Book launch success and a Greek potato recipe to warm you right up!

Whew! Launching A STEW TO A KILL has been keeping me busy! I’m so thrilled to hear feedback from readers who are enjoying this 4th installment in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series.  It’s currently available for Kindle, the Kindle app, Kindle Unlimited AND a beautiful paperback version. Once again, my cover designer created a gorgeous work of art.

A STEW TO A KILL finds Callie Costas in hot water once again as she gets involved in solving the murder of a colleague, the employee of one of her Garden Street business district friends. Add in the return of an ex-boyfriend with a business agenda, Halloween and fall festivities in Crystal Bay and a slew of family complications, and you have one boiling stew.

Here’s what some of the readers are saying about A STEW TO A KILL:

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Thanks to all of you who have read and recommended my book!

Just FYI: the month of November is my official Thankful for My Readers month! Starting this coming Monday, there will be some announcements about how you can participate for your chance to win some great prizes. I’ll announce all the details on my Facebook author page this coming Monday, and I’ll also have some information coming your way via email. You won’t want to miss being on my email list: I’ve been teaming up with other authors to offer some great book deals and to introduce you to some exciting new reads! Click this link to join my email list. If you’re already on it, thank you! Watch you inbox.

Now for a NEW recipe, not included in any of my books: Oven-Roasted Greek-Style Potatoes. This simple and delicious recipe is just right as a side dish with roasted meats or even the yummy stifado (Greek beef stew) found in A STEW TO A KILL.

The following recipe is my husband’s grandmother’s (YiaYia). We often serve it with a Greek-style roast chicken, just like my husband enjoyed growing up.

These potatoes make a great potluck dish during the holiday season, so give them a try! Easy, tasty and a little bit different: what’s not to like?

YiaYia’s Oven-Roasted Greek-Style Potatoes:

Ingredients:

6 large russet potatoes, peeled, washed and cut into large chunks, lengthwise.

2 tbsp. olive oil

The juice of one lemon. Tip: If you don’t have fresh lemon, my husband told me his YiaYia used orange juice. It’s good. 2-3 tbsp. should do it.

Kosher salt to taste

Fresh or dried oregano to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Toss potatoes with olive oil and lemon juice in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and herbs. Line a large cookie sheet with sides (or two sheets if needed) with foil and arrange potatoes in a single layer.

Roast for 20 minutes or until tender and slightly browned. Enjoy!

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“Paxi Wednesday” and Boxed Set Updates for The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series

I’ve got a new boxed set to tell you about! While I get Book 4 in my series ready, I released a boxed set for Kindle containing my first three Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries. This is a great way to get my first three books for a great price and the boxed set makes a nice gift for a reader or cozy mystery lover. My new boxed set is an e-book-only release and it’s available on Amazon. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, the set is free as part of your subscription. You can check it out by clicking the link.boxed set callie's kitchen image 2

What is “Paxi Wednesday?” Well, my very health-conscious husband loves paxemathia. These crisp, buttery cookies are best described as a Greek biscotti. They are particularly delicious if they are homemade and because they’re crispy and have ouzo in them, they keep well for about three weeks. Because of his diet, he only eats these cookies on Wednesday and Saturday mornings with his coffee. The breakfast cookie of champions! 🙂

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Paxemathia are a simple but delicious cookie, flavored lightly with anise and always a great choice with coffee or tea. In a Greek cookbook from the ’70s that I found at a resale shop, the author suggests having paxemathia with hot chocolate as well as tea or coffee. I certainly couldn’t resist that suggestion, and I have to say that’s my favorite way to eat them.

I know that I just shared a cookie recipe with you all, but these are such a staple of my household that I feel compelled to share this recipe again here. My paxemathia recipe (along with many others) can be found in my second book, SPICED AND ICED. The recipe was also featured (along with a great how-to video) on the cozy mystery blog Cinnamon and Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder.

