Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easter Sale on Christmas River Cozy Mystery Short!

Happy Easter Week, readers! I wanted to let you know that starting today, you can get the Christmas River Cozy Mystery Short, Cinnamon Peters & The Rabbit Bandit for only 99 cents on Amazon! The sale will continue through Saturday, so be sure to get in on the deal for this heartwarming Easter read!

Find the book in your Amazon store below:

Cinnamon Peters & The Rabbit Bandit Amazon US
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK
Amazon Australia

Wishing you a lovely Easter, readers!!

--Meg :)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cinnamon's Top Five Pie Cookbooks for Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day, Readers! Cinnamon Peters — the pie-baking and crime-solving extraordinaire from my Christmas River Series — had a few things she wanted to share with you today in honor of 3.14.
So without further ado, here’s her list of Five Pie Cookbooks for Pi Day!

From Cinnamon:

You can always tell a good cookbook when you see one -- the corners should be soft and worn, the pages should be caked with flour, and it should be so wrinkled that the recipes are hard to read. Those are the hallmarks of a well-loved and high quality cookbook, and in my pie shop, I have a handful that have gone through years of this tough love treatment. They hold a special place on my bookshelf and in my heart.
Here are a few of those that I highly recommend, including a couple recent additions to my pie library that I’m currently loving:

1. The Art of Pie by Kate McDermott

I love Kate’s entire philosophy about pie and life. Part cookbook and also part essay/memoir, this book is a true delight to read. After reading this book, I felt like buying myself my own Pie Cottage like Kate on the Pacific Northwest coast! Plus, this book has tons of beautiful, mouthwatering photos, making it a lovely addition to any cookbook library.

2. Pie Squared by Cathy Barrow

I’m a traditionalist -- I like my pie to come in a round dish and I like it to be cut into nice traditional wedge slices. But this cookbook, which only just came out in 2018, is almost enough to convince me to change up my traditional ways. It's a good reminder that it's worth it to try new things.

3. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Although this book covers much, much more than just pie, the pies in it are outstanding. It’s a huge, heavy book full of delicious recipes, including one for a lemon tart that's to-die-for if you love your lemon desserts on the sour side! This one also has beautiful photos.

4. Perfect Pies & More by Michele Stuart

l love the creativity featured in this pie book recipe! It’s full of creative, tasty recipes like Candy Bar Pie and Apple Caramel Crunch Pie. Whenever I open this book, I’m reminded that ultimately, baking pie is about having fun and spreading joy!   

5. The Pie & Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

As the title says, this is the ultimate cookbook for pie bakers! This book takes you through every aspect of building a delicious pie and has had a place in my cookbook library for years and years.

PLUS, one bonus pick!

6. Bubby's Homemade Pies by Ron Silver: One of my very favorite pie books ever, this cookbook has given me tons of inspiration at my own pie shop over the years. Unfortunately, this cookbook is out of print, but if you can get your hands on it, I can't recommend it enough! Full of delicious recipes, great tips, and more.

What pie cookbooks do you love? Comment below!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day Freebie!

Hi, Readers!

Happy Valentine's Day! I wanted to let you know that Mischief in Christmas River, the fifth book in The Christmas River Cozy Mystery Series, is free on Amazon today. You can find the link by clicking here:

Wishing you a very lovely Valentine's Day full of flowers, chocolate, and good reads!!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sale on The Christmas River Cozy Mysteries Box Set!

Hi, Readers!

I wanted to let you know that you can get The Christmas River Cozy Mysteries Box Set: Books 1-3 for only 99 cents on Amazon through January 5! This is the lowest price that this box set has ever been, so now's a great time to nab it if you haven't yet!

Hope all of you are having a great start to 2019!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Midnight in Christmas River Available for Pre-order!

Hi, Readers!

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

New Christmas River Novella Available for Pre-order!

Hi, Readers!

Just wanted to let you guys know that I've got a new novella coming out this week! Crushed in Christmas River (A Christmas Cozy Mystery Novella) is available as a pre-order on Amazon and will officially come out Friday September 21st. In the meantime, I just wanted to share this delicious early-fall recipe. It's one of my very favorite weekend dinners and I can't think of a more cozy meal! 

Roasted Port Chicken with Plums & Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
(serves six)
(based on a recipe in "Kathy Casey's Northwest Table.")

2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6 skin-on, bone-in chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons of olive oil
10 to 12 plums, cored and quartered.
2 shallots, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup port 
Parsley for garnish

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).

Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
2 lbs of sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons of rosemary, chopped
4 tablespoons of olive oil
½ tsp of salt plus more to taste 

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

New Christmas River Novella Collection Coming to Amazon 7/9

Hi Readers!

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.
A heartwarming coming of age tale based on one of the most beloved characters from the Christmas River Cozy Mystery Series...
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!