Friday, November 7, 2014

Author Jean E. Lane's Favorite Recipe...

Hello fans and followers. For the month of November we are going to be featuring some of our authors' and team members' favorite recipes every Tuesday and Friday right here on the JLB Creatives Publishing Blog.

This week's recipe comes from JLBCP team member and Science "Faction" author, Jean E. Lane - creator of the Lill and Mewe Series

Our Favorite Deviled Eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon minced chives
1/2 teaspoon mustard (I use French’s Dijon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 hard-cooked eggs
Minced fresh parsley, additional paprika, olive slices

In a small bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. 
Slice eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks and set whites aside. 
In another bowl, mash yolks; add to mayonnaise mixture, mixing well. 
Stuff or pipe filling into egg whites. 
Sprinkle with parsley and additional paprika, and garnish with an olive slice.
Refrigerate until serving.
Yield: 2 dozen
This recipe is easy, tastes great, and has been a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition in our family for decades.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday Prompt: Cafe Madness

Today's prompt is an audio prompt. Listen to the clip at least three times with your eyes closed. Take in all of the sounds in the background, what does it make you feel or think of? Now open that blank page and let your muse loose.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Winter #Frost #Gloves #Ice
This week's photo takes us to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada  
Janet has titled this photo, "Frosty Glove"

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we're posting a photo taken by our CEO, author Janet Beasley to help inspire authors, painters, musicians, and other awesome artists. We've titled the new feature, "Spark Your Creativity." How did we come up with this? Read on...

When Janet isn't hard at work in the literary world, you'll find her and her husband kayaking the crystal clear, spring fed rivers of Florida. Janet's second passion next to writing is photographing nature as they glide through the serene settings these rivers have to offer. She and her husband also enjoy traveling the US, so you'll also be seeing some of Janet's
photos taken from hikes and journeys she and her husband have done nationwide. She has used her photos time and again for her own inspiration when it comes to many of her stories, and decided she would like to share the same inspiration with the literary and arts world.

And not to worry if you're not inspired this week, come back each Wednesday to catch a glimpse of what could "spark" your next amazing piece of work. And if you don't want to wait until next Wednesday, we'd like to invite you to visit our JLB Creatives Photo Gallery on Flickr where the photos are always free to download and use as book covers, business cards, wallpaper, etc. All we ask is that you give credit where credit is due - perhaps by something as simple as adding a credit link to the JLB Creatives/Janet Beasley Flickr site in your book or on your presentation. 

We hope you enjoy our new Wednesday feature, "Spark Your Creativity." And we want to let you know, if a photo inspires you to write a story that you would like to have considered for publication by JLB Creatives Publishing, be sure to visit our website at where you'll find our company's history, be introduced to the publishing team, discover our Submission Guidelines, and may submit your work for consideration.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Today's Recipe: Punkin Soup

Hello fans and followers. For the month of November we are going to be featuring some of our authors' favorite recipes every Tuesday and Friday right here on the JLB Creatives Publishing Blog.

Today's recipe is from the cookbook, "More Than Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup," one of two companion books to author Janet Beasley's Hidden Earth Series Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy. This unique cookbook is filled with much more than recipes. In addition to the 300+ recipes it holds the menus and restaurant histories (including their owners) from the fantasy world of Maycly!

Janet has chosen to share the Punkin Soup recipe from the restaurant Two by Two 

2-1/4 lbs peeled pumpkin fresh, diced
Salted water
1 white onion, quartered
3/4 cup light cream (half & half)
1 tablespoon light olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (garnish)
Garlic croutons (garnish)

1. Put onion and pumpkin in a large soup pot with enough salted water to cover. Cook slowly, letting it simmer for about 15 minutes. When tender, turn off heat.

2. Using a hand blender, puree` the pumpkin and onion in the pot until smooth. CAUTION: POT WILL BE HOT! Add cream and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve sprinkled with nutmeg and garlic croutons scattered over the top.


Find out more about this author here: Author Janet Beasley

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sydney Finds a Job available in both English and Spanish!

About Sydney Finds a Job
Follow Sydney as she tries to find a job that's right for her. Through humor, she tries several different jobs that just don't work out, but she finally finds one she loves--helping children read.

Acerca Sydney Encuentra un Trabajo
Siga a Sydney para encontrar un trabajo que es mejor para ella. A través del humor ella trata varios trabajos que no sirven para ella. Pero al final ella encuentra un trabajo que ella adora-ayudando a los niños leer.

Sydney Finds a Job has received 5 star reviews from both readers and prestigious Readers' Favorite reviewer, Michelle Stanley. 

Readers' Favorite Review
Sydney Finds a Job is written by Shari Todd and Thom Battisto. Sydney is an Australian Shepherd who lives with Tom. Their home has a nice back yard with flowers. But Sydney becomes bored and wants more things to occupy her time. This dog breed is accustomed to doing lots of outdoor activities. Their main job is to
help ranchers and farmers round up cattle, so they are often referred to as cattle dogs. Sydney decides to help Tom by fetching the morning paper. But that doesn’t go well and she gets it wet with her slobber. Next, she helps Tom water the flowers by swishing the hose around, but waters his shoes instead! Tom tells her that she will soon find a job she can do well. Sydney sees a little girl named Sarah crying. Sarah tells her that she doesn’t know how to read her new book. Sydney decides to help her friend, but will she make a mess of this new job too?

Sydney Finds a Job is a cute little book that will make story time fun for small kids. Shari Todd and Thom Battisto introduce educational facts about this dog breed in a creative setting, so kids will learn about them while being amused by the story. The photos of the real Sydney are adorable. She lives with Thom Battisto and has a job visiting nursing homes, schools and libraries where kids can read to her. Sydney and Thom were praised for their work by First Lady Laura Bush.

About the Authors 
Thom Battisto was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He is now a Florida resident and is a passionate advocate of animal rights. He has adopted several shelter dogs and has volunteered at a local shelter. Wanting to do even more, Thom and other supporters started the nonprofit organization called "Read to Sydney."

Shari Shaw Todd grew up in a small town that gave seed to big dreams of being an author. Co-writing this book with Mr. Battisto has helped her make two dreams come true: now she gets to be involved with kids and animals.

Where to buy Sydney Finds a Job 

Where to buy Sydney Encuentra un Trabajo 

Find more great reads for all ages on the JLB Creatives Publishing website. Authors, we are accepting submissions in most genres, click the link and visit our submissions guidelines for more infomation

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