Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Lovely Weather for a SLEIGH RIDE!

As the weather turns colder up here in the chilly regions of northern Illinois and the snow is threatening to arrive soon, it may well be the perfect weather for a sleigh ride by this weekend. However, you don't have to wait...
Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology features seven wintry tales by seven women authors, a number of whom I'm delighted to call friends: Malena Lott, Maria Geraci, Maggie Marr, Samantha Wilde, Jenny Peterson, Dani Stone and Megan Barlog.

Called "well-written" and "moving," each short story includes a sleigh ride - some dramatic, some romantic and one futuristic adventure. Megan Barlog, who found out about the anthology online and entered her debut short, "The Escape," is a graduating senior at California State University. Some of the Sleigh Ride authors share their favorite holiday recipes at the back of the book. Here' s Megan's!

Grammy’s Monkey Bread by Megan Barlog

2 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease an 8” round cake pan.
3. Separate biscuits and dip in butter.
4. Coat entire biscuit with mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
5. Place coated biscuit in pan. Repeat until you have placed 15 to 16 biscuits in pan. Biscuits should be around outer edge of pan and overlap to fill in center.
6. Pour rest of butter over top.
7. Sprinkle with nuts.
8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Oh, yum! This sounds delicious... Thank you, Megan!

Sleigh Ride is available in trade paperback at Amazon and BuzzBooksUSA.com and as an ebook. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the domestic violence prevention cause through the Alpha Chi Omega foundation. The anthology was edited by author Malena Lott (Dating da Vinci, Life's a Beach.)

I have my copy already, and I'm REALLY looking forward to getting to relax and read it leisurely, just as soon as my book/travel touring winds down a bit! Today, I'm not blogging about one specific city, but I do have the pleasure of visiting Great Thoughts and writing a little bit about travel as an author. I hope, after you check out Sleigh Ride, you'll make some monkey bread and join me ;).


Malena Lott said...

Thanks so much, Marilyn, for including us on your blog and best of luck on your tour and fabulous book. I can't wait to read it over our two-week holiday here!

Marilyn Brant said...

Malena, it's a pleasure!! Thanks for the good luck wishes and here's hoping Sleigh Ride sells many, many copies this holiday season ;).

Megan Barlog said...

Thanks Marilyn for hosting us on your blog! Hope you enjoy all the stories! :)
~Megan Barlog

Maria Geraci said...

The Monkey Bread sounds delicious and simple. My kind of recipe for sure! Thanks for hosting, Marilyn!

Edie Ramer said...

Marilyn, why does blog you write make me hungry? lol

The anthology looks lovely! I'll check it out.

Caryn Caldwell said...

That looks like a fun book, and what a delicious-looking recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Oh, and ditto what Edie said! I always think that exact same thing! (Like with your gelato picture down below.)

Jill Thomas said...

I've got my copy taunting me from my TBR pile. I can't wait to dive into it over the holidays!! And thanks for the recipe (you know how I love food!!). My daughter's boyfriend (of six years) loves it! Hope you are enjoying your travels, Soul Sis! xoxo

Robin said...

Oh my gosh, I love monkey bread! And I'd lost my recipe, so thanks so much for this! Thanks too, for mentioning SLEIGH RIDE - I'll definitely check it out. Best wishes to all the authors!

Have a great weekend!

Marilyn Brant said...

Megan, it was a joy to have you here, and I loved the recipe!! Good luck with SLEIGH RIDE!

Edie, LOL...sorry ;). My one-track-mind veers right toward all things tasty but highly caloric, I'm afraid...

Caryn, I know, I know, but when it comes to delicious things I just want to share!

Jill, I hope you'll enjoy the book over the holidays AND some monkey bread! Although, a tweet told me that you were busy dipping chocolate-covered strawberries!!

Robin, it's so good and the recipe looks simple enough that even I should be able to handle it... Can't wait to try it ;).