Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Case of the Deadly Dozen

Wow! One fabulous deal! From me and all the other colourful characters in these books (plus our publisher) to you.

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.

  1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
  2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
  3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
  4. CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
  5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
  6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
  7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
  8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
  9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
  11. ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino
  12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
With an individual list price total of more than $45.00 and over 640 reviews collectively on Amazon.com, the DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle is a value-packed, rollercoaster thrill ride that takes you from amateur sleuth to detective to paranormal to ancient mysteries set in intriguing worlds and so much more.
Don't Miss DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle http://getBook.at/DeadlyDozen Pre-order Special: $3:99!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Case of Rigatoni with Broccoli

You taste the lemon, the rigatoni is comfortingly al dente, the broccoli savoury, and the toasted bread crumbs add a bit of crunch.

Rigatoni with Broccoli

4 cups rigatoni
1 bunch broccoli, in florets
4 tbsps lemon juice
4 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
vegetable seasoning

Cook the rigatoni 2 minutes less than al dente then add the broccoli and cook for 2 more min.

Drain and return to the pot.

Stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, toasted breadcrumbs, Parmesan and vegetable seasoning to taste.

Serves 4.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Case of Pizza with Rapini and Chillies

Pizza with Rapini and Chillies

1 cup very warm water (120ºF - 130ºF)
1 rounded tsp salt
1 envelope instant yeast
3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
olive oil
pizza sauce
3 cups shredded part skim mozzarella
1 bunch rapini
2 chillies, sliced

In a large bowl, whisk together the water, salt and yeast.

Whisk in 1 cup of the flour until a loose batter forms. Stir in the remaining 2 cups flour and mix until a dough forms. You may need to add more water, up to 1/3 cup.

Start kneading the dough in the bowl and then transfer to a flat surface and continue kneading for a total of 6 min.

Shape the dough into a ball and transfer to a deep, oiled bowl. Turn the dough a few times until it's coated in oil. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. You can refrigerate the dough overnight at this point, or allow it to rise in a warm place (which can be your oven heated for 5 min. at the lowest temperature when it's cold outside and a sunny window just won't cut it) for 2 hours until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 500ºF.

Trim 1/3 off the bottom of the rapini while still bunched.

Cut the remaining rapini in half.

In a colander, rinse the stem ends under cold, running water. Drop into boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil then drain the stems over the leaves and buds, which you have also rinsed under cold, running water in the colander.

Punch down the dough and divide into 4 smaller balls. Shape each ball into a disk with your fingers. On a flour-dusted surface, roll each disk into a 12" circle about 1/8" thick.

Lay the pizza crusts on oiled pizza pans (pans with ventilation holes in the bottom crisp the crusts). Bake for 5 min., bottom rack.

Remove from oven and poke any air bubbles with a knife. Spread with the sauce, cheese, rapini and chillies and bake again for another 7 min.

Makes 4 personal 12" pizzas.


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Case of a Sizzling Summer Sale!

A scorching hot message from my publisher! Join the beach book party!

SUMMER SIZZLES 2014—July 12-20
Great things come in threes this July!
  1. 'Share the Imajin Books Buzz' contest—share our events on Twitter and Facebook, and share your pics of our books on your ereaders or you holding one, and receive entries into a grand prize draw for a $100 Amazon gift card! Open to anyone 18+ who can use Amazon. Other prizes include three $20 Amazon or Kobo Books gift cards (winner’s choice). Void where prohibited. Draw will take place the first week of September. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form http://www.imajinbooks.com/contests-events from July 12-20.
  2. Imajin Books eBook Sale—www.imajinbooks.com/sale—most ebooks will be priced at $0.99 or $1.99 from July 12-20, Amazon and Smashwords coupon codes.
  3. Facebook Party—for one day only, Thursday, July 17th, we'll be holding a Facebook Party online and giving away prizes (ebooks and gift cards from Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.) Join us at: https://www.facebook.com/events/659449144144070. The party begins 2:00 PM EST and goes until 8:00 PM EST. Our authors will drop by when they can. Be sure to also like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/imajinbooks.     
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Case of Happy Canada Day and Waffles with Fruit!

Do you get inspired by restaurant meals? This plate of Waffles with Fruit was inspired by a meal at Cora Breakfast and Lunch, founded in Québec, locations all over Canada. Drizzle on the maple syrup!

Go ahead and visit Cora Breakfast and Lunch (or the website http://www.chezcora.com/home) and see what inspiration you draw.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Case of Bloody Words

A bunch of mystery readers and writers together in the same Toronto hotel conference space starting Friday! Wanna mingle?
There will be readings from the latest in Canadian crime, seminars on writing in the mystery genre, a room full mystery books, including A PURSE TO DIE FOR, and a Scene of the Crime room set up for visitors to try and guess who, what, when, where, why and how.
A PURSE TO DIE FOR co-author Cynthia St-Pierre will be on a panel with fellow authors Rick Blechta, Mel Bradshaw, Janice MacDonald and Cathy Ace. The topic? Is the female of the species more deadly than the male?
No, it's not "Men vs. Women" but men and women revealing how they write female characters. Sleuths, cops, investigators, victims, witnesses, and baddies...two male and two female authors will be grilled by moderator Cathy about how they create believable female characters in these roles, and more. Is it just as tough for women to do this as it is for men? Does gender make a difference at the keyboard, or on the page? Do female characters bring something unique to these roles? If so, then what? And how? Join them for what is likely to become a lively conversation.
The deadline for online registrations paid by either PayPal or Interac e-transfer is June 3. You can register after June 3—you can even register at the door—but, "Unfortunately," says the Bloody Words team, "we can’t guarantee that there will be a dinner for you." http://2014.bloodywords.com/.
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