Monday, October 15, 2018
I just wanted to let you know that Midnight in Christmas River (A Christmas Cozy Mystery, Book 11) is now available for pre-order! This is a lighthearted, Halloween-themed mystery that's as cozy as a mug of cider on a crisp fall day. It officially comes out on Oct. 26 (just in time for Halloween weekend!) and you can pre-order it on Amazon today.
I view this latest mystery as a fun, seasonal intermission before we get into the much more intense mystery featured in Mistake in Christmas River (Book 12), which is coming out this holiday season. For those of you waiting on the cliffhanger at the end of Book 10 to be addressed, you will find that and much more in Mistake in Christmas River this holiday season!
Here's the description of Midnight in Christmas River:
It's October in Christmas River, and things in the central Oregon town are becoming downright bone-chilling.
When famed horror author Ashcroft Black takes up residence at an old hunting cabin rumored to be haunted, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon Peters and the rest of the small town are thrilled to have a bona-fide celebrity in their midst.
But when the characters of Ashcroft's horror novels literally start leaping to life in Christmas River, Cinnamon finds herself pulled into a perplexing mystery involving betrayal, crime, and a scandalous secret someone's willing to kill over.
Can Cin figure out the mystery and free the town of Ashcroft's horror for good? Or will she instead discover that fact is truly more horrifying than fiction?
Midnight in Christmas River is a Halloween-themed standalone Christmas River mystery. It's full of mischievous fun and heartwarming moments, and even features recipes from Cinnamon's own Halloween party menu!
Look for MISTAKE IN CHRISTMAS RIVER (Book 12) on digital shelves this fall!!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the spices and salt in a small bowl. Lay the chicken on a baking sheet and sprinkle each piece on both sides with the spice mixture.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Saute the chicken for about three minutes on each side until the skin is golden brown (you will probably need to do this in two batches.) Place the browned pieces skin-side up in a 9 by 13 roasting pan.
Saute the shallots for about a minute in the leftover oil of the pan. Add the plums, garlic, and lemon and saute for an additional minute. Add the port, and scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring just to a boil, then take off heat and add the mixture (with everything) to the roasting pan of chicken.
Roast the chicken for about 40 to 45 minutes until nicely browned on outside and thoroughly cooked on the inside. Remove from oven, transfer chicken to a platter along with the plums, shallots, garlic and lemon slices (use a slotted spoon to retrieve these.) Pour the remaining liquid in the roasting pan into a sauce pan and cook over high heat until the sauce is reduced to about ¾ of a cup. Adjust for seasoning if need be and drizzle the sauce over the chicken. Scatter parsley leaves over the chicken and serve.
Serve with roasted sweet potato side dish (recipe follows).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into ½ inch pieces. Toss with olive oil, chopped rosemary, and salt in a baking dish until the potato pieces are well-coated. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are just beginning to blacken. Remove from heat, season with additional salt to taste, and serve with chicken (this can bake simultaneously with the chicken.)
Thursday, July 5, 2018
I'm excited to announce that a new collection of Christmas River Cozy Mystery novellas will be available this upcoming Monday on July 9! Caught in Christmas River comes in at nearly 40,000 words (close to a full-length book) and features two novellas that were originally published on my Cozy Lodge Patreon Page (so if you are a Cozy Lodge member, you already have these stories and all bonus material, so no need to purchase this collection twice!) Here's the description of this wonderfully fun summer-inspired collection which also features two bonus recipes, a bonus short story and... a very special sneak peek at a chapter from the upcoming full-length book, Mistake in Christmas River (Book 11)!
Caught in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Novella
Two summertime whodunits perfect for the easy breezy carefree days of summer. Featuring:
Mystery at Agate Inn
A romantic vacation to a cozy inn on the Oregon Coast turns deadly for Cinnamon and Daniel when one of the other guests takes a tumble off the side of a cliff.
But was it really an accident? Or was there something more sinister to the incident?
Cin and Daniel play detective in this delightful seaside whodunit! Featuring Cin and Daniel on vacation for the very first time!
Warren & The Sparks Lake Mystery
It's 1951 in Christmas River and Warren Peters has had a tough week. He's failing English class, the girl he's secretly in love with doesn't even know he exists, and his after school job at the Sparks Lake General Store has been slow and boring.
