Archive | February 2014

Clean Eating – Will it Make Me a Better Writer?

lentilsMaybe it’s winter. Maybe it’s the cold. Maybe I’m just being lazy. It can be any, or all of these things, and I can make every excuse in the book, but the fact is, I’m not eating well recently. Instead of grabbing a yogurt for breakfast, I’ve been indulging on bacon and egg sandwiches. Instead of a salad for lunch, I’m grabbing sushi, stuffed with tons of rice or these big thick udon soups that are loaded with noodles and sodium. Dinners are usually fine, but then by 10:00 pm, I’m downing ice cream and chocolate bars (and I’m not talking about Hershey’s but the real good stuff – Godiva and Lindt) Can we say sea salt and dark chocolate? I’m drooling.

Now, I haven’t gained as much weight as you would think, but I’m not feeling all that great. My back hurts, I have no energy and I’m finding myself stressed. I’m trying to write a book and I have to concentrate and research things and I’m finding it’s a chore. I can’t seem to concentrate on things for more than a certain amount of time.

So, I’m trying to switch things up. My chiropractor and his wonderful receptionist did this healthy eating cleanse for 21 days. I found it tremendously intriguing and while I don’t have the capacity to do that intensive a treatment since I travel on biz, have a family and go out with clients, I can modify my diet. I’ve set a tiny, teeny, little goal. ONE WEEK. For one week only, I will try to avoid milk, white flour, gluten and meat. I’ve been instructed to “make as much food as I can at home” instead of eating out, go organic as much as I can, and up my water intake tremendously. It’s day #2 of this endeavor and so far, so good.

I’ve made two different white bean dips, mushroom sauce to go on brown rice pasta with salmon, eggplant lasagna (broiled, not fried eggplant) with daiya cheese,tofutti ricotta and brown rice noodles, and lentil stew – stuffed with veggies. Everything I’ve made the rest of the family ate and it’s been a hit. I think they were surprised actually.

For me, I ‘ve snacked on the lentils throughout the day, adding a bit of hot sauce or the bean dip. I’m finding that eating them fills me up greatly.

So, after two days, am I feeling clearer? Can I conquer the world yet? That verdict is still out, but I feel pretty good that I am trying this. What is the very worst thing that happens? I feel better? Get more energy? Lose some weight?

Here’s the recipe for that white bean dip I made yesterday:

1 Can Cannelli White Beans
1/2 juiced lemon
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
handful of fresh parsley

Mix all the ingredients together with a hand blender or food processor and refrigerate. Seriously easy. If you want to up the ante like I did tonight (since I had to make it again because my daughter ate all of it), I cooked cauliflower florets for 10 minutes, mixed it with all the ingredients above and added fresh rosemary. The added cauliflower changed the recipe from a creamy one to more of a hummus texture, which I know will be a hit with my daughter. She loves hummus, but is allergic to it (a chickpea allergy???), so this is a fine substitute.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a peeler and make strips of parsnip, put on light olive oil and salt and bake at 425 degrees for 10 – 14 min (turn over halfway) – let cool – super good with the dip.

So tell me, what do you do to feel healthy? Any good, simple recipes you’d like to add in the comments below? Love to hear them! Simple please…

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And lastly, writing: I’m building my newsletter. If you’d like to join my e-mail list for announcements about upcoming book releases, please do so here: http://elysesalpeter.com/contact.html I promise NEVER to sell or distribute your email to anyone else.

SWEEPSTAKES: SWEEPSTAKES! The 10th person to join my newsletter is going to win a signed copy of FLYING TO THE LIGHT – with the original first cover. The 20th person will win a signed copy and so will the 30th. I will do this up until the 100th new newsletter fan! The contest will go until the new book cover is released in early March.

Building an Email List – SWEEPSTAKES TO WIN A BOOK – 10 AVAILABLE!

First edition cover - only 20 left in existence!

First edition cover – only 20 left in existence!

Hi everyone, I’m getting my email newsletter up and running. My plan is to make announcements only monthly and/or if I have a new book release… which I will have by March.

