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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Meet Your Favorite Authors!

You are invited!

Please join Ariella Moon and 23 other authors
at the Palm Springs Writers Guild Book Fair.

Young Adult, adult, children's, fiction and non-fiction authors will be selling and autographing
their books at the ART IS gallery, upper floor, near Macy's.  11AM - 5 PM. November 30, 2017.

Featured books will include (while supplies last):

Monday, November 13, 2017

Autumn Books and Comfort Food

Fall has arrived in the southern California desert! With daytime temperatures dropping 30+ degrees to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, I can finally fire up the stove and concoct one of my favorite comfort foods, butternut squash soup.

I believe my now splotched recipe was originally cut out of an automobile insurance magazine, and contained no attribution. My changes/asides are in orange.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

1 butternut squash (3 pound), peeled, cut into one inch pieces. I totally cheat and buy the squash already peeled and cut up. (54 ounces = 1 pound). You have permission to do likewise.
2 Granny Smith apples, seeded and cut into one inch cubes.
1 medium onion, diced.
1 carrot, sliced.
4 tablespoons butter.
1/2 cup white wine.
3 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock.
1/2 cup heavy cream.
1 teaspoon sea salt. (Add more to taste if you'd like.)
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
1/2 teaspoon red pepper. I use half that amount. You may like your soup more spicy.
7 thyme springs, leaves only.
1 bay leaf.
Fresh chives
Freshly grated nutmeg.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large baking dish (I use a bowl then transfer the ingredients to 2 cookie sheets) toss the apples, butternut squash, carrot slices, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, sea salt, pepper, and thyme with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Roast uncovered for 30-45 minutes or until tender. (If your oven runs hot, check earlier than 30 minutes. Trust me, you don't want to end up with brown, blah soup!)

Heat 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low flame in a cast iron pot. (I just use my pasta boiling pot.)
Saute the diced onions with a pinch of sea salt until translucent. Add the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the roasted ingredients to the pot, together with the vegetable stock or chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook together for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf, and using a hand held blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add the cream and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Adjust the seasonings and then serve hot with a drizzle of cream, snipped chives, and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

Enjoy your soup with friends, family, or a good book!

Happy Autumn!
~Ariella Moon

Thursday, November 9, 2017

October's Giveaway Winner is...

Congratulations to Linda George!

Linda won a kindle version of THE BELTANE ESCAPE, Book One, The Two Realms Trilogy.


Lady Fenella, Thaness of Thorburn, has no idea her fate is shackled to a powerful sorceress. She believes Merlin and the Lady of the Lake are myths, Gran’s warnings about Fairy are superstition, and Fairy was invented to make children behave. But a spell cast forward to sixteenth century Scotland finds Fenella and leads to her being branded, stolen, and betrothed. Traumatized and separated from her clan, the Highland heiress finds an unexpected ally in her kidnapper’s son. But their fragile romance is tested when the Lady of the Lake lures Fenella’s cousin into Fairy. Fenella has seconds to decide. Should she remain with Edward, or should she dive into Fairy to rescue her beloved cousin, endangering her clan, and abandoning Edward to his ruthless father?

To enter the November Giveaway, where two winners will receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Certificate, click here.