Thursday, April 17, 2014

Do Some Damage: Why Needle mag exists

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Reminder - Dallas MWA on Saturday, May 3, 2014

As posted elsewhere....

 9:30am is the time to hear speaker Reavis Z. Wortham.

As a boy, award-winning writer, Reavis Z. Wortham hunted and fished the river bottoms near Chicota, Texas, the inspiration for the fictional setting for The Rock Hole. He was born in Paris, Texas, but lived in Dallas. “We grew up in the city and went to school there, but every Friday evening my parents put us in the car and made the 120-mile drive to Chicota, where we truly lived at my grandparents’ place in the country until Sunday evening, when we came back to the city. Our true home was that little farm in Lamar County.” Reavis graduated from W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas. He attended Eastfield Junior College and graduated with a B.S in Industry and Technology from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce). Upon graduation, he began a teaching career in Garland, Texas. He received a Masters in Education from E.T.S.U. and after ten years in the classroom, Reavis took the job as Communications Specialist for the GISD and remained in that department until he retired as Director of Communications in 2011.

He is the author of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café. Humor editor and frequent contributor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine, he writes on everything from fishing to deer hunting. In addition to several other magazines, his work has appeared in American Cowboy and Texas Sporting Journal. A retired educator of 35 years, he and wife Shana live in Frisco, Texas. They have two daughters, Chelsea and Megan.

Since 1988, Reavis has written a self-syndicated weekly outdoor column for numerous Texas newspapers.



Please turn off cell phones during program and refrain from talking among yourselves while the speaker is talking. Try to keep your questions "general" rather than very specific to your own personal plot -- this will be more helpful to the whole audience.

The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month at Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 door fee, cash only (correct change greatly appreciated). All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info: james@gaskin.com

James
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James E. Gaskin
http://www.gaskin.com
Writer / Consultant / Speaker
Latest book: Email From a Dead Friend (Kindle)

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Review: "Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel" by Nevada Barr

It was supposed to be a simple and relaxing float trip for National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon and friends. Heath Jarod and her daughter, Elizabeth, will be along as will Leah and her daughter, Katie. Both the girls are teens and have little in common. The Fox River in Northern Minnesota is the destination. The trip is to serves as a much needed break for Anna as well as a way to test various methods and equipment for paraplegics to access the wildness. For Heath the trip is another step in trying to get her life back after the fall that broke her back.

Too much group togetherness causes Anna to go off to the river by herself for a little personal time at the end of a very long day. That loner instinct may ultimately save all their lives when a group of four men arrive in camp. They are not here to enjoy the beauty of the north woods or the companionship of their fellow travelers. They are there on a kidnapping for ransom mission and have very specific targets in mind--- Leah and Katie. The men may be much more at home in the city, but they have a plan, weapons, and plenty of cruelty and find the women without weapons and with no cell service no way to reach the outside.

What follow is a sort of Die Hard type scenario as Anna uses the element of surprise to begin to turn the odds in the captives. As the stress for all ratchets up and the unforgiving environment takes a toll it becomes questionable who will survive this rolling north woods confrontation.

The 19th book in the series that began with Track of the Cat is a good one. While there is plenty of action and mystery involved, human psychology is the primary component of the book. Delving into the mind of Anna as well as the other characters to showcase how things are being dealt with as various events occur occupy large sections of the book. Despite that happening, the overall pace the story remains constant steadily pulling readers along to the ultimate final violent confrontation. The book contains the briefest of mentions of earlier events making it possible to read as a stand-alone if you are new to the series.

Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel  
Nevada Barr
Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)
2014
ISBN# 978-0-312-61458-4
Hardback (also available as an e-book and audio)
350 Pages
$26.95

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Playoffs

Stars got the Ducks in their first round and the Mavs got the Spurs. Does not look good for us Dallas fans in either case.

