Natasha Duncan-Drake – Author

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Pseudonyms: Tasha D-Drake, Tasha Duncan

Bio

Natasha is a British author with Wittegen Press and has been publishing genre fiction since 2011. Her work includes everything from horror to young adult fantasy and she has never met a genre she didnโ€™t like. A prolific producer of short stories and novels alike, Natasha currently has over twenty five titles in her back catalogue with further releases always imminent.

Natasha has been writing since she was a young girl ever since she read The Hobbit at Primary School. She is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror in all their forms and is a big advocate of fanfiction as a great tool for writers to polish their skills in a welcoming and supportive community.

Before establishing Wittegen Press with her twin sister, Sophie Duncan, Natasha was a database and systems consultant. She combines these skills with her writing to create and manage her career in the bold new eBook market.

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Mina's Children Word Search - with a blurred words search in the background

Mina's Children
Word Search

Greetings lovely people and puzzle fans. I must apologise for last week's lack of puzzle, but things were a little busy over this way.

This week the puzzle is based on my latest novella, Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula, an exciting paranormal adventure with vampires, werewolves and even secret agents. The book is entered into the Kindle Storyteller competition, hence it being exclusive to Amazon atm, and even clicks on the link above would really help me out. Many thanks.๐Ÿ˜˜

So what fun things is everyone up to at the moment? I am learning Italian with Duolingo which is fun. I can say "I write books" and "I drink wine", so I think I'm sorted ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Have fun with the puzzle and see you again next week ๐Ÿ’–.

The Puzzle

Word search with a blurred word list and the title Preview over the top


Options for Solving

  1. Click the button below and start solving online. If you create a free account with MyWordSearch.com (you only have to pay to create word searches) you can save your progress and come back later.
    Create account - top left of pop-up.
  2. For those who prefer the old school pen and paper, click here to download the PDF so you can print it.

Solution

For those who would like to check their answers or who can't find that last word, here is the solution:




Book of the Week

Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Dracula's Heritage Book 1

Silhouette of a woman in front of a Romanian castle and a mountain, with the moon and red eyes in the sky. Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Regina Harker, immortal, vampire tainted, descendant of the famous Mina, has spent her whole life preparing for one mission: destroy Dracula.

Mina Harker (nee Murry) was changed by Dracula's attentions and so were her descendants. Reggie comes from this line of vampire hunters, nature's definitive balance to the darkness. Her whole life has been building up to this one mission in Romania, to face the evil that started everything for her family.ย  Unfortunately there are others with their eyes on Dracula too, and Reggie has run right into them. She must make them allies or remove them from the game before she can face the ultimate foe.

Amazon Kindleย ย Amazon Paperback

Currently free to read on Kindle Unlimited

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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: June 2, 2021, 9:47 am
Mina's Children - Word Search Competition #2

Word Search Competition #2

Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Welcome back to my blog for #WordSearchWednesday and this week is competition week. Thank you to everyone who entered my last competition and congratulations to the 2 winners. I very much hope they enjoy their book choices.

Prize

This month I am celebrating my new book Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula, and so this month's competition is to win an eBook copy of the book (or one of my other titles if you already have Mina's Children ๐Ÿ˜‰). Click here to see all the prize optionsย - it's a Google sheet sorted by date, but you can resort to your heart's content.

Mina's Children is exclusive to Amazon at the moment, so if you choose that as your prize it will be delivered as a single shot email in your choice of mobi, ePub or PDF. Other titles also have the option of being given as a Smashwords coupon.

Closing Date: Wed 16th June 2021

The Word Search

Cross shaped word search with a blurred out word list.

How to Enter:

  1. Share this post to social media using one of the buttons at the bottom.
  2. Online:
    a. Click the link below
    b. Password = Mina
    c. Solve and submit the word search.

  3. or Offline:
    a. Download the PDF
    b. Follow the instructions inside.
Winners will be notified via email next month once the competition has closed. Details collected will only be used to contact you about this competition.


New Book

Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Dracula's Heritage Book 1

Silhouette of a woman in front of a Romanian castle and a mountain, with the moon and red eyes in the sky. Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Regina Harker, immortal, vampire tainted, descendant of the famous Mina, has spent her whole life preparing for one mission: destroy Dracula.

Mina Harker (nee Murry) was changed by Dracula's attentions and so were her descendants. Reggie comes from this line of vampire hunters, nature's definitive balance to the darkness. Her whole life has been building up to this one mission in Romania, to face the evil that started everything for her family.ย  Unfortunately there are others with their eyes on Dracula too, and Reggie has run right into them. She must make them allies or remove them from the game before she can face the ultimate foe.

Amazon Kindleย ย Amazon Paperback

Currently free to read on Kindle Unlimited


Solution

This is the solution to last month's puzzle.
Heart shaped word search with the words ringed in red.



