If you are a writer using a pen name, you should read this.

Given how often Facebook is hacked,  everyone should be aware of this. But if you are an author using a pen name, this is doubly important. via Authors Beware: Facebook Doesn’t Allow Pen Names

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Easy Chicken & Rice Dinner

I really like one pot dinners, or as close to one pot as I can get. This is a great chicken recipe with lots of room to be versatile.

Start by preheating your oven to 320°F. Next, spray a baking pan with whatever nonstick spray you use.

Spread one cup of raw white or brown rice into the pan. I like Lavender rice, but any rice will probably do.

I usually use three or four boneless, skinless chicken breasts, depending on how many of us are eating dinner. Slice them up, and lay them on top of the rice.

Here’s where you can be a little creative. Chop up half an onion, and throw it on top of the chicken and rice. You can also add carrots, mushrooms, or anything else that sounds good. If you want a little color, toss in some spinach.

In a separate bowl, mix together one can of cream of mushroom soup, two cups water, and a packet of dry onion soup mix, if desired.

Pour this over the chicken and rice, add salt and pepper to taste, and bake for 2 hours. When it’s done, let it stand for 10 minutes or so before serving.

This is an easy main course to make and it tastes fantastic! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’ll be back on Sunday to introduce you to another character from my upcoming novel, Winter of the Drill.

My Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
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Drillbooks – Meet Duncan Malone

As I mentioned before, the main purpose of my doing these Drillboks blog posts is to push my brain past the writer’s block that’s been kicking my butt for the last 2 years. I don’t know why I’ve had SO much trouble finishing this book, but I have. I think a large part of it is that I’m afraid #Winter won’t live up to what #Shadow started. I don’t know. But whatever the reason, I’ve spent way too much time trying to finish this book and not enough time working on other projects.

But, since I’ve started doing these posts, I’ve actually gotten quite a bit done. It’s anyone’s guess if the book will actually be finished by the end of February but at least things are moving along.

You’ve already read some bits and pieces about the people and places in Decker’s world. Today, I’m going to introduce you to one of the main characters in #Winter: Duncan Malone.

Malone is the villain in this book. He was fairly easy to write, because I’ve met him many times over the years, in almost every place I’ve lived. In fact, I think almost everyone has crossed paths with a Duncan Malone at one point or another. You know the type: self-centered, arrogant, and focused solely on getting ahead financially by doing as little work as possible.

I met most of my Malones when I was much younger, and working in the clubs. The men who owned these clubs often seemed to fit the description above, and many of them were rich, young, or greedy enough to be genuinely dangerous.

In the 80s, there was a lot of oil money passing through the clubs. The girls were raking it in, and the club owners we’re rolling in it. And if one club was making money, wouldn’t two or three clubs make even more?

There were some men in Oklahoma at the time that I was there who owned multiple clubs, all of which were gotten legitimately. They were good men, and kept their hands fairly clean.

However, there were also a few who had only one club and wanted more, but didn’t feel like investing the time or the money to start from scratch. There were also those who thought that adding a successful club to their list of other “investments” would be a good thing. And by successful, I mean one that was already open, fully staffed, with a large and loyal customer base.

These are the men that Duncan Malone was drawn from. Men who knew what they wanted and wouldn’t hesitate to get it, no matter the cost.

Malone has built a small empire by involving himself in anything and everything that will turn a profit. Strip clubs, gambling, and adult films, to name a few. He didn’t get where he is by being nice, and he makes no apologies for that.

He makes his first appearance in #Winter when his accountant informs him that the income from his clubs has gone down, due to the holiday season and that the repairs/upgrades needed to make them a desirable destination for anyone with money to spend will be quite costly.

Malone isn’t thrilled with the idea of spending money to make money. I think he truly believes that buying the clubs, if that’s how he got them, should be the only investment needed. Writing a check to keep them attractive and in good repair isn’t going to happen.

