Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

What am I reading now?  United We Spy (Ally Carter)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Oh, I LOVE this series! I am so sad that this is the last book. It's done and the girls are graduating. But the good news is--if you haven't started it yet, they are all out now and you won't have to wait for a year between each release date. As with most series, I can't say much about this book without ruining the best parts of the other books. But I can say, this book (and this author BTW) doesn't disappoint in this conclusion. It's a great ending.

Here's my official recipe for roasting a perfect, moist and delish turkey!

Roasting a turkey

1 c. salt
½ c sugar
½ c brown sugar
1 Tablespoon peppercorns
1 T ground ginger
1 T dried rosemary
1 T ground sage
1 T dry basil
1 large onion, cut up
5 celery sticks, chopped
5 carrots, sliced
1 gallon chicken broth

Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugars and soften the vegetables
Remove from heat and add 1 gallon ice water
Cool completely
Submerge turkey in brine and add enough ice to bring the level of the brine over the turkey
Brine up to 24 hours, keeping ice in the tank

To bake, remove the bird and wipe off everything that sticks to it
Combine 1 softened stick of butter with 2 T Montreal Chicken seasoning
Loosen the skin on the breast and thighs.
Push butter into these areas
Preheat oven to 500 degrees
Roast the bird for 30 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees until done.
I remove it at 170 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh but not touching the bone (the little red buttons they put on birds are always wrong) and let it sit for 10 minutes before I carve it. I also spoon some of the drippings from the pan over the carved pieces.

I don’t bag it or it will boil the turkey--not good. You can tent the breast with foil for some of the time, but pull it off to let it brown.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pen Names

What am I reading now?  Enchanted and Hero (Alethea Kontis, Woodcutter Sisters)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  I love that this series is based on a fairy tale and has other fairy tales twisted into the retelling. Each of the sisters in the family are named for days of the week (a little confusing at first) and each has a gift--Sunday's is that she's a writer. Sounds innocent until you consider that what she writes tends to come true.

Pen Names

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

      By any other name would smell as sweet;"

Who Is…
Howard Allen O'Brien?
Judith Rumelt?
Daniel Handler?
Madeleine Wickham?
Dean Koontz? (Okay, so you know this one.)

Their Pen Names Are...
Anne Rice
Cassandra Clare
Lemony Snicket
Sophie Kinsella (and she writes as Madeleine Wickham too.)
Aaron Woolfe, Anthony North, David Axton, Brian Coffey

And I noticed that some of their pen names have pen names!

Deanna and I have chosen our pen name:

***BiG ReVeAL***

Jo Noelle

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Register Now!
iWriteNetwork writer's retreat this spring
March 27-29th 2014, in Heber, Utah.
3 days to write, write, write

There will be classes about all things INDIE as well as classes on writing techniques and tips. 
Classes are optional & held in a location that won't disturb writers who are in the zone!

How to sign up for this retreat: 
FYI: there are only 19 spots. All meals are included AND there will be mini-workshops on self-publishing during the retreat so that if you choose to go to all the workshops, you will have all the tools you need to self-publish your own books.  See pics of the awesome accommodations for the retreat here.

1. Pick which bed type/price you would like (see below)

2. Send an email to 
iWriteNetwork@gmail.com with your first and second (if you have one) preference.

3. We will send you a confirmation email and a link to pay-through Paypal- (you may choose to split your payment into three and send one third immediately, on third on Dec. 10th and the last third on Jan. 10th. You must pay in full by Jan. 10th.)  We must have your payment within one hour of receiving your confirmation email or your spot will be given to the next person in line.

NO REFUNDS-thank you. (you can, however transfer your bed to someone else if you discover you are unable to attend)

The bed options:  (if you are planning to choose a queen or a king bed, you might want to find someone to be your roomie if you care who is in the bed with you.)

Bedroom 6: 3 bunk beds               2 lower bunks @ $175 each
                                                  3 upper bunks @ $150 each

Bedroom 5: Queen and a Bunk   2 spots in the queen @  $175
                                                       1 upper bunk @ $150
                                                       1 lower bunk @ $175

Bedroom 4: 2 Queens                   4 spots @ $175

Bedroom 3: 1 Queen                    2 spots @ $200 each

Bedroom 2: 1 Queen                           2 spots at $200 each

Blow up bed in two of the              2 Spots at $150 each
Rooms (You bring it)

We are So excited to have you join us. 
Have question? 

To register Email us-
 Please state your 1st and 2nd choices for bed arrangements