You have to love a cookie that looks like loaves of bread as part of the baking process. 🙂 (See photo).paxemathia loaves before slicing

Paxemathia (Spiced Greek biscotti) 

P.S. It’s spelled either “Paxemathia” or “Paximathia.” Like so many Greek words, there are numerous, similar spellings. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces of ouzo (Greek liqueur) or 2 teaspoons pure anise extract
  • 3 cups flour (if using 2 ounces of ouzo) OR 2-3/4 cup if using anise extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
    3. Cream butter until light and fluffy and gradually beat in sugar.
    4. Mix in the beaten eggs, oil and ouzo or anise extract. Add dry ingredients gradually until incorporated. The dough will be sticky, but should not be too loose. You should be able to form loaves with it.
    5. Spray a large baking sheet with Pam spray or use baking parchment paper. You need one of your bigger baking sheets, as the dough spreads out during baking.
    6. Pat dough into two loaves, about 1 inch high and 1-1/2 wide. If the dough is a little sticky, that’s fine. Dust your hands with a little flour before forming into loaves. Don’t place loaves too close together, or they will join together while baking.
    7. Bake for 30 minutes.
    8. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow the loaves to cool undisturbed for 15 minutes.
    9. Using a sharp knife, slice each loaf diagonally into slices 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. A serrated bread knife works very well here. If some pieces break off or are too small, it’s OK. Cook’s treat!
    10. Lower oven temperature to 250 degrees F.
    11. Turn biscuits on their sides on the baking sheet and dry slowly in oven for an additional 50 minutes, turning biscuits over once.
    12. Allow cookies to cool completely. They can be stored in airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 weeks.
    13. Makes two dozen.

I will be hosting at Cozy Mystery Crew this Friday, so if you are a member, come and say hi. If not, click the link to join here. Cozy Mystery Crew is a Facebook group featuring 12 cozy mystery authors. We take turns hosting, have Facebook parties and interact with readers each week. It’s fun!

I’m still working on a release date for my new book, A STEW TO A KILL. More on that soon! It will be early fall, that much I do know!

Until next time,

Jenny

 

A Christmas in July Recipe! Kourabiethes: Greek Snowball Cookies

It’s July 25th, so along with some of my culinary cozy mystery author friends, I’m sharing a delicious Christmas cookie recipe: Kourabiethes, or Greek snowball cookies.

These are the festive cookies on the cover of SPICED AND ICED, my second book in the series, a Christmas cozy mystery. spiced-iced-ebook-1

Kourabiethes are a family favorite and, in the series, these buttery little gems are a Callie’s Kitchen bestseller with Callie’s customers.

One note: some recipes for kourabiethes contain nuts, but this one doesn’t. My daughter has an allergy so we avoid that ingredient. However, this recipe, with a few tweaks, is from a 1950s Greek cookbook and it never contained nuts. So there you go: still authentic!

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Ingredients:

1 lb. (4 sticks) unsalted butter, very soft

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for sprinkling on cookies

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 oz. ouzo (Greek liqueur) OR 1 tsp anise extract or 1 tsp orange extract

5-6 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat softened butter in a standing mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) until very light and fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and ouzo (or extract), beating thoroughly after each addition. Add flour a little at a time until soft dough is formed that can be handled easily.

Taking about a teaspoonful at a time, (I use a small ice-cream scoop) roll into a small ball about the size of a walnut. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cookies should be light golden brown on the bottoms.

Roll in powdered sugar while still hot. When cool, sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar again.

Makes about 5 dozen.

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These are so festive for Christmas, but they are good year round! Enjoy and don’t forget the recipe at Christmas time. 🙂

I’ll have some news regarding my new boxed set and a special giveaway, so check back here soon and follow me on Facebook!

See you next time!

Jenny

The Latest Updates, plus the Cover Reveal for A STEW TO A KILL: A Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Book 4

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I’m so thrilled to share my cover release for A STEW TO A KILL, the 4th book in the Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series! I am just so happy with this cover. It really captures the “spirit” of the book (pun intended). This book takes place in October in Crystal Bay. Autumn is in full swing and Halloween season is just around the corner as Callie and her friends face another murder in their picturesque small town. Here’s a little bit more about the book:

Callie’s life reaches the boiling point when Sands is called out of town and she’s called on to help a fellow business owner and good friend cope with the murder of an employee. Added to the mix is a Halloween walk and gala to benefit a local charity, some surprising family news and a new mall proposal that might put the downtown Crystal Bay businesses in jeopardy. As suspects pile up and motives are uncovered, the Halloween season is getting truly scary. Somebody has been stewing, and the next victim might just be Callie!

