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Steamy Night at the Cabin: @AmythaMcclung #Interview & a #Recipe

Halloween week usually is not the time for romance, but in my cabin this week is steamy hot! We love the holiday and have been having a lot of romantic nights. But a lot of you guys don’t have partners coming home tonight and sometimes you just like to curl up with a good snack and a lovely read. Amy K. McClung. In honor of her new spin-off and in line with my new healthy lifestyle I am sharing an easy recipe for fun and healthy Halloween themed food. 

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When did you begin writing? When I was younger I wrote screenplays for fun instead of writing in a journal. That stopped shortly after high school. Then in 2011, I lost my job of eleven years and felt depressed and needed an outlet for that depression. My husband and I were talking on the phone one day while he was at work and I told him about a show I’d been watching and how I thought I could write the story differently. He suggested I write a story to pass the time and take my mind off of my job search.  From that moment on, I’ve used writing as my escape from reality in order to deal with things from my past in different ways throughout each story.

What’s your favorite thing about writing? It’s been the best stress reliever for me. It’s very soothing and it’s been fun for me. I’ve also enjoyed all the amazing friends that I’ve made since I began writing, including fellow authors, readers, and bloggers that I’ve met along the way.

What is your writing style? Do you like to outline or just write as you go? I write as I go for most of my stories. On my most recent release, Curves in the Road, I did do an outline because I was covering a wide expanse of time and would be going back and forth from the present to the past so I needed to do an outline at that time to keep my time table straight. Normally I make notes on different ideas I have for where I want the story to go and then I work them in where they fit.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to write? In my recliner, with my laptop, while listening to music or a movie in the background for noise. I can’t write in complete silence.

What authors do you like to read? There are so many! JK Rowling, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Felicia Tatum, Tabatha Vargo, Sherrilyn Kenyon, John Grisham, Molly Harper, Julie Cassar, Colleen Hoover, Suzanne Collins. I could go on and on. As you can tell I love a variety of books too!

If you could choose a dream cast for The Parker Harris Series, who would you pick? Parker would be played by Deborah Ann Woll, Quinn would be played by Ian Somerhalder, Mitchell would be played by Liam Hemsworth, and Jackie would be played by Emma Watson.

Would you say you relate to any of your characters? If so, which one and why? Parker is the one I relate to the most. Parker is a werewolf and feels like an outcast and just wishes for a normal life. I grew up shy and a bit different than most of the kids in school with me. Obviously I wasn’t a werewolf, lol, but I did always feel like I never fit in and I always wished I was a ‘normal girl.’

If you were deserted on an island, which author would you want to be stranded with? Suzanne Collins. She wrote the Hunger Games, she’s knows a little something about survival.

If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose? 2001. My best friend’s father committed suicide that year. I’d tell him how much he meant to me. I grew up spending every weekend at their house and going on vacations with them.  In his note he mentioned me and said as far as he was concerned he had two daughters. I’d go back and tell him that I loved him and not to go because even after 13 years I miss him so much.

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Well I promised a recipe and since I am a healthy food kick, how about something everyone can enjoy, not just you with your romance books and your curling up on the couch and dreaming of dreamy people! I used to make these for the kids all the time, and considering this wonderful series has a lot of…. FANGS in it, I am going to share my new healthy version of MONSTER BITES!

Healthy Monster Bites
Fun for everyone and it's healthy!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium green or red apples
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup (approx) of white candied almonds (you can also use almond slices
Instructions
  1. Core apples; cut each into 8 thick slices. Make each mouth by spreading about 1 teaspoon of the almond butter on each slice.
  2. Add around five or six almonds candies or slices (or slip in the candy corn for the fangs) and top with another apple slice (make sure each have the almond butter on them).
  3. Serve with an Appletini or a cup of cider and enjoy!
Notes
You can use candy corn to make fangs, and that would work great with Halloween, even add some fruit roll-ups for a tong if your fangs are of the werewolf variety! (calories will fluctuate a tad depending on what you use for teeth but it is so minuscule, don't worry!)
Nutrition Information
Calories: 200

Meet-the-Author---CAS

About Amy K. McClung

Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls. She married Daniel McClung in September 2005 and they currently reside just outside of Nashville. She graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1996. In 2002 obtained her general certification in medical coding and billing and in 2009 she obtained a specialty certification in Hospital medical coding and billing.Amy and her husband are both fans of fantasy novels as well as avid movie collectors.

The Parker Harris Series is the first series of books by this author. Cascades of Moonlight is Book #1, Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales is Book #2, and The Dark Moon Book #3 and The Cold Moon Book #3.5 a Novella from Mitchell's POV. Her second series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, The Southern Devotion Series, with each book having as a standalone novel with crossover characters. The first book in that series is For the Love of Gracie. Curves in the Road is her newest release as Book 3 in the NA series.

