Prizes, Fun, Fellowship, Games, on Launch Day

Introduction to what the Boxed Set was all about

What a Launch Day Party!

Wow! What an incredible time we had at our launch day party on Saturday to release In All Things to the world.

We had a total of 743 people participating in a hectic fun time. The activities at the launch day party ranged from jigsaws to word puzzles, to testimonies about incredible events, and included stories and videos about our books. Fabulous prizes and giveaways were the order of the day, and the GRAND PRIZE was a fabulous cherry on the top.

743 people at a four-hour launch party! Read all about it! Click To Tweet

It was especially exciting to me when this grand prize went to a very deserving winner who happens to be a dear friend of mine and a fellow South African – Jen Erasmus. (And no, I had nothing to do with the choice of winner! She earned it – no ‘luck’ involved.)

Very exciting news!

This boxed set has been awarded an “orange ribbon” twice! First when it was 1st in the spiritual pre-order section – and then after the party, it again reached 1st in the top spiritual book in the new releases.

Two orange ribbons for this exciting set of devotional readings! Click To Tweet

Fantastic team!

I have to give such thanks to the fabulous team of authors. We got on so well together, and I think we’re all thrilled with the results. So if you haven’t got it yet, don’t hesitate! It is a LIMITED EDITION – and right now it is available at the ridiculous price of $0.99 for all thirteen book – 3 months of daily devotions all relating to Africa, and written by authors of Africa.

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Over the next weeks, I plan to feature one author a week, interviewing them so they can share with you what their particular book is about, as well as something of their own experiences. I hope to post one each Friday, starting from next week, so keep your eyes open – and please do comment on each one. That is so encouraging to the authors concerned, and to me as well!

Come back next Friday (November 6) – for more about 7 Animals of Africa – and what they teach us about God. Don’t miss this.

While I’m still in the party mood, how about a quick game? In the comment section, Post your first name, your location, and describe one food you love, using only one word – that begins with the same letter as your first name

 

 

 

Dunk and Enjoy! Buttermilk Rusks from South AFrica

This recipe is for buttermilk rusks, one of the snacks you were offered if you attended the launch party for our newly released boxed set of devotional books, In All things. Click here to order the boxed set. A LIMITED EDITION of 13 books for only $0.99. 


Background to the creation of rusks:

The South African karringmelk (buttermilk) rusk can be compared to American biscotti, but they are, in fact, only distant cousins.

The S.African rusk evolved from early Cape settlement and from the pioneers making their laborious and dangerous trip  inland from the coast via ox-wagons. They are extremely hard, almost inedible unless dipped (or dunked) in hot coffee, or as in our case at the In All Things launch party, Rooibos Tea.  (Learn about Rooibos tea over at Anna Jensen’s blog by clicking on the link.)

Enjoy a karringmelk (buttermilk) rusk - almost inedible until dunked! Then it's wonderful! Click To Tweet

Photo copyright Kyle Ueckermann. Recipe copyright Hanlie Morrison.

The best way to wake up in the morning - to a cup of steaming coffee or tea and a S.African rusk (or beskuit). Click To Tweet

So now let’s make rusks!

Sorry the ingredients are metric, but that’s our method of measurement in SA.(See Conversion  Table here.)

Ingredients:

3kg self-raising flour
2 x 500g butter
2 x 500ml buttermilk
8 eggs (beaten well)
1 desert-spoon baking powder
2.5 cups sugar
2 teaspoon salt

Method:

Mix self-raising flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Melt butter and sugar together slowly (body temperature ONLY).
Add buttermilk.
Pour the melted mixture into flour mixture.
Add beaten eggs.
Knead well.

Press into oven pans about 1.5cm high.

“Cut” into rusks about width and length of adult middle finger by pushing a long flat object (eg. ruler or egg lifter) into the dough to separate the dough. Do not try to cut with a knife – the dough will just drag.

Bake for around 1 hour in a 165 degree Celsius preheated oven. Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, they’re ready. If not and the rusks are browning, cover with foil and bake longer.

Once baked, remove and break into separate biscuits along pressed lines.

Place back into the oven pan, stacking biscuits loosely and dry overnight in a 70 degree Celsius oven.

Make sure to wedge something in the oven door that will keep the oven open fractionally—about a centimeter—so that there is airflow to dry the rusks slowly.