However, the Toybox, owned by Rudy Valdez, is doing quite well for itself. Malone has a history with Rudy, and it isn’t pretty. When the Toybox was put up for sale, Malone wanted it. But, he was unwilling to pay the asking price and tried to force the owner into selling it for much less. While this was going on, Rudy and Decker just…bought the club, which infuriated Malone. As Rudy later said, “I thought I was making a business deal. Turns out, I was making an enemy.”

Malone doesn’t forget, and he certainly doesn’t forgive. In his opinion, forcing Rudy to sign over the Toybox would go a long way toward resolving an issue that he has been brooding over for years.

The fact that Rudy has no intention of giving his club to Malone sets off a series of attacks against Rudy’s friends and employees. No one is safe when Malone’s hired gunman takes aim. Who will fall? And how will Rudy protect the people that he cares about from a silent hunter whose face is never seen?

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Dunkin Malone. Please join me again on Wednesday, when I will be bringing you a fantastic chicken recipe. 😀

Books

Shadow of the Drill
Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.
https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst
A different kind of vampire story.
http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy
“HAVE A NICE DAY”
Mr. Happy
goo.gl/QTS6Xq

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#RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford talks about favorite sites and apps

This is a great post, including a list of excellent resources. Please take a minute to read it,

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME

It is such a pleasure to introduce this “up and coming author,” Gracie Bradford, and her book about a child with brain cancer. The beagle, Lady Bird, takes on a leading role in this short story. Learn about the role of pet therapy in the healing process.

During her discovery journey and literary, educational adventure, Gracie relates that she stumbled upon software and websites that have proven to give a new meaning to work simplification. She used some of these in her business but discovered they could also be used with some of her writing projects. Most seasoned authors are already familiar with the apps and sites, but the “up and coming authors” may find some of these to be useful. She doesn’t use all, just those that she has the skill set to understand and can give a return on her investment…

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Peanut Butter Balls

This is always been one of my favorite cookies. My family pretty much considers them a Christmas cookie, but I do make them at other times of the year. I feel guilty, like I’m cheating on Santa, but I do it.

These cookies are fairly easy to make, which I like.

Start with 1/4 cup butter, and 1/2 half cup peanut butter. Mix well, and then blend in 2 cups powdered sugar. Roll the dough into balls and chill for at least an hour. The longer they chill, the better, so sometimes I leave them in the fridge overnight.

I can’t tell you specifically how much chocolate to use, because there are a lot of variables, such as the size of the peanut butter balls, or if you’re going to double dip. But I usually melt down a bag of chocolate chips to start with. If I end up having to open a second bag, that’s okay. I do a lot of baking so I can always finish off a bag of chocolate chips.

I found it’s easiest to put wax paper or foil on a cookie sheet and then put the dipped peanut butter balls onto that. Put them back into the refrigerator to chill, and then if you want, you can dip them a second time.

Sometimes I get creative and toss some decorating sugar or sprinkles onto the balls after they’re dipped. I’ve also used shredded coconut, and finely chopped candy cane pieces.

These cookies are absolutely incredible! They’re also highly addictive, which is probably why my family only allows them once a year. 😄

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you can join me again on Sunday, when I’m going to give you a look at some of the characters in my upcoming novel, Winter of the Drill.

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Drillbooks: Behind The Scenes – Snowbunny

I’ve had several people ask me about the character of Snowbunny. Is she real, where did she get her name, the basics.

I did actually work with a girl who wore a white rabbit fur coat on stage and went by the name of Snowbunny, which I did think was a fun name. But that’s where reality ends and fiction begins.

The girl I worked with was a top-of-the-line hustler. She was all about the money and didn’t miss a trick, pun intended.

Rudy’s Snowbunny, on the other hand, really has no business working in a shimmy shack. Her sweet personality is yet unjaded, which makes her unique in the club business and a hit with the customers. But because of her naivete, she is unprepared for the backstabbing and deceit that is par for the course among the girls that she works with.

Snowbunny truly believes that the Toybox is just a temporary stop for her and that her Prince Charming is on his way to sweep her off her feet and into a much better life. Her friendship with Tawnee gives her insight into a world she didn’t know existed and doesn’t remotely understand.

