Wednesday’s Writing & Wrords

I’m so excited to host Judith Wade on Wednesday’s Writing & Words. Not only is she an awesome MG & YA author, but she’s one of my best friends!! 

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A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay
by Judith Wade
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Runner Jennifer Miller tries to ignore the mysterious happenings down at Whitecap Bay. 
 She has other things to worry about—a new school, new friends and an upcoming track
meet to name a few. But why is Darrell Hanley spending so much time at the beach, and
what are the strange things he keeps carrying back and forth? When Jennifer’s curiosity
gets the best of her and she follows Darrell, she finds more than she bargained for. There
is a mermaid trapped in the Bay, and Darrell and Jennifer, along with Jennifer’s
unruly dog, Tyrone, embark on a quest to free the mermaid before she is found or worse.
  Can they win this race against time?
MEET THE AUTHOR

Loraine Hudson lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan. She enjoys writing middle grades chapter books, and has published five titles under her pen name,  Judith Wade:  A Mermaid in Whitecap Bay (2011); Faelen, the Horse from the Sea (2009); Mermaid Dreams (2006); The Mermaid’s Gift (2004); and The Secret of Mermaid Island (2003).   She is also the author of numerous short fiction pieces,  including  “My Mother’s House,” in A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer’s;  “The Birthday Mirror” in Patchwork Path: Treasure Box; and “The Starting Line,” in A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers.  Two of her short pieces about her equine adventures were also published in Down the Aisle Stories (downtheaislestories.com), and she has dabbled in poetry with “Wind Visiting” published in River Poets Journal.  She is a member of “Writing at the Ledges,” an active writer’s group in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and has contributed short fiction pieces to the group’s three anthologies.   She is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.
Loraine also writes under the pen name Judith Wade.

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Cover Reveal

I’m so happy – even if I’m a little late posting – to introduce the new cover for S.I. Hayes contemporary romance, Heart of Stone.  She is also the authors of other great novels: Centuries of Blood: Becoming and the In Dreams series; The Solitary Road, The Unavaidable Road. The Savage Road,

Title: Heart of Stone

Release Date: November 27, 2015

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Blurb:

Donnella Stone is as her name describes, cold, powerful and rich. She is a true Manhattan Blue Blood. This has left her with a problem, the men in her life have often only come for what they can take form her, and it has never been her heart.

To protect herself she has rules and a non-disclosure agreement for all of her relationships with men, she gets what she needs, and promises opportunity, means and her silence once the length of the arrangement ends. It has worked for a decade.

Until she meets Matthew Mayfield, an adorable, awkward artist from Connecticut whose work and passionate attitude instantly intrigue her. The problem? He takes more of an interest in her, than any man she has met before.

Can he get past the dragon and heal her heart of stone or will her past be too much for him to handle, leaving them both on the wayside?

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Shannon (S. I.) Hayes has been telling tales for so long as she has been able to talk, and began writing them down shortly thereafter. She is the singular author of the In Dreams… Series, and a Paranormal Historical Romance called Centuries Of Blood: Becoming. Shannon is the Co-Author to Awakenings: The Wrath Saga, a Paranormal Drama likened to Big Brother meets The Real World of the Preternatural, as well as several blogs and host to her own website. S.I.Hayes.com.

In her own words… I have a mind that is easily distracted and prone to wandering. Tangents are my forte, and if you think my characters are going to fit a cookie cutter shape of any kind, think again. They live, they love, they eat, sleep and f***. I believe that people are inherently sexual creatures and my characters be they human or something altogether else are no exception.

I don’t adhere to a single genera, I toe the line on several and wouldn’t presume to be a master of any. So I suppose you could call me jack-of-all-trade-paperbacks.

I am a truth seeker, in my life, in my work. I’d apologize for it, but I kinda cannot help m’self. It is my best and worst personality trait, well mostly, being Bi-Polar I guess you could say that is the worse. But I believe that the disorder has made me, well… Me.

