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November 10, 2018

Pat's Baked Cod with Dill and Caper Topping

I love this recipe and wanted to share it, especially with cooks who want to limit sodium. If you can use salt, sprinkle away.

Serves two to three, depending on portion size.

Oven: preheat to 450 degrees

Pan: 13" x 9" x 2" prepped with cooking spray

Ingredients:

1 pound wild-caught frozen cod fillets (no need to defrost), about 3 fillets
Black pepper (salt optional)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers (for lower sodium, rinse if cured in brine)
2 tsp dried dill weed, or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 bag Zapp's No Salt-Added potato chips, crushed (or other low-sodium brand, about 5 oz.)

Instructions:
Place frozen cod fillets in prepared pan. Sprinkle with black pepper (salt optional).

Mix all remaining ingredients EXCEPT chips in a small bowl, then spread evenly atop each fillet. Top with crushed chips.

Bake in 450-degree oven for 18-20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and thickest fillet flakes easily when fork is inserted. Remove from oven. Serve.

NOTE: If using thawed fillets, reduce cooking time to 15-18 minutes.

TIPS: When using frozen fillets, I tent the pan loosely with foil after taking it out of the oven and let the fish sit for about five minutes to ensure cod is baked through. I like my fish DONE.

Ovens vary. Your bake time may be less or more. I use a convection oven, so I reduce my oven temp to 425 degrees.

Let me know how you like this.

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Pat Dunlap Evans
Pat Dunlap Evans
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To Leave a Memory by Pat Dunlap Evans TO LEAVE A MEMORY
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Out and In by Pat Dunlap EvansOUT AND IN (a mystery-thriller)
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Published on November 10, 2018 10:20 • 4 views • Tags: baked-cod, baked-fish-recipe, easy-baked-cod, easy-baked-white-fish, fish-recipe
My publisher is featuring a $.99 promo weekend on Kindle for both novels. Get 'em while they are hot.

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October 20, 2018

I’ve just begun querying literary agents for my third novel Those Who Try. It’s upmarket (high-concept) women’s fiction with a thriller subplot.

These days, querying agents is a dogged process of researching thousands of agents on Querytracker.net, AgentQuery.com, ManuscriptWishList.com, and especially the agent's Web site, then sending them whatever they require. Many accept email queries, but each wants something different, so you can’t simply do a cut-paste pitch and email it to 500 agents at once.

An Author in Wonderland

The varied submission requirements can be maddening. In past experiences, one agent required a manuscript set in 18 pt. type (that’s big), single-spaced (the standard is double-spaced), and then sent via email as a PDF, which is odd.

Another accepted emailed queries, but then required a 300-page hard copy mailed to her door by that weekend, at my cost of $30, only for her to reject it with a curt form email first thing the following Monday. Could she not have rejected it just as easily by reviewing a Word .doc sent by email?

After you jump through these widely varying hoops, you wait for agents to reply, which does not happen often. Many agents simply say, “No reply means ‘no,’” which is infuriating after you’ve done everything each agency required.

Why Bother? I Wonder.

Those Who Try is a revision of a novel I wrote in the mid-1980s. (Yes, I’m old enough to have written a novel back then.) At that time, email was not common. So, authors mailed in $75 for a printed pamphlet from the Society of Authors Representatives that listed about 75 literary agencies in New York City, seat of the American publishing empire. From there, you wrote each agent a query letter and attached a synopsis and first chapter.

Life was easier then. I quickly landed an agent with Sterling Lord Literary Agency, now known as Sterling Lord Literistic, which I think is a riot because “literistic” is not a word. After all, this is a world-beater agency, and one would think its name would be a real word, but then, they are the tops, so I guess they can name themselves whatever they'd like.

Summer of 1988, I visited a friend in Connecticut, about two hours north of Manhattan. Because I was in the area, I called the Sterling Lord agency to present my then-agent with my latest novel, but turns out she had retired. However, a young, eager agent agreed to meet me.

I took the train south from New Haven and marched down Madison Avenue, feeling very much like Joyce Carol Oates with my book manuscript under my arm. Trouble was, the moment I met the young, very stylish agent at Sterling Lord, she took an immediate dislike to my concept.

