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Friday, July 26, 2013

Top 10 Go-To Foods While Writing

Today I'm happy to welcome author Diantha Jones, joining me during her Oracle of Delphi book tour. Diantha is sharing with us her favorite foods for writing, and I can't wait to hear more! What do you have for us, Diantha?

Top Ten Go-To Foods While Writing

10. Pizza–Love that spinach and chicken!
9. Sandwich–A good ole turkey and swiss always does the trick.
8. Ramen noodles–What human doesn't eat Ramen?
7. Crunch Berries cereal–Best cereal ever created. Go Cap'n Crunch!
6. Smoothies–Pineapple is my fave! Then, Strawberry! I make mine with yogurt and granola.
5. Tacos–Messy but delicious. Gotta have that crunchy shell, too.
4. Wine–Not a food, but who cares? Not this girl.
3. French fries–Crinkles are the best
2. Golden Double-Stuffed Oreos–I feel ten pounds heavier just thinking about them.
1. Salt and Vinegar Kettle Chips–I ADORE S andV chips (I just licked my fingers. No chips in sight. SMH.)

Ha, there are some great choices in there...this makes me hungry just reading it!  Me, I'm partial to smoothies, though I try to limit those these days, and the ultimate go-to for all occasions: chocolate!! 

Here is some info on the first in Diantha's Oracle of Delphi series:

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful
Oracle of Delphi series, Book 1
Available in eBook and Print
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She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.


After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.


About the Author:

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Indivisible Line by Guest Lorenz Font

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On Tuesdays, I share recipes inspired by books or that are just plain good! Today I welcome special guest author Lorenz Font, who is joining us during her Indivisible Line blog tour. What do you have for us today?

Thanks, J. Rose, for giving me a chance to share this recipe with your readers. This is not my own recipe, and I’m crediting the chef who had it posted online. As caribou stew is a staple in Alaska, I thought it’s a great idea to focus on the dish popular among the tribe featured in my story. This particular creation was mentioned in Chapter 9.

Since my fulltime job and writing takes up most of my time, cooking has been relegated to my hubby. I will suggest that we try this delicacy one of these days.


Caribou Stew
By K St. Louis
Sudbury, Canada

Ingredients:

 1-2 lbs caribou, cubed 
3 large potatoes, diced (or quartered)
3-4 medium carrots, sliced thickly
1 celery (cut diagonally)
1 large onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2-3 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can tomato soup (optional to replace 1 cup of water)
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup cornstarch, and water mixture for thickening (to your liking)

Directions:

1: combine all ingredients except corn starch and water mixture for thickening, in slow cooker or Dutch oven.
2: Stir favorably.
3: cook on high for 5 hours.
4: cook on low for 3 hours.
5: last half hour when desired texture is reached add corn starch and water mixture to thicken.
6: continue on low for 1 hour.


Serves 4

About Indivisible Line

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Pre-med student Sarah Jones is back in Beaver, Alaska, for summer vacation.  A loyal member of the Gwich’in tribe, she accepts the rules set by her father, the leader of their small town. Raised in a strict household, she learned early on to do what is expected of her and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Despite her reluctance to marry without love, Sarah is unwilling to defy her father’s wishes. She hopes to help usher in an era of independence and stability for the town, but for now, her focus is finishing med school so she can become Beaver’s resident doctor.

Business owner Greg Andrews wants to escape his philandering wife and his life in general. Leaving New York City to join a hunting expedition in Alaska, Greg’s plans are turned upside down when he is shot on Gwich’in land and ends up on Sarah’s operating table. In the absence of a qualified doctor, Sarah must operate to save his life. She refuses to wait for the consent of their tribal leader, and her father banishes her from the tribal land in punishment.

Grateful for his life, Greg concocts a scheme to help. Plagued by the side effects of her unconventional operation, he convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse. Without the means to support herself, Sarah agrees to the questionable arrangement, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble. Her new problem is that she is falling in love with this infuriating man, and the choices she now must make are must more difficult than the simple act of saving a man’s life.

Together, Sarah and Greg must both decide whether they can overcome the vast differences between them, or if the indivisible line that separates their worlds will ultimately pull them apart.


About the Author
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her debut novel Hunted, the first installment of The Gates Legacy trilogy.

Writing is therapeutic for Lorenz, and a perfect day consists of writing and playing with her characters while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.

Lorenz currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between a full-time job as a Business Office Manager for a hospital and her busy writing schedule.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Sleeping But Not Gone

Well, I still haven’t managed to secure an internet provider at the new place. This is the longest I’ve gone without internet since, well, pretty much the day I first logged onto AOL back in the 90’s. In fairness, I haven’t been totally off the grid. My phone gives me access to email, Facebook, and some basic search/web capabilities, although the signal in my house is spotty at best. But not being connected via laptop has been unusually weird.

I’ve been on vacation from work, and without the constant allure of the internet to distract me, one might think I’ve been on a roll where writing is concerned. Eh, yeah. About that. I’ve discovered that apparently, distraction is a vital part of my artistic process. So I’ve only written half a chapter since we moved, and nothing in the past week.

While my writer self has been hitting the snooze button repeatedly all week, I haven’t stopped existing entirely. I’ve taken in some art and culture in other forms, including concerts, a theater production of Hairspray, a Chinese dance company, opera and fiddle workshops, and an afternoon at the cinema. I was telling a fellow author friend of mine that sometimes, we have to step back and fill up our literary cups in order to pour forth another flagon of worthwhile fiction. So hopefully, internet dalliances or no, I’ll be ready to rock before my vacation is through.

Do you have any tried and true ways of getting back in step with writing when things are falling flat?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Book That Threatened My Marriage

I've written a very special, never-before-shared story about one of my romance books over at Romance Junkies. Stop by and find out which book rocked my marriage hard--and why.

http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

Monday, July 1, 2013

Boxes and Blogs Do Not Mix!

My internet access will be spotty for the next couple of weeks, so I’m cheating by writing this Monday post earlier than usual. So it’s Thursday, the house is almost completely packed, and we’re renting the moving truck tomorrow. Then the Great Race begins.
I’ve gotten no writing whatsoever done for the past week and a half because I’ve been too busy tossing things in boxes, spackling walls, and slapping ice on my shoulder. (If you read my post last week, you’ll know I managed to dislocate my shoulder thanks to prepping for the move.) As it seems to be a legal requirement any time I move, the weather man assures me that moving day temps will be 100+ degrees, about twenty degrees higher than it was at the lovely, cool start of the week. Thanks, dude. Knew I could count on you.

In any case, the writus interruptus will affect the blog here--my apologies. I’ll post photos and all once the madness is done. Meanwhile, I hope you'll bear with me through the test pattern. Stay tuned!