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!
Halloween is almost here, but there is nothing spooky about this giveaway! You can simply win books, pulled from my own bookshelves. All you need to do to enter is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are already a subscriber…congrats! You’re already entered in the giveaway. If not, you can become a subscriber below. I only send out monthly newsletters and a few special announcements. I promise I won’t drive you crazy filling your inbox with emails, and I will never share your email with anybody else.
Books in this giveaway are (links go to Amazon where I am an associate):
I am teaming up with a couple of my writing friends to do a culinary mystery boxed set. You get the first books in three series
Pies & Peril from my Culinary Competition Series
Murder Al Dente from Jennifer L. Hart’s Southern Pasta Shop series
Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy from A. Gardner’s Poppy Peters series
Just $2.99 for a limited time. Click on the cover above to grab your copy!
Like every writer I know, I have a lot of books. A LOT of books. Book hoarding is an affliction of many writers. I hold on to books that I’ve read and I keep around books that are no longer useful to me…for no good reason. It’s time to find those under-utilized books a new home! So here’s how I’ll be doing that:
Every month I will do a blog post with a picture of a collection of books that need loving, new owners. A winner will be chosen from my newsletter subscribers. That person will get to choose the book of their choice. Easy, right? No need to leave a comment or fill out a long entry form. Just be a newsletter subscriber and you are automatically entered to win every month. Pssst…if you don’t subscribe to my newsletter you can sign up below.
I’m going to start out the inaugural contest with one of my favorite kinds of books…cookbooks! Check them out above. Some of these are like new and a few have been “loved”, but all of the recipes work fine.
Congratulations to Jacquie, who won the contest for the autographed copy of Pies & Peril plus the handmade necklace.
Stay tuned, I promise I will do more giveaways soon!
I recently found out from my publisher that my first culinary mystery will be published in July! That means it’s time to nail down all kinds of things, like cover art and the series name. I’ve come up with several series names and I’m having a difficult time deciding on which one I like the most. I would like some unbiased opinions to help me choose. So, I’ve created a poll to see what others think.
About the series: Amy Ridley lives in a small town in Michigan. She has a loving husband, a crazy dog and a commitment-phobic best friend. Amy is a former beautician who now creates prize winning recipes, instead of hair styles. Her passion is entering cooking contests – from local pie baking competitions to nation-wide searches for the best baked beans recipes. She is a talented cook who ends up developing a new set of skills, solving murders, after she finds a body at a contest in the first book of the series.
What do you think? Does this sound like a series you would like? I would love it if you could let me know what series name you like the most. Which name would make you take a closer look when you are browsing for a new book? Just click on the link below to be taken to the voting form. If you can think of another name, please leave a comment on this post. I’ll take everything into account and make a decision soon. Thank you!
A new month always holds a bit of excitement. A new beginning. A new page on the calendar. With the way my April went, I am very glad to see we’re already to Cinco de Mayo.
I had dental problems throughout most of April. I was only able to awkwardly chew food on the right side of my mouth for three weeks. Lots of soft food found its way into my diet. Yes, I could’ve added more variety, but since it was so difficult I didn’t really feel like eating much. It certainly wasn’t pleasurable. And I didn’t feel like blogging about food when I could barely eat it.
On top of that Cooper, my Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. He went on medication and the change was remarkable as he went from couch potato to happy and energetic again. Unfortunately he also showed signs of the medication dosage being too high, so we’ve been working at dialing it back down. A bit of a bumpy road, but he’ll feel so much better once we find the sweet spot dosage.
So I’m happy that it’s a new month. That my tooth is fixed and that Cooper is on the mend. Here’s to hoping that May will be a very good month.
I had hoped that at this point in the month I would be posting a well thought-out post written in peace and quiet. Unfortunately Winter Storm Ion and the Polar Vortex has decided to extend my kids’ Christmas Vacation another two days. That is after the vacation began one day early thanks to an ice storm.
The kids are bored. I’m distracted. There’s a -28 degree F wind chill . . . yeah. Here are some pictures.
My preferred breakfast is coffee with brown sugar and a splash of 2% milk. Nothing else. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t crave a big meal in the morning. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast foods, it’s just that I usually serve things like waffles or biscuits and sausage sandwiches for dinner. Most of the time my liquid breakfast works fine and I just have my lunch a bit early.
Lately I have been working on a big writing project. I’ve been writing 2 – 3,000 words a day and hope to increase that average. To give you an idea of what kind of pace that is, to write 50,000 words in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) a writer needs to average about 1700 words per day. I have a story that wants to be let out of my brain and it won’t let me take it easy until the first draft is done. By the way, if you would like to know what that project is (it involves food!), visit author Gemma Halliday’s Facebook page tomorrow, 11/24, for the Gemma Halliday Publishing Launch Party. You will find my recipe for a baked pancake with sausage and I’ll also be doing a giveaway.
My biggest problem that I’ve found so far is that I feel like I’m running on fumes by mid-morning. My writing pace slows until I finally grind to a stop to conduct a refrigerator raid. So I’m going to make some changes in the hope that my writing will no longer be affected by the dreaded low fuel brain implosion. I am going to eat breakfast. Since I like oatmeal, I’ll start with that. Either a pan of baked oatmeal that I can cook once then warm up portions for a few days afterward or refrigerator oats in individual serving sized jars. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, below is a link to my Pinterest board where I collect oatmeal recipes.
Do you like oatmeal? What are some of your favorite ways to prepare it or do you have any favorite add-ins?