Monday, September 22, 2014

Great Reading and Rainforest Cookies to nibble on





The rainforest’s secret is known to a very few. But each is perfectly placed to profit from it. The secret is lithium— sometimes described as the oil of the 21st century—and the knowledge of it has spawned a crime cabal led by Vietnamese gangster-turned-investor Johnny Ho and including a diverse cast of fellow crooks. Their plan is to own the priceless resource in the middle of the island of New Guinea, cut down the rainforest, and leverage themselves into financial control of most of Southeast Asia. To protect them they have a weapon only a nuclear strike can combat. Or so they think.

The first female president of a United States, self sufficient in oil but totally without the precious lithium, has her own plans. Andrei Kuznetsov, chess aficionado, avid reader and unlikely secret agent, is sent to make them a reality. The Australians, meanwhile, are also aware of the deposit and have their own intentions—with an SAS team on call to support them.

As the story unfolds through murder, jealousy, corruption and a Category A hurricane, Kuznetsov comes to realize the players have reckoned without one factor—the nation that holds the deposit and the beautiful young woman who will emerge to lead it.

The presence of a national heroine (and the people who call the forest home) forces them all to think again.

Rainforest Cookies



Ingredients:

Servings:
36

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine sugar and Soft Baking Butter with Canola Oil in large bowl.
  3. Beat at medium speed until creamy.
  4. Add pineapple and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed.
  5. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder.
  6. Beat until well mixed.
  7. Stir in nuts and 1/4 cup coconut by hand.
  8. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; dip top of each cookie into remaining coconut.
  9. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  10. Bake in oven 12-15 minutes or until set.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Catching UP!


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

SLOW DANCING WITH THE ANGEL OF DEATH: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 1, by Helen Chappell
    Newspaper reporter Hollis Ball is shocked to find herself shedding a tear when she learns her ex-husband, Sam Wescott, was killed in a boating accident. She is even more shocked when Sam's ghost shows up, asking her to find out who murdered him. LiFE Award from Literature for the Environment.
DEAD DUCK: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 2
   Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the Decoy Jamboree, still smouldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, so naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her dead ex-husband, of course, the charming ghostly Sam.




Gallies that went out, are still out, or went out again, this week:


REWIND FORWARD: Kathy Sear and Greg Hawkins Series, Vol. 4, by Michael E. Field. 

   Paul Buckler had everything he could want from life: a beautiful wife, wonderful children, and a great home. But all that came crashing down when false allegations were levied against him and he found out that you are really guilty until proven innocent
 


ANNALS OF A DANGEROUS HANDYMAN, by Geoff Geauteerre
   The tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.

 

 TINY TIMELESS TALES: The Writer's Bloc Anthology III
    A Collection of tales by members of the Bloc that includes short stories, poetry, pages from a nonfiction childrens book, and articles about a number of subjects, one including recipes for cooking bugs.

DEMONCHASER II: One Foot in Hell, but with the Right Shoes, by David Berardelli
   After successfully sending Gutrillus Canus back to Hell, Tiffany LeBouf and her sidekick Chip, the
mischievous inferior demon, are sent to Central Florida on a brand-new assignment—to find a delinquent inferior brought up by Braithwaite, the new super demon who has come up from Hell to replace Balberith. Along the way they meet Ashley, a young girl innocently caught up in one of Braithwaite’s evil schemes. Just as they befriend and try to help Ashley, the three of them are caught up in a web of corruption involving rich oil sheiks and a sinister scheme to sell off Central Florida land and turn it into a terrorist training center. Will Tiffany and Chip be able to sour Braithwaite’s land deal? Or will they be sent back to Hell and forced to remain there forever?
 
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover.  
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are conditions...
Work began or Continued on the following books:

 REFINER'S FIRE, Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   A life in ruins—and a journey of deliverance...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 MURDER OF SEC. ASA 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!
   
