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Friday, October 3, 2014

Winner, Winner, Italian Dinner, Oh and Movie Night!

D.M. Kilgore, The Realm, Funtastic Friday

Whoop! Whoop! 

It's 

FUNTASTIC FRIDAY 

at The Realm! 

Who's ready to Partaaaaay? 

Throw your hands up in the air!
Now wave 'em like you just don't care!
It's FRIDAY! 

 

 

 

Congratulations! You survived another work week!


(Photo Credit: lilbittydemon.com)

 

And boy has it been one amazing week for yours truly!

 

So, tonight we celebrate at Casa de Kilgore. What are we celebrating? Well, for starters, In Creeps The Night had an amazing release. We even trumped the King (yes, as in Stephen King) on Amazon's Top 100 in Horror! Can you believe it? I was really happy about that. I can totally die happy now. 

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Also, this week marked the return of one of our favorite T.V. shows-- The Vampire Diaries, so our "date night" is back on like Donkey Kong. Whoo Hoo! *shakes her groove thing yeah yeah*

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It's the little things in life. 

 

FYI: We ditched our Direct TV because it was just crazy to pay almost $200 a month for 800+ channels we never watch. We watch four shows and they all come on the same channel. So, we opted for Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime (which I get a great deal on as a student). We cut our cost from $145-59 a month to under $20, and we still get to watch our favorite shows. Now, we just watch them the day after they air (on Hulu) or we indulge in watching an entire season in a massive marathon of guilty pleasure (on Netflix or Amazon).

 

Tonight, we'll fix an Italian meal
(in honor of our favorite Salvatore brothers)
and settle down to watch the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries.


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I'm sorry... what were we talking about?

This is not much fun (or very appropriate) for Little Man and we don't dare leave him out, so before we indulge in our guilty pleasure we'll have some Funtastic Fun together as a family.

Here's what's on the agenda (and the menu) for tonight's
FUNTASTIC FRIDAY:

 

I'll be fixing my yummy "Pizagna Casserole" for dinner.

 

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What the heck is Pizanga? Well, it's a creative combination somewhere between French-bread pizza and homemade lasagna. It's really easy to make, and soooo cheesy-gooey-delicious.

 

Here's what you'll need:


1 package of Cobblestone Italian Sub Rolls (they come in wheat or white- pick your favorite). Slice in half (like you would for a sub) and place in bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13 casserole dish, flat side up. (You can slice a thin bit off the top of the sub roll if you can't get it to sit flat in the pan.

1 jar (24 oz) of your favorite pasta sauce (my son only likes Prego Traditional,  but feel free to use your favorite).


1 pound of lean ground beef (or you can use turkey)
Brown until well done. Drain grease.

*Or you can make homemade meatballs if you prefer.

 

 


1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil, and Garlic flavor seasoning.

 

 1 eight oz. package of cream cheese (softened).

 

 

 

 

1/2 cup of your favorite mayonnaise.

 



2 cups of your favorite brand of shredded Mozzarella cheese.


 

HOW TO PREPARE:

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, mix the mayo, Mrs. Dash, and cream cheese. 
  • Stir until well blended and creamy. 
  • Now, spread this delish mixture on the slices of bread.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 of your Mozzarella cheese over the creamy spread.
  • Mix your drained/cooked ground beef (or meatballs) and your spaghetti sauce.
  • Carefully spoon the sauce and meat mixture over the cheese.
  • Top saucy meat mixture with the rest of the Mozzarella.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Voila!

We like to serve this guilty pleasure with a nice green salad. It makes us feel better- don't judge -bwahaha! Anyhoo, I hope you'll love this easy and yummy casserole. When you go to lift out the bread slices, use a wide spatula. It's heavy with gooey-goodness. Feel free to add your own touches or ingredients and make this your own special Funtastic Friday meal.

Now, let's talk movie time. 

 

In our house we let the little man pick something he'd like to watch, and then later when he's settled in bed, it's adult movie time. No, no not that kind of adult movie- gah! You know, the something-for-the-grownups kind. We alternate each weekend. One weekend I pick, the next hubby picks, so on so on so forth. We try to choose something that the other won't absolutely hate.

