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Monday, May 21, 2018

Doctor Mom Blog Hop @ElaineKayeAuthor


Moms have to be everything, don't they? Chauffeurs, cooks, laundresses, psychologists, even doctors. With seven kids--four of them boys--my mom saw plenty of lacerations, contusions, fractures, probably even a concussion or two. But, she weathered all that, and so did the kids. Mom's been gone for over ten years now. I miss her a lot. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. That's me on her lap.

My friend Chrys Fey's mom, Elaine Kaye, has written a book entitled Doctor Mom. Here's more about it.




Title: Doctor Mom
Author: Elaine Kaye
Genre: Picture Story Book
Ages: 5-8 years


BLURB: It’s Saturday, and Gregory Green can’t wait to have fun with his dad on the riding lawnmower, but something is wrong. Sammy, his teddy bear and best friend, won’t get out of bed. Gregory is worried when he sees Sammy’s left leg is torn. This is a case for Doctor Mom! Can they fix Sammy? And just how did Sammy get hurt in the first place?


PRAISE FOR DOCTOR MOM:

"Doctor Mom is an adorable story that shows how Moms can fix anything—even a torn limb on a beloved teddy bear! Children will enjoy the lovable little bear who needs a stitch or two and his boy who plays dress-up as a doctor." – Wanda Luthman, award-winning author of Little Birdie Grows Up

“A sweet and heartfelt tale kids can easily identify with, and all of that with a wonderful touch of magic.” – Tonja Drecker, reviewer at Bookworm for Kids

BUY LINK:




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elaine Kaye first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Doctor Mom is the second book in A Gregory Green Adventure series and highlights something all moms and children can relate to; a beloved stuffed animal in need of a repair.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

She is a grandmother of three boys.


This is a blog hop, so hippity-hop on over to Chrys Fey's website to find the other participants.



Saturday, May 19, 2018

#WeWriWa - THE CHAMELEON: Important News


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my science fiction romance, THE CHAMELEON (An Outer Rim Novel). Upon arriving outside her father's office, she runs into Pilad Sindaro (the jerk from the elevator) who recognizes her this time, and asks her for a date. She refuses him, as she's done many times before. She repeats the incident to her father.

“Baby, Baby, would it hurt you to be nice to him?” Daddy's oft-repeated refrain.
She didn’t know why she disliked the man Daddy thought walked on water, but something about Sindaro just didn’t sit well with her.
“Is that what you want?” At the slight flush on her father’s face, she groaned, “Oh, puh-leeze.”
“I’ve never interfered in your life, Baby—”
Oh, right, never interfered—you’ve been running my life since Mother died, turning me into a fluff-brained idiot.
“—I just want to see you happy. Now enough about that, I have important news—Lambidium has been discovered on Galeria 7.”
Holy crazik, what a discovery—Lambidium was such a rare mineral that its worth was measured in micro-grams.

Blurb

Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?




During the month of May, 12 science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Morning Musing: Mini-Vacay & a Parade

Did you enjoy Mother's Day? My family made sure I did. Dinner with daughter's family, breakfast with son's, a walk along the channel leading to Lake Michigan. The weather wasn't so great, but at least it wasn't raining.

https://www.bayshore-resort.com/

https://www.bayshore-resort.com/
Last week, Hubs and I took a mini-vacation. A couple of days up in Traverse City. We stayed at the Bayshore Resort right on Grand Traverse Bay. In fact, our room had a balcony with lawn chairs where we could watch the wildlife--a pair of geese and their babies plus plenty of seagulls--and enjoy the quiet lull of the waves. Since Traverse City is about a three-hour drive north of us, I expected the weather to be cooler. On our first day, the sun was shining and the temp reached the high 70s. Delightful. Second day was cooler by a couple of degrees and the sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds. That night the rain came and didn't let up until we were almost home.

It was great getting away for a couple of days. I found the hotel on Groupon, which had a great rate. May is not a heavy tourist month in northern Michigan. Still, we had a fun time. Many shops hadn't opened for the summer yet. My favorite one in Leland called Two Fish Gallery was. 


I found my Mother's Day gift there--from Hubs. He just didn't know it until I told him. He and the clerk had a good laugh over him saying I wasn't his mother so he didn't need to get me a gift. It's called an art pole and goes in garden. I think it will go on my deck instead.


We got home in time to go to the Kinderparade, part of Holland's Tulip Time Festival. Oldest granddaughter marched along with her 5th grade class. The Kinderparade is the only one of the three big parade's during the festival that we attend. On the way back to our car, I found a food truck offering oliebollens. I mentioned them in last week's post. I said the Dutch pastry had about a thousand calories. I was wrong. More like two thousand, with the choice of lemon, Bavarian cream, or chocolate filling. But, oh my, was it good. I did share with Hubs, so maybe I didn't eat all those calories. And doesn't sharing mean all the calories drop off?

