Super Surprise Saturday: Happy Homicides 6 Cookin’ Up Crime

Guess what? Happy Homicides 6 is officially out and I have even more prizes for you! I am excited to be a part of my sixth book with this anthology series. Because it is Down Syndrome Awareness month I wrote a story for Danny, my character with DS.   After finding out about the authors and their stories, be sure to find the Prize Guy. We have a heck of a giveaway for this one…but wait there’s more…a bonus file full of recipes from the authors. 

This is our biggest anthology yet! Fifteen multi-published and bestselling authors have written short stories to entertain, baffle, and amuse you. As always, the book includes an email address so you can send away for a bonus file full of recipes and craft ideas that go with each story.

Cooking can be murder, especially when these 15 authors get involved. These are all-new, never published stories that’ll satisfy your hunger for good, clean reads with a criminal intent.

  1. The Smoothie Operator by Joanna Campbell SlanA health fanatic dies after hassling his overweight wife. Can Kiki Lowenstein prove the woman’s innocence?
  2. Dying for Spice Tea: A Beach Tea Shoppe Mystery by Linda Gordon HengererThe curious death of a friend surprises BevAnne Wexler. Will a new method for making a frozen treat lead Alex and BevAnne to a killer?
  3. A Gift for Gus by Teresa TrentEveryone deserves a treat now and again. Danny’s Cake in a Cup proves the perfect present for everyone, except a woman determined to poison the future with a tall tale about the past.
  4. Recipe for Murder: A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery by Terry AmbroseWhen a guest dies and her diamond necklace is stolen, a hapless dreamer is accused of the crimes. Can Rick, the owner, track down the culprit in time to save this hopeless romantic?
  5. Nectar of the Dogs by Neil S. PlakcySteve Levitan and his golden retriever Rochester make a great team. In this story, they work together to exonerate one of Steve’s high school friends who is accused of murder.
  6. Irish Texas Chili Story by Randy RawlsA famous recipe goes missing when its creator is murdered. Can Jonathan Boykin stir the pot enough to cook up a killer?
  7. Dot Didn’t Do It: A Pineapple Port Mini-Mystery by Amy Vansant Can a novice private investigator crack a bad egg in order to track down a foul crime? Charlotte Morgan wonders if the fungus amungus had a lethal after-taste.
  8. Simmer to Death by Christina FreeburnDid sibling rivalry lead to the poisoning of an up-and-coming food personality? Or were simmering hostilities among the staff the real recipe for murder?
  9. Food for Thought: A Rosalie Hart Mystery by Wendy Sand Eckel The death of a Civil War reenactor sticks in Rosalie Hart’s craw. Can she peel back the layers of history to uncover a motive for murder two hundred years in the making?
  10. Catering to Murder by Colleen HelmeCan Shelby Nichols use her special abilities to forecast the success or failure of a business venture? Maybe, but first the new owners will have to deal with the decomposing body in the deep freeze.
  11. Murder, Moonlight and Muffins by Loulou HarringtonThe never-ending hunt for merchandise to sell in their antique shop lead Jessie and Connie into a dark, deserted house complete with a crime scene?
  12. F is for Fruitcake by Micki Browning Baking fruitcake becomes an antidote for stress—and maybe something more?
  13. A Death of Customs by Vered Ehsani – A vampire, a ghost, and a reasonably normal shop owner contemplate death among the tea leaves.
  14. Silent Harmonies by Vincent O’Neil An observant food truck workers picks up a discordant note, but was it the prelude to murder?
  15. Fish Fried by R.V. Reyes The death of a protected species of fish causes Lilly a considerable amount of heartburn.


Each Happy Homicides book includes an email address so you can send away for a special bonus file full of recipes and craft ideas that go along with the stories in the books. For Cookin’ Up Crime these include: Southern Caviar, Stuffed Quahogs, Dirty Johnny, Pumpkin Muffins, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Smoothie, Fruitcake Tempest, Kourabiedes, Spicy Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting, Tea Recipe, Recipe Holder, Festive Napkin Rings, Candy Halloween Hands, and others.

Cookin’ Up Crime Basket includes wire basket, dish towel set, wooden salad tongs, bamboo cooking utensils, wooden pepper grinder, peppercorns, FALL banner fig scented hand soaps, and a box of pumpkin bread mix.

