Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Author Spotlight- Kathi Daley

Happy Wednesday to you! I am delighted to be spotlighting Kathi Daley today!

Author of the Zoe Donovan Mysteries and Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she's not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.
Visit Kathi on Facebook at Kathi Daley Books (, and on Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley.
She also has a website,, where she shares photos of her mountain home as well as recipes featured in her books.
For weekly updates and contests sign up for her newsletter The Daley Weekly at ( by accessing the link on her Facebook page or website.

Here are some of Kathi's  Books:

Pumpkins in Paradise The Trouble With Turkeys Halloween Hijinks Christmas Crazy 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cozy Food

Happy Tuesday!!Alright foodies you will love this post today! 128 fabulous cozy mystery writers share there favorite recipes! Filled with great recipes the authors love now you can love them too.

Book Description

 May 20, 2014
What happens when 128 cozy mystery writers get together to do a cookbook? You get more than 220 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur sleuth’s day job.

Regional recipes come from every part of the United States and England — a couple find their way from Australia and Italy, too — and from diverse times. There are recipes from people looking to keep gluten out of their lives, eat vegetarian, or make a treat or two for their furry four-legged friends. And yes, there are recipes that appeal to the sweet tooth, lots of them, in fact.

There’s no mystery about what happens when cozy writers get together. They bring the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in their books right along with their recipes.

The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to the writer bios in the back of the book.
You can look up your favorite cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites; they'll tell you what the recipe means to them. Or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe's author's biography and books.

Either way you enjoy the cookbook, you're sure to find great new recipes to make and terrific new cozy authors to read.

Contributing Authors: Sparkle Abbey, Ellery Adams, (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley) Judy Alter, Marian Allen, Ritter Ames, Donna Andrews, Traci Andrighetti, Amy Beth Arkawy, Mignon F. Ballard, Sandra Balzo, JoAnn Bassett, Cynthia Baxter, (aka Cynthia Blair) Jenna Bennett, (aka Jennie Bentley) Sally Berneathy, (aka Sally Carleen, Sally Steward, Sara Garrett) Maggie Bishop, Cindy Blackburn, Juliet Blackwell, Susan Furlong Bollinger, Sheila Webster Boneham, Laura Bradford, Frances Brody, Duffy Brown, Joyce Ann Brown, Mollie Bryan, B.B. Cantwell, Laurie Cass, (aka Laura Alden) Nancy J. Cohen, Shelley Costa, Judith Cutler, Rebecca (aka R.P.) Dahlke, Kathi Daley, Kathleen Delaney, Diana Dempsey, Pamela Frost Dennis, Lesley A. Diehl, Leighann Dobbs, Vicki Doudera, Pamela DuMond, Carola Dunn, Jean Erhardt, Chloe Evans, Monica Ferris, (aka Margaret Frazer, Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Kuhfeld) Judy Fitzwater, Chris Forman, Kaye George, Sally Goldenbaum, Barbara Graham, Sarah Graves, Carolyn Haines, (aka R.B. Chesterton) Vinnie Hansen, Traci Hilton, Sibel Hodge, Valerie Horowitz, Mary Ellen Hughes, Linda Joffe Hull, Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, Dawn Greenfield Ireland, Melanie Jackson, Holly Jacobs, Miranda James, (aka Dean James) Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Heather Justesen, Pamela Kelley, E.E. Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Josi S. Kilpack, Kelly Klepfer, (aka Michelle Griep, Ellie Marks) Barbara Lee Cool, Marilyn Levinson, Liz Lipperman, Gail Lukasik, Elaine Macko, Sylvia Massara, Sonja Massie, (aka G.A. McKevett) Edith Maxwell, (aka Tace Baker) Lorena McCourtney, Marja McGraw, Eileen Haavik McIntire, Staci McLaughlin, Catriona McPherson, Camille Minichino, (aka Margaret Grace, Ada Madison) Marie Moore, Ruth Moose, Amy Myers, Tamar Myers, Christa Nardi, Radine Trees Nehring, Kerri Nelson, Clare O’Donohue, Diana Orgain, Joyce Oroz, Elaine L. Orr, Helen Osterman, Gail Oust, K.B. Owen, Sharon Pape, Nancy J. Parra, (aka Nancy J. Coco) Allison Cesario Paton, Joanne Pence, Maggie Pill, Ann Purser, Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, (aka Melissa Bourbon) Nanci Rathbun, Rosalee Richland, Becky Lyn Rickman, Karen Robbins, Carolyn J. Rose, Pamela Rose, Cindy Sample, June Shaw, Connie Shelton, Clea Simon, Joanna Campbell Slan, Karen Rose Smith, Lane Stone, Maria Grazia Swan, Denise Swanson, Marcia Talley, Nancy Jill Thames, Sharon Burch Toner, Elaine Viets, Lea Wait, Wendy Lyn Watson, (aka Annie Knox) Christine Wenger, Gayle Wigglesworth, Lois Winston, Joan H. Young, Suzanne Young

