Sweet Pumpkin: A Gluten-Free Dairy-Free, Low Calories Delight

Sweet Pumpkin Dessert

Autumn is here and so are pumpkins in every color and shape.

What I had in the pantry:

4 Cups of diced pumpkin

2 Apples, peeled and diced

A quarter cup of extra virgin coconut oil

1 small piece of vanilla bean

How I made the pumpkin dessert:

I just put all in the ingredients in a pan and let them cook until both pumpkin and apples were soft. Fast, sweet and delicious!

Sweet Pumpkin: A Gluten-Free Dairy-Free, Low Calories Delight

Make Your Own Fairytale #7

I had a busy morning which transitioned into a busy afternoon without stopping for lunch. Thankfully, I have friends with renewed cooking skills. None of what I just mentioned has anything to do with the image I’m going to post below. I just like writing. That’s all.

Orange Precipitations

Make Your Own Fairytale #7

The Next Big Thing

I was invited to participate in “The Next Big Thing” blog tag by the lovely Julia Hughes, author of the bestseller A Ripple in Time, among many other fabulous books.

The City of Men : Fourth Book in a Trilogy


What is the working title of your book?

At the moment, I’m working on several projects, but the one I’d like to finish first is The City of Men. It’s book 1.5 in The Ginecean Chronicles. The events narrated in this story take place between The Priest and Pax in the Land of Women. Same world, same social turmoil, different point of view.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The Ginecean Chronicles started as a trilogy, but Ginecean society is rather complex and it occurred to me that I wrote the story by the point of view of a semental in The Priest, a pure breed in Pax in the Land of Women, a different kind of semental in Prince of War, and I was missing the point of view of a fathered woman. The City of Men is the story behind the story narrated by a young fathered woman, who ends up far away from the safety of the Institute where she was born and raised.

What genre does your book fall under?

The City of Men is a dystopian/science fiction/action love story.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Leading actress for the role of Marie (I might change her name) would be Saoirse Ronan.

Leading actor for the role of Grant (I might change his name as well) would be Drew Van Acker.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Society rules can’t restrain our hearts.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The City of Men, following the other three in The Ginecean Chronicles will be self-published. The topics I discuss in my stories are still considered taboo and I like the freedom to express myself without censorship.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still writing the first draft. Working on several projects and trying to market already published books can be quite draining. I’m trying to better organize my time. Thankfully, November is around the corner and I’ll take advantage of Nanowrimo to finish writing the story.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have no ready answer for this question.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Amor Vincit Omnia. The whole Ginecean series was inspired by the realization that society rules are arbitrary and transitory. What is seen as proper now wasn’t one hundred years ago. In my worlds, love always wins, despite color/religion/gender differences. Maybe, one day, hopefully soon, we won’t need organizations like It Gets Better to help bullied kids.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The City of Men is set in an alternate Earth, Ginecea, where women rose to power in the far past and as a result they now rule over a race of enslaved men. On Ginecea, heterosexual love is deemed as sinful and impure. Pure breed women only give birth to girls and are attended exclusively by a lesser race of women called ‘fathered.’ If you like gender-benders, what-ifs scenarios, and overall to look at things from a different point of view, then, maybe, my Ginecean series could be for you.

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Thank you, again, Julia, for tagging me. It has been fun answering the questions. As usual, writing about my stories is the most difficult thing. Ask me about my beagle and I’ll go on for hours. I’ll even add a pic or two. But if I have to explain why anybody should read my books, I stare unblinkingly at the windows, hoping the glass panels would give me some brilliant answer.

