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Comfort Food & Comfort Reading: Fading Light by @AngelaDennis #recipe

Today it’s all about the Book.. about the book, no trouble .. ok don’t mind me, I am working through pain medication and am prepping as many posts as I can this week so I can lay in bed again after surgery! I missed a post for one author yesterday and did not get it up till 8PM (about two hours after I dragged my butt out of bed) and as for today’s post? I have been waiting to publish my review for over a month. Today is the REVIEW BLITZ/BLAST for Angela Dennis’ second in her Shadow Born series, FADING LIGHTAngela Dennis was here earlier this year with the first in the series, Shadows of Fate and I posted my latke recipe.  We had a gay ol’ time and I absolutely fell in love with this series.

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The author Angela touched base with me a couple of months ago and gave me a review copy and then Roxanne sent out the tour info and.. well, a trifecta of awesomeness is here! Review, Top Ten Comfort Food (which of course I am posting a recipe from) and an amazing post from Angela about how Brenna, the leading gal, struggles to know her own heart. I think many of us have been through this at one time or another in their love life. Plus it would not be a Bewitching Tour without a decent giveaway too!

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Comfort Food & Comfort Reading: Fading Light by @AngelaDennis #recipeFading Light
Series: Shadow Born
by Angela Dennis
four-half-stars
Pages: 279
Illustrator •Published by Samhain Publishing
on 2014-09-23
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Urban
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo • iTunes • • Goodreads •
Her hundred-year penance lifted, Shadow Bearer Brenna Baudouin returns to the Earthly plane with her partner, Gray Warlow, to keep the peace between humans and supernatural creatures—and to prevent another apocalyptic war from happening.

The attraction between them is nearing a critical point, but their checkered history has left Brenna unable to trust either her heart or her instincts.

It’s chaotic business as usual until humans begin turning to statues of dust. There is no explanation, no sign of magical foul play or a biological toxin. The humans are convinced it’s the work of a deviant supernatural faction, twisting the knife in the already tense relationship between their species. Brenna and Gray agree—the deaths have a former comrade-turned-rogue stamped all over them.

In a race against time, they enlist the help of both friend and foe to save the human race and stop the impending civil war. Along the way, they are forced to come to terms with their past and decide, once and for all, whether they will come together or fall apart.

Warning: Contains a heroine who knows her weapons but not her own heart, an outbreak of supernatural proportions, copious bloodletting, and a race to save an endangered species—humans. All tied up in a tight bow of sexual tension.

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The book was more than I was expecting after enjoying the first one so much. Angela is a very clever gal writer, she knows how to hook you in and throw you a bunch of Scooby Snacks so you never want to put the book down. Again, last time it was late night reading, this time it was reading this summer during a rainy day and I ended up reading it a second time last week to freshen up my review notes.

I had a bunch of really cool things to say about this book but at the moment looking through them I think I just want to tell you about why this book, this whole series should be picked up and read. How about a leading man who is so dripping with deliciousness. How can you resist now creating a new book boyfriend with a description like this:

“He was like the last bite of dessert that pushed you from full to uncomfortable. But you took it anyway because the temptation was impossible to resist”

-Location 603, Fading Light

or perhaps when you can almost taste him on your lips after reading this:

“He tasted of peppermint and whiskey, and she breathed him in.”

-Location 1245, Fading Light

I said it before and I will say it with this review too, anyone who loves an incredible love story with their paranormal romance this book and series is for you. Angela has gifted us with such an enduring and broken couple to fall in love with. I adore Brenna and I love how our author has woven her insecurities and her protected heart into the whole story. Everything works together, the mystery, the horror, the relationships, they all work in harmony. This is Angela’s biggest gift, the ability to give us not only an entertaining story with some unique and highly descriptive scenes but also have the whole story be painted right into the world. I know it is fantasy, but I could see this happening. Plus, there is a couple underlying messages and warnings here. But you are not reading a paranormal romance / urban fantasy for the hidden messages, you want to be lost and believe me you will be lost in Post-Apocalyptic Colorado.

I am so tempted to post a recipe for a homemade Moonpie, considering Lucy our badass gargoyle who has a pivotal point in saving humanity. What I love, the message that is kind of obvious, is that it is not humanity risking itself to save its existence but all the other creatures and people from other dimensions. Kind of an in your face message huh?

I recommend this to folks who love paranormal romance, steamy urban fantasy and a good post apocalyptic fantasy read. If you want to get lost in a bit of snark, clean and clever writing, again this is the book. With scenes from more than just our protagonists point of view you really get a treat in this short novel. Grab the first one and this and get ready for a nice energy filled read!

My main issue? SHE DID IT AGAIN WITH THE CLIFF HANGER!!!! ARGH!!!!!!! Hurry hurry, Angela!

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 Struggling to know her heart… About Brenna

First off, I want to say how excited I am to do a guest post on Cabin Goddess. It’s a real privilege for me.  When Kriss and I first started talking about guest posts, she suggested I write about Brenna, the main character in my Shadow Born Series, and how she struggles to know her own heart. I loved this idea, because Brenna’s struggles really do form a lot of the emotional conflict in the books.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult to write about those struggles without giving away some minor spoilers, but I’m going to do my best. J

From birth Brenna’s life had one sole purpose, she was a pawn. First for her family, then for her father, and finally, until his death, for her husband. Everyone she has ever trusted has betrayed her in some capacity, yet, despite this, she continues to cultivate relationships and make friends, but never lovers. At least, after Gray forces his way into the controlled, carefully crafted life she has made for herself.

