To unsubscribe from comments

To the guy (or gal) who left a comment saying they’re getting mail from one of my post’s comments, I found out I can’t unsubscribe you. I’m sorry. But! There is a solution. WordPress says there’s an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the emails. (see below) I’ve never used it myself, but I suppose you go to that link and it’ll take you to a page that’ll allow you to unsubscribe.  I’ve turned the feature off now so it doesn’t accidentally happen to someone else….Good luck!

 

Wordpress unsubscribe page

 

Snow!

Snow is no longer falling on my blog–thank god! How many times do I have to say this….it doesn’t snow everywhere in the world at Christmas! Thank you, WordPress, for turning on the animated crap I loathe. :p Idjits. Merry Christmas, bah humbug  to animated snow!!

;) Dude, I love Christmas as much as the next girl (hence the itch to write a Christmas story  once a year), but how many times do I have to say this…It gets really Christmas-like here, only in January. Sheesh.

"Berry Snow Heart" by Tina Phillips

“Berry Snow Heart” by Tina Phillips/Freedigitalphotos.net

Friday reviews

Hi everyone, Sorry I haven’t been blogging much this week. I had a lot on my plate. But thank you for sticking around and thank you Linda Joyce for being my guest this week!

Yes, I, for better or worse, jumped in after my dear friend author Jolene Dawe and signed up for NanoWrimo. AUGGGGHH! So I’ve been working on a follow up to a follow up novel.

But while out and about this week I stumbled on some goodies to share. Reviews for Passion’s Sacred Dance. *faints* Yes, I have reviews!

Reviews:
“Juli D. Revezzo is a very talented lady! I felt like I was the character in her book! Great action, great story line! Will definitely be looking for her next book! :-)” Alice Dent, at Amazon.

“This book has handsome warriors, battle of good vs. evil and a love story all rolled into one great book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Who doesn’t love a good love story?” ~Melanie A. Ramey, at Amazon.

“Fast paced and something that is not done everyday. I enjoyed the story and characters very much. Well worth the effort.” ~Mando Tim, at Amazon.

Shucks! Thank you all!

Also, mark your calendars, November 24th, I’ll be at The Romance Reviews‘ Year End Splash.

Meanwhile…Happy release day (two days late) to My friend Mac, on her book The Billionaire’s Con!

(Also her latest contemporary romance novel That Dating Thing is free this week at Amazon for Kindle. Do go check that out.)

And …that’s all I’ve got for this day.

Indie block party–social media tips

Indie-block-party

Indie block party–social media tips

"Social Media Signpost" by Stuart Miles

Social media, you say? It is the bane of the introvert writer’s existence, isn’t it? LOL Yet, that’s the main pastime in this day and age, worrying about who’s saying what on Twitter and Facebook, or blogs. Book marketing has changed and so social media seems to be the way to get the word out about one’s books. So do I have any tips for the writer concerning this new plaything? Erm, well? A little, but not really?

So let’s see, tips. I’m not a know-it-all by any means (I have no clue at all about Linkedin!) but I know a little.
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Change isn’t always good.

I opened my inbox this week and found Google was at it again. They’ve added lovely tabs. What’s this mean? All the stuff that used to be in my inbox, nice and lined up where I could run down each email quickly…. is now segregated by some odd Google decision-making. Yoohoo! Bloggers, where are you? Under Promotions. Friends who are hosting me on there blogs, where are you? Under Promotions. Friends who blurt junk out to Google+ (which in my opinion is utterly useless) you’re under Social. In short, the stuff I want to see, is now considered junk. And the junk? Right in my good ole top level inbox. *sigh* What else does this mean? Well, according to this article by the mailing list provider to the world, Mailchimp, it means:

I learned from my research that the new Gmail inbox is bringing down open rates, but the change isn’t dramatic at this point. Time will tell if the trend lasts. 

Wonderful. So, I guess we’ll be missing even more of the important information we want. Thanks, a lot, Google. Change good? As we’ve seen with the frustration over Triberr‘s sheenanigans, (another rant in itself, despite having my own tribe there)  no. Not always. Anyway, stay tuned, folks. I have a big announcement coming here soon! :)

Special: Summer Solstice Supper and Summer Reading List

Welcome! My friend, romance author Linda Joyce, got together with some of the romance authors she knows, and decided to cook up–erm, post–a little virtual dinner party. And she invited me *smiles*  Linda chose the theme of  the Summer Solstice to offer you a sumptuous supper and a buffet of books to satisfy your reading hunger. A good meal and a great book—summer doesn’t get any better than that.

