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National Brisket Day is observed annually on May 28. As one of the nine primal cuts of beef, brisket comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.

Brisket is a tough and relatively inexpensive cut of meat. While it requires some patience to cook brisket to tenderness, the reward is well worth the effort.

Select a well-marbled cut of meat. The fat will keep the brisket moist and add flavor to the final product. Season it well and give it a dark sear. This will seal in the juices. Cook it slow, cook it long.

It can be cooked in the oven or over indirect heat over charcoal or wood. Many times oak, pecan, hickory or mesquite is added to the other hardwoods to enhance the flavor.

Brisket will be fork tender when it is fully cooked and is then served with or without a sauce. Use #NationalBrisketDay to post on social media.

What if you are vegetarian? No brisket? Actually here's a site with a recipe. The spices are the same but instead of meat, the brisket is made of canned jackfruit. The picture is at the left resembling pulled pork to me. The recipe is at this link! Enjoy!

My Instagram adventures

In my quest to learn more of social media, I now have an active account thanks to my daughter Ruth Galindo and I learned enough about hashtags (after about seven or so tries) actually use them.

May 28 this year is also Memorial Day. One of the most touching of ceremonies I've seen to honor the military is the Missing Man table. Sometimes it is set for one. Other times a table is set for each branch of out US military. A somber voice of a narrator explains what the symbolic settings mean.

Please be seated ....... I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.

The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.

The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the[ir] loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share this evening's [morning’s/day’s] toast. The chairs are empty -- they are missing.

Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.

Today we continue with Victoria Saccenti author of the Destiny Series and meet her character Xavier.

First some Blurbs. DESTINY’S PLAN – Romance Military 20th Century

One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…

When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.

Michael Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.

But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…

DESTINY’S CHOICE – romance military 20th Century

No one evades Fate. Especially when the escape route is cracked and full of holes.

As a naïve young woman, Marité Muro nearly drowned in a maelstrom of confusing emotions stirred by two very different men. One whose tortured soul tugged at her heart, another whose scorching touch made her innocent body want…more.

Four years in a Spanish prep school gave her time to gain perspective, and now she’s come home to Florida knowing what she wants. The one man she’s never been able to forget, and she’s ready to prove their age difference is no obstacle.

Vietnam left scars on Brian MacKay, some visible, some invisible—and infinitely more dangerous. His war buddy’s sister-in-law has ripened into a tempting, irresistible woman, but she is forbidden fruit. Yet she challenges his resolve until, in a moment of weakness, his demons slip free.

Marité isn’t sure why the man who held her closer than skin is suddenly holding her at arm’s length, but she isn’t afraid to fight for him. Even when someone returns from the past who could destroy everything. Her home. Her family. And Brian’s love.

DESTINY’S WAY – romance historical 20th Century

Destiny can show the way home...if it can navigate the shadows of Fate.

Brian McKay’s love for Marité Muro burns with the heat of an eternal flame. But when he catches her cousin, Michael, forcing an unwanted kiss upon her, Brian’s jealousy comes dangerously close to flaring out of control.

In a moment of despair, he packs his bags and boards a plane for Round Rock, convinced Marité will be better off with anyone else. Someone younger. Someone who isn’t dragging around a crippling load of baggage—and PTSD-fueled demons.

Anger tears at Marité’s heart as she flees to her Abuela’s home. Anger at Brian for abandoning her so easily. At Michael for trying to reignite their past infatuation. Mostly, anger at herself for realizing too late that it’s past time to grow up, take responsibility for her own part in the debacle, and fight for the only man she’ll ever love.

But Fate has a few more tricks to play before Brian and Marité find the strength to reconcile. Some that haunt Brian’s war-torn mind. Another threatening from Michael’s dangerous ambitions. And one tiny, fragile miracle growing under Marité’s heart, with the power to heal their past and seal their future. If it lives long enough to draw its first breath…

About the Author:

A native of Cuba, Victoria grew up in the nucleus of the prestigious Alonso family, founders of the National Cuban Ballet. The artistic environment fostered her writing spirit and an insatiable curiosity to explore the world and meet different cultures.

She writes romance and family sagas with complex emotional content, as the human condition in all its forms is her favorite theme. Victoria is the author of Destiny’s Plan, Destiny’s Choice, and Destiny’s Way, and a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dunnett’s THE GAME OF KINGS, by Laura Caine Ramsey.

She is a full-time moderator at Outlander Book Club, a member of the Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Florida Writers Association. She’s an avid fan of Lady Dorothy Dunnett’s works, in her rare off times you will find her rereading any of The Lymond Chronicles or House of Niccolò books. Central Florida is home, but if she could convince her husband, she would pack her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.

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Coming Soon from Victoria: A Kind Stranger

Character Interview

1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.

