Sunday, January 31, 2021

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries) by Amber Royer


Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
by Amber Royer

About Grand Openings Can Be Murder 

Grand Openings Can Be Murder (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Golden Tip Press (February 2, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1952854083
ISBN-13: 978-1952854088
Digital ASIN: B08JLFHD7N

Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She’s moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family.


She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity’s one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend – who’s now a cop – thinks Felicity is a suspect. As the murder victim’s life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she’s going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan’s help. Though she’s not sure if she’s ready to let anyone into her life – even if it is to protect her from being the killer’s next victim. For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane – right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away?


About Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing techniques and all things chocolate at She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.

Chocolate, Community Coffee and Involuntary Autobiographical Memory


If you’ve met me for five minutes, you probably know I’m really into coffee.  I have an espresso machine at my house, and the first thing I do when I travel (pre COVID, and hopefully again someday soon!) is to check out the local coffee scene.  I love watching people roast coffee, and I collect unusual coffee cups and mugs.  But let’s take a moment to talk about something more basic.  Drip coffee.  More specifically, Community brand drip coffee, made in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

The Community website says it is a, “A Rich, Smooth & Bold Flavor!”  And it lives up to the hype.  Merely smelling the stuff brewing is enough to bring me back to my childhood.  Half of my extended family is from Louisiana, and when everyone was over to visit, all the adults would sit around the table drinking coffee.  Being able to drink it meant being grown up.  But it was – to my childhood mind – bitter, terrible stuff.  So my grandmother would give me a cup of hot milk with a few splashes of coffee in it, so that I could sit with everyone else and “drink coffee.”  It is easy for me, in my mind, to equate Community Coffee with kindness and consideration.  So easy, that when we drove past the Community Coffee sign in Lake Charles, I stopped to take a picture.

So when I started the first chapter of Grand Openings Can Be Murder, I wanted to give a similar memory to my protagonist, to highlight that she also has roots in Louisiana and Southeast Texas.  But it seemed too on the nose to start with her drinking coffee.  In the book, Felicity is a craft chocolate maker.  And to me, there’s a burned element to the fragrance of strongly brewed chickory coffee.  So I have her burn a test batch of cacao beans – which sparks the memory.  And I have Felicity’s aunt be the one to bring up the similarity of the smell, and the connotation it gives to times when the whole family was together.  Felicity has drawn away from her family, because of grief that makes her feel that isolating herself is better than letting them see her sad.  So this is important to the story.  (Don’t worry – there’s also lots of humor and hints of romance as Felicity interacts with others to solve the titular murder.)

This whole aspect to her arc keys into a psychological phenomenon that writers often use to great effect in stories: involuntary autobiographical memory (referred to in the literature as IABs).  While German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus was the first to study this concept, the name involuntary memory was first coined by a writer, not a psychologist.  In his vast multivolume novel In Search of Lost Time, French novelist Marcel Proust included a scene in which the (semi-autobiographical) narrator eats a madeleine.  This hardly seems like ground-breaking literature – or psychology – but note the connotation he gives it: “As soon as I recognized the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-blossom which my aunt used to give me . . .”

By stating that the narrator recognized this particular taste, Proust gives the reader a tangible reason to jump back through time, as the narrator remembers childhood events surrounding this taste.  The phenomenon works in real life – we’ve all experienced it, whether from a smell, a taste, a song – so we believe it will work for a fictional character too. 

This allows the writer to make a quick leap into backstory – like I did in the first chapter of my book – without it feeling unnatural.  It also allows the character to have revelations.  Proust’s character had completely repressed these memories of childhood, and so the memories come flooding back.  Alternately, you can have a revelation where a character has been trying to figure something out, and has assembled most of the pieces of the puzzle, but is still missing something – right up until the involuntary autobiographical memory clues into something the character has smelled/heard earlier in the story to bring on the kind of blinding revelation that makes everything fall into place.

Writers can also attach these kind of memories to people.  My character is a chocolate maker, so tastes are as important to her as smells.  At one point, I have her make a truffle with tastes that she associates with two different characters, which in the context of the scene highlights how conflicted she is about how she feels about both guys – especially when someone calls her on it, asking her why the ganache she’s made reminds them of one of the character’s cologne.

These are all simple ways that writers let readers in on what the characters are thinking, so that you can follow the viewpoint character’s logic and feel for her as she struggles through situations.

I think that’s one reason why readers get so excited when I tell them I’ve written a book about chocolate.  Most people seem to have some kind of positive association with chocolate.  I just asked my husband what he thinks of when smelling chocolate.  (I made him smell milk chocolate.)  He immediately said:

--The chocolate sweetdough pie his grandma used to make for special occasions.

