And the masses said, “Let there be cheesecake, a glass of bubbly, and a little Make Believe”


Today, one of my favorite upcoming authors, Ruth Ellen Parlour, offers up a review of the MAKE BELIEVE anthology and you can find it here.  Thank you, Ruth Ellen, for such a lovely review.  There is truly a fantasy story for everyone, whether high fantasy, dystopian or urban.  Just to let you know, fellow antho buddy, Terri Rochenski, is appearing on J. C. Martin’s blog today talking about Make Believe and heading up a giveaway of the book.  Make sure you pop over and read all about Terri and then sign up for your chance to win this great anthology.

In addition, Susan at mywithershins is interviewing Christa, Lynda R. Young’s main character from Birthright.  Make sure you head over to find out what kind of guy makes Christa’s motor purr.

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I received two more nominations for 2012 Blog of the Year from mywithershins and wantoncreation, bringing my collected total of stars to 3.  The goal is to get six.  Thank you, fellow bloggers and friends, for your faith in me.  It means more than you know.

Now onto the really good stuff.  Yesterday, I was over on Rebecca Hart‘s blog and told her audience I would post my recipe for Champagne and Macadamia Nut Cheesecake today.  I haven’t made this glorious morsel this year, but I can promise you, the recipe is out-of-this-world fantastic.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It takes a bit of time, about 9 hours from start to finish (yes, prep time and cooling takes time), but it is well worth every hour of love you put into it. And so, without further ado:

Champagne and Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 14 whole crackers)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg yolks
For topping:
  • 20 fresh strawberries, hulled
  • ⅓ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts
  • 1 teaspoon shortening, divided
  • ⅓ cup white baking chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Bring Champagne or sparkling wine to a boil in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until liquid is reduced to ¼ cup, approximately 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine cracker crumbs, macadamia nuts, ½ cup sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Add condensed milk, cornstarch and Champagne. Add eggs and egg yolks. Beat on low until combined. Pour mixture over crumbs.
  5. Wrap the outside of the springform pan in aluminum foil. Place pan on a baking sheet with sides or in a roasting pan. Place the pan on the center rack of the oven. Fill the outer pan with about ½-inch of hot water. Close the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until and instant read thermometer inserted near the center of the cheesecake reads 165 degrees.
  6. Turn off the oven, but do not remove the cheese cake. Crack the oven door and allow the cheese cake to cool in the warm oven for 1 hour. Afterwards, remove the cheesecake, carefully run a knife account the edge of the pan, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Remove sides of springform pan. Sprinkle the remaining macadamia nuts over the top of the cheesecake.  Slice strawberries and arrange them over top of the nuts.
  8. In a microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate chips and ½ teaspoon shortening. Stir until smooth then drizzle over strawberries. Repeat melting and drizzling with milk chocolate chips and remaining shortening.

As you only need one cup of champagne for the recipe, I suggest you not let the rest of the bubbly go to waste.  Pull up a chair, pour a glass of champagne and kick back with a slice of decadent cheesecake and a copy of Make Believe.  Relax.  Unwind, and completely enjoy.

Quote of the day:

“Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

How about some cheese straws with that martini?


Happy Friday!!!

Wow, am I the only one who has had a crazy week?  I guess it’s to be expected with only 11 days to Christmas.  Do you have all your shopping done?  Not me.  As always, I’ll be hitting  the stores up until Christmas Eve.  What can I say.  I like the last minute hustle and bustle.

Today, I’m taking a little tour later over at Brook Syer’s blog.  If you don’t know, Brook is a hubby, a dad and is also the author of THE BRAINIAC series and you can read all about them here.  He has graciously decided to help me and the Make Believe gang promote the anthology by interviewing me on his blog today.  That should be up later on his site under Author Interviews.  He’s a fun guy so make sure you head over and say hi and thank him for spreading the Make Believe goodness.

Speaking of goodness, yesterday I posted a recipe for a delicious alcoholic drink called Reindeer Trax.  But what about those treats you have to have on the table for your guest when they come over for your Christmas party?  Or what if you have to take some sort of food to a holiday party?  Well, do I have the perfect treat for you. This is my grandma’s recipe for her famous cheese straws.  You cannot go wrong with these delightful goodies.  Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 stick butter (1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon each celery seed and paprika

Directions:

Sift the first 4 ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add butter and 1/2 cup of grated cheese and cut into a coarse crumb consistency. Add water and toss lightly. Shape into a ball. Roll to 1/8″ thick – sprinkle 1 side of the dough with 1/4 cup of cheese. Fold dough over and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese. Roll again to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 4″ strips that are 1/2″ wide. Sprinkle with celery seed and paprika. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 5 dozen. (For other variations, you may substitute garlic powder for the celery seed and paprika, or leave plain.)  Serve with marinara to add an extra zing.

