Monday, December 10, 2018

Adventures in Baking

Some years ago on Xmas Eve, I tried to recreate a dessert from a cookbook called Death by Chocolate: The Last Word on a Consuming Passion. 

The recipes are crazy complicated and, as a complete novice in the beginning, I had some problems. Over the years, I've learned a few tricks and have definitely gotten better. But even now, I sometimes run out of time and end up with ganache that hasn't set and melts down the side of a cake to pool at the base. Not the best look, but still delicious!

My experience with taking on recipes that are too much for an amateur is probably what makes the hilarious Netflix show Nailed It! such a sweet treat for me.

They've got a hilarious judges plus amateur bakers who are given complex artistic confections to create within impossible time constraints. I don't even think professional pasty chefs could get the challenges done in time, let alone the motley group of contestants they've got.

Check it out! I think you'll love it.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Blog Hop!

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it's time for Chick Lit Chat HQ's annual Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop and this year it's bigger and better than ever! 63 bestselling and award-winning authors in the Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy genres are participating in this fun-filled event and each one is doing a fantastic giveaway. Books, author swag, gift cards, and other assorted holiday treats are all up for grabs.

But wait! There's much, much more. On the hop's Facebook group page, you can enter to win our Grand Prize—a large holiday gift box filled to the brim with a fabulous variety of holiday and winter-themed goodies (the darling, KitschNStyle gingerbread house apron, Snoozies! sherpa socks, Calvin Klein cashmere pom-pom beanie in petal pink, Too Faced sugar cookie eye shadow purse palette, Sally Snowflakes mug by Bella Pilar, Well Read Women: A Reader's Journal, and handmade chocolate soaps shown in the graphic below are just a few of the items included in the box!).

We'll also be handing out four Runner-Up Prizes. Each one is a pair of Fitz & Floyd holiday mugs that will be accompanied by a canister of Williams-Sonoma classic hot chocolate as well as a tin of The Republic of Tea's Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas Tea. So, you'll have delicious, warm beverages to keep you cozy all winter long!

The celebration runs from Monday, Dec. 3rd through Sunday, Dec. 9th, so head on over to the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop Facebook group for some lively conversation with both authors and readers, incredible prizes, and lots of holiday fun! You'll find each day's featured authors, along with the links to their pages/giveaways, in the pinned post at the top of the group. We look forward to seeing you there!

*The Grand Prize giveaway is open to US residents only. However, all of the individual author giveaways and the Runner-Up Prize giveaway are open internationally.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kissing the Suspect - Cover Reveal 12/1/18

My new book, Kissing the Suspect, is in production. I'll be revealing the cover on 12/1/18, and there will be more details to follow quickly. 

I can't wait to share it with you!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Inspired by...

In Kissing the Suspect, my upcoming romantic mystery, there are a trio of cousins who look out for each other. This element of the story was inspired by my own family. I grew up as one of 14 grandchildren on my mom's side of the family and am still very close to my cousins. A recent unexpected event in my family reminded me how lucky I am to have such a special relationship with the wonderful women I've know my whole life. 

Grateful & inspired. 💕

Monday, November 5, 2018

Like the White Rabbit!

"I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date." ~ The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland

That's the kind of writing moment I'm having! I'd hoped to bring you my romantic mystery in the summer, but a few things got in the way of its release. Part of it was my own indecision as I tried to decide how much romance v. how much mystery to include.

You see, I've noticed that a number of authors write either cozy mystery or sexy romantic comedies. I can't seem to find anyone who's combining them. (I find that strange since a lot of authors create romantic suspense, blending intrigue and romance with a darker, more serious tone.)

So basically, I've been trying to decide whether there is an audience for humorous romantic mysteries. I finally decided that there's only one way to find writing and releasing some and seeing what you guys think.

The first book in the Mystical Melville series, now titled Kissing the Suspect, is complete. It should be going to the proofreader in the next week or two.

More updates soon. I promise!

Big hugs,

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Perfectly Pie-Jacked is live!

It's been several years since Tammy Jo's last adventure in Casually Cursed where she visited the Never and escaped. In true faery tale fashion she's been living happily ever after. 

When she's held up on the side of the road and robbed of her freshly baked pies, it's the first indication that trouble is brewing again. 
This 10,000-word short novella shows Southern Witch fans how Tammy Jo's life has changed. And how it's stayed the same.

It's available as a free read on Kindle Unlimited & as a 99-cent Kindle download. The link to read/buy it is here.

I hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Kimberly

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Perfectly Pie-Jacked Excerpt