LAST STOP FREEDOM: Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 1, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   ***First Place Winner Dragonfly Awards Competition, Historical Fiction Category**** A desperate flight from brutal oppression—and everything to lose if it fails...
   Two women, one white, the other black, find themselves trapped in bondage on a South Carolina plantation in 1850's America. Their unique friendship gives each the strength to endure until circumstances threaten not only to rip them apart but to place their very lives in jeopardy.



MINISTER'S SHOES, 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.
 
   Shelley is enjoying her long-awaited visitors, her mom and sister, all the way from Canada! Boy is she happy. She missed out on Sunday, as she had to work, but we enjoyed visiting with her mom, Vi and Sister Betty. Mom sure knows how to chuckle me under the chin.
 
  Author Kris Condi is getting lots of attention in her home town of Crescent City, IL. Her books are flying off the shelves at the local library and they her upcoming talk has been noted in the newspapers and  on Local TV. She will do a book signing of her latest book COUNTING ON YOU, NEXT TUESDAY, Sept. 23, at the Watseka Library from 6:30 TO 8 P.M. Don’t miss it if you’re in her neighborhood.
 
  Arline pretended to find my mousie -- the orange calico one, with the green button eyes, that author Terry L. White made (and stuffed with catnip) just for me. At least she SAID it was mine! SHE couldn't fool me. It only had one eye and I can't tell you WHAT it smelled like!
   (Note from Arline: The mousie was found to have been hidden in the laundry basket and reappeared with only one eye and no longer smelling of catnip, but of detergent and dryer sheets! At first, Jack refused to look at it. Then he picked it up, carried it into his litterbox and pissed on it!)
   Arline tried and tried to tell me it was the same ONE! But she couldn't fool me! I disposed of it properly, and am still looking for the real one, though SHE refuses to help me search anymore!
  

If you are going to have a book signing somewhere, 
make a personal appearance, or are 
planning a launch party where you live, 
please let ME KNOW. Just put 
 NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, 
and we will be sure your news 
 is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!
JACK

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brazilian Doughnut recipe

 
A Historical Novel based on True Events
by Nancy Madison

At the end of the Civil War southerners look forward to more peaceful times. Instead the Reconstruction Period is a tumultuous era. Many former Confederates leave their homes in search of a better life. About twenty thousand southern residents sail to Brazil to homestead. In late 1865 Tom Mahon and his friend disinherited Virginian Randolph Carlisle finally reach Galveston after traveling cross-country from a Union prison in Maryland. Good-natured, trusting Tom is no match for clever, unscrupulous cardsharp Randolph to whom winning is everything. Meeting Tom’s dark-eyed sweetheart Mattie Ratliff, Randolph decides to steal her from Tom. He has Tom framed for a crime he didn’t commit then sails off to Brazil with Mattie and her family, leaving Tom in a Galveston jail.

Brazillian Rain Drop Doughnuts

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2-1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
Preparation
  1. In a deep fryer or skillet, heat several inches of vegetable oil to 360 degrees (F).

  2. In a small bowl, stir the cinnamon into the 1/2 cup sugar and set aside.

  3. Mix the flour, salt and 3 tablespoons sugar in a bowl.

  4. Stir in the eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk with a wooden spoon. Add more buttermilk, slowly, until mixture has the consistency of a very thick cake batter.

  5. Stir in the baking powder.

  6. Using 2 teaspoons (or a small cookie scoop), scoop a generous teaspoon of batter and carefully drop it into the oil, using the second spoon to help scrape the dough off of the first one. Repeat with several more teaspoons, but do not overcrowd the doughnuts or they will stick together.

  7. Cook the doughnuts, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides.

  8. Remove doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon, and drain briefly on paper towels.

  9. Roll the doughnuts in the cinnamon sugar while still hot.

  10. Cook the rest of the doughnuts in batches.

  11. Doughnuts are best served warm, and can be reheated or kept warm in the oven.
Makes about 25 small round doughnuts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Subtext

By Ludima Gus Burton

Love knows no age limits Kay Holland, a fifty year-old widow, doesn't want to be called a cougar. Although fifteen years separate them, thirty-five year old, Drew Lawrence, isn't her cub! She must, however, overcome her own doubts of the age difference, his son and her daughter's opposition and social prejudice to reach her happy ending.

