Holiday chat, books and boozy drinks!

I’m chatting about the holidays, books, and boozy Christmas drinks over at the Cozy Mystery Book Review blog! Come over and comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Chasing the Dollar! And get a recipe for Tom & Jerrys for free! It will keep you warm and bright!

Holiday Greetings!

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Have you ever been to one of those cookie exchange parties? The ones where you take several dozen cookies to someone’s house and inexplicably come home with thousands of cookies. Seriously, the math on this never works out. Or I’m hoarding someone else’s Christmas cookies.

Anyway, this here’s a virtual cookie exchange. Which means the participants post a recipe and tag four more people and the following week, they all post a recipe. And this time, I probably won’t steal your cookies. (No promises, the ones Mia Marshall made look realllly good.)

It was hard to choose, but I think my favorite Christmas cookies are Nut Cups. These little delights are a must-have for the holidays. I’m pretty sure my family would boycott the celebration if they weren’t on the cookie tray.

Thanks, Linda Poitevin, for organizing this virtual exchange! What a great idea! And thanks, Mia, for including me on the fun!

Nut Cups


3 oz cream cheese

1 cube butter

1 cup flour

Mix together and press dough into mini-cupcake pan.


1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tbsp melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

Spoon filling into the crust-lined cups. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (walnuts are my favorite, but pecans would work). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

One note:  I can never make the crust and filling work out to the right proportions, so you may want to keep supplies on hand to make extra, in case you end up with too much dough and not enough filling. You’ll probably want to make extra anyway.

For next week’s round of recipes, I’m tagging the following people:

See what my amazing critique partner, Debra, is posting over at her blog. Debra is an accomplished baker and I’m really looking forward to her recipe!

And check in with my fellow Gemma Halliday Publishing authors — Gin Jones, Dane McClaslin, Kerri Nelson, and Diane Bator to see what goodies they’re sharing!


We’re giving away a Kindle Fire HDX!

Happy holidays from the Laffeinated Ink crew! Enter to win a Kindle Fire HDX!


Don’t wait! The contest is open through the weekend and a winner will be announced on Monday!

Kick off the holidays with a caper!

Or with 19 capers! Cozy Christmas Capers is available for pre-order at these online CozyChristmasCapers_coverbooksellers now!



Only $1.99 for 19 short stories. Order now and it will appear on your e-reader on Monday. It’s like magic! It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season!


Countdown to release day!

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Counting down the days til the release of Cozy Christmas Capers! Nineteen holiday-themed short stories from Gemma Halliday Publishing, including Chasing Tinsel, a Miranda Vaughn Mystery novella. All for only $1.99!

Preorder now at these retailers!



Available everywhere on December 1. But remember, it’s only available until January 31st. Get your copy before it’s gone!



Road Trip, part 3

More road trip photos! Of a different trip, though.

Here’s the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. The tree outside the door to the chapel is laden with rosaries.

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The famous staircase to the choir loft.

2014-11-15 at 11-12-04 2014-11-15 at 11-13-56 The shopping is nice. Maybe I should say, the browsing is nice. Most shopping in Santa Fe is a bit outside my budget.

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Holiday Box Set Sale!

[Ed.’s note:  Oops. I meant to schedule this for release on Nov. 23. Honest, I didn’t mean to open the floodgates of holiday-season shopping mania. But I hate unpublishing something once it’s out there. And the pre-order links are active, so… Sorry.]

CozyChristmasCapers_coverNineteen holiday short stories by New York Times, USA Today and award-winning authors!

Enjoy these tales of mystery, romance, and laughter amid the backdrop of pine trees, gingerbread men, and Santas galore! The perfect short bites for cozying up by the fire with a cup of cocoa…or waiting in line at gift wrapping!

But get your copy now because Cozy Christmas Capers is only available December 1 through January 31!

Stories include:

Rosolio Red (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti
Chasing Tinsel (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries ) by Ellie Ashe
Death of a Christmas Witch (A Crewel to be Kind Mini Mystery) by Diane Bator
Queenie Baby: Pass the Eggnog (Queenie Baby Mysteries) by Christina A. Burke
The Holiday Inside Job by Mary Jo Burke
Hard to Catch a Christmas Thief (Hard Targets) by Wendy Byrne
A Christmas Ghost & Zero Regrets (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries) by Jennifer Fischetto
Christmas Canapés & Sabotage (Culinary Competition Mysteries) by Janel Gradowski
Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday
Christmas Al Dente (Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries) by Jennifer L. Hart
Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries) by Sibel Hodge
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries) by Gin Jones
Mini Pie the Christmas Spy! (Mini Pie Mysteries) by Libby LaManna
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (Greatest Hits Mysteries) by Leslie Langtry Ornamental Danger (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson
Motion for Mistletoe (Jamie Winters Mysteries) by Kelly Rey
Christmas in Venice by Maria Grazia Swan
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Tahoe Tessie Mysteries) by T. Sue VerSteeg
Santa’s Little Mistake by Stacey Wiedower

All that for only $1.99. Pre-order now at these online booksellers!

Nook  *  Kobo  *  iBook  *  Smashwords

Available everywhere on December 1st!