Book Lovers, Book Reviews, Fiction, North of 40 and 50 plus Authors

Book Review- Serpent’s Loop by Lynn Lipinski

 

Witnessing a murder at the carnival he works for was a painful reminder of Zane Clearwater’s dark past. He had hoped all that was behind him, but one look at the fear on his sister Lettie’s face and he’s right back in the thick of it. Even if means jeopardizing his dream of becoming a police officer, he’s desperate to protect her at all costs.

Unfortunately, that may be harder than anticipated. Zane knew Lettie was a whiz with a computer, yet he had no idea she was putting some of those skills to work on the dark web in questionable schemes that have landed her in serious trouble.

Zane has a slew of questions.

As do the police… and the FBI.

When Lettie takes off for California, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that will test the limits of their unbreakable bond. Can he keep the promise he made to himself and protect Lettie? Or is this one mess she will have to face on her own?

 

Written by Lynn Lipinski, Kirkus Review said that readers of Serpent’s Loop will be hooked on the brother-sister team and assorted shady characters.”  They were right.

 

If you’re a fan of mysteries and suspense novels, this story delivers. However, if this genre isn’t your usual cup of tea, it’s well worth your time. The dialogue is smart, the characters are memorable, and it’s just a great read.

 

Serpent’s Loop is available on Amazon.

 

Lynn Lipinski

Follow her on Instagram @lynnlipinskiauthor

 

Dessert, Food Glorious Food, Makeover Monday Meals

Makeover Monday Meal- You Deserve A Cupcake Edition

 

There are days when everything seems to go wrong, from sleeping through your alarm clock to printer issues just when you’ve got to run to a meeting. Conversely, there are days when you feel like a rockstar. You had nothing but green lights on the way to work, the barista nailed your coffee order, and you got a parking space close to the entrance instead of in the hinterlands.

Whether you fall into the former or latter category, cupcakes are great for commiseration and celebration. This recipe for a one-bowl vanilla funfetti cupcake comes from The Kitchn

This recipe has been scaled down to make 6 standard-size cupcakes or 4 jumbo cupcakes, perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth without too much temptation lingering around. We adapted the recipe for vegan/vegetarian, low-sugar, and gluten-free dietary needs.

Vanilla Funfetti cupcakes by Ktchn adapted by Still A Chick Lit

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free all-purpose flour, 1 to 1 gluten-free baking blend, sorghum, white rice, or brown rice flour. If the flour blend doesn’t contain a binder add ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum)
7/8 cups granulated sugar (Swerve sweetener, Splenda granulated, monk fruit granulated sweetener, coconut, turbinado, and raw cane sugar, pulsed finely)

3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/8 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs (2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon Aquafaba, ½ cup silken tofu pureed with ¼ teaspoon baking soda, vegan egg replacer, or liquid vegan egg replacer= 2 eggs)
3/8 cups canola oil, or melted and cooled unsalted butter (unsalted vegan butter)
1/2 cup milk (dairy: whole, 2% or, fat-free milk) (non-dairy: unsweetened almond, rice, soy, or light coconut milk)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

¼ cup rainbow sprinkles  (vegan sprinkles)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line 6 muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Add the eggs, oil or butter, milk, and vanilla and mix with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fold in the sprinkles. Do not overmix or the sprinkles will streak the batter.

Fill each paper liner 3/4 full. Bake until the cakes are lightly browned, spring back when tapped gingerly, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

 

Adaptable Recipes, Dinner, Easy Preparation Meals, Makeover Monday Meals, Quick Springtime Menu Ideas

Makeover Monday Meal- Dinner Edition Soup for Springs on for Spring

 

 

 

 

It’s officially springtime, a time of renewal when our landscape begins to awaken from its winter slumber. However, early spring is a little different, especially in March, the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The temperature in early spring is on a bit of a rollercoaster. Some days it feels like spring, and other days are cool and cold in some cases.

What kind of meal can you make that is both light and comforting at the same time. This Italian Wedding soup is just the ticket. It’s not heavy, yet it’s filling and tasty. This original recipe comes from the Eating on a Dime blog. The genius of this recipe is the number of ingredients you can buy ready-made frozen meatballs and you can use pre-chopped onions, carrots, and celery to save time. The use of a slow cooker or, Crock-Pot is key to just how easy the soup is to make.

