Chicken Paprika

CHICKEN PAPRIKA (based on a recipe from Eve Langlais)

3 chicken breasts or 6 thighs (deboned)

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic

1 small or half a medium onion

2 – 3 teaspoons paprika

2 chicken broth bouillon cubes

3 cups water

1 cup sour cream (can be lactose- or fat-free)

2 tbsp flour (can be gluten-free)

Cube the chicken and brown in olive oil with minced garlic and onion (a stove-top casserole dish works well). Add paprika, chicken broth bouillon cubes and water. Let it boil down for about 1.5 hrs at a medium heat (until most liquid has evaporated.) Remove from heat and add sour cream and flour.  Goes very well with rice.

The Write Cast – season 2 episode 1

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You’ve heard it as a joke – don’t quit your day job. But there comes a time when not only does that become the dream – being a full-time writer –  it can become a reality.

On this month’s free Soundcloud podcast, J.H. Moncrieff, Drew Kozub and I discuss “Should you quit your day job?” With this being the month for new year’s resolutions, have a listen and decide if this is something you are ready for, or if you need a year or two to prepare for the ultimate writer’s adventure!

Happy New Year

2016 was a challenging year on many levels. But you did it – you made it through all 366 days! So burn the calendar if it will make you feel better, and get ready for 2017. I have high hopes. I know it will be the usual rollercoaster ride, but I’m hoping for more highs than lows for everybody.

Do you have any resolutions? I’m going to speak up more. (Not just chatter more, much to the relief of my friends and family, but stand up for myself and others.) That single resolution  is so big, I think it’ll just make the one this year.

Whatever you decide to do in 2017, and however you decide to ring in the new year, I wish you much joy, good luck, and success in the next 365 days.

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Merry Christmas

I wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season. Wherever you are, and whether you are with friends and family today, or are on your own, you deserve a wonderful day and a treat or dozen if you can manage.

Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas tree made from gift boxes with different flags

Rolled Shortbread

This is a very fast recipe to make, and you probably have the ingredients in your house already. If you need to kill an hour or two, you should get something tasty out of it.

(If you are on a holiday baking kick, try my Candy Cane Cookie recipe.)

ROLLED SHORTBREAD

1 cup salted butter, softened (or margarine)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
(if using unsalted butter, add 1/3 teaspoon of salt)
Sprinkles and coloured sugar (optional)

Cream butter and sugar. Add flour. Roll out to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters (or cut squares with a knife).  Bake at 300F for 12-15 minutes.  (If your cookies are more than 1/4″ thick, you may need to bake longer.) Let cool on tray for 3-5 minutes before moving carefully to cooling rack.  Makes about 3 dozen.

Decorate with sprinkles or coloured sugar before baking, or frost cookies after they have cooled.

Merry Christmas Book Blowout

Have you been an angel all year? Santa might not be able to slip  a sable under the tree, leave you the deed to a platinum mine, or trim your tree with decorations from Tiffany’s, but I think you deserve something special. Check out these free and $0.99 from a bunch of romance authors who want to wish you a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a wonderful New Year’s Eve.

Head on over to the BOOK BLOWOUT and get yourself something pretty!  (If you find a book you like but it’s not in your format, please check at your e-bookstore of choice – it may be on sale there too!)

Stuff your e-reader today!

15000594_560377654158923_1590155794402196740_oToday is December 9th – with only 16 shopping days till Christmas, it’s time to take care of the most important person on your list – you!

Check out OMGReads for dozens of free book, in all formats for all e-readers. Select your format, then go to town clicking on all the free books offered up by some amazing romance writers, as well as a few other genres who might be in there.

My offering is PRIVATE ENCORE with its hot new cover. It’s free for the first time ever, and the sale won’t last long, so grab it while you can.

Warm up that one-click finger and get busy! If you’d like notice of when future freebie blasts are going out, sign up for my free newsletter.

The Write Cast – episode 10

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It’s the most wonderful time for the year – unless you have to shop for somebody who is hard to buy for.

Let Drew Kozub, J.H. Moncrieff, and I help you with that. The Write Cast is pleased to present Gifts for Book Lovers as a free podcast.

In case you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing (but you should, because we had a lot of fun with this one), let me sum up. You can never go wrong with post-its 🙂

Relaunch and new covers

Screen Idol and Drama Queen are coming back.   And Drama Queen has a gorgeous new cover!

Publishing changes meant that Screen Idol and Drama Queen disappeared for a few days but they are back now. If you’d like to pick them up, they’ll be reappearing at various vendors over the next few days. I’ll put up links as I have them.

Screen Idol: Amazon US

Drama Queen: Amazon US

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