Pastrami in the Library. D C Harrell's Ermana, Shane Lassetter and Lots od new books for you


Pastrami lovers across the country look forward to their favorite sandwich on January 14 as they recognize National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.

Pastrami is usually made from beef however sometimes is made from pork, mutton or turkey. The pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. To make pastrami the raw meat is placed in brine, then partially dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, smoked and steamed.

A wave of Romanian Jewish immigration introduced pastrami (pronounced pastróme), a Romanian specialty, in the second half of the 19th century. Early English references had used the spelling “pastrama” before the modified “pastrami” spelling was used.

New York kosher butcher, Sussman Volk is generally credited with producing the first pastrami sandwich in 1887, claiming to have gotten the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storage of his luggage. Due to the popularity of his sandwich, Volk converted his butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.

  • Pastrami is typically sliced and served hot on rye bread, a classic New York deli sandwich (pastrami on rye), sometimes served with coleslaw and Russian dressing.

  • Pastrami and coleslaw are combined in a Rachel sandwich ( a variation of the Reuben sandwich using corned beef and sauerkraut)

  • In Los Angeles – The classic pastrami sandwich is served with hot pastrami right out of the steamer, sliced very thin and wet from the brine then layered on double-baked Jewish-style rye bread. It is traditionally accompanied by yellow mustard and pickles.

  • In Salt Lake City – In the early 1960′s, Greek immigrants introduced a hamburger topped with pastrami and a special sauce. This pastrami burger remains a staple of local burger chains in Utah.


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Try this Hot Pastrami Sandwich recipe.






  • 2 lbs cooked and thinly sliced beef pastrami

  • 4 -8 slices havarti cheese

  • coarse grind mustard (optional)

  • dill pickle slices (optional)

  • thinly sliced onion (optional)

  • 8 -16 slices artisan rye bread or 4 -8 sandwich buns

  • 1 cup beef broth


  1. Simmer pastrami in broth until hot.

  2. Divide meat among bread, using 4 ounces for smaller sandwich, and 8 ounces for large.

  3. Add cheese, mustard, pickles, and onions to taste.

  4. Grill sandwich until toasty and crisp if desired.

  5. Serve warm with chips if desired

And now let's meet Ermana Viejo from Drakonian Pink, Dragon Fairy Tale 5 by D.C. Harrell

Hi, I’m Ermana Viejo. Yeah. Drakonian Pink’s big sister. I used to call Rohiya “Pink” to aggravate her, but it mostly only riled up Mama. I’m the one who taught Rohi how to fashion that one drakonile handbag she ever made, kill to carry.

You think the drakonile hunting she does is so macho? You should try teaching her anything!

I was born in the Erbwaters, near Lake Serrope, back when we were still using citronella juice out of glass jars to keep the mosquitos off and cold cream to wash our faces. Growing up over the sweatshop wasn’t so bad, even with all those industrial glue fumes wafting into the curtained end of the apartment that was Rohi’s and my bedroom. I liked learning the handbag craft from the worker ladies, just like my little girl is learning now. And I loved it when Mama taught me the business side. I admit I was an adult-pleaser, but what’s so wrong with that? I’ll be the one running Viejo when Mama retires, if she ever retires. I bet Rohi will still be air-boating around the swamp, not settling down with Nick.

My husband and I plan to have lots of babies, and as long as Mama is around, I doubt he’ll have anything to say about me working. It’s not like he’s here much during tourist season anyway. Half the time he’s leading overnight loricator-hunting or fishing tours. As long as he knows I’m at Viejo, he doesn’t get jealous.

Everyone else knows that I’m Mama’s dependable child, the one who could run Viejo right now. Rohi can be depended upon to bring in the loricator- and drakonile-skins when it suits her to come into town or when she needs something from Uncle’s shop.

I confess, I do envy her a little, though. Don’t get me wrong. I do not want to leave the comforts of my bed and indoor plumbing, yet she seems so carefree. But after all the work Mama put into raising us and building a better future for our family, I can’t imagine ditching Viejo to go traipsing around. Someone has to be the responsible adult, and I would rather be like Mama than my deadbeat father.

Not that Rohi doesn’t value family as much as Mama and I do. She found her way to save the business when everything Mama and I tried had failed. The problem is, she knows I know that, and she hangs that proverbial handbag over my head constantly.

