Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Buzz Release Party Giveaway and a Cookie-palooza from Cleo Coyle

Behold my Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, among the many cookies featured in Holiday Buzz, my new culinary mystery, just released today. To celebrate, I'm blogging at Fresh Fiction.com, where I'll tell you more about this 12th entry in my Coffeehouse Mystery series. I hope you'll drop by and say hello!

To jump there, click here

Leave a comment on my Fresh Fiction post this week and you'll be entered to win a personally inscribed copy of Holiday Buzz and a stainless steel NYPD travel mug (guaranteed to keep your coffee safe as well as warm). 

I'll have a new recipe for you next week. In the meantime, I'm happy to share some of the foodie photography from my Holiday Buzz Recipe Guide. You can download the complete, illustrated guide at my Fresh Fiction post, too, so be sure to look for the link to the Guide.

Now let's start that cookie party! First up...

Clare Cosi's New York Cheesecake Cookies
with Candied Strawberry Dizzle

(Both recipes and the ones below
can be found in Holiday Buzz.)

Janelle's Gingerbread
Crackle Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies (Madame's favorite)

Clare Cosi's Eggnog
Crumb Muffins 
(small batch version)

Okay, not a cookie. But the recipe is wonderful.
These are a favorite of  NYPD Detective
Mike Quinn's (and mine, too).
ender and sweet, they carry a hint of  nutmeg
and a lovely eggnoggy fragrance and flavor. 

(Yes, I invented the word eggnoggy. :))


And finally congrats to the winner of my Kona Coffee Drawing! The winning comment from my "Twinkie Cupcake" post (by random number generator) is...

Congrats, Wendy! I'll contact you
and get you the tasty prize!

And speaking of tasty...If you're wondering how that 
Thanksgiving Poll turned out, the results are below.

You were asked:
Along with your turkey, 
what single dish
makes your 
Thanksgiving complete?

44% of you said Stuffing
17% of you said Pumpkin Pie
15% of you said Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
14% of you said Cranberry Sauce 
6% said a Sweet Potato dish
4% said something else, including Sue F.,
who cited her sister's Pumpkin Soup
0% of you said Pepperoni Pizza. :)

To see some wonderful comments on the poll,
 jump to PollDaddy's site here.

Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 

A Mystery Guild Featured
Alternate Selection

A Barnes & Noble
Holiday Mystery Pick 

Publisher's Weekly
“Sprightly…and engaging.”

Kirkus Reviews
“Jingle bells, beautiful displays, scrumptious treats:
Holiday season in New York City has it all,
including murder…Coyle’s coffeehouse series captures
the New York experience, from high-society parties
to gritty back-street deals. The fine mystery is
followed by some holiday recipes that will
even pack the pounds on readers who
are only browsing them.”

RT Book Reviews
"A fun mixture of family, romance, cooking and...
a perfect Christmas mystery. A treat..."

The Coffeehouse Mysteries are national bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village 
coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


Happy Holidays
and Happy Reading! 

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  1. OMG! Reading your posts makes it hard to stick to my diet. A couple of years ago I managed to lose in weight the equivalent of a large 5th grader. I see all of your wonderful recipes and I want to make them all. Of course, they are too good for me to leave in the house because I'll eat them all so I just take them to school. My co-workers (even those who are not readers) love you! I'm headed over to Fresh Friction to enter your contest. I've been trying to add an autographed copy of one of your books to my collection forever. I so wish you would visit Colorado for a signing.

    Beverly aka Booklady

    1. Booklady - Colorado happens to be where some of my family lives, so it's entirely possible I will be there for a signing one day. If I do, I'll be sure to broadcast it and maybe you and I will be able to hug in person. I'm so please to know that you are enjoying my books (and the recipes, too, if only vicariously)!

      My very best wishes go out to you for a bright and meaningful holiday...and I hope you enjoy Holiday Buzz!

