Sunday, September 30, 2012

INTERVIEW with RHONDA PLUMHOFF

AUTHOR BIO

When most people are sleeping, dreaming of tropical locations or having nightmares Rhonda dreams of food. Waking up to jot down ideas for the next time she gets into her kitchen. A genuine foodie at heart, who loves to cook for her family and friends, she finally decided that all the recipes that have been floating around in her head or jotted down in notebooks needed to be pulled together and become  cookbooks that she could share with others.








Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Rhonda Plumhoff author of “Effortless Weekday Meals” her newest cookbook. Rhonda is known for her delicious and scrumptious meals in now 7 cookbooks. I myself have tried quite a few of these recipes and I have to say her recipes are delectable, fun and easy to dish up…
So let's sit down around the table to enjoy our favorite recipes and the get to know Rhonda. It will be a mouth watering experience. Bon Appetit!






Q:  Who or what is your inspiration for cooking and writing cookbooks?
Rhonda:  About 2 years ago I started all of this as a gift to my daughter Amelia.  She inspires me to never give up.  I really never thought much would come from the cookbooks.

Q:  From where do your recipes originate?
Rhonda:  Recipes come to me at the strangest times, during dreams, while I am in the shower and while walking through the grocery stores.  My brain never shuts off.  You will find note pads in every room of the house with recipes scribbled on them.  I even keep bathtub crayons in my shower for when recipes just won't wait.

Q:  You have 7 cookbooks out.  How did you come up with your ideas for your books?
Rhonda:  I'm a pumpkin and chocolate junkie so the pumpkin has always been there.  I've been writing and creating pumpkin recipes since I was 6.  "Generations of Love" was for my aunt.  She had always wanted to pull family recipes together.  "Muffin Mayhem" and "Ladle Full of Love" were for my children. "Effortless Weekday Meals" was started as a College project for students on a fixed income. "Literary Chocolate" is different.  When I read a book and fall in love with a character, my brain relates them to chocolate and recipes come from that.

Q:  I thoroughly enjoyed your cookbook "Literary Chocolate".  How did the idea come about to name dishes after characters from books?
Rhonda:  It's actually funny.  The first time I wrote a recipe for a character I didn't even realize that I was doing it.  I had fallen madly in love with H.P. Mallory's Knightly Vander, and felt the need to name a recipe after him.  I had met H.P. and she inspired me to release my first book.  She told me I would never know if I didn't try.  As a thank you I wanted to add Knightly's recipe to my new chocolate book. One morning at breakfast I asked my husband "How do I dedicate one recipe in a book to a character and not have people think I am crazy."   He suggested, since I had so many characters that I loved, why not create a whole book of chocolate recipes based on characters and name it Literary Chocolate.  Something snapped and there was no stopping me.  I was like a woman out of control.  I really thought I would have a hard time selling the authors on the idea but they were all excited too. I wound up with too many characters for one book.  So it looked like I would need to write a book 2.

Q:  The food in your books looks and taste delicious. Do you cook these for your family?
Rhonda:  Every recipe gets tested on my family and friends first.  Some of the recipes I've been cooking for years, some I tweaked to fit the book I was working on.  But you can say my family is very well fed.

Q:  Do you enjoy cooking?
Rhonda:  I love cooking more than anything (well except maybe reading).  It's how I deal with stress and show my artistic side.  I'm not sure what I would do if I couldn't cook.

Q:  How did the vision for your newest cookbook, "Effortless Weekday Meals", become a reality?
Rhonda:  It was supposed to be 3 or 4 recipes for our local community college to use for a class on budgeting.  They wanted to show students that they could eat healthy and save money while trying to keep them away from fast food and learning to budget their money.  At the same time I had  full time working mothers who were asking for quick and easy meals they could make after work, that their kids would eat.  The 2 kind of merged into one book.

Q:  What is your favorite recipe and why?
Rhonda:  Wow that's a hard one. It's like asking which child is my favorite.  I guess it would depend on which book I'm currently working on.  I love anything and everything pumpkin. But in the last couple of months I've created 2 new recipes for the new Literary Chocolate book that I absolutely love.  One is for Kris Tualla and it's based on an Old Norwegian chocolate cake recipe.  I modernized it and added a special kick to it just for Kris.  Second is a chocolate mushroom steak for Morgan Kearns.  I love this recipe.  I think we've eaten it about 4 times since I first created it.

