Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Local Christmas!

The Bitterman Shoppes
During the holiday season everybody is searching for the perfect gifts. I have found an excellent place in Evansville to shop for artisan wares and locally raised food items. You will find gifts that appeal to any recipient at Bitterman Mini Shoppes & Farmer's Market.

Please try to visit your local merchants and allow them to have a great holiday as well. It's very difficult to compete with online shopping, but I guarantee you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you directly impacted someone locally.

The Bitterman Shoppes
On Saturday, December 19, from 2:00 pm. to 5:00 p.m. - Evansville authors will be at The Bitterman to sign and sell books! Each author is featured below and there is a wide variety of books that will appeal to all readers. 
The authors represent a wide variety of reading materials that will touch all shapes and sizes: cozy mystery, biographical fiction, poetry, children's books, fantasty/sci-fi and hands-on. Of course, I will be there with all of the Recipe Records cookbooks and the Little Dog series.
Please take some time on Saturday to visit The Bitterman and these fabulous writers:  Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Howard, Honey Angela Williams, Patricia Easley, C. A. Jamison, Donna G. Hendricks, Robin Wright and Maryanne Burkhard. Each author has contributed books for door prizes giveaways, a harpist will be there and there's terrific foods for sampling! I promise you won't regret getting out there.

The Bitterman - Mini Shoppes & Farmer's Market,  204 Main Street, Evansville, IN.


Death Before Decaf
A Java Jive Mystery #1
by Caroline Fardig

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson, Caroline Fardig’s captivating new mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing. After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.
Caroline Fardig
The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.

Caroline Fardig will be selling and signing her Lizzie Hart series on Saturday. Get more info at www.amazon.com/caroline fardig



Facebook:  Caroline Fardig
Twitter:  @carolinefardig

Liza, Ever Always

by Carolyn Howard

Liza seemingly had everything going for her, except that it was the 1800s, she was female and her family were 40-acre farmers. Even though her future held marriage, many children and toil each day, she still approached life with joy. Contrast that with her rich neighbors in French Lick, Indiana, who couldn't get enough power or enough money, and perhaps Liza's life wasn't so poor after all.

Carolyn Howard

Carolyn Howard is an author of 1800s biographical fiction novels. Her first: "Blood of My Ancestor," which is about her family. Her second is "Faith Healer's Daughter," the first volume in Lost River Saga. "Liza, Ever Always" is the second in that series. Carolyn lives in Evansville, Indiana.

Link to Carolyn's Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-Howard/e/B00A8RV1CG/
Carolyn Howard, author: Liza, Ever Always
Faith Healer's Daughter 

Blood of My Ancestor

Carolyn's Blog:  http://authorhoward.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Howard on Facebook

Life More Abundantly and other powerful & empowering works
by Honey Angela Williams

A couple of years ago I had this lovely woman on my radio show. She shared several of her powerful poems!
Ms. Williams has found that by the grace of God, adversity can be part of the abundant life, promised Christians in John 10:10. She has made poetry of
experiencing homelessness as a child, the collapse of her marriage, dating after divorce and many other events which she addresses in her poetry. Her drive and tenacity is quite admirable and I feel that she can inspire and encourage others with her honest prose. How fortunate I was to meet this poet and I predict that her works will shine brighter than the sun. Don't miss the chance to meet her this Saturday at The Bitterman!

Honey Angela Williams 

Check out Ms. Williams' book of poetry here:

You can hear Ms. Williams on my radio show at this link:

Myeda, Molly, & Me!
by Patricia Easley

Myeda, Molly and Me tells the story of three friends who are Muslim, Jewish and Christian, and who talk together about their individual faith traditions.  They discover that “God’s love is big and wide, and holds us all inside, so when we see someone new, we ask them to join us because they’re God’s child too.”   
The book is for ages 5 to 8 and allows children and parents to talk about different religions.
I have 12 other books, including one coming out just before Christmas, which is about the spirit of Christmas.  My first book, This Old Goat, is about imagination and has with it a CD in which a musician sings the whole story.  
Patricia Easley

My other children's books are about:  composting, monarch butterflies, drought, bees, self esteem, grandmother’s love, puppies, arrogance and prejudice, and a special one about the mascot for the soon to be opened Freedom Heritage Museum.

