I Am Humbled

My sixth novel is finally released and available on all platforms. It is crazy to think that this whole creative ride came about because I got bored during business travel.

And this latest project was written because my massage therapist wanted more of Maxi and Zach. Just crazy…

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Oh, and did a mention there is (or will be) a Maximum Trilogy? Maximum Something will be coming soon (I promised my M.T. the next will be ready in less than 5 years).

Until then, please enjoy Maximum Mayhem.

Available at your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Inspiration Process

Greetings Readers-

I can’t believe five years have passed since you first met Zack Brady and Maxi Malone! The inspiration for my second book started with a friend running late and out of boredom, me eavesdropping on the conversation on the next stool at a local dive bar.

Maximum Trouble came about in a bit different fashion.

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My massage therapist (everyone should have one – especially if you are subjected to migraines…) wasn’t ready to give up Zack and Maxi. She insisted that there must be more to their story. “You can’t leave them in happily for now land.”

I have trouble with endings. I can write an entire book, 60,000+ words, and then write another dozen endings. I never feel like I get it right. Happily, ever after is too sappy. Happily, for now too temporary. In between too I am so done with this!

I think you understand. As a reader I feel ripped off if the ending is too simple. I try really hard not to do that to you.

Anyway, I listened to my MT, looked at a few vacation pictures from Aruba, visualized the boat off the coast, and the rest, well the rest is Maximum Trouble.

And here’s the best part, well for you, for me it is a lot more work… There is a third book with Zack and Maxi on the way! No title, only Maximum Something. Maybe around 6,000+ words in a very, very rough draft, yet the last in the trilogy is coming soon (keep in mind it took five years to get Maximum Trouble).

Maximum Trouble is available at a few places now yet I will do a big IT’S HERE hoopla thingie within the next week.

Peace.

Creating Deliciousness

Greetings Folks! This week’s creative is someone who I have known for, let’s just say a long time. Every Christmas my friend Carrie creates the most amazing variety of sweet treats. A while back she discovered a dairy and gluten intolerance. Instead of giving up sweets, Carrie re-invented her recipes to be healthy for all!

Carrie BlogHere Carrie shares her creative process along with links to her blog and cookbook, Sweets & Treats: Festive Recipes for the Clean Chocolate Lover. 

My creative juices begin flowing when something unexpected inspires me. I’ll often see something on a menu or at a bake shop or food market that’s made from ingredients that a friend, family member or I can’t eat, or would prefer not to eat. I’ll immediately start thinking about what ingredients I can use which will mimic it, while maintaining the taste, texture, color, smell and integrity of the dish.

I’ve always loved to cook and have a large family that I enjoy cooking for. I started imagecreating my own recipes because many of my family members have allergies or sensitivities to gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts or other nuts. Others in my family follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. I personally can’t have dairy, gluten or soy, and feel better when I limit the amount of grains that I eat; so often enjoy eating a Paleo diet.

With so many dietary issues and preferences, it can be tough to try and create recipes which are both healthy and may accommodate many different diets. For me that’s a driving force and what makes it fun!

I like to keep learning about the variety of healthier ingredients out there and how they can be used to in different ways, such as to add some sweetness to a recipe, or used as a substitute for an ingredient I need to replace.

I love to be challenged, experiment with new ingredients and create recipes which are as good or better than those dishes that I’m inspired by! What gratifies me and keeps me inspired is knowing that I’ve helped someone to be able to enjoy something that they may otherwise have not been able to eat!

Here’s a link to Carrie’s website; http://happyhealthybelly.info there’s  a good variety of recipes, wellness tips 😁

This link just goes right to the Amazon page where the cookbook may be purchased on
https://www.amazon.com/Sweets-Treats-Festive-Recipes-Chocolate/dp/1537575058