Happy Anniversary, Beautiful Sorrows! And a Super Apex Sale!

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Five years ago I published my first book, Beautiful Sorrows, from Shock Totem Publications. Now it’s being re-released from Apex, and I couldn’t be more pleased! They’re running a killer deal where you can get all five books from Shock-Totem-Turned-Apex authors in the Shock Bundle.

Shock Bundle from Apex Book Company. 5 books to thrill! $10 digital and $50 trade paper back.

Includes:
The Wicked by James Newman
Ugly as Sin by James Newman
Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley
Shine Your Light on Me by Lee Thompson
Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt

You can buy the bundle HERE. Thank you for the love and support, and happy anniversary to my very first foray into being published. It’s been a beautiful and wild five years!

Free Las Vegas Reading Series Tonight!

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You guys! This will be so much fun! The Writer’s Block is sponsoring EXPO, which is a reader’s series featuring five Las Vegas authors who will read five minutes of their work. I’m delighted to participate in tonight’s reading alongside Dayvid Figler, Kayla Miller, P Moss, and Amanda Skenandore. The event is free and you don’t have to RSVP. Just pop on by and say hi!

Friday, March 10, 2017

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Writer’s Block

1020 Fremont Street

Las Vegas, NV, 89101

 

 

Miss Murder’s Easy Finnish Cake Recipe

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Boys and Girls, today I am going to impart the wisdom that Sister Kaameriinaan taught me in Finland! (Yes, I’m nostalgic for Finland. We lived there briefly ten years ago.) She invited Niko and I over for a day of baking and drinking Pepsi Light in order to keep us out of Luke’s hair while he studied for his finals.
STEP ONE:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take three identical drinking glasses and fill the first one with six eggs. Next, fill the second glass with flour, up to the same level as the eggs. And fill the third glass with sugar, also to the same level as the eggs and flour. Got that? Three equal parts eggs, flour, and sugar.
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STEP TWO: Now toss one teaspoon of baking powder in with the flour, and mix the eggs, flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. If you’re really doing this the Finnish way, you’d use your hands instead of a spoon, but whatever floats your boat.
STEP THREE: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. That is VERY important, otherwise this whole experiment is all for naught! Then pour the batter onto the baking sheet. Use a spatula and spread it so that it fills the entire sheet. Yeah, I didn’t do that, and paid dearly, so heed my words, O children. Bake it for anywhere from 7 to 20 minutes, peeking in on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. It’ll cook quickly, because it’s so thin.
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STEP FOUR: (Also Picture 2) Hooray, it’s cooked! Pull it out, let it cool for a bit, and then slather the entire top of the cake with something sweet. What, you ask? Who knows?! Hence the adventure! I used orange marmalade, because I’m nuts about the stuff, but you can use any type of jam, or chocolate syrup, whipped cream or crushed nuts…you get the picture. Knock yourself out!
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STEP FIVE:  Carefully (carefully carefully!) peel the cake off of the paper as you go, and roll it up into a tube. Make sure it’s cool enough that the cake doesn’t just fall apart, but not so cool that it becomes a permanent part of the parchment paper.
STEP SIX: Decorate! This is the fun part! I used whipped cream as frosting, but you can use real frosting, or anything else that you want! Frost it, don’t frost it, use sprinkles or again, chocolate syrup or edible flowers…after the whipped cream, I grate some chocolate on top or sprinkle on some cocoa powder.
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This cake is totally a freezer cake, so you can toss it in there and forget about it until you’re ready to wow company. Or the spouse. Or the UPS man, bless his brown-shorts-covered soul. It’s also pretty when you slice it, and that’s very important. Because pretty things make the world go round.

Announcing In This Point Of Stillness!

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I’m delighted to announce In This Point of Stillness, a new microficton chapbook collaboration written by Dustin LaValley and Mercedes M. Yardley (That’s me!).

This was an insanely fun project. Microfiction stories are just what they sound like: teeny, tiny little stories told in few words. The collection is quite lovely and has an emotional impact. It’s 54 pages of microfiction separated into His and Hers sections, with a few guest collaborators. Yay!

In This Point of Stillness will be released soon in a limited edition chapbook from Dynatox Ministries. I can’t wait! This was just such a joy to work on, and I loved working with Dustin. He has such intensity and drive in his work, and it paired well with the languid lyricism of mine.  I’ll show you the cover when we have one ready. I hope you enjoy!

Miss Murder Takes a Holiday

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My husband gifted me with a night’s stay at the hotel a mile from our house. So I was close enough I could be accessible if the house burned down or the kiddo’s heads exploded, but I was otherwise off limits.

I wrote on the balcony. I laughed at 20 minutes of vintage South Park (Drugs are bad, m’kay) until I realized with horror that I was wasting time. I took a long, hot bubble bath, and then crawled into nice, clean sheets that I didn’t have to wash. It was such a wonderful, wonderful night.

Gamut BOGO Promo!

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Chocolates for Valentine’s Day is awesome, but chocolate AND great literature? Even better! For the month of February, Gamut Magazine is doing a special Buy One, Get One event. For every subscription you buy, you’ll receive a second subscription to give to someone you love. Gamut pays ten cents a word for our acquired work and you’ll find fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Help support a magazine that supports authors. You can find that great deal here.