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Fleur de Lis

Fleur de Lis

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Recently, on Facebook, there was a post about a quote from Holbrook Jackson, “Your library is your portrait.” I asked friends to post 10 titles. I, of course, did the same. In no particular order:

Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
A Duke of Her Own, Eloisa James
I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Julie L. Cannon
Traces, Betty Bolte
A Risk Worth Taking, Melissa Klein
The Power Within You, Louise Hay
Men, Women, and Relationships, Dr. John Grey
Sacred Contracts, Caroline Myss
Secrets from a Creativity Coach, Romeny Qualline Nesbitt
Wired for Story, Lisa Cron

I have hundreds of books, but these grabbed my attention first. What do you think it says about me?

My booklist contains one by Julie L. Cannon. She was a lovely, gracious, endearing woman who critiqued a manuscript of mine at the Southeastern Writer’s Association workshop. She has since passed away. Her book, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is one I’m going to start rereading now. Julie told me one thing about being an author back in 2011–I hadn’t yet been published in fiction yet–she said, “Writers write. Author’s speak.”

I’m going to start speaking again. I’ve presented programs at national conferences and workshops before. I’ve shied away from it for a while. In 2015, I’m seeking opportunities to speak, not only about writing, but also about self empowerment.

And so, I ask you very gently, when you’re speaking or writing to others, even if it’s an email, text, comments on social media, please take care in the words you select. Please let your words truly represent you, your heart, and your core values.

And if you don’t agree with my blog posts, I’m happy to hear your opinions because I believe dialog is a way to come to the middle and find a greater understanding about each other, find some common ground. However, please do not stoop to name-calling and expect me to approve your comments on my blog. “You can’t write bitch. Take my class.” is a comment I will never approve on my blog. It was left for a guest blogger, and I won’t stand for that.

Now, about moving. In 2015, I’m revamping my website www.linda-joyce.com The blog will become a part of my website and this URL of lindajoycecontemplates will disappear into the ether.

As some point in 2015, I’ll stop paying for the url for this blog…who knows what will happen then, but you’ll find me blogging on my website. I’ll be speaking out and seeking to help us empower ourselves to live in a better world.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce
@LJWriter

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Have you seen the Man in the Moon?

A fresh face in children’s fiction: Kelly Silverman.

She’s a fascinating woman. Author. Screen Writer. Film Producer. Wife…and new mother.

Kelly Young-Silverman

Kelly Young-Silverman

Please meet Kelly Silverman.

Memories Are Stories: Why I Read To My Baby

My daughter Evelyn is eleven months old. My husband, David, and I have been reading to her since before she was born, before we even knew whether she was an Evelyn or a Michael.

In the beginning, it felt as if David and I were the only ones getting anything from the experience: the times when I was reading Gone Girl out loud to my belly; the times we read Good Night Moon to our tiny newborn whose eyes stared off into the vastness of this great big world. I absolutely love those memories, but they are mine and David’s, not Evie’s.

Today, we know exactly why reading is not only one of the most important things you can do with your child, but one of the most special: it creates memories. Every night before we go to bed, Evie has two stories she must hear before she can sleep. It’s as much a part of our routine, our ritual, as a goodnight kiss and saying ‘I love you.”

I now see we are forging memories with Evie every time we read to her. Every time she picks up a book on her own and starts turning the pages. Every time she lights up when we get to a part of the story she loves. We are making memories through stories.

Looking at baby Evie reminds me of the joy I felt when I had a book in my hand and a story in my heart. Books made me want to be a writer. They’ve affected every one of my beliefs and shaped me into the person I am today. They’ve inspired, angered and moved me, and it amazes me to know they have the power to do that for my daughter as well.

I can’t wait to hear her read her first book, or tell her first story. I can’t wait for that moment when she picks out her first book at the library. My heart melts thinking how excited she’ll get when she describes her favorite stories to me.

I’ve written in many different mediums: screenplays, plays, young adult novels. After I had Evie, though, I knew I wanted to write children’s stories, which is why I created Evie and Knox Stories (with the talented Erin Wicker known professionally as erin the great).
It’s contemplating those “firsts” that make writing for children so special. When children fall in love with books, they do so with their whole-hearts. They become friends with the characters. They read a story and study the pictures over and over until that book becomes a part of their childhood.

