Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Case of Arugula Salad with Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad

4 handfuls of arugula
Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette (below)

Toss the arugula with the Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette, which is an adaptation of my Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Makes 4 side salads.

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

2 tbsps lemon juice
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp grainy mustard
2 tbsps grated Parmesan

Whisk or shake together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, grainy mustard and Parmesan.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 3/4 cup for 4 side salads.


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Case of World's First Simultaneous Google+/Facebook A KILLER NECKLACE Launch Party!

This Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

On a computer or mobile device near you!
You—plus as many guests as you want to invite—are invited to chat with authors and win e-books at the Google+ ( side of the launch of Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre's A KILLER NECKLACE: Fashionation with Mystery Book 2.

Doesn't matter if you have or haven't read A PURSE TO DIE FOR: Fashionation with Mystery Book 1. In fact, that first mystery in the series will certainly be one of the prizes.

At this party, chat with Cynthia but also chat with and ask questions of special guest mystery/suspense authors 'appearing' from around the world:
1:30 p.m. Lorna Gray (Italy)—author of FINDING DAYLIGHT
2:00 p.m. Patti Phillips (U.S.A.)—author of KERRIAN'S NOTEBOOK
2:30 p.m. Nanci Pattenden (Canada)—author of DEATH ON DUCHESS STREET

Sara Onnebo (Sweden)—author of VARGEN I TULISAARI will drop in if/when she can.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Canada)—author of DIVINE INTERVENTION will also drop in if/when she can. Cheryl is definitely offering her international best-selling e-book as a prize!

Now for the 'simultaneous' part. Meet Cynthia's friend and co-author Melodie Campbell at the Facebook side of the launch party here: More authors, more books, more giveaways!
PS Cynthia says, "If on-line Google+ event technology is new to you, don't worry, it's new to me too. We'll slay it!"
PPS Yes, A KILLER NECKLACE is available now from Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Smashwords. See the sidebar for all the links!      

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Case of Red Pepper Soup (Trick or Treat)

First the Treat

Picture update for Red Pepper Soup above.

Now the Trick

I heat it up right in the blender!


I have one of those high-speed blenders that has a soup function. The concept is that the blades are whirring so fast they create heat.

How do I avoid warming the soup above 118ºF?

Very carefully.

I have this battery-operated electronic meat thermometer that I bought at Ikea and the probe is at the end of a long, thin conduit. I hang the probe into the blender by the conduit and I secure it with the blender lid so that there is NO WAY the probe can descend into the blades. (This is not in any way condoned by Ikea.)

Too much information that I also wrap part of the conduit in masking tape so that I don't get it covered in Red Pepper Soup? Anyway...


This is important—did you read the above suggestions with extreme care?

I even hold on to the conduit while I'm blending because blenders create vortexes like tornadoes, don't they?


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Case of A KILLER NECKLACE Cover Reveal

Who is the dead woman at the bottom of the stairs?
When Weather Network star Gina Monroe arrives in Black Currant Bay for her wedding shower, all is bliss. But happiness turns to horror when Gina and close friend Becki find the hostess with her head bashed in.
Strange things come to light when Gina and Becki are asked to sort through the dead woman’s belongings. Just who was this woman? And why did frumpy Louisa have a closet full of vintage couturier clothes?
As the investigation continues, the danger increases. Arson reveals the hiding place of a fabulous sapphire necklace, which leads to more questions and ramps up the risk for Gina and Becki. A killer is determined to keep the identity of the dead woman a secret—even if it means killing again.
PS Coming very soon!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Case of Fajitas


Grilled Veggies, sliced
2 204-g-packages of 6 small corn tortillas
sour cream
Guacamole (I'll share my recipe for Guacamole in an upcoming post.)

Serve up everything buffet style. I swear you'll never miss the meat!

Serves 4.


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Case of Creamy Chocolate Pudding

The results of my social media Chocolate Pudding Picture Poll are in and you overwhelmingly like your chocolate photos close up! Here is the winning shot in all its lusciousness!

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

1 avocado
1/4 cup cacao
3/8 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp vanilla

In your blender, blend all the ingredients until creamy.

Refrigerate the pudding covered for at least 30 minutes.

Pipe into dessert dishes.

Serves 2.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Case of Spicy Hummus, Plus Summer Sizzles 2015!

The crispy texture and fruitiness of these cranberry almond crackers pairs perfectly with my creamy, garlicky, Spicy Hummus. Dig in! Now you're ready for—


 Great things come in threes this July!
  1. 'Share the Imajin Books Buzz' contest: Readers can share our events on Twitter and Facebook, and share pics of A PURSE TO DIE FOR on ereaders or holding one, and receive entries into our Summer Sizzles Giveaway! Grand prize winner: 12 free ebooks (winner’s choice). Plus 10 winners of single ebooks. Open to anyone 18+. Void where prohibited. Draw will take place the first week of August. Rafflecopter form for contest entries will be at from July 1-31, 2015.
  1. Summer Sizzles eBook Sale – Most of our ebooks will be priced at $0.99 or $1.99 from July 6-16, on Amazon & Smashwords (coupon codes for latter).
  1. Summer Sizzles Facebook Party: For one evening only, Sunday, July 12th, we'll be holding a Facebook Party online and giving away prizes (ebooks and gift cards from Amazon). The party begins at 4:00 PM PDT (Pacific!) and goes until 8:00 PM PDT on July 12. Join us at:
  Happy reading, have fun and good luck!