Welcome author Katy Lee to my blog today! She's written a post about her latest book, Real Virtue, but first let's talk about food.
Thank you, Alice for having me on the Patchwork Quilt Blog! I am excited to be here with you and to meet all your readers. I have to admit, though, when you asked me to come and share about my favorite dish to cook, I got a little panicky.
You see, I’m not much of a cook. (Hanging my head in shame)
But I got to thinking, something I am good at is Crock-Pot cooking. I am all for throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot in the morning and around 5PM reaping the tasty reward. And with writing all day, it really is convenient. Plus, I don’t have the kids asking me, "What’s for dinner?" They can see it, and smell it, cooking all day.
I have many dishes and soups and stews that I make, but my two favorites are Chili and Beef Stew. They each have a secret ingredient in them that makes them so tasty. My chili is Ketchup. It sweetens it right up.
As for the Beet Stew, the secret ingredient is Tapioca Granules. 2 Tablespoons of those with 2 Tablespoons of sugar mixed with tomato sauce, makes for a great base that thickens up nicely. Then add all your meat and veggies on top and cover. Stir every now and then and you’ve got dinner waiting for you 8 hours later.
Pastime or Addiction? And the story behind Real Virtue
Did you know video game addiction is becoming an increasingly difficult problem with the youths in America today? It can affect the everyday life and social situations of children through young adults. Video game addiction can hinder a child's learning skills, cause real life problem solving to become more difficult, and cause a child to spend far less time with family and friends.
In Real Virtue, the story opens with my heroine, Mel Mesini, reaching the highest level in this online interactive game she plays. A game that promises her a life she can love. She’s playing while she is supposed to be working. She plays because she doesn’t feel so great about her real life. She plays because it’s a world she can control.
Or so she thinks.
In a virtual reality game where she can fly, someone’s aiming to take her down.
Mel Mesini is a New York City restaurateur and an avid, virtual reality world traveler. She’s risen above her misfit life and now bears a striking resemblance to her glamorous, gaming avatar. But her successful life—both online and in reality—takes a swerve the night her father is seriously injured in a hit-and-run. Mel is careened back to her judgmental hometown, where being the daughter of the town’s crazy lady had made her the outcast she was. To make matters worse, Officer Jeremy Stiles, the man whose harsh, rejecting words had cut her the deepest, is heading the investigation.
Jeremy knows he hurt Mel and attempts to make amends by finding her father’s assailant. When he realizes she’s the actual target, his plan for reconciliation turns to one of protection—whether she wants his help or not. What he wants is answers, especially about this online game she plays. Is it a harmless pastime as she says? Or is she using it to cover something up? As a faceless predator destroys the things that matter to her, Jeremy knows he’s running out of time before she loses the one thing that matters most—her real life.
Katy Lee writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. As an inspirational author, speaker, home-schooling mom, and children’s ministry director, she has dedicated her life to sharing tales of love, from the greatest love story ever told to those sweet romantic stories of falling in love. Her fresh and unique voice brings a fast-paced and modern feel to her romances that are sure to resonate with readers long after the last page. Her debut novel Real Virtue is a finalist in many writing contests, and took second place in the 2011 Georgia Maggie Award of Excellence. Katy lives in New England with her husband, three children, and two cats.
Visit Katy at these sites: Amazon
Barnes and Noble
And at her website.