Ready for a Feast! Countdown to a Delicious Debut Novel

Cover of Crystal King's novel Feast of Sorrow.

It’s not often that I sing the praises of books in this blog; so many other sites do that wonderfully enough. However, this is a special occasion.  In just under thirty days, on April 25, a debut novel written by my wonderful friend, Crystal King, hits the shelves and some of us are ecstatic about it. Some of us just have to share! Feast of Sorrow is set in ancient Rome in the noble house of Marcus Gavius Apicius, a ridiculously wealthy man whose ambition to become Caesar’s culinary advisor is matched only by his appetite for indulgence. He flaunts his wealth by throwing lavish parties and capitalizes on the talents of his slaves to elevate his own status. Does it end well for him? Well, that would be giving it away. To say this is a “delicious novel” is not me being unbearably snooty. This novel centers around the … Continue reading…

A Bull Frog and the Mighty Yop

This week in 2014, I really got my groove back.  I got back on the treadmill after too many weeks (months?) off, I began researching and looking for new opportunities to strengthen my financial future and, in general, I perked up and started listening, seeing, and taking action. And it all started with a bull frog. Walking aimlessly along last Sunday (and I do mean aimlessly), daydreaming about starry skies and cloudless climes, my feet squish-squished through the still-damp grass of a spring thaw mini-pond that had nearly dried up. To my surprise, a softball-sized blob with legs awkwardly threw itself sideways out of the path of my foot, which landed just inches from where its camouflaged body had just been. Horrified at how close I’d come to squish-squish-squishing such a beautiful little creature, I chastised myself. “Pay attention, Leanna! Wake up.” So, apart from where I place my feet, what am I … Continue reading…