Just put the ingredients together in the morning, set your cooker, and head off for your day ahead knowing that all you have to do is add the pasta and spinach when you get home. In twenty minutes’ time, dinner is ready.

We have adapted the recipe for vegan and gluten-free diets. The substitutions are in the parenthesis.

Notes:

This recipe can be doubled and tripled easily. It freezes well in an airtight container for up to three months.

 

 

Crock Pot Italian Wedding Soup Recipe by Eating on A Dime adapted by Still A Chick Lit

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 6 hrs

Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins

Course: Soup

Cuisine: American

 

Servings: 6

 

Ingredients

1 pkg frozen chicken meatballs 24 oz (or plant-based frozen vegan meatballs )

1/4 onion chopped

3 large carrots chopped

2 stalks celery diced

3 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

8 cups unsalted or low-sodium chicken broth or unsalted chicken stock (8 cups unsalted vegetable stock or low-sodium vegetable broth)

1 1/2 cup orzo pasta (gluten-free orzo pasta)

4 cups spinach chopped

1/2 cup parmesan cheese optional to top (Vegan parmesan cheese block like Violife)

Instructions

Place everything but the orzo and the spinach in the crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

15-20 minutes before you are ready to stir in the orzo and the chopped spinach.

Cook until the pasta is soft.

Serve immediately with fresh parmesan cheese.

 

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What You Can Do When You’re Drowning in Books

What You Can Do When You’re Drowning in Books by Emma Grace Brown

If you’re a book lover following your heart to create a home you love, you may be surrounded by a sea of books. It’s a booklover’s dream and a nightmare at the same time to be able to say you have more books than you know what to do with. Fortunately, Still A Chick Lit Fab And Forty Plus shares some great ways to organize your home library and some fantastic shelving options you could incorporate into your house.

 

 

 

Sort your books

If your book collection is really overwhelming it may be time to lighten it. It can be difficult for a booklover to part with books, so here are some criteria professionals recommend for making your collection a bit smaller:

 

Keepers

Books you are keeping could include ones by favorite authors, books that are hard to replace, selections that work well with your overall collection, collector’s editions, unread books, and books you have enough space to keep.

 

Discards

In your discard bin, you can include old, moldy, or damaged books, books that aren’t favorites or classics, those you already read and will not reread, books that have outdated information, and books that you simply don’t have room to keep. In short, you’re in the process of decluttering, so be sure you get geared up for the work. Gather some boxes, tape, and a marker, and don’t forget to dress comfortably by wearing clothes that are stretchable and breathable. There’s some work ahead!

 

When it comes time to eliminate your discards, Living Well Spending Less notes that there’s a variety of options. Books can be sold online and given to senior centers, churches, or hospitals, or you may offer them through local or online book swaps. Also, consider giving your items to your favorite charity organization.

 

Choosing an organizational system

Even if you have a pretty large book collection, you probably don’t want to use the Dewey Decimal System to get your library under control. HowStuffWorks has some great suggestions:

 

  • Subject matter. Organizing by subject matter is a relatively simple and straightforward system. You can decide on what subjects seem most appropriate and their order. For instance, if you are a history buff, you might include a general history section, or if you have a larger collection, a whole section on the Civil War may be more appropriate.

 

  • If you have a substantial amount of fiction, alphabetizing by authors’ names may be your best bet.

 

  • The old cliche about judging books by their covers is not always true. For some readers, this is just the ticket. You can organize by color or another aesthetic quality.

 

  • If you have books from throughout your life, you may want to consider shelving them in the order they became part of your story. You could line them up from children’s books to teen novels, textbooks to parenting and self-help, or whatever categories apply. Similarly, you might shelve books in the order that you read them.

 

  • Perhaps it makes sense to you to put your books in the order that seems most important. Spiritual and personal guides may come first, or perhaps home maintenance manuals take top priority. Maybe your favorite fiction books are most prominently displayed. This highly personal system may just work best for you.

 

Storage and shelving

Once you know how you want to organize your books, you will need a place to put them all. Think about what you would like to incorporate into your own unique home library.

 

  • High ceilings? Try high shelving and a ladder.
  • Shelving can be installed under stairwells.
  • A home office is a classic choice for bookshelves.
  • Perhaps you have a nook, loft, or other room to reinvent into a reading room.
  • Tight on space? Incorporate a vertical bookshelf onto a column or turn a room divider into book storage.
  • If you read in bed, you may want to find some space in your bedroom for books.