Brenna finds herself in an epic battle. Her heart and body on one side of the divide, her mind and centuries worth of baggage on the other. She has no idea what to do. But, eventually, Gray wears her down. Near the end of the first book in the series, she opens her heart a smidgen and lets him in. Trust begins to build, and their relationship evolves into something more than just friendship. But then Gray comes clean, and she realizes that their entire relationship was based on lies. Perhaps they were unavoidable lies, but they were lies just the same. Although she eventually forgives him, the trust between them is tentative at best.

This is the state of their relationship when FADING LIGHT begins. Brenna wants Gray, yearns to be with him with every ounce of her being, as long as she doesn’t think too hard. Because once the wheels start turning, she remembers his lies and manipulations. And, like many of us, because of her baggage, she struggles to move forward and allow their relationship to organically proceed to the next level. Her heart is split in two. The blackened, broken portion of it is afraid to love Gray. It fears being hurt again. But the other side yearns to love, to feel a deep connection to another person. Brenna has a lot of work to do. She has to allow herself to heal, to put aside her fear and fully open her heart to Gray. But for Brenna, that’s more difficult than killing a thousand demons with her bare hands.

My Top Ten Comfort Foods

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE food. But when I’m stressed out, these are my go to choices.

  1. Traditional Chicken and Dumplings (When I was a kid, my Mamaw would make this to cheer me up. Love it.)
  2. French Fries (In any form, shape, texture, or type of potato)
  3. Macaroni and Cheese (the more cheese the better)
  4. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (must be together, or it’s just missing something)
  5. Veggie Goat Cheese Lasagna (my favorite meal ever)
  6. Cincinnati Chili (sweet and served over spaghetti noodles with LOTS of cheese and hot sauce)
  7. Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream (best with fresh fruit from the garden)
  8. Homemade Biscuits and Gravy (no need to say more)
  9. Potato Soup (potatoes in any form are my biggest weakness)
  10. PIZZA (I prefer mine with a garlic pesto sauce and a ton of veggies)

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Chicken and Dumplings
Recipe has been adopted in this house from another author's share!
Ingredients
  • Whole chicken (raw or roasted – see note below)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 lg. Carrots chopped
  • Onion - 1 med size chopped
  • 2 one qt. boxes of store-brought chicken broth (Daniella prefers organic, but to each their own)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ½ tbsp of parsley
  • Bay leaf
  • 8 peppercorns
Instructions
  1. 1 whole chicken (fryer or stewing hen/fryer will cook faster b/c less meat)
  2. Wash with cold water & place in large pot filled with filtered water to cover chicken by ½ inch or so. {after washing chicken, add water to sink with 1 T. bleach to disinfect sink from chicken blood-rinse well with water- wear towel or apron so don’t get bleach on clothes}. Rinse out sink with water.
  3. To pot add 2 stalks celery/washed and cut in half-leaves are fine too.
  4. Also add carrot and 1 medium onion, with outer peel removed and cut into quarters or smaller, if prefer.
  5. Pour in chicken broth
  6. Add 1-2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp. chopped from a jar) and a bay leaf, and 6 whole peppercorns if desired/or ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper. Truthfully the peppercorns are so wonderful.)
  7. Place pot on burner the closest size to pot bottom/bring to boil and cover pot with lid/turn heat down to simmer and let cook 1-2 hours or till meat falling off bones. (If using bought chicken, until everything is simmering and hot)
  8. Carefully remove hot chicken meat to large plate or flat pan to cool. When cool remove meat from skin/bones. (if cooking actual whole chicken – I disregard this step if I use a store-bought chicken)
  9. While meat is cooling make the dumplings:
  10. In a deep bowl combine well: 2 C. flour lightly spooned into the cup measure (sifting)
  11. 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  12. 1 tsp. salt
  13. Cut into that dry mixture with a fork, ⅓ C. Butter (though Grams used margarine, we forgive her)
  14. When the butter is incorporated into the flour mixture it will look like big white peas.
  15. Add ⅔ C. milk (soy unsweetened coffee creamer, or evaporated milk ok, too){use ⅓ milk & ⅓ water}…mix until a soft dough forms.
  16. When ready to make dumplings, you may add chicken meat to the pot—bring broth to boil…drop soft dumpling dough by spoonfuls onto boiling broth .
  17. Cook UNCOVERED OVER LOW HEAT for 10 minutes.
  18. Then COVER & cook 10 minutes more.
  19. May remove celery from pot if wish and discard. You may or may not want to bother with removing the bay leaf – if it’s company, go for it, if not, whoever finds the bay leaf in their portion gets extra dessert. It’s a law. Enjoy! Great with a fresh green salad, bread, or other comfort food like roasted squash, cooked chard, or whatever.
Notes
*NOTE: If you are lazy like me and want to eat faster, you can substitute stewing a chicken with buying a roasted chicken from your local store or deli, tearing the meat off, and popping it into the pot.

*ANOTHER NOTE: Yes, it is necessary to cook the dumplings as stated so they set up well. These are not flat-style dumplings…these cook up to be giant dumplings the size of a fist or face, depending on your preference. Dumpling ingredients are stated within the recipe when you come to that step.

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About Angela Dennis

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex.  When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog or at her website.  She loves to hear from her readers, so find her on Twitter for a chat!

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Breakdown on my Rating
Cover
4 Stars
Character Development
5 Stars
Editing
4 Stars
World Building
5 Stars
Overall: 4.5 Stars

One Comment

  1. Thanks for having me on the blog today, Kriss! I’m so glad you enjoyed Fading Light. Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙁

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