For most of us in the United States, this particular September 4th in 2017 is Labor Day. Many of us have the day off to celebrate or mourn the official passing of summer and to contemplate the approach of chillier days. Worldwide, every September 4th is Eat an Extra Dessert Day. You may eat a second or even a third dessert. For me that also includes binge food which may not necessarily be sweet. So go ahead and indulge yourself, for tomorrow we may diet.
I asked some of you to post a picture of your binge food or a dessert you could easily overeat. I'll post some, starting with my own. I like Philippine Dried Mango: sweet and chewy like real fruit leather. I have to stop myself every time I eat it...and that's every morning.
It isn't known how Eat an Extra Dessert Day started, but the word dessert comes from the French word “desservir“, which means to "de-serve, un-serve, or clear the table“. Desserts are normally a sweet course that is served after a meal. During the past days, this meal took place at the end of the day but nowadays desserts can follow a mid-day meal also. Desserts are also called as sweets in many parts of the world.
After a scoop of yummy ice cream, a slice of creamy and delicious cheesecake or a great tasty big piece of homemade pie today you have a perfect opportunity to eat an another extra piece Dessert.
Here is reader Colin B M Wood's Goofy contribution, followed by Tiernan Alvarez' favorite Macaroons
How to Celebrate Eat an Extra Dessert Day
Celebrate Eat an Extra Dessert Day by having a little extra piece of your favorite dessert without any guilt, arrange for a dessert party and ask your guests to bring and share their special desserts and spend the party enjoying the desserts.
Here is Rainne Atkins favorite from England: A Sticky Toffee Pudding
Lillian Csernica's favorite is a Fudge Brownie A L Mode
Last but not least, I thought I would mention a non-sweet treat that can be a snack or an appetizer too.
This is a party favorite in the US. I'm talking about Loaded Nachos quite possibly served with seven-layer dip. This is sent by an old friend of mine from college days Sheree Hudgins. Thank you to all who sent in pictures.
Also, share pictures of you eating an extra dessert on social media with the hashtag #EatanExtraDessertDay.
Posts like this liven up anyone's day.
Ancient Egyptian desserts involved dates and honey or foods preserved in honey. They ate a fairly balanced diet consisting of vegetables, fish and wild game such as gazelles. They also ate a lot of bread and beer -- in fact, these two staples were likely eaten at every meal. Some of these might alarm you. Every time I see this particular delicacy I am reminded that John the Baptist, of Bible fame lived in the wilderness and survived on locusts and honey. That sweet snack may not have been considered so dire. Egyptians considered the locusts (almost the size of small sparrows) A delicacy. Here's an excerpt from Children of Stone Book 2 Going Forth by Day about this snack served at a major party for the king. I'm afraid I'd not be bold enough to even try.
---The people tugged Ariennu’s skirt again and she eased down beside them. The woman shoved a plate of sweetmeats in front of her that sizzled with honey and crackling fat.
Chicken? And Honey pepper? She dipped her fingers in the flower-water bowl and pressed them into a common linen towel that was near the tray. This far away, she couldn’t tell what was going on any more.
Unable to hold on to the venom that had caused her to lose her appetite, Ariennu ate. She quickly , realized she was hungrier than she thought. For a polite moment, she sat and listened to the people tell her of their good fortune to have been invited to this celebration. They owed it to their son who was moving up in the ranks of the army. Their words gushed and droned at the same time.
Hot buns were served and fat-honey locusts baked crisp were put out next. Ari made a face until a servant popped the head and legs off, leaving a juicy carapace that tasted a little fishy. She ate one, but decided she didn’t like that delicacy too much. She kept thinking of the destruction the hordes of them could bring, the beady eyes and feelers, the barbed legs, the creepy wings, and shuddered inwardly at the thought of eating one unless she was desperate.---
Last week we met Aaron-Michael Hall and learned of her many talents outside the writing and producing of her wonderful and romantic fantasies.