Each author is sharing a favorite dish, and the menu is chock-full of mouthwatering delights. The buffet of books offers a flavor for everyone: Romance of many genres, historical stories, cocktails made simple, and secrets to an enriched life. Also, the menu contains the title of one of the author’s books and a web link.

Keep scrolling down for the eye-candy book covers and some insights about each author.

I invite you to visit each author, make a new friend or two, and celebrate the summer with us.

Happy Reading!

***

My contribution to this little summer dinner party is an old favorite around our house: Peach baked chicken.

In in my series, Antique Magic, my heroine Caitlin lives in Florida so, even despite the heat of the oven *gasp* she would likely make variations of this tasty summer dish from time to time.
Ingredients are on Linda’s blog here.

And now for the preparation:

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Instructions.

1) Defrost your chicken.S/W Ver: 97.04.30R

2. Cut off the fat and those bits of tendons the store sometimes leaves in (eww), dip the chicken in some egg beaters will keep it moist, believe it or not.

Once you’ve done that, put tin foil in your pan, Crisco the bottom so (hopefully) the chicken won’t all stick.

defrostedchick

3. Put the chicken breasts/pieces in and pour over the peaches.

S/W Ver: 97.04.30R

You can either pour the juice with the peaches or save it to marinate with*

4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your taste.

This time out we also added some cinnamon–which made it very tasty indeed!

5. Cover with foil and  bake for one hour, flipping the chicken a few times, and marinating with the juice.

*I cover mine with foil to make sure the juice doesn’t spit all over the oven.

When the chicken’s finished (I always check it with a knife just to make sure the middle is “white and cooked”) like sochickdinner3

serve with whatever your favorite sides are. I usually serve  potatoes, mashed or, baked with some sea salt as well would be tasty, if you have the time or are lucky enough to have one of those dual ovens, and of course veggies of some sort. Mmmm….I think it’s lunch time!

Now on to the books!

theartistsinheritbjdr700THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE.

The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

If you’d like to check out the novel it’s available at:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Createspace, and Smashwords

Caitlin's Book of ShadowsThe follow up story to The Artist’s Inheritance, called Caitlin’s Book of Shadows, takes place a little later in the year, but Caitlin would no doubt make the chicken then too…and the heat of the oven in the winter is particularly useful, towards fall and winter, isn’t it? That story goes something like this:

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of–or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin’s long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior’s shield.

**This is a side (or supplemental, if you will) short story in the Antique Magic series, a companion to The Artist’s Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book One).

It too is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

Check out more authors and tasty dishes:

Cocktails

Blackberry Gin and Tonic by J.K. O’Hanlon -Three Ingredient Cocktails ~ www.thirstyjane.com

Pomegranate Martini by Kathy L Wheeler – Quotable ~ http://kathylwheeler.com

Appetizer

Japanese Chicken Wings by Jan Morrill -The Red Kimono ~ www.TheRedKimono.com

Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Meatballs               by Vonnie Davis – Rain Is A Love Song ~ ttp://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms by Alicia Dean – Liberty Awakened (Isle of Fangs, Book 1) ~http://aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Salad

7 Layer Salad by    AJ Nuest -  She’s Got Dibs ~ http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/

Mandarin orange & spinach salad by Barbara Barrett – And He Cooks Too ~www.barbarabarrettbooks.com

Entrée

Pesto Chicken by Nancy Parra – Gluten for Punishment ~ www.nancyjparra.blogspot.com

Taquitos    by Calisa Rhose – Risk Factors ~ http://calisarhose.com/chit-chat/

Linda’s Summer Shrimp Boil by Linda Joyce – Bayou Born ~ http://lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com/

Oven Fried peach chicken by  Juli D. Revezzo – The Artist’s Inheritance ~ http://julidrevezzo.com/blog/

Betty’s Nutty Pork Chops by Betty Bolte – Hometown Heroines ~ www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

Dessert

Kolaches by Gina Hooten Popp – The Storm After ~ https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor

                Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut Cupcakes by Luna Zega -author of Tokyo Tease

Fruit Compote by Brenda Sparks – A Midsummer Night’s Demon ~http://www.brenda-sparks.com/blog.html

After Dinner Drinks

After Dinner Iced Coffee by Sandra Sookoo – Winging It ~ http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/