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Recipe for Creamy Chocolate Sauce or Icing G.F.V. with Spotlight for Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G.P. Gottlieb


Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
by G. P. Gottlieb

About Smothered


Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: D. X. Varos, Ltd. (February 16, 2021)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1941072879
ISBN-13: 978-1941072875
Digital ASIN: B08HX7TWNH

Alene Baron doesn’t go looking for mysteries, they find her. When the highly disliked owner of a business neighboring the Whipped and Sipped Cafe turns up dead, the list of potential suspects is pretty long, including all of the members of his quarrelsome family. Missing wills, convenient accidents, and enough red herring to feed the lunch crowd spice up this tantalizing tale. As always, while pondering the evidence, Alene also comes up with creative vegan dishes to serve her customers and share with you.

Check out this delicious recipe.

Creamy Chocolate Sauce or Icing G.F. V.

1 ¼ cup water

1 small baked sweet potato (with skin)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 TBSP decaf or coffee powder or crystals

1 tsp cinnamon

½ cup maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

Options:

  1. Replace ¼ cup of water with a liquor
  2. Replace at least ¼ cup of water with any kind of milk
  3. Add a whole peeled orange
  4. Add ¼ brown sugar for a sweeter frosting or sauce
  • Place ingredients in a high-powered blender and turn on the ‘soup’ setting. The heat will temper the chocolate, which will turn shiny. It should be smooth enough to pour or spread.
  • If you don’t have a soup setting, use your blender to mix everything until completely smooth, pour into a microwave-safe container, then zap in the microwave for one minute. Stir, zap another 30 seconds, and stir again until the sauce is a little steamy and silky looking.
  • If you want a sweeter sauce, consider one of the options above.
  • After a night in the refrigerator, the sauce will be thicker, more like a ganache. Zap it again if you need it to be easily spreadable.
  • Use it to frost a cake, or dip strawberries, or enjoy teaspoonfuls of it all week (if it lasts that long) knowing that it is definitely healthful!

About G. P. Gottlieb

G.P. Gottlieb has worked as a musician, a teacher, and an administrator, but she’s happiest when writing recipe-laced murder mysteries. Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery and Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery take place in the spring and summer of 2019 and a third book in the series will center on a murder that occurs during the city of Chicago’s lockdown in May 2020. G.P. Gottlieb has always experimented in the kitchen and created her delicious vegan cookies and cakes in direct opposition to what she learned in courses at Chicago’s French Pastry School. She is host for New Books in Literature, a podcast channel on the New Books Network, the mother of three grown children, and lives with her husband in a Chicago high-rise that is strikingly similar to the building portrayed in the Whipped and Sipped Mystery series.

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Webpage: https://gpgottlieb.com

Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/authorgottlieb

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Twitter https://twitter.com/GottliebGp

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for Rhino Charge, A Kenya Kanga Mystery by Victoria Tait

Guest Post – Rhino’s in Kenya

Rhino once roamed the African continent in their thousands.  They comprised two species, the black rhino and larger white rhino, with genetically distinct northern and southern subspecies.

White and Black Rhino

Both species are actually steel grey in colour.  The first difference between them is their size.  A white rhino female weighs about 1,700kg and the male about 2,300 kg, compared with a black rhino which ranges between 800 kg and 1,400 kg.

The other notable difference between them is their upper lip. The black rhino has a hooked lip while the white rhino has a square lip. This is linked to their eating habits.  Whereas white rhino like to graze on grass, the black rhino prefer to browse and their hooked lip helps them munch on leaves from trees and bushes.  The white rhino also have a longer skull, a less defined forehead and a more obvious shoulder hump.

Black Rhino Population

During the 1960s, Kenya was home to an estimated 20,000 black rhino but humans pushed the species to the brink of extinction and their numbers were slashed to under 300.  One of the worst years was 2013 when 59 rhinos were killed by poachers.  Through conservation, the species is recovering and Kenya is now home to over 600 black rhinos.  But they remain critically endangered.

Kenya is a pioneer of the sanctuary approach to rhino conservation, placing them in fenced-off areas under the close watch of armed rangers equipped with thermal imaging cameras and drones.

Leading the way is Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and its western neighbour, Borana Conservancy, which removed the fence separating the two properties in 2014, to form 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat.