And, speaking of parties, Robin Coyle has all the info on a super-duper virtual Christmas party taking place tomorrow night.  Why don’t you pop in over at her place and let her tell you all about it.  It’s going to be a fantastic get together.  Hope to see you at the big shindig!

Quote of the Day:  

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~ Anonymous

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Traits of an immoral character


Today, as part of the Make Believe blog tour, I’m over at the wonderful Lori Freeland’s blog where I talk about morality in fiction and the traits of an immoral villain.  Please stop by and say hi and leave your comments.

Today, I hope to finish reading Artemis Fowl – The Last Guardian. I have to say I absolutely love these MG/YA books.  If you’re into MG/YA and haven’t read them, you should.  There’s lots of action mixed with some wonderful fantasy.  They’re funny, enjoyable stories filled with “Agile prose, rapid-fire dialogue, and wise-acre humor…” ~ Publisher’s Weekly.  Completely magical and an example of great MG/YA writing.  Eoin Colfer rocks my world, and rates right up there with Rick Riordan and Terry Pratchett.

After that, I have a very intriguing book to read, The Midas Tree, by Lesley Phillips. I received the book in the mail today from the author, and I can’t wait to read this one.  Look for a review coming soon.

After that one, I have Nikolas & Company – The Merman and the Moon Forgotten.  I received this months ago from the author and haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I will do so soon.  Look for a review on this romping MG read as well.

That’s what I have going on today.  What is happening in your world?  Are you reading any good books you’d like to tell everyone about?  I’d love to hear from you.

Quote of the day:

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Dealing with negative reviews


Today I’m over at The View Outside talking to Vikki and her followers about dealing with negative reviews.  I would really appreciate it if you would pop over, say hi, and sit for a while.

If you have time, I’d love it if you would leave a comment here about how you deal with negative reviews/critiques.  Have you had a bad review of anything you had published?  Maybe that you sang, or drew, or sculpted?  How did you handle it?  Are you someone who craves approval from others or are you confident in yourself?  I would love to hear from you.

Quote of the day:

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

It’s catch up day


Wow, I have so much to catch up on today.  Let’s get started with the important stuff first.

I have to announce a few winners of some MAKE BELIEVE goodies.  Every day I award a lucky commentor on my blog with either a digital signed cover of the Make Believe anthology or a signed bookmark.  The winners for the past few days are:

  • December 6:  Missus Tribble – digital signed cover of Make Believe
  • Dec. 7:  Jo – signed bookmark
  • Dec. 8:  Emaginete – signed bookmark
  • Dec. 9:  Tonja Drecker – digital signed cover of Make Believe.

Congratulations winners!!!  Please send me an email at kford2007(at)gmail(dot)com with your e-mail address (digital covers) or physical address (bookmarks).

Next big and great thing…I’m hanging out over on Julie Reece‘s blog today as part of the MAKE BELIEVE blog tour.  For those of you who don’t know, Julie wrote the amazing and fantastic YA novel, CRUX.  It’s getting killer reviews and I will promote this book to the moon and back.  If you like Cassandra Clare novels, you’re going to love this one. Why it’s not on the NY Times Best-seller list is beyond me.

I also participated in Sip-Swap this year sponsored by Jessica Love and Kelsey Macke.  It was a great way to meet new authors.  Everyone who participated sent their ‘sip swap’ partner a coffee mug.  That way, every day when you get up and sit in your writing space, you have a mug to remind you of  your new writer friend.   Mine came from the lovely Amanda Heger!  Look how pretty. And she even included chocolates!!!  I love her!!!

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Thank you so  much, Amanda!!

Last but not least, I’m starting something new, the Quote of the Day.  Enjoy.

Monday’s quote:

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.  ~ William Shedd

Earth Angel, Earth Angel, Will You Be Mine


I have a fantastic visitor with me today at the Dreamweaver’s Cottage, and she agreed to sit down and do an interview with me.  I am thrilled to introduce you to her.  You may be familiar with her name.  Please welcome Ruth Ellen Parlour.

