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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Now Booking Two Great Book Blog Tours for WOW! Women on Writing

School is back in session and the temperatures here in Wisconsin are dropping - but don't worry... I have exciting new books and blog tours to keep me warm! WOW! Women on Writing is helping promote more wonderful books and we would love to include YOU in these tours! I have the PDF versions and can provide them right away if you'd like to get reading - you won't want to wait!

Please contact me today to reserve your copy or copies and participate in one or both of these tours. If you've never participated in a tour, feel free to inquire and I'll be happy to explain how it works - you don't even have to have your own blog!

Send an email today to participate - email address: crystal@wow-womenonwriting.com or crystaljotto@gmail.com

Be sure to include the following:

* The email address you'd like your ebook(s) sent to - or mailing address, but we have a limited number of physical copies.

*The name and url for your blog, or a note letting me know you do not have a blog

*A date you would prefer as your first choice, as well as a 2nd choice - this will be the date your review will be posted to your blog/this blog and social media. (the tours run as follows: Welcome to Maravilla runs 10/14-11/15 and Made to be Broken runs 11/4-12/5)

Including posting to a blog, it would be fabulous if you could post your review on Amazon/Goodreads as well as your own social media. This is greatly appreciated although not mandatory to participate in a book blog tour.

As soon as all the dates have been filled for the tours, and a calendar has been put together, I'll email a media kit to everyone involved. This kit will include the author pictures and bios as well the book cover and official summary and buy links for Welcome to Maravilla and Made to be Broken. This email will also include the calendar for the tours and should be able to answer most (if not all) the questions you may have concerning tour participation.

If you are an interview only blogger, please email with your interview questions as well as the dates preferred.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this and all matters.



WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING
PRESENTS TWO GREAT NEW READS…

Welcome to Maravilla
By, R. Douglas Clark

Tour Begins October 14th 2019

AND/OR

Made to be Broken
By, Hugh Fritz

Tour Begins November 4th 2019



About Welcome to Maravilla
"The tiny hamlet of Maravilla, New Mexico is not immune to modern-day problems. But the citizens of Maravilla have their own special problems, as well:

A developer wants to build a Christian-themed amusement park next to Maravilla’s historic church.

The county line runs right through the town, splitting it in two.

And the government is threatening to close their post office!

Into this muddle steps Jake Epstein, a young writer from the big city. Jake is seeking peace and quiet to finish his current project: a science fiction story in which adventuress Tai-Keiko must deliver the secret formula for Zeton-9—with the evil Krossarians in hot pursuit.

But then reality and science fiction converge—and Tai-Keiko finds herself in present-day Maravilla, face to face with a gobsmacked Jake.

Join Jake on this comic run along the dusty roads of Maravilla, and find out who won the fight between Father Ignatius and the heathen pig farmer. How a basketball game changed the fate of the town. And was that white flash in the sky a UFO? "

About R. Douglas Clark:
R. Douglas Clark was born in Vermont, grew up in Colorado, attended college in Chicago, and
received a Master's degree in music from Brown University. Seeing no future for himself in academia, he spent a year in the Oregon woods, living in a primitive cabin, writing music reviews and cultural commentary for magazines and newspapers. Next stop, Eugene, Oregon where he spent 20 damp years as a bootstrap businessman, father and musician. On a vacation trip, he and his wife, Shelley, fell in love with sunny northern New Mexico and subsequently moved there. After four years running Boys and Girls Clubs in Chimay├│ and Abiqui├║--and another four, running a U-pick raspberry farm--he retired to write fiction full time.


• Print Length: 170 pages
• Publisher: Beeline Press (July 31, 2019)
• Publication Date: July 31, 2019
• ASIN: B07VVHVH86

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VVHVH86/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1//?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48005245-welcome-to-maravilla?from_search=true



About Made to be Broken
Flarence knows that Genies are supposed to help their masters by granting wishes, but he’s never been comfortable taking orders. To him, pummeling bad guys with magically enhanced weaponry feels like a much better way to use his powers.Darren is a gangster who wants to leave his reckless life behind so he can focus on providing for his family. Unfortunately, there are people in the neighborhood who won’t let him move on.Soleil is a humble man who tries to lead a passive lifestyle. In times of peace or times of war, he can be found cleaning his cafe or singing along with rock-’n’-roll tunes while tending to his houseplants.Darren, Soleil, and Flarence will have to work together and step outside their comfort zones when a rogue Genie and a hot-headed police officer threaten the lives of their loved ones. Flarence will be challenged to work with a criminal, Soleil will be forced to leave his sanctuary and act to help his friends, and Darren will face the possibility that being a gentle and caring family man may not be an option for him.

