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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Mar 062017
 

Sometimes you just need to retreat. As in heading to a wonderful, rejuvenating writer’s retreat! Last weekend I went to Chicago for the Windy City RWA Retreat. I am not a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America), but I had to go because one of my favorite writers was the featured speaker.

I packed up my bags and journeyed from Michigan to Illinois. There I learned about reclaiming the magic of writing when the words don’t flow easily, and I honed my writing voice, which is as unique as a speaking voice, in a master class. Both workshops were taught by a woman who became one of my favorite authors many years ago when I began reading her women’s fiction books. They’re filled with lush descriptions, fascinating characters, and lots of food. What’s not to love about books like that?

Barbara O’Neal is the writer who I went to see. If you read romances you may know her as Barbara Samuel or Lark O’Neal if you enjoy new adult books. And if you’re a writer, I highly recommend her books The Care and Feeding of The Girls in The Basement and Celebration Book (A Writer’s Guide to Joy). They are some of the brightest gems in my rather massive collection of books about writing.

Whenever I read one of Barbara’s books I am inspired to be a better writer. I was very excited about taking the classes and having the chance to meet her at the retreat. So excited, in fact, that the experience brought out a teen fangirl side of me that hasn’t made an appearance since I got to go backstage to meet my favorite band when I was a teenager. Yes, there was squeeing and selfie taking involved. And yes, my forty-something self is rolling her eyes and asking, “Really??? You had to do that?”.  Despite my awkward geekiness, Barbara was gracious and lovely. The insights on writing and publishing that she shared during the master class still has my mind buzzing. To quote my fangirl self: She was awesome!

Barbara O'Neal and Janel Gradowski

Barbara and me

As you can tell, seeing Barbara was definitely a highlight of the retreat for me, but there’s more. For the first time I was able to meet, in person, several other authors who write for Gemma Halliday Publishing. It was so much fun to chat with my publishing “sisters” and give them a real hug, instead of a virtual one. As a writer, I tend to lead a pretty solitary life. Many of my social interactions are done online. It was a very welcome change to talk with the GHP authors, and many other writers, face-to-face.

Clockwise from top left: Nicole Leiren, Barb Valentin, Wendy Byrne, and me

Clockwise from top left: Nicole Leiren, Barbara Valentin, Wendy Byrne, and me

The past year brought many struggles to my writing life. The theme for this retreat was “Nourishing the Writer’s Soul”. It lived up to the expectations. Thanks to Windy City RWA for hosting the event. It certainly did wonders for my writer’s soul!

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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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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!

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
 

Culinary Competition Mysteries Boxed Set 1-3Need to catch up on reading my Culinary Competition Mysteries before the next book comes out on December 17? Here’s your chance to get the first three books in the series for less the $1 a piece! The ebook boxed set will only be at the bargain, less-than-a-latte price of $2.99 for a limited time, so grab your copy soon. It contains three, full-length novels (including recipes):

Pies & Peril

Chicken Soup & Homicide

Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes

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Nov 022015
 

Fudge Brownies & Murder by Janel Gradowski

Coming December 17, 2015

Fudge Brownies & Murder

Book #4 in the Culinary Competition Mystery Series

Culinary whiz and reluctant amateur sleuth, Amy Ridley, has a lot on her plate. Her very pregnant best friend, Carla, can barely move from her couch per doctor’s orders. So Amy is tasked with preparing meals for the expanding family along with baking endless pans of brownies to quench Carla’s pregnancy cravings. Not only is she playing chef, but she’s also trying to convince the mommy-to-be that she needs to have a baby shower. But when a restaurant owner is murdered at a blogging conference, Amy finds herself in a race to catch the killer before the baby is born.

As Carla’s baby bump gets bigger, so does the list of suspects. While Amy pares down the potential murderers and staves off disgruntled cooking competition rivals, the clock ticks down, the baby’s arrival draws closer, and the danger grows stronger! If Amy doesn’t watch her back, she may be the next member of the competition going down. 

Aug 172015
 

I am teaming up with a couple of my writing friends to do a culinary mystery boxed set. You get the first books in three series

Pies & Peril from my Culinary Competition Series

Murder Al Dente from Jennifer L. Hart’s Southern Pasta Shop series

Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy from A. Gardner’s Poppy Peters series

Just $2.99 for a limited time. Click on the cover above to grab your copy!

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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.

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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
 

Click on the cover to order from your favorite bookseller.

Amy Ridley’s best friend, Carla, is getting married, and Amy is delighted to be recruited as the head wedding planner—even if Carla’s demands are less than conventional. Case in point: Carla insists on a tower of doughnuts in place of a wedding cake. But navigating the world of nuptials becomes the least of Amy’s problems when the owner of a menswear shop is found dead, and Carla’s fiancé is assigned to the case. With the honeymoon in jeopardy, Amy and Carla vow to help track down the killer…but they soon discover there are even more sinister happenings affecting the businesses in downtown Kellerton, Michigan. If Amy doesn’t figure out who is behind the deadly schemes, the nearly newlywed detective may just be solving another murder—hers!

It’s June 4th…release day for Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes! If you’re keeping track, it’s book #3 in my Culinary Competition Mystery Series which happens to be the third book I’ve released so far in 2015. And there’s more to come! I hope you love reading the series as much as I love writing it. :)

To celebrate the release, all of the other books in the series are on sale for $.99 for a limited time. Also, if you buy a paperback of Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes from Amazon, you can get an ebook copy for free with the MatchBook option! I hope you enjoy the newest addition to the series. Make sure to stop by my Home page to check out the book’s Pop-Up Blog Tour. If you post a review on your blog or website between now and July 31, you can be a part of the tour too. Just add a link to your post on the Mister Linky widget.