*gentle, warm applause*

Thanks for joining me, Ruth.  Wow.  It’s been a long time.  The last time we spoke was back in the spring when I hosted my first annual week-long New Author Blog Takeover.  Sadly the spots filled up very fast but I told you if you stopped by in December, I’d see what I could do to help you promote your new book, “Earth Angel”.  Look at it folks.  Isn’t that a stunning cover?

I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.  I want to pick it up and squeeze it to my chest, that’s how much I love the cover.  It’s so earthy and magical and I’m dying to know what each of the symbols mean.

Why don’t you tell us a little about your book.  Where did the idea come from?

Earth Angel is a YA fantasy I’ve been working on for some time. The main theme is Fate Vs Free Will and the story follows two very different heroines who are both struggling against the path the Gods want their lives to take. The ideas developed over time, but the core idea of people summoning fantastical beasts I got from the final fantasy computer games when I was a teenager. I love to write about people and the things they have to go through and how they cope.

You got the idea from a video game?   That’s wonderful and it goes to show you that inspiration can come from anywhere.  I love the concept of the book, too.  Sounds like something I’d love to dig into.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I could. When I was a kid I used to make Spot the Dog books and write about horses going on adventures. We had a little typewriter which I loved to use and I illustrated the stories too. I still have some of them!

You’re lucky.  So many of us have lost our drawings, writings, etc. from our youth.  I’m sure they are very special to you.

Tell us about your favorite scene from the book.

There’s a few scenes I love and one I can’t edit without crying (soft article that I am.) Without giving away spoilers; there’s a few tender moments where characters open up and share a secret they’ve been holding. I love these moments.

Who is your favorite character?  Least favorite?  Why?

There’s a character in the prison called Dogga who I love (and he seems pretty popular with the readers.) He’s good fun on the outside and despite his flaws he is a good man at heart. I’m not sure about a least favourite, there certainly isn’t one I don’t like although some of them are pretty dubious!

Is this a stand-alone or a series member?

Earth Angel will be the first in a series of stand-alones following the same characters. I’m currently working on a spin off following one of the minor characters.

What is your favorite genre to write?  Read?

I love fantasy but I’m open to venturing out. If a books tickles my fancy I’ll give it a go. I like being recommended books as it gives me the opportunity to read something great I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. At the moment I only write fantasy (in novels) I’ve written a sci-fi short and a WWII short.

What author would you like to meet?

I’ve met Kate Mosse and Jeffery Deaver at signings. I’d love to meet fantasy author Karen Miller because I loved her God Speaker trilogy. I’d love to meet Holly Lisle as her courses have been a great help to me, and her Talyn is my favourite book ever. If Tolkien came back from the dead I’d love to know what he thinks of the LOTR films.

Hee hee.  So would I.  Something tells me though he’s appreciate them for works of art, not so much for sticking to a story line.

Which do you prefer:  paperbacks, hardbacks or e-books?

I’m not so keen on hardbacks because they are less portable and not as comfortable to hold. I love the convenience of ebooks but I just buy books where I can no matter the format as I’m sure all book lovers do. 

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading one of the Game of Thrones books and Treasure Island. I just recently finished Make Believe too.  I’m also reading a children’s history encyclopedia. I thought it would be good to expand my knowledge with a brief overview of history and if there’s any era I’m particularly interested in, I can do some more in depth research.

Are there certain genres of books you will never read?

I’m not interested in Erotica or Vampires/Werewolves (apart from I Am Legend) I’ll only read a Sci-fi if it’s been recommended or it’s by a writer I like. I don’t read pure romance either.

Name your three favorite book covers.

I have the illustrated version of Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. The book is huge and it’s really lovely to just hold and look at. Call me weird but I’m not the only person who does this! I really like graphic covers like The Night Circus (although I haven’t read it). There’s an indie author called Lindsay Buroker whose book covers are awesome.

I’ll have to take a look a these.  I love a great cover design.

Do you prefer dogs or cats?

I love both but I’m particularly fond of dogs. We used to have a cocker spaniel called Sonny. They’re just so fun and nice to have around. I love hearing heroic or cute dog stories over the internet.

Favorite food, ever?

Cake. Particularly of the chocolate variety. Or chips/fries.

Favorite television show?

There’s a few shows I love; Firefly, South Park, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, You’ve Been Framed, Total Wipeout. (Quite a variety there!)

Most anticipated film?

