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John DeDakis

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· Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

· Troubled Water

· Bluff (Paperback Edition)

· Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

· Bluff (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Paperback Edition)

· Fast Track (Hardcover)


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· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· I'm Afraid to Write!

· Advice on Writing a Novel

· Ode to a Mentor (or Letter from the Grave)

· Hope Can Spring From Tragedy

· Whittling it Down

· Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions


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· Half Our Lives Ago

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· Coming to Vermont

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· From Novice to Novelist

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A Delicious Recipe and a Great Read

1/8/2010 4:09:00 AM

by John DeDakis



Shrimp with Feta on Couscous topped off with Fast Track, martha cheves

Fast Track - John DeDakis, Author

3:49 PM Posted by MAC

 

Shrimp with Feta on Couscous (Quick & Easy) 
A favorite recipe of John DeDakis
Serves 4 
1 lb. fresh or frozen (thawed) medium shrimp 
1 large or 2 small zucchini 
2 jars of your favorite salsa (about 12 oz. each) 
8 oz. crumbled feta cheese 
olive oil 
enough couscous and chicken broth for 4 servings 

Halve and slice zucchini and sauté in olive oil. Add shrimp to pan and sauté until almost cooked through. Add salsa to pan and simmer until shrimp is cooked. Cook couscous in chicken broth according to package directions. Serve shrimp over couscous and sprinkle with feta cheese. 

Fast Track - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat 

"I prefer to see the world not in blacks, whites and grays, but in rainbow colors. The contrasts can be stark, and there can still be room for individual expression, but there are boundaries, too. Choosing the right colors for the painting of your life can be an adventure..... But what if the painting gets messed up?... Color over it. Try something new. Don't just let the problem sit there. And for God's sake, don't destroy the canvas. Rework what's on it." 
(This is a quote from Fast Track that I feel we can all learn from.)

Lark Chadwick grew up knowing that her parents had been killed in an auto accident but no one would talk to her about the accident. So, when her aunt Annie, who had raised her, died of what the police decide to be a suicide, Lark goes on a quest to find the truth about not only her aunt's death but also the story behind the death of her parents. To her astonishment, she learns that they were killed when hit by a train and that she had been in the car too. Her escaping the accident left her with the nickname "The Miracle Baby." But how did she escape and why were her parents sitting on a railroad crossing with a train coming full speed ahead, lights and horn blowing? These are the questions that lead her to the truth and whys of the accident. 

As I read Fast Track I didn't have the feeling that I was reading a book, but Lark's personal story was being told to me by Lark herself. It was as if she was sitting with me, telling me everything that happened to her as she searched for her past. I could feel her emotions and sense her fears. She became a person that I felt I actually knew. 

The format of Fast Track in paperback is different due to its magazine size. I wasn't sure that I would like this concept at first but as time went along, I found it to be very practical and convenient. It stores nicely and is easy to slip into my bag without being bulky. I've grown to actually like the style and really loved the story within. But for the more traditional-minded readers, Fast Track also comes in hardback.

John DeDakis is a Senior Copy Editor at CNN in Washington where he edits and writes on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." It has been a pleasure to read and review his book Fast Track and I've just learned, through an email from Mr. DeDakis that his next book "Bluff" which is a sequel to Fast Track, is due to be published soon. Follow the progress of this next release through John DeDakis's website. I, for one, am glad to hear that he will continue with more stories featuring Lark. And I hope you will all enjoy his recipe for Shrimp with Feta.
 