I have taken this life and twisted, carved, shaped and molded it in to the worlds of my characters. Albeit with a chainsaw, and it has made all the difference

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

“Just make it happen, God damn it! I don’t care how, bribe someone for all I care! Just get me my fucking paintings!”  Donnella Stone slammed the phone into its cradle, collapsing back into her chair. It spun a half turn, facing her toward the glass windows. She stared at the Manhattan skyline through tinted glass. Loving how it looked as the sun peeked through the late morning clouds over the Empire State Building. She exhaled deeply, trying to remember her anger management training. “One… Two… Three… Deep breaths…” She pushed a long red tendril of hair from her face as it fell from her usually well maintained up do. She pulled the octopus clamp from her hair letting the curls fall down her porcelain back and shoulders, releasing some of the tension brewing in her now pounding head. “Better.” She whispered more calmly, rubbing the back of her neck. She heard a small squeak behind her and turned back in her chair, to see her administrative assistant Harold still sitting in the chair opposite her desk, pen in hand waiting for her notes for the morning.

He did not seem to be miffed in any way by her outburst or her need to take a few moments to rejoin him in reality. In fact he rather liked seeing Donnella taking a moment to unwind and let her hair down. As she so infrequently did either. A small smile crossed his lips as she cleared her throat, putting her hair back up.

“Okay, Harold, where was I before we were so rudely interrupted by rubbish?” She asked her pale green eyes settling on him and his Brooks Brothers suit once more. She loved that he dressed so well for the office. It said something about how he felt about his job. Not to mention how well she paid him and the rest of the staff. She knew she could be a bit of a dragon, and paid to the effect, it kept lawsuits for psychological scarring to a minimum.

“You were saying that you didn’t want to go to the Governor’s Christmas Party stag this year. Which means picking from the pool, or finding a new suitor within a month, Miss Stone.”

Donnella blew air through her vermillion lips. “Let’s see what I can find. I’m bored with Samuel and Claude. See if Wyden is available. ”

“Need I remind you his contract ran out two weeks ago so you sent him to Florence for good behavior?”

“Ahh… That’s right.” She smiled standing up, sliding her French manicured toes into a pair of four and one half inch black leather heels with fire engine red soles.

“Are those the Louboutin’s?” Harold asked as she rounded the desk, with a smirk.

“They are. So eat your heart out.”

“The Dorothy’s would be all over you.” He smiled. “You have a meeting downtown in forty-five. Should I have the car brought around now or will you be driving your self today?”

“Bring the car, and you can come too, I’m stopping by the Studio before lunch, I want to make sure that those paintings have the right lighting. Can’t be too careful with Rembrandt.”

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Matthew Mayfield opened his eyes, and climbed out of bed, scratching his ribs he looked bleary eyed at the clock. 9:07 A.M.

“Shit.” He spat getting up tripping over his stonewashed jeans on the floor. Falling to the ground he watched as his pit bull terrier mix Pepper cocked her head at him in confusion as she gnawed on his sneaker. “Pepper! No!” He lamented crawling across the floor reaching out for the shoe and the rapidly growing twelve week old puppy. She picked up and ran, shoe in mouth out the bedroom door. He got up, pulling on his jeans. “I don’t have time for this.” He mumbled, looking for his work boots, his standby shoes. They were covered in paint and cement from work, but at least they weren’t slimed and chewed.

Pulling on a moderately clean shirt, he grabbed his jacket and portfolio, hoping that the Listerine wisp would take care of his breath. “Janet? Can you walk her! I’m already gonna be late!” He pleaded to the thin brunette sitting on the couch in their shared apartment watching the cartoon network, smoking a clove cigarette with a beer in the other hand.

“Yeah, sure. Hey where you headed, anyhow?”

“I got that meeting at that gallery in the Village remember?”

“Awe, yeah, man, good luck. You better hurry or you’ll miss the train.”

“I know!” He ran out the door, hearing Pepper whine, he stopped and turned back picking the puppy up. “Daddy’s gotta go. But I promise I’ll take you to the park after. If this goes well, we’ll have a lot to celebrate.” He kissed her on her pink little nose, putting her down and was out the door.

***

“No, you don’t understand.” Matthew insisted. “I had an appointment. Matthew Mayfield, for one thirty. I came all the way from Connecticut for this!”

“Sir keep your voice down. Show a modicum of decorum would you? Even if you’d had, this appointment.” The receptionist looked him up and down. Paint covered tan work boots, long legs covered by dingy stonewashed jeans, a sweater tucked haphazardly into them, covered by a long leather jacket. The only thing appealing about him was his face, but even that was absconded by dark horned rimmed glasses. “It’s well passed two now. Neither Mr. Walsh nor Miss. Stone have the time for you if you cannot make the time for them. So if you please.”

“If I could just leave this with you.” He pulled out his portfolio, nervously, as the clattering of doors swinging open assaulted his ears followed by shouts.

