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Granny Rose’s Southern Jam Cake

I have adapted this recipe from one that mystery fan and blogger/reviewer Kathy Boone Reel kindly provided, courtesy of her mother. Adele makes the cake, and then Robbie makes a sheet version for a lunch special.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup seedless blackberry jam

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9” x 13” pan or two 9” cake pans.

Cream butter and sugar, and then beat in eggs. Mix cocoa, spices, and baking soda into the flour.

Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the dry ingredients in three portions, mixing well after each addition. Fold in the preserves. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool and frost with Caramel Frosting, next page. Makes two layers, or one sheet cake.

Caramel Frosting

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Add the milk and continue stirring until it comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla while beating with mixer on low speed. Beat on high speed until right spreading consistency. If it gets too hard, add a few drops of hot water. If not hard enough, add more powdered sugar. If making a layer cake, frost the bottom half and then the entire cake.

Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .
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About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com

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Darkness and Blood by Steve Haberman Genre: Thriller

Darkness and Blood
by Steve Haberman
Genre: Thriller
There are letter bombs.

 

There are car bombs.
And in Steve Haberman’s DARKNESS AND BLOOD, there is a file bomb,
ultra top secret information so horrifying in its content that an unintended
recipient, after downloading it, dies from a heart attack?
The south of France, past midnight.
An American intelligence
officer, accompanied by several bodyguards, has secretly flown in
from London, with some terrible news. The news is for a friend,
a very ex-intelligence agent, hiding out in an ancient farmhouse.
A mutual confidant, a retired MI5 analyst, he explains, has suffered
an odd cardiac arrest and died. To compound the mystery, just
before the death, three men had entered the deceased’s flat.
Two of them ranked high up in British domestic intelligence; the
third–from the CIA or MI6?–was an unknown. Minutes later,
presumably after their old friend had passed away, those three fled
his flat and disappeared into the London night.
So sets in
motion with this strange night tale thriller, DARKNESS AND BLOOD, The
unnerving, all-too-real sequel to THE KILLING PLOY.
Sometimes
being overly suspicious can keep you alive.
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Murder Without Pity
A University of Texas graduate, Steve Haberman pursued legal studies at
UCLA before embarking on a career as a legal assistant. Profitable
stock market investments made travel abroad possible, and he has
since visited Europe extensively and frequently, including London,
Paris, Prague, Berlin, as well as Milan and Budapest. Many of these
feature as settings in his two e-book novels. “Murder Without
Pity,” a murder mystery with tragic echoes from the past, occurs
in Paris. “The Killing Ploy” (with heavy overtones of “fake
news” before that was topical) is set partially in several
Continental capitals. His two works in progress, “Darkness and
Blood,” the sequel to “The Killing Ploy,” and “Winston
Churchill’s Renegade Spy” also use foreign locales. He is
presently planning another three month trip abroad for research on a
fifth thriller, this one set in the post World War II apocalyptic
ruin of the German capital.
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Druid’s Portal: The First Journey by Cindy Tomamichel Genre: Time Travel Romance, Historical Fantasy

Druid’s Portal: The First Journey
by Cindy Tomamichel
Genre: Time Travel Romance, Historical Fantasy
A portal closed for 2,000 years.
An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.
A love that crosses the centuries.
An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman
soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love—but are
they a promise or a curse?
Her fiancé Daman abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is
ransacked, and a robed man vanishes before her eyes. Haunted by
visions of a time she knows long gone, Janet teeters on the edge of a
breakdown.
In the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and 2,000 years back in time, Janet’s
past and present collide. Daman has vowed to drive the invaders from
the shores of Britain and march his barbarian hordes to Rome. Trajan
swears vengeance against the man who threatens both his loves—Janet
and the Empire.
Time is running out—for everyone.
Druid’s Portal : The Second Journey
A love that can never be.
Ethan—latest guardian of the Arwen
pendant—finds his heritage of time travel a burden he can scarcely
endure. Rowena—last of the line of Daman—is a soldier in the
Celtic army, forced to perform deeds that haunt her. Both tormented
by visions of the other, separated by barriers of time.
A time that should not exist.
Rowena flees the catastrophic end of
her time but is trapped by an ancient family pact with an evil
goddess. Desperate to save her, Ethan crosses over into her timeline,
where his parents never met, and Daman—their greatest
enemy—rules.
The past is ruled by a man who knows the future.
Thirty days to stop a goddess taking over her body.
Thirty days to save his timeline. Together they will fight their way
through an altered history to the dark past of Stonehenge.
But time is running out—for everyone.
Cindy Tomamichel is a multi-genre writer. Escape the everyday with time
travel action adventure novels, scifi and fantasy stories or tranquil
scenes for relaxation.
Find a world where the heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes
earn that title the hard way.
The Druid’s Portal series is a genre blend of action, adventure,
romance, time travel and magical historical fantasy set in Roman Britain.
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Rosinanti (The Rosinanti Series Book 1) by Kevin J. Kessler