 

Enjoying your new library

Swimming in a sea of books is the booklover’s paradox. It’s wonderful to have a lot of books, but it can feel overwhelming when you can’t find them. Thankfully we live in an age of ebooks, which take up zero shelf space. For those books, you can hold, follow these handy tips to do your sorting, decide on your personalized organizational system, and install your own unique bookshelves. Then you can sit back, relax, and read.

 

The Still A Chick Lit Fab And Forty Plus blog features fiction, food, fashion, modern fairy-tale beginnings, and Fun For Life North of Forty, Fifty & Up! Read more interesting articles today!

Written by guest contributor Emma Grace Brown

https://emmagracebrown.com/ 

 

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Makeover Monday Meal- Breakfast and Snack Edition

 

 

The humble banana is low in calories and has no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They also contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. It’s no wonder that over 100 billion of them are being eaten all over the world every year, making bananas the fourth most popular agricultural product. The average American eats about 27 pounds of bananas each year. So, it’s more than likely that most people find themselves with a few overripe bananas to make banana bread or banana muffins. Most of those recipes call for at least two or more bananas. However, what can you do with one lone overripe banana. You can make a one-banana mini- banana loaf. It’s the best way to use it in a delicious and healthy way.

This is an adaptation of Dominique Ansel’s banana bread recipe by  Baking Mischief 

Mini Banana Bread loaf recipe by Baking Mischief adapted by Still A Chick Lit

This mini version bakes in a 5.5 x 3-inch loaf pan (or can be baked as muffins in a muffin tin)

 

Prep time: Quick 10 minutes

Bake time- 22-24 minutes (depending on your oven)

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

½ cup (60g) all-purpose flour (gluten-free all-purpose flour, 1 to 1 gluten-free baking blend, white rice, brown rice, or sorghum flour. If your flour blend doesn’t contain a binder, add ½ teaspoon xanthan gum)

½ cup granulated sugar (Swerve sweetener, Splenda granulated, monk fruit granulated sweetener, coconut, turbinado, or raw cane sugar, pulsed fine)

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 medium overripe banana

1 large egg (3 tablespoons Aquafaba, ¼ cup silked tofu pureed with 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, vegan egg replacer, or mung bean liquid egg replacer= 1 egg)

3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter melted (unsalted vegan butter)

Cinnamon Sugar Crust

1 teaspoon (4g) granulated sugar (Swerve sweetener, Splenda granulated, monk fruit granulated sweetener, coconut, turbinado, or raw cane sugar, pulsed fine)

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a mini loaf pan, line with parchment paper sling (optional), and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, mash the banana and whisk in the egg until well-combined. Pour banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Add melted butter and mix until butter is incorporated into the batter. Don’t over mix, but there should not be pools of butter remaining around the edges of the batter.

Transfer the batter to your prepared loaf pan, leaving ¾ inch of space from the top of the pan (discard extra batter if there is too much).

Optional Cinnamon Sugar Crust

In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.

Bake

Bake for 30 to 38 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Allow cooling in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes before removing and slicing.

Serve and enjoy.

Store the bread tightly wrapped at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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How to Plan an Affordable Staycation That Feels Like a Real Getaway

With the official start of spring just around the corner, chances are you’re ready for a little time off to be with your family, friends, or that one special someone. However, as we watch the prices of everything, including gas, rising, a getaway might cost more than we can comfortably afford. Guest blog contributor, Emma Grace Brown has a great few tips to help you plan an affordable and enjoyable staycation at home or nearby.

 

How to Plan an Affordable Staycation That Feels Like a Real Getaway by Emma Grace Brown

 

What do you do when you want to get away but can’t go far due to COVID-19? Plan a staycation of course! A staycation is a safe, budget-friendly alternative to long-distance travel during the pandemic.

Staycations needn’t be dull either! Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors or discovering local hidden gems, there’s a lot of fun to be had right in your own backyard. Ready to start planning your staycation?

 

These tips from Still A Chick Lit will help you plan an affordable local getaway or home staycation that feels like the real thing.

Plan Ahead

Preparation is the key to a truly guilt-free staycation. Take a long weekend off work, set a budget, and chart out what you plan to do at home or on the town. A roadmap makes it easier to stick to your staycation!

Book a Local Stay

This is also the time to book local lodging, and getting out of the house can make a difference if you want your staycation to feel like a real getaway. You won’t have to spend a lot either with many hotels offering discounts to local travelers during the pandemic. To make it more romantic or special, consider a B&B for a more personalized experience.

