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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Delicious 4-bean salad for the Sum-Sum-Summertime! by Mary Ellis

Happy July, Suspense Lovers!!
Here's one of my favorite summertime recipes. I pair this with hot dogs or burgers on the grill, fried chicken, or cold cuts for an easy supper on the porch or patio. Enjoy....and keep on reading!! And don't forget to enter our awesome summer contest!!

Four Bean Salad
Combine in large bowl:
1 can green beans
(note: all beans can be either home-canned or store-bought)
1 can yellow beans (wax beans)
1 can kidney beans (light red or dark)
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped peppers-sweet (green, red or yellow or combination)
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped black olives (optional)

Add only enough dressing (recipe below) to lightly coat salad, then chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight. Before serving, if desired, drain off any runny dressing and add fresh. (1 or 2 tablespoons, or to taste)

2 cups oil (I prefer olive)
1 1/3 cups cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. Hungarian paprika
1 tsp. parsley (fresh or dried)

Heat oil and vinegar together, stirring in sugar and seasonings. Heat only until sugar is completely dissolved and seasonings are blended. Do not boil. Let cool and stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to use as needed. Shake well before using. This can be used on coleslaw and lettuce or spinach salad too.

Suspense Sister, Mary Ellis

Saturday, July 4, 2020



Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery?
Elizabeth Goddard has a new mystery, Don't Keep Silent which releases today from Revell.

Investigative reporter Rae Burke will do anything to find her missing sister-in-law, even if it means facing Liam McKade, a man who almost lost his life saving hers. A former DEA agent, Liam thought he could find peace at his Wyoming ranch, but he just doesn't feel at home anywhere anymore. When the reporter who blew his cover on an important investigation inserts herself back into his life, he's less than thrilled. But Rae's keen investigative skills have led her down the right path--and directly into the dragon's mouth--leaving Liam no choice but to protect her. As the danger increases, the past they both tried to flee catches up to them, along with the feelings they once had for each other.

Bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard plunges you into a fast-paced, high-stakes story of honor, forgiveness, and justice.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Wednesday, July 1st, the Suspense Sisters will kick off our yearly SUMMER OF SUSPENSE Contest! 

Check back to find out about the great prizes (along with lots of exciting books!) you could win.

This year we have a surprise for our readers. A prize we've never offered before. What is it?

You'll find out on Wednesday.


Friday, June 26, 2020

Moving forward....or not Roxanne Rustand

I hope this post finds you and your loved ones safe and in good health. We live in a rural state, on a little dead-end country road,  so it is quiet here in any event. 
But we've also been trying to follow all of the protocols about staying at home, and social distancing when we can't.  How is all of this going for you?

Have you found yourself tackling projects around your home that you might have been putting off for ages, or just didn't think of?  Are there some "positives" in your life now, given how life might have changed in your part of the country?

For me,  my work is always at home, at my computer,  But I've been reading a lot more, cooking more (who dares go out yet, for dine-in experiences?) And to support some locally owned small restaurants we've done something we'd never done before: now and then we pick up some take-out from a small but wonderful Thai restaurant and take it to a picnic shelter at a shady park.  It has been such fun. Why haven't we been doing this all along? 

We've also been doing a lot more gardening. Do you garden? I've always been a failure--at least back when we had a large garden.  Towering weeds were my specialty. But now, we have a number of 10x12 raised bed vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, and also have herbs, tomatoes, and strawberries on our deck.

There too I have a question for myself--why haven't I been growing herbs on the deck for years?  Last night I made chicken and used sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme in the sauce.  It was so much better than with the dried herbs I usually add. 

With the extra time you might have at home, have you found yourself developing new interests or pursuing old favorites during this time of pandemic? Have you discovered new authors, or do you have any great books to recommend? 

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All my best, Roxanne