Coming January 2018
Book #6 in the Culinary Competition Mystery Series
Coming January 2018
Book #6 in the Culinary Competition Mystery Series
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
Need 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
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.
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!
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.