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My Short Story “Luscious” Will Be A Part of the Houston Writer’s Guild Mystery Anthology

I attended the Houston Writer’s Guild conference yesterday and was so excited my short story “Luscious” won first place in their mystery contest! Houston Writer’s Guild Press will be publishing this anthology in December, and I’ll keep you posted when it will be available for purchase.

“Luscious” is a little different from my cozy mystery novels.  I guess it’s a little less Mayberry and little more Twilight Zone.  “Luscious” is a story about a history professor and his wife who take down old wallpaper and find a luscious woman painted underneath . A woman who speaks to them.

HappyHomicides_Bonus_2015Pre-orders on Happy Homicides are stacking up in a wonderful way.  Remember, if you pre-order, you get a bonus pdf file of holiday recipes and crafts from the authors of the book.  I’ve included the recipe for the chocolate covered cherry cookies Grandma Gwen bakes in my story “The Deadliest Christmas Pageant Ever” featuring Betsy Livingston and the gang from Pecan Bayou, Texas.

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13 Holiday Mystery Novellas for 99 Cents!

Get Ready…Happy Homicides the Cozy Mystery Bundle is Coming!

I am so excited Happy Homicides is finally about to come out!

Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries will be available for pre-order on Sept. 15 on most platforms for only 99 cents. Price includes a special bonus file with recipes and craft ideas. Authors include Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. This collection of novellas and short stories is a whopping 213,000 words long! Release date will be Oct. 15, 2015.

Joanna Campbell Slan has worked very hard to put this all together, so thanks Joanna for the patience and inspiration that you shared with the rest of us.  I have to say it has been a pleasure spending my summer chatting with the other authors and learning from their expertise. So, here are some links for my anxious readers.

Happy Homicides Website

Our Facebook Page

Don’t forget you can pre-order this book starting on September 15 and the phenomenal price? Ho Ho Ho! 99 Cents!

Clarify Anthology Now in Paperback

My short story “Heartbeats” has been published in Clarify, an anthology published by Annapurna Magazine.  Even though the prose and poetry centers on the theme of food, my story stems from my own history of parenting a special needs child.


This anthology is a collection of moments and memories–Verses rest on the page like tasty morsels of divine goodness that for a twinkling takes us beyond meager words subject to intellectual interference and directly immerse us in emotion; in being, in the quintessence of Humanity. From the whimsical to a dirge the editors have assembled a compilation that speaks to every person because everyone, in one form or another, knows food.

The tour starts tomorrow! If you haven’t entered my giveaway for a signed copy of Murder for a Rainy Day-here’s the link. Good luck!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Murder for a Rainy Day by Teresa Trent

Murder for a Rainy Day

by Teresa Trent

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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Secrets in a Cigar Box- New Short Story at Wattpad

Secrets in a Cigar Box

Secrets in a Cigar Box

What if you opened an old cigar box and found a letter addressed to you?  What it this letter accused someone you loved of murder?

Secrets in a Cigar Box is  a new short story in my Mystery Road Colllection being offered for free at Wattpad.

Check out this short story at Wattpad!  Use the dropdown menu to find Secrets in a Cigar Box.



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Two Short Stories For Free Download

I love to write Christmas stories and I know it isn’t Christmas.  (It isn’t even September when  Christmas stuff  starts showing up on the shelves!)  These stories are not mysteries as much as stories that encourage and inspire in the tradition of Faith Baldwin and Debbie Macomber.

Two of my stories are now up at Smashwords and can be downloaded for free.   The Smashwords links are listed above each book cover and eventually the stories will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and Kobo.  You will find different formats for several ereaders on the Smashwords page.

Click Here for Smashwords Link for Secret Santa


Enjoy this heartwarming short Christmas story of a Christmas store owner who finds herself in a Christmas gift exchange. How can the “Santa” ever surprise a person who for Christmas, it’s just business?


Click Here for Smashwords Link for The Christmas Find


In this short story full of the Christmas spirit, a woman digging through a flea market table finds a treasure that reminds her of a Christmas long ago. Can the past be recaptured by looking into a snow globe?