Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy New Year!



Have a Wonderful Holiday Season 
We'll See You in 2014!

Nancy Jill, Deborah, Linda, 
Cindy, Traci, and Sandra

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Giveaway: Oh Mystery Tree, Oh Mystery Tree--DAY FOUR!


DAY FOUR WINNERS
Kaye Killgore won Bright New Murder
Anita Cook won Bright New Murder or Frozen Assets
Diane Dean White won either Chasing Lady Midnight or Terror on Tybee Island
(please make sure you have left an email under your post so we can contact you)

DAY THREE WINNERS
Sherry Smith won Frozen Assets
Harvee won The Ruby of Siam
Barbara T won Chasing Lady Midnight
(please make sure you've left an email under your post so we can contact you)


DAY TWO WINNERS
Barbara T won Terror on Tybee Island
Marsha Holz won Chasing Lady Midnight
Ann Marie Japson won Frozen Assets
(please leave an email under your post so we can contact you)

DAY ONE WINNERS
Jerry won Murder in Half Moon Bay
Karen Candee won A Tisket, A Casket
Kathy Otto won Misfortune Cookies
(Karen and Kathy, please leave your email in a comment below. We need to contact you.)

YOU MIGHT BE A WINNER TODAY! ENTER BY LEAVING A COMMENT AND TELL US WHAT BOOK(S) YOU WANT TO WIN. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU.

From now until December 25th, we're giving away our cozy mystery books each day to readers! To enter, just leave a comment about a book on the tree you'd like to read and your name will automatically be entered!




FIND US!

Deborah Malone
Nancy Jill Thames


Linda P. Kozar



S. Dionne Moore

S. Dionne Moore's Website
Join me on Pinterest for recipes and news on books


C.L. Ragsdale



Traci Hilton




AND A CUP OF COZY is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords (ebook). This book is our gift to you! A petite collection of charming Christmas mysteries and holiday recipes as well as SNEAK PEEKS at upcoming mysteries by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Oh Mystery Tree, Oh Mystery Tree--DAY THREE!

DAY THREE WINNERS

Harvee - The Ruby of Siam 
Barbara T - Chasing Lady Midnight 
Sherry Smith (Anonymous) - Frozen Assets 

DAY TWO WINNERS

Barbara T won Terror on Tybee Island
Marsha Holz won Chasing Lady Midnight
Ann Marie Japson won Frozen Assets
(please leave an email under your post so we can contact you)

DAY ONE WINNERS

Jerry won Murder in Half Moon Bay
Karen Candee won A Tisket, A Casket
Kathy Otto won Misfortune Cookies
(Karen and Kathy, please leave your email in a comment below. We need to contact you.)


YOU MIGHT BE A WINNER TODAY! ENTER BY LEAVING A COMMENT AND TELL US WHAT BOOK(S) YOU WANT TO WIN. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU.

From now until December 25th, we're giving away our cozy mystery books each day to readers! To enter, just leave a comment about a book on the tree you'd like to read and your name will automatically be entered!




FIND US!

Deborah Malone
Nancy Jill Thames


Linda P. Kozar



S. Dionne Moore

S. Dionne Moore's Website
Join me on Pinterest for recipes and news on books


C.L. Ragsdale



Traci Hilton





AND A CUP OF COZY is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords (ebook). This book is our gift to you! A petite collection of charming Christmas mysteries and holiday recipes as well as SNEAK PEEKS at upcoming mysteries by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Oh Mystery Tree, Oh Mystery Tree--DAY TWO!

DAY TWO WINNERS
Barbara T won Terror on Tybee Island
Marsha Holz won Chasing Lady Midnight
Ann Marie Japson won Frozen Assets
(please leave an email under your post so we can contact you)
DAY ONE WINNERS

Jerry won Murder in Half Moon Bay
Karen Candee won A Tisket, A Casket
Kathy Otto won Misfortune Cookies
(Karen and Kathy, please leave your email in a comment below. We need to contact you.)


YOU MIGHT BE A WINNER TODAY! ENTER BY LEAVING A COMMENT AND TELL US WHAT BOOK(S) YOU WANT TO WIN. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU.

From now until December 25th, we're giving away our cozy mystery books each day to readers! To enter, just leave a comment about a book on the tree you'd like to read and your name will automatically be entered!




FIND US!

Deborah Malone
Nancy Jill Thames


Linda P. Kozar



S. Dionne Moore

S. Dionne Moore's Website
Join me on Pinterest for recipes and news on books


C.L. Ragsdale



Traci Hilton





AND A CUP OF COZY is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords (ebook). This book is our gift to you! A petite collection of charming Christmas mysteries and holiday recipes as well as SNEAK PEEKS at upcoming mysteries by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Oh Mystery Tree, Oh Mystery Tree...


