I practically missed Labor Day because I was canning ~32 quarts of tomato sauce and salsa, a well over 12 hour endeavor. I’m still not ready to switch over into fall though, so let’s hang onto summer a little longer with a few more book tour stops, shall we?
Divine Magazine: In which we discuss Abby’s home life and some books that made me think differently about historical fiction as a genre.
Havan Fellows: Fun, rapid fire questions including the show I’m currently binge watching and the 2 biggest crushes I had in the 90s.
Alpha Book Club: In which we delve into what my goals were for Sideshow and whether or not I think I accomplished them.
If you wander through the carnival you’ll end up with some pretty tasty treats, and today we continue Sideshow’s virtual book tour with some delicious stops:
My Fiction Nook: In which I discuss an old LiveJournal group and what makes a good story.
BFD Book Blog: In which we delve into how being an archivist impacts my writing.
And finish off with a carnival food recipe!
How to make a funnel cake!
Gather the following ingredients: 4 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 2 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, oil (for frying -I use coconut, but pick your poison), frying pan, squeeze bottle, paper towels, powdered sugar
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients (except oil) in another. Combine slowly and whisk until the batter is smooth.
Fill a clean squeeze bottle with batter and heat oil in a deep frying pan.
When the oil is hot, squeeze batter into the pan. I’m a control freak, so I make an overlapping cross-hatch pattern, but really, go wild!
Allow to fry for a few minutes, until golden brown (this will vary based on oil temperature, kind of oil, kind of stove, etc). Then carefully flip over. Treat this side the same, then remove with a slotted spoon or spatula.
Place on a paper towel covered plate.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on top before allowing it to cool, just a little.
Eat as soon as you can. Funnel cakes taste best hot.
If you have batter left over, cover candy bars, Oreo cookies, mushrooms, broccoli, cheese, whatever else you have on hand, in it and fry that up in the oil as well for a true carnival experience.
My little novel sideshow is hitting the road and going out into the world. I can’t imagine a prouder day for an author than the day their book grows its wings and takes flight into the wild. </mixed metaphors.>
I have been quite the mix of nervous anticipation and utter exhilarated joy for quite awhile and now the whole cavalcade of emotions is rushing around. It’s actually a pretty great feeling.
I won’t hold you up too long. Mainly because, right now, all I can do is gush about how excited I am for you all to read my book. So without further adieu, today’s Virtual Book Tour stops! We will be hosting new stops until September 7th, so be sure to check out all of these wonderful blogs.
Today’s virtual book tour stops:
The Novel Approach In which I talk about my love of stuffed artichokes and explain how to make them
Unquietly Me In which I discuss Suprema’s first carnival act and the influence of Newsies on my writing.
Velvet Panic In which I discuss the 10 moments that stayed with me from literature I have read.