Either the Hunger Games or the Hobbit. Me and my friends are planning an outing when the Hobbit comes out.

Oh, I can’t wait for The Hobbit.  It will be interesting to see how Peter Jackson turns this small book into a trilogy.

Ruth Ellen, it was an absolute pleasure to speak with you again and I’m so glad you took a few extra minutes to talk to my readers.  I know I’m heading over to buy a copy of your book.  It looks fantastic.  As the internet realm is a pretty big one, where can we find you should we wish to talk again?

I love interacting with peoples and you can find me on these formats:

Thank you for having me on your blog Jenny!

Oh, you are so very welcome.  Please come back any time.  You are always welcome at The Dreamweaver’s Cottage.  You can find Earth Angel on Amazon.com. and you can watch the book trailer here.

 

Author Terri Rochenski wants to be what kind of mythical creature?


I am so lucky.  Today I have the fantabulously gorgeous bubbly author and MAKE BELIEVE antho buddy, Terri Rochenski, visiting the Dreamweaver’s Cottage!  I’m so excited.  Come on everyone. Let’s give Terri a warm welcome.

*Standing Ovation*

Wow, look at that Terri. They love you already.  Thank you so much for dropping by the Cottage today.  I know you are on a whirlwind tour, hopping all over the blogosphere promoting not only MAKE BELIEVE but another little ditty as well.  We’ll get into that in a few minutes, but for now, let’s focus on MAKE BELIEVE.  Your story, SACRIFICIAL OATH, is the first one to appear in the anthology. Can you tell us in one sentence why everyone should read your story?

You. Will. Be. Moved.  At least I hope so. hehehe

Hey, I know I was.  It was so touching and I thought you had an absolutely perfect ending.  I couldn’t help but wonder while I was reading it though, how you managed to write such a great story with a couple of little ones around.  Do you just sit down and write with all the noise going on around you, or do you have to go somewhere where you can have a few moments of peace and quiet?

Peace and quiet? What’s that?!?!?!? Seeing as how I have 2 little girls, I don’t have a choice! It’s write while they’re ‘quiet’ (aka leaving me alone for 5 minute spans) or I give up my hobby till they’re both in school. Not happening.

I hear that.  It’s really difficult to balance being a parent/spouse/worker and writer.  Anyone who can juggle all of that deserves a giant medal and some serious kudo points.

What sort of tools do you use to write and are there things you MUST have around you when you write?

I actually write the old fashioned way first – pen & paper. So a clipboard is a must. My stories tend to flow a bit better for me since I can’t backspace, editing while trying to write. Sometimes there’s a 2-yr-old hanging on one leg, and a 3-yr-old whining on the couch beside me. Yup. It’s fun being me.

And you do it all with such a beautiful smile on your face.  I don’t know how you do it.  You have two short stories appearing simultaneously in December – SACRIFICIAL OATH in J. Taylor Publishing’s MAKE BELIEVE anthology, and BEGINNING OF FOREVER in Still Moments Publishing, CHRISTMAS MAGIC.  Now that you are a published author, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?

There’s lots & lots, but the best (and advice I STILL don’t follow although I know it works) is to write every day. Even if it’s a scene or single line. Keep it fresh & moving along.

Excellent advice.  Okay, are you ready for some lightning round questions?  You have won a million dollars.  What’s the first thing you do with the money.

Pay off both houses (finish the WiP house we live in now) THEN buy all my Pen sisters round trip tickets to the lake house!!! Hehehehe Wouldn’t that be lovely? Seriously.

I would so love that.  Party at the lake house, girlfriends!  When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer.  An astronaut. A surgical nurse.  Yes, all three at once.

There’s definitely a plot line in there somewhere.  What is your favorite quote?

There’s an English word for a beginning writer who never gives up. Published.  – J. Konrath

Ohh, I LIKE that.  *jotting it down in my little notebook*  Reece’s Pieces or M&M’s?

Reeces. YUMMIES! Not a huge chocolate fan.

You’re not a chocolate fan???  Stop the presses, boys.  A woman that’s not a chocoholic!  That ranks right up there with women who don’t like shoes!  Oh wait, that would be me.  Okay, so we’ll be weird together.  I knew there was a secret reason I liked you so  much.  What is your favorite television show of all time?

That’s a toughie. Since I’ve been singing on stage since I was 5, I have to say American Idol. BUT, a few others stand out for me.

