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Virtual Book Tour & Kindle Fire #Giveaway: Humerous Anecdotes with #Author Annie Harris

Annie Laurie Harris, the oldest one of her ethnicity who lives independently, was born with cerebral palsy. She has defied the odds and challenged the medical prognosis since early childhood. She continues to live a full and active life in her 6th decade. After achieving her Master's Degree at Penn State University in 1985 she worked as a counselor and advocate for those with a history of chemical dependency. In 1990, she was recruited by the prestigious World Institute of Disability to be the Assistant Director of the first HIV/Disability Project. Her grant writing expertise is second to none as private foundations funded her innovative research projects again and again. Since returning to her home state of PA where she lives near her beloved alma mater, Ms. Harris continues to be involved in her community and avidly supports the Penn State athletic program. Once again,her love of writing helps to supplement her income. Her groundbreaking memoirs, It's Easier to Dance, is provocative and thought provoking.

Humorous Anecdotes

I just LOVE children so I chose to write about two of my many interactions with them. 

I was on vacation with friends of mine and a 3 year old (there must be something about that age) went to her mother and said in frustration, "Mommy, I can't understand Annie's language." 
Her mother looked confused and asked, "What?" 

Her daughter repeated,  "I can't understand her language!"  Understanding that her little girl was referring to my speech impediment, she explained to her child to just ask me to repeat what I had said and, probably, she would understand. 
 "Oh, okay," my young friend replied, and we had several wonderful conversations.

I have actually used this analogy to assist my communicating with strangers by telephone.  I ask them to listen as if they were speaking to someone whose first language is other than English.  Surprisingly, this usually significantly reduces the need for me to repeat myself!

     A lively 6-year old once introduced me to her new Barbie doll.  I asked her what she could tell me about her doll. (I like to ask young children open-ended questions to see what they’ll say.)  She said, “Well, she lives in FLA and has a scooter just like yours.”
  “Oh, really,” I replied.  “And what is her disability?”  The little girl said, “She doesn’t have a disability, she just has a scooter.”  
    I responded, “It’s okay to pretend but in real life someone with a scooter like mine has trouble walking.  Do you understand?’  The little girl said that she understood but Barbie was keeping her scooter! 



1 lb raw kidney beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup each: chopped onions, green pepper, and carrots
2 cloves of garlic chopped
6 cups cold water
5 cups of bulgur or couscous

From Mooswood Cookbook - from memory, I've made it so many times.  Makes 6 qts.

I use 1 lb raw kidney beans. 

To soften; Cover w/cold water, bring to boil for 2 minutes then let sit for 1 hr and beans `will be soft.

In a large skillet saute` 1 cup each onion, green pepper, carrot in 2 Tbsp olive oil  & 2 cloves garlic

Add veggies to beans with 6 cups cold water; bring to boil, then let simmer for about 1 hour

Original recipe says to add a cup of bulgur, but I substitute couscous (.5 cups are enough) because I have a difficult time swallowing bulgur .

I like  to let it sit overnight in the frig 'cause it's yummier!

The above recipe is one that I served frequently to three male undergrads in 1996 who didn't have cable and wanted to watch March Madness at my apartment.  They got me interested in basketball!  At the time, I didn't know what a "bracket" was.

It's Easier to Dance, a memoir, by Annie Laurie Harris, a woman of African American Heritage, born with cerebral palsy, depicts the highlights, turning points and crossroads of her life while living with a complex, disability. Cerebral palsy is a neurological birth defect that can impair the function of any part of the brain. In her case, her brilliant intellect exists concurrently with lack of muscle coordination and significant speech impairment as well as difficulty in swallowing and performing everyday tasks. Ms. Harris tells in detail of the struggle to learn to take care of herself, earn professional credentials, work in profit and non-profit organizations, and becoming a contributing member of her community.

