White Box Bakery Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Originally posted on Gluten-Free Gusto Blog:

IMG_1912 white box carrot cakeO.M.G. Talk about an explosion of deliciousness. Three layers of wonderfully thick, spicy, nutty cake with a wonderfully smooth cream cheese icing await you.

Back in the dark ages, when I was a kid, there was a brand of frozen carrot cake loaf that was dense, moist, and delicious. This White Box treat reminds me of that, only better. It’s packed with nuts and a delightful medley of spices. It’s not cakey – it’s hearty and filling. I didn’t taste carrots – but I didn’t care. The cream cheese icing was light – it wasn’t oily or overly tangy. All the flavors complemented each other perfectly. And the icing on the cake (sorry, couldn’t resist that REALLY bad pun) was that the decor on the top was just lovely. Elegant, even. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Pretty much everything at White Box comes highly recommended by me. Super nice people, great food. Learn…

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Lazy Gluten-Free Chicken Casserole


Yummy, hearty, gluten-free chicken recipe. I love comfort food!

Originally posted on Gluten-Free Gusto Blog:

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Little effort; lots of yumminess.

Sometimes you just want something hearty, you know? Something like chicken pot pie, but way less complicated. Well, have I got the recipe for you. Fast, easy, and with food that’s already cooked. I just threw this together sort of capriciously, and certainly did not expect this to taste so good. I’m going to try to recreate it below – but you can’t really go wrong no matter how you do this. Add vegetables if you want. I think celery and onion might be good additions without overpowering the flavor too much.


  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded or broken up  (or parts of your choice)
  • 2 cups g/f cornbread, loosely crumbled (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 container g/f chicken broth or stock (I used Costco’s brand)
  • Italian-style shredded cheese for garnish (mozzarella, Parmesan, etc. blend)

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Author K.S. Brooks Interviews Character Special Agent Kathrin Night


One of my all-time favorite “non-novel” pieces I wrote about Special Agent Kathrin Night. I hope you enjoy it.

Originally posted on The Plot:

I created Special Agent Kathrin Night in 1986. She graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1994, and has worked for (officially and in some cases unofficially) MI6, Naval Intelligence, the FBI, CIA, NYPD and the BITA (investigative arm of the United Nations Security Council).

I could tell there was going to be trouble when I walked into the room. Her dark lashes gave her amber eyes a sort of otherworldly gleam. Maybe it was just the lighting. I studied her; as always, her hair was perfect, shiny, wavy, wild…looking touchable and seductive. Such smooth skin on her strong jaw…I couldn’t help but stare at my creation. Beautiful, tough, and complex: she was more like a warrior than anything else. I felt badly that I’d put her through everything I had in three books – with many more to come. Shattering her ankle and taking her out of active…

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Feel Good Friday #dogs #jokes

A lighthearted romp in honor of dogs everywhere, with a lovely mention of Mr. Pish. I hope you enjoy it! A special thanks to Carol Wyer, British celebrity author, for the shout out. Happy Friday, everyone!

Feel Good Friday #dogs #jokes.

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Snark Alert: Hermit Writer’s Life Magazine

You know I can’t resist some good old-fashioned snark.

Hermit Writer’s Life Magazine

hermit writers life magazine issue 1Is this you: You really, really want to write that novel, but you can’t manage to do it while working for the man. Your writing is calling you, and you feel tormented. You want to sell everything and move to the middle of nowhere to answer your authorial calling. You’d make the move to writing full-time in a heartbeat if you just knew how.

Well, look no further! Hermit Writer’s Life Magazine has just launched, providing authors just like you with the information needed to make that move. Each monthly issue is packed with tips for the novice hermit-in-training to the old pros who are looking for new and interesting ways to keep things comfy.

Our staff of successful and experienced hermit authors will provide you with the tools you need to:…

Read the rest at http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/03/22/hermit-writers-life-magazine/

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Readers’ Choice Awards: The Voting Starts Now

Night Undone Cover Art

Nowadays, most book “awards” require an author to submit a book along with a hefty check to some “place” that will evaluate it and hopefully not resell your hard copy somewhere online when they’re done. Needless to say, I don’t do the award thing anymore. I don’t have an $80 entry fee lying around and I’d prefer readers judge my writing in other ways.

So, when a nomination for an award comes along that is based solely on quality – that gets my attention.  That’s what happens, once a year, at BigAl’s review site. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the books reviewed, that’s an honor in and of itself. But to then have a book nominated for an award – well… I’m tickled to death. But…it gets better.

This year, two of my books have been nominated for Readers’ Choice Awards. That is the highest compliment and honestly, I am stunned. So, BAD BOOK has been nominated in the humor category, and Night Undone in thriller.

But…that’s not all. This year, quite a few of my author friends have also been nominated. It’s wonderful to be among such talented people. Makes me feel smart.

