I know we’ve been talking about discovering THE LOST energies within us and boy, could I stand to find some energy. I’m still struggling to battle whatever cold/flu I caught at RWA.
A bummer considering that today is the release date for my new romantic suspense release from Carina Press – THE FIFTH KINGDOM!
To help me celebrate my release, my dear friend and fellow author Chris Redding is helping me by allowing me to do a guest post to chat with you about writing and THE FIFTH KINGDOM.
So please visit Chris today and leave a comment on her blog to win a $10 Gift Card and copy of STRONGER THAN SIN.
Also, mark your calendars that on Wednesday night we are having a live video event with none other than the fabulous Larissa Ione! To login into the next live video event and/or spread the news about the upcoming events, you can click here for the countdown widget or use this link: http://t.wbx.me/fgfe9.
This weekend we had our holiday party at the fabulous Liberty States Fiction Writers and there were so many wonderful treats that the members brought to share with friends.
My friend and fellow author, Chris Redding, baked these tasty cheese puffs and has been nice enough to share the recipe with me! So here goes:
4 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup butter (Either softened or melted)
2 Cups Flour
2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
Jar of pitted olives
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a small bowl, mix together cheese, butter, flour and Worcestershire sauce. Knead the dough. Pinch the dough into small balls, flatten them in the palm of your hand, then roll each circle of dough around one olive. Arrange the wrapped olives on the cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly brown.
Now just a hint to keep these light and flaky. You may want to first use a pastry blender to mix the flour and butter before adding the cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Also when kneading the dough, don’t work it too much or it will get hard.
Chris’s cheese puffs were flaky and totally delicious!! When not heating up the kitchen, Chris is firing things up with her new romantic suspense release, INCENDIARY, from Sinful Moments Press, a division of Lachesis Books. INCENDIARY hits shelves tomorrow, December 15.
While doing my weekly shopping, I’ve noticed that the commercial juggernauts of Halloween and Christmas are seemingly displacing one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving.
I love Thanksgiving. I look forward to going to my sister’s house and getting together with family and friends to celebrate the wonderful gifts we’ve been given. As we sit down to eat our delicious meal, replete with so many tasty treats, we all take a moment to express for what we’re thankful. Even though some of those thanks seem redundant – family and friends – there are lots of things in our minds which we may not have the time to express in that short Thanksgiving moment.
So this year, take a moment to reflect and be thankful on your blessings. No, not the new car, Wii or other material things. Be thankful for those things that can’t be measured, like the Liberty that’s safeguarded by our military men and the sacrifices of their families, the law enforcement officers and firefighters who keep our homes safe, good health, friends who’ve got your back and of course, the family that supports you in all that you do.
It makes me think of a saying that I’ve seen recently – The important things are not things.
So true. I’ll carry that thought over to Christmas and remember the reason why we celebrate on that day.
How about you? What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Also, if you’ve got the time, come visit with me and my friend and fellow author Chris Redding. I’m blogging there today! You can click here or cut and paste this link: http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com
To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question. Some of you may be wondering just what a tweet is. A tweet is a post using Twitter.
So now some of you may wondering, What’s Twitter? Wikipedia defines Twitter as “a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. ”
Lots of people are sending tweets. Some believe it is a useful way to promote yourself (see this discussion at Bubblecow) and others do not (see West Pier Words).
I’m undecided, although I’m leaning toward the not. Like Dot at West Pier Words, I’ve gone through the Shelfari, Gather, etc. thing only to find they take up too much time. I do have Myspace and Facebook pages. I’ve found them to be good for letting people know about the books and also, connecting with friends from all over. Same goes for this website and blog. It’s nice to hear from you and it does truly make a difference to me!
As for adding yet another thing to my life – my already crowded and busy life – I think I’ll forego the tweets for right now.
How about you? Do you Twitter? Do you find it for keeping up with friends? For those of you who are published authors, do you like it?
Also, a big thanks to my fellow author Chris Redding for the links to the Twitter discussion. You rock, Chris. You also tweet! LOL!