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Saturday Ink

By Julia Press Simmons


Saturday Ink is a weekly newsletter for weekend readers and writers. It is full of mini-articles, resources, stories, and poems written by talented writers worldwide. It is also a great place to find new and interesting books to read, and small businesses to support. We enjoyed putting this together for you, and we hope you love it!



 

CONTENTS


FAMILY FALL FUN ~ PUMPKIN MADNESS

COZY MYSTERIES ~ OUR TOP FIVE

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY ~ KINDRED

HOT MIC ~ PODCAST OF THE WEEK

BINGE REPORT ~ HAUS OF VICIOUS

FLASH FICTION ~ THE MOMENTS (explicit)

 

Pumpkin madness is upon us! From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin carving, there are endless ways to enjoy this fall season. Here are some fun fall activities the whole family can enjoy together.

Picking the perfect pumpkin

When it comes to picking the perfect pumpkin, there are a few things you need to take into account. First, you need to decide what size pumpkin you want. Second, you need to think about the shape of the pumpkin and whether or not you want it to be symmetrical. Third, you need to consider the color of the pumpkin and whether or not you want it to be traditional orange or something more unique like white or blue.

Once you have taken all of these factors into account, it's time to head to your local pumpkin patch and start looking for the perfect one! 20 Best Pumpkin Patches in the U.S. - Top Pumpkin Patch Near Me (thepioneerwoman.com)

Carving Pumpkins ~ Make It A Challenge



Painting Pumpkins ~ For Small Pumkin People


Pumpkin Pie



This pumpkin pie recipe is perfect for the fall season. It is simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. The best part about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week.


To make the perfect pumpkin pie, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, mix together the following ingredients in a bowl: 1 can (15 oz) of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Once everything is mixed together, pour it into an unbaked 9-inch pie crust.


Bake the pie for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the filling is set. Let the pie cool completely before serving. Enjoy!



 

COZY MYSTERIES ~ OUR TOP FIVE


Frosted With Murder (A Soulful Bliss Mystery Book 1)

Hired to cater a fitness event in the small town of Fall River, bakery owner Tia Bliss is surprised that the fitness gurus wanted a tasty treat. While she is busy supplying the event with her famous cupcakes, the affair however is suddenly rocked when at its conclusion the dead body of a young woman is found.


Soul of a Killer (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)

Keaton and Koby are fraternal twins who were separated as children, but now they’ve found each other and opened Books & Biscuits in the pleasant Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. Business is booming, but even so, trouble always seems to find them.


Island Secrets: A Queens of Kiawah Story

His boat came in, but Denise Martine’s husband, Charles, wasn’t on it. Almost a year later, with his death still a mystery, Denise retreats to their vacation home on Kiawah Island to begin to sort out his affairs and her feelings amongst a group of her friends, only to be confronted with the mystery he left behind. Although she must go on, Denise feels as if something is not quite right with her husband's mysterious disappearance. Her suspicions are compounded as an old flame from college, Trent, shows up and begins to poke around in what Denise considers to be a very private matter.


Sweet Mojo: A Bad Boy, A Bad Man, And One Baaad Mama Jama!

Ambrosia is a woman of secrets. And her hidden gem is the secluded, southern commune of mystical women she lords over. Kai is an R&B heartthrob. His vocals sizzle your soul, his smile is delicious, and that Harlem swag is magnetic. Ambrosia is a perceptive mama bear but she’s hiding her own dark past. Kai is a charming playboy but he’s concealing a toxic agenda. So, when Kai stumbles upon Ambrosia’s secret haven for women, the suspicious leader accuses Kai of not being what he seems. Kai turns around and says the same thing about her. And guess what? They’re both right!


The Forgotten Wife

All Rylee wants is her husband's attention. She used to be the apple of Todd's eye but no matter what she did, lately, he was just too busy to notice her. She could not help but wonder why. Then one day, an unexpected email, subject line: Forgotten Wife and little did she know, it was about to play a major part in her life.



 

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY! CONGRATULATIONS TO DEVON CHECK YOUR EMAIL! YOU'VE WON AN ECOPY OF KINDRED




 

HOT MIC ~ PODCAST OF THE WEEK


Black Chick Lit – Reader life from the POV of two WOC

Each month, we host an in-depth look at a title written by a black woman and its author. We read across genres and forms, including literary fiction, non-fiction, YA, poetry and urban fiction. Previous episodes include Queen Sugar, by Natalie Baszile; The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and Swing Time by Zadie Smith.

BCL Chats are hosted in between book discussion episodes. Each month, we ask listeners to share their opinions about different aspects of reader life. Check out this episode where we discuss books every black woman should read.