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Christmas Cookies & A Cover Reveal!

Happy November! With the release of my Christmas mystery, Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off, I've been channeling my Christmas spirit ever since launch day. Actually, well before that if I'm being honest. I know that this can be annoying for some people, including my family, who had to live through the summer of 2020 with me humming Christmas carols while "forcing" them to sample batches and batches of out-of-season cookies, which they didn't complain too much about. After all, it was all in the name of research! However, by the time Christmas of 2020 rolled around, my family was growing tired of cookies, but my friends, bless them, really appreciated my efforts. Last summer my family was overjoyed, because my focus shifted from Christmas and cookies to blueberries and small town festivals. You'll see why in a moment. But for now, I'm back on Christmas cookies. Christmas will be here before we know it, and I'd love to share some more baking tips and recipes with you! Want to know how to make Lindsey's Scrumptious Southern Pecan Cookies? This is the scrumptious cookie that Lindsey makes for the live bake-off. When I was sampling cookie recipes, and I made these, I fell in love with this cookie after my first bite. And when I make these for family and friends, they disappear fast! If you like pecans, this is a must-try cookie for you. They are so delicious, in fact, that I made a baking video to inspire you to make them too. Although the recipe is in the back of Murder at the Christmas cookie Bake-Off as well as on my recipe page, you can also download a copy here.


Now on to a fun bit of news! I have a cover for the next Beacon Bakeshop mystery, Murder at the Blueberry Festival!

I am in love with this cover!! I hope you like it too. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for Lindsey, Rory, Kennedy, Welly, and the rest of the gang!

Living in a lighthouse with her dog, Lindsey Bakewell is lulled to sleep at night by the sound of Lake Michigan’s waves—and gets up at the crack of dawn to start the day at her bakery café. But someone in Beacon Harbor is about to rock the boat with murder . . .

After a career on Wall Street, Lindsey is making a different kind of dough in a pretty lakeside village, and the upcoming blueberry festival—including the pie-eating contest her bakery is hosting—is the highlight of the summer. But soon Beacon Harbor runs into a patch of trouble.

A local real estate agent gets pranked. A parade float gets pelted with water balloons. It’s all laughed off until the stunts start escalating—and looking more like sabotage. As the event turns into a debacle complete with rampaging goats, Lindsey’s sweetheart, a former SEAL, starts investigating. But the juicy mystery takes a bitter turn when a man—dressed up as a Viking—is found dead in a boat, and it’s no longer mischief but murder . . .

This not-to-be-missed next installment of the Beacon Bakeshop Mysteries will be released on July 26th, 2022. You can pre-order your copy today!



Thanks to the pandemic, I haven't done an in-person event since December of 2019! Can you guess how positively thrilled I am to have the opportunity to be visiting two bookstores this month? I'm super excited, and I have some fun surprises instore for you as well. This Saturday in Perrysburg, Ohio, we're having a Christmas cookie bake off at Gathering Volumes bookstore! I can't wait! I'll also be bringing a special giveaway Christmas cookie basket that one lucky person will be walking away with! Here are the details. If you'd like to bake cookies or be a cookie judge, please click on the provided link. It will bring you to the sign-up form!

Author Darci Hannah and Cookies! Saturday Nov 13 2021 2:30pm - 4:30pm

We are excited to host Darci Hannah for a discussion of her Beacon Bakeshop series and a Christmas Cookie Bake-Off to raise funds for the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival! Everyone is invited to participate! For a $10 donation anyone can taste test the cookies and vote for their favorite! Please register here as either a Baker, a Taster, or a Spectator so that we can ensure space for everyone: Click here to sign up!

Then, on Saturday, November 27th, I'll be at 2 Dandelions Bookstore in Brighton Michigan to celebrate Small Business Saturday. I'll also be bringing another Christmas cookie basket to giveaway! Below are some details for the events. If you're able to make one, I would love to meet you!

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As always, Happy Reading & Happy Baking!

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