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2016 IPPY Award Winner!
EASY Homemade Chocolates just in time for Imbolc or Valentine’s Day!
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Kirkus Review | Finally My Favorite
Lambda Literary Announces $1 Million Gift from Author and Philanthropist Chuck Forester
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2016 IPPY Award Winner!


IPPY-award-bronze-medal-glbt-lgbt-winner-best-fictionSedona, AZ – Independent Publisher has announced that “Finally My Favorite” (The Lake Effect Series, Book 3) by Rue, has been selected as the Bronze Medal Winner in the GLBT Fiction category for the 20th annual IPPY awards. There were over 5,000 books competing in a variety of categories for the best independently published books of the past year. Last year Rue won a 2015 IPPY for the second book in the series, “My Favorite Second Chance.”

Rue is a long-time resident of Sedona, Arizona and operates a micro publishing company. She writes, blogs, publishes and promotes for Sittin’ On A Goldmine Productions L.L.C. Majoring in Journalism at Pepperdine University, Rue’s lifelong love for writing was fine-tuned at the University and she has since become a popular contemporary romance, LGBT fiction and YA fantasy writer.

“Finally My Favorite” (Sittin’ On A Goldmine 2015) features the series heroines Rachel and Gwenn, as well as, cameos from fan-favorites Todd, Flora, Randy and Thea. This steamy and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of Duluth, Minnesota; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Greece—is a satisfyingly heartfelt conclusion to Rue’s beloved series.

Rue visited every location she writes about in the series and looks back through her travel journals to pull the perfect sensory details into the story. “Traveling is a visceral experience for me,” Rue commented. “I usually travel without an itinerary—just taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.” She added, “I am incredibly grateful for an organization like Independent Publisher, which honors the outstanding work of Indie authors everywhere.

For 33 years the mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.

best romance novel lgbt award winning comedy series“I’m honored that ‘Finally My Favorite’ won a Bronze Medal in this prestigious competition and I am pleased that the book has been enjoyed by so many readers,” said Rue. “One of the best things about writing The Lake Effect Series is the opportunity it has given me to meet people who love to read and who enjoy hearing about the writing process.” Her series is quickly gaining a devoted following and earning kudos from many reputable book reviewers.

Kirkus Reviews wrote, “A triumphant chapter centered on two sisters and their unbreakable bond.”

The first book in Rue’s new Young Adult Fantasy series, The Chronicles of Hawthorn, is scheduled to release June 20, 2016.

For more information on Rue and her novels, visit: RuesCorner.com

Her books are available in paperback and electronic formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo. The paperbacks can also be found in the Sedona Public Library and can be ordered by any local bookstore.

Learn more about the 2016 IPPY Awards at IndependentPublisher.com.

EASY Homemade Chocolates just in time for Imbolc or Valentine’s Day!

I promise, YOU can make these truffles. They are CRAZY delicious and easy to customize (I’ll list my secrets!). I packaged mine in some inexpensive “fake book” boxes from Michael’s that I picked up on sale.
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Here’s the RECIPE:

12 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon Butter (OPTIONAL)
(OK, I didn’t say they were lo-cal!)


  • Melt chocolate pieces in a double-boiler. (You can use a microwave – but mine tried to kill me on Friday, so I went old school)
  • Add Bailey’s and heavy cream. Whisk slowly and keep heat low. If it’s too hot the yolks will curdle in the next step.
  • Whisk in the yolks one at a time, mixture will thicken.
  • Whisk in the butter. (I skipped the butter and mine were fine, up to you)
  • Refrigerate 4-5 hours or overnight. (Overnight is best for the impatient, like me)
  • Scoop out with a small spoon (teaspoon or smaller), roll quickly in your palms to get a nice ball.

*This is messy, you will get chocolatey—so make them with someone you like to lick!

  • Finish with a roll in one of your toppings (List below)
  • Place in a Petit Four paper cup. (I use these because I got a pack at a garage sale, and they’re smaller than candy cups. I doubled this recipe and made 60 truffles!)
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Close up of the lime zest/chili power & the crushed peanut/Himalayan salt

Use your imagination – Here’s what I tried:

  • Lime zest and chili powder – grate the lime peel onto a paper plate and spread it out. Sprinkle desired amount of chili powder evenly over the lime zest.
  • Pink Himalayan Salt – salt is SALTY, so use sparingly. I did I light dip on the tops only of my crushed peanut covered truffles.
  • Crumbled peanuts – you can smash up any kind of nut you like :-)
  • Cocoa Powder (the unsweetened kind or raw Cacao nib powder, if that’s your thing)
  • Powdered sugar – pretty granulated colored sugar is nice, too.
  • Indian (kinda chai-like) spice – I used cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, ginger and a little clove.
  • I also took some smoked habanero almonds and wrapped the truffle chocolate around them. YUM!


  • Get everything lined up before you start rolling the truffle balls in your hands.
  • Put all your topping options in little bowls or paper plates.
  • Line up all your paper petit four cups.
  • I used the re-usable silicon mini cups (similar to these) from Cost Plus World Market for the one’s I kept for the family – and I made those a little bigger!!
  • Work fast and put the chocolate mixture back in the fridge if it starts to go mushy on you!

Good luck!

Email me pics of your treats and I’ll post them on my FB page!!

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Kirkus Review | Finally My Favorite


From author Rue (My Favorite Second Chance, 2015, etc.) comes the third book in a series about the lives of the Hutchinson sisters.

