A Conversation with Author Debbie De Louise

Giveaway Ends 7/25 What does it mean to you to be called an author?  It’s a title I’ve wanted all my life. As a child, I admired authors. I wanted to be one. It was a dream of mine that came true.  Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters? …

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Spotlight: Murder Is No Picnic by Amy Pershing

Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) The Fourth of July is coming, and for professional food lover Samantha Barnes, it’s all about the picnic. Okay, and the fireworks. And the parade. But mostly the picnic. What could be better than a DIY clambake followed by the best blueberry buckle in the world?…

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Character Guest Post: Meet Gladys Bellwether

Meet Gladys Bellwether Greetings from Sierra Pines! My name is Gladys Bellwether and I’m here to tell you my story. That is, how we came to live with Julia Winston at the B&B. My brother and I were show biz people, just like our dear friend, Julia. Did you know that her mother was one…

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Enjoy a Recipe from A Murder Yule Regret: STAR BREAD

STAR BREAD Ingredients 1 package active dry yeast1⁄4 cup warm water3⁄4 cup warm milk (low-fat or full fat)1 large egg, room temperature1⁄4 cup butter, softened1⁄4 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt31⁄4 to 33⁄4 cups all-purpose flour1 cup seedless raspberry jam21⁄2 tablespoons butter, meltedSeveral tablespoons confectioners’ sugar Instructions 1. Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy. 2. In…

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#Win Guest Post: Christmas Carols and Crime by Sally Carpenter

For A Chance to #Win a Free Copy of The Notorious Noel. Leave a Comment Below (Before 11/17) Telling Us Your Favorite Christmas Carol. Christmas Carols and CrimeBy Sally Carpenter In my cozies, I use song titles for the chapter headings. In “The Notorious Noel Caper,” it was a challenge finding Christmas songs that worked…

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Guest Post: Cammie Dianopolis by Maria DiRico

Cammie DianopolisIT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER Catering Hall Mysteries by Maria DiRico Cammie Dianopolis here. I work as an events planner at Belle View Banquet Manor in Astoria, New York, with its scenic view of Flushing Bay and the LaGuardia Airport runway. I use the term “work” loosely. Don’t judge me. That’s…

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#Giveaway: Gobbledy: A Novel by Lis Anna-Langston

While collecting data for a school science project, Dexter and his best friend Fiona discover a glowing rock amid electric mushroom-like thingies, that have appeared overnight in the area of the forest that Fiona is studying. Dexter picks up the rock and takes it with him, thus begins an exciting adventure in making new friends,…

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Cozy Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes by Maggie Blackburn

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Yield: 12 servings Chocolate Cupcakes Wet ingredients: 1 cup soy milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice ⅓ cup grapeseed oil or any neutral-flavored oil ¼ cup applesauce 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Dry ingredients: 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder or any unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt Peppermint Buttercream Frosting 1 cup vegan stick butter , slightly softened at room temperature ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (more…

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