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Friday, February 24, 2017

Last Friday of the Month Recipe: Gluten Free Coconut Cupcakes by Marianne Rice

All you lucky people, here is a gluten free recipe that makes my mouth water and topped with chocolate frosting...yummy.  
And a you can read about Marianne's book Smoke and Pearls while eating these. 

The recipe and why you love making it:
Hey, L.A., thanks for having me back.  

Last year, my ten year-old son was diagnosed with celiac disease. I’m a baker with a wicked sweet tooth, so the first thing I did was start experimenting with all the gluten free flours. I never realized how complex cooking gf was. It’s not a simple one-to-one fix. One cup of flour cannot be replaced with one cup of rice flour or coconut flour or whatever flour you want to use.

Gluten free baking requires a plethora of ingredients and depending on what you’re baking—cookies, brownies, cakes, breads—the ratios will vary significantly. Being the OCD person I am, I invested in five different flours (coconut, rice, almond, brown rice, cashew), potato and tapioca starch, and xanthan gum. And ouch! That was expensive.

I’ve been baking gf for a year now and have had more failures than successes in the cake and cupcake department. They usually come out crumbly, dry and grainy. But I finally found a keeper! This one is super easy; the cake is spongy and moist (ah! That word, I know). You can’t go wrong.

I made these for my son’s Valentine’s Day party and not a single kid (10-11 year olds) noticed they were gluten free. A win!!

Gluten-free Coconut Flour Cupcakes
½ cup melted butter
2/3 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs
2 TBLSP milk
½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can line a muffin pan with liners or spray the pan really well. I find gf cupcakes stick to the paper so I place them in the liner after baking.
  2. Beat melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs. Then add milk.
  3. Sift together coconut flour and baking powder. Add to wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  4. Evenly divide the batter, filling each ¾ full.
  5. Bake the cupcakes on the center rack for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
2 sticks softened butter
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
½-1 tsp milk
Whip butter then add vanilla. Slowly add sugar and cocoa. You can add more/less milk depending on how thick you like your icing. (We like it thick!)
Spread on cooled cupcakes and top with toasted shredded coconut.

Blurb (Smoke & Pearls):
Sidney Mitchell, granddaughter of a wealthy Dallas icon, loses her beloved Grandpop and her world slips off its axis. When a handsome stranger sends a smile her way at the funeral, she welcomes the distraction and accepts his lunch invitation. He quickly becomes an important figure in her life, helping her forget her grief and focus on her future.

After working a twenty-four hour shift, firefighter Max Harmon is involved in a fatal accident. While paying his respects at the funeral of the victim, he is knocked off his feet by the beautiful blonde with the sad eyes. They’re both looking for an escape and turn to each other, finding friendship, laughter and incredible chemistry.

Sydney loves that Max is unaware of her heritage. For the first time, she’s not worried about a man using her for her family’s wealth. Their passion burns hot until she learns Max is the reason her Grandpop is dead. He may be charming, kind and sexy, but she can’t forgive him for stealing her Grandpop from her, and for starting the cover-up she’s sure is there.

Will their newfound love be strong enough to battle through the betrayal, or will their relationship go up in smoke?


Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne can be found chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, shoe shopping, scarfing down dark chocolate, and relaxing with a glass of wine and a romance book. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Take Five and Meet Author Stephanie Berget

Lucky us, we get to meet Stephanie Berget. 
Wait until you find out more about her character's jobs!

Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Stephanie.  Tell us, what inspired you to write your book Radio Rose?

Thanks, L.A. for hosting me.  I love small town romances with quirky characters and I had an off beat idea to write a romance about a Bronc Rider and a Physicist who’d run away from her problems and become a late night radio DJ with a show about aliens.

How do you use setting to further your story?

When I looked for a location, I came across Trinidad, Colorado, which just happens to be the Sex Change Capital of the World. Betcha didn’t know that. I didn’t. The possibilities suddenly became endless.

How do you construct your characters?

In Radio Rose, the eccentric characters introduced themselves one after the other and fought with each other to get their story on the page. I really just wrote down what they told me. Except for the hero, Adam. He’s a bit of a loner and very closed-mouthed.

How is your main character completely different than you?

Rose loves science and is very smart. She’s happy being alone or she thought she was until she’s pulled into the town’s problems. I don’t want to be in a crowd, but I love to have some people around.
Tell us something about yourself we might not expect!

I always wanted to be a figure skater when I was young, but the only time I tried ice-skating, I fell and gave myself a concussion. After that, I stuck to riding horses.

Radio Rose knows Martians aren’t real.

As a DJ for a late night talk show about aliens, Rose Wasnowski could never admit to being a non-believer. Talking to crazies all night isn’t the perfect job for most people, but she’s happy with her solitary life. Until a middle of the night car crash and a blow to the head has her mistaking a reclusive rodeo cowboy for a real life extra-terrestrial.

Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather for most of his childhood, made his escape from Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. Forced to return ten years late for the reading of his grandfather’s will, he’s about to be pulled into a contest for a vast fortune and the future of a town he’d just as soon forget.

Relationships aren’t one of Rose’s strong points. Hell, she mistook the hot cowboy for an alien the first time they met, but Adam needs help and she’s the woman to help him—maybe.

In a town filled with new-found friends, Rose has to decide how far she’s willing to go to trust the loner.

Romance beneath a rodeo moon. That’s what Stephanie Berget had in mind when she began writing, to add a realistic view of rodeo and ranching to her Western Romance.

She was born loving horses, developing a lifelong love of rodeo when she married her Bronc Rider. They traveled to rodeos throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses.

Stephanie and her husband have three adult children and several grandchildren. They live on a farm located along the Oregon/Idaho border, where they raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Cisco, the wonder horse, Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie, and two Munchkin cats, Magic and Martin.
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