How to eat a rusk:

Once rusks are ready, grab a cup of coffee (or rooibos tea – follow this link to read more),  dunk and enjoy! There’s a knack to dunking. Dip the rusk too long and it’ll break off in your hot drink. Too short and you could just break a tooth! Dip twice before  popping the end into your mouth. And keep a teaspoon handy to fish out any errant pieces that bob to the surface of your drink.

“The accepted and correct way to eat a rusk is to dip it in a cup of tea or coffee. (Anyone who tells you otherwise, does not deserve to eat them.) Click To Tweet

 

Curried Mince and Vetkoek – yummy South African recipe.

This recipe is for the curried mince that we offered inside vetkoek as one of the snacks you were offered if you attended the launch party for our newly released boxed set of devotional books, In All things. Click here to order the boxed set. A LIMITED EDITION of 13 books for only $0.99. **LINK

Background to Vetkoek:

Vetkoek (literally Fat Cake, referring to the method of frying in oil) is a delightful, typically South African snack. This traditional pastry both in Afrikaans and Zulu culture (where it is called Amagwinya), is basically made from flour, water, sugar and salt formed into small balls and deep-fried until golden brown.

It’s usually served hot with curried mince but is also delicious with butter, cheese and jam (jelly).

For the recipe to make vetkoek, follow this link.

You haven't lived until you've tasted traditional South African Vetkoek and Curried Mince! Click To Tweet

To make curried mince:

Ingredients:

  • Beef Mince (If you’re in the US, you probably call it ground beef) – Buy mince with a low percentage of fat.2 You can also use pork mince (ground pork) or half/half.
  • Vegetables – including potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, fresh tomatoes, chopped into 1cm pieces. Optional addition of frozen petit pois (tiny peas).
  • Additions – Tomato Puree, Chutney, a pinch of sugar, and salt, beef stock which you can make with a stock cube and a cup of boiling water
  • Oil – to brown the meat.
  • Spices –  a selection including mustard seeds, fennel seeds, all spice, turmeric, and ground coriander. Finally, curry powder depending on your taste. It shouldn’t be over spicy, but should have a clear curry flavour.

Method:

  • Fry the spices then add the curried mince and let it brown. Keep stirring until the mince is brown and crumbly.
  • Add the onions and celery and fry until the onion softens.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, chutney and sugar and salt.
  • Once the tomatoes soften, add the carrots, potatoes and stock.
  • Put on the lid and allow to simmer until the mix is cooked through and juicy.
  • If there is too much liquid, allow it to boil without the lid for a few minutes.
  • Finally add the frozen peas and stir well.

Serving:

Split your vetkoek in half and fill with the curried mince. A small amount of chutney adds to the delicious flavour. Pick it up and take a large bite! Yummy!!!

Sink your teeth into this wonderful South African treat - Vetkoek and Curried Mince! Click To Tweet

(Thanks to https://www.foodleclub.com/ for the basic recipe and images for this meal.)

Alternative option

This mince mixture can also be used as a curried mince served with yellow rice.

To make the yellow rice:

Cook rice in water and salt as normal, adding a generous amount of turmeric powder and a handful of raisins.

Serve the curry and rice with

  • a small salad comprising chopped onion, tomato, cucumber and green pepper.
  • banana sliced into rings
  • desiccated coconut sprinkled on top (optional).

Have you ever enjoyed vetkoek? If not, will you try them now? Easy to make and delicious  to the taste!
Leave a comment below.

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13 Books on Preorder, Launch Party, Prizes, Don’t Lose Out!

Last post I shared with you how ten authors of Christian Writers of Southern Africa, (CWOSA), took up my challenge to create a boxed set of 13  devotional books. 

I now have very exciting news to share! ‘In All Things – 13 devotions from Africa’ reached #1 on Amazon in the New Releases: Spiritual Devotions category. What an exciting moment to see our boxed set boasting its little orange ribbon.

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In All Things – Exciting Boxed Set from Africa

Challenges, both good and bad, of lockdown 

I’m sure you all could list many examples of the challenges of lockdown. I think this is one of the first times in living memory where the world has been united!

Every country seems to also be facing other challenges, like race riots, demonstrations, acts of violence, looting, and crimes against women and children. Some countries have started to recover, only to be slammed by a second wave of COVID-19 as their level of precautions eases.

