Mr. Stumpy’s younger cousin. Not a murder weapon.
Mr. Stumpy’s younger cousin. Not a murder weapon.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
Making the Pies
Recipe by Kay Charles/Patricia Lillie: https://kaycharles.com/2018/02/07/grandmas-apple-turnovers/
“The Indians and English use them much, boyling them with Sugar for Sauce to eat with their Meat, and it is a delicious sauce.”
John Josselyn, 1663, while visiting New England
I adore cranberries in any way, shape, or form. My mother found this recipe in a magazine in 1965 and has been making it for holiday dinners ever since. In our family it’s known both by its formal name, Cranberry Waldorf, and Yummy Pink Stuff. Pre-holiday planning conversations usually go something like this:
Mom: Should I make the Cranberry Waldorf?
Me: If you want me to show up, you’d better.
If she ever stops making it, I’ll get worried.
I don’t have a picture of it all sparkly and yummy in its pretty glass dish, so here’s a picture of the page in Mom’s recipe notebook with the original clipping tucked inside.
And, of course, here’s the recipe!
Recipe by Kay Charles/Patricia Lillie: https://kaycharles.com/2017/12/21/cranberries/
It’s cold outside. There’s white stuff swirling in the air and falling on the ground. Inside, everyone has colds.
This means comfort food. Soup. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Mashed potatoes.
Creamy, creamy pudding.
Tapioca pudding, to be exact.
Aside from flipping sort-of-meat patties on a Burger Buster grill, Marti Mickkleson isn’t much of a cook—but even she could make this old-fashioned tapioca pudding just like Mrs. Partridge used to make.
Warning: No matter how tempting it is, do not spit, flick, or otherwise attack your sister with the tapioca pearls. It will only get you in trouble with both Grandma Bertie and Mrs. Partridge. It doesn’t exactly please RachelAnne either. Marti says, “Trust me on this one.”
Recipe by Kay Charles/Patricia Lillie: https://kaycharles.com/2017/12/07/this-calls-for-comfort-food/
Halloween–the night you don’t need to be Marti Mickkleson to see ghosts! To celebrate, I’m giving away a Kindle copy of Ghosts in Glass Houses!
To enter, go to my Facebook page and post your Halloween Name in the comments on the first post a chance to win. (Note: Please follow the link and comment on Kay’s page. I’ll try to make sure everyone who comments is entered and don’t want to miss anyone who commented elsewhere.)
US residents only (sorry). Comment by 11:59 pm ET, Sunday October 29th. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on my Facebook page on Monday, October 30th.
The Kindle and paperback editions of Ghosts in Glass Houses are now available on Amazon. The two editions aren’t yet linked and on the same page, so here are the US links for each:
Buy for Kindle & any device with the free Kindle App
Buy in Paperback
The paperback will also be available in the next few weeks from Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, and IndieBound.