"Oh, is it letters? Editors don't like letters," she said.

With that, my manuscript felt like a dead body in my lap. Then the agent asked if I had anything else in the works, to which I mumbled an embarrassed "no." So she quickly sent me off to have lunch in Chinatown, telling me to ask my cabbie for the best restaurant.

"He'll know," she promised with a sly grin that said, "I can’t wait to get you out of my office, you base amateur."

With my face blushing, I rode the packed elevator down how-many floors and hailed a cab. When I asked my driver what was the best restaurant in Chinatown, he looked at me like I was nuts. That’s because he was newly arrived from Iran.

Fast Forward to Now

Since the advent of the Internet, landing a literary agent has become a quagmire of emailed queries, hard-copy mailed queries, in-person pitch sessions at writers’ conferences, and even pitch sessions on Twitter with #PITMAD and #MSWL leading the pack. Everybody and their brother claims to be a writer now, and it’s almost impossible to get an agent’s attention.

When I go on #MSWL (Manuscript Wish List), the agents' wish lists sound like movie producers on cocaine. Here's a sample: "#MSWL alt-reality dark ages YA #F w/kick-butt female protag knight wielding sword & magical powers, but prefers sword. Equally bad-a male seeming antag who end up fighting the same force, one darker than any one imagines. Dark tumultuous rough raw setting & full-tension romance."

Hello? I'm not even sure I know what that means.

Spend a Lot for What?

I’ve attended three major writers’ conferences at a cost of $750 admittance, just for the chance to pitch in-person to literary agents. That fee doesn’t cover transportation, hotel, and food, so you’ve got to have some bucks to attend a lot of these events. At conferences, however, most agents are relatively new ones, looking for a quick sale in genre fiction, like young adult or romance.

Although mixing and mingling with my fellow authors and editors at conferences gives me energy and optimism, when I return to the "no's" from literary agents, I succumb to despair. Thanks to the Internet, I’ve been rejected on the beach in Hawaii, at dinner out with my husband, and even while swimming laps at the pool.

#PITMAD or Bust

If my upcoming traditional queries don’t land a new agent this time around, I’ll try out the next #PitMad session on Twitter on Dec. 6. That’s when thousands of wannabe authors and hundreds of agents supposedly connect by using the #PITMAD hashtag.

Stranger things have happened. I met my second husband on the Internet when we were both age 50-something. Who knows? I might meet my next literary agent there too.

Wish me luck!

Again, many thanks for following me, and especially for reading and rating my work!

Pat Dunlap Evans
Pat Dunlap Evans
Author of:
To Leave a Memory by Pat Dunlap Evans TO LEAVE A MEMORY
and
Out and In by Pat Dunlap EvansOUT AND IN (a mystery-thriller)
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Published on October 20, 2018 16:37 • 63 views • Tags: getting-a-literary-agent, how-to-get-a-literary-agent, literary-agents

October 8, 2018

Dear Readers and Followers:

I'm supposed to keep my blog fresh, but sometimes writing a new post takes a good part of the day. Writing something worth your time cannot simply be dashed off. There are edits and revisions to be made, and the topic needs to be of interest.

This blog is hosted on Goodreads, but it also appears on my Amazon Author Page.

One thing this blog is good for is attracting new followers. In this way, readers can learn about freebie download promotions, speaking engagements, and upcoming projects, like my latest novel called THOSE WHO TRY.

"Bridget Jones' Diary meets Adaptation"

I've just finished the first draft. The next step is to query literary agents, who remain the primary gatekeepers for authors hoping to land a major publisher. Please wish me luck.

THOSE WHO TRY is high-concept women's fiction with a tense thriller subplot. I say "high-concept" because the construction is unusual. It combines about 30 letters and 30 screenplay scenes, wrapped between a foreward and afterward by the "editors."

Because of the novel's structure, I call it "Bridget Jones' Diary meets Adaptation," to use some 1980s-1990s films as metaphors. In this work, my protagonist, a wanna-be screenwriter, details her life's struggles and triumphs to her former film professor, with whom she was secretly in love.