In 2019 Lewa-Borana were delighted by the birth of another calf, taking their black rhino population to 100.  They also have a significant white rhino population of 94.  Part of their success has been Lewa’s bloodhound tracking dogs who follow the scent of poachers after an incident.  This has led to arrests and acts as a huge deterrent.  Readers can find out more about these dogs, and Lewa and Borana conservancies, in book 4 of the Kenya Kanga Mysteries, Jackal & Hide.

White Rhino Population

The southern white rhino is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  The subspecies was on the brink of extinction at the end of the nineteenth century with less than 25 animals solely in South Africa.  However, through successful collective conservation efforts, the population is now thriving with over 20,000 animals in eastern and southern Africa.  White rhino can be found across Kenya including Lewa-Borana, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Solio Ranch.

Solio is one of my favourite places to spot Rhino as they are visible from the road which runs alongside the private ranch.  Solio has also been instrumental in breeding black and white rhino.

The northern white rhino is a far more tragic story.  Just two females remain in the world. They are Najin and Fatu who live under constant protection from poachers in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipa.  Sudan, the last remaining male, died on March 19th 2018, effectively rendering the entire subspecies extinct.

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sudan and Ringo at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

I saw Sudan and met his tiny friend Ringo, an abandoned southern white rhino calf, at Ol Pejeta.  Unfortunately Ringo also died, in July 2016.  Ol Pejeta conservancy wrote on their website,

‘During his short life, Ringo inspired hundreds of people all over the world with his playful antics and irresistible charm.  In simply being himself, he helped to raise awareness about the plight of rhinos in Africa…. Ringo achieved global fame in a very short space of time.  He was named after the musician and animal rights activist Ringo Starr, who was personally involved with supporting the rhino.”

It is gratifying to witness the increase in both the black rhino and southern white rhino populations.  Whilst dreams of a natural resurgence of northern white rhino died with Sudan, experts are hopeful that in vitro fertilisation, and southern white rhino surrogates, may be a way to reintroduce the northern white rhino so that we can once again see them roaming the plains of Laikipia.

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Rhino Charge

Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (February 5, 2021)
Number of Pages: ~290
Digital ASIN: B08PV45HYJ
GoodReads Link Coming Soon

A treacherous race to stop an extinction. A mysterious death linked to the past. Can a silver-haired sleuth track down the clues in time to save a life?

‘Mama Rose’ Hardie has always fought to conserve Kenya’s precious wildlife. Officiating at an off-road fundraising race in the iconic Maasai Mara, she’s shocked when a vehicle crash claims the life of a friend. And worse still, this was no accident…

When another friend is accused of plotting a deadly sabotage, the clever amateur sleuth vows to clear his name. But with motives between teams reaching deep into an unfortunate past, the determined woman must work fast to track down the wily killer. .

Can Rose catch the culprit before more lives are endangered?

Rhino Charge is the thrilling third tale in the Kenya Kanga cozy mystery series. If you like sharp heroines, suspenseful reveals, and iconic African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s breathtaking story.

Buy Rhino Charge to set a trap for a callous murderer today!

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About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is the author of the enchanting Kenya Kanga Mystery series. She’s drawn on her 8 years of experience living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative descriptions. Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness, and smell the dust of Africa. Her elderly amateur sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.

Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and has recently moved to war-scarred Sarajevo in Bosnia. She has two fast growing teenage boys. She enjoys horse riding and mountain biking but is apprehensive about learning to ski. Victoria is looking forward to the sun, sand, and seafood of neighbouring Croatia when the world returns to normal.

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Blog/News: https://victoriatait.com/news/

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Interview with Author Toni LoTempio and Spotlight for her New Release, Hiss “H” for Homicide

Author Toni LoTempio, writing as T.C. LoTempio is here with me today on Ruff Drafts to talk about her writing and new cozy mystery. Toni hairs from Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome, Toni. How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.

I’ve been traditionally published since December 2014 with the first Nick and Nora mystery. Before that I self published several paranormal suspense books under Toni LoTempio. 

