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Monday, November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014!

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Closed for NaNoWriMo 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's Right Boys & Girls!

I'm participating in

NANOWRIMO 2014!

 

30 days, 50k words, 1 First Draft!

 



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30 Days, 50k Words!
 

 

So, you won't be seeing me here at 

The Realm

until December 1st, 

when the Nano-Madness is over!

I'll be working on the second  book in

 The Celestial Secrets Series

 

 

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Book 2 of The Celestial Secrets Series
by Aubren James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Did you know?

I'm writing this series under a pen name.

Find out more at:

AubrenJames.Com

 

I'll be writing all my YA Supernatural Fantasy under
Aubren James and my Thriller/Suspense/Horror and misc. under D.M. Kilgore. Be sure to follow me at both spots (on twitter and facebook too) for the latest news and updates on each genre.

 


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Let's Do This!

I might pop in now and then to update you on my NaNo-Progress, but for the most part my November will be all about writing.

I have some short stories in the works for a couple of upcoming anthologies, a magazine article publishing this month, and of course the first draft of "The Eternal Soul".

I hope you'll rejoin me in December when all the craziness is over. I'll be doing some giveaways and other fun stuff when I return!



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NaNoWriMo 2014!


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 I'm D.M. Kilgore (except when I'm Aubren James) and I'm coming to you live from The Realm where NaNoWriMo 2014 is in full-swing!

Day 3 and my word count is 2,755 and rising!

I'll see you on the flip-side (December 1st) and I'll have an amazing give-away just in time for the holiday season for those of you that stick with me while I'm MIA in NaNo Land.

In my absence, I hope you'll take this time apart to get your hands on a copy of "In Creeps The Night" and "Through The Portal".

Let me know what you think if you do! I love hearing your thoughts and interacting on Facebook!



Are YOU doing NaNoWriMo?



Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween From The Realm!


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Happy Halloween Everyone!


Tonight's Funtastic Friday Festivities:

  1.  A hearty bowl of homemade veggie-beef soup
  2.  Trick Or Treating
  3.  Snuggling up with a family friendly Halloween movie
  4.  Fresh baked cookies and milk
  5.  Tucking in the little goblin with a not-too spooky story
  6.  Scary movie and a little trick or treat time for the adults

Treats:


Homemade Veggie-Beef Soup

1 box (16 oz) elbow macaroni
1 large can (24 oz) of tomato juice
1 can (8 oz) V-8 juice
2 cups mixed veggies (green beans, peas, corn, carrots, etc)
2 cups diced potatoes
1/4th cup diced onion
1 lb trim beef stew meat

In a large pot:

Put stew meat in pot, cover with 2 cups water, cook on low-med heat until well done

Add all veggies (mixed, onions, potatoes) to the stew meat mix (do not drain the water you cooked the meat in!) continue cooking on low-medium while you boil your macaroni

Cook Elbow Macaroni, drain, add to pot

Pour in Tomato & V-8 Juice, stir well, continue cooking on low-med heat

Salt and pepper to taste

Simmer until nice and hot, stir, serve

I like to serve this soup with grilled cheese roll-ups (piece of bread with crust cut off, one slice cheese, roll it up, brush with butter, grill as you would a grilled-cheese sandwich).




Double-Double No Toil Or Trouble Cookies: 

Grab a batch of your favorite ready-made frozen cookies (We like the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip) and bake them. Couldn't be easier! 



 Tricks: 

After a night of trick-or-treating we like to settle in with some favorite Halloween movies! It's our tradition to turn off all the lights, light the jack-o-lantern, and curl up with some old faves and one new movie while we nibble on goodies (popcorn and cookies).

Tonight, for our family friendly flicks, we'll be watching:


The Nightmare Before Christmas
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
ParaNorman (we haven't seen this one before)

Our story time will be an old favorite: BUNNICULA (we love this series so much that we read it every year!)


And then... after the little goblin is all tuckered out and tucked in...

Mom & Dad get to have some spooky fun of their own!


Our "grown-up" movie choices (we each pick one):

 Our "every year" tradition: Trick Or Treat

Hubby's pick:  The Shining (classic that never really gets old, right?)


My pick:  You're Next (haven't seen this one yet, but it looks promising!)

Before calling it a night hubby & I play a little game of "Trick or Treat".


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I put a few of our favorite candies and some "coupons" in one of those cheesy plastic trick-or-treat pumpkins and we draw until it's empty. 

We have until NEXT Halloween to make good on the tricks or treats inside. 

I toss in coupons for treats like a "back rub" and tricks like "your turn to cook". 

Get creative and have some fun creating your own!






As you can probably tell, we really dig Halloween. 

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D.M. Kilgore
Gets Spooky!

Do you have special fun on this spooky night? 

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?







  

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Brewing up another Funtastic Friday!
 


I'm D.M. Kilgore and I'm brewing up a 

FUNTASTIC FRIDAY NIGHT OF FUN!


Happy Halloween!

Wishing you all a safe & funtastic good time!

