How to redeem a gifted Audible Book direct from the author


If you have followed my career — or at least this blog — for the last few years, you know that I provide as many of my Legendary Women of World History Series titles as possible in audio format.  Audiobooks are fun and they make it easy to read a book when you need to keep your eyes elsewhere, especially when travelling.

What you may not know is that Audible recently made some changes to audiobook gifting.  These changes make it easy to gift individual books and especially memberships, but perhaps makes it a little harder to redeem books gifted directly from the author.

What do you do then when you are one of the fortunate people to be gifted an Audible book directly from the author who wrote it?  The following steps were given to me this morning by an Audible service representative explaining exactly how to do it!

1. Go to the book’s page on Audible.com: https://www.audible.com/pd/[AUDIBLE ASIN]
2. Add the audiobook to your cart.
3. If you are prompted to sign in, please create a new Audible.com account or log in.
4. Go to https://www.audible.com/at/redeem. Enter the promo code and click “Redeem” to receive a credit for the title in your cart.
5. Head back to your cart. Make sure the button that says “1 Credit” is selected and that your subtotal reads $0.00 dollars.
6. You may proceed through the checkout by clicking “Proceed to Checkout” and “Complete purchase” on the subsequent page.

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Grilled Herbed Chicken & Potato Foil Packs

Reposted from https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/grilled-herbed-chicken-potato-foil-packs/.

grilled-chicken-potato-foil-packs-103-680x1020Grilled Herbed Chicken & Potato Foil Packs

Grilled herb chicken & potato foil packs are a fun and simple summer dinner that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs OR 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (red or gold potatoes work best in this recipe), thinly sliced (about 2 cups potato slices)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Stir together seasonings and set aside. Add oil to a bowl along with chicken, potatoes, and mushrooms and toss to coat everything in the oil.

  2. Lay out 4 12 x 12 sheets of nonstick foil on a flat surface. Divide chicken, potatoes, and mushrooms between each of the foil sheets. (If using thighs there should be 1-2 per foil sheet, if using breasts there should be 1 per foil sheet) Sprinkle with seasoning mixture.

  3. Fold foil over the chicken-potato-mushroom mixture and scrunch the ends of the foil together to close off the foil pack.

  4. Place foil packs on preheated grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, then flip and cook another 5-7 minutes. Check the chicken for doneness, once cooked through, garnish with fresh herbs if desired (such as thyme, rosemary, or oregano) and serve immediately.

Lyrics to “The Streets of Edinburgh”

Of late a beautiful song by The Proclaimers is really capturing my imagination.  The song is called “The Streets of Edinburgh.”

Please watch the official video from youtube and read its lyrics here below:

“Streets Of Edinburgh”

Along these broken pavements
I let my mind run free
The past and the present
Seem just the same to me
The people I have loved most
Among these stones did dwell
And in the plainest language
Their stories they did tell
They pass, they pass
They pass, they pass
The streets of Edinburgh
Hold half the world for me
In scores, in droves
The living and the ghosts
The streets of Edinburgh
Mean most to me
Depending on your viewpoint
This place is blessed or cursed
And in the years I’ve lived here
I’ve seen the best and worst
An air of sordid passion
A look of dirty grace
But not right in your face
It’s not that kind of place 

They pass, they pass
They pass, they pass
The streets of Edinburgh
Hold half the world for me
In scores, in droves
The living and the ghosts
The streets of Edinburgh
Mean most to me

 

Down greasy potholed roadways
I watch the traffic crawl
But for the cars and buses
I give no thought at all
I think about the future
I wonder at her health
How with this human wealth
She does renew herself

 

They pass, they pass
They pass, they pass
The streets of Edinburgh
Hold half the world for me
In scores, in droves
The living and the ghosts
The streets of Edinburgh
Mean most to me

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Recipe courtesy of Candy Steiner.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
9 oz white chocolate chips
7 oz marshmallow fluff
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray or line pan with parchment paper

Stir together the sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin, corn syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees F (soft-ball stage).

Remove pan from heat. Stir in white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla until well blended. Pour into a greased, aluminum foil or parchment paper-lined pan. Let stand 2 hours or until completely cool. Cut fudge into squares.

In the mood for art

Sometimes independent authors simply don’t want to write, research, or promote. The last few days I’ve been in that category much of the time, spurred perhaps by first the completion and release of “Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh” on 10 October followed by the Audible release of “Empress Wu Zetian” on 23 October.  It’s been a good month, but naturally a busy one with two new releases.  And sometimes, a girl just wants to have fun!

What did I find myself doing? I have no children at this time. No husband. My friends all live hundreds or thousands of miles away (at least the ones I talk to regularly). I feel like I am a terrible cook.  What is a girl to do when she’s not in the mood to work?

Apparently for me, it’s playing in Photoshop.  A few days ago a special offer at Depositphotos.com prompted me to buy a 100 image pack — way more than I think I need in a year — for $100. Usually you have to subscribe to get $1/image with them. But knowing that as I continue to work, I continue to need book covers I went ahead and invested.  That itself becomes a toy — there’s always so many interesting images to find and download.  Unexpectedly my brain has jumped ahead and decided that I need to create the cover art on planned books for the series that I have no started yet.  So, being in the mood for art, I sat down and played.  First on the 25th and now this morning.  Here are the results.

