Archives for October 2014

Musical Theatre Festivals

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again! I can smell it in the air; the mad dash to finish a song, finalizing last minute scene changes, the sweat, the tears, the shear panic–all ending in shear exhaustion and jubilation that you got everything in on time.

It’s Festival submission season for new writers.  For those of you unfamiliar with this tear-inducing season, it’s when many Theatre and Musical Theatre festivals open submissions for new works.  This is a prime opportunity for new writers to get your shows out there.  It’s also a great opportunity to get your works finished because–hello–deadlines!

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Book Tuesday: Here’s Looking at You

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Title: Here’s Looking at You
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Chick Lit, British Chick Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Publication Date: December 5, 2013
Pages: 432
Buy:Amazon

The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello. What if the last person you wanted to see was the person you needed? After the runaway success of You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane is back with a new cast of characters in her second book, Here’s Looking At You. In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognises her when she arrives. Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again. But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a cronie to the bullies, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…Full of Mhairi’s trademark laugh out loud humour, Here’s Looking At You is a novel about facing your demons and being happy with who you really are.

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Book Tuesday: Lark Rising

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Title: Lark Rising (Guardians of Tarnec #1)
Author: Sandra Waugh
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 384
Buy:Amazon

Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

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Green Protein Smoothie

Have you ever tried a green smoothie? I resisted for the longest time because of what they’re made out of–“Wait what?? There’s spinach and kale in it? Doesn’t it taste gross?

No, actually! They taste delicious!

I’m so glad I bit the bullet and finally tried one.  It was during my half marathon training and I needed a way to get more protein into my diet.  This was a great way to incorporate it.  Believe it or not, you don’t end up tasting any of the “green stuff” at all.  It takes the flavor of whatever else you want to put in it.

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Street Fair

I love the fall.  It’s probably my second favorite season next to spring.  There are pumpkins, apples, scarves, boots, cozying up with a nice book and a cup of coffee, cocooned in a nice warm sweater–see? Hands down, my second favorite season.

Another awesome thing about Fall are Street Fairs.  Granted they have these in the Spring as well, but there’s something about going to them in the fall that I love, especially if it’s a nice, crisp day which is exactly the type of weather I had when I went to the Nyack Street Fair.

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Book Tuesday: Illusions of Fate

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Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Pages: 288
Buy:Amazon

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

 

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Demo-Worthy Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Glaze

Guys. I can’t believe I’m sharing this recipe with you today.  It’s my secret weapon.  It can make people do anything you want.  Like record a demo for you.  Remember how I told you I paid my friends in cookies? Well, these are those cookies!

Regardless of whether or not you need someone to record a demo, every time I make these cookies, people rave about them.  They’re perfect for the Fall and upcoming Holiday season.  They’re a soft cookie–almost cake-like.  My cousin said they’re almost like a muffin top of yummy goodness.

You’re welcome.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – King Tomb

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Title: King Tomb (Forever Evermore #3)
Author: Scarlett Dawn
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Pages: 209
Buy:Amazon

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat.

But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

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Black Bean, Spinach, and Sausage Soup

I have the perfect recipe for this dreary, rainy, fall day!  It’s one of my mom’s favorite soups and will warm you up with its rich flavor and steaming goodness.

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On the Air – The Industry Reading

Hiya!

Remember me?  I’m that girl who writes this blog….

I know, I’ve been MIA but my excuse is I was kinda doing that little thing with my musical, On the Air.  Nothing much–just producing, starring in, and writing  it.

I thought I would do a recap of what the whole experience was like (now that I finally caught up on sleep/Outlander episodes<–very important). [Read more…]