“Get it done!” A woman’s voice demanded. The power and the echo, caused Matthew to lose his grip on the portfolio and the contents of it fell to the floor.

The receptionist, sighed heavily, and got up quickly seeing Donnella, as she came from the showroom. “You idiot. Are you trying to get me fired?” The receptionist barked. Trying to help him pick up the photos splayed across the floor.

Matthew ignored the irate girl, as he was for the second time that day crawling across a floor. “Fuck me.” He whispered under his breath. As he reached for a photo, only to have his hand nearly stomped on by a black heel with a red sole. He drew his eyes trailing up the curves of the leg to a black flounced hem. He pushed himself backward, embarrassed, and stuttering an apology as the woman bent down to pick up the photo under foot.

***

Donnella’s eyes surveyed the photo, it was of an African American woman, nude, arms crossed plumping the high points of her chest but hiding the nipples, the rest was turned so the shadows fell to mask her lower region, which accentuated the curve of her hip, down to the metal and plastic prosthetic that was her foreleg. Behind her in the distance was a torn and tattered American flag, and the message Remember Us…

She looked over the top of the photo to the young man still sitting on the ground. “Is this yours?” She raised an uncertain eyebrow.

“Y-Yes ma’am.” He sputtered, as he was helped to his feet by two very large men in dark suits, who did not unhand him.

Donnella waved her hand at them lightly and they released him. “Do you have more like this?”

He nodded. “Stephanie? Pencil him in. I’m taking my lunch now, I’ll see him after I’ve finished. Harold, clear my afternoon.” She looked at the young man again. Not completely unfortunate.

Harold glanced over his shoulder with a nod. “Yes, Ma’am. Right on it.”

***

“Who was that?” Matthew asked stunned as he pushed the last of his photos back into the portfolio.

That? That was Donnella Stone.”

Matthew’s eyes widened, and his mouth dropped open, “I thought she’d be older.”

“Everyone always does…” Stephanie grumbled. “You can have a seat over there. When she comes back, she’ll let me know if she hasn’t forgotten you.”

I Am Not “Just A Nurse”

To all the nurses out there … Thanks for your dedication!!!

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I am sure you might have heard a small ripple in social media over the last 24 hours about the Miss America pageant and Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, who beautifully gave a monologue about being “just a nurse”.  I am also quite sure you may have heard a bigger ripple caused by the ladies on The View for making fun of her and putting down the 3.3 million men and women who call nursing their profession….I am one of them.  And I am not “just a nurse”.

I applaud Miss Johnson in coming out on a beauty pageant stage, dressed in scrubs, to talk about her talent.  While the ladies on The View might not see this as a talent, being a nurse does take quite a lot of talent.  It takes talent to put a urinary catheter in a patient that is combative…to find a vein in a chunky…

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Wednesay’s Writing & Words

On this week's Wednesday, Writing & Words post I'm interviewing author Jeremy Breitenbach and we're learning about his debute novel, The Gateway.


jeremys book On the morning of Monday March 3, 2059 in a laboratory located on the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, Illinois, world renowned physicist, 38-year-old Dr. Richard Caulman and his colleagues Dr. Lawrence Jones and Dr. Jonathan Reynolds are about to initiate the inaugural test of Dr. Caulman's revolutionary dimensional gateway. Dr. Caulman believes that if his gateway works properly it will revolutionize the way people travel and eliminating the need for any kind of transportation

Upon initiating the gateway, Dr. Reynolds realizes that they didn't instruct the gateway to open in California, which was their intention. Unfortunately for Dr. Caulman, the gateway has opened on another planet located in another dimension.

Before Dr. Caulman is able to close the gateway, six humanoids accompanied by six creatures emerge from the other side. What do these humanoids and creatures have in store for the inhabitants of the Earth? Can Dr. Caulman stop whatever it is that they have planned? And will he also be able to protect his wife, Jennifer, and children, Richie and Beth, from the alien threat?

After the humanoids return and reveal their plans for the inhabitants of the Earth, will Dr. Caulman and the other government officials that become involved in defending the planet be
able to kill the humanoids and save the planet?