I will be releasing this book sometime in early fall and I’ll have exact dates for you soon. This has been a really busy year getting my daughter ready for college, so my release date will probably be October instead of September. Check back here and sign up for my newsletter for all of the latest release news, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook!

Thanks to all of you who have joined me at Cozy Mystery Crew, the new 12-author Facebook group. I host there about twice a month. It’s a great group of authors, so check it out if you haven’t already!

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The other thing I want to share with you is my new Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries logo! My book cover designer created another winner. I love it!

I’ve got a giveaway running on my Facebook page for a logo mug, so head over there and comment for your chance to win. Winner announced this Sunday! I’ll be doing more giveaways with this logo, including for my exclusive subscriber giveaways for my newsletter subscribers. Click my newsletter link if you haven’t signed up yet.

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That’s all the news for now! I’ll have more to share, soon, including some of the background for my new book.

See you next time!

Jenny

Author Chat Talking All Things Callie’s Kitchen, Plus My New Facebook Group!

jenny and tillieHave you been wanting to know more about the Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries? Maybe you want some details about the author behind the stories (me). 🙂 Well, here you go! Earlier this week, I was part of an author chat with Jerri Cachero, one of the administrators of a cozy mystery Facebook group. Jerri asked me about SECRETS AND PIES, my latest Callie’s Kitchen Mystery, as well as general series questions and some questions about me and my writing/personal life. Jerri’s excellent questions and my answers are below. And speaking of Facebook groups, I have a new one to share with you: Cozy Mystery Crew! Click here to join the group. I’ll have more news on that fabulous new group as the month unfolds. Mark your calendars for our Facebook launch party on May 4th. More info on that to come!cozy mystery crew collage

Now, on to the interview:

Q. It’s always interesting to learn what our favorite authors do when they’re not writing.  Tell us a little about yourself.

A. I live in Illinois, just outside of Chicago and have been married to my wonderful husband, Jim, for almost 21 years. We have two beautiful daughters – the oldest is headed to college next fall. A lot of my time is devoted to them and their activities – they are both into theater and music and are great students.. I love antique stores, reading, finding new restaurants, British mystery shows (and The Great British Bake-Off. You’ll also find me in baking supply stores looking for the latest in Nordic Ware pans – I have a collection.

Q. Calliope “Callie” Costas is a confident, hard-working restaurateur who owns a Mediterranean-Midwestern restaurant, is a loving single mom to 10 year old Olivia and an amateur sleuth.  Who was your inspiration for Callie?

A. The Greek-American aspect of Callie was definitely inspired by my husband, who, like Callie, is half-Greek. I learned so much about the Greek culture from him and I thought it would be fun to create a heroine from the same ethnicity. But, since my husband’s family is rooted in the Midwest, I was fascinated by the way that people take their culture and express it in a certain locale. Callie has a strong affinity to her Greek heritage, but she is a Midwesterner, through and through. She deals with the bad weather, makes the best of things and is down to earth.

Q. Callie has a decent, but sometimes strained, relationship with her ex-husband, Hugh.  I like the way the characters interact – it’s very realistic.  Why did you decide to have Hugh and his new wife, Raine, involved in this mystery and the series?

A. I really wanted to create real characters with real problems. I come from a divorced family and the question of dealing with break ups and loss is one that many people deal with. I didn’t want her to have a fully adversarial relationship with either her ex-husband or his new wife, because I didn’t want cartoonish “villains” that are easy to hate. Callie accepts the situation with her ex, even if she doesn’t always like it. I thought that exploring the real-world tensions and issues between these flawed but basically decent people would create realistic and relatable issues for them to confront, as well as intriguing plot points. Also, I think Raine’s personality creates a lot of potential for humor, even though she doesn’t always intend to.

Q. The characters come alive in your books!  Where did you get the inspiration for Callie’s father George, Sweetie a beloved Aunt that has been in previous books but is now back in Greece and Callie’s maternal grandmother – the lovely Viv?  I loved the scenes where George is “helping” in the restaurant!

