Writing Process

What’s Coming Up in 2019

I hope that this finds all of you doing well so far in 2019. It’s been a busy first part of January and has left little time for me to update y’all. I think I finally have a plan outlined for what books I’ll be working on and in what order. Now, if I’ll stick to that, who knows.

I’m currently working on five different projects: three-book series, a short story collection of erotica shorts, and an erotica thriller. The one that I am currently working on is the shorter of the series. There will be two books in this one. Stay tuned for the blog and my social media for a cover reveal soon.

I promise that I will try to update more in 2019. I would also like to hear from readers of the blog on if they would like to be beta readers. I will be utilizing BetaBooks this year instead of my current method. If you would like to be a beta reader, I would love to hear from you. If you want to sign up for the newsletter before I post the details here you can select the beta reader option when signing up.

Until next time, #staysaucy and support indie.

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Writing Process

Google and What It Says About You

If you’re a fellow writer you know that if you ever get put on a list for anything (you know what I’m talking about) that whoever gets assigned to read your browser history is going to be very, very confused. For you non-writers out there, keep reading and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

So one of the books I’m currently working on is a murder mystery/thriller type story. So of course, my main character is trying to figure out the best weapons to keep with him and what regular items can be used as weapons. So far my Google searches have contained, ‘how to hog tie a human’, ‘homemade weapons’, ‘isolated wooded areas that get lots of snow’, ‘snacks that have a long shelf life’, ‘psychological torture and blackmail’, ‘how to disable a vehicle from starting’. You get the picture. There are some other searches that are lurking around, but if I tell you what they are it’s going to give something away, and I don’t want to do that.

So if you knew that someone was going to be looking at your history would they be shocked? Would they be bored? If you could have me use a couple things from your history what would they be? I’m always looking for a good murder weapon to work in while the main character is eating some snacks with an awesome shelf life.

Holiday

Memories of Holidays Past

Tomorrow is Christmas and I will be spending it with family like I do every year. This year since my mother hosted Thanksgiving we are doing Christmas at my house. I’m stupid excited for the day even though it’s a lot of work. 

As my children have gotten older it’s been harder each year to get into the spirit. This year started out the same way, but somewhere along the lines something changed. I don’t know if it was due to me going through boxes and finding things from my grandparents, or the stories that I have heard from friends about what they do with their families or what they don’t do, but something changed. 

We opted for a very simple tree this year; colored lights, white poinsettias, and snowflakes. There are a few ornaments on there, but jut a handful. One that have very special meanings, like the dog tags from our beloved Mugzy whom we lost a few years ago.

In the last few days my home has been filled with baking, wrapping, and of course cleaning to get ready for tomorrow. The baking being my favorite part. This year I was able to make some mini cake loaves to share with friends which made me heart happy. Tomorrow we have apple pie, spice cake, and ice cream on deck for the sugar coma. We had pumpkin pie on there too, but my dad was in charge of that and well……. he got it like planned. He just happened to eat it as well lol. 

Mexican food is where it’s at this year so my mom is bringing tamales and I’m doing enchiladas with all the fixing. My oldest loves empanada’s so I’m trying those this year. Fingers crossed. My youngest is an extremely picky eater so he has requested Arizona cheese crisps so that’s what he’s going to get.

I hope that this post finds all of you well and if you celebrate Christmas I hope that you have an amazing time with whomever you will be spending it with.

General

End of Year Update

This year has been full of ups and down in both the writing part of my life as well as the more personal part of my life. I’m going to break this update up into two parts.

Writing Life

While I have been writing, the time I have been able to spend on it has not been as much as I would have hoped. I do have two new books that are in the editing stage and will be released in early 2019 hopefully. One is a short story collection (erotica) and the other is a thriller that can’t seem to make up its mind. One day it’s an erotica thriller and the next it’s a regular thriller. They say write what you know, and apparently I know smut that makes your cheeks flush.

I have moved Daddy Issues and Jaded back over to Kindle Unlimited and they will be there for three months at least, but I’m thinking more than likely they will have a home there for a while. As a new author I seem to get more traction with them there. As of now, the new titles will also be released with Kindle Unlimited first and then after their three-month run there I will have a decision to make regarding them. That’s kind of putting the cart before the house though. Getting them finished and out there has to happen first.

I would love to say there will be a book every few months, but at this point that’s a little lofty. I have quite a few half finished works going on, and I hope that they will be in readers’ hands before the end of 2019.

Personal Life

In the last few months I have been juggling health issues with being a mom, wife, author, freelancer, et cetera. After some urging from my husband, I finally saw the primary care doctor, which ended up with a referral to the neurologist, a tentative diagnosis of fibromyalgia, considerations of putting me back on epilepsy medications, and a 4 hour MRI schedules with blood work to test for MS and MS mimickers. (See, this is why I don’t go to the doctor period) During all this mess I have decided to try and quit smoking again, which is going well. Not there yet, but almost.

Even with the issues I’m facing it’s been a decent year. I have made some amazing friends, gotten closer to old ones, and family is good. Here’s looking to 2019. May it be just as good if not better than 2018.

I wish all who read this a happy holiday season and a happy new year.

Recepies

Jolly Ole St Nick Ham

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of orange juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Blend together apricot preserves and Dijon mustard in a mixing bowl.
  3. Score the ham with shallow criss cross cuts.
  4. Spread preserves mixture over the whole ham.
  5. Gently pat brown sugar over the top of the preserve mixture.
  6. Mix water and orange juice together in a bowl.
  7. In a large roasting pan pour orange juice and water in bottom.
  8. Place the ham on a roasting rack in roasting pan.
  9. Bake approximately 1 1/2 hours or until ham is heated thoroughly.
  10. You may need to add a 1/2 to 1 cup of the orange juice/water to the pan as your ham cooks and the liquid evaporates.

 

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Santa’s Elves Potato Delight

Ingredients:

 

  • 8 red potatoes, sliced
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

 

  1. In a large bowl mix sliced potatoes, sliced onions, butter and garlic salt together.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Grease a large casserole dish.
  4. Place potato mixture in casserole.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Return to oven, uncovered and continue baking until cheese has melted and potatoes are fork tender, approximately 10 minutes.
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Crispy Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine

It’s been a while since I have posted. I appologize for that, but I have been super busy with NaNoWriMo and doing stuff for some clients recently. I thought that I would share one of my favorite recipes from this month. If you are a shrimp and pasta lover you have got to try this.


Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp deshelled and deveined
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chicken broth low sodium
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Directions:

Cook fettuccine according to package instructions.

Sprinkle the shrimp with 1 tbsp of cajun spice and toss well. Drizzle the flour over the shrimp and toss in a bowl to make sure each shrimp is covered in flour.

In a deep skillet add the butter and olive oil and heat over high heat. Add shrimp and cook on each side about 2 min until crisp. Remove shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet add chicken broth and heavy cream. Season with additional cajun spice if preferred and/or salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then add the Parmesan cheese and whisk. Add fettuccine and shrimp back to the pot and toss.

Garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan cheese.

Source: jocooks.com