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I’m Visiting C.S. Boyack Today

This month AIW Press released their newest anthology Quantum Wanderlust.

Today I’m visiting C.S. Boyack to discuss the anthology and give some insight as to how AIW comes up with the ideas for production, and the process of assembling each project.

Stop over and visit me by clicking on this link and learn all about it.
And remember to pick up your FREE copy of Quantum Wanderlust.
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OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT

Here’s what’s happening is October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranormal Romance, Romance Under Wraps, on sale for 99¢
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Time Travel Anthology, Quantum Wanderlust, free
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Horror/Suspense Anthology, Macabre Sanctuary, free
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Guest Interview on Don Massenzio’s Blog

Follow me to Don Massenzio’s blog and learn about my novel and the anthologies I’m involved with.

Romance Under Wraps Final 4.14.16

Today I’m being interviewed on Don Massenzio’s author’s blog. My interview shares a little bit about me, and what inspired me to write and features my stand alone novel, Romance Under Wraps.

Don Massenzio, an independent author of several books and the The Frank Rozzani Detective Series.

Don loves writing and helping other authors with their writing and promoting.

 

Don, thanks for hosting me today. Friends, I hope you’ll join me.

You can get my newest short story release, “The Fabric of Time,” in newest free anthology released by AIW Press, Quantum Wanderlust.

Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover?

Originally Published by AIW Press
Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover

 

You all know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover, bit in all honesty, do you take that to heart?

You’re in your favorite book store and you are looking at the table of bargain books. There are several to choose from. How do you make that choice? For me, I choose based on the cover. If it looks inviting, I pick up the book and flip it over to read the back.

If the cover is unappealing I keep looking until I find something that catches my eye.

Joan Hall at AIW Press discusses why the  cover is so important.
You can read all about it,  just click here.

Four Steps to Writing a Substantive Book Review

Originally published by AIW Press
Four Steps to Writing a Substantive Book Review

You’ve read a great book. Now you want to share your thoughts about that book with potential readers. But how do you write a review that will be helpful to others.

Staci Troilo at AIW Press has the answer.
Check out her tips to writing a book review at AIW Press.

 

Pepperoni Cheese Rolls, A Family Favorite

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I have been making pepperoni cheese rolls (we call it pizza roll) since I can remember. My grandma made them for all our special family occasions, and always kept some frozen―just in case. Often she would take them out when we stopped to visit.

 

Of course she makes the best, but mine are close. After all, the recipe is hers, and she taught me. I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching as a child, getting my sample when they came out of the oven. When I got older, she let me roll out a small piece of dough. Eventually, she let me make the entire recipe. Well, let’s just say, said she would say she would let me make the recipe. However, she always took over, and I ended up watching. At least I had the recipe.

While we waited for the pizza roll to come out of the oven, we had coffee and biscotti. We sat in the living room watching cooking shows and grandma told stories of her childhood, or about my aunts and uncles, or about my mom. As the timer ticked down, the aroma of yeast and spices filled the house. Twenty minutes later, we pulled the soft, delicious pizza roll out of the oven.

Nana

 

Not only are these pizza rolls my go to covered dish, they are a memory of the time I spent cooking with my grandma. I am very fortunate, grandma is still with us, she is ninety-seven and still going.

If you need something for your next pot luck, this is a great go to recipe. If you are short on time, you can always use frozen bread dough to make this recipe.

 

 

Pepperoni Cheese Roll (Pizza Roll)

Ingredients

20150301_1001327 cups flour (plus bench flour)
1 package dry yeast
1 egg beaten
1 stick pepperoni – sliced
2 pounds sliced mozzarella cheese
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 stick butter softened
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups canned milk
2 cups warm water
Oil
Oregano
Garlic powder
Crisco

Directions

In large bowl add flour and salt, make a well (hole in center). In separate bowl combine 1 tbsp sugar in warm water (110 degrees) with dry yeast (let stand for yeast to proof approximately 10 minutes). In small pan melt butter in 2 cups milk, remove from heat, let cool slightly, add sugar and beaten egg. (Note: do not boil milk). Put milk and yeast mixture in the well in the bowl with the flour.

Mix the flour into the liquid until dough is formed. Dough should not be sticky. You may need to add more flour or water to obtain a soft but not sticky consistency.
Knead for 5 minutes. Shape dough into a large ball. Rub Crisco on top of dough ball and the sides and bottom of the bowl. Cover with wax paper and dishtowel and let dough rise for 1-1 ½ hours (dough should double in size). Remove cover and punch down dough and knead again for 5 – 10 minutes. Rub Crisco on top of dough ball. Cover and let raise 1-1 ½ hours or until double in size. Uncover and divide dough into 4. Roll on lightly floured surface into 13 x 9 inch rectangle. Arrange pepperoni and cheese evenly and roll long ways like jellyrolls. Put on cookie sheet seam side down.

Poke each roll with fork several times with fork. Brush it with oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and slice. Serve Warm.

Guest Post on Stuff Dudes Like

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I’ve been asked to do a guest post for Stuff Dudes Like. Stop by and check it out. As a Pittsburgh area native, my posts center around the City and the activities it hosts.
My post is titled: Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest

Woman’s World Cup

2015 FIFA World CupSoccer has been a part of my life for many years; as a spectator, coach, player (on the coaches team, and I wasn’t very good), and parent.