Letters Never Mailed

One catch is, my heroine never mails these letters, and they are only discovered thirty years later. The film scenes sprinkled between the letters are from her first screenplay, complete with a spooky stalker.

I can't say much more without giving away the gist of the story, as well as the thriller plot, but if you enjoy my work, please be sure to follow me on Amazon and also on Goodreads.

With your follows, I can notify readers who may want to read this third work when it is published.

For today, this blog is simply good for staying in touch with you. My next post, when I have a good bit of time to write it, relates to my recent genealogy searches on Ancestry.com. I find this exploration fascinating, especially since I was always told I was from Scotland/Ireland but found out I was 60% pure English.

Pat Dunlap Evans
Pat Dunlap Evans
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To Leave a Memory by Pat Dunlap Evans TO LEAVE A MEMORY
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Out and In by Pat Dunlap EvansOUT AND IN (a romantic mystery-thriller)
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Published on October 08, 2018 12:34 • 43 views • Tags: blogging, do-authors-need-a-blog, new-novel-to-be-published, why-have-a-blog

September 29, 2018

Don't miss my FREE Kindle download 9/29 through 10/1 of TO LEAVE A MEMORY, a warm "coming together" that brings laughter, tears and the joy of forgiveness.

Download at this link!

You may also want to check out my mystery-thriller OUT AND IN, which is on sale this weekend for $0.99. Do let me know if you read it.

Again, many thanks for reading and rating my work!

Pat Dunlap Evans
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September 22, 2018

Hello, all!

My mystery-thriller OUT AND IN is FREE on Kindle this weekend, 9/22 through 9/24. Check it out. I'd greatly appreciate your leaving star ratings on both Amazon and Goodreads. Here's the direct link to Kindle.

This novel had solid four-star editorial reviews lately through the Lone Star Literary Life bloggers. Let me know how you like it as well.

Again, many thanks for following me, and especially for reading and rating my work!

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Published on September 22, 2018 08:18 • 19 views • Tags: free-fiction, free-kindle-mystery, free-mysteries, free-mystery-thriller, free-women-s-fiction

September 13, 2018

In August, the Hubster and I took Amtrak from Austin to Chicago -- first time for this sort of journey. Sure, we'd been on trains, but never overnight and such a long distance.

We booked the Texas Eagle Superliner and added a full bedroom. There are "roomettes" you can sleep in, too, but these are quite narrow and better for one person. The lower level has family bedrooms that are more spacious, but we preferred the upper level, both for the views and not having to navigate stairs to the dining and observation cars.

Amtrak is not the Orient Express

Amtrak is utilitarian and not at all luxurious. That being said, it is also egalitarian. Both coach and bedroom passengers may access the top-level observation lounge and dining car, although meals are included with bedroom fares. Coach passengers must pay extra. There is also a cafe on the lower level that provides hot dogs, burgers, snacks, and drinks for a charge. Booze is available at either venue, but not included with bedroom pricing.

Our bedroom compartment was clean and well thought out, but there is absolutely NO ROOM for more than one small suitcase. We stupidly brought two medium suitcases into the compartment on our first leg and regretted it. Instead, be sure to pack a bare-necessities overnight bag and leave your suitcase on the lower level. Or check it.

Claustrophobic Bathroom Necessity

Our compartment’s bathroom was a wonderful convenience, but it was so tiny, I got claustrophobia whenever using the jet-propelled, air-flush potty. There is a shower as well. Both of us took showers during our trip, although you have to sit on the potty lid and close the door, panic-attack close. It's difficult to shower or even potty while the train is in motion, so save bathroom duty for the stops along your journey.

Dining with a View

Meals in the dining car were surprisingly good. Amtrak enlisted the support of chefs to provide fare that rivals a small diner in terms of quality and array of offerings. Okay, so our first train ran out of lettuce...after all, it was coming back from California where everybody eats a TON of lettuce. And some desserts or entrees were not available. But the items we ordered were quite good. Just be flexible.

Our first night, we went all out with Surf and Turf and were delighted when the crab cakes were crisp and moist, and the steaks were tender. Another night we went with salmon or chicken, tasty, although not as fabulous as Surf and Turf. There are options for Vegans and Gluten-Avoiders. Breakfasts were also quite good, with an amazing array available. We skipped lunch on our first leg because we'd just eaten breakfast. In fact, you might try that. Eat a late full breakfast, skip lunch, then enjoy a big dinner with sunset views.

