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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Writer Wednesday- National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

On Writer Wednesday, I discuss an author and his or her book. Today's pick is the National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky.

Stars have long been admired by humanity. They inspire, offer wishes, illuminate mythological understanding, and now, thanks to ever-improving telescopes- they literally show us windows into the past. Because of red-shifting and the delay from light reaching us on earth (For example, sunlight that we receive left the sun 8 minutes earlier) astronomers are able to view what has already happened. But you don't have to be a highly skilled astronomer to see amazing things in the night sky. You can begin in your own backyard!

This book, with chapters devoted to the constellations, the planets, deep space objects and how to use telescopes, among several others, offers both a practical guide as well as very interesting information and stunning photography: hallmarks of National Geographic excellence.

Dive right in and begin your exploration of the universe!

My best to you all,

Friday, January 23, 2015

Healthy Lunch in Less than 5 minutes...


I've mentioned before how authors are stereotypically shown as not taking care of themselves, forgetting to eat, or when they do- eating poorly- as they write. I've also mentioned how it's important to take care of yourself- even when you're busy. This applies for all people, of course, not just writers. 

So- here's my lunch (hot lunch!) in less than five minutes. No microwaves are used and admittedly, a stove is and so this is best for people who work from home... or near a stove, or at least a burner.

What is this mystery dish?
It even sounds literary!
Eggs in Purgatory

There are many different recipes for this simple dish. Here's mine.

Take a small frying pan and pour about a teacup's saucer's worth of your favorite tomato sauce into the bottom of the pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Crack an egg into the middle of the sauce. Add cheese- mine is a white cheddar, but whatever you prefer is fine. Add however much you want- shredded or just in small pieces is fine- it's going to melt. Then cover with a lid. I use my pasta pot lid, because it's the right size and because it's a built-in-strainer and so the steam can escape but still keep the heat in to cook. Now, the cooking time will vary based on your stove, but will be approximately 2-3 minutes. The way I can tell when it's finished is that the yolk of the egg is no longer visible as all of the egg white has solidified and meshed with the cheese into molten white lava on top of the tomato sauce. 

Now, pick what you'd like to serve your eggs in purgatory on top of. You could use pasta or rice, though that will take longer unless they're already cooked. I tend to use either corn tortilla chips or bread. Today's bread is a walnut olive wholemeal baked at my local supermarket. 

And presto! You're finished-- grains (can be gluten free!), vegetables, protein (suitable for vegetarians as well!) all served up in a delicious plate (or bowl!) in less than five minutes.

Bon Appetite!

My best to you all,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Writer Wednesday- Uncharted Redemption

Hello! On Writer Wednesday I discuss another author and his or her book.

Today I will be discussing Keely Brooke Keith's second book in the Uncharted series: Uncharted Redemption. Keely kindly provided me with a free advance review copy of her story. For more information about when the book is releasing and where to pre-order, see this post on her cover reveal that I participated in last week.

Keely's books are described as a mix of historical fiction, scifi and romance. This book certainly benefited from mixing those genres more than the previous story. Although book one was interesting and engaging, it is a joy to see how much Keely has progressed as an author. I enjoyed her use of metaphor, particularly related to one character and her violin. Expanding upon book one, the characters leap from the page and the off-island scenes in a barely future world at war add immediacy to protecting the hidden land of the island, that remains shrouded in pre Civil War tradition and lore.

Focusing on secondary characters from book one, Uncharted Redemption tells the story of Levi as he struggles to build a life of his own, apart from his estranged father's, on the island. What is perhaps most touching about this story is Levi's ability to move beyond tradition, when the dictates of his heart demand it. Reminiscent of Dr. Quinn on an island in the near future, this book is interesting and engaging and a strong follower to book one. In this case, the sequel really is better. Book your ticket back to the island today, via pre-order, and sneak among the Grey Leaf trees to view this hidden land and the stories of its residents!

My best to you all,

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cover Reveal for Keely Brooke Keith's Uncharted Redemption

Today I'm participating in a cover reveal for fellow author Keely Brooke Keith and the second book in her Uncharted series.

From the author of The Land Uncharted comes the second book in the Uncharted series, Uncharted Redemption. Written like a historical, set like a scifi, and filled with romance, Uncharted Redemption continues this suspenseful story of life in a hidden land.

Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Description: Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own. When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful, and filled with adventure, Uncharted Redemption weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.

Purchase Links:

Pre-order signed paperbacks: Uncharted Redemption

Add Uncharted Redemption to your shelf on: Goodreads, Shelfari, FictFact, and LibraryThing

Have your ebook of Uncharted Redemption signed via Authorgraph

Uncharted Redemption is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here: The Land Uncharted

Author Bio:
Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

A Winter Eden by Robert Frost

A Winter Eden
By: Robert Frost

winter Eden in an alder swamp
Where conies now come out to sun and romp,
As near a paradise as it can be
And not melt snow or start a dormant tree.
It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead
And last year’s berries shining scarlet red.
It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feast
On some wild apple tree’s young tender bark,
What well may prove the years’ high girdle mark.
Pairing in all known paradises ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.
A feather hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o’clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life’s while to wake and sport.

My best to you all,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Hello and Happy New Year!

Have you made any resolutions for the year? This year I've set my Goodreads goal at reading 30 books for the year. It's important to not just write but also to read as a writer! I've also decided to set a couple of writing specific goals. In addition to my regular writing, I've decided to pen a weekly poem and a monthly short story.

My best to you all,