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National Poetry Month: William Shakespeare

Everyone knows who William Shakespeare is. He has graced many classrooms, theaters, and households for generations. As a student who found herself in many literature classes, my time with Shakespeare was one spent analyzing the structure, decoding the metaphors, and connecting the words and events to social and political happenings in the years in which the pieces were written.

As a graduate, and as someone who spends her time amidst countless books, across multiple genres, I was drawn back to Shakespeare. Mostly because of the beautiful editions that have since been published of The Bard’s great works, but partly because I wanted to read them without the pressures of responding to them in essay format. I wanted to read for the sheer purpose of enjoyment rather than academic excellence.

And so, in honor of National Poetry Month, I started with his Sonnets. They can be found all over the internet, but I wanted to share one of my favorites them. I encourage all of those who have read Shakespeare, or any author for that matter, for the sole purpose of academic requirement, to go back. Fresh eyes allow us a new opportunity to appreciate the works of centuries past without the pressure to see the author’s meaning/intent. Instead, we get the opportunity to feel it.

 

Sonnet XXV

Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook’d for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil’d,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil’d:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

 

 

About Corinne

CA Bio ImageCorinne has her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University and her MPS in Publishing from George Washington University. She has been an editor at Ink Smith Publishing and Native Ink Press since 2013, taking over the company in 2019. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites, and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve.

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.

Enter The ISP 2015 Book Awards… Form Fixed!

It has recently been brought to my attention that there had been an issue with the payment form.

That has now been resolved! There should be no more issues when participants go to complete their submission to the awards. If there is, please contact us and we will get it fixed as soon as possible.

There was unfortunately another issue that, thankfully, I have found and fixed as well. Before, our entry form would allow submissions under 1MB.

So with that being said, Enter the ISP 2015 Book Awards!

There are great prizes and awards for the top three books in each genre.

To find out more information:

Click here!

Triple Points Day for Book Reviews

If you have joined the Ink Smith Publishing Book Club and have read March’s featured book, you’re in luck! Today is triple points day at the book club.

If you missed out this month, don’t worry. Join the book club today, get April’s featured book and review the book to earn points!

Those points are like cash and can be traded in for gift cards.

So head on over to the book club and take a few minutes to put up your review!

 

Check out our first book review: http://bookclub.ink-smith.com/adventures-of-a-space-bum-was-a-great-read/

 

Review March’s Book Today!

Where to start…

 

Where to start?

A question I know authors ask themselves as they begin a new book with the white empty pages taunting them.

So I ask myself as I start a new series of blog posts on Inkwell and Quill, where do I begin… Where to start?

I believe that this is the most “intimate” you can get with a any company, inside the mind of the person behind the curtains. I know here on WordPress that I am not alone as I write my posts. There are plenty of other editors that have blogs about writing, publishing and their company. My goal in writing on Inkwell and Quill is not only to promote the hard work of our authors and editors, but to help out other authors, writers and maybe even gain a few new readers.

I would love to get conversations going, have people ask questions about this industry and help those that I can.

So with that being said. I will start with this since it has just popped into my head:

I can’t express how excited I am for the coming year. We really have some great authors at both Ink Smith Publishing and Native Ink Press. Of course I will be writing a few posts in the future regarding several authors and their recent or upcoming magazine articles.

But I am very excited to find out if we will be at this years WonderCon in Anaheim California from April 18th-20th. If we do attend we will be in the small press section. Like past book fairs, we will have our catalog of books there along with freebies and our mobile store. It should be a lot of fun! So fingers crossed…

Concluding my first post short and sweet:

I hope I can help those lost on this crazy journey of book publishing whether you are a published author, self-published, looking for a publisher, or just getting started. It’s not an easy journey, but when you have someone to do it together with, it suddenly becomes an adventure.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Holiday Book Sale at Ink Smith Publishing

The holiday sale season starts this weekend at Ink Smith Publishing! 