The Haunting Call

Sleeping overnight was the real joy for me, drifting off in a rocking rail car, listening to the haunting call of the whistle at every intersection. At night, it becomes background noise that can lull you to sleep. At least it did to me, and I can still hum its tune.

My brave husband took the upper bunk while I enjoyed the more spacious lower berth. Two slim people could share the lower, but Hubster is a large man, and I'm not skinny, so I wasn't about to try it. Bedrooms have a dedicated attendant to help you prepare your beds.

Service, Cash, Electronics, Internet, Vertigo!

Service is excellent onboard, although our Austin to Chicago crew was a bit "cliquish" in the dining car. And our bedroom attendant from Chicago to Austin seemed to be missing a lot.

Bring cash! Although meals are included with bedroom fares, dining car attendants expect tips for each meal. We also tipped our bedroom attendant for helping with beds and also at the end of each journey. You might also need cash if the dining car has credit card malfunctions, which it did on our way north.

Electronic outlets are available in coach, bedroom, dining, observation and cafe areas. In fact, I finished the first draft of my new novel in the observation car. Only problem was NO INTERNET throughout much of the journey, so I relied on my iPhone hot spot when we stopped. For entertainment, bring DVDs.

The Texas Eagle makes frequent stops, so be sure to take a moment and get off, walk around on hard ground and avoid what happened to me: a bad case of vertigo on the leg back.

Our journey to Austin from Chicago was far more bumpy than our journey north. The engineer was trying to make up lost time and went 85 mph between stops. We were really rock-and-rolling. That’s why I say, get off the train and walk around a bit. Your equilibrium will thank you.

Forget About Being On Time

If you need to travel quickly or arrive ON TIME, do not take Amtrak. They lease track from commercial rail lines and must yield to all freight. On this route, there were many long waits and each leg arrived several hours past its schedule.

When we left Chicago for Austin, we were right on time. We even timed our dinner so we would enjoy a sunset view of the Arch in St. Louis. When we went to bed, our train was ahead of time, but when we awoke to the 7 a.m. announcements, we heard that we were four hours behind.

On Amtrak, you've just got to go with the flow. After all, arriving four hours late might mean that, instead of arriving in Austin hungry about 6 p.m., you get to enjoy another Surf and Turf for dinner with chocolate mousse for dessert. And we did, just before arriving in Austin at 9:50-something p.m.

Would we do it again? Yes. In fact, we hope to take the California Zephyr between Chicago and San Francisco.

Perhaps we will meet you in the dining car. With Amtrak's community seating policy, we chatted with a wide variety of people during our adventure and enjoyed conversations with them all. However, you can meet some real characters in the observation car and café, all races, all income levels, all mental states--yes, a few whose elevators don't go all the way up. After all, Amtrak is for everyone. But I’m glad it is still rolling, and we'll look forward to our next journey...all aboard!

Again, many thanks for following me, and especially for reading and rating my work!

Pat Dunlap Evans
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To Leave a Memory by Pat Dunlap Evans TO LEAVE A MEMORY
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Out and In by Pat Dunlap EvansOUT AND IN (a mystery-thriller)
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Published on September 13, 2018 15:23 • 53 views • Tags: amtrak, texas-eagle, train-bedroom, train-travel

July 24, 2018

I have scheduled a book promo for my mystery-thriller Out and In with Lone Star Literary Life, an e-news letter for Texas writers and Texas readers. They want to use my "book trailer," which is a short video like a preview for a Hollywood movie. I don't have the cash to waste on such projects, so I thought I would make a simple "about the novel video," using my trusty iMac and the Apple software iMovie.

All I can say as this stuff ain't easy. Not only did I have to learn how to use the tricky iMovie software, but also I had to make myself and house look presentable. And the background music inspirational.

Remove All Trace of Dogs
First, I framed my computer camera so it would not record the dog toys, dog blanket on the sofa, and especially the dogs that populate my upstairs office.