About Hugh Fritz:

Find out more about Hugh at his great website: http://www.hughfritz.com/



• Print Length: 264 pages
• Publisher: Golden Word Books (May 5, 2019)
• Publication Date: May 5, 2019
• ISBN-10: 1 948749432

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Be-Broken-Mystic-Rampage/dp/1948749432/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1567867737&sr=1-1//?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45719302-made-to-be-broken

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

5 Stars for Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure (The Piccadilly Street Series Book 2)

Author Emily-Jane Hills Orford has done it again! Book 2 in The Piccadilly Street Series is another 5 star read according to middle school student Carmen Otto.

About the book:

There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?

About the author:

An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure (Telltale Publishing 2019), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: emilyjanebooks.ca

Available for interviews.

Facebook: facebook.com/realpeoplestories

Twitter: twitter.com/ejhomusic

Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/1732544.Emily_Jane_Hills_Orford




5 Star Review by Middle School Student Carmen Otto

After finishing Book 1, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Now that I've finished both books, I can say that they both read fine as a stand-alone, but who doesn't love a great series? I highly recommend reading both books and have given both 5 stars. If you'd like to read my review for Book 1; you can find it here https://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/2019/03/5-star-review-of-mrs-murrays-ghost.html and now - here's the review for Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure:

My favorite part of the book was when Brunny became their teacher and his name was changed to Mr. Brunnifer. This part really made me laugh but my take-away came from the way he treated everyone. I think it's important to be kind to everyone and as Mr. Brunnifer, he didn't treat anyone more special or less special - he was just wonderful to everyone and didn't play favorites.

My least favorite part of the book was when Witch Penelope beat Mary with the leather belt. This part of the book was as well written as the rest, it just made me uncomfortable because I dislike seeing anyone hurt. She gave Mary welts and used extra force to hurt her. My mom says it's good that this part made me uncomfortable as it must have been well-written to help me feel empathetic with Mary.

I enjoyed Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure because it was full of adventure and mystery as well as meaning friendships and close relationships. I am hopeful there will be more books in this series. I enjoy the writing style of Emily-Jane Hills Orford and definitely give this book 5 stars.


About Today's Guest Reviewer, Carmen Otto:

Carmen is a 12 year old from a small Wisconsin town where she lives with her family. Carmen spends her days in school and evenings on her family's dairy farm where she milks cows alongside her father and grandfather. She enjoys swim team, reading books, and playing with her many siblings. When Carmen grows up, she plans to become a large animal veterinarian where she can help farmers with their cattle but also work with horses. Carmen's family recently added 2 horses to the many animals on their farm and she loves spending time caring for Princess and Paige! She's looking forward to school starting in a few weeks, but has been having a fun summer with her animals, friends, family, and many books!





And if you have a chance, you'll love Book 1 as well:



Synopsis:
Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever.







Book trailer:

Friday, July 26, 2019

Michelle loves the Audible version of “Banged-Up Heart” by Shirley Melis

We are privileged to have back with us - Shirley Melis and her memoir Banged-Up Heart. Readers and listeners of this book have had so many wonderful things to say about this inspiring story - NOW AVAILABLE on Audible !

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is an intimate and clear-eyed account of finding love late and losing it early—and of the strength it takes to fall deeply in love a second time, be forced to relinquish that love too soon, and yet choose to love again.

When her husband of thirty years dies suddenly, Shirley Melis is convinced she will never find another man like Joe. Then she meets John, a younger man who tells her during their first conversation that he has lived for many years with a rare but manageable cancer. She is swept off her feet in a whirlwind courtship, and within months, made brave by the early death of a friend’s husband, she asks him to marry her! What follows is a year-long odyssey of travel and a growing erotic and creative partnership— until a mysterious bump on John’s forehead proves to be one of several tumors in his brain and spine.

