Blog Tour Past Due For Murder


Past Due for Murder:
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert

 

About the Book


Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1683318749
ISBN-13: 978-1683318743
Digital ASIN: B07D2GYM25

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

About the Author

Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.

Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.

Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.

A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.

Author Links:

Website/blog: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VGilbertauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/VictoriaGilbert

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriagilbertauthor/

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Wafers

I enjoy making easy or semi-homemade treats for holidays.  These are easy to make and take to school parties or to be enjoyed by family members and friends.  I like using the Goya brand because I feel it has the best strawberry flavor.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Wafers

INGREDIENTS:

1 Package Goya strawberry wafers

1 cup milk chocolate morsels

1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Valentines theme sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

In a microwave safe bowl add chocolate morsels and vegetable shortening.  I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup  its easier to dip in a cup.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.  It should be melted now  but if its not repeat melting 30 seconds and mixing until completely melted. Dip each wafer half way up.  Let harden on a sheet of Reynolds wrap.  Immediately add sprinkles.  Let harden and enjoy!!

Add any leftovers to an air tight container.

 

 

Book Tour: The Novel Art Of Murder

 


The Novel Art of Murder
(Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns

About the Book


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she’s descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she’s a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother’s posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow

About the Author

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

Author Links:

Website: http://www.vmburns.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmburnsbooks/

Twitter: @vmburns

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Blog Tour- An Earl Of Her Own

An Earl Of Her Own
Saints and Sinners series (Book 3)
By Heather Boyd

Heather is giving away a print edition of The Duke and I and A Gentleman’s Vow during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember there is a chance to enter everyday so be sure to follow the Blog Tour. You may find the tour schedule and locations here https://goo.gl/qw8v5J

About An Earl Of Her Own:

Marriage is about finding that special someone you want to annoy for the rest of your life!

Rebecca Warner’s devotion to her family is the perfect distraction from the loneliness of widowhood. Not that she’d ever admit a need for someone special in her life after her husband’s betrayal. With the responsibility of arranging her sister’s wedding falling into her lap, Rebecca has no time for a certain maddening earl bent on seducing her—until he proves her most ardent ally.

For Adam Croft, Earl of Rafferty, what began as an amusing pursuit—shocking Rebecca Warner—becomes something deeper when he recognizes how perfect a wife and mother she would make. Adam’s keenly aware of his loneliness…and that his habit to curb it with drink lost him Becca’s respect. He’ll happily change his ways to win her approval, but what more can he do to win her love?

Release Date: FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Length: approx. 300 pages
Heat: steamy regency romance
Digital ISBN: 978-1-925239-51-5
Print ISBN: 978-1-925239-52-2
ASIN: B07KGLD7RB
AppleBooks ID: 1437218392

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Excerpt:

“You are hurt, worse than you want to say,” Rebecca Warner whispered.
Her soft green eyes were filled with real concern, something Adam had never expected to see on her face. “Well, that is disappointing.”
“Disappointing?” Rebecca immediately began searching through his hair for the wound, and he chose to imagine it a sensual caress until she spoke again. “You have a gash to your head that has bled. Dear God, you could have died.”
“Always looking on the bright side,” he murmured, and then noticed how close the lady was to his body. He inhaled slowly, delighted in this unexpectedly rare treat. Mrs. Warner had never been the friendliest sort. “You smell nice.”
“Really, Rafferty,” she chided. She suddenly slipped her hand inside his coat, rummaged in his pockets and began to dab at his head with the handkerchief she found there. “This is hardly the time to worry about my perfume.”
“As you say, I could have been killed. Seems like an appropriate time for noticing the little things in life that please me.” He felt pain and hissed. Eager for a distraction, he dropped his gaze to her shoulder—now bare of the shawl, which had fallen away unnoticed by the lady. The respectable garment Rebecca had worn to church, so stylish and modest, was less so now thanks to the accident. The struggle out of the carriage seemed to have ripped the seam apart, and her pale skin looked very soft and inviting. He curled his fingers into the skirt of her gown and held it. “Lovely.”
She drew back to peer into his eyes again, and then she glanced down at his fist. “What are you doing?”
What was he doing? Adam had no idea, but he wasn’t of a mind to stop.

