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by Kathleen Costa



I am very aware of the countless rave reviews for Wendy Tyson’s Greenhouse Mystery series, and am thrilled to finally join in with others to voice my excitement. Although I started with the third most recent release, the synopses and revisiting of key details in the backstory or character connections made sure I never suffered from a newbie handicap.

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by Summer Prescott


This week we have something extra special-below you will find out about a special boxed set of Christmas ebooks and a way to help out shelter pets over the holidays. And then Summer Prescott shares a fun guest post about the various books called A Day in the Life of the Characters in 12 Slays of Christmas. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the boxed set, a copy of the companion cookbook, The 12 Slays of Christmas Cookbook, a surprise ebook from each of the authors, and a handpainted scarf!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Jon Koobatian is best known as the owner and head chef of Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, California. His history with the Bear Club (he added Jon’s to the name when he became the owner) started many years before that. Jon was born in Dinuba, California and has had a love for food for most of his life.

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by Monica Henin


How many times has it happened with you that you didn’t want to spend any time in the kitchen for preparing dinner? I’m sure it happened quite often.
Spending time in the kitchen becomes even more annoying when the temperature is reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. It is not easy to stand in the kitchen preparing food during the summer season.

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne Bloom, Roxy to her friends, found herself at a crossroads leaving a law practice and ex-husband behind. Her Aunt Maxine, with whom she spent many a wonderful summer, told her about the plans to revitalize the Honey Springs boardwalk prompting Roxy to follow one of her dreams. She attends barista school and cooking classes, rents one of Aunt Maxi’s buildings on the boardwalk, and opens ‘The Bean Hive,’ the area’s first coffeehouse.

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

IN THE December 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by Carolyn M. Tellers



The year of 1977 was a magical year for me. It was filled with fun family times, foods, and celebrations, including my seventh birthday on July 7. From what I remember, the weather was pretty mild that autumn through December, and Lake Erie hadn’t frozen over. What that meant was that when a cold north wind blew over the lake, it often brought Lake Effect snow.

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by Cynthia Chow


As ubiquitous as fruitcake, but probably better received, eggnog ushers in the start of the holiday season with its spicy aroma, sinful calories, and for these three cozy mystery authors…murder.

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by Nancy Lynn Jarvis


Cozy Food came about because I spotted a perfect cozy cookbook cover. The graphic was so cute, I purchased it. I’d take a peek at it every once in a while and it always made me smile and wish I was doing a cookbook instead of writing mysteries. Finally I figured the only way to end my growing obsession was to have other writers talk me down.

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by Sandra Murphy


Bakery owner Winnie Johnson counted on an inheritance from an elderly customer to save her bakery from a huge rent raise. She’s stunned to find out, she didn’t inherit cash but an antique ambulance and a cat who doesn’t like her.

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by Alicia Lieu


What could be more American than hot dogs and popsicles that are layered red, white, and blue? When I was a kid, I opted for the Rocket Pop every chance I could because of the white layer that was tangy and sweet at the same time. I was well into adulthood before I found out that layer was lemon flavored. Lea Leong Ringler comes through again with an easily assembled, healthy, and delicious popsicle.

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by Karen Rose Smith,
Mary McHugh &
Barbara Ross


This week we have some more recipes from mystery novels, and this time we were looking for some great recipes for your Father’s Day dinner! We have one from Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith, and one from Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends by Mary McHugh, and finally one from Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross. We will also be giving away copies of Silence of the Lamps and Fogged Inn (we just gave away a copy of the other book last week.) Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win, and a link you can use to purchase the books.

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by Sandra Murphy


Solari’s Italian restaurant is an old-fashioned kind of place with fried zucchini appetizers, spaghetti carbonara entrees, men in the kitchen to make the dishes, and women in the front of the house to soothe cranky diners, make the schedules and balance the register at the end of the night.

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by Sandra Murphy


Check out some more fun food mysteries from Penguin authors for your spring reading-Vanilla Beaned: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Rest in Peach: A Georgia Peach Mystery by Susan Furlong, and A Clue in the Stew: A Soup Lover’s Mystery by Connie Archer. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy


China Bayles is owner of Thyme and Seasons, an all-things-herbal shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. She shares the space with her best friend Ruby, owner of the Crystal Cave, the town’s only New Age shop. They also have a tea room, cater, teach classes and workshops, run a food delivery service, and they rent out the small cottage on the property.

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