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Senica Evans is sharing a FAV #Recipe & Answers A Few Questions with a #Givewaway


I'm excited to introduce you to author, Senica Evans. Senica is on tour with her Memoir, Married To Him with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe'. She's sharing a YUMMY recipe and shares a few fun facts.

Welcome Senica!


I love this recipe. Sweet and light. Quick and easy. I make it every summer.

Strawberry Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Trifle Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Strawberry Trifle Recipe
·         Prep: 20 min. + chilling
·         Yield: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients

·         1 cup cold milk
·         1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
·         1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
·         1 teaspoon grated orange peel
·         2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
·         8 cups cubed angel food cake
·         4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

·         In a large bowl, beat the milk, sour cream, pudding mix and orange peel on low speed until thickened. Fold in whipped cream.
·         Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. glass bowl. Arrange a third of the strawberries around sides of bowl and over cake; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining berries. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts1 serving (1 each) equals 375 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Originally published as Strawberry Trifle in Country Woman September/October 2002, p35


Fun Fact Interview:

1.  Why did you start writing?   Writing is and has always been a means of expressing myself. It also serves as an escape and an outlet. The older and more experienced I became, I realized people actually enjoyed reading my words, thoughts, and opinions – and I have a lot to say and create.

2.  What's your favorite book of all time?    The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I read this book when I was 8 years old and haven’t stopped reading since. I re-read this book almost 10 times throughout my childhood. My love for mysteries was realized as a result of reading this book too.

3.  Favorite Movie and why?    Daddy’s Little Girls. I love this movie, well one scene in particular, because it warmed my heart and soul. The scene is etched in my memory. I identify with the main female character played by Gabrielle Union. It was like watching my life play out on the TV.

4.  If your book was made into a movie, who do you seeing being cast for your characters?   I see Sanaa Lathan and Mike Epps as the lead characters. They both capture the essence of the main characters and would a phenomenal job.

5.  What is your favorite scene from your book, or the scene you most enjoyed writing?   My favorite scene is the end… I won’t give it away. After a lot of head shaking and screaming at the main character it all comes together at the end.

6.  Where can readers connect with you online?   Readers can connect with me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/sennysen11), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sennysen11), or on my website (www.sennysen.com). 

Senica Evans as author, relationship coach, radio host, and speaker is passionate about helping women overcome the destruction in their life to reveal their true beauty and greatness. As a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, and destructive relationships, Senica founded SennySen to be a guiding light to women and teen girls. Senica is the author of Married to Him, an autobiography of the destruction she faced in her abusive destructive marriage.  Senica is preparing to release her second book later this year; Woman Free Yourself: A Guide to Healing from Divorce or a Heart Wrenching Breakup by Starting Over, Rediscovering You, & Crushing Bitterness, Anger, and Resentment. Visit her at http://www.sennysen.com

Website – www.sennysen.com


Married to Him by Senica Evans
Retail $9.99
ISBN: 978-1475010152
Published via CreateSpace July 31, 2012 (Originally published December 2011)
Non-Fiction/ Memoir & Inspirational
Available for all e-reading devices and in paperback at all major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

Synopsis:
One woman's story of overcoming a marriage filled with deceit, infidelity, and abuse to living a life filled with joy, peace, and deliverance.
From Senica Evans, comes a riveting, heartbreaking, drama filled autobiographical tale of her tumultuous marriage to Spank. He is verbally and mentally abusive and can't seem to control his incessant cheating. But it didn't start that way! They met and became the best of friends. Almost inseparable from the start. As Spank's true self was slowly being revealed the relationship picked up speed and eventually began to spin out of control. She saw the signs but her desire to keep her family intact was far greater. Despite the craziness, her love for him fueled the drama fire and his selfishness was the wind that kept it ablaze. There was a lesson to be learned from all of this and she was determined to figure it out.

Excerpt:
“The butterflies were swarming and I was warming up on the inside. He sat back on the couch and began to swirl his finger around the curls in my hair. He pulled me back to him and his lips touched mine. The kiss was so passionate it sent jolts through my body. Then all of a sudden he abruptly pulled away from me. “Go ahead and finish eating. I have more planned” he said with great confidence.”
“On one of the rare occasions  he would actually open up and talk to me, he told me, “sometimes you have to put things on the back burner to get what you want. Once I got you, I moved everything from the back to the front.” This explained it all! I was just something to be conquered. He didn’t love me, not one bit. It was all a game. “
 “You’re so silly! Why aren’t you taking pictures? What woman doesn’t take pictures on vacation? You’re just walking around looking like you’re a man or something. What was the point of you bringing the camera?
I didn’t know picture taking was gender specific! If you aren’t happy with the amount of pictures I’m taking or the lack thereof you are more than welcome to take them yourself.
I’m not doing anything. You’re the woman so you are supposed to do it. I don’t know why you want to be a man so bad. Senica you aren’t a man. You can’t be the man.
Huh?!? Ok whatever Spank!”

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Lamb Chops in Strawberry Sauce! YUM! Favorite Recipe from Author O. Keeys



Please welcome author, Omegia Keeys to our table with a yummy recipe and sharing some fun facts & a giveaway too. So enter to win a copy of Single, Black and Government owned now on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe'.

Welcome Omegia! Let's start with the delicious recipe you're going to share.

This is one I tried last Christmas and it was a hit. I’m love lamb and wish it weren’t so darn expensive as I’d have it a lot more often.



Lamb Chops in a Strawberry Sauce

Serves: 4
4 lamb chops
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup pistachios, coarsely ground
½ teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I left this out because I really just don’t like mustard all that much)
2 tablespoons shallots, finely diced

Lamb chops:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Trim and French lamb (see note below). Slice into chops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You could also keep the rack together depending on your choice of presentation.
Set a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. When it is hot, sear the chops on all sides. Set aside to cool before adding the pistachio crust.
Note:  We used lamb loin chops from the grocery store butcher, rather than a rack of lamb. When a rack of lamb is Frenched, the fat and bones are trimmed down and a bare minimum of fat is left on the bones – leaving a very clean cut, according to “Kitchen Knife Skills” by Marianne Lumb.

Pistachio crust:

Mix ground pistachios with cornstarch. Mix Dijon mustard with shallots, and when the pork chops have cooled, spread on the face of the chops, then dip in the pistachio mixture.
Place the crusted chops with the crust facing up on a sheet pan, cover with foil and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 140 to 150 degrees for medium-rare chops or 160 degrees for medium chops.
During the last 5 minutes, turn the oven to broil and uncover chops to brown the crust.


Strawberry Sauce

1 cup fresh strawberries
1½ cups cream sherry
1 stick cinnamon
1 whole clove
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup veal stock
1 teaspoon cornstarch diluted in a little water (optional)
Add all ingredients except cornstarch to a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and simmer to reduce mixture by half. If desired, thicken with diluted cornstarch.
Remove cinnamon stick and whole clove. Spoon over lamb chops.

– Source: Mary Joe Walbrook



Fun Fact Interview:

1. Why did you start writing?


Writing was my outlet to another world outside of my poor upbringings which surrounded me. Though I lived in what some refer to as the ghetto, my mother refused to call it that. She always pushed us to learn more about life away from our ten block radius.


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

Clan of the Cave Bear.

3.  Favorite Movie and why?

The Color Purple. It was the first time I saw people like me in a full length picture depicted in another role besides being a slave, maid, rich or a thug. The characters were relatable and resembled my own family. I was born up north but spent a lot of time down south.

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

For Single, Black, and Government Owned I could see Zoe Saldana (I think it spelled right). She played a blue woman in Avatar and an action pack woman in Columbiana. She’d have no problem doing the physical stuff of the military while being able to capture the emotional rollercoaster I was on.

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

I enjoyed writing about my time in officer training. Though I was going through hell in my personal life I was meeting people with whom I built strong bonds with. It also showed me how strong I was during that period of my life.

6.  Where can readers connect with you online? 

FB: Author Omegia Keeys, Twitter: okeeys, and www.okeeys.com


Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Publishing Liaison, and Motivational Speaker are just a few of the makings of O. Keeys (Omegia). After serving two terms in the military Omegia went on to apply her strategic planning to the publishing industry. She has garnered numerous awards and praise to include the Scribe Award for the National Black Book Festival, guest speaker for The Miami International Book Festival, and ranking in Conversations Magazine top 100 books of 2010 and 2011.

In between book touring Omegia spends her time dedicated to helping her fellow authors. She has over 20 years in the publishing industry in which she started out as a teen working in her mother’s book store. Omegia has many published books to include (Adult) Passionate, Playmates, Seduction.com, Can You Keep a Secret? and Erotic Moments: Love, Lust, and Desire, (Memoir) Rise and Fall of a Track Start and Single, Black, and Government Owned, (Young Adult) The Baby Girl and Unloved, and (Self Help) The Not So Common Sense Guide for Authors.

Author Links:


Link to Author’s Tour Page – O. Keeys

Single, Black, and Government Owned is the explosive follow up to O. Keeys's critically acclaimed memoir, Rise and Fall of a Track Star. After walking away from a rising track career Omegia joins the military and leaves her son at home with her family.
For nearly thirteen years she balances being a single parent, dating, and her commitment to Uncle Sam. Single, Black, and Government Owned is an up close and personal view into the life of a woman overcoming the challenges of being a victim of sexual assault. This memoir takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride and will leave you feeling liberated.

