Woes of Advertising

It’s been interesting getting this whole self-promoting thing going for my book. I happen to think it’s a great book. So do my mom, my friends (who have read it), and a few others.

If you haven’t noticed from my previous posts, I’m a bit of an introvert, so I tend not to go around shouting, “I’m an author! Read my novel!!” But you should… you’ll like it a lot!

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Great features like this are very helpful and exciting to see! I simply asked for the post, and @digitalbookgirl posted! Thank you, @digitalbookgirl!

If this helps anyone, or if there are other ideas you may have for self-promoting without the shouting, I’d appreciate some comments!

Thanks,
J.E.DiPalo

Novel Idea

Last night, as I was thinking of new things happening in my life, I had an interesting story idea. It’s all fiction of course, but most ideas come from real events, right? … Maybe not this one.

My husband is a Broker in a Real Estate office that his parents own, but he’s trying to help to improve for the current times. In their office, they’ve just barely broken into the new century. So we have a friend who just got her FL State Real Estate License (so happy for her!), and John asked her to be one of his agents.

As I’m thinking of the situation, and how we’ve known her and her husband for nearly 10 years now and our kids are friends, I start thinking, “I wonder if she’s read my book yet?” I gave it to her at Christmas, but if she hasn’t been able to read it… no big deal, I guess (*sobbing silently*). She’s been really busy studying.

What if John made people in the office read my book? What if he was one of those bosses?  And… what if my book was about something that wasn’t exactly professional, or even taboo?

What if the required reading for your new job with a stuffy boss was a racy, raunchy, heart-pounding, and taboo romance novel?

Hmmmm….  I grabbed my pen and paper and scribbled down the idea. In no time, I had my first chapter! This isn’t fantasy, or YA, or Romance, or anything I normally write.

It’s more-or-less a Sit-Com!

I think I’m going to keep going with my idea. Despite working on my second novel, this book can probably be finished and published in a few months. It will probably be more ‘relatable’ to a real-world audience that I would not have otherwise.

Would you read it? I’d love to see some comments with your thoughts!

-J.E. DiPalo

NEW! Google Gnome!

Google Gnome!  All-New and Ready to Use!

Take a look at what our friends from Google have dreamt up for us now! Amazing!

I don’t go outside, and would personally find no use for the Google Gnome outside. Plus, when the Florida weather heats up to 95ºF with 210% humidity (but it’s not raining, you’re just breathing water), the conditions may be a little too extreme for the plastic outer casing, so I would keep it inside at all times.

This nifty new outdoor gadget will be able to do or answer anything you could normally do or find yourself with a simple request.

It’s like having the internet at the tip of your tongue… outside.
Better than a frozen popsicle on a hot day!

If anyone purchases this device, please let me know how you like it. I may purchase one to sing to me in the shower, if it’s water-proof. There’s gear for that!

Enjoy!

J.E.DiPalo

P.S. Happy April Fool’s!

FREE KINDLE BOOK! Indelible

Starting today through 6/18, Indelible is available for FREE as an ebook through Amazon!

If you enjoy fantasy, supernatural, romance, adventure, and want to read a new and amazing epic tale, take advantage and grab your free copy right now. 

Indelible FREE on Kindle!

I would really appreciate if you could leave an honest review on Amazon and/Goodreads. Please share with friends and family who may be interested too.

Thank you! 

– J.E.DiPalo 

Flowers for My Father

The Plumerias continue growing
without my father here to keep them.

The Jasmine are still fragrant
though he’s no longer here to smell them. 

The weeds that I potted
become beautiful flowers because
my father taught me to appreciate a flower,
no matter what we name them. 

“Flowers for My Father,” A poem by J.E.DiPalo
Photos by J.E.DiPalo

Easy, Fresh Salsa!

And Now For Something Completely Different*!

Going off my normal topic of my usual whining and complaining about life and writing to bring you a delicious and simple recipe! lol  

This is the easiest thing you can make for a group or… maybe just yourself if you feel like chomping on a lot of great, healthy, and fresh veggies all at once;-) Three peppers is only 8 carbs! And look at those beautiful colors! 

Easy, Fresh SALSA!


As you can see, this salsa is all chopped stuff, right? Essentially, get this quick list of fresh veggies, grab your slap-chop and you’re in business.