With Penguin/Random House, the Nick and Nora Mysteries, first three: Meow if it’s Murder, Claws for Alarm, Crime and Catnip. With Beyond the Page: Hiss H for Homicide

With Crooked Lane:  Cat Rescue mysteries: Purr M for Murder, Death by a Whisker

With Midnight Ink:  Pet Shop Mystery #1, Meow is the Time for Murder; with Beyond the Page, Pet Shop Mystery #2, Killers of a Feather (due out late 2021)

That’s quite a writing history.

Tell us a little bit about your books — if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.

The Nick and Nora mysteries are about Nora Charles, an ex-investigative reporter, and her tuxedo cat, Nick, who stumble into and solve mysteries kind of like the original Nick and Nora Charles, only without the martinis and Asta LOL.  The latest release in this series is Hiss H for Homicide, where Nick and Nora try to clear her  mother’s friend, a romance writer, of the murder of her ex-partner.  Book 5, Murder Faux Paws, will be out in 2022.

The Pet Shop Mysteries feature Crishell “Shell” McMillan as an ex-actress turned pet shop owner. She also solves mysteries with the aid of her cats, Purrday, a one-eyed Persian and Kahlua, a Siamese, and her ex-costar, Gary Presser.  Book two, Killers of a Feather, out later this year, deals with Shell trying to clear her friend Rita of the murder of a man who supposedly swindled her and her husband years ago.

Those all sound interesting. Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?

My primary goal as a writer is to entertain, which I hope my books do. In the next few years I would like to reach my goal of twelve Nick and Nora mysteries.  Good sales will  help  me accomplish that goal.

I hope you luck with that. What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?

Anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, along the lines of Murder She Wrote, and who loves animals, especially cats, would probably enjoy my books!

I’m sure I would like them, as I also write a cozy mystery, the Cobble Cove Mysteries, featuring Sneaky the Library Cat.

What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?

Keep trying, don’t give up.  Make rejection your friend and learn from it, because in the  beginning you’ll hear that word a lot!

Great advice. What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?

I actually started out writing horror, but switched to mysteries when I was told that unless you were Stephen King there was no market for horror.  I had ten years of rejections from publishers and agents before I finally got my agent and my first traditional publishing contract. In the meantime, I did self-publish paranormal suspense.

How inspiring. I’ve been writing and publishing with Indie publishers for 5 years now and am still seeking an agent.

What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?

Are there any other hobbies and interests LOL.  I would say I enjoy reading and I’m also a big Gray’s Anatomy fan.

Reading is always a good hobby for a writer to have as well as watching a popular TV show.

What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?

I like having the freedom to create characters and worlds, and hopefully people enjoy them.  Toughest challenge:  Selling something in today’s market.

I think most writers feel the same way.

What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?

I like the small town flavor, the fact that the blood and gore is kept off-page.  Sometimes I feel too much is a turn off for the reader.

I definitely agree with that. Besides not being excessively gory, cozy mysteries also don’t feature explicit sex scenes or bad language.

Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?

I could hear the chimes echo eerily through the house, but no one came to the door. Nick suddenly let out a sharp meow. Next thing I knew, he’d hopped down from the railing and started to trot around the house. I hesitated only briefly and then hurried after him. Around the side of the house was a wall comprised of glass doors. Nick paused before it, his tail sticking straight out in back of him. I walked over to the doors and saw that one was slightly ajar. Nick turned and looked at me expectantly.

“Oh, no.” I shook my head. “That’s breaking and entering, buddy. We can’t just barge in here.”

Nick turned his back on me, and before I could do more than blink, he’d miraculously managed to squeeze his plump body through the opening.

“Great,” I muttered. Well, I couldn’t just abandon him. I walked over to the door and gave it a tentative push. It swung back, and I stepped inside.

The house was deceptive. It was definitely larger than it appeared, which might have been part of its charm and could account for Marlene’s decision to acquire the rental. As I moved cautiously around, poking my head into rooms filled with antique trappings and silk-covered sofas definitely too fragile to sit on, I realized why most people had been loath to rent it. Who wanted to live in a museum? I kept on meandering, calling out Marlene’s name, but only a thick silence answered me.

Nick was sitting in front of the circular staircase, tail wrapped around his paws. “Come on,” I said. “She’s not here. We’ll come back another time.”

“Er-owl!”

With that, he uncurled his tail and scooted up the staircase. At the top landing he paused and looked back at me as if to say: What’s keeping you, human?

