Saturday, March 29, 2014

A BONUS guest, a BONUS Amazon giveaway. BA Tortuga is here today and oh my god...a PIE RECIPE!

Hi, hi, hi. It's Saturday (cheer) but it's gray (boo). Bottom line is I am suffering post party blues since my 9 Years of Sommer party ended yesterday but guess what? No need to be blue. We have an extra bonus guest today and an extra bonus prize.

BA Tortuga is here with a blog about her brand new book Terms of Release, a pie recipe of all things, and a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway.

So leave a comment, say hi, tell us your favorite pie or anything else that might tickle your fancy for a chance to win. *Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Now, I give the blog over to the lovely, talented and oh so kind BA Tortuga :)


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The Importance of Pie

Hey, y’all!

First, let me say EEEE! I’m on Sommer’s blog!

Okay, now that that’s all over. ;-)
I’m so tickled about my upcoming release from Dreamspinner Press, called Terms of Release. They’re a new publisher for me, and I wrote a slice of life sort of novel about Sage, a cowboy who made a terrible mistake as a teenager, and paid his debt to society, and Win, a sheriff’s deputy who doesn’t think people should hate Sage for what happened when he was a kid.

One of the things I explore in Terms of Release is how someone who’s led a very regimented sort of life needs routine. Sage, once he begins to branch out a tiny bit, goes to a diner run by bikers Wilma and Bulldog, and has a cup of coffee and pie a couple times a week.

Never seems to matter what sort of pie. Banana cream, chocolate, pecan. Just give Sage a piece of pie and a good book to read, and he’s a happy man.

Pie is important to Sage. Not just because it’s part of his routine, but because it speaks to the child in him, to the innocent kid he was when he left Texas for California, and to the rare joy he experienced after that, during those holiday meals where a piece of bad pie from a prison cafeteria was the one thing a man looked forward to all year.

Not that Sage would be able to articulate any of that. He’s just a cowboy, and what he knows is what he knows.

Me, though, I know how important pie can be.

Here’s one of my favorites:

Best Ever Gluten Free Coconut Pie
·         3 eggs, beaten
·         1 1/2 cups sugar
·         1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
·         4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         1 1/3 cups grated coconut (3 ounce can)
·         pinch salt
·         1 gluten free unbaked pie pastry, 9-inch, Whole Foods has a good one
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine eggs, sugar, butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Stir in coconut; pour into pie shell and bake for 30 minutes. Shield the crust edge with a pie shield ring or fashion one with aluminum foil and place over edge. Bake for 10 to 20 minutes longer, until set and no longer jiggly.
As the pie bakes, a golden topping forms on the surface.
Chill thoroughly before serving. The pie will be gooey if served at room temperature. Serves 6.

The Terms of Release is releasing March 24, 2014 from Dreamspinner Press and I’m proud enough to bust.

Official Blurb:

They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.

Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win's uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win’s counting on it.

No one’s denying Sage is an ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter. Regardless of the love he has for his father, he’s returned knowing things will likely go badly for him. Maybe a man can always come home, but he may not be able to stay.

Paperback buy link (first 20 copies come signed):

Ebook buy link:

Where to find BA:

@batortuga on twitter


  1. I love a good banana cream pie. Or lemon meringue. Germ4211(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Pie? I love pie! Apple and strawberry-rhubarb are special favorites, but blueberry and pumpkin (has to be homemade pumpkin with extra spice) are good too. Face it, I've rarely met a pie I didn't like, though I prefer fruit pies over custard-style ones. And that book looks great.

  3. Any pie works for me: apple, peach, chocolate, banana cream, lemon meringue...and I'm psyched for the book!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  4. Though pie hasn't historically been one of my favorite desserts, I love the description of its significance in this story. I do love my mother's apple pie (as cliche as that might sound, it is true--and I tend to not like anyone else's apple pie, either :)), and as I adore coconut, almost anything with "coconut pie" in the title catches my attention! I seem to be experiencing a craving now, actually....

    Happy writing birthday, Sommer! Though the month has seemed such for me that I've mostly only had time to read/lurk and not comment, I hope you've experienced a joyous and beautiful celebration. :)


    emerald AT thegreenlightdistrict DOT org

  5. I am pie lover! And I would sit right there with Sage, eating almost any kind of pie while reading a book.

    Terms of Release sound great. Good luck with it, and I hope you enjoy working with your new publisher, too.

    Hugs to you,
    donnafisk at

  6. Nice cover; pie sounds tasty

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I used to make a blueberry pie with a cooked shell spread with cream cheese, filled with fresh uncooked berries, then topped with a glaze of berries cooked with sugar. Divine. But rather hard to digest as we got older.

  8. I'll take any kinda pie... my favorite is lemon meringue pie but all pie is good...

  9. Cheesecake person myself, but the pie looks yummy. As does that cover.

  10. Yay, I get home from vacation and you're having a bonus day! My favorite would have to be Lemon Ice Box pie, but really any pie is good ;)


  11. lemon merengue, chocolate ├ęclair, apple, peach, coconut cream...... I like pie



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