I'm really excited to be a part of the launch day of Drakenfall Christmas by Geralyn Corcillo. I've known Geralyn since we did a chicklit box set a few years ago. I'm always excited when someone I know has a new book out and I think that you'll love this one. Enjoy!
Title: A Drakenfall Christmas
Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Blackbird Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Get ready for a Christmas treat, generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance!
The magic of Drakenfall is in the air, spiced with cinnamon and mistletoe as Lord and Lady Mark and Maisy, along with their madcap staff, welcome Yuletide guests to their country estate-turned-resort.
In an uncharacteristic turn, unflappable house manager Glynis Ferry seems to be getting her duster ruffled every time she catches sight of Shaun Fletcher, the new head groom. Pippa Taylor, a whirling dervish of a domestic, works below stairs to make the magic of Drakenfall happen for everyone else. But will there ever be enough dazzle left over for her? There will if most worthy valet Kafi Diop has anything to say about it, as he tries to spin holiday enchantment every which way. But his best laid plans seem to go cataclysmically awry, even with Maisy helping out as his faithful sidekick.
And what about Kafi’s grandest of schemes, set to take flight at the Drakenfall Christmas Ball? He’s depending on guest Jamie Tovell, who’s depending on his long-time crush Lea Sinclair. But even if everything goes off without a hitch, will the secret Maisy’s been hiding from Mark all season pop up at the most inopportune moment to set everything asunder?
It’s a Drakenfall Christmas … topsy-turvy, but generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance!
Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01JU75TRW
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JU75TRW
Meet the Author
When she was a kid growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to constantly pick up litter and rescue animals. At home, she loves watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the NY Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.
Connect with the Author
Amazon Author: http://author.to/GeralynCorcillo
10/14/2016 0 Comments
Author CeCe Osgood Shares the Secrets of a Scrumptious Margarita
Thank you Monique for letting me post a little ditty to celebrate my new chick lit cozy mystery series. The first book in the series is MARGARITAS & MURDER: A Sunny Truly Mystery.
The main character, Sunny, is an apprentice private investigator in Austin, Texas. I chose Austin for the setting of the book because I lived there for many years, and it’s where I tasted my first margarita.
When I was in college in Austin, my pals and I always enjoyed Friday night gatherings at a Tex-Mex restaurant that served okay food, but fantastic margaritas. They were super limey, ice-cold and refreshingly delicious when served with spicy tamales, sour cream enchiladas or cheesy nachos. But as good as those margaritas were, the best I’ve ever had was just recently at a friend’s house. She often vacations in a lovely town in Central Mexico and brought back a terrific recipe for margaritas.
The first thing she told me was to get a top-notch (expensive) tequila because then you wouldn’t get a headache if you over imbibed. (FYI: I was staying at her house that night so no drinking and driving as that is never a good idea.)
Here is my friend’s recommendation for a great tequila: Gran Centenario Plata. I had never of it before, so the writer in me wanted to do a little research.
Gran Centenario Plata (owned by Jose Cuervo) is 100% blue agave silver tequila. Growing up in Texas, I’d heard of blue agave, but I couldn’t really tell you what it is.
A digression: Agave is also the name of a character in Greek mythology and means “illustrious.” She was the daughter of Cadmus, the founder and king of the city Thebes – the major rival of ancient Athens. Agave was a follower of Dionysus, the god of the grape harvest, wine and intoxication.
Returning to the subject of tequila, I found another factoid. Unlike other plata (silver) tequilas, the Gran Centenario Plata rests for 28 days in French Limousin oak barrels. Intrigued, I looked it up and it turns out that the oak trees come from a region in France called Limousi. Duh. I had imagined something more flamboyant.
Still, I wondered why the Limousi oak barrel was so important. Then I read that the storage in these oak barrels softens the tang of the alcohol giving it a smooth finish, and it is the smooth finish that makes this tequila so superior. And expensive. I have had my share of cheap tequila burning like a slice of hot pizza in my mouth, so yeah, smooth is better.
Now, how about that recipe?
First, of course, is to fill your blender with ice.
Then pour in:
6 oz. tequila
2 oz. triple sec
The juice of six limes
Then add Simple Syrup to taste.
(To make simple syrup: add one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan. Heat until dissolved.)
I’ve gotten to where I don’t care much for salt on the rim of my glass, but if you do, sprinkle the salt, kosher for a lighter taste, into a shallow plate.
Moisten the rim of your glass with a cut lime (or lemon) wedge. Notch the wedge for it to slip easily around the rim. Then turn the glass upside down and dip it into the salt. Sssh, here’s a secret. If you prefer a less salty taste, mix sugar into the plate of salt, say 50-50, and then dip the moisten rim into it.