“I should leave you here,” I muttered, but my niggling sense of curiosity won out over my better judgment and I climbed the staircase, the sound of my heels muffled by the expensive carpeting that covered the stairs. A wide hallway extended itself on either side of me, and no sign of my tubby tuxedo. “Nick,” I hissed. “Where are you, you devil?”

No response, so I moved over toward the right side and opened the first door, which appeared to be a bedroom, and a holy mess. The bedclothes had been stripped from the massive canopied king-sized bed and thrown in a ball in its center. Drawers were pulled out of the cherrywood highboy and dresser and hung limply, their contents strewn helter-skelter around the room. A high-backed chair was overturned in the middle of the floor, and the closet door was half open. I could see dresses hanging half off hangers, and a half-open suitcase was propped up against the interior.

“Oh my God,” I cried. It certainly looked as if someone had been searching for something. A thief, perhaps? A chill ran down my spine at my next thought: Could he still be here? Had Marlene possibly caught him in the act? I stepped back into the hallway, uncertain what my next move should be.

“Ar-owl.”

The cry came from the left, so I moved in that direction. I saw Nick, squatting before a door at the end of the hallway; he looked up, saw me, and ducked inside. I hurried down the hall and peered into the darkened room. It was set up as an office, boasting a small cherrywood desk, file cabinet, and a laptop square in the desk’s center. “Nick,” I hissed. “Where are you?”

“Er-rup.”

“I hear you, Nick, but I can’t see you. This room is too dark to spot a cat that’s mostly black.”

I felt along the wall and finally my fingers touched a light switch. I flicked it on, illuminating a table lamp that cast a rosy glow through the room—and highlighted the colorless face of the woman slumped on the floor just to the left of the desk. I sucked in my breath.

Even though I’d never met her in person, I’d seen enough pictures on the inside covers of her books to know the woman framed in the circle of dim light was Marlene McCambridge—and she looked to be stone-cold dead.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?

The Return of Nick and Nora has been a long time coming…I hope fans will agree it was worth the wait.

It took me two years to write the 5th Cobble Cove mystery because I was writing standalones in between, but I also wrote some Cobble Cove short ebooks in between. I think fans like authors to write books in the series as fast as possible, but they understand that isn’t always possible. It also may bring you new fans for the first in the series.

Please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. and include some book cover graphics and author photos if possible.

www.tclotempio.net

www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

Thanks so much, Toni. I’m featuring your blog tour and giveaway below. Best wishes on your new release.

Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Hiss H For Homicide


Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series – 1st with this publisher
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (February 9, 2021)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1950461947
ISBN-13: 978-1950461943
Digital ASIN: B08QW7Z25S

Nick and Nora are back in a tantalizing new mystery that’s far more dangerous than a game of cat and mouse . . .
Never one to turn away from a challenge—even when it goes against her better judgment—Nora Charles can hardly say no when an old friend of her mother’s comes to town seeking her help. The author of steamy romances has learned that her writing partner is severing their relationship and threatening to reveal dark and dirty secrets in a tell-all, and she pleads with Nora to intervene. Reluctantly agreeing to help, Nora pays a visit to the writing partner, ready to make her case—right up until the moment she discovers the woman’s lifeless body.

With the police convinced that Nora’s friend is the culprit, she and Nick begin delving into the dead woman’s past and her provocative tell-all. It soon becomes apparent that the woman had a knack for digging up dirt and wasn’t shy about exposing skeletons in closets, and before long Nora has a seemingly endless list of suspects who were at risk of having their darkest secrets revealed. With a police force intent on throwing the book at Nora’s friend and time running out, she and Nick must outwit a dangerous killer before they take their own secrets to the grave . . .

About T. C. LoTempio

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She and her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series originally from Berkley Prime Crime and now with Beyond the Page Publishing. They also write the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane and the Pet Shop series, originally published by Midnight Ink and continued in 2021 with book two, KILLERS OF A FEATHER, from Beyond the Page. Catch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or her website, www.tclotempio.net

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Spotlight for One Poison Pie: A Kitchen Witch Mystery by Lynn Cahoon

One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon

About One Poison Pie

One Poison Pie (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496730313
ISBN-13: 978-1496730312
Digital ASIN: B087YNC1B6

In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .

What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.

But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .

Includes Recipes!

