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Fantastic Friday: Mailmen and New Book Covers

12 Mar

I am still anxiously awaiting my edited manuscript. I have positioned myself in the chir that looks out the window at the mailbox…

I wish there was some dance you could do to make the mailman come faster…

What really makes me anxious is the fact that the mailman never comes at the same time every day. What I’f I’m in the shower?? Most of the time I have to sign for my manuscript, and that alone makes me anxious…

What I need to do is track him down…

Maybe that’s a bit too manic??
 
Well, anyways. I have things to distract me ’till then, like planning for the Alice in Wonderland party tonight. My friend and I are throwing one. It’s just a small get together, but that doesn’t stop us from making it great! We’re making cupcakes, and I bought peeps in every color. I’m also making Cougar Gold Cheese dip. If you’ve never had Couger Gold, then shame on you!!! It’s only the best cheese in the world, and I’m not kidding.
Absolutely worth ordering online and having shipped to your house. You don’t know what you’re missing!!!
Winning Cover
 
So, after a few days of voting and commenting, I’ve come to a decision. It was a hard decision to make because most of you chose something different, and you all had a good reason why!!! The conclusion I came to is that I will be using the first three covers throughout the series since all were loved. I felt that based on the story, this cover should go first:

It’s soft and sweet, and a little bit mysterious. This embodies the mood of the characters at this point of the story. They’re somber and isolated – locked in worlds of their own. For now, this cover embodies the essence of what I want to convey about Knight Angels.

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Thirsty Thursday: Champagne, Croutons, and The Walrus

11 Mar
French Champagne that isn’t French?
 
I know what you’re thinking – Champagne is only Champagne when it comes from the Champagne region of France…
 
Well that’s true, but when considering this sparkling wine, it’s fun to pretend.
 
 
This sparkling wine comes from Karma Canyon Vinyards on the shores of Lake Chelan (up the street from my parents house, too!) The unique way they make the sparkling wine is facinating. They ferment it in the bottles on these racks, seen in the image above. This is a classic French tecnique, or so they tell me…
 
 
The winemaker is also trained in France, making it even better! And more French-ish. It was sweet, light, and super bubbly! So bubbly in fact, that I could only fill the glass halfway before it ‘boiled’ over.
 
 
I had this with my homemade croutons last night, so good! (recipe below)
 

Home-made Herb Croutons!

So I’ve had this loaf of bread kickin’ around my kitchen for a while now… Stale, old, perfect.

My husband and I enjoy going to this local pub where they make the most amazing and simple salad of cucumber, croutons, marinated onions and ranch dressing. I wanted to recreate that at home (especially since that simple salad cost a not so simple $6)

It’s really easy to do, and you can make a whole pile for the week!

INGREDIENTS
 
One Loaf Italian, Peasant, or Ciabatta Bread

 
Four to Five Tablespoons Olive Oil

 
1tsp. Italian Seasoning

 
1tsp. Dried Basil Seasoning

 
1/2tsp. Garlic Powder

 
Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cube the bread into one inch chunks and put in a large bowl. Drizzle with two tablespoons of the oil and toss. Drizzle the rest and toss again. sprinkle with sesonings and toss a third time until all the bread looks evently coated with seasoning and oil. Pour bread onto a baking sheet and season with a little salt and pepper. Place in a 400 degree oven. Toast for 6 minutes then remove and toss bread. Toast for another 6-8 minutes depending on the crunch you want. I like a medium chewy crunch so I do 6.

Add to your favorite salad or eat right off the pan! Either way, it’s perfect!

looking for some mome-made Marinated Onions? That’s easy as well.

Slice one red onion and put in a ziplock bag. cover with a cup and a half of red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. sugar, salt and pepper, and seal bag. Let sit for at least 30 minutes but it’s best if left overnight… YUM!!!

 
 
The Walrus and The Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
  
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done–
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!”
The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead–
There were no birds to fly.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
“If this were only cleared away,”
They said, “it would be grand!”
“If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?
“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”
“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”
“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

Wacky Wednesday: Official Eclipse Movie Trailers!

10 Mar

So of course there are a ton of fan made trailers out there, but I beleive the official one has officially been leaked! Lol.

Then there is the little ten second one, which you may think as I did – worthless, ten seconds?

Wait until you watch it and I guarantee you’ll change your mind!

My editor found it, and now I’m finding it for you 🙂 Enjoy!

Just a little something different for Wacky Wednesday!

Book Cover Dilema: Revision Number… One Million?

9 Mar

So, I keep going back and forth with this new cover…

I make a cover, and then a few weeks later I always start thinking – it could be better…

So, once again I am going to leave the choice up to you. In all actuality, the four new samples almost make a great coupling! I should use them all in the entire series!

For right now they’re going to have stock photo lines, so try to ignore that part. I don’t want to buy the photo if I won’t be using it.

Also ignore, if you can, the poor photo quality, again it’s ‘web’ so… But do give me your opinions and vote!

