Friday, April 17, 2015

Catching UP!

Payroll is completed. NO Books went to press, or back to press, this week: 


Galleys that went out, or went out again this week:
STATION 1260 -- 1270 SQUAD 1260, Volunteer Series, Vol. 3 by Tom Ward
   Volunteer firefighting paramedic Robert J. Doyle and his crew are back again. He is still struggling with his inner demons, the result of an incident in war-torn Lebanon, when he ordered the destruction of a complete village. As he walked through the carnage, Doyle vowed one day to pay for the loss of so many innocent lives.
 


THE BOY WHO COULD STOP TIME: The Ancient Magic Book Series, Vol. 1, by Evelyn Frederick Moll.



   After strange feelings surround Josh Sparkins when he hears an old time adage, he figures out he has the ability to stop time. This exciting ability offers Josh opportunities for adventure, fun, and even revenge. However, when he realizes he ages at an accelerated pace when he stops time, he fears he is heading for his final days. 

 
 Work began or Continued on the following:

WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS OF CONVENIENCE, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol 2, by Anna Dynowski.
   Prince Cristiano, the “spare” prince, does not carry the firstborn’s pressure of the HSH title and legacy that goes with it, but he still works diligently in the Cabinet of the Prince as the Minister of Finance, Tourism and Sports while maintaining a tireless schedule of royal social appearances. Tall, dark, handsome, and a prince, he’s considered by the female population of Mondoverde to be quite the catch. But can he find a woman who doesn’t care about his title or position and who will appreciate the man underneath?





BOOTS and the BRANCH BOYS  by Marjorie K. Doughty   
   The Branch Boys served in WW II, then returned to maryland to renew their friendship with Boots, a young woman who finds them changed irretrievable.  The man she loved is no longer the same and she marries someone else but finds his lifestyle much different than she expected and less joyful than she had hoped.

 


 BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis
REVEREND CASTLE'S CRISIS, Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.  



Jack's News!
  by your bookstore cat, 
and gossip columnist!
 
 
The Writers Bloc meets Saturday April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 3 of the Wicomico County Library, Salisbury. Hope to see you there.
Write Words Author and poet Barbara Garro send me news.
And my beloved first Mom, Terry White, will be at the Windmill tomorrow!!!
  Ann Foley and Terry L. White will be signing their books (above) at the Earth Day Celebration tomorrow at Spocott Windmill complex starting at 9 am.

And for those of you who don't know, Terry was my first Mom. I was born under her bed and she petted me every day. She has written a LOT of books including the ever-popular Chesapeake Series...that begins with CHESAPEAKE HARVEST.
I know I ran this news last week, but it's still good. Earth day at Spocott usually means you can buy real windmill-ground, whole wheat, flour.
Windmill Foundation to Co-Sponsor Earth Day


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10 AM – 4 PM
Free Admission
The Windmill was built by Jim Richardson and his son-in-law Jim Brighton in 1972.  The Miller's House is furnished in period accessories and is also on display. The White Building is the Castel Haven School, built in 1870 by John Anthony LeCompte, builder of the original Spocott Windmill. The building, a Victorian schoolhouse, has been restored, properly furnished, and is dedicated to the many students and teachers that walked through its doors for the next 40-50 years. 
 One of those students (there are books inside with his name in them) was Arline's Dad, Arlington Adkins, who went to school in the schoolhouse.
Well, bye for now. Arline is pushing me out of her chair.

And Here at Home

Here at home we are all still praying for Dave. Yes, even Jack.
All of us are sending positive energy His way and prayers for strength for Shelley, and all his friends and family, too,with blessed hopes for a positive outcome.
Meanwhile he is:
Roger David Chase, Room 31
Chesapeake Woods
525 Glenburn Ave  
Cambridge, MD 21613

Each of us is in God's hands every day. His Love is never-ending and, whatever happens, His Will will be done.
 

The whole Chase family is grateful for all your prayers, thoughts and good wishes, too. They means a lot!




And a final word from Jack
Please don't forget to let me know 

what you are all up to! 

Just send me an e-mail with 

 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and 

I'll make sure it shows up right here. 
Thanks!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Good Read and a writing tip from Steven King

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A Historical novel where a young man faces
 a powerful and manipulative foe.

Ethan is young man alone and destitute on the other side of the world. His Dad has been murdered, their business fails, his Mom unable to cope takes her own life. Rumors indicate one man is responsible. Ethan is desperate to learn the truth, but what can he do? He is dealing with a powerful adversary, a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Ethan is now being targeted. The Police cannot be trusted, but there is one weakness. Greed. Ethan plots his revenge, but will he live long enough to execute the elaborate deception he has planned?


Steven King's Rules
of Good Writing
1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physically healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange,  often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free Read and a Recipe

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A free Romantic Read
From Write Words, Inc.

Pot-Valliance!

"Then drink it thus," cried the rash young fool, and splashed the contents of his cup full into the face of Mr. Wilding even as that gentleman, on his feet, was proposing to drink to the eyes of the young fool's sister.

The moments that followed were full of interest.

