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Christmas Cookie Recipe Week

I'm so excited to have added a new contributor to our wonderful E-zine. I hope you will all welcome Brenda Woody, our new contributor to Recipe Corner. For the rest of the week, we will be posting Christmas Cookie Recipes for you all to enjoy, and all recipes can be found in our recipe tab.

Welcome Brenda and thank you so much for joining our team.

Hello! This is Brenda Woody, co-author and significant other with/to Steve Tindle. Steve and I write erotic romance and murder/suspense (under Louise James), and host with Bk's Virtual Book Tour Cafe. Well, I didn't think we had enough on our plate (LOL Steve rolled his eyes) when I decided to email Bk and ask how I could submit a recipe and then mentioned I wanted to host this Recipe Corner on this awesome site. So here I am! The rest of this week I'll feature Christmas recipes to help you plan your holiday meals. We all have family coming in or we're expected to bring along a dish to the N-Laws house. You'll find the recipes easy to make and the ingredients are probably already in your cubbards. So for the first recipe I've selected is Tea Balls. A very delicious dessert to go with coffee or hot tea. Enjoy!

TEA BALLS




Preparation 15 min.
Cooking 12 min.
Ready In 30 min.


Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups flour, all-purpose
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar sifted
3/4 cup walnuts chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Position rack in center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners sugar; beat with an electric mixture until fluffy, about 1 minute.
With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, flour, salt and walnuts to form a stiff dough.
Using about 2 teaspoons of dough for each cookie, shape half the dough by rolling between hands.
Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet and bake about 12 minutes, until just pale golden on the bottom.
Meanwhile, sift 1/2 cup of the remaining confectioner's sugar into a 13 by 9 inch pan.
As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, use a spatula to transfer them to the sugar, tossingthem around to coat; let the cookies cool completely in the sugar and then sift 1/4 cup more sugar over them to coat.
Repeat with the remaining cookie dough, using a cool baking sugar, divided as before, to coat.

Yields: 60 servings


Happy Holidays!

Interview with Best Selling Author Rachel Thompson

I'm a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My blog has been nominated for funniest blog this year. I've been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.

I'm a mom, a wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It's been a long process but I'm doing okay, thanks. 

I usually write about men (The Mancode), marriage, kids, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know--being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes) and vodka. Not necessarily in that order depending on the day.

I also write occasionally about serious stuff, like the death of someone I once loved or lost love--so don't be shocked if you come visit and don't see the funny. 

Don't come here looking to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I'm pretty much allergic to both of those words.

If you want to learn how to find humor in everyday life, well, I'm really not your girl either. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See "Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.") Yet somehow it all seems to work.

And don't call me cute. (Hint: babies and puppies are cute. Grown women are not.)

Hello Rachel and thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today.

BK: When did you first start blogging?
RT: I started my first blog in 2008. It was mostly family stuff, pix of my kids. My reader (singular) was my mom. Once I found my voice, and social media, it kind of steamrolled from there.

BK: How did you come up with #Chickspeak vs. #Mancode?
RT: Well, Mancode really came first. My first post was really motivated by having dealt with eighteen years of empty toilet paper rolls. I married a good man. But eighteen years, people!

BK: I know there can be a lot of controversy surrounding your blog posts, how do you deal with it all?
RT: I’m thankful that what I’m writing about has elicited such an emotional reaction in some people, whether that’s positive or negative. It’s honestly good press for me since it gives people something to discuss. So I’m cool with it. It’s important not to take anything personally.

BK: What made you decide to put it all into a book?
RT: As I built up my Twitter and blog following, I discovered that the more Mancode posts I wrote, the more people wanted to read. When I started Chickspeak, that opened up a whole new audience. People really wanted more from me. So I took what I’d already written, added in about one-third new material, worked with an editor and proofread, formatter, graphic artist…

BK: Tell us a little bit about your books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed...
RT: My first book, A Walk In The Snark is a gathering of many of my most popular blog posts from my blog http://RachelintheOC.com plus original material written exclusively for the book-- it includes a smattering of related themes: Mancode, Chickspeak, love, parenting, and even some more poignant pieces about family, loss, and grief. The main theme is primarily humor.

