Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrate Release Day with Entangled Author Jennifer Shirk!

Hi, all! Jennifer here.

Rula was nice enough to allow me free range on her blog today. LOL!

Rula and I met online through blogging a few years ago. She was one of the very kind people who read my book, GEORGIE ON HIS MIND, and emailed me to tell me how much she enjoyed it.

She was actually one of the several people who asked if there would be a story for Brad (Georgie’s brother) and Kendall (Georgie’s friend) in the works. Fortunately at the time I could tell her that I was in fact writing it! She was happy to hear that and even suggested that I call the book KENDALL IN HIS HEART to go along with the whole GEORGIE ON HIS MIND series thing.

It was a great suggestion.

But one I obviously didn’t take since the book is called KISSING KENDALL. LOL!

(I think Rula has made her peace with that) J

And now today is release day!

Here’s a little bit about the book: 

Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad.

Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, though they drifted apart years ago. But as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. And when he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their attraction flares back to life.

Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can two friends take a chance on love when it means risking everything?

In the book Kendall is starting up a bakery. One of her specialties in the book is called DOUGHNUT MUFFINS. I saw the recipe on the Food Network and they sounded so good, I had to use it in my story.

For you bakers out there, I figured I’d post the recipe!

Kendall's Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

1 3/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c oil
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
3/4 c milk

1/2 c melted butter
1/3 c sugar
1 TBsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate larger bowl, combine oil, vanilla, sugar, egg, and milk.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix just until all combined.
Spoon the batter into prepared muffins--either a lightly greased muffin tin or line with paper or silicone muffin cups.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. While muffins are baking, prepare your topping. Melt butter in one bowl and mix cinnamon and sugar in another.
Remove muffins from pan while still hot.
Dip muffins in melted butter. Then roll muffins in sugar mixture.
Serve warm or cool on rack.
Store for a day or so at room temperature. (if they last that long!)
Makes about 8 to 12 muffins

 Thanks so much for having me, Rula!
Do like to bake? What’s your favorite bakery goodie?

GIVEAWAY: if you’re interested in winning a free ebook copy of KISSING KENDALL, all you have to do is leave a comment below. You have all week to enter! The winner will be announced next Monday.



  1. Hi Jennifer! It's so great to have you here today :). Yes, I've made my peace, LOL, because I love the title Kissing Kendall much better ;)

    Gosh and that recipe sounds soooo good! If you whip up a batch and pass them around, I'll supply the coffee!

  2. Congratulations, Jennifer! I love it when secondary characters come back in their own stories. I make a muffin very similar to Kendall's--one of the family's favorites. :)

  3. Congratulations, Jennifer - the book sounds fabulous.

    The muffins sound gorgeous - I don't really bake much as I'd end up eating vast amounts so it's probably not a good idea - but I might have to have a go at these.

  4. MMM! Yum, thank you for the recipe. And thank you, Rula, for for urging Jennifer to write this story!

  5. This recipe looks great - will be giving it a go in the morning!

    My favorite baked goody is a shortbread cookie with buttercream frosting. Oh and a big ol cup of coffee to go with it!

  6. Thanks, Rula and everyone!!

    I love a good cream-filled doughnut, but these doughnut muffins are fantastic!

  7. Happy release day, Jennifer! Your book looks fantastic.

    I love the sound of your muffins. I'm going to get one of my 11 year old twins to make them - they're fabulous bakers.

    My favourite bakery goody is something I think we only have downunder - the lamington. Spongy, chocolatey, coconutty goodness (although I love the raspberry kind too) all made into a sandwich with whipped cream. YUM!!

  8. Your book looks amazing, Jennifer! I'd love to check it out. Plus, the muffins sound quite tasty.

    My favorite bakery goody is low-rise pastry donuts. It's a little difficult to find low-rise, in my area, though. Still, it's really good.

  9. This looks so good! Thanks for the giveaway. I'll keep my fingers crossed!


  10. Can't wait to make those muffins, Jennifer. Anything with the word donut around here is a huge hit. :P

    Don't include me in the giveaway, I already have it!! Congratulations!

  11. Congratulations Jennifer! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too. Thanks to you as well, Rula, for hosting! :)

  12. I love 'brother of the best friend' romances. Especially when the brother used to be the mc's friend.

  13. I'm looking forward to reading this book. And to making these muffins. They do sound yummy. I don't really have a favorite bakery goodie. I'm more spontaneous and choose whatever looks best.

  14. Congratulations Jennifer! I'm also a fan of the best friend's brother trope. I can't wait to read Kissing Kendall :-)

  15. The book sounds interesting...

    I am NOT a baker... I wish I could say that I was, but I'm not. I've been told several times to just stick with the boxes...

  16. Congrats, Jennifer. These muffins sound delicious. I love to bake - anything from cakes to pies and muffins. At present I'm baking lots of bread.

  17. What a gorgeous book, Jennifer, and I love your recipe. Thanks for sharing it. I like baking things like that for my kids, but for myself I stick to low-carb, gluten free baking which is a little limiting. There's nothing like a good, chewy chocolate brownie though or anything with lots of ginger or lemon.

    1. I have a ginger cookie you would LOVE. I might post it on my blog next week!

  18. Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with Jennifer everyone!

    Kathleen, I'm gluten free too, but I'm going to try the recipe substituting my gluten free flour mix. I just can't resist :)

  19. Those sound amazing!! My favorite would have to be a thick, gooey brownie...especially one with peanut butter in there somewhere.

    1. Chocolate and peanut butter? Mmm, now you're talking!

  20. I love to bake, especially bread! My favorite bakery item is a raspberry roll at a local bakery that has cream cheese frosting on it. Yum! Whenever my husband and I are out, we get one to share!

    katsaddress AT gmail. DOT com

  21. I also love baking and trying new recipes. I love a good, clean love story and would love to win a ebook.