Thursday, October 16, 2014

Opinions, please!

The yard sales are few and far between at this time of year, but Saturday there were three we found.  At one of them was a display of teapots--all pretty cheap.  I bought one.  But ... is it a teapot or is it a chocolate pot?

Cropped Hall teapot

What do you think.  (BTW, it's Hall china.)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Celebrate a cheesy day!

For cheese lovers, like my character Angelica Miles, the happy day has finally arrived! National Moldy Cheese Day! (She can hardly curb her excitement!)

And to celebrate, here's a recipe for blue cheese dressing.

¾  cup sour cream
1/3 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½  teaspoon dry mustard
½  teaspoon garlic powder
½  teaspoon salt
½  teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Season with the mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the blue cheese. Cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

Yield:  2 ½ cups

Friday, October 3, 2014

Foodie Friday: Tacos for everyone!

Today is National Taco Day ... and my character Angelica Miles of the Booktown Mysteries is celebrating with her own recipe.  It's from the fourth book in the series, Chapter & Hearse.

Here's the recipe.

Hacienda Tacos
3 cups coarsely chopped or shredded (pulled) simmered chicken
1 onion, chopped
½  green pepper, chopped
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 ½ to 2 teaspoon chili powder (according to taste)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
8 oz. water
12 corn (or flour) 8 or 9 inch tortillas (or taco shells)
1 cup lettuce cut into strips
1 tomato, chopped
¾ cup grated or shredded Cheddar cheese
Your favorite bottled salsa

In a large skillet, mix together the chicken, onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce and water. Cook covered over low heat for about 15 minutes. Cook, uncovered for five to ten minutes, until excess liquid is gone. Oven heat the tortillas and fill the lower 3/4 with chicken mixture and the remainder with the tomatoes, cheese and lettuce. Top as needed with a spoonful of the salsa. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebrate cats!

Here at Casa de Lorna, we celebrate cats every day.  How about you?

Monday, September 29, 2014

This shouldn't be such a hard decision on National Coffee Day

Honestly, this shouldn't be that hard a decision. Tricia buys her ground coffee FROM The Coffee Bean across the street.  (She's a good neighbor and supports the other businesses in Stoneham!)

Still, what do you think she should do???

Friday, September 26, 2014

It's Foodie Friday! Pancakes on the menu

Some days you just need to eat breakfast for supper ... or lunch ... or even (heaven forbid!) breakfast.

That's the beauty of National Pancake Day -- you can eat them any time of the day or night. (Especially if there's an IHOP nearby.)

Pancakes have a number of aliases, too.  Like flapjacks, griddle cakes, hotcakes, crepes, blintz ... they all sound yummy to me.

So celebrate!
9-26 National Pancake Day

Monday, September 22, 2014

Take a look at my new cover!

Here's the cover for the first Lotus Bay Mystery, WITH BAITED BREATH I hope to have it available for pre-order sometime in October. Cross your fingers.


Meanwhile, Here's a brief description of the story.

Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb, return from her grandmother’s funeral, and it’s with sadness that she learns the bait shop and small motel they ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel’s units is the body of one of Herb’s customers, his mouth filled with spikes. The victim had no enemies, except for the rich woman who wanted to buy his eyesore of a home. But he’s also got a daughter who’s resentful her father wasn’t a major force in her life, and friends who were anything but.

Tori’s BFF, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two of them find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait shop and find a murderer before they, too, sleep with the fishes?

For more information about the series, check out my website!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

International Day of Peace

Beatles-AllYouNeedIsLoveWith all that's going on in the world today, I sometimes wonder where we would be if Mark Chapman hadn't killed John Lennon. I like to think that the world would be a much better place where we didn't have to worry about radicals intent on destroying and where Gene Roddenberry's vision of a world at ‪#‎peace‬ reaching out a hand of friendship to the those who live upon other worlds would come to pass. We can't go forth in space in peace until we find it here. We're a long way from that, I'm afraid.

Today is International Peace Day.  Let's give it a chance.

Intl day of peace 9-21

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And the logo is revealed!

We're working on the cover for the first Lotus Bay Mystery, With Baited Breath. This is the "finalized" version of the logo for the series. Of course, depending on what the cover designer wants, we can change the background color to match whatever she does. I hope to reveal the cover by early next week (if not sooner).

To read more about the series, check out my website page for The Lotus Bay Mysteries.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Now available in Japan!

Today the UPS man brought the my author copies of the third Booktown Mystery (Bookplate Special) in Japanese.

Bookplate Special Japanese edition

Here're the first three books together.  So cute!  Now, if only I could read Japanese!

Booktown Japanese editions

Monday, September 15, 2014

Never enough cake!

Today is my brother's birthday. Back when we were kids, there were five of us in the family. That meant you were assured of having cake more than just on your own birthday.

Well, Mr. L likes pies. On my Mom's birthday, we have fruit cake (*shudder*) so it's now just once a year I get birthday cake. I'll bet my brother hasn't even had a cake in 20 years.

I think I'm going to have to start having an UN-birthday a couple of times of year, otherwise when am I going to get cake?

Do you have an unbirthday?  (If not, would you like to have one?)