Check out Patricia's books at this link:

Polarity, Children of the Orb
by C. A. Jamison

Rush James and his brother, Chris, are “plasmetric” people—a unique life form born of human parents. Their blood cells are alive with alien electronic energy—and living a normal life in the human world creates havoc for those of their kind.
But Rush and Chris aren’t alone—there are others. As their parents slowly die, the Children of the Orb must find one another to survive. Rush must share his life with the only woman in the world that can keep his blood cells charged.

Trulie Morgan is the positive to Rush’s negative. When they touch, polarity moves energy, their passion grows, and the battle of opposites begins. Trulie’s kind heart is naïve to the dangers that surround them, and Rush must learn to use her optimism and strength if he wants to claim victory, and love.

But the danger is very real for all of them--both from humans and from others of their kind. As they search for the answers they're desperate to find, someone is killing humans and animals. When an attempt is made on Trulie's life, Rush is determined to get to the bottom of it--even if it means it could be one of their own--one of the CHILDREN OF THE ORB.


C. A. Jamison

Jamison also has an anthology released in November, 2015:  Nine Deadly Lives. Dream Weaver. 
Available in all E book locations.

We're Combing the Beaches and Doing Projects
by Donna G. Hendricks
"We're Combing the Beaches and Doing Projects" is a children's adventure-project book about beaches of creeks, rivers, lakes, wetlands and oceans. There are 60 fun projects for children to do!The time is now. The story is written to you, the child reading this book, any race or hair color. Come with me into this book and I will be your tour guide. I want you to see, hear, and feel everything!I’ll show you all sorts of places: Paddling a canoe down the river, you watch as an alligator stretches out on the beach, an egret fishes nearby, or a manatee family rises through the water to breathe the air; you snorkel with the fishes in a creek; you take a ferry to an island and drink tea by a big lake. Walking along the beach, you find shells and pebbles to make a cool rhythm instrument or pick up a feather to use as a prompt to write a poem or draw a treasure map. Some of the projects are easy; some are harder. You pick one you can do. We’ll have a grand time together, you and I.
Donna G. Hendricks

Donna G. Hendricks grew up in Elberfeld, Indiana and moved to Evansville when she was grown. She always liked to make things, and it’s no wonder because making things ran in her family. Her dad worked with wood–building their house, play house and furniture, plus all kinds of whirligigs, bird figures, candlesticks and Christmas ornaments. Her mom sewed their clothes, doll clothes, and designed beautiful quilts.When she first met her husband, John, he was driving a tiny brown car topped by a 17 foot canoe, immediately catching her interest. He took her canoeing on the Blue River. She loved looking along the beach of the river, finding a couple of fossils, while John photographed it all. After they married, they visited Big Creek, Wakulla River, The Adirondacks, Okefenokee Swamp, Isle Royale, The Atlantic Ocean, and The Pacific Ocean, Lake Erie, and the Sea of Cortez to name a few. Her special interest was looking for American Indian artifacts on the beaches wherever they went. Each time they returned home she made things from shells, fossils, driftwood, and rocks she found and was inspired by the scenery they enjoyed.
Donna earned a BA degree in art education from the University of Evansville. Later she attended Ivy Tech Community College, taking classes in photography, Photoshop, creative writing, including poetry. With poetry and writing she discovered she could also paint pictures with words. For a time she painted hundreds of little wood figurines at home when her daughter, Shirley, was a toddler because she didn’t want to leave her with a sitter. She’s had poems published in Grit and Trellis (Ivy Tech’s Arts Magazine) and designed the book cover and wrote four short stories included in Midwest Writers Guild’s 2013 anthology, Truth & Tales.
Over the years she has been a wife, mom, step mom, and grandma. Jobs have included paste up artist and typesetter, floral designer, school photographer, working at the Girl Scout office, family & children caseworker, and an elementary art teacher.

You can find Donna's book at:  
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 624 S. Green River Road, Evansville, IN 
Online at
Website: donnaghendricks.tateauthor.com
Also found at these retailers:  The Bookworm Bookstore, Carbondale, IL, Audubon State Park Gift Shop, Henderson, KY, Abe Martin's Lodge Gift Shop, Nashville, IN, and Island Tales, A Children's Bookshop, Balboa Island, CA.