From now until December 25th, we're giving away our cozy mystery books each day to readers! To enter, just leave a comment about a book on the tree you'd like to read and your name will automatically be entered!




FIND US!

Deborah Malone
Nancy Jill Thames


Linda P. Kozar



S. Dionne Moore

S. Dionne Moore's Website
Join me on Pinterest for recipes and news on books


C.L. Ragsdale



Traci Hilton





AND A CUP OF COZY is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords (ebook). This book is our gift to you! A petite collection of charming Christmas mysteries and holiday recipes as well as SNEAK PEEKS at upcoming mysteries by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine!


Friday, December 20, 2013

A Christmas Card

From the Authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine
**************************************
Wishing you a Merry Christmas 
and a Happy New Year!
Kindle  Nook  Smashwords  Kobo


A Free Gift for You!
Book 1
"Murder in Half Moon Bay"
by Nancy Jill Thames



 May God Bless Us, Everyone.

 ~Nancy Jill Thames~

Debra Malone
Linda P. Kozar

Traci Tyne Hilton








                                                                                              
C.L. Ragsdale

S. Dionne Moore


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Oh No! Buttermilk Fudge Catastophe!

Oh Such Sad Looking Fudge
I made Buttermilk Fudge and it did not go as planned. I ended up with buttermilk pebbles. That's right, when I cut into it, it fell apart.
Oh well, at least it's not soup.
So what went wrong?
Remember when I told you last year that you must, YOU MUST, use the right kind of buttermilk? The 2%. Not 1%. Not the powder stuff you add water to. 2%. 
No matter how hard it is to find.
Two Percent.
End of argument.
Period.
Well, I broke the rule. The other stuff was easier to find, I was at the store, I took a chance. It did not pay off.
Don't snicker. Oh you snickered, I know you did. If it happened to someone else, I would snicker. Especially as I know better.
So why did I do it?
I'm running way, WAY behind  I still have presents to buy! And it's less than a week to Christmas. Besides, work is crazy and I'm stressing over the Woolly Weegie. Give me a break!
So I took a shortcut and as usual it turned into a longcut.
Moral of the story. Use the 2% buttermilk when making Buttermilk Fudge.
Anyway, I bought the right stuff and I'll just make another batch.
To do it the right way, remember the recipe is available in A Cup of Cozy now free on Amazon.
So what did I do with this batch? Well I got some of it to hold into squares, kind of, and gave it to a friend with kids. Kids don't care how candy looks as long as it has sugar.
As for the pebbles they are in my frezeer for eating later when I feel like it.
Hey, I didn't say it didn't taste good.



Mystery writer C.L. Ragsdale is the author of The Reboot Files a Christian Cozy Mystery Series, and a superhero story called Chasing Lady Midnight. A California native, she loves to "surf" the web to research plot details for her fun, quirky stories. She has a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced her writing style. Working in various fields as a secretary has allowed her to both master her writing skills and acquire valuable technical knowledge which she uses liberally in her plots. Although that is where she got her idea for The Secretary, she is not an evil mastermind. Although some of her former employers might disagree. These days she contents herself with knitting while contemplating her next diabolical plot. Story plot that is.

Current E-Books
THE REBOOT FILES:  The Mystery of Hurtleberry House, The Island of Living Trees, The Harbinger of Retribution, and The Wrong Ghost.
Chasing Lady Midnight  (A Cozy Christian Mystery With Superheroes)
www.shortmysteriesandtalltales.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CL-Ragsdale219184744858421

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Easy Pecan-Caramel Truffles

This is a super easy recipe! It tastes like a turtle but with my preferred dark chocolate coating. Yum!

1 package Kraft caramels
1 1/4 cup pecan pieces (chopped fine)
1 1/4 cup rice cereal
1 tsp - 1 T heavy cream
smidgen of butter for your fingers
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk or white chocolate will also work great!)

Unwrap caramels (the hardest part) and place in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes until caramels begin to soften. Stir and continue to microwave until they are soft enough to melt just by continuing to stir. Add cream, starting with 1 tsp. This will make the caramel softer as it cools. Stir in pecans and rice cereal and stir until combined. With buttered fingers, roll out 1 inch balls, then let them cool completely. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in microwave until soft enough to melt by simply stirring. Dip balls into chocolate and place on parchment   or wax paper and let cool completely.

Enjoy!

Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.
She is author of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series, complete with a new LaTisha short mystery found in A Cup of Cozy, as well as new historical romance release "A Heartbeat Away" set in Sharpsburg, Maryland--Can a quilt and a hidden message bring enemies together?