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  2. I was so excited today was here I woke up early. Couldn't wait to get my hands on my kindle fire to read Holiday Buzz. Then I realized if I gobbled it up now, I wouldn't have it to read during the holidays. SO I'm holding off until next week to start it. I'm sure it will be done within a week once I do start it.

    1. Sue - You are so kind. Thank you and I certainly hope my book will put you in the spirit of the Season. I hope you'll let me know how you like it and I certainly hope you will...

      Read with joy!
      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. What a mouth-watering post! For some reason, I'm hungry now. Congrats on Holiday Buzz, Cleo. I can't wait to read it and not only for the recipes.

    1. Y thank U, MJ (don't you love text talk?) - and BTW I can't wait till your back with us in the Kitchen. I really missed you -- and I'm not alone, I know our followers have missed you, too. See you soon, I hope!

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  4. Wow, Cleo, what gorgeous cookies. Congrats on the release of Buzz today! What a fun title I know it'll be good.



    1. Thank you kindly, Avery/Daryl - Marc and I had a great deal of fun writing this one, and we can only hope readers have as much fun on the other end of the process!

      Cheers and thx for dropping by today, esp. on such a busy week. I appreciate it!

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  5. The cookies look fabulous and can't wait to dive into Holiday Buzz! xoxo Lucy

    1. Sending a caffeinated kiss your way for the kind words. Lots of good reads out this month--and it's also a great time to buy a cozy mystery as a gift(yours included). Cheers!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  6. One challenge with reading your books this the saliva dripping on the pages as you describe various food delights!
    Holiday Buzz is terrific!!! Another winner.
    It even has one of those scenes where you're saying, "No! Don't do that! Don't go there!" And, of course, they do.

    1. Libby - You are spot-on. Drooling followed by silent shouting is the typical reaction of our readers. :) Not kidding now -- thank you and I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed the book.

      My warmest holiday wishes to you and thx for dropping by the Kitchen today!

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. What gorgeous photographs, Cleo! Congratulations on the release of Holiday Buzz. Love that fantastic review from Kirkus!

    ~ Krista

  8. You have done it again, Cleo!!! Gorgeous photos and recipes to die for...though I have never really understood that expression ;-)

    Congratulations on all the wonderful reviews on a truly wonderful book.

    Now to choose which recipe to make first? Hmmmmmm....


    1. Nanc - You always, always brighten my day. "To die for" - yes, it is a rather odd expression. Perhaps the underside of a Snapple cap will tell me the historical origin. I'll have to watch for it. :) In the meantime, I sincerely thank you for dropping by the Kitchen, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I know you've read every entry and your literary thumbs-up means a lot to me and Marc.

      ~ Cleo
      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  9. Thanks to all of you for the good wishes. I know how busy everyone is at this time of year and your words mean a lot to me. Cheers to all of you for stopping by the Kitchen today. I wish I could pass a plate of cookies to each of you. (I certainly have enough to go around!)

    Happy Holidays and
    (like the Terminator)...I'll be back...

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  10. I'm so excited about this good news--thanks Cleo!!
    But what shall I bake to go with my coffee? All of these goodies look scrumptious!

  11. Cleo you know I love your books and Holiday Buzz is wonderful. Can't wait until later this month to share my review with your post.

    Congratulations on your new release.

    I love the cookies no to make choices or just make everything.

    Babs Book Bistro

  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been trying so hard not to peek at the recipes at the end of Holiday Buzz, because I'm only about 1/3 through it and I don't want any hints--but I just knew the recipes I've been wanting were there waiting! I know which one I'm going to make first: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies. Perfect. I've been craving some chocolate cookies, and I already have the candy canes. But the ginger will have to be made very soon, because I'm also craving really spicy ginger cookies. And then the rest!
    Holiday Buzz is a delight (of course) - Christmas festivity and atmosphere, those characters I've grown to love, and a plot that's got me grabbing every minute of my rare spare time to dig into it. You and Marc always know how to just hit the spot with your books!