Thursday, December 8, 2011

Julie Cohen wants you to taunt her with her own baked a book giveaway!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Today we welcome Julie Cohen, and her latest novel "Getting Away With It." Growing up in the mountains of western Maine, Julie started writing short stories as a young girl, mostly about rock stars and magic. She graduated from Brown University with honors in English. She then moved to the United Kingdom, where she researched fairies in Victorian children's literature. She became a secondary school English teacher, while during her down time writing novels. Julie has moved on to writing full time and lives in Berkshire with her husband and son.

"Getting Away With It," is about a stunt woman who takes over her identical twin sister’s life when her sister disappears. It has ice cream, stately homes, crop circles, fast cars and a really hot man.

As a special treat during the winter holiday season, Julie has a free read on her website and to download from Smashwords. It’s a stand-alone extra chapter from the book—the story of the ten-year-old Liza and Lee’s Christmas pageant disaster.

Thanks to Headline (UK), we have THREE copies of "Getting Away with It" to give to some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

You can find Julie at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

I love you, Chick Lit Central, but it’s actually sort of cruel of you to make me write this recipe down for you. See, the thing is that this is an American recipe. It’s something that I used to make quite a bit when I lived in America, especially because a loaf of this Cranberry Nut Bread is a really nice thing to wrap up in foil and ribbon and give to a friend during the holiday season so they can have it for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. It shows your love and appreciation of their friendship.

But here in England, where I live now, it’s really difficult to find fresh cranberries any time of the year except for about the week before Christmas. They’re all shipped over from the bogs of Massachusetts (oh, those sweet, sweet bogs) and nobody in England believes you can use them for anything except for a) getting rid of urinary tract infections and b) cooking up with the Christmas turkey into a big congealed mass and then immediately throwing away uneaten. They do not understand the wondrousness that is Cranberry Nut Bread.

So please, please, please...if you make this recipe, let me know. Taunt me with it. And save me a slice.

Cranberry Nut Bread

2 cups whole fresh cranberries from the sweet, sweet bogs of Massachusetts
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 egg, beaten
2 tbs vegetable oil
the juice of 1 orange
½ cup (or so) of milk (if any)
½ cup chopped walnuts
grated peel of 1 orange

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and lightly grease a 9” by 5” bread pan. Wash, drain, and coarsely chop cranberries, appreciating that you can get them in your country. Add egg, oil, and orange juice.

In another bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda. Combine the wet and dry mixtures and add sufficient milk to give a soft, slightly sticky consistency. Mix well, adding nuts and orange peel.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean—about one hour. Then call me.

Special thanks to Julie for sharing her tasty recipe with measurements easily understandable to our US readership, even though she's overseas. :) Thanks to Headline for sharing Julie's book with our readers.

How to win "Getting Away with It":
Please comment below with your e-mail address. (Please note:Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: What is one thing you would love to eat or experience again but can't find anywhere?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

Giveaway ends December 13th at midnight EST.


Ananda said...

OMG guys, you have the BEST giveaways!Love ya and thank you so much for this:)
I would definitely want to have a Italy..Italian one is sure not like the one I can have here at home:)
I am a follower, here and on twitter
Tweeted about the giveaway and here's the link!/BookstoRemember/status/144892145822740480

My e-mail is

Thank you, you ROCK!

karenk said...

a fabulous giveaway ladies....

pizza in italy sounds delicious, i second that :)

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to read this book.

Jeryl M. said...

Once my Mom got this delicious black and white cake from her supermarket. Since then, I have been looking for one just like it, and I can never find one.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.

Mary Preston said...

I bought some huge white peaches once that were divine. I have never been able to find that particular variety again.

GFC: Mary Preston

FB: Mary Preston


Pukkapad said...

Fantastic giveaway - please enter me. I'm kirstylou29 on twitter or my email can be found on my blog contact page here (

1. Many years ago, I had a a Lebanese meal in Dubai. It was the most amazing thing I have EVER tasted. I might be able to find it here - but it's never tasted the same!

