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* Has anyone made the biscotti from Latte Trouble? Is it 1-1/2 cups butter...
* My whole message didn't print before. Thanks, Maggie in NM
Cleo's reply: Hi, Maggie -- Your entire message is not up because I don't want to confuse anyone. Yes. >>>> 1-1/2 cups butter is correct. Keep this in mind, however: If anyone makes the recipe with less butter, it still works -- and, in fact, is more in keeping with how the old Italians made biscotti, with much less shortening. Again, the recipe will work either way, but I'd advise using the 1-1/2 cups of butter. BTW - There is also a red-and-green biscotti recipe in Holiday Grind. Clare makes them for Mike in the course of the mystery. Cheers!
I just discovered you!!!
I am so excited to get started...Haven't read a word yet,well except for the write ups...I can't wait...I love this site and can't wait to get started on my kindle! I have the first in both series. My husband found them for me and said I have something I know youe'll love! He knows me well. Pinkim
Greetings, Pinkim - I hope you enjoy my books, web site, and recipes. Stop back anytime to my *virtual* coffeehouse. I post recipes every week and the messages on this board always get lively around the holidays. I'm also on facebook as Cleo Coyle. Finally, thanks to your husband for the recommendation. You'd be surprised how often I hear that!
Cheers and thanks for dropping by,
As addicting as my morning coffee
Your first two books are as addicting as my first cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning I can't seem to get enough even though I have just recently found them and am only on the second one Will they ever be available on the Kindle or any other ebook readers?
On What Grounds
Cleo's reply -
First of all, thank you so much for your kind words. As I always say, simply reading an author's work is the best gift you can give her -- and I consider every note on this board a gift. In answer to your quesiton, all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries (and Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which I write under the name Alice Kimberly) are available in Nook, Kindle, and various e-reader formats.
Through the Grinder
To see the Coffeehouse Mystery NOOKS, click here. To see the Coffeehouse Mystery Kindles, click here. For other e-readers, a simple search on google, using the book title you want and the format should get you the info you need.
For a list of the titles in the Coffeehouse Mystery series (and short descriptions of each book), click here to jump to my About the Coffeehouse Mysteries page. For the Haunted Bookshop title and description list, click here. I hope I've anwered your question...
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and thanks especially for reading my books,
Murder By Mocha has a wonderful cover, Can't wait to read it. :-) Can't wait to viset Jack and Pen again either.... Chelle in Canada
Cleo's reply - Thanks, Chelle! I love that cover, too. Always nice to hear from my girl up north. :)
I have finished all nine Coffeehouse Mysteries and am on the second Haunted Bookshop mystery. Absolutely love your writing and can't wait for your next Village Blend mystery. KathyB
Cleo's reply: Kathy! You sweetie, you. I'm delighted to learn that you're enjoying my books -- and equally thrilled to hear that you've discovered my lesser-known second series (what I often refer to as my "ghost" mysteries).
THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES (published under the name Alice Kimberly) have developed a loyal following and I'm looking forward to seeing the new one (Book #6) published. But before that happens, you'll be seeing the new Coffeehouse book: MURDER BY MOCHA will be out next August (that's the 10th book in my Coffeehouse series - check out the early cover).
-----------------MURDER BY MOCHA:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle
Coming August 2011
(Note -If you click the cover or hot links, you'll see the early Amazon page. This book also will be sold by Barnes and Noble and Borders and your favorite Indie stores, too. Amazon just surprised me by putting it up early so I'm showing you, that's all. It's so early that there is no cover or price discount yet -- that discount will come in time, of course, and Amazon does have a policy of updating any pre-orders with the latest discount prices. There will also be a Kindle -- and a Nook and e-books as usual. All that will be posted on their sites in the coming months.)
Thanks for droppping by, Kathy, and thank you especially for simply reading my books. It's the best gift you can give to any writer.
Warmest java wishes,
Absolutely adore these books!
The gang at the Village Blend has kept me company many times in the middle of the night while feeding my new baby. Couldn't have done it (so happily, anyway) without your books...thanks!!
Cleo's reply - You are more than welcome and I must thank YOU for making me feel that what I do is worth it (because there are indeed significant sacrifices that come with attempting to make a living as an author). Thank you from the bottom of my java-lovin' heart and please kiss that baby for me. Congrats on being a new mom. May an angel always be on your shoulder when you need one. :)
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"" Writing Deadline"" you used these words about the same time last year.IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!!!!.. will keep my fingers crossed for the same results for next year..Take Care. Anonymous.
Cleo's reply - LOL. Your note made my weekend. Thank you.
LOVE the series...
Really love this series! "Started with On What Grounds"...found 3 more of the books at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor yesterday! Can't wait to catch up on the series! Thank you!
Cleo's Reply - Aw, thank YOU for writing such a kind note. I hope you continue to enjoy your trips back to Clare's Village Blend. I'm glad to know that you're an enthusiastic reader. Our industry can use as many avid readers as we can get!
Aunt Agatha's is a tres cool indie mystery store! For anyone in the
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Love the series and have hooked many others on them as well. Just finished Holiday Grind (and I'm into Roast Mortem) and was trying to locate the recipe for strufoli. I grew up with that delicacy in Brooklyn and have to make it this year! Where is it?
