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A Corny Holiday


All month long I’m going to be hosting the posts of other people as part of my 2015 Giftmas Blog Tour. All the guest bloggers are welcome to write about anything they’d like so long as their post touched on a December holiday in some way, no matter how tangentially. The blog tour extends beyond my blog as well, and I will do my best to link to each external post from the here and share them on social media using the hashtag #GiftmasTour.

But wait! There’s more!

We’re also giving away a whole whack of prizes (check out the list here) which you can enter to win using the Rafflecoper code below. Whatever December holiday you celebrate (or don’t) winning a stack of books will make it better!


A Corny Holiday

by Brenda Stokes Barron

Normally, I shy away from blog tours because I’m so strapped for time. But when Rhonda asked if I wanted to be a part of this project, I had to say yes. It’s the holidays and sharing in the fun and festivities while celebrating being writers and being a part of this awesome community was just too appealing to pass up.

While the temptation to wax nostalgic is strong this time of year, I’ll resist and offer a recipe instead. It’s simple and tasty, though full of butter. So, it’s not healthy at all. But…umm…yum?

Corn Casserole Souffle

A weird name for a recipe, I know, but it’s really a combination of my mom’s recipe (corn casserole) and one I found online (corn souffle) that I’ve been making for several years now. It’s rich, filling, and I could eat it pretty much forever.


4 oz butter (one stick, melted)

1 egg

8 oz sour cream

1 can of whole kernel corn (drained)

1 can of cream style corn

1 pkg of corn muffin mix

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine butter, egg, corn, cream style corn, sour cream, and corn muffin mix in a bowl.
  3. Grease 9″ x 9″ baking dish and pour mixture into it.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until you can poke the center with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Simple, easy, and super delicious. It ends up with the consistency of pudding and bread, is sweet and savory, and a great complement to other holiday dishes.

The Giveaway

There’s a seriously impressive list of prizes for this giveaway, which includes tons of books like Seeing the Light by E.C. Bell, I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen, and signed copies of Fae, Corvidae, and Scarecrow–all of which are edited by Rhonda Parrish. Plus, there are other nifty goodies in the giveaway, too, like art prints, electronic copies of books, and a coffee cup cozy knitted by yours truly. See the full list here.

Entering the giveaway is super easy. Just use the form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for reading! It was fun to be included in the tour and thanks to Rhonda for hosting me. 🙂

B is for Broken

It is my pleasure to announce the next title in the series of anthologies which begins with A is for Apocalypse.

B is for Broken

Featuring original fiction by:

~ Beth Cato ~ Cory Cone ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ Marge Simon and Michael Fosburg ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Michael Kellar ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Sara Cleto ~ Pete Aldin ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Gary Phillips ~ Lilah Wild ~ Jonathan Parrish ~ BD Wilson ~ KV Taylor ~ Simon Kewin ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Steve Bornstein ~ Brittany Warman ~ Cindy James ~ Brenda Stokes Barron ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Megan Arkenberg ~

While I got to pick the theme I have no control over how the contributors handle it, so as you can imagine I’m as excited as you to see the results! Nothing is set in stone just yet, but I’m aiming for a Spring 2015 release 🙂


A is for Apocalypse

What do you get when you take 26 amazing writers, assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme? In 2014 we’ll find out with the release of the first of a series of anthologies:

A is for Apocalypse

A is for Apocalypse is going to be filled with 26 apocalyptic stories (one for each letter of the alphabet) by incredibly talented writers whose diverse styles and preferred themes leave no doubt that this collection will have something for everyone. The writers who are contributing to this collection are:

~ Brenda Stokes Barron ~ Marge Simon / Michael Fosburg ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Beth Cato ~ Simon Kewin ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Sara Cleto ~ Kenneth Schneyer ~ KV Taylor ~ Gary B. Phillips ~ BD Wilson ~ Ennis Drake ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Michael Kellar ~ Cindy James ~ Brittany Warman ~ K.L. Young ~ Pete Aldin ~ Cory Cone ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Lilah Wild ~ Jonathan Parrish ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Steve Bornstein ~

B: Brenda Stokes Barron

Maribelle Remembers IceIn September 2011 Niteblade published a story by Brenda Stokes Barron which was entitled Maribelle Remembers Ice.

We publish a lot of stories and sometimes when I go back and look through the archives I need to re-read a paragraph or two of a story in order to remember it. That is not the case with this one. This story stuck in my brain and occasionally it comes, spontaneously, to the forefront of my thoughts and lingers there for a time, even now, months after I first published it.

This isn’t a story for everyone, and it could be triggering for some. For others it may leave them scratching their heads. I know this because of the reactions I’ve heard from different readers. For me it is beautiful and disturbing (a fantastic combination). The imagery is wonderful and, as I recall one slush reader commenting, ‘like something from a fairy tale’.


A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9This post has been written as a part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is ‘Niteblade‘, that being the magazine I publish. I chose this theme to help draw attention to the magazine during this, it’s 2nd annual fundraiser.

My first post in this series was about choosing stories and poems to nominate for awards and, on a related note, I’ve gone through a similar process in deciding what to write about for these posts. Not only did I have to choose stories and poems I loved, but they also had to fit with the A-Z theme. Tricky!

Blogging from A to Z 2013:

A: Award Nominations
B: Brenda Stokes Barron