Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ravena & The Resurrected

I am thrilled to say I was able to read the e-book Ravena & The Resurrected by Tami Jackson over my Winter Break. I loved this book so much that I wrote the following review:

This book is sensational! Tami Jackson takes vampire pop fiction into an entirely new direction. (No sparkly vampires here!) She captures the true essence of vampire in this upbeat modern tale of vampires in Seattle. Ravena & The Resurrected spares no gory details in the bloodbath that is vampire life but it also captures the Seattle landscape in a meticulously detailed and exciting form! The adventure leaves you breathless right up to the end. This tale fits like a puzzle piece, building on older vampire mythologies. Tami Jackson is truly up there with famous modern vampire writers Darren Shan and Anne Rice. Tami paints a new portrait of the relationships between vampires and werewolves and goes into depth about the mythologies surrounding both. You will find yourself in a world of strict rules and taboos where mythical creatures roam city streets in the broad daylight trying to avoid detection. Fall into step with Ravena Doomlah as she discovers a complex community of fantastical beings, each more bizarre than the next, living right outside her front door. This unique e-book form is eco-friendly and easy to use. The numbering of lines makes it easy to find the spot where you left off, but that assumes you will be able to stop yourself from reading the whole book in one sitting! There is romance and spine-tingling, page-turning action takes place from cover to virtual cover. Tami Jackson’s style is witty and charismatic making her in line to be the next R.K. Rowling with the proper publicity! Read the book and join up on the fan-site; this is one literary event you do not want to miss!

Check back here soon for a chance to win your very own copy of Ravena & The Resurrected! Or purchase your own copy now at:

Ravena & The Resurrected Book Trailer:

Short Story Contest!!!

On Friday, February 18th, 2011, I will be hosting an interview with Tami Jackson, author of the new e-book Ravena & The Resurrected. That's an interview here! On this blog! In honor of this special event, a short-story contest now begins! The winning prize is a copy of the urban-dark-fantasy novel which has a lot of Seattle in it, modern and historic. ($9.99 value)

Writing Contest Details:
Deadline: February 13th, 2011, midnight.
Format: MS Word Document, or .RTF file.
Specifics: Write a short story (250-600 words), any style, about vampires!

The contest will be judged for:
- spelling and grammar
- engaging writing
- solid ending
- imagery/language
- excessive use of clich├ęs

All entries must be submitted by Sunday, February 13th, at midnight. The winner will be announced the evening of Friday, February 19th (day after the interview is posted). I gain first time rights, and will publish the winning story on this blog for everyone to read. The author will maintain all other publication rights for their work.

Submit contest entries to panademona[at]gmail{dot}com

For more information about Ravena & The Resurrected, and to peruse sample chapters, click here: http://tinyurl.com/4zuew8m.



Monday, January 17, 2011

How To Make Middle-Eastern Meatballs


* 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1/4 cup raisins
* 2 eggs
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 slice bread, diced (or bread crumbs)
* 1 tablespoon cinnamon

* 3/4 cup oil for frying
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1/2 cup raisins
* 3/4 cup water
* 2 tablespoons honey

* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon cardamom
* 2 teaspoons cumin

Mix ground beef, onion, raisins, eggs, bread, and cinnamon. Form into balls. Heat oil, onion, raisins, water, and honey in a frying pan; fry meatballs in this mixture (covered) on medium heat until brown. Sprinkle on spices and flip meatballs. (Add more of these spices if desired.) Let simmer on low heat. Great by themselves or with a little shredded mozzarella.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Row, row, row your boat...

... gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Time Lapse Flower:

Life is a Dream:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Food, Work, Play.

Me with my lovely new hat.

I had a wonderful holiday in BC. The weather was good and I met many new people on the bus rides there and back. On New Years we played Risk until 4 in the morning and I would have won if the others hadn't decided to quit.

Awesome Mayan pyramid shaped chocolates from my brother and his girlfriend!

Our Risk game.

Today I had a workshop about running records for elementary school reading. It was actually entertaining but I thought I was going to pass out during it. I have been sick with bronchitis most of this week and although I feel a lot better I am pretty weak at the moment. (I am sure my insomnia doesn't help either.)

After the workshop I started looking for curriculum material for grade 5 Science. I am planning a unit about forces and simple machines. I took out 13 books from the school library, printed out curriculum requirements for the unit and general Science outcomes. I wrote down information from 2 more books and information for finding another 2 later. Now for the creation of my Masterpiece! (Mwahahaha.) ... Well after I finish paperwork for my job.


I made yummy pancakes for dinner. Here is the recipe:

buttermilk pancake mix (plus necessary ingredients to add)
chocolate shavings

banana and chocolate flavoured flax oils

natural peanut butter
icing sugar

blueberry syrup

whipped cream

Mix up pancake mix and chocolate shavings. Cook pancakes in flavoured flax oil. Mix peanut butter, cocoa, sugar and water to make a chocolate, peanut butter spread. Spread between pancake layers. Top with whipped cream and blueberry syrup.

The healthy way:

* 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 egg
* 1 cup milk, plus more if necessary
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1/3 cup pureed banana

* banana flavoured flax oil

* natural peanut butter
* cocoa
* honey
* water

*fresh blueberries

*vanilla yoghurt

Mix up flour, milk, egg, b. powder, salt, honey, and banana puree. Cook pancakes in flavoured flax oil. Mix peanut butter, cocoa, honey and water to make a chocolate, peanut butter spread. Spread between pancake layers. Top with vanilla yoghurt and blueberries.