Cleo's Reply -- First of all THANK YOU! -- for your very kind comments AND for spreading the word about your enjoyment of the series. I sincerely appreciate it. As for the strufoli -- glad you asked! I plan on doing a special post on how to make strufoli very soon -- stay tuned. It will be posted here at this web site in November.
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Cleo's reply: You are all signed up. I removed your e-mail address from the message you left (so it will not be public here) and I have added it to my newsletter list -- which automatically enters you in my weekly free coffee drawings. Good luck!
For anyone else interested in signing up for my newsletter and weekly free coffee drawings (I randomly draw a winner each week from my most current list of E- newsletter subscribers), just send an e-mail that says "sign me up" to VillageBlend@aol.com It's free, I maintain the list myself, and I don't send newsletters very often, so you don't have to worry about being spammed! :)
New ReaderI tried your coleslaw as I make awful slaw. It was delicious. I am anxious to try your pistaccio muffins and am looking on your site for recipe.
Would love all recipes to be onlineHi Cleo! I just finished reading Roast Mortem (my first Coffeehouse Mystery) and loved it! I will definitely be tracking down your older novels. I love to cook and couldn't wait to try your Doughnut Muffin recipe .. yum! I made them with my kids this morning (delish!) but found it very cumbersome to keep referring back to the recipe in the book as it's hard to get a hardcover novel to stay open. I would love to see *all* your recipes printed on your website in the future - it would have been much simpler to print the recipe and then file it away with all my other favorites. Just a suggestion! :) Thanks! Jenny - Denver, CO
next bookHi Cleo, When will there be a new coffeehouse mystery? A fan.
Loved Roast MortemHi Cleo, Loved the book...read it in two days. Can't wait for the next one. I just love your characters and, of course, The Village Blend setting. I won the coffee from Haiti and can't wait to try it. Thanks so much and keep those great mysteries coming! JoAnn, Staten Island
DeBeen Espresso, High Point NCI noticed the "mention" on this Great little message board. Thanks for the nice comment! Here is a link to our new website... still a lot of work to be done! www.debeenespresso.com. Funny thing I noticed, we have a ghost story author whom frequents our cafe, have you heard of Geordy Buxton? If you haven't, check him out!
New Fan of Coffeehouse starting with Espresso ShotJust discovered this series and love it. Can't wait to read more. Just finished watching "The Bucket List" and can't believe Kopi Luwak was mentioned in this book. Loved it.
G'day from DownunderCleo, I just finished Roast Mortem and absolutely loved it. It was the best in the series. Looking forward to the next installment at the Blend. Denise Australia
Love your books from CanadaAre Canadians included in the coffee give-a-way? My husband and I buy our coffee from a shope in our town called "Ten Thousand Villages" A non-profit organziation that helps coffee growers in third world nations. W just love the shop and their coffee!
Howdy from the 3 LanesJust a quick note from Amarillo, TX. Well . . . more like Wildorado, TX now. Yep, we moved but not far. It's only about 20 miles west of Amarillo's city limits. We were visiting with some friends who operate a small restaurant in Bushland, TX ('bout halfway between Amarillo & Wildorada)when the subject of Coffee & Specialty Coffees came up. Well, of course, we had to tell them the best place to learn about coffee and obviously great mysteries with Realistic, Loveable Characters. We gave them your website address as we told them how we got started reading your wonderful books. I'm sure you'll have some new fans! Catherine Lane
a toast...to Roast MortemAs I am reading..and so enjoying.. Roast Mortem, if it were not for my daughter giving me my first book...On What Grounds..for a Mother's Day gift a few years ago....I may not have been able to read and enjoy all the series..as I have. So..thanks to Trish for the gift !! and remember.....Sunday the 19th is... Talk Like a Pirate Day...aarggghhhh !!!!
Flourless Chocolate Rum Cake-Holiday Grind
Thanks for the response. I did get the recipe from the book and have ordered the newest book already. I typed the recipe without the comments. Will not worry about it in the future and plan to make it again....and again!
Cleo's reply: Glad to hear it. Thank you for coming back and letting me know. :) I hope you enjoy the new book -- and the new recipes, too. Cheers, Margret. Keep in touch!
Cook with joy!
Flourless Chocolate Rum Cake-Holiday Grind
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE RUM CAKE
with Warm Coffee-Rum Sauce
I have made this cake twice. The flavor is wondeful and the sauce to die for. The only problem is, even when using the correct size pan...the cake overflows.. Looking forward to trying the new recipes I found on your site.
Thank you for your note today. Quick question: How did you get this recipe? Do you have my book HOLIDAY GRIND in which the recipe is published? If you do, please turn to page 348 (step 5). My recipe clearly warns that "In the process of rising, the cake may slosh batter over the sides of the pan. To prevent spillage in your oven, simply place a sheet pan on the rack beneath your cake pan."
So there you have it -- the warning is right there in the recipe. The other thing you can do is use an 8 or 9-inch springform pan instead of the 9-inch layer cake pan. NOTE, however, that whenever I have made this cake in a springform pan (instead of the layer cake pan) the results are not as amazing. The cake does not bake up as dense. In my opinion, the fudgy, chocolate flavor is more concentrated (and in my opinion better) when I use the layer cake pan and that's why I recommend that pan for the recipe. Your choice!
I hope that answers your question. I'm glad you enjoyed the cake and I thank you sincerely for reading my books.
Eat with joy,
Thanks to everyone who has left a message or question on my board. I will reply to more comments over the next few days. Cheers.