This is blog-week. Somehow, the middle of the month always catches me unawares. Besides my regular Weekend Writing Warrior blog, Sunday was the 13th and that meant my monthly blog on Paranormal Romantics. How could I write about anything other than Mother's Day? Wednesday is double-duty day. My 3rd Wednesday of the month Family Life column on Pandora's Box Gazette will be about Date Night, and since it's also the 16th, my regular blogging date on The Roses of Prose. I haven't written that post yet, so it will be a surprise. LOL

In between all that, I'm finishing the first draft for Numbers Never Lie, the romantic suspense that is taking for-ev-er to complete. After the writing retreat I went to a couple of weekends ago, I got so many ideas for that story, thanks to our speaker Jennifer Probst, that will make my story better.

One more thing this week: I'll be at the Saranac (Michigan) Public Library for Ladies Night Out on Thursday. If you're in the mid-Michigan area, I hope you'll stop by and say hi.

I guess that's it for this week's edition of Monday Morning Musing. Have a great week.

PS Don't forget that during the month of May, 25% of the proceeds from my science fiction romance The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) will go to the ALS Association. You can read snippets from The Chameleon on Weekend Writing Warriors this month.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

#WeWriWa - The Chameleon: Quick Change Artist


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my science fiction romance, THE CHAMELEON (An Outer Rim Novel). While Jileena works undercover in her father's company and he wants her in his office, she races to obey.


Jileena made good time in the sanitary, stripping down to her underwear and ripping off the brown wig. After finger-combing her flattened, blonde hair, she threw on the white shintung outfit and straightened its short shirt. Before picking up her racket, she glanced in the mirror.
Crazik. Hastily, she washed off the heavy makeup that disguised her fair complexion. One more look. Crazik, crazik, crazik. She popped out the brown lenses then blinked her baby greens several times.
Racing out a back door then around to the front of the building made her sweaty enough to look like she really had been racing around a shintung court. Using her racket, she waved to the guard on duty who grinned and waved back.



Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?









During the month of May, 12 science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ B&N ~ Smashwords



Monday, May 7, 2018

#TulipTime #Authors4ALSA


It's a beautiful Monday morning here in West Michigan. The sun is shining, the temp is in the high 60s, low humidity. And it's Tulip Time. West Michigan was settled by the Dutch in the 1800s. The settlers brought bits of home as a reminder of their origins, including tulips. 


After the winter that was, I didn't think the tulips would be blooming in time for the annual festival. (One year, the tulips bloomed too soon, so they called it Stem Fest.)


Holland, Michigan (on the east coast of Lake Michigan) goes all out for Tulip Time. Parades, Kloppen dancing in the streets, crafts, music, food. OMG, FOOD! Maybe I should've waited until after the festival before joining Weight Watchers. Lots of Dutch specialties--like pigs-in-a-blanket, giant (the size of a baseball) meatballs & mashed potatoes with kale covered with gravy, oliebollen (delicious doughnut-like pastry with about a thousand calories).


At the marktplaats, you can buy Dutch treats, memorabilia, wooden shoes, and many more items that you don't need but are so cute, lovely, unusual you can't resist.


They also have the usual carnival rides and "fair food" like elephant ears, popcorn, etc.

If you want to know more, click here.

www.leakirk.com/supporting-als.html

During the month of May, twelve science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.

Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ B&N ~ Smashwords

Have a great week!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

#WeWriWa - The Chameleon: Oust Him or Die Trying #Authors4ALSA



Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my science fiction romance, THE CHAMELEON (An Outer Rim Novel).


Legally Blond meets Mata Hari

Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they share-crop. He can’t refuse.

In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?


Here's the end of last week's snippet:

When the elevator opened, a large man stood squarely in the middle of the spacious lift. Pilad Sindaro, his arms folded behind his back. With barely a glance, he dismissed her—the frump who worked in accounting.

This week's snippet picks up right after.

“Are you getting in?” he said without moving. “I am late for a meeting.”
Jerk. Jileena thought of several more colorful expletives to call him. “Sorry, sir,” she mumbled, head and eyes down as she scooted around him.
During her covert internship in various departments she’d managed to avoid close encounters with the Chief Operating Officer of her family’s business. Temporary COO. By the stars, she would oust him or die trying.
How overly dramatic. Just what everyone expected from Daddy’s Little Girl.





During the month of May, 12 science fiction and paranormal romance writers are donating 25% of their royalties for their special Blue Cover books to the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to providing ALS patients and their families with a multitude of different types of assistance, and continuing research to find a cure for this deadly disease..