Tonight's line up looks like this...

 

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Little Man's Choice: The Lego Movie (again). We have a rule about "favorites" around here. The same movie is allowed 3 back-to-back weekends. After that, it gets to take a break on the shelf. This is the only way for a mom to maintain her sanity when her child is an Aspie. Trust me on this. Tonight marks Lego Movie's third play. Over and out. Done. After that we will play a round of The Lego Creator Game (also Little Man's choice) and winner gets to pick next Funtastic Friday's meal.

By now, it's time for Little Man to hit the bath tub. This is when hubby and I will indulge in the new season of The Vampire Diaries. It works out just right for us. By the time it's over Little Man is ready to be tucked in for story time.

Now, it's grown-ups only! Bow-chica-wow-wow!

 

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It's my turn to pick a movie. Netflix just added the 2013 remake of Carrie. Here's hoping the adaptation lives up to Mr. King's novel.

It's my pick tonight.

Hubby is not a super fan of horror and I'm sure I'll suffer through some crazy space-alien blow up the world movie next weekend, but it's called compromise, and... I'll just let you in on a tiny secret: I'm not really not a fan of sci-fi, I just let him think I am.

I'm so evil, right?

 

 

 

Wait! What about the "bow-chica-wow-wow"?

 

Well, a lady never kisses and tells my friends.


Truth is... It's grown-up time, but just between you, me, and the fencepost, we are so grown-up we're usually just ready to crawl into bed and fall into a slight carbohydrate-coma at this point. Whatever you do on your Funtastic Friday is your business. *wink wink*

And that's how the Kilgores throw some FUNTASTIC at a typical FRIDAY night.

 

What about you? 

Do you have a fun night? a date night? a special tradition?

 

I'd love to hear about it (minus any bow-chica-wow-wow, of course).
Comment below and tell me more about how you spend
a wild weekend with the family. I like to see how the other half lives.

*Giggle-Giggle-Snort*


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I'm D.M. Kilgore and I'm slapping some Fun and Tastic on every Friday! You can join me right here at The Realm each week for new ideas on family fun nights, date nights, quiet evenings at home, recipes, fun board games, and so much more. 

Here I am with my hottie, err I mean hubby. 

He definitely puts the wow in bow-chica-wow-wow, right?

 

  

PS - Speaking of WINNERS, ahem, that was indeed a hint for all of you that played along in the Release Day game for In Creeps The Night.  It was a super close race but after tallying all the totals, triple checking my math, and hiring an accountant... (drum roll) ...


The WINNER is: Natalie Pierson!

 

Congratulations Natalie!
I'll be in touch to get your address so I can mail you a
signed paperback copy of In Creeps The Night.
Thanks to everyone who played!

Interested in our movie and game night choices? 

 



Get your very own copy of IN CREEPS THE NIGHT in e-book or trade paperback today!

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Between Lovecraft & King! There are NO words!

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Available in E-book and Trade Paperback:











D.M. Kilgore is sitting in her Realm on this Wordless Wednesday feeling like she woke up in a fairy tale. She's excited to have her story be part of this anthology, but she's even more excited about the success of In Creeps The Night because all royalties go to Mothers Without Borders to help orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. D.M. hopes you'll purchase an e-book or paperback (or both) and continue to help raise money for this amazing organization. For information on ordering a signed paperback copy email: books@dmkilgore.com


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Release Day! In Creeps The Night! Giveaway!

IT'S RELEASE DAY!!!!

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In Creeps the Night An Anthology of Flash Fiction

I cannot believe it! I feel so "official" today!


I've had things published before... a homeschool article here or there, a poem now and then, a photograph. But this is it, people.  

THIS is my first official PUBLISHED piece of fiction. 

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And I hope you'll love it!

 

I find it quite fitting that my first official story would be a horror story! I grew up reading King and Koontz. I'm a horror movie junkie. It's a dark and scary world out there people. Watching these movies is a great way to be sure you're the last man (or woman) standing when the zombies come to your door. Horror movies are a great "what not to do" lesson!