But when a serious crime takes place in Christmas River and it hits a little too close to home, Warren finds himself pulled into a perplexing mystery that will take all his wit and intelligence to get out of alive.
So grab your sunscreen, beach bag, and Kindle, and cozy up with this summery Christmas River mystery collection!
Thanks so much, readers! Look for this novella collection on Amazon Monday!
Monday, April 2, 2018
I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter! I wanted to let you know that I just launched a page on Patreon, where I’ll be publishing stories every month from Christmas River and my other series!
If you haven’t heard of Patreon, it’s a website/platform where people are able to support their favorite creators for a small monthly fee, and in return, they get extra content and behind-the-scenes access they wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Recently, many authors have joined this site to better keep in touch with their readers and to offer bonus stories and excerpts from upcoming books. I decided to start up my own page where every month, I’ll be publishing a new short cozy mystery (most will come from the world of Christmas River) along with an original recipe to go along with it. I really view it as a short story subscription and have built my page with that in mind.
Also, if you join and then decide at anytime that you’d like to unsubscribe, you can without any further obligations.
There’s plenty of information about it on my page and I hope that you’ll take a look! This is a great way to get more Christmas River in between books. And personally, I really can’t wait to share these new short stories with you guys!
Thanks so much for your support, readers!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I hope you enjoy!
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter and vegetable shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture is pebbly (avoid touching the dough with hands as much as possible so that the butter doesn’t melt.) Add ice water, and combine into two dough rounds. If it's too crumbly, add a little more water. Wrap rounds in plastic and place in freezer for at least an hour.
Remove rounds (or a single round if you plan to make the crumble topping) and roll out into a flat disk on a floured surface. Transfer to a pie dish, and press the dough along the edges with the back of a fork. Puncture dough with fork several times (so it can breathe during cooking) then let pie dish chill in the freezer again for about 15 minutes. (I have found that the often times, the freezer is the secret ingredient to getting the perfect pie crust!)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove pie dish from freezer and place on a baking sheet. Let sit for five minutes at room temperature, then bake the crust for 10 minutes in the oven. (This is to ensure that the bottom crust doesn’t get soggy when the filling is added.)
Remove cherry filling from freezer and place in the blind baked pie dish crust. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the filling.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and bake for another 40 minutes or so, checking occasionally.
Remove from oven when crumble topping is golden and bubbly. Let cool for several hours. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
This pie is messy. The buttery crust slumps down when cooking. The edges are prone to burning. And basically, when it gets on the plate, it isn't exactly the thing that will impress your friends and neighbors.
Until they taste it, that is.
This pie packs a wallop of hazelnut flavor, is absolutely delicious, and is easy to make. And while the crust tends to be a little tricky to work with, you won't mind once you start eating it.
It's not the prettiest pie in the world, but there's more to life than looks :)
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Mayhem in Christmas River (Book 2)
Madness in Christmas River (Book 3)
Malice in Christmas River (Book 4)
Roasted in Christmas River (standalone novella)
Mischief in Christmas River (Book 5)
Manic in Christmas River (Book 6)
Magic in Christmas River (Book 7)
Menace in Christmas River (Book 8)
Missing in Christmas River (Book 9)
Meltdown in Christmas River (Book 10)
Plus, The Christmas River Mysteries Box Set: Books 1-3, which includes the first three books in the series is available for only $6.99 and also includes recipes! You save over 35% by buying them all at once in this bundle.
Also, recently added to Amazon is The Christmas River Mysteries Box Set: Books 4-6, which features the next three books in the series, along with the standalone novella, Roasted in Christmas River. This is available for $8.99. You also save big with this deal as well!
Additionally, if you're looking for recipes from the series, please sign up for the Meg Muldoon Mailing List! Mailing list subscribers receive a FREE recipe booklet with recipes straight from Cinnamon's kitchen!
How would you describe this series?
The Christmas River Cozy Mystery series is cozy romance through and through, with a good helping of mystery and intrigue to boot. The books center around Cinnamon Peters, a pie baker who has seen her share of tough times, but despite that, remains kind, funny, and sharp as a whip. The mysteries are light, easy, and satisfying reads that will make you laugh out loud, but will also tug at your heartstrings. There's plenty of humor and heart throughout. Not to mention plenty of pooches! Ooh... and pie!