Stories impact us at every stage of our lives, and it all begins with the first book someone reads to us. My hope is that Man in the Moon will be some child’s first story, and perhaps even part of a loving goodnight ritual.

MAN IN THE MOON

MAN IN THE MOON

“A whisper and a good night kiss. Sweet dreams for you, is what I wish!” – Man in the Moon

Kelly Young-Silverman Bio: Kelly is a Midwest girl living in the South who loves to tell stories. Her work ranges from screenplays and stage plays to children stories and young adult novels.

In 2009, Kelly co-founded Cakebaby Productions with her husband, actor/filmmaker, David Marshall Silverman. Through Cakebaby, Kelly and David have written, directed and produced several award-winning short films, and have had their worked screened nationally at prestigious festivals.

Kelly’s experience is eclectic to say the least: education, advertising, theatre, film and (most recently!) motherhood. Man in the Moon is the first book in a series of nighttime stories by Kelly and illustrator Erin Wicker. It is set to be released today, 11/11/2014!

Interested in purchasing your own copy of Man in the Moon?

WordCrafts Press
Amazon

Interested in learning more about Kelly and her work?

Evie and Knox Stories
Twitter
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Cakebaby Productions

Linda here. I hope you’ve been enjoyed meeting Kelly. Check out her new release for that special little person in your life.

Happy Reading,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce. com

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French French Toast for the Weekend!

Greetings!

So many of you loved Karen’s brownie recipe made in her George Foreman Grill from an earlier post, so I asked her for more yummy food–Grill-style.

Here’s Karen’s take on a breakfast favorite: French Toast.

Hi everyone, I’ve been invited back to share another recipe with you. I was happy to see how well-received my brownie recipe was, it has long been a family favorite! I found out that many of you use your George Foreman Grill on the go while in your RV. That is a great idea and I learned something new!

It’s the weekend, so that means big breakfast! One of my family’s favorite breakfasts is what we loving call French French Toast. It is baked and since using the oven here in Seoul, South Korea is expensive, I’ve turned again to my ever-trusty George Foreman grill. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Pan of French Toast

Ingredients

Ingredients

3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons butter
6 to 8 slices French or Italian Bread, 1-inch thick, cut on the diagonal

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Beat eggs, milk and vanilla; pour into a shallow plate large enough to hold all the bread in one layer.

Make sure your bread fits into the pan you want to use before you soak it in the egg. That way you won’t have eggy toast that will not fit!

Soak bread for 2 minutes.

Bread in batter

Turn and continue to soak bread until all egg mixture is absorbed.

While bread is absorbing the egg mixture, place butter into a 13×9-inch pan and melt it in the oven.

Place in Grill

Place in Grill

When the butter is melted, add bread in one layer and bake for 15 minutes.

Turn and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes more.

When Done in Grill

When Done in Grill

Note: If you are using your George Foreman Grill, you may need to adjust the temperature and time to cook to your taste; because the grill is smaller than the inside of an oven, the toast gets darker than you may like. Also, eight slices of bread do fit into the deep-dish attachment – it is just a snug fit!

Serve with Buttery Pecan Syrup

Buttery Pecan Syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1/4 vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a rolling boil; boil continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in salt, butter and vanilla. When butter is melted, stir in pecans. Serve with your Pan of French Toast.

FT with Pecan Syrup

Note: This syrup keeps well refrigerated and reheated as needed.

I hope you’ll give Karen’s recipe a try and tell us how you like it.

You can find Karen on Twitter — @AwesomeVampireG

Happy Reading and Cooking!

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com
@LJWriter

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Loving You Always

Greetings!

Do you believe it’s October already? The year is flying past quickly. Much too fast for me.

In August, I teamed up with authors Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein, and Kenney Ryan to speak at the Decatur Book Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Kennedy and I had met before, we belong to a local writing organization, but never really spent time together before joining forces to present, “Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction.”

All went well. We had a nice crowd. We had fun!

And I discovered that Kennedy is a woman passionate about life, helping others, and writing. Her latest release: LOVING YOU ALWAYS is out TODAY!