-- Pulling Oreos apart with his dad, when they could just talk.

-- How his grandparents used to keep a jar of M&Ms for when he and his siblings came to visit.

When the sample was dark chocolate, his response changed:

--Being at the Dallas Chocolate Festival.

--That time we were in Samaná Dominican Republic watching a farmer crush cacao beans in a giant mortar and pestle.

Go to your kitchen and taste or sniff some cocoa powder, Baker’s chocolate, single origin bars – whatever you have on hand.  What associations/involuntary memories does chocolate bring up for you? 

I hope having a little chocolate on hand will help you enjoy reading Grand Openings  





Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcakes with Lemongrass Frosting

Makes 24 cupcakes

The frosting for these cupcakes combines cinnamon whiskey with lemongrass-infused butter.  The cinnamon hits you first – and then the lemon comes in as a back note.  Lemongrass is too gritty/abrasive to mince into a baked good, and you don’t want to add too much liquid to a frosting, so do take the time to infuse the butter and cool it back to solid.  For a non-alcoholic version, add two tsp. of cinnamon to the frosting, and add milk to make up the missing liquid.

1 c. cocoa powder
2 c. hot coffee
c. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 c. butter, room temperature
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

1 batch Lemongrass Buttercream Frosting


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line two 12-cup cupcake pans with paper wrappers. 

Combine the cocoa powder and the hot coffee in a medium bowl.  Stir to dissolve.  Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Stir in the chocolate mixture and mix to a uniform color. 

Scoop 2 Tbsp. of batter into each paper cup.  Bake 15-18 minutes.  Allow to cool completely, then frost with Lemongrass Buttercream Frosting.


Lemongrass Buttercream Frosting

1 batch Lemongrass-Infused butter
Shortening, as needed
4 c. sifted confectioners' sugar
4 Tbsp. cinnamon whiskey

Measure the lemongrass butter, and add enough shortening to total one cup.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add the cinnamon whiskey and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.


Lemongrass Infused Butter

2 stalks fresh lemon grass
1 c. butter
2 tsp. lemon zest

Trim and discard tough tops and root ends from lemon grass. Remove and discard tough outer layers.

Cut each stalk lengthwise in half, and cut into 2-inch pieces.  Place the butter in a saucepan pan, and add the lemongrass pieces.  Over high heat, melt the butter.  When butter is melted, turn heat to low and stir often until flavors are blended, 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the butter into a bowl.  Add the lemon zest.  With a slotted spoon, lift out and discard lemon grass. Let cool, cover, and chill until solid.



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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours: Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries) by Janice Peacock

Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery
(Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
by Janice Peacock

About Aloe & Goodbye 

Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Vetrai Press (December 7, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10 : 099848198X
ISBN-13: 978-0998481982
Digital ASIN: B08MTP6WYY

New Yorker Ruby Shaw arrives in a hillside town in Arizona with a brand-new name, a duffel bag on her shoulder, and her daughter, Allie, at her side. Before arriving, Ruby witnesses a murder that lands her in the witness protection program. That decision means she’s gone from being a successful artist to being a nobody in a postage-stamp-sized town called Paradise—a name that doesn’t fit the former ghost town. Even though their new digs are a little shabby, and there may be ghosts haunting the town, they are optimistic about their new lives, that is, until a neighbor turns up dead.


Having just arrived in town, living next door to the victim, and without an alibi, the community members are suspicious of Ruby. A local deputy befriends her, but the deputy still points to her as the culprit each time they find a new clue. If matters weren’t bad enough, Allie is having trouble fitting in at her new school, and Ruby can’t seem to hold down a job.


As they settle in, they meet the quirky inhabitants of Paradise: Bette—the chatterbox café owner, Flora—Allie’s eccentric babysitter, and Derek—who runs local history tours, which he jazzes up with ghost stories of questionable veracity.


Ruby’s life improves when she meets a handsome cook at the local café who is passionate about succulents and cacti, and may feel equally passionate about her. Even though Ruby and Allie want to stay in Paradise, a US marshal has other ideas, as he threatens to move them to a new town after Ruby gets mixed up in the murder investigation. Ruby must find the killer before she and Allie lose their new home or even worse—their lives.

About Janice Peacock

Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.

When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at

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Celebrate Lit Presents: Endless Mercy by Traci Peterson, Kimberly Woodhouse


About the Book

Book:  Endless Mercy

Author: Traci Peterson, Kimberly Woodhouse

Genre: Christian historical romance


Madysen Powell has always been a forgiving person, but when her supposedly dead father shows up in Nome, Alaska, her gift for forgiveness is tested. With the recent loss of her mother, she searches for answers, leaning on Granny Beaufort, a neighbor in town, who listens with a kind heart. Still, Madysen is restless and dreams of performing her music around the world. The arrival of a traveling show could prove just the chance she needs, and the manager promises more than she ever dreamed.