I’m not sure what lies ahead for Bun. I like her, although she does bore me a bit. However, Rudy seems to be a bit sweet on her, and that might be an interesting thing to explore. I don’t think the two of them have a snowball’s chance at any kind of a long-term relationship, but it would be fun to see where it did go.

If you’ve read Shadow of the Drill, I’d love to hear your Snowbunny-related thoughts. Should I keep her? Should she find a job more suited to her? And what about a Rudy/Bun love connection?

I’m so glad you stopped by my blog to read today’s post. Please join me on Wednesday, when I will have another fantastic recipe to share with you.

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A Great Taco Casserole

This taco casserole is fairly easy to make, which I like. And, like most casseroles, it’s incredibly versatile. You can throw whatever you want in here, and it will probably work.

Here’s how I do it:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray.

We love ground beef, so I use a pound and a half. I brown it in a frying pan with a half cup or so of chopped onions, and about a half cup of diced peppers. I try to use both red and green for the color, but if I only have one or the other, that’s okay.

When the meat has browned, I drain the fat and turn the temperature down.

Next, I stir in a can of tomato soup and some cream cheese. We like cream cheese, so I use one of those small tubs of Philadelphia.

Once that is mixed together, I add a pack of taco seasoning and a cup or so of shredded cheese. We are not real picky about cheese, so if I don’t have a bag of the Mexican blend, I will use what I do have. It all works.

After I stir in the seasoning and the cheese, I pour it all into the baking pan.

Next, I pour a bag of shredded hash browns into a bowl. These should be thawed, so they are easier to work with and will bake faster. I stir in some more onions and peppers, and one or two more cups of cheese. I also season with some salt and pepper, and a little Johnny’s just to make it fun.

The hash brown mixture is placed on top of the hamburger in the pan. I spread it out so it’s even, and press it down a little bit.

Bake it for a half hour or so, until it’s golden brown. We really like this, and I hope you do too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you can join me again on Sunday for another behind-the-scenes look at the Drill series.

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Drillbooks – Behind the Scenes: Tawnee

I’ve been asked several times by readers if they were supposed to dislike the character of Tawnee. Often, they seem a bit hesitant, as if they’re afraid I will take offense to the question.

Then they relax when I tell them that yes, she is meant to be disliked. In fact, the more they hate her, the better I like it.

I don’t know why I wrote her the way that I did, except that so many of the dancers I knew were mercenary little things who would probably sell their mothers if the price was right. Calculating and cold hearted, their only loyalty was to themselves. And… I also thought it would be fun to have a lower-level nemesis to drive my boys crazy.

Like most of the characters in the Drill series, Tawnee is a compilation of people that I knew in my younger days. She is based predominantly on a girl that I worked with at a club called the Magnolia ThunderKitty, in Oklahoma City. I’ll call her Trish, and she had raised bitch to an art form. She had no friends, only coworkers who put up with her because it was in their best interest to do so. Coworkers who were given the cold shoulder as soon as they ceased to be useful to her.

Even the customers found that her affection for them vanished as soon as the credit card was maxed. She would start getting twitchy when the time between drink refills began to lengthen, and she would abruptly leave the table if one of her regulars walked through the door with a fresh Visa in his wallet.

I never understood why the men tolerated this, but I guess it’s not so hard to understand. She was the prettiest girl in the club, with the best figure and the brightest smile. The fact that her talented fingers could perform numerous under-the-table manipulations probably accounted for great deal of her popularity, but none of us were supposed to know that.

There are a couple of differences between Trish and Tawnee. One is that Tawnee, as I see her, is much prettier than Trish.

The other significant difference is that Tawnee has the potential to rise above her nastiness and join the human race. Trish…not so much.

Tawnee, deep down, is actually a nice person. Cynical, yes. Mercenary, absolutely! But deep down, she longs for the intimacy that comes with human connections. She wants love in her life, even if she won’t admit it, but she also wants someone she can connect to, even if just on a friendship level. I think that’s why she’s drawn to the innocence and naivete of Snowbunny. Bun is genuinely sweet, and not a game player. Tawnee knows that whatever piece of her heart is given to Snowbunny will he kept safe from harm.

