Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Insecure Writers Support Group: Is Blogging a Chore or a Joy? #IWSGbloghop

 

Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop
#IWSGbloghop

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. 
To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns 
without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. 
Click here to sign-up and/or to visit the bloggers this week.

Happy IWSG Day!
Happy April!

Our awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, and Pat Garcia


April 3 question - 
How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

I believe I started seriously blogging in 2011. I tried Word Press and gave up. Too complicated for me. Then I tried Blogger. I discovered I could get the gist of Blogger a lot better than WP. Perhaps it was because of my attempt to master WP that opened the door to understanding how to use Blogger.

Oddly, today's question is about blogging. I just saw an announcement from an author friend who is giving up blogging. She titled the article "MY FINAL  Blog Post." Wow. I felt a bit of grief when I realized I would not have a window open into her world anymore. 

I must admit I have thought about giving up blogging. But for some reason, I feel such an attachment to JQRose.com, I can’t imagine dropping it completely…yet. I have started writing an article every week at Substack.com, so this could take the place of my blog. Hopefully, my readers would follow me to Substack. But who knows how long I’ll keep writing there??? And a newsletter? I won’t be sad to see it go. Do you notice how insecure I am in making the decision to drop blogging or not?

My blog is my "home" on the web. I am comfortable here. Everything is on this blog--my books, my media kit, my series through the years, my history, interviews with guest authors, and the IWSG blog hop and friends I can keep in touch with every first Wednesday of the month. Gosh, I'm getting misty-eyed just thinking about it.

Do you have a warm, fuzzy feeling for your blog? Or has it become a chore? Please leave your thoughts in a comment below. Thank you!

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Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Helen Henderson

*Please stop in on Wednesday, April 17, when author Helen Henderson will share her favorite recipe and her latest book release.

     *WIP--I am working on a journal for Mother's Day sales. I know, I know. It's pretty late to be ready for 2024 sales, but I'll have it ready for 2025!! 

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members participating in this month's IWSG Blog Hop! 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Recipes 'n Reads series with Classical Historical Romance Author Rosemary Morris and a Curry Recipe #recipesandreads

 

Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Rosemary Morris

I am thrilled to have my friend and talented author, Rosemary Morris, return this month to share her recipe and book on the Recipes 'n Reads series, scheduled every third Wednesday of the month. Rosemary brings one of her favorite family recipes, Spinach, Peas, and Paneer (Curd Cheese) Curry.

Rosemary is a gardener so of course her recipe uses veggies from her homegrown garden. My hubby, Gardener Ted, raises vegetables every year for our table, so I appreciate the work and the delicious harvest when gardening. 

Rosemary said, "I enjoy organic gardening, and grow herbs, fruit, vegetables and ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers.  Even when there are thick frosts on the ground, I have some homegrown produce in the garden – Swiss chard, New Zealand spinach, curly kale, red kale & parsnips.  I store homegrown carrots and turnips in my garden shed and have a shelf of homemade jam, pickle and chutney in the kitchen."

Spinach, Peas, and Paneer (Curd Cheese) Curry  

Serves four served with chapattis, other flat breads, or rice. 

Preparation 30 minutes.

 

Ingredients.

 

Two bags of fresh baby spinach.

Eight ounces cooked fresh or frozen peas.

One packet paneer (Indian curd cheese) available from Indian groceries and supermarkets

Vegetable cooking oil to deep fry the paner.

Three Tbsp vegetable cooking oil

Two level dessert spoons of finely grated fresh ginger.

One chili (optional)

Salt to taste

Four lemons cut into quarters.

 

Cut the paneer into half inch cubes. Deep fry until they are light brown. Put them in water to keep them moist.

 

Microwave spinach or cook in a little water. Shred the spinach. Remove the stalks from fresh spinach, shred the leaves and wash them and cook in a little boiling water with salt to taste. Drain and squeeze out excess water.

 

Return spinach to the saucepan and simmer the spinach with the fresh or frozen peas until they are cooked or defrosted.

 

Stir fry the fresh ginger or minced ginger paste and chili on a low heat. Add the spinach, peas and paneer and stir well.

 

Serve hot with chapatis, other flat bread or rice and squeeze lemon juice over each serving.

 

This curry is suitable to deep freeze.


Far Beyond Rubies by Rosemary Morris
Classical Historic Romance


 Back of the Book: Far Beyond Rubies

Set in 1706 during Queen Anne Stuart’s reign, Far Beyond Rubies begins when William, Baron Kemp, Juliana’s half-brother claims she and her young sister, Henrietta, are bastards. Spirited Juliana is determined to prove the allegation is false, and that she is the rightful heiress to Riverside, a great estate.

After Gervaise’s wife died, on his way to deliver a letter to William, Gervaise sees Juliana for the first time The sight of her draws him back to India. When “her form changed to one he knew intimately – but not in this lifetime,” Gervaise knows he would do everything in his power to protect her.