Ed Gorman's blog: Forgotten Films: The Man From Laramie

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adventures In Writing: SONGBIRD -- An Award Finalist!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Legacy of the Blue Falcon

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Via The Passive Voice-- Value Propositions

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Sample Sunday: Chapter One Excerpt from "The Girl Who Wanted To Be Sherlock Holmes" by Bill Crider

You may remember the below piece running awhile back. I have this book in my TBR pile and still have not gotten to it. A sad state for many of the books in my TBR pile. While primarily known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, Bill does a lot of different things under the writing big top. The excerpt below comes from his humorous young adult novel The Girl Who Wanted To Be Sherlock Holmes. A read that is also suitable for us adults.

Amazon Synopsis: “Shirley Holmes believes she's a descendant of another Holmes. Sherlock. You say he's a fictional character? Don't try to tell that to Shirley. When there's a murder at her high school, Shirley's determined to find the killer, along with Ralph, her willing "Watson." THE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE SHERLOCK HOLMES is fast and fun for all ages.”

Available as an e-book, you can pick up your copy here.

                                                                      Chapter 1

            Before I tell you about finding the dead man, I have to tell you about a girl I know.
            Her name's Shirley Holmes, and her name is very important to her.  That's because about a hundred years ago, more or less, there was a famous detective named Sherlock Holmes.
            Shirley Holmes.  Sherlock Holmes.
            You see the connection?  Neither do I, since as I tried to explain to Shirley, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, not a real person.
            "He's just a person in stories," is the way I put it.  "He's not real."
            "And just how do you know that, Ralph-o?" she asked, looking down at me.  She's about the same height I am, which is five-seven, but somehow she seems taller.  I don't know how she does it.
            And that's just one of the annoying things about her. Another one is that she never fails to call me The Ralphster, or Ralph-o, or Ralphola, or The Ralphmeister.  It’s not very dignified if you ask me.
            Of course Ralph's my name; I can't deny that, as much as I wish that I could.  If I'd had any say-so in it, I'd have been called Clint, or maybe Thorne, like a guy on the soap opera that my father watches every day.  Maybe you've seen it.  The Bold and the Beautiful.  But of course I didn't have any say-so, and I got named Ralph.  It could be worse, I guess.  I could have been named Fauntleroy, maybe, or Alphonse.
            I can see that I've drifted off the point here, which is something that I'm prone to do, according to Ms. Turkel, my English teacher.  She's always writing crabby little notes in red ink in the margin of my papers, saying things like "This is really very interesting, Ralph, but what does it have to do with your thesis?" 
            She calls me Ralph, naturally.  All the teachers do.  The name's right there on my Permanent Record, so what can I do about it?
            But I was telling you about Shirley.  She has red hair and green eyes and freckles, and the truth is I like the way she looks a whole lot, but I'd never come out and tell her that.  We're both juniors at Harry Whittington High School, and we take a lot of the same classes.
            We've known each other a long time, ever since second grade, but I've only noticed how nice she looks in the last year or so.  I never paid much attention to things like that about girls very much before, but I've started noticing it pretty often since about the ninth grade.  It has a lot to do with hormones, according to Mr. Wilder.  He teaches biology, so he knows what he's talking about.

Available as an e-book, you can pick up your copy here.




Bill Crider ©2010
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Via Paul Brazill: "A Story For Saturday: Seeing Blue" by Paul D. Brazill

A Story For Saturday: Seeing Blue by Paul D. Brazill

Via Earl Staggs-- MY SPECIAL GUEST TODAY

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Via Randy Johnson-- God In Heaven…Arizona On Earth(Un Bala Marcada)1972

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Meant to mention this earlier today and the day just got away from me....happens a lot these days.
 
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Review: "Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Book" by Dan Whalen

Have you ever thought about combining two different foods into one super food? Like putting a cheeseburger inside a ravioli? “Cheeseburger Ravioli Burger” looks really good and the recipe is here on pages 84-85. Or, maybe you have a craving for something like “Lobster Stuffed Fried Mac and Cheese Balls” (pages 94-95) or a “Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger” (pages 100-101). The culinary possibilities are intriguing in Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Book by Dan Whalen.


If the author’s name is not familiar to you he is the founder of “thefoodinmybeard.com.” He is also a freelance food writer for General Mills and is a chef for Cafe Burrito in Boston. Instead of being formally trained, as noted in the introduction, Dan Whalen learned by doing in the kitchen. That led to a life of creating food delights that is reflected in the subtitle of the book: Taking Your Favorite Foods And Stuffing Them To Make New, Different And Delicious Meals.