D.M. Kilgore, In Creeps The Night, Nightfall's Wraith, Mothers Without Borders, Horror Anthology, Books, J.A. Mes Press, Blue Harvest Creative I submitted a story to J. A. Mes Press when I learned they wanted to publish a creepy anthology for Halloween. The best part was that they wanted all the proceeds to go to a charity to help children! So, I was extremely excited to find out they'd chosen my flash fiction story "Nightfall's Wraith". I love helping others and I cannot think of a more honorable way to have my first fiction piece published than to have in published in a book that is giving to the children of the world.

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The Flash Fiction Anthology In Creeps the Night  features 50 authors (including myself- yay!) with 50 creepy tales that will have you sleeping with the lights on! J.A. Mes Press will donate all royalties to Mothers Without Borders. How awesome is that? 
I don't know about you, but I feel like celebrating! Let's party! Let's dance! Let's get this book out there in order to raise A LOT of money for Mothers Without Borders!

Help me spread the word about In Creeps The Night, it’s for a good cause! I've read several of the authors featured in the anthology and I promise you will be up all night as you read each spooky tale! 


Tell you what, I'm so excited, I think I need to give something away!

 

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If you share this anthology release around the cyberworld today-- Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, your blog, whatever gadgets/apps/or stuff you have-- and then leave me a comment below telling me what you did, and where (show me some links!), I’ll put your name into a drawing for a Horrifically Good Halloween Goodie Bag including a special bookmark, some yummy Halloween treats, a little something to keep you from being too afraid of the dark after your read my story, and an autographed (by yours truly) paperback copy of In Creeps The Night

I'll even give you extra entries in the drawing for the following:
  1) extra entry for leaving me a comment here.
  2) extra entry for liking my Facebook Page (if you haven't already).
  3) extra entry for following me on Twitter (if you haven't already).
  4) extra entry for following me on Google+ (if you haven't already).
  5) extra entry for following me on Pinterest (if you haven't already).
  6) Two extra entries for sharing THIS blog post.
  7) Three extra entries for sharing the following post: Release Day!
  8) Four extra entries for ordering the Kindle Copy of In Creeps The Night.
  9) FIVE extra entries for subscribing to my blog at my website: DMKILGORE.COM
10) Share the following picture and link on Facebook using the hashtags #DMKilgore,  #NightfallsWraith, #InCreepsTheNight, and #MothersWithoutBorders and I'll add another entry to your total entries (so if you do all of the above you'd have 20 entries! Bam! Just like that!)

Don't forget to comment below and let me know what you did and where you did it! I'll follow your links (and hey, if I see I'm not following/liking you somewhere, I'll throw you a like or a follow in return), and then I'll tally up your totals and toss your name in a jack-o-lantern for the drawing. =)


 
The more you share, the better your chances of winning a fun prize and an autographed copy of IN CREEPS THE NIGHT!

Remember ALL proceeds go to Mothers Without Borders, so above all the fun and excitement here, let's not forget what this is TRULY about-- HELPING CHILDREN!

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Get your Kindle copy of In Creeps the Night 

at Amazon by clicking right HERE now!!!

 

And the PAPERBACK is NOW available at Amazon too!






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I'm D.M. Kilgore, and today...

I'm cruising down life's highway, and hitting every pothole along the way. But the good news is, I'm getting there! My destination is in sight and I cannot wait to share more of my work with you over the next few months. In October (7th) I'll have another release for Read Write Muse's first anthology "Through The Portal". In November I'll have another article coming out in Home Education Magazine. And in between I'll have more fun news and exciting events to share with you. So, don't be a stranger. Follow me down the freeway of chaos. Buckle up and BRACE FOR IMPACT! It's sure to be a bumpy ride!







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 THE COVER & INTERIOR DESIGN
FOR
IN CREEPS THE NIGHT

ANTHOLOGY WAS DONE BY
THE AMAZING FOLKS OVER AT
BLUE HARVEST CREATIVE
!
THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB!
THANKS BHC!!!