Shelia’s book, “Angel Lane,” is a delightful novel of women’s friendships and how that bond can change an entire town’s attitude with just a little elbow grease and love!
Here’s Shelia –
VITAMIN C AND ME
I love chocolate and always make sure I get a good daily dose of “vitamin C” (and I’m not talking about those orange flavored pills!). I’m glad that researchers have discovered its many health benefits. It’s nice to know as I’m packing new pounds on my hips that I’m also consuming a mood elevator that enables me to not care that I’m packing those pounds on my hips.
The claims of chocolate’s benefits are many and varied. It contains antioxidants, raises good cholesterol, and may diminish appetite. (Ha! I always knew chocolate was a diet food.)
I really enjoyed writing this tale of three women entrepreneurs who decide the people in their small, lakeside town need to reconnect. Jamie’s other two cohorts are Sarah Goodwin, who owns the town bakery and Emma Swanson, who owns a struggling quilt shop. You could put what I know about quilting in a thimble, so I had to recruit help on all things quilt related. But baking?
Here’s a great recipe that somehow didn’t make the cut. I’ve had it for years (got it from my friend Stacia when I was first married) and it’s wonderful. Consider it a bonus, a gift from one chocolate lover to another.
Best Ever Brownies
2 cups sugar
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
3 Tb. Nestle’s Quick
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup margarine
3 Tb. Nestle’s Quick
6 Tb milk
Directions: Mix margarine, Nestle’s Quick, and milk in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat but don’t boil. Once it’s all melted remove from heat and then add the powdered sugar, nuts and vanilla. Mix well and frost the brownies.
If enjoying these brownies doesn’t elevate your mood . . . give up. You’re dead.
Her down-to-earth wisdom and quirky upbeat sense of humor make Sheila a popular speaker to groups large and small. Her books are becoming perennial hot sellers. Her book “Bikini Season” was a Bookscan top 50, a Target Breakout Novel pick and an Amazon Beach Read pick. On Strike for Christmas will be released this year for the third year in the row and has been optioned for film. Her new release "Love in Bloom" has been chosen as a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book. Now… if she could just get on “Dancing with the Stars”!
You can visit her website at http://www.sheilasplace.com/. Be sure to check out her Angel Lane Chocolate contest while you are there!!
Thank you so much, Shelia, for your wonderful blog and recipe! And thank you to Dorothy Thompson of “Pump Up Your Book Promotion” for providing the opportunity.
By Shelia Roberts
St. Martin’s Griffin; $13.99
Small town living can be delightful, until that small town is overrun with folks looking for that “special” atmosphere that a big city can’t offer.
Determined to prevent Heart Lake from becoming another big little town, three friends band together to bring the “heart” back into their hometown.
A wonderful bonus is all the luscious recipes that Roberts includes with this book! They will send you into a chocolate lover’s heaven!
Thank you to Ryann Gastwirth of St. Martin’s Press for the review copy of “Angel Lane.”