After the brief and interesting introduction the book is broken into six chapters with “Stuffed Breads” starting things off on page 8. Along with a picture of various ingredients there is a small introduction to this chapter. It starts off with “Pepperoni Bread” on pages 10-11 before moving on to “Chicken Stuffed Waffles” (pages 18-19), “Cheeseburger Slider Steamed Buns” (pages 24-25), “Vietnamese Burritos” (pages 38-39) and “Bulgogi Calzones” (page 53) among others. Each recipe has an ingredient list and directions, the number of portions it makes, a heat scale as to flavor and a “Pig-Out” scale as how gluttonous you feel. There are not any specifics regarding fats, salts, etc., as the ratings are more of an unspecified personal scale. Some recipes have pictures, but most do not. This same format continues throughout the book.

“Stuffed Pasta and Rice” is the theme of Chapter 2 starting on page 55. “Caprese Summer Rolls” on page 57 are here along with “Loaded Potato Pierogi” (pages 60-62) and “Tamale Ravioli” (page 65). A number of recipes for various raviolis are here as well as “Korean Polk Mandu” (pages 82-83) and the “Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Blue Cheese Arancini” (page 93) among others.

“You can get really creative when stuffing meats. Stuffing meats means flank steak roll-ups, stuffed burgers and stuffed squid. Even stuffed eggs!” (Chapter 3, page 99)

Along with the aforementioned “Mac And Cheese Stuffed Burger.” There are others such as “Frank-In Burger” on page 102 (a hotdog in a burger along with bacon) as well as the “Queso Fundido Stuffed Burger” on page 103 among others. Other palate possibilities for you and your family in this section are the “Meat Wrapped Corn On The Cob” (pages 108-109), “Shepherd's/ Cottage Pie Meatballs” (pages 112- 113), and “Pork Stuffed Tofu With Noddles” (page 130). One would certainly expect a recipe for “Turducken” and it is found here on pages 118-119.

“Chapter 4: Stuffed Veggies and Fruits” begins in earnest with “Mac And Cheese Chile Rellenos” on pages 134-135. Also available here the “Jalapeno Popper Dog” on pages 140-141 (a hotdog inside the jalapeno incase stuffing a hotdog inside a hamburger is too tame for you), “Cheddar Sriracha Stuffed Mushrooms” (pages 149-149), “Bacon Avocado Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes” (pages 154-155) and “Meat Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes” (pages 158-159) among others. “The Meat Stuffed Twice Baked Potatos” uses the same idea as the twice baked potatoes, but adds in ground beef and sausage to make them meaty.

Of course, desserts have to be stuffed too and they are in “Chapter 5: Stuffed Sweets” beginning on page 170. You could go for “Avocado Éclairs” (pages 180-181) for one example. If that does not work for you¸ there are recipes for “Peach Habanero Stuffed Pizzelles” (pages 186-187) or a “Giant Peanut Butter Cup” on page 188 among a few others. Not surprisingly this is a very short chapter.

“Chapter 6” is all about the standard recipes that are used throughout the book. Along with spice blend of “All-Purpose Curry Powder” (page 191) and “All-Purpose Taco Seasoning” (page 192) author Dan Whaler also includes his recipes for “Fresh Pasta Dough” (page 193), “Cream Sauce” (page 195) and seven others.

That is followed by a 1 page of “acknowledgments,” a bio page about the author, and a nine page index.

Overall Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cook Book is a good one featuring detailed and interesting recipes. Comfort foods stuffed together into a bigger, badder sort of super food is the theme and it works well. The only real drawback to the 200 page plus paperback book is the lack of real nutritional information for those who should limit their salt or fat intake. These recipes are designed for those who do not have dietary restrictions and are open to experimentation.


It is worth noting that this is a paperback book and is not particularly designed to lay flat for use. I recently picked this book up at the Haggard branch of my local library system. The copy has a “new” sticker on it dated “February 14” and already the binding is breaking in numerous spots with some pages already partially loose. Whether this is isolated issued with this copy or indicative of the biding of this print run is impossible to determine, but consumers should consider this issue as they would other factors in any book purchase.



Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Book-- Taking Your Favorite Foods And Stuffing Them To Make New, Different And Delicious Meals
Dan Whalen
Page Street Publishing Co.
January 2014
ISBN# 978-1-62414-011-2
Paperback
208 Pages
$19.99

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System


Kevin R. Tipple ©2014
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Lesa's Latest Contest --- "Giveaway - Cozies featuring pets"

As posted elsewhere......

 This week, I'm giving away Rebecca M. Hale's How to Paint a Cat and Linda O. Johnston's Teacup Turbulence. Details on my blog, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.


Lesa Holstine 

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Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: HT: Ken Van Durand

FFB Review: "A Patchwork of Stories: 9 Tales from Sunny Side Up to Over Hard" by Kaye George

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. It seemed appropriate today to run the below review I first ran back in February 2011 on A Patchwork of Stories: 9 Tales from Sunny Side Up to Over Hard. Make sure you check out the complete FFB list later today on Patti’s blog.

Texas author Kaye George has put together a small and intriguing sample of her work in this collection. These nine tales were previously published online and in print and nearly all won awards. The tales are flash fiction stories as well as several somewhat long pieces. Due to their length, it is not really possible to give very many details on the individual stories without ruining the read. Primarily stories of revenge and/or desperation, these stories pass by quickly while creating mental images that linger long after the small 90 page book is finished.

The book opens with the story titled “FLASH MOB” and features Melissa. Suffering cancer treatment is tough. Dealing with a cheating husband is tougher.

Cheating male spouses is a theme common throughout the book. The same issue confronts the main character in a flash fiction piece titled “THE FALL.”

We have all seen the news stories about fad diets where supposedly one could eat just a certain item all the time and lose the weight. Remember the grape fruit diet of a few years ago? That sort of thing is the premise behind the tale “THE FAT GURU.” When chocolate again becomes the next serious diet craze you can say you read about it here. One just knows it can’t be a good idea.

“WEST TEXAS WAITIN” comes next starting on page 22 and features some of the strongest images in this small book. In this haunting story, a young woman waiting for her guy to come off the rodeo circuit and take care of her and their son to be. Life has been hard for a long time and Harold is her ticket to better times. At least, that was their plan.

Kaye George takes readers from West Texas to Detroit for “DEVIL’S NIGHT” set on Halloween Eve. The night is well known in Detroit and elsewhere for the arson fires that happen. The Devil is about to get a well-deserved new tenant if the plan works.

“RETRANSFORMATION” comes next and features a death at a writer conference, back stabbing by a famous author, and werewolves. Good stuff that explains why some authors get where they are today. You may not look at your fellow writers at a convention the same way ever again.

For most, life after high school is not as expected. Kimber isn't the only one to have things go differently than she thought they would in “LEVITTOWN LOUIE.” Mr. Davis McFeegle is her latest mistake and apparently she wasn't the only one to make a mistake regarding him.

Buying a TV has serious consequences in the flash story “NEW TV.”

The final tale is “HANDBASKETS, DRAWERS, AND A KILLER COLD” and was nominated in 2009 for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Being a cop in Chicago is hard enough. Having an idiot for a brother-in-law, an unhappy wife, and a bad cold makes everything harder for Officer Cal Arnold---including doing the right thing.

AT 90 pages, this small read is a fast one featuring many different characters and writing styles. While the themes of revenge and/or desperation are frequently present, and the male spouses are almost always cheaters, how the situations develop and are resolved is very different. Not only does the book provide reading pleasure with each tale, it also provides an introduction to her writing talents (if you were not already aware) in preparation for the release of her comic mystery novel, CHOKE, by Mainly Murder Press this May.


 

A Patchwork of Stories: 9 Tales from Sunny Side Up to Over Hard
Kaye George
http://www.kayegeorge.com/
CreateSpace (Amazon)
https://www.createspace.com/
November 24, 2010
ISBN# 978-1456348571
Paperback (also available on the Kindle)
90 Pages
$5.99


Paperback review copy was provided by the author in exchange for my objective review.


Kevin R. Tipple © 2011, 2014