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It was delicious and a big hit with my guests. I simply served it as a dip with pita chips. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.
You are most welcome. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to let me know you enjoyed it. I really appreciate it!
Eat with joy!
Everyone: this lovely visitor is talking about the "feta cheese-guacamole" recipe I put together for a
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Where in the world do you respond if you think you have won the coffee? Thanks.
Cleo's reply: When a "winner" is chosen for my weekly free coffee drawing, that person receives an e-mail from me at VillageBlend@aol.com, stating that he or she has won and must reply in a certain time period.
If the e-mail box is active, the person usually replies in a day or two. If not, and I don't hear from the winner within a few more days, I choose a new winner. So if you have not received an e-mail from me, then you have not won this week, but you may win in my next drawing, so hang in there and good luck!
I hope I explained that clearly enough -- thank you for asking and thank you also for subscribing to my drawings and free, seasonal e-newsletter. I hope to get one out soon!
I can't wait for your new book, I am getting withdrawl pains, from missing your mysteries. You make New York City sound very interesting.
from Troy, Pa.
...and hello to you Mari! I love your comment. New York is easy to make interesting because it most definitely is interesting!
Many of the crime stories in my Coffeehouse Mysteries are based on actual incidents in the news here. (I talk about this in one of the interviews I've given - see my left column.) It's a wild and crazy place and yet there are times of night when it's quiet as a graveyard and you might be the only soul standing on a street corner.
Of course, writers have been drawing inspiration from the Big Apple for a long time. Here's a blast from the past for you. New York City aka "The Naked City" circa 1948...
Another New York Crime Story...
The Naked City - 1948
"Amid a semi-documentary portrait of
Thank you for your comment, Mari, and thank you especially for reading my books. Troy isn't too far from the Big Apple. I hope someday soon I can do some appearanes and signings. I would love to do a coffee tasting and signing party with readers all over the country.
Don't know when I can make that happen, but it's something I'd really like to do. Maybe then we can meet in a coffeehouse that isn't virtual. :) Until then, happy reading and keep in touch!
Hello from Temecula, CA
Finally all settled out here. Family enjoyed the coffee I won last fall. Library here doesn't have many of your books so I'm catching up on titles to buy for my summer reading.
Love your books. I'm originally from NY so it is fun to be drawn into the setting of your novels. I agree with Ellen about becoming so interested in different blends of coffee. I actually READ labels on coffee nowadays because of you and your husband!
Haven't read Holiday Grind but now I know which book I'm going to look for first...I love to cook and bake and am anxious to have your recipes. Thanks for providing hours of enjoyment!
Cleo's reply -
And hello Carole! I'm smiling big at your newfound awareness of the bean. Glad to know you enjoyed the free coffee that you won last fall and that your move went well.
Thank you for the very kind and uplifting words about my books. Like all things in life, writing and publishing is a journey. When wonderful readers like you come along for the ride, that journey is all the more worth it. :) (May someone lift you up this week the way you lifted me.)
Java joy to you aways
and keep in touch!
As a little thank you for dropping by my message board, I've baked you up a fresh, tasty batch of *virtual* cuppa joe cookies...
Got leftover coffee?
Then you can make my
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"Because the following recipes are already available to Cleo's Holiday Grind readers, they will not be published here..."
I have the audiobook and I was so excited to see the recipes here and then I moved the mouse all over and no links...whimper. Well maybe this is a cosmic diet plan, I'm sure I would have made all the wonderful things listed and just blown up like a blimp. I'm a new fan/junkie, I've never had so many different kinds of coffee in my house at a time which means I can stay up later reading/listening to your books. Did I say thank you? Fourth cup today I'm juiced to the hilt.
Ellen you had me laughing with your comment! I don't know if you will be back to read this reply, but if you do... What audio book are you talking about? At this writing, my Coffeehouse Mysteries and my Haunted Bookshop mysteries are not available in audio form. Unless...