Chapter 1
Almost the last thing a person expects on a Friday afternoon in April is to be held up on the side of the road by a bandit wearing a blue bandana over his face. I say “almost the last thing” because this wasn’t my first time being robbed by an Old-Timey bandit. Honestly though, I was just as surprised this second go ‘round. Maybe more so, given the time of year. The last time I’d been robbed by someone in costume had been at my friend Georgia Sue’s Halloween party.
That first hold-up had been around the time our town’s power was discovered by the outside world. Then all sorts of magical mishaps befell us. You see, I live in the small town of Duvall, Texas, which has a tor—that’s a magic mountain—and it sits on a mystical superhighway of magical lines. It’s real unusual. When supernatural power brokers tried to claim it, we had to fight to keep the town in the hands of the folks who’d always lived in it. But for almost five years, things had been quiet and peaceful. Well, from a supernatural standpoint anyway. Our town gets into its own ruckuses, like most any small town, I suppose.
My name is Tammy Lyons. My maiden name is Tammy Jo Trask, and I’m part witch and part faery. My regular job is as a baker and pastry chef, which is a low risk job, setting aside the occasional kitchen fire or dropped knife. That’s what had me so surprised today. By and large, so far as I know, bakery trucks don’t get held up. 
As I sat in the driver’s seat of the refrigerated van and leaned out my window, I wondered if this guy might be confused or on drugs because I couldn’t see how he could’ve mistaken my van for a truck of money or priceless valuables.
The bandit had a black cowboy hat sitting low on his head and a blue bandana tied across his lower face. He also had on sunglasses, which I didn’t think were regulation outlaw gear back in the late 1800s. They also didn’t drive Trans Ams with tinted windows, but this guy’s was parked sideways across the road.
“Broke down?” I asked, pretending he didn’t have a rag tied over his face.
“Out of the van,” he barked.
“There’s no money in the back,” I said. “Like the sign implies, I deal in baked goods and that’s what I’m transporting.”  There was a large picture on my van that showed cakes, pies, breads and candy. Nowhere at all did it say Brinks or have a dollar sign. I hadn’t even made a delivery yet, but even if I had there wouldn’t have been cash money. Most people paid with their credit cards. “I just have pies,” I added.
“Out of the van!” he snapped and brought his hand out from behind his back, brandishing a pistol that was not old-timey at all. A Kimber, I thought.
Are you kidding me? I wondered furiously. Was there a big market for stolen pies? Was there a wayward wedding party with a sick caterer? Not in Duvall, that’s for sure. No one hired anyone but me for wedding reception sweets.
I climbed out of my new van and gave it a long look. “That’s a custom paint job, and it cost a whole lot. Don’t scratch it.” I guess I should’ve acted scared. Guns, of course, were no joke. But I’d been held at gunpoint by much scarier sorts than this knucklehead, and I just didn’t believe I’d get killed over baked goods.
A primrose-scented breeze blew over from the Amanos river, sending strands of my red hair across my face. I shoved it back so I could keep my eyes on him.
“Move aside,” he said, waving at me.
I sighed and walked to the side of the gravel road. 
“Toss your phone in those weeds.”
“I’ll set it out there for sure, but I’m not throwing it. This is only one generation back from the latest one, and that means it cost me—”
He lurched forward, grabbed my phone and flung it.
My eyes narrowed, and I thought about the spells I practice in case I run into an underhanded witch or werewolf.  I could try to zap the guy into incapacity or some other location. I’d once hexed my annoying town nemesis into a whisky bottle. Not that I’d meant to. That was the problem. Sometimes my spells go sideways. Looking at him again, I decided I wouldn’t risk a malfunctioning spell unless I thought he really meant to do me bodily harm.
 He slid into the leather bucket seat, jerked the door closed and drove off, spraying gravel, with my raspberry tea still in the cupholder. The Trans Am wheeled back and spun around, then sped off too. There was no license plate. Lawbreaking at every turn, literally.
I wondered who the bandit and his accomplice were. They hadn’t stumbled onto me by accident. My bakery was off a secluded rode, so they weren’t just looking for any car or van to steal. Did that mean they’d come for my van? What did they need a refrigerator for? A body? I stiffened. Maybe so. They couldn’t have been there for my pies, could they? I doubted it.
 I wondered what I was going to tell all my customers. I doubted they’d believe the truth. I barely believed it myself.
As I climbed through the brambles to find my phone, I cursed and shook my head.
I don’t know how long it took me to find it. Maybe ten minutes. It’s lucky that modern phones are actually everyday spy devices that listen to conversations and answer when you call out to them.
As soon as I brushed off the dust, I called up the sheriff’s department. 
I was shocked for the second time that afternoon when my ex-husband Zach answered. He didn’t work for department anymore. Well, not usually.
“Sutton,” he said.
“Well, hello,” I said.
“Hey,” he said, recognizing my voice too.
“What are you doing there?”
“Lending a hand.”
“Is there a crime wave?” I asked.
“No, just a couple guys out. I’m covering. What do you need?”
“I need to make a report and for you to get someone in pursuit of my refrigerated bakery van.”
“Stolen?” he asked, surprised.
“Yep, and not from any parking spot. I’ve been pie-jacked.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Newsletter this weekend!

This weekend, I'll publish an excerpt from the Southern Witch novella here on my blog. 

Also this weekend, my newsletter will be flying to inboxes all over the world, containing an exclusive sneak peek at my new series, complete with an excerpt from Book 1.

Please sign up if you'd like a glimpse of what's coming!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

SW Novella Update

The new Southern Witch novella is tentatively titled: Perfectly Pie-Jacked, and I am ~ 6,300 words into it. Here's the opening of the story from the rough draft:

"Almost the last thing a person expects on a Friday afternoon in April is to be held up on the side of the road by a bandit wearing a blue bandana over his face. I said almost the last thing because this wasn't my first time being robbed by an Old-Timey bandit. Honestly though, I was just as surprised this second go 'round. Maybe more so, since it was months from Halloween."

More Soon!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Stories for a Happy New Year

I hope that 2017 was a wonderful year for you, and I'm wishing you an even better 2018!

I have been working on 2 stories that I think you'll enjoy. The first is a Southern Witch novella because I know that many of you would like to know what Tammy Jo is up to. 

The Southern Witch novella will be available in March as an ebook.

The second story is a new novel, and it has the same elements that you get in the SW series, namely humor, romance, and mystery. I can't wait to hear what you think.

There will be excerpts from both stories and details on the new releases in my newsletter in February. If you would like to receive the sneak preview, please sign up for FrostFiction News.

Take care & thank you for visiting!

xoxo, Kimberly

Kissing the Suspect Release!

Chapter 1 Callie Melville was wanted by the law, but to put it that way made things sound worse than they were. She hoped. The rumors...