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Spotify Playlists

Here are the links to the Spotify playlists I mentioned on Instagram.

The first one is a list I made and the second one a list I found.

Protag Music

Jazz in the Background

70% Dark Intentions Sample Chapter

If you want a preview of the second book in the Bean to Bar Mysteries, grab Chapter 1 of 70% Dark Intentions here: This is such a fun series to write. While Grand Openings Can Be Murder had a lot to do with Galveston weather, this one has more about the island’s wildlife.

Upcoming Writer’s Challenge

For the writers in my audience: looking for a fun way to get to know other writers and let readers know more about you? I%u2019m teaming up with @bookishly_cozy to present a writer%u2019s challenge in June. (Preview the prompts on the second slide.). This should be a ton of fun. If you want Melissa to send you daily reminders of the prompts, follow the links below.

Challenge runs June 1 through the first day of summer.

Challenge hashtag: #SpringIntoSummerWriters .

Bean to Bar Mysteries Bonus Recipes

A couple of people have asked for the lemon herb truffle recipe that Felicity makes in Grand Openings Can Be Murder. I just added it to the bonus recipes page. That’s one reason I set up a dynamic page, instead of printing the recipes in the back of the books. There’s a QRR code in the back of the books that takes you to the recipes page — where you can access recipes from the whole series, along with photos and video snippets. You can also get to it directly at

This truffle is something Felicity puts together while noodling around with flavor, and she comes out with something special. I hope you enjoy it too.

Behind the Book: Nature on Galveston Island

Galveston island has an abundance of seabirds and is a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. All of these creatures wind up mentioned in my Bean to Bar Mysteries, which are set on Galveston Island. (In them, a craft chocolate maker becomes an amateur sleuth after one of her employees is killed.) There’s even an alligator that shows up in a hotel on the Island (long story!). This is such a fun series to write, in part because I grew up so close to Galveston. I always loved riding the ferry as a kid, and feeding the gulls at the back of the boat (which is where I took those slow-mo gull shots I used in this video.

70% Dark Intentions Book Trailer

70% Dark Intentions

Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand is bringing in plenty of customers – in part due to the notoriety of the recent murder of one of her assistants, which she managed to solve. Things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Her new assistant, Mateo, even gets along with Carmen, the shop’s barista turned pastry chef. Felicity thinks she’s learning to cope with change – right up until one of her friends gets engaged. Everyone’s expecting her to ask Logan, her former bodyguard, to be her plus one. But even the thought of asking out someone else still makes her feel disloyal to her late husband’s memory — so maybe she hasn’t moved on from her husband’s death as much as she thought.

Felicity isn’t planning to contact Logan any time soon. Only, Felicity finds ANOTHER body right outside her shop – making it two murders at Greetings and Felicitations in as many months. That night, Mateo disappears, leaving Felicity to take care of his pet octopus. The police believe that Mateo committed the murder, but Felicity is convinced that, despite the mounting evidence, something more is going on, and Mateo may actually be in trouble.

When Logan assumes that he’s going to help Felicity investigate, she realizes she’s going to have to spend time with him – whether she’s ready to really talk to him or not. Can Felicity find out what happened to Mateo, unmask a killer, and throw an engagement party all at the same time?

See the book trailer on Youtube.

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