Friday, January 23, 2015

Catching UP!

 
Books that went to press or back to press this week:
 
REFINER'S FIRE: Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   Lizzie Hamilton’s life as a pampered belle in the antebellum South is over. Alone and destitute due to the disintegration of her family’s fortunes, she makes the mistake of trusting a handsome but unprincipled professional gambler whose silver-tongued promises lead only to disgrace and virtual servitude.
 
THE CHILD ON THE TERRACE: A Dangerous Journeys Mystery, Vol. 4, by Virgina Winters
    Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island.
 
Galleys that went out, or went out again, this week:


 
 
 
PIRATES OF THE EASTERN SHORE, by Andy Nunez
    You don’t have to go to the Caribbean to find pirate adventures. They are right here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Sail with some of the greatest pirates of history as they cruise the waters of Delmarva in search of plunder.
 

 
 
Work began or Continued on the following books:    
 
THE KIDNAPPING OF SEN. ANDY THOMPSON: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2.     by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!

  

  THEN CAME HEAVEN,  by Gilda Arruda. 
    A novel of love, loss, and faith.



Earthquake in Messina Italy, in the early 20th Century

STORYBOOK II, by Elena Dorothy Bowman
      Within the pages of this book are stories that my mother once told me; of certain incidences that she remembered. But mostly it is compiled of the memories that were a part of all our lives.
    There were happy times and there were sad times. It was a time of struggle, of prosperity, of joblessness, of wondering where the next paycheck would come from.  Times when a “breadwinner” didn’t have the money to buy a quart of milk, put bread on the table, or a dime to ride the trolley to work. Even a time when the poor didn’t know they were poor. But always, a family that stood together no matter what problems they were facing.  
 
THE MURDER OF SEC. JUDD KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2. 
   by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!

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

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal 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

 



Jack's News!

  by your bookstore cat, 
gossip columnist, and feline friend.

My good griend Andy Nunez has set up for a couple of public appearances soon.  (Andy give excellent ear scratches and will share treats when available.)
 
Andy writes to say:

   Good news! I'll be lecturing at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville March 28 following their open treasure hunt. I'll be talking about two of my favorite subjects. Contact the CBEC for more details on how you can sign up for the hunt!


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 here. 

Thanks!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great Read and a question

Environmental specialist Nicola Bosco did not think twice about the random security check before entering the building in D.C. She placed her designer briefcase carrying government papers on the conveyor belt and endured the frisk. The wand went up one side of her body and down the other without a bleep. Her shoes were inspected for any suspicious crevices.

Question from the e-mail: I've been asked to do a guest article for my local  newspaper taking the information from a term paper I wrote about waste disposal.  The editor asked ME, saying it was information we all could use. But I don't know how to footnote the article. How will the readers know where I got the information???

First: Congrats on the local interest in your subject.  Offer to string for the paper and collect little money for hours of work, but they will be enjoyable hours and you will be able to increase the number of bylines in your publications list.

Answer: In the body of an article you can't very well footnote, as you did in your paper. Instead, you should give the info and then "attribute" the information, by finishing the sentence with the source of the info.

   "The popultion over 60 has more than doubled in the last 30 years, according to the United States Bureau of Census."

That tells the readers where the information came from without any fuss.

Hint: You might also want to put the information first in the sentence and the attribution last, or half your paragraphs will begin with, "According to..."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Great Read for a Snow Day!

Newly married, former NYC police Lt. Jo Garcia leaves the city to become the first woman officer in the small upstate community of Indian Cove. When the head accountant in the local school district dies at her desk after a late night, local law enforcement assume it’s a natural death, but Jo is suspicious. When a second death occurs, Jo sets out to find the truth, despite direct orders her new Chief.

 HOT SOUP FOR A COLD DAY!
You can read while it's heating up.

What You Need

1/2 pound ground raw chicken or turkey
1/4 cup  chopped onion
2 cloves  garlic, minced
2cups  milk
1 10-3/4-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 7-ounce can whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained
 
1 medium  tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, drained
2 tablespoons  snipped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
 
1 cup  shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
 Fresh cilantro or parsley (optional)

Make It


1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven cook ground chicken or turkey, onion, and garlic until chicken or turkey is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat from pan.

2. Stir in milk, cream of chicken soup, corn, chopped tomato, chili peppers, cilantro or parsley, and ground red pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cheese; cook and stir until cheese melts. Garnish each serving with additional cilantro or parsley, if desired.
 

Makes 4 servings.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great Read and Southern Fried Chicken

A Great Read and
Happy Martin Luther King Day!
First Place Winner Dragonfly e-Book Awards


   A desperate flight from brutal oppression—and everything to lose if it fails...

   Two women, undertake a harrowing flight with the aid of the Underground Railroad. Will slavery’s powerful tentacles hold them? 

Or will they find the freedom they crave?

Classic Fried Chicken Recipe

Ingredients





  • 2 cup(s) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon(s) hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) salt
  • 2 chickens, each cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cup(s) flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 5 cup(s) vegetable oil for frying
    or
  • Purists claim Lard is the necessary shortening ingredient to truly fry SOUTHERN chicken.

