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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Share a favorite dessert recipe and appear in our book!

Do you have a favorite family recipe for a dessert? If you're willing to share it, you could get featured in our next book. We prefer more healthy than less healthy, but if your recipe is really terrific, we might waffle on that...

We're looking for recipes for our upcoming book, CANDY, MURDER and JUST DESSERTS, and we'll be taking recipes for the next two weeks.

Interest you?

Here's the format to use:


(list them one per line, by amount)


(how you combine the ingredients, temperature to bake at, if applicable, and any other directions needed for serving).

What do you get?

We'll mention your name, your blog, your web site, your twitter address, your next project, a current book you've written or plan to write, or something else if you can think of something else you'd rather have listed, as long as it fits in with the book.

We can't do two of the same recipe, so e.g., if someone sends in pumpkin cake and we already have a pumpkin cake recipe, you're out of luck. It's first come, first served in that case.

NOTE: You cannot use recipes you find in a cookbook or online. They have to be original family recipes you've tried and loved or we'll have to disqualify you.

That's it!

Just put your information below in the comment section, along with your email or twitter address or website where we can leave information.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DEAR LUCKY AGENT Contest now on!

11th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (Middle Grade Fiction) is going on now!

Agent judges and super-cool prizes...

To find the 11th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest go to the GLA blog by clicking More information about the  contest, which is live through August 27th!

I know I'll be entering...what about you?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I got the Versatile Blogger Award!

I'm shocked and pleased to have received this award!  What a high!

.By accepting this award I agree to do the following:
  •  Thank the blogger who awarded me with a link back to him/her.
  •  Share seven things about myself.
  •  Pass the award on to fifteen other newly discovered blogs.

Seven things about myself:

Along with being a fiction writer, I am a nurse and wellness educator (at http://www.carolynchambersclark.com where I offer a free Wellness Newsletter, copies of my health-related books, e-books, free articles, and more.

I was born in northern Wisconsin, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then moved east for a masters degree at Rutgers University and a doctorate in nursing education at Columbia University.

I write fiction by myself and with my co-author, Anthony Auriemma.

I love the beach and can drive there in 5 minutes or bike in 10.

I garden all-year round in large pots.

Blogs I have passed this award on to are: (I'm working on getting okays for these...)

Thanks again to Glo Haynes, blogger extraordinare

for finding my blog interesting and Versatile!

What is High Concept and what does it mean to writers and readers?

Whether you're a reader or a writer, I'll bet you're wishing for that terrific book to come your way...the one that makes your heart beat with anticipation, and won't let you stop no matter what.

Does that happen often for you?

It probably happens only when you come upon a high concept book...something that strikes an inner chord with you...makes you say..."Yes, I have to read that."

High concept could be the term that explains why some books that may not be that well-written, have main characters we can't identify with, and have many flaws, become overnight sensations. Yes, of course, word of mouth and/or great promotion can do that, but, for me at least, their popularity stuns me.

Alexandra Sokoloff  is my guru for this topic. Although she writes about screenplays, what she says is just as true for books... Whether you're a writer or a reader, I've jotted down some "rules" about high concept books.

First rule

It's high concept if the book can be explained in one sentence and the majority of people who hear it will want to read it.

Second rule

 It could be a high concept book if it's whimsical and helps us pretend the real world doesn't exist. I guess any escapist theme will do...

Third rule

It could be high concept if it's so intriguing we've all been there (or would like to be). Star Wars, ET, X-Men, Sleepless in Seattle, Kate & Leopold, anything with Simon Baker in it...oops, gotta control those fantasies.

Fourth rule

It's topical and hits a nerve or fetish. Examples? Fatal Attraction, Disclosure, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fifth rule  (Here's one that explains the zombie craze to me, not that I understood the vampire craze that came before it). 

It contains a cultural metaphor for the moment, i.e., information overload has turned us all into brainless undead, which are what zombies are!

Sixth rule

If you can exploit a primal fear, you're in with a high concept book. Examples? Jaws, Jurassic Park, Exorcist, and yes, zombies taking over the planet! No wonder Ms. Hocking is a millionaire!!

Seventh rule

Even though it may read as a mishmash, be sacrilegious or controversial and you'll be high concept.  This includes: Da Vinci Code, Fifty Shades of Grey, some of Mel Gibson's films and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eighth rule

Retell a classic or a fairytale and you're in. Recently there have been scads of retellings and they do well.

Ninth rule

Answer the question, "What would you do if...?"  Of course, the question has to be sexy, indiscreet, and possibly ridiculous, ala  Indecent Proposal. This movie was a while back,but it asked the question, "Would you have sex with a stranger for a million dollars?" As Ms. Sokoloff writes so well, the movie promoted a zillion water cooler discussions as people fantasized about having sex with Demi Moore or Robert Redford...Personally, Demi's gorgeous and a great actor, but she does nothing for me, but Robert Redford, now there's a man...oops, fantasies again!

Tenth rule

Tie the premise to a theme or holiday or setting that makes the story universally appealing. There are plenty to choose from: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Paris, London, turning forty and still terrific, etc. Flirting with Forty had both Hawaii and gorgeous bodies (Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley...no, Heather was the one turning 40; Robert was like 25, but he fits the gorgeous bodies category..Whatever happened to Robert? And speaking of gorgeous, why isn't Hugh Jackman making romances anymore? I like him much better as a stunning lover ala Kate and Leopold than as an X-man with metal things coming out of him...but that's just me).

Eleventh rule

Choose an old-fashioned romance. Ms. Sokoloff helped me understand why so many people adored Twilight when it did nothing for feminist, me. Take an annoying, plain, stupid, selfish, clumsy, unkind girl and a superhero or two and voile! Magic...

For more of Alexandra's brilliance, go to