Ghost Orchid 
by B. W. Wrighthard

In "Ghost Orchid," the reader will follow Sara's journey from San Francisco to River City, Indiana to reconnect with the mother who abandoned her years earlier. Once she is in Indiana, Sara blends in with the artists at Addicted to the Arts Co-op, where her mother is a vital member. She also meets and befriends Jane, and before they know it, the lies and truths that weave through their parallel lives are exposed in a crashing reality.

A Needle and a Haystack
by B. W. Wrighthard

In River City, Indiana, local cake baker Charly Angell thinks she has her hands full dealing with the new dynamic of her long marriage to a husband turned rocker wannabe, her teenage son's bedroom, which resembles the local dump, and the absence of her sweet daughter, newly installed at an out-of-town university. 
But those things pale when there's a murder in town and Charly's son becomes a person of interest in the case. She and new friend Violet Shades, aka "Boots," a divorcee, freelance advertising agent, and California transplant, join forces to investigate the crime.
As they eat cake, drink wine, and fumble their way through the investigation, the two women uncover shocking secrets and lies in the city that's home to Addicted to the Arts Co-op. While they try to absolve Charly's son of any involvement in the murder, another murder, related to the first one, occurs, escalating their sleuthing to new and more dangerous heights.

Robin Wright and Maryanne Burkhard
B. W. Wrighthard is the pseudonym for Robin Wright and Maryanne Burkhard, two friends who met in a creative writing class in college. Robin Wright has lived in Evansville, Indiana all her life and currently resides with her husband in a home two cats graciously share with them. Maryanne Burkhard has lived in Evansville, Indiana since 1990. Before moving to Indiana, she lived in New York, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, and for a short stint, Egaila, Kuwait. Although she's been a guardian to dogs and many cats throughout the years, she is currently a servant to only one member of royalty, her cat, Smokey. 

You can follow them at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BWWrighthard/?ref=hl

Outside the Gift Box will be coming soon to downtown Evansville, IN. Choose the trendiest gifts from dozens of categories like greeting cards, restaurant and store gift cards, hip t-shirts, novelties, flowers, specialty candy and gourmet chocolate, humorous stationery, gift books, balloons, jewelry, art, and, of course, the entire line from Suds on Main. The new store will be open on Main Street early 2016. Their online store outsidethegiftbox.gifts is now fully stocked with the legendary natural skin care products from Tracy, the owner of Suds on Main. New product categories will be added closer to the grand opening. When the storefront launches, local vendors will be displayed and proceeds from several product lines will be donated to local charities through the "Imagine Project." Super-snazzy embossed gift boxes will be available in multiple sizes for you to customize your gift at our Build-A-Box Bar, or we can help you with seasonal and special event gift boxes made to order.

Community Garden Revolution Magazine-December issue

It's time now to start planning those gardens - for real!
Here's the link to Mary Hukill's dynamic publication:

You can sign up to receive notifications of the magazine. Stay tuned for new formatting updates in 2016!

Cleveland, Mississippi
Grammy Museum - Cleveland, Mississippi
The Grammy Museum in Cleveland Mississippi and Delta State University are presenting "GRAMMY Beatles 2016: From Cavern to Candlestick" 
Headlining the event are distinguished Beatles authors: Jude Southerland Kessler and Ivor Davis. I am honored to be part of the symposium as well!
It is going to be a Beatles lover's dream -- right in the Mississippi Delta where the blues originated and we all know how much The Beatles were influenced by the blues. 
Mark your calendar now to attend!

