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Book: Gimme Some Sugar: 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way

Author: Linda Kozar

Genre: Devotional Book, Nonfiction

Release date: April 2, 2024

A perfect start to a joyful heart.

Good things from God can calm the soul and fill you with confidence. In Gimme Some Sugar, award-winning author Linda Kozar brings her southern wit and wisdom to sweeten your life with spiritual nourishment to ponder, perspective to pray about, and a touch of joy to put a smile on your face. This 90-day devotional will encourage you to set your heart and mind on God’s Word while having fun along the way. Each devotion includes

  • an engaging saying,
  • inspiring insights from Scripture,
  • practical advice for daily life, and
  • a sprinkle of homespun humor.

Brighten your day with a spoonful of biblical encouragement and reminders of God’s enduring love, hope, and peace.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Linda Kozar is an award-winning multi-published author of traditional and indie-published fiction and nonfiction books with a Southern flair. Linda and her husband Michael live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, two grands Eden and Wesley, and Gypsy their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.





More from Linda

The Southern life is simple, savory food, sweet tea, and family. Whether you have a twang or a drawl, or nothing at all, if you’re Southern at heart these devotions will perk you up, give you a scriptural truth to ponder, and a spoonful of inspiration to sweeten your day.

—Linda Kozar, Author of Gimme Some Sugar

Good Gracious! Company’s Coming Cheese Straws


1 pound (4 cups) freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese (gotta be sharp!)

1 cup salted butter (yes to salted)

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

4 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or white if preferred)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheets with parchment or silicone sheets. Break out your box grater and go to town grating that sharp cheddar cheese on the fine side of the grater. When finished, (usually when your arm starts to hurt), cover and let it come to room temperature.

Add the butter and cheese to a stand mixer bowl and paddle beat for about ten minutes until creamed together.

Add salt, flour, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper l and mix on medium speed until fully combined.

Transfer dough to a cookie press fitted with a star tip (if you want your straws to look fancy). Or you can hand-roll long thin strips and cut into uniform lengths (about 3 inches) with a knife.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly-browned. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Interview with the Author

  1. If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?

John the Baptist. The only thing he ate was wild locusts and honey. I was thinking the man had to be tired of bugs and honey. But then I read that what John the Baptist put into his mouth represented what came out of it. The honey represented the sweetness of God’s Word, and the locusts represented God’s judgment. So, no BBQ beef brisket for him.


  1. When did you start writing?

I’ve been a writer all my life. I didn’t get paid very much for it early on. I wrote personal interest stories for small newspapers at $35 per article. Definite side job. But then around 2004-2005 a friend and I started a writing group and started learning from professionals. I wrote my first book proposal and went to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and two exciting things happened. I snagged an agent, and an editor with a major Christian publishing house actually loved my nonfiction book idea. The poorly put-together proposal I did actually made it to committee, but I was a newbie in every way, with no fan base or media presence, so I didn’t get a contract. But it was a pretty exciting start! However, I did get my first contract in 2008, a fiction contract for a cozy mystery, Misfortune Cookies.


  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Editing. Editing. Editing. It’s a really important part of the writing process, but I’m not a fan, though I am a fan of fantastic editors. Writing is the fun part, the part I’m super into. But the editing is tedious and nitpicky and I just want to run away from it. Of course, I can’t do that, but I sure think about it.


  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. I get super excited when I’m writing devotions, but there is a process to it. I have to start with prayer, dig into the Bible, research which scriptures to use and the proper translation. And quotes. So many quotes are attributed to the wrong people. Hunting down quotes is exhausting. Also, I have to carefully research the character of a person I quote and hope that they continue to live upright lives since their name is in my book. I am blessed with wonderful editors who help me greatly with that in the editing process. All that kind of stuff is exhausting. The writing part is always fun.


  1. Favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from comedian Steve Martin: “Some people have a way with words. Others not have way.”

Blog Stops

Its Mama Safe, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 4 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Artistic Nobody, May 5 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 7

By The Book, May 8 (Author Interview)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 9

Texas Book-aholic, May 10

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, May 11 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, May 12

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 13 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 15


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and a hardcover copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.