I'm donating 25% of my royalties from my sci-fi romance, The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel) to ALSA in memory of Stephen Hawking. Despite the debility of ALS, he accomplished so much in the field of physics and cosmology.

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ B&N ~ Smashwords



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Guest Diana Stout THE SUPER SIMPLE EASY BASIC COOKBOOK @ScreenWryter13


Today, my guest is Diana Stout, college professor, organizer, workshop leader, and the most recent recipient of Mid-Michigan RWA's Angel Award for outstanding service to writers and the chapter. She's also my friend.

Diana is here to share the background of her cookbook. Here's Diana Stout.

Behind the Scenes: The Inspiration of Why I Wrote the Book
Back in the late 70s, I discovered I was allergic to a number of foods that were pervasive throughout the majority of processed foods. One such food was onions, which gave me three-day migraines, and this was before Imitrex came on the market. I had no choice but to cook from scratch and to make my own mixes, such as chili and taco seasoning mixes.

I started keeping my recipes in a notebook. Over time, I included recipes that I couldn’t find in cookbooks: recipes from neighbors, from the back of boxes or in magazines, recipes I changed, and those I created from scratch.

In 2006, needing a meaningful but mindless easy task, I created a recipe template and spent the summer typing them all up. My two daughters and I proofed the recipes, which I then printed and put into notebooks for our use.

At the end of 2015, I retired and early in 2016, I set up my production company, Sharpened Pencils Productions, LLC. I began finishing and publishing various writing projects. In 2017, after publishing two more projects, I looked for my next project, wanting one that was close to being done. The cookbook was it. 

I discovered that there were lots of tiny details that had been overlooked.  For instance, in some places I used package and in others I used pkg. Uniformity was required, so I found myself in one week going through the cookbook no less than 46 times. Each read for just one specific purpose of correction. In one day alone, I had 14 drafts in 16 hours! To say I wanted the thing done was an understatement.

Finally finished, I uploaded it online for publication. Unfortunately, it would take another week and seven uploads because a small piece of coding--and from a different place every time--was getting stripped in the uploading process.

Definitely, the book became a challenge, but now that it’s finished, I’m quite proud of the result. My newest favorite recipes are Butterbeer, Diana’s Easy Lobster/Crab Fish Bisque, and Diana’s Pralines. When someone asks, Which one is your favorite? my response is that I can’t choose. There are so many favorites! 


Blurb
The Super Simple Easy Basic Cookbook represents my all-time favorite recipes, and I’ve used them all at one time or another. Additionally, I’ve included comments—a history if remembered. The recipes are about simple foods, real foods, that can be assembled and cooked in a relatively short time to accommodate my busy life and even my not-so-busy life. The truth is, unlike so many other women I know, the kitchen is not my favorite room in the house.
That said, this cookbook is for everyone: those who do love to cook, those looking for something different, those who are beginners, and those who, like me, love to eat but hate to cook. My suggestion is to make it your book. Add ingredients you like, remove those you dislike. Experiment, substitute, and write in the margins.  After all, that’s how this cookbook evolved.
Excerpt - a recipe

My father and I loved the bread pudding made at Old Country Buffet, and after a few different experimentations, this recipe came pretty close to the pudding they served at the time.

Ingredients:
7-9 slices of bread, torn into pieces
3-4 eggs, beaten lightly
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup raisins
1-2 tsp cinnamon, or to taste

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a casserole dish or 13x9” baking dish, gently.

Bake at 400° F for 1 hour.

Best when eaten warm but can be eaten cold.

Options: 
Top with a frosting drizzle. To make mix a little milk with some confectionery sugar until a thick, but runny consistency. Drizzle onto of warm bread pudding once it comes out of the oven.

For variety:  add 2 c. chopped cored cooking apples (about 2 medium apples)


LINKS


BIO
An award-winning writer, Diana Stout has written in multiple genres, fiction long & short, non-fiction, for adults & children, as a playwright, columnist, blogger, author, and screenwriter. She's served as an academic reviewer, contest judge for multiple writing organizations, and is a former English professor. Today, she's returned to her creative writing roots and is most proud of publishing her epic fantasy, Grendel’s Mother. Current projects include writing a novella series, publishing several scripts, plotting a historical drama, and reprinting some romances. She invites you to learn more through her Sharpened Pencils Productions website, which will lead you to her four blogs:
·         Only for the Brave - life of a writer
·         Behind the Scenes - business side of writing
·         Into the Core - her intuitive experiences
·         Behind the Scenes with Diana Stout & Featured Guests - interviews of those connected to the writing world

When she’s not writing, plotting, researching, or watching movies, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, lunches with friends, filling her bird feeders, and listening to the sounds of nature as she sits in her little secluded garden patio.



Writing Secrets, Myths, & Truths - Diana’s new writers group