Archive for February, 2013

Free! Cook Like A Writer Is Here!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Hey all! Hope everyone is doing well. The Book Posse (me, Selena Robins, ACatherine Noon, Nancy Lauzon, Kimberly Troutte, and Renee Wildes) created a free cookbook just for you called Cook Like A Writer. It features some of our favorite recipes. Please stop by Smashwords to get your copy! Here’s one recipe from my section that I hope you enjoy.

Off The Charts Chili

Chili is always a favorite at my house, and this recipe is versatile enough you can change some things up!

1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef)

2 cups chopped onion

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced (you can use jarred garlic)

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cumin

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 ¼ cups Merlot or other red wine to taste. (Red cooking wine is okay but lacks taste.)

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 cans kidney beans (rinsed and drained)

½ cup shredded reduced fat sharp Cheddar cheese

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add meat, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and chili powder. Cook until meat is browned, stirring to crumble. Add wine, tomato paste, sugar, cumin, oregano, black pepper, tomatoes, bay leaves and beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. After 30 minutes discard bay leaves. Cook an additional 30 minutes and its ready! Serve with cheese. Modification suggestions: If you want a quicker, milder chili, I suggest trimming down the seasoning to: 1 cup onion, ½ cup green pepper, ½ teaspoon cumin. I’ve also made this with MSG free/low sodium taco seasoning from the store and cut out the pepper, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and green peppers. That sounds like a lot of seasonings to take out, but it still tastes delish and if you want a quicker chili this helps. I think the two ingredients that kick this recipe up into fabulous includes the wine and the brown sugar. Happy eating!

Please check out the following blogs for more tasty recipes!

Selena Robins

Nancy Lauzon

Walking to school ten miles. Uphill. Both ways.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Make sure you read all the way to the bottom so you can enter the contest!

My dog is casting a doubting eye on me. Sure. You walked to school. Yeah. Yeah, that’s an old joke, but if you’re over 40 you can probably relate. When I hit 40 I swore I wouldn’t do too much of that whiny-sounding diatribe about how things were better when I was a kid. I know every era has its challenges and every life has its challenges.

When I hit 50 I found myself saying, “When I was a kid.” I think it’s normal for everyone who reaches middle age to recall childhood with mixed nostalgia and maybe even sentimentality and sadness.

I remember favorite toys that I had as a kid and even two toys I never received but wanted. One is a Mattel doll that broke when my dad tried to get it to work. The Dancerina 1968 Dancing Ballerina Doll.  When he took it back the store was out and he couldn’t replace the doll. Never got that doll, and I was so sad. Recently I decided to see if I could find the doll and get one. I Googled what I remembered of the doll and low and behold there it was. I never had Legos, so my husband bought me a set last Christmas. Fun! When I was a child I had these small Styrofoam dolls with dresses made out of sequins that were attached with pins. I loved those things. I also adored Spirographs sets.

How about that clothing nostalgia thing? Lately I’ve been on a 1912 kick because of Downton Abbey and Titanic. If you stop by my Pinterest page you’ll see the clothing in my Downton Abbey section that I love. What does that have to do with toys? Nothing. But it does show that clothing styles come around again and again. The last few years the 70’s have come back in clothing, shoes and hairstyles for both women and men. I distinctly recall wearing some of those clothes in the ACTUAL 70’s. In the 80’s, for a short time, a type of high-waist pants with cuffs reminiscent of the 1940’s came back in style. I wore some of those pants. My mother recognized the style since she was a young woman in the 30’s and 40’s.

I’m not sure why turning 50 last year made me want toys, but I venture to say I’m not the only one who can remember their childhood with affection and enjoyment.

Tell me a fond childhood memory and you could win a paperback from my backlist! I’ll draw a winner on Friday.

Cook Like A Writer Cover Debut!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Hello everyone! I hope if you’re in a snowy part of the world right now that you’re cozy and warm. We woke up to a frosty start with a tad of snow on the ground.

Today I wanted to share with you the cover of Cook Like A Writer by the Book Posse. The Book Posse consists of me and fantabulous writers Selena Robins, ACatherine Noon, Kimberley Troutte, Nancy Lauzon, and Renee Wildes.

The book release is coming soon.  I don’t have an exact date yet, but as soon as I have a date I’ll scream.  In the meantime, jump on over to the other authors in the book and see what recipes they have for you. Enjoy

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You can find yummy recipes at the following links:

Selena Robins 

Nancy Lauzon

ACatherine Noon

Kimberley Troutte

Renee Wildes

Win a book! Stop by Selena Robins’ blog!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Hey everyone, long time no speak! I’ve been working on One London Night.

Right now Selena Robins is interviewing me over at her Musings blog. Stop by, comment, and you could win a book. I’m talking about paranormal stuff, including my Asylum Trilogy. You can find me at

http://selenarobinsmusings.com/

Creating One London Night

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Wow. I’m writing again. It feels awesome. I haven’t written more than two paragraphs of anything for a story in two months. Yep. Two months. Partially because I was doing edits on Redemption Ridge and Blackout and getting prepared for those stories to release. Kidney stones rocked my world on New Year’s Day and then my dog got sick and well…suddenly every day was fragmented. I’ll admit I don’t do a wonderful job creating if my day is filled with appointments and errands. I’m not the only author who experiences this need for longer stretches of “safety zone.” By safety zone, I mean needing time to clear the mind of distraction. When I’m forced to be a bit ADD because I have one or more errands or appointments to do every day…the writing doesn’t happen. It’s not all distractions, though. I was researching for One London Night, my new project.

I’m very excited to start this story, just as I have been every time I create a tale that hits me in the gut. “What?” you ask. “What the heck is she talking about?” Isn’t every story one I am excited to create? Yes and no. There are stories I want to write, and there are stories I have to create. “Have to create” stories are those that usually tease me for some time until they cannot be ignored one moment longer. Stories like For A Roman’s Heart, Dark, Deadly Love, The Asylum Trilogy, Before The Dawn, Dangerous and Intentions, Bridge Through The Mist, Love From The Ashes and my as yet unpublished Secret Society Trilogy are books that scream for me to notice them. They pinch me, hit me in the gut and nag me until I buckle under. I plunge into the research required and have a wonderful time learning and soaking in the era. My soundtrack for One London Night has already been playing in my ears off and on, including the song I consider to be the theme…Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller.

In the case of One London Night, which is set in the later half of 1940, I was compelled to tell a story of tragedy and triumph, to try and capture a time and place. So many of my stories are set during disasters, I’ll admit. While One London Night is a romance, it is also a war story and a historical.

Well, I’d better get back to work!