JANUARY 2021 ROGUE READS

 

Join us on Monday, January 11th at 7 pm EST (5 pm Mountain Time)! 

This month's featured authors are: Jen DannaDouglas PrestonLincoln Child and Melissa Marr with Lisa Black as MC. Following a brief introduction each of our guests will talk about their work, and then read for about three minutes followed by Q&A. Join us in the virtual room where participants will have the chance to ask questions live. 

Everyone else can catch the event by clicking on Facebook Live where you can ask questions via comments. We'll be monitoring both chats throughout the evening, so come prepared.

Note: We'd love to have you join us in the virtual room, but this time you will need a passcode. Please email us in advance to get the code.

Then, as a special treat, each of our guests has paired a favorite snack food with their favorite drink providing a recipe for an enjoyable evening. You can find the recipes below, and trust us, the Rogues will be cooking all day. Drinking will commence at the start of the show!

Melissa Marr
writes thrillers, fantasy and paranormal for adults, teens and children, but her most important job is being a mom to three kids at their home in Arizona along with her partner. In Pretty Broken Things two different people track a serial killer’s only surviving victim to the Big Easy of New Orleans, which inadvertently puts all three of them in grave danger.


For a favorite snack, Melissa can live on in-season fruits and berries. Her backyard has an orange tree that she tends religiously for her winter reward. For something sweeter, she’s become exceedingly fond of Prickly Pear Fudge. Indulgent, unique, and PINK. For a drink her lifelong love is single malt (which ruined her for college parties with their cheap liquor), preferably a single glass of The Balvenie. However, living in the SouthWest, she’s come to appreciate a nice Blood Orange Margarita or Prickly Pear Margarita. As a non-alcoholic choice she drinks Blood Orange juice or Sparkling Blood Orange every day. Just a citrus fan!
 
Jen Danna is the exhaustingly prolific author of three series involving forensics, K-9s, or
                                                 hostage negotiators. In addition to releasing two books each year   
she also works full time researching infectious diseases for a Canadian university, so obviously this has been an extremely busy year for her. Jen lives near Toronto with her husband and two daughters. In Leave No Trace, the FBI K-9 team tracks through the Blue Ridge mountains looking for someone who’s picking off hunters with a bow and arrows.

Jen's favorite drink: Brown cow (Kahlua and cream over ice, how can you go wrong?)
 


        Jen's favorite snack: Pesto and sun-dried tomato torta 
1 package (8 oz./250g) cream cheese
½ cup butter
½ small onion, chopped
¼ - ½ cup pesto
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
Fresh basil leaves or parsley springs for garnish
         In a food processor or with a mixer, blend cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Stir in onion just to blend.  If the tomatoes are very dry, soak in hot water to soften before chopping or cutting with scissors.  Line a 2-cup (500mL) bowl with plastic wrap.  Layer 1/3 of the cheese mixture in the bottom.  Spread with ½ of the pesto, then ½ of the sun-dried tomatoes (spread each of these right to the edge so the layers can be seen when unmolded).  Add a second layer of cheese.  Spread with remaining pesto, then sun-dried tomatoes.  Spread remaining cheese on top.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.  Unmold at serving time and remove plastic wrap.  Press pine nuts into surface.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves or parsley sprigs.
         Makes about 2 cups (500mL)
         Serve this spread with crackers or interesting breads. Jen’s preference is toasted slices of French stick bread.

Douglas Preston began his career in New York as a writer/editor at the American Museum of Natural History (does that make everyone else as envious as it makes us?). In writing a nonfiction book he met editor Lincoln Child, who thought the museum would make a fabulous setting for a thriller. The idea turned into their first book together, Relic.      

                                           

Lincoln Child is from Connecticut and made his way to the big apple to find his first adult-life job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s. (Again--envy!) He worked his way up to editor and founded the company’s mass-market horror division. He met Doug, left St. Martin’s to work in systems analysis at MetLife, and Relic was published. In his books written alone, his characters investigate occurrences that defy explanation, involving deaths at a think tank or a state park or even a matchmaking service.
 
In their book The Scorpion’s Tail, new FBI agent Corrie Swanson brings along archaeologist Nora Kelly to identify a mummy found in a New Mexico ghost town--only to discover the victim had suffered a gruesome death alongside a priceless 16th century Spanish cross.
 
Nora Kelly likes to snack on Chimayo, New Mexico, chile peppers roasted over an open fire. The recipe is simple: Toss some Chimayo green chiles on to a grill and roast them, turning until the skin is evenly burnt, then remove from fire. Wait a few minutes, peel off the burnt skin, add a dash of salt, olive oil, and a spritz of lime, and eat. Her favorite drink to go with that is a shot of Casa Noble AƱejo.
 
Agent Pendergast’s favorite drink is, not surprisingly, a bit more particular: a Beefeater gin martini with French vermouth, straight up, very dry and very well shaken, with a small twist of lemon. He prefers to have his cocktail glass chilled, then rinsed with Lillet Blanc before the other ingredients are added.


Our MC:

Rogue Lisa Black is the author of 15 novels featuring forensic specialists, which just happens to be her day job. Her new novel, Every Kind of Wicked, brings the Maggie Gardiner-Jack Renner partnership full circle.

 

 

 


2 comments:

  1. This is a great opportunity meet a fabulous group of bestselling authors - hear them read from their latest thrillers and ask questions about their stories. Be sure to "tune in."....Karna Small Bodman

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