Directions
  1. In extra-large (2- to 2 1/2-gallon) zip-top plastic bag, combine buttermilk, hot pepper sauce and 1 tsp. salt. Add chicken pieces, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag in bowl; refrigerate chicken for 2 to 24 hours to marinate, turning bag over once.
  2. In pie plate or bowl, stir flour, baking powder, pepper, paprika and remaining 2 tsp. salt until well mixed. Remove a few pieces of chicken from buttermilk mixture, shaking off excess liquid. Add chicken to flour mixture, turning to coat well. Place chicken on wire rack set over waxed paper, without letting pieces touch. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces, using a second rack if necessary; let stand 15 minutes to set coating. Discard buttermilk mixture.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250ºF. Line two large cookie sheets with paper towels. Divide shortening between two 12-inch skillets, preferably electric (there should be about 1/2 inch of oil in each skillet) and heat over medium heat until temperature reaches 360ºF on a deep-fry thermometer.
  4. To each skillet, add 4 pieces of chicken, skin side down, being careful not to crowd pieces. Cover skillets and cook until chicken is light golden brown on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn pieces over and cook, covered (reducing heat to medium-low, if necessary, to a temperature of 300ºF), 8 to 10 minutes longer for white meat, and 13 to 15 minutes longer for dark meat, turning pieces every 4 or 5 minutes.

    Chicken is done when well browned on all sides and juices run clear when thickest part is pierced with the tip of a knife. Transfer chicken to lined cookie sheets to drain. Keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Catching UP!

Books that went to press
or back to press this week:  

ROYAL PRINCESS: WIFE AND MOTHER, Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 1 by Anna Dynowski  

    Prince Stefano, Crown Prince of Mondoverde, never shirks the responsibilities attached to his privileged position. Born to reign and trained from birth, he accepts his life is not his own and does not complain about his duties to the House of Graziani, at least, not publically. But now he must wed and produce the next heir to the throne. Can he find a woman who is willing to take him on, embrace the public life of a royal princess, and produce the required heir? 

A VANISHING BREED, by Tom Ward
    Heroic firefighter Robert J. Doyle is back, still struggling with his inner demons, the result of an incident in wartorn 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 innocent lives.




Galleys that went out, or went out again, this week:

THE CHILD ON THE TERRACE: A Dangerous Journeys Mystery, Vol. 4, by Virgina Winters

    Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island.



Work began or Continued on the following:
 
 
 
Work began or Continued 
on the following books:    


 

PIRATES OF THE EASTERN SHORE, by Andy Nunez
    Another in Andy Nunez's popular Eastern Shore Series. This one explores Pirates treasure buried along the Atlantic seaboard, visits to the Delmarva Penninsula by Captain Kidd and Blackbeard, to the Oyster Wars of the 20th Century.
 

THE KIDNAPPING OF SEN. ANDY THOMPSON: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2. 

   by Celine Rose Mariotti
  

    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!

  

  THEN CAME HEAVEN,  by Gilda Arruda. 
    A novel of love, loss, and faith.



Earthquake in Messina Italy, in the early 20th Century


STORYBOOK II, by Elena Dorothy Bowman
      Within the pages of this book are stories that my mother once told me; of certain incidences that she remembered. But mostly it is compiled of the memories that were a part of all our lives.
    There were happy times and there were sad times. It was a time of struggle, of prosperity, of joblessness, of wondering where the next paycheck would come from.  Times when a “breadwinner” didn’t have the money to buy a quart of milk, put bread on the table, or a dime to ride the trolley to work. Even a time when the poor didn’t know they were poor. But always, a family that stood together no matter what problems they were facing.  
 
THE MURDER OF SEC. JUDD KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2. 
   by Celine Rose Mariotti
  
    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!



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

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal 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

 



Jack's News!

  by your bookstore cat, 
gossip columnist, and feline friend.
My good friend Virginia Winters sent us a copy of the press release she is sending out as soon as we get her book back to press.  It was delayed a bit for the new cover.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 



Fourth novel in Virginia Winters' Dangerous Journeys series released by Write Words Inc., publisher.

LINDSAY— Dr. Virginia Winters has a new book out, "The Child on the Terrace" just released by Write Words Inc., available online at http://www.writewordsinc.com

Anne McPhail, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain to come to terms with the shooting and Thomas's role in the CIA. But she sees a child on the terrace of the local café who doesn't seem to belong and soon Ari, the Mossad agent who saved her life seeks her out with a plan to rescue the child from the kidnappers. Can she trust him? Three days later, she is on the run with Ari and the little girl with killers on their trail. How far will she go to save Naomi?
 

I like her new cover a lot. Except for one thing. What it really needs is a cat! I do understand the little girl in the story has a stuffed toy donkey.  Surely, it coulda been a feline! Oh well, donkeys are cute, too.

Arline is mailing the checks. So much time-consuming work involved when she can't pay by Paypal, but all of you should have your money soon. If you haven't heard from us by the middle of next week, you can assume you had no sales for the fourth quarter of 2014. :(

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 here. 
Thanks!