Monday, October 25, 2010

Two for the Price - Linda Wisdom and Lynda K. Scott

Good morning, everyone! My friend, Linda Wisdom, and I are giving you a double hitter for today. Linda has a popular Witch series with Sourcebooks and a plethora of other fantastic books in her backlist. Today, she'll be discussing a new e-novella she's putting out that I think is a great read (yes, I get to see some of these goodies in advance, heheheh). As for me, I'll be sharing a snippet from Heartstone and in honor of the coming USA holiday, a tasty recipe for your uncarved Halloween pumpkins. Sit back and enjoy!

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Wow! Thanks to Lynda for having me again and no one else I’d rather share space with.

Along with my witchy books I’m also bringing my backlist books back out as ebooks. Yes, as if I don’t have enough to do, I’ll be going through all the books whose rights I own. I have a novella up for Kindle and Nook readers titled Brady’s Hellion and I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s an idea what it’s about.

Mercenary Brady Hayes hated it when debts were collected. Especially when he was called to the Underworld. But when Lord Shar called him in asking him to protect his sister, Raven, he had no choice but to agree.

What he didn’t know was that Raven would be a gorgeous bundle of demon easy to fall for or that her ex-boyfriend would want to make trouble.

But then, Brady wasn’t known to back down from danger or abandon a beautiful woman, even if she was from the Underworld. 

You can find it here:

And I hope to have Thea’s novella up soon. I’m learning this process can take longer than we expect, but it’s also a great learning experience. I love all my characters and it’s fun seeing where they lead me even if it’s not even close to what I expect.

I love writing my books and writing novellas is a great way to catch up with the characters other than the flash fiction I write for my blog.

Plus what better time of year to do this than the month of magick and things that go bump in the night?

Please stop by my website and blog to see what’s going on! www.lindawisdom.com and http://linda-wisdom/blogspot.com

Linda

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-- Lynda Again. Here's an excerpt I don't think I've posted anywhere so you all get to see it first :-) After the excerpt I've got a recipe Keriam would have used to make her Dakka Soup. Enjoy!

Heartstone Excerpt 
(Eric has been injured in a fight with Gawan-infested Mer colonists and a large tentacled creature in the lake. Keriam has tended his injuries and, in doing so, makes a shattering discovery about how she really feels for Eric.)

The makeshift pillow, composed of piles of sweet-smelling grass
and covered by another grass mat, was really pitiful Keriam decided,
but it allowed Eric to elevate his head and shoulders enough to eat
comfortably. Moving back to the fire, she gingerly pulled the leafwrapped
fish from the baking stones.

“Where did that come from?” His eyes widened with alarm.

“You didn’t go into the water—”

“With George? No way!”

His brows drew together. “George?”

“Your friend, the oorgh. Apparently, our dinner tried to get
away from George and, alas, ended up on the beach. I figured a little
protein would help you get your strength back.” She broke off a small
piece and grinned. “Open wide.”

He caught her hand, then guided it to his mouth, licking the
morsel from her fingers. With a mischievous light in his eyes, he
sucked each of her fingers clean. Desire pooled low and hot in her
belly as she watched his erotic tongue move over her flesh. He finished
with a kiss in the center of her palm, then chuckled. “Thank
you, but I can feed myself.”

Disconcerted by the surge of lust Eric had invoked, she picked
at her portion of the fish. She’d never really noticed before how his
mere touch could inspire her hormones into a heady rush. Well,
she’d noticed but it hadn’t occurred to her there was more to it, far
more, than simple biology.

Like sunrise, the certainty lit the edge of her emotional boundaries.
And grew, grew until it encompassed her heart.

Eric looked up and gave her the beautiful smile that made her
breath lodge in her throat. Slowly, his expression shifted to concern.
“What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” She shook her head. It had been so different from
what she’d felt for Marc, as different as night and day. She rocked
back on her heels, then cleared her throat. “How’s your food?”

“Excellent.” With relish, he took another bite.

“Maybe George will chase another meal onto the beach.”

“Be cautious. His tentacles have a very long reach.”

