Dec 062016
 

Cozy Christmas Shorts

Want to read some fun holiday stories and help out Toys for Tots? Cozy Christmas Shorts is a collection of 11 holiday short stories, including Christmas Canapés & Sabotage by me, from Gemma Halliday Publishing. It’s on sale for only $.99 for a limited time. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. So get your copy today! Take a break to read a good book, because you KNOW you deserve a break at this time of year, and help make it a merry Christmas for some great kids.

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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
 

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?

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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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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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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.

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!

Apr 072016
 

Pies & Peril

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.

 

 

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
 

CastIronBrownie

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 272015
 

Click HERE to see all of the fabulous deals

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!

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