Lie to me – taken off the air WAY TOO SOON IMO. LOVED that series. Like big time.

Little House on the Prairie – my childhood love. Always wanted to be Laura.

Dukes of Hazard – another childhood love. Wonder why?  Hehehehe

Don’t watch much TV nowadays. I can do without all the reality crap stations consider good watching.

I loved Little House on the Prairie.  Michael Landon was so cute and it was such a good, wholesome, feel-good show.  Okay, I’ve got a toughie for you.  If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?

I’ve never thought of this before. Great question! Probably a pixie like Tinker Bell. Always wanted to fly. Always wanted to be a ‘fly on the wall’ & listen in where perhaps I shouldn’t be. hehehehehe

I can so see you being a little fairy, flitting around, sprinkling pixie dust on everyone.  Never pictured you as an eavesdropping fairy but I do have to admit, listening in on conversations makes for great plots.

Ok, dahling, I see you have a little one tugging on you and begging you for waffles so I’ll let you get back to your precious family.  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time to talk to me.  You are always welcome at the Cottage so I hope you stop by again soon.  Also, good luck with all your endeavors and please keep me posted on other publishing deals you want the world to know about.

For the rest of you, please take some time to read an excerpt of SACRIFICIAL OATH here, and if so inclined, pop over to any of the following links and purchase your very own copy of MAKE BELIEVE.

amazon.comBarnes&NobleAReBooks on Boarddiesel bookseBookMall, eBookPiegohastings.com

You can also drop in on the other MAKE BELIEVE author sites and  enter any number of giveaways going on.

J.A. Belfield

Kelly Said

Lynda R. Young

Jennifer M. Eaton

Last but not least, don’t forget to drop by Terri’s website/blog, and say hi, then head over to Twitter and Facebook to let her know you’re stalking her.  Tell her I sent you.  🙂

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Interview with author extraordinaire, Jennifer M. Eaton


Jennifer M. EatonHey, hey, hey, folks.  Today, I have with me the super-duper writer, critiquer, blogger, and fellow antho buddy, Jennifer M. Eaton.  I can’t say enough about Jennifer.  We met through Nathan Bradford’s site two years ago and she has proven to be a great friend, incredible author and the best cheerleader anyone could have.  Her short story, LAST WINTER RED, (you can read an excerpt here) is her first published piece, but it won’t be her last.  How about a warm greeting for Jennifer M. Eaton!

Hi Jennifer.  Welcome to The Dreamweaver’s Cottage.  Thanks for taking time out of your very busy schedule to talk with me.

I’m happy to be here.  I needed a break from blowing up stuff in my novel.

Yeah, sure you did.  You never get tired of exploding things but we’ll get to that later.  What I’d like you to do is tell everyone why they should read your short story, LAST WINTER RED.

Everyone knows what they believe in, but no one knows what they’d do if they found out everything they believe in is a lie.

I know when we talked the beginning of the year, you said 2012 was going to be the year you would become a published author.  Besides LAST WINTER RED, have you written any other short stories that will release soon?  Do you have any novels in the works?

Goals for future projects? I have a snappy novella all lined up in an outline.   I’m looking forward to digging in to it as soon as I complete my current project … which is an action packed Young Adult novel based in New Jersey, with a spicy twist on an old tale with an explosive finish.  I’m super excited about it.  Both of these tales have a teenage girl as the main character.  Ordinary girls suddenly faced with decisions that will decide the fate of the world.

Sounds like you’ve got it all mapped out and you’re on a roll.  That’s fantastic and very inspirational.  It is obvious you love to write.  What gives you the most pleasure in writing?

I love creating new worlds.  Writing has always been a bit of escapism for me.  Most TV bores me.  Why would I want to watch TV when I can create a world of my own?  I do admit that I catch a comedy here and there.  Probably because I cannot write comedy.  Hmmmm.  Come to think of  it, I don’t think I’ve ever tried.

Readers seem to like it when I ask the following question.  I suppose it helps them to get a feel for workspace and give an insight into the type of person you are.  So, with that said, what items must you always have around you when you write?

Chocolate.   Piles and Piles of Chocolate.   Right now, I have chocolate covered cranberries, chocolate covered pistachios, pretzels and a Gatorade on my desk.  You know… the basic staples.  If it were colder, I’d trade up the Gatorade with Godiva Hot Chocolate.  Yummy!

