Killer Ideas for an 1889 New Orleans Christmas Story

on December 16, 2018

Ever wanted to write a short story about New Orleans mischief and mayhem circa 1889 Christmas? Here are a few killer ideas to get your story started! HINT…these ideas might be used for any locale in any era.

Gilded Age New Orleans: So much more than hookers, hurricanes, and Mardi Gras!

on July 28, 2018

Although late 19th century New Orleans was renowned for the hookers of Storyville, the devastating hurricanes of the 1880s, and the elevation of Mardi Gras to a state holiday, there’s so much more to know about the Crescent City during this time! For starters, there was an assassination that was followed by lynchings (1890), an… Read More

Additional ideas for Writing a Killer First Chapter…

on January 27, 2018

On January 28 I’ll be sharing ideas on “Writing a Killer First Chapter” with the Redwood Writers (a Branch of the California Writers Club) in Santa Rosa. Here are some links with more info…. For novels: • 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing • Finding the Perfect Place to Start… Read More

Fanny Newcomb Kindle sale!

on December 9, 2017

For two days only (Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10), Fanny Newcomb & the Irish Channel Ripper for Kindle is on sale for 99 cents! ALSO this weekend….all SAND HILL REVIEW PRESS Kindle editions  are available for 99 cents!

Roast Turkey with Truffles from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”

on November 22, 2017

Here’s the recipe directly from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”: And here’s the 2017 easier-to-follow version: Roast Turkey With Truffles. Dinde Truffle Rotie. 1 Fine Young Hen Turkey. 1 Pound of Lean Ham, Cut into Dice. 2 Pounds of Truffles. 1/4 Nutmeg. 1/4 of a Teaspoonful of Pepper. 1 Bay Leaf, Minced Fine. 1. Clean… Read More

Stuffed tomatoes from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”

on November 21, 2017

Here’s the recipe directly from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book”: And here’s a rearranged version: Stuffed Tomatoes. Tomates Farcies. 6 Tomatoes. 1 Tablespoonful of Butter. 1 Cup of Wet Bread, Squeezed Thoroughly. Salt, Pepper and Cayenne to Taste. 1 Clove of Garlic (if desired.) 1 Onion. 1/4 Inch of Ham. 1. Wash the tomatoes, selecting… Read More