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Indie game creator Alexis Kennedy (Fallen London, Sunless Sea) of Failbetter Games plumbs the murky depths of games with Heath Corson (Bizarro, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) as they discuss the role of Kickstarter in indie gaming, game pacing, managing world creation, how to keep game franchises fresh… oh, and cannibalism. There’s actually a fair amount of talk of cannibalism.

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(dejected slump)

Mar. 29th, 2015 01:06 am
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The fucking Liberals won NSW in the state election

How is this happening?

Coming Back in April (new seasons)

Mar. 28th, 2015 02:16 pm
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April 2

April 3

  • Derek (Netflix) - Special and final episode (already aired in the UK in December)

April 5

April 9

April 12

April 13

April 17

  • Bitten (Syfy) - Season 2 US premiere (the season is being broadcast on Space in Canada)

April 18

New Shows (March 31 - April 10)

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:44 pm
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  • Younger premieres on March 31 on TV Land.

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  • Olympus premieres on April 2 on Syfy.

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  • The Comedians premieres on April 5 on FX. It is an adaptation of the Swedish series Ulveson And Herngren.

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More on health and virtue

Mar. 28th, 2015 12:30 pm
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My post bouncing off the Alderman article has generated various bits of interesting discussion. The thread I want to follow further at this point is about the bold claim of the article title that There's no morality in exercise. [personal profile] electricant challenged that claim in a really thoughtful and interesting way:
No one is morally better than anyone else because of the amount of exercise they do. However, I, personally, am a better person for working out. I'm not better than anyone else, but I'm better as me-working-out than I am as me-not-working out. And that better does include a moral dimension [...] I feel like working out is a habit that allows me to develop many positive traits in myself - some physical, some intellectual, and some moral [...] it is a moral imperative for me personally, according to my own value system
I've been turning ideas round in my mind for a while about the idea of "being healthy", and how exercise fits as part of that. I think the core of it is that being healthy is often used to refer not to a state of being, but rather to (believed to be) correct actions which people may or may not perform.

swirly unfinished thoughts )

#blogExodus 8: Rise

Mar. 28th, 2015 04:00 am
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Blogexodus5775Years ago I attended an Easter morning service at my friend Peter's church in Williamstown. I went with our friend Bernard, visiting from Ghana. (I wrote an essay about it: A field trip into Easter.)

One of the moments which has stayed with me is Reverend Peter asking, at the end of his sermon, "Will you rise?" -- and the pregnant pause during which we all realized that it wasn't "just" a spiritual question but was also a literal one.

"Everything that rises must converge," wrote Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He believed that all creation was rising toward the Omega Point, the highest possible level of consciousness toward which the universe continues to evolve.

I don't think the rising he's describing happens automatically; I think that there is spiritual work involved. But I like the idea that ultimately there is convergence. That in the end we all come together. As a Jewish Renewal chant has it, echad yachid u'm'uchad -- "one, singular, united" -- or, in singable English, "The One, every single one, each one joined and united in the One." We come from unity and we return to unity.

As Pesach approaches, of course, the kind of rising most of us are thinking about is a literal rising -- the uplift in fermenting bread dough caused by yeast. Some of us cleanse our homes of hametz, leaven; some of us cleanse our hearts of spiritual hametz, the puffery of ego. For a week we will eat only matzah, eschewing foods which are risen. And yet Pesach is a time of great spiritual ascent. Our bread may be flat, but our souls are invited to soar. Time for our spirits to rise.


This post is part of #blogExodus, a daily carnival of posts / tweets / status updates relating to themes of Passover and Exodus, created by ImaBima. Find other posts via the #blogExodus hashtag.

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Mar. 28th, 2015 10:46 am
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three random things make a post -

1. watched the meg ryan/kevin kline movie 'french kiss' on netflix the other night. now, obviously it's not nearly as amazing, but essentially the movie is basically 'when french theif played by british actor met sally' - it has a lot of what is one of my top favourite movies about it. and it also has kevin kline doing a silly accent with a silly moustache and being generally a sort of a fan bait type character - he's a wronged prince (sort of) who steals things so he can settle down and get married (But also because he looooves to steal things). he is a dick, but eventually is won over by our heroine's kooky charm. it has fake relationship, it has meet the family (and a bit where kevin kline's brother punches him in the face), it has... a kind of weird scene where meg ryan eats too much cheese, which should not have been in the movie. BUT - i recommend it more thoroughly than most other things i've watched recently. it's pretty good.

