each book if you order over 48 copies.

    Be sure to get that mailing list!


  40. Great Weekend Edition, Tina! Congratulations to the winners!!!

    I hesitate to say this since cupcakes are the rage, but I have a problem with them.

    For one thing those little paper cups are annoying. Once you peel them off, they just don't look nice on the plate. Plus I ofen get an urge to nibble the crumbs off the paper. It's hard to be a lady with a wad of crinkled paper hanging out of your mouth. Am I right?

    Another negative--cupcakes are small. I tend to wolf them down instead of savoring them like I would a piece of cake. You do realize you get less frosting?

    This opinion has probably put me at odds with everyone. But give me slice of layered cake oozing frosting any day.


  41. Congratulations to all the winners! Isn't this extended birthday party great??

    Congratulations, Tina, on your book and your sale to Woman's World. I'm still submitting and hoping to sell a story one day!

    Thanks for offering these critques, ladies. Much appreciated, as you can tell.

    As for cupcakes, well anything chocolate is good for me. My next favourite is carrot cupcakes. Yum!

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

  42. Hi Tina:

    Congrats on the Woman’s World piece. I read all the Romantic Fiction stories and you have the best surprise twists. Does your new piece also have a unique twist? And wouldn’t it be great to have “The Rancer’s Reuion” also featured in the same December issue as a "Christmas Reading Choice"? Perhaps Ruth can tell you how to arrange this. : )

    BTW: I’m 0-1 on “Romantic Fiction” and 0-3 on “Solve it yourself mysteries”. WW is a tough mistress! : (


  43. Oh, gosh, Janet...I had this visual of you in white gloves covertly trying to eat the crumbs off the cupcake.

    You are killing me.

    I like cupcakes because they sort of set limits. With cakes you can keep going back to straighten the line and shave off a slice.

  44. Vince and know the WW rules for writers are ---


    That sale was on the heels of three rejections.

    If it was easy anyone could do it.

    And we aren't just anyone, are we???

    This one doesn't really have as much of a twist as usual. I would call this one just sweet.

    Sometimes I have to go with what the, BRAIN DROPS, VINCE!! LOL

  45. I love cupcakes but really haven't eaten one for some time now. My favorite when I was growing up was chocolate or devils food with my mom's special Chocolate Candy Icing. She lost the receipe years ago unfortunately. The icing was so yummy. It was like chocolate fudge and it made like a shell on the cupcake (or cake too). I would eat the cupcake and save the icing part until the very end and eat it like candy. Yummo.

    Cindy W.


  46. Any ol' cupcake will do.

    But if given a choice, I'll have...

    a chocolate brownie cupcake

    with fudge frosting


    topped with

    vanilla bean ice cream


    whipped topping




  47. Just one kind of cupcake? Carrot with cream cheese frosting seems delicious but I've never actually had that kind. My mom makes cupcakes with yellow cake mix and then tops them with homemade fudge frosting---Those are the best!

    I've really been enjoying the month of October here and I'm looking forward to all the coming attractions!

  48. Looks like another exciting week in store for us. Can't wait!

    Jodie Wolfe

  49. Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!
    I'm so tickled you have Jeff Gerke stopping by on Tuesday. His Show Don't Tell Class at ACFW was great. Plus, he's just a nice guy.
    I have his book on writing and it's great - to the point, a bit of a toe-stomper, but really great

  50. Oh, and congrats, Tina.
    Gee, I'm still dancing about your new book - and there's MORE!!

  51. I have to disagree with that John Jakes quote at the end. I've found it wise to be somebody WAY COOLER than myself.

  52. Mary,
    Only cool people's dresses sparkle at ACFW!!
    You were super-cool! :-)

  53. Vince said: And wouldn’t it be great to have “The Rancer’s Reuion” also featured in the same December issue as a "Christmas Reading Choice"? Perhaps Ruth can tell you how to arrange this. : )

    Vince, I love the way you think! Ruthy, get that arranged, okay?

    Tina, I ask you--does anyone just make one cupcake?


  54. Oh, but Mary, I don't know if you can trust what I write.
    I'm a Seeker Stalker.

  55. CINDY W this might be your mom's lost frosting.

    Chocolate Fudge Frosting
    Delicious--like candy--but tricky. Easy to overcook.
    1 C. sugar
    1 heaping T. cocoa
    1/3 C. milk

    Boil nearly to soft ball stage. That means a candy thermometer which I don’t own. That might be why I always over cook it.

    Then it turns to a solid, unspreadable chunk of frosting(which I kno for a FACT is delicious. It's not FROSTING but it's delicious). Add:
    1 t. vanilla
    1 T. butter
    Cool partially.
    Powdered sugar to the right consistency.
    I always add too much!

