Monday, April 3, 2017

RE-RELEASE: Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of)

F.J.R Titchenell's re-release of her YA Horror-Comedy, CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF), is here: April 4th, 2017!  

The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper. She has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would do the chicken dance with death to make her smile. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan.

Still, Cassie’s an optimist, more prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, and she’d rather fight a corpse than be one. She’ll never leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might love him as more than her personal jester. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-style novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.

Review quotes:

“Heartbreak, humor, a very large number of crushed skulls and even romance ensue . . . . Readers who don’t mind a little brain spatter on the windshield will be happy they took this particular trip.” —Kirkus Reviews.

“You know when you read a book about teens and you think the author just didn’t get it? Well, F.J.R. Titchenell gets video gaming, paintballing, Vespa riding, teenage tomboy angst, true love, the uses of theater paint—oh, and killing zombies.” —Lehua Parker, author of the Nene Award-nominated Niuhi Shark Saga.

“The story is fast, filled with dark humor, and lots of blood and guts.” —All Things Urban Fantasy.

Listings, pre-order and order links:
Barnes and Noble


F.J.R. Titchenell is an author of young adult, sci-fi, and horror fiction. She graduated with a B.A in English from California State University, Los Angeles, in 2009 at the age of twenty, is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel, and currently lives in San Gabriel, California with her husband and fellow author, Matt Carter, and their pet king snake, Mica.

The "F" is for Fiona, and on the rare occasions when she can be pried away from her keyboard, her kindle, and the pages of her latest favorite book, Fi can usually be found over-analyzing the inner workings of various TV Sci-Fi universes or testing out some intriguing new recipe, usually chocolate-related.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017


Photo Credit: (recipe on this link different from recipe below)
I attended a women's conference and an amazing apricot chicken was served for the luncheon. I love chicken, and I love apricot, so combining the two makes one heavenly dish. Here's the recipe:

APRICOT CHICKEN (this is also fantastic on the grill - just cook for half the time)
Marinate 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs for 1 hour to overnight in marinade below:
3/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash original seasoning
Drain off marinade and pat dry with paper towel. Fold sides of thighs into each other and stuff into muffin tins. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the apricot glaze:
1/2 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Bring to a boil in sauce pan and boil for 1 minute. Remove cooked chicken from muffin tins, draining off any liquid, and place on a 9x13 pan. Pour glaze over chicken and return to oven for 5-10 minutes.