Sunday, September 11, 2016

Welcome Joyce Tremel with Tangled Up in Brew #BookGiveaway!

Coming in October,
Joyce's new mystery
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Please welcome back a terrific author to our Kitchen--Joyce Tremel! She's got news about her new mystery, and she's sharing a delicious recipe and book giveaway. Take it away, Joyce! xoxo ~ Cleo 

Thanks so much for having me back, MLKers. I can’t believe I actually have another book coming out—TANGLED UP IN BREW releases on October 4th! It honestly seems like yesterday that TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW was released.

TANGLED UP IN BREW has four recipes, one of which is the burger that chef Jake Lambert prepares for the competition at the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. 

While the burger is certainly tasty, I decided another recipe would do more in the way of tempting yinz guys to go off any diets you may be on. So I present you with the owner of Cupcakes N’at, Candy Sczypinski’s recipe for Caramel Pecan Brownies.



1 cup butter

1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1-1/3 cups sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

4 large eggs

1 cup flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or mini-muffin pan with approximately 48 foil cups (2 inch size). Melt butter in large saucepan. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add sugar and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time, stirring thoroughly after each one. Stir in flour gradually until mixed well. Fill cups to approximately ¾ full. Bake for 25 minutes. Do not overbake.



25 pieces chewy soft caramel candies, unwrapped

1 Tbsp. water

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions: Melt caramels and water in saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Drizzle caramel over cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Thanks again for letting me share my recipe! 

~ Joyce

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. Her flash fiction has appeared in Mysterical-e, and her non-fiction has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police magazine. Her debut novel, TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW was nominated for a 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award for best amateur sleuth by Romantic Times. The second book in the series TANGLED UP IN BREW, will be released 10.4.2016, and the third book, A ROOM WITH A BREW, is tentatively scheduled for release in October 2017.

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Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend Jake Lambert are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. 

Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.



Congrats to Joyce's winner!

Marci K.

Be sure to leave a comment by
Monday 9/12 at 12 Midnight
win a signed copy of either
TANGLED UP IN BREW—your choice!

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  1. The story sounds great, the cover is beautiful and the recipes look yummy. I would love the chance to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  2. The brownie recipe looks fantastic! And I would love to read both books, but especially 'To Brew Or Not To Brew.'

  3. I really loved the first book, and am greatly looking forward to the second one.

  4. The brownie recipe sounds delicious! I haven't read your books yet, but, glad I saw

  5. Those brownies look amazing! I'm so excited for this book release! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  6. The brownies look great. Thanks for the recipe and chance to win! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  7. My husband would love these brownies and I would love to try To Brew Or Not To Brew. Thank you for the chance to win.

  8. Sounds like a nice series to read! Thanks for sharing the brownie recipe! Sounds very yummy! I will have to try both of these!

  9. Loved the first book...can't wait to read this! Will definitely try this recipe! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. Mary Brockhoff Mbcncc@gmail.comSeptember 11, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Love the title and artwork on cover!
    The receipe looks mouthwatering, especially with caramels and chocolate.
    Can't wait to read your new book.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway.

  11. Sounds like a great series. Look forward to reading this new series.

  12. Thanks for the kind comments, everyone! When I made these brownies when the kids were home for Christmas, all 48 of them disappeared in less than two days. I think I only got one! Which is just as well because they probably aren't good for the waistline. But they are delicious!

  13. This is a new to me series. I'd be delighted to win either of the books. The recipe sounds delicious. I'm eager to try it while visiting my daughter, son in law and new granddaughter. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

  14. I loved To Brew or Not to Brew, it got me excited to read mysteries again. Can't wait for Tangled Up in Brew!

  15. Loved the first book. Can't wait for book 2! I love a good brownie, but refer them without nuts so I'd make these without the pecans. Yum!

  16. Loved the first book!! Can't wait to read the new one!

  17. I have this on hold at the library but would love to have my own copy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  18. I haven't read this series yet. I'm always looking for new series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Last week I read To Brew or Not To Brew. Loved it!!! Can't wait to read this one!!

  20. Those sound delicious! I loved the first book, can't wait for the second book. lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

  21. Wicked good!
    How many pecans do you use?

    1. I didn't measure them. I just sprinkled until it looked right! I have a bad habit of not measuring things when I cook. Never ask me how I make my spaghetti sauce, lol.

  22. The recipe looks delicious and the books look really good! Thanks for the chance to win. jlsbookclub (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com

  23. Sounds like another great entry to a fun series. And, yes, that recipe may just be the one that knocks me off my diet! Yum. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Hi! Thanks for sharing today! Brownies are a fave in my house and this version looks great, although I would leave out the nuts. I've been anxiously awaiting book 2! I own book 1 so I would choose Tangled up in Brew. I'm so happy to hear that book 3 is in the works. I hope this series has a long life!

    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. What a delicious post! Even though I am not a beer drinker I always love the character interaction and mystery in Joyce's books.

  26. The story sounds great as does the recipe. My son is a brewer. I would love to win a copy of Tangled Up in Brew.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  27. Brownies are my favorite treat. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Congratulations on the new release! And thanks for the recipe! Dm_richards (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. I don't think I could ever pass up a brownie. And hubby, who isn't a fan of chocolate, also doesn't pass on brownies. So this is certainly a recipe I will try.
    Your books also sound like something I need to try. So, congratulations on the release of the 2nd one, and here's to the future ones.
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  30. Yummy brownies. To Brew or not to brew would be great. Thanks.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  31. I have the first book somewhere in my huge tbr box of books. I'll try and get to it sooner then later now. Love the recipe for the brownies but all I can do is drool. My partner and I have a 30lb weight loss goal program that started last week and will continue till we hit our goal weight hopefully well before next summer's vacation. I'd like to be back to at least a size TWELVE!

    Yes I would love to win Tangled to add to my massive home library (2200 and growing).

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Wow! That's a lot of books! Good luck with the weight loss. It's so hard to do!

  32. That recipe sounds delicious. I'm gonna have to try it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. The brownies look yummy! I can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks for the recipe and I am out in search of your 1st book love to start a new mystery!!

  34. looks amazing. -mollie b.

  35. The brownies sound wonderful! I loved To Brew or Not To Brew and can't wait for to read the new book!!

  36. The books and recipe sound good! I can't wait to read them! Thanks for the chance!
    Lisa H.

  37. This is a new series to me and the subject sounds intriguing. Looking forward to reading this series. The brownies sound amazing, a recipe to try for sure.

  38. Yum.... brownies! Sounds delicious! I would love to give a copy a happy home! Thank you for the opportunity!