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How to be a Friend to Someone with a #Mentalillness

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Beef, BPD, Cabin Commentary, Cabin Cooking, Holiday, PTSD, Surviving Mental Illness | 2 comments

“Why Can’t You Just Get Over It?”

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Space Opera #Scifi, Fantasy & a side of Soup #recipe with @StVith #review

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Authors, Beef, Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Kriss Morton, Lady Reader's Book Stuff, Review & a Recipe, Reviews | 3 comments

Space Opera #Scifi, Fantasy & a side of Soup #recipe with @StVith #review
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Hanging out with author @Susan_Illene – a Cabin Goddess #Interview

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Beef, Bewitching Tours, Books, Cabin Cooking, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes | 7 comments

Urban Fantasy in Fairbanks, AK? Hell ya! 

What do Beef stew, dragons, urban fantasy and Fairbanks Alaska have to do with each other? Keep reading and find out!


Darkness Haunts and Taunts Button 300 x 225Susan, thank you for taking the time to hang out in the woods at my cabin! I am really glad I was able to lure you with I hope you enjoy answering these, as they can be quite fun if you want them to be! I tried to create something that fit with my blog and readers and also allowing you to express yourself and your book in a non-traditional way, if you choose to go that route. In other words, my blog is fun, so have fun yourself!

CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO!


Susan – Melena faced insurgents while in the Army, but now she’ll have to fight supernaturals to save a friend. Darkness Haunts by @susan_illene

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

Susan – I’m an Army veteran (which is in my bio), but what is not in there is that I’ve been married to an Iraqi for over six years now.  When asked how we met, my husband tells people I kidnapped him, threw him in the back of a humvee, and drove him straight to the U.S.  As if a humvee could make it that far, but you’d be amazed how many people believe him.  The truth is a much longer and more complicated story that would probably make for a good book if I was willing to tell it 🙂

CG – Since this is an Alaskan blog, and I live in Fairbanks share with me and my Alaskan readers, plus the readers who so think I live in this magical land of snow and ice! Have you ever lived here? If so what is your favorite thing about Fairbanks (I have never been in Juneau, it is to far south! Heck I never make it to Anchorage but maybe once every two years!!)

Susan – Unfortunately, I have not lived in Fairbanks.  Many years ago I suggested to my husband we should move to Alaska and we could stay in an igloo to save money.  I showed him a picture of one as if that was the greatest idea ever and he was horrified.  Being from Iraq, the extreme cold scared him to death.  Plus he totally believed me when I said that’s how people lived up there, lol.  Since then, no amount of showing him pictures of the summertime in Fairbanks and introducing him to people from Alaska has convinced him that the igloo thing isn’t true.  I’m rather relentless, though.  I’ve been pressing him to take a trip up there and I think (with some threats of physical violence) he is finally  coming around to my way of thinking so we can take a trip up there soon.

As for how I get my information for my books, I have Army buddies who were stationed up there and was put into contact with a woman who has lived in Fairbanks for many years.  They’ve all been a huge help in getting my details right.  This is on top of countless hours of internet research, reading books on the area, and watching YouTube videos (it’s amazing how many people record themselves up there).

CG – We don’t really have a life up here *snickering* it doesn’t take much to amuse us…

CG – What was your inspiration for writing a supernatural book in Alaska? Yep, back to the Alaskan factor!

Susan – I loved the uniqueness of the location.  There aren’t a lot of books based in Fairbanks and the possibilities really intrigued me.  Things like the odd daylight hours and extreme weather being part of that.  I do branch out to other parts of Alaska and there will even be trips to other places like northern Canada, but the base of the story will always be in Fairbanks.

CG  – We have mermaids here.. maybe you can sneak one into the next book *waggling eyebrows*

Chena Hot Springs is a fun place to go when it gets to those extreme negative temperatures in Fairbanks, AK. (source SCA)

Chena Hot Springs is a fun place to go when it gets to those extreme negative temperatures in Fairbanks, AK. (source SCA)

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (I have a stock account no worries there) Write one line you would love for him/her/them to say from your book.

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Mama’s Kitchen Mondays Chili Dogs (famous chili recipe & men in tights included)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Bacon, Beef, Cabin Cooking, Humor, Mama's Kitchen Mondays, Pork, Writing | 7 comments

Mama’s Kitchen No.4

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Mama’s Kitchen Mondays – Slow Cooker Pot Roast – 3 different ways!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Beef, Cabin Cooking, Game, Mama's Kitchen Mondays | 1 comment

Mama’s Kitchen No.3

Pot Roast

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Have you been Thulukanized? Maer Wilson & Relics: interview & a recipe

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Authors, Beef, Bewitching Tours, Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Review & a Recipe | 4 comments

magic-maerMaer Wilson – Thanks so very much for letting me stop by today! Cabin Goddess – You are so welcome! It was so great having you on the show the other day for Bewitching Radio and having our unknown 15 minutes of chat we did not know was taking place, that was so fun!  Here it is for those that missed it. It is the  start of all our fun, plus we debate YA when we think we are off the air, he hehe.

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Even Super Hero’s Get Sick – VENEZUELAN BEEF RIB SOUP (recipe)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Beef, Cabin Cooking | 3 comments


Donna Brown over at is sick and she does so much for EVERYONE I thought, “I know, I will post a recipe!” Geoff said, still a bit butt-hurt because I apparently was mean to him with his man-cold and said, “Oh good, someone else can get poked fun of when they are sick!”  Like I would ever berate a friend about being sick like I did him over his Man-Cold and yes I did post a recipe that DID cure the Man-Cold. AND frankly we women do handle being sick much better than some men. But Man-Colds are dangerous you know, they cause you to bleed internally!!

Donna has worked herself to the bone with David’s new book launch and tour, merging and the Indie Book Exchange websites with redirects, redesign etc… The fact she lasted as long as she did is a miracle. Plus let’s not forget yesterday’s launch of the Discover Fantasy and last SO…  because I love Donna SO MUCH this soup is for her! My mamma’s friend used to make this when she was feeling poorly and I love it and have not made it in ages so I could not find my recipe. BUT THIS IS FOR YOU MISS DONNA! Feel better over in their across the pond!! MWAH (oh and she does not have a hangover, she is really sick but avocado is SO good for you, and the citrus is good for you and the parsley and cilantro good for da belly, and all of it will bolster that immune system!

LOVE Kriss

Even Super Hero's Get Sick - VENEZUELAN BEEF RIB SOUP (recipe)


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