What fun today! I was invited over to WTVT-TV’s Virginia this Morning to talk about my new Alexandria novel, THE VIEW FROM PRINCE STREET, where I spent time with host Cheryl Miller (always a pleasure!) and had a chance to say hello to folks like Torri Strickland, the show’s producer, and others I’ve gotten to know during my visits.
Anyway, here’ the interview. I hope you enjoy hearing more about the goings on in Old Town, including the latest on Witch Bottles, who is actually related to whom, and how pondering the past can open up the future.
Tomorrow, I’ll share the second segment in which Cheryl and I make Margaret McCrae’s often requested, aptly named “Margaret’s Favorite Brownies with Raspberry Sauce.” And I’ll include the recipe, of course!
I hope your holidays were terrific and that your New Year has started with a bang. Mine has. THE VIEW FROM PRINCE STREET has just been published. In fact, today is its very first day on sale. I’m always excited to know one of my novels is on it’s way into readers’ hands, but I’ve never had one published right at the start of the new year. I feel as if there’s something extra special about having it come out in the very first days of 2016. And I’m thinking it’s a wonderful excuse to keep the celebration going!
So, let’s do it! Join me in sending THE VIEW FROM PRINCE STREET on its journey into the world by entering my latest giveaway. I’ve got five copies of At the Corner of King Street ready to send to five winners in honor of today’s January 5th publication date!
The world of Shire Architectural Salvage, the Union Street Bakery, and whispers from colonial Alexandria await! Enter now and be welcomed to the city’s past and present, stroll around Old Town and share my love of this wonderful city. Contest ends tomorrow night, January 6th at midnight!
Wishing you a 2016 filled with friends, family and wonderful reads!
“Taylor’s complex tale spans three families over two centuries and includes a dose of ancient magic . . . fascinating history and emotional turmoil that is intense yet subtle. An intelligent, heartwarming exploration of the powers of forgiveness,
compassion, and new beginnings.”
Kirkus Reviews on The View From Prince Street
I know that’s what’s already happening at my house. With or without them, of course, the meaning of Christmas and our joy in celebrating with friends and family remain the same. However, I’m figuring with just a week to go until Christmas Day and a little bit of time on my hands, I’d like to whip up just a few more treats for all the sweet teeth I expect over the next two weeks. I hope this one, a favorite among coconut lovers, comes in handy for you, too, as you enjoy this weekend of anticipation, fun and last minute prep. I may just have to make up another batch or two after the holidays to deliver to local booksellers along with a “thank you” for featuring The View From Prince Street when it reaches stores January 5th.
Coconut Sugar Cookies
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups butter, room temperature
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1-2 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in extract and zest. Mix half the dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture. Blend well. Mix in second half of dry ingredients. Scoop dough into one inch rounds and them roll in shredded coconut. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 9-10 minutes.