Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Secret Family Recipe at #ElizaMarch.com

Eliza March's Recipe's

All through my life I've traveled. I thought I'd start a list of my favorite recipes from those places but to start, the joint family, arroz con pollo secret recipe is making it's debut.

Visit my website. The new Recipe page is up with the first recipe.

It began as an old Colon family recipe from Puerto Rico on my MIL's side of the family, but my father's family (the Bienvenistas') had a few additions from Spain, so over the years, with additions and modernization, this version became mine. I hope you enjoy it. There are always a few more short cuts you can take. In the old days I made it all from scratch. Now, so many of the ingredients are available in cans and jars this isn't an all day project. I can toss a salad while the pot is simmering and have dinner on the table within and hour. It's tried and true according to friends and family who make it, so enjoy. Make sure you leave me a comment. My ancestors can't wait to hear what you think. Bon Apetit. CLICK HERE

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hello October ISWG

Fall, by virtue of temperature and a seasonal change, isn't due in Florida until next month. Until around Thanksgiving, our fall in central Florida is barely a drop in humidity and temperatures that don't hit 90. For now, we enjoy one of the best two months of the year. The other is usually March.

My pool isn't closed for the season yet. Because September was rainy and overcast, and the days have shortened, the temperature dropped from hot tub to refreshing, much to my husband's delight. It's still a pleasure to look up from my laptop and view the lush green of my backyard with the sun streaming through the leaves morning and afternoon. The density will decrease over the winter and the green won't be as bright, but my trees never go naked. If I want color there are a few varieties in the area that contribute. After all these years , I still appreciate them and because they are rare they stand out even more. I've come to recognize the subtle seasonal changes without a calendar. The sun comes up in one window in spring and another in fall. My internal time clock sends me to bed as soon as the days shorten. I wander outside in the morning without getting blasted by heat when I open the door this time of year, and even risk picking up the mail at noon.
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But October and fall mean witches and pumpkins and spooky full moons, so not much has changes since I was a kid. I still love writing and reading books with fall or Halloween themes. The one I wrote a few years ago takes place in the fall but isn't about the traditional holiday...it's a fictional story about the real one a coven in New Orleans celebrate. That was fun researching and developing. I read the facts then twist them into my convoluted mind until my story emerges.

Authors what's your process. IWSG

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Demi Stevens: A 6 Step Guide to Creating a Book Fa...

Here's a link to a wonderful article about gaining visibility. ~Eliza

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Demi Stevens: A 6 Step Guide to Creating a Book Fa...: Readers’ & Writers’ Field of Dreams A 6-Step Guide to Creating a Book Fair As a blogger and writer, you’ve probably asked yourse...

Monday, October 3, 2016

What Happens When #Paranormal #Writers Change the World Rules?

Let's get through the business stuff before you run off to get the first full-length book in my Hearts of Darkness series for FREE  Please explore and follow my fantastic new WEBSITE then read this BLOG today and tell me what you think in the comments below. After you read Defeat the Darkness and love it, (big hugs everyone) please don't forget to leave a review somewhere. GRIN 

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What rules drive the genre of fantasy and paranormal world building? What can an author write without breaking some other author's rules. Who first imagined the vampire? How many different undead rules do we have to follow or can we change them? who developed the idea of  demons? Succubi? 

Before there was Disney there were the Grimm and before there were books to record the stories there were bards and story tellers before them. So who makes world building rules? And if there are rules how does that affect the future of story telling? What happens when boundaries are placed around imagination? What happens to vision when blinders are placed over the visionary's eyes? How do ideas grow in a prison of ideas?

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So for me, the only rules are the capability of my imagination or the ones the reader places on the author. I ask myself, what is the reader willing to accept and what is going too far. But when I use basic ideas from previous world building (since there's really nothing new or unique) how close do the readers expect me to stay to the "rules"? 

Rules for art offend me. "Use complete sentences. Don't use too many exclamations points. Don't make the tree trunks green--they should be brown. Picasso, a woman's breast is not over her face?" I know nothing of music, but I'm sure there have been rule breakers who've moved the world of music forward. Because without rule breakers there would be no change. And without change we couldn't move ... I was going to say forward, but technically, we couldn't move at all. We'd be stuck in one place.

So when readers insinuate all vampires stories must live by the rules established by Bram Stoker I say ... no. We've come a long way with a variety of vampire rules and as the stories grow so do the numbers of changes. And shifters who were once only werewolves, now could be bears or flies, for that matter. (Though I'm a traditionalist and veer away from insect stories ... not that there's anything wrong with them.) Like I inferred -- To each his own.

What do you think? If Karen Marie Moning makes up a word for a sex slave, can no other author use it? Or Kresley Cole's demon series? What about JR Ward's, Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire rules and words? I'm sure Christine Feehan has used ideas from other authors who write paranormal characters but she also has some concepts that are purely her own ... or are they? Then there are action words like "tracing" and "shifting" and "sifting" as well as emotional words implicating relationships such as "life mate" and "soul mate" and "binding" or "bound" can have similar meanings from one author's series to another's. It's okay. Our work grows on the shoulders of others, then we take on the weight of others as they climb upon ours. Readers should not take exception because if you read far enough back in history, I'm sure you'll see similarities to much of what you read today.

I just ran across a book with practically the exact same cover as mine, (imitation is the best form of flattery) the same cover model (which isn't unusual) right down to the addition of a small medallion. I did my own cover art to prevent this, but I guess there's never a way to completely avoid it.

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