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I've been meaning to post this for a while now. You may have seen this soup on the Olive Garden menu, but this isn't really the same. My family says it's better, but since I control their food supply, I suppose they would.  ;)  Anyway, it's a favorite around here, and it's pretty easy, so I figured I'd share. I have no idea what its health index might be, though, sorry. I mean, it's got kale (yay, healthy!) but it's also got both sausage and bacon (not so much), so... it is what it is, I guess. If it helps, it's really good!

Also long, so recipe behind the cut.  :)

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I've also got a fantastic recipe for zucchini bread (my mother-in-law's recipe) that I'll post soonish. I hope. I just have to get myself together and actually write it down. Meh.

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Now available in ebook and paperback from
DSP Publications, Amazon,
and most other major retail outlets.

Kimolijah Adani—Class 2 gridTech, beloved brother, most promising student the Academy’s ever had the privilege of calling their own, genius mechanical gridstream engineer, brilliantly pioneering inventor... and dead man. But that’s what happens when a whiz kid messes with dynamic crystals and, apparently, comes to the attention of Baron Petra Stanslo. Killed for his revolutionary designs, Kimolijah Adani had been set to change the world with his impossible train that runs on nothing more than gridstream locked in a crystal. Technically it shouldn’t even be possible, but there is no doubt it works.

Bas is convinced the notoriously covetous and corrupt Stanslo had something to do with Kimolijah Adani’s tragic and suspicious end. A Directorate Tracker, Bas has finally managed to catch the scent of Kimolijah Adani’s killer, and it leads right into Stanslo’s little desert barony. For almost three years, Bas has tried to find a way into Stanslo’s Bridge, and when he finally makes it, shock is too small a word for what—or, rather, whom—he finds there.

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Another gorgeous and evocative cover from the fantastically talented Anne Cain.



The larger version is HERE.

Blue on Black is due out from DSP Publications in mid-June.

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addie71 !!!!

I hope you have a fantastic day, love. I <3 you madly. *smish*

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Thirddaughter's grad gown!



Gah! This time next week, my youngest child will have finished high school!

My husband, occasional killjoy that he can be, wanted to know what I was so excited about, since we still have college tuition to look forward to. I played this for him. Really loud.

(Anyone know how to get creases out of cheap polyester without melting it?)

Also, because it's adorable:



Servicedog asking Thirddaughter for treats and pets last night. Made me think of this. *snicker*

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So DSP Publications held a contest a while back to thank readers for their support of the new imprint. Winners were asked to supply their character preference and a prompt word to their author, and then the author was to write a story involving those characters and base the theme on the word. I got “Fen + surprise character” and “breath”.

The story I actually wrote for my recipient is Breathe Me below, but once I got done writing it, I realized I didn’t know if the recipient had read the entirety of the series or not. So I wrote them another—Breath Like a Passing Shadow—that wasn’t a big spoilerfest for books 3 and 4.

The long and short of it is: here are two Wolf’s-own fics, the one at the link above and the one under the cut below.

Ta-da! *jazz hands*

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So, Thirddaughter is a senior this year, and as such, gets some privileges. One of them is occasionally getting to leave school for lunch. Today was one such day. But she hadn't taken any money with her, so she had to stop by the house on the way to the sushi place. (Because apparently, sushi = what kids eat for lunch these days.) ServiceDog was perfectly content up until then to lay on his little bed and occasionally harrass me for pets or treats and give me the "Is it time to pick up Thirddaughter yet? Is it? Is it?" look every time I moved. Or looked like I was maybe thinking about moving.

And then Thirddaughter blows through.

<--ServiceDog

Once ServiceDog realized there was a car out there and Thirddaughter was getting in it, and it was leaving without him, he turned and looked at me with such a look of betrayal and went, "Oh-h-h-h-oh-wa!" in his very best whiny-thwarted-toddler tone. He is now sitting on the steps like an attentive vulture, alternately staring at the door and glaring/pouting at me. Thirddaughter has rendered ServiceDog useless until 3:15 when I pick her up from school and she's not even here!

Also, saw this awesome post the other day--The Avengers Reimagined in Dark Fantasy Style--and thought you guys might like it. The artwork is bloody gorgeous!

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