Fall is here. We have cookies and new things to read!
NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY
Each year on September 21st, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day.
This cookie is a great any time of day snack. The word pecan is Algonquian. It means “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” It's a member of the hickory family and is native to central and southern United States. The wood from the trees can be made into wonderful furniture. One of my childhood memories was going pecan picking on my aunt's farm in South Carolina. We'd take pails and baskets and pick them off the ground, then store them until we needed them.
A favorite way to enjoy the cookies is freshly baked and with a cold glass of milk to wash it down, and you’ll have found near perfection.
BAKE SOME TODAY!
Here's a recipe for 24 cookies
1 cup butter, softened
⅔ cup packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups pecan halves
--In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and egg. Mix until well blended.
--Slowly add flour and salt and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
--Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
--Roll one inch pieces of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour. Press a pecan into top of dough.
--Bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly colored.
Here's a happy thought! It's also not too early to think about Christmas gifts. I can fix you up with an autographed copy of one of mine. Here are two folks who recently received their autographed copies and a bookmark.
Not sure if the series is for you?
Why not buy an ebook of Book 1 Voices in Crystal then later get your print copy autographed with a bookmark from me. There's a special right now so you can get the book for just $.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B081KSKPGB/
A word of caution: Some of the scenes are violent and there is sexual content and social behavior/attitude that's historically appropriate, but some modern readers may find it disquieting so it gets an 18+
Heretic - Allysha Lavino In the first book of the Heretic Trilogy, the main character Lily Ann Harper is on a journey to heal herself from sorrow over the assassination of her grandmother who was also her teacher and spiritual guide. When she follows her footsteps to the sacred site of Rennes-le-Château in the Langudoc area of France, famous for grail lore, she meets many people who knew her grandmother and who have in a spiritual and actual sense been waiting to meet and teach her. At first, this doesn't interest her. She is interested in a scientific approach to the relationship between all the ancient sacred sites throughout Europe. The first question posed is "Why are you here?" but the answer is much deeper than the obvious desire to do research. The journey becomes more of finding one's place in the Pattern of Life and in the Universe. Author Lavino, through the skillful weaving of the tale asks that we ask ourselves the question, too. All of us , at some point are confronted by that question: What’s it about? Where do I fit? Why do I fit? For many of us those questions are inadequately answered. We worry about the humbling answer we’ll receive and don’t press it.
Lily herself is on the verge of taking a flight to Rome to get away, but is called back to not only look but to actually SEE the pattern of all life, structure, the Universe and her place It's also an adventure as some forces of evil assail her ansd try to steal her maps and notes. The wrongdoings escalate and soon Lily and her new friends are engaged in solving a whodunit. Finally, the title "Heretic" reveals a different meaning than the standard one (a religious rebel, although the Cathars were regarded as such by the Pre-reformation Catholic Church.) In this work the word Heretic means the ability to decide a course for oneself - TO CHOOSE. It's an excellent book, and my only complaint is the anti-Catholic tone which is something of a trope these days. From reading the other reviews I am seeing the anti-Catholic focus picked up as often as the encouragement to embrace ancient wisdom. Perhaps the coming books will explain that aspect. I look forward to reading them. A wonderful tale which I highly recommend.
Hell on the Heart Hope Daniels and Alicia Dawn
It's not often I encounter a page-turner, but this story was one. This is the second book of the Magical Forces Series, so I was a bit lost as to how the characters came by their powers and immortality. They were a fun-loving ordinary group of young people from 1985 who had ordinary identities and mundane jobs. The male hero, Pete, is a carpenter, but he's also a djinn (genie) There are witches and shifters. Annabeth is a witch. There's sexiness, some graphic, as the characters fall in love, but deeds done in one's past (and past lives) can haunt and really mess up a great love affair. There is drama and humor too, but at some point you keep reading just to see what happens. Fun and wild paranormal. Read it.
Grave Digger Academy II
by C.A. King (Author)
There is a reason why people don’t believe in monsters and it’s not because zombies, vampires, mummies, and ghosts don’t exist... Welcome to Grave Digger Academy- the last place anyone wants to end up. Gravediggers actually do the digging. Grave Diggers, however, keep buried bodies where they belong—six feet under. It's Makayla's second year in the paranormal academy system, and she isn’t returning alone. No one made the honour roll last semester, and the coveted transfer position was withheld. It’s a good thing, too—GDA needs participants for the inter-academy face off. A win could bring back prestige and funding the institution so desperately needs. A loss. However, would close its doors forever. This year’s students are about to learn there’s more to their Academy than meets the eye. Something isn't right about the competition. It smells of the rot and decay only a freshly unearthed corpse could cause. Lucky for them, death is right up their alley.
