Price Increase For "The Perfect Meal"

Since July’s publication of my first novel, The Perfect Meal sales have been relatively steady–not planning my retirement, mind you–but on-going and making me understand the value of having a deeper virtual shelf of works to offer readers.
Based upon things learned from the likes of J.A. Konrath, and other independent digital publishers, it seems the time has come to raise the price of TPM to $2.99. If you’ve already purchased your copy, consider yourself a savvy shopper!
Even at the slightly higher price, my belief and that of others who’ve discussed the work with me, this is still a value for a well-written, cleanly programmed work.
I’m also working on creating an audio play for the story, so be on the look out for that sometime after the first of the new year. Audio plays are a little different from a straight audio book (which I intend to produce for TPM as well).
Think of the old dramatic radio shows from the early part of the 20th century. The different characters were spoken in different voices, there were sound effects, and all sorts of audio drama for the listener.
I believe audio plays are an almost lost art and would very much like to see them make a comeback with modern stories.
Will keep you informed, as always.

Pie Crust Protector vs. Pie Shields


Christmas dinner was fantastic. Mom’s “new” technique of cooking the turkey outside of the oven in a giant slow cooker creates the most moist and amazingly good meat ever. We do put it into the oven as soon as the thingy pops out telling us it’s ready inside.
While its skin is browning we pop in some dinner rolls and really work the heck out of that conventional oven.
This holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas pie baking I helped mom to try and keep those crusts from burning. As you probably know just like we do, you’re supposed to cover them with foil.
Well, if you’ve attempted this feat of magic, you know how tough it can be. I thought I’d be slick this year and break tooth picks in half and joust the overlapping pieces of foil into the edge of the crust.
And to be fair, that actually worked rather well. Except for one thing. I discovered, via some online research that I wasn’t supposed to press the foil down on the crusts. Well, it does make a difference.
So, I thought I’d invent the Pie Crust Protector. Of course, as great as this idea is, someone’s already done it. Pie Shields they’re known as. Oh well.
But as you can see by the embedded Amazon link above, they are readily available and rather inexpensive. I’m ordering 2 of them as soon as I’m done with this post. Having them might just make me want to delve deeper into baking homemade pies.
Which reminds me, I need to start posting up about my bread machine adventures. Let me tell you a little sneak peak: I am a damned good (bread machine) baker! More on that soon!

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Early Christmas Taco Dinner

From Early Christmas Dinner

Because my Sister and her husband have plans to be with their daughter’s boyfriend’s family during the actual holiday and that weekend, we decided to have our dinner and gift giving yesterday.
As such, we made one of our favorite family style meals, tacos. Mom has that wonderful serving tray that houses 9 different bowl containers for all the yummy stuff that you might want to put on your taco. And you can’t see it in this picture, however, if you click through to the complete album, you’ll see the entire table setting.
Have to say that it was a super delicious meal and the four of us thoroughly enjoyed dining together. And that was before we opened up all of our gifts. Woo Hoo!

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