Here in South Africa, we had a very severe lockdown (Level 5) for three weeks, extended to five. W.H.O. described it as one of the strictest in the world. We then moved cautiously into Level 4. Just yesterday we listened to our president announce that as from midnight on Sunday 20th, we are moving to Level 1 but with a list of conditions that have to be adhered to.

We will be watching with some trepidation to see if we face a second wave. One thing we’re united on. Our economy cannot afford to face a second wave and a further lockdown.

At the start of lockdown, for the first time, I entered the world of cyber-shopping. From a microwave to a juice extractor (our originals having died near the beginning of lockdown!), from groceries to fruit and veggies, to biscuits and goodies, and even to buying shoes! (And yes, they fit!)

I must admit, I quite enjoy the luxury of not having to go out and spend ages in the shops. A quick click on the Internet or a sent message from my phone keeps us well-supplied. How blessed we are with the technology to see us through this difficult time.

Fresh Writing Challenge

As part of the need to have a clear writing goal in sight, I decided to challenge my Facebook group for Christian Writers of Southern Africa, CWOSA, with a lockdown project. I suggested we start working on a boxed set of short devotional books.

Ten authors took up my challenge, and for the last 16 weeks, we have been hard at work on our books. We are now in the final stages of editing, and hopefully next week I start the scary task of compiling them into one volume. It will still take some time, but hopefully, it won’t be too long.

In All Things – 13 Weeks of Devotions from Africa

13 short books for the princely sum of $0.99!!! Amazing value.

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Click here if you’re interested in ordering. The boxed set is currently on preorder.

Although the link will tell you it will be available at the end of November, we’re hoping to release it to you way, way before then. That is just my cautious nature allowing for any mishaps or delays along the way.

If you look closely at the image (zoom in!) you will see there is an amazing variety of different themes, and each book is presented in the author’s unique style.

If you don’t already follow my author page on Facebook, I would encourage you to link there now, and allow notifications. Every second day, one of the authors presents a short blurb on her book so you can see the vast variety of topics you will get. Each book consists of seven chapters – one a day for a week.

Why 13? Because that gives you a quarter-of-a-year of daily readings. If you’re on Facebook, or any other form of Social Media, please may I invite you to pass on the news? 9 of these authors live in South Africa. The other two are born-and-bred South Africans although now living abroad. And we’re all members of CWOSA.

Different themes, different authors, different styles, different covers . . .

Don’t they look stunning?

Each author was asked to come up with a “spine title” so we could show it on the spines of the box set. So here they are with their full titles:

7 Animals (7 African Animals) – Shirley Corder
7 Desires (What God Wants) – Ashley Winters
7 Musings (Musings from an African garden) – Anna Jensen
7 Gifts (Life is Good) – Yvonne Tippins
7 Journeys (Steps of Faith) – Val Waldeck
7 Landscapes (Sunrise to Sunset) – Deryn van der Tang
7 Lights (Seven Lights for Dark Times) – Dianne J. Wilson
7 Overcomers (Seven Saints in Lockdown) – Val Waldeck
7 Promises (Promises to Cherish) – Vida Li Sik
7 Psalms (Inspired to Worship) – Ann Goodfellow
7 Poems (Poems from an African Garden) – Anna Jensen
7 Seascapes (Seven Reflections from the Ocean) – Marion Ueckermann
7 Storms (Peace in Life’s Storms) – Shirley Corder.

Please leave a comment below. In five words or less, how do you feel about this boxed set?

So – once again – available NOW on pre-order. Coming soon.

In All Things – 13 Weeks of Devotions from Africa. 

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Hectic Summer Party! Books and Fun Galore

A summer party? During lockdown?

And I’m sure that headline has got you wondering. All across the world countries are easing off their lockdown regulations and very often re-inforcing some of them.  Here in South Africa, we are no different. You never know from one day to the other what rules will change during the course of the day. We are behind most of the world with the virus spread, and right now we are approaching what the experts believe will be our peak. (I sure hope they’re right! We are spiking exponentially.)

Before we go any further, no I’m not one of the rebels that are attending parties against lockdown regulations! This was all very correct, law-abiding, and great fun!

Ann Perault of the  Inspirational Reads and Authors group on Facebook hosted a “Dive into Summer Multi-Author Book Party” over the weekend of the 26th to 29th June.

Summer party? Location?