September 5 - Introduction at VBT Cafe' Blog
Septembe 7 - Book Feature & Excerpt at The Bunny's Review
September 10 - Guest Blogging at The Golden Pen Review
September 12 - Review & Guest Blogging at A Book Lover's Library
September 14 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
September 18 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
September 20 - Guest Blogging at Cindy Vine's Blog
September 22 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
September 24 - Guest Blogging at My Miscellaneous Books
September 26 - Interviewed at From The Mind of Omegia
September 28 - Fun Facts & Fav Recipe at Writing Innovations E-zine
October 2 - Guest Blogging at Books, Books the Magical Fruit
October 4 - Interviewed at Unnecessary Musings
October 8 - Interviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
October 10 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Black Hippie Chick's Take On Books & The World
October 12 - Reviewed at Self Taught Cook

New Mystery Release: Skip The First Amendment by Marlowe J. Churchill

Suspenseful Mystery Novel Released By Former Crime Journalist
Author and retired journalist, Marlowe J. Churchill is pleased to announce his suspenseful crime novel, Skip the First Amendment.
Reporter Skip Easley, known more for his office sexual escapades than his writing prowess, is not exactly thrilled when he receives his next assignment - the murder of a topless dancer in Tacoma, Washington. To Easley, the life of a topless dancer on the sordid dance circuit is a feature story that's already been written a dozen times over. When another dancer's information suggests that there's gang involvement in the entertainment industry, Easley doesn't take it seriously. For this and various other reasons, he's relieved of his position at the newspaper. But the story follows him to Riverside, California, where he has been lucky enough to have landed another journalist position. A beautiful topless dancer, Janelle Jones, goes to the US Attorney and divulges important information about the hotshot murders-meant to look like a heroin overdose-and of a drug-running operation that employs topless dancers as couriers. Janelle asks for Easley's help, and this time he doesn't think twice. It could be the opportunity he needs to write the big story that will keep him employed. But Janelle and Easley have underestimated their opponents, who have a far reaching and powerful arsenal of resources.
Book Information:
Skip the First Amendment
Author: Marlowe J. Churchill
Publisher: Trafford
ISBN: 978-1-4269-6585-2
Pages: 290
About The Author:
Marlowe J. Churchill is a retired newspaper journalist residing in Southern California. He covered police, military, and court issues for many years and is the author of "The Riverside National Cemetery Story: A Field of Warriors."
For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact the author at:
Marlowe J. Churchill
Skip the First Amendment is available for purchase online through the author’s website, from the publisher,, and other online retailers.  Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.

Book Tour: Hellfire by Rickard DeMille (Promo Tour & #Giveaway)

I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to Rickard and Anita DeMille, who also provided five younger siblings for my amusement- four brothers and a sister. After graduating from Las Vegas High School I attended Brigham Young University. After my freshman year I spent two years in Venezuela and Colombia doing missionary work, then returned to BYU where I graduated with a BA in Spanish. Since then, I’ve focused my efforts on BS.
After college I was commissioned an Officer of Marines. I became a Combat Engineer, and ran my battalion’s computerized maintenance system. Soon after leaving the Corps, I moved to Houston, TX, where I resumed working with computers. I’d also picked up three kids along the way - Rick, Dave and Rob. Ten years later, I moved to Dallas, re-married the wonderful Tracy Ellis, and picked up two stepsons, Mark and Matt. I also began working with a group of exceptional Welshmen. It’s been over twenty years, Tracy and the Welshmen are still in my life. In those years I’ve also earned a Masters of Ministry and a Masters of Divinity from the Golden State School of Theology. Preparing a masters thesis rekindled my passion for writing.
A few years ago, I began to write seriously.  Since then, I’ve had short stories and articles published, in print and online. My work has been published by BeWrite, Darklines, Eros and Rust, and others sites. One of my short stories was published in the Australian anthology ADUMBRA. I also write screenplays and finished 18th in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Screenplay competition in 2010, and 16th in the 2011 competition.
Recently I finished my first novel, HELLFIRE (formerly A MURDER IN MUMBLES), a thriller set in Wales. HELLFIRE was a finalist in the 2010 Debut Dagger contest sponsored by the Crime Writers’ Association in London, and the 2010 SouthWest Writers contest. In 2011, I signed a contract with Transit Publishing, and HELLFIRE was published in February of 2012 as an eBook. In July of 2012 HELLFIRE was republished by MacDonald, Barclay and Co. in both paperback and eBook formats. 
I published my Masters Thesis entitled BIBLE STUDY: DEFENDING DANIEL, an examination of the historical, archaeological and linguistic context for the Biblical book of Daniel. I have already begun work on a sequel to HELLFIRE, currently titled COYOTE MIDNIGHT, which is set in Texas.

