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Getting a Brazilian!

8 Jul

I knew that would get your attention…

But… it’s not me getting a Brazilian, it’s Knight Angels. Just yesterday we began negotiating a contract with a publisher in Brazil to bring the book into the Portuguese language! If all goes well, the book will be available within the next eighteen months in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and most every other form.

While on the topic of Knight Angels, I want to let everyone know that we are working as hard as we can to get the next book out by the end of this summer, though it seems it will likely leak into early fall. That’s just the way things go sometimes! Bummer…

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Cabin Fever

13 Apr

Yeah. Cabin Fever.

Everytime I finish a book, this is me. I run out of things to do, and I’m so used to being inside, that the thought of even approaching my door seems daunting

and the car is getting an oil change, so I have no car.

I feel like I need an adventure! And not just any adventure, but Indiana Jones, James bond, go on a vacation, adventure.

But I don’t have my car.

So a walk around the neighborhood in the rain will have to do.

Knight Angels now Available on Kindle and Amazon. Barnes and Noble. And others to come… (nook, sony e-reader, iPad…)

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Manic Monday: Another Year Older? That’s a Good Reason to be Manic…

22 Mar
  
Happy Birthday?
  

I’m finally at that age where you start realizing that you really are getting older. At first you don’t see it coming… You aren’t getting wrinkles yet, you can still live off three hours of sleep, your metabolism manages to rebound after a long weekend, and life still surprises you…

 

Well, life will always surprise me, but that whole metabolism thing is definitely out the window. Two words: Rice Cakes…

 

So long Girl Scout cookies,

 

Tagalongs,

 

mint chocolate wafers,

 

and especially those coconut things…

 

Nice try, but cupcakes are nothing more than a beautiful reminder of what once was my waist-line… Oh well, right? I guess I have other things to look forward to: Social Security, Depends, and of course Ensure for my future toothless grin.

  

But…

  

Then again…

 

I’m only 26!

 

So I guess that means there’s still a beer in order. And if I play my card right, maybe a New York Times Bestselling Book…

 

Happy Birthday, Me; and may all my dreams come true!

 
(and thank goodness for my future Botox… someday…)
Check out my new series Knight Angels

Family Friday: Brother and Pulled Pork

19 Mar
 
My Brother Finally Visits

My brother is in town. Yep, Chris. He hasn’t seen my house in three years and it’s changed by leaps and bounds. The first time he came he was sleeping on the bare subfloor in a sleeping bag. Now, we have a real guest room for him. He brought his girlfriend, Jennifer, who I really like. She’s a flight attendant and my brother is a pilot – so cliche!

Growing up my brother and I were good friends, and my husband (whom we’ve known since we were five) was my brother’s bully, lol. Basically it’s an interesting situation when the whole family gets together, and the look on Stewy’s face above is what you see…

Fun, fun!

Pulled Pork
 
 

So, I pulled the tension together with a little pulled pork! I love pulled Pork, and I like to serve it on those little hawaiian sweet rools like a ‘mini-burger’

I use store-bought coleslaw, and follow this recipe by ‘Eating Well’ and I also make it in a crock pot and let it cook all day, basically, the only thing I do use is the ingredients 🙂

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


2 medium yellow onions, diced


2 tablespoons chili powder


1 tablespoon cumin


2 teaspoons paprika


1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


12 ounces beer, preferably lager (1 1/2 cups)


3/4 cup ketchup


3/4 cup cider vinegar


1/2 cup whole-grain mustard


2 tablespoons tomato paste (see Ingredient notes)


1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce


1 5-pound bone-in Boston butt (see Ingredient notes)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and very soft, about 20 minutes.

Increase heat to high; add chili powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add beer, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, tomato paste, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Meanwhile, trim all visible fat from the pork.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the pork, spooning sauce over it. Cover the pan, transfer to the oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn the pork over, cover, and bake for 1 1/2 hours more. Uncover and bake until a fork inserted into the meat turns easily, 1 to 2 hours more.

Transfer the pork to a large bowl and cover with foil. Pour the sauce into a large measuring cup or glass bowl and refrigerate until the fat and sauce begin to separate, 15 minutes. Skim off the fat. Return the sauce to the pan and heat over medium-high until hot, about 4 minutes.

Remove the bone and any remaining pieces of fat from the meat. The bone should easily slip away from the tender meat. Pull the pork apart into long shreds using two forks. Add the hot sauce to the meat; stir to combine. Serve hot.

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.

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!

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!