One of them is voice acting. Usually in the second week of the interview I post a Character Interview in which a character from the author we've presented speaks.
Unfortunately, I can't link the address to YouTube, but you can. Once you copy and paste the address into your search bar and click, you can hear "Angelaris" speak to you about the books her Author has written.
You'll also see links to interviews with other characters and trailers which will allow you to listen to excerpts from her professionally created audio books. In a world where more readers do not have time to process written words on paper or e-book, Aaron-Michael Hall may be hitting on a trend that will only grow.
COPY THIS LINK and enjoy:
The next author I'd like to feature is Leslie Conzatti. Here's her interview and a blurb from her novel
Who are you as a person?
I am Leslie, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I am the middle child of seven, and I work as a staff assistant/paraeducator at a local elementary school. I am HUGELY NERDY but also VERY introverted, so I was eighteen by the time I found out that this thing I do, obsessing over certain characters and analyzing why I enjoyed some stories and not others, was a "normal" thing and groups of people would do that on a regular basis—so I am a twentysomething who turns into an absolute teenager when I start talking about my fandoms, because let's face it, I lost a whole decade of good fangirling just because I didn't know what it was.
How long have you been a writer?
I have been obsessed with books and storytelling since before I could read. My earliest memory is coming across a junior novel, having no idea what the text actually said, and just making up my own story to go with what I saw in the illustrations. Imagine my disappointment years later when I actually read the book and found it drastically different than the story I remembered
I wrote my first story when I was eight years old, dabbled for a couple years after that, but I can safely say that I've been writing constantly for about the last decade.
Are you Traditionally or Indie published? Neither, I think? I was published through a small-press publisher who did an excellent job through the whole process, keeping me involved, keeping me informed, and I definitely enjoyed the experience!
What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
Oh, far too many! I am a voracious reader, so I encounter lots of good ones. Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 are the two books that really got me going, inspiring in me a love of literature from a unique perspective, and a drive to make my writing the best it could be. As far as "writing styles I want to emulate", I would say J. K. Rowling and Cornelia Funke are two fantasy authors whose work absolutely enthralls me, and I would love to write like they do. My favorite authors include David Baldacci, Mark Lawrence, Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Eoin Colfer, Simon Tolkien, Agatha Christie, and a whole host of indie authors like R. R. Virdi, Jeffrey Cook, Kelly Blanchard, Mary E. Twomey and Amy Hopkins.
What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
My book, Princess of Undersea, is a fantasy re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
It follows Princess Ylaine as she sets out to prove to her father the king that humans aren't as horrible as he would have everyone believe, but in trying to achieve what she desires, she unwittingly becomes a pawn in a power-play that endangers not only the human kingdom, but her own as well.
What is the setting and genre?
The setting for Princess of Undersea is a fictional world, involving a relatively small island kingdom known as Overcliff, off the coast of the mainland, predominantly occupied by the kingdom of Crossway, and the Mer-kingdom of Undersea occupying the seabed spanning the channel between the two kingdoms.
The genre is definitely fantasy, with distinct fairy tale elements.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
My favorite character would probably be Giles, King Theodore’s steward and the mentor for Prince Nathan. It was really fascinating when I first came up with the idea, because I initially thought that for this “steward” character, I would take the characters Sebastian and Grimsby from the Disney movie and create a combination of them, someone stuffy, arrogant, paranoid, and very critical of Ylaine—but then, out of the blue, this man shows up, “introduces” himself as Giles, and he ends up so kind and concerning and noble that I didn’t have the heart to continue with my original idea!
If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
If I had a supernatural power it would probably be one of the “3 T’s”--Teleportation, Telekinesis, or Telepathy. I would love to be able to move things around without touching them, to be places instantly, or to be able to hear and communicate in my thoughts.
Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
It kind of does, actually--and not the ordinary message one might expect from a book like this. So much of YA is “adults are stupid” and “kids can figure out problems by themselves if they just accept/discover who they really are”--but with Princess of Undersea, I set out to emphasize that we as smart, independent, young adults need to be aware of whom we choose for our mentors: are the things they give us, the solutions they recommend actually good solutions? What are our influences, and are they having a positive effect on our lives? Or are the things we choose to believe actually destroying relationships and causing us to lose touch with reality?
How are you marketing your book?
Right now, the most marketing that is happening is largely word-of-mouth. I have an author page where I interact with friends and followers, and I have some physical copies that I either sell or donate to giveaways and stuff.
For example: right now, I’m trying to garner my First Ten Reviews; I’m about halfway to that goal, and I have offered that the First Ten Reviewers will get characters named after them in the next tie-in short story for my book. It’s anybody’s guess what will happen first: I start writing the story, or I get those last 5 reviews!
Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Just one? HA! There are SO many people! Namely, all of the authors whose books I’ve reviewed and LOVED, whom I haven’t already met! This includes mainstream authors like Mark Lawrence, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Cornelia Funke, Simon Tolkien--and dozens more actors and actresses I’ve loved in TV shows and movies! I’d like to meet them and ask them about their inspirations, I’d like to find out more about their processes when approaching a premise or a character, I’d like to just chill with them and have fun--that would be so awesome!
A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters.
Oh this is tough! I never really pictured actors in the roles, they just sort of came on the scene as their own characters… Whoever they are, I would definitely go for the two with the most chemistry, since modern makeup methods would allow just about anyone to achieve the right look for the characters. But if I had to decide, perhaps Saoirse Ronan for the role of Ylaine, and… Max Irons for Nathan? (Mostly because I’ve seen the two of them acting in a film and they did fairly well even if it was a really crappy movie they were both cast in…)
What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
To be honest? A Thousand Years by Christina Perri really seems to be the song that has the most relevance to the Little Mermaid story--particularly the phrases like “how can I love when I’m afraid to fall?” the references to “standing” throughout, “one step closer” repeated in the bridge, as the young mermaid dares to take “one step closer” to the prince when everything screams at her to turn and run away. Even the chorus “I have died every day waiting for you/ time has brought your heart to me,/I have loved you for a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more/All along I believed I would find you/Time has brought your heart to me,/ I have loved you for a thousand years,/I’ll love you for a thousand more…” I listened to it and it really resonated with the kind of story I wanted to tell: the mermaid’s willingness to separate from everything she’s known, and the song is her singing to him, trying to help him realize that she is willing to wait for him to acknowledge her and that he can trust her not to give up on him.
What are your favorite foods?
My favorite foods would definitely be “anything with garlic” or “chocolate.” I am definitely a fan of the Italian cuisine as well!
What makes you laugh/cry?
I love a good joke, sarcasm, and subtle pop culture references; I cry when I see other people crying! That’s mostly the reason I tend to cry at movies much more easily than I would cry over a book.
What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Ooh, good question! Probably the phrase I would want is “Her Words And Life Inspired Many.” I don’t much care about being famous or the center of attention, myself, as long as what I can accomplish inspires other people to go on and do amazing things!
Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy coloring art therapy/adult coloring books. I also knit a lot on the circular craft looms (mostly because that’s the only kind of yarn-craft I’ve yet been able to do…) making hats and scarves.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
In the realm of television I enjoy shows like Travelers and Stranger Things on Netflix, also Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, and I just recently started watching Colony. I tend to lean toward fantasy films, like Stardust and the live-action re-make of Cinderella, or action films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and I recently saw Wonder Woman and really loved it! I also keep an eye out for intriguing sci-fi films, particularly of the cyberpunk variety. Equilibrium and Extracted are two excellent films that I enjoyed.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I probably would have been an actress or a dancer, if I had not been so taken up with the stories in my head that I would have been able to focus on those things. Either that or a musical performer. I’ve played music all my life and I really enjoy it, I’ve just never concentrated hard enough to become as proficient at it as I am at writing and teaching.