My name is Xavier Manel Repulles

2.Tell us where and when were you born.

I was born December 20, 1927, in Barcelona, province of Catalunya, Spain.

3. How would you describe yourself?

Physically, I’m pretty average. I’m almost six feet tall, work keeps me in shape, so I’m somewhat slim. Not thin. I have sandy-colored hair and hazel eyes.

4. Tell us about where you grew up.

I spent my earlier youth in Barcelona. Unfortunately, political strife forced my lawyer father to abandon his practice and seek a new home. We moved to Jerez de la Frontera, as far away from Catalunya as possible. That’s southern Spain, the province of Andalucía. Where they make sherry wine and raise the most beautiful horses in the world. I am biased. (wink)

5. How old are you?

When Destiny’s Plan opens, I am 39 years old.

6. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?

I have “different” tastes. So I’m very careful with the ladies. I have always ensured we’re on the same page and everything is consensual.

I’ve only fallen in love once.

7. What do you value above all else in life?

Honesty. Loyalty

8. What are you obsessed with?

One woman. Her happiness. Her safety. Her welfare.

9.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?

Except for a well-kept secret, what you see in me is what you get. I’m dedicated and extremely faithful. I will go to the ends of the earth for my friends, my family, and the people I care about.

Have you lost faith in humanity? Come to me. I’ll do my best to restore it.

10. Biggest fear?

Losing the love of my life.

11. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

The best thing was when the woman I love looked my way. The worst was leaving my hometown.

12. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

I don’t do embarrassing. I’m not careless.

13. Biggest secret?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret, right? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

14. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?


15. What is your current goal?

Raquelita Muro’s happiness.

And my next guest author for you to get to know is Chariss Walker

Welcome! What made you want to be a writer?

Thank you, Mary. From a very early age, I loved books. I wanted to create a story that a person could get lost in like I did. My escape from a very dysfunctional family was reading. I always knew I would become a writer, but it took a while for the dream to be realized. Life sort of got in the way, and yet, I have been fortunate to use almost all those experiences in my fiction and nonfiction books.

Tell us your book’s genre?

I write both fiction and nonfiction, but today, we will talk about Kaleidoscope (The Vision Chronicles, Book 1). Kaleidoscope is a paranormal thriller, not paranormal romance, but action thriller. The main character, Mike Lewis, sees visions of the future through a kaleidoscope. Mike really wants to live a normal life, but he’s a little paranoid. He worries that, if someone finds out about his ability, he’ll get carted away. For that reason, he can’t tell anyone about his ability. It has cost him several romantic interests because the women in his life always think he is hiding something or someone. As the story unfolds, someone does find out about his mystical gift… then the chaos begins. They are determined to capture and study him. I mean, who can see the future and how does it work, right?

Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)

My book is available everywhere. To make it really simple, I use a universal link which shows the many places around the world that someone can find all of my books.

I’ll add the links for Kaleidoscope below: Universal link: Kindle: iBooks: Nook:

Google Play: Smashwords: Kobo:

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

Oh, wow! I think it is critical to being a great writer. Reading not only expands the mind, it keeps you up-to-date on punctuation, vocabulary and terminology, spelling, themes. I mean I can’t imagine anyone as a writer that isn’t an avid reader.

How did you come up with this fantastic idea?

One night, I dreamed that I found a kaleidoscope while I was walking. In the dream, I picked it up, dusted it off, and looked through it. What I saw blew my mind. It wasn’t the pretty colored-glass that I had seen in the toy when a child. It was horrifying images. In shock, I dropped the kaleidoscope immediately, but I couldn’t walk away from it. I kept looking at it there on the ground. I kicked a few rocks and finally found the courage to pick it up again. I remember thinking, “This has to be a fluke. Now, I’ll see what I am supposed to see, little glass pieces forming a design.”

When I put the kaleidoscope back to my eye, once again, I saw the most terrible disasters: atomic bombs, earthquakes, large meteors carving out huge sections of earth, tsunamis, crashing airplanes. It was so terrifying that I woke up. My heartbeat was erratic, I could barely breath. I was very frightened but relieved that it was only a dream. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I kept thinking about what I had seen through that common little toy. The next day I began to write the Kaleidoscope.

After Mike led me on his journey, and as he wrestled with acceptance of his ability, that first book evolved into an eight-book series. Mainly because Mike’s acceptance of his psychic gift evolved into a new method of seeing the future which is indicated by each new book title in the series: Spyglass, Window’s Pane, Window All Around, Open Spaces, Stream of Light, Lamp’s Light, and Clear Glass. In each book, Mike accepts a little more and sees a little more until he finally sees everything.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

I identify with Mike because I too have had to learn acceptance of my metaphysical gifts and abilities. Acceptance and gratitude allowed for more to follow. It always does. It is a universal law.

