Happy New Year (six days late)

My evil twin wrote a New Year’s post. Unfortunately, she used up all my time (need to run off and celebrate a niece’s birthday), so I’ll just have to share her post rather than writing my own. She’s not very cozy, but she does knit!

Out with the Old, In with the New

Happy New Year everyone!

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Bad News, Good News, and Life’s a Mystery

Yesterday’s email brought some bad news. As of today, Kindle Scout is no longer taking new submissions, and Kindle Press, the Amazon imprint which published Scout selections (along with other books for the Kindle) is not open to direct or unsolicited submissions. As many of you know, Ghosts in Glass Houses was a Scout selection—as was the decidedly un-cozy debut novel by my evil twin.

I’ve been quite happy with Kindle Press and will remain forever grateful for the opportunity Scout gave me to get in the door and published. I am sad to see that door closed.

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On the good news side, so far nothing has been said about Kindle Press closing up shop, and Ghosts in Glass Houses is currently discounted to $1.99 in the US and Canada. As always, it’s free to borrow in Kindle Unlimited. If you missed it, now’s your chance to get it for half price!

In other maybe good news, I’ve been working away at the second book featuring Marti Mickkleson and Grandma Bertie. Marti is effectively working for her mother. Dmitri is cold, distant, and quite possibly angry at her and no one knows why. The young woman haunting her new office won’t speak to her. The ghosts of her third-grade teacher and her great-grandmother are nagging her to solve a decades-old mystery. As for her sister and brother-in-law—we’ll leave that for another time. She has, however, gained a new friend in Bernard, the big orange cat who first appeared in book one.

Agatha nominee for Best First Novel!

Why the “maybe” on the good news? With Kindle Press likely closed to me, chances are the only way more Marti Mickkleson Mysteries will see the light of day is through self-publishing. Don’t believe those articles you read telling you self-publishing is easy. It’s a lot of work and time. I’ll need to work my courage up and decide if I’m up to it.

In the meantime, I will finish writing this book. Among other reasons, if I don’t, VM Burns will be mad at me. She may write really nice cozies, but she scares me! (And if you haven’t heard, she’s an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel!)

Ghosts in Glass Houses is available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon
Read a sample.

Grandma’s Apple Turnovers

Marti Mickkleson isn’t much of a cook, and Grandma Bertie is a ghost, but both would approve of my grandma’s Apple Turnover recipe. Not only do they have cheddar in the crust, we have reason to believe they contain magic.
Bake up a batch and see for yourself!

Grandma's Apple Turnovers


INGREDIENTS
Pastry

  • ½ C butter
  • 1½ C flour
  • ¾ t salt
  • 1½ C shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ C oats
  • ½ C water

Filling

  • 2 C finely chopped apple
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C raisins
  • 2 t lemon juice
  • ¾ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 T flour

Glaze

  • ¾ C powdered sugar
  • lemon or apple juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

Pastry Dough

  1. Mix Butter and flour until crumbly.
  2. Add other dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in water.
  4. Roll dough into a log and slice into 12 equally sized peices. With a rolling pin, roll out each piece into a circle about 5 inches in diameter.

Filling

  1. Mix all ingredients into the finely chopped apples. (If the apples are extra juicy, add a little more flour.)

Making the Pies

  1. Place a scant ¼ cup filling on each circle.
  2. Fold over the circles and seal edges with a fork. Cut a small slit in top of each and place on ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until lightly browned) at 375°.

Glaze

  1. Add lemon or apple juice (lemon is the best!) to powdered sugar, a little at a time, until it’s a drizzle consistency. Spoon over turnovers.

Enjoy!

Recipe by Kay Charles/Patricia Lillie:  https://kaycharles.com/2018/02/07/grandmas-apple-turnovers/ ‎

The Kindle edition of Ghosts in Glass Houses, the first Marti Mickkleson Mystery, is available at Amazon. The print edition can be found at  Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Read a sample.