Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 A Story A Week

Okay, so here's the deal. I've decided to participate in the #AStoryAWeek challenge. I just got a new laptop and a rockin' leather tree journal that are both dying to be filled with new stories. This means, in 2014 I will aim to write one story a week. Pretty straight forward. 

I will keep you all updated. Some weeks it may be elaborate pieces, others it might be fifty word flash fiction. Either way, I feel like I can complete this challenge!

If you want to participate in it, or see other people who are participating, head on over to Jessica McHugh's blog post HERE!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chile Relleno Casserole

Good Chile Rellenos can be hard to find. With the exception of this little hole in the restaurant that my family has been going to for over thirty years, no one can come close to a Paco's chile relleno. One evening I was eating at a different Mexican place and their relleno was just no good. They left the tail on it and it was greasy and fried. 




Pacos bakes theirs and gets rid of those inedible tails. I began brainstorming how to make a really good chile relleno and it hit me. It would lend itself perfectly to a casserole. I scoured Pinterest and found a few possibilities but they all included ingredients or methods I didn't want to use. Meat, condensed milk, and so on. So, the other night I decided to try it out and oh my gosh it was delicious. In taste, it was nearly identical to the original and the crispy cheese on top gave it a great texture. 

Ingredients:

6 eggs, I use Egglands Best
Half + Half, but milk would work just fine
Cheese, cheddar or colby would be best...but it is very customizable
8-10 oz of whole green chiles, canned 
Salt, Pepper, and Red Chile Flakes(Optional)


Preheat oven to 400


Arrange slightly damp chiles in the bottom of an 8x8 pan. If you don't dry them, it isn't necessary to grease the pan. The moisture from the eggs and chiles and the grease from the cheese will have you covered.


Sprinkle generously with cheese.


I added one extra egg, as I started out with five. Now is the time to add salt, pepper, and chile flakes to your preference. If you don't like spicy you can omit the flakes. Pour a splash of half and half or milk into the bowl.


Whisk it all together.


Pour egg mixture into the pan. I added the extra egg after this picture.


Add more cheese. Yum!

Bake in the 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy. 

Eat as is, or top with all of your favorite Mexican toppings. 


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dianne Gardner Guest Post

 Today I have Dianne Gardner here on my blog talking about the creation of an album based off of her novel. How cool is that? Since music is such an integral part of my writing process, I think it would be awesome to have an album based off of any one of my novels. But since I don't, let's learn a little about someone who does.

I’ve always written poetry, ever since I can remember. Poetry to me has been a sort of abstract language that soothes my soul and digs deep inside, excreting thought that I don’t normally expose. So it’s no wonder that I included poems in my Ian’s Realm Sage.

Deception Peak is a story about a young boy who, with his father a widower, enters a portal through their computer into a magical land. The first experiences they share are brought to them with a haunting song sung by a voice on the wind warning of the consequences of their trepass.

You come, you come to lands unknown
You venture farther than you think
You write your purpose on the stones
You can’t go back until you’ve grown
Your ways are marked; your steps are forged
Beware, be strong; be now alarmed
For duty beckons, honor calls
Your fate is written on the walls
This cup of valor you must drink,
This cup of valor you must drink.

Throughout the story Ian learns that the songs on the wind are known as the Songs of Wisdom, and entity that the native people trust as their counselor.
It’s a little wonder that when I made the trailer for The Dragon Shield, book 2 in the series, that I felt compelled to find someone that could help me put a song or two to music. When I asked my videographer, Alex Chandler if he knew of a vocalist he referred me to Lexa Rose. She was so excited to accommodate my request that she called me that evening and in a day had recorded, with four part harmony the Ballad of The Dragon Shield, using the lyrics from the book and her talents to create a hauntingly beautiful piece of music.
Well, needless to say the story continued and we agreed to create an album with all the songs, and some bonus pieces, one which will be Abbi’s Song (for those who know the story, they’re going to love it. It was originally titled My Shit Love Life). All done in Lexa’ wonderful Enya style. The album will have 10 tracks at least and will sell for $10 on bandwidth and our websites. But we’re currently doing a RocketHub fundraiser to pay for sleeves and discs.

