I’m going to be appearing at a live Facebook event with Between the Chapters Book Club today, October 26, at 6:30 Eastern Time. https://www.facebook.com/groups/betweenthechapters/ I’ll be joining authors Lynn Cahoon and Angela Sanders to talk about our latest and upcoming books (many featuring witches) and fall crafts. I’m not particularly crafty, but I will be mentioning my favorite sweet potato pie recipe, which is my favorite dessert when the leaves change and the weather turns cooler.
I thought I’d share the recipe here, too. If you absolutely hate sweet potatoes, this also works great with pumpkin!
Brandy Sweet Potato Pie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare a standard pastry for a one-crust pie in a 9-inch pie pan. Cover with foil, weight the crust down with dried beans, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove beans and foil, set aside to cool.
1 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup brandy (you can substitute a teaspoon of vanilla…but why would you want to?)
In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a whisk (a potato masher also works) and pour into the partially baked pie shell. Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean—about 35 minutes.
My alter ego Liz Ireland has been busy this month promoting the release of Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicide. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Art at A Cozy Christmas Podcast. Here’s a link to a recording of our talk on YouTube:
It’s release day for Mrs. Claus and the Halloween Homicde, by Liz Ireland—aka me! This cozy mystery series is set in Christmastown, the ultimate cozy village.
For the first time ever, Christmastown is celebrating a strange new tradition—Halloween. But not everyone is willing to watch their dependable winter wonderland get overrun by carved pumpkins and costume parties. As a series of scary happenings hit Santaland, each one more intense than the last, April realizes having a role in the festivities could cost her family, friends—even her own life.
April isn’t the only unlucky target. Outspoken elf Tiny Sparkletoe is found dead in the snow outside his cottage, crushed in the middle of what appears to be a monstrous footprint. With mayhem descending like reindeer on rooftops, April must stop the Halloween killer before the fate of Mrs. Claus becomes another creepy tale to tell in the dark…
If you like a mystery with a bit of the fantastic and a lot of fun, I hope you’ll look pick up a copy, or check it out at your local library!
My publisher, Kensington Books, is sponsoring a HUGE giveaway for my January release, A Letter to Three Witches. 100 copies are up for grabs. If you live in the United States and are on Goodreads, follow the link to register for a chance to win an early copy of this paranormal rom-com. Good luck!
My alter ego, Liz Ireland, is having a book release today: Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings is finally out in the world. To celebrate, Mrs. Claus is visiting at Dru’s Book Musing to talk about a day in her life and to give away a copy of the new book. So click on the link to read about life in Santaland, and leave a comment for a chance to win:
Kensington is sponsoring a giveaway of 100 Kindle ebook copies of Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings, a cozy mystery written under my Liz Ireland pseudonym. Sign up through through September 27th for a chance to win one! @KensingtonBooks @goodreads #giveaways