About Lynn Cahoon

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series, the Farm to Fork series, and the Kitchen Witch series. Small town setting, big time fun with a bit of murder to keep it interesting. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small river town like Mark Twain with her husband and three fur kids..

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Spotlight, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for Grand Openings Can Be Murder, A Bean to Bar Mystery by Amber Royer


Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
by Amber Royer

About Grand Openings Can Be Murder

Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Golden Tip Press (February 2, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1952854083
ISBN-13: 978-1952854088
Digital ASIN: B08JLFHD7N

Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She’s moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family.

She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity’s one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend – who’s now a cop – thinks Felicity is a suspect. As the murder victim’s life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she’s going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan’s help. Though she’s not sure if she’s ready to let anyone into her life – even if it is to protect her from being the killer’s next victim. For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane – right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away?

About Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing techniques and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.

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Review of Bait and Witch, A Witch Way Librarian Mystery by Angela M. Sanders

*****5 star Review

The first of the new Witch Way Librarian paranormal cozy mystery series by Angela M. Sanders is a treat for bibliophiles and those who enjoy cozies featuring witches, cats, and libraries. The main character, Josie, doesn’t know she’s a witch until she runs away from a dangerous situation to a small town in Oregon. Accepting a job as a librarian at the Wilfred Library, she discovers that books and a black cat named Rodney respond to her in magical ways. As Josie is caught up in a murder investigation and the possibility that she may lose her new job when the library is replaced by a community center, she becomes attracted to a man who may be a killer and the cause of the library’s sale. Strange things continue to happen to her that culminate in her learning the truth about herself and Sam Wilfred. I found this a fun read full of charm, magic, and surprises and look forward to the next book in the series.

Read my interview with Rodney the cat when I featured this book’s blog tour on my library cat’s blog. https://wp.me/p7XcB0-15t

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Spotlight, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork by Rose Pressey


Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery)
by Rose Pressey

About Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork


Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721659
ISBN-13: 978-1496721655
Digital ASIN: B086R8YGLD

A Gilded Age ghost helps psychic painter Celeste Cabot catch a killer . .

Rising up against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore Estate is a magnificent mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, built as a summer home for George Washington Vanderbilt II—yes, of those Vanderbilts—during the Gilded Age. Nowadays, it’s the site of an annual craft fair. Unfortunately, it’s also about to become a crime scene . . .

Celeste is hard to miss as she pulls up with her pink and white Shasta trailer and adorable Chihuahua, Van Gogh—Van for short. But before she can show off her artwork at the fair, a tour guide is found strangled by a velvet rope barrier and a valuable painting goes missing. With a rogues’ gallery of sketchy suspects, Celeste welcomes the help of a pair of handsome detectives—and a ghost with a special interest in the case . . .

Includes tips and recipes!

About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is the USA Today bestselling author of the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries and the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires, and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son, and three sassy Chihuahuas.

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Blog – itsvintageyall.blogspot.com
Website – http://rosepressey.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosepressey

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Recipe and Spotlight for St. Vandal’s Day: A Death by Cupcake Mystery by D. E. Haggerty

I’ll be the first to admit peanut butter and jelly cupcakes don’t scream Valentine’s Day! But if you use strawberry or raspberry jam, you’ll find the red frosting gives them a nice Valentine’s Day feel. Do not under any circumstance use Dutch peanut butter. It’s not sweet or creamy enough. It will cause your batter to be almost impossible to mix and then you’ll find yourself sitting in front of the oven staring at the cupcakes hoping they’ll rise. I also recommend using a sweet jam. I used chunky cherry preserves but the tartness of the cherry overwhelmed the buttercream frosting. Trust me. Do as I say, not as I do.

If you love peanut butter, this is the recipe for you. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) sweetened, creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk

Frosting

  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) butter
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry, raspberry, or grape jam

Directions

Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar for 3 minutes, or until fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla. Add the egg and beat well. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 20 – 25 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Prepare the frosting

  1. Beat the powdered sugar, butter, and jam in a large bowl, with a mixer on low speed, until blended. Then, increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes.
  3. Option: Top with a fresh strawberry.


