Evelyn Chartres Author

The Grand – One Week Later

The Grand has been officially out for about a week now. I posted the announcement was on my social networking accounts along with a few groups. This release also enabled me to dabble with some advertising campaigns on Amazon, Facebook and Fiverr, to gain some insight with the tools.

Since The Grand has been officially out, almost 400 copies of the book have been downloaded on both Smashwords and Amazon! The book is seeing much more traffic than The Portrait, which I expected since this is a new release.

Of note, 100 copies of the book were downloaded before the official release. The Grand has been available for almost a month of certain sites, enabling me to widen availability and make it free on every site before release. Despite there being no involvement on my part, the book was being downloaded regularly on sites where the book was free.

Another interesting anomaly The Grand was ranked at 7,861 (266 for Horror) on Amazon the day after it was released. Currently it is ranked at 16,518 (435 for Horror) even with a noticeable spike generated by an ad campaign setup through Fiverr. There seems to be no real correlation between ranking and downloads.

I’m also a bit curious as to why it is ranked under Gothic and Fantasy Romance on Amazon. Although I have a feeling the answer would blow my mind!

The Grand is Out! Time to Celebrate?

Even things that go bump in the night need a place to unwind

The Grand is officially out and available on multiple platforms, formats and even in print! From Amazon to Smashwords the eBook is freely available for your delight. So time to celebrate? At least get to enjoy the doughnut!

The Grand shown in multiple formats, including print

Now for a little something about the Grand.

Nestled atop a cliff overlooking a cursed valley and surrounded by foreboding mountains you will find The Grand. At this ritzy French palatial-style hotel where things tend to go terribly wrong for some. This hotel is not only for the rich and famous but a favoured destination for things that go bump in the night.

Available free on:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indigo
Kobo
Smashwords
Scribd

Available in print on:
CreateSpace
Amazon.com

The Grand is a collection of Gothic horror stories that revolve around a town prosecutor who accidentally discovers a series of grizzly case files. Individual stories incorporate supernatural themes based in the Roaring Twenties to create a rich historical, linguistic and cultural backdrop.

Centred on victims of the Grand, each story brings a different point of view related to the hotel, their staff and esteemed guests.

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Aiglefin au Gratin

Haddock au Gratin

A lot of people I know avoid eating fish. They either do not like the texture or the taste; at least until they try this recipe.

This recipe combines Haddock with an easy to make cheese sauce and Panko breadcrumbs. For this recipe, haddock can be substituted with Cod, Tilapia or any other fish that strikes your fancy!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ pound (575 g) of fillets of haddock
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) or 1½ ounces (45 g) of fine chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of pressed garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cumin
  • 5 cups (1,200 ml) or about 12 ounces (340 g) of old cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of flour
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of Panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Thaw and pat dry fish fillets.
  3. In a greased 12×9 inch casserole dish, line bottom with fillets.
  4. In a small pan melt 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter over medium heat.
  5. Add onions, garlic and cumin. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  6. Spread sautéed onions and garlic over fillets.
  7. Shred cheddar cheese and set aside.
  8. Use a 1.5 quart (1.4 l) saucepan on medium heat; melt butter then add flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  9. While stirring, add milk gradually and make sure there are no lumps.
  10. Gradually add three cups (700 ml) of cheese to the saucepan. Continue stirring to integrate the cheese.
  11. Add Italian seasoning and pepper to sauce. Stir then remove from heat.
  12. Cover fish fillets with cheese sauce, sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and breadcrumbs.
  13. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Crunchy and Chewy Country Fried Potatoes

Other than bacon, this is one of my favourite breakfast side dishes. The ingredients are always readily available and can be made up while the rest of the breakfast is ready.

A combination of potatoes, onions, garlic butter and herbs. This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of potatoes
  • 1/2  cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons (60 to 90 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Clean potatoes then cut into small ¼ inch (0.6 cm) cubes.
  2. On a skillet on medium heat, melt butter.
  3. Add olive oil and mix.
  4. Add potatoes, onions, salt and pepper to skillet.
  5. Stir contents on occasion. Add oil as necessary to make sure contents do not stick.
  6. When potatoes edges are a golden brown, remove from skillet.
  7. Place in a bowl, use paper towel to absorb any remaining oil.
  8. Ready-to-serve.

Balsamic Chicken Bites

A tasty dish that I have made for years. Based on a recipe for Chicken Kung Pao and it’s easy to make. The difference in vinegar really makes the flavour pop! Serve with snow peas and rice to make a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of shaved fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch

Preparation

  1. Chop onions and red pepper then add to a small bowl with pressed garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine chicken and cornstarch in sealable container. Toss to cover the chicken.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Remove from skillet.
  6. Add onions, red pepper, ginger and garlic into the skillet. Cook until onions are transparent.
  7. Return chicken to skillet.
  8. Quickly stir bowl then add contents to the skillet.
  9. Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat and ready-to-serve.