I hope all of you had a great Christmas. I did, but then with four granddaughters it’s hard not to get into the holidays and have fun. But I am so glad that spring is here. The flowers are blooming, the grass is starting to get green and the trees are leafing out. I love this time of year, especially after this snow filled winter. There were two weeks I was snowed in and only left the house when my husband took me to the grocery store. And that trip ended with our car stuck out in front of our house in the middle of the road. We had almost two feet of snow and Tulsa isn’t equipped for that kind of snow.
I’ve been baby-sitting my granddaughters lately. It has been so much fun to see the things they like to do. They like to play zoo at my house. They get all my stuffed animals and ceramic ones. Since I have a lot of flamingoes, that is their largest group of animals. They give tours of their zoo.
I have a book out in April called Trail of Lies, the fourth book in the Love Inspired Suspense continuity series about Texas Rangers. I did research about the current day Texas Rangers and came away with a lot of respect for this group of law enforcers.
Blurb for Trail of Lies:
As the mother of a beautiful daughter and the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, Melora Hudson seemed happy. No one knew about the secrets hidden behind closed doors—secrets Melora was forced to keep. Now, two years after her husband’s disappearance, the truth may be exposed. His body has been found, and everyone has questions. Texas Ranger Daniel Boone Riley comes to find answers and stays to protect the woman and child who win his heart. But the terror of Melora’s past isn’t over. Her late husband’s old “associates” want her to carry his secrets to her grave.
Key Lime Cake (great for spring)
- 1-3 ounce package lime flavored gelatin
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup lime juice
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, mix the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir to mix well. Add the eggs, oil, orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool the layers in the pans for 5 minutes then turn them out onto racks. While the layers are still hot, mix the lime juice and confectioners’ sugar and pour I over the layers on the racks. You can pierce the layers with a fork to allow the glaze to soak in better. Allow the layers to cool completely as you prepare the icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
Cream ½ cup butter and 8 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature). Beat in the confectioners’ sugar until the mixture is smooth and easy to spread. Spread the icing between the layers and on the top and sides of the cake.
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Trail of Lies, Love Inspired Suspense, April 2011
Books still available at online bookstores and ordered from bookstores in your area:
A Family for Tory/A Mother for Cindy, Love Inspired Classic, June 2009
Second Chance Family, Love Inspired, July 2009
Together for the Holidays, Love Inspired, November 2009
Merry Mayhem in the Christmas Peril analogy (with Debby Giusti), Love Inspired Suspense, December 2009
Cowboy Protector, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2010
Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm, Love Inspired Classic, March 2010
Love Lessons, Love Inspired, April 2010
Heart of a Cowboy, Love Inspired, July 2010
A Daughter for Christmas, Love Inspired, November 2010
Christmas Bodyguard, Love Inspired Suspense, December 2010
* A lot of my books are now offered as an e-book, even ones not available in print anymore.
May the Lord be with you,