Look at that Cocoa Go! #tuesdaytreat


willy-wonka-gene-wilderI read something interesting the other day regarding making fuel from chocolate. I’m sure most people have an idea of what  E. coli bacteria is. Our guts are loaded with it. Well, scientists took waste from the chocolate-making process and fed it to E. coli bacteria.  The bacteria fermented the sugars in the waste and generated organic acids ( formic acid). This acid is so toxic to the bacteria, they quickly converted this bi-product to hydrogen.

To what purpose? 

Free energy for one. Hydrogen is one of the cleanest renewable fuels there is. When used, the only byproduct is water. Compare this to poisonous carbon monoxide from gasoline and other fossil fuels. By converting food waste into clean renewable energy instead of garbage for the landfill, food factories and farms would be able use their own waste products to power their manufacturing operations. This waste can also fuel a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles. It’s pretty exciting.  th

And guess what today is? It’s Chocolate Day (not to be confuse with National Chocolate Day on October 28th). I think a special day just for chocolate is a perfect reason to have some. You’re welcome.
:D

More~
Facts about Chocolate

A chocolate process from jungle to Hershey Bar

Sadly, chocolate does have a dark side, a very dark side, and I’m not talking about dark chocolate. The industry in Africa has roots deep into child trafficking and modern slavery. Be informed. We have more power to effect change in the world than we realize. Know where your chocolate comes from and exercise your consumer muscle.  Here’s a brands list of fair trade chocolate with no ties to the dark side.
http://www.foodispower.org/chocolate-list/

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100Things!I’m starting a new 100 things today.  This time it’s malapropisms. Dictionary.com defines malapropisms as an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.  Here’s one for today:

Michelangelo painted the Sixteenth Chapel.

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RB4U purpleMy 4th of the month blog post is still up on Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about the mysterious messages that wash up on beaches in bottles. Very interesting, if I do say so myself. Come see!
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/07/message-in-bottle-by-rose-anderson.html

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RB4U purpleToday is guest Author Karen McCullough
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us
The Christmas in July contest is on! We have $100 in gift cards for Amazon/B&N. Other prizes can include ebooks, print books, audiobooks, more gift cards and non-book items.
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

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Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories by Rose Anderson

Download your free chapter sampler today!

Find my novels in ebook and paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Where did the year go? #MondayBlogs


timeToday I discovered there are only 178 days left in the year.  2015 is just about half over. Good grief, where has the time gone?? I suspect this is the way of it now. I’m over the hill and all things accelerate on the down slope.  lol And my heels are smoking as I apply the break.

All in all 2015 hasn’t been too bad. I had a very hard time being creative with my heavy heart. I’ve force myself to do little things, learn processes, and keep up with everything associated with being an author as best I could through an emotional haze. I concede that we never really stop grieving, but our hearts do become accustomed to the absence eventually despite the holes our loved ones leave behind. I realized recently that while the holes are undeniably there, my sad emotions associated with two years of personal loss are finally easing up. <insert sigh of relief here>

Like I said,  I did keep up on everything associated with being an author even after my muse skipped town on me. A lot has been going on in that department too. I’ve been involved in a new venture for one of my series, namely be being vetted by Indie Artist Press– a publisher who hand-picks well-written books and represents them. The honor of that had me feeling giddy for a while. Books one and two of my Loving Leonardo series were bound under one cover entitled The Leonardo Chronicles and given new launch. Now I need to get cracking and write the third book. I originally had five books in mind before the aforementioned grief shut creativity down. We’ll see where that goes. My hopes are high with this undertaking.

When I set my mind to learning something, I go as far as this crowded brain will allow. Every one of my novels was created to test some aspect of the publishing world such as reader trends, niches, series viability, popular genres, target audiences, etc. Loving Leonardo was my unanticipated toe into uncharted waters. The story popped in my head and stayed for the full 10 days it took me to write 120,000 words of an award-winning rant piece inspired by one afternoon’s mean-spirited news topics.  I do my best (and fastest!) writing when peeved. I really do. lol
:D

rosefront1I also have a new novel in queue, freshly edited and possessing a fantastic cover seen here by well-known tarot card artist Claudia McKinney. I’m very pleased with the surreal look. The Changeling is waiting on publishing and may possibly be an October release.  A few months lead time will allow for a grand buzz prior to the debut. I haven’t done that before, but I have seen other authors do it. I’m considering the logistics. Always testing…

This particular story is something different for me. I’ve mentioned here before that I never planned on being a romance writer and certainly never envisioned becoming an erotic romance writer. It was all about getting into the publishing world fast and learning as much as I could, as fast as I could, before moving on. I did, I have, and I’m not quite ready to leave romance just yet. I have four partially done novels and at least two series installations I really want to complete before I head back to my main work — the magnum opus (a long story, 5-books, as yet unnamed, and the reason I jumped into romance to learn what I could.) I tried to get back into my magnum opus two years ago but grief clouded my mind. Until I get my non-romance mojo back 100%, I’ll focus on these other easier writings. The magnum opus is a high-concept piece. I’ll need that mojo sharp to complete it.

