Freddy’s Super Easy and Rich Roasted Tomato Bisque

I realized I hadn’t posted a Freddy the Zombie Chef recipe recently. I reached out and asked Freddy for a favorite and he sent me this one. It’s delicious and super easy to make, too. Try it out. You won’t be sorry. Learn more about Freddy and the whole team of paramedics at Station U here. Freddy’s Super Easy and Rich Roasted Tomato Bisque Ingredients: 2 cups cherry tomatoes 2 cups baby carrots (or carrots chopped in 2 inch lengths) 1 large or 2 small yellow onions (cut into quarter or 1/8 sections) 1 cup cream or half and half 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock (2 cups if milk is omitted) 2 – 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar (to taste) You’ll also need Olive oil, Salt, and Pepper ——— Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place tomatoes, carrots, onions Read more…

The Paramedic’s Sorceress Cover Reveal

I’m very excited to reveal the new cover for book 9 in the Extreme Medical Services series. My awesome cover designer, Christian Bentulan from CoversByChristian.com took my short description and, as usual, created this awesome look for The Paramedic’s Sorceress. If you haven’t caught up with the rest of the books in this series, click on the series link above to check out the other books. I’m hard at work and about halfway through the first draft of this book. My goal is to release it to you all later this spring. I hope all goes according to plan. So many things have to fall in line for this to work out, including an opening in my editor’s schedule, proofreaders, and my beta reader team to pick up on any inconsistencies and story holes. Keep reading if you’d like a Read more…

A Look At Where the Writing Magic Happens

Some people in the Facebook group asked about where I write my books these days. I took this photo to share a look at what I see every day when I sit down to write. In the photo are the rapier and dagger set I bought for the cover photos used in the Accidental Champion Series. It’s nice being a fantasy author. I get to write off swords! What else do you see in this photo that you have questions about? Go ahead and reply in the comments below and ask away! I’m an open book, lol. I’m hard at work on the next Extreme Medical Services series book. The working title is The Paramedic’s Sorceress. How do you like that? It picks up just a few weeks after the end of The Paramedic’s Amazon which came out last month. Read more…

A Holiday Recipe From Freddy the Zombie Chef of Station U

Freddy, the zombie chef in the Extreme Medical Services series, sent me this great recipe for pumpkin muffins he makes for the Station U crews on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday shifts. He says it’s the perfect bite in mini-muffin size and great for a crew on-the-go. Check out the recipe below and enjoy. (he reminds you to check the batter for missing fingers before baking FREDDY’S MINI PUMPKIN MUFFINS (adapted from a recipe by Grace United Methodist Nursery School, Aberdeen, Maryland) 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup water 1 1/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Mix thoroughly until the batter is smooth. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). Read more…

How Often Do You Get To Be A Hero?

It’s a serious question. Even during my career as a paramedic, truly heroic action moments were few and far between. Well, not today! Today you CAN be a hero. Today you have a chance to keep an 80-year-old grandmother from getting kicked out of her house. You get to become one of the Hellcats trying to save her family home, the only home she’s ever known. What’s it take to be a Hellcat? It’s simple. Pick up a copy of the Hellcats Anthology, or read it in Kindle Unlimited. Inside are sixty-nine (yes, 69) short stories by some amazing authors from a variety of genres, all writing stories about what being a Hellcat means to them. Each story is found nowhere else but this anthology. I wrote an exclusive short story from the Extreme Medical Services world. If features Leah Read more…

Get Your Free 5-Chapter Preview of Author Annette Marie’s New Series!

I’m hard at work on the next Extreme Medical Services book, The Paramedic’s Amazon. It’s book 8 in the series and is scheduled for release this Fall. I’m also waiting for the final Huntress Clan Saga book to come back from the editor so it can be released in mid-August. With so much going on, I thought I would reward your patience for my next book with a special preview of a new series by Author Annette Marie. Annette is an amazing author of action-packed Urban Fantasy books like Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound Book 1). Now, she’s offering a free, 5-chapter preview of her new book, Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors (The Guild Codex: Warped #1). Read on to learn more about this series and the entire Guild Codex universe of books. MagiPol has three Read more…

Dealing With Life In A Pandemic World

Hi, Dealing with the rules of a new world under the shadow of the pandemic is challenging for a lot of folks. We’ve been trying to adjust here in my house, too. I’ve been writing about it here in the newsletter. Thanks to all of you for sharing your movie and book choices for me to share with my grandson someday when he gets older. By far the most popular suggestion was “The Princess Bride” book and movie. I Totally Agree! For those of you who’ve read the Accidental Champion series, you know how I give a nod to that movie when Cari Dix takes over a ship of raiders and calls herself the “Dread Raider Cari.” I like writing references to my favorite books and movies into my stories. I think it’s fun to see how many folks pick Read more…

Genre Blending Fantasy Writer Christopher Keene on the Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 111 with Christopher Keene. Subscribe to the Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, to Urban Fantasy, to Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way. Starting things off this week, I’m finishing up the final edits Read more…

What Makes A Book LitRPG or GameLit?

One of the biggest questions I get is, “What makes a fantasy book a LitRPG book?” A close second is, “What’s the difference between LitRPG and GameLit?” For me it’s all in the stats. GameLit is a broader category that encompasses anything that has to do with gaming and a fantasy world. LitRPG is a subset of GameLit that includes some level of statistics and leveling up a character or characters. I write books that fall into both categories. The two Accidental Trilogies (Accidental Traveler and Accidental Champion) both are full-on LitRPG stories. My most recent series is an urban fantasy that fits into the GameLit area. The Huntress Clan Saga has strong elements of Virtual Reality Gaming and that VR world has consequences in the real world for the main character, Quinn Faust. There are no stats or leveling Read more…