2. i discovered today that the summary for my hypnotised unconventional courtship fic ISN'T the real summary of that book (that will teach me for trusting [livejournal.com profile] summersteam rather than the approved list/generator.) the real summary isn't bad, but it's not as fun. now i am conflicted! maybe i'll post the real one in the notes... anyway, i have started to shake the enigmatic blake off and hopefully... this won't take too long o_0 WHO KNOWS.

3. i finally got round to finishing the second most recent BF audio 'ghostship' and it's SO BORING. and also about how avon is so awesome and the only one who knows anything, and he's really scary (this is series 3 avon, btw, not series 4 avon). AVOID (not an opinion that you'll find in the other reviews, though. idk, idk at all). next up - tarrant's problems written by steve lyons, who is... ok. sometimes. it's a shame libby chronicles 10 was good, because otherwise it's been bad for a while (jac rayner was ok, but should have been better). one of these days i'm going to have to leave big finish. one more death will do it.

i'm not even sure whether i want LC11 - nigel fairs? no. the guy who wrote ghostship writes two OCs? i can live without it. andrew smith? consistently strong in this range. but mission to destiny is the episode i always forget exists.... i guess for now i've answered my own question. which means i have to wait until LC12 (who knows what's even on it) comes out in NOVEMBER. i wonder whether BF are thinking of bailing too.... and i also wonder whether paul darrow is ok.


Mar. 29th, 2015 12:10 am
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I just spent all evening dancing to Sophie and the Realistic Expectations. Such good times! They even played Hold on, I'm coming, which gave me White Collar pilot fuzzy feels. *twirls gleefully*

And now it's midnight, and I'm home and not very sleepy.

*chair dances to youtube*

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Mar. 28th, 2015 10:42 am
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I have finished part 3 of Clockwork. Dammit fuck yay! And after five chapters of struggling, I feel like I actually enjoyed writing and liked that last one. It's always difficult when you're writing established relationship and your characters are at odds with each other.

This thing is about 60k so far. Expecting another 4 chapters or so going into the final stretch. Miah pushed me to tackle clockwork smut. So, um. There might be automaton!Nathan smut.

This is a thing my eyes saw

Mar. 28th, 2015 07:30 am
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From Fan Readings of Sex and Violence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

It is useful to consider what female viewer’s identification with Spike means. Importantly, at the same time Spike is depicted as excessively hard and masculine and an object of erotic desire, he is also feminized, possessing feminine traits like emotional openness, a willingness to love unconditionally, and a desire to talk about the relationship. He is “love’s bitch,” endlessly suffering for love. Despite his physical strength, Spike is revealed to have little power in the relationship. As he tearfully tells Buffy “All you’ve ever done is play me. And keep playing with rules you make up as you like.” Spike’s emotional powerlessness and internal pain are emphasized to the point of excess within fan fiction, indicating that Spike embodies what Ien Ang calls “a tragic structure of feeling” for fans. He functions similarly to Dallas’ Sue Ellen, allowing fans to take pleasure in his excessive emotions and melodramatic suffering (78-79).


The Musketeers 2.10

Mar. 28th, 2015 09:41 am
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As opposed to the excellent episode last week, the finale feels a bit like an anti climax to me, though some good stuff happens.

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Daily Happiness

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:10 am
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1. I finished most of the translating I meant to get done tonight.

2. Three days of sleeping in coming up! That's good because I've gradually slipped into a later and later schedule, which I don't like but can't seem to get out of. :( I used to wake up before my alarm on the days I had to go in in the morning, but now I'm almost always sleeping until the last minute (which means I don't have time to eat breakfast before going to work, either). I'm hoping to get back to going to bed earlier, but in the meantime, at least I have a few days of no alarm coming up. :p

3. Speaking of work, I'm going to be getting a significant raise! It won't go into effect until May 1st, but that's not so far away!
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Notes On A Fic

This list is ridiculous )

This fic is clearly a bit of a mess. Luckily, I'm not actually committed to it being good. Just trope-y and enjoyable.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 28th, 2015 03:17 am
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Puppy Love , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

She is the Wilderness , Hank Summers/Buffy by [personal profile] avamclean.