Anyway…The Changeling is a fantasy romance that leans toward the sensual side of literature.  As it isn’t erotic romance like the others, I toyed with the idea of making a new pen name for myself. After much thought and highly respected opinion, it just didn’t make sense career-wise to start up a new name. Rose is a multi-published, award-winning author after all. And, as one of my author friends so perfectly put it, readers who read erotic romance read everything else too. So no loss. Still, people like what they like and avoid what they don’t. To make it easy on readers, I plan to compartmentalize and put the different sub-genres of my writing under their own umbrella. Another test for me.

Following my fancy, I really do write everything.  In fact, I’m just about ready to publish my children’s story that’s been sitting in a file for the last 22 years. Of course that will have a different author name on the cover — no muddying the literary waters there.

And lastly, I’m half-way through my 20k anthology piece through Romance Books ‘4’ Us coming early fall 2015.  My muse was on vacation and she’s back. It took the month-long A to Z Challenge in April to bust through that wall of writer’s block. Thank you organizers of the A to Z!

So enough about writers block and whats been happening. Tomorrow I’m back to blogging as usual. Who knows what this curious mind will find.
:D

RB4U purpleMy 4th of the month blog post is still up on Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about the mystery of messages that wash up on beaches in bottles. Very interesting, if I do say so myself.  Come see!
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/07/message-in-bottle-by-rose-anderson.html

And speaking of RB4U… today is Author Tina Donahue’s blog day.
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/And over on the RB4U website, the Christmas in July contest is on! We have $100 in gift cards for Amazon/B&N. Other prizes can include ebooks, print books, audiobooks, more gift cards and non-book items. http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

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Love Waits in Unexpected Places –
Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories by Rose Anderson

Download your free chapter sampler today!

Find my novels in ebook and paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
and wherever romance books are sold.

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My Blog Day on #RB4U & Happy 4th!


I’m back! Lots of twists and turns in this author’s life of mine and I’ll blog them all in a day or two. To begin…

RB4U purpleToday is my blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us. I’m talking about the mystery of messages that wash up on beaches in bottles . Very interesting, if I do say so myself.  Come see!
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/07/message-in-bottle-by-rose-anderson.html

Today is the 4th of July, and as I so recently completed edits on my newest– The Changeling— I thought it might be interesting to post a historical tidbit regarding one of the most important editing jobs in history.

jeffersonAfter Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he sent copies to several close friends. One friend, fellow Virginian Richard Henry Lee took issue with the changes Congress had made and told them so.

“I wish sincerely, as well for the honor of Congress, as for that of the States, that the Manuscript had not been mangled as it is. It is wonderful, and passing pitiful, that the rage of change should be so unhappily applied. However the Thing is in its nature so good, that no Cookery can spoil the Dish for the palates of Freemen.”

The idea wasn’t original, people had been trying it for hundreds of years. The concept gained reason and strength during the period of history known as the Enlightenment (a fascinating era to study, by the way).

Cherished American mythology simply paints both the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War that followed as rebellion against a tyrant king. The truth is, there is far more to the document and the war than what the myths tell us. The founders based their bold idea upon the best of concepts of human rights in the free (notice I said free) Ancient world, namely Ancient Greece and Rome. The United States of America was designed from the get go to be a democratic republic based upon ideals of a democratic Greece and the republic of Rome. It was to be the “golden temple on the hill” — In other words, the ideals of the Enlightenment made tangible. But there was more to it than even that. In fact, the golden hill philosophy was the frosting on the cake. The bakers of this cake were the founding fathers of the United States.

These Declaration drafters and signers were the cream of the crop. They were educated, self-made men of standing sent to represent their colony’s interests. At the time, raw materials were being harvested at a tremendous rate and the lands harvested laid waste. The products from these materials were manufactured elsewhere and then sold back to the colonies at high cost rather than the colonies making their own goods with local materials to be sold in local markets. These men saw the benefit of keeping resources to be used here, and profited from, here.

