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Easy Peasy and Oh So Cheesy Traditional Cheese Fondue Recipe

Sophia brings you another tasty dish!

(A cooking channel with a paranormal twist.)

Sophia is a vampire in The Fateful Series who loves to cook for her mortal friends even though, as a vampire, she can no longer taste the food. Start reading about her in Fateful for FREE, and if you choose the Kindle copy you can hear how she’s portrayed by Tristan Hunt in the audiobook for only $1.99.

This is how to make Traditional Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Fondue. Perfect for sharing with friends or for that special sweetheart. Truly delicious!

Welcome to Sophia’s Messy Kitchen. Sophia is the vampire in Fateful who loves cooking for her mortal friends. Thank you for watching!!!

(Also, don’t forget about this fondue for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.)

Voice-Over artist in this video is the lovely and delightfully talented Leanne Glentworth.

Traditional Cheddar Swiss Fondue

This is the first item Ethan enjoys as a mortal whilst dining in a restaurant after being cured of the curse.

Fondue:

1 and 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Shredded Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 and 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Shredded Aged Emmental (Swiss) Cheese

2-3 Tablespoons corn starch

1/2 to 3/4 cup dry white wine

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 clove of fresh garlic, pressed

For dipping:

Apple slices or cubes.

Cubes of French bread, rye bread, or any other bread you may like.

Fresh vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

Directions:

Add corn starch to shredded cheese and toss together. Add garlic to sauce pan and heat, but don’t burn. Add 1/2 cup of wine and heat until hot, but not boiling. Stir in lemon juice. Add a handful of cheese at a time to the wine, stirring constantly. Don’t add more cheese until the previous has melted. Don’t boil or burn on the bottom. Stir in basil last. If the cheese is too thick for dipping, stir in more wine to thin to the right consistency as needed. Serve in a fondue pot.

Note: Well-aged cheese is best for this. Don’t go for the silly supermarket nonsense for this.

Up next is another BookTube interview on YouTube. Please stay tuned!

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The Best Sugar Cookies Ever is Now a Video!

Sophia now has a YouTube Cooking Channel!

Sophia is the vampire in Fateful who loves to cook for her mortal friends.

Yes, a cooking channel with paranormal twist…

Check back about once a month when she’ll upload a new recipe… If you enjoyed this video and would like to see more. Please make sure you give it a thumbs up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to my channel. xoxo

Hello, my darlings!

According to many mortal lads and ladies, these sugar cookies are positively scrummy.

(This is my absolutely fabulous spin on the famous “Swig” Sugar Cookies)

Think of these for Valentine’s Day too!

The Most Scrummy Sugar Cookies Ever

(US Measurements)

Addictive Cookie Dough

1 cup butter (unsalted) at room temperature

3/4 cup vegetable Oil

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons water

5 cups All Purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil, sugars, eggs, water, and vanilla together. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tarter together. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly mixed. The texture should be very soft and easily scooped with a medium or small sized cookie scoop. Drop balls of dough onto either a stone baking pan, or a foil lined baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass cup into granulated sugar and smash each cookie a bit like you would smash peanut butter cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. These cookies do not brown, and they are done when they poof up a bit in the center.

Butter Cream Frosting

1 cup butter softened

4-5 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

half and half as needed

Beat soft butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Blend in vanilla and then just enough half and half to create the spreadable consistency you would like. Depending on humidity, you may or may not need to add extra powdered sugar as well. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired.

(UK Measurements)

Addictive Cookie Dough

230g butter (unsalted) at room temperature

180ml oil

300g sugar

65g icing sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons water

640g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil, sugars, eggs, water, and vanilla together. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, and cream of tarter together. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly mixed. The texture should be very soft and easily scooped with a medium or small sized cookie scoop. Drop balls of dough onto either a stone baking pan, or a foil lined baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass cup into granulated sugar and smash each cookie a bit like you would smash peanut butter cookies. Bake at 180 •c or gas mark 4 for about 8-10 minutes. These cookies do not brown, and they are done when they poof up a bit in the center.

Butter Cream Frosting

230g butter (unsalted) at room temperature

560-650g icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Milk as needed

Beat soft butter and icing sugar together until smooth. Blend in vanilla and then just enough milk to create the spreadable consistency you would like. Depending on humidity, you may or may not need to add extra powdered sugar as well. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired.

Thank you so much for visiting!

