Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Prism's Birthday Blog Hop"

Happy Third Birthday Prism!
Prism Book Group started in September 2011 as Inspired Romance Novels and grew rapidly. When the publisher realized the lines needed a broader scope, the name became Prism Book Group—a more inclusive designation. Joan Alley, the Editor-in-Chief then added two new lines to the existing catalog. The Diamond and Illuminate categories are now available along with Inspired.  With these three distinct lines, Prism remains devoted to clean reading and is ACFW approved.
Now how did I join Prism Book Group? Well, actually at the time, the company was named Inspired Romance.  I'd just written a story about a dyslexic angel who was a total goof-up as she attempted to help a man find a mate.  I dashed it off in an email to Joan Alley at Inspired Romance.
On May 4, 2012, I received this email. 
Mrs. Lewis,
What a delightful and heartwarming tale! After having the pleasure of reviewing your story and smiling often, I'd love to welcome you aboard at Inspired and offer you a contract for this story.
Our standard contract is attached for you to consider. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for submitting to Inspired.
Joan Alley
Needless to say, the thrill of receiving my first contract brought happy tears. Since I signed the first one with Inspired Romance, I’ve since signed two more contracts for a total of six books for now Prism Book Group. Sarah: A Mission of Love was published on September 18, 2012, and Sarah: Laney’s Angel hit the market place on May 22, 2013.  Sarah and the Widow’s Mate is due for release this fall.  Three more Sarah books are due next year.
My experience with Prism Book Group is an exhilarating one.  As of today, the two Sarah books are on Amazon’s top one hundred list—a joy for any author, and I’m humbled that Sarah has been widely adored and accepted.
 At this writing:
                Sarah: A Mission of Love is #23 Kindle Store in Christian Fantasy
         Sarah: Laney’s Angel is  #90 in Kindle Store  Kindle eBooks  Literature &     Fiction    Christian Fantasy
The guidance at Prism Book Group has brought the Sarah Series to a level I could not achieve on my own.  The editors comb every word and check for consistent composition. Designers produce appealing covers. When a book is introduced to market, the authors merge in rich support.  Everyone at Prims works in harmony to bring about the best possible product.  Affiliation with Prism Book Group is a gift for any author. It’s a privilege given to us by Joan Alley as she submits to the divine leadership of God.
I'm giving away a print copy of Sarah: A Mission of Love. The winner will be selected by Joan Alley and announced on September 23.  To win, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this blog.  Several authors are giving prizes on their blogs, and Prism is giving a $100 dollar gift card.  I urge everyone to blog hop.  Join the fun!  Don't miss it!  We are giving birthday gifts to you, and we want you to receive them. 
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The authors at Prism are celebrating with dessert recipes as we sing out Happy Birthday!  My contribution is  a coconut cake.
This recipe came from a dear, sweet lady in our church.  At every church dinner, we could count on this delicious cake.  I sure do miss the cake, and I certainly miss Helen Evans. When a birthday came around for my husband or me, she brought this cake.  If God allows us to exercise our gifts in heaven, she'll be making this scrumptious dessert for His pleasure.  Another dear lady, Dovey Breedlove always brought my husband a coconut pie.  Dovey is up there too, and we miss her. Those two ladies knew how to bring pleasure to our palates.
I don't bake...barely cook.  We obviously enjoy coconut treats, and we miss these delicacies as well as the ladies who baked them.
Helen Evans gave me her cake recipe.  It's really good.

2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, room temperature
4 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 c. buttermilk
1 tbsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cram sugar and butter. Separate egg whites from yolks. Beat yolks and add to sugar mixture, mix flour, soda and salt.  Add alternately, butter, mild and vanilla which have been mixed.  Beat egg whtes until stiff, fold into cake mixture.  Bake in two 9 inch pans.  Bake 35-40 minutes.
¼ c. butter

1 (8ox) pkg. cream cheese

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 one pound box powdered sugar

1 tbsp. cream
Cream butter and cream cheese, add powdered sugar, mix well.  Spread on top and sides.  Put coconut on top and sides.
Best wishes with this recipe.  Thanks for stopping by my blog, and please hop over to the others at Prism.  Leave a comment.  Joan Alley will mail the selected winner a copy of Sarah: A Mission of Love.

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