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A New Adventure By Ginger King

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When I think about the characters in my soon to be released debut novel, I wish I could hang out with them, talk to them and take road trips with them.

Jamie is such a complex character but then again, most women are. What sets Jamie apart? Her past has shaped her character in significant ways she isn’t even fully aware of. She has been running from the emotions that make her fearful of getting to close to anyone else she might hurt. Even her new life thousands of miles from home has not allowed her to escape the past. In fact she may be repeating it. You’ve no doubt heard “You can’t go home again”. Well sometimes it’s the one place you need to get a fresh start.

Josh and Tyler are brothers who grew up on a farm near Jamie. Their lives have been intertwined with her by aviation, geography and tragedy. One brother has always chased Jamie and tried to protect her, sometimes even from herself. The other is a charismatic prankster who seems aloof but has a much deeper side. She ran from them both, and it will take both of them to save her.

I guess in a way in have had conversations with these folks and been on road trips with them. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and hope you will as well.

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Lightning Strikes/Happy Accidents by Ginger King

Sometimes lightning strikes. When it does we all take notice. Sometimes it’s just the sound and sometimes it’s the entire package. Lights, crash and boom! Recently I had a happy strike. It causes us to pause and take account of everything around us.

We call these happy accidents usually. Do you believe these are accidents, or fate, destiny? Today I am not so much focused on the source as I am the blessing. Talking to people about their “happy accidents” always gives me goosebumps. These are some of the jewels of life.

A vintner recently described his latest lightning strike to me. His new barrels had come in, and upon opening them, he found that two of them had obviously been used for transporting or curing fresh red peppers. Being an optimist, he proceeded to use the barrels thinking, ” What am I doing, there’s a mistake about to come out of his experiment. ”

A good lightning strike happened instead. The wine that was produced is currently his number one seller. It is a jammy full red with lots of punch from both the fruit and the peppers, whose only presence in the process was the essence it left in the vessel. A small part one could argue, but one that imparted that definitive quality (the lightning strike). If you like pepper jelly, you would love this wine.

Note to self…never forget to be a little spicy. You never know what happy lightning strike may be headed your way because of it.

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Ginger King is the author of Carolina Wine Country Cooking, published by Second Wind Publishing.

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Excerpt From Carolina Wine Country Cooking by Ginger King

carolinawine_thCarolina Wine Country Cooking is a cookbook and journal that showcases recipes written when author Ginger K. King discovered that her tasting notes seemed to revolve around pairings with food or possible dishes made with the wine. Naturally then, because she loves to cook and enjoy good food, the recipes stacked up, and became Carolina Wine Country Cooking.

In this cookbook, you will find recipes for drinks, appetizers, desserts and entrees all featuring the use of NC wines. The hope the author has for this book is that readers will see themselves in it, and get in the kitchen to enjoy creating something for themselves and their family. She wants the everyday cook to try these recipes, support local farmers and journal about their dishes just like she did.

EXCERPT:

Dill Dip


1/2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1/2 Tbsp. fresh dill finely chopped
1/8 tsp. dry yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. wine Viognier Ray Len

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Serve with potato chips, fingerling potatoes or as a topper for baked potato skins.

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gingeking_145x184About Ginger King: Most North Carolinians have been a fan of the scuppernong grape since childhood. They have a sweet, fresh, unmistakable taste. Ginger King’s grandmother lived in the NC community called Scuppernong which is on the banks of the river that also was named for this fruit that is so prevalent in the area. Rich beautiful lands extend through and around the marsh where the Mother vine grows less than forty miles away on Roanoke Island. As a child, traveling to visit her grandmother from her family home in Virginia Beach was adventurous because they had to pass the Dismal Swamp… and Ginger always seemed to be telling a story or two about what she saw [and couldn’t see] traveling down that long shadowy stretch of highway.

As an adult, she found the scuppernong again, in the burgeoning NC Wine Industry. She supported and traveled with a friend whose goal was to visit all of the NC wineries and become a sommelier in her retirement. Through memories of their adventures and her tasting notes, comes Carolina Wine Country Cooking.

Click here to buy: Carolina Wine Country Cooking

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What makes a good bogeyman? by Ginger K King

Merriam-Webster defines bogeyman as : a monstrous imaginary figure used in threatening children.  Wikipedia explains the various manifestations as : a non-specific embodiment of terror.   Have you encountered a good bogeyman in the books you have read, or the movies you have seen?  Is your favorite the expressionless face of the masked man, the ever extending, razor tipped fingers of the monster plaguing Elm Street, or the sewer dwelling end to George Denbrough in Stephen Kings IT?

The notion of a bogeyman has many context, historically as the figure used to threaten children, and more contemporarily the face of terror, in the next chiller-thriller film or book.  I am thinking about those characters that we ourselves draw up from the authors descriptions, or those we see on the big screen.   Some horror movies speak directly of the existence of him, and a movie [quality debated]  was even named for him.  In John Carpenters Halloween, [the night He came home] the characters explain the evil they think they have destroyed; [after Michael falls off the balcony] Laurie: Was that the boogeyman?  Dr. Sam Loomis: As a matter of fact… it was!  As a fan of the original film, I must say that the delivery of the line by Donald Pleasance, makes it even more chilling.

For me what defines a good bogeyman has a lot to do with his character.  Yes bogeymen have character.  Some are intelligent, some are witty, and some are just plain weird.  I prefer the intelligent and witty over the weird.  That moment when he nearly outsmarts the female lead [I like a smart female lead even more], or when he plays his own personal brand of practical joke makes or breaks the character for me.

The level of suspense that a bogeyman is able to achieve is his chief selling point.  Does he show up in a shadowy back yard and stare up at the window and then with the sway of a sheet in the wind disappear?   Where did he go, is he coming back?  Draw out the terror will you… Or does he show up as a pair of yellow eyes in a storm drain holding balloons?  I have been afraid of clowns ever since Pennywise made an appearance.

On a cold October night that fear was busted.  When some friends convinced me to go through the worst haunted house in our area, I was the last in our group, and no I didn’t like that at all.  We started out by a large shrub with a man seated in a chair opposite the shrub.  While we were trying to figure out if the man was real, or fake… the real scary people came from behind the shrub.  When I turned to face the house, Michael Meyers was just to my right.  I admit I was startled a little, but the guy playing him was too short.  I know about Michael Meyers, and this was not Him.  So I casually ask him how he is to disarm him.  You know when you are in these places, if you act scared, they try to scare you even more.  Almost half way through I was finally terrified because we were in a very large or long room/hall with absolutely no lights, no sounds.  The anticipation of the next scare was worse than… oh wait… no it cannot be.  A room full of Pennywise clowns.  Three to be exact.  Flashing lights extremely loud, and chainsaws…..Oh my goodness, and I am the last in the pack…when all of a sudden, maybe to disarm his own fears, my friend who was the lead in our pack does something so strange.  I am laughing as I write this.  He starts to dance, yes I said dance.  Unbelievably, they stop, they don’t know what to make of him.  They pulled up their masks and laughed saying.  Thanks dude… this is tiring.  Then we went on and finished the terrors, as there were a few more chainsaws and masked men…  Three Jason Voorhees at the very end chasing us out of the barn with chainsaws.  To this day my favorite part of that haunted house was the clowns.  I am not nearly as afraid of them as I once was.  At least until I read IT again…

What is it for you that makes a bogeyman, a good bogeyman?

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