Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cooking with Author Hope Bolinger

This post is part of a series I call Cooking with Authors. It's fun to read recipes and try them. You know I've been a life-long-explorer of interesting recipes.

Today we welcome author Hope Bolinger.

Hope, welcome to The Patchwork Quilt Blog. I'm looking forward to learning what recipe you've brought for our readers.

Hope: My favorite recipe is avocado banana smoothies.

The ingredients are half an avocado, one banana, enough milk to cover the ingredients (highly recommend vanilla flavored rice milk or almond milk).

Place the ingredients in a blender, blend, use a colander if needed to ensure the liquid is smooth.

Why is this recipe special to you?

Hope: My dad used to always make the this after a hard day at high school. It’s healthy, hearty, and tastes delicious. 

Tell us about your soon-to-be-released book, Blaze, that comes out June 3rd.

Hope: Danny was told sophomore year was supposed to be stressful . . . but he didn’t expect his school to burn down on the first day. 

To add to his sophomore woes, he—and his three best friends—receive an email in their inboxes from the principal of their rival, King’s Academy, offering full-rides to attend the prestigious boarding school. Danny says no. His overbearing mother says yes. So off he goes. 

From day one at King’s, Danny encounters horrible hazing initiations, girls who like to pick other people’s scabs, and cafeteria food that could turn the strongest stomachs sour. As he attempts to survive, he will have to face his fears or fall prey to the King’s Academy lions. 

Tell us a little about you:

Hope: I'm a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 300 of my works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. I've worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and have edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. My column "Hope's Hacks," tips and tricks to avoid writer's block, reaches 2,700+ readers weekly and is featured monthly on Cyle Young's blog, which receives 63,000+ monthly hits. I'm excited for my modern-day Daniel "Blaze" to come out with IlluminateYA (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). I enjoy all things theater, cats, and fire.

Where can readers find you and your book?

Hope: You can find Blaze on Amazon. You can find me here:

Facebook: @therosewoman
Twitter: @hopebolinger
Instagram: @hopebolinger
Website:  or click here.

Thanks for joining us today, Hope. Best wishes for the success of your novel. I'm off to make an avocado banana smoothie.


Jennifer said...

Sounds like an interesting recipe. 🙂

Alice. J. Wisler said...

Doesn't it? And an interesting book.