Hey everyone!

Spring has sprung!  Well, for almost everyone it has. If it hasn’t where you are, not to worry.  I’m sure it’s on the way.

This year I’ll be celebrating the new season by being a part of the 4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop.

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It’s really easy.  Leave me a comment here and and a valid email address.  From my visitors who do this, I will choose lucky reader to win a $25 Amazon gift card.  Then, go to Diane Venetta’s main page and enter her contest there.

How it will work: (from http://www.dianevenetta.com events page!)

Authors participating will post their giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both on their website, beginning April 8th and leaving their contest open through the 17th.  You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!!  To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Each site will post the links of participating authors but please feel free to visit http://www.diannevenetta.com to find the author link list at any point in time. Some authors might offer more than one entry to win, ie. a “follow” on Twitter or a “tweet,” maybe even a visit to their facebook or pinterest page, however only one is required to enter.

How do I submit my grand prize entry?

Grand prize entrants will be entered via a rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the initial and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme.  All entries (and actions) will be verified to deem winners.

What can I expect out of this hop?

Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both!  It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes. Individual authors may offer more than one chance to win their individual giveaway, so increase your odds and enter them all!

What will be given away?

Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The grand prize is an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card ~ winner’s choice which ebook retailer gift card, available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law).

Authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be announced on the landing page, BloominThyme.

What do I do when it’s all over?

By April 19th we will post the grand prize winners on the main page and the landing page.  Individual authors will announce and contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.


Please feel free to contact me!  dianne@diannevenetta.com

“Giveaway ends April 17th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecotper.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law.

Since I am neither a cook nor a gardener, I’ve been given permission to use a recipe from my dear friend (and fantastic author) J.D. Faver.  It’s one I love and I know you will, too.

A Texan in the Kitchen:  (available on Kindle books, btw!)

by J.D Faver

Tamale Pie

1 lb ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2–8oz cans tomato sauce

1 cup milk

12 oz canned corn, drained

3/4 cup corn meal

2 tsp chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion until onion is transparent and the ground beef is browned.  Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.  Pour into 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes.  Cut into squares and serve.  Serves 8.