It’s a Bloomin’ Giveaway/Hop! Books, Recipes, & More


Welcome to the fifth annual Authors in Bloom blog hop and giveaway (although this is my first year participating). I’m excited! Ten days of giveaways, gardening tips, and recipes. Tell your friends :).

I’m sharing a recipe for Bruschetta with Grilled Bread. I love growing tomatoes and basil each summer, and this is always a big hit with our family. It tastes like summer!

Mix all ingredients and spoon over grilled bread. Yum!!

Bruschetta with Grilled Bread

1 loaf French bread (sliced)–grill or broil

2 large yellow tomatoes (diced)

2 large red tomatoes (diced)

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (diced)

1/2 cup green olives (chopped)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup fresh basil (chopped)

2 TB lemon peel (grated)

1 TB capers or dill pickles (chopped)

6 cloves garlic (minced)

salt & pepper to taste

And if that wasn’t enough, here is what I’m giving away:


A gorgeous little pair of book earrings from Marj Engle Designs, value $20. International winner will receive the e-box set of my first three Seed Savers books.


Enter to Win

(About the Rafflecopter entry form: There are a variety of ways to enter. The easiest and first way is to leave a comment on this blog post and then check the box on the rafflecopter form. If you are on social media such as Instagram and Twitter, there are additional ways to enter, but don’t feel like you need to do everything. I just wanted to give options.)

I also am having a very special sale for the duration of the hop. Something I rarely do: all of the ebooks in my Seed Savers series are  SALE-PRICED AT THE SAME TIME! From now until April 16th you can save big with these prices:

Treasure – FREE

Lily – 99 cents ($3.99)

Heirloom- $1.99 ($3.99)

Keeper – $2.99 ($3.99)

Seed Savers is a five book series set in a future where gardening and saving seeds is against the law and eating fresh produce is forgotten by a majority of the population. The books star kids ages 7 – 17, so are suitable for the whole family. Read more about the series here.


We are also giving away a Kindle or Nook ereader and a $25 gift card. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN, VISIT AND COMMENT ON EVERY BLOG IN THE HOP and enter the Rafflecopter here. Be sure and leave your email address so that we can notify you if you win.

And now to continue with the fun, visit all of the other bloggers participating in the hop with the following link. But don’t forget to comment before you go, if you haven’t done so already!

Powered by Linky Tools: Click here to visit the other bloggers in the Authors In Bloom Blog Hop/Giveaway and good luck!

S. Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on TwitterSign up for the newsletter!


37 comments on “It’s a Bloomin’ Giveaway/Hop! Books, Recipes, & More

  1. All my favorite books on sale at the same time!?!

  2. I enjoy fresh picked strawberries 🙂

  3. My favorite summer foods are anything with fresh, homegrown veggies.

  4. I really enjoy all the fresh fruits and vegetables available in the summer!

    videoclimber AT yahoo DOT com

  5. One of my favorite summer foods is fresh berries with whole unsalted almonds!

  6. I hadn’t seen a bruschetta recipe with olives, sounds tasty.


  7. I love all of the berries that are available! 🙂

  8. I love all the fresh produce that’s available in the summer, especially peaches, nectarines, berries (of all kinds), and tomatoes.

  9. I love the book earrings.
    I like to plant geraniums because they are so easy to grow and they are pretty.

    • Agreed. I have lots of geraniums. I overwinter them in the sun room and take new cuttings each year. Did you remember to enter for the earrings on the rafflecopter by checking the box saying you commented here? I have a little pair with the cover of Treasure on them!

  10. I like anything made on the grill!! Grilled chicken may be my favorite 🙂

  11. Any sort of fruit is my favorite for the summer. I don’t want anything heavy or hot. Thank you! 🙂

    kissedbymidnight AT gmail.com

  12. fresh fruits which are in season during the summer

  13. My favorite summer food is whatever fresh veggie/fruit I picked from the garden!
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

  14. I love bruschetta! It’s a great way to use up my excess cherry tomatoes at the end of the season. Thanks for a new recipe to try!

    My favorite summer dish I think is cucumber salad. So refreshing in the hot weather! cchant86 @ yahoo.com

  15. I love using fresh herbs to flavor my summer dishes.

  16. I love fresh tomatoes right from the garden.
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

  17. watermelon fresh from the garden! I love growing basil too. We grow 6-7 different varieties! Last year I wasn’t as diligent with the plant markers so I mixed up the lemon and lime basils… :S

    blueberrycrisp@gmail dot com

  18. My favorite summer food is summer squash!

  19. Strawberries and ice cream!

  20. My favorite summer foods are cucumbers, red bell peppers, blackberries, etc!

  21. forgot to add:

    sprocket 215 at g mail . com

  22. Summer squash is lovely! Thanks for the recipe! Elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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