Please meet Kennedy Ryan:

Things I Keep Learning

I think sometimes life has a way of making sure we’ve learned certain lessons. Like a teacher might ask you the same basic question in several different ways to be sure you’ve truly grasped the material, life does that. Life is that thorough instructor constantly reframing the same questions to ensure we truly know the answers.

I saw this over the last year in the process of releasing my debut novel, WHEN YOU ARE MINE. Certain questions I had settled and lessons I had learned, I found myself circling back to. Life’s way of saying “just making sure.” These are three of those lessons.

1. Never expect anyone to work harder for you than you are willing to work for yourself.

I signed a three-book deal with one of the large publishing houses, Hachette. There are advantages that come with that, but there is no resting on the proverbial laurels. I have worked harder than I ever have, maybe in my life, over the last year. With such a saturated market, it’s hard to penetrate. Hard to be heard. Hard to stand out. Writing a good book is the best thing you can do, but it is certainly not the only thing expected of writers anymore. I never expected my editor, my publicist, or anyone on my team to do more than I was willing to do to promote my book. I hustled. Researched trends. Developed relationships. Spent my own money. When it comes to my career, if there is a work bar to be raised? I will raise it!

2. Don’t look to the left or to the right. Look in the mirror.

Kennedy Ryan comparison_vazantWhat does that even mean? So many times, we look to the left and to the right. We think someone owes us something or we pout because such and such gets more and has it easier. There are factors we can’t control which propel some into NYT rarefied air, and leave some less lauded. One of my favorite quotes comes from Iyanla Vazant. “Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” Do not torture yourself with the success of others. Make. Your. Own. The insidious danger of comparison is that it whittles away your confidence and allows you excuses for achieving, not less than someone else, but less than what you could achieve. Define what success means for you, figure out strategically what it will take for you to reach that, and pursue it relentlessly. Don’t look back. And definitely don’t look at anyone else.

3. Relationships are the true world currency.

So many times over the last year, I have rediscovered this principle. I have not, like so many, been slaving away at this for years. I wrote a book, and the first agent I pitched to signed me, and the first editor, bought my book. That sounds good, but I had zero knowledge of the publishing landscape. To put it in Twitter terms, I had no klout…clout. You know what I mean! LOL! I approached this new venture the way I approach every other aspect of my life. Make friends. Look for opportunities to help others. Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Those lessons, you NEVER stop learning. They are so fundamental to how I define success as a person, I take refresher courses in them. I didn’t target influencers, or set out to network with an agenda for what people could give me. I just followed those three principles that I cherish IRL. Before I knew it, bloggers with big numbers, bestselling authors, and industry influencers were looking for ways to help me. That is humbling. I have not arrived. Wherever “there” is, I am nowhere near it, but I know there are opportunities that have come my way because of these three principles. And they are chances money could never buy.

Ryan_LovingYouAlways_ebookAs I release LOVING YOU ALWAYS, the second novel in that three-book deal that shocked me as much as anyone, I realize life is still quizzing me. These same lessons are on repeat, and I hope every time I’m tested, they embed themselves deeper into who I am, until they are second nature. And if there were a fourth lesson, it would be remain teachable.

Because there is always more to learn.

LOVING YOU ALWAYS SYNOPSIS:
Kerris Moreton should be the happiest woman in the world: She has a successful business and is about to start the family she’s always wanted. But the man of her dreams-the one whose green eyes see straight into her soul and whose gentle hands make her body hum with pleasure-is not hers.

Each secret moment with Walsh Bennett serves to remind Kerris of what she’s missing. And every stolen hour makes it harder to see her future without him. But being with Walsh would betray a sacred promise and upend her perfect life. When tragedy strikes, the razor’s edge between love and loyalty grows sharper than ever. And Kerris must decide where her heart will fall . . .

Kennedy Ryan Bio:
Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It’s a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride. In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.

Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. Ryan is donating 25% of her proceeds to her foundation and her national charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Her interview series MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS is featured each month in Brooke Burke’s online magazine Modern Mom.

Looking for Kennedy? Look no further!

