Monday, September 3, 2012

Hello and...

After Emmie Dark’s bright and refreshing hello, it’s Karina Bliss’s weary and wild-eyed “What day is it?”
Ye Gods, a blog on top of everything else. Noooooo! I thought about taking a picture of all the scraps of dialogue and scenes sticky-taped together and littering the floor of my office but that WOULD TAKE TIME PEOPLE and I don’t have it.
I’m on the business end of a deadline and have been editing non stop for about eight days on the trot, from around 7.30 through 11.30 with brief breaks to throw food at my longsuffering husband and son. “Love you…mwah, mwah, now don’t talk to me!!!”
And certainly don’t look at me, Ugh.
Anyhow in lieu of food I’m going to throw a book at you and rush away again.
Sorry. On the upside all the strands that I’ve been throwing at this manuscript for months are finally weaving themselves together into something miraculous called a book.
I like it. I hope you will too. It's called Prior Engagement (the book formerly know as His Goodbye Girl), and will be out May.

In the meantime make a comment and go into the draw for a copy of my latest release, Bring Him Home.

And so like Zorro, she flaps her cape and is…


Snookie said...

LOL Karina :) good luck with your book edits.

Jo's Daughter said...

Wow you have been busy, well I guess I'm keeping it short also as I'm wanting to get back to making my quilt. Been working at it for days and it's finally taking shape. All the best and keep up the good work :D

Mary Preston said...

Antonio Banderas and a book - Happy Days!!

Kaelee said...

But you love it or you wouldn't do it. I love your books so I hope this meshes together well. Breathe!

Laney4 said...

I'm trying to organize my recipe collection from the past 40 years. Am starting week four today and am sick of them. Just want my binder back - fully organized, of course!
Good luck to all!

BW said...

I love Antonio Banderas and I would love to read your book! Good luck with the book edits.

mary sullivan said...

Karina, good luck with those edits and your deadline!!!

Kathleen O said...

Antonio can throw his cape at me any ol'time...
THanks for the giveaway and good luck with your edits..

Pamela Hearon said...

But don't you love it when those threads start weaving together seamlessly? Have fun with those edits.

Karina Bliss said...

Thanks, Snookie!

Jo's Daughter, a quilt sounds like the same process as a book, all the pieces finally making a whole. The only thing I made was a nightie in hom economics which was accidentally mistaken by the cleaner for a duster. Oh and I knitted some slippers once which unraveled on my feet as I was wearing them.

Yeah, Marybelle, wish I could throw Antonio in for ya. Need him for inspiration.

Kaelee, I DO love it and oddly I love this manic part the most. Go figure. post one of your favorite recipes here. I'm so looking for inspiration on the cooking front. And my boys are sick of the default options.

Thank you BW...Antonio says hi. Okay I made that up.

Thanks, Mary, I 'spect you've been here many times yourself.

I'll pass the message on, Kathleen O.

Yes, Pamela I do! Thank you.

Rogenna Brewer said...

Keep your head down and your eye on the goal!!!

Eli Yanti said...

Karina, good luck for your edits :)

Linda Henderson said...

I don't have anything busy in my life right now. Just trying to get over a hospital stay and attempting to get my strength back. I've got a lot I could be doing, but sadly no energy to do it. So I'm just doing some reading and catching up with some tv shows I've missed.

Karina Bliss said...

Thanks Rogenna, the goal is very close now.

Eli, thanks for your good wishes.

Linda Henderson, best wishes for your recovery. Reading is a wonderful prescription for good spirits I find. And if you're a paranormal fan, both Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook have new books out this month. They're my carrot right now.

Laney4 said...


Get well soon and do enjoy your reading material! I miss you on the blog front but I sure am glad you're back!


Be careful what you wish for. I created my own recipe for chili that is so simple it should be outlawed. Just mix drained lean ground beef, ketchup, red and green peppers, and canned brown beans in a large pot, heating through for maybe 15 minutes in total. Shredded cheese on top is optional. That's it!

Now the actual recipe follows, in case something doesn't make sense or - gasp - you want quantities, LOL!

Bon appetit!

Laney's Chili

2 lbs (1 kg) lean ground beef
2 to 3 10-oz (284 mL) cans brown beans in tomato sauce
Green pepper, chopped, to taste (at least 1 cup/250 mL)
Red pepper, chopped, to taste (at least 1 cup/250 mL)
Heinz Ketchup, to taste (at least 1 cup/250 mL)
Shredded cheese (optional)

Brown ground beef in large pot; rinse and drain grease under tap and then return to the rinsed pot.

Add remaining ingredients, stirring often. Can eat as soon as heated through or can continue being heated indefinitely.

Top with shredded cheese, if desired.

Makes 6 to 8 servings (if eating nothing else).

Preparation/cooking time: 15 minutes if peppers pre-chopped (I freeze mine already chopped, then microwave to thaw before adding).

* The beauty of this recipe is that there are simple ingredients (I don’t need to keep kidney beans in stock instead) with any amounts, the spices are replaced by the ketchup flavours (people say it is spicy without being “too” spicy), and the chili need not be simmering for hours before eating. It is quick AND easy!

* If preparing for a potluck, I use two big pots with 3 lb (1.5 kg) ground beef in each, then keep warm in the roasting pan before topping up the crock-pot.

Unknown said...

the best of luck with your book edits! love antonio banderaz and his movie zorro so much:)

Karina Bliss said...

Laney, thank you! Just pressed send on the book and owe my family serious face time. I'll cook it tomorrow night.

And thanks Aretha for your good wishes.

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