Match

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Match. [More info]

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~ Laurean Brooks ~
Ryan’s Reckless Bride: The questionnaire she’d received from the agency puzzled her. Ryan McKay could not be the right match. The paper stated that her match was “…an adventurer looking for a like-minded spouse who loves to travel. Neither culinary or other domestic skills required.” His live-in housekeeper performed those tasks. So far, Mr. Mckay hadn’t mentioned a housekeeper.

We simply couldn’t resist this seemingly perfect opportunity to mention the Granny Pact Matchmaker Series by Jessica Marie Holt. The fourth book in this romantic comedy series is expected to be released in early October. It is now available for pre-order.

Beach

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Beach. [More info]

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Relaxed Friday 47

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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~ Keith D Guernsey ~
We are honored to announce a joint promotion with the American Cancer Society where we will be donating 25 cents/copy for any of our books (including our newest “Overcoming the Odds“) ordered between 8/26/2020 and 10/31/2020 to this wonderful organization.
Will you help us cure this dreaded disease today?
Thank you, Keith
(2X cancer survivor)

Cause

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Cause. [More info]

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~ Earl Chinnici ~
Sharing a few lines from one of my works-in-progress. This one’s a fictitious adventure about an author named Jenny who became an uncanny hero and symbol of America’s resilience after terrorists accidentally ruined her debut book signing. Here, she writes about the first date with her fiance, Charlie.
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We stopped at a burger joint as we made our way to the rodeo. I don’t remember exactly what we ate, but I recall ordering two number sevens all the way. It’s funny how my mind works sometimes. I often remember something trivial yet forget a seemingly more important detail from around the same time. Maybe it didn’t matter in the first place. I suspect this happens to me more often when I’m excited. I tend to focus on the ludicrous to avoid thinking about whatever is the cause of my excitement. In this case, it was Charlie.
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Woman

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Woman. [More info]

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Park

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Park. [More info]

Photo by Quinn Kampschroer

Lost

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Lost. [More info]

Photo by Bere Von Awstburg

Vegetable Beef Ramen Chili Soup

By Earl Chinnici

I enjoy cooking. Preparation and cleanup, not so much. For a while now, I’ve wanted to share this quick and delicious original recipe with clients, fans, and friends but due to the many inherent dangers and opinions involved in both cooking and eating, I’ve hesitated. As much as I don’t like feeling the need to use them, I am truly thankful for disclaimers.

CAUTION: YOU ASSUME ALL RISK IF YOU DECIDE TO TRY THIS!

This recipe is provided for entertainment value only. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information. The author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability caused by the use or misuse of this information to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption. This includes any caused directly or indirectly by errors or omissions, whether these are the result of negligence, accident, or any other cause. In matters relating to health and nutrition, and especially with respect to any symptoms that might require medical attention, the author urges readers to seek professional assistance immediately.

Earl Chinnici’s Vegetable Beef Ramen Chili Soup

Ingredients:

15 OZ can of Mixed Vegetables (drained & rinsed)
10.5 OZ can of Vegetable Beef Condensed Soup
15.5 OZ can of Chili Beans
3 OZ package of Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup
Approximately 6 cups of water (2 cups to cook noodles plus about 4 cups for consistency and to help harvest the spices stuck to the side of the can of chili beans—15.5 OZ times 2 equals 3.875 cups)
Directions:

Carefully beat unopened package of soup with sturdy ice cream scoop or similar device until noodles are evenly crushed but not entirely pulverized.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large stainless steel pot.
Add crushed noodles (but not seasoning packet) to water and boil 3 minutes stirring often.
Add the vegetable beef soup, mixed vegetables, chili beans, additional water, and contents of the seasoning packet that comes with the noodles.
Return to a boil, stirring often to avoid burning and thoroughly mix ingredients.
Remove from heat.
Cover and allow 5 to 10 minutes for good measure.
Enjoy.

Ride

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Ride. [More info]

Photo by Pam Patterson

Relaxed Friday 46

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)…
Northward, where it traversed the forest, the trees had encroached the road; tall grasses and brush choked the sides of the hard, dry track. Saplings grew at the edge, intrepid advances of the old forest eager to reclaim the land with its dark shadows.

