Hatch martini and a book with attitude

On this, the 63rd day of above 100 degree temperatures in Dallas/Fort Worth, I thought it best to beat the heat with a little heat. It’s Hatch chile time in these parts. For those that don’t know about the Hatch, it’s a mild chile from Hatch, New Mexico. There is an extensive website about the annual Hatch Chile Festival that has videos, recipes, etc about all things Hatch.
 
To celebrate the beginning of Hatch season, my great local paper, the Fort Worth Star Telegram decided to run some recipes that have Hatch chiles in them, including this one for the Hatch Martini from our very own Blue Mesa Grill, a restaurant franchise in the Dallas area:
 

Prickly pear and Hatch martini

2 slivers of Hatch chile (divided)

Ice

1 1/4 ounces Ambhar Platinum tequila

1/2 ounce Fruit Lab hibiscus liqueur

2 ounces prickly pear juice

1/2 ounce lemonjuice

Splash of soda

1. Muddle one sliver of Hatch chile in a metal shaker until the chile breaks up. Add ice, tequila, hibiscus liqueur, prickly pear juice, and lemon juice. Cover and shake intensely to mix. Add a splash of soda.

2. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with a sliver of chile and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 182 calories, trace fat, 17 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, no cholesterol, 13 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber, 2 percent of calories from fat.

— Recipe by Blue Mesa Grill

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/23/3308119/try-these-hatch-chile-cocktails.html#tvg#ixzz1W3XxiTW3

And, speaking of heat, I just finished Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane’s follow up to Gone Baby Gone and while the story wasn’t nearly as good as GBG, the dialogue was superb. In the blue-collar neighborhoods of Boston, it’s all about attitude, and Lehane captures it brilliantly in the way his characters interact, especially his lead, Patrick Kenzie.  From his description, Kenzie is five foot nothing and a hundred and nothing sopping wet, but he has a bulldog’s heart inside that small body. He’s a scrapper and don’t we all love characters that are scrappers?
 
Cheers and let us know how you like the Hatch!
 
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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Tools for Tuesday – The Amazing 1st or 3rd Person POV Choosamatron 2000!

 
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that helped us choose which POV is better for our story: 1st person or 3rd person? Now, just a recap for those of us who forgotten what our 8th grade English teachers taught us. First person POV is from a single character’s POV throughout the book. The reader is looking at every scene and every other character through one character’s, usually the protagonist’s, eyes. Lots of “I’s” in this style.
 
Third person POV  can be from one character’s POV or many characters’ POV, depending on how you want to tell your story. Unlike all the “I’s” in first person, the POV character is always referred to in the narrative by their name or “he/she.”
 
There are many pros and cons to using each POV. On her blog Author Network, Linda Adams has an in-depth list of both. I began writing a new thriller back in June and used third person POV. But this morning at the crack of dawn, when my eyes were merely slits and my brain yearned for many jolts of caffeine, I remembered a bit of Adams’s advice on POV. “Some stories cry out for third and some cry out for first. Think about what the story requires to make it your best effort.”
 
I’m also reading Dennis Lehane’s follow up to Gone Baby Gone, which is titled Moonlight Mile. It was written in first person POV and couldn’t have been done any other way. The strong characterization of Patrick Kenzie – the way his Southie attitude and smart assed one liners provide a cover for a sensitive guy who will do anything to make sure he’s responsible for at the very least a bit of justice in the world – was made for first person POV. And so it shall be for my new hero, Scott Turner.
 
What about you? Do you struggle with POV? Ever started a novel or story and changed the POV after it just didn’t feel right? To the keyboards!
 
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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com