Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We start with one line...

For all writers,
this is where it begins.

...a basic idea, a single line. 
To that line, we add another,
and another.

As the lines add up,
the story grows...

...and grows...

...until our new work takes shape,
and, eventually, it's finished!

Then what?

Hey, what's that building behind
our Union Square sidewalk artist?

A bookstore. Great! 
Let's go inside...

...because today is the day our own
Krista Davis' new work is
(officially) finished.

Congratulations, Krista, on the release of
your 5th Domestic Diva mystery, 

Cleo Coyle
I already have my copy, and I'm looking forward to diving into it later this week. The reviews are excellent, by the way. If you missed Lesa Holstine's post on The Diva Haunts the House, you can read it here. 

As for today's recipe, Krista inspired that, as well. She's shared so many amazing recipes on this blog, that it was hard to choose which one to celebrate. 

Then, over the weekend, my husband and I enjoyed a lovely brunch that included Krista's recipe for Rosti potatoes. We make these all the time, using Krista's tips, so I snapped a few photos, and thought, hey, everyone should make these--and I'll bet our newer followers never saw this recipe.

If you’ve heard of the dish but never attempted it, here's your chance. Krista will teach you the simple technique that I now use, and you can, too. Just click here for her recipe and eat with joy!

Rosti Potatoes a la Krista Davis!

Before I depart, I have few final links for some fun book giveaways...

The Diva Haunts The House: A Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis

You can enter to win an autographed copy of Krista’s The Diva Haunts The House from the Dru's Book Musings by clicking here. (Hurry, contest ends 9/12.)


Murder by Mocha: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle

Dru's Book Musings is also holding a giveaway for a signed copy of my new release Murder by Mocha. Enter by clicking here. (Hurry, contest ends at midnight tonight!)

Debbie's Book Bag also has a midnight deadline for a copy of my book (unsigned but free). Hurry! Click here to enter her giveaway.

Blogcritics is holding a giveaway for a signed copy of Murder by Mocha. You can enter the Blogcritics' contest here. (Not many entries on this one, yet - good chance to win! Contest ends this Friday, 9/9.) 

Lori’s Reading Corner is giving away a signed copy, too. You can enter Lori's contest here. (Contest ends 9/13.) 

Juju, another follower of this blog, is also giving away a signed copy at her lovely Tales of Whimsy blog here. (Contest ends 9/15.)

Congrats again to Krista
on her Official Release Day!

Read with joy,

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 


  1. Congratulations on your release today!

  2. Congratulations to Krista on her big day! Woot! I can't wait to dive into my copy of "The Diva Haunts the House." :) And those Rosti potatoes are fantastic!

  3. Krista, how exciting! I picked up my copy yesterday (what does launch day actually mean any way if I can find it at a store???)... but I digress.

    And Cleo, as always, you tell quite a story with your photos


  4. I've always felt sad for sidewalk artists, whose art is doomed to disappear. May our books last longer than that! Krista, I'll sic my daughter on the new shipment, so that people will see it! And this is a great (chilly, wet) day for potatoes.

  5. Congratulations, Krista. Your numbers look super! Loved the book, as you know!

    Cleo, what a fun post, the picture of the sidewalk artist, taking us into the bookstore. Clever. Love all the book giveaways!

    And rosti potatoes. Yum!


  6. Congrats, Krista, on your release day! I love the domestic diva mysteries!

    Cleo, great post - the sidewalk artist, the bookstore, Krista's book - it all works beautifully.

    MJ (now dreaming of rosti potatoes)

  7. Thank you Dru and Elizabeth! Release day is always fun!

    ~ Krista

  8. Thanks for the lovely post, Cleo! I feel terrible for the guy in the pictures, though. At least I know the rain won't make my book disappear!

    ~ Krista

  9. Dave, I'm told that some stores put them out early -- to beat the competition, I guess. In this economy, can we blame them? I don't want to see more catastrophes like Borders demise!

    ~ Krista

  10. Thanks, Sheila, Avery, and Mary Jane!

    And BTW, those potatoes are my mom's favorite. She'd rather eat them than cake!

    ~ Krista

  11. Congrats, Krista!

    Cleo, thanks for the links and the photos. Oh, and I love me some rosti!

  12. Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments.
    Krista, we are cheering for you today!

    ~ Cleo

  13. Krista,
    Congratulations on your release!! The Diva series is a lot of fun and the weather changes make a Halloween book perfect to curl up with!!

    These potatoes will be making an appearance here at Chez Phillipe soon...

  14. I've never been to this site before; I think I gained five pounds just looking at all the links. Yummy!

    Congratulations and best of luck with the book! Mystery writers rule!

  15. First off, congrats to Krista on her new release. It's in my TBR pile.

    When I was a kid, my mom used to make something similar everytime we had potato soup. She would grate the potatoes, though, and fry very thin cakes. We dipped those into our soup made with chucks of potatoes and bacon grease. No wonder I'm cute and chubby.

    Anywy, I've tried making them and always knick my knuckles when I grate them. This sounds like a way easier way. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. Krista, huge congrats and happy sales on your new release. And Cleo, I loved the imaginative 'line' open to this post. Wonderful!