What Are You Reading Thursday

ToBeOrNotClassOf85To Be, Or Not by Margo Hoornstra

Class of ’85 Series

Barry Carlson had it all, a successful career in professional baseball and the adoration of any woman he wanted. Except one. Forced to retire in his prime, Barry returns to his hometown of Summerville, New York to coach the Minor League Hornets.

Twenty years ago, Barry broke through Amanda Marsh’s trust issues. He melted her ice, won her love, then walked away without a backward glance to survey the wreckage. Now Amanda is the head of public relations for the Hornets and happily single–until Barry slides back into her life.

Still reluctant to trust, Amanda gives Barry another chance. But the announcement of their twenty-fifth high school reunion leads to an asinine bet between Barry and his old buddies, and threatens to ruin their newfound relationship. As scandals of the past and present converge, can Barry and Amanda get beyond their differences to find their second chance at love?

This is another in the long line of wonderful stories set in Summerville, NY and Margo Hoornstra does not disappoint. Don’t miss out on getting this one free at Amazon on Saturday March 2nd.

Rumor Has It Wednesday

Three Independent Bookstores have filed a DRM lawsuit against Amazon and 6 top publishers. DRM is what keeps ebook readers from switching an ebook from say the Kindle to a Nook or even a Kobo reader. The outcome could change the way ebooks are sold in the future.

Robin is to be killed in today’s newest Batman, Incorporated comic book release. Apparently this Robin is Bruce Wayne’s illegitimate son. Holy Toledo Batman!

Breaking Dawn Part 2 comes out on DVD and Blue Ray this weekend. Did you reserve a copy?



Recipe Tuesday

Cream Cheese!

Do you know how many recipes you can make with cream cheese? Hundreds. And isn’t it an ingredient you love to use? Sure it is a mild cheese high in fat content, but do we really think about that when we are eating?  I doubt we do. I know I don’t. I’ve recently found a favorite breakfast of cream cheese spread on graham crackers.

An easy dip that I’m sure you’ve made or even had at a party is nothing more than a softened package of cream cheese  spread into a dish then covered with salsa and shredded cheddar cheese with a dallop of sour cream in the middle. Served with tortilla chips or large scoop corn chips. Or what about opening a block of cream cheese and pouring a pepper jelly over it, or raspberry jam and serving it with crackers?

Cream Cheese is an item I dare say you can do about anything with and it will still taste great.

So instead of giving you a recipe this week I’d like to give you an assignment. Go out and find a new recipe of your own that uses cream cheese and try it. I’d love for you to share it with me and my other readers if you care to comment.

Guest Author Monday

I’d like to welcome our first Guest Author —Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

Hey everyone! How are you guys doing? I am existing in a state of utter and complete chaos. But you guys don’t wanna hear about that! You wanna hear about what I’m reading. As a writer, I have to spend a lot of my free time reading. I read just about anything. I also do reviews, so sometimes my reads as based on the schedule for reviews.

Right now, I’ve got 4 books I’m reading and 5 I’m writing. Can you imagine what it’s like in my head?! We won’t talk about the new books I’ve just added to my TBR pile. LOL. I just finished The gingerbreadhouseGingerbread House by Nell Carson. It’s a great little romance book- a sweet kind. A total recommend for those that like unexpected love books. I read the Intaglio Collection by Danika Stone, which was also a romance, but more intense. It’s got lots of layers to it. Oh, and Spin the Plate by Donna Anastasi. That one is a romance as well, but there is nothing spintheplatetraditional about it. It’s more of a real-life romance than the typical types. I also read Pitch Green, which is a YA Horror. That was a fun read. It’s a good read for those that like books that are creepy, but not pee your pants kind of scary. I read a poetry collection as well, Stone of My Heart: One Woman’s Life Journey by Kerry Taylor. It was a powerful collection and not overly complex and drowned in metaphors. In case you’re wondering, all of these were read in the last week to two weeks.  Yes, there are others as well, but I’ve never honestly written was “what are you reading” piece before. LOL… just  a small confession.