Get your spook on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trick Or Treat?

 

 
 
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

You Might Be A Writer If #45

 The onset of a cold =


You Might Be A Writer If #45: Common Cold? Nah. It's definitely Zombie Virus X-37! D.M. Kilgore Is there a doctor in the house?        The onset of a cold = "I've contracted a deadly virus! What if the government slipped something into the water? Biological warfare! They're putting a lot of stuff in our food. No telling what chemical agent caused this misery! Then again... That guy at Walmart looked half-dead... zombie virus? Yeah. That's it. I definitely have Zombie Virus X-37. I'll have to go online and find a black market that sells the cure. It will probably cost me my soul. My soul? That sounds like spiritual warfare. Yes. It could be a demon attack. I should make a salt circle and gargle with holy water just in case..."

D.M. Kilgore

"I've contracted a deadly virus! What if the government slipped something into the water? Biological warfare! They're putting a lot of stuff in our food. No telling what chemical agent caused this misery! Then again... That guy at Walmart looked half-dead... zombie virus? Yeah. That's it. I definitely have Zombie Virus X-37. I'll have to go online and find a black market that sells the cure. It will probably cost me my soul. My soul? That sounds like spiritual warfare. Yes. It could be a demon attack. I should make a salt circle and gargle with holy water just in case..."

  

Common Cold? Nah. 

It's definitely Zombie Virus X-37!

Is there a doctor in the house?

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

This Friday's On FIRE!

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It's A HOT Friday Night
at The Realm of D.M. Kilgore!

WHOOP WHOOP!

 

It's Another 

 

FUNTASTIC FRIDAY

 

At



The Realm!

 

Watch Out!

 

This one is 

HOT HOT HOT!

 

 

 

 

 

This week Netflix added Catching Fire and we couldn't be more excited!

 

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FIRE FIRE FIRE!

 

Needless to say, that pretty much sums up our FUNTASTIC FRIDAY theme.

Dinner & A Movie, Catching Fire Style:

 

Let's talk about tonight's menu:

 

We'll be having Katniss Kabobs with Everdeen Dipping Sauce, Peeta Bread (chuckle), and Capital Cupcakes for dessert.


Katniss Kabobs with Everdeen Dipping Sauce:

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 4 chicken breasts, cut into cubes

1/4 cup Frank's Hot Wing Sauce

1/4 cup Ranch Dressing


Arrows (aka wooden skewers soaked in water so they don't actually "catch fire" in the oven!)

























Simply dice up the chicken and skewer it.
Mix the hot sauce and ranch, brush over the skewered chicken until well coated.
Place on un-greased baking sheet.
Bake at 450 degress for 15 minutes, turn over, bake for another 15 minutes.
(Feel free to add some cubed-veggies or pineapple chunks to your skewers if you like!)


Serve with Everdeen Dipping Sauce
(ranch dressing with fresh parsley)



Peeta Bread:

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 Ingredients:


1 cup hot water, but not boiling
2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
  1. Mix the water and yeast together in the bowl of a stand mixer (a large bowl will also work if you do not have a mixer), and let sit for about five minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour (saving the last half cup for kneading), salt, and olive oil. If using a stand mixer attach the dough and need the dough on medium speed for 8 minutes, adding more flour until you have a smooth dough. If using your hands sprinkle a little of the extra flour onto your clean work surface and turn out the dough. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. (Add more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your hands or the work surface, but try to be sparing. It's better to use too little flour than too much.)
  2. Clean the bowl you used to mix the dough and run it with a little olive oil. Set the dough in the bowl and turn it until it's coated with oil. Cover with a clean dishcloth or plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it's doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. At this point, you can refrigerate the pita dough until it is needed. You can also bake one or two pitas at a time, saving the rest of the dough in the fridge. The dough will keep refrigerated for about a week.
  4. Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and gently flatten each piece into a thick disk. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one of the pieces into a circle 8-9 inches wide and about a quarter inch thick. Lift and turn the dough frequently as you roll to make sure the dough isn't sticking to your counter. Sprinkle with a little extra flour if it starting to stick. If the dough starts to spring back, set it aside to rest for a few minutes, then continue rolling. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.
  5. Warm a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a little oil in the pan and wipe off the excess. Lay a rolled-out pita on the skillet and bake for 30 seconds, until you see bubbles starting to form. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side, until large toasted spots appear on the underside. Flip again and cook another 1-2 minutes to toast the other side. The pita should start to puff up during this time; if it doesn't or if only small pockets form, try pressing the surface of the pita gently with a clean towel. (Keep cooked pitas covered with a clean dishtowel while cooking any remaining pitas.)
Capital Cupcakes:

Photo Credit: Beki Cook
Beki Cook's Cake Blog

I found these cupcakes at Beki Cook's Cake Blog!

Aren't they just perfect for a "Catching Fire" themed menu?

Just click *here* for the recipe!

I hope mine turn out this pretty- I'm not great with a bag of icing.







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Our FUNTASTIC FRIDAY Night Is On FIRE!