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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: May 19, 2021, 10:18 am
Recipe: Dillegrout - Chicken & Almond Stew in the Instant Pot

Dillegrout - more like Dille-icious

Wonderful Chicken & Almond Stew

So this is a recipe from Tasting History with Max Miller. If you have not seen his channel on Youtube, run, do not walk, to check it out, because it is utterly fabulous, as is Max (he really used to be a Disney Prince). ๐Ÿ’œ Some wonderful recipes, some not so wonderful too (Kykeon - just nope), but always packed full of fantastic historical information, brilliantly presented and 100% entertaining.

This is Max's video all about Dillegrout:


Make sure to like the video and subscribe to Max's channel - you will not regret it.

Now, I have used Max's recipe, but I have adjusted the method to use my Instant Pot (probably sacrilegious, but I love my Instant Pot), and I reduced it so it will feed 2, since Max's recipe would do for at least 4 I should think. It is very yummy and like nothing else I have had before. It is very nice served with Jersey Royal new potatoes and I think it would also be good with some in season runner beans.

Ingredients

Main stew

  • 1/2 cup / 60g blanched almonds - I used flaked almonds for speed
  • 1.5 cup / 355ml white wine - something on the sweeter side, I used a Pino Grigio
  • 1.5 lb / 750g chicken - I used 2 chicken breasts and 3 thighs (UK sized, US tend to be much bigger than ours)
  • 1/8 cup / 25g sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp ground mace
  • 1/8 cup / 20g (ish) pine nuts (I added a little bit more because I love pine nuts ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger (I could not find dried ginger for love nor money, so used crystallised ginger which seemed to work really well - I added a pinch of ground ginger as well to make up the flavour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Added at the end
  • 1 tbsp / 15ml white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Put almonds in cool water to soak for min 1 hr - preferably for several (I know 1hr works because I forgot and had to rush, but more would be better).
  2. When almonds have soaked long enough, chop the dark meat and give it a good pounding - I did this between cling film to stop me flinging bit of meat across the room ๐Ÿ˜‚. Keep the breasts whole.
  3. Drain the almonds and place in a blender (or a bowl if using a stick blender like I did) with the wine and blitz until you can blitz no more to make the almond milk. It smelled amazing - almost like pear drops.
  4. Sieve the almond milk through cheese cloth lying in a fine sieve, allowing to drain and then giving the cheese cloth a squeeze when most of the liquid is through. (I have kept the almond paste that was left over and intend to make frangipane with it).
  5. Add the almond milk to the Instant Pot, then add the chicken breasts with the beaten dark meat on top (thigh meat is more likely to stick, so best to make sure it is not under the breasts to begin with), then the spices, seasoning and pine nuts from the first part of the list above.

    Dillegrout in the Instant Pot

  6. Close the Instant Pot, set to sealing, then pressure cook (also known as manual) for 20 mins.
  7. Allow natural pressure release for 10 mins.
  8. Open the pot and take out the chicken breasts, hit cancel, then the sautรฉ option on high.
  9. Chop the chicken breast and return to the pot as it comes to a boil. Allow to bubble and reduce for another 10 mins or so.
  10. Turn off the sautรฉ option.
  11. Add the vinegar, rose water and ground ginger, and stir in.
  12. Serve in bowls with the sides of your choice. It was really good with the new potatoes and would probably be awesome with some artisanal bread of some description and/or lighter flavoured veggies like green beans or peas. Not sure it would go with a brassica though.
Mine didn't look stunning, as you can see, since it's all one colour and the lighting in our kitchen washed it out, but it could easily be spruced up with some veggies on the side. This is my husband's bowl when he had already started eating, because I forgot to take piccies at the beginning. ๐Ÿ˜

This is my bowl - somewhat smaller - but I somehow managed to get lots of pine nuts ๐Ÿ˜‰.
Smaller bowl of Dillegrout

It might work with jack fruit, for my vegetarian friends - something I may try in the future. Might need a wee bit of veggie stock to bulk out the flavour though, since the chicken does add some.

And there you have it, Dillegrout a la Instant pot. Remember - go check out Tasting History, it's wonderful - one of my go to channels for feel good content. Try out Max's recipe for Sally Lunn Buns too, if you get the chance - so good!



New Book

Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Dracula's Heritage Book 1

Silhouette of a woman in front of a Romanian castle and a mountain, with the moon and red eyes in the sky. Mina's Children: The Legacy of Dracula

Regina Harker, immortal, vampire tainted, descendant of the famous Mina, has spent her whole life preparing for one mission: destroy Dracula.

Mina Harker (nee Murry) was changed by Dracula's attentions and so were her descendants. Reggie comes from this line of vampire hunters, nature's definitive balance to the darkness. Her whole life has been building up to this one mission in Romania, to face the evil that started everything for her family.ย  Unfortunately there are others with their eyes on Dracula too, and Reggie has run right into them. She must make them allies or remove them from the game before she can face the ultimate foe.

Amazon Kindleย ย Amazon Paperback
Currently free to read on Kindle Unlimited

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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: May 18, 2021, 6:00 am