Our Black Friday Sale which has the deepest discounts starts this Friday, November 29th 2013 at midnight. The sale will go through the weekend until Sunday at midnight. Then to kickoff Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday shopping season, Ink Smith Publishing will be keeping our prices discounted at 30% for paperback books and 40% for eBooks. 

A special offer for Cyber Monday, buy a paperback version of any book and receive the eBook bundle of the same book for free! 

 

So once more our holiday sale will go as followed:

Black Friday Sale= Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st=50% off Paperback Books and 60% off eBooks.

Cyber Monday= Dec. 2nd=30% off Paperback Books and 40% off eBooks. Free eBook bundle with every paperback purchase!

Holiday Book Sale= Dec. 3rd-Dec.16th=30% off Paperback Books and 40% off eBooks. 

We look forward to gaining more fans of our great books here at Ink Smith Publishing.

www.ink-smith.com

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Cover Reveal: The Coat By Evelyn Allen Harper

Ink Smith Publishing’s January release: The Coat 

Here is the official cover! 

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Release Date: January 9th 2014

Author: Evelyn Allen Harper

Genre: Crime Drama, Humor

 

Susan Cook, a residential real estate agent, has no reason to believe that her customer, Charles Holiday, is anything but an ordinary buyer. She finds out that he is neither ordinary nor a buyer when he shows up at her house along with the paid killers who are pursuing him. A wild ride in her car gets them to Charles’s safe house where he has a small plane. When Susan wishes that she had grabbed a warmer coat, Charles presents her with a huge fur-lined fur coat that had been given to him as a gag prize at a golf tournament.

The small plane crashes. Charles and Susan and the fur coat manage to escape the wreckage before it explodes. Charles, who sustains a head injury in the crash, claims his name is not Charles, but Ryan, a famous professional golfer. He remembers nothing of Charles and he thinks Susan is a groupie, albeit an old one.

Stranded on a marijuana farm, the coat is the only protection the two have from the elements. However, it does not protect Ryan from his pursuers.

 

Evelyn Allen Harper’s other books include:

THE ACCIDENTAL MYSTERY SERIES

 AND SO TO SLEEP

AND SO TO DREAM

THE WRATH OF GRAPES

AND SO TO LOVE

AND SO IT GOES

THE WRATH OF WINTER

 

The official page:

http://ink-smith.com/product/the-coat/

Black Friday Book Sale at Ink Smith Publishing

This is our first year having a Black Friday Sale.

We have a lot of great authors that a dedicated to their work. Instead of looking at the Black Friday Sale as a way to “make a profit”, Ink Smith Publishing is giving our authors a chance to be read by you. Books can be expensive in today’s market.

Give an indie author a chance, check out Ink Smith Publishing’s Black Friday sale.

We offer a special on ebooks (no matter if they are on sale or not). With the purchase of a single ebook on Ink Smith Publishing’s website, you are given several different files. The files include Kindle, Nook, Sony, Palm and rich text instead of just one.

You will receive your ebooks in an email, but you will also set up an account at Ink Smith Publishing’s website where you will have full and constant access to any ebooks you purchase, along with purchase account history.

So this holiday season, support an author and give the gift of a good book.

Paperback books will be 50% off

Ebooks will be 60% off

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November’s Exciting Events at Ink Smith

 

Starting off the first full week of November, Ink Smith’s upcoming release goes on sales. Any pre-orders will ship on it’s release date of November 7th.

On November 10th, Ink Smith is looking into attending the world famous Rose Bowl swap meet in Pasadena, CA. We are looking at different possibilities for successful venues to get our books out there into the hands of the readers. We will be in the white section near food court and the entrance.

November 22nd is an exciting day for many of our authors. Barnes and Noble is having their Discovery Friday at participating national stores. I can confirm a few of our authors will be at local stores, but more details will follow.

November 28th-December 1st Ink Smith Publishing will be having their first Black Friday Sale! All of our books on our website will be selling at a 50% discount.  This sale will kick off our holiday season sale that will run until December 24th.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for Ink Smith’s newsletter, please go to their website www.ink-smith.com and stay up to date on the latest information, releases and sales.