Summer Book Crush 2014 – 80 Titles, 99 Cents!

It’s time for Summer Book Crush 2014!!

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We have over 80 titles priced at 99¢… and Football Sweetheart is one of them!

If you are looking for a bad boy, a guy with bite, a brooding and complicated guy, the perfect gentleman, a sizzling hero, a jock-a-licious dude, the boy next door, or that hottie with a sexy foreign accent, look no further!  Summer Book Crush 2014 is for you.

Simply visit here and navigate your way through the website to find your next summer crush.

* HAPPY READING * HAPPY SUMMER *

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

 

Pony Fest 2013 – Football “Sweetie” Sweetheart

It’s Pony Fest Time!

What is Pony Fest?

Pony Fest is an annual contest and friendly competition between book ponies hosted by Rebecca Enzor.  All ponies are based on a full-length novel and are original pieces of art.  I sat back and enjoyed last year’s show, viewing all the beautiful creations.  But after a good friend of mine took it upon herself to donate a Football Sweetheart pony, I decided to enter my girl into the pageantry.

SweetieThis is Sweetie.

Drawn and photoshopped by the uber-talented Angela Wallace, Sweetie represents all the girl ponies that wanted to play football, but had to settle for a different role within the team.  For Sweetie, this meant joining the athletic training staff.  She tends to the players’ injuries, helps with their treatments, and like any good pony, she even gives them water when they’re thirsty.  She loves her team and will do everything within her pony-power to help propel the boys to the state championship, even when she has a hard time focusing because of her best pony pal’s disappearance…

Because as we all know…

High School Football Can Be Murder.

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My YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!

Stop by Rebecca’s blog and check out the other participating ponies.  Voting begins October 5th and the winning pony will receive an actual custom pony designed by Kalavista.

Have a great weekend and Happy 30th Anniversary to My Little Pony!  Wow….

More Football Foods!

Football is here!!

This means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.  Last week, I included three of my family’s recipes: deviled eggs, queso, and sausage balls.  Today, I’m adding to that list and sharing two more of our household’s must-haves… plus a few of our favorite adult beverages perfect for tailgating!

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Mom’s Drunken Weenies

The picture says it all… that’s all you need!

A crock pot
A package or two of party weenies
A beer of any kind, I used Bud Light this day
Any kind of BBQ sauce, although Stubb’s is might tasty

Dump, mix, cover, and cook!

Cook on high for an hour or two and then simmer.  It’s that simple!  And guys love this stuff…

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Easy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

One package of frozen, creamed spinach
16 oz. of drained artichoke halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of jarred pesto
2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce (or mayonnaise if preferred)
1/2 cup of chopped onion
Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the creamed spinach per the instructions on the package.  Mix together with bite-size artichokes, pesto, horseradish sauce, chopped onion, and a few shakes of the cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour mixture into an oven-safe dish, cover with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for at least thirty minutes.

I saw this cooking segment with Guy Fieri years ago on Regis and Kelly, and Guy put together his spinach and artichoke dip in an aluminum baking pan covered in foil.  Of course, he used more ingredients than I do (he’s a culinary wizard, after all) and he grilled it outside!!  I haven’t tried grilling it yet, but maybe at the next tailgate…

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And now for our favorite quick and easy ADULT BEVERAGES.

By “adult beverage,” I mean NO ONE under the age of twenty-one should try any of the below drinks.

Margaritaville Skinny Margaritas

Just add ice!!

I love this stuff.  It is now a staple in my household and I always make sure to have a bottle in the pantry or refrigerator!

Ice-Cold Beer

Chill…

Pick your favorite flavor!  I like more than what’s pictured above… but everyone gets the idea.

Classic Bourbon and Coke

The BEST stuff ever!!

I’ve always enjoyed Whiskey and/or Bourbon and Coke with football.  Heck, I even knew a boy in college my friends and I called “Jim Beam Boy.”  Why?  Because he always kept us warm by pouring a little Jim Beam into our Cokes at the football games.  Now, that’s a good friend!

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Do you make anything special during football season?  What’s your favorite tailgating beverage?  Please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

And since it’s football season, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!

Football Foods!

Football is here!!