Tawnee started out as a fairly disposable character, but I’ve grown quite fond of her. Because of this, I’ve decided to keep her around for a while. I’m working on an outline for a future book in the series where circumstances force her and Decker to take a road trip together for mutual benefit. Personally, I can’t think of anything much funnier then the two of them locked in a small car for an extended period of time, trying to accomplish their mission without killing each other along the way. Can you?

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today’s post. Please join me again on Wednesday, when I will post another one of my favorite recipes.

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Tater Tot Pizza

I make this recipe often at my house, and we absolutely love it! It’s easy to make, and a lot of fun to eat.

I’ve used several different pans with this, and I don’t think it much matters what kind you use as long as the pan can be safely put into the oven.

Preheat the oven to 425.

Spray the inside of the pan with Pam, or whatever you have handy.

I use Tater Tot Crowns, because their shape makes them much easier to flatten then a standard Tater Tot.
Press the Crowns against the bottom and sides of the pan, until it’s completely covered.

Put the pan in the oven for 10 or 15 minutes. I usually use this time to brown the hamburger. We like a lot of hamburger on our pizzas, so I use 1 1/2 lbs. I don’t use taco seasoning, but if you’d like to do that then put about a cup of water in with your meat and stir in the seasoning. I do throw some chopped onion in there, because I like the way it flavors the meat. The fun thing about this dish is5 that you can pretty much do whatever you want.

Once the Tots have cooked for 10 or 15 minutes, take them out of the oven and use a spatula to press them until they are flat. 

Top with shredded cheese, whatever flavor and amount tickles your fancy. I’m a cheese person, so I usually throw quite a bit of mild Cheddar or Colby on top of my pizza.

Put the ground beef on top of the cheese, throw a dash or two of taco sauce on, if you’d like, and then sprinkle more cheese on top of the beef.

Put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes or so at 425.

When it comes out of the oven, top it with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato pieces, and more shredded cheese. I also like to break up some tortilla chips and mix them in. 

I like this recipe because it’s so versatile. Basically, whatever you like on your pizza can be done here. The Tots are a tasty alternative to pizza crust, and it’s fun to play around with different toppings.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you give this recipe a try, and please let me know how it works for you. I should be back on Sunday with another behind the scenes look at the Drill series. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week.

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Shadow of the Drill

Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge.

https://t.co/QzD2ODjvKk

A Perilous Thirst

A different kind of vampire story.

http://goo.gl/4HSpxu

One Dyke Cozy

“HAVE A NICE DAY”

Mr. Happy

goo.gl/QTS6Xq

A Wednesday Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I like recipes that are easy to make, and don’t require a lot of precision. If I can just throw some stuff into a crock pot and have it magically be dinner, so much the better.

So I thought I’d share one of my favorite crockpot recipes with you: chicken and dumplings.

I use 3 or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, depending on the size.

I drop them into the Crock-Pot and then pour in a can of chicken broth, about 14 oz.

Next, I add 2 or 3 cans of cream of chicken soup, depending on how thick I want it to be. I do like Campbell’s, but I’ve used other brands, and they taste just as good.

You can season this however you like. I generally use salt and pepper, and I also throw in some diced onions.

Once everything’s in the pot, I put on the lid  and cook it on high for 3 hours. Then I remove the chicken, shred it into bite-sized pieces, and put it back in the pot.

The last ingredient is a can of Pillsbury Grands biscuits. I have used other kinds of biscuits, but I think the Grands have the best flavor.

I cut each biscuit into six or eight pieces, stir them into the crockpot, and recover.

I let them cook for one more hour, give or take, depending on the thickness of the chicken.

I love this meal because it’s super easy and tastes SO good. More importantly, it’s really hard for anyone, namely me, to screw up.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear how it worked for you. Happy Wednesday, and I hope to see you next time.

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