Interview

1. Why don't you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Jeremy Breitenbach. I am legally blind with cerebral palsy. I use Braille. I've been writing since I was 15. I started out with writing original stories based off of
The Legend of Zelda and original stories based off a '90's cartoon I love called Adventures
of Sonic the Hedgehog, but in the years since I stopped writing the Adventures of Sonic the
Hedgehog stories, but still continued to write The Legend of Zelda stories. I evetually
created an original series based on The Legend of Zelda consisting of 3 books so far. I also began writing my own original stories based on the anime Dragon Ball Z (which I'm a HUGE fan of); so far writing 3 original Dragon Ball Z stories. In 2009, I started writing my first real book; a book for adults entitled The Gateway
finishing it in 2011. While writing that I began writing children's books. I've written four (so far). Those books being: The Abduction of Benjamin Williams, My Dog George, Tim's Story (which I am still working on), and Lost in Wisconsin. I also wrote a how-to book entitled
How To Read and Write Braille. In 2014, I came across Author Ronnie C. Dawson, CEO and
founder of Broken Bars Publishing and told him about myself and all 6 of my books. I
e-mailed him The Gateway, and long story short I published it through them. It's available on Broken Bars Publishing's website, Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and Barns and Noble's
website for Nook. Here's what all 6 of my books are about - How To Read and Write Braille:
details how to read and write Braille, The Gateway: a physicist opens a gateway on a planet within another dimension which leads to an alien invasion; violence and strong language, The Abduction of Benjamin Williams: a family gets betrayed by a neighbor they thought they could trust, My Dog George: a boy's dog runs away, Tim's Story: A boy becomes an orphan after his parents are killed in a tragic car crash. (None of the characters in this book are based on actual people. The basis for this book was inspired by the story told in Contemporary Christian Music artist Steven Curtis Chapman's song "When Love Takes You In", and Tim's red hair was inspired by the hair color of the orphan boy in Steven Curtis Chapman's song "All I Really Want".), and Lost in Wisconsin: a boy gets separated from his parents while they are going on vacation, and due to his dyslexia boards the wrong plane. Excerpts from all 6 of these books can be found under the "Notes" tab of both my official Facebook page and my personal timeline (for those that wish to "Follow" me). Here's what the books in my original The Legend of Zelda series are about - The Hyrulean Civil War: The Saga of King Link, Book 1 (a civil war breaks out in Hyrule), The Rezlorian Empire: The Saga of King Link, Book 2 (an emperor wants to conquer Hyrule), and The Great Moblin Invasion: The Saga of King Link, Book 3 (the King of the Moblins plans to invade the Upper World). Here's what my Dragon Ball Z original stories are about - The Return of King Piccolo (King Piccolo returns to Earth to seek revenge on Goku), Turles' Revenge (Several years after his defeat, Turles escapes from Hell in another attempt at taking over the Earth), and The Return of Garlic Jr. (The shattering of dimensions caused by Janemba destroys the barrier which separates the Dead Zone from Earth's dimension once again releasing Garlic Jr). Excerpts from The Legend of Zelda original series and my original Dragon Ball Z stories can only be found under the "Notes" tab of my personal timeline. (They will not be put into Notes on my official Facebook page. So if you are interested in reading any of these particular stories feel free to "Follow" me.)
Are you married? No. Any kids? No.

Where do you live? Cincinnati, Ohio.
2. What genre do youwrite?
For me, it varies but mostly sci-fi, horoor (for adults) and various (for children).

Why do you like that particular type of story?
I like horror because of Stephen King. He's my inspiration and my favorite author. And his books can be really engaging.
3. What are yourfondest memories of writing or reading?
When I first began writing at fifteen. And for reading when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. 4. What are some of your favorite authors and books?
My favorite author is Stephen King. Some of my favorite books are: IT, The Shining, Doctor Sleep, Under the Dome, Cell, 11/22/63, The Stand, Cujo, Carrie, various short stories by Stephen King, To Kill a Mockingbird, and many other titles.
5. If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?
It means a lot to me. I've just found a lot of enjoyment out of writing.
6. What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing? I don't eat or drink anything while I write.
7. Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Well, it's more of a miniseries, but my answer is The Stand and also The Shining miniseriesddWhy? Because both of them followed their respective books extremely well.
8. Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie?
The original movie of The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick. Why? Because it did a poor job in following the book. But it still is a good movie regardless.
9. Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it? "For we live by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 I chose it because it's always been one of my favorite quotes of all time.
10. Anyother things you'd like to share?
Once I publish my next book, Tim's Story (which I'm still working on) I'd like to use the sale of it to benefit Show Hope. Show Hope is the organization Contemporary Christian Music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth Chapman started in 2004. Show Hope helps assist families in adopting as well as helping care for and find families for orphans all over the world.

ble to kill the humanoids and save the planet? ...

