Current Happenings

Something Borrowed,
Something 90% Dark

Bonus Recipes

Dru’s Book Musings – Cover Reveal
Dru’s Book Musings – Guest Post

Maida Malby — Review
Tour Stops from Lonestar Literary

September 11 Boys’ Mom Reads – Playlist
September 11 Carpe Diem Chronicles – Review
September 11 Hall Ways Blog – BONUS Stop
September 12 Shelf Life Blog – Guest Post
September 12 Forgotten Winds – Review
September 12 LSBBT Blog – BONUS Stop
September 13 Sybrina’s Book Blog – Top Ten List
September 13 StoreyBook Reviews – Review
September 14 Chapter Break Book Blog – Scrapbook Page
September 14 The Real World According to Sam – Review
September 15 The Plain-Spoken Pen – Review
September 15 Rox Burkey Blog – Review

Tour Stops from Great Escapes


September 11 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
September 11 – Jane Reads – AUTHOR GUEST POST
September 12 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
September 12 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
September 13 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT
September 13 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
September 14 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST
September 14 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT
September 15 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
September 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 16 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
September 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR GUEST POST
September 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 19 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 20 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR GUEST POST
September 21 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 22 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – SPOTLIGHT
September 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
September 24 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

Chocolate and Coffee Field Trips

Come see all of the Coffee and Chocolate Field Trip Videos!


Big Island


A Study in Chocolate

Bonus Recipes

January 12 – Meg’s Cozy Corner Facebook Takeover (through Facebook group)

January 17 – Cozy Mystery Party Facebook Takeover (through Facebook group)

January 19 – Fresh Fiction Guest Post

January 21 – Book Warriors Zoom Event (through Facebook group)

January 23 – Romancing the Story – Making a Cozy Mystery Cozy

January 16 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 16 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
January 17 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE
January 17 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 18 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 19 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 19 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR GUEST POST
January 20 – I’m Into Books – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – The Mystery Review Crew – AUTHOR GUEST POST
January 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
January 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
January 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 23 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT
January 24 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR GUEST POST
January 25 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
January 26 – Sneaky the library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
January 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
January 28 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
January 28 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT
January 29 – Girl with Pen – SPOTLIGHT

Facebook Launch Party with tastings from French Broad Chocolate!

Dru’s Book Musings – Cover Reveal

Lonestar Literary Life

February 28 – Chapter Break Book Blog – Series Spotlight
February 28 – Hall Ways Blog – Bonus Promo
March 1 – Reading by Moonlight – Review
March 1 – The Real World According to Sam – Review
March 2 – Boys’ Mom Reads – Review
March 2 – LSBBT Blog – BONUS PROMO
March 3 – Sybrina’s Book Blog – Guest Post
March 3 – It’s Not All Gravy – Review
March 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
March 5 – Carpe Diem Chronicles – Review
March 6 – The Clueless Gent – Scrapbook Page
March 6 – The Plain-Spoken Pen – Review
March 7 – All the Ups and Downs – Playlist
March 8 – Writing and Music – Review
March 8 – Rox Burkey Blog – Review
March 9 – Forgotten Winds – Review
March 9 – The Book’s Delight – Review

Movies About Writers Roundup

The more I think about it, the more I realize that some of my favorite movies involve writers and writing. (Which, as an author, is only natural.) I thought I’d share some of my favorites. This is not an exhaustive list. It’s just the ones I could watch over and over. You may have already seen many of these films, but I hope there’s at least one or two that are new to you!

Check out the blog post here!

A Shot in the 80% Dark Blog Tour

Read the first chapter of A Shot in the 80% Dark

Meg’s Cozy Corner Facebook Takeover! – July 14

Cozy Mystery Party – July15

Fresh Fiction Guest Article – July 19

Lonestar Literary Blitz – July 22

Great Escapes Blog Tour

August 17 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

August 17 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 18 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

August 19 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT


August 21 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 22 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 23 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

August 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – RECIPE RELATED POST

August 25 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

August 26 – My Journey Back – RECIPE RELATED POST

August 27 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

August 29 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 30 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

August 30 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

August 30 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST


Book Reviewers! Review copy available at Netgalley.

Readers! Goodreads Giveaway

A Shot in the 80% Dark: Book Launch Eve Post

Cover Reveal: Dru’s Book Musings

Bonus Recipe: Ropa Vieja

70% Dark Intentions Book Trailer

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.

Preorder your copy today.

Out of Temper Book Tour


January 24 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

January 24 – Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT (BookBlast)

January 25 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

January 25 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

January 26 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST

January 26 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 27 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 28 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

January 29 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST


January 31 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

February 1 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

February 1 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST

February 2 – My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

February 2 – Love is in the Air – FEATURED AUTHOR

February 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST

February 3 – My Writing Journeys – INTERVIEW

February 3 – Fresh Fiction – GUEST ARTICLE

February 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 4 – Baroness’ Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 5 – Dear Reader – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 6 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 6 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

February 23 – Chapter Break Book Blog – Playlist

February 23 – Hall Ways Blog – BONUS Promo

February 24 – Missus Gonzo – Review

February 24 – LSBBT Blog – BONUS Promo

February 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

February 26 – All the Ups and Downs – Scrapbook Page

February 27 – The Plain-Spoken Pen – Top 10 List

February 28 – Bibliotica – Review

March 1 – Reading by Moonlight – Top 10 List

March 2 – Forgotten Winds – Review

March 3 – Book Bustle – Guest Post

March 4 – Carpe Diem Chronicles – Review

Resources for Bookclubs

If you have a book club, check out my page for chocolate-related book club meetings. There are suggestions for snacks to serve (a couple of them have recipes attached). I’ve also included discussion guides for each of my books. The one for Out of Temper is available now.

