I have been tagged as part of a fun summer blog hop by the ever amazing (and best-selling) Tony Acree. It was a bit of interesting timing as I am, in fact, assembling some tasty recipes based on the world within Chronicle of Destiny and its forthcoming sequel Chronicle of Summer. Food isn’t a large part of the plot, but it is near and dear to the main character Tariah. Her secret dream is to open a restaurant, and she’s talented enough to make it succeed. (You know, if the world wasn’t trying to kill her. *cough*)
Here’s the background on the blog hop:
Welcome to the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop! Each participant invites a number of others to answer five questions about a recent or forthcoming release, and a recipe that fits with it. Links to the participants I have invited may be found in a while, just above the extract and recipe. Their contributions should be in place soon after this, so check out their blogs over the next few days.
Let’s hit these questions and see what they want to know!
1) When writing are you a snacker? If so sweet or salty?
Anyone who has picked up Chronicle will have noted the dedication mentions peppermints. That wasn’t me being cute. Peppermints are jokingly called my ‘mana’ by my friends and family. There’s something about the flavor, smell, and the crunchiness that just helps me concentrate. I can nom my way through a big bag over the course of writing a single book. In a way, it’s a good thing. When I get into the Zone, I lose track of time and sometimes forget to eat meals. The peppermints help keep my blood sugar from crashing.
2) Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of their pants? And are they real pants or jammies?
Oh, I’m an outliner. I’m also a spreadsheet-er, flowchart-er, and generally a get-the-detail-straight-er. The more complicated my worlds get, the deeper I dive into the mechanics of how things will work. Plot outlining tends to be relatively detailed (no joke, I’ve written outlines longer than short stories) but there’s always room for me to deviate or be surprised by twists. As for pants or jammies *looks down* do sweatpants and a camisole count? I lean more to the comfy/jammies side since most of my free time is in the evenings or early morning, but I have been suitably panted and skirted on some occassions. As long as my boobs have support and I’m not getting frostbite, I’m good to go.
3) When cooking, do you follow a recipe or do you wing it?
I tend to cook like I write: I start with a plan and then run wild as I like. It’s been pretty successful for me overall. I don’t remember too many occassions where I’ve failed at my ‘experiments.’ They tend to be inhaled, actually. I’m also not allowed to attend some events without my lasagna, and it was probably the mother of all experiments.
4) What is next for you after this book?
Chronicle of Summer has finished edits and is moving toward a release date. I have a paranormal series pending edits before publication. Currently in my Recently Opened list in Word is a personal work-in-progress that I’ve been hammering on for probably seventeen years. No, really. Also in the RO list are the five books in another fantasy series I’ve completed. I affectionately call them my monsters because they’re huge. I intend to finish my own editting and find some beta readers before I consider sending them out.
5) Last question…on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo hoo steamy, how would you rate your book?
Weeeeell . . . considering most of my reviews feel compelled to mention the hot male (dragon) lead, I’d have to rate myself as an 8 or 9. I don’t write erotica, but my work is assuredly for mature audiences, and I like to keep things steamy and/or spicy.
Excerpted from Chronicle of Destiny:
The roar that emerged from his lips came from the very bottom of his soul. It was the roar of a fully-grown Dragon who had been wronged, and it was a chilling sound. No one in the city had heard it before, and every adult cowered back in fear.
On the contrary, not a single child was affected. The four who had gone to Dominic were more relieved than anything. As he rushed through the city faster than any Magi could travel, they scrambled after him as fast as their legs could carry them. They wanted to make sure that the pretty lady with the nice eyes wasn’t hurt.
She wasn’t hurt yet. She was pissed off. The bomb of Water and Ice had rendered one of her attackers half-frozen. Another nearly drowned when she encased herself in water and he couldn’t release her arm in time. The third was a Water Magi, and he was mostly unaffected by anything she could throw. He dug his fingers into her arm and slapped her sharply across the face. “Stop fighting! Be nice and we won’t hurt you!”
Her silver eyes turned crystalline blue as Dominic’s majiks poured into her body. “Funny. I could say the same thing!” She shoved her free hand hard against his chest, and her power punched him pointblank with enough force to send him flying backwards onto the sand. Astonished, she stared at her hands. She hadn’t known she could do that with power.
All three men were struggling to regroup when the piercing roar cut across the air. They went very still and slowly turned around to see Dominic rushing out of the city. A blur of red Fire shifted him to Dragon form halfway, and he landed next to them hard. The ground rocked and sand flew. The men flew as well, like leaves in a wind. Dominic’s claws lashed out and he grabbed them before they landed. His gray eyes had gone red with rage. “Tell me why I shouldn’t kill you!” he snarled gutturally.
On shaky legs, Tariah walked toward him. Other than a few bruises and the red mark on her face, she was relatively fine. “Let them go, Dominic.”
“No.” His razor sharp teeth bared in a mockery of a smile. “I’d rather eat them.”
“You’ll get indigestion.” She pressed against his chest and wrapped her arms around as much of him as she could. “Don’t lower yourself to their level.”
He technically had every right to avenge her assault, and that was a right that applied under every species’ laws. On the other hand, it would get them in trouble with the Militia. Her pain made him want to start chomping into her attackers, but her fear made him hold himself back. With obvious and careful control, he turned and tossed the men toward the city. They landed with thumps, their eyes wide and white with horror. “Be glad my mate is more forgiving than I!” he snarled at them.
One of the most populous fruits on Lucksphere is known as the cactear. It has to be quite literally hunted, but it is very yummy once caught. In its raw form, it is added to just about any dish you can imagine. If distilled, it can induce intoxication when consumed in excess. Luckily for you, this tasty Sangria recipe that was cooked up in my kitchen mimics the flavor of cactear, and as long as you consume in moderation, intoxication can be avoided.
- 1 one pint of strawberries
- 1 small peach
- 1 medium mango
- 2 kiwis
- 2 cups of cranberry juice
- 1 quart of tropical V8 Splash
- Packet of unsweetened black cherry Kool-Aid
- 6 tablespoons of strawberry syrup
- (Optional) Soupçon of red dessert wine
- 1 bottle of sweet white wine