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches "Inca Mummy Girl" .

Storywonk podcast of Close Your Eyes .

JM to join HBO pilot.

Life after Death, the Plantagenet way

Mar. 28th, 2015 07:46 am
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This week was Richard III week in England; being frightfully busy, I could only catch glimpses from abroad. But have some links:

The poem by Carol Ann Duffy written specifically for the reburial at Leicester, read by Benedict Cumberbatch

The detective novel that made the case for a generation: Josephine Tey is hardly Shakespeare, but if there's one work of fiction that has reliable acted as the pro-Richard counterpoint and for many first introduction to the controversy for more than half a century now, it's that short and entertaining volume, "The Daughter of Time". (By now the research she used is outdated, of course, but it's still an immensely readable book.) The New Yorker article describes how it came to be written, and which effect it has.

Since I've been reading up on my Tudors in recent months: Imperial Ambassador Chapuys dissed Henry VIII. in his dispatches by comparing him to Richard III. not once but twice. Or rather, the first time he reports others doing the dissing:

"Every day I am visited by people of quality, who break my head with speeches and writings, giving me to understand that King Richard, the last of his name, was never so much hated by his subjects as this present king is, and yet that he was dethroned by two or threethousand Frenchmen under the leadership of a prince hardly known in this country."

Far from getting his head broken, Chapuys seems to have taken note, because some time later, he used the Richard comparison himself in a direct conversation with Henry as a stealth insult. This was during another round of arguments about Henry's treatment of Katherine and Mary. Henry said that since Archbishop Cramner had declared his marriage to Katherine null and void, he was legitimately married to Anne now, and Mary could no longer considered or be treated as his legitimate daughter, surely Chapuys could see that. Upon which the Empire struck back (sorry, I couldn't resist), telling the King:

"With regard to the sentence pronounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the divorce suit, he ought to make as little of it as that of which King Richard caused to be pronounced by the bishop of Bath against the sons of King Edward, declaring them bastards."

This was a particuarly masterful burn because of course Bishop Stillington, the bishop of Bath mentioned, who swore he'd witnessed a contract between Edward and Lady Eleanor Butler which automatically rendered the Edward/Elizabeth Woodville marriage null and void, had by his testimony not just declared Edward's two sons bastards, but all the children of that marriage. Including the oldest daughter, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIIII.'s mother. In other words, Chapuys wasn't just saying "you're behaving just like your family's arch nemesis, the guy your dad called an ursurping tyrant", he also said "if your daughter is a bastard now, then so was your mother, which means the Pole family has a far more legitimate claim to the throne than you".

To give credit where due: Henry wasn't bad at the stealth insult game himself. Contrary to his image, he didn't shout back at this but told Chapuys magnanimously he could send him several books which would explain why Mary was a bastard now and couldn't inherit. (Chapuys was a highly trained lawyer.)

New Verses

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 am
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Thanks to a donation from Stephen Laird, we had an audience poll.  There are 8 new verses in "Often Buried Deep."   Astin picks up asteroid gems.  There are 10 new verses in "Settled." Aidan checks to make sure that Danso is okay, and explains some of what happened with his talent.

And Ng_moonmoth just finished "Often Buried Deep" so you can read the rest of that now.  Astin, Spalling, and V conclude their latest round of trade and enjoy each other's company.
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Who needs a CPA?
Well, you're never gonna get her
Who needs a CPA?
Tell me, what's that for
Who needs a CPA?
Be happy with Jackson Hewitt
Celli's busy doing taxes from the Second World War


Mar. 28th, 2015 05:05 pm
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Watch and laugh as I try and coax my achey body into a doing a few little things.

I'm cheery enough within myself, but yesterday's exertions are taking their toll. And I really want to be well enough to go to the Palm Sunday march tomorrow, for asylum seekers and a humane asylum seeker policy, so it's baby steps today.

Come to think of it, today would be a great day for making that list for the physio of the bits of me that hurt, and how they hurt. (She's supposed to visit me at home, but she cancelled the other day, and hasn't called back to rebook yet. I suspect the timbre of my voice is such that she thinks I can't possibly be deserving of her services, so to be honest I don't think she'll ever make it.)