Did the Bible or other spiritual works have anything to do with your idea for this novel?

No, not directly, but I have studied the bible and other sacred texts for many years. I have a masters in metaphysical sciences and an honorary doctorate in divinity. I have studied these concepts for over thirty years; and through those years of seeking understanding about metaphysical concepts (those things which cannot be scientifically measured such as love, spirit, and intuition) certainly affects everything I write whether nonfiction or fiction.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

Acceptance is the key to evolution.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

Promoting would be the one thing I dislike most. I have over thirty books under my belt so I know how to write, format, and publish – all solitary endeavors. It’s in the “putting myself out there” to promote my books that drains me.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

Oh, I can tune out everything around me. Often, if my son or grandson needs my attention, he has to tap me on the shoulder to get it. I don’t listen to music. I suppose I listen to the muse or the character.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

I use a desktop computer, but I keep a notebook and pen handy to handwrite ideas that must be written down. Usually that pertains to the setup of the book such as “don’t forget to change the font of chapters.” Things like that.

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

I honestly can’t think of anything.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

My sister or my son. Sometimes, a close author friend(s) on Facebook.

How do you market your book?

I have an author website:

I try to write a really good, fully edited book.

I write the best blurb/pitch I can imagine using many descriptive words. And, after reviews come in, I might change the blurb to incorporate some of those reviews.

I scour websites for reviewers in my genre and politely ask them to consider reviewing my book.

I write guest blogs on occasion.

I do a press release.

I accept request for interviews.

I sell my book on many online sites rather than only one.

I promote a series by giving away the first book in the series after the series is complete.

I have giveaways periodically using gift cards and an entire series as the perk.

Have readers every contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Yes. I encourage interaction with readers. I’ve had several interactions but this one stands out: A reader contacted me on Facebook to let me know she had read Kaleidoscope, loved it, and to thank me for offering some “free” eBooks.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.

A live drama or the opera? Opera

Chips or crackers? Chips

Hamburger or chicken sandwich? Hamburger/cheeseburger

Fries or onion rings? Fries

Milk shake or smoothie? Milk shake

Thunderstorms or star gazing?? Thunderstorms

Kindle or paperback novels? Now, if you’d asked that question five years ago, my answer would’ve definitely been paperbacks. Now, I simply love my kindle.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?

Read a lot. Write short reviews of the books you’ve read… remember, what goes around, comes around. No one can teach you to write or to tell your story. Write what you know. Include what you know in your stories whether your knowledge is about dogs, cats, weather, relationships, romance, or crimes. Don’t rush to publication. Make sure your work is the best it can be before you put it out there to make its first impression. It’s your baby, so believe in it.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

My next book is nonfiction. I just completed and published Blue Cadillac (A Serena McKay Crime Novel, Book 2). After I write a dark-crime thriller or dark-urban-fantasy, I take a period to cleanse my palette by writing inspirational nonfiction. In fact, today I just released the first book in the series, A Beginner’s Guide to Releasing Trapped Emotions (Going Deeper, Book 1). I hope to have the rest of the series published by late summer.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?

Me on Books2Read/universal link:

Me on Amazon:

Me on B & N: Me on iBooks:

Me on Smashwords:

Me on Google Play:

Me on Kobo:

You can follow me here: Twitter: Facebook: Goodreads: LinkedIn: Pinterest:

Well not exactly... What I HAVE finished is the edit checking with my son Thomas Woldering who, by the way, edits and formats and for Book 4 designed the cover. What's next is either learning how to format a satisfactory ebook and doing so or finding someone who can do the job inexpensively and better than the former ebook format.

I'm also going to be looking for readers who have ALREADY READ the first three books and who have enough time on their hands to handle an ARC copy once it's complete. Because it's a series book, reading the first three is pretty important. Have you read and reviewed the others? Interested? Contact me.

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“When the death of a man comes near him

The summation of what he has done yesterday is made

He will be buried as one who is despised

In the city of the dead”

From the Instructions of Hordjedtef – of the Wisdom Texts



Heart of the Lotus is Book 4 of the Sci-Fantasy Series Children of Stone.

As Marai makes plans to return to Ineb Hedj, he knows not all is settled. Old and new foes position themselves, each seeking control of the Children of Stone. New allies find strength and wisdom from beyond the stars, while older foes emerge from that which is hidden. Each destiny interacts and becomes a lotus petal in the Flower of Life.


💠Why not start at the beginning with 💠 Voices in Crystal (Children of Stone Bk 1)…/…/B00OIYF39M/ref=la_B00OND7QMU_1_3… Mary Woldering Robin Rance Ariana Hawkes 5-14-18


Voices in Crystal Marai from the start-How he developed (art and fandom) Chariss Walker’s Character Mike Lewis

Norman Turrell and Party Hat Winner!

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