Friday, April 24, 2015

Years & an Ocean Thank You


for sharing news about our book

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

S'mores Dip

What am I reading now?  California Dreamin' Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I always enjoy the anthologies this group puts together. Moore, Lyon, and Eden are regulars and other authors are invited to join in for each of the books. They each have a theme that is related to time or place. I always know I'm going to enjoy the stories.

Here's a teaser for the first novella of the set.

In the sweet novella TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore, Gwen uses her wedding photography business to keep her life simple and focus on something other than her own broken heart. When Jack, a guy too handsome for his own good, helps her clean up after a photoshoot, then asks her out, she doesn’t know if she can handle dating again. But Jack’s charm wins her over, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. The more she gets to know Jack, the more she likes him, but everything about him seems too good to be true. 

There are 5 more stories in this anthology--ENJOY! If this is your first time reading a Timeless Romance Anthology, the good news is that they have many, many more.

S'more Dip
So easy, fast, and yummy! (My 3 favorite traits in a snack)

Pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk into a microwavable bowl
 Add 1 package of chocolate chips.
 Microwave for 30 seconds then stir--repeat two more times.
 Pour into a small casserole dish.
 Spoon a (7 oz) jar of marshmallow creme/fluff over it and swirl it into the chocolate.
 Top with marshmallows and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown.
 Serve with graham crackers.

Yes, half the treat is gone in this picture because I had to go 
get my phone to take a picture, and before I got back 
the whole family had already dug in. 
Told you--yummy!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Piper's Song


What am I reading now?  A Piper's Song (C.K. Johnson)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I have loved reading this story sooooo much! I don't think I've read another story based on the Grimm tale of the Pied Piper--emphasis on grim--and the magic that makes the tale.

Kyra comes from an old family with piper magic, only she hasn't manifested any magic while even her younger sibling have. The story is a coming of age story with a sprinkle of mighty girl too.

The writing is beautiful. The characters are complex and have a thick weave of relationships. The story is full of hurt and hope.

This YA book comes out tomorrow (4-17-15)! (ISBN 978-0-9862001-0-6) Write yourself a note to order it--you will be happy you have this one on your shelf.

Spring Break

We started with this:


Went here:


And ended with this:


Had a great break! 
Six weeks left in the school year.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fritata with a Dystopian on the Side

What am I reading now? Numbers Game (Rebecca Rode)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Wow! I really enjoyed this book. I've stayed away from dystopian books for months, but I'm glad I picked this one up. The main character, Treena, isn't a comando-teen. She's vulnerable and inexperienced, and she messes up a lot. But she learns and grows too.

Here's the blurb:
Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone. 

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.


Fritata

I made this for our writers' retreat a couple of weeks ago. I'd forgotten how yummy it is.
(The one in the picture has spinach in it.)


Beat
12 eggs with 1/3 cup of milk

Stir in 
1/2 large onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 1/2  cups chopped vegetables (I usually use the frozen mixed veggies and just chop them finer)
1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (This isn't the dried kind in a can)
1/2 cup of grated cheddar

Bake
in a large dripper pan at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes. I spray the pan with Pam to make serving easier. When it's done cooking, the knife should come out without egg on it, but doesn't have to be completely dry.

***If you like a little southwest in your eggs (like I do!), throw in some diced green chile if you'd like. Then top with salsa to serve.