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Halloween with Hormel® #spon

As the leaves turn darker and the air gets crisper, October is the perfect time to celebrate the fall season. Whether you’re making “spooky snacks” for Halloween, hosting friends and family to watch your favorite sports teams or trying the newest seasonal food trend, Hormel Foods has all the meal tips, recipe ideas and hosting tricks to keep your month fun, entertaining and tasty!
“H” is for Halloween: With fall officially in full swing, Hormel Foods is introducing the "ABC's of Fall" on the Hormel Foods Recipes Pinterest page! Encourage your readers to check out new seasonal posts, and share with us their favorite fall recipes, “spooky” snack ideas, and ways they use classic fall flavors using the hashtag #ABCsofFall and #HormelFamily.

· “M” is for Mummies: Hanging out in cemeteries isn’t the only place for these scary creatures – turns out they like pizza too! That is, in these Mini Mummy Pizzas. To make your own, top half an English muffin with pizza sauce, add Hormel® Pepperoni Minis, sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and add two sliced black olives for eyes. Viola!

· “S” is for Spooky: Make a “Spooky Chili” this Halloween for a fun and filling time! Use Halloween-shaped cookie cutters to cut shapes out of cheese slices and place the cheese shapes over a bowl of hot Hormel® Chili with Beans. Pair it with this spooky Halloween dip featured on the NATURAL CHOICE®Pinterest page, which uses a variety of Hormel Foods products!

· “W” is for Weekends: Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so use the whole weekend as an excuse to indulge in some of your favorite fall treats! Get the family together to make these fun and delicious Caramel Peanut Butter Apples using SKIPPY® SUPER CHUNK® Peanut Butter – you can even use the extra caramel as your personal fruit dip for later!
New Kids on the Block: At Hormel Foods, we’re always looking for new ways to keep meals satisfying, recipes tasty and snacking easy with delicious and fun food products. Check out our newest members to the Hormel Foods family, which are coming soon to stores near you!

· Go Bite-Sized: We’ve brought the big taste of real SKIPPY® Peanut Butter down to bite size! New portable, poppable SKIPPY® P.B. Bites are packed with double the peanut buttery yum, featuring a crunchy center with a soft peanut butter coating. The new P.B. Bites are available in pretzel and double peanut butter varieties, and contain 5 grams of protein per serving.

· A New Kind of SPAM®: The SPAM® Brand you know and love is now available in bite-sized pieces as new SPAM® Snacks! SPAM® Snacks are available in three varieties – Classic, Bacon and Teriyaki – and are packaged in a convenient, ready-to-go single-serve pouch with up to 10 grams of protein per serving. You can find them in stores this month in select regions, including Hawaii, the West Coast and the Southeast.

Food Trends from the Test Kitchen: Vegetable-focused dishes are continuing to gain popularity this season, featuring favorites like butternut squash, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. If you’re a squash fan, start out your meal with this Harvest Butternut and Tomato Bisque using CHI-CHI'S® Thick & Chunky Salsa. For the main course, treat your guests to a hearty meat option with this Easy Pork Chops and Squash recipe using HORMEL® ALWAYS TENDER® Thin Center Cut Pork Chops.

Hockey Season Kick-Off: Our beloved hockey teams are back in action as they kick off their regular season games in October. Host your team’s first home game with a hockey tailgate featuring a variety of fan-friendly appetizers like HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays and HORMEL® SNACKERS®. If you really want to kick it up a notch, try creating your very own “potato bar” using baked potatoes and set out a variety of toppings like Hormel® Real Bacon Pieces, cheese, sour cream, Hormel® chili, CHI-CHI'S® salsa, CHI-CHI'S® jalapenos, and LLOYD’S® shredded meat.

National Taco Day: Whether you like them hard or soft, using corn or flour tortillas or with pork, beef, chicken, fish or veggies – there’s no doubt that Americans love tacos! As a matter of fact, just in 2012 alone, people in the U.S. consumed 4.5 billion tacos! So this year, make sure to celebrate on Oct. 4 with some homemade tacos of your own – try this Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos recipe using HERDEZ® Salsa Chipotle and HERDEZ® corn tortillas.

More in October: Don’t forget, October is also National Pizza Month and Cookie Month! For the history buffs, Columbus Day is coming up, which is held on Oct. 12 every year to coincide with the anniversary of Columbus's arrival to America.