This weekend we celebrated our Nation’s birthday and our women played for the title of FIFA Women’s World Cup champions.

The fireworks were over, but there were more to come. The USA women would become the World Cup champions. The World Cup was hosted by Canada, the final was played in British Columbia, and it was like a home game for our women. The fans were behind us as we stepped on the pitch.

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The USA versus Japan. A World Cup rematch from four years ago. The holy grail of soccer. Three minutes in, Carli Lloyd scored the first goal of the game giving the USA the lead in the match. Two minutes later, Carli scored her second goal of the game, stunning Japan, and giving the USA a two goal lead.USA Soccer Ball

In soccer, two goals is a substantial lead. Fourteen minutes in, Alex Morgan scored goal number three and at sixteen minutes, Carli gave the USA a commanding four goal lead. Japan tallied a goal in the twenty-seventh minute, but the USA women kept up the pressure and went in at halftime with a three goal lead.

Our ladies stepped on the pitch after the half, the crowd went wild. Japan kept up the pressure, and on a set piece, the USA gave up an own goal putting Japan within two. Minutes later, Tobin Heath tallied the fifth goal for the USA and that would be the final tally of the game. The USA put their loss in 2009 to Japan in the rear view mirror and are now the reigning champions.2015 World Cup Trophy

This is the USA Women’s third World Cup victory. Congratulations on your convincing win.

 

Every young girl soccer player watches the game in anticipation of a World Cup win, picturing herself as a player on the pitch. When I coached my girls’ soccer team, they all imagined themselves on the pitch, scoring the game winning goal, or defending the net.  This team is a positive influence on our youth, as are all athletes and coaches. What a great role model for our children.

Mom, What’s for Dinner?

Mom Whats for Dinner

I heard that question a lot when my kids were younger. I still hear it, but not as often.

 

With the hectic schedules we keep, after school activities, sports, job, shopping, household chores, we don’t have time to prepare a seven course meal. But we don’t want to go out to eat every night either. I have the solution.

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Pizza burgers. They’re one of my go to favorites. This recipe nails it, and you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. They are a hearty, budget friendly meal that can be made in less than an hour. And your family will love them.

Pizza burgers combine two of my family’s favorite meals, pizza and hamburgers. And they always have seconds. This recipe can be altered to fit your family’s taste. Do you like it spicy hot? Add cayenne pepper flakes. Make it Mexican by changing the spices and substituting salsa for the sauce. If you prefer Asian, no problem. Swap out the bun and use egg roll wrappers, eliminate the sauce and use hoisin, or General Tso. Don’t have buns, use bread. I have even used bagels and English muffins.

When my family comes through the door, they know immediately that we are having pizza burgers for dinner. The aroma of cheese, spicy hamburger, tangy pepperoni, sauce and the crust permeates the house and has them running to the table.

Pizza Burgers Ingredients

The table is set with their favorite pizza burger toppings, hot sauce, red pepper flakes and extra cheese, both grated Parmesan and the cheddar blend. Everyone loves extra cheese, except me. I’m Picky, Picky, Picky. I don’t eat cheese, so I make mine without, but I add extra to theirs.

When you sink your teeth into the pizza burger, you come away with cheesy, gooey, delicious, comfort food. The sauce gushes from the burger down your hand, and drips from your mouth, making you happily lick your lips. As you continue, the doughy perfection and spicy sauce have you going in for seconds.

Next time your family wants to know what’s for dinner, tell them Pizza Burgers.

Independence Day

This week we celebrate the birthday of the greatest nation in the world, The United States. For many it’s a day off work, family picnics, parades, fairs, concerts, and fireworks. For others it’s a reminder of what we sacrificed to create this great independent nation.

Freedom isn’t free. Remember to thank our military, both active and retired. I am giving a special shout out to those in my family who have served, are serving, and who will be serving:Flag Military Logos

  • Bob (my dad)
  • The late Dave (my husband’s father)
  • Bill (my husband’s step-father)
  • Krista (my daughter)
  • Aaron (my son-in-law)
  • The late Anthony (my godfather)
  • Michael (my cousin)

Did you know?Declaration of Independence

  • Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe
  • August 2, 1776 is the day most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually signed the Declaration
  • Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth: John Hancock and Charles Thompson
  • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872
  • The Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday in 1938
  • There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. No, it’s not a treasure map, rather a message is written upside down at the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote it or when. Since parchment was usually rolled up during the Revolutionary War years, it’s thought this memo served as a label.
  • The Fourth of July was originally celebrated with a lot of greenery instead of red, white and blue
  • The modern flag was designed by high school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio as part of a class project
  • The Declaration of Independence was penned by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies, and 1 out of 8 signers were educated at Harvard (7 total)Flag Fireworks
  • 87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.
  • 97% ($190.7 million) of imported fireworks are from China.
  • An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th.
  • The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801
  • The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence
  • Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade and a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.
  • To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every Fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle as the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey.
  • The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.
    Two of our nation’s great national symbols were made overseas. The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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