This means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.  Today, I’ve decided to share three of our household’s must-haves!

But first, I thought I’d share what football season means to me—and that’s friends and family.  Enjoy!

Me and my girls…
Red Raiders who keep Austin, Texas in check…
Me and my guy… we’re not afraid to wear matching shirts.
Representing the Red Raiders in Dallas…

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Now, let’s talk food!

The first two recipes were passed on to me from my mother, and I have enjoyed them both since I was a little girl.  The last one comes courtesy of a former co-worker (thanks, Amy!), and it is now a household favorite.

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half (see my easy oven-baked hard-boiled egg trick)
Carefully remove egg yolk and place in a mixing bowl
Add 2 tablespoons of mayo
Add 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
Mix together with a fork
Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
Mix again until smooth
Add salt and pepper to taste
Scoop the yolk mixture back into the egg halves
Sprinkle with paprika

**These measurements work for six hard-boiled eggs…

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Mom’s Holiday Queso

Mom’s Holiday Queso

¾ cup of chopped onion
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 package of 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup of milk

In a sauce pan, sauté onion in butter until soft.  Add tomatoes and chilies and cook over medium heat.  Gradually blend in the cubes of cream cheese, stirring until it is completely melted.  Slowly add milk.  Mix well, heat through, and serve.

**Brown hamburger meat with the onions if you want to add a little flare to the queso…

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

1 package of hot, ground sausage (Jimmy Dean is great!)
1 cup of Heart Healthy Bisquick (or regular Bisquick, it really doesn’t matter; I just try to add little bits of “health” where I can)
1 cup of grated, sharp cheese

Mix all ingredients together.  Pinch off 1-2 inch sections of the meat mixture and roll into balls.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for thirty minutes at 350.

**Once I have all of the mixture rolled into balls, I like to pat each of them in the extra Bisquick in the bowl before I throw it out.  This gives the outside a nice crispy texture after baking.

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Do you make anything special during football season?  If so, please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

And since it’s football season, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!

Summer’s Must Read New and Recent Releases

Summer is here!  And with the hot and humid weather comes one of my favorite pastimes… grabbing a book and heading out to the pool for a little R&R.

So today, I’ve decided to share seven new and recent releases that are must reads on my bookshelf.  If you’re looking for the next bestseller in the young adult, mystery, suspense, fantasy, or thriller genres, check these out and help support six fabOoolous authors!

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It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild.  Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next.  His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny.

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation.  Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.

City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of Blood Skies.

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Three years after a fanatical cult attempted to murder everyone important to him, Connor Maitland is still attempting to put his life back together. Accompanied by his business partner Alison and their new recruit, he is making a living as a jack-of-all-trades running a security company, sailing charters, and even photographing weddings; whatever it takes to get by.  Connor’s world was finally coming back together until the cult resurfaced in an effort to finish what they started.

After a violent attack, Connor finally has a lead on the founders of the cult and their motivations. The investigation is hindered when they are forced into taking a case to protect a family from a disturbing neighbor. As reports of residents disappearing begin to surface, Connor is caught between his desire to learn the truth about the cult and the need to save the family.

Connor is learning that sometimes high school memories do more than haunt you…

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Prequel 1 to the Forged Series, Forged by Magic: Origins is a collection of short stories, featuring the characters from the Forged series. This is the first of two prequels to the series. Each story is told from a different character’s point-of-view.
Find out how the Amulet and the Dasht-e Kavir have been created, and how the powers of the Universe opened the gates to other dimensions, inadvertently releasing unworldly supernatural creatures into the Human World.

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cover design: Jeannie Ruesch

Forged by Legacy: Beginnings is the second of two prequels to the series. It is a collection of short stories, each told from a different character’s point-of-view.

These stories explain some of the behind-the-scenes facts from The Forged series. Do you want to know how the protagonists, Jatred and Jasmira fell in love? And what really happened during the deadly plane crash? How about the reason behind Savannah and Logan’s breakup? Or how do the teens shape shift for the first time?

Forged by Legacy: Beginnings answers all these questions—and more.

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The Silver SickleThe end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .

Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?

Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.

