Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monday Ketchup or How to Make Goulash

I've been busy with wrapping up my mom's end of life business (there's a lot, believe me) and seeing to my son's care since his accident. Therefore, I've not really been HOPPING or FB+ING or SOCIAL MEDIA+ING very much. It's going to take a few more months before I'm at full strength, but I will be. In the meantime, here's what's up.


Today is very special because I get to share BISH DENHAM'S book with you. First, look at this cover. Who wouldn't pick this from a shelf or a webpage?
Please add this to your GOODREADS TBR 

About the Book

How do you escape a hungry tiger? Why do ram-goats smell? What happens if you get too greedy? In this collection of ten retold Jamaican stories, Anansi the spider tricks, sings, and dances his way into and out of trouble.

But who is Anansi? It was the Ashanti of West Africa who brought the spider into the Caribbean. He clung tight to the web he wove in the minds of those who had been captured, surviving not only the harrowing passage across the Atlantic Ocean, but hundreds of years of slavery.

As a trickster, Anansi has both good and bad traits, which makes him very human. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses. When he wins he dances and sings for joy. When he loses, he shakes it off and keeps on living, a lesson for us all.

About the Author

Bish Denham, whose mother's side of the family has been in the Caribbean for over hundred years, was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands. She still has lots of family living there and visits them regularly.

She says, "Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named them, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. Pirates plied the waters and hundred of years of slavery left its indelible mark. It was within this atmosphere of magic and wonder that I grew up. My hope is pass some of that magic and wonder on to my readers."


If you missed this on Michael's Blog, the link to his post about his very COOL and FUN COFFEE BLOG HOP is below. It's a commitment, guaranteed to wake you up!


If you made RESOLUTIONS or set GOALS. Check out this helpful list of TIPS for keeping those in place this year.

How did this Goulash taste? I love it when I have just the right ingredients to make a great stewy kind of blog post. Hope you'll check out Bish's book and join Michael's Coffee Hop.


  1. I love goulash, although it was a different recipe. My mom made it when we were kids. A family of six would polish off a large pot in no time.

    And good luck to Bish Denham and Anansi and Company!

  2. I'm not the biggest fan of spiders but Bish's cover does catch my eye. Congrat's to Bish for this and all other publications to come.

    What you're dealing with, C. Lee, I can only imagine. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to be the rooted foundation keeping things going and organizing as you care for your loved ones :-)

  3. That cover is adorable! Congrats to Bish!
    Michael's Coffee hop should be fun!
    Is goulash similar to stew or soup? It looks spicy... yummy...
    Writer In Transit

  4. I knew he was doing the coffee hop soon!
    And big congratulations to Bish.

  5. Congrats to Bish! Love her cover.

    And yes, take the time you need to handle your personal affairs, especially helping your son.

  6. Some of the best goulash I've ever had! Wait ... I've never had goulash, before.

    Rephrase: This is the best first goulash I've had!!! ;)

  7. Because 2013 has been a tough one for you, all the more reason to take your time to rest, recoup, relax. Thanks for showing off my book, Lee!

    And thanks everyone for the kind comments. I appreciate it!

  8. Bish's book is a delight.

    Michael's Coffee Hop is perfect. I am a coffee junkie.

  9. Gosh, you're dealing with a lot right now. I'm sure social media can wait. You've got some major things to tend to.

    Congrats to Bish!

  10. That is a super cute cover! Hope you pull through everything okay Lee!

  11. Just want to send ((((Hugs)))) That is a lot to deal with! The goulash looks great! Off to check out the coffee hop. :)

  12. Lee, I hope things get easier for you.

    Lots going on in the blogging/writing world. Wishing Bish lots of sales on her book.

  13. Bish's cover is fantastic. So colorful!

    I hope the prognosis for your son has improved, Lee. I've been thinking of you and hoping for the best. Hugs.

  14. Great cover, Bish! And Lee, I hope things continue to work themselves out for you.

  15. I came across this post on FB and all the lovely comments about the cover made my day! A big congrats to Bish.

    Lee, I hope you have all the comfort and support you need. Sending good thoughts.

  16. I have never had goulash before- but it sounds tasty. :)

    I am so excited for Bish! I love the cover and the book sounds great. I will be reading it very soon! Wishing her the best of luck.

    Also- good luck with everything going on in your life. You have a lot going on. Sending you hugs.

  17. I want the goulash and the book! STAT please!

  18. I live 10km away from Hungary so there national dish Goulash is our national dish too :) Although I do prefer a vegetarian paprikash :)

  19. Sorry to hear about your mom and son. Hugs and prayers.

  20. I've been gone since Thanksgiving and had no idea you were so inundated by life. Take time to take care of yourself, too.

    Hi, Bish! I still love that cover :)

  21. Hi human, Lee,

    I do understand that these have been most difficult times in your life. Rest assured, this famous yet oh so humble dog is discreetly in the barkground, sorry, background.

    Look at Bish's cover. Such a web of intrigue. The book blurb is enticing.

    Time to completely ignore yet another blog hop reference. They must STOP! Sorry human, Michael.

    Happy goulashing to you.

    Your starstruckest dawg,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

  22. So sorry about your mom and your son's accident, Lee. Hugs to you!!

    I'm reading Bish's book right now. Love the writing and illustrations!

  23. A great goulash! Yay for Bish! Now I'm feeling hungry....

  24. Congratulations to Bish! Lee, praying you stay strong for your family.

  25. I hope that your son is doing better, Lee. It must be so emotionally draining sorting out your mom's personal, and business affairs. Hope you're not trying to do everything at once, though I have a feeling it's almost impossible not to. Sending out good thoughts for you, and your son.

    Speaking of good thoughts, Bish's book looks wonderful!


  26. dear lee i am sorry to hear about what you are going through and know that i pray for your strength peace and blessings---i love your first book--looks adorable! and the goulash--well that makes me smile--my grandmother made the best ever :)


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