Jun 142016

Banana Muffins & Mayhem Treasure Hunt Blog Tour

Welcome to the Banana Muffins & Mayhem Treasure Hunt Blog Tour!

Banana Muffins & Mayhem was just released, so I’m having a blog tour and grand prize giveaway to celebrate. Stop by the blogs listed below to learn more about my new book…and me. :) Each blog has a letter that helps spell a secret phrase which can earn you bonus points in the Grand Prize Giveaway – A Muffin Baker’s Prize Pack.

You can enter the giveaway any time you want (like right now!) without the secret phrase. After the blog tour is over and you know the phrase, just come back and fill in the Rafflecopter at the end of this post to earn the extra points. Want an easy way to keep track? Click here for a Google Doc to print out and record the letters.

6/14 – My Cozy Book Nook has Letter #3

6/15 – Book Babble has Letter #5

6/16 – Life’s A Stage has Letter #8

6/17 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews has Letter #1

6/18 – Joy’s Book Blog has Letter #4

6/20 – Knyttwytch’s Crafts and Stuff has Letter #7

6/22 – Savvy Verse & Wit has Letter #2

6/24 – Romancing The Books has Letter #6

What could the extra points from the secret phrase help you win?


A Muffin Baker’s Prize Pack containing: a square muffin tin with silicone liners, a cake & pancake pen, measuring spoons, a dry measuring cup set, a liquid measuring cup, a silicone spatula, and a banana nut muffin baking mix.

Contest open to US residents only. I will email the winner when the contest is over on June 30, 2016. Winner has 1 week to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Entries will only be accepted by the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway











May 032016

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 linkhttp://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.

Jun 232014

My friend, Belle, of Ms. Bookish tagged me to take part of the Creative Blog Tour for artists and writers. So you get a peek at what I’m working on. There are four questions. So…shall we proceed?

What am I working on? I recently finished plotting the second Culinary Competition mystery. I will be doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year. My very first attempt at a NaNoWriMo event. Luckily, I don’t have to write 50,000 words to “win” camp. That’s a good thing since Pies & Peril will be published on July 8th and I’m doing a blog tour during the month of July. I really doubt I would be able to write 50,000 words, even though I have the book completely plotted, with all of the nervous excitement and blog visiting.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write my cozy mysteries with a third person point of view through both the eyes of my main character/amateur sleuth, Amy, and her best friend, Carla. Many cozies use first person point of view, but to be honest, I have a difficult time writing it. I use a deep point of view to help give the effect of a more traditional cozy.

Why do I write/create what I do? I feel compelled to. When I was a child I decided I wanted to be a writer. I held onto that dream quite well through my teens, but then it got lost for a while after I got married, got a stressful job and then went on to have two children within 18 months. After they were born I turned to designing beadwork. I had many patterns published in magazines. Those forays into publishing gave me the confidence to turn my writing away from patterns and back to my first love, fiction. I started out with writing and publishing short, flash fiction and have now moved on to full-length novels.

How does your writing/creating process work? I am a planner. While writing flash I may not write any notes beforehand, but I do think about what I am going to write before sitting down at my laptop. When I moved up to writing novellas and novels, I knew I had to plan everything out. The thought of embarking on that large of a writing venture without a map terrified me. So now I use both color-coded actual index cards on a cork board and the virtual index cards (again, color-coded) in the program I write in, Scrivener. I find that knowing the road ahead is much less stressful and I can write much more quickly. I wrote over 10,000 words in one day earlier this year on a short story I had plotted out beforehand.

 June 23, 2014  Posted by  General, Writing Life Tags: ,  8 Responses »
May 162013

I am participating in the It’s All In The Voice Blog Hop & Contest hosted by Between the Sheets. Here are some of the details:

A blog hop for feedback on your opening 250 words, and then a contest! Post your opening 250 words to your blogs, hop around and give feedback to others, spiff your words up and submit them for a chance to win! The blog hop is May 16th-17th. You can find more of the entries and details HERE.

My excerpt is the beginning of one of three “loaf” size stories (novelettes) from my upcoming book, “Road to the Colony” – Volume Two in The Bartonville Series. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know what you think!


The chunks of bread sizzled as they browned in the melted butter. Daisy poked at the cubes with a stained, partially melted plastic spatula. The utensil had been in the kitchen drawer, among the bent silverware and dull steak knives, when she moved in with Gary. It needed to be replaced. Just like their relationship, it was too messed up to work properly.

The apartment looked like he still lived there alone. Other than some clothes and a storage box full of coveted yarn hidden in the back of the closet, there wasn’t much else that belonged to her. Gary wouldn’t allow even a hint of femininity in his apartment, so she wasn’t allowed to change anything in his flop house chic decor. Hell, having a live-in girlfriend didn’t even change his dating habits. She’d lost count of the number of times he came home in the middle of the night, smelling like he’d been dipped in a vat of cheap perfume and then steeped in the smoke from a carton of cigarettes.

The comforting scent of the toasting bread overpowered the usual musty odor of the apartment. At least dinner smelled good. If Gary didn’t want to eat it, then he could go spend his own money on something he wanted, chicken nuggets, a greasy burrito, whatever. How had she gotten saddled with buying and preparing all of their food the second after she moved in with him? Because she let it happen, standing mute, like a docile pony . . .


Dec 262012

Now that Christmas is over many of us are turning our attention to new year goals. When I discovered the Writing Resolutions Blog Hop hosted by 1st Books I decided to write this post and share what I want to do.

Right now I am in promotion mode. This blog is new and I also released a new book, “Must Love Sandwiches“.  Over the holidays, when I have the time to get online, I’ve been setting up new social media accounts and working at getting the word out about my new “babies” (blog and book). I have always loved foodie fiction and I am really excited about the concept I have come up with: writing many different sizes of stories within a series. Now I just need to let readers know about it! To help do that I will be participating in some recipe memes, adding bonus stories and recipes to the website and just getting out and about on the internet.

As far as writing goes, I am about a quarter of the way done with the next volume in The Bartonville Series. That volume will have two novelettes as well as some other shorter stories. After that I will be moving onto the first volume of my next, as yet untitled, foodie fiction series. I definitely want to get those two books released in 2013, hopefully even more! I will also revisit my 6:1 Series and get the third volume, “Jealousy”, released. I only have a bit of writing and some editing to do on that ebook.

So those are my writing goals for 2013. I’m hoping to also participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time. I will be a rebel by writing several smaller stories to reach the 50,000 word goal, but I still want to know what it is like to churn out that many words in one month.

What are your goals, writing or otherwise, for 2013?

 December 26, 2012  Posted by  Writing Life Tags:  41 Responses »