In the Hildegard cover I take a photo of an abbey and put onto it a carefully extracted and sized nun. The portal image of the abbey originally shows a courtyard behind it, but I replaced that with the bright sun to represent heaven and signal that Hildegard was a mystic renown for her visions.  Likewise, the gold text is designed to represent to you that she is a canonized saint.

 

The Margaret of Wessex cover uses a stained glass window rendering of Margaret that you can visit in Edinburgh. I pick up the gold from her skirt and black outline the title to resemble the window behind it.

 

None of these books are started yet. But when you are in the mood to create art – you gotta create!

From personal journaling and books to food: dramatic changes to this blog

This wordpress blog is now about 4 1/2 years old.  It started as a book blog and as a place to preserve my favourite articles written for Yahoo Voices (2012 to 2014) before Yahoo dismantled the service.  It also became a place for me to journal in public, as many blogs do.

Hypatia of Alexandria webTimes have changed.  Since starting this blog I have written eight Legendary Women of World History biographies, completed the Peers of Beinan science fiction series, and experienced dramatic social changes in my personal life.  No human in my life when I started this blog is still in my life.  My mother has died and I do not maintain contact (nor ever wish contact) with my surviving blood relatives.

I’ve also grown as a spiritual being, including grown much more private about my life and my experiences. This is in part due to success.  A largely anonymous and unnoticed author can speak in public without being heard.  That, happily, is no longer the case.

The result:  much of the older content on this blog is now deleted.  By my count, about 35-40% of what was here is now gone.  The world doesn’t need to hear the specifics of my past lives nor the slings and arrows of what is today a relatively recent past.  I have close friends now who are finally, at long last, proven trustworthy.

Nine through Thirteen (Image above: in 2005 Doctor Who returned for a whole new generation. From left: Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor [7 October 2018 — present], Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor [2014 — 2017], Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor [2010-2013], David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor [2005 — 2010], Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor [2005] and John Hurt as the Doctor of War [2013])

 

My interests have naturally evolved as well.  Four years ago “Doctor Who” was a vague impression left by browsing for new ornaments at a Hallmark store in November: an odd blue box and an odder thing called a ‘”dalek.”  Today my brand new website created in the winter of 2018 features music from series 8 – 10 of Doctor Who as played by Peter Capaldi.

12 leaves TARDIS

 

(Image left: Peter’s Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor emerges from his TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension in Space).

 

It’s a welcome change.  I am very proud of the new website.  But the website also means that this blog simply no longer functions as it once did and no longer needs do.

Going forward, expect this blog to focus much more on food and recipes which I like to collect and refer back to here rather than other places.  Though my culinary skills have much to be desired, copying favourite recipes and reposting them here allows me to find what I like best quickly and easily — even if I never acquire the skills needed to actually successfully make any of them.

I hope you like these changes and will enjoy what I find interesting and fun about food.

 

Bon appetit!

 

Teaching in the SCA: the class that taught me how to write the Legendary Women of World History Series

Many of you know that for over 20 years I was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval recreation group mostly centered in the United States and Canada that focuses on the time period between 600 and 1600 CE.  I was known at first as “Anne de Lyons” when I played as a student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (SCA chapter: Shire/Barony of Mag Mor, Calontir), but quickly shifted to a nuzhen persona once I took Asian history courses at UNL.

sands point demo 2009

As my life took shape I eventually took up my passion for birds and made it part of the SCA in 2006 while living in Brooklyn, New York. Now known as “Biya Saman,” I focused my research on both falconry and aviculture in medieval China, engaging in a four year long research project asking “what happened to the Derbyan parakeet” that were often talked about in some of the great poems of the Tang Dynasty.

In 2010 I completed my research and had the opportunity to present it in Chicago at the November “Royal University Midrealms” event.  Here is that course entitled “Talons and White Crests.”

Talon and White Crest class handout

Why is the class important?  Because ultimately it taught me how to organize my research into a smooth, easy to understand narrative.  It is the beginning of my narrative history approach and the way I approach and write each Legendary Women of World History book.

Not everything from my research made it into that class of course.  There was much I could not do. But the point was to teach students who had no background in Chinese history, language or culture; no background with parrots or the quirks of living with them; and no background in falconry as practiced in either medieval Europe or Asia.

When teaching students with absolutely no experience or background in your subject, I find it helpful to use a narrative method, to make it all about the story which is exactly what you find in the above course and in each Legendary Women of World History biography.

As I came to do with the appendices of my books, I deferred technical information to my class handout.  Open up the handout from the above link and you’ll find I really explain how parrots and birds of prey are different (and yes, people often don’t know even the most basic differences between them).  Deferring the technical stuff allows me to focus on the story and maintain clarity.

 

Talons and White Crests was an important step in learning how to write the Legendary Women of World History.  I hope you will enjoy it.