Are you listening to an e-book being read aloud maybe? I have to come clean and tell you that I don't yet have an E-Reader (still doing it the old-fashioned way and turning pages, lol). So I don't have any idea what my books look like that way.
You are indeed correct, by the way: Holiday Grind has 304 pages of mystery story (which is the same average page count as many top-selling amateur sleuth mysteries on the market...) Added to that full-blown, full-length mystery tale is an 80-page bonus back section. The back section is full of recipes, culinary tips, even a section that tells readers how to make their own espressos and lattes at home without an expensive machine, as well as very easy, from-scratch recipes for creating goumet syrups (dark and milk chocolate, caramel, gingersnap, apple cider, jelly donut, etc...)
Historically, authors who write novels with culinary themes often include recipes. One of my absolute favorite reads is Heartburn by Nora Ephron -- see my dog-eared old copy in the picture. The novel is loosely based on her own disastrous marriage to Carl Bernstein -- yes, the Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame.
Nora's fictional protag is a cookbook author and she gives recipes throughout the narrative. (Is that really so different than fantasy authors providing creative extras in their books that expand their world -- maps, blueprints, and so on? But I digress...)
Putting together that mini-cookbook in the back of Holiday Grind, researching the history of coffeehouse syrups, testing the recipes...it was real work. Sure, I could have made the section only 10 to 12 pages as I have in my previous seven mysteries (click here to learn more about these)...but, frankly, I considered it a labor of love as much as anything -- love of cooking, love of the holidays, and love of my longtime readers who have told me over and over again what a kick they get out of the recipe sections of my books.
So, what's my point? Well... I do provide free bonus recipes here at my website. I happily post them as an extra-special thank you to my readers, who (I assume, of course) have already purchased my books and already have the other recipes. :)
I do realize that readers often borrow my books from the library and therefore cannot keep the recipes and tips. I can only hope some of you like my books enough to want to subsequently purchase them and make them keepers.
Which brings me to you... :) What's up with the "audio" book? Where did you get it? Did some audio publisher record my work without letting the poor author in on it. Or is it, as I suspect, an e-book voice reading it aloud to you. If that's the case, does that mean e-books don't include my recipe sections? An easily solved mystery...
Whether you reply or not, Ellen, I want you to know that I appreciate your posting here. Thank you for making me laugh today and...thank you especially for reading my work.
Java joy to you always,
P.S. Here is a beautiful slice of fresh strawberry pie for you to enjoy with your next cuppa joe. It's calorie free, too, because (of course), it's virtual! :-)
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Iced coffee drinks
I'm wondering how Ms. Cosi feels about iced coffee drinks. I'm just about halfway into the first book, "On What Grounds". Haven't read yet about her serving iced coffee drinks at The Blend.
As it happens, Ms. Cosi swoons over iced coffee drinks, especially on a steamy hot summer day in the sticky city. What a wonderful question. :)
The book you are reading now, On What Ground is Book #1 in my Coffeehouse Mysteries series. In Book #4, Murder Most Frothy, you will see Clare making iced drinks. Why...
Well, in Murder Most Frothy, Clare spends her summer training and overseeing baristas at a brand new posh restaurant in the New York Hamptons, a famous, picturesque seaside community of the very rich about 100 miles east of New York City.
Click here and scroll down to learn more about Murder Most Frothy, which (yes, it's true...) includes bonus recipes for frothy iced coffee drinks.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to drop by my message board today. In appreciation, I have whipped you up a quick and easy Choco-Latte (also known as a Frappuccino or Iced Mocha)... Click here for the recipe! It will appear in PDF form.
Drink with joy!
Note to Cleo from Amarillo, TX
Hey Cleo, Please check your e-mail for a note from Amarillo. I so don't get twitter! Never was good at other languages.
Cleo's reply: Will do. (And, yes, I hear you -- the Twitter-verse is indeed a strange, new world. I really enjoy it, but I know it's not for everyone! :)
BTW (by the way) - For anyone who is on Twitter or wants to be, here is my address in our land of tweets (or twits, depending on the day and the tweeting that goes on, lol - and I most definitely include myself in that twitty mix :)...