Always grateful, Cheri

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For the Love of Vampires

The mythos of Fateful vampires…

Magic in the Fateful Trilogy is centered around a curse placed by a sorceress. This vampire curse only surrounds them when the sun has set and the world is lit with moonlight. At night their hearts stop beating. Like snakes, they have fangs, but those fangs will only come out at night. Their eyes turn magical and hypnotic. Their breath is also dosed with the magic, becoming a potion that will subdue the victim and make them want the death the vampire can bring. With supernatural powers and strength, a cursed being cannot be escaped when moon resides in the sky. During the day, none of this is the case…you would never know you might be facing someone who is bound by a dark curse at night–and a mortal by day.

 

As a writer, I was also intrigued by how other authors have handled this myth. Here are how two of my favorites are explained…
Lynsay Sands created vampires from Atlantis with the use of nano technology, which I found highly fascinating. The only drawback for them–while the nanos make them perfect and help to heal them, the nanos also require extra blood, hence the need for fangs. Eyes are silver because of the nanos. They can read and control minds, well, except for their true soul mate. I seriously wish I’d thought of it!

 
Kerrelyn Sparks created a world where there are good vampires and bad vampires. The bad love to feed off of people, but the good drink a line of special vampire cuisine created by one of the good vampires who happens to be a scientist. They have chocolood, bliskey, and a wine version. What a creative idea! Wish I’d thought of this too. And their eyes turn red when they are…well…when they want to kiss and maybe when they’re thirsty, can’t recall exactly. They can also read and control minds.

 
After writing my own vampires, I actually realized that mine unintentionally resemble the old (original) vampires, like Varney the Vampire. (1845) This is from Wikipedia on Varney:

 
“Varney was a major influence on later vampire fiction, particularly Dracula by Bram Stoker. Many of today’s standard vampire tropes originated in Varney: Varney has fangs, leaves two puncture wounds on the necks of his victims, has hypnotic powers, and has superhuman strength. Unlike later fictional vampires, he is able to go about in daylight and has no particular fear or loathing of crosses or garlic. He can eat and drink in human fashion as a form of disguise, but he points out that human food and drink do not agree with him. His vampirism seems to be a fit that comes on him when his vital energy begins to run low; he is a regular person between feedings. This is also the first example of the “sympathetic vampire,” a vampire who loathes his condition but is nonetheless a slave to it.”

 
You may find this comparison of traits in other vampires interesting:

 
Fateful vampires: Are not pale, have fangs, good feed on animals, hypnotizing eyes, potion-like breath, can eat food but it has lost its flavor, are practically mortal during daylight.
Varney the Vampire (1845): White and bloodless, has fangs, hypnotic eyes, looks ordinary until he is a vampire, can eat food but it doesn’t agree with him, can go out during the day, and he is a regular person between feedings.
Bram Stoker’s vampires (1897): Are pale, have fangs, hypnotic eyes, and are very beautiful.
Anne Rice’s vampires: Skin is pale, smooth, marble-like, have fangs, good feed on animals, are alluring and beautiful.
Vampire Diaries: Are not pale, have fangs, good feed on animals or bagged blood, hypnotizing eyes, and are alluring.
Twilight: Are pale, hard as marble, sparkle, no fangs, good feed on animals, and are very alluring.
Vampire Academy: Are pale, have fangs, ordinary looks, but have red-ringed irises.
Dresden Files (White court): Are not pale, no fangs, are extremely attractive.

 
I’ve listed just a few here. But most vampires have special gifts, many can read minds, most have some sort of change in eye color, and many can turn a person with just one bite.

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Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writer Tour (June 1st – June 30th)

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Bio:

RJ Mirabal loves the Middle Rio Grande Valley having lived there for most of his life. Los Lunas High School 2006 Teacher of the Year, author RJ Mirabal, went on to win the Excellence in Education Award for NEA-New Mexico in 2007, having taught English, speech, drama and computer literacy. Now happily retired, he purses writing and music while volunteering with a motorcycle club and teachers’ organizations. RJ enjoys exploring New Mexico’s wilderness areas on his four-wheeler and traveling with his wife, Cheryl. The Tower of Il Serrohe is his debut novel.

An interview with author RJ Mirabal

What genre do you like to read?

I have always loved science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, adventure, and non-fiction about cars, motorcycles, history, and religion. I would love to write in all those genres, but I feel most comfortable and “qualified” to write fantasy and magical realism.

Do you ever find yourself feeling the tension or emotions you’re writing?

