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.



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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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


 October 26, 2015  Posted by  General, Updates Tags: ,  2 Responses »
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

 September 9, 2015  Posted by  General Tags: ,  13 Responses »
Jul 162015

It’s release day for Killer Beach Reads! This ebook is full of great stories from many GHP authors, including me. You can read “Barbecue & Bad Juju”, a short story in my Culinary Competition mystery series, along with 21 other fun short stories. On sale now for only $.99, for a limited time. Click on the cover for purchase links.

Later today, stop by the Facebook party to celebrate the book’s launch. I’ll be there from 8:30 to 9 p.m. EDT to chat and give away a little prize. You could also win a $115 Amazon gift card!

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 082015

Want a shot at winning one of these books? They’ve all lived on my bookshelves (so they are used) and now they’re up for adoption. Do you see one you would like to give a new home? The only catch, you have to subscribe to my newsletter. (I promise, I will never share your email with anybody else. Sharing is a good thing, but not in this case!) If you are a subscriber by the next time I send out a newsletter, you’re entered to win.

 May 8, 2015  Posted by  General Tags: , ,  1 Response »
Mar 222015

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. :)

 March 22, 2015  Posted by  Updates Tags: , ,  4 Responses »
Feb 222015

Winter has been brutal here in Michigan with record-breaking low temperatures and wind chills. Very much like the weather that is hitting the fictional town of Kellerton, Michigan in Chicken Soup & Homicide. To celebrate the book’s release and give one lucky winner a fun way to chase away the winter doldrums I’m giving away a cupcake party. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

One lucky winner will receive everything in the picture above:

  • a fox-themed set of napkins/cupcake liners/cupcake toppers
  • 4 acrylic purple polka dot glasses
  • 4 aqua-colored plastic bowls
  • double-chocolate cupcake mix and chocolate icing

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The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be announced on this post and contacted via email after the contest is over. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours another winner will be chosen.

Feb 182015

Congrats to Chickie B. who won the Pie & Ice Cream Giveaway!

The release of Chicken Soup & Homicide is less than a week away. Stay tuned – there are more giveaways to come!


 February 18, 2015  Posted by  The Culinary Competition Series Tags:  1 Response »