Q:  What do you do when you are not writing?
Rhonda:  That's easy.  I read.  I love to read and meet new authors.  Reading takes me to my happy place where anything is possible.

Q:  Will we be seeing more books from you in the future?
Rhonda:  I will have 2 books in the works now that if all goes well should be out in the next 2 months.  Erotic Treats should be out in the next few weeks and it  is a totally new concept for me.  Several authors have written erotic short stories to go with my recipes.  I'm so excited.  I 'm also working on Literary Chocolate, a Second Helping, which I hope will be out by the end of October. This will give me 9 books in a little over a year's time.  Not bad.

Q:  Are the recipes in your books reflection of the food you ate while growing up?
Rhonda:  Oh no.  I learned to cook by the time I was 6, out of desperation.  What I cook now is nothing like what I ate as a child and my kids are grateful for that.  I was lucky that by the time I was 13 my aunt had opened a restaurant.  I spent every day from the ages of 13-20 learning from some amazing cooks.

Q:  Where are you from?
Rhonda:  California.  I've lived my whole life here.  But I'm looking forward to relocating to the south in the next year.

Q:  Did you grow up in a family who cooked together?
Rhonda:  In some ways yes, though not in my immediate family; except during Christmas time.  I do come from a huge family and we had a lot of family gatherings (and I mean a lot).  The women in my family are amazing cooks and I learned a lot from them
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Q:  What are your holiday meals like?
Rhonda:  It changes from year to year depending on my moods, but there is always a lot of food. I start cooking about a week before any major holiday.  We usually have a huge breakfast, snacks and baked goods throughout the day and a huge dinner and of course desserts.  Each of my kids has a holiday where they get to pick the main courses.  I never quite know what to expect but I love that they're not afraid to try new things.

Q:  What are you reading now?
Rhonda:  I'm currently in the middle of 2 books, Rose Pressey's How to Date a Demon and Janet Evanovich's Wicked Business.

Q:  Who's your favorite author and why?
Rhonda:  Favorite authors, is a little harder because I have too many, so bear with me and I'll give you a few.  Morgan Kearns; she writes realistic characters that you can't help falling in love with.  Deena Remiels Brethen series; her angels stole my heart.  Kris Tulla made me rethink historical romance.  H.P. Mallory flat out makes me laugh and her characters feel like friends.  H.T. Knight his story writing just keeps getting better and better.  JR Ward; god I love those BDB characters.  I'm so addicted that I may need a self-help group when the series comes to an end.

Q:  What book would you recommend and why?
Rhonda:  I would highly recommend books by any of these authors.  But this is only a small dip in the pool of my favorites.  I can proudly say I read over 500 books last year and I'm close to 300 this year, so as you can imagine the list is quite extensive.




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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SPOTLIGHT BOOK September 29, 2013

 

THE PUGILIST'S WIFE 

by David Armand


BOOK BLURB

The Pugilist's Wife tells the story of Magdalene Tucker, a jilted woman who takes in a drifter during one of Sun, Louisiana's worst recorded droughts. When the townspeople find out about this, they decide to lead a sort of crusade to Magdalene's farm in order to put an end to Magdalene's and this man's sins, thinking them the sole cause of the town's plight. But no one can predict that this convergence upon Magdalene's land will turn violent, resulting in a brutal and bloody climax, where chance and coincidence take a back seat to love, honor, revenge, and pride.



MY THOUGHTS

David Armand has a way of storytelling.  I was pulled in from the first page to the last.  Even though I tried to put this book down I just could not seem to close the book till I was finished.  There is murder, small town gossip, love and betrayal, pride and revenge which all makes for a great story.  What more could you ask for in a small town Lousiana setting?

