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Blog post by Sarah Graves

As many of you already know, the Jake & Ellie “Death by Chocolate” mysteries – including the first in the new series, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE – are set in the real-life town of Eastport, Maine. That’s where my husband and I moved from Connecticut twenty years ago, and it’s where we’ve stayed – partly because we’ve gotten so busy here, but mostly because it’s just too beautiful to leave. So of course, the place found its way into my work: sometimes into the fiction, other times into the actual physical work of writing, as well.

Two years ago, for instance, we bought an old motorboat. Nothing fancy, but it had a tiny cabin where a writer could hide away, and as a bonus the boat’s battery ran my laptop! So now I spend summer afternoons at a picturesque dock, and if I get any interruptions they’re from birds and an occasional curious seal.

Another great thing about writing in Eastport is that there is so much to do and see! And every bit of it is not only fun in the moment when it’s happening, it also serves as material for the book-in-progress. After all, if I think it’s lovely, funny, scary or just plain weird, Jake and Ellie – and readers, I hope – probably will, too.  Continue reading “Blog post by Sarah Graves”


Review of The Trouble With Murder


The Trouble With Murder

Gourmet Cat Mystery, Book #1

Kathy Krevat

5 Stars


Colbie Summers has moved back in with her father, a place she left with no intention of ever returning. When her father grows ill, Colbie knows she has no choice but to pack up her 12-year-old son, their cat, Trouble, and her gourmet cat food business and go back to the tiny town of Sunnyside, CA.

While Colbie expected that things might be complicated, she certainly never expected the complications to lead to murder. When police suspect her of murdering one of the other women in the Sunnyside Power Moms trade show, Colbie realizes that in order to save her name, her business, and her son, she needs to find out who the real killer is and that might include getting into a little trouble! (Goodreads)


This was a great debut book for this…

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Salted Caramel Bar Cookies from Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F., rack in the middle position.

The Crust and Topping:
2 cups (4 sticks, 16 ounces, 1 pound) salted butter softened to room temperature
1 cup white (granulated) sugar
1 and 1⁄2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour (pack it down in the cup when you measure it)

 The Caramel Filling:

14-ounce bag (approximately 50 pieces) square Kraft caramels, individually wrapped (If the kids help you unwrap the caramels, better buy 2 bags!)
1⁄3 cup whipping cream
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon sea or Kosher salt (the coarse-ground kind)

 Before you begin to make the crust and filling, spray a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan with Pam or another nonstick baking spray.

Hannah’s 1st Note: This crust and filling is a lot easier to make with an electric mixer. You can do it by hand, but it will take some muscle.

Combine the butter, white sugar, and powdered sugar in a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at MEDIUM speed until the mixture is light and creamy.

Add the vanilla extract. Mix it in until it is thoroughly combined.

Add the flour in half-cup increments, beating at LOW speed after each addition. Beat until everything is combined. Continue reading “Salted Caramel Bar Cookies from Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke”




Assaulted Caramel

Amanda Flower

ASSAULTED CARAMEL is the first book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Bailey King is an assistant chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York City and has been praying that she is going to be getting a huge promotion very very soon. But she has just received a phone call from her grandmother saying that her grandfather is very ill and his health is declining quickly. Even though her grandmother tells her not to come Bailey is on the next plane out, leaving her life in NYC behind without a second thought. Once she is there, she learns that Tyson Colton is buying up all the Amish businesses and wants to turn the Amish community into an Amish Disneyland. He is trying to buyout Bailey’s grandparents candy shop and he is bullying them and is very persistent. They are the last holdouts and Bailey can’t…

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I Write Cozies, Not Cutesies

Wicked Cozy Authors

by Barb, in Key West where it’s been “freezing”–50s at night–and all the locals are bundled up in parkas and –shock of shock–wearing socks!

If you follow me here or in other places, you know I’ve always waved the cozy flag loud and proud. It wasn’t a choice I consciously made, but when I found out my second published novel, first in the Maine Clambake Mystery series, would be positioned as a cozy, I decided to embrace the label and not try to dodge it as I’d seen some other authors do.

The phrase in the title of this post was proclaimed by Jessie when the six Wickeds were together for a long outdoor lunch on a beautiful day in October, discussing the plight of another cozy author. (Important note: Not one of the Wickeds.) Despite years of success, she’d recently moved to a new publisher, as so many have…

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Gift Books Now On Sale

At KPT Gift & Specialty Publishing, our number-one priority is the pursuit of excellence in creating gift books and specialty products that communicate messages of the heart and convey the kinds of first impressions that can last forever. Whether they are given to celebrate friendship, commemorate special events in one’s life such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and promotions, or to convey heartfelt compassion and sympathy for the loss of a loved one, KPT gift books are designed to inspire and elevate those who receive them.


