Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lemon Tart

So, as many books as I've read in the Sadie Hoffmiller cozy mystery series, I haven't read the first few. The good thing about the series is you can read them as stand alone books, but where is the fun in that? I finally had a moment to sit down and read the first one to see how it all started.

Goodness, what a tangled web! She's widowed, engaged, and all is not well on her quaint cul-de-sac, esp. when it comes to her brother who lives next door.

Sadie certainly is a novice at her detective skills, but her powers of observation border on the occult. Some would say she's a busybody with her nose stuck in other people's business and to butt out, but if she didn't, we'd probably never know 'whodunit.' We meet many characters, like her children & Pete, who figure into books in the series.

I found the writing solid (as always), the descriptions right on, and the climax - stomach tightening.

As for recipes, I haven't tried any of these. Perhaps, I should go try my hand at making Lemon Tart, but then look what happened to the character that did!

Lemon Tart on Amazon

A recipe for murder!
  • 5 families living on Peregrine Circle
  • 1 flowered curtain tieback
  • 1 missing child
  • 1 body in the field

Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.
Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary "cozies" that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In this debut volume, cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective, Sadie Hoffmiller, tries to solve the murder of Anne Lemmon, her beautiful young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie's search is Anne's missing two-year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!
Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quick Prep Tips for NaNoWriMo

A few quick tips for those of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year:

1. Commit and sign up

2. Outline

3. Divide up your daily word count for the month

4. Write in small time increments

5. When you hit your word count goal for the day STOP writing

6. Sprint

7. Get support from fellow writers and the people in your home

8. Let some things slide

9. Trim your nails

10. It's okay if you fall short of the 50,000 words in 30 days!

Good luck! I'm cheering for all of you!!!

Or you can check out my what I learned from NaNo my first year here for more in depth info:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bookmarked Bargains Sale!!!

Don't miss the Bookmarked Bargain Sale!!!

VOCAL CRUSH, RING ON HER FINGER, & FALLEN ANGEL are all on sale for only $0.99!!!

This sale ends Friday, so hurry! It'll take you that long to look at and choose your books from all these deeply discounted offers!

Not to mention the giveaway. Find all the info here: