Tuesday, July 31, 2012

When Good Fortunes Go Bad: Reviewed

I talk about my writer's group from time to time on this blog because they have honed me into the editing machine I am and made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses and, as in any family you chose yourself, these wonderfully talented human beings are genuinely happy when one of us succeeds.

There is one expert editor in our group who also is the most wonderful horror writer! I am on the edge of my seat when he brings something to share with the group and his recent work is truly genius!  He has just released a new exciting work -

"When Good Fortunes Go Bad" by Dwayne Bearup is nothing short of brilliant and original. Imagine a man who is so quirky, obsessive compulsive and sociopathic that he takes his fortune cookies not as wishes but as exacting orders.

Dwayne's writing isn't just technically flawless, but his pacing, his character development, his horrifying situations, action and dialogue are all played out to give you the ultimate in spine tingles.

I can scarcely believe this brilliant and chilling tale is only 1.49 on Smashwords, but it is! I cannot emphasize enough how truly talented this author is. He is unsettling, original, and brilliantly insightful into human frailties. Some day, I will say I knew him back when he was reading his work for free while gathered around a restaurant table on free-pie night. Yes, he's that exceptionally gifted.

Just so you know, Smashwords makes it possible to read the work on your computer or other device, on Kindle, Nook and more, so there is no excuse not to download it now!

And, to add to the theme, I will share my favorite fortune cookie recipe with you. Make them if you dare, be careful the messages you insert--you could be changing someone's destiny!

Fortune Cookie Recipe
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly but it's still pancake-y. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Sharon.
    (I'm still not sure I deserve all the accolades, but I do appreciate it.)