The Lost Citadel. And a Giveaway!

The city is called “Redoubt”… and so far as anyone knows, it is the last. 

Seven decades ago, there were cities upon cities; kingdoms and nations, the remains of ancient empire. Cultures at war, cultures at trade. Races with varying degrees of alliance and distrust. Humans, elves, dwarves, and others; magic and monsters, rare but real. Regions of desolation, certainly, but also regions of plenty; forests, farmlands, and fields. And so it was for millennia, through two dynamic ages the lorekeepers and scribes called Ascensions.

Until the world ended. Most call it the Fall, but whatever term a given people choose to use, it marked the point where everything—everything—changed. Nations crumbled. Races died. Magic sputtered. Nature sickened. 

The Dead woke.

 

This is a very cool project that I’m involved in. There’s a stellar lineup of authors, artists, and musicians all coming together to make this thing happen. My story is called “The Bone-Shaker’s Daughter,” and it’s a dark love story between a human, an elf, and how madness, obsession, and hierarchy play a role in this one remaining city. I sincerely hope it’s something you will enjoy.

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To help garner support, I’m offering a giveaway! For anybody who backs the Lost Citadel Project, contributing even as little as a dollar, I’ll enter you in a raffle for a free audiobook of my latest (and favorite!) novel, Pretty Little Dead Girls. Pretty Little Dead Girls is narrated by Khristine Hvam, and she does a beautiful job. All you have to do is contact Lost Citadel Editor C.A. Suleiman (his contact information is on the right hand side of the Kickstarter page), let him know you backed the project, and tell him what name you used so he can confirm it.  At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, I’ll pick a winner and get you your copy of the PLDG audiobook. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Check out this campaign. It has a lot to offer. I’m hoping it funds all of the stretch goals so we can have a soundtrack. How amazing would that be?

Have a great day, friends!

 

Pizza in a Pinch: A Miss Murder Cheat

So it was 108 degrees, I was super exhausted, and my favorite pizza place was having phone problems.

I know. First world problems. I realize I’m blessed to have so little to worry about on some days.

So I made pizza. Ish. Quickly, easily, and cheaply.

Step 1. Assemble your motley crew of ingredients. I had cheese sticks, pepperoni, and egg roll wrappers.

image1(9)Step 2. Line the pepperoni and cheese sticks up at a slant. Fold the corners in.

image3Step 3. Roll those babies up! Use a dab of water to keep the egg roll closed. It will stick to itself if moistened. Line those babies up like little soldiers.

image4Step 4. Cook those babies!  You can bake them, and normally I’d recommend that. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and spray the cookie sheet and egg rolls with cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on how done you like the wrappers to be. But it was far too hot to turn on the oven. I think the house would have exploded if I tried. So I fried mine in olive oil for about a minute and a half on each side.

image5Step 5. Nom nom nom! Dip the in some warm tomato sauce and you have a delicious, easy little treat that really hits the spot. The recipe is also exceptionally kid-friendly as long as an adult does the frying. You can do the same things with won ton wrappers, but it’s trickier. Egg rolls are the way to go for this one.

Enjoy!

A Final Fantasy VII Remake?!

Avalanche!

My heart sputters to a full stop. This, my friends, is what makes life grand. I can’t wait!

I can’t wait to see Cloud Strife seducing the Don in a tiara. In HD.

On the other hand, does this mean that the FF franchise has basically given up? “Yeah, nothing will ever top this. Let’s redo it.”  Thoughts? Opinions? What’s your favorite FF game?

Jasmine Cranberry Cinnamon Rice Pudding

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You read it right. Comfort in a bowl.

Sweet, delicious, slightly tart, aromatic comfort in a beautiful bowl. Use your prettiest one for this.

