Month: July 2016

Tasty Grey Stone-Inspired Double Chocolate Scones

Author, and blogger, Jean Knight Pace shared a tasty recipe on her food blog, The Tasty Cheapskate, recently. What is so exciting about it? Well, the Double Chocolate Scones were inspired by one of her characters from Grey Stone! Read her blog post here and make sure to visit her food blog for more tasty Zinnegael-inspired baked goods. Enjoy!!

Double Chocolate Scones

Ah my friends. In addition to this blog, I’ve spent the last few years doing a whole lot of novel writing. This month some of that work is coming to fruition and my teen/YA fantasy novel, Grey Stone, is available for purchase. The only thing better than celebrating with food is celebrating with food made by one of the characters in my new book.

(Isn’t it lovely? Click HERE to order.)

Zinnegael is a young witch with a bunch of cats, a slightly enormous vendetta against the shape-shifting king, and (naturally) a love of baking.

When she first meets one of our heroes, she brings him a tray full of goodies. Here’s a sneak peek at that scene:

“Wittendon noticed the faint smell of smoke as he and the cat entered the clearing. No one else seemed to notice or care. In front of him, the table was set for tea. Two cups rested on saucers and several cookies sat on a tray as though travelers stumbled to these haunted woods every day. Sprawled behind the table lay two large white cats. They sat up when the newcomers entered, but did not bother to look in their direction.
 
“Good afternoon, prince,” said a voice that came from a little hut to the right of a large garden. “The scones are a bit dry today; I do hope you will forgive that. Don’t worry, I’ve spread them with chocolate to make up for any lack.”
 
A girl entered the garden, stepping across the stone path as though every bump had been memorized a lifetime ago, though she couldn’t have been more than fifteen. In one hand, she held a tray that was piled so high with pastries he could not see her face; in the other she carried a vase with pale purplish-blue roses.”

Today we don’t have to worry about the scones being dry (they’re not). And we’re going to do more than spread the scones with chocolate. We’re going to make them with chocolate and then put chocolate bits inside. It’s a tiny bit like eating brownies for breakfast. Zinnegael would totally approve.

Double Chocolate Scones
adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
makes 8 scones
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Cost: $2.60
flour: .10, whole wheat flour: .10, oat flour: .05, cocoa: .20, sugar: .10, butter: .60, cream: .50, egg: .10, chocolate chips: .85

Note: To healthy this up just the slightest little bit, I couldn’t help but use some whole wheat flour and oat flour (Zinnegael would never have done such a thing, but I did). They were delicious and while the oat flour makes it a tiny bit crumblier, I think it also helps it stay moist and gives it a depth of flavor that is fantastic.

1 C all-purpose flour
1/3 C whole wheat flour
1/3 C oat flour
1/3 C cocoa
1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 C (1 stick) butter (frozen or cold)
1/2 C plus 1 Tbsp heavy cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (oh, and we were short, so we threw in some white chocolate chips too)

Glaze: 

Note: This glaze adds more sweetness, but it also sort of seals the scone so that it doesn’t dry out. The original recipe recommends dipping them in this glaze, but I just drizzled it rather thoroughly over the top of the scones, and that was way easier. (Yay for laziness and stuff.)

1 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 oz water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put baking rack in middle-low position. Line it with parchment paper (seriously–this is a good idea).

In a bowl or food processor (I use a food processor and it makes things like this so fast and easy), combine flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Cut the butter into chunks with a knife and toss those in. Give the food processor several pulses (or mush them into the dry ingredients with your hands, or a pastry cutter if you must).

In a small bowl, whisk the cream, vanilla, and egg. Pour it into the food processor and process until combined. Don’t overmix it. A bit crumbly here is better than being it to death.

Dump out your mixture and press it together until it forms a bit of a ball. Knead it 10-12 times. Don’t knead the heck out of it. You just want it to come together and be combined. That’s all. Scones are sensitive little things and if you overmix or overknead them, they will be dry. So err on the side of underdoing it. You won’t regret it.

Form into a ball and roll or press it into a nice circle that is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut this into 8 triangles (like cutting a pizza).

(Sorry that this pic is a little blurry, but wanted to show you the correct thickness)

Put these on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or just until they lose their shiny look. Again, err on the side of too little. Cook too long and they dry out.

Remove and let cool slightly.

Prepare glaze by mixing all those ingredients together and drizzle thoroughly over scones (or use a pastry brush, which is easiest). You want the glaze to pretty much cover the top and sides as much as possible (you’re welcome).

Eat warm or not. They’re delicious.

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Grey Stone Available for Pre-order!

Grey Stone by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy is finally up for pre-order! While you wait for your copy, check out these amazing terms created by the authors for the YA dystopian, fantasy novel! In addition, take a peek at the map of the world focused on the Motteral Mal!

