Clarissa Johal

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

POPPY by Clarissa Johal - 1st Place - 19th Annual Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll, Other Genre #paranormal #bestseller #KindleUnlimited

Poppy has won 1st Place in the 19th Annual Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll, Other Genre 

Thank you to those who voted! I'm thrilled to have the honor.

You can purchase your copy HERE

A red-headed, pink-loving mortician who speaks to the dead. 
A moody, unsociable funeral director. 
Poppy and Dante from Struck are back. 

Something is lingering around Skyview Funeral Home—and it's stealing souls of the dead. 
With Dante in tow, Poppy is determined to put a stop to it. 
Can she protect those who are trying to cross over, or will her soul be next?

*Poppy is a standalone novel

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Nomination 19th Annual Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll

News for 2017!

Poppy and The Island have been nominated in the
19th Annual Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll!
Poppy has been nominated in the "Best of, Other Genre" category &
The Island has been nominated for "Best Cover Art."

It would be a huge honor to win one of these awards! 
If you've read Poppy and/or like the cover art for The Island,
I would love a vote!

Vote for Poppy 

Vote for The Island

Monday, December 12, 2016

#AuthorChallenge #blooddonation #Holidays @RedCross

I hate needles. Hate them. I'll literally lose sleep the night before my yearly flu vaccine. That said, I'm also a proud blood donor for the American Red Cross. Why? Because blood is needed, and I have it. I would want someone to do the same for me. Please check out these Red Cross facts.

Every 2 seconds, somebody in the U.S. needs blood.
Although about 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood, less than 10% eligible do so each year.
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
More than 1.68 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Many needed blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

The average adult has about 10 pints of blood. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
1 donation can help more than one patient.  

Christmas is the time for giving, so why not give the ultimate gift?

Find your local blood drive
American Red Cross 
UK Blood Donation
Canadian Blood Services 
Australian Red Cross Blood Services

I'm throwing the gauntlet to my fellow authors to become donors. It's a way of giving back.
And who knows? You may be giving back to one of your readers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

#FolkloreThursday - Fairy Rings

A "fairy ring" is a naturally occurring ring of mushrooms. Found in forested areas and grasslands, there are two different kinds; free and tethered. Free rings are usually found in meadows, fields, or lawns and aren't connected with any other organisms. Tethered rings show up in forests, usually with one or more trees in the center, and have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the tree. A fairy ring is caused by mycelium, which advances away from the center of the ring at about 6-18 inches per year. In Belfort, France, one such fairy ring was estimated to be over 700 years old and spanned a quarter of a mile in diameter.

Fairy rings are the subject of worldwide folklore—particularly in Western Europe. Thought to be the result of elves or fairies dancing in the grass, straying into a fairy ring was often seen as dangerous. It could bring on disease, bad luck, or put one at risk of being captured and enslaved within the fairy realm. On the lighter side, the dew from the grass of a fairy ring was prized as a cosmetic skin treatment, and used as an ingredient for love potions. In some cultures, building a home within a fairy ring would bring good luck to the family. In other cultures, it was believed that fairies buried their treasure within the fairy ring itself.

Beliefs such as these have been around for hundreds of years - some still believe in them today.

So, next time you see a faerie ring, will you stray inside, or give a wide berth?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#Free Until October 30th! - POPPY by Clarissa Johal #paranormal

FREE Until October 30th!

A red-headed, pink-loving mortician who speaks to the dead.
A moody, unsociable funeral director.
Poppy and Dante from Struck are back.

Something is lingering around Skyview Funeral Home—and it's stealing souls of the dead.
With Dante in tow, Poppy is determined to put a stop to it.
Can she protect those who are trying to cross over, or will her soul be next?

(Poppy is a standalone novel)


Monday, October 24, 2016

#MeatlessMonday - Apple Cider Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze

This may seem like a complicated recipe, but it isn't. You can use whatever apples you wish (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples work well). If you don't like pecans (or any nuts) you may omit those. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze


Streusel topping:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil


4 medium apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
1 cup + 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple cider

Salted Caramel Glaze:

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbs butter, cubed
1/4 tsp salt



For the streusel topping:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

For the caramel glaze:

Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Without stirring, cook on medium-high until mixture comes to a boil and begins to caramelize (5-10 minutes.) Once the mixture shows streaks of gold, stir a couple of times and remove from heat when it turns a dark amber. Immediately pour in the cream and whisk. Add butter and salt and whisk. Return to medium-low heat for 5 minutes, until slightly reduced.

Set aside to cool completely

For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350F
Grease a 9-inch spring-form pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until the mixture thickens and becomes pale. Whisk in oil and apple cider.
Combine egg mixture with dry ingredients. 
Fold apples in gently with a spatula.
Pour the batter into the greased spring-form pan.
Sprinkle with the streusel topping.

Bake at 350F for 55-70 minutes until golden-brown on top and toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely.
Drizzle with glaze and serve.