It took place on the Facebook page for the group. The moderators for the weekend comprised 38 authors from the group, and each was required to host the party for an hour. I am a newbie to the group but despite my being in the middle of a South African winter, I decided to join the summer party.

So I was “on duty” at 10 am EST (4 pm my time) on Sunday. However, most of us were on for a good deal of the time, supporting one another, doing the puzzles, participating in the games, getting to know one another, and enjoying meeting our readers. It was HECTIC as each time anyone posted on ANY of the many posts, Facebook tossed it to the top. Immediately there was a scramble as we tried to find the one we were following or wanting to respond to! I think we were all drained by the end of the time, Ann most of all!

Scheduling Posts

Ann asked us to schedule posts for the summer party that would appear about every 10 minutes for our hour and which should include games and fun activities. Games? What did she mean, games? Well, I compiled a crossword of The Boat that Saved Mankind and that seemed to be much appreciated, and I created a picture including twelve of our larger African animals. I then asked them to name Africa’s BIG FIVE, all of which were in the picture. (See below).

Before we go on, take a look and see if you can pick them out. If you would like to, select the five you think and list them in a comment section. (No Google now! I trust you!) If there are more than ten correct answers, I will enter them for a draw for a small book of 7-Animals of Africa devotional book that I’m still busy with – so closing day 10th July. The book will include some insight into each of The Big Five.

I soon learned that there are many games you can play on Facebook! What fun! Link up with my Facebook Author Page, and join in as I put up one or two games each week.

Giveaways and Prizes

Most if not all of the authors handed out free offers, prizes, or special sales on one or more books. The prizes were announced on Monday, and for some of us, that proved to be quite a challenge.

I had offered four different books as prizes, each one to be earned by completing a puzzle or answering a question. As I moved to each post, I typed all the relevant names into CommentPicker.com, and it happily churned the names around and spat out the winner. That was simple, effective, and fair.

However, the challenge came when I realized in my introduction I said I would give a free copy of the e-Book Naomi, to anyone who commented on any of my posts. I had, in all, seven posts.

All with comments.

That was fun.

Fortunately, this clever program gives you an option to ignore all duplicates, so I didn’t have to figure that out. I just typed. And typed. And typed. And finally I had my winner.

Was it worth it?

Oh yes, a hundred times yes. I met authors I had never heard of, and I downloaded a number of books I would never have read if it hadn’t been for this party. I got to “know” a number of readers and they were such a treasure. The interaction was wonderful. A truly lovely, happy party atmosphere.

I also learned a lot about what works well and what doesn’t when it comes to a party. Not that anything “didn’t work” but a couple of times I had to clarify what I meant. For example, I didn’t TELL my readers that all of the Big Five were in the picture. So I had a number of interesting suggestions. Not serious, but I now realize when a party goes at the pace this one did, it’s important to explain everything very clearly and KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Outcome:

I have had awesome growth on my Facebook Author page. If you haven’t already joined up, please do. Just click on this link and “like” the page.

I’ve also had a number of folk signup to receive my newsletter. That in itself is marvelous, as that was one of my shortcomings. I didn’t promote that enough – and here I keep joining BookFunnel Newsletter Promotions to encourage signups! Again, if you don’t receive my newsletter, I’d love you to signup to receive it. No strings attached, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Oh yes, and perhaps I should mention . . . you will receive a welcome gift of one of my 7-day-devotion series, God in the Unexpected.

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Moving on . . .

I didn’t promote my Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Pinterest accounts as I’ll be honest. I have the accounts, but with Facebook, my website with its blog, and my newsletter, that is all I can manage and continue to write! So I’m not active on any of those.

Before I run – err – move on – just one little tidbit for you. I have signed up for this promotion:

This includes way more than 55 fabulous books! There are 55 items – but two of them are full series! I think every possible genre is included, so do take a look. There may be some free, I’m not sure, but many are on special.

God in Africa is still available after the summer party at a reduced price as is The Boat that Saved Mankind.

Closing thought:

As I look at this amazing selection of books, all so different in appearance and content, it reminds me of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NIV): I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. Perhaps this is the most important thing about a promotional offer such as this. We can be open to read books we would normally never think of reading—and be blessed in the process.

There are people who will never darken the door of a church—but they will read a gripping suspense novel or a sweet romance, and they may see Jesus in the words they read. There are those who do not, or perhaps cannot, attend Bible Study, but they hear the Lord speak to them through His Word as it comes across through a devotional book. So as you look through the books, choose not only for yourself. Ask whether there’s a book that could speak to someone known to you who would not be open to hearing the message in another way.