 

How about yours?


Got some hot plans of your own?
A flaming food suggestion?

Share them below!

 

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Author on FIRE!
I'm D.M. Kilgore and I'm so ready to watch "Catching Fire" tonight!

I love the Hunger Games books and have been quite happy with the movie adaptations so far.

How about you? Are you a Hunger Games fan? Prefer the books to the movies? Got a favorite "Huger Game" themed recipe to share?

Or maybe you'd love to tell me about another fantastic series? 

Let me know. I love hearing from you!

Leave me comments so I can feel like a girl on fire! ;)





Lolly Lolly Lolly
Get Your Goodies Here!

 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Surprise! I'm Popping In Unscheduled To Bring You News About A FANTASTIC New Book!

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FANTASTIC NEW BOOK OUT TODAY!
For seventeen-year-old Lucas Hunter, leading an unremarkable life is inevitable.

His dismal reality seems to be his unmistakable destiny. The only consolation he finds is in his dreams of the beautiful Tatiana Bishop. For months, Lucas has kept his eyes on this dark-eyed beauty at school and on the bus. Unfortunately, she barely knows that he exists. Then one day, she disappears. Poof. Just like that. Tatiana is gone.

The news shocks him almost as much as the rapid physical changes he begins to experience. He's gotten taller, bigger, and more muscular than he could ever have imagined. For the first time in his life he's outperforming the biggest jocks in his gym class, especially in the water.


Then Chelsea Sawyer, Tatiana’s semi-snooty best friend, enters his life. Imagine a girl who has never given him the time of day before now comes to him for help in finding her friend.

As Lucas and Chelsea begin to piece together clues and close in on Tatiana’s mysterious disappearance, Lucas will gain new insight into his own past—a past that will forge a stunning new destiny—an extraordinary destiny—one that can only be fulfilled by the Son of the Tides.

Okay book lovers, do I have your attention? 


Today is release day for this terrific book, "Son of the Tides" by Isabel Brown, Author. It's a fabulous story unlike anything you've read before. I enjoyed it so much that I have been dying to share it with you all. 

Get your copy today at Amazon!






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Isabel Brown


Isabel Brown is an author and freelance designer. She adores chocolate-covered strawberries, anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and anywhere she could sink her toes in the sand. She lives with her husband in Columbus, Ohio. 

Visit her at www.isabelbrownbooks.com.





Isabel Brown shines in her debut novel!


I'm certain this is an author that will be sky-rocketing up the rankings in YA fiction. 


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Shooting Up The Rankings!
"Son of the Tides", by Isabel Brown
She's so talented. You'll soon forget you're reading a story and feel like you're living this exciting and suspenseful adventure right along with Lucas and Chelsea. I was truly impressed by this one. Keep your eye on Isabel Brown. She's going places. Don't miss out on this book. It's simply fantastic from cover to cover.

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I'm D.M. Kilgore, and I absolutely love "Son of the Tides"! From setting to characters to unique plot and concept-- this one had me mesmerized from page one. It's beautifully and passionately written and packed with emotion. You really feel what the characters are feeling and it's so easy to relate to them. I just love that about a book. This one plays out with a bit of mystery, a secret that you can't wait to uncover, and through it all you definitely root for Lucas who really grabs your heart right from the very beginning.

I couldn't put it down and I cannot wait to continue the adventure with this fantastic author.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Words, Just Books!

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Shh! It's Wordless Wednesday!


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D.M. Kilgore

 I'm D.M. Kilgore

coming to you quietly on this

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

at The Realm.

I've got some really good books
lined up to read this month.

Do you?

Let me know what you're reading!


 

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Move Over Monday! Let's Get Motivated!

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Musing Mondays at The Realm of D.M. Kilgore

 

 It's a

MUSING MONDAY

at 

The Realm!

 

Today, I'm musing about motivation.
Yep, that's right.

 

Let's motivate ourselves right out of
the Monday Blahs and into a fantastic week!

 

You Ready?

 

 

 

 

Failing is temporary, quitting is permanent.

 

You do not want to have death bed regrets!

 

 

At the end of your life you're either going to say
"I wish I had" or "I'm glad I did"
.

 
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"Sunset Wishes"
Photo Credit: D.M. Kilgore

 


Never let someone else tell you what's possible.

 

You are more than your appearance!

 

 

Celebrate your intellect, creativity, and passion.

 

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"Morning Glory"
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Passion without purpose is empty.

 

You are what you answer to in life.  

 

 

Like who you are enough to not worry
about who people think you might be.

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"Three Paws of Perfection"
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 Now get out there and have a terrific week!

 

Do you have a little motivational bit to share? 

Comment below and tell me what gets you through the week!

 

 

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Feeling Royally Motivated!
I'm D.M. Kilgore and I'm motivated by this tiny tiara.

They wouldn't have given it to me if they hadn't wanted me to be their queen, right?

Move over Monday, I've got a crown and a plan, and I'm not afraid to use 'em!

Dun dun dun...