What time is it??? It’s time to release a new book!
Banana Muffins & Mayhem is the 5th book in my Culinary Competition Mystery Series
On Sale Now for Only $.99 – For A Limited Time
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My next book, Banana Muffins & Mayhem, will be released on June 14. To celebrate I’ll be doing a blog tour from June 14 to June 30, 2016. I would love to have a lot of blogging friends join me!
It will be a treasure hunt, of sorts. After I close signups, I’ll come up with a phrase connected to the book. Each tour stop will be assigned a letter in the phrase. People will then be able to enter a grand prize drawing, hosted on my website, by visiting all of the blogs and spelling out the phrase on an entry form.
If you have a blog and would like to host a tour stop, please fill out the form below (Can’t see the form? Here’s a direct link: http://goo.gl/forms/3kA74FW44P) You can sign up now through May 14. Please note that days are not exclusive and there may be more than one tour stop per day. After the signup period ends, I’ll contact each blog owner and assign the post a letter.
I’m really looking forward to doing this tour. I hope everybody will have fun! If you have any questions you can ask them at the bottom of the form or email me directly at janelg.author (at) gmail (dot) com.
Here it is – the cover for my next book! I can’t believe the release is only a few months away, sometime in June. My publisher and I are busy working on edits, cover blurbs, and nailing down a release date. So stay tuned – lots more information to come!
No, I’m not doing some kind of riff on an old Madonna song. This is much more exciting! The first book in my bestselling Culinary Competition Mystery Series, Pies & Peril, is free for the very first time since it was published – now through April 24, 2016. If you haven’t read the book yet, or think someone you know would like to read it, this is a chance to give it a try for free.
I’m guest posting at the Fresh Fiction blog today, talking about how one of my recent foodie finds was a bit more exotic than usual. If you’re in the path of the same storm that is heading toward Michigan right now, maybe you’d like to make a big pot of bean soup from the recipe in the post. There’s also a giveaway! Click here to go to the post.
Don’t forget, there is an Anniversary Sale for “Chicken Soup & Homicide” right now. The second book in my Culinary Competition Series is one-year old and on sale for only $.99 until February 25.
Better Than Before
By Gretchen Rubin
It’s that time of year. When resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Many of us have the best intentions to start the year fresh with a bounty of new, life-improving habits. But many times what we intend to do and what we end up doing are very different. It isn’t easy to establish new habits or break destructive ones.
“Better Than Before” isn’t a one-size fits all solution to forming habits. Instead of giving general advice which could work for some people, Ms. Rubin realizes that every person has a different habit-forming personality. First she helps readers decide on what disposition they have: Upholder, Obliger, Rebel or Questioner. Building on that basis she goes on to help people decide their habit-forming styles: lark or owl, sprinter or marathoner, simplicity or abundance lover, etc. These sections were a real eye-opener for me. I loved that it provided a way to zero in on habit establishing methods that work the best. Plus I had never really thought about how beneficial habits are. Of course, if you eat good foods and exercise you will be healthier. But habits also free up mental space. When you do something by habit, you don’t need to think about whether you want or don’t want to do something.
The rest of the book goes through different ways to establish habits like scheduling, abstaining or using rewards. Ms. Rubin gives examples from her own life as well as from her friends and people who have commented on her blog. And the many examples really drive home the point that people form habits differently. So many times I read how Ms. Rubin established a habit, and I would just shake my head. There is no way I would try the methods myself. Most of them sounded like torture since I have a different style than she does. And that is the beauty of this book. Once you decide what style works best for you, there is an abundance of advice to help you establish habits. Personally I found the advice Ms. Rubin dispensed to her sister and brother in-law, both television series writers, to be very helpful. My copy of the book is full of highlights and notes which I plan to use to start my own set of healthy, productive and efficient habits.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
It’s release day for the fourth book in my Culinary Competition Mystery Series – Fudge Brownies & Murder! The ebook will be on sale for $2.99 (that’s less than the price of a peppermint mocha) for today and tomorrow only – December 17 & 18. If you would like to possibly indulge in some brownies while you’re reading it, check out my Skillet Brownie Giveaway.
I have to say, 2015 has been a pretty awesome writing year for me. I started and ended the year by releasing new books (with another novel and short story in between). Plus, I’m almost done writing Book #5 in the series. Phew! I think I’m going to put my feet up, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and enjoy the holidays with my family.
Since my new book is Fudge Brownies & Murder, I figured brownies would be the perfect thing to giveaway to celebrate the release. And these aren’t just any kind of brownies. No, they’re made in a miniature cast iron skillet that you can use over and over to make ooey, gooey brownies for two (or one). Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win. I’ll choose a winner after Christmas. Good luck!
U.S. entrants only, please.
This is a lovely, in so many ways, little book about some of the staples in chef Alice Waters’ pantry. While my pantry has far less sophisticated ingredients, I can’t wait to add more gourmet fare using this cookbook. Recipes range from spice blends to homemade cheese. Some recipes, such as the Espelette Hot Sauce, add to your pantry stash. Others, like Lebanese-inspired lentil soup and whole-wheat flatbreads, use ingredients from the pantry. I have a feeling the multigrain porridge, containing brown rice, millet and quinoa, will be a mainstay breakfast for me this winter. For adventurous cooks there are instruction for accomplishing tasks such as making wine vinegar in oak casks, salt-preserving kumquats, and curing gravlax.
This book is like a cookbook jewel. Small in size. Charming illustrations, the full-page pantry drawing before the Table of Contents is wonderful, all drawn by Waters’ daughter – Fanny Singer. Many of the recipes have variations, which I greatly appreciate. Everything is woven together with Alice’s thorough instructions. It’s a book that would be right at home on a pantry shelf, next to the vinegars and flours, to be called on like a trusted friend.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Gemma Halliday Publishing is having a sale on boxed sets, including two sets which contain my books. If you’ve been out and about today, battling the crowds, I bet you could use a break. A few mouse clicks is all it takes to get these deals. Just click on the banner to go to the sale page. Then enjoy taking advantage of the deals. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!