Jun 202017


You could win this handbag! (1)

Gemma Halliday Publishing is having a fun contest. All you have to do to enter is follow on BookBub any or all of the authors, listed on this Facebook post, before June 29, 2016. Good luck!


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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.

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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. :)


Dec 172015


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.


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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!

Nov 052015


To celebrate the release of my Culinary Competition Mysteries Boxed Set I am giving away this mini Mason jar mug filled with brownie mix…because the next book in my series is Fudge Brownies & Murder. :) Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

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Oct 262015

Raid My Bookshelves Giveaway #4

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):

The Bookfair Murders

B as in Beauty

30 Meals/30 Minutes: A Healthy Exchanges Cookbook

A Penny Saved

The Great Salsa Book


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Sep 092015

Raid My Bookshelves Giveaway #3

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these giveaways. Can you say crazy busy summer? :) BUT it’s finally time for another newsletter giveaway. If you would like the chance to win one of these gently used books, culled from my very own bookshelves, just 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.

Books in this giveaway are (links go to Amazon):


Patio Daddy-O

Exit Ghost

La Cucina

A Writer’s Book of Days

Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish

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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.

Click To Get Your Copy

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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