Bacon Crack! Seriously!

The last time I traveled to the East Coast, a friend of mine produced a little piece of paper that contained the true path to Heaven.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, on that piece of paper was a recipe…for BACON CRACK! I kid you not! A mix of sweet, salty and that hickory smoked flavor that can only be found in bacon. I’m totally going to make this. If you beat me to it, let me know how yours turns out.

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack

Bacon Crack!
Bacon Crack!

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet..or regular Crescent Dough with seams pinched together
  • 1 lb. Bacon..cooked semi-crispy.
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup (just use a light layer onto the Dough, and then a light layer onto the top of the Bacon and that’s it!)
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper..optional, but AMAZING!

Directions

  • Lay out the dough spread out thinly, on a parchment lined baking sheet. With a fork, gently poke shallow holes throughout the dough
  • Top the dough with a thin layer of Maple Syrup, and all the crispy Bacon.
  • Now add another thin layer of the Syrup onto the Bacon and cover it with all of the Brown Sugar/Cayenne Pepper mix.
  • Bake it at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes or until evenly golden
  • Peek in on it now and then so it doesn’t over-bake.
  • Let it cool for at least 15 minutes, it will crisp up as it cools
  • Use a knife to gently cut it into pieces!

My new indulgence

Now, you all know that I’ve been a die-never Firefly fan for a good number of years. But I must admit, I have a new love in the sci-fi TV department: KILLJOYS

To impart what a big deal this is, you’re talking to a person *points to self* who works ridiculous hours and doesn’t spend much time indulging in TV. So, that means it’s got to be worth my time.

Now, about this show — It’s got some similar elements to my old love, Firefly, but not so much that it’s a duplicate or even close to a copy of that beloved show. Yes, it has a strong female lead, fighters who are good with both hands and guns, and well-placed funny moments, but I believe that’s where the similarities end.

Let’s talk about the characters a bit, shall we?

The HBIC: Dutch

Hannah John-Kamen plays Dutch. She is the only Killjoy I’ve “met” whose bounty hunter (aka Reclamation Agent) license has no last name on it. She’s simply “Dutch”. The woman is kick-ass, literally. She’s beautiful, well spoken, has a firm grasp on things that others don’t expect her to, such as the nuances of politics. She’s loyal to her team, vulnerable in her own way, yet she has a shell of steel over her heart that makes you want to care for her even as you watch her take down three men that outweigh her by a good forty pounds each. Oh, and I totally want her purple leather jacket — I can’t help it! Her outfits and gear are to die for!

Dutch – Level 5 RAC Agent and all-around badass

The blurb on the Syfy site sums this character up pretty well. “A gorgeous, complicated and deadly flirt, Dutch is bold and fun loving on the surface. She has a unique gift for earning people’s trust and respect regardless of their class. But under her banter and protective flirtations, there is pain, maturity, and a deep solemnity. As close friends as she is with John when we first meet them, she has always withheld a part of herself, a history of which she is deeply ashamed…” ~~ Killjoys: Dutch on the Syfy Channel

As for books of mine, if I were to pair Dutch up with anyone, it would be Scharsi from the book, “Hide No More”. They are almost two peas in a pod — their histories are less than wonderful, their growing up years were full of heartache and pain, they both wield weapons like nobody’s business, and they are loyal to those they love. I think they would have been good friends.

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Scharsi ~ Gen 8 Super Soldier.
Scharsi ~ Gen 8 Super Soldier.

Next time, we’ll talk about more awesome characters of @Killjoys:
~ Pree played by Thom Allison @thomallison
~ Fancy Lee played by Sean Baek @SeanBaekTO
~ Alivis Akari played by Morgan Kelly @Morgansam

Killjoys is telecast on the SyFy and Science channels. They’re currently filming for Season 2. After the Season 1 finale, this author can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

A Deal for You!

Happy Black Friday from the convention organizer of my go-to cons, Romance Ink, Inc.!

So at ten am today Both AAD and TNEE tickets will be 25$ off! This includes Author and Reader for TNEE and READER ONLY for AAD.

With so much going on we REALLY want you to join us, and 75$ for TNEE for the VIP ticket is AWESOME. You get access to everything, PLUS early access to the signing, PLUS a special VIP only goodie room, and early access to the the Villians ball and a few other awesome godies! The authors are wrorking hard to rock this with you in mind to join us because we would LOVE to meet you and hangout with you!

For AAD, tickets are 175$ and include 4 full meals! And its in Savannah GA, a city with NO OPEN CONTAINER LAWS and we have SO MUCH planned already for this as well… Trips to the waterpark, Hilton head to shop, Trampoline night… all on TOP of the amazing event we have.planned! What other convention gives you an INFLATABLE welcome event filled with slides and fly walls and sumo suits? LOL. and the parties and balls we have are top notch. We REALLY wanna spend this with you!