The nine months that follow are filled with a life-threatening infection, three brain surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. Two years and one week after their wedding, John dies at the age of fifty-nine. More than just a love story or a memoir of mourning, Banged-Up Heart comes down solidly on the side of life. It takes you deep inside an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. It bears eloquent witness to the wild trust it takes to fall madly in love and risk profound loss—a second time. Ultimately, it shows that it is possible to dance with a banged-up heart.

Audiobook details:
Genre: Memoir/Non Fiction
Audiobook release date: February 21, 2019
Listening Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Narrated by: Laurie Bower
ASIN: B07NZYMLPJ


-----Review by Michelle DelPonte
I cannot begin to tell you how Banged Up Heart by Shirley Melvis has changed in me. Shirley lost her husband after a long marriage. She was blessed to find love again in John. After a short whirlwind courtship, they married. Devastatingly, John’s cancer steals their time and his life. As a mother of a disabled child, and a healthcare worker, I loved diving into Shirley’s point of view. Of course I read it in my head. Hearing the passion and emotion that this narrator put into Shirley’s memoir, has completely changed me. This lady kept me tuned in and interested, even after I knew the whole story. I learned to look at my residents in a new way. Their health and care, was not just about them, but also about their loved ones. I cannot thank Shirley enough for sharing this story with us all. This story is worth every second. It takes you through all the stages of dying and living on.






Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is available in print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. The audio version is available on Audible




About the Author:

Shirley Melis is a longtime business writer, travel writer, and newspaper columnist who traveled the world interviewing everyone from busboys to heads of international organizations before launching a career in public relations in Washington, D.C. With Banged-Up Heart, she now takes her writing in a new direction, delving deeply into her own personal story of finding love late, losing it early, and discovering the strength to choose to love again. It is a fascinating odyssey, a journey both creative and erotic as Shirley and John work lovingly together to blend their dreams—until a mysterious bump on his forehead starts them on a tragic struggle against the dark hand of fate.

A graduate of Vassar, Shirley Melis has created an intimate memoir bearing eloquent witness to the kind of wild trust that can grow in the heart of an ordinary woman thrust into circumstances that few others must face. Now retired, she lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.

Shirley can also be found online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirleymelis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShirleyMelis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15844964.Shirley_Melis




*****THANK YOU WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING*****

About today’s reviewer:

Michelle DelPonte is a busy mom and health care worker. Her two sons are the focus of her life and she works diligently to raise awareness about autism in the community. She loves reading, anything to do with history and geocaching just to name a few of her many hobbies. Michelle, her husband Ben and their two sons Sebastian and Asher live in Manitowoc, WI on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where they enjoy walking and biking on the Mariner’s Trail and spending time at the Library.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pang Shares Her Thoughts About the Audible Version of "Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis"

We are privileged to have back with us - Shirley Melis and her memoir Banged-Up Heart. Readers and listeners of this book have had so many wonderful things to say about this inspiring story - NOW AVAILABLE on Audible !

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is an intimate and clear-eyed account of finding love late and losing it early—and of the strength it takes to fall deeply in love a second time, be forced to relinquish that love too soon, and yet choose to love again.

When her husband of thirty years dies suddenly, Shirley Melis is convinced she will never find another man like Joe. Then she meets John, a younger man who tells her during their first conversation that he has lived for many years with a rare but manageable cancer. She is swept off her feet in a whirlwind courtship, and within months, made brave by the early death of a friend’s husband, she asks him to marry her! What follows is a year-long odyssey of travel and a growing erotic and creative partnership— until a mysterious bump on John’s forehead proves to be one of several tumors in his brain and spine.

The nine months that follow are filled with a life-threatening infection, three brain surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. Two years and one week after their wedding, John dies at the age of fifty-nine. More than just a love story or a memoir of mourning, Banged-Up Heart comes down solidly on the side of life. It takes you deep inside an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. It bears eloquent witness to the wild trust it takes to fall madly in love and risk profound loss—a second time. Ultimately, it shows that it is possible to dance with a banged-up heart.