Follow on Twitter:   @GRAMMYMuseumMS
On Facebook:   GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Read more at this press release by BeatlesNews.com

Music Nugget o' The Day:
Yer Blues by The Beatles:

Peace & Love,

Lanea Stagg

Recipe Records Cookbooks
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Imagine...Saving John Lennon

Photo Credit:  Jessie Steele
One of the most charming scenes I experience these days is the excitement that young folks have for The Beatles. Not just at festivals, but at the grocery store, schools, in cars, I see young people honoring The Beatles. It seems that the Fab Four are just as popular today with young people as they were 50 years ago. Quite a phenomenon.
Photo Credit:  Ruby Blackwell

A brilliant new young adult book is out and it is the perfect gift for young and 'not so old' Beatles fans.
Up-and-coming writer, Donovan Day, has published his first novel, Get Back. The novel is a fast-paced fantasy that intertwines the Beatles’ heyday with today’s world. The book is geared for young adults, though the story has elements that would appeal to readers from millennials to baby boomers. Furnished with plenty of Beatles references, the time-traveling tale sets out on the theme of its subtitle: “Imagine…Saving John Lennon.”

Photo Credit:  Kristine Summer
The idea came to Day in a dream. “I was doing research on The Beatles for an article and began dreaming about them all the time,” he says. “In one dream, I was in the studio with them and they let me sit in and jam. Later, we got to talking and they discovered I was from the future. They had all sorts of questions about music and records and what whether people would remember them in 2015 and still play their music. It was a happy conversation until — in the dream — John asked, ‘And what becomes of me?’”
Photo credit:  Jessie Steele

Unable to bring himself to tell Lennon the horrible truth in his dream, he woke up and realized he needed to write the story out, which eventually turned into a novel. The dream took place almost exactly two years ago in October, and the novel was published the week before what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday. As YA fiction, the book fills a niche in the Beatles book marketplace. While it is a perfect read for younger audiences, the book creates a platform for those of us who are uh, hum, of a certain age, where we can discuss what the world would be like if John Lennon were still living. Most everyone in this world knows who The Beatles are and probably a large number would be interested in seeing Lennon alive today.

Day attended Columbia University, where he studied creative writing. His short stories have appeared in several literary journals. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, he splits his time between his hometown and New York City. He is a longtime fan of The Beatles, having inherited his grandfather's taste in rock ‘n’ roll.  
It is with pleasure that I welcome Donovan Day onto Recipe Records Radio Show this week!
Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, at 12:00 Noon CST, to hear Donovan LIVE and call in to speak with this interesting gentleman.

You can hear the show at this link:

If you can't listen live, no worries....just tune in to the same link - anytime on Wednesday after 12:30 p.m. CST.

Photo Credit:  Ella Moyes
Donovan's novel, Get Back, is distributed by Park Slope Publishing and available on Amazon. You can connect with Donovan Day on:
Twitter: @donovanday18
Facebook:  Donovan Day (Author)
Photo Credit:  Ella Moyes


OK, each year I think I'm going to rest a little more and then musicians start putting out stellar material...and I have no choice but to go see them ....
Here are a few musical acts that I am going to try to take in during 2016.
If you are interested in looking cool at work today, mention one of these:

New Supergroup -- Hollywood Vampires
Johnny Depp (who knew?), Joe Perry (Aerosmith) and the unforgettable Alice Cooper. This is a cover of T-Rex's song and it's ROCKIN':

Cage the Elephant
This band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been a favorite of mine for nearly a decade. They are not slowing down and continue to put out fresh, delicious tunes. 


Thank you Jeff Lynne.
I was a huge fan of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) in the 70's. Jeff Lynne (also a Traveling Wilbury) never slowed down, he just kept producing music for others.
Well...he has new music out (recording as ELO even though he recorded every instrument himself) and here is a new release and it's simply marvelous:


Just for kicks, let's enjoy this ELO classic and make it a wish for our world today. 


Spirituality for the I-pad!
You can get the app for Inspilights for $1.99 - and it's at this link:




Don't forget to get your copy of "Little Dog About Town-An Evansville Tail" or "Little Dog in the Sun" - they are perfect Christmas gifts!

Are you interested in gardening?
Check out my friend, Mary Hukill's, awesome online magazine about community gardens. Subscribe to get her free monthly issues!


Peace & Love,

Lanea Stagg

Recipe Records Cookbooks
blog:  www.rockblocks3.blogspot.com
radio:  www.blogtalkradio.com/reciperecords
facebook:  RecipeRecords (send request)
twitter:  @RecipeRecords and @LaneaStagg
Evansville, Indiana