Friday, July 5, 2013

Trivia, Yolanda Renèe

Bit of trivia I picked up - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station witness 15 - 16 sunrises and sunsets each day as they orbit the Earth.  I thought that was quite interesting.

I agreed to do a reveal for Yolanda Renèe of DEFENDING THE PEN today and here are her upcoming books. I do wish her every success with the launching of these two books.

Murder Madness and Love Ebook Cover (2)
Murder, Madness and Love

August 5, 2013

After a gritty detective becomes involved with a beautiful widow suspected of murder, slander and obsession obstruct his quest for justice.

A killer plays cat and mouse with a young widow against the snowy backdrop of an Alaskan winter. Branded a black widow after the suspicious death of her millionaire husband, Sarah Palmer flees Seattle for Anchorage. But the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered. The killer is murdering Sarah lookalikes on the 14th of each month, taunting Sarah with a valentine of evidence. After her experiences in Seattle, Sarah is slow to go to the police. When she finally does, she finds Detective Steven Quaid, who is called on to protect the beautiful widow from a stalker intent on her destruction. Steven is not entirely sure she is not behind the scheme herself, and before long Sarah has him wound up tighter than barbed wire. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator? With a killer on the loose and a climbing body count, Steven can't afford to hedge his bets-or his life.

Memories of Murder

September 5, 2013

A man of pure evil, a dedicated detective, and a talented artist meet in a fight that defines good and evil, love and obsession, betrayal and forgiveness.

After transferring to Seattle to repair his professional reputation, Detective Steven Quaid is unexpectedly demoted to the cold case squad. While helping a fellow officer he stumbles upon an unusual case–and an even more extraordinary foe. Unraveling the mystery gives him the case he is sure will right his stalled career, and brings him face to face with Luke Williams, aka Lucifer. An insidious man who delivers Quaid the ultimate choice: save his fiancée from an assassin’s bullet or stop the sacrifice of a young girl. Suddenly the effort to salvage his reputation pales in comparison to the loss of a future with the girl of his dreams.
I have been seeing a lot of recipes for flank steak lately, so yesterday we bought one and I hunted for some of these recipes. I used to cook flank steak years ago and had a tried and true recipe of my mother’s, unfortunately I lost it. It is a very tasty and relatively inexpensive cut of beef. This recipe, which I found on Epicurious, particularly appealed to me. Not this weekend as we are going to friend’s for dinner, but maybe next. However, I will keep looking.

Asian Style Flank Steak
Bon Appétit | November 2006

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

ingredientsAsian Style Flank Steak

  • 1/2 cup dry Sherry
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 (1 1/2- to 1 3/4-pound) flank steak


Whisk first 6 ingredients in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Add steak; turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature 2 hours, turning occasionally.
Preheat broiler. Transfer steak to broiler pan. Drain marinade from dish into medium saucepan; boil 3 minutes. Broil steak until cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Using tongs, transfer steaks to platter; let stand 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into thin slices and serve, passing cooked marinade as sauce.

Have a great day


  1. Replies
    1. Me too, great isn't it?

    2. Thanks again Ales, and Jo, this is wonderful!
      I'm having so much fun today!

  2. Replies
    1. Yes, they are different aren't they?

    2. Thanks again Diane and Jo, The spider on the cover really shocked me, but it was right too. Never would have thought it, since I'm deathly afraid of the things. :)

  3. Jo, thank you so much. I'm really late today, wasn't expecting that, but here I am making the rounds and enjoying the thrill of achievement. I can't wait till they are finally ready for purchase.
    I hope your fourth was fun, we had family and food and fireworks, and a black snake under my chair. 6ft long and feisty - I almost fainted. It was real, and on my closed in sun porch, my favorite place in the world - not any more! :)
    I had just moved from the chair after sitting on it for over an hour and it came crawling out the back. I have a cover over it to protect it from the bugs and dirt, so I never saw under there nor did anyone else until it crawled out. I won't be sitting there for a long long time to come, if ever!
    Thanks again for the cover reveal. Today is a good day!

    1. You are very welcome Yolanda.

      The black snake sounds like a black racer, they are basically harmless and can move like lightening. Not one you want to meet, but not poisonous.

      Didn't celebrate the 4th as we are no longer in the States sadly.

  4. I like the sound of both of those books. Will have to try flank steak later when things settle down. Rice. Gimme rice.
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. They do sound good reads.

      Rice would be good, maybe even risotto.

  5. Congrats to Yolanda Renèe!

    I should have been an astronaut. Most of my days also feel like a fortnight.