Although Juliana and Gervaise are attracted to each other, they have not been formally introduced and assume they will never meet again. However, when Juliana flees from home and is on her way to London, she encounters quixotic Gervaise at an inn. Circumstances force Juliana to accept his kind help. After Juliana’s life becomes irrevocably tangled with his, she discovers all is not as it seems. Yet, she cannot believe ill of him for, despite his exotic background, he behaves with scrupulous propriety while trying to help her find evidence to prove she and her sister are legitimate.

 

Theme and Plot

The theme and plot for Far Beyond Rubies were inspired by non-fiction about the East India Company, when its ambitious employees, including very young ones, hoped to return to England with a fortune.

When Fourteen-year-old Gervaise Seymour was sent to establish trade in North India. His only communication with the company was by messenger.   Some men in his situation became Muslims. Gervaise did not, but he married a Hindu lady and respected her culture and religion. During a discussion, a brahmin remarked that the commandment in The Bible, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ did not only refer to human beings. It made such a profound impression on him that he adopted a vegetarian diet.


Click here to download Far  Beyond Rubies at your favourite bookstore


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About Rosemary Morris


People are surprised by the amount of time needed to write and research my classic historical romances.

The more I read about the eras my novels are set in, the more fascinated  I become, and aware of the gulf between the past and present. Those who lived in the past shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were different in many ways, An example is the social position and treatment of women and children in bygone ages. For example, in the middle ages a husband was legally allowed to beat his wife with a cane no thicker than his thumb.

Author Rosemary Moss

 My characters are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st-century people. 

Researching my chosen eras, sparks my imagination. The seeds of my novels are sown, and from them come the themes, plots, characters and events which shape their lives.

 In the morning I check my e-mails then write from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. On most days, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. I deal with various ‘writerly’ matters I post on face book, interact with face book friends, participate in an online constructive critique group, and much more.


I enjoy arts and crafts and find a time to knit, embroider or work on my patchwork quilt.

Prior to Covid, I visited the local sports centre where I swam before relaxing in the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.  On other days, I try to find time to go for a walk round the green backed by woodland behind my house, where according to season, I pick blackberries, elderberries, sloes and gather mushrooms.

I treasure time spent with my family, most of whom live near me. I have close relationships with my grandchildren, who are between 21 and 14 years old. When we get together, we still play Monopoly and other games.

Life has some ups and downs but I am blessed.


Connect online with Rosemary


BWL Publishing  


Facebook 


twitter@rosemarymorris


Rosemary's website www.rosemarymorris.co.uk


Thank you for dropping by today. Do you love reading romance and/or historical novels? Please leave a comment below.





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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) Blog Post: Now About That AI! #IWSGbloghop

 

Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop
#IWSGbloghop

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. 
To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns 
without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. 
Click here to sign-up and/or to visit the bloggers this week.

Happy IWSG Day!
Happy Women's History Month!

Celebrating Women's History Month
every year in March

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Kristina Kelly, Miffie Seideman, Jean Davis, and Liza @ Middle Passages!


QUESTION FOR MARCH 6

Have you "played" with AI to write those nasty synopses, or do you refuse to go that route? How do you feel about AI's impact on creative writing?

Yes, I have used Grammarly for years, and I like the editor that comes with MS Word, but I don't rely on them completely. Human eyes, especially eyes that belong to a new person, catch a lot of errors, even the errors by Grammarly!

I never thought these programs were AI until I submitted my book to Amazon KDP and discovered the content is considered AI-assisted. AI-generated means the content of the book was written by AI. Yesterday I noticed the question offers degrees of using AI in the book. Minimum to All of the book.

I just updated the content in my print book for writing life stories and designed a new book cover. Needless to say, I felt insecure figuring
Your Words, Your Life Story

out the formatting for the KDP book. Thank goodness for the KDP template and the cover calculator. I haven't looked at the book through the KDP preview viewer. Fingers crossed all is well.

I must confess I wrote the book description and used AI to improve it. But when Professor AI returned the results, I almost laughed. It didn't sound like I had written it, not my voice, but I did use one phrase from the AI description. 

I have tried creating images for book covers using Bing's co-pilot AI. It takes a lot of "playing" with it to even get close to what I want. I believe a lot of practice is needed to develop the skill to be happy with what Professor AI suggests.

Whether to use AI for creative writing is up to the individual. From all reports about AI, it is not going away. We can choose if we want to learn how to use it or not. We are entering a new era, just like how the Model A changed the lifestyle of the folks in the early 20th century or how the microwave changed my way of cooking meals! 

It will be interesting to revisit this question in 5 years and see how writers have handled AI. Ya'all come back then. What are your thoughts about using AI as a tool in your author's toolbox? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Read an eBook Week at Smashwords!!



Do you know Smashwords is celebrating Read an eBook Week? March 3-9. My publisher 
BWL Publishing, is participating in the sale. All of the BWL authors' books are half off! My indie-published books are on sale too!! Yes, all of my books are 50% off this week! Grab some great beach reads for the summer.

Are you participating in the sale? You're welcome to drop your link in the comments section.
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Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Rosemary Morris
You're invited to welcome classic historical romance author Rosemary Morris to our Recipes 'n Reads series which is scheduled every third Wednesday of the month. Rosemary writes "characters who are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st-century people."  