Next Week in CleanWIP Magazine

Each Thursday, we post the themes for the upcoming week to the Themes page of this site as well as in the CleanWIP Facebook group. Here’s some of what we have planned. Several Special Edition articles are also currently works-in-progress.
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Thursday, August 27: CAUSE
Wednesday, August 26: WOMAN
Tuesday, August 25: PARK
Monday, August 24: LOST
Sunday, August 23, 2020: RIDE

Pie

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Pie. [More info]

Photo by Bernadette Wurzinger

Main

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Main. In addition to relevant lines from a WIP, we’ve encouraged authors to tell us about a primary writing/publishing goal or some other *main thing* they are willing to share. [More info]

Photo by Pam Carter

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
People often ask me why I write historical fiction. The answer is simple. I can’t change the facts of an historical story (I could, but I digress for this little exercise!), so my goal in writing—whether it is historical fantasy, fiction, Biblical, or romance—is to convey an accurate historical setting, but create unpredictable backgrounds to the story that history didn’t bother to record!

~ Laurean Brooks ~
The main thing I’d like to convey to beginning writers is, “Don’t give up.” Even when it looks like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere. If God has given you a desire and a gift with the written word, pursue it. Forget what others think. Write in your own voice and write for your own pleasure. Be true to yourself. Don’t try to copy a famous author’s style. You are unique. God only made one you. Surround yourself with encouraging people and avoid Dream Stealers—those who try to discourage you. Hang onto your dream and keep pushing forward.

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
I think the main theme in all of my work is homecoming. I even have a literary fiction short story series called “Homecoming,” where three older people, each longing for a sense of home, meet by chance and help each other find what they’re looking for. All of my books, in one way or another, are about reconciling, coming back to the heart of things, and remembering what truly matters. In every one there’s some sense of longing for a connection—for family, roots, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Even in the spy series I’m working on, Arthur’s only true goal is to protect his wife and take his life back so he can have his dream—a cozy little existence, where he can live in peace, sitting by the fire every day, and kissing his wife good night every night. I personally believe that every author and artist has a main “theme,” something they are trying to work out and process in their own hearts, and it comes out in all of their work. I guess you could say coming home is mine.

Mail

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Mail. [More info]

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina

~ Laurean Brooks ~
HALF-PRICE BRIDE: The spoon in her hand dripping, Louise spun around. “Marriage proposal? Who’d be proposin’ to you? Why you ain’t even courtin’ nobody.”
Anger burned in Emily’s chest. “If I was, it would be my own business.” She immediately regretted her harsh words.
Before Louise could retort, Roy asked, “Who’s the letter from, Sis?”
“A dentist. I answered a mail-order bride ad in the Commercial Appeal.” She handed him the letter and envelope.
Louise threw up her hands. “Well, in all my born days! I ain’t believin’ it. Let me see that letter.”

Shop

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Shop. [More info]

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Roll

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Roll. [More info]

Photo by Dominic Alberts

Relaxed Friday 45

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
Excerpt from Totally Yours, aka Granny Pact Book 4!
“Livvy, you weren’t there. You didn’t see her.”
Olivia looked at her with wide, unblinking eyes from across the breakfast table. “I was there, and I did see her.”
Janet sighed in frustration. “Okay, you saw her during dinner. But you didn’t see her in the kitchen. The way she batted her big green eyes, and tossed her flouncy hair.”
Olivia wrinkled her nose. “Flouncy hair?”
“Oh, you know what I mean.”
“I sometimes know what you mean. This is not one of those times.”
“Oh, Livvy,” Janet moaned, crossing her arms over the table and putting her head down on top of them. “This is it, this is the end of me and Mitch. I just know it.”
“Hmmm. Yeah, you’ve told me the whole story twice, and I’m still not coming to that same foregone conclusion.”

Previously in CleanWIP Magazine…

Left

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Left. [More info]

Photo by Hugo Petitjean

Earl Chinnici ~
In yesterday’s article, I mentioned how I started writing as I quit smoking gradually. Since my first paragraph that was later included in my debut contains today’s theme, I decided to share it. Other than my enthusiasm about removing some ashtrays from my home, I don’t know why I wrote this paragraph on a jagged scrap of paper and then jogged a quarter of a mile in less than five minutes and performed three chin-ups from a dogwood tree in my yard. Here is the first paragraph of my career as an author. Laugh if you want, but I wrote it with passion.
I have been smoking mostly outside for a while now. Sometime during the day today, I removed all but three ashtrays from my home. I washed eight ashtrays outside under a water hose and left them in the shed for my next yard sale!

Start

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is Start. [More info]

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
I started writing in high school because I wanted to write books I wanted to read. I love reading, but I love writing more. But, as it turns out, I actually write books that I don’t read! Go figure. As an adult I shopped around several novels but never found a publisher, though a few agents were interested, but only if I wrote something the thought would be more marketable. I refused. When indy publishing took off, I knew I had a place. And here I am, forty years later with eight books and several more on the way. It all began with reading.

~ Keith D Guernsey ~
I never intended to become an author. I was just making notes from my playing and coaching days (football and hockey), and 25 years later it became Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie.