Kudos to:

Laurie Boris for Sliding Past Vertical
Lynne Cantwell for Tapped
Nicole Storey for Blind Sight
DV Berkom for Yucatan Dead
and of course Stephen Hise and JD Mader, my co-authors of Bad Book

If I missed anyone, I apologize.

My friend Laurie Boris, who I mention above, has written a blog post featuring some of the nominees as well as instructions and links for voting.

Congratulations to all my fellow nominees and to my friends – I’m proud of you guys and honored to be amongst you! Best of luck to everyone.


Here’s Laurie’s post: Readers’ Choice Awards: The Voting Starts Now.

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My Rant on Squidoo

Oh, Squidoo, I thought you loved me!

Oh, Squidoo, I thought you loved me!

Edward Bulwer-Lytton supposedly said “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Clearly the dude didn’t have a sword.

In any case, if you don’t have a sword, a pen will sometimes work just as well.

Yesterday, I received an email from the social whatever-it-is that is Squidoo. I have one page (what they refer to as a lens) on their site. I did it to see what it was like to make one. It was a lot of work. You have to jump through a lot of hoops and fulfill a number of requirements in order for them to ALLOW you to publish your lens. I did them all. I’ll be honest – it was a chore. But, once my lens was published, they showered me with “good job” comments, two awards, and moving to the next level or what have you. I was under the impression lots of people would see my lens. Yeah, not so much.

I put lots of pretty pictures up there and some accompanying text. How many words do you need to describe a photograph? Not many, right? Anyway, that’s not what Squidoo now thinks for some reason. What? You want the link to the “lens”? All in due time, my friend. I’m building suspense here.

Anyway, the email from Squidoo said they were going to take my lens down. What? Huh? Why? Oh, well, I had to go to my account and read the warning to find out why. So I did. I just figured it was because I hadn’t dropped by their site for a while. But no…that wasn’t it. It seems…drum roll, please…I suck as a writer.

“Limited or low quality text” was their reason for threatening to remove my lens! Hmmm. Well, they didn’t tell me which, so I decided to respond with this tirade:

Lazy Means Lazy

Well doesn’t this beat all. I made this lens over a year ago. Squidoo even gave me some kind of award for it. I only made it because a friend told me about Squidoo, and she wrote a tutorial about how to make a lens. I needed to try it out to make sure her instructions worked. And they did. And, we got Squidoo a decent amount of traffic in the process. The Squidoo founders even stopped by and thanked us. I guess *that* honeymoon is over.Now, mind you, when I made this lens, it passed all the criteria. Squidoo won’t let you publish a lens unless you fulfill all their requirements. So, I was a good little Squidooer and made sure I did that. I wanted the world to see all my pretty pictures.BUT….that’s right, cue the ominous music…TODAY, 2/24/2014, I got an email threatening to take my lens down! Oh, the humanity! Because of – get this – minimal or low quality writing. Yikesamundo. I’m the author of 25 books, and I’ve even won a couple of awards here and there. I dunno how many, they may be hanging next to the velvet Elvis painting over one of the gold-plated toilets in one of the many bathrooms in one of my many mansions. Because you know, I make a gazillion dollars a year and stuff. Mostly stuff.

I am hurt, stricken to my core with the betrayal of the Squidoo I so dearly trusted. *sigh*

There are two definitions that your “bot” is clearly not familiar with, my dearest Squidoo. Snark is the first. My writing is loaded with it. In snark, less is more. If you’re a woman, you’ve probably heard that before. If you’re a man, you’ve probably heard it but already forgotten it because you weren’t really paying attention.

The other word your bot needs to familiarize itself with is LAZY. I write like 50 billion words a day in my award-winning, best-selling, megabuck-making novels – and I’m tired. Do you really think if I am lazy enough to sit in my dining room and take pictures of wildlife from my comfy chair that I’m going to write another 10 billion words describing them? Look, let’s negotiate here. A picture tells a thousand words, right? Then get your abacus out and add up all the photographs on this lens. I don’t remember how many are here. But, let’s err on the side of conservative and say 10. I’m being quite generous here, you realize. 10 times 1000 equals 10,000. So please just add the spirit of those ten thousand words to the sum total of this lens and we should be all hunky-dory, whatever that means. I’m a pretend celebrity, for crying out loud.

Okay, I hope we’ve gotten this all straightened out. Please feel free to contact me through my fan club website to tell me what an awesome job I did adding top quality writing to my lens. Oh, don’t mind the small fee to join the fan club. It’s nothing, really. You can pay it with PayPal, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card, Amazon giftcard, food stamps, or Golden Corral gift certificates. Have a great day.

So there you have it. If you’d like to check out my lens, the photographs, the slideshow, and all the other HARD work I went through to put it up, please do. I won’t even charge you admission. ;)


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