One Thousand and One Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries…

Or a Chocolate Truffle with Bacon?

…that’s how many treats I’d need to make if I were to gift every person who helped bring this book to light a strawberry. Or chocolate truffle, if preferred.

Today I’m launching THE RUBY OF THE SEA. It took an army of professionals and friends to lend perspective and authenticity to Linnea, Delphina and Ivy’s story. I most certainly looked more to the council of others than I had done in my previous novels.

And what would a writer be without readers who asked, When will your next book be released?  I may have not met most of my readers,  book bloggers and other pre-launch champions––especially those who reviewed this story in these Goodread reviews– but I hold their words close to my heart. Reviews, even those written by people with valid criticism, are a large part of a book’s success.

Or, perhaps, a chocolate soufflé?

As for the inspiration behind my characters? Like so many people, I’ve experienced the fallout of undiagnosed mental illness within families. Why not set their story against a fanciful backdrop drenched in color and light?

Although this book is set in contemporary times, a historical subplot weaves through the narrative. Key West has a blustery past, indeed. During my last trip down to the Southernmost City, the seeds of a plot began to germinate, culminating in THE RUBY OF THE SEA.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I hate fighting the restaurant crowds on this special occasion, but for once, I wish I could put my feet up and order in.  I have decided, however, to make a special dinner at home that Richard and I can enjoy. Alas, this cast of characters has awakened him many nights, too, as I whipped off sheets when someone whispered in my ear.

Here’s a link to a slide show with well-recipe links that might inspire. A cyber-chocolate kiss to you all!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!♥♥♥ Eat well, read well, love well, dine well.


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Goodreads Giveaway

I was interrupted while concocting a pot of Polish Penicillin (aka Scratch-Made Chicken Soup with Fennel and Dill) to be advised that Goodreads just listed a PRE-LAUNCH GIVEAWAY for THE RUBY OF THE SEA. For the next 30 days (until the book is published), you and any of your family and friends may enter to win one of 100 digital books. To enter, simply click the purple “Enter Giveaway” link below.

I realize many of you have already pre-ordered the book and, if you haven’t done so already, please pop an email to me with your home address: I’ll send a thank you treat your way after the soup is ready (-: The recipe will be posted after a second test-drive and upon its perfection.

The first reviews on the book’s advances have been posted, as well, on Goodreads. My heart is full! ♥

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Ruby of the Sea by Peggy Lampman

The Ruby of the Sea

by Peggy Lampman

Giveaway ends February 05, 2020. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Peas and Prosperity for the New Year!

Wishing you all a potful of good health, prosperity and happiness in the New Year! Family tradition insists I hedge the monetary odds by eating a dish of Hoppin’ John, a black-eyed pea dish typically served in the American South on New Year’s Day. (Mama told me her mama said it’s a holdout from the depression years.)

For a triple whammy, Mama would serve the dish with collard greens, the color of paper currency, and cornbread, the color of gold.  Earliest memory recalls my tiny fingers plucking out the peas, leaving behind the peppers: “Peas for pennies,” my dad would laugh, handing me a real penny, driving home his point. (Any of you who’ve read THE PROMISE KITCHEN, might remember one of my protagonist’s blogging about this dish.)

Pickled Herring for Luck!

Not only do I insist my immediate family eat at least one bite of this regional specialty, but I also hand-deliver a small Tupperware container of the pea salad, festooned with a ribbon, to friends that could use some luck.

Krystyna, a neighbor from Poland and inspiration behind one of my characters in THE WELCOME HOME DINER, gifts me, in kind, silver-skinned pickled herring.

She tells me that eating herring on New Year’s Day will provide a year of abundance. An abundance of love? Good health? Happiness? Krystyna thinks, considering the silvery color of the skin, it means money. I’ve covered the money base with the peas, and we’re all aware that money can’t buy the things that matter. I’m hoping herring brings good health and happiness. If so, my bases are loaded. Then again. The Chinese eat long noodles during the Chinese New Year. Long, unbroken noodles represent a long, happy life. I’ll throw in a plate of spaghetti, just in case!

Do you have a lucky charm in your pocket? My lucky number is 6 and has been since I was 6. (Certainly not 666, just a simple 6, thank you very much.) I’ve always known (for a fact) that bad luck comes in threes. I’m careful around mirrors and concerned when a black cat crosses my path.

Are you––like me, my family and Krystyna–– superstitious? Do you have lucky foods you eat on a special day…watch your back on Friday the 13th…refuse to walk under ladders or have a lucky number? Perhaps (unlike yours truly), you are sane, balanced and rooted in reality. Neurotic minds want to know.

BTW: Here’s the recipe, in case you need to rush to the grocery store. No time? A bite of canned black-eyed peas should do the trick.

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