Here’s the link to my YouTube channel and Magpie’s Masque book trailer. It gives a good high level teaser for the novel which releases June, 1st. Hope you enjoy! Just click on the book title below.
I’m a big believer in the use of Thieves Oil. My husband’s aunt got me started on it years ago and now I can’t live without the highly scented stuff. Every time I sit down at my desk to write, I rub a dab of it between my hands.
Instantly the room is heady with the smell of spices. This is a great aid to my writing, especially my historical writing.
And because I love this stuff so much, I have included it in my newest Medieval novel, Magpie’s Masque. It is only featured briefly, in a scene about The King’s Evil – known today by the name Scrofula. Let me hasten to add that Thieves Oil is not a remedy for this horrible disease. But I use it as a plot device during the culmination of the novel.
I get my Thieves Oil on eBay. I had a recipe for it at one time, but have no idea what happened to it in our recent move. I believe my use of this oil makes me more inclined to not get colds and the flu. I very rarely get either, even when members of the family suffer with them.
When you read Magpie’s Masque, look for the mention of Thieves Oil and how it is used in a blackmail plot.
Oh, before I go today, I got a call from my marketing lady last night. She says the Magpie’s Masque book trailer is up on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & at my website- http://www.gracewalton.com
Hope you’ll go by and check it out! LNF, Grace
Life always gets so exciting for me when I get to the one month release count down for a new book. I’m feeling it already for Magpie’s Masque, the third installment of The ChristKeepers series.
I’ve been deep in Medieval London and Scotland all winter. It’s always a wild ride to see where the characters are going to take you. And Rafe and Magpie were especially adventurous.
They veered off outline so much I got to the last three chapters and had to do a rewrite of the first half of the book. But it made for a much tighter read. I’m really pleased with this story and hope you will be too.
I got to see a preview of the book trailer last night. It’s pretty crazy to see your novel interpreted through visual media. I was impressed by how it gave a teaser for the book in under two minutes.
As the release date approaches for Magpie’s Masque, I will be telling more details of the story and even offering a free chapter on my website. But until then, I will let you know that Rafe and Magpie share some unforgettable moments- heartbreaking, romantic, & spiritual.
I’ll be writing more as the release date nears. LNF, Grace
The third installment of my Medieval Inspirational Romance Series, The ChristKeepers, will be released June 1st. Here is the cover. Thanks to wonderful cover artist Amy DeLoach. The book trailer will be up on my You Tube channel by the middle of the month.
This novel is Magpie’s and Rafe’s story. There will be a free chapter to read up on http://www.gracewalton.com the last week of May to whet your appetite.
Hope your life is wonderful right now! LNF, Grace
OK, I’m confessing right up front about this recipe. It is not one I came up with. It is an old stand by over at Weight Watcher’s that I happened upon. It is super-duper easy, your kids can make it with just a little oversight from you. It’s a stir it all up in one bowl and dump it in a loaf pan bread. And my 85 yr old mom [G-Mama to us] adores it!!!
So every holiday I make her an appropriate themed loaf of this sweet bread. Right now her Easter Loaf is baking and my whole house smells divine! Even my wonderful hubby, who works from home as do I, started sniffing and asked me what I was doing in the kitchen. He’s a carnivore, but he did look a wee bit crestfallen when I told him it was destined for my sweet Mama.
So here’s the fool proof recipe.
1 box cake mix- your choice – today I used a colorful confetti
1 can pumpkin- just the regular sized can, not the big hefty one
1 cup water
Add-ins of your choice: chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, coconut, chopped dates, you get the idea, there are no wrong add-ins. Today I’m using nuts, raisins, & chocolate chips. Just a handful each.
Stir this all together. Be liberal with your add-ins. Dump into a large loaf pan that you’ve pammed. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes. I check mine at 45 min. and if it’s still gooey looking on top I let it go the whole 60 min.
Take it from the oven and let it cool. After cooling get it out of the pan and decorate the top. Today, the Easter Loaf will have a thick topping of powered sugar and vanilla glaze. About 1 cup of the sugar and a couple of tablespoons of milk with a drop or two of vanilla. I want it kind of stiff. Then I will sprinkle a few pretty M&Ms on top. I was going to use coconut, but I’m out of it and too lazy to go to the store. 🙂
Tomorrow when I go see Mom at the senior village, I’ll take her this treat. We are hosting her at an Easter lunch this weekend, but I know she’ll enjoy this Easter Loaf in the meantime.
Happy Easter! He Is Risen!