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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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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Jul 022015

Sometimes you just need to chill out and take a break from the summer heat. What better way to do that than by reading a Christmas short story? Relax by the pool and have a literary cool down. Each story, including Christmas Canapés & Sabotage, is only $.99. Just click on the banner above to get your copy of the rest of the books.



 July 2, 2015  Posted by  The Culinary Competition Series Tags: , ,  Comments Off on Christmas In July
Dec 312014

As 2014 comes to an end, I wish you all a new year full of bravery and joy. This year has been crazy, exhilarating, a bit frightening at some points and all together wondrous for me…and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Happy New Year!


 December 31, 2014  Posted by  General Tags:  1 Response »
Dec 012014

A new story in my Culinary Competition Mystery series was released today as part of the Cozy Christmas Capers anthology. If you’re looking for some great stories to get you in the holiday spirit, please consider getting a copy. At only $1.99 for a book that has over 800 pages it’s a great bargain! It will only be available from now until January 31, 2015.

19 holiday short stories by 19 New York Times, USA Today and award winning authors! Enjoy these tales of mystery, romance, and laughter amid the backdrop of pine tress, gingerbread men, and Santas galore! The perfect short bites for cozying up by the fire with a cup of cocoa…or waiting in line at gift wrapping!
**Holiday Recipes Included!**

Stories include:

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti
Chasing Tinsel (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries ) by Ellie Ashe
Death of a Christmas Witch (A Crewel to be Kind Mini Mystery) by Diane Bator
Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke
The Holiday Inside Job by Mary Jo Burke
Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne
A Christmas Ghost & Zero Regrets (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) by Jennifer Fischetto
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski
Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday
Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries) by Jennifer L. Hart
Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries) by Sibel Hodge
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) by Gin Jones
Mini Pie the Christmas Spy! (Mini Pie Mysteries) by Libby LaManna
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry
Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson
Motion for Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey
Christmas in Venice by Maria Grazia Swan
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie) by T. Sue VerSteeg & Gemma Halliday
Santa’s Little Mistake by Stacey Wiedower



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Jun 032014

Bugs! I think the universe is telling me that I need to incorporate bugs into a story. It’s one of those things. Life hands you inspiration on a silver platter, if you take the time to notice. Unfortunately, the entree being served to my creativity right now is a bug casserole.

It began on Memorial Weekend, when my family and I took a day trip up to Mackinaw City. As soon as we got out of the truck, at the waterside park, we were enveloped by a swarm of insects. Not sure what they were. They kind of looked like mosquitoes, but without vampiric tendencies. With so many of them flying around I got a serious case of the heebie jeebies, twitching and swatting even though none of them landed on me. On the way home, while driving along the Lake Huron shoreline we passed under several clouds. Not of smoke, which I thought the clouds were at first. No, these clouds hovering over the road were made of insects. Thank goodness the swarms were quite high over the roadway or the windshield would’ve been covered in squished bug goo.

The Straits of Mackinaw. Where the first attack occurred.

But, oh, my friends. This tale of creepy insecticidal encounters isn’t over. During the past week I have noticed pings and thumps on the living room window as I sit up reading at night. The reflection of the lamps on the window glass makes it almost impossible to see what is launching the kamikaze-style attacks. Then, last night, as I worked my way to the other end of the house to go to bed, I turned on lights in various rooms and immediately was greeted by a flurry of thunks on the windows. As I walked past the window next to my bed I finally got a glimpse of the noisy wannabe invaders. June Bugs. Huge, brown beetles clinging to the screen or slamming into the glass. I swear, those suckers looked like they could’ve ripped their way through the window screen. Ugh. So nice (not really) to go to bed knowing they were congregating literally a foot away from my bed.

Dear Writing Muses,

I realize you want me to write about insects. I will try to incorporate some into a story soon. In the meantime, please stop sending hints. Okay? Thanks!



 June 3, 2014  Posted by  Inspiration Tags: , ,  1 Response »
Jun 202013

Last week was the first full week of summer vacation for my kids and my husband had the week off from work too.  There’s nothing like starting the summer, which always disorients me and my writing, with a bang. While I flounder around trying to come up with a new writing and blogging routine I thought I’d share some photos of how we ended our vacation – The Heritage Coast Grand Prix (Tawas, MI) put on by the Offshore Powerboat Association. These pictures are from practice and the block party. We had other plans for Sunday, so unfortunately we didn’t get to see the races. Still it’s great fun to watch the boats flying past the pier and then check them out up close in the evening.

What have you done so far this summer?

Sand Sculpture

In The Pits

Trailer That Turns A Boat Into A Billboard!

A Crane Is Used To Launch Some Of The Boats

Getting Ready

Up To Speed

Driver Autographs At The Block Party

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May 282013

The end of the school year, that is. My family had a wonderful, long holiday weekend culminating in a picnic with my son’s RC airplane club. There we were honored to spend the afternoon with military veterans, a very fitting way to spend Memorial Day.

Today the kids are back in school and a bit of panic on my part has set in. There are six school days left. My mind feels a bit like a rubber ball bouncing around the house. There are so many things I want to do, so many projects to keep on track over the summer. And we all know how distracting summer is. There is beautiful weather to enjoy, vacations to take and bored children to occupy. Sticky notes are gathering around me. If they were living creatures I would be more than a bit alarmed at the pace at which they are multiplying.

As a result, my to-do lists are constantly shifting. I use a date book faithfully to keep track of things I need to get done, but as new things pop into my mind old goals have to shift. So now I’m writing the moveable tasks onto sticky notes. Specifically on 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch notes with the sticky strip running along the right edge. Then I cut the note apart into strips with one task per strip. An index card acts as the “holding pen” for the tasks. Now I can add and rearrange to my obsessive heart’s content.

What are you doing to prepare for summer? Do you have any good ideas to keep on track?