Wednesday links: Rejection on your first book

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book teasers: Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer

Is it any surprise that a book like Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer, caught my attention? It shouldn’t be. Not only is the cover gorgeous (seriously, that banner up at the top of this blog post should give you a good idea of what the cover is like), but the summary is so incredibly intriguing.

I mean, Wiccan powers, war, and hints of romance? What is there not to be caught up in? And how could I resist the opportunity to show off a few of the book’s teasers this week?

Plus, Micalea is giving a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Make sure you stop by her giveaway for your chance to enter.

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Cover reveal: Something Just Like This, by Tracy Krimmer

I’ve been in a Christmas-y sort of mood lately. More specifically, I’ve been craving holiday-themed stories. Mostly I’ve been relying on movies, but I’ll be turning to books soon, too.

If Tracy Krimmer’s Something Just Like This came out sooner, you can bet I’d add it to this season’s reading list. Unfortunately, it won’t be released until February, so I’ll have to wait before diving in.

In the meantime, I’ll have to make due with helping to reveal the cover. Before I do, though, I’m going to let you jump on over to Tracy’s giveaway–she has a $10 Amazon gift card up for grabs!

Now, are you ready to take a look at the cover?

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On the bright side

Small, Bright, Purple Flowers

The thing about Saskatchewan winters is that they’re deceptively bright. The sky will be blue for miles, the sun will be shining… and the temperature will be somewhere around the -30 mark.

These flowers, though, aren’t deceptive in the least. When you approach their bright colours, you aren’t going to suddenly feel as thought a thousand icy knives are pricking your skin. Tears aren’t going to well in your eyes and turn into minuscule icicles hanging from your eyelashes. You aren’t going to turn into a walking snowman.

Then again, if you’re approaching these flowers outdoors, you’re also not getting the chance to build a snowman. Or go ice skating. Or watch the snow sparkle in the late afternoon sunlight. So I suppose there are some advantages to those deceptively bright Saskatchewan winters.

Recipe: Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Bowl of Macaroni and Cheese

(Please note that this post was originally written in 2013. I’ve updated the photos and the recipe itself, but kept the post’s text the same as it was when I first posted it. I hope you enjoy it!)

I know this may seem like I’m contradicting what I said in my last recipe post about not being a big fan of pasta, but I’m going to give you another pasta-related recipe.

This time, though, it’s a slightly different version of one of my family’s recipes.

Macaroni and Cheese has come so far in its lifetime. It started out pretty simple, comprised of just macaroni noodles, cheese and butter. Now, restaurants are serving the dish with anything from a combination of cheeses to a heaping pile of lobster. It’s become a comfort food with a gourmet twist, and a part of me absolutely loves that. But admittedly, that could just be because I love the lobster.

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Wednesday links: Contests and legal myths

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict

Book Cover - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

I don’t know about you, but I always find it a bit odd to read a fictional story about a real person. It’s not that I don’t like the stories, exactly. In fact, sometimes I really enjoy them.

Take The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict, as an example. I definitely enjoyed reading this novel, and I’d recommend you check it out–so much so that I’m giving away a copy of the book. You can enter the giveaway here!*

Once you’ve had a chance to enter, let me tell you a bit about the novel.

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