This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. We Canadians have already had our holiday, but you can never have enough good recipes, so we're doing a recipe swap. It's time to share the yummy, delicious love!
A.S. Fenichel recipe looked super scrumptious, didn't it?
Mine is an old family favourite, and a really simple yet tasty dessert. Because you have never have enough desserts, can you?
Cut or crumble bread into chunks, enough to fill a loaf pan to heaping. This is a great way to use stale bread, but can be made with fresh. Put the bread in a large mixing bowl.
In a small mixing bowl, combine:
Add milk in small amounts (about ¼ cup at a time) until the mixture is sloppy. It looks like a mess but trust me on this. :)
Pour into bread pan. Bake 50 minutes at 1 hour in 400F oven, or until toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.
Serve warm with ice cream.
I wonder what yumminess Dani Jace is sharing today. Be sure to continue on the hop by clicking here.
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It's my turn to pose the question on Romance Writers Weekly!
Winter means different things to different people. What do you love about winter? Why not share some of your favourite winter photos from previous years. Have you ever written a book set during winter?
If you joined me from Jenna Da Sie welcome!
In Northern British Columbia, winter usually means lots of snow. And cold. But our coldest days are often the most beautiful, with bright blue skies and wonderful sunshine. Lately our winters have warmed up and are greyer and wetter than usual. I'm actually hoping this year will be more normal, with crisp, cool temperatures and light, fluffy snow.
I wanted to celebrate our Northern BC winters, so I set When Time Falls Still in the depths of the dark months. Justice and Charlotte spend a few days at an isolated cabin. After all, what's more romantic than being curled up with your lover, all warm and cozy next to a cracking fire?
Do you get snow in your neck of the woods? Or is winter what those of us in the North would consider summer?
Keep the hop going with a visit to A.S. Fenichel.
This week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, we're talking about expectations. Leslie Hachtel asks:
If you're published, how is the business different than what you expected? If you're planning to publish, what are your expectations?
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As a published author, I can unequivocally say "Yes, the business is exactly the way I expected it."
Except when it isn't.
Ebooks and self-publishing has DRAMATICALLY changed the publishing landscape. My first two books (Mountain Fire and Chef d'Amour) were issued by a small press. I loved working with their editors, am pleased with the covers they provided and am certainly happy they dealt with all the formatting. I had hoped they would be able to provide more help on the marketing side, and done some specific promotion for my books. But they publish dozens of books a month, and that was certainly an unrealistic expectation on my part.
My third book (When Time Falls Still) was my first foray into self-publishing. I enjoyed the ability to schedule my own release, and taking full responsibility for the whole project (I might be a bit of a control freak). Luckily, I found a freelance editor I LOVE working with, and I have an in with a graphic designer (this cover is definitely my favourite, and I know it has sold the book for me).
I may also have had a bit of an optimistic expectation regarding how difficult it would be to get noticed. But the best way to be successful is to have a great book, so I keep writing and honing my skills, and maybe some day I'll be an overnight success!
Now it's time to hop on over and see what Dani Jace has to say!
This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Lyra Parish asks:
When did you realize you would be a writer? Is it something you always knew or did it come about some other way?
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I thought it might be interesting to repost an entry I did in September 2014 answering this question (and a couple more). It's always fun to look back!
Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it?
Continue on the hop with Jenna Da Sie!
We are having some Halloween fun on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop today! Jenna Da Sie asks:
What was your favourite Halloween costume you've ever worn? Where were you and what did you do?
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BK (Before Kids) Mr. C and I attended Halloween parties and I know we dressed up for those, but I can't remember any of my costumes. I do remember one of his, though. He went as "Gaffer Guy" – he completely covered a pair of jeans and a t-shirt in duct tape. The costume stood up on its own!
Like most kids, though, my prime Halloween costume years were elementary and high school. The one costume I remember loving as a child was so simple, yet has stuck with me all through the years. I don't remember whose idea it was, but probably my mother's. She is one of those crafty, creative people who can look at a picture of something and say "I can make that." Then usually creates something even better.
I went as a die. You know, one dice.