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FIRELANDS CoverEighty years in the future, America has devolved into a totalitarian theocracy. The ruling Josephites clone the only seeds that grow in the post-apocalyptic climate, allowing their Prophet to control who eats, who starves, and who burns in the ritual fires that atone for society.

Subsisting on the fringes, Archer risks violation and death each day as she scours the forest for game to feed her people. When a Josephite refugee seeks sanctuary in her home, Archer is driven to chance a desperate gamble—a gamble that will bring down the Prophet and deliver seeds and freedom, or end in a fiery death for herself and for everyone she loves.

Seeds are life . . . Seeds are power . . . Seeds are the only hope of a despairing people. What will Archer do for the seeds of freedom, and what will she justify in their name?

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Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.

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Don’t these books sound fabOoolous!!  I’ve met all of these authors, either in person or online in writing communities, and I can’t wait to read their latest releases.  I hope you do too!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, please share your thoughts…  Do you have any other new releases that you think the rest of us should read or that you can’t wait to crack open?  I’d love to hear from you!

And, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle and Nook!  Reviewers agree that FS is perfect for teens and adults alike and keeps everyone guessing until the very end!

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Here are some of the most recent reviews…

five stars“Football Sweetheart is a great mystery read for all ages! I was hooked right away, and had trouble putting it down. It definitely brought back many high school memories. The author does a wonderful job of capturing West Texas’ passion for high school football! Can’t wait for the next book in the series! Loved it!” ~ Carissa

five stars“Great adventure/mystery in the style of Nancy Drew. Written around the background of high school football, clues are all over and there’s several people you think might have done it. The ending is a great emotional wrap up to the story.” ~ Nigel

five stars“I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next books in the series. Being from the West Texas area I could really relate to the characters and felt like each were my friends back in high school. The mystery was very interesting and kept me reading. I brought the book along on a vacation and found myself reading all night to find out the conclusion. Tiffany is an astonishing author from whom I am looking forward to further reads.” ~ Jami

Friday, December 21st Only! 99 Authors, 99 Books, 99 Cents…

These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered & a chance to win one of the prizes, click here!!

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Included with these fabOoolous authors and titles is my YA mystery, Football Sweetheart!

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High School Football can be MURDER…

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?

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Readers agree that Football Sweetheart is perfect reading for adults and teens alike!  Take advantage of today’s sale spectacular and buy a copy for under a dollar!

And remember, gifting an e-book on Amazon is easy and today’s sale would be a great time to get some last-minute holiday shopping done!

Friday FabOoolousness – Fall, Football, and Friday Night Lights

I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask it again…  what says Friday night during the fall months better than high school football?

The sun sets; the temperatures cool; and the sounds of marching bands, spectator’s cheers, and the crackling of shoulder pads crashing into one another echo throughout the neighborhoods.  Ah, the memories…

In honor of Football Sweetheart‘s recent release and football season everywhere, grab the old letter jacket, microwave some popcorn, grill a few hot dogs, crack open a coke, and curl up on the sofa for a great movie that reminds us all of the good ol’ Friday nights in fall.

By now, everyone has heard of Friday Night Lights – whether it be the book by H.G. Bissinger published in 1990, the motion picture produced by Brian Grazer in 2004, or the television series starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton that aired from 2006 until 2011.  Some even know the “real” Friday night lights—high school football in West Texas.

For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on the film.  Friday Night Lights is a perfect Friday night flick for fall.

The time – 1988

The place – Odessa, Texas

The who – the Permian High School football players

The dream – to win the state championship

The obstacles – a coach that pushes his players too far, parents living vicariously through their teens’ lives, and societal pressure

Football out in the middle of nowhere… West Texas.

Two things come to mind when people outside the state of Texas think about West Texas—high school football and oil.  So, if everyone outside the state knows about the teenage pig-skin programs, what do the people inside the state think?  Football is life.  Win at all costs.

Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gary Gaines… he gives one fabOoolous performance!

Friday Night Lights follows Coach Gary Gaines (Hollywood great, Billy Bob Thornton), star Permian running back James “Boobie” Miles (Derek Luke), back-up running back Chris Comer (Lee Thompson Young), quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black), fullback Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund), and safety Brian Chavez (Jay Hernandez) on their quest for a Mojo football championship.  The season seems to be right on schedule, but things erupt when Boobie tears his ACL.