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Website
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I hope you enjoyed meeting Kennedy. Check out her new release!

Happy Reading,
Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Linda’s Lovelies. What’s that?

Hey there!

How’s your fall getting started?

In Georgia, it’s 74 degrees. 46% humidity (which is low for us). Sunny. A few wispy white clouds.
The squirrels are out in full force burying things in my garden. In other words, things are a changin’.

Me, too.

I’m making the leap. Taking the risk. Opening myself up to a new adventure. Will you join me? I’m starting a street team!

Magnolia

Magnolia

Linda’s Lovelies.

What’s that? I’m gathering a group of avid readers who enjoy the journey of books. Not only the story in the book, (Yes, of course, I want you to love the book!) however this is about unveiling a book to the world, then spreading the word about it. So Linda’s Lovelies will get the first glimpse of any new release of mine. Plus some special perks.

Linda's Lovelies Bling

Linda’s Lovelies Bling

Would you be willing to share promos, updates, giveaways and teasers?

Tell your friends?

Share with book groups?

Take part in my author events?

If so, I’m lookin’ for you to join me on this journey!

I’m working with some Sassy Savvy Fabulous ladies to help me make this happen. Here’s link to sign up: Linda’s Lovelies

Questions? Please let me know.
Want more details about me? Check out my NEWSLETTER.
L*E*T*T*E*R*S* from Linda

Happy Reading,

Linda Joyce
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Friday with Friends: An American Abroad–exciting journey!

I really love connecting with people. I love the stories of their lives. Everyone is interesting to me, and I have never failed in finding some common connection with anyone. A love of good food is a good bonding moment.

I’ve become more active on Twitter (@LJWriter) and through it, I’ve reached people all over the world.

Including Karen from Twitter @AwesomeMartiniG . Who’s now in Korea. She’s sharing about her journey.

Please meet Karen Knowles.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea


Hello everyone, I’m coming to you from Seoul, South Korea; working for the United States Army.

This is the view from my kitchen!

We are living in a high-rise apartment overlooking the Han River. Seoul is beautiful and we are enjoying it very much. Cooking here is a challenge due to the differences in power between the US and here. I have a gas range and an electric oven. Electricity is expensive here so I do not use my oven often so we have a George Foreman Grill that I use in place of the oven.

It works pretty well!

Karen's well-preserved recipeI have been asked to share my favorite chocolate comfort food with you.

I have shared this recipe with family and friends. It is an all-time favorite. I found the recipe on the back of a bag of chocolate chips almost 30 years ago and as you can see, it is very well loved! It is super easy and once you try it, you will never by a box mix again! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Double Chocolate Brownies

Karen's Ingredients

Karen’s Ingredients

The ingredients list:

3/4 Cup Flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine (I use Butter Flavored Crisco)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 – 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.

In a small saucepan combine sugar, butter and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts. Remove from heat and add ½ bag (1 cup) chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.

Remove chocolate mixture to a bowl and add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time quickly so the eggs do not cook. Stir in flour mixture remaining ½ bag chocolate chips and nuts if used.

Batter Spread into a greased 9” square pan, or into the deep-dish attachment on your George Foreman Grill.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

Brownies!

Brownies!

Karens browniesThese are great warm with a cold glass of milk!

Have you ever cooked brownies or other goodies like this? Let us know. Share a recipe with us!
Thank you Karen for expanding our world and showing us how ingenuity and creativity create a wonderful life.

Happiness abounds,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Nine months, Short and Long

Fall is approaching. I love the change of seasons.

Cooler days. The change of the color of sunlight.

This is month nine of 2014. The year moved so fast and so slow.

What can you accomplish in nine months?

When 2014 rolled in, I had such a great plan after having my life derailed for two months by health issues with my parents. I would complete three full manuscripts, attend conferences, and reader events. I would cook more and enjoy my garden. (Okay, it’s really hubby’s garden. He plants and I cook the harvest.) My four-legged boys and I would have more time for games and racing around the yard, playing fetch and chase. I would visit with my nieces and nephew and their families. My friends and I would have potluck dinners and share laughs. My hubby and I would have a lovely anniversary trip somewhere special. (I had an Alaskan cruise or a Riverboat cruise in Europe picked out.)

