Friday, December 31, 2021

SUSPENSE SISTERS 2019 CHRISTMAS CONTEST!



Announcing our 2019 Christmas Contest!




We're giving away some truly great prizes! You can cuddle up under this beautiful quilt while you snack on Brownie Brittle, gaze at your new Christmas ornaments, and read books by the Suspense Sisters! You'll also get some great bookmarks to keep your place. 


Driving? Listen to our audio books! Out in the cold? A gorgeous scarf from Israel will help you stay warm. 

And you can keep all of your gifts in an awesome tote bag! 


If we don't give you every book you want? Use a $25.00 Amazon card to buy more!

Just follow the easy steps below to enter. Winner will be announced on December 23rd!

 
Thanks for following the Suspense Sisters, and please remember the Reason for the Season: Jesus Christ is born! 
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

CHRISTMAS FUDGE

I posted this recipe last year, and it was a hit! Sharing my mother's Million Dollar Fudge recipe again. Hope you try it. It's the best fudge I've ever tasted. 

Merry Christmas!


My Mother’s Million Dollar Fudge

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups of sugar
1 can of evaporated milk
½ cup of butter
Pinch of salt

9 oz Hershey’s chocolate bars
12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips
7 oz of marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
Butter to grease pan


Directions:

Combine sugar, milk, butter and salt in a heavy pan. Bring to a boil. (Be careful not to scorch the bottom of the pan. I don’t turn the burner up all the way, and I stir once in a while as it heats up.)

Let it boil for 6 minutes. Stir constantly. *The timing is very important.

Remove from heat and add all the additional ingredients. Pour into buttered 8 x 8 pan. Chill. When ready, cut into squares.

*One important note: I make two batches for Christmas because I use this for gifts and take some to Christmas parties. DO NOT double the recipe when cooking. The fudge won’t set right. If you want to make two batches, you will have to make the recipe twice.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!



Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and one of the things I love about this holiday is that it ushers in a season of kindness. Already, as I shop for the items I need to make Thanksgiving dinner, people smile and speak. How I wish this atmosphere would stay with us all year long! 

I am so thankful for all of you, our readers! So, if you would, leave a comment telling me what you're thankful for this year and I'll enter you in a drawing for another $10 Amazon gift card. Winner will be announced Friday in time for Cyber Monday! :-)

Winner of last week's drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card is...Diana Flowers!

Now for a recipe for Thanksgiving!



Grape Salad Ingredients


· 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

· 1 cup sour cream

· 1/3 cup sugar

· 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

· 2 pounds seedless red grapes

· 2 pounds seedless green grapes

· 3 tablespoons brown sugar

· 3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

· In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.

· Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

What's Hot in Inspirational Suspense by Patricia Bradley




Wondering what's new and hot in inspirational suspense and mystery this week? Check out Natalie Walters' latest book!





Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason--to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth--and the next big story--is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. 

But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

Author Natalie Walters welcomes you back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

You can purchase Deadly Deceit at:

Monday, November 25, 2019

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS






We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!

THIS WEEK:


On Tuesday Patricia Bradley will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.  And then she'll be back on Wednesday with a Thanksgiving post and the winner of last week's $10 Amazon gift card...and a drawing for another $10 Amazon gift card! Those cards can come in handy for gifts!

On Friday, Nancy Mehl will have a surprise for everyone! Well, since it happens every December, it might not be a surprise, but don't miss it!

Friday, November 22, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH ABBY L. VANDIVER

Today Suspense Sisters welcomes cozy mystery author, Abby L. Vandiver, who has a brand new book. Leave Abby a comment at end of interview for a chance to win a copy of Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies. Isn't that an intriguing title! First, the interview:

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say? “Here, let me help you.”

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies? I have no interesting hobbies! When I’m not writing, I’m usually watching murder mysteries or romantic comedy movies on Hallmark. But one thing that takes up a lot of my free time is googling. I googled everything! People who know me always say, “Go ahead and google it, I know you want to.” Um, maybe it’s more an addition than a hobby . . . 

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser. I think it started my fascination with time travel. That book has stayed with me through the years even though I only read it once . . . I think I might have to go back and read it again!

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not? I think everything I write has a mystery element to it. My first book was sort of sci-fi-ish, but still the story was infused with puzzling unsettlement until the end.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? Compliment: I write good dialogue. Criticism: It’s hard to say. I don’t take criticism in a bad way, I use it as a learning experience, so it has all been useful and help me grow as a writer. I think though, if I had to choose something, I would say that it may be writing in my own voice—interjecting my culture, experience, colloquiums—and being denigrated for it.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why? Rom-com! I want so much to write a romantic comedy, I think I could write a good story. The only problem is I blush just writing flirty scenes. I don’t know how I’d write the kissing parts!

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be? I fell into my career as a writer, it wasn’t a planned path and I really don’t have anything I’d do differently because, I was lucky, things just fell into place.

What is the most important piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors? Get an editor! 



Here's a little about Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies: Romaine Wilder, big-city medical examiner with a small-town past, has been downsized and evicted. With few other options, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Roble in East Texas, leaving behind the man she’s dating and the life she’s worked hard to build. Suzanne Babet Derbinay, Romaine’s Auntie Zanne and proprietor of the Ball Funeral Home, has long since traded her French Creole upbringing for Big Texas attitude. She’s a member in a number of ladies’ auxiliaries and clubs, including being in charge of the Tri-County Annual Crawfish Boil and Music Festival. Hanging on to the magic of her Louisiana roots, she’s cooked up a love potion or two—if she could only get Romaine to drink it. But her plans are derailed when the Ball Funeral Home, bursting at the seams with dead bodies, has a squatter stiff.

Dead Guy is a problem. Auntie Zanne can’t abide by a murderer using her funeral home as the dumping grounds for their crimes, and Romaine doesn’t want her newly elected cousin, Sheriff Pogue Folsom, to fail on his first murder case. Together, Romaine and Auntie Zanne set off to solve it.
With a dash of humor, a dollop of Southern charm, and a peek at current social issues in the mix, it’s a fun romp around East Texas to solve a murder mystery of the cozy kind.

Here's a little about Abby: WALL STREET JOURNAL AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Abby L. Vandiver has always enjoyed writing, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. A hybrid, she has written as an indie as well as a traditionally published author. Abby has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. Additionally, Penguin Berkley will publish the first book in her new cozy mystery series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, beginning spring 2020. Abby has a bachelors in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. A former lawyer and visiting college professor of Economics, she resides in Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing classes at her local library.

Please leave Abby L. Vandiver a comment for a chance to win a print copy of Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies. You MUST leave your email address. Sorry, US only. 

Find her here: Website: www.abbyvandiver.com

Buy it here: Amazon: bit.ly/myamzpg