NOTE TO CLEO...
HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR HUBBY DOING? WE'RE DOING GOOD HERE IN MISSISSIPPI - HOT.
I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT BOOK, ROAST MORTEM, AND I STILL NEED TO READ HOLIDAY GRIND, I ALSO PREORDERED ROAST MORTEM AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
ONE OF YOUR FANS
Hi, Darryl -- First of all, thank you so much for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse and taking the time and trouble to leave such a nice comment.
I know how hot it can get in your neck of the woods. I certainly hope you can stay cool this summer. Up here in NYC, the weather has been getting warmer, but we're not "roasting" yet -- that usually happens in August. (Perfect month to release a book with "Roast" in the title, I guess. :-)
Whatever the weather, there'll be be no slowing down for me this summer. I'm working on two projects at the moment - developing the story for next year's Coffeehouse Mystery. (I have a working title, but it's *top secret* for now.
Take care, Darryl, try to stay cool. Maybe this will help: In thanks for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I whipped you up a nice, tall, cold, *virtual* iced latte.
Java joy to you,
I'm a winner- Wow!
I was thrilled to be notified that I was this week's winner of the Kafe Lespwa, especially given it's origins.
I have read and enjoyed every one of the Coffeehouse mysteries to date. Once I started, I couldn't stop! I am planning to start the Haunted Bookshop series next. You guys are such terrific authors, the books are fabulous reads. I love reading about characters that come alive so that you feel that you know them. I'm a raving book junkie and your writing just feeds my habit!
Thanks again. I can't wait to get the coffee and try it out!
Cleo's reply -- Hello "book junkie"! LOL! First of all, thank you for leaving such a very kind note. I hope you enjoy the Kafe Lespwa. I've been drinking it for a month now and really enjoying it. Drop back anytime to let me know what you think.
I'm also happy to hear that my Coffeehouse Mysteries are feeding your book junkie habit. :) It's nice to know that you'll be trying out the other series that I also write. The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries are a little offbeat, with a PI ghost and a town of quirky characters. It's not for everyone, but those who do enjoy the series are pretty enthusiastic about it. Whether you like the HB series or not, I appreciate your enthusiasm and very kind words about my Coffeehouse Mysteries and the characters I create. It truly means a lot to me.
Wishing you java joy
How to study in the middle of the night
It's 2:20 am and I am facing 5 chapters to read on gerontological nursing. Just the thought of it is making my eyes roll in my head. How am I going to do this? Ah, I just got my Haitian coffee, Kafe Lespwa, in the mail today (I had to buy it because apparently my email address is nowhere to be found in Cleo's weekly drawing).
I made myself a mug and started reading, made it through the first chapter without losing consciousness. I think I need another mug of coffee. BTW, if you haven't tried the Haitian coffee, order some today. It is strong, no doubt about it, but without too much acid and a nice mild smokiness from the dark roasting. Definitely give it a try. Sigh, back to reading...maybe I should check out Facebook first, yeah, that's what I'll do!
~~Nurse Judy Mac
Cleo's reply -- Nurse Judy, you are *the best* - thank you for giving some coffee business to the subsistence farmers of Haiti. I liked your comments on the joe. I personally enjoy a bold cup. This one is bold yet smooth and low acid, which is a nice combo. Nice to know it kept you company on a long, lonely night of studying. As always...
Wishing you java joy,
Howdy from Catherine
Thanks for the coffee recommendation. Crystal's checking it out. Will e-mail with more info on what we're up to. Crystal writes poetry -- not the roses are red type! She also is writing a series of science fiction books under a pen name. Bob wrote a book also under a pen name & I am currently editing it. More about these in the e-mail. Our web site is up but we are currently working on it also.