Easy, Fresh Salsa! Recipe

Serves:  4 (who really like salsa) – 6 (who are more interested in other stuff)
Time:  20 mins (chopping fast!)


Ingredients:

1               medium Vidalia onion
1               bunch of Fresh Cilantro
2 Tbsp     Lime juice (fresh squeezed, or from the bottle is ok too)
10-12        small, multi-colored Sweet Peppers (see my fat, German thumb for scale. The peppers look tiny. Sorry for my big fat thumb.)
+ Salt & Pepper to taste
(Optional)
1     Hot Pepper of your choice – Jalapeno, Cubanelle, Habenero, or just a sprinkling of crushed red pepper 
Tortilla chips (I like the Tostitos Scoops, but you could use your hands, depending on the nature of the party you’re hosting/attending.)

Pepper 4 BumpsPick-A-Pepper

(DO NOT use green peppers in this salsa. They’re too bland.)

One thing I want to mention that I read on Pinterest a while back, and it took me a while to try it out, is that the Female peppers are the ones you’ll want to eat raw. They’re sweeter (like all of us females, of course) and in general, more flavorful! So, sauté those male bad-boys.

The way you can tell which ones are the Females are that they have 4 bumps on top (smaller peppers, as in the photo to the left with my fat, German thumb for a scale reference) or bottom (larger Bell peppers, it’s easier to tell). 

Another thing about this Salsa is that if you prepare it a day beforehand and allow it to ‘marinate’ with the lime juice overnight – you’ll have a delicious, softer salsa (not as crunchy, but not mushy either) for those wanting to partake in your healthy veggie-fest! 

*(Monty Python will never be irrelevant, by the way)

Go. Make Salsa! Go Ahead… Run Along Now!

I hope you enjoyed my post and will enjoy the delicious snack that results from the reading of this post.

Thanks – J.E.DiPalo

Dad’s Plumerias

Missing my Dad on Mother’s Day. I wish he was with us to celebrate my 10th year as a mother🦋

These plumeria came from sticks of the original Hawaiian plumeria Dad got while we were there in 1984, When I was 2 years old. By keeping my flowers blossoming, I feel like some part of him is still with me, always sending signs. Love you, Dad

I’m sure for some, you can relate if you’ve lost a parent. My dad suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years before he finally let go of his suffering and passed. I was glad his pain was over more than anything when he died. 

For others, perhaps you have a crazy parent or family-member who drives you nuts, or may not have spoken to for a while. Believe me, I can relate to that too. Been there. 

You can’t choose your family, only what you learn from them. I have a person in my family, not my mom, that I have learned to walk away from this past year. She has too many problems for me to deal with aside from my own. It really has been better for me that we haven’t spoken, and I prefer to keep it that way. 

Maybe it helps to search for signs. I feel the plumeria help me to keep my dad’s ‘memory’ alive. If they never bloomed, I doubt I would take that as a sign that he was completely gone though – I would probably find something else to help me cope. 

So, for now the best I have to offer are the plumeria. 

Indelible: About the Novel

Corbin had lost his way in a literally ‘dark place’ until he met Christine. She turned his life around for the better. Now, the dreams he’s had since they met are more than just the weird dreams ordinary people have. As their relationship grows, and other strange events occur, she tries to convince him to believe his dreams are clues about his past life, but he doesn’t want to believe because of their dark and terrifying nature.

When she is taken, Corbin learns how the dreams of fighting, falling, and flying are connected, and more about his past. He joins forces with allies in hidden realms to get Christine back from her abductor. His mission to find her leads him to extraordinary worlds where the realms of myth and legend meet the supernatural – and he has played a major part already. He has sworn to go through Hell and back to find her, and he may have to do just that.

The novel contains fantasy, epic adventure, paranormal, fallen angels, dry humor, a car chase… everything except sparkly vampires. Indelible leaves an everlasting impression; an Indelible mark on the soul. Although memories may fade, true love endures.

Check it out and pick up a copy! My website, jedipalo.com has a download for a Free Sample of the first three chapters AND one of Corbin’s dreams.

Divided, Book 2 and the namesake of The Divided Series, is currently a work-in-progress and will be released in Fall 2017. I will make an announcement to all of my followers before the release date and offer a giveaway!