Saint Vandal’s Day:
A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery Short Read
(Death by Cupcake)
by D.E. Haggerty

About Saint Vandal’s Day


Saint Vandal’s Day: A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery Short Read (Death by Cupcake)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Independently Published (January 1, 2021)
Print length: 104 pages
Digital ASIN: B08FX45TC7

St. Valentine’s Day is THE perfect day for a wedding. Unless a vandal is trying to ruin your life that is.

Callie is finally getting her dream wedding. On St. Valentine’s Day no less. Only a vandal is determined to destroy her bakery before the wedding can occur. Anna, self-proclaimed best cupcake baker this side of the Mississippi, is not letting anything happen to the cupcake bakery. No way. Barista extraordinaire Kristie jumps at the chance to help as well. Together the three women launch a mission to find the jerk who thinks it’s okay to attack the bakery.

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the vandal and save the cupcake bakery before Callie’s dream wedding is ruined?

Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.

About D.E. Haggerty

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.

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Guest Post, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane, A Book Magic Mini Mystery, by Melissa Bourbon

I love animals. We have had quite a few cats and dogs over the years. Naming our sweet pets is sometimes so tough, but it’s always fun. We’ve had cats named Angel, Socrates, Leroy, Scout, and Pablo. Growing up, we had kitties named Tommy, Tuppence, Garr, and Moonbeam.

We’re also dog lovers. Growing up, we had Rupert. Then my husband and I had Sydney, Iris, Trinity, Jazzy, and now we have Bean, a sweet black rescue pug. He was the last dog surrendered by a back yard breeder, was crated the whole time, and is a bit damaged, but so, so loved by us. He’s been with us for 6 1/2 years. Dobby is our other pup. He’s about 2 1/2 years old and is a chug (a chihuahua/bean mix). He’s a character and we adore him!

I always put animals in my books. For me, it makes them complete. In my Magical Dressmaking mystery series, there are goats, which add a bit of comic relief. They are fun!

In my Bread Shop mysteries, Ivy has a pug named Agatha, modeled after Bean.

And in the Book Magic mysteries, Pippin rescues a dog, and Cassie gets to meet Hattie Juniper Pickle’s cat.

Naming these two animals was an important task. I asked my readers for help naming the Vizsla. They were amazing! There were so many great ideas. Ultimately, I landed on Sailor. If you read Murder in Devil’s Cove, you’ll understand why that’s a great name for her.In The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane, a Book Magic Mini Mystery, Hattie’s cat became Cucumber…because her last name is Pickle, and Cucumber is exactly the type of name Hattie would pick for her cat. Once you meet Hattie, you’ll understand!

I’d love to hear your pet names, and if you like pets in the books you read.

Happy Holidays, everyone, and happy reading!

xxx
Melissa


The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery
by Melissa Bourbon

About The Secret on
Rum Runner’s Lane


The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Mini Mystery #1
Publisher: Lake House Press (November 10, 2020)
Print length: 104 pages
ASIN: B08LDSY5DD

The Lane women are bibliomancers, but Cassie sees her divination not as a gift, but as a curse–one from which she desperately wants to escape. It turns out, though, that running from her fate isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. When a woman goes missing, and a neighbor turns up dead, Cassie turns to the books she’s always avoided to help her find the truth.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

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Guest Post, Blog Tour, and Giveaway for Grounds for Murder, A Coffee Lover’s Mystery by Tara Lush

As a real-life journalist in Florida, I’ve written about the shady side of my sunny state for years.

Political corruption, terrible crime, shenanigans at tiki bars, alligators, naked guys with machetes, cockroaches in unmentionable places…nothing shocks me. The cliché of ‘Florida Man’ is a reality here, one that I’ve written too many times to count.

I’ve considered writing crime fiction for years, and entertained the thought of doing true crime. But that seemed a little too close to my day job and I wanted to drift away from the darkness of hard news. My first forays into fiction were contemporary romances, and almost all were set in Florida. But crime lurked in my mind, and in 2019, I sat down and finally plotted a murder mystery.

As I scribbled my first cozy, I imagined a slightly less-dysfunctional tropical paradise than the real thing, one that was loosely based on the events I’ve covered in my twenty-plus years as a reporter in Florida. Of course, it had to have the hallmarks of a cozy — no gore, no swearing, no sex — which was a bit of a change from my romances. But I had a blast plotting the book, and discovered that cozies are really my jam, writing-wise.