Rosinanti (The
Rosinanti Series Book 1)

The Rosinanti Dragons are no more. Since their extinction nearly one
thousand years ago these primal powerhouses have fallen into the
obscurity of history’s forgotten lore. In that time, humans have come to
dominate the world of Terra, peacefully ignorant to one horrifying
truth: ancient evil stirs around them, waiting to reclaim its lost
world.

For Valentean Burai, animus warrior of the kingdom of Kackritta, the
details surrounding humanity’s victory over the Rosinanti are more than
just a history lesson. The long-buried mysteries of this archaic
conflict may hold the answers that he has so desperately sought
regarding his own past.

As the awful truth of the Rosinanti’s supposed demise comes to light,
Valentean must stand together with Seraphina, a magically gifted
princess, to embark upon a mission to maintain order and light
throughout Terra. Only together can these two lifelong friends face down
the resurgence of the Rosinanti legacy, and combat the greatest threat
their world has ever known.

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Written in the Stars Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 2 by T. Birmingham

Written in the Stars
Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 2
by T. Birmingham
Genre: MC Romantic Suspense
In the small town of Golden Trail, PA, the Fallen Eagles MC isn’t just
any group of veterans. They’re patrons of the community, the
protectors of veterans and townsfolk alike, and a motley group of
world military-trained men and women. And their small town isn’t
afraid to call on the varied skills of this rough and ready crew to
help out on a case or two.
Summer brought us blackmail.
Winter will bring us murder.
With a Philly-based serial murderer on the loose, and the most recent
victim a member of their small town, the Fallen Eagles MC will deal
with one of the hardest cases they’ve ever encountered.
Davis “Eagle” Landon has given a lot for his country—an eye, a leg,
time with his kids. He’s retired now and as the owner of several
small businesses and the founder and President of the Fallen Eagles
MC, this former Texan has his roots firmly planted. He’s ready to
settle down again, and only one woman will do.
Winter is different. A bit of a loner. Quiet. Sarcastic. She’s also the
owner of the one and only full-service salon in Golden Trail and has
an amazingly supportive family and a close-knit group of friends who
love her for the odd woman she’s molded herself into. She still
feels like there’s something missing, though. As the youngest
Markham, she’s seen the many struggles her older sisters have
endured, and as much as the prospect scares her, she wants a love
that is all her own. The problem? Nosy sisters, a murderer killing
women who fit her description, and the guy she loves is a good twelve
years older and way out of her league.
Eagle and Winter have a tough road ahead, but what these two are about to
realize is that not even death can separate two souls who are
f**cking written in the stars.
*Full-length novel
Trigger Warning:
This book contains scenes of violence/sexual violence/gore
that may be difficult for some readers.
A Terrible Beauty
Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 1
In the small town of Golden Trail, PA, the Fallen Eagles MC isn’t just
any group of veterans. They’re patrons of the community, the
protectors of veterans and townsfolk alike, and a motley group of
world military-trained men and women. And their small town isn’t
afraid to call on the varied skills of this rough and ready crew to
help out on a case or two.
Ten years ago, Kit Markham left her high school sweetheart, Lee
Devereaux, behind to serve her country. The woman who returns is just
a shadow of her former self. She might be the kickass Second of the
Fallen Eagles MC, but she’s also damaged—and it’s an unbearable
struggle at times, just to make it through the day. The only things
that help are her veteran MC, the Fallen Eagles, her family, and
long, quiet rides on the back of Lee’s bike.
Lee has his own share of war wounds, but none worse than the burden he’s
taken on to see that the Kit he once knew finds herself again.
It’s been over two years since she returned home, and Lee still can’t
find the girl he once loved in the woman who’s become so lost. He’s
had it with being kept in the dark. He’s demanding answers—but
he’s not the only one who’s interested in Kit’s past.
When local soldiers, veterans, and their families start getting threats
from a team of blackmailers, Kit’s shocking history is revealed. A
twist that has Lee reeling and wondering if what they once had is
even salvageable.
*Novella Length: 31,000 words
Trigger Warning:
This book contains situations of sexual abuse/assault/war
violence that may be difficult for some readers.
T. Birmingham believes words are our greatest form of magic. And making magic is what she loves best. But when it’s time to put the words aside, T. enjoys drinking whiskey with her tribe, eating pretzels
with Nutella, watching and reading as many stories as she can, especially romances, and traveling wherever the wind takes her-sometimes all at once. She also loves a sturdy (but cute) pair of
cowgirl boots, is hoping to one day build a log cabin with her Man Bear, and she writes mystery and suspense in the Paranormal,
Contemporary, and MC Romance genres.
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Rebekah’s Quilt by Sara Harris a Historical Amish Romance

