Here is the blog hop general blurb:
Welcome to the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop! Each participant invites a number of others to answer five questions about a recent or forthcoming release, and a recipe that fits with it. Links to the participants I have invited may be found in a while, just above the excerpt and recipe. Their contributions should be in place soon after this, so check out their blogs over the next few days.
Now for the Random Tasty Questions:
1) When writing are you a snacker? If so sweet or salty?
Lately my tastes have turned from sweet to salty. The latest craze is cheese crackers. I love them! The box sits on the desk beside me and before I know it, they're all gone. Of course, I have plenty of iced tea to wash the tasty little squares down.
2) Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of their pants? And are they real pants or jammies?
I'm a pantser and yes, they are real pants - either jeans or shorts, according to how hot the office is and what kind of mood I'm in. Summer in the swamps of South Carolina can be brutal and drains away my desire to do any type of work.
3) When cooking, do you follow a recipe or do you wing it?
It is impossible for me to cook/bake without a few modifications to the recipe. Sometimes my changes are okay but there have been a few occasions when I should have left well-enough alone. Just ask my husband, he'll agree!
4) What is next for you after this book?
I am presently working on a book geared towards the middle grade crowd about life during World War II as seen through the eyes of a young boy. I have been picking my husband's (Robert DeBurgh's) brain about what he remembers during that time and using his recollections for the story. He was quite a mischievous kid and the story should make an entertaining yet insightful glimpse into that era. This book will tie in with the characters and settings from Robert's books, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate.
5) Last question…on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo hoo steamy, how would you rate your book?
Since this book and all my other books are for children or MG/YA, I would have to rate all of them as not steamy at all. Fun, adventurous, and entertaining - yes, but naughty - no.
Now, who should I invite to carry on this silly blog hop. How about Vickie Johnstone, Brenda Perlin and Jane Carroll.
“Robbie, come on downstairs. We have a surprise for you, birthday boy.”
Robbie heard his mother calling him, but ignored her summons. Yeah, happy birthday to me. What kind of birthday is this going to be? My mom and grandparents are going to be the only ones attending my party. Uncle Charlie, Aunt Doretta, and Aunt Winnie are all gone off to strange places, fighting in a war. Even my friends from the airport, Roger and Burt are in England flying Spitfires. And I’m stuck here at home with my mom and grandparents. I wish I was older and could fly airplanes like Uncle Charlie. I’d be with him with him right now. I would be his co-pilot. Me and Uncle Charlie, flying over the Himalayan Mountains, flying blind in a thick fog dodging the mountaintops… or being ambushed by the Japs, bullets flying all around us…”
Robbie sat on his bed, day dreaming. He really missed Charlie and Doretta. Charlie was not really his uncle, more like a cousin, but Cousin Charlie just did not sound right. Doretta was a pilot too and had her own flight school before the war. They were very special to Robbie, almost like his second mom and dad. His first real happy memory of flying was of his first ride in an airplane sitting on his aunt’s lap in the front cockpit of Uncle Charlie’s Travelaire biplane.
When he felt all alone, Robbie relived the wonderful experience of hearing the wind whistling through the guy wires attached to the wings and feeling its invisible fingers tugging at the buttons on his coat, threatening to snatch the warm covering away.
The smell coming from the engine compartment in front of him mixed with his aunt’s perfume was something he would treasure forever. The two totally different smells should have been a terrible combination but it wasn’t. Why? Who knows.
He could still picture the big smile on Charlie’s face and the wink just before his uncle moved the control stick all the way to the right, banking the airplane in a steep turn. Robbie screamed, not out of fear but because of the thrill and excitement of flying with his two most favorite people in the world.
He was only a little kid back then but he had never been afraid of flying. He knew Doretta would never let go of him and that Uncle Charlie was the best pilot in the world. The memory of Doretta’s arm wrapped snugly around him still comforted him when he heard strange noises in the middle of the night.
This would have been one of Robbie's favorite desserts since it contains his two favorite foods, chocolate and peanut butter.
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars .
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. (or in a 9X9 square pan if you want them thicker) In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.