Cake 2

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A couple of letters makes a big different


To make a good pot of tea, you're supposed to scald the pot with hot water first, then make tea.  Not only do I scald the pot, I also scold it. ("Oh, you naughty teapot!")  Which do you think is more traumatic for the teapot?

P.S. Teacup Tuesdays will soon return!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOODIE FRIDAY: Easy Peasy soup for lunch

Wanna drop a few pounds fast?  Homemade egg drop soup for lunch.  It's got 4 (maybe 5 if you want to add some pepper) ingredients.

2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup seasoned (I use Nakano) rice vinegar (more to taste)
1 egg (whisked)
scallions (chopped -- mostly for garnish)

Once the chicken broth and vinegar are hot, slowly add the egg.  It will look like filaments. Add the scallions.  You're done.  Eat!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

That's what the name on the paint chip said

Painted my mother's front door. The color is "blueberry pie." It should look good with the yellow on her house.

Blueberry paint

I read on Pinterest that baby oil will magically take latex paint off your skin. Well, only if the magic includes a scrub brush.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Follow me on Tumblr

Hey, I'm on Tumblr!  So far, nobody seems to know it, which is why I'm telling you now!  : )

I have been admitted to the TEN POST club!  10 post club
Pretty nifty, huh?  I thought maybe I might get a cake or something, but ... nope.  (Maybe when you hit 20 posts, they get out the Craolas and color it in???)

If you'd like to follow along with me there, just click this link.  Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A new voice in mystery: M. Ryan Seaver

I was lucky enough to read (and blurb) No Bad Deed, first in a new series by a new voice in ‪#‎mystery‬ M. Ryan Seaver. All I can say is WOW! It's dark and it's riveting. I couldn't put it down.

Here's the description:

No Bad DeedPrivate detective John Arsenal can’t tell you what terrible crime he committed to wind up in a sweltering urban hellscape, surrounded by thieves, drug addicts and murderers—only that it was very bad, and now he’s being punished. That’s because in Hell—or Brimstone, as the damned prefer to call it—your identity, your memories, even your name, are stripped away from you.

John is relatively comfortable in his damnation, working easy cases and making himself at home in the grimy squalor of the afterlife. That is, until a mysterious woman appears in his office, begging him to find her missing sister, and promising him the impossible in return—a glimpse of his old life, before Brimstone. 

To track down the enigmatic Sophie, John must delve into Brimstone’s darkest recesses, where murderous children run wild in packs, and a strange and terrifying new drug promises to deliver the user to the heights of ecstasy, but at the risk of being snuffed out of existence altogether. All the while, John must grapple with the vivid nightmares that have haunted him since his arrival in Brimstone, and confront the thing he desires and dreads the most—the truth of what he did to deserve damnation.

It's now available for preorder on Amazon and will be available on September 15th. Go for it!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Tuesday = New Cozy Mysteries!

Okay, I admit it -- I took most of the summer off from blogging.  I hope to get back into the swing of things as the weather turns colder and I'm inside more.

In the meantime, it's the first Tuesday of the month and two of my Cozy Chick blog sisters have new books out.

My good pal Mary Jane Maffini is one half of the mother-daughter writing team of Victoria Abbott. Today, the third book in their Book Collector Mystery series, THE WOLFE WIDOW, is officially released.

As Thanksgiving approaches, Jordan Bingham is grateful for her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst, the infamous curmudgeon of Harrison Falls, New York. But when an uninvited guest makes an appearance, much more than dinner is disrupted—and Jordan is thankful just to be alive…

Vera Van Alst doesn’t normally receive visitors without appointment, but she agrees to see the imperious Muriel Delgado upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Evicted from the Van Alst House, Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over her erstwhile employer.

Amazon  |  Kindle |US  |  Kindle Worldwide

Barnes & Noble   |  Nook

Indigo  |  Chapters

Kobo  |  iBooks

Mary Kennedy is a psychologist who just happens to write mysteries, and NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER is the first in her new Dream Club Mystery Series.

Business consultant Taylor Blake has eturned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.

Amazon  |  Kindle US  |  Kindle Worldwide

Barnes & Noble   |  Nook

Kobo  | iBooks

I hope you'll enjoy both of these wonderful mysteries as much as me!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

That sounds like the perfect (un)Labor Day to me.  What are you up to today?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Day for The Cozy Chicks

It's a great day for the Cozy Chicks.  Not only did our own Ellery Adams hit the New York Times Best Sellers list at #1 for her debut novel in the Book Resort Mystery series, MURDER IN THE MYSTERY SUITE ...

Mystery murder suite-sm

Not only that, but Leann Sweeney hit the list at #25 with The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim!


But we've got a brand new video.  Watch it -- and please, share your comments with us.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Don't miss these two new great books!

I love the first Tuesday of the month because that means NEW BOOKS!

This month, two of my best friends have books out:

VagaBond-smNew from Leann Sweeney:  The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim
When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an eldery man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…

Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Kindle | Nook | iBooks

Mystery murder suite-smFirst in a new series by Ellery Adams
Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
Kindle  |  Nook  |  iBooks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Get it's while it's HOT!

Panty_Raid_medTori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!

Kindle | Kindle Worldwide | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords

(coming soon to iBooks!)

This mini mystery introduces the two main characters of the upcoming Lotus Bay Mysteries. With Baited Breath arrives Fall 2014.