None of that happened.

Instead, I have devoted much of my time to caring for aging parents. Moving them from their homes. Helping them adjust to a different way of life that they need, but don’t want. I’m handling finances and interpreting doctor’s instructions. Making sure taxes, insurance, and medical bills are paid timely and appropriately. And learning patience.

I’m reaching a new balance in my life. But it’s not easy.

I am so grateful for the support of friends. Those who share a joke and check-in to see if I’m a total nut-job yet or not. I am grateful to have a loving, caring, and understanding sister. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who is strong. He senses when to step-in to pick up my load and offer a hand to guide me. He is the calm voice of reason.

What lessons have life given to you this year? What are you grateful for?

Warmest Regards,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT

Hey there!

How’s your summer going?

It doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, so here’s another Must-Read book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT.

Author Gina Hooten Popp

Author Gina Hooten Popp

Author Gina Hooten Popp is a soft-spoken woman with a funny bone that will keep you smiling if not rolling on the floor with laughter, a smile that makes you want to sit and chat with her over coffee, and a writing voice that will keep you intrigued in her stories. I know. I first heard TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT when it was still in rough-draft form and I was captivated before the end of the first paragraph.

More about Gina: A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut THE STORM AFTER is a 2014 RONE Awards Finalist. Before publication, THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in The Linda Howard Award of Excellence for Unpublished Writers Contest and the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. Her new book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT was released on August 7th.

TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight


by Gina Hooten Popp

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight is a story of love, loss and redemption. Thus the inspiration for its title. Because it is true that with each setting sun there comes a chance to put the past to rest and start anew. An especially meaningful concept for the story’s hero Jayden James—a twenty-year old up-and-coming ballplayer who injures his pitching arm in a motorcycle crash. After the accident, Jayden still aspires to go pro, but through an unusual set of circumstances (mostly due to his own flawed decision making process) he finds himself living in a treehouse and dealing drugs to get by. The one bright spot in his life is his girlfriend Lula—a promising abstract artist who likes to paint bluebirds with black spots.

Set in 1979 and early 1980, this Texas-flavored drama unfolds amidst a small-town backdrop of parties by the lake, drug deals and everyday life. In short, it’s the story of Jayden and Lula. Neither have fame or wealth when they start out, but they do have two things in common…both struggle with a sense of self worth…and, both have more fun than most people. He has a razor-sharp wit and strong pitching arm, and she is a highly creative abstract artist. Together they discover the meaning of love and loss, while they work toward their shared goal of not being ordinary.

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight  (Back Cover)

Tomorrow Comes At Midnight
(Back Cover)

On a deeper level, the book’s storyline addresses the many obstacles one faces as they attempt to be the best at what they do . . . whether that is sports, art, etc… A person really has to jump a few psychological hurdles in addition to physical ones to achieve their dreams. And, no one else can do that for them. The inner strength and drive has to be found from within.

There’s one other thing about this book that’s a little different—the hero Jayden James has some interesting thoughts on life. For example, he would tell you this—
“You need a spiritual life most when you’re at your worst…not so much when you’re perfect.” Such is his thinking as he overcomes inner demons and physical injuries to reach his goal of going pro. So this story is a little bit about that, too. Although, I wouldn’t consider it a religious message because Jayden and his friends cuss like sailors and they do some really bad things because, after all, they are drug dealers and such. However, Tomorrow Comes At Midnight carries an overall positive message of hope and inspiration.

Back Cover Blurb: Living in a treehouse and dealing drugs is one way to overcome your fear of being ordinary. But Jayden discovers it’s not the best way, as he gets beaten-up, thrown in jail … and then beaten up again before being thrown out of jail. And that’s only a small part of the punishment the universe seems to heap on him as he makes his way from being a troubled soul who struggles with a sense of self-worth to being a confident, professional ballplayer. Set in the 1970’s, this Southern drama would be your typical small-town-boy-makes-good story.

Except that it’s not.

TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BDTRKV4

You can find Gina on FB: https://www.facebook.com/ginahootenpoppauthor

On Twitter: @Gina_Popp

And her website: http://hootenpopp.com/

Happy Reading!

