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It’s Day 11 in the Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza! All you have to do is check in on this blog for a trivia question from Lakeshore Christmas, and send your answer to ll.wiggs @ gmail.com (remove the spaces). Correct answers will be entered to win.

Today’s question: What is the name of Eddie’s band?

Today’s prize: Lakeshore Christmas on audio.

Remember us? Peabody, Sherman and the Wayback Machine

Remember us? Peabody, Sherman and the Wayback Machine

Thanks to all who took part in the Fireside audio giveaway! Here’s how the winners were chosen–with the super-duper Random Integer Generator. This will satisfy anyone’s inner geek. Interested geeks can go here http://www.random.org/integers/ and see how to randomize entries. You just put in the number of entries from 1 to whatever, and tell it to generate the number of columns = to the number of prizes on hand. Et voila! So congrats to Vecia, Molly, Beth, Judy, Pam, and Sandi. I’ve e-mailed you all for your mailing addresses, and you will soon be in Avalon, listening to the latest installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles. This was fun–I’ll do more in the future, so check in now and then. Thanks for the fun, everyone!

read by the incomparable Joyce Bean

read by the incomparable Joyce Bean

Oooh, look what the mailman just delivered! A box of spare copies of FIRESIDE on audio. It’s available from Brilliance in unabridged CD, abridged CD or mp3 format. Also available as a download here.

How to enter the drawing? Just post a comment on the blog entry by midnight on Wednesday, 18 March, and you’re entered. I’ll post the winners on Thursday the 19th. You can’t beat that!

Listen up.

Listen up.

Audio Book Stand is a good place to order audio books. Here’s a link to my titles. I love listening to audio books while gardening. It’s kind of my weekend thing.

Win a trip to Willow Lake! I’m not kidding. Check it out here: http://www.eharlequin.com/swinvitation.html?swid=100006

Win a trip to Willow Lake!

Snowfall audio coverSnowfall at Willow Lake is available in unabridged and abridged audio format from Brilliance. You can even download a copy here. Where do you listen to books on audio? In the car? On the treadmills? While walking the dog? Gardening? Shoveling snow?

The abridged edition doesn’t have the recipes, so here’s a quick peek at one:

Gougeres

These delicate puff pastries originated in France, and are traditionally served this time of year, with champagne–dry, not brut.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the water, butter and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderate. Add flour all at once and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture pulls away from side of pan.

Transfer mixture–known as pate a choux–to a bowl and use an electric mixer to beat in the eggs, one at a time. If the batter is too stiff, add another egg.

Stir the Gruyere into the pate a choux and drop by tablespoons about one inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about twenty-five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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