Monday, December 29, 2014


TITLE: trough infinity
SERIES: Forever & a Day Book 1
AUTHOR: Libby Austin
When your past vanishes, what happens to your future? 

Candice and Jason Woodruff had everything going for them: a strong marriage, the family they’d dreamed of, and successful businesses. When they made their wedding vows, they promised to love each other through infinity and beyond…but Candice doesn’t remember making that vow. Candice doesn’t remember the last eighteen years. 

After a medical emergency, Candice awakens to find herself a married mother of four. She’s surrounded by a loving family of strangers, but Candice struggles to claim an identity while learning to be a wife and mother. 
Candice is no longer the same woman Jason fell in love with all those years ago. Can they learn to love each other in this new reality? 

Through Infinity is one woman’s journey as she rediscovers the love of her husband and children. But will that new found love be strong enough to carry them through infinity and beyond…





Jason knew Candice's biggest Christmas wish was to remember the past eighteen years. As Thanksgiving approached, Candice retreated further within herself. Jason enlist the help of their family and friends to grant Candice's wish. Each wrote their cherished memories and sealed them in containers. The morning after Thanksgiving Candice awakened to find fifty numbered tins. When Christmas day arrived, will Candice be able to tell everyone thanks for the memories?

Candice, let’s face it, you aren’t much of a cook, but tasty beverages are where your culinary talent resides. The first Christmas we were dating, you wanted to do something special for my family. You found a recipe for Cherry Rum Loaf Cakes. For some reason, the recipe called for the cakes to go in the refrigerator for a while after they were baked. Every so often you would pinch a piece off and taste it. You couldn’t taste the rum, so you would drizzle a little bit more over them.

You were so proud that they were edible, even if you couldn’t taste the rum in them. The Saturday before Christmas, we went to my parents’ house for their annual Christmas party. The cakes looked delicious. You practically glowed as you served the cake. The cakes looked good, but I didn’t really get why you were so over the moon about them. In my defense, I hadn’t tasted your cooking yet.

The compliments on the cake rolled in…until my cousin bit into a cherry and started choking. Best we could tell, the rum soaked into the cherries, and over the course of time the cakes were in the fridge, you probably poured about two cups of rum over each one. The other issue was the recipe called for the rum to be boiled, which evaporated the alcohol. You forgot that step in the subsequent rum pours. 

After the scramble to rescue the drunk cake from the kids, the party wrapped up and we had a lot of cake left. Macy, being the irresponsible college student she was, suggested an all‑night poker‑a‑thon fueled by fully-loaded chocolate cherry rum cake. I don’t think I had ever seen my mom shit-faced until that night. Now, every year, it’s your responsibility to come up with the drunk dessert for the after party all‑night poker‑a‑thon. Doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you remember not to boil the booze.

I was supposed to make dessert? Nobody ever asked me to cook. As a matter of fact, it was always the other way around; them asking me not to cook. Booze, now there’s a something I could do, but I had to find something that didn’t require cooking of any kind. That shouldn’t be that hard.

Three hours later, I’d discovered Google was a trap leading you further and further down a virtual rabbit hole you had no hope of finding your way back from. It’s like you’re on task and then there’s a cat video. I finally selected a No Bake Irish Cream Cookie Balls. I was sure they would be a hit with everyone. Booze and cookie dough, what could go wrong?

No Bake Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookie Balls


3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup corn syrup

2/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream

12 oz bag chocolate chips or candy melts


1. Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and powdered sugar in a large bowl.

2. Add corn syrup and irish cream and mix well.

3. Make balls of about 2 heaping tablespoons each of the vanilla wafer mixture. Shape balls and set aside.

4. Melt candy melts in a bowl in the microwave using short time increments of about 15-45 seconds (more explanation on how I do that above).

5. Dip each ball into the chocolate and set on a piece of parchment paper to dry.

NOTE: The cookie balls are best after sitting overnight so that the vanilla wafers soak up all the moisture and flavor of the Baileys.

Recipe from Life, Love & Sugar.
One day some words came to mind, so I wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those words had become a book. 

When I'm not reading or writing, I'm a wife, mother, and business owner. I've lived on the Gulf, East, and West Coasts, but as a born and raised Southern girl, my favorite will always be the Gulf Coast. There's just no place like home...
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for participating in the through infinity blog tour & posting the thanks for the memories excerpt.