Question from the e-mail: What is subtext? I paid for a critique and received the following advice. "Your subtext often sends the wrong messages."  I tried the dictionary, but it didn't help. Can you?

Answer: Subtext is what is implied by what is said, usually in dialogue, but often in narrative as well.  And it may reflect what is left unsaid, but hinted at, as well.

In dialogue and narrative both there is always both text and subtext. First there is what is said, and second what is implied sometimes by what is left unsaid. Often, subtext, which the reader picks up on, is as important as what is actually said. Look at the following:

    “Oh, is that slide show at the library with the nature photographer tonight?” John grimaced. “I’ll go if you want, but I’m really tired. After all, I was out to the Bible Study at church last night and you stayed home and read. This makes two nights in a row, for me. Of course, I don’t like to mess up your plans....” 

Of course he wants to mess up her plans. If he didn’t, he’d say, “You go ahead, hon, I’m too tired tonight. Apparantly he's being nice, but What this Really Says in the Subtext is, “You couldn’t find time to go with me last night, so I’m NOT going to be nice about what you want to do tonight.”

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Uncle Sam Day

Today, America faces enemies that make the world of the Cold War seem like much brighter times. Islamic forces have declared Jihad on America causing the greatest threat to the life of the United States since World War II. In Patriot Acts, America finds itself under covert nuclear attack from the Islamic Republic of Iran which has linked up with radical American Militia groups. They have set aside their political and religious differences to carry out the widest attack to America in the nation 's history.
Happy Uncle Sam Day

Actually, it was Saturday, and I meant to post it then, but Jack followed me around all day, yelling for the lost mousie and I was too distracted. Anyway, enjoy the novel of alternate reality above, and the info on Uncle Sam below, and I will continue to search for the yellow, flower-printed, calico mousie with green button eyes that is stuffed with (You guessed it!) Catnip.


On this day in 1813, the United States got its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name was linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with "U.S." for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as "Uncle Sam's." The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today. The German-born Nast was also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. Nast also famously lampooned the corruption of New York City's Tammany Hall in his editorial cartoons and was, in part, responsible for the downfall of Tammany leader William Tweed.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). In Flagg's version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words "I Want You For The U.S. Army" was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie's Weekly in July 1916 with the title "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as "the progenitor of America's national symbol of Uncle Sam." Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself "The Home of Uncle Sam."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Catching UP!


 
Books that went to press, or back to press this week:
 
UNDERCOVER NUDIST, by Byron and Kay McAllister
   Set in 1964, this is the story of world-famous sleuth Tim Rinnissen’s first introduction to detective work. The crime, five years’ old, is an old-fashioned bludgeoning, with traces of attempted poisoning, corruption of officialdom, and an introduction to investigation sponsored by a couple of nudists, locally famous for their gourmet cooking. Tim’s youth and inexperience lead him into trouble, but the nudes rescue him by solving the crime-- feeding him a Malaysian dinner as they analyze how they did it.

THE NEW NORMAL: A Novel of Alternative History, By A. G. Case, Ed.D and P. A. Papineau, Ed. D
   It’s 2014. Benjamin Osmond had been declared President for Life. The United States of America has been renamed the Islamic States of America. Islam has been declared the official and only religion of the country. The religious police are charged with finding those who refuse to obey and sending them to a Philosophy Alignment Academy for re-teaching.
 

by Helen Chappell

SLOW DANCING WITH THE ANGEL OF DEATH: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 1, by Hellen Chappell
    Newspaper reporter Hollis Ball is shocked to find herself shedding a tear when she learns her ex-husband, Sam Wescott, was killed in a boating accident. She is even more shocked when Sam's ghost shows up, asking her to find out who murdered him. LiFE Award from Literature for the Environment.
SETTLING by Joan L. Cannon
   Ruth Duchamp leaves New York in order to find a way to come to terms with a future she fears. She and her husband Alex married not so much in haste as with too little self-knowledge. Attractive without being conventionally pretty, red-haired Ruth is a product of the rock-bound coast of Maine with all that implies and a reserved and practical upbringing.