She nodded, silent and thoughtful. During his recovery, she’d
pushed herself, forced herself to endure the trials of her episodes—
something she would not have done two weeks ago. Several times,
she thought she might lose her mind so immersed had she been in
his pain, both physical and emotional.

She’d told herself it was because she didn’t want to face this alien
world alone. That wasn’t entirely true. At some point, his wellbeing
had become more important than her own.

“Looks like rain,” Eric said.

Keriam peered between the branches, looking at the afternoon
sky. Gray-pink clouds streamed overhead, promising rain and an
increase in humidity. “Yeah.”

He must never know.

A linlie quarrel erupted nearby. Froggie flitted to a nearby bush,
adding his voice to the melee. Eric chuckled and even she smiled,
though her heart ached.

He must never know. Everything would change between them.
She didn’t want his pity, didn’t want to see him back away, afraid to
hurt her. She’d come to value their budding friendship. That was all
they could have together. That, and a common goal. “The Heartstone,”
she started. “You think it can stop the Gawan?”

Eric chewed slowly as his attention turned to her. “According
to legend, it can.”


Heartstone is available at Mundania Press or Amazon

http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Heartstone
 
Trade Paperback

240 pages
$13.95
978-1-60659-233-5

eBook

$4.99
978-1-60659-232-8

Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must find the legendary
Heartstone and
fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But
when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than
the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will
it cost him the woman he loves?

After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks

she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves
her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not,
she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a
lifetime.



And now...the recipe. 


Keriam's Dakka Soup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
1 fresh bay leaf
2 ribs celery with greens, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons fresh thyme

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 (28-ounce) can cooked dakka (use pumpkin if you're on Earth) puree
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Heat a large soup pot over medium to medium high heat. Add the oil and melt the butter. Add bay, celery, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 6 or 7 minutes, until tender. Add flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in chicken stock and bring liquid to a boil. Whisk spoonfuls of pumpkin into the broth until it's smooth. Simmer soup 10 minutes to thicken a bit then add cream, thyme and nutmeg.

Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.


Keriam didn't have all these items on Neraldi but had she been home, this is the recipe she would have used to make dakka soup. Pumpkin is an excellent substitute since most markets don't carry the Neraldian dakka. If you really want to, you can use fresh pumpkin but the canned pumpkin puree is a time and energy saving substitute and it's just as good :-)

Have a happy Halloween!

Lynda


10 comments:

Bart said...

OK, I'll be trying your dakka soup. But I have one question. Do they have dakka chunkin' contests on Neraldi?

Why not?

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Bart,

I haven't seen a dakka chucking contest but I bet if one of the Mer put a dakka on his trident, he could chuck it a goodly distance ;-)

Angela Kay Austin said...

Really nice excerpt. The cover art is gorgeous.

Pauline B Jones said...

Fun news! Congrats to you both! :-D

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Linda & Lynda! *waving*

Great blog!!! :)

Love the cover Linda W. and already put it on my Kindle wishlist! :)

And Lynda Love the excerpt and the recipe!

Happy Halloween!!!

Lisa :)

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Linda and Lynda. Nice blog. I have some pumpkin innards from where we carved ours. If they haven't rotted, I'll try this soup. Sounds yummy and I love soup.

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Lisa!

Hey Anita!

Yep, the two Linda/Lynda are a force to be reckoned with. :>

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks Angela & Pauline!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Lisa! (waving back) Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Anita, I used to take our pumpkin innards and make pies. Back in those days, it never occurred to me to make pumpkin soup but it's a regular in my house now :-)

Bart said...

Linda, tried the dakka soup, and here are the results:

1. It was easier to make than I thought.

2. the recipe is more forgiving than you would expect.

3. Total time, including prep, about 40 mins. Faster than I expected.

4. When I first tasted it my reaction was "Oh my." It is DELICIOUS!!!

5. Served it to 8 adults at a luncheon, 4 asked for seconds and one asked for the recipe.

6. MAKE THIS SOUP, it's perfect for fall and winter. You won't be disappointed.