Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tea Totally Terrific

Hello everyone!
My name is Bree Baker, and I’m the author of Live & Let Chai, the first in a a fun new cozy series coming this July. I’m over-the-top excited to be part of Mystery Lovers Kitchen today. In fact, I’ve been toiling over what sort of recipe to share for weeks. To be honest, I’m not the greatest in the kitchen, but I LOVE to read recipes, watch the cooking shows and pretend I don’t burn toast. Thanks to my new Seaside Café series, I’ve found a few recipes I can’t possibly burn, namely iced tea! You see, the seaside café from my series is called, Sun, Sand & Tea, and it’s an iced tea shop on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’ve made more iced tea in the last six months than I’d ever imagined I would in a lifetime. I’m going to share one of my favorites with you today. The world is covered in snow where I am, but that never keeps me from dreaming of the beach. Maybe this refreshing shot of iced tea will have you dreaming of sand between your toes right along with me!

Summer Strawberry & Peach Tea
Nothing compliments a hot summer day like this Swan Family Favorite, so dive in and enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 minutes                  Yields: 8 servings

5 cups of cold water divided
½ to 1 cup strawberry preserves (to your taste *I* go with 1. Yum!)
4 herbal peach tea bags
6 fresh strawberries, cored and sliced

Add 2 cups of water, strawberry preserves and peach tea bags to a saucepan and bring to a boil
Remove from heat and steep 15 minutes.
Pour in remaining 3 cups of cold water
Remove tea bags and cool completely
Add strawberry slices and stir
Refrigerate until ready to serve
Pour over ice

Live & Let Chai, coming July 2018 from Sourcebooks!
Trouble is brewing in Everly’s new café. Can she bag the culprit before it’s too late?
Life hasn’t been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now she’s back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and café right on the beach. Things are finally starting to look up – until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk.  With one of her hallmark iced tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn’t look good for Everly or her brand-new business.
As the townspeople of Charm turn their backs on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could’ve had it in for the former town councilman.  With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she’s got to keep this mystery from boiling over.

For a chance to win an Advanced Readers Copy of Live & Let Chai leave a comment with your e-mail. Sorry US only.

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About Bree:

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She's been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she's sure to ruin. Now, she's working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. Her debut title, Live & Let Chai releases from Sourcebooks in July 2018. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


  1. Hi, Bree! Love this tea recipe and the book sounds great.

    1. Thank you! I'm so excited to be writing cozy mysteries about my favorite drink and my favorite place!

  2. It's nice to "meet" you Bree and your new series!

    1. Thank you! It's lovely to meet you too!

  3. Can't wait to read your new series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Thank you! You're very welcome! Best of luck!

  4. Love this. I really like the peach/strawberry fizz from Sonic, so this would be right up my alley. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com