My Website is:

An International Debut Dagger Award Finalist.
“Packed with action, emotion and suspense.” --Crime Writers Association
“A must read for any fan of the thriller genre” -- Joe Nassise, Internationally best selling author Of Eyes to See and the Templar Chronicles
US Marine Travis Deacon always loves catching some R&R. And he loves being in Wales to catch it, until his best friend, SAS Major Gareth Jones, dies in an "auto accident." When Travis asks too many questions about Gareth's death, MI5 steps in and tries to send him back to Afghanistan. Then, the international terrorist who killed his friend, tries to send Travis to hell. 
It gets worse when Detective Sergeant Dee Jones, Gareth's sister, arrests Travis to find out if he’s involved. Together, convinced that Gareth was murdered, Travis and Dee search for the killer. They dodge terrorist assassins and British agents in their search across Wales for the truth. Suddenly, the murder investigation becomes a frantic race to prevent a terrorist attack that could change the world.
“Strap yourself in for Rickard B DeMille’s  HELLFIRE, a page-turner full of humor,  reluctant romance, and plot twists that will  have you writhing in your seat.”
  --Margaret Bailey, author of Diamond in the Sky and the Waves of Amber trilogy


1. The book begins with US Marine Travis Deacon on leave from Afghanistan and enjoying his vacation to Wales. Wales is part of Great Britain, but it’s definitely not English:

They say that Wales can change a man. I never found out who “they” were, but three grey, eternally overcast days there had certainly changed me.
I was still a hard-charging U.S. Marine, but I’d been Enlightened. I’d come to believe that Welsh dragons were real, while my memories of the sun were simply delusions. And, I’d been converted to the one true religion—Rugby.
This transfiguration had taken place in Swansea, a port city on Britain’s jagged southern coast. I’d learned that the Welsh were not English, but a separate and proud people with their own nation, culture and language—a language that seemed to use vowels as a diversion rather than for grammatical consideration. My working theory was that the ancient Romans took the wayward Welsh vowels as tribute and forced them on the Hebrews, who hadn’t had any yet.
The previous day I’d almost performed the Heimlich maneuver on a frail old lady in our hotel restaurant. Turns out, she wasn’t choking, she was just asking for a glass of water in Welsh. 

The Amazon link is:

Follow The Tour:

September 3 - VBT Cafe' Blog
September 4 - Cindy Vine's Blog
September 5 - Woopeeyoo
September 7 - The Golden Pen Review
September 8 - Books, Books The Magical Fruit
September 9 - The Bunny's Review
September 10 - Black Hippie Chick's Take On Books & The World
 September 13 - Reviews & Interviews
September 15 - A Book Lover's Library
September 17 - The Book Hoard
September 18 - Flipping The Pages
September 19 - AZ Publishing Services
September 20 - So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
September 21 - Writing Innovations E-zine
September 24 - Romance That's Out of This World
September 26 - Mass Musings 
September 27 - Cafe' Creations 
September 28 - Lori's Reading Corner
September 28 - MK McClintock's Blog

Book Tour: Deep Connections by Rebecca L. Graf - Author Fun Facts, Recipe & #Giveaway

Please welcome author Rebecca Graf to the blog. She is sharing a yummy recipe today called Apple Betty, so easy and sounds delightful! Rebecca is also touring with her new release, Deep Connections! There will be a giveaway, plus some fun facts as we get to know Rebecca more. Welcome Rebecca, and Congratulations on Deep Connections!

This is an easy recipe that I learned from a friend of the family. Her name was Betty, so I called it Apple Betty. I really didn’t know there was a recipe by that name that was similar. Since then, my husband’s family calls it Apple Becky.

1 box of yellow cake mix
1-2 sticks of butter, melted
2 cans of apple pie filling
Nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 375. Pour pie filling, which can be any fruit, in your pan. Dump dry cake mix on top of filling and spread it out. Pour melted butter on top and then sprinkle with nuts. Bake until golden brown on top which is about 30-45 minutes. It’s that easy and quick.

