Hello there hardcover fans!
I’m excited to announce that THE FALLEN SHADOW is now available in glorious tangible hardcover!
Follow this link to get yours!

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Book Four News!
The title for the final book in the Revel Night Saga will be announced next month! Stay tuned to my social media sites and the blog. Sign up below and get the reveal first!

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Happy Sunday!  Here are some links to surf while we sip our iced coffee.

It’s going to be a hot one today, so here is a cool walk through an ancient wood vibe for you to meditate on in front of the fan.

Joy Wilson aka: Joy the Baker is conducting a summer camp from her IGTV channel! So far we have made cobbler over a campfire, sun tea, and ritz ice cream sandwiches!

“I Am My Mother’s Savage Daughter”sung by it’s creator Wyndreth Berginsdottir.

Campfire Potatoes! These are my new grill/cookout favorite.

Why don’t people return their shopping carts?

This artist imagines what famous historical figures would look like as modern people. 

What 6 rooms in famous paintings would look IRL

Everyday things that have a hidden purpose

These wooden toys look like a lot of fun! 

How to undo a bad haircut.

Lazy days of summer circa 1960, 70, & 80 This sparked a flood of nostalgia!

Get out of your chair and do some downward dogs 

Have a great day, friends!

This recipe is adapted from Jerrelle Guy (NYT Cooking)
The ingredients are measured by weight as per the original recipe. If you don’t have a kitchen scale I would highly recommend getting an inexpensive one, more recipes are using measurements by weight for baking these days

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Peach Pound Cake
Heat the oven to 325f degrees

320g All-Purpose Flour
300g Granulated Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 pinch Salt

230g/2 sticks Butter (Melted and cooled to room temp)
300g Frozen Peaches (defrosted) + 200g of Diced Peaches
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 large Eggs
1 large Eggs Yolk

Melt the butter and set aside and cool to room temp.

In a large mixing bowl add: the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In your food processor or blender puree the peaches and lemon juice. Place the puree into a separate bowl and add the eggs and vanilla, and melted butter. Whisk to combine.

Add the peach mixture to the flour mixture. Fold and stir until well combined. Fold in half the diced peaches and place the rest on top before baking

Line a 5×9 loaf pan with parchment paper, or coat liberally with cooking spray, and spoon in the cake batter. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to release the air bubbles.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour and 15-25 minutes.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes before de-panning. Cool completely before serving.

Enjoy served with sweetened whipped cream.

 

 

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Can someone please tell me how to pronounce tzatziki? Is it Tah-zee-key like in America; or is the T silent, Zat-zee-key, like they say it in the UK?  I’m inclined to go with the UK version because it just sounds cooler. 😏

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Here’s my version of the recipe.

Tzatziki

1 10-12 inch English Cucumber
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Fresh Dill
2 Green Onions
3/4 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Grate the cucumber then squeeze the water out using a clean tea towel or your hands and place in a medium sized bowl.
Zest then juice the Lemon. Finely chop the dill and onions and add to the bowl.
Spoon in the yogurt, feta cheese and salt and pepper.
Mix well to combine. Taste for seasoning.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Serve with pita bread or chips or along side grilled lamb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first book in this series was told from the point of view of Clay Cooper an old before his time seen it all ex-mercenary. This story is viewed through the eyes of an impressionable, never been more than a days ride from home, young bard named Tam.

I really enjoyed Tam’s story and through her, the stories of the members of her mercenary band Fable. Second books in a series can be iffy but Nicholas Eames nails it with wit and a narrative that delves deeper into the world of the Heartwyld as well as his characters, who are as fallible as they are heroic.

“Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.”

 

 

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Hey there friends! Welcome to Sunday!

I’m with Nigella Lawson on this one.

Vintage photos of mid century supermarkets

Who remembers The Commitments?

Photographer recreates photos of people he captured 40 years ago 

Pedestrisim was a hot sport in 1800’s

Zen-like beekeeper introduces us to his 200,000 girlfriends.

Quarantined travel photographer creates miniature outdoor scenes with everyday objects.

Visit Sunshine Laundry, a speakeasy pinball bar…and laundromat!

How to freeze everything.

What rooms from famous paintings would look like IRL.

Watermelon and Feta salad for lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m excited to announce THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA is out today!

I’d like to wish a happy book birthday to some amazing characters!

 

Tynan Tenebris:
Black mist uncoiled from his fingertips and reached out toward the boy, his body deformed into an emaciated hunched posture. His face altered, eye sockets hollowing to black, his mouth spread into a gapping maw lined with sharp silver fangs. The ominous creature’s voice cut like a cold dagger….

Livia Windancer:
“Where did you get off to?”
She pushed the food around her plate and gave a noncommittal shrug. “Nowhere really, just, around.”
“You know,” Her father peered at her with narrowed eyes, “the tip of your nose gets red when you lie, just like your mother’s used to.”
“It does not!” She shot him a guilty glance and rubbed the tip of her nose.
“So you’re saying you have no idea why your life signature was all over the Stairway I found to the Mortal realm?”
Her shoulders sagged. Busted.

Conah Windancer:
Conah sighed and slumped back into his seat at the table. He scrubbed his face with his hands.
“That went well,” he said to the portrait of his wife.
He was Heaven’s most decorated warrior, he commanded the elite Golden Skein; his reputation was both respected and feared, but he was totally out of his element when dealing with his own child. Daughters, it turned out, didn’t take orders well, if at all.

