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Monday, May 7, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley Shares a Free Short Story, Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe and His Favorite Bible Scripture

Larry Hammersley talks about his sweet romance books and short stories. Read about his favorite recipe and favorite Bible Scripture. Read "Ice Rink Romance" for free. See below.

About Beautiful Inside and Out – Larry’s latest short story
Bess Simpson, a sharp college student in engineering, wasn’t into checking out the men on campus but one in particular, Art Fuller, did catch her eye.  She perceives she’s overweight despite her best friend, Milla, telling her otherwise.  Can Bess catch Art’s eye and capture his heart when he is dating Angie, the petite drum major for the marching band?  Will being a top student in aeronautical engineering and a math whiz help her sway Art her way as she tutors him in math?  What happens when she meets Angie on two different occasions?
Excerpt from Beautiful Inside and Out
Very few questions were asked as she wrapped it up after an hour. Many passed by her, thanking her and addressing her as Miss Simpson. They didn’t give her time to tell them to drop that formality now that the lecture was over. Veronique
complimented her as she passed by. Art was still seated, conversing with a friend beside him about something in his notes. He finished, rose from his
seat, sidestepped to the aisle, and danced down the steps toward her. Bess took a deep breath.
“Miss Simpson, thanks so much for a great lecture,” Art said, coming to a standstill in front of her. Everyone else had left.“For goodness’ sakes, Art. It’s Bess,” she said, laughing.
“Art. Let’s go,” Angie called from the back of the room. She stood with her hands on her waist, her hip cocked, her face in a scowl aimed at Bess.
“I’m talking to Bess. Be there in five minutes.
Oh, and let’s just have a malt tonight. Skip the movie. I’ve got to study, big time.” Angie stomped out.

About "Lab Partners"
Leroy Doyle, a college chemistry major and track star is on the verge of scholastic probation after flunking calculus. As he enters his sophomore year he can’t afford the distractions of having a girl friend, but that changes once he meets Jody Stinson. A chemical engineering major and the smartest student in the sophomore class, she is beautiful, arrogant, and not very happy about being forced into being his lab partner. But Leroy senses there is more to Jody than she portrays to the outside world. Her treatment of him only serves to fuel his interest and despite her barbed remarks, he strives to win her heart.
Excerpt from Lab Partners:
"You going to be late for every lab?" she asked as he placed his books near hers.
"Leroy Doyle," he said, extending his hand for a shake. She ignored it, maintaining a scowl.
"I'm hoping my literature professor will allow me to leave class five minutes early the day we have lab. Smith Hall is a long way." Leroy gave up and withdrew his offer of a handshake.
"I'm not interested in your excuses. I'm only partnering with you because Doctor Braddock insists everyone have a partner," Jody said, staring at him with her piercing brown eyes.
Leroy resolved not to judge her. Despite her sharp reply, he thought she was beautiful. She was slender, perhaps five-eleven, only an inch shorter than he was. Her red hair curled inward just below her ears. The smooth, shiny hair framed a pretty face, her eyes behind steel-rimmed glasses. The faintly cherry lips held a scornful tilt. Her flared lavender skirt hung below her knees in alluring folds, neatly arranged about her legs as she sat on the lab stool. Intricate flowers adorned her white blouse and Leroy made an effort not to gaze below her chin, at least while she was looking at him.

Nourish the Soul
Larry’s Favorite Bible Scripture: Ruth 1: 16 -17, “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’”
Leroy quoted this passage at his and Jody’s wedding at the end of A Change of Heart, a book based on the characters in "Lab Partners."

FREE READ—Short Story: Read "Ice Rink Romance" by clicking here

Nourish the Body
One of Larry’s favorite things to eat – his wife Sue’s peanut butter fudge

Into large heavy pan put 2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar, one half cup butter or margarine and one can (13 oz.) evaporated milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until ingredients melt.
 Continue cooking to soft-ball stage: 235 degrees.  Remove from heat, quickly stir in one jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream, one jar (18 oz.) peanut butter.
 Pour into two (8x8x2) greased pans.
 Makes 5 lbs.

Links to Larry’s Other Stories
See Larry's Wild Rose ebooks here
A short story on Red Rose Publishing here
"Small is Beautiful" on Smashwords here
"Photo Beauty" on Smashwords here
Learn more about Larry at


Miss Mae said...

Wow, that recipe sounds incredible!!! I'm sure it's satisfied many a child's sweet tooth. :)

What I like about Larry's books is that you're always assured of a safe, clean read, and the romance is always tender and sweet. And that's # 1 in my book! :)

Anne Patrick said...

Larry, your new book sounds great! Loved your Bible verse and the way it was used in a wedding. Wishing you mega sales and fabulous reviews!!!

Larry Hammersley said...

Thank you Miss Mae and Anne. On the recipe I was going to include what I dubbed Larry's Blue Ribbon Whole Wheat Bread but General Mills didn't come through with approval to use the recipe I got from Betty Crocker. I did win a blue ribbon in the open class a long time ago at the 4H fair. On Leroy and JOdy's wedding, both of them composed their own marriage vows that tell a lot about their relationship during their six years prior to their wedding. I'm hoping eWings Press accepts that novel.

June Foster said...

Larry, Though you are in a minority - a guy in the world of romantic fiction - welcome. Your recipe sounds wonderful.

Larry Hammersley said...

Hi June: Thanks for dropping by. Although I started out with science fiction (SF) years ago those stories always had romance in them too, the sweet variety. It's fun writing both SF and romance. Most of my published short stories are set in the fifties and many are college settings. No, they aren't personal experiences. Well, Ice Rink Romance was an expansion of an incident that happened to me in college but no romance resulted. Yes, my wife Sue is a good cook and everybody in the family takes advantage of that. I hope you have the time to check out a free read, one listed here and also a free read at Wild Rose.

Larry Hammersley said...

Can a man write from a woman's point of view? This is something that plagued me knowing that mostly women will be reading my stories. My first attempt at that was my story Motorcycle Woman at Red Rose Publishing. That story seen a lot of battle scars, being rejected by one site before Red Rose picked it up after extensive editing. The editing didn't seem to involve my not doing the woman's POV however. My blog has an excerpt from it. A story at Smashwords, Small is Beautiful is written from the woman's POV and ita has had several downloads and so seemed to work. My novel A Change of Heart alternates between Leroy and JOdy in every other chapter. Just food for thought and of course I invite comments.

Finbar said...

Most of the time I visit here I find unique thoughts and literary works of interest. And again, I find something new. It never crossed my mind that it was possible to make 5 POUNDS of peanut butter anything at one time. Wow...... thanks for sharing both the story lines and the peanut butter yummy.

Larry Hammersley said...

Finbar: Thank you for stopping by. Yeah five pounds does sound like a lot. That ought to satisfy several folk's sweet teeth.

Larry Hammersley said...

Thank you, Gail for having me over. I'll drop you an email today via your addy too. We had four people show as you can see.

Laurean Brooks said...

Yum! Yum! The recipe sounds delicious!

Gail, thank you for hosting Larry. I've read most of his stories. He is a wonderful, writer with a gift for description. He makes you feel like you are right there.

Larry, may God continue to bless your writing.

Larry Hammersley said...

Laurie: Thanks so much for coming by. I really appreciate your supporting words for my writing. It certainly helps to have you in my corner.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Larry,
Having you on my blog was my pleasure!