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Wacky Chocolate Cake

Made this cake today.

For when you are in the mood for a light chocolate cake, perhaps on a summer afternoon with coffee or tea, this wacky cake is a good choice. (Look here for a decadent chocolate buttermilk cake.)

This recipe uses no eggs, and I don’t icing the cake. It’s more of a “coffee” cake type cake.

In large mixing bowl, sift:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda

Add:
3/4 cup melted or very soft butter
splash of buttermilk (about 1/4 cup)
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups cold water

Blend until smooth. Spray 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray. Bake cake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Cool and serve.

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Posted: March 22, 2017
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Bargain Cozy Mystery and More

Deadly Magic is only 99 cents. I’ve seen her other series, but not read either–anyone have an opinion? Chime in!

A night of magic turns into a night of murder.

It’s Halloween night and the normally unhappy co-workers of the Straker Toy Company are eagerly looking forward to the celebration of their tyrannical boss’ fiftieth birthday. None more so than Grace Holliday. After all, it’s not every day she gets invited to the annual costumed bash at the Dragon’s Lair, the premier magic theater in Manhattan.

What promises as a night of magic and mystery, quickly turns into a night of mayhem and murder when the boss’ equally tyrannical wife dies on stage.

According to the police, it was an obvious suicide. Now it’s up to Grace to discover which one of her co-workers pulled off the trick of the year before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Shit My Dad Says – I always wanted to read this book. I doubt it will be as interesting as shit MY dad says, but it’s possible, right??? Plus, I think the dad in this book uses foul language and my dad rarely does. Never had to. He always got his points across with either a look or a rebel yell. You just never argued with either.

On sale for $1.99 today.


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Bargain: Urban Fantasy

This book comes highly rec’d by April the Dragon. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but it was one of those 12.99 books, so I ignored it. Well, today it is $2.99 (along with the next two in the series.)

Three Parts Dead

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts?and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.

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Posted: March 20, 2017
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Bargain Cozy Recommendation

Undercover agent “Lucy” writes in to recommend “Death by Chocolate.” The book–not dying that way. Although…never mind.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start

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Posted: March 19, 2017
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Flowers

Back to our regularly scheduled posts…

If you plan on buying flowers this year, maybe for your patio or your planter, you might want to buy and start seeds now. I wanted to put some flowers in for the bees this year because I’ve had trouble attracting them to the veggie garden until after I’ve been hand pollinating for about a month. Turns out that flower starts are double or more the price of vegetables! It’s bad enough that all the growers decided they could make a higher profit by not selling six-packs of veggies. By and large only the quart and gallon vegetables were available. The flowers were worse. They were all in fairly large containers and each flower–we are talking ONE plant–was 6 or more dollars! Yikes.

I bought one and the tag said, “Propagation not allowed.” Yeah, whatever. Not only do they want to charge six dollars for one tiny flower, they don’t want you collecting the seeds or breaking off pieces and starting additional plants? ARE YOU CRAZY? For one, most people garden for fifteen minutes each spring (you know who you are. I’ve seen your yard!) and then they move on. For two, if you didn’t charge six dollars for one measly little flower, people would buy three or four or six of the things, plant them all over the yard and not even consider how to propagate the plant!

Sheesh.

Rant over. But seriously. If you want flowers and you live up north, now is probably a good time to get some seeds and start a few plants. It could save you a lot of money in the long run and you’d be able to have more than one flower!

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Posted: March 16, 2017

Championship March Madness Cover Poll

All righty then. I am not sure I have improved things so much as changed them. The one cover may be too squashed. Let’s remember, I’m a writer, not a cover artist. I don’t even know the right terms for “Light coming from the wrong direction” and “color balance” and “you dorked that up.” But I present you with The Championship Cover Poll. I await your votes. THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU!! Well, only me and maybe the NSA and one traditional publisher who needed to know what it was like on the other side…

Once you have selected the final cover, I can pretend to spiff it up to a final spiffiness (which means that all I have left in me is that I might move the name around or delete the butterfly).

Which cover takes the championship???

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Thank you to everyone who has voted in the previous rounds, for your emails and all your suggestions!

For those of you just joining us, Fairy Bite is the third book in the Dragons of Wendal series (cozy fantasy).

Dragons of Wendal

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Posted: March 15, 2017
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More Fairy Bite Polls

Based on your input, I worked all day to make improvements to the covers. I’ve changed both them here and there. Hopefully they are now both fit for Fairy Bite. Feel free to offer your opinions by voting again or commenting or both!

Which cover do you prefer for Fairy Bite?

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Posted: March 13, 2017
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Cover Poll: Fairy Bite

I can’t prelist Fairy Bite until a cover has been decided. Soooooo my fine readerly friends, what say you? (Even after listing a pre-order, I can make some changes to the cover–fonts and placement, etc. However, I’d like to have a cover that is very close to the final for any kind of retailer listing!)

Which cover do you prefer for Fairy Bite? (Poll 1)

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The first two books in the series can be found at the various retailers:
Dragons of Wendal

DragonKin


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At B&N
Google Play Books
At Apple Books
At SCRIBD
At my blog store.

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Posted: March 13, 2017

Bargains: Mysteries

Checking through new releases for the upcoming week always reveals first in series books that I haven’t read. The Skeletons of Scarborough is a 99 cent bargain and it’s the first in the series. Book two, Mystery at Maplemead Castle, comes out Tuesday.

Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.

Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.

Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?

Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.

Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?

I’ve talked about the No Game for a Dame series before (really fun reads!) and the third book in the series, Don’t Dare a Dame, is on sale for 99 cents today!

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The Days of Ads

In this day and age, in order to sell books, we authors have to take out ads. All those newsletters you subscribe to for free and discount books are paid for by authors who need to list their books. Amazon now charges authors to show our books to potential readers. Kobo also has an ad program. If B&N has a program I am unaware of it; they seem closer and closer to going out of business. I used to sell a few books per month on B&N, but now selling anything there is a rare occasion. All these ad requirements means authors make less money–or no money if they don’t do ads and don’t sell books!

When Fairy Bite is released, I will attempt to support sales with an Amazon ad. In order to do so, I need author names for books that are similar to Dragons of Wendal, DraginKin and Fairy Bite. This is where you come in. Those of you who have read Dragons of Wendal or DragonKin–please leave a comment telling me the names of any authors who write similar cozy fantasies! They can be cozy paranormal mysteries too or even romantic, cozy fantasies. Any book with the same “feel.” I need LOTS of authors–in the neighborhood of fifty or so. I have a list of about ten so far, but that won’t show the ad very often. More is better!

Thank you!!!

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Posted: March 11, 2017
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