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Many thanks to Brigitte for making the holidays extra bright this year with her fan art:


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Mermaid Barbie!  Thanks to Anita, a friend/reader, for the mermaid Barbie dolls — I had no idea there was such a thing. 🙂

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Fan Art

 

coconutpieIs cooking an art? I say, yes! Many thanks to Crystal at Eating Between the Lines for her review of BAYOU SHADOW HUNTER. In one of the book scenes, Annie and Tombi eat a piece of homemade coconut cake. In honor of that scene, Crystal cooked and posted a photo and recipe of her coconut cream pie. Enjoy!

Malibu Soaked Coconut Cream Cake

Ok so I wanted to do a semi home made take on this recipe to make it easier and more obtainable for everyone! This is inspired by the very first meal that Tombi and Annie have together. After reading that scene all I wanted was some coconut cake. Ok one thing I should tell you is I soaked my cakes over night-so this is a plan ahead dessert.

Ingredients

1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix

1 egg

1 Tbl spoon Coconut oil

1/2 Tbl spoon of Almond Extract

1 Cup Coconut milk

Half a cup of Malibu Coconut Rum

Frosting

1 10 ounce package of whipped Cream Cheese

3 cups shredded coconut flakes (divided into 2)

1/2 stick of butter softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted

1 tablespoon malibu

Bake cake as directed being sure to replace water with coconut milk and vegetable oil with coconut oil. (I used 2- 8 inch spring pans )

Once cakes are done I then spooned (while they are still in pans) malibu over the cakes making sure to get every inch – don’t worry about the liquid that seeps to the side that iss actually great to get the driest parts soaked. I then refrigerated the cakes over night..

Frosting-

You WILL need a mixer for this frosting to be smooth and fluffy- a hand mixer is fine. Mix cream cheese, butter and rum until smooth. Slowly sift in powdered sugar making sure to blend out any lumps. Once sugar is fully Incorporated mix in half of coconut flakes. Frosting may seem a bit runny and it is fine to chill it for a bit. The rest of the coconut is going to be toasted in a non stick pan to use for the sides and to add texture.

Frost your cake and rim with coconut and enjoy with a nice cup of (malibu spiked) coffee or tea!

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Many thanks to Aussie reader/friend Sharon Clarke who mailed me this beautiful mermaid drawing from The Lost Ocean coloring book!

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This image was created by a UK reader, inspired by Siren’s Treasure. Thank you, Brigitte! I love her interpretation of Tillman!

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Image below was painted by Courtney who channeled her inner siren after reading Siren’s Treasure. What talent!

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The following bit of flash fiction was sent to me by a writer friend.  Enjoy!

       MERMAID

By Lela Marie De La Garza

Debbie’s long, green tail sparkled like emeralds in the sun.  Her long, blonde hair shone like silver in the starlight.  She and her boyfriend, a merman named Sean, used to laugh at the awkwardness of humans as they tried to swim.

“My cousin Ariel fell in love with a mortal,” Debbie sighed.

“And?”

“She turned into one.”

“That’s terrible. I’d never become a human being.”

“Neither would I.”

“How do they make love?” Sean wondered.

Debbie shuddered. “I don’t want to know. Then she gave Sean a smoldering look from her amethyst eyes. “Want to fertilize some eggs?” she whispered.