June, 2017 – Newsletter: “Pass the Fyllettes in Galyntyne!” Scroll down for recipe.
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First things first. New developments! The excitement continues. Not only does my first book with Entangled Publishing entitled An Earl for the Archeress come out in a month on July 24th, but its sequel, Maiden’s Defender, will be out this November. I’ll reveal the cover for each book on my Facebook author page @Author.E.Elizabeth.Watson, on my Twitter account @AuthorEEWatson, as well as my website home page, and here, in my newsletter. And yes, there will be a giveaway for each. But of course, miladies and gents.
Also, I am so looking forward to traveling to Romance Writers of America’s annual conference this summer in Orlando, Florida, though I had to promise my kids that I wouldn’t go to Disney World without them.
Baltimore Book Fest – September 22-24, 2017. Be there or be square. Mark your calendars. I’ll be attending for my second year in a row. I hope to see you there. There will be great panels with many of your well-known and favorite authors discussing topics across the writing spectrum, and a chance for you to ask us questions, too. Again this year, the Ivy Bookstore will be selling copies of my paperbacks as well as books by many other authors from the Maryland Romance Writers. Once I know the dates I am presenting, you’ll be the first to know!
Son of Ballymead was published this past February. I received requests for Lady Amber and William of Ballymead’s story, and of course, I cannot have dissatisfied readers. Settle in for more Prince of Lions adventure. Visit the Hagerstown Herald-Mail to read my exclusive interview about the book, and make sure to watch the book trailer on You Tube!
One Scottish Knight was just released! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you read it, leave a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads (reviews are so helpful, whether you loved it or hated it), and pass along the suggestion to friends and family who love romance!
I’m very excited to feature Grace Burrowes this month! If you haven’t read her work, you’ve been missing out. I certainly was, until I picked up a book from her Windham family series: The Heir. I enjoyed it so much, that when I spotted The Soldier and The Virtuoso on a bookstore shelf, I snatched them up, too. Of course, I consider myself a fan now. I recently had the pleasure of asking her a couple questions about her writing:
- Have you always been a writer? If not, why did you decide to pursue it? “I have always been drawn to writing, and wrote my first story at age eight. I never thought to be a published author, though. I went from writing stories for fun to submitting them just to have an answer when my siblings wanted to know, ‘When are you going to get that stuff published?’ Nothing like family.”
- What inspires you? What inspires your imagination? “My imagination is inspired by reading original historical sources as widely as I can–diaries, letters, novels of the day, Grose’s dictionary, anything–and by problems in my own life that were tough to solve.”
Hessian Kettering, Earl of Grampion, tried marrying in haste as a very young man and got years of marital drama to go with his endless regrets. He’s older and wiser now, and has responsibility for an orphaned ward who needs a mother figure. Hessian is determined that his next countess will be a settled, sensible lady with a spotless reputation. Lily Ferguson seems to fit his requirements beautifully, and if she also kisses like his most cherished private dreams, that’s no reason to doubt his choice.
As an heiress from a good family, Lily Ferguson has been subjected to the attentions of fortune hunters and fawning nincompoops for years. Because the bachelors won’t take, “Stop ogling my settlements,” for an answer, she’s developed a reputation for being difficult. Lily finds spending time with Hessian Kettering so very easy though. He likes a woman who speaks her mind, and Lily adores a man who actually listens to the ladies in his life. But what will Hessian have to say, when he finds out Lily is not the heiress polite society thinks she is?
Passport to the Past
“Pass the Fyllettes in Galyntyne!”
It’s no secret that I love food. I love cooking, when time permits, and experimenting in the kitchen. And since cooking and eating are unsurprisingly common human traits, I figured people in the middle ages must have had all sorts of interesting ways of preparing the same kinds of foods we still eat today, plus many things we’ve never heard of before. Last month I featured the earliest-known mead recipe. This month, we’re onto the main course. You’re no doubt familiar with pork roast. I, personally, do not eat a lot of pork. I’m more of a fish, veggies, and fruit (and dessert, shhh) kind of gal. But I found a new pork recipe on the website medievalcookery.com: Fyllettes in Galyntyne. And it actually sounds quite interesting. In fact, I suspect this recipe could be modified with a different protein easily, if pork is not to your liking. I shall be cooking it!
- 1 lb. Pork (Tenderloin)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp. mace
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup broth
- 3 slices of bread
- 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. sandalwood
- pinch saffron, ground
- 1/8 tsp. salt
The recipe suggests marinating the meat in wine overnight, before putting it into a pot with the broth, spices and 2 cups more wine. Boil until cooked, then put meat in a your oven set at 325°F for about 15-20 minutes (or until excess juices have drained from meat, and meat is slightly browned). To read the original recipe, you know, before they had modern ovens, get out your trusty Middle English translator and make sure to visit: medievalcookery.com
Congrats to last month’s winner of a signed, paperback copy of One Scottish Knight, Heidi Nininger!
This month, I’m giving away a set of exclusive E. Elizabeth Watson note cards. My first-ever edition. I had them designed just for the lucky winner of this month’s giveaway. I don’t even have a set of my own, yet, that’s how brand new these are, and though they will be available in my store, they’re not available yet. To enter, send me a message through my “Contact Elizabeth” form, and write “June Giveaway!” in the message. Entries will be received until July 5th at 11:59 pm. I’ll announce the winner’s name in July’s newsletter later next month! One entry per person, please. Let’s all play fair. Ready…set…go!
That’s all I have for this month. Thanks for visiting! Next month… book release month. Eek!