Hmm, you, Lynda Young and Kelly Said should probably get together. Lynda is a dark chocolate junkie and Kelly likes M&Ms on popcorn.  I wonder…do all Make Believe authors have a chocolate fetish?  I know I do.  Hmm, I should probably find out, but I digress.  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Never give up, never surrender.  Getting published takes work.  Admit what you don’t know, and go out and learn it.  Admit where your writing lacks, and find someone who can help you make it better.  If you dedicate yourself, you can make anything happen.

This seems to be a common theme among published authors, probably because we’ve been where aspiring authors are, and if we can get published through hard work and perseverance, so can you.  Speaking of hard work and perseverance…now that you are on your way to being a well-known author, I have a cool question for you. You’ve just won a million dollars for your writing. What’s the first thing you do with the money (besides pay the taxes on it).

Awe!  I have to pay taxes on it first?  Shoot!  Okay, with the $55,000 I have left… I would probably take my family on vacation.  By “my family” I mean my husband and kids, and sisters, my husband’s brothers and sisters and their kids.  I don’t get to see my brother and sisters enough, and it is always something that I wanted to do.  Yeah, I could have given the canned “charity” answer, but I decided to be honest.

I like honesty.  It’s a fine trait to possess.  And speaking of honesty, what is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate… but I don’t really feel guilty about it.

When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a veterinarian.  I guess most kids want to do that at one time or another.  I lost that dream in high school when I sat down one day and started writing a story just for the fun of it.  800 pages later, an author was born.  Of course, it took me quite a few years to act on that to make it more than a hobby.

What a co-inky-dink.  I wanted to be a vet, too.  Chemistry class killed that dream though, when I tried to burn down the chemistry lab in college, but that’s another story all together.

What is your favorite television show of all time?

I used to really enjoy Lost, but I have to admit that I have not seen the last two seasons yet.  My husband and I started watching Lost from the first episode on Netflix, but we stopped at around the same place … right after the “others” arrived.  I don’t know why we originally stopped watching.  Now, it is really a time-crunch thing.  There are not enough hours in the day for me to write, blog, network, and market in the short time between tucking my kids in and collapsing in my own bed.

Wow, you are a busy little woman, which makes it all more fabulous that you found time to talk to little ole me.  I am honored.

Okay folks.  Now that you’ve read an excerpt of LAST WINTER RED, and met the talented author behind the words, head on over and pick up your very own copy of Make Believe. The links are below for easy pickings.  Also, don’t forget to connect with Jennifer on her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, ARe, Books on Board, diesel books, eBookMall, eBookPie, gohastings.com

Blog Tour eff-ups. Yep, I made one, but it’s all good


Okay, cut me some slack.  It’s my first blog tour.  🙂

For those of you who haven’t tried to put a blog tour together, let me tell you it’s tons of fun, incredibly hectic and completely EASY to make mistakes, especially if you’re not paying attention.  Sad thing was, I thought I had it all together.  My Google Calendar doesn’t have a blank spot on it from Dec. 1 – Jan. 3.  Apparently, however, I made a boo boo and didn’t mark it on my calendar.  I double-booked appearances today.  You can find me blabbing away on the blogs of two of my anthology mates:

Kelly Said and Terri Rochenski  *bangs head on desk*

Oh well.  They are both such sweethearts and made me feel better by not calling me names AND YOU guys are lucky because you get to blog hop with me all day.  Isn’t that fun?  Nod and say “Sure it is.”

Sorry girls.  I’m glad it all worked out though.   I couldn’t ask for better antho buddies.

Where is your ‘writing zone’ and what does it look like?


Let’s get to the good stuff first.

I have two winners to announce in the Make Believe blog tour giveaway. The following two lucky people have won Make Believe bookmarks signed by little ole me:

M.L. Swift (winner for commenting on my blog on December 4) and
Ruth Ellen Parlour (for commenting on my blog on December 5)

Congratulations!!!Please send me an email at kford2007(at)gmail(dot)com with your physical address so I can send your prize to you.

Now, what’s on the agenda today? Oh yes, I’m over at Kelly Said‘s website chit-chatting it up with her about my writing zone – where it is and what I have in it. I would love it if you check it out and then either leave a comment on Kelly’s site or come back here and tell us where your ‘writer zone’ is and what sort of tidbit(s) one would find in that zone. Do you change up your zone? Are others allowed in your zone? Are you the sort of person that tells everyone to leave you alone while you’re in “the zone”? I would love to hear…rather read…all about it.