Her favorite past times include watching movies, drawing, and reading fantasy novels. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life. Her current work in progress is a spin-off of The Parker Harris Series called "The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles" that will be released in October 2014 as a YA Fantasy series.

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Steamy Night at the Cabin: @AmythaMcclung #Interview & a #RecipeThe Shimmering Pool
Series: The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles Book #1
by Amy K. McClung
Pages: 250
on October 3, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Crispin Sinclair isn't your average teenage boy. He inherited precognitive dreams from his mother who died during childbirth. His other unique quality was inherited from his father; Crispin is a werewolf. Growing up as a supernatural being in a world that doesn't know they exist is difficult to say the least. Crispin's been lucky that his family is made up of supernaturals; witches, vampires, and werewolves. As he begins to obtain his werewolf abilities, his life will be thrown into turmoil placing everyone he loves in danger.

Amytha Roberts feels like the most ordinary girl in the world. She was adopted at age five but not by your traditional idea of parents; her mom's a werewolf and her dad's a vampire. Amytha's best friend Crispin is a werewolf with futuristic dream abilities, while she is a normal sixteen year old girl surrounded by paranormal beings. Stories of Amytha's past begin to surface causing her family to investigate more into where she came from.

Crispin and Amytha take turns telling this story of being in a family that you choose, being abnormal in a normal world, and the importance of friendship. Together they will go on adventures into a faraway place where they'll encounter new creatures and discover truths they never imagined.

Read the origin of the series with Books 1-3 (including a novella) of the PARKER HARRIS SERIES

  • Cascades of Moonlight (The Parker Harris Series Book 1)
  • Pages: 259
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2012
  • FREE
***UPDATED VERSION 07/11/13****Parker Harris was a normal teenage girl with a normal teenage life. That was true until two years ago when she was bitten by a werewolf, forcing her to endure the painful shifting each month during the full moon. She has kept this secret from everyone she loves. One day a stranger enters her small town and knows this secret. Nothing ever happens in the small town of Cascade Idaho, and new people rarely move in, but its Parker's senior year now and two new faces show up in town.  Shortly after their arrival, there is a brutal murder which becomes the first in Cascades history.

Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales (The Parker Harris Series Book 2)

  • Pages: 278
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • $1.99
This is Book #2 of The Parker Harris Series. (Cascades of Moonlight Book #1) Parker Harris desires a normal life, but it's just not in the cards for her. Parker is a werewolf. She has been for three years now. It’s the summer after she graduated high school and she is preparing for college. If only grades and college classes were her only worries. Parker and Jackie are trying to mend their fractured friendship from her betrayal. Jackie and Mitchell are working on their relationship, fighting jealousy and trust issues of their own. Quinn, a vampire, is the love of Parker’s life. He begins to look into his family’s past and what he finds is not pretty. In fact, it could mean the end for his relationship with Parker. A mistake from Parker's past is revealed and proves to be more enormous than she realized. Dreams—Parker is having dreams and visions of Will. She can’t decipher real from illusion it seems. Spells—Charisma, a new friend to the group, brings magic into the fold. Moonlit Tales—it seems that the full moon is not only a time for Parker to feel the pain of shifting. It’s also a time for unexplained occurrences and secrets being revealed. Can Parker and Quinn's love survive the obstacles they encounter? Is Jackie trustworthy? Are Parker’s feelings for Mitchell becoming too strong for her to ignore? Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales summarize the events of Parker's life in this book.

The Dark Moon (The Parker Harris Series Book 3)

  • Pages: 251
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2013
  • $1.99
Book #3 of The Parker Harris Series. This book picks up from the moment we left off in book two. Quinn received a call from Parker stating Will is alive. Quinn drops everything to rush to her aid. Will he make it in time or will his father stop him? Parker and Mitchell's feelings are not going away and they begin to take a toll on Mitchell's relationship with Jackie. Everyone seems to have a secret they are keeping from Parker and it seems they have feel "there's something she should know" and now is the time. Parker is overwhelmed with all the new information coming her way. Parker's secret life as a werewolf is on the brink of being exposed.

Novella: The Cold Moon, The Parker Harris Series Book #3.5

  •  YA Paranormal
  • Releasing: Aug 22
  • Paperback
This is a story told from Mitchell's point of view. This is Book 3.5 in The Parker Harris Series. This novella is broken into three parts: The Change: In this portion we will learn what events happened leading to Mitchell's change into a vampire and how he dealt with it. Lupita and Fangs: The story of how their friendship blossomed into something more. What Happens Next: The lead in to the spin-off series, The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles. We'll learn what happened to the fab four after The Dark Moon ended. We'll also meet a new character who will be pivotal to Crispin's story

 

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2 Comments

  1. Shimmering Pool sounds like just the read I need!

  2. Thanks for the interview/spotlight! And the recipe looks delicious! I think I’ll make that for my Halloween treat this year!

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