Piper’s Sourdough Waffles

Sourdough Waffle Recipe

I’m always looking for new recipes for my sourdough adventures and recently, the Piper Mommy and little sister were in the mood for sourdough waffles. I loved the way this sourdough waffle recipe turned out. The waffles were crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, with just a hint of sour from the sourdough and buttermilk. Really, the buttermilk made the difference in making this recipe light and airy.

Overnight sponge

2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup sourdough starter, unfed

Waffle (or pancake) batter

all of the overnight sponge

2 large eggs

1/4 melted butter

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Small amount of water or buttermilk set aside

Directions:

Prep overnight sponge –

Stir down starter and measure out 1 cup.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk.

Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight.

Waffle batter –

In a small bowl, beat together eggs and melted butter.

* Careful to temper eggs when combining or allow melted butter to cool slightly so as not to cook the eggs as you beat them together.

Add beaten egg and butter mixture to overnight sponge.

Add the salt and baking soda to small amount of water or buttermilk to dissolve evenly, then add to batter, stirring to combine. Let sit for a few minutes and the batter should begin to bubble more actively.

Pour batter onto your preheated, greased waffle iron, and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Serve waffles immediately, to ensure crispness. Or hold in a warm oven till ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 dozen 8″ waffles or about 2 dozen medium pancakes.

Safeguard Novels to release in Print!

Hidden Impact print cover

Great news! One of the most frequent requests I receive from readers is for the Safeguard Novels to release in print. I am very happy to announce that Harlequin’s Direct to Customer (DTC) program, Reader Service, has selected HIDDEN IMPACT and DEADLY TESTIMONY for their upcoming Suspense shipments, in January 2018 and February 2018, respectively! Reader Service sends a monthly shipment of 3-4 books to readers who have signed up or subscribed for the service.

What does this mean?

What if I’m not subscribed to Reader Service, can i still get the print books?

Yes! Print editions will be available on some third-party dot-com retailers, including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Readers will be able to order and receive those print copies they’ve been requesting. I’ll be updating the pages for both HIDDEN IMPACT and DEADLY TESTIMONY as soon as the pre-order links are available.

(Print release will not be in brick & mortar bookstores at this time. Readers will need to order online to have the print book shipped to them. Seems odd? the publishing industry is complicated and there are so many nuances to releases!)

But what about CONTRACTED DEFENSE?

Won’t that be available in print too? We need the complete series!

It is ultimately up to the folks at Harlequin. I would be absolutely delighted to see CONTRACTED DEFENSE also chosen. Choices have not yet been finalized beyond February 2018 but the best support readers can provide is pre-ordering HIDDEN IMPACT and DEADLY TESTIMONY in print to let Harlequin know the series is in demand. You can also pre-order CONTRACTED DEFENSE in digital format. It releases this September in ebook!

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EMEPiper Ep 13: Interview with Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an agent-sibling of mine. Her story, Let Us Dream, is nominated for the 2017 RITA award for Best Romance Novella.

She is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who lives in the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life.

In addition to writing, she founded and hosted the Jefferson Market Library Romance Book Club and taught Romance Writing for Beginners. She speaks on topics such as writing erotic romance, writing multicultural romance, and self-editing.  She has contributed romance-related articles to publications including RT Book Reviews, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance at Random, and The Toast. She has also started a bi-monthly column in the Romance Writer’s Report, Romancing the Globe, in which she chats with romance writers from around the world.

When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband or tending to her herd of animals.

https://alyssacole.com

I’m happy to have Alyssa join me on EMEPiper!

Highlights

  • Introduction to Alyssa Cole and her work
  • Writing in series versus stand alone stories
  • Alyssa’s technique to manage her time writing: winging it in the past and recently using Pacemaker
  • On deadlines: self-imposed and contracted
  • Planning to pad time between deadlines and remembering we’re human
  • Difference in pace of writing genre fiction and literary fiction
  • On voracious readers: romance
  • How to prioritize when deadlines collide?
  • Alyssa’s Time Management Tip

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.

Check out this episode!

EMEPiper Ep 12: Defeating Procrastination

Procrastination is a serious challenge for me. I find myself procrastinating all the time and I’ve rationalized to myself to make it okay. But it’s not.

