Bleeding Hearts Release!

Almost every woman wants a happily ever after. Cami feels the same way. She wants to find her one true love and start living her life. When Carson comes along, he’s the whole package; handsome, charming, and an all out savior! But what Cami doesn’t know, is every move Carson makes is carefully planned out. He has an alterior motive when it comes to Cami.

Bleeding Hearts is finally here. You can pick up your ebook copy on Amazon or Smashwords.

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Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

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Polaris by Beth BowlandPolaris Cover

Publisher:  Month9Books

Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

How did you come up with the idea for this book?  A few years ago, while flipping through a Christmas card catalog. I came across a photo of an old country farmhouse with a snowy background. On the card there were kids playing outside and a horse and carriage in the background, all decorated for Christmas. I didn’t give it much thought at first and continued flipping through the catalog, but something made me flip back and look at it again. This time, in my mind, I saw the same farm house, but the kids, horse, and carriage were gone as were the Christmas decorations. In its place was crisp black sky, with the ground heavily covered in snow, and one young teen boy walking toward this house in the snow, as a meteor streaked through the sky. I stared at that one picture for the longest time and knew it was the opening for Polaris. This, along with my love for conspiracy theories and planets gave me the inspiration to write the story.

How long did it take you to write and publish your book? (From day one of the first draft to publication date) Storylines come to me while I’m in the middle of working on something else. Usually, I will just see the opening scene and that’s it. I will write it down and any notes or inspiration pictures and put it away in a folder. The idea for Polaris actually came to me in September 2009! I started writing it January 2011. Got a few chapters in and stopped to work on something else. Finally got it finished late 2013. Received the offer 06/2014 from Month9Books and published 08/2016. Wow! Seven years total.

When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite thing to do?  Watch HGTV! Love, love, love all the shows.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who you it be and why? I’d bring Nakal to life. He needs a loving family!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? It’s not really weird, but my brother gave me what “I thought” was a little different kind of little tomato. I popped it in my mouth and didn’t think twice. It ended up being a habanero pepper! I drank like half gallon of milk and my mouth was still on fire! Lesson learned!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Keep writing! Don’t give up! Stay away from the naysayers. Don’t follow trends. Write what you want no matter how quirky it is. Tell the story you want to tell. The story will find its audience. When you get rejections, have some chocolate, watch some HGTV, then print out the rejections and turn them into pieces of origami art!

 

POLARIS is available for purchase on these sites:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Beth Bowland

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Chickie Breakfast Sandwhich

I’ve recently discovered that I love Chickpeas. Whether they are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, or mashed into a spread. This recipe is a new creation that I like to make for breakfast.

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1 English Muffin

1/2 ripe Avocado, sliced thinly

1/4 cup Chickpeas

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Small bunch of Cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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To make the chickpea paste, add the peas, olive oil, chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to a bowl and use a fork to mash it all together. I used a fork instead of a food processor because it’s chunkier.

Slice your avocado, and any other veggies you may want to use and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Assemble your sandwich and your done! It’s a quick, on the go ‘wich that will keep your hunger pains at bay. Let me know what you think and share your photos with me via Instagram and Twitter.

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Bleeding Hearts Cover Reveal

With only 16 days left until Bleeding Hearts comes out, my book cover is finally here!

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Isn’t it wonderful?? This was designed by Cora Graphics.

If you want to join me and some other great authors in my virtual release party on August 27th, you can do so on Facebook. There will be games, prizes, and free books!!

In case you forgot or are seeing this for the first time, here’s the blurb for Bleeding Hearts:

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Remember to get your copy on release day, AUGUST 25! 


Summer Veggie Sandwich 

Everyone needs a good veggie sandwich during the summer. It’s refreshing and tastes delicious under the hot sun. I’ve put together several ingredients that work well and satisfy your hunger. 


Now, you can change any part of this sandwich as you see fit or if you like something else. It’s extremely versatile. 

Ingredients:

~ 2 slices of bread (I just used a wheat sandwich bread but you can substitute it for bagels, English muffins or any other vegan breath you like)

~ Handful of baby spinach

~ Handful of bean sprouts (or any other sprouts you may like)

~ A small bunch of cilantro (I broke off a finger full and finely chopped it)

~ 1 can of garbanzo beans

~ 1 medium tomato

~ 1 small yellow or red onion

~ 1/2 a small, ripe avocado

~ 1 small pickling cucumber

~ 1 tsp salt, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp black pepper, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar

~ 1 tsp olive oil
Directions: 

Start by draining the can of garbanzo beans and pouring them into a medium bowl. Add the salt, pepper, olive oil, and chopped cilantro to the beans. Use a fork to mash the beans into a paste texture.

Next, throw your bread into the toaster so you can chop your veggies while they crisp up.

Peel and thinly slice the small cucumber and slice the rest of the veggies.

I put all my veggies including the spinach and sprouts into a container then douse it with the balsamic vinegar so it has some time to marinate before you put it all together.


Once you have everything chopped, marinated, and the bread toasted, you are ready to assemble.

Spread the bean mixture onto your toast.

Now, add the spinach and sprouts. Be careful, those scrawny sprouts like to wiggle off your sandwich.

Next, add the onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado. They are going to be slippery so if they end up sliding off, just push them back on.


Once everything is together, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the veggies and top it off with your other piece of toast. You’re done!! Time to eat.