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Blog Tour: The Story a Day May Collection

Today I am part of the blog tour for The Story a Day May Collection  which is a collection of short stories by Morgen Bailey. I will be sharing my review.

Book Description:

This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.

In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.

We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.

From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.

The Story a Day May Collection
Author: Morgen Bailey

Published: July 5, 2016
259 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 2- 6, 2019

Jessica’s Review:

The Story a Day May Collection was written by Morgen Bailey. It was a challenge that Bailey took to write one short story a day for the whole month of May not just for one year, but three years!  Each day was given a ‘prompt’ to write for the short story of the day.  These are a variety of stories and some are standalone while others are continuations of each other.  The stories can be very brief to several pages. 

The prompts for the story to be written were given each morning with no warning ahead of time as to what the story should be about.  The story was left to the interpretation of the author and their imagination with what to write.

What results is a wide variety of short stories and you will be sure to find some you enjoy and be touched by.  I give Bailey kudos for doing this challenge for three years in a row and challenging herself and her abilities! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

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Blog Tour: Dying to Meet You

Today I am helping spread the word out about the novel Dying to Meet You by Rich Amooi. He writes ‘Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective’. I have been meaning to read his books and I liked the sound of Dying to Meet You that I pre-ordered it! Dying to Meet You was released May 10, 2019.

Book Description:

Liz Parker doesn’t like surprises, but winning the lottery isn’t something she would complain about. Before she has time to think about how to spend her new fortune, she’s hit with an even bigger shock than unexpected wealth. She has three months to live unless she finds a one-in-a-million bone marrow donor.

While her medical team scrambles to locate her miracle, Liz throws together a bucket list, charters a private jet, and takes off to see the world. The journey of a lifetime holds even more surprises, including the hunky pilot she’s falling for at the most inconvenient time.

Will Liz die before she can realize her happily-ever-after, or will the universe come through for her one more time? Find out in this humorous tale of true love and adventure!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon AU

About the Author:

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Blog Tour: Instant Indian

Today I help kick off the blog tour for the cookbook Instant Indian by Rinku Bhattacharya. She will be talking about pressure cooking and  Instant Indian.

Cookbook Description:

Discover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorized by Instant Pot!

Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!

The Instant Pot® lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options , and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.

With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Greetings all, my name is Rinku Bhattacharya, I am the blogger over at Spice Chronicles and the author of three cookbooks – The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, Spices and Seasons and Instant Indian. Today of course, I will be talking pressure cooking and all about Instant Indian.

Pressure cookers are a very common element of the Indian kitchen. It is probably one of the few cooking appliances that I have found in the kitchen for multiple generations. My grandmother had one, my mother has one and I have quite a few stove top pressure cookers. The electric pressure cooker aka the instant pot made its way to my kitchen by accident. The model that I started with actually might have been discontinued, yes this is almost three years ago long before it became the trend that it is now. Anyhow, my slow cooker had died on me and when looking for a replacement I liked the idea of something that offered so many different options.

Once, the instant pot arrived it took me some time actually realize that electric pressure cooking combined the advantages of slow cooking with the efficiency of pressure cooking. It took me some time to get used to actually leaving the pressure cooker alone without watching it. The second thing that took me some getting used to was the time that it took to actually build up pressure. This is a little longer than the stove top version, and then I was hooked. My early pressure cooking dishes were pretty much the dishes that I have conveniently cooked forever in the instant pot, such as meats, stews, beans and legumes. It is extremely unusual to see beans and legumes cooked outside a pressure cooker in most Indian homes.

Gradually, I upgraded to the Ultra model of the Instant Pot. Just a note here, there are many brands of electric pressure cookers out there. The Instant pot is the most popular, however the other brands bring you a lot of the same options. The other big advantage of the instant pot is that there are a lot of online communities including my own facebook group where you can discuss about tip, tips and find likeminded potheads as the instant pot groupies.

And then I wrote Instant Indian a visually beautiful collection of over a hundred recipes are classic, beautiful and easy to make. This is an Instant Pot authorized cookbook and the first of its kind focusing on the regional diversity of Indian cooking.

In Instant Indian, there are several things that I do, which makes the book a great resource for Indian food lovers and pressure cooking aficionados in general.

  • I introduce readers to the various dimensions of Indian cooking.
  • I introduce readers to multiple functions of the electric pressure cooker – low pressure, no pressure, yogurt and how to use the yogurt mode for fermenting and sprouting.
  • There is a lot of detail on how to use the electric pressure cooker, times, etc.

About the Author:

Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”

Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.

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