Cozy Review- Dying for Devil’s Food

Recently the luck of the draw made me a winner in a free book contest. – katiescottagebooks.com

The book was the new release- Dying for Devil’s Food – Jenn McKinlay

This book was the eleventh in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries (but my first read by this author).  –jennmckinlay.com

The book centers around a 15 year high school reunion.  The protagonist owns a cupcake shop and is hired to provide cupcakes for her own class reunion.  Not being one of the popular kids and suffering from intense bullying throughout school by the popular crowd who are now the reunion organizers, she has zero interest in attending but does to promote her business and also to standup to her old enemies.

At the beginning I have to admit I guessed who would be found dead and was not surprised where.  However, Jennifer McKinlay’s characters and storyline are so clearly formed that even though as the story developed, I had an inkling of who the murderer/murderess might be, I dove into her well-written plot like I would my favorite can of frosting.  A real page turner-especially the ending.

After this read I am definitely going to pick up another book by this author!

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A New Year-A New Beginning

In 2019 – May all your stories even if they start bad, end good.

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The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words cauldronhowl and shiver.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries.

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

My two entries are listed below.

ThMonsters

A loud knock on my door signaled dinner was here,
but what stood on my porch made me shiver in fear.

At my door was a monster whose name was Big Fred.
In his hands were my pizza, my soda and bread.

From a cauldron he handed out napkins and plates,
to the werewolves who toasted each other as mates.

Then together the monsters inhaled my whole meal.
Each one growling and howling, “It’s Halloween – deal.”

The Soccer Team

The soccer team that played on Halloween night
was manned by players causing shivering fright.

The vampires roamed as strikers baring sharp skills,
with crows for wingers who attacked with their bills.

The sweepers flew around. They all held a broom,
to stir their potion-filled hot cauldrons of doom.

Their zombie coach was lumbering by his net,
as werewolves howlingly defended the threat.

No shot on goal got past their keeper that day,
a six-foot monster who came ready to play.

smiling jack o lantern

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Rhythm and Rhyme

I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse.

Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away.

Jean Marzollo,  Author of more than 150 books.  Among these books a series which originally published in 1992 by Scholastic entitled “I Spy.”

This series of books present more than a game of search and find with rhyming text, it is a visual adventure.  Accompanying her perfectly metered text are elaborate scenes with photography by Walter Wick.

These books teach children word/object association, vocabulary and rhyme.

If you haven’t enjoyed this series, it is well-worth spending some enjoyable reading time with your little ones.

 

 

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.

The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words).  You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow.  Here is my entry below:

The Candy Corn Monster

Lily’s favorite day had arrived. At exactly 5:30 p.m. she dressed in a spiky-hair white wig, bright orange dress and canary yellow high-top tennis shoes. Smiling in the mirror, she was proud of her homemade candy corn costume. Once outside, she shadowed behind the other trick-or-treating children as they ran from house to house. Lily held out her sack and the homeowners filled it with treats. Not a single person noticing that under Lily’s outfit she was a real two-horned, five teeth, three-foot tall, blue haired purple monster who loved Halloween.

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Fall Poems

Fall is my favorite time of year.  While I work on my cozy mysteries, I thought I would share a poem I have written in between edits.  Enjoy!

Apple cider, pumpkins and festivals galore

Fall is knocking on the door

Come in my old friend and let me partake

Before winter arrives and I put away my rake.

– Carole Lynn Jones

 

I would love to hear your short fall poems.  Comment me back.

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

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Start A Story

Where do you get inspiration from?

How do you start a story?

I find my creative juices flow with a great opening line.

Below are some opening lines I have thought of.

Let’s hide it in here, no one has been in here for eight years.

Brandon Schmidt wanted to be popular in the worst way.

After five days of nonstop rain, the morning sun held the promise of a great day.

I’ve looked everywhere where is my guinea pig Penny?  

Feel free to comment back to me with some opening lines you have thought of or use one of my opening lines and write a short story.   If you do, I would love to hear it.

Thanks for reading this short blog and Happy Writing!

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