Fierce

In this wide-ranging collection of steampunk, dystopian, and fantasy short fiction, award-winning author Chris Pavesic presents vibrant female characters in compelling narratives.

Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...

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The Gimmal Ring

She wants the ring and she wants it bad! Book Details: Title: The Gimmal Ring Author: Karen Koski Page Count: 124 Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade Publisher: Mirror World Books  (https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/) About The Gimmal Ring: Gwendolyn...

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Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...

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Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...

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Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

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Asparagus Soup

Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a bowl of soup ready to warm your heart. Asparagus is purported to have aphrodisiacal properties. In fact, in nineteenth-century France the bridegroom’s prenuptial dinner was supposed to contain three courses of...

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Coffee Infused Dark Chocolate Pudding

This rich, creamy confection crosses a classic, American-style chocolate pudding mix with an infusion of coffee. The inclusion of sliced nuts, marshmallows, and dark chocolate chips adds rich texture and levels of flavor to this quick and easy dessert. Ingredients:...

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Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup

    It's still bone-chilling cold in the Midwest and this Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup is a wonderful way to warm up--at least for a few minutes during your meal!   Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2...

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Riftmaker: A Steampunk Portal Fantasy

Buddy’s favorite thing is curling up for a nap at the foot of Ethan's bed. Then he stumbles through a portal to a clockwork city plagued by chimeras, and everything changes… Well, not everything. Sure, his new human body comes with magic powers, but he’d still rather...

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies will make a nice treat for Super Bowl Sunday. If you are hosting a watch party, or want a quick and easy snack to bring, these cookies will hit the spot. Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter 60 butter crackers (such as Ritz; 2...

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Proofreading Versus Editing

I met with a new proofreading client recently and looked at his manuscript. It needed a lot of work. In fact, he needed an editor not a proofreader. He had no idea what the difference was any more than he knew what an editor does. As I tried to explain it all to him, it took me back to my own beginnings as a newbie author and I remembered what a shock the editing process had been. I had no idea what was involved; writing the book turned out to have been the easy part!

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Fresh Vegetable Soup

Cook Up Something Good with Janis and Emma Lane. No, they’re not sisters or even cousins. Today’s guest blogger is an author with a split personality and man can she cook!

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The Chronicles of the Red Silk Dress

If paranormal and urban fantasy are your thing then you are sure to enjoy The Chronicles of the Red Silk Dress. Book Two in the Witches Brew series is a stand alone novel perfect for all fantasy lovers.

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New Year’s Day Green Smoothie

New Year’s eve is a time for celebration. New Year’s day is a time for a fresh start.

What happens when you are so tired from celebrating the night before that you cannot embrace the day?

This smoothie is a healthy treat and can provide the energy to get a jump on those New Year Resolutions.

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Quick Christmas Morning Potato Puffs

Christmas morning demands a do-ahead breakfast. Choose something that can be prepped the night before (or well ahead), and baked in the morning like these Baked Potato Puffs.

Boil the potatoes the day before and they will be ready to go for this perfect alternative to hash brown potatoes.

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Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...

read more

The Gimmal Ring

She wants the ring and she wants it bad! Book Details: Title: The Gimmal Ring Author: Karen Koski Page Count: 124 Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade Publisher: Mirror World Books  (https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/) About The Gimmal Ring: Gwendolyn...

read more

Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...

read more

Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...

read more

Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

read more

Asparagus Soup

Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a bowl of soup ready to warm your heart. Asparagus is purported to have aphrodisiacal properties. In fact, in nineteenth-century France the bridegroom’s prenuptial dinner was supposed to contain three courses of...

read more

Coffee Infused Dark Chocolate Pudding

This rich, creamy confection crosses a classic, American-style chocolate pudding mix with an infusion of coffee. The inclusion of sliced nuts, marshmallows, and dark chocolate chips adds rich texture and levels of flavor to this quick and easy dessert. Ingredients:...

read more

Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup

    It's still bone-chilling cold in the Midwest and this Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup is a wonderful way to warm up--at least for a few minutes during your meal!   Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2...

read more

Riftmaker: A Steampunk Portal Fantasy

Buddy’s favorite thing is curling up for a nap at the foot of Ethan's bed. Then he stumbles through a portal to a clockwork city plagued by chimeras, and everything changes… Well, not everything. Sure, his new human body comes with magic powers, but he’d still rather...

read more

Couscous Salad

Healthy food doesn't need to be boring. In fact it can be outright delicious!    Ingredients: 1/2 cup orange juice 1 1/2 cups water 2 cups plain couscous 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup cubed peeled cucumber 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)...

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Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...

read more

The Gimmal Ring

She wants the ring and she wants it bad! Book Details: Title: The Gimmal Ring Author: Karen Koski Page Count: 124 Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade Publisher: Mirror World Books  (https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/) About The Gimmal Ring: Gwendolyn...

read more

Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...

read more

Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...

read more

Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

read more

Asparagus Soup

Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a bowl of soup ready to warm your heart. Asparagus is purported to have aphrodisiacal properties. In fact, in nineteenth-century France the bridegroom’s prenuptial dinner was supposed to contain three courses of...

read more

Coffee Infused Dark Chocolate Pudding

This rich, creamy confection crosses a classic, American-style chocolate pudding mix with an infusion of coffee. The inclusion of sliced nuts, marshmallows, and dark chocolate chips adds rich texture and levels of flavor to this quick and easy dessert. Ingredients:...

read more

Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup

    It's still bone-chilling cold in the Midwest and this Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup is a wonderful way to warm up--at least for a few minutes during your meal!   Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2...

read more

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