But enough about me. Without further ado, those are my two talented nominees, who will delight you with their insights next week:

Clare Davidson


The Next Big Thing

Friday Snippet #22

Weather suddenly turning autumny, wet, and cold, I got a seasonal flu with relative headache, itchy throat, and runny nose. Despite adverse conditions, both inside of me and outside of the house, my writing hasn’t suffered. Instead I’m witnessing a moment of intense inspiration. My illustrations for the kids book are taking a considerable number of hours, but I like what I’m doing with them. TCOM has reached 30k and its main characters are about to experience a big change in their young lives. X is slowly but steadily growing into something that could have a chance to become a full-fledged story. Only Notturno is sleeping in its cozy folder. I do feel slightly guilty about that, but not a lot I can do about it at the moment.

From X, because an author must have fun at least once a week.

Allegra blinked once, and then when her eyes showed her the same sight, she blinked again. The big foyer was empty. Floor to ceiling empty; no furniture, tapestries, decorations. Nothing. She breathed slowly. The air inside the room reflected the same state of emptiness by carrying no scents to her nose. She started shaking.

“Nothing?” Julius stepped by her side.

“Nothing.” She knew he would ask her to go visit the rest of the house and started walking toward the end of the foyer before he would say the words. She saw her siblings playing hide and seek with her, their favorite spot to hide a big armoire that used to fill the entire wall she was presently looking at. The dark piece of furniture one of their mother’s whims. Allegra had always thought the armoire ugly, now she was looking at the striped ivory and yellow wallpaper and hoped to see it here, interrupting the pattern. The foyer opened to a corridor dotted with doors on both sides and led to the internal courtyard. She opened the doors as she went—her father’s studio, her mother’s craft room, her brother and sister’s playroom, the small library where she had spent hours dreaming of faraway places —to find exactly what her nose was already telling her. Nobody and nothing was there anymore. They entered the internal courtyard and found the central pool still filled with water, but the koi fish which had resided there as long as she could remember where gone.

Friday Snippet #22

It’s All In The Numbers

In z all wildly-vast domain of the Amazon publishing world, I’m ranked 200k as an overall author and 1k and something as a scifi author. For someone like me, it’s an amazing accomplishment.  And since I believe in the internet adage ‘pic or it never happened,’ here is the screenshot. Let it be noted how cool the number is: it contains the digits from 1 to 4. First and last number in the right order, while second and third have exchanged places. I find it poetic.*

October Amazon Author Rank

*As of yesterday when I took the screenshot.

It’s All In The Numbers

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Crisp

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach CrispI see fresh, succulent peaches everywhere and crisps and cobblers come to mind. But I’ve already sinned for this week—I must confess I had half Costco bagel with cream cheese earlier last Monday—and so I had to try my best not to sin again. 

What I had in the Pantry:

For the base

Half cup of Gluten-Free Pantry Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie mix

One quarter cup of Nutiva Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

A pinch of salt

For the filling

4 Peaches

2 Tablespoons of cornstarch

Half a cup of sugar

For the crust

1 Cup of rolled oats

One quarter cup of Tablespoon of brown sugar

2 Tablespoon of coconut oil

2 Tablespoon of gluten-free cake mix

How I made the peach crisp:

Mixed the gluten-free cake mix with the pinch of salt and coconut oil and layered the cooking pan –previously greased with the smallest amount of coconut oil—with it. Cleaned and cut the peaches, coated with the cornstarch and sugar, and poured on the base. Prepared the crust by working with my fingers the rolled oats, coconut oil, flour, and sugar until they blended completely. Finally, I topped the peaches with the crust mix, leveling it carefully. Baked in the preheat oven at 325F for 40 minutes (time and temperature are a mere suggestion, since my oven doesn’t normally do its job,) let it cool for a few minutes, and then devoured. Mind you, I did have a light dinner to honor the cake. Finished with my husband the morning after for breakfast. Was good even cold. Already missing it dearly.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Crisp

Make Your Own Fairytale #6

In twelve years living in the Northwest I’ve never experienced a Fall as beautiful as this one. The warmth and the quality of the light remind me of the Italian Autumns of my youth and those afternoons when I spent hours playing outside with my friends inventing stories…

Fairies Floating By

Make Your Own Fairytale #6