Doesn't that just sound YUMMY??? Now for some fun facts!

Fun Fact Interview:

1.  Why did you start writing?

 It was actually a job that asked me to write articles for them.

2.  What's your favorite book of all time? 

Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October.

3.  Favorite Movie and why? 

The Hunt for Red October. It was my favorite book and the movie was cast perfectly.

4.  If your book was made into a movie, who do you seeing being cast for your characters?

When it comes to Creeper, I think Ian Somerhaulder. He can play the evil one so well and I think he would bring more character to the role. Slaton could be Chaske Spencer and Brenna could be Amanda Seyfried.

5.  What is your favorite scene from your book, or the scene you most enjoyed writing?

The family cookout scene where Slaton and Brenna pick on each other and have fun.

6.  Where can readers connect with you online? and on facebook ( and twitter (@rebeccagraf).

Rebecca Graf worked as an account for 20 years before taking a chance at a dream. Starting off with writing online, she began to build a reputation and a number of followers. Now, she has one children's book, A Gift for a Mouse, published with Deep Connections being her first adult novel. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children as well as two cats, Oreo and Cookie, and two dogs, Bug and Mocha. Rebecca has started her own publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, with two partners. Their goal is to help new authors to achieve their dreams. She also spends her days crocheting and knitting....

 Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Release Date: August 23, 2012

Excerpt 1:

Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.

September 15 - Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
September 17 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Reviews by Dee
September 19 - Guest Blogging at SheWrites
September 22 - Interviewed at Mass Musings
September 24 - Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
September 25 - Guest Blogging at Romance That's Out Of This World
September 26 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
September 27 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews  
September 28 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Whoopeeyoo

October 1 - Guest Blogging at Kimberly Lewis Novels
October 3 - at The Bunny's Review
October 5 - Review & interviewed at Infinite House of Books
October 8 - Reviewed at From The TBR Pile

Will you try Apple Betty (Becky)?

VBTC YA Historical Romance Author Fun Facts & Recipe - On A Foreign Field by Hazel West

Today we are honored to share with you a favorite recipe & fun facts with author, Hazel West. Hazel wrote On A Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood and has been getting awesome reviews while on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe'. On A Foreign Field is a Historical Young Adult read, and if you love historical, you're going to love this! Hazel is also offering giveaways, so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Welcome Hazel!

Scottish Shortbread

Very easy and very delicious.

2 cups butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well.
3. Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 3x1 inch strips. Prick with fork and place on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

Fun Fact Interview:

1.  Why did you start writing?

Because I loved it! I have always loved to come up with stories, but eventually I started putting them down on paper and found it a habit I couldn't break. Since then, I have found it a great outlet for emotions, (seriously the best therapy is letting a nasty villain have it ;-) but it's truthfully just my love of being able to write the kind of things I love to read, and to be able to craft characters who I always hate to part with when a book is over.

2.  What's your favorite book of all time?

Such a hard question! The book I have read the most times is "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman and I will always really love that book. I think my favorite book I read this year is somewhere between Rosemary Sutcliff's "Outcast" and "Frontier Wolf". Both are totally amazing books.

3.  Favorite Movie and why?

Can we call the Horatio Hornblower series one movie? Okay :-) Yes, I love Horatio Hornblower, I can't tell you how many times I have watched those movies and am still not tired of them. The reason I love them so much is that they are just simply good adventure stories, the characters are amazing, the actors are amazing (Who can't love Robert Lindsey and Ioan Gruffudd?). I'm not even going to lie when I say that probably at least a part or a character in every book I write is somehow influenced by Hornblower. But I'm not the only one, because it seems the same way with all authors I've ever read who were fans of Hornblower as well ;-) It's the kind of thing only the British can pull off. My hat is always off to them when it comes to their TV series and movies. BBC and A&E are great!