But it might still be a handy list if she ever does get here.


Mar. 27th, 2015 10:31 pm
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Twitter is normally my main place to communicate and express myself throughout the day, but I just...haven't been able to do that much this week? Or the second half of the week, anyway. I have thoughts to share, but I can't bring myself to share them. Granted, everything's been hard - I just started reblogging earlier tonight after skipping Tumblr for a couple days, and it's not like I've been chattier on here - so maybe resuming all of that plus answering my fic-comment backlog will help. Either way, being quiet on Twitter isn't upsetting me much; I'm still reading on there and keeping up, so I'll be ready whenever I can jump back in.

And even with that, I feel pretty good today? I'm in a bit of an upswing, and the weather is the kind of perfect it so rarely is, and I've been engaging in some decent self care for the last few days, and I feel the kind of renewed that I only ever feel in the spring. It's nice to have a bit of a break from feeling crummy, at least.

In other news:

-Mikey got engaged to Kristin, and congrats to him! He also hung out with Pete in the somewhat recent past and Pete shared the love on Instagram, so that's thrilling. Mikey also shared a pic of some Haunted Mansion stretch pictures he has, and I shared a picture of the ones in Sister's house on his Facebook comments, and he liked it. Bonding over our mutual Haunted Mansion/Disneyland love. ♥

(No, but the ones Sister has are really cool. We were there during an anniversary, and we had to get food at a bunch of the restaurants to get them, which made it feel kind of like a scavenger hunt. They're depictions of Mickey-Minnie-Donald-Daisy-Goofy in the Haunted Mansion stretch pictures.)

-Despite everything (/o\), I'm still aiming to post my 1D Big Bang on Wednesday. I've been poking at this story since January 2014, and I want to be done with it. I'm also thinking of tackling another 1D idea I have partially outlined for Camp NaNo - I have some original fic ideas floating around as well, but I want to take some time to develop them and work on ways to extend my word count in longer stories (and the quality off said words), and this idea would be a lot of fun. So. Probably happening.

-My TNG watch is going well! Season two's a lot better for me so far than s1. I've been pairing it up with a replay of Lego Batman 2 (replay in that I did the PS3 version before, but now I have it on PC, and I'm going through it there). TV or podfic + silenced video game has been my coping method more than once when I've felt too crummy to work, and I'm glad it still works.

Bargain Book Roundup

Mar. 28th, 2015 04:57 am
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Bulls Island: Lowcountry Tales #9 ($3.99 Kindle), by Dorothea Benton Frank [HarperCollins]

Book Description
Bulls Island is a supremely satisfying tale of honor, chance, and star-crossed love, infused with Southern wit, grace, and charm, from the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Dorothea Benton Frank. The much beloved author of Plantation, Return to Sullivan’s Island, Land of Mango Sunsets, and a host of other winning novels of the North Carolina lowcountry, Frank stands tall alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells and the other masters of contemporary southern women’s fiction. Devoted Dottie Frank fans and newcomers alike will adore this sun-drenched story of the uncomfortable homecoming of a former Bulls Islander who plans to transform the unspoiled paradise for profit…and her inevitable reencounter with the scion of a wealthy family whom she once was scheduled to marry until cruel innuendo destroyed their engagement.

The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining: Spirited Recipes and Expert Tips for Barbecuing, Charcoal and Gas Grilling, Rotisserie Roasting, Smoking, Deep-Frying, and Making Merry ($0.99 Kindle), by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison [HarperCollins]

Book Description
America’s outdoor cooking experts Cheryl and Bill Jamison have something big to say. So it takes a book this big to hold it all. They have put their knowledge about outdoor cooking and entertaining into one gigantic, colossal, humongous, comprehensive guide. Bursting with more than 850 recipes and hundreds of tips and how-tos for grilling, barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie roasting, planking, big-pot frying, and boiling, The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining is the only backyard cookbook you’ll ever need.

Cheryl and Bill traveled the globe sampling regional outdoor favorites, from barbecued Kansas City ribs to Texas brisket. They feasted on succulent rotisserie chickens from France, and banana-leaf-wrapped dishes from Mexico’s Yucatán. They learned from the experts who fry up Chesapeake crab cakes, boil up a mess of Cajun crawfish, or perch poultry on a beer can for a long soak in wood smoke. Then they came home and cooked and cooked until they had it right, so you can get it right.

