Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Meg's Christmas in July Reading Deals!

Dear Readers,

I hope all of you have been having a wonderful July so far!! I love July for many reasons... it usually means vacation, it happens to be my birthday month, and it gives me an excuse to bring a little Christmas spirit into the middle of summer! I find the last part in particular quite fun (which shouldn't come as a surprise since I write about a town where it's Christmas year-round!) With some mid-year Christmas spirit in mind, I thought I'd compile a list of my Christmas books for those of you who might not have read my Christmas-themed books. Any of these would make a great Christmas in July read:


The flagship of the 9-book Christmas River Cozy Mystery Series! When a Gingerbread Junction Competition judge ends up dead behind pie baker Cinnamon Peters' shop one snowy evening in December, Cinnamon discovers she has a lot more to worry about than gumdrops and frosting. Over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads!

$2.99 on Amazon through the end of the month!


Book 2 in the Christmas River Cozy Mystery Series takes place in the summer, and makes for one explosive Christmas in July read! When a arsonist dressed up as Santa Claus starts burning down Christmas River businesses, Cinnamon Peters finds herself drawn into a mystery full of dark small town secrets.

$3.99 on Amazon!


The Devil Wears Prada meets the movie Elf in this cute and cozy Christmas read. When Mrs. Claus banishes elf Holly Hopewell to work in a department store in the small town of Mistletoe, Oregon, Holly finds that not all is as it seems in the small town. Especially when the hated department store owner turns up dead...

.99 cents on Amazon for only one week this July!!


Book 5 in the Christmas River Cozy Mystery series and a true fan favorite. When dogs start disappearing in Christmas River right before Christmas, Cinnamon Peters finds herself on the trail of a serial dog kidnapper. Fully of cozy Christmas spirit, this turned out to be one of my favorite books also!

$3.99 on Amazon!


For the ultimate Christmas in July reading pack, Books 1 - 3 of the Christmas River series feature almost 600 pages of cozy Christmas magic! Includes delicious recipes straight from Cinnamon's kitchen!

$6.99 on Amazon for a limited time! (40% off retail price of buying the books individually!)

Hope you find some good books in there, readers! And if you do enjoy these books, reviews left on Amazon are very much appreciated by the author.

Additionally, look for Book 10 of The Christmas River Cozy Mystery Series -- Meltdown in Christmas River -- later this summer on Amazon!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas in July!!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ginger's Bewitching Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Happy June, Readers! 

With the recent release of Ginger of the West, I thought I would throw in a fun recipe that wasn't included in the book (but definitely belongs.) It's for a grilled cheese sandwich, and while that might not sound so luxurious to you, believe me -- this is the fanciest grilled cheese you'll ever try! It's something I imagine Ginger offers at her cafe to the many tourists who frequent it during the lunch hour on long summer days at the coast. 

Whenever I announce that I'm making this sandwich, people in my household tend to freak out (in a good way). Make sure to grill up lots of extras!

Bewitching Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 (Makes 8-plus sandwiches depending on size of bread slices)

2 small to medium shallots
5-6 tablespoons white wine (more may be necessary)
5 oz Gruyere
8 oz Brie
8 oz of white cheddar
¾ stick of butter
1 loaf of sliced sourdough bread
1 package of bacon
2 tomatoes, chopped

Peel and chop shallots. Melt ¼ stick of butter in frying pan. When butter is melted, add shallots to pan. Saute until golden brown and the house smells delicious (about 5 minutes or so) Remove from pan and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, remove the rinds of the various cheeses and chop the good parts into cubes. Add cheese cubes to food processor along with 5-6 tablespoons of wine. Blend until it becomes a paste (you may need to add more wine if it gets stuck processing.) Then add cooked shallots to paste. Blend again until shallots are fully incorporated. Set mixture aside. 

Cook bacon according to package. (For bacon that’s crispy and not hard on the teeth, I prefer baking it in the oven as opposed to frying it in a pan.) Drain cooked bacon on paper towels. Set aside. 

