Giving Up Release Contest: Winner revealed, 8-3

Want to win a copy of Giving Up?  

It's simple.  

Brandon Blake faces a challenge in this story- 

he's got to make some major changes in his lifestyle or he's going to lose his family.  

Leave us a comment telling about a challenge you faced, or face.  And that's it- you're entered to win.  


If your life has been smooth sailing, without impediments, 

leave us a comment about your favorite kind of challenge in the stories you read.


Just say hi.  

Whatever you choose, we're sipping tequila and squirting the limes in honor of Giving Up's August 5th release.  

Winner will be selected from all entrants at all locations via a random draw and announced on August 3rd.  
We will make all efforts to contact the winner - make it easy on us by leaving a contact link ie, Face Book Page, email, etc.  If we are unable to locate the winner within 7 days( That would be August 10th) - we will re-draw.


In the Kitchen with Lindsay Klug

In the kitchen today with Lindsay Klug, author of The Life And Times of Delila   and the upcoming What I've Learned .  It will  be available July 31st, so if you're intrigued, visit Lindsay's  website where the buy links will be posted when it goes live. That link is http://lindsaysbooks.webs.com

Lindsay has brought us what sounds like a great recipe:  

Hanky Pankies:
These are always a hit, no matter where I take them. Relatively easy to make, they can cause a mess, but the delicious taste outweighs the cleanup.
You’ll need:
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground sausage (hot)
16 oz. (1 lb.) Velveeta cheese (This is the softer kind, not found in the refrigerated section)
Worcestershire sauce (or Soy, if the other is unavailable)
1 loaf party Rye bread (found in the deli department)

How to make:
In a large skillet, combine beef and sausage. Brown; drain. Add cheese and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. Stir until melted.
Spoon onto party rye bread. Broil five minutes or until edges are crisp. Serve and enjoy! 

What I've Learned Blurb:

Abigail Jones is a former prostitute who buys her freedom from a Mexican cartel boss and forges a new life. Secure in the knowledge that she's escaped her past, Abigail's world falls apart when her brother's head is delivered to her in a brown paper box. And when the cartel boss sends an assassin to take her life, Abigail can't deny the danger she faces.

Encumbered with her brother's infant son and gripped by fear, Abby shares her story and the evidence her brother accumulated about the cartel to the police and finds herself abruptly thrust into Witness Protection.   Beginning a new life as Quinn, the recently divorced mother of little Paul and middle school guidance counselor, Abby is moved to a quiet neighborhood with quaint houses and white picket fences.
While Abby struggles to recreate herself and tries to focus on conforming to the rules of the program, not to mention life with a small child, the cartel continues their search for her.  And although life seems to slowly return to some form of normalcy, little does Abby know that her past is slowly closing in on her.

Be Yourself

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955