Thursday, August 30, 2012

Featured Book - Ghosted by Laura Sue Gardner

Laura Sue Gardner


MuseItUp Publishing,, and Laura Sue Gardner present Ghosted.  Ghosted is a YA supernatural/paranormal romance ebook that was published May 15, 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing.

High school sophomore, Pen Shakes, wishes she were dead. After all, her sister Ina is a ghost.

When Pen’s spirit accidentally astral travels into the Spirit World, she has a unique opportunity to help Ina, who is trapped in the netherworld until she completes some unfinished business from life. But to help her, Pen needs to keep some pretty big secrets.

Every time Pen’s spirit travels, her body is left behind, empty and limp. It isn’t long before Pen’s vacant body is discovered, and her secrets make chaos of her life. It doesn’t help that the hot new boy at school, who calls himself Mortician, is asking an awful lot of questions.

Pen finds solace in the dangerous and mysterious ghost, Quinn, who claims to be her soul mate from a past life. Though warned about him, she can not resist him.
A few tweaks and Ina’s business will be settled—except that a hungry evil lurks in the Depths.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Peaches, peaches, peaches!

A friend of mine brought me a box of peaches the other day and I had just happened to have bought my own box of peaches the very same day.

We munched on them randomly for a couple of days before I decided to start processing them.

In just a couple of hours I had peeled, pitted and sliced about a box and a half of peaches (probably 30 pounds).

That's one big bowl of peach slices.

I only used a very small amount to make some peach jam and a few peach cobblers to eat and give away.

Peach Cobbler

Not baked in the prettiest pan, but TASTY.

Peach Cobbler Recipe:

This recipe can be used for peaches or apples and probably other kinds of fruit as well.  The original recipe I followed called for unsalted butter and a pinch of salt in the batter mix.  I used salted butter and omitted the pinch of salt instead.  It worked fine.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

4 cups peach slices or apple slices
1 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
cinnamon to taste (optional)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder

Melt the butter and pour into the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.

Cook the peaches or apples over high heat with 1 cup of sugar and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice until tender.  Add cinnamon if you prefer.

Mix together just until moist the 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of flour and 1 Tablespoon of baking powder.  Pour over the butter in the pan.  Do not stir together.

Pour the fruit mixture into the pan.  Again, do not stir together.

Bake at 375 for 40 to 45 minutes.

And the most important part of the recipe - ENJOY.

Peach Jam

Oooh - So Pretty!

The chunks in this jam are bigger than recommended but the person I made it for likes to pour his over ice cream - so it worked out perfectly.

Peach Jam Recipe:

4 cups finely chopped peaches
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
5 1/2 cups sugar

This recipe can be found inside the boxes of Sure Jell and I'm fairly certain other brands of pectin will have similar recipes and canning instructions.  I've just covered the basics.  If you are new to canning, read the full instructions in the pectin package or other recipe you will use.  I have included most steps but preparing the jars and canner before doing anything else is essential.

Bring boiling-water canner, half-full with water, to a simmer.

Wash jars and screw bands in hot, soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat.  Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

Add 4 cups peaches into 6-8 quart saucepot.  Stir in 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.

Measure exact amount of sugar, 5 1/2 cups, into separate bowl.  (Reducing sugar or using sugar substitutes will result in set failures.)

Stir in 1 box pectin into peaches and lemon mixture.  Add 1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine to reduce foaming, if desired.

Bring mixture to a full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.

Stir in sugar quickly.  Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and skim off any foam.

Ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops.  Wipe jar rims and threads and put on lids.

Put the jars onto an elevated rack in canner.  Lower rack into canner.  Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches.  Add boiling water if needed.  Cover; bring water to a gentle boil.  Process jams 10 minutes.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Exoskeleton by Shane Stadler

Shane Stadler


Dark Hall Press is Proud to Present EXOSKELETON 
First time author Shane Stadler has crafted a sinister tale of sci-fi horror.
A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing…  Serve a twenty-five year conventional prison term, or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program… He opts for the latter, only to find he has made a horrible mistake.
A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, EXOSKELETON will leave even the most jaded of readers quaking in their boots.
As of August 10th EXOSKELETON will be available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other such sites, in both eBook and paper editions.
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Shane Stadler is an experimental physicist. He has worked at numerous government research and defense laboratories, and is currently a professor of physics at a major research university. EXOSKELETON is his first novel.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Award Winning Sale!