Gallies that went out, are still out, or went out again, this week:

ANNALS OF A DANGEROUS HANDYMAN, by Geoff Geauteerre
   The tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.
 
REWIND FORWARD: Kathy Sear and Greg Hawkins Series, Vol. 4, by Michael E. Field. 

   Paul Buckler had everything he could want from life: a beautiful wife, wonderful children, and a great home. But all that came crashing down when false allegations were levied against him and he found out that you are really guilty until proven innocent
 

 TINY TIMELESS TALES: The Writer's Bloc Anthology III
    A Collection of tales by members of the Bloc that includes short stories, poetry, pages from a nonfiction childrens book, and articles about a number of subjects, one including recipes for cooking bugs.

DEMONCHASER II: One Foot in Hell, but with the Right Shoes, by David Berardelli
   After successfully sending Gutrillus Canus back to Hell, Tiffany LeBouf and her sidekick Chip, the
mischievous inferior demon, are sent to Central Florida on a brand-new assignment—to find a delinquent inferior brought up by Braithwaite, the new super demon who has come up from Hell to replace Balberith. Along the way they meet Ashley, a young girl innocently caught up in one of Braithwaite’s evil schemes. Just as they befriend and try to help Ashley, the three of them are caught up in a web of corruption involving rich oil sheiks and a sinister scheme to sell off Central Florida land and turn it into a terrorist training center. Will Tiffany and Chip be able to sour Braithwaite’s land deal? Or will they be sent back to Hell and forced to remain there forever?
 
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover.  
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are conditions...

Work began or Continued on the following books:
 
DEAD DUCK, The Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott Series, Vol. 2, by Helen Chappell
     Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the Decoy Jamboree, still smouldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, so naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her dead ex-husband, of course, the charming ghostly Sam.


THE VANISHING BREED: The Volunteer Series, Vol. 2, 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.




REFINER'S FIRE, Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   A life in ruins—and a journey of deliverance...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.
 
LAST STOP FREEDOM: Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 1, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   ***First Place Winner Dragonfly Awards Competition, Historical Fiction Category**** A desperate flight from brutal oppression—and everything to lose if it fails...
   Two women, one white, the other black, find themselves trapped in bondage on a South Carolina plantation in 1850's America. Their unique friendship gives each the strength to endure until circumstances threaten not only to rip them apart but to place their very lives in jeopardy.

MINISTER'S SHOES, 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.
 
   Shelley is expecting long-awaited visitors, her mom and sister, all the way from Canada! Boy is she happy. Hope she remembers the cat treats when they come to see me on Sunday.
 
  Author Elena Bowman, is feeling better and at work on another collection of her short pieces, ala THE STORYBOOK. That's good news to everyone here at Write Words! Meanwhile, Arline is working on some of her older series titless: LegacySeries, Sarah's Landing Series, etc. in hopes of getting them out through Smashwords.
 
As for me, I've been a bit sad this week. Arline picked up my favorite mousie -- the orange calico one, with the green button eyes, that author Terry L. White made (and stuffed with catnip) just for me. Usually she hides my toys in the basket on the hearth, but she didn't put it there this time.  I've looked under the sofa and under the kitchen shelf, and in all my sister's favorite hiding places, and  I can't find him anywhere. If you have any idea of places to look, please let me know.

If you are going to have a book signing somewhere, 
make a personal appearance, or are 
planning a launch party where you live, 
please let ME KNOW. Just put 
 NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, 
and we will be sure your news 
 is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!
JACK