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M9B Friday Reveal: Chapter Two Reveal for Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing CHAPTER TWO of
Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
presented byMonth9Books!
NAMELESS is in development for film by Benderspink! That’s the same company who optioned Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and produced the I AM NUMBER FOUR film!
Jennifer is also one of the co-founders of Teen Author Boot Camp, and works with amazing authors like James Dashner and Brandon Sanderson to help teens master the craft or writing. New York Times bestselling author Jessica Day George read NAMELESS and loved it!:
"Jenkins brings edge-of-your-seat adventure to this intriguing new world. I can’t wait to read more!”
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe. What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
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Chapter 2 ~~~Zo~~~ The cold air traveling over Zo’s skin smelled strangely mineral. She walked blindfolded with Tess in her arms, and the tip of a spear at her back. She memorized the turns as they prodded her forward, knowing it would do little to help if she couldn’t pass whatever trial the Ram leader had in store. The path sloped down and the moist air grew colder. Her foot caught on a rock and Zo fell to her knees, sending Tess flying into the darkness. Hands grabbed Zo’s collar and hoisted her back to her feet.   “Carry the small one,” the leader ordered.   “Zo?” Tess’ voice cracked, weak and distant.   “I’m here,” said Zo, straining to see through the blindfold.   She didn’t want her sister to say more. Her accent might betray them both.   The ground leveled beneath them, and a guard yanked off the blindfold, taking a chunk of Zo’s dark hair with it. She didn’t cry out.   They couldn’t hurt her.   She looked at the limp form of her sister in the arms of a bare-chested Ram guard and crumbled at the contradiction. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. If only Tess hadn’t followed.   If only …   Guards lined the opposite wall. Shadows from the torchlight made the scowls on their faces all the more sinister. Each carried a round shield at his back, a spear in hand, and a short sword at his hip.   A redheaded boy lay on a narrow bed in the center of the room silently weeping. His body was long, but judging from his young face, he couldn’t have been much older than twelve or thirteen. The deep wound just above his hip swam in dark red blood. He whimpered while biting down on a stick.   Zo didn’t ask questions. “I need blankets!” she yelled, as she washed her hands in a basin of scalding water. With pulsing, red hands, she took a stack of linens from a supply table and pressed it to the wound. The boy kicked and jostled.   “Hold him down or he’ll bleed out!” shouted Zo.   No one moved.   Two women in white robes came in through a different tunnel entrance carrying woolen blankets. When they saw Zo, they froze.   “Help me!” Zo snatched the blankets from their hands and rolled the boy onto his side. Lifting his legs, she wedged blanket rolls under his good hip. The redheaded boy cried out in pain but Zo needed to keep the wound above his heart. She wrapped a bandage around his trunk, keeping as much pressure on the open wound as possible.   The boy’s skin turned alabaster from blood loss. Zo yanked more blankets from the hands of the women, covered him up, and rubbed warmth into his arms and legs while muttering the words of one of her mother’s blessings. “Hold as still as you can,” she whispered into his ear. “You’re going to be fine. I promise.”   Zo approached the intimidating line of Ram soldiers.   Each wore animal hide trimmed with fur. Thick leather straps crisscrossed their chests housing a variety of evil-looking weapons. “Where is my pack? It has the medicines I need.” The men barely moved, barely blinked, with hands clasped behind their backs like dangerous statues of unfeeling.   The bald leader shook his head. A taunting, wicked, grin stretched across his face. Tess whimpered from one of the dark corners of the cave. Water dripped from the jagged, rock ceiling. The quiet symphony of sounds and silence contrasted with Zo’s rapidly beating heart.   She swore and darted to the opposite wall where the healers stood just as still and lifeless. “Do you have any pseudo ginseng root?”   The aging healer looked over to the Gate Master, shook his head, and looked down at his hands. So they would put this boy’s life in danger just to see if she would fail? I shouldn’t be surprised.   Zo ran back to the steaming water and plunged four inches of her long braid into the basin. Sweat dripped from her forehead. She scrubbed the crusted mud from her hair and went to the closest soldier, holding out the dark braid. “Cut it,” she said.   His gaze swept over her body before fixing on her face.   His lips curled into a crooked grin.   She hated when men looked at her that way.   “Cut it!” she yelled, eyeing the knife at his hip, wondering if she had any chance of taking it from him without meeting a quick death.   A young soldier to his left stepped out of rank. His long dark hair was tucked behind his ears, his brows knit together and a muscle in his neck leapt as he frowned. The unexpected flash of his dagger made Zo scream. A small segment of her braid dropped to the ground and the young soldier took his place back in line, ignoring the disapproving scorn of the Ram leader. Zo gasped as she snatched up the braid. She stumbled over to the sink again to rinse the hair one final time to prevent infection. Convinced the hair was clean, she darted back to the boy and removed the crimson-soaked dressing from the wound. The blood had slowed, but not enough. He’d die if this didn’t work.   