Guest Post – Cleo Coyle Reveals her Inspiration for Brewed Awakening + Recipe and Giveaway

Please welcome author Cleo Coyle who is sharing her latest book, “Brewed Awakening,” and her writing inspiration. Don’t forget to scroll down for a mouthwatering recipe and to click the big red button for your chance to win a Cleo Coyle prize package



Cleo Coyle Reveals her Inspiration for Brewed Awakening  

GuestMy husband and I have been writing our Coffeehouse Mysteries for more than fifteen years. As a married couple we’ve had plenty of ups and down, and we always try to put the pain, joy, and absurd humor of our daily lives into our novels. It’s one reason why readers say they’ve formed deep connections with our characters.

If you’re new to our Coffeehouse series, I’m happy to introduce you to our amateur sleuth. Clare Cosi is a single mom in her forties who manages the Village Blend, a charming, century-old coffeehouse in New York’s historic Greenwich Village. Clare is often in a position to know more than the police about the quirky and creative community she serves. When crime happens, and the professionals hit dead ends, Clare goes to work.

Brewed AwakeningFor Clare’s latest case, Marc and I began our story development with a talk over (you guessed it) coffee. After everything we’ve gone through as a couple, we wondered: What if our years together were suddenly wiped from our memories? Would we be drawn to each other again? If so, how exactly does “like” deepen into something more? When does love happen?

With Clare on a path to be married to her longtime boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, we decided to explore those questions in Brewed Awakening, and we agreed that Clare would suffer from a traumatic memory loss. Her damaged memory is tied to a crime she witnesses, one that lands her in a great deal of hot water. To get herself out, and reclaim the love of her life, Clare must find a way to recover what she’s lost. But will she? Or is her life, as she once knew it, gone forever?

If you’re a newcomer to our Coffeehouse world, don’t hesitate to pick up Brewed Awakening. Every Coffeehouse Mystery can be read as a stand-alone story. And, if you like one, you’ll have seventeen more to enjoy. But don’t miss our latest. We hope you’ll find this mystery about memory to be unforgettable.


“Amid the delightfully twisty mystery, Coyle poses an intriguing question: if you lost all memory of your beloved, would you fall for him all over again?”

Publishers Weekly on Brewed Awakening




Recipe guide

Cleo Coyle’s new culinary mystery, Brewed Awakening, includes an appendix of recipes that will show you how to prepare the delicious foods and drinks mentioned in the story. To see, print, or download the free, illustrated guide to the book’s recipe section, click here or on the image above.


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Coffeehouse Mysteries in Order:

Book List

Download a free title checklist, personally written by Cleo, with mini summaries of all 18 Coffeehouse Mysteries as well as her Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. The list includes links to Cleo’s published recipe guides and her bonus web content. To download the list as a PDF document, click here or on the image above.



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Alice Alfonsi and her husband, Marc Cerasini, who write as Cleo Coyle.
Photo credit: Alice Alfonsi

About the author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating more than fifteen years in print. They also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, recently relaunched with the first new entry in nearly ten years, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, now a national bestseller and honored as a Best Book of 2018 by Suspense Magazine. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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Cleo Coyle’s
Five Minute Nutella Fudge

Five Minute Nutella Fudge

Chocolate and hazelnut are among the most popular flavors in American coffeehouses, which is why we added this blissful fudge to the menu of our beloved Village Blend. Because the light note of hazelnut comes from Nutella instead of chopped nuts, the texture stays smooth, creamy, and dreamy. To download more of our recipes and learn about our bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series, visit us at

May you eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo

To download this recipe in a free PDF that you can print, save, or share, click here.  

Makes one 8×8 pan of fudge

5 minutes to prepare + 3 hours to chill


1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 (12 ounce) package good quality semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup Nutella (or your favorite) chocolate-hazelnut spread (room temperature)

Step 1 – Crisscross the bottom of an 8 x 8 square pan with two sheets of parchment paper, allowing the paper to extend over the sides, like handles. You’ll use these paper handles to lift the finished block of fudge from the pan.

Step 2 – Place the milk, pieces of butter, and chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between sessions, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Be patient with this process, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Once the mixture is melted, add the salt, vanilla, and Nutella. Stir from the bottom, lifting and folding to blend everything well. Pour the mixture into your lined pan, and use a rubber spatula to level the top.

Step 3 – Chill the pan until the block of fudge is firm. This will take about 3 hours. Remove, cut into small squares, and serve in mini cupcake liners. Match the design of the paper liners to reflect whatever you’re celebrating, and this recipe will work for almost any holiday or party that comes along. Store fudge inside an airtight container and keep in your refrigerator.


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