Bio:

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Jeremy Breitenbach, advocate, now author, is a resident of Cincinnati OH, where he was also born and raised. He has overcome several struggles including a premature birth from which he was not expected to survive, to being legally blind and living with Cerebral Palsy.

His first book, "The Gateway" introduces readers to Chicago, IL in 2059, and Dr. Richard Caulman, a physicist who aims to revolutionize transportation. Instead his creation leads to an alien invasion which puts the entire world in danger. See how the story unfolds as Author Jeremy Breitenbach gives you, "The Gateway".

 

Buy Link

http://www.amazon.com/Gateway-Jeremy-Breitenbach-ebook/dp/B00P453Y2M/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1415224433&sr=8-1-fkmr0

 

Social Media Contacts

 

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJeremyBreitenbach

https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.breitenbach

 

Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today I have the incredible honor of interviewing author, KL Dierking. Every once in a while you come across a person so strong and courageous that you can’t help but be inspired. Today we are having a glimpse into such a life. KL Dierking went from an abused child into a loving, wife, mom and adult. Having suffered sexual and physical abuse, she now works with PTSD victims and helps give them the strength they need to become survivors.

Although she typically writes adult inspirational fiction, she is introducing her first middle grade chapter book,  Angst of a Middle School Newbie   (Vol 1 of the Philippian 4:13 series).

 

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PHILIPPIAN MACEDON has never had a single friend his whole life. Not one. Why would he? He doesn’t fit in anywhere. He’s short, nerdy and terrified of the dark.

To make matters worse, he must now brave the cold cruel world of middle school all alone. His dad is deployed to Iraq and his mom expecting a new baby. Philippian has never felt more alone and invisible.

With a birthday on April thirteen, Philippian is reminded that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. Follow his journey through the Philippian 4:13 series as he faces many obstacles and discovers the value of being unique. Be there as he learns to lean on the one friend that has been there all along.

 

You can purchase it at:

https://www.createspace.com/5556598

 

 

Interview

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

I am KL Dierking (Katrina). I reside in central NC with my husband and 4 children ages 19,18,16 and 3. Writing is my passion along with encouraging women who have suffered and survived sexual abuse, dealing with the other side of sexual abuse (PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts/tendencies)  as well as educating women on the signs and how to keep their children safe from abuse.

I was sexually abused by the man who adopted my at the age of 4. He sexually and physically abused me for the next 12 years. I spent many years afterwards abusing myself and feeling as if I was unworthy of love. I was self-destructive and angry. Only by the grace and mercy of God was I able to turn my life around and change my future.

 

I have spent my entire adult life in the medical field holding several degrees and certifications including Firefighter I/II and EMT-Paramedic. I recently chose to leave the medical field to come home to work and raise my 3 year old the way I believe God intended for our family.

I also have an online homeschool and educational resource company called Mr. Row’s Adventures. Mr. Row is a stuffed monkey who travels around the world staying with host homeschooling families. The families take Mr. Row on educational field trips in their area and in turn, I create educational supplies and materials for the families to use in their homeschooling classroom.

What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

My genre of choice is Inspirational Fiction. I have written two novels and am currently working on a post-rapture novel series but recently decided to write my first young readers chapter book, also a series.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Writing has always been therapy for me. It was my safe place and the one place no one could harm me.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

Karen Kingsbury’s book One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday

If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

Writing has saved my life. Through my writing, I have been able to tell my story of sexual and physical abuse through the fictional characters I create. I’ve been able to go places in my mind that I may never truly experience.

What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

I always drink coffee while I write. Well, I drink coffee nearly all hours of the day. I don’t really snack while writing.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

“I won’t spend my life as nothing.” A Knight’s Tale. As a child, my mother told me every single day that I was stupid and unlovable. I believed her for far too long. This quote reminds me that her words do not dictate my future and my future is what I make it.

 

 

Links:

You can view my blog (http://www.IAmKLDierking.com) and subscribe to find out about my upcoming novel Beneath: Vol 1 of the Army of Hope Series (a post-rapture novel series) as well as my very first non-fiction book The Other Side of Sexual Abuse

Be sure to like my FB page @  https://www.facebook.com/pages/KL-Dierking/806859592715609

You may also email me with any thoughts or questions @ authorKLDierking@gmail.com

 

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About KL Dierking

KL Dierking is the author of several inspirational fiction novels as well as several young readers chapter books.

