Posts made in September, 2016

Sunday Quote has read many books about ol’ Teddy

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote has read many books about ol’ Teddy

“When I hear of the destruction of a [bird] species, I feel just as if the works of some great writer had perished.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

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BREATH OF EARTH: Bestseller on Nook!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Blog, breath of earth | Comments Off on BREATH OF EARTH: Bestseller on Nook!

This was a glorious surprise this week: Barnes & Noble says Breath of Earth is a fantasy/scifi bestseller on Nook! Look at the company it’s keeping!

Nook Bestsellers

It’s the first time I have had the term “bestseller” attached to any of my works. I’m chuffed!

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Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy. Dense. Loaded with peanut butter in the dough and in the candy morsels. These cookies have it all going on.

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I used creamy-centered peanut butter M&Ms for this (yay, clearance shelf) but you can also use tried-and-true Reese’s Pieces, or mix of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Just having a slight touch of chocolate in these cookies really makes the peanut butter flavor pop.

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

You’ll need to smash the dough balls flat before baking; these won’t spread at all, really. They will likely be even denser if you use all rolled oats. I like to use a mix of oats. That way some blend, and some stay chewy.

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

If you’re not in the mood for oatmeal cookies, I have a recipe for regular double peanut butter cookies, too–and these are a favorite because they are great to ship!

Modified from Crème de la Crumb.

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut butter in the dough, peanut butter in the candy morsels: these deliver the nutty flavor in a lovely way. These are ideal cookies for the peanut butter lover! Modified from Crème de la Crumb.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats, rolled or quick (or a mix)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 white sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces or similar (or mix of peanut butter chips and chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until they are fluffy. Mix in the peanut butter, followed by the egg and vanilla. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Fold in the Reese's Pieces.

Use a scoop to dole out the dough onto a cookie sheet. The dollops stay fat, so flatten them by hand or with a glass. Bake teaspoon-sized scoops for 11 to 13 minutes.

Let them cool on the sheet for about 10 minutes, then move them to a rack. Store in an airtight container.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Bready or Not: Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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Bready or Not Guest Pat Esden with Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, guest recipe, others books | Comments Off on Bready or Not Guest Pat Esden with Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake

I’m happy to welcome Pat Esden to Bready or Not again. You might recall she visited last year to share a recipe for Popovers as she celebrated the release of her first book, A Hold On Me. Today she shares a quintessential Maine recipe for Blueberry Cake! Her second book, Beyond Your Touch, is a new adult paranormal romance that came out August 30th. We’ll start things off with an interview to learn about her Dark Heart series.

BeyondYourTouch

You sent a lovely blueberry recipe. YUM. Can you explain how this ties into your books’ world?

Both A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart book #1) and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart book #2) are for the most part set on the Maine seacoast, a prime area for both commercial and wild blueberries. The main character, Annie Freemont, and her family often have blueberry muffins for breakfast. The cake recipe I’m going to share is something they’d have at teatime for sure.

Also Annie’s love interest, Chase, is a blueberry fanatic. He was born in Maine, but was kidnapped as a child and raised in the djinn realm until he escaped in his late teens. During his years of captivity, Chase often went hungry. As a result, having edible berries growing right outside his cottage is not only a tasty treat for him, it’s also emotionally comforting. In reality, he’s a bit of a blueberry glutton.

You do a great job of capturing the new adult voices in A Hold on Me and Beyond Your Touch. Do you have advice for other writers who are working on voice in new adult fiction?

New adult is a category of fiction where the main character and point of view are a person or persons between the age of nineteen and twenty-six. It’s not a novel written through the eyes and sensibilities of someone looking back on that stage of their life. It’s that sensibility that is most vital to remember when you’re writing new adult. The motivations and choices of people in that age range will vary, but they are not the same as a younger teenager who has less life experience in general or an older person who has more experience. It’s important for a writer to put themselves in the mindset of being that age and to look at each choice and reaction the character(s) make to be sure they are appropriate for a new adult.

What has been your greatest challenge in working on your Dark Heart series?

The Dark Heart series consists of three novels. The biggest challenge for me has been swapping between books during the various editing and marketing stages. For example: in the middle of drafting book 3, I received notes from my editor on book 2. I had to put book 3 aside for a month to do edits on book 2. Once book 2 was turned in, I went back to book 3. But I had to swap again and focus on book 1 when it was released. LOL. It’s crazy making!

Thanks again!

Thank you as well. I love visiting.


 

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Old Fashion Blueberry Cake

Ingredients:
2 eggs separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Beat 2 egg whites until stiff, and set aside.
Cream together shortening, vanilla, sugar, and two egg yolks.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to cream mixture alternating with milk.
Fold in egg whites and blue berries.

Pour into 9” pan (greased and floured) and sprinkle top lightly with sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

This is a traditional New England dense desert or breakfast cake. Just a touch lighter than pound cake. No frosting needed.


 

BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) was released August 30th

She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.

Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.

If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.

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PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

Her new adult paranormal novels, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) are available from Kensington book. REACH FOR YOU (book #3 Dark Heart series) will be released in 2017.

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Sunday Quote wants summer over with

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote wants summer over with

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
~Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

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