4.  If your book was made into a movie, who do you seeing being cast for your characters?

*Laughs* truthfully, this is the only book that I have not had a lot of luck coming up with actors for, so if you have read it, let me know if you think of anyone. I do think that Gavin could be played by Jamie Dornan (From ABC's Once Upon a Time) and Cedraig the harper was always kind of based off Matthew MacFadyen (from Three Musketeers and Pride& Prejudice) at least his voice was. Apart from that I'm rather stuck.

5.  What is your favorite scene from your book, or the scene you most enjoyed writing?

Well, there was a lot of hard scenes to write emotionally in this book, but some of the funner ones were probably the scene where Gavin and Reeve have a huge knock-down-drag-out, and I also really enjoyed writing the scene where Reeve dances with Maggie. My favorite scene altogether was when Robert the Bruce in introduced at Wallace's knighting. I enjoyed having him as a character for the few times we get to see him in the novel, and I felt that I was able to portray his character the way I pictured him being. There were other scenes I liked as well, but they contain spoilers, so, can't say anything about that!

6.  Where can readers connect with you online?

You can find me on my blog:

On Goodreads:

On Wattpad:

And on Smashwords:

Also feel free to email me at anytime or join my groups on Goodreads. I always love to hear from fans and other writer!

And please always feel free to email me or join in some of my groups on Goodreads. I love to hear from fans and other writers!

I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them. My favorite things to do are writing, obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, drinking GOOD COFFEE, and reading good books. I currently live in Florida.

Sir Reeve Montgomery is an Englishman born and bred, proud of his heritage and the right to serve his country fighting against the Scottish rebels. But when the tide is turned unexpectedly during the Battle of Stirling Bridge, he is wounded by an English arrow, left for dead by his comrades, and taken captive by Wallace's army. Wounded, and alone on a foreign field, he knows he should expect nothing but torture and death at the hands of the Scottish rebels who are known to be complete savages. But as he comes to know this tight brotherhood better, and sees Wallace's utter devotion to his men and the cause of freedom, Reeve begins to wonder whether the English are right to oppress them. Faced with these troubling thoughts, Reeve must decide whether he will stay true to his king, or join this brotherhood of freedom fighters, thus turning his back on everything he has ever known or believed in. This new novel by Hazel West is a thought-provoking, heartfelt read about the true meaning of loyalty and brotherhood.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

On a Foreign Field by Hazel B. West

On a Foreign Field

by Hazel B. West

Giveaway ends October 03, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Follow The Tour:

September 12 - Guest Blogging at Cafe Creations
September 14 - Interviewed at Black Hippie Chick's Take On Books & The World
September 18 - Book Feature & Ebook Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
September 18 - Guest Blogging at Cindy Vine's Blog 
September 20 - Guest Blogging at The Bunny's Review

September 22 - Book Feature & Excerpt at YA Reads
September 24 - Review & Guest Blogging at Turning The Pages
September 26 - Interviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
September 28 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Whoopeeyoo
October 2 - Interviewed at A Word Fitly Spoken
October 4 - Review & Interview at Flipping The Pages

Fun Facts & Fav Recipe with author T.J. Dell - Whispers In The Woods

When TJ isn't reading or writing (which is almost never), she is enjoying a blissfully boring life with her family in Maryland.  Her two greatest wishes are to serve on a Starfleet Starship or to be invited to join the Justice League.  Sure her chances are slim, but she's a big believer in dreaming big. 
A hopeless romantic to her very core, TJ's books explore every corner of the wobbly-kneed-world of romance novels.  She has a particular penchant for Young Adult themes.  Dell's debut novel 'Her Best Friend's Brother' is enjoying its tenth month as an Amazon best seller, and her popular Elfkin Series is hot on its heels.
For more information follow her on Facebook at

Author Fun Facts  

1. Favorite Author

Gee, I try not to choose favorites!  But....Currently I am reading everything Jennifer Armentrout that I can get my hands on.  One of my buy-on-release authors is Sophie Kinsella... love her!

2. Favorite Book

My favorites tend to change daily.  I've read Mercedes Lackey's Arrows of the Queen approximately a thousand times... does that qualify?

3. Favorite Movie

A tossup between Tombstone and Crybaby.  I'm a sucker for the swoon-worthy bad boy type.

