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Greed Manifesto Review and Giveaway!

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Everyone needs a guardian angel, especially children of this world who are tossed aside like yesterday’s trash. But what if that angel is cloaked in vengeance, immune to human qualities of remorse or compassion, seemingly carrying a torch for justice, yet driven by a tenacious indignation.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of San Francisco and all of its fleeting secrets, Michael attempts to re-boot his life, only to see death drop inches from his feet. Awakened from a seemingly catatonic state, and emboldened by a spirited friendship from his past, the former journalist is compelled to chase down the truth behind a murder–and the natural beauty connected to it.

But what he finds isn’t what it appears.

Can a price tag be associated with life? What about death…on a global scale? Robbed of his memory, beaten to an inch of his life, yet unwavering in his quest to cease an act of terror, Michael races against time to pursue an enemy bound by an unspeakable cause–or so it seems.

The fourth book in the Greed series, GREED MANIFESTO, spins a tale so wickedly conceived, you won’t believe what you read. Until you do.

 

Lagniappe’s Review

Greed Manifesto is the fourth book in John W. Mefford’s fast paced action series. Michael is driven by his instincts as an investigative journalist and can’t let go of being an accidental witness to murder and kidnapping. Not even memory loss and and a seemingly incongruous job with an online gaming company can deter his pursuit of justice. With the help of Andi, a woman from his past, the stage is set for harrowing international intrigue and a chase for their very lives. Greed Manifesto is solid stand alone read,  still I can’t wait to go back and dive into the first three books,  Fatal Greed, Lethal Greed, and Wicked Greed.

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Also in the Greed Series

FATAL GREED – Greed Series #1

Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every so-called merger.

No one knows the secret bonds that exist.

An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels like a kick to the jewels.

Until the day Michael’s life changes forever.

Perverse alliances. A gruesome murder. An affair of the heart. A spiraling string of events thrusts Michael into a life-or-death fight to save a tortured soul and hunt down a brutal killer…one who lurks closer than he ever imagined.

LETHAL GREED – Greed Series #2

How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels?

Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them?

With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, Michael and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake.

From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his family.

WICKED GREED – Greed Series #3

Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch.

A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk, tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act.

A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this string of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a ruthless monster strikes close to home.

When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn’t of this world.

In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive.

About the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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Hydracentials Stainless Steel Water Bottle with flip up straw

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Lagniappe’s Artisan Bread Makeover For Bruschetta


I have two favorite go-to bread recipes. Both are no-knead and never fail, both vital to me as a recent convert to bread baking from scratch. The easiest is my Artisan Bread – No Knead – 4 Ingredients. One of the things I love about that recipe is that I can mix up the ingredients a day in advance of baking. It is wonderful for planning ahead but not so great when the afternoon is passing and I still have zero dinner ideas. This was my situation a few days ago and when Rich mentioned a craving for my Tomato Basil Bruschetta.

Artisan Bread Bruschetta

I still get nervous every time I attempt a new yeast bread recipe, but thanks to the private tutorials and advice of a good friend, I decided to trust my instincts. Expert bread bakers ware reading this and laughing but I’m okay with that if it inspires even one newbie to give yeast bread another shot. Baking bread is so satisfying that I practically want to throw a parade every single time I pull a beautiful loaf from the oven. Successful new recipes call for ticker tape! This venture made me so proud that I may I deserve my own TV show.

The original Artisan Bread recipe was a great choice for making a Bruschetta appetizer because it is what I call a “single loaf” recipe. Most recipes call for 7-8 cups of flour and make 2 large loaves. Much more than my family of 2 need. This recipe will make 2 lovely baguettes.

Begin by adding the salt and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer with dough hook installed. Pour in hot tap water and let sit for 10 minutes or so to allow the yeast to proof. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can still make this easy recipe in a regular mixing bowl and kneading by hand.

Once the yeast has “bloomed,” turn mixer on low and add 1 cup of flour. Continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until all 3 cups have been used.  Continue mixing until the flour has been incorporated and dough begins to clean away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Turn mixer up to medium speed for 5-7 minutes. Dough will be very soft and a bit sticky but smooth and elastic.

Oil another bowl with vegetable oil. I don’t recommend using olive oil because depending upon the quality of the oil it doesn’t always hold up to temperatures above 375 degrees. I used canola oil.

Form dough into a ball and place it in the oiled bowl. Cover with a clean dishtowel and set aside in a warm dry place for 2 hours. I absolutely love these dishtowels that I recently received from Luxe Home Essentials. They are microfiber and absorbent!  I am replacing all of my old microfiber kitchen towels with more of these. Have a look at them on Amazon while you wait for your bread to rise. Click here!

Rising Artisan Bread

Lightly flour or oil hands then punch down dough and gently knead/squeeze it to remove any large air bubbles that have formed while rising. Separate dough in half. Gently roll one half of the dough into a loaf and place it on a prepared baking sheet. I use a silicone baking mat to cover my baking sheet but you could use parchment paper or simply brush it with a bit more oil. Repeat with the other half of the dough.

Cover the loaves again with the towel and let rise again for about 45 minutes. The loaves will not double in size but will be noticeably bigger and fluffier. Make 4-5 cuts in the top of the loaves with a sharp knife to prevent the loaves from breaking while baking.

Bake loaves uncovered for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees. Allow loaves to cool slightly before slicing with a serrated bread knife. Delicious right out of the oven!

For Bruschetta though, I take it a step further and place the slices back on my now cooled silicone baking mat and brush each slice with a bit of oil or melted butter. Then I toast them in the oven again until crusty and brown and top with fresh Tomato Basil Bruschetta. Simply amazing!

Fresh Baked Baguettes

Lagniappe's Bruschetta Makeover
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4-6
 
This recipe will make 2 lovely baguettes.
Ingredients
  • 1½ tsp Salt
  • 2¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1½ cups water, lukewarm (hot tap water)
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
Instructions
  1. Add salt and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer with dough hook installed. Pour in hot tap water and let sit for 10 minutes or so to allow the yeast to proof.
  2. Once the yeast has "bloomed," turn mixer on low and add 1 cup of flour. Continue adding flour ½ cup at a time until all 3 cups have been used.
  3. Continue mixing until the flour has been incorporated and dough begins to clean away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Turn mixer up to medium speed for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Form dough into a ball and place it in another oiled bowl. Cover with a clean dishtowel and set aside in a warm dry place for 2 hours.
  5. Lightly flour or oil hands then punch down dough and gently knead/squeeze it to remove any large air bubbles that have formed while rising. Separate dough in half.
  6. Gently roll one half of the dough into a loaf and place it on a prepared baking sheet.
  7. Cover the loaves again with the towel and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  8. Make 4-5 cuts in the top of the loaves with a sharp knife to prevent the loaves from breaking while baking.
  9. Bake loaves uncovered for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees. Allow loaves to cool slightly before slicing with a serrated bread knife.
  10. For Bruschetta, place the slices on a prepared baking sheet and brush each slice with a bit of oil or melted butter. Return baking sheet to oven and toast until crusty and brown. Top with fresh Tomato Basil Bruschetta. Simply amazing!

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