Aurora Dawnbreaker:
Suddenly Aurora’s face was a mere inch from hers, “If you think,” she spat, “that you can win Cassian from me then think again!”
“That’s…no, that’s not what…” she stammered, Aurora was seething, Livia took a step back. “I don’t want him!”
“Good!” Aurora said. “Keep it that way. Challenge me, however, and I’ll knock you out of the sky!”

Cassian Stormcloud:
Cassian had a strong mind. Yes, he was upset at his parents infestation, horrified at what he had seen the Serpents do to his people, but instead of fueling his fears, it strengthened his resolve to eradicate this enemy from the Angelic realm. He was willing to do anything, even if it cost his life. The guy was a good soldier, Tynan had to admit, a good leader. He was still going to kick his ass.

 

All your favorites from THE BRIGHTEST STAR & THE DARK STAR are back too: Fraxinus & Tam, Nox & Stella, Juno, Sibah, Sam, and of course your favorite troublemaker tomcat, Jones!

You can find excerpts and book trailers in the EXTRAS section, go have a look!

I hope you enjoy Tynan and Livia’s story! The hardback will be available in July so stay tuned to the blog as well as my social media for more info!

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You’re going aren’t you?
What!?
You’ve never been to Revel Night?
It’s the last night of the yearly celebration for the Summer Solstice, they have it on the beach at the lakeside camping resort.
There will be food carts and a DJ on stage, and the best part of the whole evening is the bonfire lighting ceremony at the moment of sunset. That’s when the party really gets going!
Everyone will be there…everyone, even that certain someone you’ve been crushing on 😉
And, don’t forget your cosplay!
Did I not mention that? The revelers dress up like Faeries, Pixies, Dryads and Demons, and you might glimpse an Angel too!
So you’ll come? Excellent!
Meet me on the beach, I have the best spot picked out. 

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE! 

THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA is out on June 20!
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In THE DARK STAR Tynan’s twin sister is trapped in Hell, for the third story in THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA Tynan steals into Heaven on a mission that will change everything in the fight  for the freedom of the Four Realms.

In THE FALLEN SHADOW I rewind the timeline to show the events of Revel Night from Tynan’s point of view. Little does he know it’s a night the will alter the course of his life forever.

Tynan is compared to his father, the legendary Nox Tenebris, all the time. As you can imagine, it’s a heavy burden. He has has put up barriers believing that he can’t be an effective leader if he becomes too friendly with the Shadows he commands. He’s lived a lonely life, dedicating his energy toward his duty to the Four Realms. What he needs is a kick in the butt, someone to bring a little chaos to his orderly world.

Enter, (or rather crash land) Livia. An Angel fallen from Heaven, Livia is stubborn and knows what she wants and is not shy about going after it. Rule breaking seems to be her specialty, all you need to do to ensure Livia will step up to a challenge is to tell her she’s not allowed to do it!

She throws Tynan completely off balance, in a good way.

When the pair disobey the Angelic Hierarchy and sneak into Heaven they face a realm shattered by war and terror. They band together with the few Angels that remain free and…. well, You’ll just have to read what happens next in:

THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA

“Plucked from Heavens flames, the Fallen Shadow will rise again to smite those who feed upon the kingdom of Angels”
Born to be a weapon of war and commander of his father’s army of Shadows, Tynan Tenebris takes his duty seriously, but he didn’t expect to meet someone like Livia Windancer.

Their passionate liaison on Revel Night is always on his mind though he knows a relationship is doomed. She is an angel, a creature of immeasurable light, and he is a Shadow who haunts the darkness.

Then, ancient enemies attack the Angelic realm. Livia is injured during the battle and falls from Heaven. An outcast now, she turns to her only ally—Tynan.

Staunch isolationists, the Angelic Hierarchy will not allow the Shadows of Faerie to come to their aid; even though Livia’s father is the prize captive of the traitorous Sons of the Serpent.

But Tynan and Livia have other ideas. They will free her father, even if the cost is their lives.

THE FALLEN SHADOW releases on June 20. You can Pre-order now on Amazon for Kindle

Hello Friends!

There is a lot going on in the world right now, isn’t there? Things are confusing and intense and it might not feel like the time for a lighthearted links post, so just leave this in your inbox for when you’re ready or if you need a few moments of diversion in the future.

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This is the wall paper i’ve been enjoying in May.

These tiny (incredibly sweet) apples are so good! 

NASA engineer tries to build a squirrel proof bird feeder…hilarity ensues.

I currently have more pajamas than I do regular clothes so trust me when I say the Uniqlo soft stretch Hawaiian print PJs are amazing! 

Coveting these Tiki glasses so hard! I wish I had a birthday coming up, alas I’m a winter baby. 

The PopGrip with lip balm pot is kind of genius! 

And finally, I’ve been really enjoying this miniaturist’s YouTube channel, my mind has been blown by all the tiny teensy things… books that have pages that turn, a sink, stove and fan that works! I kind of wish I could shrink myself  and hang out in the tiny worlds they create. No talking just creating with nice mellow music. 

Until next time, be well!

 

 

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