Whether it’s hot little tapas, a serious steak, a juicy burger, flavorful fish, a pan full of paella, pizza or pasta topped with grilled vegetables, or chicken done to a turn, Cheryl and Bill will coach you to perfect results. And to round out those party meals, they offer an enormous selection of starters, sides, drinks, and desserts that will win raves from family, friends, and guests.

The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining is chock-full of the Jamisons’ signature easy-to-follow recipes for dishes like Jalapeño Cheeseburgers, Guava-Sauced Baby Back Ribs, Tamarind-Tangerine Chicken Breasts, and Guinness-Soaked Pork Chops. In addition, they’ve included a load of advice on equipment and tools, tips for the very best results, vignettes on outdoor cooking celebrations, and plenty of menu ideas.

With The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining, you’ll be the life of your own party. It’s not just the last word on outdoor cooking. It’s the biggest.

Force 10 from Navarone ($1.99 Kindle), by Alistair MacLean [HarperCollins]

Book Description
The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone.

The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war-torn Yugoslavia to rescue a division of Partisans … and to fulfil a secret mission, so deadly that it must be hidden from their own allies.

Mental Floss: Scatterbrained and mental floss presents Instant Knowledge ($0.99 Kindle), by Editors of Mental Floss[HarperCollins]

Mental Floss: Scatterbrained

The bathroom read to end all bathroom reads!

What does Greece (the country) have to do with Grease (the movie)? And what does Grease (the movie) have to do with greasy food? Plenty, if you ask the folks at mental_floss.

Based on the magazine’s “Scatterbrained” section, the mental_floss gang has taken on the Mount Everest of trivia challenges: connecting the entire world through the juiciest facts they could find. How do you get from Puppies to Stalin; from Humpty Dumpty to Elizabeth Taylor; from the Hundred Years’ War to 8 Minute Abs; or even from Schoolhouse Rock to Abstract Expressionism? You’ll just have to open up the book to find out.

mental floss presents Instant Knowledge

Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, Instant Knowledge will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich flavor at home, just tear into a topic of your choice, and add conversation. It’s that simple!

Gaudí Afternoon: The Cassandra Reilly Mysteries #1 ($1.99 Kindle), by Barbara Wilson [Open Road]

Book Description
Professional translator and amateur detective Cassandra Reilly travels to Barcelona in search of a missing man—but finds much more than she bargained for in this mystery, hailed by the New York Times as a “high-spirited comic adventure”

American but with an Irish passport, the itinerant translator Cassandra Reilly is living in London when she receives an unexpected phone call. The voice on the other end belongs to Frankie Stevens, a San Francisco transplant with an unusual request. Her husband, Ben, has gone missing—presumably in Barcelona—and Frankie needs a translator to help her find him. Not one to pass up a well-paying gig or a free trip to Barcelona, Cassandra takes the job. But she quickly realizes that all is not as it seems.

Frankie’s charm is matched only by her guile. As Cassandra chases down leads in search of Ben, she becomes increasingly tangled in a web of half-truths—and caught between former flames Ana and Carmen.

Winner of the British Crime Writers’ Award for Best Mystery Based in Europe and the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, Gaudí Afternoon is the first book in the Cassandra Reilly Mystery series, which continues with Trouble in Transylvania and The Death of a Much-Travelled Woman, and concludes with The Case of the Orphaned Bassoonists.

Autumn Gatherings and Spring Gatherings ($0.99 Kindle), by Rick Rodgers [HarperCollins]

Spring Gatherings

The final book in the Seasonal Gatherings series, Spring Gatherings from award-winning cooking teacher and cookbook author Rick Rodgers shares the traditional dishes of the spring holidays with some new twists for your party table. Like its three companion volumes, Spring Gatherings offers simple and simply delicious fare that showcases the season’s produce, focusing on local and sustainable foods. Profusely illustrated with beautiful color photographs, Spring Gatherings evokes the season with wonderful dishes particular to this time of growth and renewal.

Autumn Gatherings

When the leaves start to fall and the temperature begins to drop, it’s time to cozy up with comfort food that takes full advantage of the season’s flavors. From squash and root vegetables to cranberries and quince to hearty, savory dishes, Autumn Gatherings will help you make the most of this season’s natural bounty.

