Sunday, April 22, 2018

Welcome Guest Terry Ambrose: Author of Clues in the Sand + #BookGiveaway


Please join me in welcoming author Terry Ambrose back to the kitchen! 

Terry has news for us about the launch of his terrific new mystery series. Leave a comment on his post, and you will be entered to win one of his books. Here's Terry to tell you more about it... 

--Cleo



Thanks for having me as a guest here in the kitchen! In fact, kitchens seem to be a more commonplace for me since I started writing the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series. 

The series features sort-of-single dad Rick Atwood and his precocious daughter Alex. They’re your basic unstoppable crime-solving duo, with Alex being the unstoppable half and her dad doing most of the crime solving. Unless you listen to Alex, who will tell you she’s the one who gives her dad his best ideas. Ah, the confidence and wisdom of a ten-year-old!


Terry Ambrose
In Clues in the Sand, Rick has a B&B to run, a killer to find, and is trying desperately to keep Alex from sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong—in the murder investigation. 

The recipe I’ve brought along today is for spaghetti and meatballs. The basic recipe had been in my family for years—until I lost it. Fortunately, the loss came right after I’d made the recipe and could reconstruct it. Now, it’s stored safely in digital format (in two different places) so I won’t lose it again!

I hope you’ll stop by to learn more about me and the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series at terryambrose.com



By Dr.Conati [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons


Spaghetti and Meatballs by Terry Ambrose


This spaghetti and meatballs recipe is sure to be a hit with any spaghetti lovers. The meatballs are more work than a meat sauce, but they are well worth the effort! Plus, this recipe has no added salt, so for those on a low -sodium diet, it works well. You can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free bread crumbs.

Prep Time: 20 minutes 

Cook Time: 1-2 hours




Ingredients:

Sauce

1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 – 6 oz.cans tomato paste
1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 – #2can crushed tomatoesThis is a 1 lb 4 oz can.
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. black pepper

Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey
2 tsp. Worscestershire sauce
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (seasoned)You can make your own with the heels of loaves of bread!
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

Sauce

1. In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil and sauté onion until soft. 

2. When onions are soft, combine the rest of the sauce ingredients over medium heat. Stir occasionally and then simmer on low for at least one hour. 

Meatballs

1. In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. 

2. Heat oil in large skillet. 

3. Roll meatballs by taking a small amount of meat and rolling between your palms. A good size is about the size of a golf ball. Add this batch of meatballs to oil. Turn regularly to avoid having them flatten. Brown on all sides. 

4. When all meatballs have been browned, add them to the sauce to continue cooking.



Terry Ambrose

TERRY AMBROSE has written more than a dozen books, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, Con Game, won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He’s currently working on the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.








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#BookGiveaway!



To learn more
or buy, click here.

Leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you (email address or Facebook name), and you will be entered to win a print or e-book (your choice) of Terry's Clues in the Sand.

This giveaway is now over. Thanks to everyone for participating, and thanks especially to Terry for joining us this week at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

Congrats to our winner:

Kara M.


70 comments:

  1. The recipe sounds delicious! I’d love a print copy of clues in the sand, it sounds like great fun to read. Thanks for the chance Donamae clausen Kutska

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  2. What is sort-of-single? Father/daughter sleuths could be fun!

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    1. Hi Pat. Sort of single is a nice way of saying he's been separated from his wife for a long time but hasn't filed divorce papers. Its complicated!

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  3. Taylor R WilliamsApril 22, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    Your books sound fantastic - I sure would love to own one - trwilliams69 at msn dot com

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    1. Thanks Taylor and good luck in the contest

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  4. The book looks awesome, and the recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Robin, best of luck in the contest!

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  5. Just dropping by to welcome Terry back to the Kitchen. Thanks for joining us today, Terry, and happy congrats on the publication of Clues in the Sand, your second Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast mystery, the perfect spring/summer reading getaway!

    ~ Cleo

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    1. Thanks for having me here, Cleo! Your kitchen is always a fun place to be!

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  6. Welcome, Terry! Would love to read the book. EMS591@aol.com

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  7. Clues in the sand sounds captivating. Your recipe is perfect for Sunday night dinners.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree, it is perfect for a Sunday dinner. We like to let the sauce simmer for a few hours to really thicken it up, so start early!

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  8. I've been meaning to have spaghetti and meatballs for sometime now. Are you sure your recipe isn't a old new England one? It's the same as Mom used to make! But I am waiting for the book, Clues In the Sand to come out. Seems like a great read for the summer! Thanks for sharing! vboudreau57@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Veronique, I got the recipe from my mom and I'm not sure where she got it from. It may well be an old New England one. Best of luck in the contest!

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  9. This sounds like a book I’d enjoy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  10. Hi Terry, the recipe looks great but I'l be leaving out the cheese. We have a kosher home. I'd also add at least 4 rough diced different colored peppers to the sauce and lots of sliced fresh button mushrooms (gotta get those veggies in every day).

