SJB Gilmour Writes

…and rants and ruminates…

Month: September, 2015

Guardians of The One is #FREE!

G’ay to all my online friends!  As some of you may know, I gave the keyboard a bit of a rest for a while, but it managed to suck me back in a few weeks back.   Heh, we’ve all been there, right?  Anyway, I’m now “this far” (holds finger and thumb a millimeter apart) away from releasing a new story.  To celebrate, I’m doing a freebie promo run for all my similar works to date!

The next off the rank is Guardians of The One.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have an awesome day!

Cheers,

Sam

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The Slop – The Workshop Weapon from The Workshop in Glen Huntly Rd. 8/10

After doing a round of indent orders for the day job, I felt I deserved a burger (even though I had waaay too much of Miss9’s birthday celebratory party food over the last week.)  So, up to The Workshop in Glen Huntly Rd, I went, along with my brother.  They offered us a menu.  We declined, just saying we’d have the burger.  What we got was the Workshop Weapon. IMG_3431[1]

Prime grilled wagyu beef, tomato, salad, cheese, onion rings,  chimichurri mayo in a brioche bun, served with herbed chips, and pickles.

Pros:

  • The patty-to-bun ration was spot on.  No sloppy half-empty sides of the burger.
  • The “chimchurri” mayo (I ha dto Google it.  It’s a   dunno what it is either) tasted pretty awesome.
  • Wagyu.  In dietary terms, lean is good, but in the burger world it’s fat that cuts the mustard.  Forget your heart-smart lean mince.  Go for a nice fatty cut and you’ll get a yummy, juicy patty every time.
  • The chips were great.
  • The fancy bun.  Looked impressive, and wasn’t lacking in flavour either.
  • Melted cheese.  The fact that they use Wagyu beef, and know to melt the cheese on the patty while it’s on the grill, all point to some talent underneath the apron.  These guys know how to make a burger *.

Cons:

  • The fancy bun.  I know it was in the Pros for flavour, but being a brioche, it was also a little on the sweet side.
  • The pickles.  They look nice in a little pile, but really, I’d rather my pickles be in the burger, unless they’re the real good polski ogorki kind you get at a good Jewish deli.
  • * Onion rings.  Seriously?  I mean they added a nice crunch, but again they made what could have been a spectacular burger a tad on the sweet side.  Sure, put onions in a burger.  In fact, add some bacon or relish while you’re at it.  Just don’t bother to coat them in batter and deep fry them.

So, all up, a much better burger than the Boss Hog burger from Hog’s Breath which I reviewed the other day, but still a little off being a true masterpiece.  *  Bit disappointed they didn’t go the full monty and show off that talent as per my comments about onion rings.  That said, I’m now about to lapse into a food coma, so if you’ll excuse me, I need to go lie down…

Sam

Another #FREEBIE!

G’ay to all my online friends!  As some of you may know, I gave the keyboard a bit of a rest for a while, but it managed to suck me back in a few weeks back.   Heh, we’ve all been there, right?  Anyway, I’m now “this far” (holds finger and thumb a millimeter apart) away from releasing a new story.  To celebrate, I’m doing a freebie promo run for all my similar works to date!

The nex off the rank is Benjamin McConnell, Silver Shroud!  It’s another character who ends up being one to the supporting cast to my main fantasy series The Adventures of Sarah Coppernick.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have an awesome day!

Cheers,

Sam

Still #FREE!!!

Run Ronny Run! is still #FREE for a limited time!!!

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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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IT: http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
NL: http://www.amazon.nl/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
JP: http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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Sam

Your Privacy

Hi folks.  In light of a recent online tiff between one of my (now ex) contacts, and myself, I’ve added a Your Privacy page to this blog.  You can click straight to it up there ^^^, or read the text verbatim below:

 

“Folks, let me be completely honest and up front with you all.  I’m here to promote myself and sell books.  Contact with me via any social media, be it Facebook, G+, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Twitter or direct comments on this blog may result in me looking at your profiles, and maybe collecting your email addresses.