Current Cover
 
 
New Options
 
One
Two
Three
Four
 
So leave me your comments! I need to know what you think!

Tasty Tuesday: Spring Snow, Italian Wedding Meatball Soup, and Book Updates…

9 Mar

Knight Angels Out of Editing

So, I got the call from my editor in New Jersey this past weekend, and she’s done with Knight Angels. She loved the book, which makes me very happy. So far, anyone who has previewed and edited the book loves it! I’ve added a few things here and there, and the final editing process is far from over, but I can see the end on the horizon!

I’m setting a release date for late April. I’m thinking the 22nd (22 is my favorite number after all) but don’t hold me to it. There are too many variables to know for sure.

In a way, I’m nervous to get the book back from the editor. I always get a little anxious over finishing a book because I wonder if I’ll be able to write the next. After editing for so long you lose touch with the groove you were in while writing it. Knight Angels was my NaNoWriMo winner, and those of you who know what I’m talking about understand how that month of writing is like carrying a baby!

Luckily I have been writing a little in between. I’ve been dabbling with my children’s chapter book here and there, trying my best to remain fresh. Reading also helps, though I’ve been slacking on Beautiful Creatures. It usually takes me a week to finish a book, but I fear it’s been over a month!

Spring Snow

 

This past weekend was so beautiful, now though, it’s frigid again. I wonder what the wheat in the fields are starting to think, and what it will do to the harvest. Yesterday it snowed, but nothing much accumulated. I had a cup of soup for lunch, and it was so good, that I made soup for dinner – also good. My husband LOVES Italian Wedding Meatball Soup, and so do I. I decided to include my hearty recipe!
 
My friend asked me what makes it ‘Wedding’…
 
I told her to ask the Italians. I have no clue. I figure it’s something they traditionally served at weddings. I mean, that makes sense, right? Either way it’s still good, and either way, it’s really easy to make! I like to add a few secret ingredients as well, it really adds to the flavor of the broth and meatballs… 
 
 
 

Italian Meatball Soup

 
 
 
INGREDIENTS
 
 
1/2 red onion
(diced)
 
1/2 c. italian bread crumbs
 
1 package acini di pepe noodles
(cooked and drained)
 
1 pound ground turkey
 
1 egg
 
1 clove garlic
(minced)
 
olive oil
 
5 cups chicken broth
 
1 package fresh spinach
 
 
DIRECTIONS
 
After the meat is defrosted, combine egg, bread crumbs, onion, and garlic in a bowl. Mix ith hands. Now this is where I add the secret ingredient! Goat cheese!!!! I love goat cheese – love, love, love, love. Since it’s tart, and not to mention creamy, the cheese really adds something to the meatballs – yum. I add about three ounces.
 
Mix all this together. In a large pot (I used a Le Creuset) add a tablespoon of olive oil and the broth. Bring to a boil. When the broth is boiling, take a small spoon and scoop the meat (small, about half a golf ball) and form gently. Drop in boiling broth and repeat until all the meat is gone.
 
The meatballs cook rather quickly, but allow to boil five minutes after you drop the last ball in. In the meantime perhaps do a little clean up 🙂
 
After five minutes, add the acini and the whole bag of spinach. It seems like a lot at first, but the spinach wilts down rather fast. Stir until spinach is wilted and serve!
 
Yum yum yum.
 
You can serve with a bit of bread, though I don’t. The soup, as you will find, is quite thick. I like it this way because it feels like a meal 🙂
 
Enjoy! And have a great Tuesday!

Thirsty Thursday: Whimsical Tea Parties!

4 Mar
Whimsical Tea Parties!
 
As you know, this week I am all about the Alice in Wonderland theme! When I think of tea parties, one things always come to mind:
 
MacKenzie-Childs
 
When I was a little girl, my birthday parties were always tea parties and fashion shows. From a very young age, I grew into a world of Whimsy. My mother is an artistic soul, a true hippy you may say. She introduced me to this world, and I am thankful for it!
 
 
My favorite is the checkered pattern. I first fell in love with this when I was at the Neiman Marcus in Bellevue/Seattle. I saw a table set up with her stuff, and right away, Alice in Wonderland was all I could think of. This stuff is unreal, handmade, and a conversational piece worth collecting. Had I known sooner, THIS would have been my bridal china!!
 
 
Next is to conquer the office…
 

Weekend Makings: New Websites!

1 Mar

New Websites!

All day I have been madly working, and I mean ALL day (got up at 5:00am and it’s now 12:15) I’m not quite finished with them, because eventually they will have their own web addresses:

featherbookseries.com (still has the old one up)
knightangels.com

but you can still see what I’ve got so far here!

Knight Angels
Feather Book Series

Also, check out my friends: The Emerald Talisman

Brenda just entered the ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) and made it to the second round! She is now awaiting the next cut coming at the end of March. I am very excited for Brenda, and she deserves this! Trust me. Leave her a few good comments and make sure you watch her progress!