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Clare is the shy one, Tynan is driven by duty, but Juno is the wild card of the three Tenebris siblings.  On the surface she’s a capricious flirt, obsessed with human screen stars and making friends with the popular girls.  But it’s all just cover for a secret she’s had to keep since she was very young.

In this fourth and final book of THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA we learn her secret and the lengths she will go to keep it! The timeline is rolled back and you’ll see the events of Revel Night from Juno’s point of view. Old allies become enemies but new friends will fight alongside the Shadows of Faerie in:

CHILDREN OF THE SERPENT: THE CONCLUSION OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA

Juno Tenebris has a secret…

The visions come to her in her dreams. A gifted artist, she wakes to find she has drawn an image of something that will come to pass. It is a secret she must keep at all costs.

Juno’s great grandmother has suffered hundreds of years of captivity. Her gifts of prophecy too valuable to risk her; she can never leave the Citadel. Ever. It’s the fate that awaits Juno if anyone finds out she too is an Oracle.

But someone has found out…

Finnlan Wickerman, captain of the Shadows of Faerie, is arrogant, obnoxious, and enraging. And now she must trust him as her secret keeper, an unbreakable vow that if betrayed will cost them both everything.

The Day of Devouring is here…

The Phaji Swarm, the enemy of the Four Realms, has regrouped and has a new leader, Hivemother Six. She is in league with a former ally, The Sons of the Serpent, a cult of powerful human Mages, and they have their sights set on Juno and her extraordinary power of prophecy.

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CHILDREN OF THE SERPENT  will be available on Kindle June 2021

Until, then catch up with the series! Books 1-3 are available now :

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If you loved The Starless Sea you will want to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January!  In fact it was recommend by Erin Morgenstern.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut so I downloaded a preview to my Kindle app to give it a try and before I even finished the first chapter I bought the book. I was enthralled by January Scaller from the first chapter.

I gasped at “the big reveal”, and was in tears reading the last chapter….

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

 

 

 

 

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This is the perfect side for anything. Slip the leftovers into a frittata or quiche Or, make a batch then take them for a spin in your food processor and make them into a dip or the best sandwich spread you’ve ever had! Also, you can dress with my Ginger and Sesame Dressing. 
Be creative and use what’s in season!

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Grilled Vegtables
Preheat gas grill to about 400F degrees.

2 Portobello Mushrooms
1 Summer Squash or Zucchini
1 Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Onion
4 stems Broccolini
Salt and Pepper
3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Herb de Provence (or other dried herb medley)

Slice all the veggies into large chunks and place on your veggie grill pan then put onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with the dried herbs, salt and pepper.

Place the grill pan onto the gas grill. Shut the lid and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Open up the lid and give the veggies a stir, close the lid and cook for another 3 minutes. Repeat this process until the veggies are slightly charred and tender. Depending on your grill it could take up to 15 minutes.

Carefully (use your hot pads!) move your grill pan back to the sheet pan and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Grilled Veggie Sandwich Spread

This spread is really good in tea sandwiches packed for a picnic!

1 cup Leftover Grilled Veggies
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
1 teaspoon Tomato Paste
2-3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Capers
1 tablespoon chopped Sweet Gherkins

Combine the veggies, cream cheese, sour cream, tomato paste, in your food processor and whiz it up until smooth and creamy. Fold in the pickles and capers and mix well.
Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Serve on bagels, toast or on sandwiches.

 

 

 

 

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