State of the Rhys Jan 2014

7bdHere is the State of the Rhys

Wow.

Much happenings.

Too much.

Many things.

Let’s see… let’s go series by series, shall we?

Dirty Series, the Cole McGinnis Mysteries

Dirty_Deeds_CoverDirty Deeds will be out on March 28th, 2014. The next book in the series will be Down and Dirty, out later this year. Down and Dirty will be Bobby and Ichi’s book. I’m still contemplating if I will write this in Bobby first person or double POV between Bobby and Ichi third person.

In audiobook news, the Dirty series’ narrator has been chosen and contracted. I really liked what he did and his voice choices were good. I’ll let you know when things get going on that and the audiobooks are released.

The Devils Brew Rhys Ford CoverTequila Mockingbird is finished and contracted with Dreamspinner. It will be out in June 2014 but before then, The Devil’s Brew will be out first. It is a short Miki and Kane novella that leads into Tequila Mockingbird.

I’ve started the next Hellsinger Novel, Duck Duck Ghost. It features Wolf and Tristan. Will I be bringing Cin in later? Yes. Because really, he needs his own book.

Speaking of paranormal, I do have another paranormal project with a favourite author of mine. I actually have to talk to her about when we can discuss it. But that’s on the horizon. A couple of projects really. But ah, I want to start it before I begin doing the happy release info dance

Clockwork TangerineClockwork Tangerine! Ah, steampunk. Sorta. Really, it’s mostly a romance set in a steampunky environment. It’s about Marcus and Robin and how they find love in one another. That’s out February 19th. It’s a little bit different but I really enjoyed the lushness of it.

Okay, anything else I’m forgetting? Anything you all wanna know?

How To Cook Fried Rice

By request…

Okay. Let’s talk fried rice.

You’re going to need a few things.

1. Rice. (2 C cooked)

Calrose is preferable but really any rice will do. Cook it. I prefer a rice cooker but some people use a pot on the stove. Whatever works for you. Make 2-3 cups. Cooked cups. Not raw. You’re not making sushi for the masses. For this recipe, let’s go with 2 cups.

2. Eggs. (2 beaten well with a little water till frothy)

Rule of thumb, one per cup. Or two per one cup if you like eggy rice.

3. Veggies. (1 cup)

This can be anything. Most common are frozen peas or peas/carrots. You don’t need to cook them. Put them in a sieve or colander and run them under hot water. Drain well. Any kind of veggie will do. Mixed veggies are nice. Frozen is a good in a pinch kind of thing.

4. Green onions or regular onions (minced)

Maybe two handfuls.

5. Seasoning: Soy Sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder or minced garlic.

Optional things: Bean sprouts, water chestnuts, bacon (fried crispy), shrimp, chicken. Cook the meat before you put it into the rice. This is where you can customize things. You don’t have to do the same thing over and over. Hell, you can even add some curry powder to it and toss in some pineapple for thai pineapple fried rice. But let’s stick with the basics for right now.

Steps:

Add soy sauce to cooked rice and mix well. The rice should end up looking like a dirty blend. Don’t make it soup. Just add enough to colour the rice.

Get a skillet or frying pan. Add oil. It doesn’t matter what kind of oil. Sesame is nice but hell, plain vegetable is fine. I’m not a big fan of butter here but that’s ‘cause butter and fried rice are a bit odd but hey, it’s your fried rice. Use what you’ve got.

Get the skillet hot—maybe a medium-high heat. When it is hot, spread the rice around the skillet until it’s all in there.

Now comes the hard part.

DO NOTHING. Really. Don’t touch it. Leave it like that for a few minutes. This will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your entire life. You will WANT to turn it over. You will WANT to mix it. Resist. Resist HARD.

After four to five minutes, pour the egg evenly over the top of the rice so it is spread throughout.

AGAIN DO NOTHING. You can do this. Really. Trust me. I have faith.

Let the egg sit and cook for a bit. This will be another two to three minutes or so. When you see the egg firming up, it’s time to turn the rice. Just take a spatula and turn it gently. Mix in up a bit.

You will see a crackle on your rice. This is a good thing. You WANT this crackle. If the rice is wet, let it sit a bit more until the egg cooks and firms. When this happens, it’s time to add the salt, pepper, garlic and the veggies—and anything else you want.

Do not stir often. Just flip it over in chunks a few times. When the rice, veggies and everything else is steaming hot, serve. Do not burn your mouth.

This should take you about ten minutes to cook from when the rice hits the skillet to the addition of the veggies. Experiment with what you’d like in there or learn what works for you. Really fried rice is kind of a what’s in the fridge kind of dish. The basics are eggs, rice and seasonings. Everything else is just bonus.

Portuguese Sausage / Fried Rice

Sid Love is Coming to Dreamspinner Press!

Sid Love of blogging faHoldingontoHopeFSme has joined the author ranks of Dreamspinner Press. I am excited to announce the upcoming release of his book! I wish you the best of luck, Sid and may you have great success!

Holding on to Hope
Sid Love
Coming February 14, 2014

Dreamspinner Press
68 Pages
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

BLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

PRE ORDER LINK: Holding on to Hope

Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

You can find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sid.love.16?ref=tn_tnmn or tweet him anytime: https://twitter.com/FatefulMercy, or simply e-mail him at sidlovethewriter@live.in.

Eric Update from TJ

TJ Writes: Eric spoke today. It was only for a little bit, and it was a rasp, but he spoke. I cried all over myself in the hallway at work. Then the good people at his new hospital helped him sit up from the bed and put his feet out on a stool for about ten minutes. It’s the first time he’s been able to do that since this started. It tired him out, but there were no other issues other than he couldn’t do it on his own. Not yet.

I motherfucking believe. You can count on that.

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.

Good News: Eric Update

1470362_263238180496034_20054493_nTJ Writes: I know I said I needed to take a break and maybe I do, but I couldn’t just leave it sounding so down.

In one day, this new hospital has done more for Eric than the previous hospital did in the entire two weeks. They are giving us HOPE. They are talking to him directly, treating him like a goddamn human being. He has already been seen by doctors and therapists and anyone else that can find some way to help him. They plan on having him up and in a wheelchair as soon as possible to get him used to being upright again.

And the best part? His left foot moved. HE WAS MOVING HIS LEFT FOOT. Not a fucking nerve reaction. Not a fucking glitch. He was MOVING HIS LEFT FOOT.

Some of these days are hard. Some of them are dark. But then some days, like today, I am filled with so much hope that I am about to burst. It sucks that he is so far away, but FUCK that previous hospital. Fuck them for trying to take our hope away. We may not get back to where we were, but it’s not going to be because we haven’t fought for it.

Let’s GO, let’s GO, let’s GO!!