Happy February! I hope you’re not too demoralized despite that groundhog punk Phil declaring six more weeks of winter!
If you need a little pick-me-up, here’s the cover reveal for the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery, Claws for Alarm, which is available for pre-order and will be out before you know it. Gwen and Adam are planning their wedding, Charlene’s romantic life is on the rocks again, Claudette’s goats are under threat, and there’s yet another loose cannon on the island… until someone decides to take matters into his or her own hands. It’s a summery read… a perfect antidote to sub-freezing days. (And I’m really excited about the recipes… yum.)
If you’re a member of the Readers’ Circle, check your inbox for a link to the recipe for Natalie’s Guiltless (Or Gluten-Free, Anyway) Flourless Chocolate Cake!
In other news, I’m working on the fifth Dewberry Farm mystery, Dyeing Season. (I’ll have that cover reveal and pre-order in the next Reader’s Circle update.) I’m really excited about this one. It’s kidding season at the farm, and a lot of people are getting their feathers ruffled over… chickens. There will be plenty of bluebonnets, dyed eggs, baby goats… and, of course, murder. (Goats and murder. I’m noticing a theme in my work lately. Huh.) At any rate, I’m having a blast writing it!
I also want to let you know that the first two Dewberry Farm books, Killer Jam and Fatal Frost, are on sale for only two bucks each through the end of February (that’s for e-book… paperbacks are also on sale, I believe). Get them cheap while you can!
I hope things are warm and cozy in your part of the world. Thanks as always for all of your support, and I’ll be in touch again soon! <3
I hope the season is finding you warm and cozy with lots of books and goodies to hand. But if your TBR pile is getting a little short or you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a book lover, I want to remind you that Mistletoe Murder is ready for some cozy Christmas reading (and gifting)!
Readers are really responding to the new book, and I’m tickled pink. “This one is a charmer, making you want to go visit the Texas Hill Country during the holidays,” writes one Amazon reviewer.
And from Dru’s Book Musings blog… “From the murder, to the sweet romance of Lucy and Tobias to taking care of the animals and the farm, to the likable residents of Buttercup, Texas, this was the best book in this lovable series that leaves me smiling and wanting more.”
Which is all very encouraging as I work on the fifth book in the series, Dyeing Season, which is set around Easter. I’ll be revealing the cover soon! (Not to mention Claws for Alarm, the next Gray Whale Inn mystery… which is now up for pre-order! (The paperback will be available at release date, which is this March.)
I have some last-minute shopping and baking to do, so I’m going to sign off now. Enjoy the peace of the season, I hope your stocking is filled with good books… and I’ll check back in soon with a cover reveal!
I know it’s not even Halloween yet (although if you’re dying to celebrate the spooky season with Lucy and the gang at Dewberry Farm, you can to to the Halloween Ball in Buttercup in Deadly Brew), but here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming in December!
Without further ado, here’s the cover reveal for the fourth Dewberry Farm mystery, Mistletoe Murder. Many thanks to all the folks on my Facebook author page who helped me decide on the final version! The Kindle edition is available for pre-order now; the book will be out December 11, and yes, there will be paperbacks in time for Christmas. 🙂 I’m having a blast being back in Buttercup, and I think you’ll love some of the new recipes Lucy and I have cooked up… I’ll be sharing a sneak peek and a recipe with the Readers’ Circle soon, so be sure to sign up if you haven’t.
And as an added bonus, the first two books in the Dewberry Farm series, Killer Jam and Fatal Frost, are 50-75% off through the month of October; you can snap up Killer Jam for a mere 99 cents, and Fatal Frost for $1.99. The magic ends at the end of October, though… so grab them while you can.
Lots more coming in the Gray Whale Inn mysteries (including a new book in early 2018 and possibly a holiday story), as well as a brand new series, so check back soon… and I hope you’re enjoying a festive and cozy fall, wherever you are. (Please feel free to send a cold front my way.)
Deadly Brew goes on sale tomorrow!
I had a ton of fun writing this Halloween book… it’s got witches, a haunted house, tarot cards, and, of course, ghosts. There’s a fabulous recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Butter at the end, too… perfect for fall!
In other news, the entire Margie Peterson series (Mother’s Day Out, Mother Knows Best, and Mother’s Little Helper) is on sale through the end of September. Kindle books are a mere $1.99 each, and the paperbacks are half price. Snap them up while you can!
I really hope you enjoy Deadly Brew, and that it gets you in the mood for spiced cider (or mead) and cozy autumn evenings by the fire. I’m currently collecting ideas for the next one (as well as a new paranormal cozy series… more soon), and I’m hard at work on the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery, Claws for Alarm (thank you to Child #2 for the catchy title). I’ll be sending out a sneak peek to Readers’ Circle members, so be sure to sign up!