Award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers’s recipes are purposefully uncomplicated, focusing on the flavors, aromas, and colors of autumn. Warm up the dinner hour with Broccoli and Roast Garlic Soup, Baked Cardoons in Fontina Sauce, Leg of Lamb with Roasted Ratatouille, and Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding. Take tailgating up a notch with Hoboken Cheesesteaks, Celery Root and Red Pepper Slaw, Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salsa with Tortilla Chips, and Fig Bars. Sweeten a Halloween party with Carrot Apple Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. And family and friends can give thanks over Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing with Dried Fruits and Hazelnuts, Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone and Roasted Garlic, and Concord Grape Pie.

From the last golden days of August to early December evenings in front of the fire, everyone can celebrate the pleasures of the fall harvest. With delicious recipes and beautiful color photographs, Rick Rodgers and Autumn Gatherings will help inspire you to make the most of this wonderful season.

The BLT Cookbook ($0.99 Kindle), by Michele A. Jordan [HarperCollins] – who knew there were enough variations to create an entire book?

Book Description
Crisp wood-smoked bacon. Thick slices of juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes. Leafy lettuce with a slather of creamy mayonnaise. All brought together on toasted sourdough bread. Who doesn’t love a BLT?

In The BLT Cookbook, Michele Anna Jordan shares her passion and secrets for achieving a seductive harmony of flavors and textures that create the perfect BLT. The sixty mouthwatering recipes range from variations of the classic sandwich to soups, salads, and pastas, all inspired by what Jordan calls the holy trinity of tastes: acid, salt, and smoky, voluptuous pork fat.

Serve up the Grilled BLT Kabobs at your next summer barbecue. Indulge in the tangy Watercress Soup with Currant Tomato Salsa and Bacon on a chilly afternoon. Impress your guests with the elegant Pappardelle, Bacon, and Zucchini with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette.

Has all this talk made you crave the real deal — stacked high with juicy tomatoes, crunchy bacon, and crisp lettuce? The Full-Tilt Boogie BLT will surely satisfy your hunger. In the mood for lighter fare? The Tomato Salad with Bacon Vin-aigrette delivers all the flavor of the BLT in a refined context. The BLT Cookbook also provides details on how to fry bacon, slice tomatoes, and select the perfect leaf of lettuce.

Xanth 13: Isle of View and Xanth 14: Question Quest ($3.99 Kindle), by Piers Anthony [HarperCollins]

Xanth 13: Isle of View

Loveworn Love Lost

Perplexed Prince Dolph, Xanth’s precocious shapeshifter, should be in love but isn’t. Nonetheless, he must chose between two fiancées — Nada the uninterested and Electra the uninteresting — or all three of them will suffer the most dire consequences. Luckily a convenient catastrophe has popped up to distract Dolph form his dilemma — the foal-napping of young Che Centaur by goblins. And the only one who knows where Che is is a nice but remarkably naive elflike gir named Jenny from the World of Two Moons. If anyone can save the missing centaur…she sure can’t.

Xanth 14: Question Quest

Youth is Wasted on the Young

Being grown up is a drag . . . or so thinks Lacuna, one of the michievous Castle Zombie twins. So she makes the Good Magician Grey an an offer he can’t refuse. Thirsty for a taste of the Elixir of Youth, she’ll help him outwit the evil Com-Pewter if he’ll send her to Hell (in a handbasket, no less) to find Humphrey, the missing sorcerer. And while there, she’ll learn the True History of Xanth (simplified) and help rescue a blushing Rose from the demon X(A/N) . . . with the help of a gorgon or two.

Coconut 24/7 ($1.99 Kindle), by Pat Crocker [HarperCollins]

Book Description
Sales of coconut water doubled between 2011 and 2012 and they’re still climbing as athletes and celebrities tout the benefits of coconut water. Coconut flour is becoming more widely available and being embraced by the paleo, gluten-free and wheat-free communities. Coconut sugar, now too, is being seen as beneficial for people trying to control their diabetes. And sales of coconut oil are skyrocketing. Coconut is the newest and hottest “superfood.” It’s also a trend outside of the world of food, as cosmetic and beauty companies are trumpeting the anti-aging and health benefits of coconut oil and incorporating it into their products.