Coach Gaines is immediately under fire in the media and around town; a head football coach’s job is never safe in West Texas without wins.  And when a star player goes down, people panic.

Billingsley and his dad…

As if the pressure isn’t already mounting for the kids, Billingsley is also faced with managing his father’s (country music star, Tim McGraw) drinking and outbursts.  Like many other former football stars, his father continues to live in the past and is humiliated that his son is not performing up to his standards.

The season ends with a three-way tie in the district between Permian, their arch-rival Midland Lee Rebels, and Abilene Cooper.  With a flip of a coin, Permian and Lee move on (yes, they really flipped coins in the ’80s to break a three-way tie in conference when determining playoff spots).   Permian rolls through the playoffs and meets Dallas Carter in the state championship.

Watch the movie to find out what happens next….

The Permian Panthers…

Have you seen Friday Night Lights?  Have you read the book?  Did you enjoy the television series?  I’d love to hear from you!

If you liked Friday Night Lights, check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle and Nook!  Being a part of the Midland Lee Football Program can be murder…

And for those die-hard FNL fans, rumor has it that another Friday Night Lights movie is in the works… either that, or Connie Britton is one heck of a jokester!

On a personal note, I was born and raised in Midland, Texas and I’m a proud Midland Lee Rebel.  My father graduated from the first ever senior class at Midland Lee, as did my brother before me in the ’80s, and now my oldest nephew is a sophomore.  My mother retired last year, but taught at Midland Lee for a long time (no years, I promise…you wouldn’t believe me if I told you), but not before graduating from Odessa Permian and participating on the Mojo Pep Squad.  But if you asked her today, she’s 100% a Rebel!

Friday Night Lights, while fictional, does not stray far from the truth, and I highly recommend it to anyone attempting to understand the severity of high school football in West Texas.  I was a student trainer in high school, and I remember a man who traveled in his trailer to watch the Midland Lee versus the Odessa Permian football game because he read Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.  I grew up watching Lee play, lived the annual showdown with Permian, and was shocked that someone from thousands of miles away would drive just to watch high school kids play football.  To me, it was just another Friday night game…

But West Texas football is a big deal.  Maybe we’re crazy?  But, we’re proud.

Tele-Tueday: A Break from the Regularly Scheduled Program

Today, I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled Tele-Tueday program.  Why?  No, it’s not because I’ve been glued to the television watching the Olympics this past week, although I have, but because Dawn Alexander is hosting me today in my first-ever author interview!

Please be sure and click over and support Dawn.  She’s a wonderful writer that I’ve had the honor of meeting on multiple occasions at local DFW writing events.

And the conversation gets deep… I share where Football Sweetheart‘s inspiration came from, a few of my self-publishing ups and downs, as well as release a tiny peek into the second story of The Football Sweetheart series.

I hope everyone enjoys and we’ll see you back here next week!

Friday FabOoolousness – Football Sweetheart Now Available for the Nook!

My YA mystery, Football Sweetheart, is now also available for the Nook!

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Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year.  She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it—they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her.  As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella.  Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance?  Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup?  The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must first break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed.  Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting.  Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced—making her the next target?

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Check out the most recent review!

High School football season in a small west Texas town serves as the backdrop for this gripping mystery. Senior Aimee Freeman, like the rest of her classmates at Lee High, is eagerly awaiting the start of another winning Rebel football season. But when Aimee’s best friend and fellow team trainer, Ella, is abducted from her home, Aimee and her friends are left with more to worry about than a Homecoming game against the cross-town rival team. Who would want to harm Ella, and why? And does Aimee really know her friend as well as she thinks? Ella’s diary may have the answers…if Aimee can break her friend’s secret code.

Football Sweetheart is a fun, engaging story, giving readers a realistic glimpse into both the highlights and the struggles of being a teenager in a small town–from the excitement of preparing for school dances to dangerous conflicts that arise between social groups. With likable characters and a solid storyline that keeps you guessing “whodunit,” this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone who likes a good mystery. ~ Jennifer A.

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Thanks to everyone for making my first two weeks as a published author absolutely fabOoolous!