Writing doesn’t happen while I procrastinate. No matter how much I think I’m getting done, I’m not doing the thing that matters: writing. 

So here’s a short podcast on recognizing and defeating procrastination. After all, the longer this podcast episode is, the less time either you or I are writing. Give it a listen, then get back to writing. 😉

Highlights

  • Where’s Piper? In her new recording CLOSET!
  • Recognizing Procrastination
  • Block Out Procrastination Enablers
  • Achievable Goals and Rewards

Shout-outs

You can support EMEPiper and Piper’s other writing-related creative content at patreon.com/piperjdrake.

Check out this episode!

Taking the concept of Bar Con too far…

Authors at Top Floor Bar RT 2016*Rant warning/*

Planning to be at a con but not paying registration to be at said con, some call it “Bar Con-ing”, seems to be happening more and more and there are those who’ve taken the concept of Bar Con too far. Here’s the thing – Bar Con itself is a positive aspect of any con. The key consideration here is that Bar Con occurs because the con is happening. It’s a part of the con.

When you didn’t pay registration, but you’re at the con all weekend in the bar or lobby? Posting publicly in advance on your professional author pages or websites to tell readers you’ll be there and let you know if they want to buy your books? Selling books out of your bag or hotel room? Not cool.

When you’re sneaking into a panel or event to see friends? And oh, you didn’t plan to do it but you did? or it was for research? You didn’t pay registration. You’re hurting the con.

This is why we can’t have nice things, people.

Yes, there are amazing networking opportunities at a con, especially at the bar. Everyone goes to the bar eventually. And hey, if you’re not attending the con but you’ve set up some time to have drinks with an agent or editor or fellow author for networking while they’re in town? Cool. Or maybe you pick them up in the lobby and head off site for dinner. Great.

But “I’m attending… sort of” or “I’ll be at the hotel all weekend” or “come find me at the bar all weekend” and flying or driving long distances to get there? You are attending the con and not paying the con for the confluence of professionals and meeting of minds you want to take part in. The con suffers. You’ve hurt the con financially and if it deteriorates as more people like you do it, you wonder why.

You are part of the problem.

Authors and Readers having drinksBut the networking! “I need the networking and I can’t get ROI on the con itself”. I see this argument a lot from people. But did those people approach it in a constructive way? Reach out to agents and editors and industry pros who’ll be there to schedule meet up times that don’t conflict with con interests? Most of the time no. They sit at the bar where the magic happens because they might accidentally or randomly talk to an agent or editor who likes the convo so much they invite the author to submit their manuscript.

Yay! It could happen!

Yes, it could.

That agent or editor is also going to see the author doing this unprofessional thing. They will likely research the author online–because that happens when considering working with an author–and see that the author even posts about planning to do this unprofessional thing. Or the author posts after the con describing how they snuck into panels or events. Not only unprofessional but indiscreet.

Classy.

The writing career is tough. I get it. I live it. There are also nuances to every situation that could argue for why what a specific person is doing is not hurting the con and is important for their life or career. Bar Con is a great thing and valuable to career building. It is.

Piper at OtakonHowever, people have jumped way the hell over the line in taking advantage of it –taking Bar Con too far– and then they wonder why their favorite cons deteriorate. They say they only do it to this one con because whatever but really it’s like cheating in a relationship. If they do it once, they’ll rationalize doing it again and again. I’ve seen this at anime, SFF, and romance conventions. It frustrates me when those cons go down under the weight of this sort of behavior.

I prefer to contribute to the cons important to me and support them, as opposed to cutting corners and cheating the con.

*/end rant*

ETA: Brief recap to be clear…

  • Bar Con can be good when not taken too far. Meet ups and getting together can be super valuable. Bar Con in general = GOOD.
  • Sneaking into convention panels or events = BAD.
  • Selling at the bar or in the lobby or out of your hotel room = Tacky as hell. And Bad.
  • Camping out all weekend stalking agents and editors coming to the bar = Questionable results.

There can be times when Bar Con is great! It’s just lately, I’ve seen people take advantage to the point of extreme WTFery. There is the source of my rant.

What do you think?

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