Grey Stone Map.jpg

Terms:

Veranderen (Vər-an-dər-ən). The Veranderen are the wolf-shifters. This word refers to them as a people and as the plural. Generally, they are able to shift at will and have strong magical abilities. They are the ruling class.

-Verander—Singular

-Veranderah—Feminine (singular)

Blødguard (Blewd-gard). The lowest class of wolves, starved so they will hunt humans after dark.

Königsvaren (Kəh-nigs-vah-rən). The wolf class that forms the king’s guard.

Motteral (mah-tər-ahl). The hill on which the Sourcestone was once placed. The highest point in the land.

Motteral Mal (mah-tər-al mahl). The tournament held among the Veranderen every hundred years at the summer solstice.

Shining Grey (shi-ning gray). The metal that can weaken or harm Veranderen

Verlorn (vər-lorn). A Verander without magic.

Wolken (wohl-kən). The wolvish form of the Veranderen.

Septugant (sep-tu-gahnt). Those who wish to rebel against the king and usher in a 7th Era.

Mördare (mərh-dah-ray). The half-life assassins the king uses to protect his treasure.

Rotherem (roth-ər-əm). An herb that can mask a wolf’s scent.

Pallium (pal-ee-um). A metal that can contain or deflect energy.

River Rylen (Ri-lən. ‘I’ long as in kite). Main river in land.

Zonnesteen (zohn-ə-stayn. The ‘A’ makes long ‘a’ sound as in stain). The stone of the sun.

Steenmacht (stayn-mohkt). The place where that stone can be empowered.

 

Pronunciation Guide for Grey Stone

Are you ready for the dystopitan, YA werewolf fantasy Grey Stone? Well make sure you check out the pronunciation guide for all the characters before your copy arrives!

Grey Stone CoverCharacter Name Pronunciation Guide

Zinnegael (Zin-ə-gayl. The ‘ae’ form a long ‘A’ sound)

Savanh (Sah-vah)

Pietre (Pee-ay-tray)

Crespin (Kres-pin)

Grender (Gren-dər)

Wittendon (Wit-tən-don)

Kaxon (Kax-on)

Wolrijk (Wohl-rike. The ij form a long ‘I’ sound as it kite)

Hannah (ha-nah)

Carina (Car-ee-nah)

Jager (Jay-gher)

Humphrey (Hum-free)

Sarak (Say-rək)

Sadora (Sah-doh-rah)

Koll (kohl)

Tomar (Toh-mar)

Naden (Nay-dən)

Loerwoei (Loor-way or Loor-ə-way)

Draden (Dray-dən)

Markhi (Mark-hi. Long ‘I’ sound as in kite)

Winterby (Win-tər-bee)

Zinder (Zin-dər)

Rorof (Rohr-off)

Dorak (Dohr-ack)

Gog (Gahg)

Silva (Sil-vah)

Ellza (El-zah)

Borl (Borl)

Emie (Ee-mee)

Damiott (Day-mee-ot. The ‘O’ is short as in shot)

Peigh (Pay)

Quidin (Qui-din. Both ‘I’s are short as in bib)

Submissions Update

Good afternoon writers!

Please note, Ink Smith Publishing will be closing submissions on August 1, 2016 and beginning our reading period. Submissions will reopen January 1, 2017. All submissions received prior to August 1, 2016 will be evaluated during the reading period (Aug. 1 – Dec. 31). Any submissions received after August 1 will not be considered until next year’s reading period.

Please stay tuned for updates regarding submissions and our upcoming ISP Book Awards which will launch its submission process August 1!

Enjoy your summer!

New Ink Smith Release!

It’s almost here! Grey Stone by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy is coming to you July 28, 2016! This Teen/Young Adult novel is one of the newest editions to the Ink Smith family. This fantasy novel takes a unique twist on the werewolf legend and myths surrounding them.

Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy have created a world in which werewolves rule, dogs sing and humans serve – all under the constant light of the red sun.

Grey Stone Cover.jpg

In the land of the great red sun, wolf-shifters reign—able to wield magic and shift form at will while privileged wolves serve them. Dogs rove through the woods in packs speaking, singing, and scavenging—afraid to befriend the humans who live repressed. As the lowest of all four races, the humans work at mines, fashion metals, and send over half their gains to the wolf-shifting king.

However, when Pietre, an impoverished human boy, finds an unusual, orphaned pup in the woods, the wolf-shifting prince is sent to arrest his father. It’s then that boy and prince begin to realize that obeying the rules might be just as dangerous as breaking them. Unfortunately, breaking the rules means they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to change their world before it turns on them.

Stay tuned for the link to pre-order this new YA fantasy novel!