Next, I donned a bright red top and applied as much makeup as my face could hold. I also put a lamp behind my computer for "lighting." To my horror, my video camera revealed that I'm definitely not young. Or even close. Even the most makeup I could smear on my face cannot change that. So I reminded myself that one of my favorite authors Joan Didion had a rather unflattering photo of herself in the back of The Year of Magical Thinking. She looked exhausted and devastated -- and who would have blamed her?

A Bit Like Tricky Dicky
Next, I wrote a one-page script describing Out and In and did my best to memorize it. After about 10 takes, I realized I couldn't memorize every word, so I taped the script to my iMac screen and glanced at it while I videoed myself for another 10 takes. Because my eyes kept glancing between the script and the green light on my computer camera, I looked like "Tricky Dicky," which is what some used to call Richard Nixon.

Eventually, I decided to wing it without a script. After about 10 more takes -- eyeglasses on, eyeglasses off -- I settled on a version that was maybe sort of okay. But after I launched it on YouTube, I noticed that I had a bra strap showing! For gosh sakes, how have I missed that? In addition, I had used a clip from Rachmaninov's Symphony Number 2, downloaded from iTunes, but YouTube warned me that was copyright violation.

Oh No, Do the Whole Thing Over.
I tucked in the bra strap and started over, trying to speak more quickly. I have new admiration for TV personalities. Although I spoke as fast as I could, it seems I pause one whole second between every word.

Figuring out background music took a lot of time because I had to learn how to make the clip play loudly at first, softer while I spoke, then full volume again at the end. This took numerous searches through IMovie Help.

For royalty-free music, I Goggled a website where musicians upload works for use soley with attribution. Because my heroine is a cellist, I selected a cello piece called "Full of Stars," composed by Philipp Weigl, of Munich, Germany. Thank you Philipp!

A Two-Minute Snore
My resulting video is not what I would call exciting. It's very basic and perhaps a bore, except to readers who actually enjoy hearing from an author about her work. I'm not promoting the video heavily, because I'm a bit embarrassed by it. But if you would like to hear my overview of my mystery-thriller Out and In, please check out this link on YouTube.

Again, many thanks for following me, and especially for reading and rating my work! Those stars mean everything to authors, and we appreciate your taking the time to post them.

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Published on July 24, 2018 10:30 • 94 views • Tags: author-video, book-trailer, mystery-thriller

July 2, 2018

I recently tried out the new Goodreads Kindle giveaway, wherein I gave away 100 copies in Kindle format after paying Goodreads $119 for the privilege of a "standard package." I had participated in a number of print giveaways before, providing a copy of my paperback to five winners. For those giveaways, Goodreads did not charge, however times have changed. Goodreads now charges $119 for the standard Kindle giveaway package and $599 for the premium package, likely opted for by major publishers. You get more exposure and marketing follow-up with that pricier package.

In spite of the cost, I was excited to try this Kindle giveaway in order to garner new readers and especially to gain reviews for my mystery-thriller Out and In.

Results? 403 people requested it and 100 readers received the Kindle downloads.

Out of the 100 winners, six have posted reviews to date (two months later). Most were positive--five or four stars--so that was a good thing. In addition, Goodreads promised to send all 100 winners a reminder email, asking them to rate the work.

Regrettably, authors have no way to follow up with the winners, since Goodreads guidelines prevent authors from contacting readers directly, except to comment with a simple "like" when a reader rates our work. Now, if I had spent $599, Goodreads also would have emailed the "losers" -- not sure what that email would say.

Paperback giveaways yielded almost double requests.

My mistaken assumption was that there would be a greater number of Kindle readers who would add my novel to their to-read shelves. To compare results with my paperback giveaways, 773 readers added Out and In to their bookshelves, while the Kindle giveaway netted only 403 requests. Was that due to my buying only the "standard" package?

Although I had costs of $10.63 to mail each hard copy book, the total of about $54 for a paperback giveaway of five copies netted almost twice the number of readers who added my novels to their bookshelves.

That is the primary value in doing a Goodreads giveaway...having your novel on readers' "to-read" shelves. Some readers eventually follow through and read the work, but not the thousands you hope for.

