Monday, April 30, 2012

Is There a Right Time to Quit?

I am pleased to welcome Dana Marton to Intrigue and Delight  for the second time. She is guest blogging  here today, and introducing her new epic fantasy book, The Third Scroll.  

Is There a Right Time to Quit?

You know how people say you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it? I don’t believe in that. I know for a fact that I could never be an opera singer or a professional athlete. Thank God, I have no desire to become either of those things. Because I have a confession, I’m not the type of person who knows when to quit.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it,” said W.C. FIELDS, and I think he was one smart cookie.

I could have saved a lot of grief, not to mention time and money, if I’d followed his advice over the years. There are a great many things I regret not quitting a lot sooner than I had: a job that was so stressful it made my stomach bleed, medical treatments that nearly killed me, etc. But the thing I can never regret is not giving up on books. For authors, our stories are our children. We carry them in our hearts and minds for months and months, if not years and years, and when they’re finally born, they are part of us, carry our DNA.

I can honestly say that my slight stubborn streak has caused a fair amount of grief in my life over the years, but it does pay off now and then. If it wasn’t for that, The Third Scroll, my epic fantasy, would have never seen the light of day. I wrote this book 10 years ago. Everybody loved it, but nobody wanted to publish it. “It straddles the line between fantasy and romance,” they said. “Booksellers won’t know where to shelf it.”

Made no sense to me. As a reader, I want a great story and an absorbing reading experience. I’m hoping other readers feel the same, because after ten years, the book is finally getting published. I’ve published close to 30 novels since finishing The Third Scroll, some of them even won awards and were translated into a dozen languages to be sold all over the world, but I’ve never been as nervous about a release as this one. This story really is my special baby, a project close to my heart.

Maybe because it’s a woman’s journey to find her true worth and her true heart and to save the people she loves. Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer, is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon.

Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and he takes her for his Pleasure Hall. Tera struggles to escape, while searching for the secret behind her mother’s death. But what she discovers challenges everything she believes in. A path set long ago beckons. A path that could lead to triumph, or the destruction of her world.

So what about you? Do you think anything is possible? What is the one goal, one dream that you will never quit?


An epic journey begins....
Coming to stores on May 1, 2012

The book is also available in print edition:

It should be available on May 1st for at Amazon for Kindle, B&N for Nook, and at Smashwords for all other ebook formats.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Short Sweet Story of a Cupcake

We went to Disneyland  for Spring break, and one of the things we decided to do was try a new food item every day. I had read online about a Pretzel Roll at the Village Haus, and I thought that it would be a fun new thing for the family to try. We went to the Village Haus, which is located in Fantasyland, and were immediately captivated by this Black Forest Cupcake.

What is not to love about this cupcake? There are lovely large curls of scrumptious chocolate, placed at an angle, into a fluffy cream icing and crowned with a juicy maraschino cherry. I kid you not, this icing is good enough to eat with a spoon, it wasn't heavy or too sweet and acted as an excellent compliment to the chocolate.

So, as if that wasn't enough - the chocolate cake was rich, fluffy and there were more cherries inside of it. More cherries? Yes, there were cherries throughout the cake. Each bite was a chocolate cherry surprise. 

Sweet chocolate, light cream and a slightly tart cherries in the middle. A cupcake for those of you who like fruit and chocolate together. We split the cupcake between three of us, and we liked it so much, that we made up a phrase, to go with the expression that our faces made when we took a bite.

The Happy Cherry Chocolate Face.

We can hardly wait to go back. The Village Haus also has an apple strudel that looked delicious, but that will have to wait for another trip.

Do you have a favorite desert that you would like to share? Or not share?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Potato Clock?

March brought with it a few winds, more than a few flowers and the science fair. The Darling decided on making a Potato clock. Easy enough the hubby and I thought, and even easier if we buy a kit. There are many kits to choose from and hubby selected this one from Amazon.

Simple enough, or is it? We can't get it to work. At first we blame the clock, but it works when you use a battery, so we move on. Then we blame the potato, maybe it is too small? Too big? How about an organic potato?How about a grapefruit? Oranges? Maybe, apples? (The clock cannot work on an apple, the fruit or veggie has to be acidic to work.) Yet currently it isn't working at all. Time moves forward but not in the world of the potato clock science project, and the situation is looking grim. I suggest we write the project up as a scientific failure, but the project team is not amused.

So, instead at the last minute we have to move on to "How Are Clouds Formed", which requires the Darling to create a cloud inside a bottle. All you need for that experiment is a 2 liter bottle, and supervised match use. There is an easy explanation of the experiment at Weather Wiz Kids ,which is a great weather site for kids. The Darling's experiment turned out fine, and we will revisit the Potato Clock  at a later date.

As for the potato, I gave it a nice sendoff  beneath some broccoli, cheese and turmeric.

Do you have a favorite science experiment that you did in school?  Or a story about a science project that didn't work out as planned?