Sunday, July 23, 2017

Welcome guest author Elizabeth Lynn Casey + giveaway

Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the pen name for national bestselling author, Laura Bradford. As Casey, she writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. As Laura Bradford, she pens several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries

Summer 2018 will see the release of Laura’s first Amish-based women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister

Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Don't miss the giveaway below!!!


The Sweet South
By Elizabeth Lynn Casey (pen name for Laura Bradford)

For me, writing the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries has been a true labor of love. I’ve grown very fond of Tori, Margaret Louise, Rose, Leona, and the rest of the ladies in the sewing circle. They’re all such unique characters that have wormed their way into my heart.

Sometimes, I imagine them having meetings outside the confines of my books. I imagine Margaret Louise watching one of her grandbabies perform in a school show, her smile a mile wide. I imagine Leona walking down the street in the center of Sweet Briar, flirting with every male that walks by…and every one of them turning to stare at her.

Maybe that sounds weird, but these characters have been part of my life for eight years. I’ve been there when good things have happened and I’ve been there when not-so-good things have happened. And I’ve been there when they’ve assembled at one of their homes for a sewing circle meeting with desserts in tow, my mouth watering at all the delicious choices.

So in honor of last month’s release of Patterned After Death (book # 12 in the series), I thought I’d share a southern named dessert that surely made it to meeting or two over the years—Mississippi Mud Bar.

Mississippi Mud Bar:

Bar Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (unsalted)
9 Tablespoons granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, large
¼ cup flour
¼ cup chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

Frosting Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons butter (unsalted)
4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

To Make the Bar:

1)     Preheat oven to 325.
2)    Line loaf style pan with parchment paper.
3)    In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, and cocoa powder.
4)    Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well. Microwave for 30 more seconds. Remove from microwave.
5)    Add salt and vanilla to bowl and stir well.
6)    Add egg. Stir well.
7)    Sprinkle in flour. Stir well.
8)    Add in chocolate chips and stir.
9)    Spread in prepared pan.
10) Bake for 22 minutes.
11) Sprinkle mini marshmallows evenly across top and return pan to oven for an additional 3-5 minutes.
12) Remove from oven and set aside.

To Make the Frosting:

1)    Beat all ingredients together until spreadable.
2)    Pour evenly over warm, marshmallow topped-bar.
3)     Refrigerate until set.


Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered.

Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.



Today, I'm giving away to one commenter 
ONE copy of Patterned After Death plus ONE Copy of Éclair and Present Danger.  

Tell me do enjoy reading books where you know the characters well? 
Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.


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She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.


  1. I love knowing the caractors. They become a group of friends or family who live in another state of country you had to leave. The only way you hear the good gossip or details of an adventure is through one of the group. She didn't write often but when they do it is a 10-pager at least written over several days. The others call or send quick emails but you hunger for these epistoles from that one person. That is how I feel when you really get to "know" a group of base characters. And why we can hardly wait for that next book to be completed, etc.
    I must say that it may be a bit neurotic but once I read one and I feel I can connect in someway with one of the group I have to go back and read all the books STARTING with the first and read them in order. If my library does not have them all (never do) then I start buying all of the series. So thanks for asking :) .

    1. Hi, Robin, - Daryl here because Laura is traveling with her girls until later today - I totally agree that reading in order is one of my things, too. I like to know the characters from the beginning. ~ Daryl

  2. While I do love reading books where I know the characters well, I don't mind reading and learning about new characters as well - both are fun!

    1. Liz, (Daryl here, Laura is traveling with her girls until later today...), good for you to be open to "new." Such a positive attitude. ~ Daryl

  3. Yes I do like it when I know the characters but I just finished a book by an author I didn't know about and I loved the character. Sue🐾

  4. Yes, I do like to read books where I am familiar with the characters from past stories. It is why I enjoy so many series. Thanks for sharing the Mississippi Mud Bars recipe, I have been needing something to make for a treat.
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    1. Lil, (Daryl here, Laura is traveling with her girls until later today...) isn't the recipe to die for? I can't wait to try it, too! ~ Daryl

  5. I like to feel like I know the character completely by the time I finish reading the book. The Mississippi Mid bars look great! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

    1. Krista, (Daryl here, Laura is traveling with her girls until later today...) and we ever know someone fully? LOL Glad you like the recipe. I've got to try it, too. ~ Daryl

  6. I do like to know the characters but, I also don't read series. Does that make sense? Like an ongoing saga will never catch my interest but if the characters are in lots of books with different stories, I may read those.
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    1. Linda, that's interesting. You don't like to read more than one in a series. I find that fascinating. ~ Daryl (commenting because Laura is traveling with her girls until later today...)

  7. That is one reason that I have become addicted to cozy mysteries, to be able to come back again and again to revisit with the characters and the towns, to catch up with what's new in their lives (usually a murder, LOL). I can totally see them becoming a part of your life when you've written about them and developed them along the way. I'm not entering, I just came to blab. I've read both of them and loved them both. Whoever wins is in for some great reading. Good Luck!

    1. Debbie (Daryl here, Laura is traveling with her girls until later today...) - I think that's the beauty of a cozy. It's sort of a like a soap opera with mystery, right? You really get to know the characters and "root" for them oner and over. ~ Daryl

    2. ...over and over. (Sheesh - fast fingers) ~ Daryl

    3. Exactly, I don't how many books through the years that once I finished it I always wondered, did they get married, have kids, did they get their dream job, I love being able to come back and find out.

  8. The characters are very important to the story and I enjoy following their lives whether it is a series or a different book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Laura, your recipe has left me speechless and drooling just a little bit...... It's a good thing that (in my mind, at least) any calories consumed on Sundays don't count, lol!

    Yes, I really do enjoy characters whose stories continue throughout a series. One of the things that I enjoy most about cozies is that the settings are usually so welcoming that I wouldn't mind living in the town, and therefore feel a connection to the characters.

    Happy Sunday!


    1. Me too on loving to revisit characters and their towns--these make cozy series so special!

  10. Characters add such a vital component to the story and I look forward to reconnecting with them to learn how their lives are and their trials and tribulations. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, I totally agree. Tribulations do create backbone for some. ~ Daryl