I created a fictional island in the Gulf of Mexico, chock full of eccentric characters. Devil’s Beach is where gossipy old hippies mingle with reformed mafiosos. Where the local newspaper writes stories about chicken nuggets shaped like manatees. Where a handsome Instagram-famous barista is found dead and no one bats an eye when a laid off journalist tries to figure out how the barista spent his final hours.

I also wanted a gentle anchor to the book, and that’s why I set the story in the coffee shop of my dreams. It’s called Perkatory, a place decorated in weathered wood and sky-blue accents, with the best coffee in Florida. I imagined readers cracking open a book at a café a block from the beach while on vacation, and kept that image in my mind as I wrote.

Drawing inspiration from decades of covering crime, I plotted my murder. Interestingly, the victim in Grounds for Murder is similar to — but also the opposite of — the hero I wrote in my first romance novel. Both are Italian, handsome and playboys. The difference is, one ended up dead, while the romance hero fell in love. Fiction works in strange ways, doesn’t it?

It wasn’t the only reference to my past.

From the stilted language of cop-speak to wrangling over deadlines with editors, I used details from newspaper stories to seed clues into my fictional story. And the suspects, those were easy — they are all based on people I’ve covered in the past, folks who stood out as true characters.

I believe that for my Florida peeps, they’ll recognize many of the places, stories and details in the book. And for you non-Florida folks, I’m hopeful you’ll read my book and feel like you’re on a beach vacation.

ABOUT GROUNDS FOR MURDER: Barista Lana Lewis’s sleuthing may land her in a latte trouble as Tara Lush launches her new Coffee Shop mysteries.

When Lana Lewis’ best — and most difficult — employee abruptly quits and goes to work for the competition just days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café’s chances of winning the contest are creamed. In front of a gossipy crowd in the small Florida town of Devil’s Beach, Lana’s normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger. Of course, Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci has a slick explanation for jumping ship. But when he’s found dead the next morning under a palm tree in the alley behind Lana’s café, she becomes the prime suspect.

Even the island’s handsome police chief isn’t quite certain of her innocence. But Lana isn’t the only one in town who was angry with Fabrizio. Jilted lovers, a shrimp boat captain, and a surfer with ties to the mob are all suspects as trouble brews on the beach.

With her stoned, hippie dad, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and a new, curious barista sporting a punk rock aesthetic at her side, Lana’s prepared to turn up the heat to catch the real killer. After all, she is a former award-winning reporter. As scandal hangs over her beachside café, can Lana clear her name and win the championship — or will she come to a bitter end?

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BIO: Tara Lush is a Rita Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and a George C. Polk Award winning journalist. For the past decade, she’s been a reporter with the Associated Press, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics.

She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations under her real name, Tamara Lush. A fan of vintage pulp-fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, and 1980s fashion, she lives with her husband and two dogs on the Gulf coast.


Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush

About Grounds for Murder

Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643856189
ISBN-13: 978-1643856186
Digital ASIN: B0871KTTMC

When Lana Lewis’ best — and most difficult — employee abruptly quits and goes to work for the competition just days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café’s chances of winning the contest are creamed. In front of a gossipy crowd in the small Florida town of Devil’s Beach, Lana’s normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger. Of course, Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci has a slick explanation for jumping ship. But when he’s found dead the next morning under a palm tree in the alley behind Lana’s café, she becomes the prime suspect.

Even the island’s handsome police chief isn’t quite certain of her innocence. But Lana isn’t the only one in town who was angry with Fabrizio. Jilted lovers, a shrimp boat captain, and a surfer with ties to the mob are all suspects as trouble brews on the beach.

With her stoned, hippie dad, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and a new, curious barista sporting a punk rock aesthetic at her side, Lana’s prepared to turn up the heat to catch the real killer.

After all, she is a former award-winning reporter. As scandal hangs over her beachside café, can Lana clear her name and win the championship — or will she come to a bitter end?

About Tara Lush

Tara Lush is a Rita Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and a George C. Polk Award-winning journalist. For the past decade, she’s been a reporter with the Associated Press, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations. A fan of vintage pulp-fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, and 1980s fashion, she lives with her husband and two dogs on the Gulf coast.

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LushBooks

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