She is also the Founder/Owner of Mr Row’s Adventures: An interactive Global Homeschooling Adventure.

KL Dierking has been writing her entire life. Writing has been a form of therapy as she has worked to overcome years of childhood sexual/physical/emotional/mental abuse. She now speaks to other abuse survivors around the world, encouraging them to tell their story.

Her upcoming novel, “Where Angel Waits” depicts the very real life of an abused victim and the journey to overcoming PTSD, extreme depression disorder and suicidal ideations.

KL Dierking is the mom to 4 great kids and the wife to a wonderful husband. They reside in central NC.

Candy Ann Little Romance and Mystery Adventures!

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Good Day Folks,

Today’s adventure romance and mysteries how fun.  I have the pleasure to introduce author Candy Ann Little’ and her books. Enjoy the adventure!

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The Unwilling Bride is a historical romance.
Set amid political unrest in 1789, Caitlin Gallagher finds herself in an arranged marriage. She hates the idea of marriage and loathes the man that is now her husband. With all the turmoil in her life, she starts to doubt her faith. Can Caitlin find faith in God and love in the arms of her enemy?

Dillon Cade’s quiet life is turned upside-down when he agrees to marry a young maiden to protect her. As he uses his newspaper to fight President Adams’ sedition acts and help Thomas Jefferson get elected, he must now also deal with an unwilling bride. Can Dillon tolerate her behavior long enough to win her trust?

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Unwilling-Bride-ebook/dp/B004LLJ1RW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336758461&sr=8-1

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This week’s Foodish Friday – Shrimp Scampi

It’s been a while since I’ve done my Foodish Friday. Yes I have been cooking but just haen’t had time to post anything. 😉 This week I’m posting my recipe for shrimp scampi.

Yes, I know I post a lot of seafood dishes . That is because my daughter is a pescatarian and I’m always trying to find new ways to cook seafood. I’ll expalian want that is a little later. Right now let’s get into the food!!

This is a wondeful dish because it incorporaters all my favorite flavors. The shrimp is sweet with a garlicy,  lemmony and buttery sauce. A little kick from red pepper flakes sets off the sweetness of the shrimp. Then you pour it over noodles like spaghetti or linguini. Yum!!! What’s not to love?

Although I use some butter in this dish, I like to lighten it up and use more olive oil. My daughter would probably make it with no butter. I’m not sure who her is mother is because I love butter and put in in eveything.  She doesn’t use it in anything. LOL!! You can play around with the portions to fit your tastes.

Same thing with the spices. I tend to make it a little on the spicy side. You can cut the portions down or add more to suit your palette.

Shrimp Scampi

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Ingredients:

Pasta – cooked

Shrimp – 1 bag frozen (raw)

1 C. olive oil

1/2 – whole stick butter

1/2 C. chopped onion

2-5 Tbsp minced garlic

1 lemon

1-2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp old bay seasning

2 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp lemmon pepper

1/2 -whole of cayanne pepper

1/2 C. Parmesan cheese

While the pasta is cooking, work on the shrimp. If you haven’t already defrosted it you can put it in a bowl and run warm over it. I use the frozen, deveined but the shells are still on. After defrosting them take the s off. If your using fresh shrimp you will need to deveine it. Here’s a vieo on how to do that.  https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXkuM2YJ1_A I find the frozen shrimp works just as well and is easier.

After the shrimp is done set aside.

Add the oil,  garlic and onion in a large skillet and cook for a few minutes. Then add the butter until it’s melted. Next, add the shrimp and sprinkle all the spices over it. After a few minutes turn the shrimp over and cook on the other side. Lastly, zest the lemmon and squeeze the juice over the shrimp. If the lemmon isn’t very juicy you can use 2.

Drain the pasta and add into the skillet untill all the pasat is caoted.

Then add shredded parmesan cheese. You can also use the grated cheese in the can if you don’t have the shredded, but real cheese is always better.

Enjoy!!

What is a pescatarian?

Definition: Pescatarian (sometimes spelled pescetarian with an e) is a word sometimes used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. In other words, a pescatarian maintains a vegetarian diet with the addition of fish and other sea foods such as shrimp and lobster.

Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to interview Marie Godley and introduce her debut novel, Janalya. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about your life with us. 