She shoved the hair into the wound and piled the excess on top.   The boy screamed then passed out.   Zo placed her hands over the mound of hair and uttered words of healing. The flame of her energy flickered as she willed the blessing to take effect. Her head swayed without permission as she reapplied a bandage.   When Zo finished, she slumped to the floor before they carried her and Tess away.   ~~~Gryphon~~~   Joshua’s dried blood tugged on Gryphon’s arm. A deathly plaster, equal parts unforgiving and taunting. He scratched away at the memory of the ambush, the way young Joshua’s eyes doubled in size when the arrow entered his side. It was Gryphon’s fault. He’d let the kid come with his mess unit against his better judgment.   It was his fault.   Gryphon took the mountain trail home from the caves. He attacked the climb like he would any enemy. After the first mile his legs warmed. After the second they burned. He welcomed the dull pain creeping through his fatigued muscles. Pain equaled progress. With enough pain he might outpace his grief. Joshua.   Gryphon sprinted the last hundred yards of the climb. The wind picked up as he reached the summit overlooking the ocean below. High waves crashed into the cliff wall. An arctic spray carried on the breeze, stinging Gryphon’s eyes.   He turned and showed the ocean his back, casting his gaze over the valley of the Ram. Wind whipped his dark brown hair and made the metal of his weapons clink together. From this view he could see far beyond the training grounds and housing complexes, past the fields where hundreds of Nameless bent over acres of dying soil. Even beyond the fabled wall of Ram’s Gate that corralled the vast lands of his people.   He felt powerful. In control.   Not like this morning when he couldn’t slow Joshua’s bleeding.   The twenty members of Gryphon’s mess unit were encouraged to sleep in the barracks, even though many of them were married men. Unity meant everything to a Ram mess unit. Gryphon abided this and every other command issued by his leaders with exactness. But tonight, the thought of facing his brothers of war with all their questions and condolences seemed too much.   No. Tonight he would hide behind the walls of his inheritance like a child hides behind his mother’s skirt. The brick-and-plaster house sat back on a five-acre plot. It was one of the furthest family plots from the main gate and the center of town. A red sun dipped behind the towering wall of Ram’s Gate, casting an ominous glow around the house as Gryphon climbed the dirt path. The solid oak door whined with complaint as he nudged it open.   “Who’s there?” Gryphon’s mother reached the entry with her arms and hands covered in white flour and her graying bun sitting at an angle on her head. She studied Gryphon and the corners of her mouth sank into the frown he’d come to associate with his childhood.   “Wash the blood off your hands.” She retreated back to the kitchen without another word.   Gryphon leaned his long spear and shield against the wall and sloughed off his pack. He turned and noticed the rusted metal shield mounted above the hearth. His cheeks colored in shame. He looked away, but it didn’t stop the boiling wave of anger that always came when he looked at his father’s shield.   The symbol of his family’s disgrace.   Despite Gryphon’s countless protests, his mother refused to take it down. “It’s good to remember,” she would say. Then she’d go out into the forest where she thought no one could hear her and cry, rocking back and forth with her hands wrapped firmly about her stomach. As if she’d fall apart if she didn’t hold herself together.   No matter how hard he worked in the training field, that shield would always hang over his head. Always. In the kitchen, Gryphon plunged his hands into a basin of water. As he scrubbed, the water turned the color of salmon flesh.   His mother kneaded her palm into a batch of dough with more force than necessary. She used her forearm to push aside a clump of silver hair that fell into her face. “How many?” she asked with her back to him.   Gryphon couldn’t scrub his hands hard enough. “One. We were ambushed.” His excursions used to be so boring. They used to go weeks without running into another clan, but lately …   “Who?” His mother stood up straight, prepared to take the news like a strong Ram woman was meant to.   “Joshua.” Gryphon felt his control slip. He chewed on his tongue until he could steel his emotions. “Spear,” was all he trusted himself to say.   Joshua wasn’t a member of a mess unit yet. The System didn’t allow thirteen-year-olds to join. He had still been in training, but he’d begged to go, and Gryphon—his mentor— didn’t have the heart to turn him down.   “Will he live?” she asked, kneading the dough again.   “I … ” Gryphon cleared his constricting throat, thinking of the dirty Nameless girl they’d let work on Joshua in the cave.   “I don’t think he will.”
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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
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Release Blitz for Finders of Love Love 1 and Giveaway