Genre: Memoir
Release Date: May 9, 2012
Publisher: Passionate Writer Publishing
Purchase Link:  Amazon


Other Books By O. Keeys:
(Adult) Passionate Playmates, Seduction.com, Can You Keep a Secret?,
(YA) The Baby Girl, Unloved,
(Memoir) The Rise and Fall of a Track Star and Single, Black, and Government Owned,
(How To/Self Help) The Not So Common Sense Guide for Authors – coming soon.



Thanks for stopping in Omegia! Love the recipe and definitely going to try it.

Will you try it too? Comment and let us know what you think.



An ordinary guy, having an ordinary day...Fun Facts with Rocky Leonard - Secondhand Sight



John L. Leonard was born in Savannah, Georgia and graduated from Savannah Christian School. He holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia and worked as a computer programmer for more than twenty years before becoming a writer.
John has spent most of his adult life in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. His writing has also been influenced by shorter stints working as a bartender, real estate investor and landlord.
He has been married to wife Lisa for twenty-one years and is the proud father of two and grandfather of three, as well as pack leader for several wonderful dogs and a hostile Maine Coon cat.
His first non-fiction book was published in 2010.
John writes detective novels under the pen name Rocky Leonard. His first detective thriller was published in 2012.
The local color in his writing is equally authentic whether the setting is a Georgia beach, downtown Atlanta, or the Appalachian foothills in north Georgia.

Web site -  www.southernprose.com

Fun Fact Interview:

  1. Why did you start writing?
I heard something said on television—that cars, computers, and cell phones were all intelligently designed, but human beings were not—and thought that was quite a remarkable thing for someone to say, particularly a world-famous biologist named Richard Dawkins. Several years of research later, I realized I’d written my first book, Divine Evolution. When it was accepted by my first publisher, I was hooked on writing. Secondhand Sight is my second novel, fourth book.

  1. What's your favorite book of all time?
In the same style as Secondhand Sight, I’d have to say Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz. I possibly could narrow my “favorites” (plural) to a top ten list that spanned multiple genres, from detective novels to science fiction.

  1. Favorite Movie and why?
If I’m supposed to pick a movie that reminds me of my novel, maybe Silence of the Lambs because of the tension I try to build. That movie was so intense that you could cut the air in the theater with a knife. Picking an overall favorite movie, which is no easy task, I’d probably have to say The Princess Bride. I love to laugh, it’s safe for the whole family, and there were too many memorable lines to count. Every time someone says the word “Inconceivable”, I find myself responding, “I do not think that means what you think it means” in a bad Spanish accent.

  1. If your book was made into a movie, who do you seeing being cast for your characters?
Wow, you ask some really tough questions, especially considering that I haven’t seen many movies lately. I’m struggling to think of actors who might be good for a particular part. Okay, Dan Harper is a pretty young, athletic guy—maybe Joseph Gordon-Hewitt would make a good Dan. I’d like Russell Crowe for Wassner, but we’d have to beef up the actor as well as the part, I think. I’d just like to have Russell Crowe in the movie based on one of my novels, one day. Realistically, in my mind, Wassner looks more like a young Brian Dennehy. Anybody who’s fairly young and can play a good lunatic could be Clayton—Alec Baldwin? As for Pete Driscoll, James Earl Jones would be great. 
  1. What is your favorite scene from your book, or the scene you most enjoyed writing?
This is going to sound weird, but the scene where Dan finds his pregnant wife Beth unconscious on the floor of the bathroom, after the cavalry arrives in the form of paramedics. The reason I liked writing that scene so much was that I collaborated with one of my best friends who works in the medical profession to get the details correct, which led to his suggesting a better scene for the grand finale.

     6.  Where can readers connect with you online?

I blog at www.southernprose.com, and my books can be found at www.eachvoicepub.com.
The Book:

 Dan Harper is just an ordinary guy, having an ordinary day…until he ruins his tie during lunch. When he visits a thrift store near his office for an inexpensive replacement, merely touching a secondhand tie triggers a flood of gruesome images only he can see. Are they hallucinations, or suppressed memories?
Dan desperately wants these visions to be nothing more than a product of his imagination, but soon enough, he discovers real crime scenes and murder victims. Dan can no longer ignore the unseen powers forcing him to confront the demons of his past. Dark forces prod him to seek the identity of the faceless murderer haunting his dreams.
Dan’s worst fear is the suspicion he’ll eventually confront the face of this brutal killer in last place he wants to look – the mirror.

Genre – Mystery/Paranormal
Publisher – Each Voice Publishing
Release Date - September 7, 2012
Purchase Links – Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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