Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop! – Maria Geraci

Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop!


Welcome! I’m tickled pink to be a part of the fabulous Authors in Bloom Giveaway Hop, 10 days of giveaways, gardening tips, recipes and one amazing Grand prize–a Kindle or Nook (winner’s choice) plus a $25 gift certificate toward books. In order to enter, you must collect all the phrases you’ll find on the participating blogs, and put them together to submit on the entry form you’ll find at the home blog. Here’s a link to find the other authors on the hop.

This is my phrase:

Line 65: Reach for the sky.

In addition, I’ll be giving away my own prize, a Lilly Pulitzer Insulated cooler and matching cold drink tumbler. The cooler is full of books (all great beach reading) and the Season One DVD of my favorite TV series, Downton Abbey. Here are some of the books you’ll find inside:  Paris in Love by Eloisa James, Love Me if You Dare and Hot Item by Carly Phillips, Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards, Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire, Blood Rights by Kristen Painter and The Boyfriend of the Month Club, by yours truly.  All you have to do to enter to win my giveaway is leave a comment by April 20th here on my blog telling me you want to be entered. It’s that simple. I’ll let the random generator pick a winner and I’ll announce it right here on my blog, so check back on April 20th to see if you’ve won.  Only US entries, please.

Since I’m a much better cook than gardener, I’ve decided to share one my favorite (and most asked for) recipes.


1-2 heads of Nappa Cabbage, finely chopped. Combine with 1 bunch of green onions, also finely chopped. Place in a large container. Cover and refrigerate.

Melt 1/2 stick butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Take 2 packages of Ramen noodles (any flavor). While package is still sealed take a rolling pin and smash the ramen noodles, crushing them into bite sized pieces. Discard seasoning packet and add smashed ramen noodles into the frying pan. Add 1 bag slivered almonds, plus one small jar of sesame seeds. Saute noodles, almonds and seeds until lightly browned (about 15 minutes). Let cool, then place in a sealed container and refrigerate.

Dressing: 1 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup plain rice vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce plus 1/4 cup sugar. Mix well and refrigerate.

Let the cabbage mixture, noodle mixture and dressing all cool for at least 2-4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, add the noodle mixture into the cabbage and toss with dressing (I usually only use about 1/2- 3/4 of the dressing) and serve immediately.

Enjoy and best of luck with the giveaways!


84 Replies to “Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop!”

  1. All my friends keep telling me about “Downton Abbey”; I need to find out what the fuss is about. And that’s just for starters! Not to mention I’m a huge fan. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Mmm the salad looks nice! I’ve never seen Downtown Abbey but would love to enter the giveaway to check it out! Thanks 🙂

  3. Spring has arrived in my area–everything is blooming. I’m glad to see authors are in bloom, too. Please enter me in the drawing. (But with that yummy salad recipe, I feel as if I’ve already won!)

  4. What a unique idea w/ all the blogs and a delightful giveaway of yours! Happy Spring, Maria and thanks for offering!

  5. Hi! I’m new to your blog (and excited to read your books for the first time!) . What a great giveaway–and the recipe is going on my “must make!” list! Happy Spring!

  6. I would love to be entered! I read the excerpt from your book and loved it. I agree that the cabbage soup diet never works. Plus, after two days, you want to gag every time you heat it up. LOL. I love that she feels cursed. Haven’t we all felt that way at certain points in our lives?
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop. It’s been so much fun learning about new authors. Thanks.

  7. I would love to win this prize. I haven’t seen Downtown Abbey, but have heard so many amazing things. (We don’t have cable, satellite, or any such thing.) I love the freedom that comes with that.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  8. the sald is great i love to win the goodies an then
    i blog on them all over the place in cluded u tube site

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  9. This is a great recipe-I’ve taken it to several luncheons.
    I am glad for these kinds of contests so I can discover new authors to read. I have added you to my list of TBR authors.

    1. Hi Joye 🙂 Yep, Asian Salad is a surefire winner to take to luncheons, potlucks,etc. Whenever I make it, I always have several requests for the recipe. Thanks for commenting and entering my giveaway!

  10. Hi Maria…Can’t wait to have you speak to the group! So excited!
    I would love to be entered in this fab giveaway!

  11. Thanks for the recipe for the Asian Salad. I love it!! Can’t wait for your new book. BTW Love the give away bag.

  12. I’m not above begging over this prize. Firstly, I am huge Downtown Abbey fan and am in serious withdrawal so I would LOVE to win the first season. Secondly, I am looking forward to Paris In Love and can’t afford it, so winning that would be great, as would your book The Boyfriend of the Month Club and all the other great books you have included! I haven’t had the chance to read any of them, so I would be set for awhile.

    I have multiple chronic illnesses and am having a terrible flare of several things. I live with and care for my elderly mom, who just got released from the hospital and needs a lot of care. It is a very trying time and this would not only be a big pick me up emotionally, but a much needed help to both of us. We are avid readers, so we would share the books. I have been telling Mom about Downtown Abbey and this way she could watch it as well.

    Thanks so much for having this giveaway, it is very nice of you to offer this to your readers.

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