Evelyn Chartres Author

Message Received

Well I think I found a trend for my reviews on Amazon.

“I was a bit put off by the use of italics for slang words, but understood that it was to emphasise that the word was slang for the roaring twenties.”

–and–

“I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he story and made it impossible to read.”

I got the hint. Just had all of those italicized words removed from my manuscript and uploaded a new version to Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. Fortunately Microsoft Word made that operation fairly painless!

A Silver Lining

I occasionally check Amazon, Smashwords, and Goodreads for new ratings and statistics, although I do avoid making it a habit. Yesterday, I was looking on Amazon and noticed that my rankings had improved. How? I have no clue, but its never been better!

Ranking on Amazon as of 15 Oct 17

There was also a positive review waiting for me, which is always nice. Perhaps I am generating some interest? Not bad since I cannot spend much time advertising my work.

Review made on Amazon on 14 Oct 17

This should help offset the bad review I got a month or so back. Perhaps in time the positives will outweigh the negatives!

Italian Porketta

A tasty combination of pork and seasonings. While the roast itself has great flavour, it can also be served with a rich hunter sauce, roast potatoes and some tasty greens.  This recipe is easy to prepare, is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (900 mg) of pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Combine seasonings and used to coat the roast.
  3. Roast in a shallow pan for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
  4. Let roast rest for 5 minutes before carving. Ready to serve.

Roast Chicken au Jus

A quick and easy way to make roast chicken and requires very few ingredients. Simply use onion soup mix, garlic and olive oil, coat your chicken and place in the oven.  Simple and tasty!

For an additional burst of flavour, add in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (40 g) of onion soup mix
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 chicken cut into pieces

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Oil up an 12×9 inch casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large sealable bag combine soup mix, garlic and olive oil.
  4. Toss in pieces individually, shake bag and coat pieces.  Place coated pieces on the casserole dish.
  5. Roast chicken in the oven for 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Occasionally baste the chicken with remaining mix and/or juices collecting on the dish.
  6. Remove from oven, place on a plate.  Ready-to-serve.

Blurring the Lines

It’s not everyday that one gets to blur the lines between fiction and reality. Using a high quality version of my cover, I had a 20 x 30 inch canvas print of the Lady made.

So what is a canvas without a frame?  I had a local shop build me a custom frame using two separate borders. I have to admit that rather like the final product. Although I will say that I am likely biased!