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SALE! On Shifting Shards anthology.

The first anthology to hit the shelves with one of my stories in is on sale for $.99 at Amazon. It was first by three whole days!  30 at 30 was released only 3 days after Shifting Shards: tales of transformation and metamorphosis.

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The usual price for this anthology is around $5, and it includes 5 long (short) stories by Canadian writers, all around a central theme of shifting on Halloween. Shifting like werewolves, not beach sand. (Don’t ask why my brain went there on a freezing cold day)

My story, On This Day We Maen be Seen, has Norse werewolves, a 6fft tall Norse Dwarf and a Bean Sidhe (banshee) over the three nights of the full moon, which is on Halloween this year. A bad judgement call could lead to the end of the world.

It takes place in the same world as a series of novels I’m working on. And the Christmas anthology by the same publisher (Eighth Ripple Press) will have a vampire story from the same series.

So follow these links aand get your copy before the price goes back up!

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LXP7OX0
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXP7OX0

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Yule, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Christmas… whatever you celebrate, may it be a happy time of family and feasting!

And I have another big announcement!

I now have an author website!  It’s got a “buy now” link to Amazon (with the old cover until they update it), plus links to Smashwords, and all the other platforms like Kobo, ibooks, etc will be up as the book goes live on their sites.  Any time between one and ten business days. So check back if your preferred book format isn’t up yet.

I’m so excited!  And having a really hard time being on vacation until Jan 3.  I’ve redone my cover, made a website, uploaded the book to several platforms (each of which needed reformatting)…

I’ve also started putting up preliminary covers for the novels I’m working on that are at least a first draft stage. this should get me eager to finish them.

I guess I need to wrap presents and bake Yule goodies to start feeling the season.  of course, the new grass and budding trees don’t help. We usually have snow up to our knees by now.  My yard must think we live in Australia this year.

So, I’m off to quickly wrap and bake. Because tomorrow is the family get together, and they’re likely to be unimpressed with plastic bags.

Merry Cookiemas… Yule cookies thing… Yulemas cookies?

cookie exchange

I have been conscripted… er, invited to join the illustrious ranks of author-cookie geniuses.

I have noticed a sad lack of GF cookies on the now dozens of posted recipes, so I aim to fix that.

You are welcome!

So here is how it works: A well-known, award winning, local writer (Linda Poitvin ) started it all. She posted a cookie recipe and tagged four other authors.

Each of those authors posted a recipe, and tagged four other authors. And so on, and so on.

Linda tagged Marie Bilideau , who posted her recipe, and then tagged Nicole Lavigne , who tagged me.

And now, because of complex math type stuff, I find myself very short of author friends to conscript… er, tag.

Linda started us off with Snowballs. Marie brought us the cookies of Might and Magic. Nicole brought you darkly devious Chocolate Fudge Pomegranate Cookies.

Nicole, being awesome, included a GF variant so I can make these, too!

For a real collection of recipes, go back to Linda’s blog and follow all the threads to author after author.

So, on to my recipe:

Cape Breton Oatmeal Shortbread cookies

(originally from New Celtic Cooking – GF version by moi!)

Yield: 2 dozen or so

Ingredients: • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1 1/2 cups oat flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats • ¼ cup cinnamon-sugar for topping

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F

  • Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer (or mix by hand) and cream together well.
  • Add the vanilla and blend well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and oats and continue to mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly until soft and relatively smooth.
  • Roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut into rounds or squares.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until pale golden brown.

I cheat and just pat it into an 8″ circle, score it into 12 pie shaped sliced, and cook.  It’ll break along the scores, if they’re deep.

Here, I am supposed to name four new authors, but everyone I contacted either A) was already tagged by someone, B) said no, Or C) ignored me.

Maybe I’ll give you a new GF recipe next week to make up for it.  Maybe a Mayan chocolate cookie.  Maybe a crispy almond cookie.