Cleo's reply - Nice to hear from you Catherine. Sounds like the Lane family is keeping busy! Write more when you can. :)
Java joy to you always,
Local Coffee Shop
I go to the local coffee shop on at least one of my 2 days off work. I just ordered # 5 & 6 of the Coffee House Mysteries. And #1 of the Haunted Bookshop. So glad I finaly got to your website. Now I have more good mysteries to keep me entertained. Soon I may try some of your coffee also.
(one of your Facebook friends)
Cleo's reply -- Thank you for dropping in, Teri! I'm so glad you found my *virtual* coffeehouse. Grinning about your going to a local coffee shop. That's about the best place there is to read one of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, I guess. :) Come on back here to this message board anytime you like. Otherwise, I'll *see* you on Facebook.
Thanks for the Coffee:
I just love it--thanks
Cleo's reply - You are most welcome!
(Suzette was a recent Free Coffee Drawing Winner.)
Marriages from The New York Times
Did anyone see the wedding of the week in last Sunday's New York Times? The couple met at a coffee house (that the bride owns with her brother) and every wedding guest's favorite type of coffee was included. A blast for you coffee lovers out there!
Cleo's reply - Thanks for this news. Three java cheers to you for stopping by to let us know. :)
I am having so much fun...
Thanks so very much for both series...I'm now totally caught up with the coffeeshop and now heading back to Pen and Jack for round 4!
Blessings on a great summer,
The semester is over!
It is with a huge sigh of relief that I can announce that the Spring semester is over! I have received an "A" in my class and a job offer from the clinic where I did my clinical time. I now have time to devote myself to those things I left undone, like cleaning house, oh, wait, there's the new Laurie King book that just came in the mail! Okay, I'll just read that, then clean house. Oh, look, the new Earlene Fowler book just arrived in the mail! Awesome! I'll just inhale it then definitely clean house, wait, what do you mean the summer semester has started? Oh, well, I guess the house will have to wait until August. Oh, wait, isn't that when Roast Mortem is released? Maybe I'll pencil in cleaning the house for sometime in 2011.
Nurse Judy!!! Always a pleasure to see you dropping by my virtual coffeehouse. JAVA CHEERS TO YOU on the Spring semester "A" -- and the job offer. Grand slam, girl!
Seems to me you really earned a little R&R (relaxing and reading time).
Below is a teensy little Irish Coffee drink to get you started on that relaxation thing...
Java joy always,
We’re going into withdrawal from “Good Coffee”, Lattes, and Your books! Joe seems not to offer the Vienna Roast anymore!...We are having major withdrawal symptoms which include: Difficulty avoiding Coffee Shops and Book Stores Difficulty sleeping and, thus, difficulty staying awake during normal hours Staring longingly at empty coffee cups. Carrying a lonely bookmark with us everywhere Designing Crochet Lattés. Designing coffee themed bookmarks. Drooling every time we visit your web site. Watching too much TV trying to substitute for our mystery needs. More in e-mail...
Cleo's reply -
Grinning at your message, and I'm so happy to hear from you again, Catherine. I hope the Lane house is in good spirits. And I have your remedy (for "good coffee" withdrawl anyway :-)
Kafe Lespwa "Coffee of Hope" (from Haiti)
is an excellent cup. Maybe you'll win a package this summer. I'll be giving it away every Monday in my weekly drawings. And you can always order some for yourself (and help the coffee farmers who are helping and housing many of Haiti's earthquake refugees). Just click here to learn more or purchase :)
Sweet java hugs from NYC to you,
your husband and
your lovely daughter,
Happy Nurses' Day to all of us nurses!
Here's to us, the masters of the code brown! Fueled by caffeine, we look at hunky guys and think "Wow, great veins!" and discuss body fluids and functions through any meal without a hitch. We will care for you through birth and death and everything in between, and if you bring us cookies, we will love you forever. We are cynical, sarcastic, with extremely warped senses of humor and we will laugh with you and cry with you and we will let you know that, no matter what, we are your advocate and will do whatever is necessary to provide you with the best care we can. We may be crazy but we wouldn't have it any other way!
