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Growing Up Jewish in Egypt- Their were no recipes, just cooking!

Growing up Jewish in Alexandria: The Story of a Sephardic Family's Exodus from Egypt By Lucienne Carasso Susan Weintrob indieBRAG Food Blogger Everydayhappyfoods A dear friend of mine grew up in Cairo.  Her story was quite similar to Lucienne's so it was natural to call her to ask about recipes from Egyptian Jewish Families.  "Recipes?" she responded. "There were no recipes, just cooking!" She went on to say "a lot of our food was vegetables stuffed with round meat and rice, fried, then you make a tomato sauce with lemon, a bit of sugar, and whatever spices you like.  In Egypt, we did not have steaks like here; our cows were skinney.  Our cholent (traditional Sabbath slow cooking stew) was meat, garbanzo beans and eggs wrapped separately, Mucluschia soup and of course, a lot of eggplant as a relish, fried or cooked. A favorite dish from Egypt and, in fact beloved in most of the Middle East, is eggplant relish, commonly known here as Baba Ganoush.  Simple, with variations from different traditions, eggplant relish is eaten warm or cold, as a side dish or a snack. The eggplant is roasted or baked.  Seasonings are often distinct to regions and cultures.  Serve…

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IT TAKES A TEAM by Barbara Kyle

I've gratefully learned this lesson in having ten novels published: it takes a team. My Thornleigh Saga is a seven-book historical series that features a middle class English family's rise through three turbulent Tudor reigns. The latest is The Traitor's Daughter. For this series my publisher wanted a book a year, and for me that's a challenge. I couldn't achieve it alone. I'm happy to say I've been blessed with a support team, three people that are definitely an "A" team. I sing their praises here. First is my agent, Albert Zuckerman. Al is something of a legend in the publishing world. He founded Writers House, one of the largest literary agencies in the world. He's been midwife to dozens of bestselling books, many of them blockbusters such as Dr. Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Michael Lewis's Moneyball (made into the film with Brad Pitt), and Ken Follett's mega-bestsellers like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I'm honored that Al names me as one of his leading clients. Years ago, when I was a rookie in this business, peddling my first novel but knowing nobody, I sent queries out to a slew of agents, as all…

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indieBRAG Interview with Victor Ramon Mojica-Graphic Designer

Indiebrag would like to welcome, Victor Ramon Mojica today to talk about his Graphic Design company. Victor, what is your Graphic Design Company called? -eugenus STUDIOS LLC How did you get in Graphic Design? -I completed 2 years of college and 6 months later was picked up by an agent and began illustrating children's books full time, but I have always worked on designs as far back as I can remember: comic book characters, costumes, splash pages (cover pages) and logos. Will you please share the first book cover you designed? -sure, it was for my comic book series eugenus, The Next Step In Human Evolution! It was tough 'cause up until then my art style was surealistc, and eugenus had to be illustrated as a grapgic novel. I had to adopt a more realistic stlye to better tell my stories in pictures as well as with words. My first cover in the Little Miss HISTORY® series was for Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE. Where do you find inspiration for your creations? -mostly from within, from all that I have seen, heard and felt. Mostly what I have taken from others is their techniques in expressing their art.…

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Self-Publishing: An Author’s Experience

Today B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree G.J. Reilly is talking with us about his self-publishing experience. G.J., when did you decide you were going to self-publish? When I sent out my first manuscript and it took close on a year to receive a reply. Okay, that’s not really fair. A major publishing house had an open submission window for a very exciting new project. ‘Inquisitor’ was barely finished, unpolished and pushed through editing using the bare bones of MS Word. By the time I’d received my first inevitable rejection, ‘Inquisitor’ had changed and evolved and I was so close to it that I really couldn’t tell if I was deluding myself, or whether it was actually worth reading. I’d had a few beta readers, but nobody who’d ever really written for themselves and, although trusted their opinions and they were very honest, I felt like I needed completely impartial feedback. However, just about every article on the internet was telling me that getting feedback is like winning the lottery on Friday the 13th. So, instead of wasting professional time, I decided to read as much as I could about self-publishing in the hope that readers might leave reviews. It took a long…