Readers! Eight award winners in the 2012 eFestival of Words "Best of the Independent eBook Awards" have grouped together to offer you an amazing opportunity. They've reduced the prices of their award-winning novels to 99 cents for August 27 and 28th!

Whether you like to read mysteries, romance, horror, young adult, women's fiction, or fantasy, this group has it. Are you a writer yourself? Do you want to learn all about digitally publishing your next masterpiece? They've got you covered there too.

Get all eight award-winning ebooks for the price of one single paperback!

Award Winners

Best Mystery/Suspense: Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice
Best Non-Fiction: DIY/Self-Help: Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran
Best Horror: 61 A.D. by David McAfee
Best Romance: Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
Best Young Adult: The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto
Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy and Best NovelThe Black God's War by Moses Siregar III
Best Chick Lit/Women's LitCarpe Bead'em by Tonya Kappes
Award for Best Twist ("I've Been Shyamalaned"): The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A.A. Logan

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Book Blurbs

Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice
Laura Carnegie gave up on the man of her dreams a long time ago. He's fashion designer Jeremy St. James, and not only is he her boss, everyone knows he's gay.

When the woman who holds the company purse strings is found dead in the office, and Jeremy's arrested for the murder, everything changes. If Laura can just solve this crime, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might stop being Seventh Avenue's perpetual loser.

If you love Project Runway, or enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, try Dead Is the New Black.

Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran
This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.

It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it's a great time to be a writer, Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

61 A.D. by David McAfee
61 A.D. For ten years, Taras has lived in the young city of Londinium, feeding off the cityís underbelly. But now Theron, his old enemy, has come looking for revenge, and Tarasí nights of living in relative peace are about to end.

Yet not even Theron can slip into town unnoticed, and the Council of Thirteen sends Ramah to deal with the two renegades once and for all. But unknown to the Council, a much older enemy is also in Londinium, and this time even the great Ramah might not be safe.

Set against the backdrop of the Iceni uprising in Roman-era Britannia, 61 A.D. continues the story of Taras, Theron, and Ramah, as they fight their way through history.

Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
Nic Lamoureux's perfect movie star life is shattered by a stalker who threatens any woman close to him. When he meets photographer Lauren James, the attraction is instant--and mutual. She's exactly the sort of woman he craves, but the stalker makes deadly clear Lauren is the competition.
And the competition must be eliminated.

"Stock up on ice cubes because this is definitely one sizzling debut. Readers will be hooked from the first sentence- on the book and on Nic! As rich as a white chocolate cheesecake, Cayne's entrance into the suspense genre is invigorating, explosive and simply intoxicating." ~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

The Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto
When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Worse, someone has used an evil spell book to bring back two of history's most nefarious killers.

Ivy's got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But first, sheíll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits: the schoolís hotter-than-brimstone demon bad boy, Nick Marcelli. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and Ivy soon discovers itís going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the weekís end

The Black God's War by Moses Siregar III
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.

Her father-king wants war.
Her messianic brother wants peace.
The black god wants his due.
She suffers all the consequences.

"Moses is a fine writer deserving of success, and I think that it will follow ... I really enjoyed Moses's work." - David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author of The Runelords

Carpe Bead'em by Tonya Kappes
Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie escapes her hometown and never looks back.

That is, until sheís transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her life on hold.

Aunt Grace is still up to her old tricks, but Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading.

Will she keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?

The Survival of Thomas Ford by John A.A. Logan

Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver would sooner see Thomas Ford dead than ever let that happen.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Anniversary Special

 I mentioned that yesterday was my 13th wedding anniversary.  I would have been more than happy to sit at my computer all day, but since it wasn't JUST my day, we got out and about and did a few things.

First of all - I got to go to the book signing for Lori Armstrong and Sandra Brannan that the Rapid City Library hosted.  They did an authors talk as well and I'd hoped to make it to that, but I was REALLY late.  Oh well, at least I got my copy of Widow's Might signed by Sandra Brannan!  Admittedly, I still have to read the second one in the series, Lot's Return to Sodom, but I will hopefully get it read real soon. 

(Something I just notice as I was putting up this photo of Sandra's book - it is only 99¢ for Kindle!!!!!  I have the paperback but NOW I'm going for the Kindle version.  I am writing this post on the 25th so I don't know if the price will remain the same, but try it out.  It just might still be 99¢ - the cover photo is a clickable link.)