2. I follow using GFC (Pukkapad)

3. Tweeted about giveaway here (!/kirstylou29/status/145102151201460224)

Kristen said...

My favorite was a Chianti in Italy that doesn't seem to exist here... but it could have been that it tasted so good because I was in Italy. :)

I follow through email and FB


Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe - it sounds wonderful. And I can't wait to read your book. Thanks for the chance!

I would love to have my mom's cookies again - she was the BEST cookie baker ever. I have not had any that compare.

I am a GFC follower and a Facebook follower.


Literary Chanteuse said...

Me for it was brown stew chicken in Jamaica. It is so good! We would go to a local restaurant and it has that home made meal taste. Local fresh ingredients. Yah mon!

I'm a follower.


Jessica said...

I would love to eat a pasta primavera dish that I had in Spain last year, it was one of the most delicious meals I think I have ever had!

I follow your blog :)

Have tweeted about the giveaway @CornishMaid90

Have joined Facebook group and added Cheryl Lynch



BRN2SHOP9 said...

I love to eat Lactose Free Yogurt. It's so hard to find!

I follow via facebook, twitter and gfc.

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love quesitos - a cream cheese filled pastry, found in Puerto Rico. I look forward to reading this book.

Nancy H
ndbh39 at yahoo dot com

Sheena said...

Sounds like a fantastic read:) One thing I really miss is when Coca-Cola use to make Diet Cherry Vanilla Coke. I loved it! was really dissappointed when they got rid of it. Lucky for me though if I ever get to a Sonic I can have one:)

I follow the blog and also am a member on facebook

Jenny said...

I would like to eat again original russian salat

I follow this blog, name: Jenny

shared on facebook

shared on twitter!/Jennilicious2/status/145653702492033024

have send request for a group on facebook

twosisters8795 at hotmail dot com

Kim W. said...

1. I would loooove to have my mom's Sunday night roast beef dinner. She would serve it with yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, mashed carrots & turnips, and a nice big salad. EVERY Sunday!

2. I follow the blog already

3. I posted the contest on FB

4. I belong to the group on FB

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What is one thing you would love to eat or experience again but can't find anywhere?

Some of the retired Ben and Jerry's flavours!

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Already follow this blog!

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Already a member!

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ADR527 said...

I would kill to have the raspberry torte I had in France about 20 years ago.

I follow the blog, facebook and Twitter.

adr52775 at aol dot com

The Book Chick said...

I've always wanted to read a book by Julie Cohen, but for some reason I haven't yet!


I can't think of anything that I would love to eat but can't find anywhere. Luckily I can usually find what I'm looking for when a craving hits!

I am a follower.

I am a member on Facebook.

kaewink said...

My second home is Finland and there are some delicious desserts that just don´t taste the same here at home in Austria.
Every once in a while I start baking them here too, to get some Finland here, but it only tastes the best when in finland.

I´m a follower of your blog, fb and twitter.
Posted ybout the contest @kaewink

kewinkler (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

So loved the post and recipe above, planning to try it. Miss Pizza Express here Julie cause they are not stateside. Oh well, I guess we will have to return to England.

poofbook (at) gmail (.) com

Krystal Lynn said...

My great-grandma's homemade flour tortillas and super sweet iced tea were so good. No one has been able to exactly replicate them. I miss those and I miss her too!

And Clearly Canadian black cheery sparkling water!!
Follow blog, twitter & facebook.

- Krystal

ails said...

I loved the oranges when I was in Spain, they don't taste the same in the UK. I am a follower by Twitter and Facebook, sounds a great book

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

amber_johnson2004 at yahoo dot com

I'm follower here and on Twitter and on FB! :)

Nancye said...

I loved getting a Pancake on a Stick from our local Sonic Restaurant. They were very cheap and tasted wonderful! Then they stopped selling them and broke my heart! Can't find them anywhere --except for the freezer section at the grocery--they just aren't the same :(

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

GFC Follower

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I Tweeted!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

My Facebook Post:
FB ID: Nancye Epperson Davis!/nancyecdavis/posts/2626293948511

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I follow/like you on Facebook

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