National Coffee Day!

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Today is National Coffee Day, and I am very excited about it. As a lover of coffee, and an avid consumer or the drink that I consider a food group, I want to spread the celebration!

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Coffee is an essential part of my life and my work. I never write, teach, or prepare to do both without coffee. And I drink so much of it that I can go to sleep after a nice cup of rich coffee!

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So, indulge and have a wonderful cup (or several) of the heavenly brew! No matter how your prepare it or where you consume it, enjoy a mug of coffee today!

 

Cover Revealing For The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook by Charles F. French

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Hello to everyone! I am excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming book The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook in which characters from my two novels, Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 and Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 give a variety of their favorite recipes.

The wonderful book designer is Judy Bullard
http://www.customebookcovers.com . I recommend her highly!

Unlike the villains the heroes in my books battle, I hope these recipes do not frighten you. Instead, I hope they entice your appetite.

I will shortly give the release date for the book!

Happy reading and Good Eating!

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

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Available on Amazon

Pre-release Notice of Get The Draft Done! and The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook by Charles F. French!

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I am very excited to announce that I will have two books out soon! I do not have a specific release dates yet, but when they are certain, I will reveal them.

One book is traditionally published: Get The Draft Done! — a book to help writers who struggle to complete a first draft.

The other book is self-published (more adventures in being a hybrid writer!) — The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook — and is a fun little volume of recipes from characters from the Investigative Paranormal Society.

More information on these books soon!

National Pretzel Day

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April 26 is National Pretzel Day! This wonderful snack has a long and mysterious past with some claiming Italy and some Greece as the original place of their creation. No one is certain, but someone is to  be thanked for presenting the world with this tasty treat!

And as a Pennsylvanian, I want to point out that approximately 80 percent of all pretzels are made in Pennsylvania.

And I have to say that a heated soft pretzel with mustard is  a wonderful snack!

So, have a hard or soft pretzel and enjoy!

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A Meal and Conversation With Authors

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This idea of meeting with a few authors over a meal and having a conversation with them is something I have discussed before, and it was fun to consider. I have, therefore, decided to cover this scenario again.  I was thinking about with whom I would like to dine and with whom I would enjoy having a conversation, among authors, both living and dead. Obviously, for the sake of this idea, if an author is dead, he/she will be resuscitated for the meal and conversation.

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I consider myself an author of speculative fiction, which can encompass many genres, but one of my areas in writing, in teaching, and in study is Gothic/Horror.  Two of my novels, Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 and Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 2 are both of the Horror and Gothic genres. I will be adding to this series, and I have already written the first draft of two other horror novels. Horror and Gothic have interested me since I was a youngster, and it will the rest of my life.

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I would like, therefore, to have a meal with 3 masters of this field: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker. I think this would be an enlightening, provoking, stimulating, and lively conversation. I would raise a glass with them and toast to their enduring brilliance.

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My question, then, to all of you is this: with what three authors would you like to have a meal and conversation?

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

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Available on Amazon

Guest Post: Introducing the Educated Wanderer!

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I am very proud to have a former student of mine and her business partner present this guest post about their travel company. I hope all of you enjoy this post and consider using their business!

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Hello everyone!

Allow us to introduce ourselves. My name is Laura Pezzulich. My partner Creed Hyatt and I run our company, Educated Wanderer. We are based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania and have been around since 2015, though we have been leading travel groups for the past 12 years. As philosophers and avid travelers, our life’s work has grown into creating small group travel experiences to places that we want to or love to visit. The idea is to design trips that WE want to go on in hopes that other like-minded individuals will be interested to join us. Of course, this means there are certain preferable criteria each of our trips must meet as we plan our travel. Aside from the all-inclusive price which includes airfare, accommodations, admissions fees, transportation, and more, the kinds of experiences we incorporate into our travel are reading, culture, food, local spirits, and freedom to explore. I want to emphasize that education is what makes travel useful and that education truly encompasses all of these criteria.

