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Meet The Fantasy Folk

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The Fantasy Folk, a group of fantasy/scifi authors published with Champagne Book Group, debut all day Saturday at the Latte Lounge at Coffee Time Romance. (I know it says 8 – 9 pm but we plan to play all day.) Join us for book talk, world-building, and giveaways. Click the icon above to visit us at CTR. Later, Rita.

 

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An Author’s Desk: Author Audra Middleton & a Giveaway

Please welcome Audra Middleton who is the featured guest today at An Author’s Desk. You may remember Audra from her guest spot in December at my Holiday Special when she shared her recipe for that decadent Peaches ‘n Cream Cheesecake. Audra returns as a published author with a blog tour behind her and five, four-star reviews for Watcher. Champagne/Burst Books has some of the nicest book covers in the business, but they outdid themselves with Watcher,  one of my all-time favorites. Loved her world-building and subtle humor in Watcher. Can’t wait to read The Hitchhiker, her humorous paranormal thriller coming out from Champagne/Burst in November.  For now, let’s check out Audra’s desk.

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IMG_2277I wrote Watcher on the ‘family’ computer at the desk in my kitchen, surrounded by clutter, inspirational quotes (Mother Theresa & Edgar Allen Poe) and pictures (my kids & their art), with a view of my front driveway and the kids’ playhouse out the kitchen door.  My youngest has since discovered the joy of computers, and changing their settings, so I now write strictly from my own laptop in my Lazyboy recliner in the living room.  We have a living/dining/kitchen great room, so from this perch I can keep an eye on everyone in the area in my peripheral vision as I write.  I mostly sit down to write in short spurts throughout the day, in between laundry, chauffeuring, and refereeing of children.  It doesn’t have to be quiet, and rarely is.  I write over video game ruckus, rough-housing mayhem, dishwasher rumbling, you name it.  But I don’t just write at my computer; I’m writing all the time, playing out scenes in my head.  Some people call that daydreaming, but I call that work.  I love my job.

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Watcher

young woman styled as a forest nymph, studio shotWar threatens to destroy the world of Anthelion unless the holy man, Goran, can solve his prophecy riddle. For every clue he finds, another obstacle surfaces. An orphan girl, Watcher, becomes his responsibility. As if parenthood itself isn’t daunting enough, she keeps a bear for a pet and transforms into her forest surroundings to avoid socialization. Hope momentarily emerges when Goran finds Benaiah, the Chosen Son of the prophecy. Only he soon discovers Benaiah is a social pariah on the verge of embracing darkness.

When Benaiah and Watcher unexpectedly meet, the two outsiders find in each other a sense of belonging they’ve never known.  Now their emerging love promises to bring about the same war Goran is struggling to prevent.

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Thanks for stopping by, Audra. You’re welcome any time, especially when you bring treats like Watcher or another delicious recipe.

Thanks so much for having me, Rita!  I’d like to giveaway a copy of my ebook, Watcher, to one commenter today.  So leave a comment and tell me what’s on your desk for a chance to win.

Buy Watcher at Champagne/Burst * Amazon * ibookstore * Kobo

Follow/contact Audra:  Webpage * Facebook * email

Tomorrow, A Week with Champollion & the Rosetta Stone        Rita Bay

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Guest Author, Audra Middleton

Author Audra Middleton is visiting to share her debut fantasy novel and a to-die-for holiday recipe. Watcher,  will be released in January, 2013 by Burst Books, a division of Champagne Book Group. Burst/CBG is known for outstanding covers, but they outdid themselves with this one. Check it out when you read the blurb. First, though, Audra offers up her recipe for Peaches & Cream Cheesecake.

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Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

¾ C. flour                                         ½ tsp. salt
1 egg                                                   3 Tbsp. soft butter
1 small pkg non-instant vanilla pudding
½ C. milk                                         1 Qt. drained peaches
1- 8 oz. pkg soft cream cheese      ½ C. sugar
3 Tbsp. peach juice                         sugar & cinnamon

1. Mix first 7 ingredients in a bowl and beat for 2 minutes.
2. Pour mixture into large greased pie plate.
3. Place drained peach slices on top of mixture.
4. Combine cream cheese, ½ C. sugar, and 3 Tbsp. peach juice. Beat for 2 minutes.
5. Spoon cream cheese mixture over peaches and batter, leaving ¼ of an inch space before the edge of the plate.
6. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Best if eaten warm.

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WATCHER

An orphan girl seeks the oblivion of the forest while darkness lures the Chosen Son of prophecy, yet they find each other, and their budding love could destroy the very world Goran, the tormented prophet, is trying to save. War threatens to destroy the world of Anthelion unless the holy man, Goran, can solve his prophecy riddle. For every clue he finds, another obstacle surfaces. An orphan girl, Watcher, becomes his responsibility. As if parenthood itself  isn’t daunting enough, she keeps a bear for a pet and transforms into her forest surroundings to avoid socialization. Hope momentarily emerges when Goran finds Benaiah, the Chosen Son of the prophecy. Only he soon discovers Benaiah is a social pariah on the verge of embracing darkness. When Benaiah and Watcher unexpectedly meet, the two outsiders find in each other a sense of  belonging they’ve never known. Now their emerging love promises to bring about the same war Goran is struggling to prevent.

Visit Audra at audramiddleton.weebly.com to read more about her writing and books. Watcher with that gorgeous cover will be released in early January. I’ll feature the release with a large pic of that cover.  Tomorrow and Saturday, stop by and check out a couple of high-end Christmas gifts that’s sure to please if you have the bucks.  Rita

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