I am not sure I will do another Kindle giveaway for my novel To Leave a Memory, as I can schedule a free promotion "wide" on Amazon and other sites, receive 10,000 downloads and a number-one ranking -- but only if I spend $500+ advertising my freebie promo with sites like Book Bub, Kindle Nation Daily, Bargain Booksy, The Fussy Librarian, BookSends, and E-Reader News Today.

My point, if any, in this blog post is to advise other authors about my experience with Goodreads Kindle Giveaways Standard Package, and to let readers know how Indie authors struggle to gain readers and reviews. If Goodreads would provide authors with greater marketing-communication value for a giveaway, I might again pay to give away my very hard work. Until then, I certainly won't pay to do it on Goodreads alone. Going wide yields far better results.

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June 24, 2018

Authors write to tell a story, to express a thought or emotion, to entertain. Mostly, we hope what we do impacts readers in a positive way.

My latest novel -- almost complete -- is an outrageously preposterous story about a woman trying to find herself after divorce, loss, and financial ruin. She's a mess, a bit of a drunk, cynical but funny as hell. You might say her tale is a combination of BRIDGET JONES' DIARY and ADAPTATION, at least the film versions.

But this morning, my author side feels futile writing such a silly novel, because of a documentary I saw last night that proves our world is starting to die from global warming.

Chasing Corals, A Netflix Documentary

My husband and I watched the Netflix documentary Chasing Corals, and I've never felt so frightened and sad for our planet's future. The gist of this film is visual proof that our ocean corals are dying, corals that serve as vast nurseries for sealife and protective barriers for our landmasses.

Did you know that in 2017, 50 percent of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia bleached and later DIED? Article in The Atlantic.

Did you know that off Florida, over half of the coral has DIED from a combination of bleaching and disease? Article on National Public Radio.

Did you know that coral surrounding the Hawaiian Islands is DYING? Article in Popular Science.

Only a dedicated band of coral scientists and ecology writers seem to have noticed or cared, certainly not our current president and ruling political party. In fact, @realdonaldtrump removed the United States from the Paris climate accord and even tried to prevent Congress from funding clean energy initiatives.

Likewise, I've heard friends and relatives joke or deny the truth of global warming. When our winter temperatures dipped below freezing, they scoffed, "What we need is more global warming." Ha, ha, ha. Even my own granddaughter said things like this, having been indoctrinated by resistant naysayers.

It is tragic to hear such denial. Our great oceans are in trouble because they are absorbing 93% of the Earth's rising temperatures. Seas off the Australian coast reached 95 degrees during the 2017 bleaching event that killed one-half of an incredible coral barrier that is so HUGE, it would stretch the full length of the USA Eastern coastline.

I didn't even hear about this. And I felt futile when I found out. But the "Chasing Corals" documentary ends on a positive note, and encourages each of us to do what we can.

What Can You and I Do?

The time for denial is over. We must reduce carbon emissions. Does this mean using cloth bags instead of plastic at the grocery? Walking or biking to a nearby event rather than driving? Recycling plastics, installing radiant barriers or solar panels if we can afford to, even doing simple things like keeping more air in our tires...YES, these things we CAN DO NOW to help slow this horrific situation.

OUR WORLD IS AT STAKE. The astounding melting of our polar icecaps has been documented since the George W. Bush era as a more visible issue (he didn't believe in global warming, either). But we must look beneath the seas as well. Corals are animals. And the life that lives in and around corals are OUR life. The documentary's most astounding before-and-after photos revealed that when the corals died, the fish disappeared. Scientists in the audience wept. I did too.

Will You Help?

We can all do our part. Speak up! Don't let the relatives scoff or deny. At links below are some tips on what you and I can do. Please please share these articles. If you are a "giver," I've added a link to the CoolEffect, a Web site that hosts projects worldwide you can fund to help reduce carbon emissions.

How You Can Stop Global Warming: Natural Resources Defense Council

Global Warming Solutions: National Geographic

Worldwide Carbon-Reducing Projects: Cool Effect

Again, many thanks for reading and rating my work!

Pat Dunlap Evans
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Out and In by Pat Dunlap EvansOUT AND IN (a women's romantic mystery)
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