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

I live in Christchurch in Dorset, UK. A lovely historical town with ruined castles, an 11th century Priory and an old workhouse that now houses a museum. I only live a mile and half from the beach and about a 15min drive into the New Forest. Sharing this lovely location with me are my husband, teenage son and (for the moment as she’s about to start university) my daughter.

What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

I write fantasy stories because (if you listen to my family) I have a weird imagination. I’ve always loved reading, an influence from my youth would definitely be The Chronicles of Narnia (in fact my second children’s book has talking animals alongside elves, a unicorn, a sorceress and other creatures as well as the human protagonist) and although I don’t limit myself to fantasy, I do love the escape of those – and paranormal books. I think that feeling is why I write fantasy – because you can introduce things that don’t have to be real, reality can be rewritten, if only for the length of a book.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Not sure about fondest memories but some of my earliest memories of reading by myself are reading under the covers by torchlight (something my son used to do, and once he reads this he’s going to be cross that I kept telling him off for doing it) and going to our local mobile library looking for books. My favourite was The Brother’s Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. I bought this book when my children were the right age for it and read them a chapter a night. Before long my husband was joining the story-telling sessions because he’s never read it.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

I still love my childhood authors, the previously mentioned C.S Lewis and his Narnia books, as well as Enid Blyton. I find that sometimes you want to read something comforting, without having to concentrate too hard – children’s books that you’re familiar with are perfect for this. As for adult books I’m spoilt for choice, with all of my author friends producing such wonderful stories and I can’t mention them all for fear of taking up too much space but I enjoy paranormal, romance and romance set round police personnel, as well as the more well known authors like Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan and for the classics, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

Writing still has to take second place to my family, but when I’m writing, the story has to be told. The pictures and dialogue is vivid in my head, whether it translates to the page as well – I don’t know, I guess only readers can tell me that – but it has to be written, I can’t leave my characters without trying.

What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

Tea. Tea is a must to get me through the day whether I’m writing or not. There’s a great café where I go to write and I sit in the window with my mug of tea – or hot chocolate if I fancy a change and just write. I can get 4 pages of A4 paper filled with my scribble in an hour. My reward snack is M&M’s – chocolate ones. This started because my daughter and I both had stories published in anthologies – her initial is M too, so it seemed an obvious choice.

Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

I think the most authentic adaptations are usually the classics because the stories are so well known that they can’t change details in them (except for Pride and Prejudice when they usually lose one of Bingley’s sisters entirely!)

Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a good movie but if you compare it to the book you’d be disappointed. So many things are changed even the style of the camp that is a big deal in the book is completely different, although it works for the movie. I have to watch the movie without thinking about the series of books and then I can enjoy it.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

I like Roald Dahl’s quote – “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” because it’s true but the one that sums up my writing is by John Lennon “I believe in everything until it is disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s just in your mind.”

Any other things you’d like to share?

I’d like to say thanks for having me today and for letting me ramble on. Also just to let everyone know that my first YA novel, Janalya is out on 22nd August 2015. It is available to pre-order.

Janalya cover

Janalya is an air elemental, searching for others of her kind.
Katsuo is Shatara, a shape-shifting panther.
History decrees that they are enemies, but fate seems to be handing them different roles. What is Janalya’s true destiny, and is it more complex than even she knew?

Book Links:

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Marie%20Godley&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Amarie+godley&keywords=marie+godley&ie=UTF8&qid=1439545019&rnid=2941120011

If your readers would like to find out more about me, follow my progress, or purchase the book then here are the links:

Website: http://www.mariegodley.moonfruit.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariegodleyauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarieGodley

Blog: http://www.marie-mariegodleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday’s Writing & Words

 From Fairytales to Fiction 

I was around the tender age of 15 when I started reading romance novels. My mother would read a book and if she liked it, she’d then give it to me. I’d always enjoyed reading but was outgrowing the middle grade books and the YA genre wasn’t big back then, at least I’d never heard of it. Not having much money, books weren’t a cost my mother would spend money on anyway, and she never had any time to take me to the library. So I read her cast a ways. Thus was my introduction into the wonderful world of romance.  

Besides being the only books laying around to read, I quickly fell in love with the genre. Romance novels seem to get a bad rap more than likely because of the sex scenes. I’m sure the covers don’t help elevate the genre either. I mean who can take a book seriously when the covers depict handsome, muscular guys with no shirts on, ripping the dress off of a beautiful ladies? Because of the covers the genre actually is nicknamed bodice rippers. Yet these stories were magical in my teenage eyes.

