Sunday, September 2, 2018

Welcome guest author Allison Brook + book #giveaway

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson a.k.a. Allison Brook writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in Marilyn's Haunted Library mystery series, written as Allison Brook, has received many accolades. It was a Library Journal's "Pick of the Month," on Goodreads' list of the "200 Most Popular Books Published in October, 2017," and on Kings River Life's "Best of 2017" list. Most recently, DEATH OVERDUE was nominated for an Agatha as Best Contemporary Novel.


Take it away, Marilyn!
See the giveaway below!


When summertime comes, I love to eat fruit that’s in season. This is a recipe that lends itself to both blueberries and peaches. The perfect snack to have around three o’clock when I can use a break from writing. Speaking of writing, I’m almost finished with the third book in the Haunted Library mystery series. Writing takes up a good part of my day, but I also am busy writing interviews for my virtual blog tour in September when READ AND GONE comes out. And I spend  time on Facebook communicating with friends, readers, and fellow authors.  So you can see why I need a break and a snack!  Sammy, my cat, is always sleeping near my chair as I’m writing.

He doesn't really like me to take his picture. Can you tell?
Enjoy the cake!  This recipe can also be made with a pint of blueberries or apples and cinnamon.

Easy Peachy Cake

1 stick of butter softened
2 eggs
I cup flour
1 cup sugar (I use sugar in the raw)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
a dash of salt
handful of chocolate chips
4-5 large peaches

Line and grease a 9X9 pan.

Mix together all ingredients except peaches and choc chips and spread dough in pan.

Add chocolate chips, then cover with slices of peaches.( I peel the peaches first)

Bake 350 degrees 40-50 minutes.

 A little blurry. I was getting too excited to eat it!

READ AND GONE, the second book in the Haunted Library mystery series, debuts September 11th.

A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn’t know since her dad Jim’s been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again. 

Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie’s boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr’s life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she’s searching the victim’s country cabin.


Today I'm offering a paperback copy of DEATH OVERDUE to one commenter. Leave your email so I can contact you if you win. (It can be cryptic.)  And tell me...this book is set during the holidays. What's your favorite holiday memory?

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Twitter: @MarilynLevinson



  1. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the music and decorations. Festive. Scents of cinnamon and ginger fills the house when I bake soft ginger cookies. My mother introduced us to plum pudding and Christmas crackers, and we continue this tradition. I’m looking forward to decorating at our new old house. We live in a 1935 cottage and my antique and Victorian ornaments will look beautiful here. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

    1. Sounds like you have lovely traditions to keep up in your new old house!

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  2. The cover of Death Overdue reminds me of the fall and anticipation of Halloween. My grade school would have a Halloween carnival with every classroom having a booth. After that we would trick or treat, then come home to my mom's caramel apples and fudgy brownies. Great memories.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail(dot) com

    1. I love this cover, too! Halloween has become a very popular holiday in our country.

  3. My favorite holiday memory is sneaking out to raid the Christmas tree in the wee hours of Christmas morning. We each grabbed a gift and opened them in the glow of our electric heater. I imagine my parents were just happy we let them sleep in :-) donah42 at aol dot com

  4. I love all of the holidays! They each have wonderful traditions. I love the decorating, making the food that goes with the holiday and the family and friend activities.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe and the book giveaway. I love finding new series to read!

    1. I agree. Every holiday has its special traditions. I hope you'll enjoy the Haunted Library mystery series.

  5. Even though there was not much money when I was growing up, I remember the look of the Christmas tree with so many wrapped gifts under it, lots of cookies, the smells of turkey or ham. We played with our new toys, read our new. Oops and played our new games. It doesn't take much to make a child happy.

  6. Early one Thanksgiving morning we were invited to a Dallas Cowboy game by some of my parents' friends. Mom, Dad, my husband & I quickly accepted the invitation & spent a few wonderful hours in Texas Stadium watching the Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns. We had Thanksgiving dinner around 8pm & this is my favorite holiday memory.

    1. I love Thanksgiving, though most of us eat too much that day.

  7. This series sounds great. My favorite Christmas memories are always putting up the tree and remembering where each ornament came from. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Holidays weren't such a big deal in my family when I was growing up. I always felt that my mother just didn't care about them. We observed all the religious holidays when my kids were young (they attended religious day schools) and they are passing that on to the grand kids. Myself, I just can't be bothered anymore. I just want to sit and read or spend time with close friends (that happens when you get olde).

    1. I know. Preparing food, especially for holidays, takes a good deal of time and stamina.

  9. I enjoyed opening one package Christmas Eve - it was a wonderful time with the family sharing and not being distracted by other things.
    Thanks for the recipe- going to give it a try.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  10. Time with family - watching my Dad's slides - still have the slide projector and slides! Now love looking at the pictures from over the years

  11. So many to choose from! Probably going to grandma's at Christmas...Their house was small, usually crowded due to more people than house, Lol. Some people even went into the bedrooms and set up tv trays. Gma and Gpa made sure everyone had plenty, food, gifts..etc. Grandma always decorated, she had the best little village I had ever seen. Gpa didn't necessarily like all the fuss, but went along because of gma. It was back in the day when everyone smoked, so we always went home smelling of cigarettes...that's an odd memory. If I could go back in time, that's one of the places I