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indieBRAG Interview Team Member Stephanie M. Hopkins

indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indiebrag Team Member Leader Stephanie of Layered Pages is chatting with us about her website. Stephanie, why do you blog? In a post on Layered Pages back in March, I said that book blogging is our canvas to express our feelings of stories we read. Book bloggers are a special breed of readers and writers. We channel so much of ourselves into our blog. It’s a medium of expression and creativity. I honestly can say that I would be lost without my blog. I am pretty sure I have a blog addiction-ha! Blogging is a profound outlet of expression in today’s world of social media. How many books a year do you read? Generally, I read anywhere from 50 to about 85 books a year. Of course this is a great frustration for me because of my deep love of stories.  I want to be able to read much more than I do. You know the saying, “So many books, so little time…” What are your favorite genres?…

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Interview Team Member Magdalena Johansson

indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Magdalena of A Bookaholic Swede  is chatting with us about her website. Why do you blog? I blog because I love to read books. And, through my blogging have I found friends all over the world that just like me likes to read and blog about books. How many books a year do you read? 389! LOL, well that’s according to Goodreads for 2015. But that also includes short stories and graphic novels. I do try to read at least 3-4 books a week, mostly because I have a lot of books to read and I keep getting/buying more. What is your favorite genres? Thriller, horror, mystery, historical, paranormal, crime, fantasy, and science-fiction. Basically everything except romance. Not that I’m totally against romance. I’m just very picky. Where are the different places you read? Either on sofas (home or my mom’s place) or my bed. Of course, I always have books with me (my trusty iPad)! What thrills you the most about reading? What thrills…

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indieBRAG Interview Team Member Erin Davies

indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Erin of Flashlight Commentary is chatting with us about her website. Erin, why do you blog? Flashlight Commentary started as a diversionary activity to break the monotony and loneliness of life as a stay at home mom with a newborn. I’d always loved books and blogging about was something I could do while my daughter slept and the rest of my social circle worked. That was six years ago. At this point Flashlight Commentary serves as my creative outlet and it connects me to one of the most diverse and fascinating communities I’ve ever experienced. I do it because I love books, love talking about book, and love interacting with others who enjoy books as much as I do. How many books a year do you read? It depends on what is going on, but I average somewhere between 100 and 150. What are your favorite genres? Historic fiction is hands down my favorite genre. I read reads a lot of this and that,…

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Interview Team Member Lisl Zlitni

indiebrag has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indiebrag Team Member Lisl Zlitni of before the second sleep is chatting with us about her website. Lisl, why do you blog? I’d like to say it’s a way for me to journal without actually having to use pen and paper—I’m often so lazy about writing in an actual book, despite loving the idea of it. The flaw with that answer, however, is that I don’t blog much that people might perceive as journal-y. When I first considered the idea of a blog, I knew I wanted whatever I blogged to help me think more deliberately, to articulate ideas rather than experience them instinctively and without further growth. And I wanted to write. I’d always loved reading and writing, and research and writing analytical papers in university to this day remains one of my happiest set of memories. I wanted to do something that picked back up on that. A few years ago I started to write book reviews and found the challenges of doing this led me…

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indieBRAG Team Member Heather Campbell

indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Heather of The Maiden’s Court is chatting with us about her website. Heather, why do you blog? I started blogging because I wanted to be able to engage in a community who were interested in the same subjects I was; my husband, at that time my boyfriend, was getting tired of hearing all about the Tudors!  I have continued blogging because of the friendships that I have made through it and it’s a fun hobby to work on. How many books a year do you read? The last couple years I have averaged between 45 and 68 – I keep striving for 70 and haven’t hit it yet! What are your favorite genres? Historical fiction, and biographical non-fiction.  I read widely in other genres too, but I don’t feature them on my blog. Where are the different places you read? I typically read before bed every night as a method of relaxation.  A couple days a week I have time to read on my…

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indieBRAG Team Member Colleen Turner

indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Colleen of A Literary Vacation is chatting with us about her website. Colleen, why do you blog? I started blogging because I had been reviewing for a few other blogs for a while and thought…why not start my own?!  While it does take a lot of time to format the posts and get them just right, I continue to blog because I absolutely love this wonderful bookish community I have found and I cannot think of a better way to interact with everyone than to share the books I love and those book and authors I’m excited to discover. How many books a year do you read? About 50. What is your favorite genre? My absolute favorite genre is historical fiction, but I also love historical nonfiction, literary fiction, and mysteries and thrillers. Where are the different places you read? Honestly I’ll read anywhere, but the main places I read are my couch, my bed, and my office at work.  If the weather is…

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