Many of my readers have read my YA thriller, FLYING TO THE LIGHT. It’s a book about a young deaf boy who knows about the afterlife and now people are after him for the answer. The publishing company who represented this book folded and I was fortunate to have an agent pick it up. But, nearly a year later he still can’t sell it, or the sequel that is ready to go. Why? Because the book was “already out in the field” and publishing houses don’t want to take on another publishing house’s book unless I can confirm oodles of sales. While I was told FLYING TO THE LIGHT was the biggest seller at the old publishing house, my sales weren’t high enough to warrent a look. (think Harry Potter or Fifty Shades sales)

So, that said, he’s released them back to me. I’m working on a new cover and going to get it back out into the world. Which brings me back to newsletters. I’ve been told this will be the best and most efficient way to reach my readers. So, if you’d like to join my e-mail list for announcements, trivia and games, please do so here: http://elysesalpeter.com/contact.html I promise NEVER to sell or distribute your email to anyone else.

SWEEPSTAKES: The 10th person to join my newsletter is going to win a signed copy of FLYING TO THE LIGHT – with the original first cover. The 20th person will win a signed copy and so will the 30th. I will do this up until the 100th new newsletter fan! The contest will go until the new book cover is released in early March. How’s THAT for a sweepstakes?

Come on over folks and enter.

Ever Use Ebay To Pay For Your Writing Efforts?

ebay imageAs many of you know, I tend to do a lot of things at once. I’ve got a full time sales job, I write, and I’ve got a family. I’m finding it a little hard to manage all of it, but hey, that’s life and now, I want to release a few more books to the world, but find myself needing funds.

So, one writer suggested I try selling stuff on ebay to pay for edits and covers. I’ve bought and sold on ebay before, but I’ll be honest, I’ve not made any sort of killing. I once sold 25 articles of boy’s clothing for $2.99. Really? It wasn’t even worth my time to pack up the stuff. I think I might have even lost the money on the shipping. Though I did clean out my son’s closet, so I guess that was good.

Nevertheless, I’m going to try again. Why not? My house is filled with great games, clothes and video games my kids have outgrown. I’ve given away so many things to so many people that maybe I should attempt to sell it and bring some of that money back “in-house.” But does it work? Will I make enough to change my book cover for my young adult novel, FLYING TO THE LIGHT? I don’t know, but I’m going to give it a try. First product up is a LeapPad game that’s still in the plastic case it came in. My kids never even got a chance to play this and for some reason I kept it around for eight years! Yeesh. Interested? Make a bid here (and so far there are none after 2 days… sigh): http://www.ebay.com/itm/My-First-LeapPad-Learning-System-Game-I-know-my-ABCs-NEW-/191064912007?pt=Educational_Toys_US&hash=item2c7c5b3087

Have any of you had success with ebay? What works best? No minimum price, a minimum price or a buy it now option? I’ve decided it’s like my books – I’m putting a price on it and we’ll see what sells and hopefully I’ll a) make enough money to pay for some things and b) clean up my house!

Love to hear your thoughts.

Day #8 LAST DAY of the Fantastical Blog Hop

fantasy event 1Well, the fantasy blog hop is coming to an end, but let’s leave with a bang. Up today is author David Cassidy for his novel, Velvet Rain. Check out this great write-up!

HE WAS BORN A MIRACLE. IT WILL TAKE ONE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

Kain Richards is the last of his kind–and a man on the run. So when this mysterious drifter falls for a beautiful and sensible Iowa farmwoman, he knows full well the perils of getting too close. And yet, for the first time in his miserable existence, life feels normal … feels real. But as those around him soon realize, reality is not what it seems. For when a tragic accident forces Kain’s hand, his astonishing secret–and godlike power–changes their lives, and the world, forever.

And these reviews:

Velvet Rain is a dark thriller of suspense, horror, and drama. [Contains graphic violence and profanity.]
“Exceptional writing on a par with Stephen King …”
“Dean Koontz would be proud of this writer …”
“A dark horror-thriller … reveals the evils of humanity … the demons hidden under human flesh.”
“It’s a gripping read–at times chilling, at times humorous, and at times deeply moving.”

Here is a link to purchase this great novel: http://amzn.to/1iyTEQH

This has been a great event for me so far. If you’d like to purchase my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #7 Fantastical Blog Hop

fantasy event 1Today is Day #7 of the Fantastical Blog Hop and things are going GREAT! Up today is author Joseph Lallo for his novel, The Rise of the Red Shadow.