“I won’t share it with anyone.  Ever.  What will I do?  Simple.  On occasion you might get an email from samgilmourmedia@gilmours.com.au to let you know about a promo I’m doing, or a new release.

“If you get an email from me that you’d rather not have received, let me know.  I’ll delete your email from my address book, and also keep it in a separate file I call my “No Send List”, with which I cross-check my address book before I send out any emails.

“Now, I’ll gladly hold up my hand and say mea culpa for this.  Some may not like it, but at least I’m being honest about it.  Big corporations collect far more data on you, and are far more aggressive about marketing their stuff to you than I.

“There is a way you can stop this kind of thing happening.  Remember, all social media is designed for marketing, but YOU control what information you make available.  If you put your email address, or any other information on public display, it’s going to be added to databases.”

 

There.  Now if this riles you up, or you have anything to add, let me know.  I’m happy to engage in sensible, rational discourse.  If all I cop is profanity and abuse, then I might just chuckle and add screenshots of it to my hate mail file.

Sam

I’m Doing A #FREEBIE!!!

G’ay to all my online friends!  As some of you may know, I gave the keyboard a bit of a rest for a while, but it managed to suck me back in a few weeks back.   Heh, we’ve all been there, right?  Anyway, I’m now “this far” (holds finger and thumb a millimeter apart) away from releasing a new story.  To celebrate, I’m doing a freebie promo run for all my similar works to date!

The first off the rank is Run Ronny Run!  It’s just one of the many adventures of a rather disreputable gnome, who ends up being one to the supporting cast to my main fantasy series The Adventures of Sarah Coppernick.

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Here are the links:

US:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
DE: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
FR: http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
ES: http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
IT: http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
NL: http://www.amazon.nl/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
JP: http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
BR: http://www.amazon.com.br/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
MX: http://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
IN: http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Some of you may have received an email about this too.  If you’d rather not get any more emails from me, please don’t get mad.  Just reply with “No More!”, and I’ll take your details out of my address book licketty-split.  If you’re wondering just how you made it into my address book in the first place, it’s because we’ve connected either directly, or through social media like Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, G+, or LinkedIn etc.  Your email might be in your profile or on your blog, or website.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have an awesome day!

Cheers,

Sam

The Slop – The Boss Hog Burger from Hog’s Breath. 6 / 10

Every now and then I spoil myself by getting a hamburger.  My waistline doesn’t like it.  My doctor really doesn’t like it, but I do like it, so there.  Last night I had the honour of taking my two kids to the local Hog’s Breath steakhouse.  Hey, Superwife was away, and at least one kid ate free  (kids eat free on Tuesdays – one kid per adult.)

This is what I got.

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It’s the Boss Hog burger.  Double meat patty, cheese, sauce, some green stuff, beetroot, and onions, all served with curly fries.

Pros:

  • It won points for sheer size.  That it needed scaffolding in the form of a steak knife to stop it toppling over was a good sign.  I had to turn it upside down at one point, and that’s always a pretty good thing too.
  • I needed extra napkins, but more because it was greasy than sloppy.  Didn’t get much dribbling onto the plate.
  • It was filling, and satisfying enough that I didn’t need dessert.

Cons:

  • The meat to bun ratio was all out of whack.  The patties were not as wide as the bun.  A good burger gets the patty as wide, or even better, wider, than the bun.
  • The patty also lacked seasoning.  Sure there was some sauce in there, but a little salt and pepper goes a long way.  The cheese was also very mild, and could have improved the burger incredibly if it had been tasty rather than generic cheddar one step away from plastic.
  • Extras like bacon or egg were available, but for the money, should have been included in the first place.
  • The bun itself was a little on the sweet & soft side.  It went all mushy while I ate.  A bun with a crisper crust would have improved it no end.
  • PICKLES!  C’mon, even that scourge upon the Earth, McDonalds knows to put pickles in their “burgers”.

So, all up, it gets 6 points out of 10.  I’ll probably post another burger review some time soon, or at least when I can fit into my pants again…

Sam