Linda
www.linda-joyce.com

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Savoring Summer in So many ways

Tell me all the ways you’re savoring summer.

Tell me what you’re doing now.

Enjoying
the beach
the mountains
your garden
amusement parks
your backyard
a good book on a rainy afternoon
a family reunion
the graduation of a family member or friend
a wedding of someone dear
or if you’re like me, you’re dreaming of a vacation. :-)

My garden is thrilling me with its cucumber production, however, it rained too much in May and early June, which damaged my tomatoes. The okra is loving the summer heat and beginning to take off. Soon, crab stuffed okra poppers will appear on the dinner table. You will find my recipe here: Hot Curries & Cold Beer http://hotcurriesandcoldbeer.blogspot.com/2013/04/flavors-of-bayou-crab-stuffed-okra.html
Many thanks to Rashda Khan for hosting me.

In the herb garden, the basil is ready for harvest. Pesto coming up! I freeze it to have all winter.
I’m also drying parsley, thyme, and oregano.

I love to cook–a pinch of this, a spoonful of that. My kitchen is a dream space, however, the only thing I bake is Bread Pudding. Thankfully, my hubby enjoys the precision measuring required in baking. His specialty is sweet potato pecan pie.

Today, I took the time to actually type up my recipe for bread pudding. It lived only in my head and thinking about it proved more challenging than I first anticipated.

The photo you see of the Bread Pudding was made in a 9″ cake pan. (Usually, I make it in a 9 x 13 inch pan.) I made this one round so I could “take it along” to an event. Bread Pudding is one of the special things I savor in summer.

Bread PuddingBread Pudding (I usually double this recipe and put it into a 9 x13 pan, but this calls for an 8inch square pan)

INGREDIENTS:
1 loaf of French Bread. (I let it sit out for a day before using.)
2 TBS melted butter
1 cup raisins
4-5 beaten eggs
2 cups milk (sometimes I use 1 cup milk and 1 cup Half and Half)
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans

** I also like to add fresh fruit. Thin sliced apples, or pears, or peaches. I gently fold fruit into the mixture after the pecans and raisins are added.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Grease pan (I use Pam spray, you can use butter)
3. Break bread into small pieces
4. Put beaten eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt into a mixing bowl and combine until well mixed.
5. Add bread to mixing bowl with liquid. Make sure bread is well coated with liquid. Cover and let soak for about 20 minutes.
6. Add raisins and pecans and mix well.
7. Put soaked bread into lightly greased baking pan.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top
springs back when lightly tapped.

Bourbon sauce:
1 cup superfine granulated sugar
(If I don’t use superfine, I can’t ever get the sugar to melt all the way.)
1 stick butter, melted (Make sure butter is cooled before adding egg so it doesn’t scramble egg.)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup Four Roses Bourbon. (You want to use a very high quality bourbon.)

Mix sugar, egg, and vanilla into melted butter in a sauce pan. Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar is thoroughly melted. Add the bourbon and stir well.

Pour over bread pudding. I like it served warm.

What about you? What are you savoring this summer?
Please feel free to share a recipe. :-)

Smiles,

Linda Joyce
www.linda-joyce.com

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Summer Beach or Backyard Reading. SALE!

Everyone loves a sale!
It’s only a click away. And only until June 30th.
Plus a contest at Fresh Fiction!
Please share the news with your family and friends.

Pink in my garden.

Pink in my garden.

Writing is a unique world. I do it mostly in isolation. I used to listen to music, but even that influences my mood, which may or may not be beneficial to my writing. Thus, silence is usually the loudest thing I hear.

When I’m involved and in the flow of fiction, it’s as though I’m in a different world and a barking dog, a chiming doorbell, a ringing phone in the real world make my blood pressure rise in an instant. I prefer to stay immersed in the fictional places I go until I need to surface…for example when my stomach complains because I forgot to eat lunch.

I see characters all around me. If my gaze remains too long at you when we’re in the grocery store, or pumping gas, or passing in the craft store, it’s because there’s something about you that intrigues me and I’m memorizing that characteristic to capture it in one of my books.

