River North Fiction: Impacting Lives Through the Power of Story

National Ice Cream Month!

Posted on July 30th, by rivernorthfiction in Holidays. 2 comments

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July is National Ice Cream Month! What better way to spend an afternoon than to eat ice cream while reading a favorite book!

What book are you currently reading? What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Leave a comment below! Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Why Does Fiction Matter?

Posted on July 28th, by rivernorthfiction in Make It Matter Mondays. No Comments

This month’s release, In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar, is a fiction title based on the true biblical, historical account of Ruth.

By bringing alive the biblical account into a captivating story of love, obstacles, heartache, and withered dreams, Tessa Afshar captures the truths of the biblical story in a way that brings it alive to modern readers. Not only does this create a captivating story, but it brings the truths of Scripture to the forefront.

Why does fiction matter to your life? How has a fiction title spoken truth to you? Leave a comment below! Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Basmati Rice Recipe from Tessa Afshar

Posted on July 25th, by rivernorthfiction in Recipe. No Comments

Today is National Culinarians Day, so we asked In the Field of Grace author Tessa Afshar to share one of her favorite recipes:

Basmati rice is shown in the dish on the right.

Basmati rice can be served with grilled lamb or chicken or beef, or stews of different kinds. Here is the recipe favored by Persians:

White Basmati Rice

Well-made Persian rice has grains that are soft all the way through without being sticky. While more complicated to prepare than the average white rice, it is so tasty that the extra care and time are worth the effort. Serves six:

4 cups basmati rice (do not replace with other rice varieties)

9 cups water

2 tablespoon sea salt

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon butter, melted (optional)

1 teaspoon saffron, powdered (optional)

Stage 1: Boiling—Place rice in a deep bowl. Continue reading / Leave a comment...

Q&A with Sandra Bricker

Posted on July 23rd, by rivernorthfiction in Behind the Books. No Comments

Who are a few of your favorite characters from your books?

There’s a little piece of me in almost all of my characters, but sometimes a writer just finds someone rising up inside of a book that really speaks to their heart. That was the case with Sherilyn from the second book in my Another Emma Rae Creation series, Always the Wedding Planner Never the Bride. It was also the case with Shannon from Rise & Shine. Each of those characters sort of wrote her own story, and just carried me along with their current. And you know what? Continue reading / Leave a comment...