Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Author Extra: Emerald Fire by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

Emerald Fire by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

The harsh desert world of Persis has developed its own customs far from Old
Earth. Keepers are cherished as caregivers and helpmeets to Hunters. During
Emerald Keeper Teeka’s first Contract with Senior Hunter Brant, disaster
strikes. Brant is killed and Teeka is stranded, surrounded by strangers, and
unsure of who to trust. A dark and moody Hunter steps forward with an offer
of partnership and protection. Teeka wonders what motivates the scarred and
solitary Senior Hunter Quill.

Both have hidden motives for agreeing, and both are suspicious of each
other. But the Great Valley will force them to work together and build a
trust born out of necessity and survival. Between the dangers of the harsh
desert and the malice of a hidden enemy, Teeka and Quill must learn to
believe in each other to find the truth.

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Author Extra:

Emerald Keep Minah Tea Blend

2 parts hibiscus flowers
1 part rose hips
1 part lemongrass
1 part licorice root
1 part dried orange peel

Combine ingredients in an air-tight container and shake well to mix.


Boil four cups of water in a kettle. Meanwhile, using very hot water, warm
a teapot. Put a handful (about 1/2 cup) of herb mixture into a tea strainer
and place in teapot. If you don’t have a tea strainer, you can do one of
two things: pour the tea through a strainer first, or simply let the solid
matter float to the bottom and pour slowly so it doesn’t stir up the

Prepare two tea cups in the same way as the tea pot. Set them on coasters
or saucers. Place a slice of lemon in each cup and, if desired, a small bit
of honey. When the water boils, pour over the herbs in the teapot. Allow
tea to steep until it becomes a rich, dark magenta, or about ten minutes. 
Pour into the cups and enjoy.


Darla M Sands said...

I'm excited to start reading! And the tea sounds wonderful. Best wishes!

A. Catherine Noon said...

Thanks, Darla! I'm so pleased that you're excited. We had a lot of fun writing it. The tea is amazing; you'll have to let me know if you try it.