Dress to Impress

 

It’s been months since you’ve had a reason to get dressed up, so take advantage of it. Refresh your wardrobe with a couple of new pieces before your trip, like a fun and flattering dress, pajamas for cozying up at your B&B, and maybe even some lingerie. Not only will you look and feel your best, but you’ll also get a little bit of retail therapy too! If you’re on a budget, look to deal sites with promo codes and discounts to help you save money.

 

Pick a Theme

Not sure where to start planning your staycation? Planning an itinerary under COVID-19 restrictions presents challenges, but it’s far from impossible! A theme provides a great focal
point for planning. Do you want to take a culinary tour of the town, explore local history, or get back to nature? With a few adaptations, you can do whatever your heart desires.

● Get takeout, delivery, or dine outdoors rather than eating in. Instead of splurging on gourmet dining, take a tour of local taco trucks, ice cream shops, or another budget-friendly (but delicious!) food.

● Explore art museums and visit local art galleries. Galleries are rarely crowded outside of openings, but be sure to wear your mask.
● Visit local attractions like zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens during slow midweek hours.
● Plan a DIY walking tour of your city’s historic downtown or visit nearby historic landmarks.
● Get outdoorsy with hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, and other outdoor experiences. National parks are a great place to start your outdoor adventure.

Make Time to Relax

Fun activities give you an experience to remember, but don’t forget to relax on your staycation too! Vacations can be just as stressful as a day at the office when your itinerary leaves no room for downtime.

● Get mindful with yoga and meditation.
● Recreate the spa experience at home with bath bombs, facial masks, self-massage, and soothing music.

● Curl up with a good book in a tranquil setting or go on a walk while listening to an audiobook. Reading for pleasure is a rare treat for many adults!
● Clean and organize your home before your staycation to ensure you’re not stressing about the mess and to create the perfect harmonious environment for your staycation if you plan to stay put.
● Most importantly, disconnect from work. You can’t relax when you’re answering emails and phone calls. Set an away message on your email, turn notifications off, and let yourself sleep in. You’re on vacation!

Travel right now is a question mark for everyone. Instead of pining for a far-in-the-future getaway, plan one that’s more feasible in the interim. A staycation can be just as relaxing, and it won’t hurt your pocketbook!

 

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Adaptable Recipes, Dinner, Makeover Monday Meals

Makeover Monday Meals- Takeout Dinner Edition

A quick and easy takeout meal made at home.

 

 

There’s nothing like takeout after a long day at work or after you’ve run a ton of errands. I think everyone has a favorite local Asian restaurant for takeout. It seems like there’s something magical going on in the kitchens that keep everyone coming back. While it’s certainly faster to call up your favorite takeout place, it’s not necessarily something you want to do all of the time. Not only can it add up in terms of dollars, but it may not be great for your overall health. My great-grandmother never went on a diet, she believed in moderation. I’m not rejecting your favorite Asian takeout out of hand, but you can make your own takeout at home without taking too much time.

My sons have always been vegetable eaters. There were very few vegetables that I had to force on them. In fact, they even eat some of the veggies I hate, including lima beans and green peas.  The best part about this recipe is the ability to switch up the veggies to your liking. This recipe works with corn, green beans, or squash. It’s up to you. It’s also vegetarian and vegan adaptable. Moreover, you can buy the vegetables prepped in the produce section or in the freezer section of your supermarket. You can also put the steak or tofu cubes in the marinade the night before, or you let it marinate for ten minutes before proceeding with the recipe.

Stir-Fried Beef with vegetables and garlicky cauliflower rice.

1 pound stir-fry beef strips, you can also use a sirloin steak, cut into strips (if using a steak, put it in the freezer for up to 30 minutes, it will make it easier to slice into strips)

Marinade

½ cup low sodium- soy sauce

½ cup low sodium teriyaki sauce

3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar (Swerve light brown sugar substitute, coconut sugar, turbinado, or raw cane sugar)

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 ½ tablespoons of minced fresh ginger root

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Vegetables

2 broccoli crowns, sliced in quarters or 1 package of frozen steam in bag broccoli

½ cup julienned carrots

4 ounces or ½ cup snow peas

1 bunch green onions, sliced on the diagonal, including green parts

1 steam in bag of lemon garlic, garlic, or plain cauliflower rice

1 tablespoon of cornstarch or gluten-free cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Vegetable or peanut oil

Place the beef strips in a resealable plastic bag. In a large bowl mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Reserve 3 tablespoons, then pour the rest over the meat. Seal the bag and let marinate for as little as ten minutes up to overnight.