What are you working on right now? Right now I’m mostly focused on marketing the book that I have, and finishing up as many of the half-finished projects that I’ve had sitting by the wayside for far too many years!
Currently on the writing desk I have the project I started in November for National Novel Writing Month, an urban fantasy called The Amazon Triangle It is about three friends and their single parents who embark together on a cruise that passes by the Bermuda Triangle and ends up crossing a dimensional rift into a reality where a Japanese Imperial Navy platoon from World War II accidentally created a time loop that trapped them and a tribe of warrior mermaids from another dimension in the Amazon Rainforest, and the Westerners have to figure out how to evade the Japanese and separate the two dimensions before one or the other ends up killing them!
What future plans do you have in writing? I have literally dozens of unfinished projects that I would like to finish and publish someday! I’m working on finishing most of them this year, and by the end of the year I hope to decide for certain which one will be my next book.
The thing about Princess of Undersea is that when I first wrote it, I never intended it to have a sequel--so at this point, half-finished projects have priority over starting a new project. So maybe if I can get a handle on the unfinished things, a sequel could potentially be in the future, but right now, I’m moving on to other things.
What links or website do you have? List them below.
I can be found lots of places!
On Facebook, my author page is www.facebook.com/leslieconzattiwriter
My blog, where I post book reviews as well as excerpts of stories I’m writing is www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
If you want to read other completed stories and follow various other first-draft stories I share, I am also on Wattpad: www.wattpad.com/user/kartheym
On Goodreads, you can follow me (and add Princess of Undersea to your TBR list!) at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16183739.Leslie_Conzatti
Princess of Undersea
Two kingdoms—one towering over the water, the other deep beneath the waves—balance on the edge of calamity. King Theodore of Overcliff withers in the wake of hardship, while King Davor of Undersea rallies his people for war.
When Princess Ylaine gives up her most precious gift, in order to prove to her father that not all humans are evil, she doesn’t intend to fall in love—not at first. That changes when she meets Prince Nathan, but no sooner do they meet than forces conspire to keep them apart forever. Desperate for help, and finding none from their fathers, the two young royals turn to their mentors. Ylaine has Nayidia, her doting godmother, who has the power to grant her deepest wish. Nathan has Giles, his father’s steward, who not only knows who Nathan is, but also the man and king he may become. But will their help be enough? Can Ylaine and Nathan learn the meaning of true power, true leadership, and true love before it’s too late? Can two worlds, two lives, two hearts, truly become one?
Some stories live forever—Timeless Tales which transcend the age in which they were written. Princess of Undersea is a re-imagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
Once again...out of time, but before I go I couldn't forget -
IT'S CONTEST TIME AGAIN
This event is to launch the annual Virtual Fantasy Con 2017 where you can meet with and have fun with dozens of authors and hear about their books. It will be in October.
As contests normally go in the Literary World, this one is no different
There are THREE ROUNDS. THERE ARE ABOUT 40 CATEGORIES
I'm happy to be one of the nominees in more than one category,
so vote for me and others too!
In Round 1 you may vote for as many as you want.
The top 5 in each category advance on September 8 and will need another round of votes at that time.
You may also NOMINATE AN AUTHOR or BOOK you don't see listed.
The book or book from an ongoing series must have been published between 10/1/16 and 9/30/17
To be a REAL, SUPER LOVABLE and AWESOME FAN VOTE in ALL THREE ROUNDS Votes from each round DO NOT move to the next round,
Only the winners do. SO VOTE IN EACH ONE! Here's the link to copy and paste for Round One Cursor through them all!
Virtual Fantasy Con post. https://www.facebook.com/events/640705396099749/permalink/646671998836422/?fref=gc&dti=599386350092593&hc_location=ufi
More on this next week as well as an update on what I've been writing. See you then, so keep on READING, WRITING, AND REVIEWING!