Friday, September 30, 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I've noticed a spike in my traffic when I list recipes and post pictures of food, so I thought I'd just keep everyone up to date on what we had for dinner.

I found some Swai at Wal-Mart the other day (a white fish).  I've never heard of it before but it was reasonably priced so I thought we'd give it a shot.  I'm proud to say that it turned out pretty good.

I don't cook fish very often and because of that I really have no idea how to do it or what to serve with it.  I think I figured it out, though.  I'm sure this is someone's recipe but I didn't look anything up and just whipped this together.

Here's the recipe.

White fish filets (I used the Swai but cod or walleye would be great for this, too)
Minced garlic
Fresh dill
Lemon slices

All I did was thaw the fish and put it on tin foil on a cookie sheet.  Then I spread minced garlic over the top and sprinkled cut, fresh dill over that.  Then I put about three or four Tablespoons of butter on top of that.

I covered it with another piece of tin foil and put it into the oven on 350 degrees for fifteen minutes.  After the fifteen minutes was up I pulled the top layer of tin foil off, turned the oven up to 450 degrees and cooked it for another seven or eight minutes.

I served brussel sprouts with it and that was a perfect pairing.  I swear these brussel sprouts were the best I've ever made.  I boiled them as the package says and squeezed half a lemon into a bowl (probably a Tablespoon of juice) and added butter.  Then I drained the sprouts and added them to the butter/lemon mixture.  They were so good.

But, I have to say, the best part of the meal was...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! 

I cheated and bought Pilsbury already made pie crust and just added frozen strawberries, frozen rhubarb, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 Tablespoons of flour and 3 Tablespoons of butter.  I baked it on 425 for fifteen minutes and then turned the oven down to 350 and baked it for fifty (50) minutes.  I probably should have cooked it for 60 minutes, but it was still good.  Oh - I almost forgot.  I rubbed a little milk on the top crust and sprinkled it with sugar.  Large granules would have been prettier, but I don't have any.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Release - When the Walls Fell by Monique Martin

When the Walls Fell
Monique Martin

Professor Simon Cross and his assistant Elizabeth West have returned from their accidental journey into the past and are adjusting to their new life together as a couple. But an unwanted visit from the Council for Temporal Studies could change everything.

A murder in the past is changing the future, and if the killing isn't stopped, Simon Cross might never be born.

When they arrive in 1906 San Francisco, Elizabeth and Simon have no idea who wants Victor Graham dead or how it will happen. With the earthquake that leveled most of the city just days away, the race to save Graham thrusts them into a complex mystery of jealousy and revenge where murder might be the least of their worries.

The exciting sequel to Out of Time: A Paranormal Romance, When the Walls Fell, is a time travel adventure filled with suspense, mystery and romance.

Look for more books in the Out of Time series coming in 2012!
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Stuffed Bread Experiment

Okay - I have a "new" recipe for everyone today.  I'm quite proud of myself with this one.

This past Sunday I was able to sample something at church that I thought was absolutely wonderful.  When I asked about it, I was told what it was called and all I remember is that it started with an r.

I set out to duplicate it and didn't do too bad.  Because I can't remember the name of it nor did I follow any recipe I've decided to call this one Stuffed Bread.  Yeah, really imaginative, I know.

Here are some pictures of the finished product and then I will tell you what I did.

The first picture is the finished product right out of the oven.

The second picture is of the stuffed bread after I cut it.  I did get more than three pieces out of it, too.  They were just the prettiest and all that would fit on a plate.

1 loaf of frozen bread dough (you could make dough from scratch if you were more ambitious than I was yesterday.)
Mozzarella cheese
Deli cut pastrami
Deli cut ham
Deli cut turkey
Seasoning salt (mine has salt, pepper, garlic salt and other stuff - you can use what you want)

What I did:
I let the frozen bread dough thaw and rise a little.  Then I punched it down and rolled it out into a rectangle.  I didn't roll it too thin and it might have been better (and bigger) had I rolled the dough out more.

Then I sprinkled my seasoning salt over the dough (just guessed at what would be a good amount).

Next, I layered the deli meats and cheese.  One layer meat, one layer shredded cheese, one layer meat. (you could use anything you want - I would think pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, etc. would be really good, too and more pizzaish)

Then I folded the whole contraption in half and pinched the sides together.  I think if you used some egg on the dough it might help it to stick together better.  I didn't use it and it worked fine, but a light dusting of the egg on top should give it a prettier brown top.