This recipe is for lime margaritas. For fruity drinks, simply blend the fruit first, then add the ice and other ingredients and blend until smooth.
For this Texan, enjoying a scrumptious margarita with spicy cheese nachos topped with thin slices of avocado is divine.
(There’s a legend in Texas that if you drink too much tequila you might see God. That’s never happened to me, but then I don’t drink more than one or two margaritas. If it does happen to you, do let me know, and please say “howdy” for me.)
Margaritas & Murder: A Sunny Truly Mystery is FREE on Amazon – Friday Oct. 14 thru Tues. Oct. 18. (Pacific Standard Time USA)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CeCe Osgood’s debut novel, THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP, was awarded a Crowned Heart for Excellence by InD’tale magazine. It’s a chick lit romantic comedy about a dating workshop during a cruise to Cabo. www.myBook.to/TDNDW
Her new work is the Sunny Truly Mystery series. The first book is MARGARITAS & MURDER, which is FREE on Amazon from Friday Oct. 14 thru Tuesday Oct. 18, 2016. (Pacific Standard Time USA).
The second book in the series, MERLOT & MURDER, is also available on Amazon. www.myBook.to/MerlotCozy
Find CeCe Osgood here: WEBSITE FACEBOOK….TWITTER
When you are involved in any industry whether it's mining, medicine or accounting you find there is language unique to that field. ( If you eavesdrop on three town planners it is my belief there will be so many acronyms used you may find yourself wondering if they're speaking another language). Once you understand that field or industry the language becomes common place and you forget that others don't know what you're talking about.
Since I've embarked on my journey to write and to get published I have learned all sorts of terms and phases that are used in contexts I would not previously have understood.
What does it mean when someone 'requests a partial'? A publisher or agent wants to see part of your manuscript more than likely the first three chapters.
What is a 'beta reader'? (It is not a fish). It is someone, usually not a writer, who reads your book in its draft stage and offers feedback.
What is a 'crit partner'? This is a person who critiques your writing and you critique theirs, so usually another writer.
So then we come to authors. Authors used to fall into two categories published and unpublished - simple right? Well not in the 20th century – we have another category – indie, and that’s what I am.
So now when I say I'm an indie author, people very often don't know what I'm talking about. Most of the time I have to take a moment to explain, so I thought I’d do that here.
What is an indie author?
That's an author who is independently published...you know how musicians have indie records (which everyone thinks is mega cool and is pretty standard in that field) same thing really! I'm like that guy in the garage band. (Maybe I can become writing's answer to Silverchair!)
Lets' do another Q&A.
Are indie authors just people publishers won't publish?
Sometimes they are. Sometimes they aren't. These days lots of traditionally authors also do some books as indies – by the way those authors who are both indie and traditionally published are knowns as hybrid.
Sometimes if a book isn’t in a popular genre or is cross-genre traditional publishers don’t believe they can sell a book – publishing is a business so they need to be sure they can see a book before they publish it. These books often do quite well as indie books. Some later get picked up by traditional publishers and lots don’t. Wool by Hugh Howey is a great example of an indie book that later found a traditional publisher.
Why would anyone be an indie author?
Some people like control of their work - choosing covers, setting prices and controlling how their books are marketed. For example I've enjoyed creating distinctive brand for myself and choosing how and when I would release my books. When you’re indie you can release books to your own schedule as well, which really suits some authors.
Don't you make more money going through a publisher? Not always. These days with Amazon, Smashwords etc you can often do better on your own than with a small publisher, especially a publisher who is only offering you e-publication and not print. In fact you can make a pretty strong case lots of authors make less money with that approach. That's not to say authors with small publishers don't make money or big publishers because every author is unique and everyone's journey is different.
Do indie authors make money?
Well authors generally don't make a fortune to begin with – that is another misconception about authors. In Australia (where I live) the average author makes around $10,000 a year from their writing regardless of the method of publication. Of course that's an average so lots are making more and plenty are making less. That's true for indie's as well. So some indie authors make a lot of money and lots don’t but then that’s true of authors in general.
In summary - an indie author is just someone going it alone in the writing world. Of course, that's a pretty loose definition and not true really because I have a writing group, beta readers, cover designers, editors and of course readers so I'm not alone at all.
As a reader of course much of this doesn’t matter. What you are looking for is a well-crafted story that you can’t put down.
If you’d like to find a whole slew of new indie authors visit this Pinterest Board.