Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's a Christmas dessert contest!

The Christmas season is upon us, and people everywhere are digging out their favorite recipes for the holiday season. I know I have a bunch or recipes that I love to make for the holidays from gingerbread cookies to a fantastic pulla recipe a friend shared with me that was passed down from her Finnish mother.

I know it's been well over a year since I published one of my Sweet Bites Mysteries but book 4, Eggnog & Extortion is well underway and I want to celebrate the holiday season with you--and all of your favorite holiday goodies!

My sister and I got together and decided to run a contest. Do you have a family recipe that you always make for the holidays? Something from the "old country" that your family has been making at Christmas for generations? I'm looking for traditional holiday dessert recipes for countries outside the United States. They don't have to be Christmas-specific as long as they are from this time of year. Hanukkah or other holiday recipes from early December to early January are welcome as well.

I did mention there was a contest, right? From now until December 26th you can submit your favorite holiday recipes.  On December 29th all of the recipe ingredients and pictures will be posted to my website and blog for the public to vote which one they would most love to try out. Voting will end on January 5th and a winner will be announced.

The winning entry will get their name and recipe featured in Eggnog & Extortion, along with getting a signed copy of the print version and a copy of the ebook when it's released in a few months. In addition, I'm going to be posting the recipes in my book for free download from my site in the not-so-distant future and the recipe will be included there along with the credit of where it originated. As well, entries in the contest will be posted in their entirety in a free downloadable booklet. If you'd prefer not to have your entry in the free ebook, please let us know when you enter the contest.

If we get too many recipes (I know, like there could ever be too many!) we reserve the right to pick our favorite twelve or fifteen for voting.

To enter, send a picture and your recipe to  contest@jellybeanpress.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cozy recipes to please any murder mystery lover!

What happens when someone contacts and coordinates recipes from 128 cozy mystery writers?
Lots of Cozy Food!



This book has over 220 recipes, including one of mine and is available in ebook or paperback. Nope, I don't get a dime if you buy a copy, but here's hoping you'll find a couple hundred dishes you'll enjoy!

Find it here!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Audiobook giveaway for The Last Bride!

Summer is here and life is easy, right? Well, not so much. I know I've been really busy in the garden, household projects, church activities and a hundred other things.


You know what is easy? Winning a copy of my book, The Last Bride on Audible. That's right, we're dong a Facebook Sweepstakes for 15 free copies of The Last Bride on Audible. If you like audio books and you haven't read this series yet, this is your chance to hear a terrific narration of it for free. 

Because having a great book to listen to while you're pulling weeds in the garden and cooking dinner makes life--or at least that chore--a little easier. 


(And if romance isn't your thing, but cozy mysteries are, check back in a couple of weeks when we give away audio books for Pistols & Pies!)



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Great new book, hot off the presses!

In March I got the chance to have one of my books in an anthology with six amazing women--several of whom I didn't know at all until we got together for the anthology. One of those women was Sherry Gammon. I didn't get to read her book Unbelievable until after the promo was over, but I really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to reading Unbearable, because Booker totally has to find the kind of love he can't turn away from, no matter how adamant he was that love and marriage weren't in his future. And I was right, the book is terrific. I love Tess and her issues and seeing her deal with her past and how she and Booker work things out. Unbearable was just released this week. Check it out!



The Port Fare Series~Three Stand-Alone Novels


You met and fell in love with Maggie and Seth as they struggled to survive a couple of ruthless drug dealers and Maggie's incorrigible mom in UNLOVABLE

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Next came Cole and Lilah as they found love despite her deception while working with Booker (Much to his dismay) to protect everyone from being murdered.



 Now discover Booker and Tess's story!
Booker Gatto is done. Done with women, his old life, all of it. Only the love of his friends in Port Fare keeps him going as he leaves the MET in exchange for the quiet 
life his new law practice will provide. 
Tess Selleck, once as ambitious and determined as she is smart and beautiful, had to leave everything and everyone she loves in San Diego to escape the man who destroyed her dreams and now wants her dead. 
Together Booker and Tess find love when they least expect it, until their pasts drive
them apart. Is there a happily ever after for these damaged lovers? Or is the thought of loving and trusting again simply Unbearable?