After pinching the sides down I sprinkled the top with more seasoning salt and a little bit of the mozzarella cheese and put it all in the oven for thirty minutes at 350 degrees.

All in all I really liked the finished product but it would probably be better for a snack or lunch rather than supper.  However, you could serve the cut pieces with some spaghetti/pizza sauce and that would be really good, too.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thank You

People can be quick to judge and complain (I'm no exception) and it's nice to read/hear something nice for a change. So, today I'd like to thank some people.  I'd say just because, but there are reasons they are being thanked.

First of all, I'd like to thank all of my critique/editing partners.  There are those that have been there from the beginning and if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have continued my series.  More importantly, you've helped to make my books presentable.  Thank you.  And, there is one particular editing/critique partner I'd like to thank.  I'm completely impressed with your suggestions and fixes and am very thankful to have found you to add to my list.  Thank you.

Next, I'd like to thank my readers.  You are the reason I continue to write.  If it weren't for you, there would be almost no point for me to write.  Thank you for reading my books. 

Also, I'd like to thank all of you that take the time to write reviews for my books.  Good or bad, they make a huge impact on me and my writing and my exposure. This includes those of you who talk about my books to friends and family.  Until I joined the self published world, word of mouth was how I found all the books I read.  Thank you.

Lastly, I want to thank my family for being so supportive of my passion.  They allow me to live a separate life from the one I enjoy with them and they never complain about my imaginary friends.  Thank you.

If you are so inclined, take a little time to thank people around you for the things they do for you.  It's good for the soul - yours and theirs.  As I've come to tell my three-year-old, "Put your smile on.  It makes life that much nicer."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Featured Book - Dead to Writes by Cathy Wiley

Dead to Writes 
Cathy Wiley
Dead to Writes 


Cassandra Ellis is a soon-to-be published author, days away from achieving her lifetime goal. But before she can celebrate, before she can even have her first book signing, she’s brought in to Baltimore City Police Headquarters for questioning in connection to a real-life murder.

It seems she’s the last person to see the victim alive, since she had just met with the former arsonist to conduct research for her next book. Most damning, her day planner was found next to the body.

When another of her subject matter experts is killed-- again right after meeting with her-- Cassie decides to investigate things herself, rather than leaving it in the hands of the police. Although she’d love to get her hands on the homicide detective assigned to the cases.

Using all the tools available to her, including her research skills, her knowledge of murder and murderers, and… psychic parrots, she tries to solve the case before another friend is killed. Along the way, she finds out that murder in real life is different than murder on the page.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Featured Book - Gravity - Journey to Nyorfias, Book 2 by T.M. Roy

Journey to Nyorfias, Book 2
T.M. Roy

Gravity - Journey to Nyorfias, Book 2


Sergeant Rett is yet unaware of the motivating forces behind the long war in the Nyorfian system, much less her role as a Player in a game of gods. All she knows is that once she and F-troop arrive on Epnoce with the rest of the 2023rd, a harsh climate and heavier gravity are the least of her concerns. Pam is gone--just when she could use the support the most. Jaq wants a transfer. Ariam is acting evasive. Her longtime best friend Evetez seems to be doing all he could to get her in serious trouble--and succeeding brilliantly. All she needs now is a close encounter with an old nemisis from the past... 

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Featured Book - Out of Time by Monique Martin

Out of Time
Monique Martin

Out of Time: A Paranormal Romance  


Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his new assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

In 1920s Manhattan, they find that are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. Will Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship survive the vampires' teeth? Will they survive to make it back? Or will they be forever out of time?

This novel is 98,000 words (approximately 325 pages) in length.

From the Author

"When the Walls Fell" continues the time traveling adventures of Simon Cross and Elizabeth West. Look for this exciting sequel to "Out of Time" coming SOON.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Book - Staked by Sandra Edwards

Sandra Edwards
Staked (Time Brokers: Book One)  


Ava Valentine is a time-traveling bounty hunter from the distant future. She's chased her fugitive back to present-day New York City, where she anticipates an uneventful capture even though she's a little on edge because she's meeting a new contact.