Steam the cauliflower rice according to directions. Empty out into a paper towel or cheesecloth-lined colander to get as much of the excess water out.

Heat water to boiling in a saucepan. Add the broccoli for three minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. If you’re using the steam in bag broccoli, follow the directions. Open the bag when done and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

In a wok or large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the cauliflower rice, green onions, and carrots to the pan. Sauté for 4-6 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas and broccoli and continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes.

When heated through, add contents to a bowl. Add an additional 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and allow it to get hot. Using tongs or a fork, remove the beef strips and add them to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, moving the meat around with a spatula or spoon.

Add the vegetables back to the pan and stir. Make a well in the center. Add the marinade you set aside along with the cornstarch slurry (mixture). Stir thoroughly until you have coated the meat and vegetables completely.

Serve hot. This meal will keep in a plastic container for three days. It also freezes well for up to one month.

| Yield: 4-6 servings | Cook Time: 30 minutes |

Inactive time: 10 minutes to overnight

 

 

 

 

Stir-Fried Tofu with vegetables and garlicky cauliflower rice.

 

1 package of drained extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes

Marinade

½ cup low-sodium vegan soy sauce

½ cup low sodium vegan teriyaki sauce

3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar (Swerve light brown sugar substitute, coconut sugar, turbinado, or raw cane sugar)

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 ½ tablespoons of minced fresh ginger root

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Vegetables

2 broccoli crowns, sliced in quarters or 1 package of frozen steam in bag broccoli

½ cup julienned carrots

4 ounces or ½ cup snow peas

1 bunch green onions, sliced on the diagonal, including green parts

1 steam bag of lemon garlic, garlic, or plain cauliflower rice

1 tablespoon of cornstarch or gluten-free cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Vegetable or peanut oil

Place the tofu in a resealable plastic bag. In a large bowl mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Reserve 3 tablespoons, then pour the rest over the tofu. Seal the bag and let marinate for as little as ten minutes up to overnight.

Steam the cauliflower rice according to directions. Empty out into a paper towel or cheesecloth-lined colander to get as much of the excess water out.

Heat water to boiling in a saucepan. Add the broccoli for three minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. If you’re using the steam in bag broccoli, follow the directions. Open the bag when done and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

In a wok or large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the cauliflower rice, green onions, and carrots to the pan. Sauté for 4-6 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas and broccoli and continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes.

When heated through, add contents to a bowl. Add an additional 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and allow it to get hot. Using tongs or a fork, remove the tofu cubes and add them to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, moving the meat around with a spatula or spoon.

Add the vegetables back to the pan and stir. Make a well in the center. Add the marinade you set aside along with the cornstarch slurry (mixture). Stir thoroughly until you have coated the tofu and vegetables completely.

Serve hot. This meal will keep in a plastic container for three days. It also freezes well for up to one month.

| Yield: 4-6 servings | Cook Time: 30 minutes |

Inactive time: 10 minutes to overnight

 

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Fiction, North of 40 and 50 plus Authors, Still A Chick Lit Author Spotlight

Still A Chick Lit Author Spotlight- Lynn Lipinski

Generation X is in a unique position. Sandwiched in between two larger generations, Baby Boomers and Millennials, we have carved out a niche that allows us to function in both an analog and digital world.

To that end, I have joined TikTok, where I have found a community of artists and authors who are pursuing their passion and making a name for themselves.

I am happy to spotlight the first of what I hope to be many wonderfully talented and gifted writers and their latest novel you should put on your list of must-read books.

Lynn Lipinski

 

Lynn Lipinski is a writer who channels an overactive imagination into fictional worlds where justice rules, karma is real and the good person comes out on top. Her second book, “God of the Internet,” was named to Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Books of 2016 list.

Her Zane Clearwater mystery series (“Bloodlines” and “Serpent Loop”) are set in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which also happens to be her favorite place to write about. Decades of living in Los Angeles have worn away the Okie accent but not the Oklahoma girl’s heart. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in the Zane Clearwater mystery series.