    My husband’s mother makes this perfectly, but it's HARD to get it right. Done correctly, it’s about the best in the world. Good luck.

  56. Ahhh cupcakes. And yes Amber, Death by Chocolate is a great way to go. Hey Amber, are you from the Eureka area? I used to live in Arcata.

    Janet you are killing me too. I can just picture you trying to be polite with that paper. You need to make Dianna's ice cream cone cupcakes and then the problem is solved. I love that idea Dianna.

    And Rose, I must confess, hostess cupcakes did come to my mind too. LOL

    And Tina, you have a great point about the cupcake setting a boundary. That is why I buy the one ounce packages of chips because otherwise I would eat the whole bag and this way it is just one helping.

  57. This might sound gross but I actually LOVE bran muffins the best. Moist ones though, not dry ones.

    And I echo the congrats to our winners! Wahoo!


  58. Hi Tina,
    Here is mums recipe. its fairly easy and can be used for so many things. she also would use this then put slices of apple on top with some cinamon, she also put dates on top of some. and made a cherry cake by putting cut glaze cherries into the mixture.

    2 eggs
    ½ cup sugar
    Vanilia essense cream
    1 cup flour
    ½ teaspoon Bicarb soda
    1 teaspoon Cream of tartar salt

    Break egg into cup filled up with cream. Beat with sugar, fold in flour. Cook Moderate oven for ½ an hour. Double to make a lamington cake.
    You can add cocoa to make a chocolate cake. Also makes little cakes.

  59. Cupcakes -- yummy! I'll take nearly any kind someone offers 'cause my mama raised me to be nice about those kinds of things. :-) Favorites would be either homemade white cupcakes with homemade caramel icing, or chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla icing. The one someone mentioned with chocolate and mint chip sounded scrumptious!

    Happy birthday to all you celebrants, and congrats to Tina on another WW story! I'm just along for the ride so would love any crit help or any other Unpubbed Island goodies you'd like to float my way. Looking forward to this week's installment of the celebration!


  60. Cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love...well, pretty much every cupcake I ever met.

    Hard to beat chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting...and sprinkles!

    Congrats to all the winners this week, and Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

    ericavetsch at gmail dot com

  61. Jenny you sweetie.Thanks for the recipe. We're going to have to set up a tab for recipes in Seekerville.


    Cheryl I love bran muffins and Morning Glory muffins. Just a dab of cream cheese frosting and they can masquerade as cupcakes.

  62. @Janet - a girl after my own heart!

    And with one birthday last week, one birthday this week, a wedding reception next weekend and the birthday PARTY the weekend after that, I'm going to have WAY TOO much cake in the near future. But I will think of you while eating it! ;)

  63. Wow, sounds like the general trend is that everyone loves every kind of cupcake! The best part of that is that if you don't love one cupcake, eat another one in a different flavor and you are sure to like that one even more. Just keep eating! As a side note, I used to work with a surgeon who never knew that the paper wrapper on most cupcake is not for eating! He thought they were all made of edible paper. That's like 12 years of education for nothing.

  64. Chris, I need a spew alert before that one.

  65. I'm late, loving cupcakes and Deb Marvin's new pic.


    I love the doc who ate the paper. My husband would do that just to say he did it, like chomping chicken bones is a GOOD thing.

    Oh mylanta.

    Lemon cupcake with lemon frosting, pretty please, and huge congrats (I'm late today, I know, but I'm here 'cause I love youse all that much!!!) to our winners....!!!!


    Teenster, I'm so loving that book of yours, I cannot wait to get my grubby paws on a Tina and Audra book at long last.

    I'm over the brink of excitement waiting for December 28....


    May I have anothe cupcake, please? Mine's gone.

    I was very hungry.

  66. Congratulations to the winners! I like coconut cupcakes. And I'd love to win a copy of Goal, Motivation and Conflict.

    Mary M

  67. How about a good carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese icing?

    Tina, congrats on WW. I'll get one there soon (hopefully).

    - Walt (who's reading Wrangler in Petticoats and laughing his head off).

  68. I love Mary Janes that Mom used to make. They are a white cupcake and you put raspberry jam around the outside and coat with coconut. You frost the top with white icing(just around the outside of the top to about halfway in and then put raspberry jam in the middle and sprinkle coconut on the jam.

  69. Actually my favorite is carrot cake but I'm a coconut fan so I am for sure trying Robyn's Momma's version.

  70. I apologize for not answering Renee's question. There is no link to the Ruthy article in Simply Books..but if you click on it, it will enlarge and you can read it.