I give this book







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REVIEW of AWAKENING REVIEW

FANTASTIC READ

Another great read please pick this book up if you haven't already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



BOOK BLURB


Even though Paramedic Emily Boudreaux looks forward to her upcoming marriage, turmoil abounds again! After running off a series of new partners, she is forced to admit that the emotional scars from her recent abduction are worse than she thought. A nice, long beach vacation with friends should make things all better, right? Wrong?  Her drug-addicted ex-partner is still stalking her. A new ER doctor joins the hospital staff and makes it no secret that he’s interested in Emily. An iron-fisted new Sheriff, Holden Dautry, fires half of the department when he assumes command. Even though Bert and Pete make the initial cut, Emily learns that Pete has been keeping secrets from her. Just when Emily thinks she can’t handle any more bad news, tragedy strikes. Reeling from the blow, her world is turned upside down. Emily’s going to need help awakening from this newest nightmare, but will help come fast enough?


My Thoughts


Rhonda Dennis has done it again. The second installment in the Green Bayou series, Awakening is another great read. A little bit of everything wrapped into a great story. Once again the zany adventures of Emily and all her men will make you double over with laughter. Emily is once again being stalked and who is doing it you will have to read to find out. And her love life seems on track or does it?


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*REVIEW of GOING HOME REVIEW*


A Piece of Home!!!!!!!

Submerge yourself in great book full of humor, love and some down home southern hospitality.....




BOOK BLURB


Paramedic Emily Boudreaux believes New Orleans is the perfect place for a young trauma junkie to see some action. Things start out fine enough, but years pass, and the job brings nothing but strife. Emily decides to make a fresh start by returning to her roots. She moves to the small town of Green Bayou, Louisiana.  Thinking she will find peace and tranquility, Emily quickly learns that her imagination steered her wrong. Small town life offers far more tumult than she remembered!  Mystery, excitement, deceit, and passion run rampant along the murky waters of Bayou Assumption. She struggles with the decision of which man to love: her amazing, new Paramedic partner, Jacob Templet or her handsome, former high school sweetheart, Deputy Pete Bergeron.  Her ultimate struggle won't involve the decision of which man to be with. It is a quest for her personal survival! Praying to get out of a disastrous situation alive, Emily hopes that going home won't be the wrong decision.





My Thoughts




Going Home is the first book in the Green Bayou series, written by, RHONDA DENNIS.  When I think of Going Home, the words/phrases that come to mind are likable characters, became emotionally involved, and can’t put down until I turned the last page.  Emily is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) working in New Orleans. She decided to return to her hometown. The excitement and roller coaster begins here. You will love the ride with all the twists and turns throughout the pages!  Every emotion will be unleashed and touched. Author Rhonda Dennis gives incredible visual descriptions and you feel as though you have stepped into the setting/scenery.  On a quite personal note, this is how I have remembered my childhood home, Rhonda is incredible. I highly recommend Going Home, and you will quickly want to follow up with Awakenings, Book Two!. 




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Sunday, September 9, 2012

*REVIEW of BISHOP AND THE PIXIES*

AMAZINGLY MAGICAL

PIXIES DO EXIST!!!!


BELIEVE ME, AND YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!

Book Description

The entire hidden magical world is in danger from an unknown foe. Former SAS commando (now daytime bodyguard to a powerful vampire) Bishop, and his team of three devious and mischievous Pixies are the 'ace in the hole' for the magical world. Together they make up a most unexpected, improbable and hilarious combat team. Follow their adventures as they travel the world, find love, steal tiger cubs, and uncover the true nature of this threat in an exciting new series!
*Note to readers - For security purposes, certain sensitive names, dates and places in this story have been redacted. This threat is real and ongoing. 'Bishop'




My Thoughts



Welcome to the world of pixies, yes they do exist. This is a must read book chock full of magical creatures ie humans from pixies, witches to vampires and highly trained elite soldiers and a token sweet human named Louise.  It keeps you on your toes throughout the entire book, plenty of adventure with guns, bullets and pixie bombs to keep you on the edge of your seat. The author has created characters that are fun, lovable, witty, and quite humorous. "Bishop and the pixies" is full of magical creatures that keep you laughing through the book and plenty of witty comebacks from the mischievous pixies. I thoroughly enjoyed the magical world of pixies.  You will immensely enjoy this adventure of Bishop and the pixies out to save the world.



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