It was a cardboard box (my dad was in the moving business so we had access to all shapes and sizes) covered in white paper, with black construction paper circles glued on in appropriate places. Two of the circles were cut out so I could put my hands through so I could hold a trick or treat bag. One of the reasons it was ideal was that I grew up in Northern British Columbia. We usually had snow for Halloween, and it was often cold enough to require wearing a snow suit under your costume. The die was perfect for that!
I wonder what Leslie Hachtel feels about Halloween costumes. Find out here!
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This week on the RWW Blog Hop, Lyra Parish asks:
How many words have you published or written?
Wow! That's a really interesting question!
Let's take the easiest answer first. I have published about 215,000 words, if we are talking strictly my three romance novels. That may sound like a lot, but it less than one Diana Gabaldon book in the Outlander series! But I still remember how amazed I was when I finished my first book. It was 55,000 words, and I had sweat over every single one. I was (and am) still so proud of it! I am hoping to bump up that published total soon, as my fourth romance is just about ready to be published. It will add another 80,000 words to my total.
Now, if we move on to the second part of the questions – how may words have I written? – I don't think I could even calculate the answer. For every word that makes it into a finished manuscript, I've probably written or re-written at least that many. And then when you take into account the job I held for most of my professional life – a TV commercial writer/producer – well, then you've got to had hundreds of thousands more.
How many words has Leslie Hachtel written? Find out here!
The wonderful Carrie Elks has set this week's blog hop topic:
The new fall TV schedule is here - what are you watching and why do you love it so much? Does what you watch influence your writing?
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For someone who works in television, I watch very little of it in the evening. That's usually my writing time, after a full day of work dealing with actually operating a small market TV station.
Recently Mr. C and I have been streaming The Killing – a very well done police drama based on a Danish book but set in Seattle and filmed in Vancouver. How's that for global? We're also huge fans of The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, even though they are losing a little bit of the zing they had in the first few years.
My biggest vice when it comes to TV, though, is The Voice. It's great background for writing – I can keep up with both without too much trouble. I love the dynamic between Adam (le sigh) and Blake, and am quite impressed with Miley so far. And as far as I'm concerned, Alicia Keys is just amazing no matter what she does.
I can't say my television viewing influences my writing too much. I am loving The Killing because of the great character development, but I'll never be able to write comedy so the sitcoms are strictly for fun. One of my books is based on a reality show, but nothing like the voice – Chef d'Amour is more a combinations of Iron Chef meets The Bachelor.
What does Jenna Da Sie watch? Find out here!
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This week on Romance Writers Weekly, Lyra Parish asks:
When you release a new book, do you have a release day tradition?
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Well, this is going to be short and sweet. The answer is – No.
I think one of the reasons I don't have any traditions is that two of my three release days have been scattered over months. My first release, Mountain Fire, came out on Kindle Unlimited on October 1, 2012 – but in e-format and print on January 8, 2013. My most recent release, When Time Falls Still, was released in print a few weeks before its April 4, 2016 e-book release. Only Chef d'Amour was released all at once. I suppose I could have had two celebrations for each release – after all, there's no law against that!
I think I need some ideas on how to celebrate a new book - maybe S. C. Mitchell does something exciting. See his blog here!
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This week on the Romance Writer's Weekly Blog Hop, Jenna Da Sie is playing Devil's Advocate and asking:
If you had to give up something – TV? Wine? Starbucks? – What would it be and share how you handle it (or don’t).
As a Catholic, the idea of giving something up for the betterment of your soul is deeply ingrained, especially during Lent. Sometimes that carries on after the 40 days – which is how I gave up sugar in my coffee.
Denying yourself something, even if for a short period, can give you a brand new appreciation for it. While romance is my preferred genre for reading, I do try and branch out to others. Not only does it broaden my skills as a writer to be familiar with other plot structures and tropes, but I come back to romance with a new eye.
Giving up something is also a good way to form a new habit. You need to fill that time or indulgence with something else – hopefully something healthy and rewarding.
A hard thing for me to give up would be my glass of wine before dinner. That single glass of wine after work while I'm making dinner is something I really look forward to. Does that make me sound like a lush? I hope not!
Since Jenna was the instigator of this topic, I'm really interested to see what she would choose to give up if she had to. Check out her blog here! It's the next step in our hop this week!