Coconut 24/7 features over 100 recipes from morning to night so you can easily reap the benefits of coconut every day. We’ll include recipes that use coconut water (smoothies, juices, soups etc.), main dishes with coconut oil, baked goods with coconut flour and a raft of other easy, delicious recipes. And with Pat’s expertise as a herbalist, there will also be tips on making your own moisturizers, balms and creams with coconut.

Southern Peach Pie and A Dead Guy: Poppy Peters Mysteries #1 ($0.99 Kindle), by A. Gardner [Gemma Halliday Publishing] and Killer Confections: 8 Delectable Culinary Cozy Mystery Novels ($0.99 Kindle), by Joanne Pence, Tamar Myers, Pamela DuMond, Leighann Dobbs, Harper Lin, Shelton Connie, Sample Cindy and Dietz Denise [Quail Hill Publishing] are today’s Indie/Small Press Bargain Picks

Southern Peach Pie and A Dead Guy: Poppy Peters Mysteries #1

From debut author A. Gardner comes a deliciously dangerous new series…

After an injury derails Poppy Peters’ ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school’s famous peach pie. But Poppy’s pastry problems go from bad to worse when she’s suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry…resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy’s going to survive this culinary experience, she’ll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

**Recipes Included**

Killer Confections: 8 Delectable Culinary Cozy Mystery Novels

LIMITED EDITION BOOK BUNDLE: A dash of murder, a dollop of intrigue, a little sugar, and plenty of spice create a tasty buffet served up by bestselling and award-winning mystery authors, Denise Dietz, Leighann Dobbs, Pamela DuMond, Harper Lin, Tamar Myers, Joanne Pence, Cindy Sample, and Connie Shelton. This culinary mystery bundle mixes lethal lunches, deadly dinners, poisonous pastries, and criminal cocktails into a scrumptious fare that you don’t want to miss. (And, of course, recipes included.)

Our authors have written over 150 novels that include USA Today bestsellers, and books nominated for (and even won) numerous awards, including the Anthony, Lefty, and Rita. Here’s a taste what’s been said about the authors and their books:

Here are the books in the bundle:

  • Cindy Sample – Dying for a Daiquiri: A Laurel McKay Mystery
  • Connie Shelton – Sweet’s Sweets: A Samantha Sweet Mystery
  • Pamela DuMond – Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys: A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery
  • Joanne Pence – Cooking Spirits: An Angie Amalfi Mystery
  • Tamar Myers – Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth: An Amish Bed & Breakfast Mystery
  • Leighann Dobbs – Bake, Battle, and Roll: A Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery
  • Denise Dietz – Beat Up a Cookie: A Diet Club Mystery
  • Harper Lin – Eclair Murder: A Patisserie Mystery

Marilyn Monroe ($1.99 Kindle), by Barbara Leaming [Three Rivers Press / Random House]

Book Description
Barbara Leaming’s Marilyn Monroe is a complex, sympathetic portrait that will totally change the way we view the most enduring icon of American sexuality. To those who think they have heard all there is to hear about Marilyn Monroe, think again. Leaming’s book tells a brand-new tale of sexual, psychological, and political intrigue of the highest order. Told for the first time in all its complexity, this is a compelling portrait of a woman at the center of a drama with immensely high stakes, a drama in which the other players are some of the most fascinating characters from the world’s of movies, theater, and politics. It is a book that shines a bright light on one of the most tumultuous, frightening, and exciting periods in American culture.

Basing her research on new interviews and on thousands of primary documents, including revealing letters by Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, John Huston, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, Darryl Zanuck, Marilyn’s psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson, and many others, Leaming has reconstructed the tangles of betrayal in Marilyn’s life. For the first time, a master storyteller has put together all of the pieces and told Marilyn’s story with the intensity and drama it so richly deserves.

At the heart of this book is a sexual triangle and a riveting story of betrayal that has never been told before. You will come away filled with new respect for Marilyn’s incredible courage, dignity, and loyalty, and an overwhelming sense of tragedy after witnessing Marilyn, powerless to overcome her demons, move inexorably to her own final, terrible betrayal of herself.

Marilyn Monroe is a book that will make you think–and will break your heart.

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.



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