Short and sweet. That’s how I do things around here.
Sigh, okay, not really. I want things to be short and sweet, as in simple and easy, but it seems like a near-impossible task at times. Things somehow end up complicated and busy. I need to take a page from Deidre’s book, I think.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes. The flavors are fresh and the colors remind me of spring. Enter the oh-so-gorgeous (and delicious) Green Tea Tart with Lychees and Raspberries. Chef Stephane Lemagnen from zencancook.com shared it with me and the recipe made an appearance in Table Manners. If you ever decide to give it a try (just click on the image to get the recipe), snap a picture and share it with me on Facebook. I’d love to see it!
Today is the kick off for the Authors in Bloom Spring Blog Hop Giveaway. Seem like a mouthful? It is, but for good reason. Over 50 authors are participating in a mega giveaway for the next 10 days, which means you have 10 days to enter over 50 individual author contests and, if you do, qualify for the grand prize or a Kindle Fire or Nook, winner’s choice.
To qualify for the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. Grand prize entrants will be entered via Rafflecopter, available on the first and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme. All winning entries will be verified. Visit the website for more details.
The Authors in Bloom Blog Hop runs from Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Saturday, April 16, 2016.
What will be given away? Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more. The grand prize is an e-reader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for an e-book retailer gift card. Visit BloominThyme for complete details and entry restrictions.
I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon (U.S. and Canada residents only). I know — it’s so creative, right? 🙂 But I know you’ll get something awesome with it! The winner will also have their choice of one of my novels (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners or Family Room) in print, ebook or audiobook.
What do I do when it’s all over? On April 18th, the grand prize winners will be posted on BloominThyme. Individual authors will announce and contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways on their own websites. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions. IMPORTANT: I will be on the road and traveling off the beaten path during this giveaway so the winner of my giveaway will be notified and receive their prize during the week of May 1, 2016, when I return. Grab a good book and then another, and keep reading until I get back!
To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me who you are, where you’re from and how you love to spend your free time. Now THAT’s easy.
Thanks so much for swinging by and have fun these next 10 days!
Big hugs to everyone who took the time to leave a comment and hop around! The winner of the giveaway is Amy Bowens. Congrats, Amy!
Lu Worley says
I am Lu Worley from central Utah, and love spending time with family, reading books, learning new things.
Catherine Chant says
The recipe looks delicious! I love to garden in my spare time and the weather looks like it’s about to warm up soon to do that (fingers crossed, here in New England).
Hi Mia! I am from WI and love Love LOVE to spend time cooking and baking gluten free recipes with my mom and good friends. On sunny days my closest friends (including my twin sister) and I love to kayak, munch on goat cheese and crackers, drink great wine, and reminisce on old memories that make us cry from laughter! We enjoy spending time on refreshing walks while enjoying the nature surrounding us and dreaming about our dream vacations together!
I’m Rae from Portsmouth, VA and I in my spare time I enjoy reading, canoeing, and baking.
Lori H says
I’m Lori from Tennessee and I enjoy gardening, sewing, and crafting.
Janice Santillo says
Janice from Cleveland. Reading and the internet.
Amber Ag says
Hi 🙂 I’m Amber from northern US. I love to spend my free time reading! 🙂
kissedbymidnight AT gmail.com
Hi, I am Tia! I am from the Midwest! and I love to spend my free time with my pets!
videoclimber AT yahoo DOT com
I’m Shannon and I’m from Belleville, Illinois. I like reading in my free time.
Anne from Illinois, reading and traveling.
I live in the desert of Arizona. I love to read and bake scrumptious desserts which I take a couple of bites out of and give the rest to my son and Grandchildren.
Savannah Miller says
It is very nice to meet you! My name is Savannah, I am the mommy to two amazing little boys and 3 fur babies. In my free time I like to read or shop…. Or better yet shop for something to read 🙂 I live in Pennsylvania
Joy F says
Hi, Joy from Florida. I love reading in my free time.
Michelle Champion says
I entered on your Darian Gee page too, because I adore your stories. I have read them all. I am Michelle from Paducah, KY …Quilt City USA!!! I read and craft. That is pretty much all I do, read and craft.
Alisha Sienkiel says
Hi! I’m Alisha from southwest PA. I spend my free time reading, on the computer or gardening! Thanks for the great giveaway!
sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com
nancy burgess says
Nancy Burgess Gowanda NY.I like to spend my time with my grandaughter Evelyn and reading our books, firstname.lastname@example.org
bn100candg at hotmail dot com
Linda Romer says
Hello Mia, my name is Linda Romer from Staten Island, NY and in my free time I love to read and review books. I also like to help promote the Authors and books that I love. I also have a passion for cooking and your tart looks amazing. Thank you
Jeanna Massman says
I’m Jeanna from Tucson, AZ. I love reading, watching TV and entering giveaways.
jeanna_massman at hotmail dot com
Michele Hayes says
Hello, I’m Michele from Delaware and I do a lot of cruising and reading, sometimes at the same time.
(mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)
Laura Bradley says
Hi there! My name is Laura. I am from a small town in South Carolina. And I love to READ! 😀
Beth T. says
I’m Beth from Oregon. I’m a quilter and a reader, and during the summer months when the sun shines here I love to be outside and tend to our roses and work in the yard when I can. We have dogs and cats and chickens to keep me busy as well.
Gina Beirne says
I’m Gina from Upstate New York (Finger Lakes area). I spend my free time reading, but I’m also an avid knitter and geocacher!
That recipe sounds delicious – I am lucky – my daughter is a baker – so will ask her to try to replicate this. Thanks
I am from Toronto, originally from Ireland. Love Books & will try & read a couple a week. Love reading all types & enjoy getting to know new authors.
Becca Z says
Hi, I’m Becca from the Florida panhandle, we live on the beach and enjoy boating and water sports in our free time, some mountain biking, and lots of travel, we are trying to visit all the caribbean islands.
PAT CAMPBELL says
I’m Pat Campbell from MA.
Whenever I find free time, I enjoy a good book or I enjoy knitting.
Best regards and happy Spring!
Selina Williams says
Hi! I am Selina from central PA. I love cooking and especially love baking. It’s always my goal to never allow the cook (me) or my diners to get bored with “same old” meals. I like to get creative and keep it fun. I also enjoy music of all kinds and reading is my favorite escape from reality.
Susan Navidad says
Hi. My name is Susan Navidad, and I am originally from northwest Georgia (I’m an Appalachian American LOL). I love to spend my free time READING, of course, and crocheting. I just completed a black filet shrug with a wild rose motif on the back. Thanks for the giveaway!
I’m Sue. I currently live in Sherwood, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Winnebago. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and travel (esp. to Kauai, our home away from home).
Julie Williams says
My name is Julie. I live in San Antonio, TX but grew up on Oahu. One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I also love to spend time with my daughter.
I love to hang out with my husband & dogs, read, cook, bake, & volunteer with Great Dane Rescue of North TX.
Jackie Wisherd says
I live in a suburb of San Diego, CA. I either read, do watercolors or quilting when I have spare time. I am busier now that I am retired than when I worked. I don’t really have much free time.
Carol Woodruff says
I’m Carol Woodruff and I live in NJ. I love to spend time on my computer and reading.
Judy Pflueger says
Hi. I am Judy Pflueger. I lived in Gaithersburg, MD. I like to read and crochet.
Michelle Sears says
I have a. lot. of hobbies. I knit, crochet, garden, bake, craft with paper, felt and fabric. It keeps me out of trouble. 😉
Missy Bogs says
I’m from MissyB from TN. In free time I love to read and bake goodies and read chick lit!
Hi. I’m Lea B in CA right now. I love to read in my free time and do crafts. Been a fan for years and am anxiously awaiting a new book!
Richard Brandt says
I’m Richard Brandt from Mobile, Alabama at rsbrandt44 (at) hotmail (dot) com. In my copious spare time I like to catch up with old movies on Netflix and Hulu.
I’m Trix, from northern California (closer to San Jose than San Francisco), and I love to cook, read, go to museums and record stores, and watch hockey (GO SHARKS!).
Daniel M says
I’m in MA and I never have any free time, there’s never enough hours in the day
Howdy! I’m Deborah from the East Coast (the huge state of Dela-where?)
I love to hike, garden, quilt, sew and cook!
Thank you for participating in this Hop!
sprocket 215 @ g mail . com
I am ELF, from Southern California near the L.A. area. I don’t know…my ‘free time’ is usually an excuse to read, lol, but occasionally I get the urge to garden, crochet, do jigsaw puzzles or color! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Spring!
elewkf1 at yahoo dot com
Leah Shumack says
I’m Leah from New York! In my spare time I like entering giveaways and reading!
Linda Kish says
I’m Linda from So Cal. Since I’m retired, all of my time is free time. I spend it reading, watching tv, playing on my computer and playing with my dogs. I do pretty much whatever I want.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com
Hi Amy from Maryland. In my spare time I love to read. I always find when I want things to go short and sweet they tend to drag out for me too. Thanks for sharing the tart looks delicious. amybowens34(at) yahoo(dot) com
I’m Elizabeth from Florida. In my spare time I read….preferably on the beach!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!