New Recipes Incoming

We’re adding recipes from Out of Temper to the Bonuses page. The first one: Texas Brisket. Check back for more ramping up to the book’s release on February 1.

Out of Temper up on Netgalley

Hey book reviewers! If you’re looking for a little sun, fun and warmth to get you through the winter, Out of Temper (Book 3 in the Bean to Bar Mysteries) is available now on Net Galley.

Check it out at: !

Out of Temper Cover Reveal

Check out the cover reveal over at Dru’s Book Musings.

Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand has been the scene of two murders – both of which she has been instrumental in helping solve. So when she gets invited to demo her chocolate skills aboard a cruise ship sailing out of the local port, she’s excited at the chance to get away from the shop long enough to regain her equilibrium. She even brings her best friend along, and makes plans for time at the spa. But when she gets on board, she finds out that she’s been booked for a mystery-themed cruise, and said best friend, Autumn, has to finally deal with the real reasons she quit writing mysteries. Only – if that wasn’t stressful enough – it doesn’t take long before there’s a real murder on the cruise, and someone Felicity knows becomes the prime suspect. When said suspect asks her for help, she can’t exactly say no, can she?

Felicity finds herself surrounded by cruise goers who all had connections to the victim – and finds that both Logan (her business partner, whom she recently kissed) and Arlo (the cop who was once Felicity’s first boyfriend, before she moved away from Galveston) are dealing with the case until more official help can arrive. How will Felicity survive the ensuing awkwardness?

One thing that helps: the retired police dog turned therapy dog she meets on board. Satchmo helps Felicity deal with being back on the water after tragedy in her past – and also helps her uncover a vital clue to the case. Can Felicity unmask the killer and keep a friend from being framed before all the suspects leave the ship?

How to Use Story Like a Journailst for NANoWriMo Preptober

Whether it is your first time trying to write a novel in November, or if you%u2019re a veteran looking for ways to make the process go smoother, don%u2019t overlook the benefits of planning in advance. If you come into NaNo with a reasonable idea of who your characters are, where they live, and where your plot is headed, you will be ahead of the game, and ready for success.

The idea of using October as NaNo #PREPTOBER , taking time each day to plan, makes sense. Some of y%u2019all have been telling me that you%u2019re using Story Like a Journalist to do your prep work. I am so excited! I know it is a hefty workbook, and that 100 worksheets may be unrealistic to get through in a month. (I%u2019ve always been of the idea that series and complex novels may need all of the worksheets, but sometimes it is better to have all the worksheets at hand so you can find the ones you need to do to uncover the information you need to get past stuck points and to deepen your understanding of specific elements of your book.)

Here’s the List

Book Blog Tour Resources

Have you considered doing a book blog tour, but aren’t sure where to start? I have a new article up over at Eat Like a Writer that should help you get organized. Check it out here:

If you want to talk to me about your blog tour questions, comment below — or come check out the presentation I’m doing for Unleashing the Next Chapter (FB Group) on November 3. Learn more about the group here:

70% Dark Intentions Blog Tour

Check out all of the stops on the 70% Dark Intentions Blog Tour


June 29 – Mystery Fanfare — Guest Post — Learning about Sea Turtles —

July 12 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST —…

July 12 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW — https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs…

July 13 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT —…

July 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT — http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.c…

July 14 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST —…


July 15 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, EXCERPT —…

July 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT —…

July 16 – CelticLady Reviews – SPOTLIGHT — https://celticladysreviews.blogspot.c…

July 17 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST —…

July 18 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW —…

July 19 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT —

July 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW —

July 20 – Interview With Felicity through Dru’s Book Musing —

July 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW —

July 21 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT —

July 22 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST —

July 22 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT —

July 23 – ebook addicts – REVIEW —

July 24 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST —

July 25 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT —

July 29 – Fresh Fiction – GUEST POST –

July 29 – Dying for Chocolate – GUEST POST –

70% Dark Intentions Book Launch

There’s a number of cozy mysteries coming your way in July. Check out the multi-book launch event on the Book Warriors Facebook Group at 7 PM on July 20. Featuring me, @bookishly_cozy and @dianekellybooks !

Find the event at:

Or follow the link off my bio.

I’m really excited to take all of you back to my fictionalized version of Galveston, where Felicity and her friends get involved in solving the murder of a visitor to the island. If you liked Felicity’s bunny Knightley, just wait until you meet Clive the octopus!

Productivity Articles at Eat Like a Writer

I’m doing a couple of articles on writing productivity for @eatlikeawriter . The first one just went live today.

Check it out at:

Or off the link in my bio.

Today I’m talking spiderwebbing and mind mapping as always to brainstorm and plan both fiction and non-fiction writing.

For the writers here: what are your favorite tools for idea generation and story planning? For the readers: do you use these techniques for other tasks in your life?

Goodreads Give Away

70% Dark Intentions

Want to win a copy of 70% Dark Intentions? Enter my contest on Goodreads! Winners will be announced on July 18.

Check it out at: Goodreads.

Crank the Tunes

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.