Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday


JLB Creatives Publishing is a supporter of small businesses of many trades.

Being we work with so many authors one on one we find that they are some of the greatest small business owners around! 

We encourage you to be sure to shop small businesses in your area not only today, but also throughout the season and next year to keep them going strong!

Friday, November 28, 2014


At JLBCP we all remember the good ol' days of
helping grandma in the kitchen as she prepared
a feast that was always fit for a king
on Thanksgiving Day. 

Photo courtesy of Janet Beasley - copyright
After Thanksgiving celebration here in America, there are always tons of leftovers. We feast on turkey dishes for a week after (at least)! Here's some great leftover ideas you can do with your leftover feast.

  • Chop leftover turkey and use in soups and stews.
  • How about turkey enchiladas? Chop it up and add some of your favorite Mexican seasonings.
  • Turkey sandwiches can become why not add some avocado slices, sprouts, and/or olives to mix it up.
  • Sweet potatoes? Mash 'em up and make a casserole...don't forget the yummy little marshmallows.
  • Sliced turkey? Make some quick turkey roll-ups. Spread with cream cheese, add a dash of garlic pepper, and green onion. Roll 'em up and enjoy!
  • Freeze turkey in individual serving sizes to use in future recipes
  • Combine your left over turkey and mashed potatoes to make a base for a turkey casserole.
  • Grab a bag of dry Fettuccine Alfredo to whip up, and add your left over turkey, some peas, and onions to make a warm, hearty meal
  • Save your leftover cranberry sauce and use it on pancakes or waffles
  • Use that leftover dressing to make a tasty filling in baked acorn-squash cups
  • Leftover muffins can easily be cut in half and grilled in butter for a breakfast twist
  • Too much pudding leftover? Divide into single serving cups, cover, and refrigerate for a great after-school snack.
From all of us at JLB Creatives Publishing, here's wishing you and yours a super weekend!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from JLB Creatives Publishing!

JLB Creatives Publishing Team and Authors wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgivgiving! We are so thankful for all of you for reading and following, helping us bring you wonderful books for your bookshelves.

We hope your day is filled with moments that will become fantastic memories. If you're looking for a great read for all ages visit our site There are children's books, Epic Fantasy, Science Faction, Historical Fiction and more!

 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Don't forget the pumpkin pie and stretchy pants! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Harvest #Autumn #Pumpkins #Fall 
This week's photo takes us to Thanksgiving
Janet has titled this photo, "Bountiful Harvest"

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 25, 2014

Our CEO Dog's Favorite Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving week to all of our US fans, friends, and followers! Here's one last recipe for the Thanksgiving season from our CEO, author Janet Beasley - this time she's bringing you something
special to fix for Fido! All natural gourmet dog treats made with no added salt, sugar, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, or preservatives.

I LOVE these treats when my mommy
bakes me some. I like to get my crunch on
with the crispy ones!

In mixing bowl A whisk together:
2 c Pillsbury® whole wheat flour
1 c Pillsbury® unbleached flour
1 c cornmeal
1 c wheat germ
1 c dry milk
1 T cinnamon

In mixing bowl B whisk together:
1 egg
¼ c dry yeast
½ c Crisco® canola oil
1¾ c warm water
¼ c all natural canned pumpkin
1 T honey

Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.

1.      Put bowl A on electric mixer and gradually add liquid mix from bowl B and mix well. Gradually add additional ¾ to 1½ c unbleached flour to form a stiff dough (the dough will pull off the sides of the bowl, leaving the sides clean, when it reaches the correct texture. Dough will be thick and heavy).
2.      Allow dough to rise for 10-15 minutes.
3.      Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut with 1-inch shape cutter of your choice (circle, star, bone, square, etc). Place on un-greased cookie sheet.
4.      Bake for 8-10 minutes (oven temperatures/times may vary). 
5.      Remove pan from oven. CAUTION—PAN WILL BE HOT! Place pan on cooling rack.

For crispy treats:  Allow baked treats to remain on a cooling rack in the open air for several days. Once all moisture is gone, store them in an airtight container.

For freezer treats:  Allow the treats to cool, then put cool soft treats in a plastic bag and store in the freezer. Optional:  They can be warmed in the microwave to return back to a soft texture if your pet does does not care for the cool hard chew. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Maycly The Trilogy, Book Two: The Battle of Trust and Treachery.