Lay out sourdough bread slices, buttering the outside of each slice with softened butter. Spread a healthy layer of the cheese mixture in the middle of the sandwich (the non-buttered sides should face inward), then top with bacon strips and tomatoes. When all sandwiches are assembled, begin frying them on a griddle, two at a time. Cook about two minutes on each side, until the outside is golden brown and the inside is gooey and melted. (Keep a close eye on them because they can burn fast!) Remove from griddle, cut in half, and serve with a glass of white wine.

Be prepared to make many more! 

This recipe is inspired by Ginger of the West: A Witches of Broomfield Bay Mystery, available on Amazon.com. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 Things to Know About Ginger of the West

I’m so excited to announce that my latest project, Ginger of the West: A Witches of Broomfield Bay Mystery, will be out this Thursday! This book, which I’ve co-written with Amazon best-selling author Jools Sinclair, is a lighthearted mystery brimming with cozy magic. Since this is a new book and a new series, I thought it would be helpful to do my usual “5 things to know…” post for those who want to know more!

1. What is Ginger of the West about?

Ginger of the West: A Witches of Broomfield Bay Mystery is about a cafe owner named Ginger Westbrook who lives in a small town on the Oregon coast. It has paranormal elements in it, but it also has plenty of cozy elements, too. Here’s the official description: 

A dead mayor.
A wacky aunt.
An uppity millionaire romance author.
And a small town full of explosive secrets…
It’s one headache after another for witch and café owner Ginger Westbrook.
When Mayor Penelope Ashby rolls her car off a driveway and into the ocean, everyone in the small, sleepy seaside town of Broomfield Bay, Oregon is shocked.
Everyone but Ginger’s Aunt Vivian, who “saw” the grisly death coming long before the unlikable mayor plunged into the Pacific.
But when it’s discovered that the death may not have been an accident, accusations start flying and Ginger and Vivian find themselves smack dab in the middle of a modern-day witch hunt.
Strange things are afoot in Broomfield Bay this summer, and it will take all of Ginger’s powers – supernatural and otherwise – to keep the small town’s pitchforks and torches at bay.
Amazon best-selling authors Jools Sinclair and Meg Muldoon join forces in this magical tale. Full of mystery, romance, humor, and chowder, the first book in the Witches of Broomfield Bay Mysteries is this summer’s perfect cozy mystery beach read.

2. Why co-write a series?

Jools Sinclair is a fellow indie author and I'm a huge fan of her best-selling paranormal mysteries, 44. We’ve been talking about co-writing a series about witches for years now, so it’s so exciting to see this work published! This book is a real collaboration -- we’ve both brought our best storytelling talents to the table for this series. You'll see shades of Cinnamon Peters and Abby Craig throughout the book.

3. What makes Ginger of the West different from other witch cozy mysteries out there today?

There are tons of witch cozy mysteries out there these days, but Jools and I like to think of Ginger of the West as being special for several reasons. The book is a true mystery that will leave readers guessing right up until the end. Also, Ginger takes place on the Oregon Coast -- a place that both Jools and I know very well and love. We're both from Oregon, and have both spent lots of time on the coast. I think that comes through really clearly in the book, and makes it a fantastic summer read. The book is also very much a cozy, with lots and lots of mouthwatering food descriptions!!

4. Will there be more in the series?

Ginger Snaps, the second book in the Witches of Broomfield Bay Mystery series, is set to come out this fall. In total, we’re planning on writing 5 books in the series.

5. Are there recipes included in the book?

Yes! In true cozy fashion, we’re including five recipes in this book straight from Ginger’s cafe. These include marionberry scones, ginger lemon bars, and a delicious recipe for salmon chowder.

