Monday, May 20, 2013

Chronicle of the Mound Builders is on Tour Again

Chronicle of the Mound Builders is on tour with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours:

May 20: Chick Lit Plus: Novel Spotlight
May 20: Lavender & Camomile: Excerpt
May 21: Every Free Chance Book Reviews: Guest Post & Excerpt
May 21: Amie's Reviews: Review
May 22: A Blue Million Books: Guest Post, Q&A & Excerpt
May 23: Ai Love Books : Review & Excerpt
May 24: Murder! She Read : Review
May 27: Brooke Blogs : Review & Guest Post
May 27: Samantha March : Q&A & Excerpt

Be sure to stop by each site and check out the reviews, excerpts, Q&A, and guest posts!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chronicle of the Mound Builders is on Tour

Chronicle of the Mound Builders is on tour with Historical Fiction Book Tours:

Monday, May 13
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, May 14
Review at Cheryl's Book Nook
Review at Confessions of an Avid Reader

Wednesday, May 15
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Thursday, May 16
Review at The Book Garden
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, May 17
Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary

Monday, May 20
Review at Turning the Pages
Interview & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Tuesday, May 21
Review at Words and Peace

Wednesday, May 22
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Thursday, May 23
Review at The Musings of a Book Junkie
Interview & Giveaway at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Friday, May 24
Review at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Be sure to stop by and check out the reviews and interviews!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What's Cooking?

Serve up some Chili Tabasco Fish for dinner tonight, courtesy of my featured recipe in the "What's Cooking" section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Here's the article:
Elle Meyer is one of that rare breed who doesn't watch television. Her kids had left home, and she found herself with a lot of free time. So she decided to write a book.

"I took it up almost as a hobby," Meyer says. "I wanted to share with other people how best to maintain your weight once you've lost some."

Meyer lost about 20 pounds 10 or so years ago. Since then, she's collected recipes and adapted them to decrease the calories, carbohydrates and fat.

"I have a very picky husband, so the recipes have to be tasty, too," Meyer says. "Since I always seem to have other things to spend my time on besides cooking, I look for quick and easy-to-prepare meals."

Finding herself with all those recipes, she also starting asking friends and family members about their experiences keeping weight off.

She combined what she learned in "Living the Thin Life: Creative Ways to Maintain Your Weight For Life," which she self-published this year. The book is priced at $12 and is available at the Borders in Chesterfield Mall and online at

The book begins with disclaimers noting that Meyer isn't a doctor or nutritionist and that her advice isn't intended to replace professional advice. Rather, the book is a compilation of ways various people have lost weight and kept it off — and a recognition that the motivation and strategy for getting and staying thin is different for everyone.

"Sometimes I got completely conflicting stories," Meyer says. "Some people said they didn't eat as much at night, and some said they didn't eat as much in the morning. Some had positive role models and some had negative role models — people they didn't want to be like. People need to discover what uniquely motivates them."

Meyer's recipe for Chili Tabasco Fish was inspired by a meal she had last spring.

"I asked our waiter for the recipe, but all he would tell me is that the sauce contained chili sauce over a glaze," Meyer says. "It was the perfect combination of sweet and heat, so I tried to duplicate it at home. Using Tabasco Sweet and Spicy gives the fish its slightly sweet flavor."