Some of what we’re offering besides the CD are posters of Stenhjaert the Dragon, the donor’s name on the label, an ebook, and the entire series for the really generous donors. If you want to hear Lexa, watch the trailer. She’s an extremely talented young lady and I’m thrilled to work with her!

My Website with links to all my books and trailers http://gardnersart.com

Lexa Rose’s Website Facebook Page




Monday, July 1, 2013

Brenda Perlin Home Wrecker Guest Post

Brenda Perlin is an author with Master Koda Select Publishing and she is here today to give you a little insight into her novel, Home Wrecker.In the future I will be reading and reviewing her novel, so check back later for my opinion.


“He was also very jealous and had trust issues; traits I did not possess. In fact, I trusted to a fault”

I have always been very trusting. Maybe trusting to a fault. I always believed that if someone wanted to be with me, then I could rest assured he would be with me, solely. In the past, I have always been someone you could trust. Sometimes I trusted when I shouldn’t have. I believe if you don’t trust someone, the results will come out in negative ways. Even though I never gave my husband reason not to trust me he always had fears and doubts. He saw me as naive and thought every guy I came in contact with had an ulterior motive. I always had to reassure him of my loyalty. Now that I have been caught as a Home Wrecker my reputation as a cheater follows me around. 


“It is amazing that no matter what age we are, we are still children.”

 I thought there came a time when we actually grew up? I am now realizing that we really don’t change much. We might have more life experience and even some wisdom but we are still the child that we once were. My childhood still plays a big role as to who I am. Whatever my parents did right or wrong I will always be a product of them. Fortunately, I am not left with too many scars. My parents did the best they could do. For some, they were not as lucky. 
Hopefully I have grown and learned a few things along the way. I just thought I would feel more mature at this age. At times I still feel like a child. I am as sensitive as ever and worry about what people think. Call me a Home Wrecker and my feelings get hurt. 

 While approaching mid life, I am recognizing that we all stay childlike to some extent. It is just our bodies that age. 

 Home Wrecker Blurb: MKSP is proud to have acquired this project and is presenting this improved and edited, Second Edition of Home Wrecker for the public to enjoy. 

When Brooklyn meets Bo, their lives are instantly turned upside down. 
Brooklyn and Bo, each unhappily married to someone else, have to decide whether to stay with their spouses or give up everything for each other. Find out what Brooklyn's husband and Bo's soon-to-be ex-wife do to break them up.

Home Wrecker is the first book in a three part series that follows the main character, Brooklyn throughout her childhood, adult life and then what seems like an “endless” journey towards redemption.

Grab your copy today for only .99 http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B00CKBWWIU

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dark Hearts Brings Danger Back Online

The new adult novel, Dark Hearts, is taking the internet by storm. In this day and age, it is safe to say we meet many of our friends and romantic partners online. Dateline specials and horror stories of meetings gone wrong have faded into the background in this age built on technology. Friendship, love, or danger are only a click away. 



 If you are an angst-ridden teenager with illusions of romantic death, there is a place for you to call home. A chat room full of bleeding brains and bleeding veins, Dark Hearts, offers a place for damaged souls to find others who share their misery. Unfortunately, on the fringes of the suicidal society, a killer lurks.

Six young souls that fall in love with death, the lure of blood, and the search of release find themselves drawn into a twisted killer’s game in the anonymity of the Dark Heart’s chat room.

The Players: 
Kara (aka Bloody_butterfly) ~ 15/f/VA ~ The sad product of an absent father, a drunken mother, a life full of torment, seeks a reason to end it. Weapon of choice: Razor blade. 
Sara (aka Decaying_rose) ~ 17/f/FL ~ Abandoned by her perfect family, aims to drown in her own misery, yearns for a pact that ends in forever. Weapon of choice: Narcotics and alcohol. 
Lucy (aka Lifelexx) ~ 17/f/VA ~ Trailer trash country girl with a pension for sexual compulsion and blood. Weapon of choice: Anything sharp. 
Sammy (aka StarryBlade) ~ 18/f/CA ~ Writer, dreamer, college girl, and unlucky enough to land where she doesn’t belong. 
Cherry (aka LifeBlood) ~ 25/f/CA ~ Sexually abused, gun packing, revenge junky. 
Adam (aka Shadows_of_my_soul, aka DarkDreamer) ~ 21/m/anywhere ~ Artist, creep, procurer of broken beauties, searching for the one to heal the hole death left behind.