The truth behind our beloved myth wasn’t simple, and it wasn’t about tyranny alone. It was reason and finance. And you know what? That doesn’t make it any less potent than the myth of ragtag colonists telling the mean king they weren’t going to pay tax on their tea anymore. I think it makes the idea even bolder because money talks, and armies march on their stomachs. It was a huge risk. King George was loathe to give up the cash cow. Had there been no ocean divide to make the war a drain on English society across the pond, we’d all have free health care and inexpensive education.  :)

American children grew up with this document as mandatory learning in the 8th grade. I recommend reading it with an adult’s eyes. It really is an astounding act of defiance. The unedited version must have been amazing. Read it and follow it up with the Bill of Rights. These fluid documents were made to grow with us. The romantic idea of a self-governing people was a good one. I certainly felt Enlightened after I read them with my adult perspective.

More~
The Declaration document
Jefferson Exhibition at Library of Congress online
Biography of Thomas Jefferson
Vote of the Colonies to Declare Independence
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 2
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 3
Jefferson Changes Page 3 – Replaces “Subjects” with “Citizens”
Declaration of Independence, Original Draft – Page 4
Sole Surviving Fragment of Jefferson’s Declaration Notes

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

۞>>>>More on my other blogs<<<<۞

#FreedomHop, My Sexy Saturday, & Scintillating Sunday Showcase
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Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

Have too many weeds? We sure do. I’ve left my wild foods recipes up.
Just scroll back and enjoy. Yum!

http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/


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A to Z Road Trip!


Post A-to-Z Road Trip [2013]I’m still busy as heck but came back to the ol’ blog for the 2015 Post-Challenge Road Trip. I haven’t done this before so I’m not sure if this is an annual ending to the event or new for 2015.


What’s a Post-Challenge Road Trip?

The folks running the annual A to Z Challenge are encouraging people to take a final look at all the blogs participating this year.  The blogs I’ve already visited were fantastic, but with family plans looming I don’t think I’ll have time to stop by all 1509 participant blogs this year. I’ll give it my best as time permits.  If you have yet to see the many marvelous posts put up this year, here’s the A to Z participant link.

To Road Trippers stopping here for the first time, the following was my A to Z line-up. I’ve made links so you won’t have to scroll yourself into a hand cramp. Just right click and open a new tab. The information is unusual and fun and if you like to learn as much as I do, there are links on each post to take the topics further. All have historical perspective and some posts are truly strange.

A for Archaeoastronomy
B for (Linear) B
C for Chladni & Cymatics
D for Dreaded Sweat
E for Echo
F for Frost Fair
G for Ghost Ship
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
I for Ice Harvesting
J for Jersey Devil
K for Kaleidoscope
L for Legends or Lies

M for Monopoly
N for Necropolis Railway
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
P for Prehistoric Pigment
Q for Quills & Pens
R for Rat King
S for Spectacles
T for Tree Circus
U for Ukulele
V for Volkswagen
W for Witching
X for XOXO
Y for Yo-yo
Z for Zildjian cymbals

Thanks for stopping. See you next year Road Trippers!

۞>>>>۞>>>>My Other Blogs & Assorted Happenings<<<<۞<<<<۞

My 4th of the month blog post can still be found at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/05/time-for-flowers-by-rose-anderson.html

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
**A promo op for you too!**
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

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RB4U purpleFantastic authors & industry representatives all month long. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

Authors~ check out our promo services.
And…Our May contest is on. We’ll have prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

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Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

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Buttering that bread


bread“Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.”
~Bilbo Baggins
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I’ve just come off the month-long A to Z Challenge, ten days of the Authors in Bloom blog hop, 12 weekend posts, and assorted writing obligations. For the rest of the month, my laptop and I will temporarily part company, but not because I’ve run out of words. I have party plans to see to for my son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law. So much to do!

Until then, do scroll down for the A to Z Challenge posts and follow links to excerpts, wild foods, and more. I hope you enjoy my various posts, there’s a little something for everyone on all my blogs. 

See you soon.
~Rose

۞>>>>۞>>>>My Other Blogs & Assorted Happenings<<<<۞<<<<۞

My 4th of the month blog post is still up at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2015/05/time-for-flowers-by-rose-anderson.html

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
**A promo op for you too!**
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

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RB4U purpleFantastic authors & industry representatives all month long. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

Authors~ check out our promo services.
And…Our May contest is on. We’ll have prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

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Attention Authors~ My Exquisite Quills blog hosts five fun and b1e43-eqpicfree promo opportunities a week. I’m delighted to say it’s a hot spot with great exposure. Come join in!
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/


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Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

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My A to Z Challenge Reflections post


A-to-Z Reflection [2015] - LgWelcome to my A to Z Challenge Reflections post!  First off, thanks so much to the organizers. Well done, folks.
:)
This is my third year sharing my particular interests in history and historical science. I’m disappointed to say this year’s visitor numbers were considerably lower than last year. I had outstanding numbers last year and gained quite a few blog followers from both 2013 and 2014’s challenges.  I didn’t see that this year. I promoted the same so I’m not sure why the results were so much less. Still, I really enjoy mining information, so in that respect I had a blast. I have big plans for all my A to Z posts and every year gives me more to work with.
That said, I’m grateful to the organizers for a reason to write them!