The third installment of the Lake Effect series finds sisters Rachel and Gwenn in turmoil. As Rachel yearns for the return of her currently touring rock-star girlfriend and Gwenn tries to decide between two men vying for her attention, their mother, Shirley, rests in the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Hospital. The two sisters still cannot escape the scrutiny of their difficult mother, who’s cantankerous even as she nears death: “Where’s the bright light? Why aren’t there any angels guidin’ me into Heaven?” she says during an out-of-body experience. When the doctor explains that Shirley will need a new kidney, Rachel jumps at the opportunity to donate, while Gwenn finds herself much more hesitant. Both, however, find it startling that neither happens to be an acceptable donor. Meanwhile, Steven, who spent years as a POW in Afghanistan, intends on proposing to Gwenn in spite of lingering PTSD and the somewhat limiting circumstances of his father’s will—“you can only inherit the money if you have a ketubah,” a type of Jewish prenup, he’s told. Then there’s Daniel, a successful artist on sabbatical in Mexico who pines for a return to Gwenn; the two are currently, as Daniel dismally explains, “on a break, or whatever you call this.” Fans of the prior books will find more of what they’ve been enjoying: plenty of sexuality longed for and consummated—“She blew hot breath in his ear and whispered her desires in moist, tantalizing syllables” —tender sibling moments, and down-home good sense brought to the surface by foreign travel: while viewing an ancient Greek settlement preserved in volcanic ash, one character remarks, “Makes you think. Every moment matters, ya know.” Some descriptions lack vigor—the Greek settlement is “interesting”—much as certain twists seem too on-the-nose. Still, the Hutchinson sisters are worth rooting for, and readers who do will be happy once again.

A triumphant chapter centered on two sisters and their unbreakable bond.

Pub Date: July 4th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9860627-9-7
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Sittin’ On A Goldmine Productions LLC
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Sept. 30th, 2015

Lambda Literary Announces $1 Million Gift from Author and Philanthropist Chuck Forester

Los Angeles, CA – Lambda Literary has received a major gift commitment of $1 million, the largest in the organization’s history, from Mr. Chuck Forester of San Francisco. The gift will be used to further the work of Lambda Literary on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature. The gift will also establish the “Forester Fellowship,” an annual, juried cash prize to a promising LGBTQ writer.

The gift was announced at a cocktail reception on Sunday, September 20th at Mr. Forester’s home in the Alamo Square neighborhood of San Francisco at which Mr. Forester, and Lambda Literary Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela, used the occasion to officially launch the Lambda Literary Legacy Circle, a planned giving program to which Mr. Forester’s $1 million gift served as the celebratory introduction. Acclaimed authors Kevin Sessums and Trebor Healey and poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez were on hand as featured guest readers at the reception.

“This transformational gift is an endowment in the long-term future of Lambda Literary’s industry-leading programs that serve LGBTQ readers, writers and publishers,” said Valenzuela. “The establishment of the Forester Fellowship will be an unprecedented professional boon for its annual winner that will allow the selected author financial security and uninterrupted time to finish their next book.”

The annual “Forester Fellowship” will be the largest cash prize in the world offered to LGBTQ writers and follows a series of other cash prizes that Lambda Literary already offers including the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Novelist Prize.

“I grew up in the 50s and homosexuality was so heinous a crime people were afraid to say the word, and it filled me with misconceptions about LGBT people and fears of being discovered as an adult,” said Mr. Forester.  “A novel by John Rechy about a drag queen and LA hustlers told me gay men were real people, and for the first time they were people like me with whom I could relate. I’d found a home–in literature. Years later, with the onset of AIDS/HIV, I turned to gay mentors who taught me how to process through words the incredible grief I felt as friends died around me every day and I lost my partner of eighteen years. Gay literature saved me twice, and I consider myself lucky to be here today, still reading and now as a novelist.”

Mr. Forester continued, “I can’t think of a better way of thanking the community for what its writers have given me than by providing a fellowship to a promising LGBT writer. I’ll be joining other generous donors who agree with me that our books tell us about who we are and where we come from as they celebrate our beautiful peculiarities.”

Chuck was born in Wisconsin and went to college at Dartmouth and graduate school at Penn followed by two years in the Peace Corp in Chile. He came out in San Francisco in 1972 and has been living with HIV since 1978. He’s been active in the LGBT community for decades, first as a board member and then chairman of the board of the Human Rights Campaign Fund (now the Human Rights Campaign). He also led a successful campaign that raised $3.2 million for what is today the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library, a first of its kind collection in a public institution that continues to serve a world-wide audience of readers and scholars. He has published a memoir Do You Live Around Here? and is currently working on a novel.

“Chuck has been a stalwart supporter of Lambda Literary for more than a decade and has worked as a close ally and advisor during our recent period of unprecedented growth,” said KG MacGregor, Lambda Literary’s Board President. “This gift signals Chuck’s strong belief in our mission and in the bright future of storytelling by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender authors.”

Lambda Literary is the world’s leading nonprofit organization that nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBTQ literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility, create community and encourage the development of emerging writers. Lambda’s respected programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the Lambda Literary Review web magazine, and LGBTQ Writers in Schools.

For more information about the Lambda Literary Legacy Circle planned giving program, contact Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela at tvalenzuela@lambdaliterary.org or (323) 643-4281.

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Lambda Literary believes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature is fundamental to our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read. LL’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, and our web magazine, The Lambda Literary Review, at www.LambdaLiterary.org. For more information e-mail admin@lambdaliterary.org.

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