Presidents Day Again: Four More Years!


Yes, citizens. 2015 is the fourth year for my Presidents Day Twitter extravaganza. I hope you’ll consider electing me for a second term. If you haven’t been paying attention for the last three, you can grab up the memories from 2012 and 2013– collect them all! Below are the highlights from last year, you little President junkie, you.


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Presidents Day- The Twitter Adventure Continues

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It started in 2012 with a paid day off work and nothing else to do. For the third year, I’m back in the saddle with everyone’s favorite fellas- America’s presidents and the more interesting aspects of their lives and presidencies.

(ADDED) I also spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about my favorite holiday this year. You can see their post here.

If you can’t get enough today on Twitter, here’s a recap of 2013’s fun facts and tawdry tidbits about the Commanders in Chief:

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A Man Above Reproach

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I think good news for fellow writers is even better than good news for myself. I can talk myself out of believing my own hype, but when it comes to the incredible writers that I know, I can dive in wholeheartedly and wallow around in their well-deserved accolades.

So, it made my day to find out that Evelyn Pryce is a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for best romance entry! Who doesn’t love a juicy Regency story with a smart heroine and an enamored duke?

Amazon announces the finalists next month and I encourage you to download the FREE sample and throw all of your five-star reviews her way. You’ll hear more from this rising star- I bet my hat. If you’re an agent, a book blogger, a publisher of romance, don’t miss your chance to get in on the ground floor with this talented, hardworking writer.

Get your free sample HERE.

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‘Tis the Season- Small Town Variety


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November 28, 2012 · 12:37 am

Vegetarian Chili Feast

After two weeks visiting the family in the South and cramming every piece of fried meat and glass of booze that I found into my face, I need a vegetable. In fact, I need all the vegetables that I can fit into my face. Since we returned to crisp fall weather in Pittsburgh and farmer’s market day, plus an empty refrigerator, I whipped up a big vat of vegetarian chili for our first night back. My recipe is slightly modified from this one, based on what we bought and a shortage of kidney beans at Trader Joe’s. We topped it off with sour cream and little shredded cheese and were stuffed. Plus, now we have lunch leftovers for the next few days.
Two-Bean Spicy Vegetarian Chili
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 teaspoons roasted, diced garlic (or 3 cloves)
  • 3 small very hot peppers, diced in tiny bits
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, bell peppers and garlic and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are softened but not browned. Add hot peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir to blend. Add canned and fresh tomatoes and 4 cups water. Gently simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Add beans and corn and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Garnish individual bowls with sour cream, cheese, or green onions, if desired.

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