Alisandra's Kairos: Book 5
(Call of the Elements) Kindle Edition
by Yvette Bostic (Author)
Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Alisandras-Kairos-Book-Call-Elements-ebook/dp/B08D7Q85YR/ 9/15/20
Why can’t my choices ever be simple? It’d be nice to wake up and my only decision be ‘eggs or cereal.’ My life hasn’t been easy since the day magic fell in my lap. Between the mages, shifters, and vampires my entire world was turned upside-down. So, I expected drama when I went to the fae to learn how to control that part of my magic, but I got way more than I bargained for. Yes, I learned the truth about so many things and very little of it was pretty. Now, I’m forced into yet another decision that will affect the fate of world. Should I follow my heart and stay with Braden to help him rebuild and protect his empire? Or should I join the fae civil war? The war to protect their realm from an evil that should only exist in my worst nightmare. Eggs Benedict, please!
Rebel Academy: Crush: A Paranormal Academy Romance Series (Wickedly Charmed Book 2) Rosemary Johns 9-17-20 https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Academy-Paranormal-Romance-Wickedly-ebook/dp/B084Z6GQGH/
Nothing is more seductive than the forbidden…
…and temptation could crush this cursed academy.
As both a witch and ghost in an academy for bad boy supernaturals, you would think that I’m at home amongst the monsters. But in this home, I’m a prisoner.
Pleasure and fate bind me to three devastatingly hot Immortals, but our unbridled lust feeds a dangerous power inside me. Will I destroy us all if I lose control?
The perilous trials of the Rebel Cup are only the beginning. The ruthless fae and elf princes are deadlier than even the academy's tests, and their love could shatter me.
When I’m sent on my first assassin mission, will my immortal lovers and I survive?
Rebel Academy: Crush is a complete 90,000 word paranormal academy romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Rosemary A. Johns. Discover mysterious and delicious vampires, shifters, mages, gods, fae, elves, and princes. If you love steamy paranormal romances where the men know how to share, dive in now!
In this world, even the rebels aren’t free.
I caught Prince Willoughby’s mouth with mine, and he pressed me against the wall. I wrapped my legs around his waist.
“Strip, fae,” the god commanded, grasping Lysander by the neck.
Lysander flushed, and his golden wings flapped. His fingers hesitated over the buttons of his pants. But he wouldn’t call the bluff first.
We were playing a deadly game between Immortals and Princes.
Desire, rivalry, and temptation.
The game would crush us all…
A Time For Magik (Into The Forest Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Robin Rance (Author)
I believe in Fairytales, and all good tales should have a little bit of Magik… Breesta knew someday it would end… Breesta watched the knight ride away. It broke her heart, but even worse, it ripped her son’s world to pieces. She should have been better prepared, knowing all good things come to an end. But then she decided the timing couldn’t have been better. Her birthday was coming soon, and with that came a ceremony where she’d receive all her powers and gifts. She was the last of the Forest Fae Princesses, and she had a lot to accomplish before her guests arrived. She knew there would be other Fae, and their children, but many wild beasties, as well. Perhaps there was a chance her parents would be granted permission to attend the gathering. You never knew what magik might bring. She began the preparations for her upcoming event but always kept the strong knight in her thoughts. He promised he’d return one day, mayhap if she wished hard enough it would happen. Join them all in a world of Castles, Knights, Faeries, and Magik. And… don’t forget Evil. Where there is Magik, there must also be Evil!
The Dead Daughter (The Cursed Kingdom Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Aimee Shaye https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Daughter-Cursed-Kingdom-Book-ebook/dp/B08B5KHTQ1/ 9-19-20
She was born an ill-fated princess. She was destined to be a savior. Princess Kumud Maudlin of Treoles is a rescued prisoner of her own castle after twenty-three years of seclusion. Now that she has a second chance of life, thanks to her rescuer–and sister-Queen Aymeri, she must learn to speak with her words and control the wayward magick inside of her. Meanwhile, the evil Empress Dimia is advancing toward Treoles with a vengeance for the magick guarded by Kumud’s sentinel sister, and ruler of Treoles. Will Princess Kumud control her magick and help Treoles retaliate or will Treoles fall before it even stands a chance?
So that wraps up another two weeks.
See you in Early October for another edition and more of my own news in the writing world.