Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Case of a Sizzling Summer Sale!

A scorching hot message from my publisher! Join the beach book party!

SUMMER SIZZLES 2014—July 12-20
Great things come in threes this July!
  1. 'Share the Imajin Books Buzz' contest—share our events on Twitter and Facebook, and share your pics of our books on your ereaders or you holding one, and receive entries into a grand prize draw for a $100 Amazon gift card! Open to anyone 18+ who can use Amazon. Other prizes include three $20 Amazon or Kobo Books gift cards (winner’s choice). Void where prohibited. Draw will take place the first week of September. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form from July 12-20.
  2. Imajin Books eBook Sale——most ebooks will be priced at $0.99 or $1.99 from July 12-20, Amazon and Smashwords coupon codes.
  3. Facebook Party—for one day only, Thursday, July 17th, we'll be holding a Facebook Party online and giving away prizes (ebooks and gift cards from Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.) Join us at: The party begins 2:00 PM EST and goes until 8:00 PM EST. Our authors will drop by when they can. Be sure to also like our Facebook page:     
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Case of Happy Canada Day and Waffles with Fruit!

Do you get inspired by restaurant meals? This plate of Waffles with Fruit was inspired by a meal at Cora Breakfast and Lunch, founded in Québec, locations all over Canada. Drizzle on the maple syrup!

Go ahead and visit Cora Breakfast and Lunch (or the website and see what inspiration you draw.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Case of Bloody Words

A bunch of mystery readers and writers together in the same Toronto hotel conference space starting Friday! Wanna mingle?
There will be readings from the latest in Canadian crime, seminars on writing in the mystery genre, a room full mystery books, including A PURSE TO DIE FOR, and a Scene of the Crime room set up for visitors to try and guess who, what, when, where, why and how.
A PURSE TO DIE FOR co-author Cynthia St-Pierre will be on a panel with fellow authors Rick Blechta, Mel Bradshaw, Janice MacDonald and Cathy Ace. The topic? Is the female of the species more deadly than the male?
No, it's not "Men vs. Women" but men and women revealing how they write female characters. Sleuths, cops, investigators, victims, witnesses, and baddies...two male and two female authors will be grilled by moderator Cathy about how they create believable female characters in these roles, and more. Is it just as tough for women to do this as it is for men? Does gender make a difference at the keyboard, or on the page? Do female characters bring something unique to these roles? If so, then what? And how? Join them for what is likely to become a lively conversation.
The deadline for online registrations paid by either PayPal or Interac e-transfer is June 3. You can register after June 3—you can even register at the door—but, "Unfortunately," says the Bloody Words team, "we can’t guarantee that there will be a dinner for you."
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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Case of Cheese Topping for Fruit

You can meet someone in person or online and like him or her right of the bat. That's the case with my friend, and Cynthia's fellow Imajin Books author, Kenna McKinnon. Kenna has been doing a blog tour and on, this, the last day I asked her to share one of her favourite veggie recipes. I have purchased all the ingredients and I'm looking forward to trying it myself. I said to Kenna, "I bet I could serve this as a fruit dip as well as a topping." She agreed it would make a great dip too.

Cheese Topping for Fruit

8-oz-carton cream-style cottage cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark rum (or flavoring)

Drain cheese and press through a sieve.

Combine with sour cream, sugar and rum.

Put in small bowl and sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Chill until serving time.

Spoon over fresh berries or pineapple.

Serves 6.

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Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, Squatchers (a First Nations word for "white men who go into forest and see nothing") spend many hours, days and weeks searching for "Squatches". If the beasts are intelligent as Errl is, they will not make themselves visible to humans! I wouldn't.
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By the way, the alien Bigfoot are vegetarian!

Kenna McKinnon is the author of SPACEHIVE, a middle grade sci-fi/fantasy novel traditionally published by Imajin Books; BIGFOOT BOY: LOST ON EARTH was released on October 30, 2013 by Mockingbird Lane Press, a traditional small press. A children's chapter book, BENJAMIN AND RUMBLECHUM, will be published by Mockingbird Lane Press in late 2014. THE INSANITY MACHINE, a self-published memoir with co-author Austin Mardon, PhD, CM; and DISCOVERY—A COLLECTION OF POETRY were released by CreateSpace in 2012. Her books are available in eBook and paperback worldwide on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, etc., and in selected bookstores and public libraries.
Her interests/hobbies include occasional runner, volunteer, reading, writing, sporadic student of hatha yoga, karate and kickboxing, weightlifting, and frequent walker. She lives in a high-rise bachelor suite in the trendy neighborhood of Oliver in the City of Edmonton. Her most memorable years were spent at the University of Alberta, where she graduated with Distinction with a degree in Anthropology (1975). She has lived successfully with schizophrenia for many years and is a member of the Writers' Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Authors Association. She has three wonderful children and three grandsons.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Case of Raw Apple Pie

Raw Apple Pie

1-3/4 cups raw almonds
10 dried dates
1 tbsp vegetable oil
pinch nutmeg
3 tsps cinnamon + more for sprinkling
pinch salt
2 tbsps agave syrup
3 apples

Finely chop the almonds and 5 of the dried dates in a blender.

In a bowl, combine the almond and date mixture with the vegetable oil, nutmeg, 2 tsps cinnamon, salt and agave syrup and form into a ball of dough with your hands.

Press the dough evenly into the bottom of an 8-1/2” spring-form pan and chill.

Purée one of the apples, the banana, the 5 remaining dried dates and the remaining tsp cinnamon in a blender.

Spread over the crust.

Core the remaining 2 apples and slice into very thin wedges. Arrange the wedges on top of the filling.

Sprinkle with cinnamon through a fine sieve.

Serves 4.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Clue in The Case of Raw Apple Pie

Had so much fun making this video! A Clue in The Case of Raw Apple Pie.

Inspired by a visit to Rawlicious in Newmarket not too long ago, I made a raw apple pie and it was delicious! I like it better than baked apple pie and you need to know that when I was living at home with my parents, baked apple pie was my favourite dessert. It beat out chocolate! Since then I’ve matured into a more normal state but I'm telling you this pie is yum! Not too sweet, light, lovely to look at, and healthy too.

The Case of Raw Apple Pie, which will include a finished pic and the full recipe, appears in my next post.


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