Welcome! My friends and I picked the Summer Solstice to offer you a sumptuous supper and a buffet of books to satisfy your reading hunger. A good meal and a great book—summer doesn’t get any better than this.
Each author is sharing a favorite dish, and the menu is chock-full of mouthwatering delights. Also, the menu contains the title of one of the author’s books and a web link.
Click on the link by the author’s name to find the directions for making the dish AND to learn more about the author and their book(s).
I invite you to visit each author, make a new friend or two, and celebrate the summer with us. Enjoy!!
Menu and book list:
Please check out the rest of the menu - Plus Author's books
Blackberry Gin and Tonic by J.K. O'Hanlon -Three Ingredient Cocktails ~ www.thirstyjane.com
Pomegranate Martini by Kathy L Wheeler - Quotable ~ http://kathylwheeler.com
Japanese Chicken Wings by Jan Morrill -The Red Kimono ~ www.TheRedKimono.com
Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Meatballs by Vonnie Davis - Rain Is A Love Song ~ ttp://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Alicia Dean - Liberty Awakened (Isle of Fangs, Book 1) ~http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/
7 Layer Salad by AJ Nuest - She's Got Dibs ~ http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Mandarin orange & spinach salad by Barbara Barrett - And He Cooks Too ~www.barbarabarrettbooks.com
Mango Black Bean Salad for 4 by Romney Nesbitt - Secrets from a Creativity Coach ~ www.romneynesbitt.net
Pesto Chicken by Nancy Parra - Gluten for Punishment ~ www.nancyjparra.blogspot.com
Taquitos by Calisa Rhose - Risk Factors ~ http://calisarhose.com/chit-chat/
Linda's Summer Shrimp Boil by Linda Joyce - Bayou Born ~ http://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com/
Oven Fried peach chicken Juli D. Revezzo - The Artist's Inheritance ~ http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking dish.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of pesto per chicken breast over the top of each breast, and wrap each breast in prosciutto slices to cover the entire breast. Place the wrapped chicken breasts into the prepared baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink, the juices run clear, and the prosciutto is lightly crisped, about 25 minutes.
Created this recipe for a yummy comfort food dinner.
1 package of gluten free lasagna noodles (I prefer brown rice but others like corn noodles. Either will work.)
1 8 oz package of fresh mushrooms - washed and sliced
1/4 cup onion - chopped fine
1/4 cup celery - chopped fine
1/4 cup roasted peppers for color
2 tablespoons butter (margarine if lactose intolerant)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup of milk (almond milk or soy milk will work as well)
1 can of gluten free condensed mushroom soup - I use Health Valley or Pacific
2 cans of flaky white tuna - I use the water based pouch.
2 cups of ricotta cheese
11/2 cup parmesan cheese (or lactose free substitute)
Gound pepper to taste
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook and drain noodles per the package. In 2 qt saucepan melt butter, cook onion and celery and mushrooms until tender. Stir in cornstarch to make a rue. Add milk, peppers and soup. Cook until bubbly.
In a bowl mix ricotta cheese and egg and 1/2 c parmesan cheese.
Spray 9x13 pan -layer noodles, tuna, 1/2 sauce, 1/2 c parmesan cheese. Repeat. Top with parmesan cheese and if desired crushed potato chips.
Bake for 30 minutes. Pull out of oven and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy with steamed veggie of your choice. (adds color to the meal.)
This year I will debut two new series with a third series to debut in 2014.
What does this mean? It means I have to write 4 books in 2013.
Which leads me to Writer's Tip Number One: DO NOT PANIC
Writer's block is a form of panic. Procrastination is a form of panic. Some people use panic to motivate them. Not me. I like to avoid panic.
Let's break it down. If you write a page a day you can write a book in a year. The secret is sometimes that one page turns into 2 or 3 or 4 because you get going and don't want to stop
In order to write four books this year I need only write 5 pages a day - every day. So as often as you've heard this - it is totally true. Sit your bum in a chair and write your one page a day every day. It becomes habit - like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.
No, this does not mean revise a page a day - but move the story forward one page a day.
How can you panic over one page? Write one page - and see what happens
What is a blog hop? It’s a virtual event that helps readers discover new authors. The first author tags five others whose work he or she admires, who each tag five more, who each tag five more, and so on. These memes float around the internet every few years, and this particular event has been so big, covering so many genres and amazing authors, that I'm thrilled to participate.
Before I get to the questions, I’d like to thank Sparkle Abby, a fabulous (pair of) author, who tagged me for this. Their Pampered Pets Mysteries are great reads and super fun. check them out at: http://www.sparkleabbey.com/blog/
The way this hop works, I (and the authors I’ve chosen) will each answer (on our respective blogs) the same 10 (predetermined) questions ranging from our current works in progress to our writing processes and beyond. We hope you’ll enjoy learning about our work. Please feel free to comment and ask questions.
Okay, ready? Here is our Next Big Thing! My Baker's Treat Series debut book, Gluten For Punishment, comes out May 7th, 2013. This year will be a busy year for me since I have sold two more series! So Look for book sin the Spring and the Fall of 2013 and more in 2014.
1: What is the working title of your book(s)?
"Gluten For Punishment", May 7th, 2013.
"All Fudged UP", a Candy Coated Mystery, Fall of 2013
"Her Hand In Murder," a Perfect Proposal Mystery, 2014
2: Where did the ideas come from for the book?
I've been gluten free for five years and taught myself how to bake that way. When I was posting my baked goods on Facebook, mystery author, Joelle Charbonneau, Skating Mystery Series and Glee Club Mystery series suggested I write a mystery featuring my glutenfree recipes. I did and it was a hit! I expanded on my love of cooking by writing a fudgeshop mystery and that took off. Recently I was able to co-create and write a Perfect Proposal series based on a Chicago event planner who plans the perfect marriage proposals. (Something my romance readers should enjoy.)
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would choose Amy Adams to play Toni Holmes in the Baker's Treat Series and Emma Stone to play Allie McMurphy in the Candy Coated series. Zooey Deschanel would make a great Pepper Pomeroy in the Perfect Proposal Series.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Toni Holmes is a crime solving gluten free baker in a wheat filled world. Allie McMurphy is a candy maker with a sweet bichon-poo who uncovers murder on Mackinac Island. Pepper Pomeroy plans individual, grand marriage proposals that tend to end in murder.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Baker's Treat Mystery series is a Berkley Prime Crime series. Candy Coated Mystery series is a Kensington Killer Cozy series. Perfect Proposal Mystery Series is a Berkley Prime Crime series.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
You all know I write fast. So first drafts are usually six weeks - it's the rewrites where the fun begins.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
"A mouthwatering debut
with a plucky protagonist. Clever, original, and appealing with gluten-free
recipes to die for."~ Carolyn Hart
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? -covered in Question number 2... ;)
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Check out excerpts and more at www.nancyjparra.com.
Next week I'll post five more authors to check out!!