Have you been to Maycly yet? Take the enchanted fantastic adventure with the Hidden Earth Series. Maycly the Trilogy: Book One: Two Altered Worlds was recently released for readers of YA fantasy. Now you can own Book Two: The Battle of Trust and Treachery!

About the Hidden Earth Series, Volume One, MAYCLY The Trilogy, Book Two: The Battle of Trust and Treachery
Book Two picks back up on Maycly where you were left off in Book One, still in the past. Charleo is Iona returns to the story near the end of Book Two. You will certainly want to journey on to MAYCLY The Trilogy, Book Three: The Queen to see how this fantastical story comes together.
summoned for the task of a lifetime by the Grand Wizard, SUL. He is not certain he is up to the challenge, but he honors SUL, nonetheless. Requested not to tell his family where he is going, he leaves his wife and boys in secret. Charleo and his two chukkon companions enter another land on Maycly, a land most do not know exists. Here is where the warrior training begins. You will become attached to the characters like never before and experience their love and heartaches as the epic battle unfolds. And not to worry, as time catches up,

The Battle of Trust and Treachery gets Five Stars from Reader's Favorite! 
Hidden Earth Series Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy - Part 2 ~ The Battle of Trust and Treachery, by Janet Beasley, takes off from where the first part ends. The reader is again taken on an adventure trip where the characters go through heartaches, fantasy, whimsy, and everything that appeals to the reader.

I found the second part equally compelling as the first part. The author's imagination is still on a high in this part. There are many amazing creatures, use of elaborate language, and some nice illustrations which leave an impression about the characters in the story. The plot and the story are as good as the first part of the story. 

All the creatures in the book are also very whimsical. Both the parts of the story will make a good movie too. What I like about this kind of adventure and fantasy fiction is that it gives room for the reader to think without any barriers. The epic battle is fought in a new way in this story.

Hidden Earth Series Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy - Part 2 ~ The Battle of Trust and Treachery also speaks about the author's expertise. She is able to write a story with an adventure plot in three parts and still manages to leave the reader asking for more. The book caters to readers of all age groups because it encourages you to dream and let your imagination run wild.

 Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

To read an excerpt visit Author Janet Beasley's website

Purchase Hidden Earth Volume 1; Maycly the Trilogy Book Two: The Battle of Trust and Treachery
Barnes & Noble
or your favorite local retalier. If they don't have this book on the shelves just ask for it by name or by author.

  About Janet Beasley 
Janet Beasley, author of The Hidden Earth Series (a six volume series), is successfully carving her niche` in
the YA fantasy genre. Even the young at heart are enjoying the escape her writing style presents. Her long term goals include landing The Hidden Earth Series with Scholastic and on Accelerated Reader lists, as well as bringing it to the big screen and/or developing a TV series of adventures. Her ultimate goals remain disclosed to the public at this time, but rest assured, Janet is not afraid to dream big. . .OK, ginormous!

Janet's debut novel, Volume 1 Maycly the Trilogy, raised to the top 3 positions in its genre on Amazon, and even landed ahead of the Hunger Games. Maycly the Trilogy is being considered for classroom applications and being placed on national reader lists such as Macaroni Kid and YALSA.

Janet is one whom media pros have found to be quite a treat. She is not camera shy, and enjoys speaking to large groups. She has been interviewed through pod casts regarding her authorship on programs such as Judyth Piazza's Student Operated Press, and J Blair Brown's Livin' the Dream. Janet will spoke at the Florida Authors and Publishers Association fall convention in 2014. She and her husband have appeared in TV commercials, spread ads, and international conferences, and have done several radio spots as characters or themselves.

Janet is multi-talented when it comes to her creativity. She excels in technical theater, multi-media, audio visual, has developed a training center and its curriculum for AV technicians. She has produced and directed theatrical productions, and served as a theater lighting and special effects technician. She has written fiction - non-fiction – stage plays - and an autobiography. She has crafted award winning poetry, and been published in trade specific magazines. Janet enjoys the outdoors by kayaking and hiking with her husband, and photographing nature. She also loves animals (dogs are her favorite), spending time with her family, and baking cupcakes.

Find Janet on the web

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JLB Creatives Editor Dar Bagby (L) and JLB Creatives CEO Janet Beasley (R)