Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Today the internet will be flooded with announcements about the new book by David Powers King and Michael Jensen. It is called Woven. If you check David’s blog you will find there is a rafflecopter for this and another new book.


Having had the opportunity to read the book, I loved it. It is actually classified as young adult I gather, but this “old adult” really enjoyed it. You can’t go wrong, in my book, with love, ghosts and magic. Best of luck David and Michael. I might say, the book has already been spotted in a number of books stores around the world and people have purchased it so it’s off to a good start.                                                          

Book description from Goodreads:

WOVEN by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.
All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.
Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

Available now wherever books are sold

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About the Authors:

Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.
Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld

Woven Website
Woven Facebook Page
David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.
Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen


Of course, being my blog, I had to include a recipe. This one comes from Food and Wine today.

Tomato Salad with Pickled Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Contributed by Richard Blais1.  Tomato Salad

Richard Blais garnishes his take on a caprese salad of tomato and mozzarella with pickled walnuts, made by tossing candied walnuts with a little vinegar. (Alternatively, use British pickled walnuts, available at some specialty food stores.) "The blue cheese and the celery give this dish a little 'adultness,'" he says.
  1. 1/2 cup candied walnuts, coarsely chopped
  2. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  4. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes—thickly sliced, quartered or halved if small
  7. 2 small celery ribs with leaves, ribs thinly sliced crosswise
  8. 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  1. In a bowl, toss the walnuts with 2 teaspoons of the vinegar and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the mustard with the remaining 2 teaspoons of vinegar and the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange the tomatoes on a platter; season with salt. Add the celery and leaves, nuts and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.
Have a great day


  1. Replies
    1. Can't remember if you've read it yet Alex. I enjoyed it.

  2. Congrats to the authors! Sounds like an interesting read....I may need to enter their contest.

  3. Good luck to Michael and David with Woven!

    I've been eating a lot of salads lately, mainly ant-pasta salads I make myself.

    1. Can't really go wrong with salads so long as you don't use lashings of fatty dressings.

  4. The book sounds interesting. I've never had pickled walnuts, but I love Blue cheese.

    1. I haven't had pickled walnut since I left England. I must check and see if I can get them at any of our English stores here.

  5. Thank you for having us on your blog, Jo! And you put a salad on there because you know I'm on a diet, didn't you? :)

    1. You're very welcome Sir David. Actually, that salad would be delicious but I am not sure it's calorie count would be all that good. However, I hardly ever eat salads and as you know I have lost 43 lbs.