There are some exciting things happening at the Hot Chocolate Press headquarters! We have three new books being released this month. Read more about the books below and the parties we are having to celebrate.
We have a new member to welcome to the Hot Chocolate Press family and that is graphic designer, Carmen Ruyle Hardy. She played a big role in our, soon to be released, 100 Haiku for the 80s Generation book. The book is pretty amazing and fun thanks to Carmen's incredible talents. On a side note, she also did the cover for Weeping Kings & Wild Boars.
I have been taking advantage of the great Colorado weather we have been having and sparking my sense of advenutre with mountain hikes with my husband and friends. I hope you are have been taking some time to squeeze adventure into your life.
Happy Reading! Kerrie Flanagan HCP Publisher
Hot Chocolate Press Book News
Thrilled to announce our three new books being released just in time for the holiday season.
Passing Through By Jenny Sundstedt Availble as ebook on November 5 for Kindle and Kobo* *Pre-order your copy today
Sometimes the past does not rest in peace. Even on the other side.
Dana Parker didn’t expect to find herself dead at age thirty-four, stuck in limbo, and working as an afterlife counselor. But she likes her job helping the newly departed unload their emotional baggage and move on. Dominic Micelli is no typical client. Brash, stubborn, and mad as hell, he grudgingly admits that at the time of his accidental death, he was the only person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. He claims he doesn’t know what happened to her and can’t move on until he finds out. Torn between suspicion and sympathy, Dana agrees to do what Dominic cannot and return to the living world to seek the truth. As Dana uncovers troubling secrets from his past, she realizes she must finally face the dark ones from her own.
Dangerous complications. Even for a dead woman.
The Paths We Take By Suzette McIntyre and Kerrie Flanagan Available November 10* *Pre-order your copy today
The places we end up in this life depend on the paths we take. Some paths are smooth, some bumpy, others wind, but all of them are laced with emotion. Kindled by Robert Frost's 1916 poem, "The Road Not Taken," Suzette McIntyre and Kerrie Flanagan explore the paths we DO take.
Through inspirational poetry and stunning photography, this second, Words & Images coffee table book will take you from the euphoric high of a mountaintip to the lows of peasantry as your travel down busy city streets, illuminated forest paths and lonely country roads. All the while, embracing the idea that no matter where we are on our path, we need to remember to pause, don't look back and enjoy the ride.
100 Haiku for the 80s Generation By Kerrie Flanagan, Dean Miller & Carment Ruyle Hardy Available November 18
The 80s. A totally rad decade when hair was taken to new heights, we all wanted our MTV and everyone knew the answer to, “who you gonna call?” The Breakfast Club enlightened us about detention and Marty McFly took us back to the future.
100 Haiku for the 80s Generation will have you flash dancing your way through this gnarly era with these awesome haiku. With only 17 syllables, each poem will ignite a memory, transport you back in time, and have you dancing footloose faster than you can say, "where's the beef?"
Help us Celebrate!
You are all invited to help us celebrate the release of our new books
The Paths We Take Book Launch and Reception November 10, 5:30-7:30pm Ptarmigan Country Club 5416 Vardon Way, Fort Collins, Colorado 80528
Help us celebrate the release of the 2nd book in the the Words & Images Coffee Table Book series: The Paths We Take. 65 Limited Edition books will be printed for the event and available to the public on a first come/first served basis. The winners from the Paths We Take juried competition (photography, painting, mixed media and poetry), whose art is in the book, will have their work on display during the event. The first book in the series, Beauty Surrounds us will also be available during the event and some of the winning artists from that book will be in attendance. Come support our local artists!
Hot Chocolate Press Book Festival
November 18, 6:30-8:00pm
Celebrating the Release of:
100 Haiku for the 80s Generation
Trails at Timberline Welcome Center: 2451 South Timberline Road (Building is in the middle of the complex. Water feature in front).
Join us for a family friendly night of fun that will include:
A chance to meet the authors
Hot Chocolate Bar
Prizes to be given away throughout the event
Plenty of Hot Chocolate Press Books to buy, just in time for the holiday season
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Nourish Your Soul
Spark Your Sense of Adventure
How to Live Mini-Adventures on a Small Budget
FEATURED LIFESTYLEBY SCOTT H YOUNG
Believe it or not, having life adventures is not in the exclusive realm of eccentric billionaires and jet-setting entrepreneurs. Life adventures don’t even require a lot of time, so you don’t need to quit your job or cash in sick days. Having adventures is more about attitude and a skill than resources.
What is an Adventure?
Adventures don’t have to be African safari’s, base jumping or flying around the world. The best way to have more fun in life is to reframe what you feel an adventure is. My definition would be something enjoyable, unique and a departure from your routine.
With a simple definition like that, you can start having mini-adventures. They may not amazing tales you can tell over a campfire later, but they can make life a lot more interesting. Better yet it won’t break your bank (or your neck!) to go on them.
Ingredients 2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk - divided 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips 1½ Cups Mallow Bits (mini hot chocolate marshmallows)
1. In a microwave safe bowl; combine white chocolate chips with 3 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk. 2. In a separate bowl; combine dark chocolate chips with remaining sweetened condensed milk. 3. Line a square 9x9 pan with foil and generously grease with butter or shortening. 4. Microwave dark chocolate 30 seconds, stir. Microwave 15 seconds then stir vigorously until chocolate is smooth. Transfer mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. 5. Microwave white chocolate 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of dark chocolate layer. 6. Top with mini marshmallows then gently press down. 7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to set. 8. Remove fudge and foil from pan. Carefully peel all foil from fudge. 9. Cut fudge into bite sized pieces and serve.