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Riley Anderson comes to you because she has no other choice. Her fiancé, an investigative journalist, has been kidnapped by the mob and the police will do nothing to find him for twenty-four hours. By then, she's sure Leo will be dead. 

Something is seriously wrong, you can sense it. But you're a newbie Private Investigator with little experience and few friends to assist you. Can you save the day, or will your inexperience get both Leo and Riley killed? 

You are the only one who can locate the clues hidden in the twelve short stories, plucked from 4 - 5 star romance novels by bestselling authors: Jennie Marts, Bev Pettersen, Marie Treanor, Debora Dennis, Red L Jameson, Dariel Raye, Kayelle Allen, Ann Omasta, Lana Williams, Sydney Jane Baily, Nhys Glover and Tonya Plank. 

You are the only one who has any chance of succeeding. 

Will you take on the case? 


"How long has he been missing, Miss…?" I should have gotten her name first. My bad. But the people side of this business wasn't my strong suit.

"Riley Anderson. And my fiancé is Leo Caravaggio." She fished her phone out of her pocket and thrust it towards me so I could see a series of photos of Leo and her in impromptu selfies.

I frowned. I knew his name, and not just because it belonged to an Old Master.

"What's wrong? Why are you frowning?" she demanded anxiously.

"Nothing. I just recognise your fiancé's name, but I don't know where from." I tried to remain aloof, but I could feel the last of my professional distance slipping through my fingers like sand.

"Oh, is that all? You probably know his blog. He's an investigative journalist and blogger. He specialises in organised crime exposés. That's why I know he's in terrible trouble. Deadly trouble." 

She twisted her hands on her lap, and I winced in sympathy. If she kept that up she'd break a finger.

"How do you know he's been kidnapped? I assume that's what you think has happened."

"Yes. I think the mob took him. More specifically, the Donetti syndicate. They were the ones Leo was researching. He wouldn't tell me much about it because he worried I might end up in trouble if I knew too much. But now he's the one in trouble, and I just don't know enough to help him!" Riley wailed the last part as she teetered on the edge.

She was beginning to shatter. If I wanted to stop her, I had to refocus her on what she did know. 

"When did he go missing?"

"Two hours ago. It took me that long to get rejected by the police and find you on the net. It says you specialise in missing persons… That's right, isn't it?" Once again, I could see doubt in her eyes.

"How do you know he's not just following a lead? I know from personal experience that I can go off-the-grid for as much as a day when I'm on the trail –"

"Because we were supposed to meet for lunch," she interrupted impatiently. "And he didn't arrive. I'd only spoken to him half an hour before, and he was fine and on his way then.

"Even if he'd received last minute information that required him to take off, he would have let me know. He's considerate like that. And he hasn't checked in with any of his contacts, or the paper, and his phone is dead."

"Do you live together?"

"Yes. For a year now. Why?"

"Because it will make checking out his personal property easier. Does he work from home?"

"Yes. He does freelance work for the Courier, but he works from home. All his files are there."

"What do you do for a living, Miss Anderson?"

"Call me Riley. I'm a buyer for a department store. It's a hectic job and it was a big deal for me to take an extended lunch today – for our anniversary. That's why I knew Leo was in trouble. This was a special date."

I thought quickly. There wasn't a lot to go on. But maybe if I checked out their place, I'd get some ideas. It was a start. And my gut was telling me that Riley was right. Her fiancé was running out of time. I had to find him before the Donettis made mincemeat of him.


Flashpoint Finds was created to meet the needs of both readers and authors struggling to find each other amidst the glut of second-rate fiction clogging the media streams. It is the brainchild of award winning romance author, Nhys Glover, who had become increasingly frustrated, as both as a reader and a writer, by the maze of ebooks hitting the cybershelves. So she decided to do something to shortcut the labyrinthine search for good books. A game player from way back, she set about combining satisfying short-story flashpoints from a collection of best-selling authors with a mystery treasure hunt that could net players prizes. The result was an innovative way for readers to discover new pathways to quality reading material and authors to find new appreciative audiences for their beloved books. More than a novel, more than a game, and more than a research project, Flashpoint Finds is a fun new way to find books you'll love!

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