A spectacular necklace would draw people’s eyes up to her face, away from problematic body parts. She slid open a drawer in her jewel chest and selected a necklace with a dozen strands of tiny, robin egg blue faceted beads. Sparkle-rama supreme. Flouncy skirt hip camouflage with a glittery, upper-level distraction. Outfit complete.

-Excerpt from Pies & Peril

In Pies & Peril the main character, Amy, loves jewelry. In fact, she has a huge standing jewelry chests that is almost as tall as she is. While I don’t have a chest like that (yet!) I do love jewelry. The bolder and funkier the better. In my life away from writing fiction I also design beadwork, mostly bracelets and necklaces. My bead collection rivals my book collection. Unfortunately, there aren’t virtual beads so I can hide the e-version on a handy electronic device like I do books.


To celebrate the release of Pies & Peril, I will be giving away some of my beads to a lucky reader. Of course, I’ve turned those beads into a necklace that I think will match just about any outfit. Kind of like the multi-tool of the necklace universe. 🙂 AND you get a shiny new book to go along with the necklace if you win. Follow the Pies & Peril Blog Tour for more chances to win copies of the book. Check back here after the tour is over on July 27 to see if you won this prize! (All other winners will be announced on the hosting blogs.) Sorry, due to postage this contest is U.S. only. Enter by using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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53 thoughts on “Jewelry Obsessions + Giveaway

  1. What a beautiful necklace. I love how your puppy looks like he’s competing for the limelight. 😉 Congrats on your new release and it’s success! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Toni Sue! Cooper has been feeling rather neglected the last few days as I seem to be surgically attached to my laptop right now. Luckily he has two kids to play with him. 🙂

  2. We love blueberry pie in our house, but key lime is a favorite of mine too . Love the neck lass. My daughter in law does bead work too. She used to make beads from clay that were beautiful, but she doesn’t have the time for those now. She makes and sells butterfly and angel earrings for TheGriefToolBox.com. Your neck lass would definitely go with everything, but I must say your book looks even more tempting!!

    1. I love key lime pie! There is an ice cream company here in Michigan that makes key lime pie ice cream with chunks of pie in it. So good!

    1. Thanks, Karen! It’s almost blueberry picking time here. Can’t wait to get some berries so I can make pie.

    1. Ooh, I love anything with chocolate. Now that you know you can make your mom’s recipe you can make it any time. 😉

  3. I love jewelry too and it’s frustrating as I can’t wear it at work. I love funky artist created pieces and make some of my own as well. I do, however, own many more books than beads!

  4. the 1st pie I remember eating is Entenmann’s Apple Pie….to this day, it is still my favorite!!!

  5. Every year for my birthday, My mother in law would make either carrot cake or coconut cream pie for me. She has not been able to bake too well in the last three years and I sure miss them. I am also a beader and can’t get enough beads or books to satisfy my appetite.

  6. I am so happy for you! Looking forward to participating with the blog tours. It’s a good cozy mystery and I could eat pie while I read. Ha! In a perfect world.
    I like sweet and savory pies – everything from key lime and chocolate to a Shepard’s Pie although I know you are talking about sweet desserts, not dinners.

    Looking forward to the rest of this culinary series. Congrats!

  7. Some of my favorite cozies center around food – can’t wait to read this one. Of course, it’ll just make me hungry. For jewelry. Or is that pie?

    Probably both.

  8. I actually posted before I did the contest thing. My favorite pie is pumpkin. In fact, I don’t have a birthday cake on my birthday – I have pumpkin pie. With a candle. Or fifty.

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