Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Cookbook Brings Old Memories

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In 2001 after I'd written a few chapters of  "Murder in Half Moon Bay," I attended a literary conference with a guest speaker by the name of Camille Minichino (AKA Margaret Grace) who was writing the Periodic Table mysteries at the time. Camille graciously signed one of her books for me, wishing good success with my writing. I was in awe! Today,  13 years later, we appear in a cookbook together called "Cozy Food." What could be more special?  
Another author, Sandra Balzo, has contributed a recipe to the new cookbook as well. Years ago when I asked a question on a forum, this lady also encouraged me with a few words. I'll be forever grateful. 

The third author I want to mention is our very own Traci Tyne Hilton. Traci, like the rest of our CMM authors is a sweetheart and a wonderful writer. I'm anxious to read what she added. 

In case you're wondering, I wrote recipes for Raisin Scones and Mock Devonshire Cream epitomizing "Queen of Afternoon Tea."  Check out the back cover for a complete list of cozy mystery authors and see if your favorites are included. You may want to purchase a copy to discover more cozy authors. Links are included with each recipe.
I hope you enjoy the collaboration by author Nancy Lynn Jarvis, another friend of mine. Until next time, I'll see you in my books.


~Nancy Jill 

Nancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood story-teller to being listed on Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she has always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems – perfect for plotting whodunnits. In 2010, Nancy Jill published her first mystery, Murder in Half Moon Bay, introducing her well-loved protagonist, Jillian Bradley, and whimsical Yorkie, “Teddy.” She’s written seven books so far in The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series and is working on her eighth.

When she isn’t plotting Jillian’s next perilous adventure, she travels between Texas and California finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand or having afternoon tea with friends.

Member of Leander Writers’ Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW CenTex Chapter), and Central Texas Authors

To learn more about Nancy Jill visit these sites.
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  1. This was a fun project, and one I'm tickled to have been a part of! I spill the beans on a fun Italian dinner that Mitzy and Alonzo eat buckets of in my Mitzy Neuhaus series. :)

  2. I can't wait to read your recipes!

    ~Nancy Jill

  3. Awesome post, Nancy. Shows how important attending a conference can be! And now I'm intrigued at the idea of Mock Devonshire Cream!

    1. Good! I made up the recipe after eating the real Devonshire cream in England. At the time, US stores didn't carry it. My scones never go without it.

      Thanks, Linda.

      ~Nancy Jill

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    1. Thank you, Candice. And the good thing is the recipes are so handy if you download Cozy Food onto your iPhone or iPad. I rarely use hardback cookbooks anymore - of course, I rarely cook (lol) but when I'm in California I use my iPhone as my cookbook. Some recipes will even calculate different servings for you.

      The book makes a wonderful gift even for yourself to learn about other mystery writers.

      ~Nancy Jill


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