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October 17, 2016

Goosebumps & Caramel Corn

Goosebumps & Microwave Caramel Corn

Happy Autumn! Can you believe Halloween is around the corner? It's my favorite time of year because first and foremost, I love pirating at Swansbrough Manor. I also love all things pumpkin, cooler Georgia temperatures, and the smell of burning leaves. 

Are you ready to get spooked? 


Desert Breeze Publishing has graciously agreed to lower my inspirational paranormal, Death Cheater, to .99 for the next two weeks (ebook only).

I'm so excited! Now's your chance to meet the death cheating Athena Gray, check out the ghost that is haunting her, and dive into a great ghost story that guarantees neck-tingling goosebumps. This book is the first in my young adult paranormal series, and it's fun for all ages!

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Bet you didn't know:
  • Athena's nemesis, Aero, dresses like a 80's rock star for a reason. He was inspired by rocker, Steven Tyler.
  • The fictional small town of Omega was created after visiting Henderson, Tennessee. Henderson is located in west Tennessee near the famous Pinson Mounds. 
  • Self-worth is a major theme in Death Cheater. Athena doesn't know her father, has lost her mother, feels too different to get caught up with drama or popularity, but she knows she's just as special as anyone else. 

Pumpkin Spiced Caramel Corn 

Make your friends a sweet treat in just 30 minutes! This is my favorite caramel corn recipe when I'm in a hurry. It's easy to make, pretty fast, and there's all kinds of options you can choose by adding spices or seasonings to the caramel. Pumpkin spice is my favorite!



3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3 tablespoons of light or dark corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
6 cups of popcorn or 1 bag of popped microwave popcorn
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Instructions: Melt butter for 30 seconds in a medium glass bowl. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave for 2:45. Carefully mix in vanilla and baking soda (and pumpkin spice). Pour over popped corn in a large glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat 3 more times for a total of 2 minutes. Spread out on a cookie sheet or tin foil to cool.

Happy Halloween!

~Danielle Thorne