Friday, April 22, 2016

PROMO TOUR: Water's Wrath by Elise Kova - Recipes

One of my favorite things in a book is when characters get together for a meal and talk. It's a time when they can let their guard down and really relax. Even if it's a quick bite on the road, more often than not eating will give them new energy, literally or figuratively.

Water's Wrath is coming out very soon and in order to share it with you all, I wrote this post to reflect some recipes that I think would describe this book, ones that very well might be at home in Vhalla's world.

I will be doing an interview in the future, but for now, please enjoy this recipes post and just imagine all the scents bubbling away in your very own kitchen.

Side note: I want to thank Elise for her assistance with this post. She recommended some great recipes, a couple of which I've used and given me tidbits of information that I used to find recipes for specific characters. 

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.
The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.


According to Elise, lemons are a Western crop and one that brings fond memories to Aldrick. Based on that information, and my own personal love of this drink, I decided to share with you this recipe for lemonade. It's a recipe I got from the Food Network website, a recipe made by Paula Deen. I don't get to make it as often as I like because we're a small family and this has been something I'm more likely to make for a party or family gathering. Who knows, maybe you could have a Water's Wrath release party and sip this cool drink while reading?

2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 gallon cold water
1 lemon, sliced
Mint sprigs, for garnish

1. In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. 

2. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. Stir until well mixed. 

3. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Side note: one thing that I and a few others have noticed with this recipe is that you might want to add the water to the sugar slowly to get the right taste for your personal use. To some people, if you use the recipe strictly, it tastes a bit watered down.


One of Elise's favorite treats to eat while writing Air Awakens, the first book in the series, was a lemon pound cake that Vhalla, our main character, also favors. Starbucks makes a killer version and this recipe is a take on that product.


Stews are one of my favorite things to eat in the winter time. While I'm sure they're delicious year round, it just isn't the same when it's warm out as opposed to knowing there's snow, cold wind, and other ickiness right outside your window and you're inside enjoying a nice bowl of stew with a thick slice of bread to sop up the sauce.

Brunswick Stew from Southern Soul Barbeque (Saint Simons Island, GA)

This recipe was featured on an episode of Drivers, Dine-ins, and Dives (an awesome show btw) and while it doesn't have a picture to go with it, I checked out the website and boy does their food look delicious.

To go with it is this fantastic bread that I might even try out (I'm not much of a baker at present). It sounds so simple and looks so good. It wouldn't just be for eating with stew, oh no, I think this is a good bread for your morning cup of tea or coffee with some creamy butter and jam or whatever you like.

Character Dishes

This section will give you some quick ideas for a recipe based on some of the characters from the Air Awakens series. There's a lot of variety in the series and that's reflected here. I hope I've included something for everyone's taste, or maybe even encouraged you to try something new. 


Southern Indian Lamb Curry - Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence and Food Network

Elise says that Jax, being that saucy character a lot of us have come to love, might love something along these lines. Lamb curry is one of my favorite Indian dishes, but I don't get to eat it often because there aren't any Indian restaurants around here anymore. Maybe one day I'll try this recipe out myself because oh my does it look good.


Baldair seems to be the type of character, according to the books and according to Elise herself, that would enjoy hearty fair. Remember the dwares in The Hobbit, eating well and heavily? Yeah, I could see that happening. 

The recipe I chose for him is one of my favorite from The Narnia Cookbook by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis. There are so many recipes in this book that would be great for a journey through Solaris and beyond, but this one is a favorite of mine and there's a lot you can do to it. 

Meat pasties are delicious. You can change the seasonings, you can use whatever meat you prefer. In my family we call them pork buns, though they rarely end up containing pork. Usually we use ground beef and a heavy dose of rosemary.

This is a picture of what yours could look like, given enough care. If I remember correctly there are instructions in the cookbook to make your own dough, but using pre-made dough (thank you Pillsbury) is perfectly fine and takes some of the guesswork out of the equation.

Photo courtesy Geeky Chef. Please check out that website as well; there are a ton of awesome looking recipes inspired by a variety of fandoms.

In closing

Thank you for checking out this post today. It was a lot of fun to write and, honestly, made me more than a little hungry. :)

Don't forget to check out Elise and her other works in the Air Awakens series.

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

Tour Stops

Below are the other stops in this tour. There are a lot of different things happening here: reviews, playlists, etc. Please be sure to check them all out.

April 14 - Playlist 

April 15 -  Speedpaint - Outfits

April 16 - Fan Cast

April 17 - outfit aesthetics

April 18

April 19 - Quote Art

April 20 - Gif Review - Nails

April 21 - Author Interview

April 22 - Recipes

April 23 - Fan Art - Fan Cast

April 24 - Northern Aesthetics - Top 10

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