On March 20, Rosemary, an English author, will share one of her favorite recipes, Spinach, Peas, and Paneer (Curd Cheese) Curry, and the reason why she chose this particular one. Plus I'll feature one of her books, Far Beyond Rubies. 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Recipes and Reads with Author Karla Stover: Recipe for Vinegar Cookies and Tacoma History in A Feather for a Fan

Recipes 'n Reads Series
Guest author Karla Stover

Please welcome talented author Karla Stover to our Recipes 'n Reads series, scheduled every third Wednesday of the month. Karla shares one of her favorite recipes and the reason why she chose this particular one. If you love history, you will love Karla's book, A Feather for a Fan! Read on.

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Welcome, Karla! Thank you for being my guest.

Why did you choose to share the recipe for vinegar cookies? I must admit I have never heard of them...

My great grandmother Elizabeth Grose Cady came to the United State from

Penzance, Cornwall in 1862. She kept a proper English household, something she

passed on to her daughters which include my grandmother, Zenaida. And that

included afternoon tea where we had vinegar cookies among other things. In trying

to research the origin of vinegar cookies, I can only get as far back as far back as

the Victorian era.

Two other things we had but not at tea were Cornish pasties - - - so good and, if we

were sick, Buttery sops. “Sopps” comes from sopp, the Old English word for

“bread soaked in liquid” and it dates back to medieval times. From this we get

“milksop” meaning a weakling, someone who could only take bread soaked in a

little milk.

The Buttery sops we had when we were sick was buttered bread smooshed in

warm milk but there are lots of variations. Some people use meaty broth or wine

instead of milk. Some add legumes, mushrooms, fruits, capon meat, or

cheese. Now days, not many people are familiar with it but Buttery sops seemed

like a good comfort food for my character, Mr. Money, who was undergoing drastic

dental work. This is an excerpt from A Feather for a Fan, and why Mrs. Money

makes Buttery sops for her husband.

“Doctor Spinning retrieved his medical bag from the counter and took out a glass

tube. Then he opened a jar and fished around in it. “You ever see one of these,

young lady?” He held up something black and slimy that moved between his

fingers. Before Hildy could answer, the doctor said, “It’s a Dalmatian blood sucker.

Best kind there is. Now, look here, I’m going to put this little guy in this tube. Mrs.

Money, you’d better help me.

Mrs. Money knelt on the floor nest to her husband and Dr. Spinning handed the

tube. “You just hold this right there on the gums where they’re all red and nasty

looking and the leech will east all that bad tissue away.”

“For how long?” Mrs. Money asked.

“I’d say about twenty, maybe thirty minutes.”


When I wrote both A Feather for a Fan and the sequel, Mr. Singer’s Seamstress, I

read local newspapers of the time and did two things: I wrote my characters into

what was going on in Tacoma and included real people. Both Dr. Spinning and Mr.

and Mrs. Money were Tacoma residents.

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Vinegar Cookies


VINEGAR COOKIES RECIPE

½ cups shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

3 TBL vinegar

1 TSP baking soda

1 TSP salt

1 ¾ cups flour (more if dough is too sticky)

Mix the wet ingredients together, add the dry and form into a roll (log)

Chill. Slice and sprinkle on a little sugar, bake at 350’.

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A Feather for a Fan by Karla Stover

BACK OF THE BOOK: A FEATHER FOR A FAN BY KARLA STOVER

Everything about New Tacoma in Washington Territory comes as a shock to Hildy Bacom when she and her family move there in 1876. Cows and pigs roam the muddy streets‚ some people live in lean-tos or hollowed-out tree trunks‚ and her first friend‚ Mrs. Money‚ runs a shop with a parrot on her head. Hildy's new life includes a new best friend and a romance‚ plus a lady of the night‚ Indian and lots of Chinese. Over her first year on the frontier Hildy encounters a skunk‚ a bear‚ and a lost Chinese baby. From fires to landslides to the unexpected appearance of her cousin‚ Elsie‚ Hildy's life in a rough frontier town isn't at all what she expected.

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ABOUT KARLA:

Author Karla Stover

I graduated from the University of Washington with honors in history. I

think I would have full honors but in one of my classes I defended the

British presence in Africa and that unpopular stance pulled my GPA down.

Bummer. Anyway, I started writing when a friend of mine became editor of

a newspaper called Senior Scene and needed someone to write a column on

local history. Then a bank clerk I knew happened to mention The Imperial

Russian Journal ( https://www.romanovs.eu/paul-gilbert ) so I contacted the

editor, Paul Gilbert, and began writing for it. He branched out and started the

European Crown and I also wrote for it. Along the way, I wrote for the

Tacoma Reporter, had a column in Country Pleasures and freelanced to The

[Tacoma] News Tribune, Chronicle of the Old West, and Birds and Blooms.

Last but not least, for many years I had a radio program, first on KISS and

then on KLAY called “Local History With Karla Stover.” 


CONNECT ONLINE WITH KARLA:

Karla writes a blog post for our publisher, BWL Publishing, on the 11th of each month. Click here to read her February article, Winter Walking.

BWL Publishing

Karla's Books on Amazon

Facebook


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