Audiobook details:
Genre: Memoir/Non Fiction
Audiobook release date: February 21, 2019
Listening Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Narrated by: Laurie Bower
ASIN: B07NZYMLPJ



Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is available in print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. The audio version is available on Audible



About the Author:

Shirley Melis is a longtime business writer, travel writer, and newspaper columnist who traveled the world interviewing everyone from busboys to heads of international organizations before launching a career in public relations in Washington, D.C. With Banged-Up Heart, she now takes her writing in a new direction, delving deeply into her own personal story of finding love late, losing it early, and discovering the strength to choose to love again. It is a fascinating odyssey, a journey both creative and erotic as Shirley and John work lovingly together to blend their dreams—until a mysterious bump on his forehead starts them on a tragic struggle against the dark hand of fate.

A graduate of Vassar, Shirley Melis has created an intimate memoir bearing eloquent witness to the kind of wild trust that can grow in the heart of an ordinary woman thrust into circumstances that few others must face. Now retired, she lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.

Shirley can also be found online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirleymelis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShirleyMelis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15844964.Shirley_Melis

-----Review by Pang Pappathopoulos
I hadn’t heard of Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis so the Audible version is the only way I’ve been exposed to the story. I was very brave of the author to share such an intimate account of her loves and losses. I listen to audio books quite often and this particular narrator was such a pleasure to listen to. She has a very clear voice with lots of depth and emotion – a great fit for this type of memoir. Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for approaching me to listen to this story and participate in the book blog tour for Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis.




----------Upcoming Blog Tour Dates



July 24 @ The Constant Story with David W. Berner
Author and radio personality David W Berner reviews Shirley Melis's book Banged Up Heart and shares his thoughts with readers at The Constant Story.
http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

July 25@ World of My Imagination 
Nicole Pyles shares her review of Banged-Up Heart on Audible - hear what she has to say about this memoir in it's audio form!
https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

July 26 @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Michelle DelPonte shares her review of the Audible version of Shirley Melis's Banged Up Heart today at Bring on Lemons. Don't miss this exciting blog stop and book giveaway.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/




*****THANK YOU WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING*****

About today’s reviewer:

Pang is a professional healthcare worker, wife, friend, life coach, and all around amazing and generous woman who lives  in near the lovely waters of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc County Wisconsin.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Penny Harrison Reviews The Latest Best-Selling Audible Book by Shirley Melis

We are privileged to have back with us - Shirley Melis and her memoir Banged-Up Heart. Readers and listeners of this book have had so many wonderful things to say about this inspiring story - NOW AVAILABLE on Audible !

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is an intimate and clear-eyed account of finding love late and losing it early—and of the strength it takes to fall deeply in love a second time, be forced to relinquish that love too soon, and yet choose to love again.

When her husband of thirty years dies suddenly, Shirley Melis is convinced she will never find another man like Joe. Then she meets John, a younger man who tells her during their first conversation that he has lived for many years with a rare but manageable cancer. She is swept off her feet in a whirlwind courtship, and within months, made brave by the early death of a friend’s husband, she asks him to marry her! What follows is a year-long odyssey of travel and a growing erotic and creative partnership— until a mysterious bump on John’s forehead proves to be one of several tumors in his brain and spine.

The nine months that follow are filled with a life-threatening infection, three brain surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. Two years and one week after their wedding, John dies at the age of fifty-nine. More than just a love story or a memoir of mourning, Banged-Up Heart comes down solidly on the side of life. It takes you deep inside an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. It bears eloquent witness to the wild trust it takes to fall madly in love and risk profound loss—a second time. Ultimately, it shows that it is possible to dance with a banged-up heart.

Audiobook details:
Genre: Memoir/Non Fiction
Audiobook release date: February 21, 2019
Listening Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Narrated by: Laurie Bower
ASIN: B07NZYMLPJ



Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss is available in print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. The audio version is available on Audible



About the Author:

Shirley Melis is a longtime business writer, travel writer, and newspaper columnist who traveled the world interviewing everyone from busboys to heads of international organizations before launching a career in public relations in Washington, D.C. With Banged-Up Heart, she now takes her writing in a new direction, delving deeply into her own personal story of finding love late, losing it early, and discovering the strength to choose to love again. It is a fascinating odyssey, a journey both creative and erotic as Shirley and John work lovingly together to blend their dreams—until a mysterious bump on his forehead starts them on a tragic struggle against the dark hand of fate.

