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Welcome Author Jean M. Grant!

Hello everyone and welcome to my site! Do you love audio books? Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Author Jean M. Grant and her book, Will Rise From Ashes, which is now available in audio format! Take a moment to learn more about the author and read a little about this exciting book! Will Rise From Ashes might be just what you're looking for! Make sure you read the entire post to get the recipe for "Depression Cake" at the bottom. Who doesn't love a great book with a slice of yummy cake?



Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.



Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines and websites.

When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.



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When life gives you lemons, you make cake…

This is called “Depression Cake” because during the Great Depression dairy and eggs were in scarcity. I got the original recipe online but adapted it to suit our family’s taste buds.



· 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

· 1 teaspoon baking soda

· 1/2 teaspoon salt

· 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

· ½ cup white sugar

· ½ cup brown sugar

· 1 tablespoon white vinegar

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

· 1 cup water or 1 cup cold coffee

· Dash of cinnamon (½-1 teaspoon)

Buttercream Frosting (OPTIONAL)

· 1/3 cup Crisco/vegetable oil

· 1/3 cup butter

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

· 1-2 tablespoons milk (or water)

· sprinkles, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Into an ungreased 8x8-inch or 9 x7 glass baking pan, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugars, and cinnamon with a fork. Spread mixture evenly in pan and make 2 small holes and 1 large hole in the mixture.

3. Pour the white vinegar and vanilla extract into small holes and vegetable oil into large hole.

4. Pour the 1 cup of water (or coffee) over everything. Using a fork, mix everything together until blended.

5. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

6. To make frosting, soften the butter. Mix (hand mixer) the butter and Crisco. Add in vanilla, then powdered sugar and milk until it is the right consistency (thick, spreadable)

7. Cool the cake then frost. Top with sprinkles!



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