Check out this great recap:

Every story must begin somewhere. For the warrior who would come to be known as the fearsome Red Shadow, the story began in a forgotten glade deep in the land of Tressor. It was there that a pair of trackers, eager to retrieve a lost slave, instead found an orphaned malthrope. Had it been a human, it might have been treated with compassion, but in the eyes of human society a malthrope was a monster, a mix of fox and man believed to be a murderer and thief by its very nature. The beast was to be sold for a handful of silver, but fate intervened in the form of an old blind slave named Ben. Under the learned hand of the one human who believed in his potential, the young malthrope would instead be given the wisdom to take his first steps on the long journey to his destiny.

The Rise of the Red Shadow chronicles the early life of one of the most mysterious figures of the Book of Deacon trilogy, the creature called Lain. It tells of his years working and learning on a Tresson plantation until a dark day of vengeance and bloodshed finally set him free. From there you will follow as he finds his place in the world, learning what it is to be a malthrope, and turning to the purpose that will guide him for the rest of his days. It is a story of love, hate, and lessons hard-learned, revealing the painful choices one must make to become the hero the world needs.

Check out these reviews:

“I absolutely loved all the Book of Deacon series, and this one was just as wonderful.”

“Rise of the red shadow was truly an amazing book, it was impossible to put down!! I loved how the author thought out every detail on how events can change.”

And the book trailer for the series…

To purchase the novel please click here: http://amzn.to/1lEtwbO

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

This has been a great event for me so far. If you’d like to purchase my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #6 Fantastical Blog Hop

fantastical reads stripToday is Day #6 of the Fantastical Blog Hop and on the hot seat today is author P.L Blair for Shadow Path.

Here’s a recap:

Magic and crime. Agatha Christie meets J.R.R. Tolkien in “Shadow Path,” the first book in the new Portals series by author P.L. Blair. An Ogre murdered with a rune-inscribed sword is just the beginning as Kat Morales, a very human detective on the Corpus Christi, Texas, police force, and her Elf partner Tevis McLeod follow a blood trail that leads to Pixies, necromancy and Magic of the Blackest kind … to its climax in a stronghold Between worlds, where Tevis must duel spell for spell with a former lover who wants to see her old flame extinguished permanently.

And some really wonderful reviews:

“A well developed and written book. P.L. takes an older genre, “crime/police stories”, and twists it into a unique tale with fantasy and magic. It is an enchanting blend!”

“SHADOW PATH is a combination fantasy, suspense novel that I fell in love with from the very first line.”

Check out the great book trailer here:

Please click here to purchase the novel:http://amzn.to/1keOmgv

If you’d like join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

This has been a great event for me so far. If you’d like to purchase my novel, THE HUNT FOR XANADU and take advantage of the sale price of $2.99, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true

Day #5 Fantastical Reads Blog Hop

fantasy event 1It is Day #5 of the Fantasy Blog Hop and my author promotion day was yesterday. I had so much fun, interacted with a ton of people, did a giveaway and sold some books. Overall, it was such a great success! And now, today is a new day, and the author in the spotlight is S.L. Wallace, writing CANVAS SKIES.

Here’s a recap:

Greed. Power. Class division. Resistance.

The Terenian government has worked hard to divide the haves from the have-nots. Guy Bensen, Elite bachelor of the year, wants a better life for everyone. Thief/hired killer, Keira Maddock, hungers for equality. Together, they might be able to change society.

Meanwhile, due to tragic events caused by the Divide, Keira’s younger sister, April, has left her baby in the realm across the sea. Now she returns to Terene. With the arrival of two very different men, her life becomes complicated. In order to be safe, April must hide her identity. In order to live, she must open her heart.

Check out these great reviews:

“The world building is wonderful, the characters are likable, and the writing is done well.”
Regina Ryals

“It’s fast and keeps you flipping the pages (or swiping your screen) till the very end.”
Andrew Augustine

Her book trailer is here:

To purchase Canvas Skies click here: http://amzn.to/1fNZEUF

If you’d like to join the event on Facebook, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/events/205889079615386/

If you’d like to purchase my contemporary fantasy thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU, and take advantage of the sale price of $2.99, please feel free to link to it here: http://amzn.to/MslDH3

Lastly, I’m also doing a goodreads giveaway for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. Please feel free to enter that here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20297588-the-hunt-for-xanadu?from_search=true