 

Her latest book is Serpent Loop, published in October 2022. Witnessing a murder at the carnival he works for was a painful reminder of Zane Clearwater’s dark past. He had hoped all that was behind him, but one look at the fear on his sister Lettie’s face and he’s right back in the thick of it. Even if it means jeopardizing his dream of becoming a police officer, he’s desperate to protect her at all costs.

Unfortunately, that may be harder than anticipated. Zane knew Lettie was a whiz with a computer, yet he had no idea she was putting some of those skills to work on the dark web in questionable schemes that have landed her in serious trouble. 

Zane has a slew of questions. As do the police…and the FBI.

When Lettie takes off for California, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that will test the limits of their unbreakable bond. Can he keep the promise he made to himself and protect Lettie? Or is this one mess she will have to face on her own?

 

You can find Lynn Lipinski’s Serpent Loop here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FP8Z7ZD

 

Follow Lynn on social media

Instagram @lynnlipinskiauthor

TikTok @lynnlipinski

 

If you’re an author who is north of forty or fifty plus and you’d like to be featured in Still A Chick Lit’s Author Spotlight, email us at stillachicklit@gmail.com.

 

Creating Opportunities, Women in Business, Work and Careers

Quick Start Guide for Founding a Business in Your Community

 

You don’t have to be a business expert to start a business in your community. Starting a business in your neighborhood will enable you to give back to your community while also establishing yourself as a leader others will look up to. Wondering how to get started?

 

Learn why you should form an LLC, how to market your new business, and how to use SEO to improve your business model and reach out to hundreds of new customers.

 

The Benefits of an LLC

 

An LLC, or Limited Liability Corporation, can limit your liability in the event of legal difficulties. Both civil and criminal procedures may arise as a result of payment issues or workplace accidents. Further, the LLC is solely responsible for the company’s debt, which means its assets, and not those of the individual stakeholder will be used to repay it.

 

By forming an LLC, you ensure that your personal assets, such as a home, vehicle, and bank account, will not be at risk. It is almost mandatory to have an LLC to protect yourself and your family in an increasingly litigious world.

 

Small Business Marketing Ideas

 

When you come up with a great idea that makes your clients’ life easier, you need to ensure that they can find out about your services and how they can buy them. Successful marketing will aid in connecting your business with the lifeblood of your business — your customers.

 

As you gain more success, you’ll begin to have options for how to expand your business or improve what you are already doing. Sales can help customers discover the value of your products and services. Marketing can help open up more and more opportunities for success. Business leaders are not only leaders in their field but also leaders in their communities.

 

Creating an outstanding logo for your business is one of the easiest ways to boost your marketing efforts. It is a great way to make a memorable first impression, stand out from other companies, and help you create repeat business.

 

If you would rather not pay a designer, you can create your own logo with the help of affordable software. These programs allow you to make an effective logo by choosing the icon, color scheme, and text you would like.

 

SEO Is Key

 

To have a successful business, credibility is a critical element. Search engine rankings are a key factor for determining whether a website is trustworthy, as well as whether people are likely to choose those sites.

 

Through search engine optimization, you are more likely to be higher up in the search rankings. It even opens up doors you never knew were there. Your website will get people and companies to come to you for information, products, and collaborations. Consider hiring local SEO services from Upwork or a similar job site. Your business can then achieve maximum success.

 

When you start your own business in your community, you can reap tremendous rewards. However, there are a few things to think about. If you start an LLC, explore marketing, and utilize SEO in your marketing, you’ll quickly see your company taking off. There is no reason to wait any longer to start your business. As long as you work hard and spend enough time on it, your business will succeed.

 

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Still Writing After All These Years- Books By Women

I had the opportunity to write an article for Women Writers, Women’s Book. The site was launched in 2011 to be another platform for contemporary women writers and authors around the world writing in English. Its mission is to encourage and promote the visibility of women writers. We are particularly interested in the edges, the intersections between genres, nationalities, languages, arts, cultures.

Barbara Bos is the managing editor and owner of Women Writers, Women’s Books. With sections such as, writing, interviews, recommended reads, agent’s corner, submissions, library 2021, author genie, hybrid publishing, and ask BLIX, Barbara has lovingly and judiciously curated a site that both supports and encourages women writers.

Barbara was born in Holland. After finishing University she left for the UK. Since then she has uprooted herself twice more, currently living with her family in a small village in Galicia, North-West Spain.

 

You can read Still Writing After All These Years

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