A graduate of Vassar, Shirley Melis has created an intimate memoir bearing eloquent witness to the kind of wild trust that can grow in the heart of an ordinary woman thrust into circumstances that few others must face. Now retired, she lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.

Shirley can also be found online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirleymelis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShirleyMelis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15844964.Shirley_Melis

-----Review by Penny Harrison
I thoroughly enjoyed Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis. This book is an autobiography that was, I'm sure, not easy to write. Shirley's life was filled with great love and great sadness which led to the "banged-up" state of her heart. Through the pages, you learn about the two great men that shaped her life. Both would be with her for a shorter time than she would have wanted, but both men left her with memories and a greater sense of who she was and what she wanted. This is a fabulous book and the narrator's voice voice is clear and inviting and helps you to experience Melis's relationships with Joe and John until you know these men nearly as well as Melis had. Touching, inspiring and truthful, the story told is one of a life lived to the fullest. A life with losses but also with growth and joy. I am grateful for this glimpse into her experiences and you will be, as well.




----------Upcoming Blog Tour Dates


July 20 @ Bring on Lemons with Penny Harrison
Wisconsin business owner and avid reader Penny Harrison shares her thoughts and feelings about Shirley Melis's memoir Banged Up Heart (now available on Audible).
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

July 22 @ Memoir Writers Journey with Kathleen Pooler
Kathleen Pooler shares her thoughts with readers of Memoir Writer's Journey - find out what Pooler has to say about reading Shirley Melis's memoir Banged Up Heart.
http://krpooler.com/

July 23 @ Bring on Lemons with Pang Papathopolus
Wisconsin professional caregiver and health care worker Pang gives her review of the Audible version of Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

July 24 @ The Constant Story with David W. Berner
Author and radio personality David W Berner reviews Shirley Melis's book Banged Up Heart and shares his thoughts with readers at The Constant Story.
http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

July 25@ World of My Imagination 
Nicole Pyles shares her review of Banged-Up Heart on Audible - hear what she has to say about this memoir in it's audio form!
https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

July 26 @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Michelle DelPonte shares her review of the Audible version of Shirley Melis's Banged Up Heart today at Bring on Lemons. Don't miss this exciting blog stop and book giveaway.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/




*****THANK YOU WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING*****

About today’s reviewer:

Penny Harrison is a mother of a vivacious 17 year old daughter, a wife of 18 wonderful years,
and equal opportunity crafter with a very busy schedule. In addition to her “day job”, she is also an independent consultant for a craft company and has a small craft business. She lives in a small town in Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Michigan and enjoys her summers, “cooler near the lake”.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

S'Mores Cookies Recipe

S'Mores Cookies
(yields about 3 dozen 3 1/2 inch cookies)
Ingredients:
1 cup room temp. butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar (I like dark)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour (I like unbleached)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 T cocoa powder
1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1-2 C tiny marshmallows (the ones you would use in hot cocoa)

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2) Start at the top of the list (with the butter) and add the ingredients together. Stir thoroughly after each ingredient is added.Careful not to over mix once you add the marshmallows - just make sure they're combined.

3) Using 2 table spoons, place your dough on the cookie sheet (I like an airbake cookie sheet - ungreased) and do not roll, form, or worry about any of that. Just 'plop' them on there. I can only fit 9 cookies on a sheet, but of course the size of your 'plop' is going to determine that.

4) Bake on the center rack (this may mean for optimal cookie goodness that you can only bake 1 sheet at a time) for 11 minutes. Set a timer ... 11 minutes means, 11 minutes!5) Remove from oven promptly and allow to 'rest' for 1 minute before using a spatula to move from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack for drying/cooling.

6) After fully cooled, place cookies in an air tight container. I keep my Folgers coffee containers, they are plastic with a tight fitting cover and they work fabulously. Resist the urge to keep your cookies in a cookie jar that is not air tight - they'll get dried out and lose some softness

7) Enjoy and Share!