Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ruth's Texas Hot Cocoa Cake

I thought I'd share the recipe for Ruth McCade's, the Diamondback Ranch matriarch's, famous Texas Hot Cocoa Cake. It's the most delicious, most decadent, most luscious chocolate cake you'll ever put in your mouth. In real life, my Grandmother Ruth Reeves made this for us every time we visited the farm in West Texas.  

Go ahead!  Indulge yourself!!!

Texas Hot Cocoa Cake

1 stick oleo or butter
½ c. shortening
1 c. water

Mix these in a small pot and bring to a boil.

¼ c. sour cream
¼ c. milk
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix these together and let sit.

2 c. flour, 2 c. sugar, 4 heaping T. cocoa, pinch of salt.

Mix these in a mixing bowl.  Pour hot liquid over and mix.
Add 2 beaten eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla and milk mixture, beat
all until smooth.  Pour onto a greased 18X12 cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes at 375 F.  Or until toothpick comes out
almost clean.

Hot Cocoa Icing

1 stick oleo or butter
4 heaping T. cocoa
6 T milk

Melt these in a sauce pan; do not boil.

1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans (optional)

Combine these with the hot liquid
and beat until smooth; pour hot icing
over hot cake.


Anne Marie   :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Twenty Classic Romance Plots, and How to Use Them

Readers are always looking for stories that are “fresh” and “different,” and writers are always striving to fulfill these demands.

First and foremost, an author’s voice and writing style make his/her stories unique. Second, there are many classic romance plots that appear again and again in popular commercial fiction.  

Writers often combine two or more of these plots and tweak them to create refreshingly different kinds of romance stories.

Here are twenty of the classics in no particular order:
1. Secret Baby
2. Cinderella (rags to riches)
3. Opposites Attract
4. Bodyguard
5. Second chance/Love rekindled (they were once a couple)
6. Reunion (they knew one another, but were not “together”)
7. Stranded (forced proximity)
8. Love Triangle
9. Marriage of Convenience (mail-order bride)
10. Beauty and the Beast
11. Sleeping Beauty/Ugly duckling
12. Amnesia
13. Fish out of water
14. Blackmail/Revenge
15. Forbidden love
16. Mentor/protégé (boss/employee)
17. Princess/Pauper; King/Beggar maid
18. Bad boy/good girl; Bad girl/good boy
19. Best Friends
20. The Road to Adventure

In HER RELUCTANT RANCHER, I combined Opposites Attract, King/Beggar Maid, and Boss/employee.  In TALL DARK AND TEXAN, I combined Bad boy/good girl, Reunion, and Secret Baby with a twist—the “baby” is fifteen years old.

The combinations of the Classic Plots are countless into infinity.  Utilize them to create your own refreshingly different romance stories and your readers will love them.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

Anne Marie   :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My First GoodReads Giveaway!!!

WooHoo!!! Check it out!!! I'm giving one free paperback copy of HIS HOMETOWN COWGIRL to one lucky reader!!!
Happy Reading!!!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

His Hometown Cowgirl by Anne Marie Novark

His Hometown Cowgirl

by Anne Marie Novark

Giveaway ends March 19, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win