We don’t really fight like we used to. There are some lines you walk right up to, but you don’t cross. We let each other do what the other is good at and mostly don’t meddle: she brings in the skins and adds legend to the Viejo brand with her hunting prowess.

Seriously. Red drakonile is nothing to sneeze at, and I don’t. I almost lost my sister that day, which is way worse than losing the business. When she told me the story, told me the risks she’d taken, I wanted to kill her myself, I was so mad. And then I burst into tears and hung onto her like the drakonile might pull her away from me right there in the shop.

Every time she comes home, something releases in my chest that I didn’t realize was clenched. I don’t even worry about my husband like that. (Don’t tell Rohi I said that, though, or she’ll be insufferable.)

For my part, I run the day-to-day, keep quality and the workers’ conditions high, and interface with the fashion world, things Pink could care less about. So that’s me, the dutiful daughter, though I still sneak in those creative moments. Sometimes when baby girl is occupied with the ladies, or better, when Mama takes her grand-daughter out for ice cream and adventures, I work up a new handbag design. That’s me-time. And I love that what I create is not just good for me, but good for the business and good for the family.

The Library - J V Stanley – A Review

James, a young businessman must come to grips with the fact he has suddenly died. He isn't certain because the afterlife in which he finds himself is not like anything he was expecting. He soon meets two others arriving in this new world, Penelope and an elderly man Walter. It's a library in which all who arrive must read life stories of others and then judge them, but never read their own book. This novella is a delightful one-sitting read with wonderful characters and a great twist at the end. Highly recommended!


Yes I will be there unless a late blizzard blocks my way! Books and bookmarks galore 70 authors to meet and greet! Details?


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Here's the opening of my own story inside "Raemkai's Stairs"

For those of you who have already met Raemkai in Book 2 Children of Stone Going Forth By Day, yes that is the very same shape-shifting wolfish critter as a spirit now inhabiting the worlds beyond. It's a tale of how he began to tell me his story.


His head rose from his crossed paws and his dark snout sniffed at the air.

Is that smoke? Is the house on fire? Did the wiring in this old place finally spark out? the wolf rose and padded around on the upper landing.

Then, looking down the stairs, he saw the wild-haired man slouched and warming his hands over a low, licking flame. A discordant yowl rose from his weaving and rocking form:

“Bebe Lie mie fiyah…cmon bebe lie mie fiyah…”

A drunk broke in from the cold to warm his hands. I was only going to tease him for provoking my rest, but now the bastard gets the full visual for the fire.

Materializing from the head down, the wolf spirit slowly altered his shape. He became a red furred hellhound with oversized glowing green eyes and saber teeth. With a howling growl, he extended his clawed hands, seized the man’s ragged shoulders, lifted him high overhead and flung him to the floor beside the pile of smoldering papers.

“My house!” he shrieked. “My stairs! Put out the damned fire and get out!” he zipped around and lunged at the scrambling man who whimpered and swatted the flames with his hands.

As the sparks flew and died, the man kept screaming, kicked his empty liquor bottle, and ran.

Look at him go, pissing himself! But that’s the way it’s always been. He chortled as the man stumbled and then fell on the way out of the front door.

The spirit of the red wolf followed as far as he could, then waited until the big old house grew quiet again.

There’ll be others. I just wish they came here more often, or that I could go with them when they leave. There’s so much out there; things waiting on me. The wolf resumed his normal black furred shape, but noticed white flakes floating by the windows. He scampered down on all fours to take a closer look, excited as a pup.

Snow. I remember snow. When it falls in a land where snow is rare, it’s as if magic is in the air. I have to try. I have to look out the windows at…


The invisible barrier that stood in a wide semicircle just beyond the stairs stopped him with a sudden crash. True to his wolf/dog shape he growled, snapped, and leapt at it, fighting the insult of being trapped. He knew once again that nothing had changed. He was never able to venture more than a few feet in any direction from its ornate wood and wrought iron staircase. It always happened. Some noise in the empty old house would rouse him, he would give chase, bark and howl, and then flatten his spirit body against the limit of his territory. Even when he assumed the shape of a man or even a half man/half wolf he went no further. He was always trapped. ~~~~~~~~ So what happens? Who is that wolf really? How did he become trapped? Download and see!

And Now Shane Lassetter

What made you want to be a writer?

I hadn’t honestly. I just couldn’t sleep one night, started thinking about zombie entertainment, wondered what I would do as a geek, and then voila. The next morning I started writing.