Unbearable is the exciting conclusion to the Port Fare Series. Join Booker as he struggles to find his happily ever after.

Sherry's Web Page: WordpaintingsUnlimited.com


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Garden Goodness: Bugs, monster greens and quackers!

So, last fall my hubby and I moved to Kansas--a trip of 1100 miles. The climate here is pretty different, even though the summer high temps and winter low temps are pretty much the same. We get a lot more rain here and the humidity pretty much hangs out around 70-80% all of the time, instead of the 10-20% averages where we used to live in Utah.

Can I say that I'm loving the humidity? Okay, so in September when we moved here in the middle of a heat wave where it was mid nineties every day and even more humid than it is now, I wasn't loving it very much, but now that I've adjusted, I'm really enjoying the humidity, even if it does mean I get hot and sticky faster.

Bill and I got involved in the local community garden so in addition to having a plot of our own there, we're helping to run the garden, working with school kids who maintain the un-rented plots and grow lots of veggies for their families, the local food pantry and to sell to others.

While I was in the garden today I came across this furry creature.

Plant and insect identification sites have become very good friends of mine lately. If the website I used is right, this caterpillar will eventually become a Virginia Tiger Moth. Not only is this furry friend not as destructive as the potato bugs I've been seeing way too much of, it's also much more interested in the clover than my tomatoes.

I've also had issues with other bugs, as you can see when you check out this picture of a spinach leaf from my garden. Yes, you heard that right. And yes, this is my hand, which is nearly as large as my hubby's. This is on the large end of the leaves that I've been growing, but definitely not the largest. It blows me away how big these babies are getting. And they aren't tough, either. When I prep six or eight leaves for dinner, we have a good sized salad! If I'd realized this was going to happen, I would only have planted half of the spinach seeds. 

I was talking with a woman in the community garden the other day and she said she's never seen spinach and lettuce get as big as it has this year, though, so it probably won't happen again. I don't know how long it'll be before the heat pretty much ends my spinach crop, but we're enjoying it while it lasts.


And new additions to our family, meet Laverne and Shirley, our Blue Swedish and Welch Harlequin ducks. (You didn't actually think I could go a whole year without some kind of poultry, did you?) They are only about three months old and should start laying eggs for us around Halloween, or a little sooner if we're lucky! They're a ton of fun to watch as they waddle around the back yard. My chihuahua likes to chase them, but she isn't really into catching, so they remain unharmed, if a little ruffled. These two girls are doing a great job of keeping the snail and slug population down in the back yard. I was tempted to get more birds, but our back yard is pretty small and I don't want to kill out the grass, so we'll stick with these ladies for now.



I'm going to try blogging about gardening again once per week--there are so many cool things I'm learning right now.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Two great giveaways on Goodreads!

Who doesn't like a free book? For the next ten days, enter to win my Goodreads Giveaway of Homecoming: Identity. the latest book in my Homecoming series. My favorite in the series, Identity contains intrigue, former Army sharp-shooters, witness protection, struggles to deal with family problems, finding oneself, and of course, plenty of love--a double-dose of it as twin brothers meet the women of their dreams.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Homecoming by Heather Justesen

Homecoming

by Heather Justesen

Giveaway ends June 12, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

And while we're at it, double your chances and also sign up for a giveaway for my latest DiCarlo Brides novel, written under a pen name. Set in the same town, this is the sixth installment in this series with one more coming this summer. This book features hiking, rock climbing, shooters, double-dealing, good overcoming evil, kidnappers, and of course, lots of terrific smoochies as Jonquil and Gage figure out who is trying to put him out of business and kill them both.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Bride by Heather Tullis

The Last Bride

by Heather Tullis

Giveaway ends June 12, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ever think of indie-publishing? This conference is for you!

I'm really sad my indie publishing group is having the first of these conferences after I moved away from Utah because it is going to have a lot of fantastic classes. When you add the low price to the great lineup, it's a fantastic deal. If you are self publishing (or even just considering it) this conference is definitely a must-attend. It's coming up next weekend!

Learn more and register at http://www.indieauthorhub.com/p/conference-2014.html.