A. George is kind of the father that I think everyone wants. I was partly inspired by my father in law, who by the way was not in the restaurant business – he’s a retired psychiatrist (along with my mother in law!)  But he’s a strong family guy with a great sense of humor and lots of love for his family. Sweetie is a combination of many people, but my husband’s grandmother, or yiayia, gave me a lot of inspiration for her. YiaYia was strong, smart lady who said exactly what she thought. And she was a legendary cook! Also his Aunt Beth (who is not from Greece, she was born here). Grandma Viv is another character I love to write about. She is inspired by my own maternal grandmother who helped to raise me. We lost her many years ago, but I think she’d love Viv. Like Viv, she was a straight talker, loving and funny with a great gift of gab.

Q. Okay, I have to ask – will we see wedding bells in the future for Ian Sands, the local police detective, and Callie?

A. LOL! Guess what: may see wedding bells for several people. Let’s just say Callie and Sands have both been hurt in the past, so while they have a strong relationship, they are not jumping into anything. That said, I think they are headed in a good direction. Let’s leave it that, at least for now. 🙂lake geneva boat tour summer mansions

Q. The book takes place in the town of Crystal Bay, Wisconsin during the annual Greek-American Festival and at a murder mystery dinner theater performance.  What type of research did you do for this book and is there a “real” Crystal Bay?

A. The research for this book was a blast. I’ve been to many Greek Festivals and my husband has worked them. I also had family members chime in on Greek fest “drama.” There is a “real” Crystal Bay, or at least, a very similar place: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This waterfront town is not too far from Chicago and it gets a lot of tourism. I love it for the history and natural beauty – there is a lot to work with in terms of a mystery. The murder mystery night is taken straight from an event in Lake Geneva that is often held at one of the historical homes that’s been turned into a hotel.

Q. Max, Callie’s right hand person in running the restaurant, has a hard choice to make – working in his family’s farming business or staying at the restaurant.  Why did you decide to include the struggle and resolution in the book?Secrets and Pies giveaway

A. Max is a character that I get a lot of positive feedback about. I posed the following question to readers while I was writing SECRETS AND PIES – who do you want to see more of/learn about?

The resounding answer was Max. Which was great, because he is one of my favorites, too. I wanted to give Max the very real problem of being faced with family obligation vs. what is right for him at this point in his life. The thought of him leaving ratchets up the stakes for Callie. It also gave me the opportunity to introduce a new character, Josh.

Now for a few personal questions…

Q. What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A. Losing myself in creating the story is so rewarding.When I feel like I’ve really nailed it, it’s such a great feeling of accomplishment! Also, interacting with readers and hearing that they love the books is just the best thing ever! Least favorite? The last-minute editing right before a release is super-stressful because that’s when the doubts come at exactly the time I want everything to be perfect.pexels-photo-407294.jpeg

Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I can honestly say I’ve been writing stories since I could write. I’ve always loved it. I worked in various writing capacities before turning to fiction, such as a catalog copywriter, advertising/Web content writer and professional blogger.  What influenced you to write mysteries? I absolutely love mysteries and always have, beginning with Encyclopedia Brown and The Bobbsey Twins. Cozy mysteries are so much fun, I had to try and write one and I’m so glad that I did.

Q. What type of books do you enjoy reading?

A. I do love mysteries, but I read everything from thrillers to contemporary fiction, to non-fiction. The Tudor times and the 1920s are two of my favorite eras to read about. Favorite authors?  I have too many favorite authors to count but here are a few: Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, Caroline Graham (author of Midsomer Murders books), F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Leslie Meier and Dianne Mott Davidson. Newer cozy authors I love are Linda Reilly and Lorraine Barrett. But literally, the list could be several pages long.

Back to the book…

Q. Do you have a favorite character in the series? Who and Why? OK, besides Callie, I’d have to say George. I just love writing scenes with him. Things always flow when George is talking.

A. What’s your favorite Greek dish to make? I love to make spanakopita (spinach-feta pie) and paxemathia, which are basically a Greek biscotti. spanakopita

Q. Reading the series always makes me hungry!  You have delicious recipes in the back of your books.  Do you enjoy cooking?  Are the recipes, in the books, family recipes? I’m so happy you enjoy the recipes.