Now I have multiple book and series ideas thrashing in my mind and it’s only been a year and a half. I love it. Never thought I would be a (supposed) writer.

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.

There are three: Geeks Will Gather and Geeks Will Rise. My first children’s short story is Allen & Brandi Visit Zombieville.

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

Very. It gives you insight, helps the imagination, and shows how others write and produce their books. And it’s fun to read the great many variations people can come up with.

Do you remember the first book you read?

Nope. I seem to remember getting into the Lone Wolf choose your own adventure series by Joe Dever and really enjoying the Mack Bolan Executioner series by Don Pendleton back in the 80s while in junior high. Bolan got me into the Punisher comics and now I am a full-blown Punisher freak.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Jim Butcher’s Dresden compilation of short stories, Brief Cases. I am starting the second book in the Tome of Bill series by Rick Gualtieri.

How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?

See above first. Then I just started brainstorming on titles. The series title came from five that I came up with and my coworkers at the time thought that Outlast was best. Then I just decided that all subtitles would be ‘Geeks Will…’.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

I based one of the main ones in the Lake Jackson, TX. Group on me and the family. I just used middle names for us all. Mine is Michael.

How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Everything in it is as realistic as I can write the possibilities. It is a zombie apocalypse, but it is a possible version of zombie-ism. I write about actual places and streets to go with my story.

To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I don’t really have to, but I go to Corpus Christi with the family. We like the area. Most of my travel is actually going to comic, anime, and horror conventions to get my books out there.

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

I either have to listen to music or be watching a show or movie while writing. Usually with earphones on to drown out the background noise of the house.

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

Something to drink. Always.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

Having to pay for everything myself. It’s hard working, writing, spending time with the family, and then trying to afford the art and producing the book.

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.

Money. That is always the hardest part. It took me five months to get the first one produced after it was ready.

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

My wife. Always behind me.

How do you market your book?

Social media and conventions.

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

A few have through facebook, and a several at the conventions when they saw me again. So far, only good things have been relayed to me.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

I have a few friends and family members. I use them to help edit and decide if there is something that needs changing.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

Fearshire Farms, the last few weekends before Halloween 2017. They let me set up out front and push my wares. Selling a Geeks vs Zombies book at a horror and haunted house venue was awesome. Watching people get scared near me and running out from the different houses was cool.

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

Be a geek. We know how to fight and later, win. Also. Remember. Most of your military personnel are geeks, too. They aren’t all dead just because infected are taking over.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Kevin James for myself, Michael. Kal Pen for Major Bertram Bharata. Scott Adkins, Ray Parks, Terry Crews, Theo Rossi, and Michael Jai White for my Navy Seals.

Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Hard to say just one. Robert Ludlum, Don Pendleton, and Robert B. Parker for inspiring authors. Richard Marcinko and George Washington for patriotic Americans in general.

Do you have any hobbies?

Entertainment. I love movies, TV, books, and World of Warcraft.

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

The Walking Dead, iZombie, Strike Back, Billions, Expendable movies, and all Marvel movies.

Favorite foods

Chinese, Mexican, and Italian.

What’s your sign, lucky number.

Don’t believe in them. I like the number 13 because so many don’t.

What’s your favorite color.

Various shades of blue. The metallic blue and color changing blue that sometimes looks black.

What music do you hear in your latest book.

At parts, Ride of the Valkyrie by Wagner, at others I hear War Zone by Rob Zombie.

Do you have hobbies other than writing?

Comic buying and selling

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Go back to a real job. I used to be a chemical plant operator that made great money, but I hated it. Could do that again if I needed to.

You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

Taking out traitors to the country. Maybe. Maybe not. Probably just watch TV or movies with my wife and children to get all I can before I leave.

What do you want written on your head stone?

‘Always keep track of how many rounds you fire. I’ll remember next time.’

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?

Many. Formatting, some grammar, and not putting social media connections into the book. And buying way too many for a first run.

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

Write it down. It doesn’t matter if it is a chapter, paragraph, sentence, or even just a word or two. You may struggle with how you want to word or expand upon it but it will one day come. It usually comes in a flood, too. And on the road. Or in the shower. Or, like me, when you can’t sleep so you have to text yourself notes for the next day.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

I bounce ideas off of my friends Warren Stapleton and Asdrubal Lopez. Usually something will stick.

Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)

First in each of my series is on Amazon as paperback and ebook. Everything is available on my website,

Social media links and websites?


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