4. Preferred Drink

Cherry Coke.  A world without Cherry Coke wouldn't be worth living in.

5. Favorite Activity

Being a mom, I don't get much non-toddler oriented recreation these days.  When I do, I like to sit down with some old friends and play a friendly game of poker.

6. One thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

Besides the fact that I am the reigning queen of awesome?  Oh, I guess that isn't particularly surprising!  Seriously I'm not very exciting, but it might surprise you to know that I've seen every episode of Batman Beyond... several times.  That was the best superhero cartoon ever!  Of course it only ran for a short while, so lately I've had to settle for watching Young Justice, and The Green Lantern.  That sounded a tad less geek-tastic in my head...

7. Actor/actress you see playing your main character in your book.           

You would think that I would have the full cast already set in stone as I await my (clearly inevitable) movie deal.  The truth is that I never actually get very far.  I think the characters are too real for me in my head and to paste anyone else on top of them feels strange.  I do think that Nick Roux would make a good Lucas.  It's his smile I think.

8. Night owl or early bird.

Night Owl, despite all my efforts to morph into the more productive early bird I just hate getting out of bed before seven in the morning.

9. Favorite dinner.

Macaroni and Cheese and Fish Sticks!   I don't want to class it up either.  Give me instant Kraft in the blue box and Gordon's Fisherman!

10. Favorite romantic gesture (received or given).

I want to say something dramatic and exciting like a surprise trip to the Caribbean or a thousand yellow daisies, but really it is the little everyday moments that count the most. 
A million years ago (actually it was ten) when I was in my first apartment my then boyfriend (now husband) picked me up for a date and handed me a universal television remote.  It wasn't for any special reason.  He had simply noticed that I was using four or five different remotes (most of which were usually lost) for all my assorted hand-me-down media equipment. 
For bonus points... he even programmed it for me.  It was a small thing, but all these years later I still remember it.

Vol. I
When Evie Parker meets Lucas Spencer she begins to feel hope again. Lately she's been going through life in a fog and Lucas is all about teaching her how to have fun again. For the first time since the accident she knows what it means to be happy.

So who cares if Lucas is a little odd. It isn't that strange that she's never met his parents, or that teachers never seem to notice when he's late for class. Evie tries not to care, but on top of all his peculiar behavior she's been feeling kind of sick lately-- ever since she met Lucas actually.

When Lucas decides it is time to come clean with all his secrets Evie has to make some hard decisions.

Vol. II
All Evie wants is a little bit of normal in her life-- is that really too much to ask?
Lucas isn't normal, but he makes her happy. That should count for something. Evie thinks she can find a balance that will let her be normal and also be with him.

Of course she hadn't counted on adding his family into the mix, or his ex-girlfriend.

Life with an elf is never boring.

Lucas and Evie were finally at a place where Evie was comfortable with her mix of normal human teenager and fantastical elf boyfriend. Then she went and got herself crushed by a tree.

Evie wakes up with a whole lot of extra issues to deal with. Not the least of which is a trip inside the Veil to see Lucas's home. She never would have agreed to go if she'd known she was going to have her own secret to hide.

Genre:Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher:Independently published
Release Date:May 21, 2012

Favorite Recipe from TJ Dell

Crock Pot Pulled Pork
This is always a huge hit.  I get asked to bring it along to parties all the time.

·         Boneless Pork roast
·         Bottle of Jack Daniels original BBQ Sauce (you can use any brand you like, but my family loves this stuff)
·         20-24 oz of root beer (this can be any brand.  Excellent chance to take advantage of store-brand pricing)
·         Sandwich rolls
·         Sliced cheddar cheese

Pierce the roast several times with a sharp knife and then place in crock pot. 
Pour root beer over roast.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours.  The meat will shred easily with a fork when it is done.

When the meat is shred-able move it to a separate plate or bowl and shred with two forks.
Drain off the liquid left in the crock pot and put the pork back in.  stir in desired amount of bbq sauce.  We use most of the bottle.  Continue to cook on low for at least 30 minutes.
Serve on rolls topped with slices of cheddar!  Trust me on the cheese here.   It might sound odd to put cheese on pulled pork, but it is de-lic-ous!