Monday, August 22, 2016

Raspberry Truffle Murder - The first of a series of tasty reads. #CulinaryLit


Raspberry Truffle Murder (A Maple Hills Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Meadows, Wendy]

As you know, I am mixing my fondness of Food Network and Cooking Channel shows with book blogging. 

Raspberry Truffle  Murder kicks off the Maple Hills Cozy Mystery series by Wendy Meadows. 

What is the book about?
When Nikki’s husband of 20 years decided that he wanted a different life in Los Angeles it spawns a new life for her as well. Leaving behind Atlanta and her Journalism career there, she and her college bound son move to the small and tightknit town of Maple Hills, Vermont. With a bustling tourist season, the thriving community seems the perfect place to set up her new Chocolate Shop… yet opening day proves more deadly than profitable.
A hit and run right outside her shop door leaves a man dead and questions swirling. When the victim is identified as Steven Denforth, the most hated and reviled man in town, it resurrects the fissures that had recently torn Maple Hills apart. It seems that when Denforth first came to town, the quiet man bought the local paper, then proceeded to publish damning articles about some of the communities’ most prominent members - secrets that no one should have known about.
Now he is dead and everyone is a suspect, including Nikki. As both a former reporter and an FBI Consultant, Nikki instinctively knows the dirt in Maple Hills is piled high and if she doesn’t get to the bottom of it, and to the murder, then her stay in the quaint Northern Town may very well be short lived.

Want to know more about the series?

If you are hungry for more Maple Hill Cozy Mysteries, you can move on to Peppermint Chocolate Murder, Blueberry Truffle Murder and Sea Salt Caramel Murder.

Maple Hill Cozy Mysteries can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read --- Sounds convenient. 

For more about the author and her books, click here: http://wendymeadows.com/author/

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Time for some Culinary Lit: Off the Menu by Stacey Ballis.


As many of you know, I have been spending a lot of my time with my Food TV blog recently including a celebrity sugar artist interview and a campaign to promote Food Network Star finalist Jernard Wells, The Chef of Love. I thought I would make a smooth transition back to promoting books and writers. So, I am going 'off the menu'....

What is Off the Menu about?

As the executive culinary assistant to celebrity Chicago chef Patrick Conlon, Alana Ostermann works behind the scenes—and that’s just the way she likes it. But with developing recipes for Patrick’s cookbooks, training his sous chefs, picking out the perfect birthday gifts for his ex-mother-in-law, and dealing with the fallout from his romantic escapades, she barely has a personal life, much less time to spend with her combo platter of a mutt, Dumpling.
Then a fluke online connection brings her RJ, a transplant from Tennessee, who adds some Southern spice to her life. Suddenly Alana’s priorities shift, and Patrick—and Dumpling—find themselves facing a rival for her time and affection. With RJ in the mix, and some serious decisions to make about her personal and professional future, Alana must discover the perfect balance of work and play, money and meaning, to bring it all to the table—one delicious dish at a time…
Want to know more this book and others by Stacey Ballis? Click here: http://www.staceyballis.com/books/