As a child I always loved the fairytales and dreamed of finding my prince charming, or a knight on a white horse. I wanted to be the princess or even Rapunzel trapped in the tower, waiting for her hero to rescue her. I know, I know, that isn’t politically correct and it’s not a feminist view. Women today want to be strong and save themselves, not wait for man to rescue them, but I was only 15!! As a teenager reading romance novels transferred my childhood fantasies into adult ones. I was now reading about real women finding their true loves, not just princesses finding their princes. It gave me hope that someday even I could find a handsome man to marry and we’d live happily ever after.

Okay, I am a hopeless romantic and these novels feed that love, but there really is more to this genre. Fast forward thirty years, I’ve found my guy, albeit not a prince. 😉 I had my beautiful wedding, and we just celebrated our silver anniversary. Our  two kids are now adults.  I’ve lived my fairytale. And now I not only read romance novels but I write them. Why? Because I still love reading about two people falling in love and overcoming all obstacles to be together. The problems that face the hero & heroine is what draws me to a story. If books had plots like  boy meets girl they fall love, get engaged, then get married, I’d stop reading. Yes, I know that is usually how it happens in real life but that is plain boring in a novel. Your characters have to have chaos to make it interesting.  Parents pulling them apart, old flames coming back into their lives, conniving friends, dead spouses coming back to life. Sound too fantastical? Yeah, tyouhat is the point. It’s fiction, the more trouble you make your characters face the more rewarding it is in the end when they finally get to be together.  

Character Development 

Character development is important in every genre but it is especially vital in romance novels. Romances unfold at a slower pace, allowing a lot of room to develop the characters. When making up your characters try to give them a few flaws, if they are too perfect the readers won’t buy it. Give them genuine emotions so the readers can feel and understand why the hero/heroine are doing something. Has the hero done something that the heroine needs to forgive? Make sure you don’t just have her forgive him right away. Draw it out. Make her emotions go back and forth between forgiving and being angry. If you want the reader to believe that she is willing to forgive a lie, betrayal or infidelity, making her actions & emotions realistic help the reader identify. In real life no one says okay I forgive you and that’s it. The road to forgiveness is long and hard.

The more emotional content you add the more invested the reader will be. Feelings fluctuate in real life but they need to be exaggerated in books and movies. A hero/heroine can’t just love. They need to love with their whole heart, their entire being and to the depths of their soul. Simply not liking the main character isn’t enough for the villain. They must hate that person so deeply that anger oozes out of every pore. The circumstances can be real or imagined but the feeling need to be genuine. If you can make the reader understand why the villain hates that person or why the hero/heroine love each other then you will keep the reader’s attention.

Creating Obstacles to Overcome

You also need to create several different obstacles to overcome. One of the worst things I’ve noticed is when a writer tries to use one obstacle to sustain a full length novel. The plot feels too drawn out and the obstacle starts to wane half way through the book. If something else doesn’t happen the reader will lose interest. Obstacles can also add twists to your story. I know that mysteries are known for plot twists but romance novels can be enhanced by good twists as well. The storylines I remember most are the ones where something happened that I didn’t expect for example, in Teresa Medeiors’s Until Dawn. You are half way through the novel when you find out that the heroine is the hero’s ex-girlfriend. While the hero was blind he had no idea that the girl taking care of him now, is the same girl who left him after the accident that blinded him. Once he regained his eyesight they had a lot of issues to work through. I still remember this plot twist years later. It was something different and very unexpected.

The more hot water your characters face the more interesting the novel will be. So what will your characters face today?

Introducing Author Candy Ann Little

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The Unwilling Bride is a historical romance.

Set amid political unrest in 1789, Caitlin Gallagher finds herself in an arranged marriage. She hates the idea of marriage and loathes the man that is now her husband. With all the turmoil in her life, she starts to doubt her faith. Can Caitlin find faith in God and love in the arms of her enemy?

Dillon Cade’s quiet life is turned upside-down when he agrees to marry a young maiden to protect her. As he uses his newspaper to fight President Adams’ sedition acts and help Thomas Jefferson get elected, he must now also deal with an unwilling bride. Can Dillon tolerate her behavior long enough to win her trust?

Unforgiving Ghosts is a contemporary romance

Trying to deal with grief, Megan Black leaves her small farm in Illinois and moves to the quaint city of Santa Barbara, California. As she struggles…

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