Next Tuesday, January 5th, my third White House Chef mystery - Eggsecutive Orders will be released. As this story opens, Ollie and her team are banished from the White House after a guest dies at dinner with the president.
Did I mention that this happens a mere week before the annual Egg Roll? And that Ollie's mom and grandmother are about to arrive for a visit? Ollie had been looking forward to showing her family the White House and to taking them on a private tour. But now her plans, her career, and her relationship with Tom are all in hot water.
So do you think that makes this cozy "hard-boiled"? ;-)
Sorry, sorry, can't help myself....
But all this brings me to news of a special and eggciting contest.
Starting today, right now
"Spot the Book"
Rules are simple... just spot Eggsecutive Orders at your local bookstore and let me know what date and where, and you are entered.
Booksellers often put new titles out the week before their official release (unless it's Harry Potter, of course), but I'll be running this contest for 2 weeks through January 11th. On January 12th, I'll announce the name of one lucky spotter who will win a $25 bookstore gift certificate.
So, if you're shopping, take a moment to check out your local indie bookstore, or your nearest chain. One entry per location per person. So, that means if you spot Eggsecutive Orders at three different bookstores, you can enter three times. (If you also tell me how many copies are in stock, I'll put your name in for an extra chance!) Send your updates to me at JulieHyzy@gmail.com.
Yes, this is a new e-mail address. Had a little problem with a hacker... long story.
And because I don't want anyone to be left out, you can also enter by finding Eggsecutive Orders available on Internet sites. In that case, just forward the link to me.
Doesn't that sound easy? It is.
Knowing when the books hit the shelves (and where) will help me a lot.
Just e-mail me with bookstore and date (and number of copies, if you like) and I'll announce the winner on January 12th. Got all that?
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me ;-)
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Secret Ingredient contest....
We will be having another Iron Chef-like event here in a few weeks, and Janel won a Junior's Cheesecake for her secret ingredient (which will be announced soon)!
But while we Mystery Lovers' Kitchen chefs are dreaming up ideas for Janel's ingredient, we're eager for more. Keep sending your ideas and you could win.... CHOCOLATE.
Some of the best chocolate on the planet is produced by Fannie May Candies. The NEXT secret ingredient winner will have his or her choice of several Fannie May assortments up to a value of $25 (plus I'll pay shipping). I'll be in touch once a winner is announced. Check out the Fannie May website for an idea of what you could win!
Well, I've probably over-talked here today ... I promise a really cool recipe next Tuesday ... a dessert I served on Christmas Eve that was a huge hit.
Hope you participate in Spot the Book and let me know where the EGGS are hiding ;-)
Can you tell I'm eggstatic about this new release?
Have a great week!
Author of the White House Chef Mysteries.