Ginger of the West will be available on Amazon this Thursday! Jools and I can't wait to share it with you guys!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week

Dear Readers, 

I've been writing cozy mysteries now for a while, but I have always considered myself first and foremost a reader. Like many of you, I love reading and I always have. One of my biggest New Year's Resolutions has been to read more -- I often get caught up in my work and reading is the first thing to get crossed off the list. However, so far this year, I've kept my resolution of reading more (the only one, in fact! :) Three months, nine books, and going strong! It's been so fun to get back to it, and I thought I would have a little feature here on my blog sharing what I'm reading lately. I'd love if you'd comment and tell me what you're reading lately, too! Or if you've read any of these, let me know what you thought of the book! 

Just Read: 

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

I'm on a bit of Western kick lately. This non-fiction biography is about Edward Curtis, the photographer who spent his life photographing and documenting North American tribes in the early 1900s. I absolutely loved this book and can not recommend it enough, especially if you enjoy reading about the West! I love reading about people who are completely consumed with their art and work. This is also a fascinating look at Native American cultures and how much was lost in the years following Western expansion. An excellent read. 

Currently Reading: 

American Ghost by Hannah Nordhaus

As I said, I'm on a bit of a Western kick! This one is particularly fun for me because I live less than a mile away from the haunted hotel that this book is about -- The Julia Staab Mansion, which is now the La Posada Hotel here in Santa Fe. I'm enjoying this book so far. I'm reading it partly as research for a Santa Fe-based mystery series I'm planning on releasing in 2018. 

Jammed by Deany Ray

I was hooked by this cute cover! I enjoy reading a lot of different kinds of books, but sometimes I enjoy reading books in my own genre, too. I liked the opening line of this one: "What does it mean that the highlights of your workday are a cookie and the chance to slip out early?" Been there! :)

In Reading Queue: 

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

I love reading mysteries based in Los Angeles, and for some reason, I particularly love reading them in the spring. I got to meet Michael Connelly at Bouchercon this past September (actually, it was more like I took my friend's picture with him and nervously smiled while hoping I didn't mess up the photo. :) I've read some of the Lincoln Lawyer series, and I've seen the Amazon television show for the Bosch novels, but haven't actually read them for myself. I'm excited to finally start on this series! Especially with season 3 of Bosch coming out this April. 

What are you reading these days? Post in the comments below. I'd love to hear about your own reading lists! 


Ginger of the West's Tomato Tart

Dear Readers,

Happy Spring! Hooray for making it through the winter! (At least on the calendar anyway :) I just wanted to let you know that Ginger of the West: A Witches of Broomfield Bay Cozy Mystery -- the paranormal cozy that I've been working on with best-selling author Jools Sinclair -- is coming out in early April. Yippee!! This book has been so fun to work on with Jools, and I'm so excited that the first installment is finally coming out. In honor of its spring release, I asked Jools to share a recipe on my blog here. She went with a drool-worthy recipe that we mention in the book: a Tomato Tart that Ginger, the main character, makes for her crazy witchy aunt, Aunt Viv. This tart has become one of my very favorite meals, and it's perfect for the warmer days ahead. So without further ado, here's the recipe with a little introduction by Jools!

Jools Sinclair Says:

Ginger knows that there is true magic in excellent food prepared with fresh ingredients and lots of love, so it’s no wonder that this rich and soul-satisfying French Tomato Tart recipe is one of her must-make-often dishes. It’s also one of Aunt Viv’s favorites, and she reminds Ginger of that by returning the empty tart pan as soon as every last bit of the buttery crust has disappeared, in hopes that another tart will soon be on its way.

In a perfect world, you’d always use your own tomatoes growing outside in the garden, but if you don’t live in that kind of world or it’s simply off season, no biggie. Just make sure the tomatoes you do purchase are chemical-free and flavorful.

This recipe is featured (and was found on) David Lebovitz’ blog, who in turn got it from Kate Hill. It’s highly recommended to add a glass or two of your favorite rose, and to sit in some sunshine when consuming.

Bon Appetit!

