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I'm the author of the zombie novella, "Undead Drive-Thru, Nurse Blood," and, "Hall of Twelve." I'm also a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. My work has appeared in the Coshocton Tribune, Irish Story Playhouse, Spaceports & Spidersilk, joyful!, Soft Whispers, Illuminata, Common Threads, Golden Visions Magazine, Stories That Lift, Super Teacher Worksheets, Living Dead Press Presents Magazine (Iss. 1 & 2), FrightFest eMagazine, An Xmas Charity Ebook, The Stray Branch, and The Undead That Saved Christmas (Vol. 1 & 2) and the Signals From The Void charity anthologies. I have multiple stories in anthologies by Living Dead Press, Wicked East Press, Pill Hill Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Knight Watch Press, Coscom Entertainment, Crowded Quarantine Publications, and Collaboration of the Dead (projects), and one (each) in an anthology by Post Mortem Press, NorGus Press, Evil Jester Press, Horrified Press, and Nocturnal Press Publications. I also have a poem in an anthology by Naked Snake Press. My Undead Series will be published with Noctural Press Publication in 2015/2016. My Undead Series includes, (the re-release of) Undead Drive-Thru, the sequel, Undead Regeneration, and the prequel, Undead Origins. I'm also an editor and have edited: Dark Dreams: Tales of Terror, Dead Worlds 7: Undead Stories, and Book of Cannibals 2: The Hunger from Living Dead Press; Earth's End from Wicked East Press; End of Days: An Apocalyptic Anthology (Vol. 4 & 5/co-edited) from Living Dead Press; and I'm currently editing It's Weighing On You Mind from Hidden Thoughts Press, and co-edited Feast or Famine (a zombie anthology). When I'm not busy writing and/or editing, I'm formatting book covers, building/maintaining websites, and writing book reviews. For more information, visit my website: www.rebeccabesser.com

Simple Eating – Smoothie

I picked out an Instant Pot Ace blender for my Mother’s Day gift, which I got early. My son, who is obviously schooling from home right now, is taking a Principals of Food class for school. This means he has assignments to make food. He had to make a microwave breakfast sandwich, and there was a “bonus” smoothie he could make. So, naturally, we made one because I had this awesome new blending toy. And, we’ve pretty much had a smoothie every day since. We’re now addicted to smoothies. I don’t feel bad about it either. They’re healthy and delicious, and they’re a great source of vitamin C, protein, and a zinc boost for the immune system (with spinach, fruit, and greek yogurt)! Below is the simplest form of the recipe I’ve been using to make these vitamin and fiber packed treats.

 

Smoothie

By Rebecca Besser

 

1 single portion yogurt (6-8 onces)

1 cup juice

1 cup ice

1 cup frozen fruit

Optional:

1 small handful of raw spinach

1 banana broken into three or four chunks

 

Instructions:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Yield: 2 large servings, or 3 to 4 small ones.

Warning: If you add too much ice or frozen fruit, the smoothie gets too thick and doesn’t blend well. You want a slightly thick consistency, but you also want it runny enough to suck through a straw with ease (if you’re using a straw).

 

Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie

 

Note: I use greek yogurt because it’s thicker and has more protein than regular yogurt. I’ve also been using apple juice, but plan to experiment a little with some other varieties.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Ranch Tuna

Another lovely lady shared this recipe with me on Facebook when I asked for simple, easy recipes using limited ingredients.

Ranch Tuna

by Elisa Fisher

 

– 1 can tuna, drained

– 1/2 block of cream cheese, softened

– 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning

Mix well.

Serve with crackers, or butter some bread and put some of the tuna mix inside, and grill it like a grilled cheese. You can even add some lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and/or extra cheese.

 

Copyright © Elisha Fisher 2020

Happy Easter Weekend – Free Ebook

Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death by Rebecca Besser is free on Kindle from April 10th-12th (2020).

Happy Easter!

 

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Twisted Pathways of Murder & Death

by Rebecca Besser

 

When emotions go to extremes murder happens.

Sometimes it’s because of betrayal.

Sometimes it’s in revenge.

Sometimes it’s to hide a lie or in self-defense.

Sometimes it’s to feed a secret hunger.

Whatever the reason, the human mind lends itself to twisted pathways that lead to murder and death…

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

Simple Eating – Stir Fry Sauce

We’ve been eating a lot of stir fry and rice lately. I went online to look up how to make my own sauce and found some simple and easy recipes. I modified what I found and since it’s easy to make and delicious, I’m sharing it with you!

 

Bec’s Stir Fry Sauce

by Rebecca Besser

 

1/4 cup water

3 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp corn starch

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp honey

 

Mix well and add to stir fry during the last minute of cooking. Stir well. The longer you cook it the thicker it gets.

*Enough for 1 pound of meat and 3-4 cups veggies.

*The honey makes the sauce less salty. Can be left out if desired.

Note: You don’t need a wok to make stir fry. Just half-cook your meat in a large skillet and then add in fresh or frozen vegetables (usually three to four different vegetables) and cook until  vegetables are warmed through. Add sauce (recipe above), stir in, cook for a couple minutes, and serve over rice.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Besser 2020

New Release – Arterial Bloom Edited by Mercedes M. Yardley

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Arterial Bloom

Edited by Mercedes M. Yardley

 

Lush. Brutal.
Beautiful. Visceral.

Crystal Lake Publishing proudly presents Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition of the magnificence and macabre that exist within mankind. Each tale in this collection is resplendent with beauty, teeth, and heart.

Authors include: John Boden, Kelli Owen, Todd Keisling, Naching T. Kassa, Ken Liu, Armand Rosamilia, Christopher Barzak, Jennifer Loring, Dino Parenti, Jimmy Bernard, Grant Longstaff, Linda J. Marshall, Daniel Crow, Steven Pirie, Jonathan Cosgrove, and Carina Bissett.

Edited by the Bram Stoker Award-winning writer Mercedes M. Yardley, Arterial Bloom is a literary experience featuring 16 stories from some of the most compelling dark authors writing today.

With a foreword by HWA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Linda D. Addison, you are invited to step inside and let the grim flowers wind themselves comfortably around your bones.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

 

Simple Eating – Great Depression Cooking

When I asked for easy recipes with simple ingredients on Facebook to share with you, someone shared this link with me. I haven’t gotten to explore this YouTube channel as much as I’d like, but you might find it worth checking out. During The  Great Depression things were much tighter than they are now and people survived it. There are so many things we can learn from the past…we shouldn’t lose that knowledge.

Great Depression Cooking by Carla

Simple Eating – Cherry Dump Cake

Ursula Raphael is a book reviewer that I meet online. She quickly became one of my favorite ladies in this world. You can find her reviews here: Astradaemon’s Lair. And you can find a quick and super easy recipe for cake she shared with me below. No eggs, butter, or milk required (scarce ingredients right now)!

 

Cherry Dump Cake

by Ursula Raphael

 

Ingredients:

1 box of cherry cake mix

1 can of Cherry Dr. Pepper

 

Instructions:

Mix and bake as instructed on the box.

 

It doesn’t get much simpler than that! Enjoy your cake.

 

Copyright © Ursula Raphael 2020