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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Event: Author Juliana Stone (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Woot! Welcome back to our Holiday Event! I hope you all are enjoying all these delicious recipes and books! Today I would like to give a very warm welcome (Because baby, it's cold in Canada!) to one of my favorite people and authors, Juliana Stone! 

Merry Christmas everyone.  I'm so happy to be here celebrating with you all.  I've got my bottle of wine on tap for later today, but to help you all with some Christmas cheer, here's a lovely recipe I stole from my Mom. It's amazing. It's chocolate. It's decadent and you know what?  THERE ISN'T ONE CALORIE IN THE DAMN THING!  Seriously.  For realz.  Well, maybe in my mind anyway!  

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and in light of recent events, I hope it's safe, warm, full of love with as many hugs and kisses as you all need!

Fudgy Brownie Trifle

1 package Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix.
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals (dry)
1 package (4 - serving size) chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
2 cups of cold milk
1 container (8 oz frozen whipped topping ,thawed.)
1 bag (10 oz.) toffee bits.

Heat oven to 350, grease bottom only of pan with shortening or spray
bottom with cooking spray. 
In a medium bowl, stir brownie mix, water, oil and eggs until well blended.
Stir coffee crystals into batter. 
Spread in pan.
Bake 28 to 30 min, or until toothpick comes out clean. 
Cool completely for about 1 hr.

Cut brownies into 1 inch squares. 
In bottom of 3- quart glass bowl make pudding mix as directed on package using milk.
Pour half of the pudding mix over brownies in bowl.
Top with half each of toffee bits & cool whip.
Repeat with remaining brownies, pudding , toffee bits, whip topping.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hrs before serving.
Makes about 20 servings.

KingoftheDamned mm cFOUR STARS and Romantic Times says, “This exciting, riveting tale draws the reader in with its dark, edgy feel.”
With darkness all around him, The League of Guardians is his only means of redemption…
Azaiel, the fallen, has been given a second chance to atone for the sins of his past. With demons gathering and threatening the league, he must find out if their circle has been breached. What he doesn’t foresee is a woman—a fierce warrior—who will turn his world upside down and awaken his tortured soul.
Rowan James is a powerful witch out to avenge the death of her beloved grandmother, but she needs an ally. Will she be able to trust a man with secrets as dark as the sorrow in his eyes? Loving Rowan means risking salvation and yet Azaiel cannot ignore the hunger burning hot between them—his one last chance at happiness. With danger all around them, will these two desperate souls finally find love in each other? Or be forever damned…

9781402274800-300 (1)Molly O’Keefe, author of Can’t Buy Me Love, says, “Everything I love in a book: A hot and tender romance and a bad-boy hero to die for!”
Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…
Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.
For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?
The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans.

Juliana StoneJuliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Juliana is giving away a signed ARC of The Summer He Came Home and a signed copy of King of the Damned to two readers! (US and Canada only please.) To enter, please leave a meaningful question or comment on this post for Juliana and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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Victoria said...

Merry Christmas! My q has to do with your yummy (like your books) recipe. Do you use coffee or espresso powder? Please tell your mom thanks.

Elizabeth H. said...

The fudgy dessert sounds so yummmy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Happy Holidays!!!

Kassandra said...

That dessert looks so yummy!!


PM350 said...

would LOVE to win & read! PICK ME!!
PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

May said...

Looks yummy. Will try your recipe later this weekend!

Toot's Book Reviews said...

OMG totally awesome giveaway!!! Can't wait to read this book. *keeping fingers crossed*
Hugs to you and Jules!

Debby said...

Great dessert. I would like to try it with a gluten free brownie mix.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Darkand Stormynight said...

Holy Yummo Batman! That is one awesome sounding brownie! Hope you have a great Christmas and thanks for the giveaway! *grin*

*yadkny* said...

That Fudgy Brownie Trifle looks absolutely sinful!! I want it:) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Karen C said...

The Fudgy Brownie Trifle looks simple enough that even I can do it - and so very good! Juliana Stone is a new-to-me author, but these books look good. Thanks for the chance.
Merry Christmas!

Queen of Books Sue said...

I love anything chocolate. This brownie thing looks delicious. Great giveaway/contest.

Cassandra said...

Can't wait to read this!!!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

Kamla L. said...

What a sinfully scrumptious dessert...but hey the holiday season is perfect for indulgences. I can't wait to try it. King of the Damned and The Summer He came home sound even more delectable. Thanks for the recipe and the great giveaway.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully joyous holiday season!!

jessiel said...

This dessert is similar to the one I make called "Death by Chocolate". I use pieces of chocolate/devil's food cake that has Kaluha soaking in it & chocolate pudding. But I'm going to have to try it with the brownies. What girl doesn't love brownies?? Thanks for this giveaway & wishing you a happy holiday season!


Beautiful Disaster said...

Yummy dessert and even better -no calories ;) I really enjoy your books. I can't wait to read it.
Happy Holidays,

sheryl said...

Would love to read both of these. Thanks

erin said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for a fun post and Merry Christmas!

Gaby Pendragon said...

I so want to read this!! It sounds great!!
Btw awesome recipe!

books4me said...

THAT looks like a great recipe and one my daughter and hubby would be tripping over each other to get to! LOL!

Thank you for sharing!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the delicious recipe. Can't wait to try it. I really want to read these books. Put them on my wishlist.

Di said...

Fudgy Trifle - Yum!
I haven't read this guardians series yet.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Carol L. said...

oooh, thanks for the yummy desert Juliana. I'm surely going to make this trifle. Thanks for the generous giveaway. Happy Holidays.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

SdyLion said...

That sounds just yummy. Perfect for the holidays. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

I love the cover of this book. I am sure it will make a great read. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Cathy V said...

Yummy recipe! I have added these books to my TBR, they sound great.
Thanks for the giveaway.