Sunday, March 17, 2013

Finding Sanity Paperback Pre-order

I have spent the last week formatting my psychological thriller novel, Finding Sanity, for paperback. If you want a signed copy, I would love to make that happen. The price will be $13.95 plus shipping. For a signed copy, we will need to do a paypal transaction. My email is theresa.renee.stoddard@gmail.com



Synopsis: Waking up in solitary confinement is never fun for anyone, and Randall is no exception. He is subjected to relive crucial moments from his past until he finds himself out on his own, free. Deciphering what is real vs. fantasy is half the fun. He finds new love, but as always an old flame complicates things. His reality and fantasy worlds collide putting him in a very compromising position. Can he make it out with his relationships intact?

Reviews:

"I was one of a small fraction of lucky people to have read parts of this novel as it was in progress, and to see the final result is wonderful. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat as Randall goes about his day-to-day life and the crazy things meandering through his mind. Sorting out what is real and what is a figment of Randall's imagination keeps you guessing until the very end."-Jason (Amazon)

"T.R. Stoddard takes the reader on a maddening ride in Finding Sanity. Randall and Amanda's story unfold in a vivid tale like no other I have read. In a flash of movie-like scenes that play inside Randall's head, the reader learns how a quietly tormented man can find himself in solitary confinement awaiting death. Not for the light at heart or the weak stomached, this book will awaken your senses and keep you up turning pages."-Catherine (Amazon)

"Reading this book I was reminded of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis -- The protagonist has that element of complete whack-job crazy about him. Also, the violence, in particular the sexual violence, is similarly detailed. T.R. Stoddard provides an imaginative and genuinely creepy view from within the mind of a homicidal maniac. Sometimes, the action comes so thick and fast it nails you to the chair, other times you're almost scared to read on, knowing that at any second, her nutcase going to go from an everyday activity like feeding his cat to being a bloodthirsty psychopath. This book is not for the faint-hearted (had it been released twenty years ago, it'd probably have been banned, just like American Psycho was) and that makes it a must read in my book."-SJBgilmour (Amazon)

"What an amazing twist of events in this book. Just when you think you have it figured out, it throws you for another loop. Intense, gory, sexual..I'm ready for more!"-Amanda J (Amazon)

"I remember reading Stephen King's book "IT", and being so scared and creeped out that I had to put it down, take a breather, and continue again...It's been a LONG time since a book has done that to me~ until "Finding Sanity". I really really wanted to hate Randall, and I did in the beginning. I was cursing at Ms. Stoddard for her brilliant way of making me feel sorry for him! And Allison, wow....I didn't see THAT coming! And the ending!!! Omg...perhaps a sequel in the works!!???"-Tonya (Amazon)

"With a prose so intense you feel as though the words are engraving themselves onto your soul, T.R. Stoddard has captured my interest as well as a deep dark secret side of me within the first few pages of Finding Sanity. As the pages turn, I grow more and more infatuated with the characters Randall and Amanda. I have reached the point in the book where I want to continue reading as fast as I can, but at the same time don't want to because that means the story will end. Truly a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat read. Intense, mind-blowing, and ground-breaking are all terms I'd use to describe Finding Sanity."- EffinNikktastic (Amazon)

"After I decided to pick up this book I honestly couldn't put it down, from the detailed descriptions that made you feel like you were a part of Randall's world that was turning upside down to the suspense you felt with every turn of the page. At moments I could feel myself cringing at the grotesque scenes but I feel that is one of the things that make this book truly amazing. The title truly fits the book because through out it all you're left guessing to if he really does find his sanity or if it's just another figment of his imagination. As you continue on you are left with many questions that leave you hoping for a sequel to come. All in all this book is really worth your time and I would certainly recommend it."- Ginny (Amazon)