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Laurie’s Simple Coconut Muffins

Everything, Laurie Cooks, Laurie's Original Recipes July 1, 2016

Cornstarch added to cake recipes is known aid in producing a moist, tender bite, and that’s what I wanted in my muffins so I decided to start by including 3.4 oz. box of cook and serve coconut pudding in my recipe, both for texture and for flavor. The 2 cups of sweetened coconut adds good coconut flavor and a bit of coconut texture which is a perfect contrast to the moist bite of the muffins. 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 teaspoon of coconut flavoring also aid in creating a strong coconut flavor.

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Free Book Promotion Offer For Writers

Everything, Freebies For Writers, Writing June 5, 2016

I have created a new Twitter account for the express purpose of promoting books. At this point this is mostly something I am doing for current and former students, authors published by Black Velvet Seductions, and other friends who’ve written books or short stories they want to promote. The types of promotions I will be tweeting through the new Twitter account are very specific.

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Why I Favor And Teach Writing In Layers

Everything, Writing, Writing Tips June 4, 2016

When I think about writing I think of it as being a lot like juggling. When we are constructing a story we have many elements to juggle. There are the bits that form who our characters are…there are character goals some of which change throughout the story and some of which stay the same…there are the ways that the characters themselves change and grow and the ways that they stay the same…there are all the plot points that define the relationship journey…there is romantic tension, emotional tension and sexual tension which all have to be balanced. There are several kinds of conflict that need to be understood, linked, and used to fuel the conflict and the romantic, emotional, and sexual tension.


The Basic Romance Novel Plot Line For Pantsers

Everything, Writing, Writing Tips May 7, 2016

I am teaching a workshop on developing emotional and sexual tension in the romance novel this month at OIRWA. I posted a slightly longer and more in depth version of this post in the workshop on Thursday. One of the comments on the lesson was that it provided a good description of the turning points in a romance novel–and that it provided just enough of a sense of structure that the pantser could use it as a guide while retaining the fluidity of pantsing. That made me think that some of those who read this blog might find it useful also. So…here it is in a slightly altered form for the blog.


15 Rectangles To Happy Stitchers Afghan Project

Crafting, Donation Crafting, Everything, Items For Happy Stitchers Afghan Project April 16, 2016

It’s been a little while since I posted pictures of crocheted items. Last week I finished making 15 rectangles (10 of the light camel color and 5 of the pretty variegated). These will be sent to the Happy Stitchers Afghan Project where they will be joined with rectangles made by others from around the world to form afghans. The finished afghans are then sent to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany.

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