Marina Martindale’s Musings is one several WordPress blogs that I maintain, and, unfortunately, one of my other WordPress blogs was recently hacked.
I’m here to talk about my books, and, hopefully generate enough interest the you’ll consider reading them. My blogs are a critical tool for building my brand and my reputation, and I simply cannot risk anyone planting malware on my blogs, or otherwise hijacking them. Therefore, I’ve migrated this blog back to Blogger. While perceived by some as not as “professional” as WordPress, it’s on a secure server and much less vulnerable to a cyber attack.
As most of you already know, I love cooking as much as I love writing, so I’ll always have at least one scene in my novels where my characters eat in, and I include the recipe at the end of the book.
The Letter, however, has proven to be a bit of a challenge. This novel has two different scenes, with two different characters, eating in with a special guest, so decisions, decisions. Which recipe do I include? It was a toss up, but here is the one I didn’t include. It’s easy to prepare and the perfect romantic dinner for two. Just saying.
ORANGE GLAZED CORNISH GAME HENS
2 Cornish Game Hens (defrosted)
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
2 tablespoons orange juice
lemon pepper blend
Preheat oven to 350. Wash hens thoroughly, shake off excess water and place in a baking dish. Mix orange marmalade and orange juice in a small mixing bowl. Once the marmalade is blended smooth brush 1/2 of the mixture on each hen with a pastry brush. Sprinkle lightly with lemon pepper blend. Bake for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve with rice, wild rice or potatoes. If desired, garnish with fresh orange slices.
Note: If preparing more than two hens simply increase orange mixture by adding 1 tablespoon of orange juice and marmalade for each hen. If you’re using fresh oranges, be sure to add the zest.
Okay, life happens, and sometimes you just get so darn busy that you forget things, like updating your blog.
So, what has Marina been up too?
I’ve been keeping busy with real life and spending quality time with friends. Writing can be such a solitary profession, and, if I allowed it, I could easily become a hermit. Fortunately, I’m not about to let that happen. I spend a lot of time supporting musician friends at local venues, such as The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley, and Monterey Court in Tucson. I’m a big believer in artists supporting other artists, regardless of their genre. Some of my musician friends are also fans of my books, so we have this mutual fan thingy going on. Other musician friends have helped me with some of my projects. Jazz singer Sheryl Ann McKinley provided the voiceover for The Reunion book trailer, as well as for my upcoming Betrayal book trailer. Another Tucson singer, Gigi Chanteuse, did the voiceover for The Deception book trailer. Rob Resetar, who helps produce and direct all of them, is a musician as well. It’s a real honor to have such talented musicians as friends.
So yes, Marina Martindale is still alive and well, and when I’m not writing, I’m busy pursuing another of my life’s passions–photography. I’ve started another novel too and I’ll tell you more about it later. In the meantime I hope you too will support live music in your community.