    I'm not going to hold my breath hoping any of the nearby county libraries will have your book. So I'll hope to be your lucky winner.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

    Oh, and if you have bookmarks to share, email me and I'll give you my snail mail addie. I supply a number of branches each month with bookmarks from many of the authors I know.

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    1. Hi Nora, the libraries may not have the book now, but they should be able to order them through their normal channels if you submit a request. Best of luck in the contest!

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  11. Clues in the Sand would be greatly enjoyed since this mystery is intriguing. This delectable and traditional recipe warms my heart. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and best of luck in the contest!

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  12. I have always loved spaghetti but we had to give it up when my DIL became allergic to beef and tomatoes, too. It just isn't the same with turkey and banana sauce. But, occasionally, we still have it. I'd love to win a copy of your book.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh gosh, Linda. The beef's not too bad, but tomatoes? Wow. Best of luck in the contest!

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  13. Welcome back to the Kitchen, Terry! When I spoke about the cozy mystery to the MT Library Assn members last weekend, I spotted some cocked heads and searching brains when I said there weren't many male protagonists in cozy world. Great to have another to introduce them to another -- and his daughter!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I'll take all the introductions I can get!

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  14. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Sounds delicious
    Your books are a fun read.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. I’d like a print copy of Clues in the Sand! The father & daughter sleuths sound very interesting. rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. They were certainly a lot of fun to write! Alex is one of my favorite characters! That girl's got some sass.

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  16. Sounds like a really good recipe. I get tired of bottled sauce from the grocery. I can wait to read your book. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win.

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    1. Hey Penny, if you don't want to mess with the meatballs, but just want to make a meat sauce, you can just season the meat and toss it in the same sauce. It works really well, too!

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  17. Recipe sounds great! Book sounds great! Love the cover! marthajane1@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Martha! Good luck in the contest!

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  18. Best wishes on your new series.
    Ah, the joys of spaghetti with meatballs. Yum.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I know, Libby! What's' not to like about spaghetti and meatballs?

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  19. Wow the new book sounds great. Can't wait to read it.
    nvictoria77@yahoo

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  20. I've only read one other cozy series with a male protagonist and it was such a refreshing change! Thanks for sharing your spaghetti and meatballs recipe and for the giveaway! picard1900 (at) gmail (.) com

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    1. I hope you get to read the books and enjoy them, Amanda! I figured it was time to add a little something different to the genre.

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  21. Saved your recipe, the meatballs sound great. Hope to try them soon. Really like the blurb about the book, Clues in the Sand. Want to read it soon.

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    1. I hope the meatballs turn out to be absolutely delish! Good luck in the contest, Barb!

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  22. I like the recipe and the book sounds great--I'd love to read it. Ty for the giveaway. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com or Kara Vaughan Marks on FB

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    1. Hey Kara, good luck in the contest.

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    2. Congratulations, Kara, by random number draw, you won Terry's giveaway!

      Thanks to everyone for joining in with your comments and thanks especially to Terry for sharing his time with us this week at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

      ~ Cleo

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  23. It sounds interesting.... a single dad running a B and B.... what could possibly go wrong. Would love to read it!!

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    1. And who would have ever thought small towns had so many murders, Right Donna? LOL We do have fun in this genre!

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  24. A father and daughter crime solving duo sounds like a great storyline. Would love to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Sounds delightful! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  26. Sounds like a really good book, I’d love to read it. I also love the cover, so cute!
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Faith, I have a wonderful cover designer! I love her work!

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  27. For some reason I used to not like meatballs then one day I just started loving them. Would love to read this book.
    madonnal at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Madonna, isn't it nice when your tastebuds change so you like something really fun —like meatballs! Yeah!

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  28. I would love to read this book, and the recipe sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  29. Looks wonderful. You are a new to me author so I would definitely love to win a print copy of your book. Thanks for the chance. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi Kay, I'm certainly glad you stopped by today. Best of luck in the contest!

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  30. Hi Terry. I enjoy your books and would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Linda, I'm delighted to hear you're enjoying the books! Best of luck in the contest!

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  31. This sounds like a great series and one to add to my reading pile! kkdaley (at) comcast (dot) net

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  32. I love the idea of a Father/Daughter duo solving Crime. I always thought Nancy Drew was sort of like that her father was involved quite a bit. Fun sounding...if I win I would prefer an ebook. Thank you.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  33. Hi Marilyn, thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the contest!

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  34. Sounds like Rick had his hands full! This looks like a great series that I'll need to start!!

    Emilylgulick@gmail.com

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    1. You are right about that, Emily! He does have his hands full. I hope you love the books and good luck in the contest!

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  35. Welcome. Terry!! Your book sounds awesome!! The recipe too! Just need a glass of Sweet Tea marygoss81@gmail.com

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  36. Such a delightful series. I cannot wait for the next book. I will try out your sauce recipe. Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Kristina! The next one will be coming for Christmas! The magic of the holidays and murder? What a great combo!

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  37. I would love to read Clues in the Sand (print copy, please), and my husband loves when I make spaghetti and meatballs. I will try your recipe next time I make it. ioncookbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  38. I would alter your recipe to meatless, but it looks good.
    browninggloria@hotmail.com

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