Dexter Stone is a mysterious soldier of fortune who's agreed to take Ava to her bounty--for a fee. What Ava's not expecting is to get mixed up with a man she suspects is a vampire!  

After a run-in with an unsavory character from Ava's past, she and Stone are forced into an uneasy alliance. But very soon she'll discover she could be Stone's saving grace--or his downfall.

Please note: Staked is a novella of approximately 25,000 words.


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Featured Book - The Wayfarer King (The Kinshield Saga) by K.C. May

The Wayfarer King
(The Kinshield Saga)
K.C. May

The Wayfarer King (The Kinshield Saga)


Book 2 of The Kinshield Saga

Beyonders, evil beings that materialize without warning from the realm of chaos, continue to invade the world of men, destroying everything -- and everyone -- in their path. The most powerful of them all, Ritol, has been confined for two hundred years inside the palace in Thendylath, trapped by King Arek's magic.

Having newly claimed the right to rule Thendylath as king, Gavin Kinshield has no money or army, but he's determined to protect his people from the beyonder attacks. With his new power of Wayfarer, Gavin has the ability to journey to all seven realms. To end the invasion, he must travel to the realm of chaos and summon Ritol. But can he escape before the beyonder champion kills him, devours his soul and takes his place as Wayfarer?

If wizard Brodas Ravenkind has his way, Gavin will never make it that far. Not only does Ravenkind want the throne for himself, he wants revenge for his cousin's murder too. After all, he made a promise the first time Gavin crossed him… 


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Sole Sacrifice is currently free for Kindle and Nook.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Featured Book - Zia's Path by Debra L. Martin and David W. Small

Zia's Path
Debra L. Martin 
David W. Small

Zia's Path (Apocalyptic Novelette) (The Dark Future Series)


YA post-apocalyptic novelette.

In this novelette featuring crippled teenager, Abraham "Ham" Jones, and his tomboy partner, Zia Slate, the stakes are even higher. They have agreed to accept the memory weapons from their new guardian, Henry Lloyd, but with the power of the weapons comes the responsibility to follow "the right path." It's suppose to be simple: help one person at a time, but nothing in this harsh world is ever simple. It's a dog-eat-dog world where food is scarce and gangs rule the street.

When Ham decides to go into the worst gang-ridden area of the city to save a little girl, Zia doesn't think it's a good idea. It's too dangerous, but eventually she agrees and the two set off in search of the girl. When Zia goes off to scout ahead, Ham's worst nightmare comes true. Zia is snatched by slavers. Can Ham find out where she has been taken and mount a defense to save her in two days before she is sold as a sex slave?

Novelette is ~ 16,600 words

If you want to read about the creation of the "memory weapons," check out the PATH TO DESTRUCTION.

For more about Ham and Zia, check out THE RIGHT PATH. 

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The first book on the list, The Right Path, is currently FREE for Kindle and Nook.  I don't know how long it will last so get your copy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Release - Give Me by LK Rigel

Give Me
LK Rigel

Give Me, a fairy tale


An adult fairy tale about magic gone wrong.

A young witch tries to save two lovers in mortal danger, but her spell ends in disaster ...

While touring a ruined castle in the west of England, Lilith Evergreen feels a sudden and overwhelming attraction to guide Cade Bausiney. Cade is instantly drawn to Lilith as well, but can he trust his feelings? Their desire might only be sparked by dark and dangerous magic.

Lilith and Cade must break the spell or be forever possessed by spirits who've waited a millennium to consummate their love. 

Other books by this author (links provided are only for Kindle versions, though the books are available at Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Smashwords):


Monday, September 5, 2011

New Release - Suspense by Jason Letts

Jason Letts

Suspense, The Spencer Nye Trilogy #1 


Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.

But Spencer discovers there is plenty to fix within the Idols’ competition for more popularity. She becomes a diehard and promises to do anything to help her Idol, a dreamy movie star named Cleary Mintz, bring his vision of hope and purpose to the world. When she stumbles onto a threat against his life, she’ll have to fight harder than she ever thought possible or lose the man who means more to her than any other.

Suspense, the first book in a dystopian trilogy, contains 76,000 words and is recommended for ages 16 and up because of depictions of violence and some sexual themes.

***Suspense Book Release Giveaway***
Readers of Suspense can get a chance to win a new KINDLE and other great prizes! Contest ends October 9th. For details on how to enter, visit: 
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