~ Earl Chinnici ~
In 2011, I quit smoking that product endearingly called “Tobacco Cigarettes”. During the process, I started jotting down the time I lit each cigarette. These time entries progressed quickly into complete paragraphs, eventually becoming the foundation of my first book. I only wish I had started much sooner.

Sand

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Sand. [More info]

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Lazy

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Lazy. [More info]

Photo by Heather Gunn

Spirit

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Spirit. [More info]

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
The last few lines I wrote late last night for my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)…
His gaze slid toward Jehan, motioning with his head for him to move closer. “What are you—a spirit of the darkness or the light?”
“The Muslims call us jinn and afrit; you Franks would call us faeries and the like. Creatures of magic whispered about only in secret,” she said. “In truth, we—I—am a daughter of Eve, a child of the light. You have no to cause to fear or mistrust me, Thierry de St. Germaine. We are the same; we simply possess magic and long life.”
“You are immortal, if the tales are true.”
“We are also prone to great vanity and arrogance, but we can be slain, though not easily.”

Relaxed Friday 44

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

Photo by David Mark

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
Here is (one of) my favorite scenes from the third Granny Pact book, which released last month. I don’t think I’ve shared it before.
“I have a girlfriend,” Julio blurted out. He groaned internally. So much for letting Olivia off the hook.
His mother stood up so fast her chair fell over. Lela came and picked it up. Then she looked at all of them, her eyes glinting with curiosity.
“Que pasa aqui?” she said.
Julio’s mother translated the news. Lela’s eyes opened wide and round. She clutched one hand to her chest, while the other hovered in the air as though she was casting a spell. Then she closed her eyes and began murmuring thanks and praises to her dear Lord and Savior for allowing her to live to see this blessed day.
Then she opened one eye and fixed it on Julio. “Es rubia?”
“Si, Lela. She’s blonde. Es rubia.”
Lela clutched her chest again and sat down heavily in the chair Julio’s mother had vacated.
Julio’s mother looked down at Lela and shook her head.

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)…
He wasn’t sure if the Sarrazins had discovered the underground tunnels, but he prayed they had not. The tunnels were old, perhaps as old as Jherusalem itself. They criss-crossed the city, though most radiated from the Temple Mount. Over the years, the Templars had widened and paved a few of the tunnels they had discovered under the streets of Jherusalem. They’d found more as they burrowed under the city. Some places the tunnels were as wide as five men abreast, while in others a large man could barely squeeze through sideways. The one Terric sought wound itself from the Temple westward toward Mount Sion and the old abbey.
When he had told Jehan months ago about the secret tunnels running beneath the streets and buildings of the city, he didn’t believe him. Seeing the long narrow corridor running away from them into the darkness, he still stood in disbelief. Had Terric not seen the tunnels before, albeit only once, he might not have believed it himself.

Breath

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Breath. [More info]

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Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)
A round of murmurs filled the tent and might have grown louder and more unruly, except for the aged hand that lifted from the throne on the dais, silencing the throng.
“As to the other matters,” Raoul continued, his dark eyes flicking upward to the dais, “which are under the jurisdiction of the Church. First, the Marquis of Montferrat’s brother was married to Lady Isabella’s sister, Queen Sibylla. Although not related by blood, the Church herself considers such relations as incestuous.” The archbishop raised his hand again, more firmly this time, to quell the dissenting voices.. The Bishop of Beauvais scowled at his side, his fair face reddening with each breath. “Further, Your Grace, how do we know if the marquis is not still married to his Byzantium wife, Theodora Angeline? Until such doubts are put to rest, any marriage between Conrad and Princess Isabella would be an adulterous affair, for certes.”

Manage

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Manage. [More info]

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Guard

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Guard. [More info]

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)…
Stephanie stood and caught her by the arm on a return pass across the carpet. “Isabella, it will do no good to keep pacing,” she said, her voice calm but pleading. “Your mother will come when she comes. You will not hasten her by wearing a path in the carpet.”
Isabella shot her a dark, dagger-sharp glance. “She has no right to keep me here against my will and under guard.”
“You are not a prisoner.”
“Really?” she sneered, tossing her gaze over her shoulder toward the door of the tent. “Those two serjeants are not there to watch the weather.”

Some

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Some. [More info]

Photo by Ingeborg Gärtner-Grein

~ Laurean Brooks ~
Half-Price Bride: A wet dishrag slapped against the counter before Louise spat, “There’s Memphis. It’s not that far, and it being a big city, your sister could find some kind of work there—plus a boarding house to move into.”
Emily tore open the envelope, her hands shaking. As she pulled out the folded sheet of paper, two large bills and a smaller one floated to the ground. She picked them up and gasped.

Color

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Color. [More info]

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