Preview of “Demons Below Us” Cover

Now that I am into the editing process for “Demons Below Us”, I have began working on potential book covers. This is what it could potentially look like.

What are your thoughts? If you saw this book on a stand, would you pick it up?

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Exam Treats

I started a quirky tradition during exam time about three years back. At first, I didn’t do it for me, because I have never had exams in college or university before this term. It was more about cheering up my boyfriend.

The tradition involves a lot of baking – comfort foods and desserts, mainly. I’ve made cookies, brownies, soft pretzels, cupcakes, home-made ice cream: pleasant stuff. Because of all my free time, I had time to bake; for me, it was a celebration of finishing the semester, but for my boyfriend, it was the best way to make sure he actually ate during his intense study sessions.

This year, I made a nice batch of peanut butter brownies, and I’d thought I would share the recipe with you. I inspired it from Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe; if you’d like the original, follow this link:  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/02/27/copycat-little-debbie-cosmic-chocolate-fudge-brownies/

Whether you are studying, working on your next big project, or just relaxing at home, these are a great treat.

Yummy Peanut Butter Bite-Sized Brownies

1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons cocoa butter

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons hazelnut-flavoured instant coffee granules

1 cup white sugar

Pinch of salt

6 Tbsp peanut butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tsp milk

Preheat oven to 325 degree and mix your dry ingredients together. Add wet and stir until mixture is smooth. Optional: add 3 extra tablespoons of peanut butter and swirl it into the mix without incorporating it completely for delicious peanut butter bites throughout your brownies! Pour in two small round pans and bake for about 20 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool, then cut them to bite size pieces OR keep the round sections intact, spread peanut butter on top of the first, and add the second on top for a layered brownie cake.

My boyfriend and I found a creative and delicious way to eat these brownies. Paired with ice cream, they are even better! I bought some cookie-dough ice cream before making these: now, I combine two large spoonfuls of ice cream and 3-4 bite-sized brownies and smush it together with a spoon. Delish. You can’t go any better than that.Image

 

 

On another note… I just finished the first draft of Demons Below Us today!

It should take me the summer to edit, re-write, and get some opinions on the first draft. I am so excited to share the first book of the Shark Academy series with everyone!

 

 

Bedbugs, More Rats, and Rough Drafts

I was supposed to write an article last week, but I unfortunately got delayed. My boyfriend and I had to deal with a bed bug problem… sounds like fun, right? Not only did it involve spending 100$ in laundry to wash everything made of cloth that we owned, but we also had to empty out all of our possessions at the center of the apartment. That took up a lot of time, and so did the actual extermination, during which we had to abandon ship for several hours and crash at a friend’s place along with my rat, Pikachu.

Which brings me to a new subject: new rats! I recently went to a shelter and adopted two rescue rats for Pikachu to have as friends. If you don’t like cute and cuddly things to warm up your heart, well feel free to skip past these pictures.

If you’re like me and feel happiness jump into my day at the sight of cute things, then observe.

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The new boys, Léon and Ziplock (Léon is the black one), are super cuddly and well socialized rats, and make a great addition to the family. They love sitting on my lap when I am writing, just like now. 🙂

Shark Academy News

I have two major scenes left to write in the first volume of Shark Academy, and then it will be time for editing. By the time June comes around, the entire rough draft should be complete.

I am having two or three talented relatives edit my manuscript, but would be open to other editors as well. What I’m talking about is a raw, unedited book I have not gone over yet. If you are interested in being the first to read Demons Below Us, seeing what a rough draft looks like, and would be willing to edit (spelling, checking if ideas and continuity makes sense, overall interest), let me know in the comments. 

This is similar to the early access beta-testing of a video game, if you will. 🙂

My Next Project: Shark Academy

I wanted to write about the next big project I want to undertake once Abiding Heart is out of editing mode. This project will be for a slightly younger audience, but still interesting for older readers: think Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

As the title of the post says, it will be called “Shark Academy.” No, it is not an academy for sharks- if you are a shark, I am sorry to disappoint you. The name Shark only refers to the founder of the academy, Leopold Shark.

Here is the mythology of the story: the world is tainted with evil spirits that threaten to destroy humanity. These spirits are invisible to untrained humans, and therefore very difficult to stop. One man, Leopold Shark, realizes the potential power he holds and exploits it to become a warrior. He enrolls his family and friends; together, they build an academy meant to train kids to use their inner power, in hopes to have warriors capable of defending humanity.

Leo Shark is the first human to ever discover his power, and he is also the strongest; at the time of his death, he succeeds in keeping the energy of his soul together to remain a ghostly mentor at his academy for all time.

Today, if kids want to enroll at Shark Academy, they have to search for the enchantment that will bring Leo Shark to their door. However, the tale of Leo Shark is dismissed as a simple bedtime story, and almost no one really attempts it.

Every Shark Academy book will be made up of a few shorter, novella-sized stories. Main characters in one story may appear in other stories, either as another main figure or as someone in the background. There will be a main underlying conflict throughout the whole book. I’ll begin with one book, but the ending will always be open to expansion.

So everything I’ve written above is the basis for the background of Shark Academy. Eventually, I could write about Leo Shark’s life, but it would not make a good first book for this series. The actual character triggering the story will be fiery Elyssa Rodgers, a high school teenager who dresses to impress but doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Her best friend, Theo Pinsent, is more on the shy side, but always follows Elyssa into her mischief. This is what leads our two young friends into summoning Leopold Shark.

But when Elyssa gets them into trouble beyond what they could ever imagine, it will be up to her to right her wrongs, even if that means risking her life and breaking even more rules.

That’s all I want to say for now! This project is still in planning mode, and so nothing is certain yet. Let me know if you have comments, questions, or suggestions about the idea 🙂