The Hidden Demon: Final Cover

After carefully taking in serious consideration all the comments made on my Facebook page, this is the cover I created. It is final. For now.

THD C.black multiplied and flames

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Christmas Lites IV

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I am so proud to be part of Amy Eye’s Christmas charity project once again. This year, in addition to a space opera short I wrote for Christmas Lites IV, I also made the cover.

Help support the NCADV (The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) by diving into 20 delectably wonderful Christmas tales told by authors from all over the world. Go on a space adventure, meet a demon with a heart not quite made of gold, find true love, discover a serial killer and much more. Every dime of your purchase goes to help support the victims of domestic violence. Enjoy your holiday even more knowing your purchase benefits so many people in this special time of year!

The fantastic authors who participated with their stories:

Ron C. Nieto

Phil Cantrill

Mysti Parker

Vered Ehsani

Tricia Kristufek

Jonathan Tidball

JA Clement

K.A. Davur

Frank W. Smith

Mark Mackey

Addison Moore

Amy Eye

Monica La Porta

S. Patrick Pothier

Anne Sanders

MaryMargret Tucker

A.F. Stewart

D.T. Dyllin

Angela Yuriko Smith

Brandon Eye

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The Hidden Demon: Cover Indecision

I’m about to send out The Hidden Demon’s ARCs, and for the last week I’ve been working on both blurb and cover. Which one do you like the best? I have a favorite, but I’m curious to know what you think…

THD ABCD

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Coming Soon: The Hidden Demon

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Seagulls squawked high above in the sky, and the brine from the sea tickled Peter’s nostrils. He was now replenished, but still restless. Ophelia had set his senses on fire and he gave in and touched her. He had made it look necessary to get her over the wall, but the truth was he had been dying to place his hands on her. The sparkle between them, however, that he hadn’t expected. Even through the gloves and her clothes, he had felt the synergy building between them and she had felt it too. He had never lost his control with a woman, and now, as a result, he needed to tend to his body. He thought about diving in the cold waters, but knew swimming would only excite him more. Time to collect another object for his memories collection. After a brief shower, he drove back to Rome, to the nightclub barges anchored alongside the Tiber River. He had several favorites, but decided to try a new one tonight, the Arco di Trionfo under Vittorio Bridge.

The place, nothing more than a dive despite being pretentiously named after the Arch of Triumph, was well assorted in the human variety. Peter didn’t care for alcohol, but usually a large crowd meant the beverages were either good or cheap. Or both. He couldn’t understand human’s fixation for getting inebriated. He’d never been drunk. His body metabolized alcohol at such a rate, he had never felt any effects. He also didn’t like to pick up women who were intoxicated. He wanted them to know what they were doing before he removed his gloves and touched them.

He saw the brunette before she saw him. He strolled toward her, and sure enough, she felt his presence. She smiled at him and he coked his head to the side. She nodded and followed him outside. Peter preferred the nightclub barges because there were plenty of secluded corners under the Lungotevere bridges, and he wasn’t always in the mood to follow them to their homes.

Last night, he had needed the diversion with the two women and accepted to go to the redhead’s place. But now he was going for something fast, and the arched alley just around the corner from the barge would do. The young woman was curvaceous and her hair bounced over her back. She was lovely, and kept smiling at him, but he saw beneath the façade and found her sadness.

“I’m M—”

He pushed her against the concrete wall as he lowered his mouth over hers to stop her from saying her name. Not quite kissing her yet, he whispered, “I can only give you this.” Still wearing his gloves, he brushed the side of her ribcage and stopped just under her breast. “Nothing more.”

She moaned and arched her back to press herself against him. “It’s enough.”

Peter removed his gloves and caressed her jaw. Her eyes widened at the onslaught of feelings he elicited with a single brush, lust instantaneously overwhelming her senses. He had to cover her mouth with his, least she screamed as he raised her skirt and lowered his jeans. Casting her panties aside, he joined their bodies with a swift thrust. He grabbed her legs and she was fast in anchoring herself to him as he rocked in and out of her, making sure the woman experienced the highest peaks of pleasure several times before he let himself reach completion.

He had to help her stand when he finally lowered her to the ground. Her eyes half-closed, she sought one last kiss. They asked so little of him, and a kiss meant nothing to him. His eyes went to a small barrette holding her black curls to the side. In the throes of passion, the barrette had come loose and was now dangling from a silky strand. Small, delicate fabric rosettes in pastel colors decorated it. One rosette was missing and showed the yellow glue underneath. Almost childish in his innocence, that object was his collected memory for the night. He wore his gloves and breathed a deep breath.

