Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Great Summer Reading

  If you like Game of Thrones,
you will surely enjoy this summer read.
Finlay was the recognized heir to the throne of 11thcentury Alba when the king began a plot to install his grandson Duncan. Finlay finds his girl is married off to his cousin, his best friend joins the opposing side, and Duncan plans war. Life becomes especially difficult when Thorfinn of Orkney and his sister take hand in the game.


The King's Chicken
a recipe from the 11th Century

1 lb. cooked chicken  cut into 1 inch pieces
7 eggs
1/2 tsp . ground ginger
pinch ground anise
pinch saffron
Salt and pepper to taste
Pie crust to line a small crock, or a pie pan

Mix the eggs and spices until well combined. Place the chicken in the pie crust and pour on the egg mixture. Bake in a 400 degree oven until done.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Catching UP WAS Posted on Friday

Disappeared on Saturday....


Galleys the went out, are still out, or went out again this week:

DEMONCHASER III, by David Berardelli.  
   It's definitely hell in the wrong shoes! Feisty Tiffany LaBoeff is back and ready to solve the world's problems one more time.  
 

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. 
 

 
Work began or Continued on the following books:

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 at the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!   


A VANISHING BREED,Volunteer Series, Vol. 2 by Tom Ward 

   The continued adventures of Medic 1260.
 
 
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


CANDLE SONG: A Collection of New Age Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey





 
Jack's News!

  by your bookstore cat,  gossip columnist, and feline friend.
 
 A. G. Case and her writing partner, P. A. Papineau, are already planning personal appearances in September though they don't yet have an advance copy in hand. Some will be on the way very soon, though.


 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Whoops! and Cool Summer Reading

Whoops! Forgot an ingredient in the Crab Cake Recipe
So here it is again, Corrected!


 Cool Summer Reading!

Set against the backdrop of a historic snowstorm, Snow Escape is the story of one woman’s innocent foray into the world of online dating turned deadly.

Allegra Maxwell is a 30-year old, single school teacher looking for love. Having chosen to use the Internet to meet the opposite sex, she encounters an articulate, prospective beau on the night the biggest blizzard in history is blanketing the Big Apple.

WHOOPS!
FORGOT AN INGREDIENT IN THE RECIPE BELOW!

Margaret Adkins's Crab Cakes

Original recipe makes 8 crab cakes
 
If you've been lucky with the crab net and have a bushel of leftover crabs to pick out, you can make up a lot of these, and freeze them on a cookie sheet, then store them in freezer bags and take out just as many as you need to fry per meal .
  • 1/3 cup tablespoons Ritz Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated red or green peppers from the garden
  • 1/2 sm. onion grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  •  1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
    if you live in an area where Old Bay is not available, you can substitute curry powder.
  • 1 pound cooked crabmeat, flaked
  • Lard for for frying *

    *Health conscious folks can fry these in vegetable oil, but this is my mother's recipe and Mama always used Lard and if you try it you will understand why. 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the Ritz crumbs, mustard, mayonnaise, egg and parsley until well blended. Fold in the crabmeat. Form into 3 inch patties.
  2. Heat the lard about 1/2 in. deep in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. There should be enough to reach half way up the sides of the crab cakes. When the fat is hot, carefully place the patties in the pan. Fry until golden brown on each side, about 8 minutes per side. If patties are browning too fast, reduce the heat. Drain on paper towels, and serve immediately.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eastern Shore Crab Cake Fare


The Writers Bloc Anthology II

Eastern Shore Life and Lure is the second anthology from the members of the Writers Bloc, an Eastern Shore Writers Group. Eastern Shore Life and Lure is a panorama of both fact and fiction, much like the Eastern Shore’s past.

Heroes and villains, rich and poor, all have their parts to play in this sampling of tales from the Writers Bloc of the Eastern Shore.

Margaret Adkins's Crab Cakes

Original recipe makes 8 crab cakes Change Servings
 
If you've been lucky with the crab net and have leftover crabs to pick out, you canmake a lot of these, and freeze them on a cookie sheet, then store them in freezer bags and take out just as many as you need to fry per meal .
  • 1/3 cup tablespoons Ritz Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated red or green peppers from the garden
  • 1/2 sm. onion grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  •  1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 pound cooked crabmeat, flaked
  • Lard for for frying *

    *Health conscious folks can fry these in vegetable oil, but Mama always used Lard and if you try it you will understand why. 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the Ritz crumbs, mustard, mayonnaise, egg and parsley until well blended. Fold in the crabmeat. Form into 3 inch patties.
  2. Heat the lard about 1/2 in. deep in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. There should be enough to reach half way up the sides of the crab cakes. When the fat is hot, carefully place the patties in the pan. Fry until golden brown on each side, about 8 minutes per side. If patties are browning too fast, reduce the heat. Drain on paper towels, and serve immediately.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Swanee!


