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Black Eyed Pea Soup & A Hippy Martha Stewart! Oh Yeah, & A Giveaway

1. Favorite Author & give one quote from your favorite book by them.

T“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
― A.A. Milne 

2. Fantasy or Mystery


3. Horror or Comedy


4. Soda or Tea

Tea. I never drink soda. I make homemade drinking vinegar if I want a soda. Tasty and good for you!

5. Indoors or Outdoors

Indoors. Definitely. Outside can be nice, but I don't like the heat. Or the cold. Or the rain. Or, really, most weather. I LOVE a rainstorm when I'm inside with a nice book though. And I love to go for a hike in the woods or on the beach. As long as it's not to hot. Or too cold. Or too windy. And not if there are too many bugs. I used to love camping, but then my husband showed me that, no, I was just poor. I couldn't afford a hotel. 

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

I'm sort of a hippie version of Martha Stewart.

Now that is one I've not heard before, sweet :)

7. Describe your office 

A giant mess. At home I have a standing desk in the family room so I can stand and write, then take off after the munchkin with ease. It is, unfortunately so covered in paperwork, bills and toddler art at this time that I am having a problem balancing my laptop on it. It's becoming a huge problem. When my son is in preschool, I work in a coffee shop down the street where a nice young man gives me free refills on both my coffee and my bacon. I like that office best.

8. Night owl or early bird.

Before I had my son, night owl, definitely. Now not so much, but he, at four, loves to sleep in until 9 or so, (please don't hate me) so thankfully I don't have to dial it back too much. Although, I do find myself getting up much earlier these days so I can write before he gets up.

9. First dinner you had with your Significant Other.

It was at a fancy restaurant and I was not used to such a proper setting, and he was not used to taking Dominatrixes out to dinner, so it was rather nerve-wracking for us both.

10. Using the letters of Angel as an acronym, describe your book.


by Mona Darling

About The Author:

Mona Darling aka Dead Cow Girl, spent close to twenty years as an A-list professional dominatrix before becoming a D-list mommy blogger. After spending many years traveling the world being told that she is fabulous, she now spends her days being told she doesn’t drive fast enough by her three-year-old son.
Dead Cow Girl was a nickname she received in grade school after a humiliating morning involving a mobile butcher and a school bus. She chose to use that name to reclaim the part of her that spent much of her childhood red-faced with shame, embarrassed for her unique childhood. She also likes it because it is readily available on nearly every social media platform.

She writes, sporadically, about food, sex and toddler-related mayhem at

Genre: Women's Studies

Publisher: Darling Propaganda LLC
Release Date: Feb 2013

Book Description:

Glitter is about the female sexual experience, which contrary to what the media would have you believe, is not all bubble baths and chick flicks.

Women are constantly judged as slutty, or uptight, but the reality is somewhere in between those two, and sometimes, nowhere near either. We have secret shames and private desires and we all feel we are the only one.

We are good church-going girls with a fondness for the paddle, PTA moms who hire escorts, feminists who like to bottom in the bedroom, slutty virgins, bi-curious married laddies and women with a past. We are gay, straight, and undecided.

We are all over the map, and we are amazing.

I can turn any holiday into a mini food festival. New years day, often means my friends and neighbors are tired and/or hung over. I like making a huge pot of  Lucky New Years Day Black Eyed Peas soup.  The black eye peas represent coins, and the kale represents cash, and it's good luck to eat as you get ready to start a new year. It's also pretty awesome at calming and filling the stomach of friends who may have been over served the evening before. It sits in the slow cooker all night and is available to anyone who stops by anytime New Years Day.

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound (more or less) cooked ham cut into small cubes
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 2 or 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 or 2 bunches collard greens, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves thinly sliced
  • 4 or 5 carrots, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • a dash of Cayenne pepper if you want to add a little extra warmth. 

Pick through peas to remove any debris or small stones and rinse well. Transfer to a large bowl, cover by 3 inches with water (left over beer or chicken broth) cover and set aside at room temperature overnight; drain and rinse well.

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onion, garlic, ham, ham hock and celery. Cook until onion is translucent. Add peas and broth, bring to a boil and skim off and discard any foam on the surface. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until peas are tender, about 45 minutes. Add collard greens and carrots and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and serve.

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