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Giveaway for "Trapped" by Irene Hannon

I was in the local bible bookstore the other day when I decided to buy a book. I haven't read Irene Hannon before, but I liked the cover and the fact that it was a suspense. I wasn't disappointed. It was definitely a page turner. I'd like to share this book with someone who leaves a comment on this post. You need to be a follower and be sure and leave an email address so I can contact you.


When Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways - just forty-eight hours can mean the difference between recovery and ruin.
 
But the deeper he and Laura dig, the more Dev begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And in the icy winter weather, the trail is getting cold...
 
In her latest thrilling read, queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon outdoes herself with a fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, since 2001, for the historical magazine "Georgia Backroads." She has had many articles and photographs published during this time. Her writing is featured in "Tales of the Rails" edited by Olin Jackson. She has also had a showing of her photographs at Floyd Medical Center Art Gallery as well as winning several awards. Her debut cozy mystery "Death in Dahlonega" is now available. "Death in Dahlonega" won second place in the mystery/suspense category in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Category Five Writer's Contest.
She is a current member of the Georgia Writers Association, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She has an established blog, Butterfly Journey, where she reviews Christian Fiction. Deborah would love to hear from you. Visit her website at www.deborah-malone.com



Monday, December 16, 2013

Pineapple-Sugar Cane Water--By Linda Kozar

I love the taste combination of pineapple and sugar cane.

I'm originally from Louisiana, where every year I'd notice fields of what appeared to be tall grasses billowing in the wind. Over time, they widened into bamboo-like rods. Once each rod is cut down, you hold a sugary piece of heaven in your hands.

Remove the outer shield by cutting down into it and peeling away. Believe me, this is not easy. Sugar Cane ain't called "cane" for nothing. Once you reach the inner fibrous core, slice or cut into 2 inch sticks (which I use to prepare sugar cane water). Now taste one. Chew until reduced to a pulp. DO NOT swallow the pulp. Chew to get the good, clean taste. Surprise, right? Sugar Cane does not taste super sugary. Not like you'd expect, anyway.

Processing sugar cane is complex business, but can be done by hand cranking with the proper equipment or by mechanized process. We're not attempting that today. Sigh of relief. I've posted a simple recipe I think you'll enjoy.

Seven Reasons You Might Want to Try Sugar Cane Juice:


1. Quenches the thirst and gives you energy 
2. Though sweet, it contains natural sugar which has a low glycemic index. 
3. Has high concentrations of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese.   
4. Boosts protein levels in the body. A a squeeze of lime juice, and coconut water for added benefits for the urinary tract. 
5. Antioxidants in the juice help prevent infections 
.6. Helps prevent tooth decay! (Due to the high mineral content). 
7. Promotes beautiful skin (drink and apply topically) and strong, shiny nails.
Warning: The juice must be extracted in a hygienic manner. And because of its sugar content (which promotes the growth of microorganisms), should be consumed right away. No saving this concoction for the next day. Sugar Cane Water is so good, you won't want to. Sugar Cane juice is regularly consumed in many countries, sold by street vendors. However, if the juice is prepared in unsanitary conditions, it could be a health hazard.

Instead, we're making sugar cane water.  Recipe For Sugar Cane Water Recently, I made some for a gathering at my house and it was delicious.

Pineapple Sugarcane Water

Ingredients:

2 liters purified water
2 sticks sugar cane
4-5 large chunks fresh pineapple
ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir.
The longer the water sits, the more the pineapple and sugarcane flavors will infused into it.

Free NOW on Amazon Kindle!


Linda Kozar is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/eBook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009) and author of Misfortune Cookies (Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail, (“When The Fat Ladies Sing Series,” eBooks, Spyglass Lane Mysteries, 2012). Strands of Fate released October 2012 (Hardcover/eBook, Creative Woman Mysteries). Her latest foray into indie publishing, produced Alligator Pear, (historical fiction) and her nonfiction anthology Moving Tales, Adventures in Relocation, both released in 2013. She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas ACFW chapter for three years. In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild.

In addition to writing Linda is Lead Host of the Gate Beautiful Radio Show, part of the Red River Network on Blog Talk Radio—interviewing Christian authors from Debut to Bestselling, airing the 3rd Thursday of every month. She and her husband Michael, married 24 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.

Represented by: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency

Member of: CAN (Christian Authors Network), RWA (Romance Writers of American), NHRWA (North Houston Romance Writers of America), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of ACFW, Toastmasters (Area 56) The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands Church, The Woodlands, TX.

Linda’s Website:  http://www.lindakozar.com