Isn't that a great line up of authors! The recipes are yummy too!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Post- Beverly Allen

I am so thrilled to have the wonderful Beverly Allen here today! So grab your favorite summer drink and join us!!

Welcome Beverly, it is great to have you with us today!

Beverly Allen’s Summer Bucket List
When Shelley asked me for a guest post, I asked her if she wanted anything in particular. She said maybe something summery. Well, this summer has been a little hampered by a busy schedule: I barely recovered from my daughter’s wedding before being confronted by two simultaneous deadlines ---including the galleys for For Whom the Bluebell Tolls ( and a doozy of a summer cold.
But our glorious summer is the season that makes Buffalo, NY a suitable place to live, so here’s my summer bucket list: those things I must do to ensure that I feel that I’ve not missed the season completely.
Sweet Corn: Grilled or boiled, sweet corn is one of the joys of summer. For the treat of a lifetime, if you can grow it or find it at a nice farm stand, cook it the same day it was picked; it’s almost heaven.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park: ( This is a twice-in-the-summer event for us. Each year the troupe puts on two of the bard’s plays, generally a historical and a comedy, but sometimes with a unique twist--contemporary settings, an all male (or female cast), and occasionally even as a musical. We bring a picnic and snacks so we can get our lawn chairs on the hill early. It’s free (although donations are happily collected at intermission). Lovely, historic park.
Lake Ontario (and Byes Popcorn): On a hot day, shady Krull Park ( on the shores of Lake Ontario is heaven. We grab a bench facing the lake--or bring our own lawn chairs or blankets and stretch out with a good
book. The lake cools the air: nature’s air conditioning. On the way is a required stop at a local roadside popcorn stand that has been in operation since 1923. (
Erie County Fair: Leave it to an area starved for summer to have the third largest county fair in the country. The fair has been going strong now for 175 years, and is a tradition worth continuing. Yes, there’s exhibits, contests, shows, but there’s also fair food. Favorite last year: red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese icing. Also high marks for the maple exhibit (maple butter, maple cotton candy).Yum! (
Perry’s Ice Cream: Made locally in Western NY, Perry’s, whether in cartons from the grocery store, or frozen custard, or specialty flavors sold only in many of the area’s ice cream stands, Perry’s is one of the flavors of summer. (
Niagara River (Old Man River and Mississippi Muds): One of the secrets of Western New York is the amount of water in the area. Along the shores of the Niagara River, in Tonawanda, NY, are two hot dog stands that are a summer staple. Get the Sahlen’s hot dog, the sweet potato fries (with honey and butter), and finish with ice cream at Mississippi Muds (Perry’s of course, in a waffle cone made fresh on the premises.) All with a view of the river.
Deck time: After being stuck inside all year, any temperate day might find me on my deck. I’ve even been known to camp out there with my laptop when on deadline.
S’mores: No better way to end a summer’s day than with a fire--once the air has cooled down, that is. Haven’t managed a s’more yet this summer. It’s either been too hot, too cold, or too wet. One s’more is really all the chocolate I want, but if you don’t take the bag of marshmallows away from me,
I’ll toast them all night. Did you know that marshmallows are only 25 calories each? Yeah, pure sugar, but one of the joys of summer.
What’s on your summer bucket list?
Bio: Barbara Early, who writes as Beverly Allen, grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set.  When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and four naughty, but adorable cats.
She cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. Bloom and Doom, the first book in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series, released from Berkley Prime Crime in April and was her debut novel. The second in the series, For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, is scheduled for release in January, 2015.