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Zucchini Spaghetti in Tuna Sauce

I finished Nanowrimo ten days earlier and I am waiting for my editor to send me back The Hidden Demon, the fourth title in The Immortals series, and I’m also waiting for her to start working on the fifth, The Immortal Christmas. Plus, it is cold outside. Sunny, but subzero cold—in Celsius. In other words, I’m gulping down espressos by the gallons and trying not to eat the whole pantry. Did I mention that I have an Achilles Tendinitis in both ankles? So, not so mobile, lots of time to waste, and a bad case of frail nerves due to the worst astrological combination ever…

WP_20141202_18_03_41_ProTo avoid becoming a blob of unsatisfied author, I decided to invest in one of those kitchen gadgets that turn vegetables like zucchini and carrots into long strings of spaghetti-like creations. Must say I’m quite pleased with my decision.

 

 

 

 

 

How to make the Zucchini SpaghettiWP_20141202_18_23_59_Pro

Buy the spaghetti-maker of your choice. I used something called Veggetti, a gadget I bought at the local Bed Bath & Beyond. I only had two zucchini, but next time I’ll double that number. I passed them through the spaghetti-maker and it took only a moment to obtain the spaghetti. Very easy.

Meanwhile, I sautéed a clove of garlic in a pan with two tablespoons of evoo, added two cans of tuna (it was too much for only two zucchini), salted it, and let the sauce sauté for a few minutes.

I cooked the strings of zucchini as if I were making regular pasta, in a pot of boiling and salted water, but I rinsed it after a minute, and added the spaghetti to the tuna sauce. I checked the salt, added a tablespoon of evoo and brought it to the table. The dish was very satisfying and I’ll try different sauces next time.

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The Broken Angel

The Broken AngelI’m pleased to announce that the third title in The Immortals series, The Broken Angel, is out. Slightly later than my planned release date, but finally available wherever books are sold. I worked on this story throughout the summer and I had to rewrite the whole ending because I felt there was something missing. But the comments from my ARC’s reviewers so far are overwhelmingly positive, so I guess that waiting to release was the right call.

Just a few snippets from the reviews left so far on Goodreads for Samuel’s story:

Monica La Porta you deserve a standing ovation for The Broken Angel. Your writing is brilliant and soul consuming…” S.I.

Amazing! I really admire Monica La Porta for creating books such as this one. It is a Paranormal but she managed to include sensitive topics that were very common in our society such as marital abuse, rape and abuse of power.” R.

I recommend it for everyone especially those of you that love paranormal. As for my rating of this outstanding book, I give it a rating of 25 out of 5 stars.” D.S.

In my review of The Immortal Greek, I asked myself if Monica La Porta could pull the rabbit out of the hat again. I was convinced she would….She has not let me down…” L.C.

Utterly fantastic story! I absolutely loved Samuel’s and Martina’s story. I couldn’t put this book down. It held me captivated from page one.” A.M.

And this is one of the promo images I created for The Broken Angel’s release.TBA teaser 2g resized 1500

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Pasta & Fagioli with Pork Belly

Lately, I’ve been busy working on The Immortals series and trying to keep up with writing/editing/marketing/creating covers and a Facebook page is becoming increasingly harder. But I miss writing nonsensical posts for my blog. Here is home.

WP_20141001_19_43_02_ProSo, to celebrate the return of the prodigal daughter, here is my version of a classic Italian recipe. Because Winter is coming, and I crave hearty dishes when I’m about to hibernate in my writing cave. Plus, it’s super easy to make when it’s Nanowrimo time. My project’s title is The Immortal Christmas, in case you were wondering…

 

Ingredients:

1 can of black beans

1 package of pork belly (I buy the one from Trader Joes’, and I slice it in big chunks) WP_20141018_11_48_02_Pro

2 cups of cherry tomatoes chopped in half

1 small onion finely sliced

1 tooth of garlic finely chopped as well

Hot pepper (if you like)

Extra virgin olive oil

Half package of pasta (big, chunky type of pasta works better for this recipe, but I also use penne and rigatoni)

How to prepare Pasta & Fagioli:

WP_20141018_12_27_27_ProSautee the onion and garlic in two tablespoon of evoo, when they are golden add the chopped tomatoes and the chunks of pork belly. Let them cook for ten/fifteen minutes at a low temperature. Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente. Actually, cook it for a minute less than suggested. Add the beans to the sauce and let them cook for ten minutes. Combine the pasta with the pork and beans, and, at the very end, add two tablespoon of evoo. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or hot pepper if you like. 

Enjoy !

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