Tomato Goat Cheese Tart

Tart Filling

One unbaked tart dough (see recipe below)
Dijon or whole-grain mustard
2-3 large ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
two generous tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, chives, chervil, or tarragon
8 ounces (250g) fresh or slightly aged goat cheese, sliced into rounds
Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons flavorful honey

Tart Dough

1 1/2 cups (210g) flour
4 1/2 ounces (125g) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2-3 tablespoons cold water

1. Make the dough by mixing the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and use your hands, or a pastry blender, to break in the butter until the mixture has a crumbly, cornmeal-like texture.

2. Mix the egg with 2 tablespoons of the water. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the beaten egg mixture, stirring the mixture until the dough holds together. If it’s not coming together easily, add the additional tablespoon of ice water.

3. Gather the dough into a ball and roll the dough on a lightly floured surface, adding additional flour only as necessary to keep the dough from sticking to the counter.

4. Once the dough is large enough so that it will cover the bottom of the pan and go up the sides, roll the dough around the rolling pin then unroll it over the tart pan. “Dock” the bottom of the pastry firmly with your fingertips a few times, pressing in to make indentations.

If making a freestyle tart, simply transfer the dough to a prepared baking sheet; no need to make indentations with your fingers.

5. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (218ºC). See note below.

6. Spread an even layer of mustard over the bottom of the tart dough and let it sit a few minutes to dry out.

7. Slice the tomatoes and arrange them over the mustard in a single, even layer. Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

8. Sprinkle with some chopped fresh herbs, then arrange the slices of goat cheese on top. Add some more fresh herbs, then drizzle with some honey, if using.
(If baking a free-form tart, gather the edges when you’re done, to envelope the filling.)

9. Bake the tart for 30 minutes or so, until the dough is cooked, the tomatoes are tender, and the cheese on top is nicely browned. Depending on the heat of your oven, if the cheese doesn’t brown as much as you’d like it, you might want to pass it under the broiler until it’s just right.

*You might wish to check the tart midway through baking and turn it down a bit in case the top is getting too dark, before the crust and tomatoes appear to be cooked.

***If you wish to make a free-style tart, roll the dough out to about 14-inches across, then transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Assemble the tart, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) border, which you’ll then fold up to enclose the tart.


Jools & MM :)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Upcoming Meg Muldoon Books

Dear Readers, 

I hope all of you have been having a great 2017 so far! I've spent this first part of the year organizing my work schedule and working on some upcoming books. I wanted to share my tentative schedule with you here:

It's going to be an exciting year! Ginger of the West: A Broomfield Bay Cozy Mystery (Book 1) is first up, and is set to come out in mid-March. I'm co-writing this one with Amazon best-selling author Jools Sinclair. More info about this book and the others to come soon! 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Silence of the Elves Now Available on Amazon!

Dear Readers,

The Silence of the Elves: A Holly Hopewell Cozy Mystery (Book 1) is now available on Amazon! It's priced at 99 cents for 2 days only, so be sure to get in on the deal! It's also part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you are a KU subscriber, it's FREE to read!

You can buy your copy HERE:

If there’s one thing that every elf in the North Pole knows, it’s this:
Never get on Mrs. Claus’s bad side.
Never. Ever.

After getting reassigned from the North Pole by a jealous Mrs. Claus, misfit elf Holly Hopewell is sent to work in the worst place imaginable: The North Pole Emporium Department Store in Mistletoe, Oregon.

The elves call it Mistletoe Row: a place so devoid of joy and Christmas spirit, that many a curly-toed folk has lost their poor mind working there.

But just when Holly thinks things can’t get any worse, the store’s manager, who also happens to be Mrs. Claus’s nephew, is found murdered in his office. And good-natured Holly Hopewell finds herself as the prime suspect in the local police’s investigation.

Will Holly be sent to a row of a different sort for a crime she didn’t commit? Or will the handsome yet mysterious homicide detective assigned to the investigation find the real murderer before the gumdrops hit the fan for Holly Hopewell?

The legend of the North Pole gets a spicy and humorous revamp in this lighthearted, humorous cozy mystery. 

Thanks so much for your support, readers! And if you do end up enjoying the book, I would be so grateful if you would take the time to write a review for it on Amazon. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!