Who can Rebekah trust
when the line between English and Amish becomes blurred?
An Amish Settlement. An
English stranger. The Blizzard of 1888.
Rebekah’s mother, Elnora Stoll, is the finest quilter in all of Gasthof Village
but it seems Rebekah has inherited none of her skill.
A
sweet and gentle love blossoms between Rebekah Stoll and her
childhood friend Joseph Graber, despite attempts by her saucy
nemesis, Katie Knepp, to sway the young man’s affections her way.
When Joseph hints at the promise of forever, Rebekah is positive she
should say yes to his proposal – until a mysterious English stranger
shows up at her homestead and sets everything she thought she knew
about her world on end.
Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist.
Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome
Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her
B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series,
An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted
into the children’s book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids),
written for her own chunky baby.
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Meet Detective Mick Meiser of the Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath

Character Post: Detective Mick Meiser

I’ve wanted to work in law enforcement my entire life—as far back as I can remember. I have VERY good reasons for wanting to have order in my life—one in which is a secret that I want to keep from Jolie. I don’t want to lose her, and I’m not sure she’d understand.

Life hit me below the belt recently with an illness. I’m struggling to cope with the diagnosis. All of my hard work to become a cop, then working my way up the ladder to detective in my early thirties could all be thrown out the door in a matter of years. Everything depends on the prognosis of this disease. But I have a back-up plan. Of course, I’m juggling all of this when into my life walks this curly-haired blonde with these huge, indigo-blue eyes, I tell you, they are bottomless. They have seen things, but they never look scared. woman with these amazing indigo, ocean blue eyes behind those long, blonde curls that look tired from life but never look scared. She points those beautiful things at me and it’s like she sees me and all my past and my pain—which is weird. I know she doesn’t know—but it feels like she gets it. She’s smarter than any woman I’ve met–my age or older. She’s got an old soul. She’s so honest—and not at the same time. She’ll lie right to my face, then take it all back in less than a minute. She’s an enigma—that’s for sure.

Even though my past and my illness haunt me daily, I’ve found happiness in this small village of Leavensport. Right now, I’m just renting. I haven’t fully put down roots, but I plan to. So far, I’m able to continue as a detective. My brother, who was the mayor of Tri-City where I used to live, and work caused a ruckus recently and had to resign. I’ve managed to not have to go into too much detail over that mess—so far.

I can feel a shift in the air. Things are changing in Leavensport—heating up with the summer months. I plan on getting Jolie on a date if it’s the last thing I do. But I also fear some dark secrets will come out.