My second book, The Mancode: Exposed, is of course, mostly about men. But it’s really more about how women deal with our guys, our reactions to them, seen through my looking glass of snark and sarcasm. I throw in sex and chocolate for good measure.

I break the book up into four sections: Anatomy & Physiology, Coitus & Communication, Chocolate Confessions, and DNA & Stereotypes. The last section was a lot of fun, mostly because it was my answer to the people who accused me of stereotyping men in the first book. I take real-life experiences and deconstruct them. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!

BK: How did it feel when your book hit #1 in Motherhood on Amazon?
RT: Beyond exciting!

BK: How did you get to #1, twice, over fifteen times?
RT: Lots of promotion! Mostly blog tours through the Indie Book Collective – we’ve always got SOMETHING going on. In addition, I’ve got a 24/7 presence on social media which is key, in my opinion: I interact daily on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. I could be better on Goodreads and LinkedIn, but you have to pick your faves.

BK: Tell us one piece of advice you can give about relationships?
RT: Laugh. And never tell each other to shut up.

BK: What is one thing readers would be most surprised to know about you?
RT: Even though I took eight years of piano, I can still play almost any melody by ear.

BK: Where do you come up with it all?
RT: I live with a man. I interact daily with hundreds of men online. I was a pharma rep for fifteen years with primarily male doctors. I have lots of male friends. I have three brothers-in-law. And one Tasmanian devil child six-year-old son. Where don’t I come up with it all? #hehe

I read. I research. I love to put “easter eggs” in my blog posts and even my books – particularly pop culture references. Clever readers will have fun counting them up in my Mancode book.

BK Are you currently working on any new projects?
RT: Always. My brain never shuts off. My next book is for the guys. Chickspeak: Uncovered. I’ve written about it a bit in Snark and Mancode, but our guys really need help so I’m expanding on the topic. We women make no sense sometimes. Even we can’t figure us out. I feel sorry for men. #ahem #sometimes

BK: Where can readers find you?
RT: Anything RachelintheOC: Twitter @RachelintheOC Blog: RachelintheOC.com Email: RachelintheOC@gmail.com or my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExposingTheMancode

BK: Anything else you'd like to share with us today?
RT: Big thanks to you, BK, for all you do for indie authors and your terrific support. You’re a jewel!

Thank you so much for being with us today Rachel. It's always a pleasure chatting with you.


With her trademark snarky humor and candor, Rachel whisks you into her caffeinated world where she deconstructs common phrases (I’m Fine) and makes up words (Refrigeratoritis) in order to help dudes understand chicks…and vice versa. 

Rachel believes “Men are from Seinfeld, Women are from Friends” and so do her legions of fans. She dares to ask “why do men want to change the world but can’t change a roll of toilet paper?” 

Drawing on her decades (dear god has it been that long?) marriage, friendships, and past relationships, Rachel’s specialty is observing male behavior and dissecting it with humor (Shopping in NOT a Verb). Think of her as the Scientist of Snark…without the ugly white labcoat of course. #asif



Is it possible to truly expose men? 

Thompson explores controversial questions like: 
  • Can we outrun our DNA? 
  • Will we women always be slaves to our talkative nature (après sex)? 
  • Will men never be free of the chains of emotional withholding? 
  • Can we transfer man's paper towel changing abilities from garage to kitchen? 
But more than that, it's about all the levels in which we communicate...viewed through Thompson's looking glass of humor and deconstructed with her special brand of snark.

Women see a man scratching his stuff and want to run away. Quickly. Men see a woman rearranging her breasts, he's mesmerized. Imagine that. 



From December 12 - 24, you can snatch up these books for just $.99 while Rachel participates in the Indie Book Blowout! Opening day - Indie Book Blowout Begins





Broods of Fenrir by Coral Moore

Broods of Fenrir by Coral Moore
Published by Bared Teeth Publishing
Released: November 19, 2011
Available: Paperback & Kindle
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.

For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.

Contains Strong Language, Violence, and Sexual Situations.


Read an Excerpt



Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.
Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writesspeculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.
Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.
She released her first novel, Broods of Fenrir, in November 2011. Her next release, Elements of Rebellion, is due out in spring 2012.
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