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