This is the first one in Lori Armstrong's latest series.  Her newest one is still preorder at Amazon.  It will be released in January of 2013.

Then, we went for a drive up Nemo Road.  I haven't been on that particular road for a couple of years.  We took the kids to the natural maze that is up there.  It's an awesome area.

I don't normally post pictures of my kids because... well, they are MINE and I don't like to share.  But some of these pictures were just too precious to ignore.

My four-year-old ham

My two-year-old ham

All three of my girls

My oldest and her middle sister

My oldest girl

An awesome crooked tree!
The path to the maze

Then, we ended up at Wonderland Cave.  I am a cave fanatic and it has been years since I've been in one.  My kids have never been in one - at least not when they were old enough to remember much and still, my oldest is probably the only one old enough to remember this trip.
The entrance to Wonderland Cave

Stalagmite - stalagmites MIGHT reach the ceiling some day.

Ribbons and columns!


More ribbons or cave bacon

Stalagmites and stacatites and columns, oh my!

So pretty!

Check this out!

Petrified coral!

We had a wonderful day full of all kinds of fun.

Thirteen Years!

Happy Anniversary!


I want to take this opportunity to wish my husband a happy thirteenth anniversary.  It's amazing to me that we've made it so long in this day and age where divorce is the norm.  I don't plan to let go of him any time soon, either.  

Of course, he does annoy me at times.  I'm sure I annoy him even more, 
but that's his problem.  
In the grand scheme, he is perfect for me.  
He's a wonderful husband, father and a good man.   

Who else has a husband who will protect his family at all costs?  

I once caught my husband staking out the kitchen stove with a piece of string with a lasso tied in it.  When I questioned him he explained he was only trying to catch that STUPID mouse that took up residence.  He planned to lasso it when it poked its little head up.  The mouse did poke its head up but the lasso didn't catch.

Does anyone else have a husband that will be mad at you 
because he wasn't watching where he was walking?
Once, while walking out of McDonalds with a large soda, he ran into a truck mirror.  
The soda pop flew everywhere and I laughed until I cried. His anger could have been more of a result of my mirth than me not playing navigator.

Who here has a husband that will run to get the video camera to 
immortalize your predicament in hopes of securing a good payday for the family? 

While trying to retrieve my daughter's ball from the tangle of lilac bushes, I slipped - I was actually given a slight push.  The bushes barely held me up from the ground.  Though they protected me from the hard ground, they snared me at the same time.  My hair was twisted around the gnarled branches, my feet couldn't find purchase and my eye was only millimeters away from being poked out.  Yet, my husband ran for the video camera in hopes of securing $100,000 from AFV to provide for his family.  Of course, he never did send the video off to America's Funniest Home Videos, like he threatened.

What about a husband that regularly honks at you or 
locks you out of the vehicle to get your day started right?

I'm so lucky that my husband loves to honk the horn just as I reach the front of the vehicle.  It always gets my blood pumping and on good days, he'll even lock the doors and make me dance before he'll let me in.  This is one of those practices that will get him in the end.

These are only a few of the things that my husband does so well.  He also gets rid of the spiders that I just can't bear to deal with, he still opens doors for me, he tells me that he loves me and he means it, he massages the knots out of my back and takes care of me when I'm sick.

Thank you for thirteen interesting years!
I love you more every day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Release by DeeJay Arens

The View From a Rusty Train Car
DeeJay Arens 

Writers Amuse Me Publishing just released a new Gay/Fiction book, “The View From a Rusty Train Car”, on August 22nd.

“No one talks about what happens when you fall in love with the boy next door -- not when you’re the boy living beside the boy next door.”
Jared didn’t want to do it, but it had to be done. Someone had to sit before the government hearing to explain why a gay man was nothing to be vilified, nothing to be hated or feared... that he was just a man. That is what Jared Montgomery is determined to do. He does so by sharing his story – his and Luke’s story – in the hopes that perhaps even just one more person could understand.

Luke and Jared were battling the odds from the beginning. Growing up beside each other, being best friends, they soon learned that if they wanted to share each other’s company, it had to be done in secret, in the confines of the old train car behind the junkyard. There, they were free of the taunts and jibes, the ridicule and hatred... or were they?

Unable to embrace who he is, unable to deal with the tactics used by his family to ‘cure’ him, Luke forces himself into a traditional marriage that is doomed from the start. His true, self-denied love for Jared, and the hatred surrounding it, is killing him. The question is, can Jared get to him before it is too late?
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