Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! May your dreams come true in 2010.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Persimmon recipes were mentioned today over on Twitter. Here's one of my favorites:

Julia Cooper, aka Lady Julia Delerue, is the heroine of SMUGGLER'S BRIDE, a follow-up to PIRATE'S PRICE. One of the ways Julia keeps smuggler Rand Washburn content is through her cooking skills, including a mighty tasty persimmon cake. I buy my persimmons at the Gainesville Farmers Market in the autumn. I love to see them on the kitchen counter, their bright orange color brightening everything around them.

Julia Cooper’s Persimmon Cake
From SMUGGLER'S BRIDE

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 cup persimmon pulp--approx. six Florida persimmons
½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325F

To get persimmon pulp: Take very ripe persimmons, cut in half, scoop pulp out. Remove pithy seed area, pulse a few times in food processor. Cream sugar and margarine, add eggs, add dry ingredients, pulp and nuts. Pour mixture into standard loaf pan (grease and flour pan, if not nonstick model), bake1.25 hours. Let cool ten minutes, remove from pan. Freezes well, and if you have a decorative loaf pan, it looks good, too!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


The Bride and the Buccaneer, Now in Paper!

Just in time for you to order yourself some post-holiday relaxation! The Bride and the Buccaneer is available in paper as well as *ebook editions. Click on the link to order, or go to Amazon.com


*Kindle editions coming soon

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Years's Eve FireworksImage by c r i s via Flickr

Happy Holidays!

Odds are, you're celebrating something this time of year. I just wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers, and wish them a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. There are days when I stare at my computer wondering why I ever thought I could write novels. Then I get a note from a fan, or read a review, and it's like my batteries have been recharged to "full".

Thank you all very much for reading my books and for letting me know you enjoyed them. It means the world to me.

Darlene

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Want Paper? Or Kindle?

If you'd like to be notified when the paper or the Kindle editions of The Bride and the Buccaneer are available, drop me a line at darlenemarshallATdarlenemarshallDOTcom and I'll put you on my list.

I got the paper cover jpg today, which means paper editions are coming soon. I'm very excited! While I love my ebooks, I know some readers want their books in a more traditional package, and I'm happy to be able to accommodate them.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


The Bride and the Buccaneer ebook now available!

Just in time for the holidays, The Bride and the Buccaneer is now available in a variety of digital formats from Amber Quill Press, and it's on sale! Can't beat that with a stick!

You can read an excerpt at my website, but here's the teaser:

A beautiful thief...
A bold privateer...
Two enemies united by a love for gold may find an event greater treasure in
The Bride and the Buccaneer

Soon there will be print and Kindle editions as well. Watch this space!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The front of the Kindle 1 (Left) and Kindle 2 ...Image via Wikipedia

Holiday shopping!

If you have not yet purchased a gift for the reader in your life (maybe yourself), consider getting an ebook reader. There's a range of possibilities and prices this year, and some dealers are offering specials. For example, Sony was offering discounted accessories last week for the PRS 300 (Pocket) with purchase of the reader.

Ereaders are truly the gift that keeps on giving. They can carry a library's worth of reading material, so you could be reading The Bride and the Buccaneer when when you're stuck in traffic or waiting in line to return that sweater with the reindeer from Aunt Mabel that just wasn't you.Reblog this post [with Zemanta]