So to get tnee: CODE is: GIVETHANKSTNEE link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-novel-experience-2016-atlanta-tickets-16823640963

AAD: Code is : GIVETHANKSAAD and the link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-after-dark-2016-savannah-serendipity-tickets-18372928925

TICKET CODES WENT LIVE AT 10 AM today

Seafood Cravings

The other day I tweeted about a certain need I had. And it was a need that hit me hard. I mean, I was almost shaking with anticipation at the thought of getting this particular thing.

I’m talking about…LOBSTER!

Yes, it’s true that I’m having a forty-year affair with seafood, and lobster is one of my favorites. There are only two things that beat out a good steamed lobster, drenched in real butter — sashimi and king crab.

So what does this have to do with books? From one foodie to another, not a darn thing! However, my Twilight Teahouse series does have an amazing sushi chef named Landon. You can read his story in Luscious, Twilight Teahouse Book Two.

Here’s the book cover, followed by an easy recipe that my fellow lobster-lovers will enjoy!

LuciousIngredients
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stalk finely chopped celery
1 finely chopped shallot
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
3 lobster tails cooked (about 1 pound lobster meat), chopped
Lemon slices & dry rub, for garnish
Lobster SaladDirections
1) Combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper, celery, shallot, tarragon and chives in a bowl.
2) Add lobster meat to mayonnaise sauce and combine.
3) Rub the rim of 4 martini glasses with a lemon. Dip the rim in some dry rub. Divide the lobster salad between the 4 glasses. Garnish with dry rub and lemon slices.

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys and The Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/lobster-salad-cocktail-recipe.html?oc=linkback

SMASHED CRABS!

****WARNING****
Possible snarf alert – if you’re drinking something, please put it down now.

Okay, here goes:
I was sitting in a cafe while on a business trip and I looked up and saw this man who LOOKED JUST LIKE CHRIS PINE!! Now, I admit I was only getting a side view, but my little heart sped up and I was thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, is Chris Pine really standing in this cafe?!!’.

Then the guy turned and fully faced my direction as he gazed at the menu. My little pitter-pattering heart came to an abrupt halt…as in stunned and in utter disbelief.

No, it was not Chris Pine. This person did resemble someone that looked like a shovel had spent time flattening his face.  Or, as one person put it, the resemblance was that of a bucket of smashed crabs!

The fabulous Chris Pine (pictured below) and NOT a bucket of smashed crabs!

The fabulous Chris Pine

2-Day Ticket Just for You!

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SHERRILYN KENYON!
and the AAD Featured Authors

The Authors After Dark staff was made aware of a SERIOUS problem for readers for the 2015 year. Apparently in many places (NOT in New York ;D) school starts early August.

Unfortunately, we had NO IDEA! Please forgive us, the Con director is from NY and the staff are all from the northern states, and school doesn’t start there for the most part till after Labor Day.

So this, is a problem for a LOT of readers who are desperate to attend, but have put off getting their tickets because of the scheduling conflict.

Well… We have news for you! You can now get a weekend ticket at $175

Ticket is for FRIDAY and SATURDAY, August 14th and 15th, 2015. Ticket price includes all panels, parties and events on Friday and Saturday, plus 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 2 balls AND 4 hour access to the signing on Saturday with Sherrilyn Kenyon.

This has never been done before, and may not ever happen again. So get in on the fun in Atlanta with us crazy authors!

Get your two-day Reader’s Special ticket here –>AUTHORS After DARK Registration

Music Monday: 18-NOV-2014

Taking you WAY back to the 80’s! I remember skating my backside off to this song while dreaming that someone would pick me to dance in the movie, Breakin’ Two – Electric Boogaloo.

This is the original song, by the original artist, George Kranz.
GeorgeKranz

Click HERE if the video box isn’t visible

And if you have no idea what Breakin’ Two Electric Boogaloo is, here you go :)

Music Monday: 27-Oct-2014

Was watching YouTube while laid up with a icky cold over the weekend. I absolutely love Yanis Marshall so I had to watch a few of his vids. He’s an amazing choreographer. And as a feminist, I think that anyone should be able to dance in heels if they want to, minus labels or judgment. When Yanis was asked, “Why do you dance in heels?” His answer was, “Well, why not? My mother has forty pairs of heels so I learned to dance in them. It’s hard, and sometimes you fall on your *bleep*.” Enjoy. The man has some serious moves! YanisMarshall

I’ve included the video here, but if it doesn’t appear for you, click this link of Yanis Marshall dancing to Ride by Ciara to view the video.