Cleo's reply -
Happy Nurses' Day to the angels among us. :)
It's been awhile
I didn't want you to think that I had dropped off the face of the earth. I am running a new Cafe in Plainfield and that is keeping me busy, busy. Time sure flies unless you are waiting for your favorite author's new books to come out LOL. Any way just wanted to say hi and tell your hubby hi too...
Nice to hear from you, Rusty, and thank you for the very kind words. We have a new book coming this summer - Roast Mortem. Stay tuned for an excerpt to be posted soon.
In the meantime, I love hearing that you're running a new Cafe in Plainfield! Pour me a cuppa!! (If you want to post the name and address, or a Web site, I'd be happy to spread the good word. You can post here or send me a NOTE TO CLEO at VillageBlend@aol.com :)
Bla bla BLa
coffie is Great > i am @ school and it's boring<
Cleo's reply: Hang in there. Not every subject is for every student. Want a tip for keeping your adult life from being "boring" too? Find the one thing that makes TIME FLY BY for you and you will find your BLISS.
Once you do that, learn as much as you can about whatever it is; practice it as much as you can, and believe me one day someone will pay you to do it :-)
Enjoying a WONDERFUL iced mocha
Just wanted to let you know I received my coffee and picked it up from my friend Lois. I will share some of the regular with her...This morning I am happlily sitting here knitting and enjoying a most WONDERFUL iced mocha. Thanks so much.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Cleo's reply - Thank you, Nancy! You were very sweet to e-mail me this note and allow me to re-post it here.
Drink with joy,
(Nancy is one of my Free Coffee
what's for Pen and Jack
I would like to know if you have plans to write another book about the haunted book store. My favorite librarian got me started on your books and I enjoy both.
First of all - thank you for asking. More Jack and Pen adventures are indeed in the works. In fact, I'm writing the next Haunted Bookshop mystery right now with my husband (as most of my readers know, Marc is my partner in crime writing).
The new Haunted Bookshop mystery is titled The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller and below (for the first time ever), I can show you a picture of an early cover.
You may notice the publisher is playing up the name "Cleo Coyle" now. Although my husband and I began to write this series under "Alice Kimberly," the name Cleo Coyle has become more widely known and now the publisher is going to start releasing the new Alice Kimberly books under the Coyle name. I hope that's not too confusing for "Alice's" readers! :)
THE GHOST and the
Haunted Bookshop #6
When will this new book be released? I don't yet have an exact date. But if you subscribe to my free newsletter, then you will be sure to hear when the next book is available because I always announce this to my subscribers. Again, the newsletter is free. Just send a "Sign me up" e-mail to
Thanks again for stopping by and please do thank your favorite librarian for me. Librarians are the coolest people on the planet as far as I'm concerned -- the keepers of the literary flame. And I'm extremely flattered whenever those very kind individuals recommend my books. :-)
"Spirited' good wishes to you,
~Cleo (aka Alice Kimberly)
Pen and Jack!
Please come back.
It has been so long.
They hear you :-)
See my reply above this one for more info on their next book and thank you for your very kind enthusiasm!
Need More Books...PLEASE!!!
Okay, I've read all the Coffee House Mysteries and Haunted Bookshop, I had surgery today and I am desperate for a good read.....Help!!! Can either Penelope or Clare come over for coffee and keep me company (Ha Ha). Laid up for a while,
Terre Haute, IN
Cleo's reply: Rebekah! I am so sorry to hear that you are on the post-surgical mend (ouch!). I am sending good thoughts, prayers, and karma your way. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please read my reply (in the message above this one) to find out more about the next Jack and Pen adventure :-)
I baked you a big, warm plate of *virtual* chocolate brownies to enjoy with your next pot o' joe. (Because, well, chocolate makes all medicine go down easier.)
Feel better soon!
Really enjoying your books!! I, like several of your fans, found Holiday Grind first and am now making my way through your other books...wonderful way to wind down after a busy day. Keep them coming!!!