 

About the Book

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder

(The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series

JalapenoMurder_cover_hi_res_1563x2500 (3)Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlife of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

 

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Annabel Lee: The Story of a Woman, Written By Herself by Christopher Conlon

Annabel Lee:
The Story of a Woman, Written By Herself
by Christopher Conlon
Genre: Historical Gothic
Everybody knows Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”—but who was she really?
In this haunting and evocative novel, Christopher Conlon (“one of
the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror”—
Booklist)
imagines a life for one of literature’s most renowned characters.
Hers is a chronicle even more thrilling, doom-haunted, and tragic
than Poe himself could have conceived, for here Annabel Lee tells her
own story in her own words…for the first time.

Christopher Conlon (b. 1962) is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker
Award-winning anthology “He Is Legend” (Gauntlet/Tor), a
tribute to author Richard Matheson which was reprinted by the Science
Fiction Book Club and in multiple foreign translations. His novel
“Savaging the Dark” was included in Booklist’s “Top
Ten: Horror” for 2015 (starred review) and acclaimed by Paste
Magazine both as one of the 21 Best Horror Books of the 21st Century
and as one of the 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time. Two of his
earlier novels, “Midnight on Mourn Street” and “A
Matrix of Angels,” were finalists for the Stoker Award, and he
has written numerous collections of stories and poems along with two
full-length stage plays. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds
an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland and
lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Nothing About Us Without Us: The Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army by David Perlmutter

Nothing About Us Without Us:
The Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army
by David Perlmutter
Genre: Fantasy
Anybody who loves animated cartoons should be interested in knowing the truth
about them. Which is that they have lives after the camera stops
filming, and pretty interesting ones at that. This book will give you
the truth about who they are and what they feel, direct from their
lips. Particularly about how the leaders of the world want them out
of the way, for
good….
David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television
Animation
(McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of
Jefferson Ball
(Amazon Kindle/Smashwords), The Pups
(Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other
Stories
(Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt (Scarlet Leaf
Publishing), Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville
Press, forthcoming), The Encyclopedia of American Animated
Television Shows
(Rowman and Littlefield) and Nothing About Us
Without Us (
Amazon Kindle Direct Prime). His short stories can be
read on Curious Fictions at Curious Fictions/David Perlmutter. He can
be reached on Facebook at David Perlmutter-Writer, Twitter at
@DKPLJW1, and Tumblr at The Musings of David Perlmutter
(yesdavidperlmutterfan).
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Flobella Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimension by Altheta G.D. Waverly

Flobella
Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimension
by Altheta G.D. Waverly
Genre: MG Fantasy
Flobella is a creatress but doesn’t know it.
Orphaned when she was four, twelve-year-old Flobella now lives a sad, drab
life with her cruel aunt and uncle. Only painting and the
maybe-memory of a woman who might be her mother hugging her in a
purple garden makes her feel alive. But one day while painting, the
swirl of colors begins to lift off the page, revealing a tiny fairy
named Mumu whom Flobella follows through the spiral into the Creative
Idea Dimension, a land of imagination and ideas.
When Flobella misses her opportunity to exit the spiral, the only way home
is to follow the creative path to a gold door and Evo, a wise man who
lives beyond the door and can help her find her way. Along her
fantastical journey, she meets an array of magical creatures, each of
whom presents a different creative path. But in a world of
possibilities, she must find her own way, and the
ruminudgies will do anything to stop her from fulfilling her destiny,
as the dimension of creativity hangs in the balance…
An inspired and creative adventure awaits in an imaginative
Alice-in-Wonderland-like fairy-tale world—where mysterious gardens,
dark forests and magical fields are populated with wizards,
talking ladybugs, white idea birds, a quantum kitty, andTimette, a
lavender tea-loving time guide, and more—in this exciting
first book in the Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimensionseries by
debut author Altheta G.D. Waverly.
Altheta G.D. Waverly created Flobella’s Adventures in the Creative Idea
Dimension to immerse the reader in a creative landscape. She lives
with her family (a mini creative collective) in a garden state not
too far from the ocean and loves to visit lavender groves.
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