I do encourage you to look through all the book titles and see what you fancy. Especially with so many book shops closing, and for those of us where it’s still not safe to go into shopping malls.

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some (1 Corinthians 9:22 NIV). Click To Tweet

Keep safe all! And do scroll back and take a look at that picture of The Big Five and see if you can win yourself a copy of the book-in-progress!

The Boat that Saved Mankind – 7-day devotions

This entry is part 3 of the series 7-Day Readings
To stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

About The Boat that Saved Mankind

God tells you He is going to put an end to the human race. Then you learn you are one of only eight people He plans to save.

It gets worse. He wants you to build a boat to start over. How crazy is that? Does He even know how old you are?

Will you obey? Read about the one man who did.

God was going to wipe out all of mankind. The future of the world was in one man's hands. Would he obey? Would you? Pls RT Click To Tweet

Story of The Boat that Saved . . . 

Chapter 1 is “Life in Noah’s Day” and includes some fascinating information I didn’t know until I researched the topic.

The final chapter tells of “A New Earth” and really makes you think what a daunting task the Noah family faced as they stepped off that stuffy ark.

What was the first thing they did?

And what is the first thing you do when you face overwhelming circumstances?

I really enjoyed writing this book. Then I faced the task of looking for suitable pictures to illustrate the story. I was delighted to find ideal images and I know my readers will love them too.

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The Boat that Saved Mankind is the third in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

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Who is Anna Jensen? Interview of another Christian South African Author

Hello Everyone!

How’s it going with you this beautiful sunny but freezing winter’s day (speaking from a South African perspective that is!)

What state is your country in with regards to lockdown or stay-at-home orders? Please post your response in a comment below.

Here in South Africa, we are currently on Day 79 of Lockdown! However, the government had to ease up in some fields or the country would never have survived economically. So we’re into the 2nd phase of returning to normal, i.e. Lockdown Stage 3.

Sadly, many people think they have the right to “do their own thing” and there is chaos in so many areas. Yet, as I watch the TV news, it looks as if South Africa is not alone in this. For us, our initial lockdown was so early and severe, and therefore excellent, that we received praise from across the world. However, we have yet to reach our peak and now numbers are escalating every day.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to another South African author, Anna Jensen, who will explain how she was not always South African. So without more ado  . . . here is Anna. read more

Captivated Gifts – a platform for Christian authors and craftspeople

Captivated Gifts

is a brainchild of Anna Jensen. She created this group a matter of weeks ago and it is exciting to see it developing. Do read on and learn what it’s about, and pay the site a visit. It is particularly relevant for South Africans because of shipping and financial issues.

Description of the venture from Anna:

Captivated Gifts is a platform for Christian authors in South Africa to showcase their books. Many hours are spent by these authors as they faithfully use their talents to put words onto pages, and yet getting the results of those hours into the hands of readers isn’t always so easy. It’s time to change that.

​Other artists and craftspeople can find themselves in a similar situation, with beautifully created pieces unable to reach those who will be delighted by them.

Captivated Gifts is a carefully curated selection of Christian books and other gifts, all lovingly made here in South Africa. Learn about the authors and artists as you browse our unique collection. And come back often, as what’s on offer will change!

​”Just as I am ‘Captivated by the Creator’, so I am captivated by the abundance of creative talent he has given!”

 

A Mother’s Heart – 7-Day devotions for mothers of all generations

This entry is part 2 of the series 7-Day Readings
To stop the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website

A BOOK FOR MOTHERS OF ALL GENERATIONS

Mothering isn’t easy, but it can be fun.

Being a mother isn’t for sissies.

No one knows that better than Shirley Corder who is mother to three now-grown children, plus their married partners and six grandchildren. She is all an RN who spent many years nursing children of all ages with all sorts of mothers.

In these seven short stories, Shirley shares some life-lessons drawn from her own life as a mother that will draw you closer to God, and to your children.

A Mother's Grace includes 7 reflections to draw you closer to God, based on the personal experiences of this mother and grandmother. Click To Tweet

Chapters include

  • I’m Listening!
  • Out of Sight
  • Teacher Knows Best
  • And others.

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Series:

A Mother’s Heart is the second in a growing series of 7- day devotional reading books.

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