Leftover Chicken Fried Rice




Ingredients

Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • 2 tablespoons Seseme oil
  • 1 cup or more diced leftover roast chicken. White meat works best.  
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice, uncooked
  •   Dash of white cooking wine to taste
  • PREP
    5 mins
  • READY IN
    10 mins

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add eggs; cook until set, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet.
  2. Add broth, vegetables, chicken, and soy sauce to skillet; bring to boil. Stir in rice; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooked eggs. Serve immediately.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Word is that Dave will actually get moved to Cambridge, Today... At least that's what is promised.

A Good Read and a Recipe

An Inspirational Romance
by Anna Dynowski

Allegra returns to her home town following her mother's death, a town she had fled because of her broken romance with Nick. Even though Nick had betrayed her in the past, Allie has forgiven him--of course she has--after all it's the Christian thing to do. But it would be silly to consider resuming their romance. She had been hurt too badly the last time. Still Allie finds Nick and his young daughter irresistable.

A Mouse's Macaroni

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP
    15 mins
  • COOK
    35 mins
  • READY IN
    50 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until not quite done, about 6 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Blend in the flour, mustard powder, and pepper until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk, beating out any lumps. Add the American and processed cheeses, and stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  3. Drain noodles, and stir them into the cheese sauce. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top.
  4. Cover the dish, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is thick and bubbly.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Catching UP!

We are doing First Quarter Payroll, being extra careful not to make mistakes, and will be sending out payment soon.
 
Books that went to press, or back to press, this week: 

THEN CAME HEAVEN, by Gilda Arruda
   Then Came Heaven is a source of inspiration and guidance; it serves as a loving example of what it means to live no matter where the truth may lead you or how difficult it may be. It is also a lesson on the patience of change. Each page is the embodiment of hope, trust, knowledge, and self-acceptance
to develop a sense of worth within ourselves. 
 
 
Galleys that went out, are still out, or went out Again, this week:


LAINEE DELANEY: BATHING BEAUTIES: Lainey Delaney Series, Vol.2, by Frances Langley
   Lainee Delaney is back, off for the summer and lying about the pool, just taking it easy, then, as you might expect, if you read Langley's  first book...A Mystery Happens!!!
 


STATION 1260 -- 1270 SQUAD 1260, Volunteer Series, Vol. 3 by Tom Ward
   Volunteer firefighting paramedic Robert J. Doyle and his crew are back again. He is still struggling with his inner demons, the result of an incident in war-torn Lebanon, when he ordered the destruction of a complete village. As he walked through the carnage, Doyle vowed one day to pay for the loss of so many innocent lives.



Work Began or Continued on the following Books 
 
BOOTS and the BRANCH BOYS  by Marjorie K. Doughty   
   The Branch Boys served in WW II, then returned to maryland to renew their friendship with Boots, a young woman who finds them changed irretrievable.  The man she loved is no longer the same and she marries someone else but finds his lifestyle much different than she expected and less joyful than she had hoped.
 

 
 


THE BOY WHO COULD STOP TIME: The Ancient Magic Book Series, Vol. 1, by Evelyn Frederick Moll.

   After strange feelings surround Josh Sparkins when he hears an old time adage, he figures out he has the ability to stop time. This exciting ability offers Josh opportunities for adventure, fun, and even revenge. However, when he realizes he ages at an accelerated pace when he stops time, he fears he is heading for his final days. 

 BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis

CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis

REVEREND CASTLE'S CRISIS, Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.

 
 


Yes, it's me. This is my baby picture.
Jack's News!
  by your bookstore cat, 
and gossip columnist!
 
 
  Ann Foley and Terry L. White will be signing their books (above) at the Earth Day Celebration at Spocott Windmill complex on April 18 starting at 9 am.

And for those of you who don't know, Terry was my first Mom. I was born under her bed and she petted me every day. She has written a LOT of books including the ever-popular Chesapeake Series...that begins with CHESAPEAKE HARVEST.
I know I ran this news last week, but it's still good. Earth day at Spocott usually means you can buy real windmill-ground, whole wheat, flour.
 
Windmill Foundation to Co-Sponsor Earth Day


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10 AM – 4 PM
Free Admission

The Windmiall was built by Jim Richardson and his son-in-law Jim Brighton in 1972.  The Miller's House is furnished in period accessories and is also on display. The White Building is the Castel Haven School, built in 1870 by John Anthony LeCompte, builder of the original Spocott Windmill. The building, a Victorian schoolhouse, has been restored, properly furnished, and is dedicated to the many students and teachers that walked through its doors for the next 40-50 years.
 One of those students (there are books inside with his name in them) was Arline's Dad, Arlington Adkins, who attended first grade in the schoolhouse.
Well, bye for now. Arline is pushing me out of her chair.

And Here at Home
 
Here at home we are all still praying for Dave. People at church, everyone here at home, as well as all our Internet friends, family friends and neighbors, and even his childhood friends
Shelley has come home in preparation for Dave to be moved to a facility closer to home.  He is still at U. of MD. Cancer Center, still in a lot of pain, and missing everyone.
 
All of us are sending positive energy His way and prayers for strength for Shelley, and all his friends and family, too,with blessed hopes for a positive outcome.

Each of us is in God's hands every day. His Love is never-ending and, whatever happens, His Will will be done.
 
The whole Chase family is grateful for all your prayers, thoughts and good wishes, too. It means a lot!


And a final word from Jack
Please don't forget to let me know 
what you are all up to! 
Just send me an e-mail with 
 "News for Jack" 
in the subject line, and 
I'll make sure it shows up right here. 
Thanks!