When their plans for their Charleston vacation are sidelined, Bonnie and Sue find that Savannah offers more than meets the eye. When they first arrive at The Magnolias, they plan on a nice quiet stay at a 200-yearold bed and breakfast; not the eighty-year-old murder of Colonel Blanchard, the disembodied voice of the missing Ghislaine, and the mysterious melody that is heard by all of the inn’s guests each midnight. When The Magnolias’ hostess, Miss Harriet Champion, is found murdered in the Confederate Room, is it the ghastly deed of the ghost of Colonel Blanchard…? Or did Miss Champion stumble upon a distant secret of one of the inn’s employees or guests?

Swanee River Chicken


Ingredients:
1-1/2 C. diced cooked chicken breast
1 C. chopped celery
1 C. cooked rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 C. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. diced onion
1/2 C. slivered almonds (optional)
1 C. crushed Ritz crackers
1/2 stick of butter

1/4 cup white cooking wine 
Instructions:
Mix all ingredients together except crackers, almonds and butter. Place mixture in large casserole, top with almonds and crackers. Melt butter and drizzle on top. Bake for an hour at 350.




Monday, July 21, 2014

Stockland Fire Department Series, Vol. 2 
By Tonya Ramagos

Jordan Dias is the fire chief’s daughter. He sternly forbade her to follow in his footsteps as he believes women have no business working in a “man’s job.” But Jordan has a dream.... In Book II of the Stockland Fire Department Series, Jordan's in for some fiery excitement. When her father retires, Jordan applies to the new chief, Bryce Tracy, for a job. If he hires her, he is sure to allienate his predecessor, who is still around acting as a volunteer. If he doesn’t, Bryce will break her heart. Or maybe his own....

Bryce's Firehouse Omelet Thing


8 slices dried bread
1 pound grated cheese
8 eggs
3 c milk
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
dash cayenne pepper (OR Curry Powder if you are feeling adventurous)
1 bunch green onions
1 can sliced mushrooms

 
Butter bread and cut into cubes. Place in a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with onions and mushrooms. Beat eggs, spices, and milk and pour over bread and cheese mixture. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Bake @ 350 for one hour covered. Remove cover for last few minutes to brown the top. NOTE: You may add ham. sausage, bacon, green peppers, etc. to the recipe!!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Catching UP!








BOOKS that went to Press, or back to press, this week:
THE NEW NORMAL, by A.G. Case, Ph.D. and P.A. Papeneau, Ph.D.
   A Novel of Alternate Reality that explores what might have happened if the 9-11 attacks had been fully successful. A thoroughly frightening tale.
THE PROMISE by Karen Rossi

    Katharine Wilder is devastated when her 11-year-old daughter, Maggie, is arrested for shoplifting. Although the girl is only involved by association, Katharine is deeply shaken by the incident and wants to get Maggie involved in wholesome church activities.
 MOONLIT BAY, by Elena Dorothy Bowman
   What is in an abandoned building on an uninhabited Island across Moonlit Bay that has been surreptitiously invaded by armed, unidentified entities who are helmeted, dressed in black survival suits and armed with laser guns? What of the object that seems to cry out in excruciating pain giving off a blinding light when these intruders bombard its shell by laser beams? Why did they pick this peaceful small coastal town of Moonlit Bay for their clandestine operations? Who are these people? Where did they and the object in question come from? And who or what is inside the object that is so important to the invaders? These are questions that Elliot, Ryan, Penny and Stacie are determined to discover if it’s the last thing they do.

I HAVE A FRIEND ON JUPITER, Celine Rose Mariotti
   A story of two young friends who e-mail aliens on Jupiter! When their space ship arrives, so does a lot of adventure. When the space ship leaves-a special bond has been formed.  



Galleys the went out, are still out, or went out again this week:

DEMONCHASER III, by David Berardelli.  
   It's definitely hell in the wrong shoes! Feisty Tiffany LaBoeff is back and ready to solve the world's problems one more time.  

 

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. 

 
Work began or Continued on the following books:

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 at the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!   


 
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


CANDLE SONG: A Collection of New Age Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey