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Thoughts from Author Jenny Proctor


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blau-jenny014Before I became a writer, I became a Mom. I can’t pretend the two aren’t somehow intertwined. It was on a blog about my children, after all, that I discovered how much I loved writing in the first place. Here, you’ll find me talking about my books and other writing endeavors as well as my thoughts regarding motherhood and family life. I hope the two subjects can co-exist peacefully and that while you’re here, you might enjoy a little of both.


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Hershey’s Chewy Cookies

hersheys(Here is where you can imagine an amazing photo of a chocolate cookie. I can’t find one that looks right online, and since I’m not really a photographer, and we already ate all our cookies from Sunday, I don’t have one of my own. So, you know, pretend. I CAN give you a photo of the Cocoa Powder we used to make the cookies. Lame. I know. But every post needs an image. I read that somewhere once. So HERE YA GO.)

I made these cookies for our Sunday dinner last weekend. Yes, we had cookies for dinner. It’s what we do on Sundays. I whipped up some fresh cream to go with these – homemade Oreos? Oh, holy heaven were they ever good. I wasn’t surprised though. Cause this recipe? It’s been around as long as I have. I remember these cookies from my childhood when my mother would make them and I would sneak in and steal a bite of cookie dough every time she turned her back.

My mother, because she is just that fabulous, has also turned these cookies into homemade ice cream sandwiches. I know! I want a cookie now too.
What’s great about these cookies though is you don’t actually have to have whipped cream or ice cream sandwiched between them for them to be any good. They are delicious all on their own. If you like chocolate, and you like cookies, then these are for you.
Hershey’s Chewy Cookies
 
1 1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
 
(The recipe lists nuts as optional here… I opt no, but if you’re a nutty cookie lover, you might want to throw some in. Walnuts, probably?)
 
Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix your dry ingredients together, then add to the creamed mixture a little at a time until well mixed. Roll into one inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. (I would say a little less than nine minutes, unless you like your cookies a little crispy.  It’s easy to over bake these because they are dark in color and you can’t see them browning on the bottom as a gauge of their done-ness. I like my cookies chewy and soft, so I generally yank them out of the oven a little early.)
 
You know today is the day to make these… Make cookies. Eat chocolate. Be happy.
The end.


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Pride and Politics, by Brittany Larsen (and a Giveaway!)

One of the things I love most about being an author is having author friends that I love and admire. It’s so fun to walk this path with writers I can learn from and have fun with. My dear friend, and fellow Covenant author, Brittany Larsen is no exception. Her debut novel, Pride and Politics, just hit the shelves and I’m totally stoked to tell you about it.

Pride and PoliticsAs the daughter of a well-known senator, Summer Knight is all too familiar with the nasty side of politics. She’s always stayed out of the drama, until an incident involving her fellow Mormons drives her out of her hometown—and out of the Church. What she needs is a change of scene, and sunny California seems like just the place.

Enter Benson Hardy. He’s just her type—until she finds out who he is. Not only is Benson a nephew to her father’s political rival, he’s also a devout member of the Church. The last thing Summer wants is to be mixed up in politics—or religion. But Benson challenges her like no one else, asking the tough questions about her inactivity. Though their incompatibility is clear, their connection is undeniable, and soon Summer finds the embers of her faith reigniting. Just as it seems that the pair might be on the road to romance, a series of embarrassing misunderstandings—and the appearance of a handsome charmer determined to sweep Summer off her feet—knock the couple completely off course. As Summer finds herself at a crossroads, she must decide if she’s willing to set her pride aside for a shot at true love.

Brittany’s writing is clever and witty and so fun. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, it’s fun to see 12657436_797790563687230_806852708837214012_othis modern day version of a classic story. If you don’t know Jane Austen, I still think you’ll love the political bantering and great character development. I highly recommend this novel for fans of LDS romance. Also, I’d love to give you a copy! Signed by Brittany, no less. I’d also love to include a signed copy of Love at First Note, by yours truly. (If you already have this one, I’ve heard it makes an EXCELLENT gift.) If you want an additional chance to win, Brittany is currently giving away a similar prize on her Facebook Author Page. Go visit here!

Enter below, and please do share the word. Authors rely so much on reviews (especially Amazon) as well as positive recommendations shared among friends and family. As always, thanks for your support and your reading time.

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A Little In Love With You: A Love at First Note novella

Emma Hill, the female protagonist in Love at First Note, isn’t the only one with a great love story. Her roommate and best friend, Lilly, has her own story to tell–about the fateful day that she met Trav, and the huge misunderstanding that almost ended their chances before their relationship even began.

I’m so excited for readers to enjoy Lilly and Trav’s story in my latest novella, A Little in Love With you. For a limited time, the novella is available exclusively on Amazon for only $.99. That’s pennies, guys. I hope you’ll read and review and share with others.

Buy A Little in Love With You on Amazon.

In Love Cover

Lilly has all but given up on her love life. It’s been ages since she’s even seen a smile from a guy, much less had a real conversation. Until she meets Travis–cute, in the hippie rugged way she likes, quirky, funny, charming, and completely NOT eligible. Expectant fathers on the labor and delivery floor of the hospital where she works generally aren’t. Plus, a guy that would hit on a nurse while his wife is in labor? Yeah. Don’t date that guy.

But there’s more to Trav’s story than Lilly first understands. Older brothers can be supportive too, after all. Despite their rocky start, and an old flame that just won’t fizzle out already, Lilly and Trav hang onto their hopes that maybe, they really can have a future together.

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