A. I have to say that when I hear that readers have made my recipes in their own kitchens, it just makes my day! I love to cook and bake and several of the recipes in the books originate from family recipes, either ones I’ve created or from my husband’s family. I have a 1950s Greek church cookbook that my husband’s grandmother contributed to, and it an endless source of inspiration. I appropriated a recipe from my husband’s Aunt Beth that showed up as Sweetie’s Spinach Squares in SPICED AND ICED. (P.S. I did give her credit in the book! 😊)

Q. Can you give us a hint as to what’s in store for Callie?

A. In my next book, A STEW TO A KILL, it’s a beautiful Midwest October in Crystal Bay and Callie is involved in a Halloween Walk for the downtown business association, and a food pantry benefit that culminates at a Costume Ball. Of course, there are obstacles! We will get to meet or become reacquainted with several of her fellow business owners, (like Christi, from Tea for Two), plus someone from Callie’s past shows up. Will we be seeing the delightful Sweetie again? Oh yes, I am bringing her back eventually. I have something in mind that will require her presence physically in a future book. In the meantime, she just may show up in a Skype session with Callie and George! I’m so thrilled that people enjoy Sweetie – I’ve had several requests for her to return.

Q. Do you plan on writing another series?

A. After I finish up with my latest Callie mystery, I’m settling in to complete the first in a new series idea that I have. I’m about 6 chapters in to this one, but I’m putting it aside until I complete Callie Book 4. My new book features a retired school teacher/librarian with a sharp wit and tongue to match, who finds herself at the center of a crisis when a mystery TV show fan convention she’s helping to organize goes awry. The characters are colorful, and the mystery is a lot of fun. Working title is The Middleton Murder Society.

As always, I love hearing from readers! Have you made one of my recipes? Take a picture of it! Or, have you brought my Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries on vacation, to the park or just around town? Capture it in a photo. I have a fun giveaway idea planned, and your photo (posted on social media) is your entry! Callie's Kitchen Mysteries Logo 1

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Until next time,

Jenny

Interview with Cozy Mystery Author Linda Reilly, creator of the new Cat Lady Mystery Series!

Linda author photo 1I’m so happy to feature friend and fellow author Linda Reilly on my blog today! I have not yet met Linda in person (though I hope to someday), but she has been a wonderful mentor to me in my writing career. Whenever I post anything about Linda on my Facebook author page, the response is very enthusiastic, so I thought you’d enjoy learning more about this talented author.

I first got to know Linda through the Sisters in Crime Guppies group. She had a chance to look at my first book, ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, and she was very warm in her praise and very helpful on some important points in that story. Since then, we have corresponded regularly, worked on Facebook parties together and she is always someone whose input I seek on any new writing project. I’ve been lucky enough that she sends me her work to read, too.  Many of you already know her through her Deep Fried Mystery Series, but now she has a brand new series: The Cat Lady Mysteries.  They are just delightful! The first is called ESCAPE CLAWS and it’s out now. Plus, you can pre-order the second in the series, CLAWS OF DEATH. (Are these great titles or what?) Without further ado, here’s our interview! Please scroll to the end of the post to get buying links for Linda’s wonderful books.

Jenny: I love your writing style. Elegant, descriptive and warm with real characters that you want to know! What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?

Linda: Like so many female mystery writers, I grew up with Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie as my role models. Then sometime in the late 1970s, I became aware of a newcomer named Mary Higgins Clark. Her suspense novels were heart-stopping, and the endings fantastically unpredictable. That led me to seek out other suspense writers–Judith Kelman, Joy Fielding, Wendy Corsi Staub, and Carlene Thompson, to name only a few. Then around the time I joined the Sister in Crime Guppies—2008, I think–I realized that there were some terrific cozy mysteries out there. Reading Krista Davis’s charming Domestic Diva series was a turning point for me. It made me wonder…could I write a cozy mystery? With that I started to devour cozies, and I knew I wanted to write one!

EscapeClawsJenny: Can you tell us a little bit about the current book, Escape Claws, and your new Cat Lady Mystery series?

Linda: Escape Claws was really a departure for me—mainly because of the paranormal element, which I’d never before included in my fiction. In Escape Claws, I not only wanted to highlight the way in which I believe every cat should be loved and cared for, but I also wanted to explore the importance of family connections. When my main character, Lara, reconnects with an aunt she hasn’t seen in sixteen years, her life takes a wholly unexpected turn—ultimately in a good way, but only after overcoming a series of emotional challenges. Future Cat Lady Mysteries will explore this theme, and others.

Jenny: What is your favorite aspect of writing a series? The most challenging?

Linda: My favorite aspect of writing a series is creating characters memorable enough that I hope readers will want to visit them again and again. The ones who play a major role need to be substantial and well-developed enough that you can predict their reactions–and yet surprise readers in ways that are fully believable. Speech patterns fascinate me, and I enjoy making each character’s speech and mannerisms different from the others. The most challenging? For me it’s always the plotting, the shifting around of the puzzle pieces so that they all fit together in the end—and make perfect sense. I agonize over it!

Claws of Death ebook cover (1)Jenny: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Linda: I’m not much of an outdoor person, so my favorite activities, in addition to reading, are doing crafts with my apartment community’s crafts club and trying out new recipes.

Jenny: Tell us about your love for cats. How did this influence your current series?

Linda: Oddly enough, I didn’t grow up with cats; I learned to love them in my adulthood. Right now, because of health concerns in my household, I’m not able to have a cat. I think that’s one of the primary reasons I indulge myself by writing about them and casting them as my furry little heroes!

Jenny: What’s next for you?

Linda: I’m nearly done writing the third Cat Lady mystery, CLAWS FOR CELEBRATION, but it’s too soon to know if there will be any more in the series. My next project, which I’m excited about, will be writing the bones of a culinary cozy set in Vermont. I’ve also been toying with an idea for a gothic-style suspense novel, which I hope to tackle one day.

Jenny: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Linda: Only that I feel incredibly fortunate to have been welcomed into the cozy mystery community. Connecting with both the readers and the authors has added so much joy and fulfillment to my life!

Buy Linda’s books online at in-store at Barnes & Noble. She’s also a Goodreads author so be sure to visit her on Goodreads, put your books on her “shelf” and of course, write a review!

Here are some of Linda’s important links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Reilly/e/B00AGOH382/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Barnes & Noble: https://tinyurl.com/y89wyafc

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6588314.Linda_Reilly

Linda’s author website: http://www.lindasreilly.com/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/Lindasreillyauthor/

Thanks so much to Linda for this interview, plus her friendship!

Until next time,

Jenny

I Love My Readers Month, plus Friday Giveaways in February

I LOVE MY READERS MONTH design twoI’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: one of the best things about writing is connecting with readers. Writing is a solitary process, so when you put your story out into the world, it ceases to become “yours” in many ways and belongs to the readers.

And that’s a great thing! I absolutely love to hear that people enjoy my characters and settings. One of the best compliments I can receive is that the characters feel like friends and that the reader wishes to visit Crystal Bay, Wisconsin, the setting of the Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries (despite the relatively high murder rate, lol.)

As a way of saying thank you, I’ve designated February I Love My Readers Month and I’m hosting giveaways each Friday in February to say thanks for the readership and reviews, and for spreading the word about my books to family and friends. Winners are chosen at random on my Facebook author page. Be sure to visit the page often to see what’s going on!

And check this out: I will be offering a multi-author grand prize giveaway featuring Linda Reilly, Karoline Barrett, Kim Davis and emerging author Debra Sennefelder. Oh, and me, of course! Thanks to these generous and talented authors for agreeing to contribute to my February month of giveaways!

In addition to all of that, I’m part of a Beyond the Bookmarks online event: Cupids Cozies Week. I’m appearing on Tuesday, February 13th at 11 am PST (that’s 9 am CST) , so head on over for author chat and giveaways. So many wonderful cozy mystery authors are participating: see the graphic below.  The festivities begin today! Click here to visit this online Facebook event.

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One more thing: I’m hosting an interview right here on this blog with author Linda Reilly, so be sure to check back soon!

Until next time,

Jenny