Coffee, Contests and Demons: It’s Dead Demon Walking Time

If you have read some of my past reviews, you may know that I am a huge fan of author Linda Welch and her Whisperings paranormal mystery series. Whisperings is a series featuring Tiff Banks, who sees the spirits of those who have been violently slain, and her demon lover, Royal. You can read my reviews of both the first book in the series, Along Came a Demon and the second book, The Demon Hunters, right here on the blog.

Well, now it is time for the third book in the Whispering series, Dead Demon Walking. I have been looking forward to the third installment in the series for quite some time. A few months back, I was privileged  to be one of the beta readers for an earlier draft of the book. So, I cannot wait to read the latest installment in the series and see how it has turned out! And what’s even more exciting is that not only is the next book in the series here, but Linda Welch is actually having a contest with some serious swag picked out by characters Tiff and Royal themselves!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Exclusive – Royal’s coffee mug.
  • Royal’s favorite organically grown coffee.
  • Exclusive – Whisperings poster.
  • Tiff’s favorite made-in-Utah chocolates.
  • Your choice of Gift certificate: $20.00 or £13.00 Amazon, or $20.00 Barnes & Noble.
  • Dead Demon Walking T-shirt featuring a quote from the book, in your size.
  • And, not just one, but two lucky runners-up will get:

    • A gift certificate. Your choice of $10.00 or £6.00 Amazon, or $10.00 Barnes & Noble.

    You can accrue winning points by doing any of the following. The more points, the better your chances.

    • Leave a comment on her blog: 2 points.
    • Follow her blog: 2 points.
    • Become a Whisperings Facebook Fan:  4 points.  There’s a link on the side of her blog.
    • Mention the contest on your Facebook, Yahoo, or other social network page: 4 points.
    • Tweet, Digg, Stumble (or whatever) about this contest and ask your friends to spread the word: 5 points.
    • Blog about the contest: 5 points.
    • Read Whisperings book one Along Came a Demon and tell me What is Royal’s Gelpha name?: 15 points.

    An important note if, like me, you read the first two books a while back: Along Came a Demon was updated with additional material in late 2010.  If you read the original  novella, you won’t find Royal’s Gelpha name in there, if you read the current novel-length version, you will. 

    For complete instructions on how to enter, you’ll have to go to Linda’s website. I’d like to tell you more, but I am off to read the expanded version of Along Came a Demon. I am just dying of curiosity to find out Royal’s Gelpha name!

    Rock the Red Pump for AIDS Awareness

    Here in the United states, March 10th has been designated as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). In recognition of the day, we are proud to be part of the Rock the Red Pump Project. This year’s campaign goal was to get 500 blogs to sign up and join in spreading awareness of the day in just 50 days. The actual number was double that, with over a thousand blogs participating.  NWGHAAD focuses on the effect of HIV and Aids on women and girls. The 2011 campaign is focusing on the statistic “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.

    The facts are that 27% of all new patients diagnosed with AIDS are women and girls.  African-American women account for 66% of that group.

    Women and girls are the one of the fastest growing segments of newly diagnosed HIV patients. It is vitally important that women and girls particularly know what the risks are, how to minimize them and where they can get tested.

    The CDC has a brief podcast  available about AIDS, HIV and the facts that women need to know about the disease.

    According to the CDC:

    [The] CDC estimates that 1 in five people living with HIV infection in the United States do not know they are infected. Getting tested for HIV is the first step to protecting yourself and others. Knowing your own HIV status and that of your male sexual partners is critical because 85% of newly diagnosed HIV infections in American women and girls result from sex with an infected male partner. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission. If you are a pregnant woman, it is especially important that you get tested early to help ensure, that if you are HIV-positive, you do not transmit the virus to your unborn child. Encouraging your partner to wear a condom every time you engage in sexual activity is another important way to protect yourself.

    There is much more information available about AIDS in women on the CDC website. You can also jump to a form to find a testing facility near you.

    The Internet Cookbook: Quinoa, anyone?

    One of my Twitter friends had posted a lovely picture of a quinoa dish she’d made for dinner, so, in return, I promised I would post one of my favorite quinoa recipes. Okay, actually, I am going to post two of my most-used quinoa recipes- one for a tasty soup and the other for one of my favorite side dishes.

    Quinoa is known as the “Wheat of the Andes.” Because it is a complete protein, high in iron and fiber, some people consider it a superfood. If it’s your first time cooking quinoa, remember that it generally needs to be washed first to remove the naturally occurring bitter saponins. I usually buy Bob’s Red Mill from Amazon because it is organic and has been pre-rinsed so I don’t have to wash it. Quinoa comes in several varieties, including a red quinoa.

    Chupe de Quinua:  This is a traditional Peruvian soup that is incredibly tasty and filling. The recipe calls for 250 grams of quinoa; for the metrically challenged like me, that’s about 8.8 ounces. For the cheese, I used queso fresco.  Be sure to fry the onions and garlic until they are golden; it’s what gives the soup its lovely color.  

    Quinoa with mushrooms:    I usually make this dish with red quinoa because I think that it looks more attractive. It is a great side dish and a nice change from rice. If you want to make the dish vegan, you can use water or vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth.  

    I am always on the look out for more dishes using quinoa. Anyone else have any good recipes to share?