Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mmmm...COOKIES!


Okay, anyone who knows me at all realizes the kitchen is not my preferred venue for creativity. So, when my good writing buddy (and kickass fantasy author) Kerry Schafer (click here for her cookie recipe) asked me to participate in this virtual cookie exchange, I came this >< close to refusing. On the grounds, you know, that I don't bake cookies. I buy them. 

But then I remembered that I do occasionally bake cookies. From scratch, even. 

But only this recipe for the world's easiest peanut butter cookies: 


Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, makes no diff)
1 cup sugar (white or brown, whatever's on hand)
1 egg (white or brown works here, too)


Stir it all together, shape into 1-inch balls (heh-heh, I said balls), place balls (oops, I did it again) 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet, flatten balls gently with fork (snicker). 

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes (or until golden). Remove to wire racks to cool. 

Got that? 1+1+1, ball 'em, fork 'em, bake 'em. Ta-da!

Easy-peasy. And really yummy! Also, gluten-free, if that's a concern for you. 

Oh, and technically I'm supposed to persuade four other bloggers to post their favorite cookie recipes on their blogs next Tuesday. Only I know so many wonderful bloggers (all of whom make excellent cookies, I'm sure!) that I couldn't decide among them. 

Sooo, if you happen to have a cookie recipe you're dying to share, next Tuesday (Dec. 16) would be a good time to do it. You can let me know in the comments if you do, so I can stop by and get a look at the wonderful cookies I will not, alas, be baking. Unless, you know, they only have three ingredients and don't require decoration. ;)

Peace, Joy, and Merry Everything to you and yours this Holiday Season! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ciel's new cover!

So, are you thinking what I'm thinking? WTF? No posts for two months, and now two days in a row? 

I know! But after I made yesterday's post I got the final version of the cover for The Big Fix from my editor, and I just can't wait to share it. 

See, Tor, in its infinite wisdom (yay, Tor!) decided to "repackage" my series. Which basically means switching up the cover art to more accurately reflect the light, sexy, and fun innards of the book. 

Because, regardless of the old saying, people do tend to judge a book by its cover. 

I think readers new to my series will get a better feel for the ... well, atmosphere, mood, tone--whatever you want to call it...of my books when they see this on the shelf:


I kind of freakin' adore it. :)

Yeah, I know. Ciel's hair is still too long. But, hey, it's the right color this time! That has to count for something. And I love the little touch of Hollywood (this book's main setting) they got in there with Ciel in the director's chair, holding the clapper board. 

Billy and Mark *cough* aren't too shabby either. ;)

The truly fun part of this cover for me is that I got to pore over pics of cover models (along with my editor, Melificent the Great, aka Melissa Frain). The Art department asked for our input. Tough job, but somebody had to do it... 

(Yes, it is possible I pored a lot more over the guys' pics than Ciel's. I mean, some bodies decisions are harder than others.)

Anyway, since the cover is up at Amazon, Goodreads, and maybe a few other places, I just thought I'd make it official here, too. 

The book will be out May 26 (I know--it's a long time to wait), but as soon as advance reader copies are available, there will be an ARC tour. So it's possible those who are tearing their hair out in anticipation--surely there must be one or two of you? No?--okay, those who are mildly anxious for the next Ciel Halligan adventure could get to read it ahead of time. Details to come. 

Happy Tuesday, y'all! :D 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Don't pay the ransom--I got away!

Wow. Been a while, huh? 



Okay, so I wasn't really kidnapped. Unless you count kidnapped by life. (Ba-dum-bum.)

Yes, I've been remiss in my blogging duties for the past few months. Got a little caught up with things over the last part of the summer. Edits, copyedits, drafting the next book, family time, etc., etc., and so forth. 

Geez, it sounds boring just recapping it in this truncated form. *huge yawn* Honestly, you should be thanking me for not subjecting you to it while it was going on. 

To make up for my absence, I offer you this adorable baby animal pic:

Via morgueFiles.com
Why a lamb? Because I'm feeling a little sheepish, of course. (Go ahead. Groan. You know you want to.)

I'm still in the middle of drafting FIX 4 (working title: FIXER UPPER), and having all kinds of fun with it. Good thing I can type and giggle at the same time. I'm such a multitasker! 

Wow. I just noticed there's a "tit" in the middle of "multitasker." (It's possible I notice things like that way too much. What can I say? I'm *cough* observant. Also, it appears, situationally ADD.)

*Ahem* What was I saying again? 

Never mind. So, what have you been up to? Please say hi and let me know you're still alive and kicking. :)