Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coming to ABC this Fall - The Crossing

  Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center. 



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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coming to ABC this Fall - Deception

Superstar magician Cameron Black is bringing his skill for illusion to the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. Starring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Deception is coming soon to ABC.






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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Coming to FOX this Fall - The Resident

  An idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant, senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered. 

 



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Food Love - Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings



Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of biscuit dough

Preparation

In you crockpot, add all the ingredients except the biscuit dough. Make sure the chicken breasts are covered with the liquid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once finished, shred the chicken with a fork or potato masher. Turn the heat up to high and add pinches of biscuit dough to the crockpot. Stir, cover, and let cook on high for an additional 45 minutes. Serve!




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coming this Fall to CBS - young Sheldon

  From Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, this new comedy follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he navigates childhood in a football-loving, churchgoing, small town Texas family. This Fall on CBS.



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Food Love - Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Have I expressed how much I do not cook? My ex-husband was the chef of the house so when we split households I needed to become the chef uber-fast. Here is a quick, easy and yummy way to make it happen!


Ingredients
Kosher salt
1/2 cup good olive oil, plus extra for the pot
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
18 large basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Extra chopped basil and grated Parmesan, for serving

Preparation
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt and a splash of oil to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.

While the tomatoes are cooking, add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.

Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and Parmesan and toss well. Add some of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. Serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil sprinkled on top and a big bowl of extra Parmesan on the side.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Character Research - Reiki (Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy)


In my new book Finders, the main character, Claire Westin, suddenly finds herself interacting with the dead, her abilities suddenly awakening from a dormant sleep. In developing the character and experiences of Claire Westin, I began researching Mediumship and Physical Mediums. Reiki is a recommended practice for keeping balance and clarity within the soul. 

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy." So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense but transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. Successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. 

Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.


To learn more about Reiki, visit http://www.reiki.org.




Finders is coming Fall 2017 – When demonologist Luke Melloy meets ghost hunting producer Claire Westin sparks fly, and the devil himself takes notice. What makes this pair so special?

Read a Sneak Peek of Finders Here!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Food Love - Deep Dish Taco Pizza

Fast, easy and yummy -- kids will love to help with this fun family dinner! 

Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle biscuits serve as the pizza crust for our Deep Dish Taco Pizza made with ground beef, taco seasonings, cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes, and lettuce


Ingredients
One can Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Homestyle refrigerated biscuits
One pound ground beef
One package taco seasoning mix
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes
Halved or sliced pitted ripe olives
Sour cream

Preparation 
 
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.  

In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Add taco seasoning mix and water called for on seasoning mix package.  

Separate the dough into biscuits and press into the bottom and up the side of pie plate to make the crust. Spoon beef mixture into crust. 

 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is very light golden brown. Top with cheese; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese melts.  

 Serve topped with lettuce, tomato, olives and sour cream, or your favorite taco toppings.



 
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

OMG Are You Super Woman?



Yes, yes I am. How can you tell? Is it the smartphone I read while taking notes and eating lunch? It is the briefcase, the purse, the packed lunch and the laptop bag? Or could it be the sparkle in my eye that says “I dare you”?


Every woman in today’s world is a Super Woman, whether you are Ivanka Trump, Condoleezza Rice, or Susie Homemaker. To survive in the ADD driven society around us, we all must be super women. There is no choice.


I save the world, or my little place in it, every day. Sometimes staying up until midnight finishing a school project that is due tomorrow--and just happened to get forgotten about right after it was assigned two weeks prior.


Other times changing out of my comfy sweats to prove to the local store clerk at GameStop that my seventeen-year-old son, is, in fact, seventeen, so he can purchase the “M” rated game with his Christmas money.


I also display my extraordinary powers when I come to the one o’clock client meeting with the charts and data they are expecting, despite the fact they never, in fact, verbalized the need.


To those who know me well, it is just who I am. It is expected. Those who encounter me for the first time it might think I do have superpowers granted from a far off world beyond the sun. Either way, the label Super Woman is succinct and gets the point across, although I am of the opinion I am no different than any other woman, I just know how to work it a little bit more.


To start the ball rolling I will tell you a little about me, and I mean a little – I am a woman--and yes I have double checked, no demon, male hating entity here. Divorced with three children, a dog, and three cats. I love every single one to death! I have a best friend by the name of Brenda, for whom you will hear me reference often.  I live in northern Texas, I grew up on the East Coast, lived in Las Vega for a spell (best damn time I have ever had…) and then the West Coast.


I work for a Document Solutions Company on a national team of seven people, each of whom I consider family. I am also a romance novelist–no really check it out on Amazon! I have lots of unrealistic goals, worries, financial obligations. Kids who think money grows on trees, and credit is free money, All of the stress to go along with being a single lady, mother, sister – yes I have a younger sister—daughter, friend, co-worker, blogger, author and expert. Can I do it all?

Tell me I can’t – I dare ya!


I do it all every day – yes every day, and so do you! That is my point. Every person reading this is amazing, astounding and a hero to someone. Remember that, and I will try and remind you and me of it now and again.

Looking for a break, go see Wonder Woman June 2nd!



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