Happy June! We’re awash in cucumbers here in Austin… I’m making quinoa salad every other day to get through them (if you’d like a copy of the recipe, I’ll be sending it to members of the Readers’ Circle next week; please come join us! You can sign up at the top of this page). Here is just a sample of what I’m faced with daily… anyone have a good pickle recipe? :O
An embarrassment of riches. And future pickles.
I just LOVE this new cover!
On the writing front, I wanted to let you know that the first two Dewberry Farm mysteries (Killer Jam and Fatal Frost) are on sale for 99 cents on Kindle through the end of June… and the third book, Deadly Brew, is available for pre-order! The books have gotten almost 350 5-star reviews so far, and I’m tickled pink. Thank you so much to all of the readers who have taken the time to leave reviews; they really, really, make a difference. And look at this new, lovely cover! Deadly Brew will be out September 4… in both paperback and e-book, even though only the e-book is available for pre-order at the moment. I’m working on audiobook production, too (and am currently in negotiations for audiobooks for the rest of the Gray Whale Inn mysteries).
When I’m not weeding the garden, making quinoa salad and Googling pickle recipes, I am spending a good bit of time at my local coffee house, Trianon, drinking coffee out of one of the special mugs they save for me and tapping away on my computer. (Only some of the time on Facebook, where you’re welcome to join me). Right now, Deadly Brew is front and center, and I’m having a grand time with haunted houses, poison, witches, and Halloween hi-jinks. And maybe all this writing about witches has sparked something… I have a new paranormal cozy series in mind, which I’m sketching out in between writing scenes. I haven’t decided if I should set it in New England, Ireland, or England… feel free to drop me a line if you have a preference! (I plan to tackle the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery shortly, as well.)
Thank you, as always, for joining me on my adventures… you inspire me to write more every day! <3
Great reviews are pouring in for Whale of a Crime… and I am absolutely delighted! Congrats to Lisa Miller Adkins, who won the Kindle Fire, and the seven winners of Gray Whale Inn books… I really hope you enjoy them! I am so thankful for my readers; you inspire me every day!
Right now, we’re working to finalize the cover for Mother’s Little Helper... I can’t wait for you to read the third Margie Peterson mystery… and I’m getting started on the third Dewberry Farm mystery, Deadly Brew. Lots more coming soon… and thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do any of this without you.
The long-awaited seventh Gray Whale Inn mystery is almost here! WHALE OF A CRIME will be out January 16th, and I can’t wait for you to visit Cranberry Island with me again! Starting January 9, I will be hosting a seven-day countdown giveaway, with prizes including signed books and one brand new Kindle Fire. Sign up for the newsletter or join me on Facebook for more details… I’ll be sending newsletter subscribers Natalie’s favorite Texas Sheet Cake recipe soon.
Happy 2017… lots more coming soon (including new covers for Tales of an Urban Werewolf and a third Margie book, MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER, which is now available for pre-order!)
First, just a little reminder that Fatal Frost is up for pre-order… and it will be out in October! It’s a holiday mystery… with mulled wine, candied almonds, goats, and, of course, a dead body or two. I really hope you enjoy it!
And second, September is turning out to be an active month for me. I’m going to be at Bouchercon in New Orleans from September 15 – 18, and I’ll be speaking on a panel at Austin Comic Con, which is September 23 – 25. Come out and see me if you can… I would love to meet you!
I hope you’ve gotten your free copy of the cookbook. If not, sign up for the newsletter… you’ll also get free deleted scenes, recipes, and even a bonus Gray Whale Inn story.
It’s back to the word processor for me… but more soon!
People have been asking me for YEARS to compile the recipes from the Gray Whale Inn mysteries… and I finally did!
You can buy The Gray Whale Inn Kitchen, which includes ALL the recipes from the first six Gray Whale Inn books, the two short stories, and a bonus recipe, at Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $2.99… or, as a gift to subscribers, download it for free.
Just fill in the blank at the top of the page with your e-mail address, look for the confirmation e-mail, and I’ll send you the link for a free download to your Kindle, e-reader, tablet, or laptop. I’ll also send you deleted scenes, subscriber-only stories, recipes, and more.
As a bonus, the first chapter of Whale of a Crime (which will be available for pre-order in October) is included at the end of the book. If you make one of the recipes, please send me a photo; I may tweet or post it!
Happy back-to-school time (my word count has gone up exponentially, and I’m thrilled)… and I’m browsing fall recipes now. Check back soon for my favorite… and more news on Fatal Frost, Whale of a Crime, Mother’s Little Helper, and all the other projects I’m working on!