Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lucky to have Cate Lord sharing her holiday recipe and e-book!

**Giveaway is now closed**

We are very excited that Cate Lord, author of "Lucky Girl," is joining us today. Cate Lord is the contemporary pen name of multi-award-winning historical romance author Catherine Kean. Her novels have garnered numerous accolades, including two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her books also finalized in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards.

Grateful for her wildly active imagination and plenty of story ideas, Cate is busy working on her next book. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, daughter, and a very spoiled cat.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing we have one e-book of "Lucky Girl" to give away to a lucky girl (or guy) anywhere in the world.

You can find Cate on Facebook, Goodreads and her website.

This recipe is a favorite of mine and not just because the bars are super yummy! I remember making these with my sister when I was a kid. Lots of good, warm-and-fuzzy-like-a-favorite-blankie memories. I’m pretty sure Jess Devlin, the heroine of my romantic comedy Lucky Girl, would enjoy these too, since she loves cheesecake and sweet treats!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cheesecake Bars

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

1-8 oz package cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press into an ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Bake 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, egg, vanilla, and orange peel until well blended. Spread evenly over crust.

In another bowl, combine nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut. Sprinkle over cream cheese and press down gently. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan. Cut into squares and store in refrigerator.

Special thanks to Cate for sharing her yummy looking recipe and to Entangled Publishing for sharing Cate's book!

How to win "Lucky Girl":
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 holiday memory makes you feel all warm and fuzzy?
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 12th at midnight EST.


Cate Lord said...

Thanks so much to Amy and Chick Lit Central for letting me share my recipe. Happy holidays to all!

ails said...

It would have to be the trip my Husband and I went on to Florence, it was so Roamntic, no Children to wake us up early.
I follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Sounds a good book

Silvy said...

It's look like great book.I follow on Twitter and FB.
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Kritters Ramblings said...

I loved going to my church's christmas eve service and sitting with my family and singing all the traditional songs.

i am a gfc.
i am a fan on facebook.

Anonymous said...

My mouth watered as I read your recipe! Thanks Cate & Entangled for adding at least a pound to my hips through the computer. :-) Christmas is very special. It brings forth all kinds of wonderful memories real and imagined. One delightful time for me was taking my two nieces into NYC for the weekend and doing city-stuff like seeing the Rockefeller Center tree, going to Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes show, and ice-skating in Central Park, we had the best time. I would have loved to have finished off our visit with some bars. writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mia Crews said...

I love your cover, will get your book tonight after work, Mia

Mia Crews said...

Thanks to Cate Lord, Mia

Sheena said...

Another book on my tbr list! I follow the website and am a member on facebook:)

Na said...

A memory that makes me warm and fuzzy inside is going sledding with the family during wintertime and then going home for homemade soup. It's ironic since it's such a cold activity.

GFC follower

StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us: What holiday memory makes you feel all warm and fuzzy?

My parents didn't have a lot of money, but I remember that they always spoiled us at Christmas.

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 am a member.

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Cate Lord said...

Ails, you lucky duck! Florence is on my list of "places to see" one day. I'll bet you have fabulous pictures to go along with those good memories.

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Silvy! :) I'm very pleased to hear LUCKY GIRL sounds good to you! :) Thanks for stopping by today.

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Kritter! :) I love Christmas Eve services too. When I was a teenager, we used to go to Midnight Mass. It was tough to stay awake that late, but the service was beautiful and made Christmas extra special. Thanks for commenting today. :)

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Cindy! You're most welcome for the recipe, and aww, what a wonderful memory! I'll bet your nieces will remember that great trip for the rest of their lives.

Cate Lord said...

Mia, you sweetie! :) Thanks SO much for buying my book and for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous holiday! :)

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Sheena! :) Yay! I'm so pleased my book is on your TBR list. I hope you enjoy Jess and Nick's romantic adventure in LUCKY GIRL. :)

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Na! :) I loved sledding as a kid. Since I live in Florida now with my family, I never see snow any more. I miss it. Is it weird to miss snow? LOL! Thanks for sharing your lovely memory, and I hope you have a fabulous time sledding this holiday season.

Cate Lord said...

Hi, StereoQueenBee! Your parents sound like wonderful people--and I'm sure you deserved to be spoiled. :) Thanks for leaving a comment, and I hope you have a fantastic holiday.

Literary Chanteuse said...

Chocolate and coconut! What more do I need? Yum!

A memory that I treasure is my family being together (it's a big one, seven kids) singing and dancing and playing music together. My Dad on harmonica, brothers on accordian and guitars and the rest singing or dancing. Both my parents have passed on now and we are all living far from each other. So it's nice to think back every Christmas to the good times.

I'm a follower.


Jilleen said...

Making sugar cookies every year (I carry this tradition on with my kids). They can only be frosted with Jiffy White Frosting. I have to it mailed to me from Michigan!
Thanks for the giveaway

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Jilleen said...

Sorry for the dual post.

I am follower - Seaside Book Nook

I am a follower on FB - Seaside Book Nook


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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

Every Christmas when my son was little was always wonderful. His wonderment was contagious.

I am a GFC follower

I like you on facebook... Linda Kish

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

kaewink said...

Church in christmas eve at night is wonderful. We always havee a big christmas tree inside church with all the candles lit and in the benches just tiny candles as well, no lights. Sooo wonderful!
Second winter memorie is walkin in wintery Vienna, snow under your feet and all the christmas deco up in the city centre. Really special!

I need to try the cookies!! Yum! (I´ll just leave the coconut-flakes...;) )

I´m a follower of the blog and fb and twitter - so stalking everywhere :D :D

kewinkler at gmail dot com

Jeryl M. said...

I would liek to read this book.

Jeryl M. said...

My most warm and fuzzy holiday memory is when my oldest daughter actually bought presents for other people with her own money for the first time when she was only five. I still have the earrings she bought for me.

I am a facebook fan.

I am a subscriber.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

Your bars look and sound amazing! I am definitely going to try them out!

My warm and fuzzy holiday memory is pretty cliche - I love having all of my family together around the fireplace and Christmas tree opening presents. I love feeling the love!

I am a GFC follower and Facebook follower.

Thanks for the giveaway, I have been wanting to read Lucky Girl


Kim W. said...

1. Fave holiday memory: every year on Christmas eve, my parents would put out salami & crackers, cheese & pickles, chips & dip, and over great food, we'd have friends and family stop by throughout the evening. Christmas music would be playing, my mom would be dressed up in something Christmas-y, my dad would be playing the guitar and the wine would be freely flowing. I would be allowed to have a few sips during a holiday toast my parents would make at the end of the night. Then us kids would go to bed and "sleep" while waiting for the morning to come to find what Santa had brought for us!!! BEST NIGHT OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!!!!

2. I follow the blog

3. I posted on FB

4. I belong to the group on FB