Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cover Reveal, Bowling, Shopping

The Lascar's Dagger 1My friend Glenda Larke has now revealed the cover for her latest book, what a fabulous cover it is too, The Lascar’s Dagger, Book 1 of the Forsaken Lands. Unfortunately the book itself will not be ready until March 2014 which is a long time to wait. It will also be available on Kindle when it comes out. I love Glenda’s books and was delighted to find that her first book in the Isles of Glory series, The Aware, is now available as an ebook. I have all her books except that series. OK I now have the Kindle edition of The Aware.

For once bowling went pretty well yesterday, I had one really gMy_Ballood game and two fairly good games. Matt didn’t bowl badly either, so it was more enjoyable. Two more Wednesdays and the winter league starts; without us though, as we will be in North Carolina for the first two weeks. We have bowled ahead so our scores will be added in when the other two team members bowl. I’m sorry we always miss the beginning of the season, but we like to go away when all the kids are back at school and also when the cottage rental drops somewhat. September is usually a very nice month there although they, along with other parts of the States, have been having a fair share of rain lately.

Today I have a doc’s appointment in Cambridge and have had a store suggested to me there  to perhaps buy some shorts. I will pop in and see anyway. Trouble is I don’t like Capri pants, nor do I like long shorts down to the knee which is what I seem to find when I go shopping, not that I have done so for a while.  Those long shorts are like schoolboy pants to me, being from England. They probably don’t wear those any more, but they used to and the image is firmly implanted in my mind. Looking for pictures, it doesn’t look as though they do wear them any more.

I couldn’t resist this recipe from

Fudge Brownies

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World
Makes 24 brownies

The difference between a plain brownie and a fudge brownie is that, in the latter, the center stays moist and chewy. These bars are perfect for picnics because, wrapped airtight, they will remain fresh all day. If you like orange flavour with your chocolate, substitute an equal amount of orange liqueur for the vanilla.
Fudge Brownies
3/4 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (essence)
1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon confectioners' (icing) sugar


Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

In the top pan of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over (not touching) simmering water in a pan, combine the butter and chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.

In a bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together the eggs and granulated sugar until the mixture is thick, pale yellow and holds a trail for 3 or 4 seconds when the beaters are lifted from the batter, 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla and the cooled butter-chocolate mixture until no streaks remain; do not over mix. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour, baking powder and salt until just blended. Fold in the almonds.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with some wet crumbs attached, 25-30 minutes.

Transfer to a rack and let cool in the pan. Cut into 2-inch squares. Just before serving, using a fine-mesh sieve or sifter, dust lightly with the confectioners’ sugar.

Have a great day


  1. That's a cool cover.
    If you can dodge the hurricanes, September is a great time to travel the east coast.

    1. It is a great cover isn't it? Have you read her books, they really are excellent.

      I agree with you about September, of course we lived in NC for 12 years so hurricanes are quite familiar to us.

  2. Jo, have you ever thought of trying mens shorts. My best walking shorts are the drawstring type and they aren't too long either. Just a thought. Congratulations to Glenda, her cover is awesome!

    1. No, can't say I have. Will check it out.

      It is a great cover isn't it?

  3. David and I are ex-tenpin bowlers. We used to bowl competively but our constant travels meant we missed so many matches then had to do lots of make-up games it became non-enjoyable. Sometimes had to bowl 9 games in one night (expensive and tiring). That's why we've started lawn bowls as the season runs end April to end September which fits in with our lifestyle more.

    Your five-pin bowling balls look about the same size as the lawn bowl woods, tiny compared to our tenpin balls which have fingerholes drilled. I wonder why five-pin isn't played in the UK?

    1. We often 10 pin when we are in the States. There is 10-pin in Canada, but we prefer 5 pin. Never tried lawn bowling despite there being a club just down the road.

      Five pin was invented in Canada and as far as I know, is not played anywhere else. Pity, I think its a better game than 10 pin.

  4. I hate clothes shopping, because I don't have a waist so it's hard to find pants that fit, whether they are shorts or longs...What I'm seeing around CO is shorts that come to right above the knee. Don't know what you'll find in NC...
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. I have a waist, but I also have a stomach and hips to go with it which is, in my case, a MAJOR problem despite the weight loss. As I said, I don't like the long shorts.

  5. I may just try that fudge brownie recipe.