I’m working hard on finishing the third book in my YA paranormal series, The Bella Vampires Series. Book 3, Bella Tristezza (it means beautiful sadness), was supposed to be released at the beginning of the year, but life has thrown some curve balls my way and I’ve had to adjust accordingly. I’m on chapter 12 of what I think will end up being 15. It’s hard being so close to the end, but not nearly there. The first one, if you guys are interested, is called Bella Notte. BellaNotte

Here’s the blurb for it:
“Vampires? Check. Werewolves? Check. Death prophecy to hang over your head? Double check. Seventeen year old Emma Hutchinson struggles to find her place in the world she has been born to as she tries to decide whether she should be with Michael, the boy she has been dreaming about since she was three or if she belongs with Dominic, her betrothed.”

FurtheRecordI’m also trying to finish the second in my adult paranormal series, The Kat Purrowells Series. But Fur the Record has taken a back burner to Bella Tristezza. I’d say I have more fun writing this series because it isn’t as limited by constraints of being a YA. If you’re interested in book one, Dead to Bites, here’s the blurb for it:DeadtoBites

“Kat Purrowells is an occult anthropologist. She thought she would be teaching what she knew at a local college, instead she was roped into working for a secretive government agency, P.N.I., Paranormal Investigations. There are murders in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, Kat has been sent in to try and help catch these supernatural killers, but will the cost be her life?”

Well, I was always told it’s better to leave them wanting more- so I hope I’ve left you with some wants and lots of need to come back to this wonderful blog to find more hidden treasures!

Thanks again for having me! If you’d like to connect with me, you can check out my website – it’s home to my blog. I’m also on Facebook or on Twitter @jkimmelf. I love to hear from people and I host tons fun stuff on my own blog.

Thanks for dropping by today, Jesse. Best of luck to you and your many interesting writing projects.

Sunday Sundaes

Well today is the Oscars. Later today we will find out who be given that golden statue.  Nothing else is on TV tonight so you have little choice but to watch it if you want to see something on local channels. Reruns of tv shows are on some cable channels and then there are a few channels running movies.

I’m writing. Slept most of the day because I had sinus pressure and took medicine for it that knocked me out. The package didn’t say it would cause drowsiness so I thought it was okay to take. I didn’t notice it last night after taking it, but I did go to bed soon after.  But at least now I feel somewhat better. It dried up the stuffy nose I’ve had all week and even though I still have a little headache I’m able to think clearer now.

I didn’t go to church though. I couldn’t function after getting dressed to go. I sat down until time to leave and when my parents came to pick us up I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. I changed and fell asleep on the couch. I woke long enough for lunch and then I was out cold again. But as I said in the paragraph above I am feeling better.

Play Date Saturday

I thought today would be a day when I could sleep in and catch up on some rest, but I thought wrong. I woke at 6:30 as if I were going to work. Couldn’t go back to sleep so I got up and began laundry. I also put early rising to good use. I began writing as well. I had my pages in for the day by noon and was able to catch a favorite old movie on TV. Bell, Book, and Candle with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. It also features Jack Lemmon.

Now I’m getting ready to  go to dinner with some friends and see a Mark Twain play at a community theater. I’ve lived in Powell for the better part of my life and I did not know there was a Powell community theater until last weekend when I was asked to go see this play.  You can learn something new every day.

I hope you have fun and maybe you too can catch a great flick on TCM during their 31 days of Oscar.

Random Thoughts Friday

Drew Peterson is sentenced to 38 years for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. During his sentencing he claimed to be innocent of her death. I don’t think anyone really believes that.  And what about the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Will there ever be justice for her?

Trista Ann Michaels has a new author page available. Check it out.

I plan to veg out tonight and nurse a sore throat that is very scratchy. Any suggested home remedies you’d like to share?

I cannot believe it is only one week until March. Where has the month of February gone to?