A Book and a Dish - Good Reads and Recipes


More News by John DeDakis

· Calling All Irish - 5/17/2015 3:05:00 AM
· Coming to Ireland - 4/22/2015 3:38:00 AM
· Coming to Vermont - 3/4/2015 5:03:00 PM
· From Novice to Novelist - 2/28/2015 6:30:00 AM
· From Novice to Novelist - 10/6/2014 10:17:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin - 10/6/2014 10:10:00 AM
· Wow - 3/6/2014 12:28:00 PM
· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom - 3/5/2014 11:49:00 AM
· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel? - 3/3/2014 11:16:00 AM
· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman - 3/1/2014 6:12:00 AM
· Can a Man Write Effectively as a Woman? - 2/29/2012 3:43:00 AM
· Coming to Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference - St. Simon's Island, GA - 7/17/2011 3:28:00 PM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers (Philly area) - 5/5/2011 12:10:00 PM
· Meet the Author - 3/22/2011 4:11:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers Saratoga Springs, NY - 3/12/2011 7:46:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Florida - 2/5/2011 9:19:00 AM
· First Two Reviews for Bluff Get 5 Stars - 12/30/2010 6:06:00 AM
· Death Along the Inca Trail - 12/16/2010 4:29:00 AM
· You Won't Want to Put it Down - 10/20/2010 3:10:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Pennsylvania - 10/19/2010 6:02:00 PM
· Meaningful Relationships with Women - 10/19/2010 3:11:00 AM
· Page Turners Interview - 10/16/2010 3:35:00 AM
· Coming to Menomonie, Wisconsin - 10/10/2010 7:43:00 PM
· Coming to Appleton, Wisconsin - 10/10/2010 7:32:00 PM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin - 9/14/2010 4:07:00 AM
· Coming to the Chicago Area - 9/13/2010 6:51:00 PM
· Big Blend Radio Interview - 9/2/2010 5:03:00 AM
· BLUFF Goes Into Editing - 7/28/2010 5:01:00 AM
· Coming to St. Davids, Wales - 7/12/2010 11:34:00 PM
· Three Radio Interviews This Week - 6/1/2010 5:20:00 AM
· You Should Write a Book - Radio Interview - 4/26/2010 7:49:00 PM
· Prayer Breakfast Speaker - 4/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
· Coming to Chevy Chase, Maryland - 3/22/2010 10:43:00 PM
· Coming to Oxford, Ohio - 3/22/2010 10:13:00 PM
· Live Online Chat - 3/16/2010 3:22:00 AM
· Coming to Pompton Plains, New Jersey - 3/16/2010 3:07:00 AM
· My Dad's Awful War - 3/12/2010 3:07:00 AM
· Coming to St. Simon's Island, Georgia - 2/27/2010 11:32:00 AM
· Fast Track Now Available on Kindle - 2/2/2010 9:04:00 PM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· Amazon Readers Love Fast Track - 12/27/2009 7:04:00 AM
· Coming to St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh - 12/13/2009 6:02:00 PM
· Catch That Book Blog Radio Interview - 12/13/2009 5:24:00 PM
· Coming to Masonic Home - Acacia Village - Utica, NY - 10/9/2009 3:55:00 PM
· Coming to Utica, NY - 7/17/2009 5:06:00 AM
· Coming to D.C. - 6/25/2009 7:57:00 PM
· CNN Gets a Peabody - 6/13/2009 10:03:00 AM
· Sarah Palin Visits the Situation Room - 6/13/2009 9:46:00 AM
· Coming to Denver - 5/1/2009 5:34:00 PM
· Fast Track Now Available as an eBook - 4/14/2009 6:04:00 AM
· Barnes & Noble Readers React to Fast Track - 3/20/2009 3:11:00 AM
· Coming to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - 3/7/2009 4:05:00 AM
· The Lonely Page - 3/4/2009 5:20:00 AM
· My Ending Fooled a Cop - 2/27/2009 1:59:00 AM
· St. Olaf College President Calls Fast Track An Important Story - 2/14/2009 5:25:00 AM
· Coming to Bethesda, Maryland - 2/5/2009 3:50:00 AM
· Coming to Gwynedd, Pennsylvania - 2/5/2009 3:07:00 AM
· Coming to Winchester, Virginia - 2/5/2009 2:39:00 AM
· A Satisfied Customer Does a VIDEO Review of Fast Track - 1/4/2009 1:52:00 PM
· Inca Trail Manuscript Accepted - 12/13/2008 3:55:00 AM
· Coming to Barnes & Noble - Exton, Pennsylvania - 12/7/2008 5:45:00 PM
· Coming BACK to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/23/2008 6:47:00 PM
· Free Sample of Fast Track Now Available - 11/22/2008 9:33:00 AM
· Coming to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/21/2008 7:05:00 PM
· Suspense Magazine Features Fast Track - 11/7/2008 5:56:00 PM
· Coming to Ambler, Pennsylvania - 9/10/2008 9:07:00 AM
· Coming to Edgerton, Wisconsin - 9/10/2008 8:50:00 AM
· Coming to Belfast, Northern Ireland - 9/10/2008 8:04:00 AM
· Cute Creative Writing PhD - 7/7/2008 3:35:00 PM
· A Discussion of the Creative Process - 5/5/2008 4:37:00 PM
· Coming to Philadelphia - June 12-16 - 4/29/2008 2:45:00 AM
· CNN Editor Speaks at Regent University - 3/22/2008 9:27:00 AM
· The New York Times Writes up CNN - 3/7/2008 4:31:00 AM
· New Blog for Mystery Writers/Readers Features FAST TRACK - 2/25/2008 6:28:00 AM
· CNN Editor Speaks to D.C. Historical Society - 2/22/2008 3:59:00 AM
· Hear it Now: Wisconsin Public Radio Interview - 2/11/2008 9:06:00 PM
· Exciting and Compelling - 11/10/2007 9:15:00 PM
· Mesmerizing Thriller - 11/10/2007 4:09:00 PM
· WomensSelfEsteem.com Highly Recommends Fast Track - 11/10/2007 3:22:00 PM
· Coming to Maine - 8/15/2007 4:05:00 AM
· CNN Journalist Headed to Reno - 6/20/2007 4:49:00 AM
· Midwest Book Review Gives Fast Track 5 Stars - 6/5/2007 7:10:00 PM
· ArcheBooks Launches the ArchBookZine on the Fast Track A Novel Concept - 5/31/2007 7:27:00 PM
· New DeDakis Blog Open for Business - 3/24/2007 12:30:00 PM

Books by
John DeDakis



Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

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Troubled Water

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Bluff (Paperback Edition)

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Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

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Bluff (Kindle Edition)

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Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

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Fast Track (Hardcover)

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