Here’s my month of posts. By far, the most popular was N for Necropolis Railway. The least was P for Prehistoric Pigment. Do scroll down and enjoy. The information is unusual and fun and if you like to learn as much as I do, there are links to take each topic further.

A for Archaeoastronomy
B for (Linear) B
C for Chladni & Cymatics
D for Dreaded Sweat
E for Echo
F for Frost Fair
G for Ghost Ship
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
I for Ice Harvesting
J for Jersey Devil
K for Kaleidoscope
M for Monopoly
L for Legends & Lies
N for Necropolis Railway
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
P for Prehistoric Pigment
Q for Quills & Pens
R for Rat King
S for Spectacles
T for Tree Circus
U for Ukulele
V for Volkswagen
W for Witching
X for XOXO
Y for Yo-yo
Z for Zildjian cymbals

As far as suggestions go, I would love to be on a mailing list that sends a reminder email in March saying the A to Z Challenge sign-up is on. I checked the site several times a month since the first week in January because I just didn’t know when it opened. If the date for sign-up was posted somewhere, I missed that info.

I visited quite a few participant blogs when time permitted and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope to do the A to Z Challenge again next year.

Thanks again!


۞>>>>۞>>>>My Other Blogs & Assorted Happenings<<<<۞<<<<۞

It’s my 4th of the month blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
**A promo op for you too!**
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

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RB4U purpleFantastic authors & industry representatives all month long. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

Authors~ check out our promo services.
And…Our May contest is on. We’ll have prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

۞>>>>۞<<<<۞>>>>۞

Attention Authors~ My Exquisite Quills blog hosts five fun and b1e43-eqpicfree promo opportunities a week. I’m delighted to say it’s a hot spot with great exposure. Come join in!
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/


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Love Waits in Unexpected Places –
Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

Download your free chapter sampler today!
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Taking a Breather…


survivor-atoz [2015] - 2Whew! I’ve just completed April’s month-long A to Z Challenge where participants blog the alphabet six out of seven days a week. I hope my visitors found my posts interesting. The A to Z event is always fun for me because I really get into research. There were some great topics this year. As some topics are broader than a single post can cover, all posts have extra links to more information.

If you haven’t been here before, do scroll down and enjoy them.  Some are truly strange.


Z for Zildjian cymbals
Y for Yo-yo
X for XOXO

W for Witching
V for Volkswagen
U for Ukulele
T for Tree Circus
S for Spectacles
R for Rat King
Q for Quills & Pens
P for Pigment
O for Overtoun “dog suicide” Bridge
N for Necropolis Railway
M for MonopolyL for Legends & Lies
K for Kaleidoscope
J for Jersey Devil
I for Ice Harvesting
H for Heaven & Hell Clubs
G for Ghost Ship
F for Frost Fair
E for Echo
D for Dreaded Sweat
C for Chladni & Cymatics
B for (Linear) B
A for Archaeoastronomy

Sometime in the next few days I’ll take part in the participant wrap up and share my thoughts on this year’s event. Until then, I’m going to take a well-deserved blogging break. See you soon!
:D

Read more interesting posts of all kinds. Check out this year’s participant list.


۞>>>>۞>>>>My Other Blogs & Assorted Happenings<<<<۞<<<<۞

Weekend Writing Warriors
http://theancillarymuse.blogspot.com/

There’s still time to try my wild foods recipes on my other blog
Scroll back for all ten. Yum!
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

My Sexy Saturday
http://calliopesotherwritingtablet.blogspot.com/

Snippet Sunday & more
**A promo op for you too!**
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/

۞>>>>۞<<<<۞>>>>۞

RB4U purpleFantastic authors & industry representatives all month long. http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

Authors~ check out our promo services.
And…Our May contest is coming up. We’ll have prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com/

۞>>>>۞<<<<۞>>>>۞

Attention Authors~ My Exquisite Quills blog hosts five fun and b1e43-eqpicfree promo opportunities a week. I’m delighted to say it’s a hot spot with great exposure. Come join in!
http://exquisitequills.blogspot.com/


۞>>>>۞<<<<۞>>>>۞

Love Waits in Unexpected Places –
Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

Download your free chapter sampler today!
all7books-small

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