You can easily lighten it up by using 2% or less milk, but why? You can also make it with any short-grained rice, but the jasmine is really what turns it from a treat into an experience. It has such a divine scent and taste. Be kind to yourself and don’t miss out on the flavor. :)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole milk

1/3 cup dry jasmine rice

pinch of salt

1 egg

1/4 cup organic cane sugar (or brown sugar)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions

1. Bring milk, rice and salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and sugar. Add egg/sugar mixture to the hot rice and milk mixture. Stir well until it thickens, anywhere from five to ten minutes. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon, pull off heat, and add cranberries. Let cool. Serve warm or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it. I wish we could all sit down and share a bowl together.

Pimp a Friend Friday: The Haunted Halls by Glenn Rolfe

Glenn Rolfe‘s first novel, The Haunted Halls, is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents! Pick up a book and support somebody awesome at the same time. The sale runs until June 15, so you only have a few days. I already grabbed mine!

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  • “an atmospheric, spine-tingler that sustains the reader’s attention until its resolution with the inclusion of vile, cringe-worthy moments that’s sure to accommodate the churning of one’s stomach. Without a shortage of unwarrantable violence, sex, and profanity, Rolfe revels in his storytelling like that of a feverish child during a winter day; blissfully engaging himself in the act of snow angels.”- Horror After Dark
  • “Glenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls pulls out all the stops in delivering a blood-soaked, sexually charged spook show” – Peter N. Dudar, author of A Requiem for Dead Flies
  • “The Bruton Inn is the scariest hotel I have read about since The Overlook…”- Terry M. West, author of Heroin in the Magic Now
  • “Fast-paced and chilling, with eroticism and gore delivered with style.” – Russel James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

The First Week of Summer Vacation

It hit hard.

We did this. image1I found out I have no ice cube trays. This disconcerts me to no end.

We used this glass globe to do this.

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IMG_1091But she’s just fine. No stitches, and a brave face.

I think my daughter’s piano practice is going to drive me MAD.

And yesterday I sold a flash fiction story called “Vegas Lights in Vegas Nights.” I also subbed another for consideration, and today I had an agent request a novel full. So. Summer Vacation, Day 4. It’s already a doozy.

What are you guys all up to for the summer? Are you looking forward to it, or fighting to stay sane?

Whitney Awards Recap

So I was a triple-nominee at the Whitney Awards, but I lost to a man I’ve never heard of named Brandon Sanderson. :P

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Who is this guy?

And I’m kidding. I love Brandon’s books, and I’m not at all upset about the loss. It was  a pleasure to be nominated, and Brandon was such a genuinely kind man to everybody. He had fans lined up like crazy and took the chance to speak to each one. That’s phenomenal.

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I had a chance to go to the BEST conference I have ever attended, called LDStorymakers. It was run beautifully and the classes were astronomical. You go to horror cons mostly to network. You come to Storymakers to learn. Two different types of conferences with two different goals. Both are wonderful, but my soul needed some classes.

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I wore a red dress! This is my friend Mike Bacera and his fabulous hair.

Although mostly I needed time to sit in my room and breathe. That happened, too.

Writing heals me. I’ve been struggling with it of late, but I’m breaking through. It gives me happiness. :)

But the winners and their books are:

Middle Grade – Marion Jensen for ALMOST SUPER.

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General Youth Fiction – Chris Crowe for DEATH COMING UP THE HILL.

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Speculative Youth Fiction – Kiersten White for ILLUSIONS OF FATE.

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Historical – Carla Kelly for SOFTLY FALLING.

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General Fiction – Amy Harmon for THE LAW OF MOSES.

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Speculative – Brandon Sanderson for WORDS OF RADIANCE.

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Romance – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.

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Mystery/Suspense – Josi S. Kilpack for WEDDING CAKE.

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Best Novel by a New Author – Jennifer Lunt Moore for BECOMING LADY LOCKWOOD.

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Best Youth Novel of the Year – Julie Berry for THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE.

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Best Novel of the Year – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.

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Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrew Hall

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Blair Young

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