Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Author Livia J. Washburn’s latest foray into literary murder mysteries successfully marries entertainment with literature, highlighting the works of playwright Tennessee Williams in a fast-paced and enjoyable mystery novel. The prolific author has a winner in series heroine Delilah Dickinson, a Southern belle and feisty redhead (just don’t call her “Red”) with a knack for solving crime. Washburn has just the right touch with the literary theme, providing informative tidbits about Tennessee Williams’s life and work, without bogging the novel down with minutiae. A fun read!
Monday, December 06, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour 18 muffin cups, or use paper liners. Fill any unfilled muffin cups in tin with water.
Filling: In a medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add egg, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until mixed, then set bowl in freezer to set while mixing other ingredients.
Topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
Muffin batter: In a large bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla. Beat together until well mixed.
Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/2 full. Take the cream cheese mixture out of the freezer then add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter in the muffin cups. Having the chilled cream cheese mixture will help you keep the cream cheese from touching the edges. Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Makes 18 muffins
Note: If you have dogs, add a heaping tablespoon of the leftover canned pumpkin to their meal. All of my dogs like pumpkin and it’s a healthy treat.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
The book was published in trade paperback last year and will be reprinted in paperback soon.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Just received author copies of the Australian edition of my book The Vampire Affair. It's a 2 book in 1 edition sharing with Nancy Holder's Son Of The Shadows.
I like 2 in 1 books and wonder why there aren't more of them in the USA. Usually here publishers only use this format for reprints not original novels. I would think 2 in 1 books would be a great way to launch new authors paired with a well known. I understand bestselling authors probably wouldn't want to share the royalities, but it is hard for a new author to get a foot in the reader's door.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Because of her friendship with Professor Will Burke, Delilah becomes involved with arranging a tour for people who want to attend the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival held every year in New Orleans. She figures that a group of English professors and their spouses will be a low-key, intelligent, and, well, professorial bunch. Unlike some of her trouble-plagued tours, she expects this one to go smoothly. Which, of course, she realizes later, is a sure-fire way to jinx things.
The fifth in a delectable series fans can't wait to sink their teeth into. Includes fifteen recipes! Phyllis loves to spend quality time with her grandson. She'll be taking him to a festival with hopes of winning the baking contest-now that her friendly competitor, Carolyn, is judging and not competing. But when a decorative scarecrow is actually a dead body in disguise, it's Phyllis's sleuthing skills that are needed. The dead body is that of the festival's organizer- and his wife, Carolyn's friend, falls under suspicion. Carolyn turns to Phyllis for help, because who's better at dishing out some justice than a baker extraordinaire who can handle the heat...
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Black Magic Sanction
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.
I discovered the Kim Harrison books when James and I went to his Uncle Sidney’s 80th birthday party. We stopped at a bookstore before we left Brownwood and I picked up one of her paperbacks. I searched all the Half Price bookstores in our area for the others, but didn’t have a lot of luck. Thank goodness for the internet. James bought the rest of the series for me for Christmas and he gave me the hardback of this book as a late birthday present. If you like paranormal novels, this series is a must read.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
If you’re going to get published today, I think you have to think about the money, too. For example what are the chances of selling a gothic novel today? Slim. Writers have to keep up with the market in order to keep selling. This is the reason James and I have been able to continue writing for thirty years. We’ve written in many different genres over the years and have had a ball doing it. I wouldn’t think it would be fun to write one type of book for thirty years. So, keep an eye on the market, it’ll be changing again.