Daniel Beaufort arrives in Nome, searching for his own answers after the gold rush leaves him with only empty pockets. Still angry about the death of his loved ones, he longs to start fresh but doesn’t have high hopes until he ends up helping at the Powell dairy making cheese. Drawn to the beautiful redhead with big dreams, will deceptions from the past tear apart any hope for the future?


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About the Authors


Tracie Peterson ( is the award-winning author of over 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.








Kimberley Woodhouse ( is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.






More from Kim

It’s so exciting for book two in our Treasures of Nome series, Endless Mercy, to be heading out into the world! Tracie and I are so thrilled to bring you another story set in Nome, Alaska. And isn’t that cover gorgeous? Bethany House does such an amazing job with our books, it is an absolute joy to get to work with them.

In book one, Forever Hidden, we are introduced to three sisters and their family (and farm) in Nome. Forever Hidden is Havyn’s story. And did I mention there are chickens? Check out my blog for some interesting pictures and stories about how these chicken stories came to be…

Book two, Endless Mercy, is Madysen’s story. Madysen is the youngest sibling, and in our story, she’s a talented cello player. Oh, and there are some sheep, who just might help get her into mischief. (Are you seeing a pattern here?)

Book three will release January 2022 and will finish out the Powell girls’ stories with the eldest, Whitney.

This series is very near and dear to us because the Powell sisters in the books are actually named after three beautiful girls we adore. They were music students of mine in Colorado and when Tracie and I had a book signing for In the Shadow of Denali, the red-headed, musical sisters all came. Tracie made the comment that someone should write a book about them…so of course…we did!

I wish you could hear the girls play and sing in real life. They are such talented musicians, and I love them dearly. Huge thanks go to Monica and Merle Powell for allowing us to take their three girls and make fictional characters out of them.

Here’s a picture of Monica with me and Tracie at a book signing years ago. And then of course, I had to put in a picture of the real Powell girls.

We’d love for you to join us for The Treasures of Nome. Enjoy the blog tour!

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Through the Fire Blogs, January 25

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Celebrate Lit Presents: The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth


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About the Book

Book:  The Dressmaker’s Secret

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre: Christian historical women’s fiction


Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter. Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?


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About the Author

Kellyn RothKellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. You should definitely call her Kell.

Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.

When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries.


More from Kellyn

I’ve honestly never rewritten a book as many times as I rewrote The Dressmaker’s Secret, and I hope I never do.
A first draft flew out of me one November when I was fourteen, and before the next November had come around, I’d gone through twelve drafts, changed points of view multiple times, and eventually rewrote the whole thing from scratch.
The ending especially went through many, many versions … until at last I settled on the final. Or so I thought.
Not long after, some more issues were called to light, and I revised again. And again. Years passed. I went through over twenty-five drafts! And, at the time, I liked all of them. Would I ever like one for longer than a month, though?
Well, turns out, it was possible! I’m over a year and a half into loving my draft of The Dressmaker’s Secret – e.g. the published draft – and that’s not likely to change any time soon.
This book taught me a lot. It practically taught me how to write – and edit! – a good book, and it made me really focus in on quality, even when it took some humility to admit I was wrong and critics were right – or, sometimes, that my gut was right. It taught me to not give up on something I love. It taught me that the risks I always wanted to take are worth taking. It taught me that no mistake is too great to be corrected … well, in some ways, at least.
And it taught me that there’s a great God out there who has grace for all my delays and mistakes and learning experiences.
So, that’s the story of how The Dressmaker’s Secret came to be written!

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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 6

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Godly Book Reviews, February 7

Labor Not in Vain, February 7

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My Review

 We begin a journey to unlock secrets, do we have the right to know, a lot of people felt they did, or they guessed and held it against Claire. Times were different 1860’s England, and a woman catering to the elite, by making their dresses, and she is good at it, but then rumors fly about her having illegitimate children, what can she do? God has a way of working things out, and we are there to see how things turn out.
There are big surprises, some I didn’t see coming, and some are really heart warming. We are there for some sad happenings, and blessings.
Forgiveness, that is a big theme here,  and there needs to be a lot of it, do children deserve answers? If you don’t tell. will someone else? As you turn the pages here you will get answers to these questions, and yes there are surprises!
I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Egg Shooters (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs


Egg Shooters (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
by Laura Childs

About Egg Shooters

Egg Shooters (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (January 26, 2021)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425281744
ISBN-13: 978-0425281741

A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone’s temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series.


Suzanne Dietz co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café is visiting her fiancée, Dr. Sam Hazelet when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape.


Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.


About Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

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