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Guest Post- Tina Kashian!

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Breaking News! The winner of Tina’s giveaway is Kay Garrett! Kay please contact Tina at to receive your book!

Jessie: In New Hampshire, hunkered down under a foot of fresh snow!

I had the very great pleasure of meeting the sparkling and lovely Tina Kashian last year at the Sisters in Crime Breakfast at the Malice Domestic conference. We began chatting, as one always does when surrounded by other mystery enthusiasts, and during the course of conversation we realized we shared a publisher. So, of course, I asked her to visit here at the Wickeds as soon as her book was out. The time has come so I hope you will join me in welcoming her here today! 

I love to cook, but I wasn’t born a good cook. It’s a skill that I’ve practiced and grown to Hummus and Homicide - Final Coverenjoy. I also love all different types of cuisine—Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, and…

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An Interview with Series Protagonist Robbie Jordan

Bio: Robbie (Roberta) Jordan is a twenty-eight year old chef and carpenter living in South Lick, Indiana. She was born in Santa Barbara, California, but has now lived in Indiana for nearly five years. She learned carpentry from her late mother, Jeanine, and used her skills to renovate an old country store into a breakfast and lunch restaurant. She was briefly married but it didn’t work out. Her father is an Italian professor, Roberto Fracasso, who lives in Pisa.

How did you first meet your writer? I met her back in 2014 when she started writing about me.

Want to dish about him/her? She seems to like to complicate my life, which isn’t really fair. On the other hand, she’s a really disciplined writer, and she loves where I live

Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book? No idea! It’s crazy, isn’t it?

Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you? At one point I really want to go search in the woods for a missing guy. She kept saying, you have to have someone with you! I tried everybody, and finally convinced my friend Phil to keep me company. But when he had car trouble and couldn’t make it, I told her I had to go anyway.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere? I love a good hilly bike ride almost as much as I like a really challenging crossword puzzle!

Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters? I adore my Aunt Adele, and have grown fond of Lieutenant Buck Bird, with his folksy speech and infinitely large appetite. My hunky boyfriend Abe O’Neill isn’t bad, either, and I don’t know what I’d do without my young co-chef Danna Beedle. Continue reading “An Interview with Series Protagonist Robbie Jordan”

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Confessions of a Terrible Knitter By Amanda Flower

2018 is going to great year for my readers! I will have four books coming out! Two are part of the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries. The first one to release it Lethal Licorice in March. It’s a fun mystery that includes candy, Amish culture, a twisty mystery, and a very mischievous pot-bellied pig. The reason four books are dropping this year is because I wrote four last year, which is a lot. It’s not personal record, which was six novels–completely nuts and will never happen again– but it was enough that I’m tired and need to relax and recharge a bit. I am exhausted.

Here’s the problem with relaxing and recharging, I’m terrible at it. I’m not Amish–never have been. (I thought I should put that out there since I get asked that question a lot since I write about Amish people.) However, I understand the Amish need to be busy ALL THE TIME. I need a project. I hate days where I feel like I don’t accomplish anything. For me, those are the very worst. I think this is one of the many reasons that I love being a writer because I always have a project going. However, this need, when I really should take a break so that I don’t teeter over the edge into complete burnout, isn’t great. So I have to find something else to do on the cold winter nights when I’m not writing. That’s where my knitting comes in.

Confession time. I am a terrible knitter. Seriously. If I made you a sweater, it would come out as a strait jacket. Do yourself a favor and don’t put on anything that I make. Ever.

Once when I was on a writing break, I knitted a whole family of ugly snowmen, including a snowcat and snowdog. (Photo included for your amusement.) I have also knitted pumpkins and Easter bunnies. This is the honest truth. Currently, I am working on a scarf. The project is at the touch-and-go stage. I thought things were going great until I knitted when I should have pearled, and now I have to unravel half of what I have done.

Even though I am a terrible knitter, I find the craft soothing. It keeps my hands busy and gives me a sense of purpose when I need a break from writing. Also, unlike my writing where I hold myself to a high standard, I don’t expect much of my knitting. I know it will be ugly. I know it will make my friends and family laugh, and I’m completely fine with that. It’s liberating to do something for fun with no expectations.

Do you have a craft that you love to do that you are terrible at? I would love to hear about it!


Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather’s memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload—the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine’s niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who’s sweet on the local sheriff’s deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

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Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


Welcome Back, Carol Perry

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Hi all. I’m overjoyed to welcome back Friend of the Blog Carol Perry. The sixth book in Carol’s Witch City Mystery series has just come out and she has some thoughts about setting–and wardrobe. Take it away, Carol.

Carol will giveaway a copy of It Takes a Coven to one lucky commenter below.

Release of a new book is always exciting—and the thrill never gets old! It Takes a Coven is Book # 6 in my Witch City Mystery series for Kensington. Thank you, dear Wickeds, for inviting me here today. The story this time involves a brand new kind of a witch hunt in Salem. With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, and thousands of crows darkening the skies, Lee Barrett’s best friend River fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the old city. Aided by a talkative crow…

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Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian – Review and Giveaway

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Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . .

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over…

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B&N Bonanza!

It’s no mystery, readers know cozies are the most fun novels to devour, and B&N is the best place to find them—especially now!

This is your chance to find all the cozy mysteries you’ve been searching for. Look for the Kensington Cozy Mystery Display at your local B&N from 3/6 – 4/8, buy any 3 Kensington cozies & get 1 free! Don’t miss out, visit your B&N store today!

One Grand Prize Winner: Two copies of a new cozy mystery each month for an entire year so you can share the book with a friend.

5 Runner-Ups: One surprise cozy mystery ARC.


Reality Wedding by Laura Heffernan – Meet the Cast


Since the series started, Jen has grown into herself as a woman and a business owner. She knows what she wants from life, and she’s willing to go after it with both hands. Unfortunately, what she wants now is to be left alone, out of the spotlight, and the Network’s got other plans for her. Reality TV almost broke her and Justin up last time. Is another show worth risking their future?


Justin’s gone from a law student to a lawyer at a prestigious firm. What he really wants is to do pro bono work, but he’s got a mountain of student debt that will take a lifetime to pay if he doesn’t take on as many extra hours as he can. When the Network tells Jen and Justin they’ve arranged for him to get fired if they don’t agree to do the show, the couple’s hands are tied. Can they find a way to get themselves out from under the Network’s thumb?

Eduardo (Ed)

Fan favorite Ed found stardom after The Fishbowl, quickly becoming one of the hottest comedians in Los Angeles. He’s dating Connor, the producer he met on the show, and appears to be living the dream. But by now everyone knows, in reality TV, things aren’t always what they seem.

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Biscuits and Slashed Brown

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It’s March & time for National Maple Syrup time in Indiana.

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For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim…

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