Yes, especially when I’ve written something I consider funny and/or ironic. The tension of a stressful situation, not so much because I know how it’s going to turn out. The romantic scenes can be very emotional as well as those periods of death and destruction in my stories.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have always loved music, though I’m not particularly talented as a musician. Still, I have enjoyed learning to play the hammered dulcimer in recent years. It’s an unusual instrument unknown to a lot of people though it has a wonderful sound, both sweet and very percussive at the same time. I spend a lot of time volunteering with my motorcycle club, the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival, and other interests. I derive great pleasure riding my Polaris RZR 4Wheeler up and down wilderness trails. Getting away from civilization, tasks, and the everyday concerns is very relaxing. I become focused on the here and now and forget the rest. My wife and I enjoy everyday activities, traveling, and just hanging out. It’s wonderful to have such a compatible companion in life. Since I retired from teaching, life has been good, and very interesting as I’ve taken on new challenges.

What is one of your pet peeves?

People who whine about every little thing get on my nerves. I have to stop myself when I get on a whining jag. I also don’t have much patience with those who can’t seem to take care of themselves while they’re waiting for the world to solve their problems. Being politically correct is very annoying and becoming more so by the day.

Website/Blog:  http://rjmirabal.wordpress.com/

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Signed copy from the author or other questions, email: rjmirabal@gmail.com

 

 

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The Order of Curse-Bound Knights Giveaway!

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(Note: The Kindle copy will only be $2.99 until next Wednesday. After that it’ll be $3.99.)

For the first 15 reviewers who post their review to Amazon, I’ll mail you a free singed paperback copy of The Order of Curse-Bound Knights! (USA only) Once you’ve read and hopefully enjoyed this story, simply email me a link to your review.  ~There is a link to email me via my blog on the right sidebar.

If you’re within the first 15, which will be visible on Amazon, I’ll contact you for your mailing address and send you the book. 🙂 Then, for anyone who reviews after that, I’ll have a drawing for another winner out of the first 50 reviews. So even if you see that you’re reviewer 16 or reviewer 50, email me anyway and you’ll still have a chance to win!

Description:

A dying knight, the infamous Sir Maximilian…

A curse saves him. That curse makes him even more dangerous…and he likes it. To him, a new life as a vampire is an appealing thing.

The man who turned him into this great, fearsome warrior tasks him to watch over and protect his mortal daughter, Nadia. But the beautiful Nadia puts Max’s skills as a knight to the test, captures his heart, and bewitches him with eyes of emerald green. A power more potent than any magical curse.

Inspired by ballads of Robin Hood, Nadia is a bit too rebellious for her own good. And with a kind heart, she is much too trusting and forgiving for Max’s peace of mind, because those attributes get her into a great deal of peril. Deadly creatures surround her—some of them are there to protect her and some want to lure her into a trap—and she has no idea…

But can a knight in shining armor heal a lady’s heart when her love for the legend of Robin Hood is used against her?

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New Cover for Fateful Giveaway

Hello my darlings!

I need your help! I’ve been working on new covers for my books, but I can’t decide on the one for Fateful. I love them both for different reasons. Please take a look and then comment to let me know which one you like best and why.

Here are the choices: (Click on the image to see it bigger.)

Soft Sepia (A)

Soft Sepia (A)

Soft Pastels (B)

Soft Pastels (B)

 

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To sweeten the deal, lets have a giveaway! Post a comment for your choice and then enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

Prize Choices: (Winner will be able to choose one.)

~Danielle’s Fairy Necklace as described in Forever and is. This necklace is handmade from antique brass findings and chain from VintaJ. The aqua crystals are real Swarovski faceted beads. The center drop is a pale aqua, 8mm, Amazonite bead. The beautiful antique brass bead in the back is so pretty you can wear it backwards for two different looks. This Victorian design is unique and will be a piece that people will ask where you got it from. Valued at $29.99. (Note: The three-way connector in the center will be slightly different, seems I can’t purchase that one any longer, but the replacement is equally as nice, if not better!)

~OR~

~An audiobook copy of either Fateful or Fractured as produced by Tristan Hunt (AKA Jason Downs) from Audible, valued at $19.95-$24.95. (Listen to the samples right now.) Note: This prize is available to my USA and UK friends!

Hurry!!! This giveaway only goes until Wednesday!

And remember that your choices are Soft Sepia (A) or Soft Pastels (B)

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