Bloom and Doom For Whom the Bluebell Tolls

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up #29

Here is what happened this week:

July 21st- Guest Post- Laurie Cass
July 22nd- Blog Tour- Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns
July 23rd- Author Spotlight- Elizabeth Craig
July 24th- First in a New Series-  Quilt or Innocence
July 25th- Blog Tour - Pies and Peril
July 26th- Book Trivia hosted by  Alice Loweecey

Books I've read this week:

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
Shear Trouble by Elizabeth Craig

Coming this week:

July 28th- Guest Post - Barbara Early
July 29th- Guest Post- Cozy Food Book
July 30th- Author Spotlight-  Kathi Daley
July 31st- First in a New Series- Button Holed by Kylie Logan
Aug 1st- Friday 56
Aug 2nd- Book Trivia - John Clement

Hope to see you here!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Trivia- Alice Loweecey

It's time for trivia and we have the lovely Alice Loweecey hosting today!! Answer these questions for a chance to win a beautiful fountain pen used by Alice!!

1.      What was Giulia’s career for ten years before the start of the series?

2.      What’s the name of the soup kitchen run by Giulia’s friends?

3.      How are Sidney (DI’s admin) and her fiancĂ©e handling the food at their wedding, since she’s all-natural and he definitely isn’t?

4.      What song do Frank and Giulia dance to at the Driscoll Family Christmas Party?

5.      What’s the name of the resort where Giulia goes undercover?

6.      What piece of art hanging on Laurel and Anya’s living room wall stops Frank in his tracks?

7.      What criminal skill does Giulia use to get to the kidnapped baby?

Here is the prize:

Good Luck!! 

Remember to leave a comment even if you are not sure of the answers!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pies and Peril by Janel Gradowski

It is a pleasure to have with us today the Delightful Janel Gradowski!! Her new book Pies and Peril is out and it was a great read for foodies everywhere!

Pies & Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery)

Book Description

 July 4, 2014
"Janel Gradowski may be a debut author, but her style is more seasoned than a pumpkin pie! This is one book that will leave you hungry for more."
~Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author

When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.

It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that's longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo's killer. If Amy doesn't find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!

**Recipes included!** 

my review:

Amy Ridley will warm her way into your heart and fill your stomach in the process. With humor and wit this delicious whodunit will keep you foodies reading and solving the murder until the end. You will not want to put this one down!! I enjoyed this book very much and was glad to be asked to review it. 

Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life. She writes the Culinary Competition Mystery Series, along with The Bartonville Series (women’s fiction) and the 6:1 Series (flash fiction). She has also had many short stories published in both online and print publications.

Page with book purchase links in case you would like those:

If you haven't read this , it is a must read for foodies everywhere!! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

First in a new series- Quilt or Innocence

Our First is a New Series is a prefect start to a wonderful series!!

Quilt or Innocence (Southern Quilting Mystery Series #1)

Book Description

 June 5, 2012
Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is to know about quilts, except how to make them. But with her recent move to Dapple Hills, North Carolina, she’s learning all sorts of new things—including how to solve a murder… 

As the newest member of the Village Quilters Guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with the Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself…

But when Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes an intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.

Includes quilting tips!  

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