Allow me to explain. By education, we do not mean simply learning the history of a place through reading or guided tours, though they are absolutely necessary pieces of the puzzle. What we mean by education is taking the culmination of experiences you will have, reflecting on how they challenge and make you feel, thereby learning something more about the world and its people, but most significantly learning something about yourself. This kind of knowledge sneaks up on you. It is not easily acquired, however our philosophy of travel is rooted in a belief of the zenith of the tangible and the intangible, the describable and the ineffable, of which we know will change ways you interpret everything. We feel comfortable claiming that we know this because we speak from our own experience and the experiences of those we have traveled with in the past. We want to help you understand your own experiences, just as any good teacher will do.

The problem that interferes with such understanding is life, which typically includes a list of duties we must perform to maintain a comfortable living situation. There is nothing inherently wrong about that. When we are at our jobs and at home we tend to be doing things for other people, thus we often neglect our spiritual and emotional needs, as we do not actively challenge our routines. That is where we come in. Creed and I want to give you the opportunity to disconnect from the usual to make room for connecting with your Self. At Educated Wanderer, we do not take you on vacations. Our job is not merely to show you a good time, regardless of the fact that we do indeed have an utterly fantastic time! Rather, we find it to be our duty to encourage and facilitate learning experiences for people because the most meaningful part of our work is people and cultivating a sense of community. Essentially . . . you.

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To that end, we have designed four trips scheduled during the year 2019 to Italy, Spain, Iceland, and Germany. Please visit our website at http://www.educatedwanderer.com for more information. Scroll through our online library of relevant texts to help acquaint you with your intended destination. If you have questions please call us, email us or visit our office. If you are really old-school, we also respond to carrier pigeons or balled up pieces of paper thrown at us while we walk down the street. We absolutely love talking with people about our travel ideas and about your travel dreams! We hope to hear from you and we hope you will join us in 2019!

Call: 6104625886

Email: laura@educatedwanderer.com or creed@educatedwanderer.com

In-person Appointment: 707 N. 4th Street, Studio 106, Allentown, PA 18102

Don’t forget to like us on social media for travel updates and news!

Facebook: facebook.com/educatedwanderer

Instagram: @educatedwanderer

Twitter: @eduwanderer

Sam Sadlowski’s Chicken Paprikash–from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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I thought I would continue to write about the characters from my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1. Sam Sadlowski is one of three founding members of the IPS, the Investigative Paranormal Society, a ghost and supernatural investigation group, that is central to my book.

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Sam is a retired homicide detective and an avid cook.  But he doesn’t do any of “that high-class stuff served on a plate too large and a portion too small,” as he would say. A proud descendant of Polish and Hungarians, he loved the peasant food he grew up with. He loves hearty food and plenty of it.

One of his favorite foods was a meal his mother made often when he was growing up.  Here is his version of Chicken Paprikash:

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Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken, either breast or thighs

2 green bell peppers

2 large onions

1 pound button mushrooms

1 can crushed tomatoes

paprika — regular or hot depending on the level of desired heat

fresh ground black pepper

garlic

pinch of salt (optional)

sour cream

either dumplings or wide noodles

To prepare:

Use a large dutch oven, preferably of cast iron.

Boil the chicken for a few minutes to begin the cooking process, then transfer to the dutch oven that has a hot layer of cooking oil in it that has been heavily coated with paprika, so that the oil looks red.  Be sure to pat the chicken dry first with a paper towel to avoid oil splattering.

While the chicken is searing, on both sides, chop the peppers and onions. Clean the mushrooms with cold water and a paper towel.

After the chicken is seared, turn the heat to low or simmer.

Add the peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Add the seasoning.

Add the crushed tomatoes.

Add two-four tablespoons sour cream, and mix completely.

Let simmer in the dutch oven for 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours.

Cook the noodles or dumplings.

To Serve:

Serve over noodles or dumplings in a large bowl.

Slick thick pieces of good bread to place on the side.

Sam prefers to drink Hungarian red wine: egri bikaver, which translates loosely as “bull’s blood” with the meal.

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If you enjoy hearty meals, give this a try. You will probably enjoy Sam’s recipe.

 

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview