Apr 182017
 

Spring Spa Giveaway

It’s the release day for Sinister Snickerdoodles – my first book with USA Today bestselling co-author Elizabeth Ashby in the Danger Cove series. For a limited time, the ebook is only $.99. I am so excited to be a part of this collaborative series! If you haven’t read any of the Danger Cove books yet, you can check out the series here or on Elizabeth Ashby’s Amazon page. As an author, I had so much fun writing this book. I hope you enjoy it too!

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To celebrate the release (And my birthday. A book release is the BEST sort of birthday celebration!) I am having a Spring Spa Day Giveaway. The prize package includes a birthday cake bath bomb, marshmallow fluff bubble bath, a flower pouf, lip gloss, and nail polish. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!
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US entries only please. The winner will have 7 days to contact me with shipping information. If the winner does not respond in that time, a new winner will be chosen.

 

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Oct 262016
 

It’s a new school year for my kids–the time of year where many people, including me, are compelled to make fresh starts. And that is what I am doing. This past year I smacked into a mid-life “awakening” (we won’t call it a crisis – even though it has felt like that sometimes).

Do you know what I mean? That feeling that something with life isn’t quite right, but you’re not exactly sure what the problem is. That you need to change, but you don’t know how or even what to change.

I’ve read books and perused websites, even worked with a life coach. One thing that became very clear while I was doing research is that I’m not the only person who feels this way. A lot of people get the urge to move around the puzzle pieces of their life into a different configuration when they reach the middle of their life. The image above is the centerpiece of a vision board I did with my life coach, and it says a lot about how I feel right now.

I’ve been quiet on my website and social media over the summer as I’ve decided what, exactly, I want to do. Okay, I admit, that the plan is more fluid than exact, but you know what? That’s wonderful! When things are moving…they aren’t stuck. And who wants to feel like their life is stuck in a rut?

For quite a few years I have focused my social media and author platform toward my career as a culinary mystery writer. But there’s a lot more in my life than cooking and writing mysteries. So I’m going to start sharing more of my interests in the hope that maybe someone else will enjoy them too. A lot of things will be changing from the look of this website to the style of my newsletters. (Do you subscribe to my newsletter? I hope you do because the new format will be launching soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you!) I’m writing new books, but at a slower pace since I’m also focusing on my family, and uncovering tools to navigate through this mid-life reinvention.

Some of the things that I plan to share are on the new age-y side, or as I say…woo-woo. If that’s not your thing and you no longer want to follow my blog or get my newsletter, no big deal. Feel free to unsubscribe, because life is too short to spend time reading things that you don’t enjoy. If you stick around I hope you find something useful…or that makes you smile…or that gives you an aha moment. I’m taking the scenic route, instead of the freeway, through this part of my life. I can’t wait to share some of the stops with you!

 

 

 

Jun 142016
 

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

Just click on the links below and get your copy today!

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Apr 142016
 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]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!

Dec 172015
 

Fudge Brownies & Murder by Janel Gradowski

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. :)

 

Nov 212015
 

I am so excited to announce that I am starting a street team! If you aren’t familiar with a street team it is basically a group of fans who help support an author by helping spread the word about new books, promotions, contests, etc. to their friends. So what does that mean? For my street team, Janel’s Gems, I’m looking for some social media love. Share links to my new books, let your friends know about sales, review my books, etc. I certainly don’t want anybody to drive their friends crazy, just a post here and there. And what will my street team members get in return?

  • Access to a private Facebook group where you can chat with me (I promise to stop by often) and other members
  • Members-only giveaways for things like cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, and chances to name new characters
  • Sneak peeks of book covers, upcoming projects, recipes, etc.
  • The chance to read new books (ARCs) before they are published

If you love my Culinary Competition Series and would like a chance to be a part of my street team, please fill out the form below. Signups are only open from now until November 30, 2015. Since I have never managed a street team before (I am SO excited to start!) I will be limiting the membership to 20 people for right now. Make sure to leave a valid email in the form so I can contact you if you are chosen.  If you don’t hear from me, keep an eye out for announcements in the future. I do plan on occasionally adding new members in the future. Thank you and good luck!

Aug 042015
 

If you like audiobooks and my Culinary Competition series, I have good news. Pies & Peril is now an audiobook! It’s available at Audible, Amazon and iTunes right now.

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To celebrate I’m having a sale on Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes. The third book in the series is on sale, for only $.99, for the first time since its release. Hurry–the sale ends Sunday, August 9! I am also doing a little giveaway. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a Pies & Peril audiobook, plus a Bluetooth speaker to listen to it with.


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Jun 042015
 

In Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes Amy is helping plan her best friend’s wedding. While the bride, Carla, is a skilled ER nurse, her cooking skills are minimal. Throughout the book Amy tries to come up with the perfect wedding gift for her BFF.

To celebrate the release of the third book in my Culinary Competition Mystery Series, I’m giving away one of the presents! It includes one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, How To Eat by Nigella Lawson. This book has plenty of recipes, but it’s conversational writing style helps put even novice cooks at ease to try their hand at cooking from it. There is also an adorable, small bamboo cutting board with matching recipe cards, a colorful whisk, and a spatula with a bite taken out of it (because that’s how Amy rolls). If you would like to win Carla’s wedding present, just use the Rafflecopter below. Sorry, U.S. only due to shipping.
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May 072015
 

It has been a busy year for me so far – 2015 will forever be known in my life as the year I released a LOT of books. :) In fact, the next two release are less than a month apart. I have quite a few more projects in the works, so stay tuned! For now, I would like to present my two newest book “babies”.

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Culinary Competition Mystery Series Short Story #1

Available now!

This story was included in the Cozy Christmas Capers anthology that was available over the holidays. Now available as a standalone ebook.

 

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Book #3 in the Culinary Competition Mystery Series

Coming June 4 – Available for pre-order now!

 

Feb 162015
 

My story, Tired, that was published at Every Day Fiction last week has been turned into a podcast! Follow the link to listen to the story. You can even rate it if you’d like.

Tired – EDF Podcast 189

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