Saints and Sinners series:

Book 1: The Duke and I (Nicolas and Gillian) – https://amzn.to/2Thss0C
Book 2: A Gentleman’s Vow (Gideon and Jessica) – https://amzn.to/2Tc3kso
Book 3: An Earl of Her Own (Adam and Rebecca) – https://amzn.to/2G2HCmT

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About the Author:
Determined to escape the Aussie sun on a scorching camping holiday, Heather picked up a pen and notebook from a corner store and started writing her very first novel—Chills. Eight years later, she is the author of over thirty romances and publisher of several anthologies too. Addicted to all things tech (never again will Heather write a novel longhand) and fascinated by English society of the early 1800’s, Heather spends her days getting her characters in and out of trouble and into bed together (if they make it that far). She lives on the edge of beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia with her trio of mischievous rogues (husband and two sons) along with one rescued cat whose only interest in her career is that it provides him with food on demand. You can find details of Heather’s work at http://www.heather-boyd.com
 
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Guava Quesitos

I tried Quesitos a few years ago and from the first bite I was hooked.  This is my all time favorite dessert.  I was so excited to learn these are easy to make with the pre made puff pastry from the freezer.  If your not a fan of guava feel free to leave that out.  Its a great cheese pastry too.

Guava Quesito Recipe, Puerto Rican Cheese Danish

 

Quesito’s can be found in neighborhood bakeries all over Puerto Rico.

 

You will need 1 package Pepperidge Farms Pastry Sheets, Make sure you get SHEETS, NOT puffs.

16 ounces cream cheese, fat free or full flavor is fine.  I use fat free myself.

½ cup granulated sugar, can be adjusted up or down, per your taste.

1 teaspoon vanilla

Guava paste, cut in 18, 1/4 each slices, you may have leftovers.

 

 

You will also need,

Egg white

Approx. ¼ cup light corn syrup

Colorful sugar crystals, if you don’t have, regular granulated sugar is fine, (for sprinkling)

 

Make sure you defrost pastry sheets before you prepare dish

 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix, cream cheese, ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla together.
  • Cut each pastry sheet into 9 squares, you will have 18 squares when finished.
  • Fill the pastry with 1 spoon full of cheese mixture, add a slice of Guava paste on to,  Roll the pastry square and put on a baking sheet with parchment paper, seam side down.
  • Adjust the amount of filling so you get enough cheese for all pastry squares, a little goes a long way.
  • When you have all done, brush all with egg white. And add granulate or color sugar crystals.  ( I adjust colors to go with holiday theme)
  • Bake for approx. 12 minutes.  Check for golden brown, they may need a few minutes, just watch carefully.  Cheese will melt out, that is normal.
  • When done, take out of oven.  Immediately brush with corn syrup.  You can add more sugar if you like at this time.  Let cool and ENJOY!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


I have been making this bread for years.  I found it a long time ago and wrote the recipe down to make.  I don’t have the original source, but I had to share this recipe with you.  It uses egg substitute and apple sauce to make it a more healthy version.  I always made as directed and am not sure on substitutes.  This recipe was a hit as is and ingredients are inexpensive at Aldi’s grocery store.  Enjoy!!


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. all spice

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 tablespoon melted butter

3 tablespoons applesauce

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup egg substitute

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

mix all dry ingredients together

in a different bowl mix mashed bananas, applesauce, melted butter and brown sugar.  Mix to combine.  Add egg substitute and mix to combine.

Add the dry ingredients and blend together.

mix in chocolate chips.

pour into a greased 8×4 loaf pan bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpicks comes out clean.

cool on a baking rack. slice and enjoy.