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Dear Readers,

I’m thrilled to share an exclusive pre-order offer for the upcoming release of DANGEROUS MOVES, Book One in my sexy suspense series Dallas After Dark, out February 13th, 2018. You’ll step behind the velvet curtain and enter the seductive, secret world of male strippers in this juicy deleted chapter. Maybe my editor removed the scene for fear it might melt your digital reader? Not sure, but hey, let’s give it a try… And if it does, will you please send me a screen shot? Now that I’d like to see . . .

DANGEROUS MOVES follows undercover Detective Blake Knight as he’s assigned to bust a steroid ring running out of Dallas’s elite male strip club – meaning his new cover will be nothing but his own taut muscles and oiled skin. It’s one thing for the tough, by-the-books agent to take down bad guys with his gun, but facing a rowdy crowd in only a G-string is another story . . . especially in front of his new boss, the gorgeous, mysterious Reese Landon. When her father is shot and goes into a coma, Reese vows to protect him and his club. That means keeping the police at a distance—especially sexy, driven Detective Knight. They’re both chasing the truth, and it might expose more than either wants to show.

When you pre-order DANGEROUS MOVES, you’ll receive a behind the scenes peek at the hot male dancers steaming up Dallas Heat’s stage as they bring fantasy to reality while mastering a heart throbbing erotic “Magic Mike” routine. You can only indulge in this “one-on-one” lap dance as part of this offer. The performers’ mouthwatering moves and chiseled hard bodies are irresistible, downright sinful and should be illegal. Luckily for us, it’s not! Plus, you’ll witness the chemistry heating up between my hero and heroine as they battle their fiery attraction while getting up close and very, very personal in this sizzling, for-your-eyes-only scene guaranteed to make you melt and swoon.

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Prepare Yourself to Survive the Nuclear War!

In Tim Washburn’s The Day After Oblivion Americans find themselves trying to survive in a world without power, without law, without the amenities we’ve become accustomed to. The devastation of the full-scale, worldwide nuclear attack is epic, the death toll incalculable – those left alive need all the tools and resources they can get in the fight to stay alive. Enter to win a Ready America survival pack, complete with supplies, gear, and some reading material to get you through the apocalypse!



“Washburn brings a new kind of terror. “ —Marc Cameron

And So It Begins…

In the United States, the Department of Defense and the NSA computer networks have been hacked. A nuclear-armed CIA drone has lost all flight control. North Korea . . . Iran . . . Russia . . . and soon the gates of Hell will open.

Defcon 1—Full Scale Nuclear War

Humanity’s most terrifying nightmare has become reality. Bombs are detonated, missiles are launched, counterstrikes are ordered, and within minutes, untold thousands of megatons have left countless millions dead or dying. Devastation of biblical proportions has fallen over the land . . . and the USA has been hit the hardest.

Now The Survivors Are On Their Own…

The death toll is incalculable. Following the devastation, there is no law, no power, no communication. But there are survivors. And now the real battle begins, on the ground, hand to hand, person to person. Can those who remain survive long enough to rebuild a world . . . or will it just take a little longer for them to die?

“Leaves you breathless.”—Marc Cameron, bestselling author of National Security and Day Zero

“Like a nuclear reactor, this story heats up fast!”—Anderson Harp, author of Retribution and Born of War

Crocheting Skulls by Ginger Bolton


. . . I like to crochet skulls. It all started when I was visiting the Mystery Playground blog and saw the words “Skull Shawl.” And then I saw the picture, and I knew I had to have one of those skull shawls. (For like-minded crocheters out there, here’s the link:

Well, I had to have one of those skulls if my crochet skills were up to it . . .

I thought, I’ll start one, and see how it goes. The only lightweight yarn I had on hand in a sufficient quantity was a lovely dusty rose, so I gamely began crocheting skulls.

One of the nice things about crocheting is that ripping out is very easy. And it’s also easy to restart after you rip out the mistake.

I did a lot of ripping out with that first shawl, but I discovered that I really liked seeing those cute skulls take shape, and if they were a little wonky and misshapen, well, that just made them more realistic.

In addition to the dusty rose shawl, I now have a gray ombre one and a black triangular scarf made of bulkier yarn. I can bunch the scarf around my neck on cold days, and no one will even notice that I’m wearing skulls. I’ve started a shawl in thin white crochet cotton, for summer (ahem) glamor.

Have you ever had so much fun making something that you couldn’t help making another one? And another, and . . . ?

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