I created Pinterest boards for my books. (I’m getting ready to add boards for my Works In Progress, too.)

InD’tale magazine is showing off my books. The images are beautiful! If you’re not an InD’tale subscriber, it’s free. http://indtale.com/
Like a little scavenger hunt? Check out:
Page 57 & 77 of the May issue.
Page 61 of the June & July Issue.

My greatest joy is sharing my writing with readers. Right now, my books are on sale. What better time to buy than now?

Bayou Born - 2014 RONE Award Finalist

Bayou Born – 2014 RONE Award Finalist

BAYOU BORN, book one of the Fleur de Lis series, is a 2014 RONE Award Finalist.

The winner of the RONE Contemporary category will be announced in July at the RNC—Romance Novel Convention, July 9-13th in Las Vegas. You can purchase Bayou Born for $1.99.

What are others saying about Bayou Born?

“A true southern experience, Cajun style!” ~Kathy L Wheeler, author of Color of Betrayal

“The bayou isn’t the only thing hot and sultry in this sassy romance. Linda Joyce captures all your emotions and tantalizes your taste buds in this saucy southern tale.” ~Claire Croxton, author of Santorini Sunset

“Family, a little scandal, two people risking their hearts in the name of love, all mixed with Southern charm—this story has it all.” ~Kellie Kamryn, author of Pleasure Island

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Bayou Bound  by Linda Joyce

Bayou Bound
by Linda Joyce

BAYOU BOUND, book two of the Fleur de Lis series, had a worldwide release on May 28th, 2014. It was awarded 1st Place in Romance from Southeastern Writers Association. It received 4.5 Stars and a Crowned Heart for Excellence from InD’tale Magazine. It has 4.9 Stars at Amazon.

You can also find it on Lady Bank’s Bookshelf: http://www.authorsroundthesouth.com/lady-banks/lady-banks-bookshelf

What are others saying about Bayou Bound?

A raging storm has nothing on the steamy and fierce passion of Nick and Biloxi. Linda Joyce is the new author to watch!
~ Kathy L Wheeler, author of The Color of Betrayal

As if the bayou needed more heat and steam! Step aside Shakespeare. Linda Joyce adds southern charm, and a much happier ending, to this modern day Romeo and Juliet.
~ Claire Croxton, author of Santorini Sunset

Family feud turns up the heat between jet-setting photographer Biloxi Dutrey and family-oriented veterinarian Nick Trahan. Bayou Bound is a keeper.
~ Marilyn Baron, author of Under the Moon Gate

Bayou Bound is an authentic love story filled with southern charm, easy-to-love characters, family turmoil and a courtship that will keep you reading up until the end. It’s easy to love Biloxi and Nick, despite their outward perfection, because their inner insecurities and vulnerabilities make them so completely accessible. Joyce gives both characters such unique voices and does an amazing job revealing their desires and doubts throughout the entire book. Not only does Joyce give us a good story, she gives us genuine characters! Love this book and going back to read the first in the series! ~Kelly Silverman, Screenwriter

**Plus, there’s a chance for you to WIN an eBook copy of Bayou Born and Bayou Bound. Check out the contest at Fresh Fiction: http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=6619

Come share my writing world through the stories of my characters. Please let me know what scenes, things, and words you really like.

AND if you want to share an authentic New Orleans experience, register for Author and Reader Convention-New Orleans. It’s August 14-17th.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce
#LindaJoyce

Website: http://www.linda-joyce.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaJoyceAuthor
Twitter: @LJWriter https://twitter.com/LJWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6950241.Linda_Joyce
Fresh Fiction: http://freshfiction.com/author.php?id=32071
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/LindaJoyceWorld/boards/

Amazon: Bayou Born http://amzn.com/B00B9L1VAC

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bayou-born-linda-joyce/1115360406?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-efyrrf4zg3w-_-10%3a1&ean=2940016730806&r=1

Amazon Bayou Bound http://amzn.com/B00I28U6OC

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bayou-bound-linda-joyce/1119610454?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-efyrrf4zg3w-_-10%3a1&ean=2940149240708&r=1

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1087&zenid=84a2c2f28238ba41d77a05f7f5ba8bd3

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